‘THE TAQWACORES’ & ‘TAQWACORE:THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM’

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The intro to my Blog says when it comes to movies my preference is ‘the weirder the better’ and I guess this movie definitely falls into that category.  It’s title is an amalgamation of ‘taqwa’ an Islamic word denoting love & fear for Allah, and ‘core’ for hardcore as in punk music i.e. its about … Continue reading



THE BENGALI DETECTIVE

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This ingenious documentary follows the most unlikely man ever to be a detective, and his ham-fisted staff, as they tackle a wide ranging and often-bizarre set of cases. One minute they are tracking down counterfeit shampoo, the next following a cheating husband, and then a brutal triple murderer.  In between all this they find time … Continue reading



Benda Bilili

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  In 2004 French filmmakers Renaud Barret and  Florent de la Tullaye were making a series of short films about music in The Congo when they stumbled across a street Band made up of 4 paraplegics.  These musicians were living in a squalid shelter for disabled people at the time, reliant on their make shift hand powered tricycles to … Continue reading



WISHFUL DRINKING

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This is Carrie Fisher’s take on own her life to date: highly edited and mined deeply to extort as many laughs as she can from  stories that must have seemed anything but funny when it actually happened.  The daughter of movie star  Debbie Reynolds and hit crooner Eddie Fisher whose traumatic marriage, divorce and re-marriages … Continue reading



GAINSBOURG : AN HEROIC LIFE

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Some 10 years after his death in his native France singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg is evidently still considered a legend and an icon. This startling new movie based on first time director Joann Starr’s own graphic novel traces Gainsbourg roots when he was then just Lucien Ginsberg a young mischievous Russian Jewish boy growing … Continue reading



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