Monday, October 24, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3

monkeyrating: 7/10

genre: horror

waddabout: set in 1988, the movie explores the origins of a haunting that continues for 3 decades. (prequel to part 1 and 2)

isay: though part 1 was a GREAT student/indie film but yet boring. part two just sucked and was a total waste - an absolute commercialised horror flick that lost its essence.
this was my review of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 1&2. BUT: part 3 comes and delivers with a BANG! THIS is a HORROR film!

#note: despite the end not living up to the INTELLIGENT HORROR of the film, it is definitely one of my recommended must watch horror films to watch! intelligent, thought through, well made and scary.

monkeyrespect to: the writers and the director of this film! brilliant shit! especially OREN PELI - the man who has been holding this movie together since its inception in part 1. simple, effective film-making and a gripping story works its wonders here!
the child actress,chole csengery, is definitely a little bundle of talent to watch out for.

watch the trailer: though most of what you see in the trailer aint there in the film, it'll give you a soft preview of what to watch out for. but if you want to save the scares for later, i suggest you skip the trailer ;)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Illustration: The War of the World

Title: The War of the World
Style: Illustration
Medium: Pen on paper

why? well, if i have to live through the end of the world, it might as well be entertaining!

- Pushkaraj Shirke

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Six Girls You Date in College

as they say, the funniest humour is that which strikes you with its honest insight!!!! this one just blows my mind with its simple execution and honest brutal VO! :D

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Monday, October 17, 2011

The True Origins of Pizza

This is hilarious!

the humour is in its seriousness of its documentary style - really well made and subtly spoofy.

i think this one kicks ass as a viral! 

From Brooklyn to Seoul, we left no stone unturned as we searched for an answer to the age-old question -- was pizza really invented in Korea? See further evidence at

check it out: 

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The NEULIFE film: The Anatomy of Achievement

Team Neulife Athlete: Mr. neulife: Ankur Sharma
The man is a monster by body and a humble man by heart. it's humbling to even meet him face to face.  Every  scene he did, he did for real - no dummy weight - pure iron and pure muscle! The images have not been touched up as in other commercials - this is what PURE MUSCLE is all about. Sheer Belief. Sheer Grit. Sheer Power!

Team Neulife Athlete: Khushnoor Jijina
Mixed martial arts champion, commonwealth champion in karate and the undefeated FCC champion of India.

Team Neulife Model, Boxer and Athlete: Sudev Nair

 it is so difficult to not disclose anything about my first commercial film as an independent director.Especially when it looks so bloody darn amazing! all i can share for now is my thanks to the team that made it possible:
DOP: Anuj Samtani
Line producers: Rohon Nag and Saket Iyer

Editor: Amit Shetty

Writer - Director: Pushkaraj Shirke (self)

to know more about the brand that is bringing international nutritional advantages to India for the past 10 years, supporting true athletes and making such films possible, check out: 

Look forward to this space for more details, more stills, the making of and More!

- Pushkaraj Shirke

PS: and my personal thanks go out to my friend and the creator of Neulife, Samit Gupta, for giving me the opportunity to create this piece of work for him. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Little Scraps of Paper: must watch short films for creative people

Little Scraps of Paper is a series created in 2010 by director Tomas Leach, 
assisted by Nicolas Cambier and Daniel Diego Lincoln.

Tomas Leach
Tomas Leach is a London based commercials and documentaries director. 
Repped by in the UK
Visit his website

Nicolas Cambier
Nicolas Cambier is a London based video maker and graphic designer.
Visit his website 

Daniel Diego Linclon
Daniel Diego Lincoln is a London based graphic designer.
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Real Steel

though there is a commercial poster of the film, i like this limited edition poster. im a sucker for retro art.

monkeyrating: 7/10

genre: drama action sci-fi

waddabout: In a future where robot boxing has taken over real boxing, a down-n-out ex-boxer who is on a losing streak finds out that he has a 11-yr-old as adamant as him - and ends up undertaking a journey he never expected.

isay: its an entertainer. the emotional scenes are quite boring - but the action and the comedy - is goddamn steel and gravy! a complete fun watch!

monkeyrespect to: Shawn Levy has finally made it from gimmicky films to not so gimmicky films - much more importantly, he's made a commercial 'concept', into a good movie - the screenplay is standard textbook screenplay (though a little slow at the beginning) + he managed to merge rocky with transformers and give us an amazing film yet + he's made the robots quite human and yet steely - a tough task to achieve!

i think we should look out for Dakota Goyo - the boy is good at his act and you actually look forward to his expressions and antics - a real pointer to a good actor in the future. look out for him.
and of course - i'm biased towards Hugh Jackman - the man's plain awesome charisma on screen as far as i'm concerned - though in this movie, his acting skills are grossly under utilized.

Watch the trailer:

the commercial poster: 

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Monday, October 10, 2011

50 things about me you already know... or not.

here i go - tagged again. and feeling too stressed out to think or work for the moment. so filling out a tag sheet - of 50 things about me. damn this slef indulgent waste of time. neways, here goes:

1. i LOVE films.
2. the only things that makes me angry easily is the sight of people hitting animals.
3. i'm dyslexic. and proud of it.
4. i love acting and have won plenty of stuff for it - but i would never make it my profession.
5. forget smoking, alcohol and drugs - i've realised that being truthful is more injurious to health and life than them all. and yet i wont quit it. atleast i haven't as yet.
6. i had set fire to my building terrace as a kid.
7. my first crush was my nursery teacher. i cried when she got married.
8. i'm extremely resistant to cold - i've swum in every water body in kashmir.
9. i'm working on and want to build a self sustainable habitat/living system before i die.
10. i love dancing. and martial arts. and working out. i think i love all physio-kinetic arts.

11. i never take autographs. i believe if you admire someone, take that inspiration and rise to their level as equals and meet them rather than run around them with a pen and paper.
12. i hate taking favours. even if its from my own family.
13. i've never cried out for help. and i don't expect anyone to be there for me when i'm in need.
14. i have biked all over the country, but i never drive.
15. singing is my achilles heel. its the one thing i cannot do. and the one thing that makes any woman 10X more attractive in my eyes.
16. most of my closest friends are people who've hated me initially.
17. to me the opposite of love is not hate. its indifference.
18. i can never unlove someone i love. the intensity though, may change.
19. different people mean different emotions to me. and also i see most people as animals.
20. being loved without ever having to lie is my ideal of unconditional love.

21. i don't like my birthday.
22. my first job was selling phenyl, bags and socks from door to door. and i used to skip lunch to save some money.
23. i've had 13 fractures. now i have a severe neck complication since i was 18.
24. i'm manic depressive. and some of my best works of art and prose are rooted in that.
25. being a stunt director, a barber, a naval pilot, a vet or a scientist were my childhood ambitions.
26. 'modesty' is not my cup of tea. i find it to be the most commonly used farce by those most immodest.
27. Japanese culture interests me. so does animal behaviour.
28. black is my fav colour. but when i'm painting, purple flows naturally through me.
29. I admire Leonardo Da Vinci, Clint Eastwood and Julian Assange.
30. I used to be a scaredy kid! but now,  hardly anything ever scares me. except free falling upside down from heights.

31. i love chocolate with almonds and nuts.
32. my mom is my mom. my dad is my best friend. and all my relationships are so simple that they seem complicated to people accustomed to live in institutions.
33. my concepts of god, death and love are experiential derivations, not pre-learned concepts of fiction.
34. i'm a trivia and knowledge hound. wikipedia was a dream come true for me.
35. i love clicking people. its a biography at view.
36. to me, the law ain't the same as justice. i support capital punishment. euthanesia. castration and amputative punishment.
37. i don't have even a single pair of formal clothes.
38. i talk to absolute strangers just out of curiosity. also to people i find interesting or inspiring. i study them.
39. i love reading excerpts of Kahlil Gibran.
40. i believe sex is to a relationship what money is to a job.

41. i want to win an oscar.
42. i love advertising, but i don't chase advertising awards. i'm happy making advertising that actually works.
43. i prefer making love to making coffee every morning. its a better way to wake up.
44. I never really liked reading novels. graphic novels and comics were more my palate.
45. I believe in learning. not in education.
46. i love letting the people i love know how much they are loved in any way i can, everytime i can... coz i believe that's the only regret death can leave me with. of not having loved them enough.
47. i also want to be fighting fit and completely independant till i die. i intend to take hermitage someday.
48. i want to travel the world.
49. i loathe commercialism. i want to live away from 'too much civillization'.
50. i want to live a life that no one else can. and i will.

if you've read this, you're tagged. and you need to write this note. funny thing is, it actually helps find yourself a little bit :)

- Pushkaraj Shirke

Twinnings - gets you back to you

beautiful animation. great soundtrack. and a simple, connectable concept. magic in a minute:

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The POLE UP YOUR ASS theory.

This is a theory i came up with through my observations of people everywhere. I've shared it with many people and some of them asked me to put it down for sharing. so here it is.

Every individual is born free - with an anus as unclogged and free as can be. nothing up their ass.
no prenotions. no prejudice. no bias. no ideas. no concepts of good or bad, right and wrong. in fact, no concepts at all. in short, no poles up their ass.

and then begins their 'humanization'.
they learn from their parents and surroundings the good and the bad, the to do and the not to do, the beautiful and the ugly, the strong and the meek... and lots and lots of different words to classify the world around them. initially to better understand it. and slowly and steadily, towards differentiating within it.
That, my dear, is the first formation of a little pole up your ass. its not too big. its small, and very allowing. you are still quite free.

Then you grow a little more. and so do your experiences within the cocoons of your immediate society. the cultural concepts around you, the small talk, the 'praised' ideals and concepts begin to nurture that pole up your ass. and without you really knowing it - its growing bigger and bigger everyday.
Now you are idealistic - on ideas that YOU perceive as worthy without knowing that YOU perceive them worthy cause that's the most common notion you have been opened to.
You differentiate good and bad, and beautiful and ugly, and right and wrong, race and religion, sexual and biological, social and anti-social - based not on introspective thought, but on accumulated learnings from other's filters of life.
The pole up you ass, by the time you are through your teens is about 10 foot long!
you think you are above others because of what you believe is greater than what they believe - may it be your ways of life, your choice of food, the people you are sexually available to, the gods you pray to or the education you choose. Your 'concepts' have still not met the real world. the real world, where you realise that textbooks and fables don't teach what's true, but only that whats as entertaining as it is acceptable by the society as a whole.

Now with that 10 foot pole up your ass, you step into the real world. You feel you are TALLER than everyone else. And that is where the pruning begins. Now, i'm not suggesting that the minute you are past your teens and into the working world is a timelined bench mark. some people live with their pole in their cocoon for as far as 30 years - some, even for life. a life of sweet cocooned delusion. but that's a rough estimate.
As you experience the world on your own terms. see the real world as against the one in texts and stories. travel. explore. meet people. experience your own life. read. watch. listen. and feel the world around you as far and wide as possible... you realize that the pole up your ass is getting smaller. it's being pruned by the world. and by your own TRUE experiences.

The thing is, by now, the pole has been up your ass so long, that it has started to become your SPINE.
That pole is now your CHARACTER. or what defines you. if not to the world, at least to your own self. and to your sense of self-identity. The pole keeps growing or reducing with time and age and circumstances.
And it is pretty much up to each individual to decide how much he/she lets the world and their experiences prune their pole.
some people let time and age take their pole away completely, ending up as 'spineless' individuals who've given up to life and are just living with whatever life serves them. some, accept  the pole as their spine and live with it symbiotically - creating a balance between what's acceptable to them and what is not. Even if they might change with the time to come.

people who let the pole be completely reduced and decide not to judge anything at all ever and for whatever reason, become spineless. they no longer have a pole up their ass, but they don't have a spine either. they don't stand up for anything - anything at all.

people who refuse to let their pole be pruned at all by their circumstances and experiences, rare as that may be, end up living delusional lives. often cocooned into institutions, cults, escapism and many a times - dead at their own hands. oh you also find a few who nurture the pole further up their ass. i'm sure you'd meet a few in this lifetime.

and then there are people who let their life experiences and circumstances prune the pole up their ass in such a way that enough spine remains up there to be their back. to take a stand. have an opinion. and yet not be too rigid or demeaningly judgmental towards others. (demeaningly judgmental is not the same as judgmental). more importantly, it is often amongst such people that you find people that are not too stuck up, treat everyone with equality and are as humanly flawed and accepting of it as possible.

In my view - that's pretty much the place to be in. Where there's no 'pole' up your ass, but a well adjusted, adequate sized spine. A backbone that you stand on and live your life with.

But hey, that's my view. the pole up your ass may be a different story all together.

Pushkaraj Shirke

Monday, October 3, 2011


monkeyrating: 7/10

genre: Drama Action Crime

waddabout: a hollywood stunt driver who also takes up TRANSPORT jobs for thugs and criminals finds himself on a mafia hit-list after he gets involved in a complicated heist.

isay: if you watch it expecting an action movie, you will be dissapointed. the movie is an incredibly well directed, tricklingly slow DRAMA - a character piece - and a marvel at that. watch it for that, and you'll be spellbound. its extremely 'real' and seeps into your skin.

monkeyrespect to: the director Nicolas Winding Refn. honestly, before this movie, i dint even know his name! But the way he has made this movie a slow-warm-burning piece of character drama, he deserves an applause. But an oscar? maybe not. Not yet.

#this song from the movie soundtrack is stuck in my head: A REAL HERO

watch the trailer:

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