This was so close to ending up in our Light starters, however it may have veered uncomfortably close to being perceived as ethnic mockery when robbed of context.
As one of our Fusion entries, however, this thing is absolutely spellbinding.
The questions that run through the mind upon first viewing typically start with “Where on earth did this come from?” Soon enough that question fades into unimportance as the troop and that downright magnetic lead hypnotise you with their hyper-coordinated dance. It’s a no-brainer that this is riffing in some way from Thriller, but it completely veers into what-on-earth-am-I-seeing territory so far that by the end you catch yourself saying “Michael Who?”
This was, naturally, a viral sensation around the same time that wedding parties inexplicably began performing Thriller at receptions. Lest it be suggested that Digestible are so far behind pop culture, what makes “Indian Thriller” worth a semi-nostalgic glance back are those elements that have been cooked together just right for a taste sensation.
Front and centre is Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the seed which the filmmaker looked at and said “I need exactly this in my crime-romance-soap opera film.” Donga is actually a Telugu film from 1985, with no supernatural aspect to the plot. But the “Tollywood” sensibility transforms what might have been a cheap knock-off into a bizarre treat. Then comes the contribution of Mike Sutton, whose phonetic approximation into English has both given this piece of work it’s new title of “Girly Man”, and led the whole thing into comedy gold.
More than most other Fusion pieces, the final product here really is the result of multiple cooks riffing and tinkering and outright stealing, until the whole world begins singing “Girl my old calculator ain’t got no bow…”
NB: Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, published by Andrews Mcmeel Publishing, 1985-1995.
“Everybody wants to Stay Alive.”
That could easily be the tagline for this entry into the fusion (or mash-up) category. It’s a funny branch of art – much like creating a tasty new dish, mash-up relies on mixing together complimentary ingredients in such proportions that result in something really special. Any cook will tell you that’s way more difficult than it sounds. As often as not, ingredients don’t match, or the quantities aren’t right, and the whole thing just falls flat. Any artist could share similar experience. Continue reading
Sadly the collective pop world mourns another dear name today. Anton Yelchin, probably best know as the young ensign Checkov from Star Trek, has died in a tragic accident.
I remember fondly an interview he gave when the Abrams helmed Trek was first released. He commented, with a wry smile, that he – a Russian born and fluently speaking actor – had to adopt a not-remotely-Russian accent for his role, thanks to the legacy of his predecessor.
Yelchin seemed a bright young actor who picked some really great roles. He will be missed by many. Our prayers go out to his family and friends – may God comfort you in this time.
The absolute runaway success of Game of Thrones has proven that there is a modern audience for high fantasy. While the cinematic Lord of the Rings was likely a safe bet, building a “franchise” on
Those of you who align yourselves philosophically or otherwise with colloquial ‘geek culture’ may have found yourselves drawn to the worldwide Mecca of The Geek, the San Diego Comicon. Those of you on much, much tighter budgets may have settled for Sydney’s annual Supanova pop culture expo. Continue reading
It’s winter down in the land of Oz. Admittedly, things don’t get quite as cold over on the mid-East coast, but it is time to start rockin’ the Ugg Boots. Continue reading