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.

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