An insightful interview on drug treatment and rehabilitation

Finally found the complete interview of Dr. Denzil Pinto on Daijiworld TV, Mangalore’s local channel. As a consultant Psychiatrist, Dad spoke on the drug menace and treatment for such conditions. Mangalore has been facing what can be best described as a drug epidemic over the last few years with a lot of cases emerging and the count only increasing. So it was only natural that TV channels in the region took up this issue in this insightful interview in Konkani.

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The Young Pope gets the credit

I look forward to the opening credits of certain TV series as they come out with some wacky, strange, hypnotic illusions that really set the tone for what’s going to come. Watching Jude Law in “The Young Pope” has been a revelation. He’s the cold, calm pope with a vice like grip on the Vatican. This cunning, cheeky nature is revealed in the opening sequence of Episode 3 to the tune of Devlin and Ed Sheeran‘s ‘Watchtower’. Love the ‘fuck you’ wink to the audience at the end.

And dad is on TV again

Over the years, in his position as a senior Psychiatrist, Dad has been called by channels on various related programmes and appeared on state and local TV. This evening, I switched between PV Sindhu’s brilliant Rio semi-final victory and Dad’s interview on a Mangalorean news channel. The live streaming helped and I thought I would chronicle this moment. So here is a screenshot capture of the show that tackled the topic of addiction.

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Pax Americana

The Sopranos reaches its pinnacle in Season 6. Truly. Two episodes down and with the Jersey Godfather comatose, you have his shadow loom as large as it did when he was  active. Tony Soprano’s dreams during this time make for a compelling story as he shifts from situation to situation in a travelling salesman avatar. Never have dreams been so engrossing on screen. In the outside world, the burning never stops, nor does the rush of the mafia struggle that takes place clandestinely as various players throw their hat in the ring to take over from the ‘boss’.

This series has lived up to everything it stood for. The unapologetic violence, the unpretentious swag of the Jersey mobs, the loyalty and betrayals and above all – family. Episode 2 of the last season is a wonderful narrative in the stream of consciousness. It could be a tribute to Don Sopranos Psychiatrist too. It weaves from reality to the ‘other world’ seamlessly, giving away few secrets as the characters move ahead. The ending solidifies the goosebumps you feel throughout the episode and with the hauntingly beautiful ‘When it’s cold I’d like to die‘ playing from Moby‘s soundkit you have one of the most beautiful episode closures in this saga.

 

Discovering Tom Rosenthal through Morse Code

Inspector Endeavour Morse is an unlikely promoter for singer Tom Rosenthal. It all began with a trailer on ITV that showcased Endeavour, the new series on the Inspector Morse books by Colin Dexter. I have read a couple of books from the Inspector Morse series and while interesting they didn’t captivate me the way Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle or G.K. Chesterton did. However the series, Inspector Morse, that ran in the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s was driven by good solid British acting and a tight storyline that was suspenseful and dramatic. Endeavour-Tom-Rosenthal

Endeavour brought back memories of the old series and with its ’60s setting it looks real mean and dark. There is accuracy to detail down to the ’60s stockings, from what I saw on the trailer. It features Inspector Morse in his younger days as he works himself up the Carshall-Newton PD ladder. I have only seen the trailer but it holds a lot of promise and interestingly came with a haunting soundtrack that led me to Tom Rosenthal.

A bit of Googling and I come across this body of work that is beautiful in a folksy kind of way. While I couldnt find the exact trailer that held this song, I came across the direct works of Tom Rosenthal and information on this unique singer who prefers playing it low. His simple ballads are rendered with minimal instruments and the piano work on “It’s OK” is goosebump -worthy. The earthiness of these ballads belie the dreamy feeling that sweeps over. If there was a case to crack, the mystery of Tom Rosenthal’s low profile would surely be it. And one more thing, he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. Come on!

 

Don Draper & the depressed men

Moving towards the finale of Mad Men Season 3, I do sense that we are seeing the breakdown of the character of Don Draper. From the cold creative genius with a highly logical and sophisticated bend of mind, we are now exposed to the emotional patriarch who is struggling to bring his family together. However, he has not lost that risky touch in his personality that has nearly got him exposed time and again.Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men

Season 3 continues to enthral, however a casual fact that I noted was the intensity of suspense that was levelled specially towards the end of the season. I see a slight shift in the writing strategy, moving towards suspenseful endings that may be closed in the next episode or later on in the series as the situations move from one characters personal environment to another. Saying this, it still does not dilute the essence of the show and does bring in some tense moments for the viewer.

The season endings in Mad Men are never explosive and considering the fact that there are major shift in the timelines, every season is a natural continuation of the last. Keeping with Don Draper, I watched Jon Hamm on Conan and the banter between the host and Mr. Draper turned towards the rumour that Hamm was supposed to play Superman in the next instalment of the series. Considering the fact that they were planning to put together an older version of the Man of Steel, this version did not hold good with the studios and was eventually scrapped. Pity, this would have put a whole new spin on mid-life crisis among superheroes and Hamm would have made an ideal Clark Kent with his almost handsome nerdy looks and the build to match.

Sticking with TV serials, Dexter makes its way to Star World, but it would be a pity to watch it on this channel considering the fact that most of the dialogue would be bleeped and critical but graphic scenes would be edited out by the good people at our censor board. Doesn’t make a difference anyway since I am up to speed with Dexter’s latest ‘projects’ as he keeps the blood flowing.

Valentines Special – The Walking Dead

The Walking DeadI watched the repeat telecast of ‘The Walking Dead‘ today on Star World. My first tryst with this series was when I read about Frank Darabont making this unique series based on a monthly comic book. Now I respect Frank Darabont for the movies he has made, the last being ‘The Mist‘ that shocked me with its twist ending and the shock was smart, clever and brave.

Now back to ‘The Walking Dead’. You have this Sheriff’s deputy wake up from a coma brought about by a gunfight. And then you have zombies all over the place. Taken in by some survivors the deputy then sets out in search of his family. The series includes the familiar and beautiful face of Sarah Wayne Callies who played Sara Trancedi on Prison Break. The zombies are pretty creepy and are accurately depicted (as per generalised impressions).

The most unsettling moments are the ones where the survivors make their way through the towns, cities and rural America – areas that are usually full of life but now remain desolate and are falling into ruins with the zombies being the majority here.

For all its violence and blood letting, ‘The Walking Dead’ is a thrilling drama and the premiere definitely set the tone for greater expectations as we go ahead. Being on a series trip (the others being Mad Men and Dexter) I believe there’s a stirring revolution happening on the small screen. There is some brilliant work coming out from US cable TV and there are more stories to be told on this medium. Here’s to TV and may the best roll out. To think I cursed this same medium some months back…