Saturday, March 29, 2008

10 films i am looking forward to in 2008

I should have written this earlier,in no particular order, here goes nothing,

1)Street Kings
From a script from Kurt Wimmer(Equilibrium) and James Elroy( the author of LA confidential,White jazz et al) and directed by David Ayer and a great cast ,this thing has many things going for it.I love cop-gangster flicks.Just hope this one is good.

2)The Dark Knight
This was a no brainer.batman.Bale.Joker.Ledger.Twoface.Eckhert.Nolan.I.AM.There.Though I have issues with batman begins, it remains the truest portrayal of the caped crusader.I watched the trailer again last knight[;)] and i am all prepped up for this baby.

3)The Incredible Hulk
I wrote earlier about marvel having all the luck.Edward Nortan plays Bruce banner and that alone is enough.

4)Righteous Kill
Deniro and Pacino reunite for the third time.This time they actually share some screen time like all the time.As 2 cops on the trail of a vigilante killer.both look really old in the trailer, but this awesome twosome demand that i be there come opening day.Plus Cop-gangster.count me in

5)Hellboy 2:The Golden Army
Another comic book adaptation.Guillermo Del Toro is an amazing storyteller.plus the first part was good too..

6)Tropic Thunder
A group of actors in army boot camp prepping for a war movie get accidently drawn into a real war.This thing looks hilarious.

7)You don'y mess with the Zohan
Adam sandler as a Mossad agent who quits everything to be a hairdresser in NY.Watch the trailer its LOL.Though sandler has dissapointed in the lasst few years, except for Click.This thing comes from a script by Judd Apatow.so expect good things

8)Valkyrie
Tom Cruise stars in this movie about a failed Hitler assassination carried out by his own officers.

9)Defiance
Ed Zwick directs this WWII pic about 3 russian brothers go militia on Nazi Invaders.

10)Quantum of Solace
Casino Royale was a very well made and entertaining film.I saw it again recently and am all pepped up for the sequel.

11)The Happening
M.night Shyamalan, one of my fav directors returns in this thriller about a mysterious sickness that causes people to kill themselves.

12)Iron Man
i am not a big fan of the comic , but this great material to be translated to the screen

13)The Punisher:War Zone
Only because the lady who directed The Green Street Hooligans is directing this.



Also looking good:Get Smart,Wanted.Body of Lies,The Love Guru,Pathology,Smart people,

Friday, March 28, 2008

"I possess total Knowledge"

"I possess total Knowledge"said Prof.Trefor Williams raising both hands in a mock exultation.He was telling a kid in the front seat not to act like a Mr.Know-it-All.The kid,Josh always sits in the front seat and like all intelligent individuals has opinions.Opinions,that his mind feels should be accepted as fact by all.So every class, has a verbal banter between the Guru-Shishya much to everyones amusement.Cause it is hilarious the Prof picking on the annoying kid,and the annoying kid not getting it.

Anyway i felt it was a great line.Say it aloud."I possess total Knowledge".Well i know a guy who acts like he possesses total knowledge.He will try to offer his advice on discussions relating to Envrionmental Engg that I have with my roomie.He will also peer over my shoulder if I have a book open ,read for 2 seconds,look up as if making calculations in his mind, then nod his head, as if he solved the question,I have been pondering over for 20 minutes,then walk away with an air that says "you are totally not getting it".Its all a tad irritating to put it mildly.It drives me mad.You know what else makes me mad.Technical jabber emerging from the same guy, who goes on to talk of circuits,VLSI,DSP et al ...bull..And the thing is I provoke him.I trigger him by asking him about his sem and his subjects.There are times when he will come and talk to me and I will pretend I am not listening(cause i have my headphones on),thinking he will go away.But he taps me on my shoulder to make me aware of his presence.Then he goes on to spew out the driest topics,and he will stop at places to make sure I am listening, as if in a trance I prod him on, "then what"..."know I don't know ,tell me".But the guy means well.He's a good kid.So all is forgiven... now go out and play...


PS: Say it with me, Aloud.."I possess total Knowledge"

That line is so cool I am going to say it everyday,just to hear the words roll off my tongue..
"I possess total Knowledge" <>

PS2: the kid Josh is actually a 28 year old Bridge Inspector who is enrolled in the doctoral program.I think the prof picks on him too much, but then the prof, he...he possesses "TOTAL KNOWLEDGE"

Is it ok to be away from home...??

I am afraid I will be away from home for so long that I will stop being homesick.Or that when i return home I feel out of place,because my comfort zone has been rebuilt somewhere else.I would never want that.my mother says my Jyathakam (My horoscope) speaks of a long tenure away from home.How long it doesn't say.It could be over,it might not even have started,like the impending recession.My stubborn mule of a mind refuses to call any place else home.I made sure I call it "Hostel" or "Apartment".I have issues..I know.
August this year,will mark 5 years since started my Theerthatanam( pilgrimage/travels in search of self),though its basically studies that took me everywhere.I did not join Infosys because I wanted life to be on my terms.I did not want them to toss me anywhere they want and make me work like a slave.It would have definitely meant a permanent move from Delhi.If I were to work like a slave, let it be on a salary that makes me feel it to be worthwhile :) ...People come to the US thinking they will go back in 5-10 years.They never do.They settle down.Life makes you face things you dread inside.I fear thats what will happen to me.I live constantly with a feeling of impending doom...


PS:My God i don't remember the utensils that we use back home.I could always tell what dish was cooked in what pan/Kadhai.I am forgetting the commonplace things.Its definitely a sign of something...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Awesome TV


I never thought 2 guys cutting a piece of wood would make for good television, but damn was this saturdays Roadies good.Nihal beat the living shit out of loud mouth Vikrant and it made for some nailbiting moments.I bet on Nihal earlier with my roomies and won 6 bucks.He came through this time, otherwise he too was all talk and no results.I wanted Anmol to be in but she quit that was pathetic.Last season it was Bani.This season its Nihal.And Sonel cheering him finally made me like her,but I still think shes dumb.I want Ashu and Shambhavi to win in the next ep.
This is seriously awesome TV!!!

Yesterday night..

Last night I woke up drenched in sweat,panting, and thirsty.What woke me up, I couldn't remember.It was not Rufus,the resident Axe murderer in my dreams.I did not forget to turn of the stove,I had switched on my downloads before going to sleep, and I had procrastinated enough things for the next day.Then what was it that woke me up??...Something was amiss...I went to the kitchen switched on the light,killed as many scrambling roaches as i could,and checked if any food was left outside.No.What was it, I had brushed my teeth, the doors were locked.None of my neighbours were awake.I tried to go back to sleep,thinking what it was, was i dreaming something?I was,faint images sprang up in my mind.Not Rufus.He's on vacation to Camp Crystal Lake.This dream was something I was enjoying.I shut my eyes tight and tried to reenter the dream.I couldn't lose it, I shouldn't.I fell asleep.I woke up this morning with no clue what the dream was about.The glad cheery feeling in my heart told me i had successfully dreamed that same dream again.