Movie Marathon Saturday

My plan for tomorrow ? A three movie day ! Plan to watch ‘Sicko’, ‘Ratatouille’ and ‘Live free or Die Hard’. Diversity at its best eh? 

As far as I’ve read and seen in snippets, I know for a fact that I will enjoy Sicko (like I do all of Moore’s movies and books). They say Ratatouille is Pixar’s best ever and I wonder if it will be. For me their best yet is Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc, both absolute delights (if you haven’t watched them yet, please do!). I am almost sure Live Free or Die Hard will be a Bollywood-ish masala entertainer, but hey I love those too. Ofcourse I do, I’m Indian, how can I not like entertainers ? Heck, I just saw Sivaji last weekend!!!!

My full reviews coming up…..

Oh and Yes, I’m finally back after a little break and it feels good to be back in the blog world!

A small break…..

As you may have noticed, for the past few days I have been irregular with my blogging. Sorry about this break ! My parents are visiting me and I’m getting to spend time with them after two years(yup TWO freakin years!) which makes this a worthwhile hiatus from blogging.

I will be back to my regular daily blogging routine with some good stuff in just a few weeks. Until then adios……..

The Zimmers

I doubt if you have heard about this band before. Let me tell you first that they are true Rock Stars! I saw them on the ‘Tonight show with Jay Leno’ last night and they brought a smile to my face. Really inspiring and an absolutely charming bunch! Here’s a bit of info on them:

The Zimmers are a British band, and thought to have the oldest members in the world: the lead singer is 90 , and the oldest member, is 100. The band was created as a feature in a BBC TV documentary to give a voice to the feelings of isolation and imprisonment suffered by the elderly, in which the band recorded a single. Since then, they have taken off and their single called “My Generation” is #26 in the UK charts.

Around 40 people appear on the My generation track and video, with a total age of around 3,000 years. Among them are:

  • Winifred Warburton (99)
  • Tim O’Donovan (81)
  • Barry Foy (69) (Drums)
  • Alf Carretta (90) (Lead singer)
  • Gillian (Deddie) Davies (69)
  • Peter Oakley (79)
  • Buster Martin (100)
  • Grace Cook (83)
  • Charlotte Cox (84)
  • Jessie Thomason (85)
  • Vera Welch (80)
  • Ann Sherwin (79)
  • Norma Walker (90)

They are all extraordinary people. Like in any other country, they are disregarded and kept aside because of their age. But guess what, they are not ready to take it. That resilience, that fire and their passion for life amazes me. At 100, or even 90 or 80, its easy to give up on life and say your life is over , sit in a corner, brood and wait for death to come. OR you can get out and live your life truly until the day you die. These people are the ideal example to look upto and follow. I wish I (and our generation) can be half this enthusiastic and passionate about living our life to the fullest every single day. I sure am going to try, How can I not? That’s the contagious jubiliance and happiness they spread.

Please do search them out on the web to read more about them and watch their music video on youtube.

Greg Pattillo

I recently saw a few of his videos and what he does is just mind boggling! He is a beat-boxing flautist. One of the best flute players I have heard , and not to mention he beat boxes while doing it, flawlessly. Absolutely talented !

Here are a few of his fantastic performances that I could find.

Sample :

Isn’t he awesome? :

Sesame Street theme:

With Cello accompaniment:

Another great peice:

 

There are many more of his videos on you tube and google video. Go check it out!

Napolean Dynamite

I am a big fan of dry, wry, obscure humor and this movie is the holy grail of all such comedies.

Jon Heder simply rocks as Napoleon, an awkward teenager with an insatiable love for martial arts (which he sucks at), drawing portraits and non-existent animals (which he sucks at) and dance(which he’s awkwardly but hilariously good at). But it’s ok that he sucks – that’s the point. Heder with his huge glasses and red hair, is so perfect for this role and totally justifies it. He’s my rock star ! Heder delivers his dialogue with such passion and timing that a word like “Gosh!” will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. He’s so desperate for attention and so full of crap that you actually find him endearing. He  captivates and captures the geek inside every one of us.

Adding to this insanity is Aaron Ruell as ‘Kip,’ Napoleon’s 31-year-old internet-chatting brother, the understated Efren Ramirez as ‘Pedro,’ Napoleon’s Mexican best friend, and the cute Tina Majorino as Deb, the love interest. Pedro and Napolean as BFF’s(best friends forever) have just made history with their absolutely hilarious chemistry and comedic timing.

Napoleon is a unique character in that he has almost no fear. Be it chucking oranges at his Uncle’s truck, standing up to the school bullies or dancing(awkwardly ofcourse!) his heart out for a friend in front of the entire school, he gives it all without any hesitation or embarrassment. That takes guts.

This movie is so relatable that we feel like we’ve been there ourselves. We’ve all felt like outcasts or geeks at one time or another, and now we have a hero. Under the guise of some of the dumbest and wackiest humor ever , this movie definitely has the potential for a classic in my opinion! This movie has now gone into my list of all time favorite classics.

It’s one of those movies that you watch over and over until you begin quoting the lines to your friends, downloading pictures off the internet, wathcing clips on youtube and reminiscing about your favorite memorable scenes.

I rate this movie a perfect 10 out of 10.

Think about this….

I found this very interesting post in one of my favorite blogs written about my home, Chennai, India. Its authored by the current generation chennaiites.

Their recent blog was titled : Think about your head, While you still have one.
With this picture.

wear-helmet.jpg

Everything has been tried to enforce this law. But law in India is something that is meant to be broken and is very easily broken as we know.

Their most recent Solution to this problem ? Rupees 100 fine for the first time caught without helmet, and Rs 300 for repeat offenders. It is a noble thought. I’m glad that there is some form of ‘rule’ finally being made and they are trying yet another plan for the Nth time, but I am sorry that they have made yet another unsustainable, logic-less plan.

What system is currently there to keep track of your traffic record? If you are caught by the traffic cops, there is no fully functional system where the ticket they write goes into any record ! If you are caught for the 10th time without a helmet, you can always claim to be a first time offender and get away with a mere 100 Rs fine. And whats with these numbers? In this recent time of exponential inflation in spending, extreme buying power and with every graduate and youngster earning 5 digit salaries, how serious does Rs 100 sound?

The sales of coffee and tea in hip new cafes that sell for more than Rs 100 are hitting the roof and is all in fashion these days, don’t they know? When they have more than 100 to dispose on coffee, how scared or serious are they going to be about this?

Got to wait and see what happens.


Sanity in comedy

 Oh so true Isn’t it? Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert are saviours. I don’t know what this country and it’s people would do without them. It’s so refreshing to watch them both take a go at daily happenings always in the form of jokes, sattires and mock. Ever so often you realize that their mock and jokes is the reality and truth. Sadly, in this country, truth needs to be wrapped in jokes and sattirical comedy to be fed to the public.

The actual news shows and channels are a joke. All of them. They are either left-winged or right-winged. They are conservative-biased or liberal-biased. They are either secular progressionist-biased or traditionalist-biased all depending on the network, the host, the people who own the network and where they are funded from. I am sick of it.

In this world of disillusioned, canniving, calculative, backstabbing, betraying, inhumane politics and life, I find atmost clarity and sanity in the most unlikely of places : Comedy Central.

Atheism,theism and my rationale – Part 2

I was thinking more about this recent post of mine. Here it is , if you haven’t read it.

A quote from that post :

As a child I was taught and brought up with the belief system of my parents, my culture and my society. My parents taught me and instilled in me what they believed was good for me and what they believed was right based on their wisdom and life experiences. I will be eternally grateful to them for that. I am who I am today, because of what they made me into.

But as I was growing up and now as a grown up, there are times when I re-evaluate this belief system based on my life now and my life experiences. I know I have far many more years to go, but at every turn and point in my life I can’t help but think about what I believe in and who I believe in. I am unable to blindly follow what my society taught me or expects from me.

I believe in two things Science and Nature. Science gives logic, proof, evolution pathways to everything in life. Everything has answers when it comes to science. Nature is more obscure. There are no ‘Why’s’ or ‘How’s’ or ‘When’s’ when it comes to nature. That amazes me.

To continue on that:

I do not, not believe in god. But neither do I accept that god exists the way he is portrayed to exist. Be it, Jesus or Krishna or Rama or Allah or  in whatever form.

I believe there is something bigger than us living things. Some energy force, or some larger effect that has created this extremely complex  and unsolvable system of nature and science. But will I blindly say, “Rama created Srilanka or put stripes on a squirrel”? No I will not. The striped squirrel is simply a genetic variation of the family of squirrels. Who created genes and genetics and how did it all come to exist? Now that is what makes me believe there is a larger than us energy force or some super power that has created this intricately webbed and connected world.

I think in those days before Science developed, it was hard for people to get the concept of energy, magnetism and some unsolvable force. So they had to a give a human , more accessible form to this concept, so that people have an image or a face to relate their beliefs and hold on to. This portrayal gave(and gives) stability and a base for their own belief system. Hence every country, every religion has their own form of god, their own story behind the evolution of ” god”.

Am I  a theist for believing that there is something bigger than us and because I dont believe everything just dropped from the sky? Then so be it. Coz the way my brain immediately works is, where did this sky come to be? Did another sky drop it?  Something/some enegry/superpower has created this sky too. So I am called a theist by the atheists.

But the theists in my society/culture don’t accept me as one. They call me an atheist because I don’t believe Rama put the stripes on the Indian Squirrel. They are so single tracked, focussed and passionate(obsessive even!) about their belief that they are not willing to be open up to something beyond their portrayal of god. They don’t even want to discuss it.

But hey I don’t have a problem with being neither. The funny thing is neither theists nor atheists will accept me !!

I have said many times before, everyone does what keeps them happy, satisfied, grounded and sane. Everyone has their own path to nirvana and freedom. Everyone makes their own path to discover their inner self. If my relegion/culture gets people to do that through Rama and Krishna then, I’m happy for them. If Christianity gets to acheive that through jesus, then okay. Same with Allah!

Just don’t get caught up mindlessly in all the religious hype is what I say. If you understand and are fully aware of your religious rituals and stuff, then good for you. If you get the peace and fulfillment and if you are able to find your inner self through your religious beliefs, then wonderful. But it really bothers me to see people blindly doing things they don’t comprehend or even know why they started doing in the first place.

I have to admit, I did one thing which makes my previous plea sound hypocritical. It’s that I got married in a traditional, extremely religious Hindu way. I did that simply to keep my parents and society happy. I admit it. I did not know why I was doing it, what it was all for, neither did i spiritually connect with the whole relegious process. But, I just had to do it, I couldn’t and didn’t want to protest. The ONE thing for which I will bend and temporarily forget my beliefs for and give up my stubborn ways for,  is my parents and that’s just what I did. There you go……. I came clean, I had to, coz thats how much I abhor hypocrisy.

So to sum it all up, I am a theist according to atheists but not a theist according to theists!
I am very spiritual, but not religious.
The theists disown me coz I don’t agree Krishna can bring out 5000 yards of fabric from his palm and Rama can draw stripes on an animal.
The atheists don’t accept me either coz I am amazed at every single atom and molecule in this world and wonder where it came from and how it was created.

Oh boy!  am I screwed or what? Living in this world filled with radical theists and atheists, its gonna be an interesting ride and ofcourse, yes, I will write about it.

Hugh Grant and Romantic Comedies

I usually am not(never been) a big fan of corny, predictable and cheesy romantic comedies……….but, there are these whole series of movies with a group of Brit actors that I really enjoy. Starting from ‘Four weddings and a Funeral’, ‘Nine months’, ‘Notting hill’, ‘Mickey Blue Eyes’, ‘Bridget Jones diary’, ‘Two weeks notice’, and my two all time favorite movies, ‘About a boy’ and ‘Love actually’. If you watch all of these brit based movies, you will notice a bunch of the same cast like Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Alan rickman, Liam Neeson etc and I love all of them.

Hugh grant is in every single one these movies! I never really gave much thought to this and now that I’m writing about it, I really like Hugh grant movies ! So even if it’s a corny, cheesy romantic comedy, if Hugh Grant is in it, I Love it !! As corny as that sounds, these movies make me laugh and totally helps me escape reality. So what the heck!

But seriously go watch ‘About a boy’ and ‘Love actually’. Even if you’re not a fan of romantic comedies, you’ll enjoy it . These two movies are going into my all time favorites list.

Stupid Gadget #4

Do all of you face the same difficulty as me in making chocolate milk? I mean, common, its complex ! You have to pour the milk into the glass, pour in the chocolate syrup and get a spoon to stir. Is there an easier way, you may ask…..Yes there is! The Moo Mixer !! 

Another pointless stupid gadget patent. But hey its entertaining ! It tries to make the task of making chocolate milk easier. So, Does it help pour the milk into your glass? NO. Does it atleast help in dispensing syrup? NO. But what it does do is save you the effort of having to take a spoon and stir !

Apparently it forms a tornado vertex of sorts and makes a frothy blend of the milk and the chocolate syrup you manually add in. As we all know and agree, whats more fun than a chocolate tornado?

Wanna try this pointless plastic peice of junk? Here you go :
http://www.prankplace.com/fp_moomixer.htm

 Stupid-erer gadgets coming up!

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