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Worst Year Ever!

In just a few hours, another year is about to come to a close. This was quite definitely the worst year ever for me personally and I just cannot wait to say goodbye to the bitch that was 2013. There just was so much shit happening in 2013 that I hate this year with every ounce of my being. With the financial issues surrounding my current job, so much financial burden being thrust upon on my family with all the work being forced upon us in the apartment and with my father suffering from a mild stroke back in July and the medical bills and crap that he has had to go through. The work in the apartment building – from April till just a few days ago, we’ve been having the bathrooms in the entire apartment building reworked and redone due to faulty & leaky pipes in the building. There were so many delays, shoddy work, re-work, dust and careless stuff just laid by these useless workers that it has caused us so much trouble and stress levels were high.

In the process of remodeling we’ve had so much money spent and it still hasn’t been done well. For so many days they would do some work and then won’t be around for a couple of weeks, leaving us stranded and – so much crap that I don’t want to get into now. Work wise, I am so frustrated that some really good & suitable jobs for me have either come and gone, ones I applied for with no results or a word back while I have to apply for jobs that I don’t really want but really need just to get to the level of payment that I was getting and to get back on my feet. Oh my computer hard drive having lots of issues and me having to replace it, cost me a bit more money than I had anticipated or could afford at the time but I just needed to get it done. And the worst thing is this month of December, with me busting my foot & ankle not once but twice! Last 3 weeks I have had to endure the pain and resting my foot at home and so frustrated when I hurt it again. Well atleast that looks like to be almost over, my foot is much better and I guess in a day or 2 I will be back to 100%. Now we have paint work to be done in the apartment. Well, I am looking forward to that……..NOT! There’s also some other stuff that I can’t talk about, maybe in later posts.

After such a long time I was finally out today, not for much time but just an hours – went to pay my phone bill and my internet bill and stopped to have a coffee in between. A cold one, how much I have missed that. Now for some quiet dinner in the evening and welcome the new year. 2014 can’t possibly be any worse than 2013, can it?

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Choose A Power From 3

You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice:

  • the ability to speak and understand any language
  • the ability to travel through time
  • the ability to make any two people agree with each other

Hmmm, this is a tough one. If I chose the ability to speak and understand any language then I can get my points across to anyone and everyone, without having to use a book or a interpreter. That would be really awesome if I had to travel to a lot of places and interact with a lot of people who can’t speak any of the 3 languages that I do.

But getting any two people to agree with each other – man that could solve a lot of problems. Two nations about to go to war; get the head of states of both nations into a room with me and I’ll work my magic. War averted and peace rules. You want to avoid a divorce – come to me. What about business negotiations? Come to me. Religious disputes? Bring them holy shits to me and I will make them agree that there are no gods! Any kind of problem, bring them to me!

But the best would be the ability to travel through time. That would be awesome. Go back in time and find Hitler when he was just a baby and drown that bastard. Bin Laden, Saddam, St. Francis, Stalin – heck I’d go further back and kill or abduct and confine some of your prophets so that some of these religions wouldn’t have been formed. Mass murders, rapists, suicide bombers, criminals etc etc. That would be awesome. Can I form a team and bring a few people with me to get all the work done? We could end up helping the human race a lot and making humanity more peaceful & progressive.

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Arsenal 1 Newcastle United 0

The match just got over 15 minutes back and I’m still peeved at goalkeeper Wojciech Szcz?sny. Somebody (Wenger are you listening?) out to kick his ass a few times. This moron is making quite a few goofs in recent match and not forced goofs caused by the way the ball spins or lands awkwardly on the pitch – no it’s stupid goofs because he is arrogant and careless. We are extremely lucky to have won this game with that flimsy margin of a single goal. Newcastle will curse their luck for not scoring atleast twice, one with that idiotic clearance by Szcz?sny which hit a Toon Army player and nearly went into our goal!

The Gunners created several chances early on but Newcastle almost went ahead in first-half stoppage time when Moussa Sissoko’s shot was saved and Mathieu Debuchy headed against the bar. The lone goal was scored by Olivier Giroud via a header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Theo Walcott following a set piece situation. Walcott had a lob cleared off the line before Arsenal withstood late pressure, as the Gunners looked tired and lacking any bite while scrappy Newcastle dug deep to try and find an equalizer.

The hosts sent goalkeeper Tim Krul forward in search of a late equaliser, with Hatem Ben Arfa firing wide from a great position, but the Gunners will now be top of the league on New Year’s Day for the first time since the 2007-08 season with a point advantage over Manchester City. Arsenal have 42 points from 19 games played (right at the half way mark), just one point ahead of Manchester City.

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Origin Of My Pet Names

Recount the origins of any nicknames or pet names you have.

I have had a few nicknames throughout my life. When I was about 11 or perhaps turning 12 years old, my family (parents, sister, some uncles, aunts and cousins) had hired two 15 seater mini buses and were on a tour of famous spots in South India. One of the places we visited was Kanyakumari, at the southern most tip of India. To go to the small island that has a statue of Swami Vivekanada memorial statue, which is on a small piece of an island, you have to go on ferry boats. Now while getting in and getting out they have deck hands to help you (as India had and still has in most places) shitty piers, so everyone took their help while the taller men jumped if they felt that they could. I, a plump kid, took the help of the men while getting in but on our way back I decided that I could make it and jumped to the pier easily even when most people older than me couldn’t. So the men remarked “Ah, master chaddiallo! (Master has jumped)” in jest and my cousins heard it. Thus the name Master has stuck and my damn cousins still call me by that nick name even though it is 25 years plus since it happened!

Years later, 1997 or 98 (I was 21 or 22) for a while some of my cousins kept calling me FC Rosh, because that was the name I gave to my custom team in a FIFA game we all used to play a lot during one summer. At the moment, only one of my cousins still keeps calling me that whenever she sees me or chats with me online – she is behind the times like that! And then in late 2007 I got this nick name at the office I was in, which has also stuck since then – Roshango! That’s because my user name for accessing the company network is “roshango” which is short for my full name Roshan Gopal Krishnan. I didn’t choose the name or else it would have been ‘roshangk” but it was the tech guys who put that. But over 2.5 years later my ex team members and some colleagues still call me Roshango!

I actually like that name. Even when it used to give us all a laugh when people call me “Come Roshango”!

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Things To Donate?

Three things you’d donate to charity right now are:

At this very moment if someone approached me at the door and asked if I could donate anything that I didn’t need for the needy, other than food, I’d give:

  • Some old clothes. I’m terrible at throwing away old clothes. Some that haven’t fit me in ages and I’ve probably only worn a few times are still lying in a cupboard. I’d give those away thought they’d be dusty and will need a good wash.
  • An old pedestal fan. We don’t use it. It’s not big so it doesn’t take up much space but I haven’t used it in years. Someone could get some use from it.
  • Coffee/tea cups, plates. My mother is a hoarder of plates, utensils, cups and such. She never likes to get rid of the old ones, even if she has 3 to 4 newer sets lying untouched. Last year when she was away for a few days, my dad & I packed up the old plates & cups set (which were worn out) and threw them away and started using one of the newer sets that had been with us for a few years lying untouched. She didn’t say anything when she came back but what a relief it was for dad & me. I still could give a set or two away for people who need them but can’t afford a set at the moment.
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The World’s End

The World’s End is a 2013 British science fiction comedy directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, and Eddie Marsan with Rosamund Pike & Pierce Brosnan.  It is the third and final film in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, following Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). The title is an allusion to both the holocaust that happens at the end of the movie as well as the name of a pub establishment which is the final destination for a group of friends on a pub crawl.

Gary King is a recovering drug addict who has never really left his glory days of high school behind him and is the only one of his friends who hasn’t moved on and gone onto to successful jobs and family life. He tracks down his former best friends, who he hasn’t seen in 20 years, to take them on a trip back to their hometown of Newton Haven (none of them have lived there for a long time) and complete the “Golden Mile”, a pub crawl encompassing 12 pubs in the town’s limits. After their high school was over they had attempted it but two of them had dropped out mid way and the remaining 3 had to skip the final 3 pubs on the list when daylight hit. Gary persuades Peter Page, Oliver “O-Man” Chamberlain, Steven Prince, and Andy Knightley to join him in Newton Haven. Once they reach there they find that, although the town hasn’t changed much, no one recognizes them, even though the 5 of them knows a lot of the town folk. So they start off and drink a pint each in the first 3 pubs, briefly joined by Oliver’s sister Samantha, over whose affections Gary and Steven had previously rivalled.

In the toilet of the 4th pub Gary gets into a fight with a teenager and when he pushes him against the urinal, the boy’s head breaks off revealing him to be a robot with blue ink instead of blood! He is joined by the other 4 and while they stand in shock 4 more youths enter the bar, all robots, and fight the friends. After the fight Andy, who had only drunk water till now being a teetotaler, downs a few shots. Unaware of how many people in the pub are robots, they decided to complete the crawl and leave town so as not to bring attention to themselves. Several pubs later, the group runs into Sam again and Gary warns her of the robot invasion. Although she doesn’t believe them, Gary saves her from two robots impersonating her friends. At one of the pubs, The Mermaid, there is a high school dance fest, attractive girl robots try and seduce the men to steal their DNA and create their duplicate robots. Sam’s childhood crush Adrian appears, she panics and drags the others from the pub, explaining that Adrian had died in a motorcycle crash years previously. At the next pub, Gary’s favourite teacher, Guy Sheppard (Brosnan) tries to convince them to accept their fate and be replaced by robots. This is when Andy, noticing that a birthmark that Oliver had removed on his head has now appeared, meaning he has been replaced with a robot, attacks and crushes his head. A fight breaks out, and the group scatters as Gary convinces Sam to leave in her car.

The remaining 4 friends reunite but accuse each other of being replaced by robots and have to convince each other that they are human. As the robots reach them, they capture Peter. Despite this, Gary is determined to finish the pub crawl and after having a drink at the other two pubs along the way, runs towards the final one on their list, The World’s End. Abandoning Steven, Andy chases Gary through the streets. At the last pub, Gary reveals to Andy that he had attempted suicide as he felt that his best days were during their teenage years and while the others moved on to better things he was stuck. As Gary pulls the level for his last pint the bar lowers into a hidden chamber, where the two are reunited with Steven and a voice, calling itself the Network  welcomes then and says that the robot invasion of the town is one of 2,000 “penetration points” on Earth, and that it had been responsible for all of humanity’s advances in telecommunications in recent decades. It offers the 3 friends eternal youth should they choose to become robots, but they decline, belligerently arguing that humans should be allowed to be free. The Network, defeated, ceases communication and abandons the invasion. However the town begins to self-destruct and the trip run for safety and runs into Sam who has come to rescue them and they make it just outside the explosion.

Sometime later Andy is shown narrating this story around a campfire in the ruins of London, explaining that the destruction of the town was followed by a massive worldwide electro-magnetic pulse that wiped out modern technology and set humanity back to the Dark Ages. The remaining robots reactivated and are treated with mistrust by the surviving humans. Andy’s marriage has recovered, Steven is in a relationship with Sam, and robot versions of Peter and Oliver have returned to a semblance of their former lives. In the ruins of their hometown, a now sober Gary, who went missing from his friends, enters a pub with the younger robot versions of his friends and orders 5 glasses of water. When the bartender refuses to serve any robots, Gary draws a sword and leads his robot friends into a brawl.

Hilariously funny and exciting and just a romp of fun. I dunno why this movie didn’t do well at the box office. On a budget of $20 mil it only made $46 million back but has got a lot of critical acclaim. I love it. 8.5 outta 10!

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Grinning Streak – Barenaked Ladies

I’m gonna be ending my 2013 year by reviewing the latest albums from my two most favourite bands of all time. Let’s take a listen to the Barenaked Ladies’ 2013 release Grinning Streak. Released in June and debuting at #10 on the US Billboard charts, this is their 11th studio album proper and their 2nd since singer/guitarist/songwriter Steven Page left the band back in 2009 (I’m still not over that). It is also the band’s first album on their new record label, Vanguard. The first single, Boomerang was recorded in a separate session produced by Gavin Brown in May 2012, initially for release that summer.

The album starts with Limits a song about taking a breather, taking a look at what has happened so far and knowing your limitations despite doing your best and giving it a sincere go. Boomerang is about coming back to the one who holds your heart and despite everything else and all the travails and tribulations, you come back to the one you love. I’m unsure of what the song Off His Head is all about, although I like the lyrics. I’m guessing it’s about being a parent and being faced with various situations that is out your control and being more affected because it’s not happening to you but to another human being that you love unconditionally. Gonna Walk is a song about being in love and chasing the object of your affection and not quitting until love has been achieved.

Odds Are is one of my favourite songs of BNL and one of my favourites of all time. The song is so catchy and lyrically thought provoking and yet simple enough to understand and the music lifts my spirits – just like a lot of their songs tends to do! Positivity and hope is sprayed throughout this song and the odds are in your favour that you will find the love of your life and things will go good for you and it resonates with me a lot. A little bit antagonistic and a lot about standing your ground and fighting when you are attacked is Keepin’ It Real. I know Ed Robertson (singer/guitarist/lyricist) is an atheist and this verse perfectly fits:

“What’s the point in wishing there was somewhere to go
If when you get there, you can’t let anyone know
When my time comes, I won’t be leaving this Earth
And what I’ve done for people will determine my worth”

Saying you’re sorry is hard and to a loved one making up is hard which is what the song Give It To You is all about. Talk about lyrics that let on that you are an atheist –  how’s this verse from Best Damn Friend:

Talk was cheap
‘Till I started talking to professionals
Not my first leap,
This atheist could have used confessional
Sown, so reap,
Allow me to lead you in devotional
While you weep,
Imagine the man whose more emotional.

Alright, Did I Say That Out Loud is a realization of love. Daydreamin’ is about – what else day dreams? And about wanting to make those day dreams a reality and showing the naysayers that they were wrong. Smile is about not being so serious and not forgetting the innocence of youth. Crawl is comparing the crawl of a baby to learning about life and making a sincere effort about it. We have 3 bonus tracks in this version of the album – Blacking Out, Fog Of Writing & Who Knew that add to the excellently received album both publicly & by critics. I love this album.

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Arsenal 3 West Ham United 1

Arsenal came back from a shaky looking 60 minutes where they were lucky to not let in more than one goal and unlucky to not score atleast 2 goals, to win at West Ham United 3-1. Theo Walcott struck twice and Lukas Podolski netted a third as Arsenal came from behind to return top of the Premier League. Arsenal dominated the first half but their defense looked fragile and they fell behind as Carlton Cole tapped home after Wojciech Szczesny spilled a shot. The Hammers wasted chances to double the lead and Walcott equalised with an effort that Adrian should have saved. Podolski, who came on as a substitute for an injured Aaron Ramsey, crossed for Walcott to nod Arsenal ahead before lashing in to drop West Ham into the relegation zone. Results elsewhere saw them slip from 17th and a point outside the bottom three to 19th and two points inside it.

The hosts came closest in the early stages through a Mark Noble free-kick, but Arsenal soon began to build momentum. Perhaps the one player who most needed a goal was striker Olivier Giroud who came close so many times and had a couple of chances which on another day he would have put in easily, but today it just wasn’t going in for him. He however did set up the goal for Podolski. The Hammers have won only one of their last 11 league games and will be desperate to respond at home to West Brom on Saturday. Arsenal, by contrast, ended a run of four games in all competitions without victory and lead second-placed Manchester City by two points. City beat Liverpool, who were top of the table at the start of the day and would have leapfrogged Arsenal had they won the late kick-off. Instead Liverpool dropped to fourth in the standings.

Arsenal now have 39 points after 18 games played just one point above a strong looking Manchester City side. Chelsea are 3rd with 37 points and Liverpool have 36. It’s going to a very tight race.

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Cylons

So let’s talk about Cylons. The original concept of Cylons in Battlestar Galactica started out as an advanced reptilian race of aliens who created the robotic race also called Cylons, to serve them. The Cylons were on a galactic quest of domination and were attacking the Hasaris who turned to their friends the humans of the 12 colonies and they got caught into the war. After the Hasaris were wiped out the Cylons and the humans were at war for 100 yahrens during which the reptilian race died out centuries earlier, presumably destroyed by their own creations, leaving behind only their race of robots.

The Cylons are ruled by an Imperious Leader most advanced Cylon model. Under him are several IL series Cylon robots, who look much more civilian.  However the Imperious Leader has a reptilian body, shaped much like the original Cylons masters and 3 brains. Each time the IL is destroyed, his consciousness is downloaded into an identical body and carried on (this concept was carried forward to great effect as a characteristic of every human Cylon in the rebooted series). IL-series Cylons act as commanders for the military and governors for civilians of the Alliance. They have two brains, and a mostly transparent head through which various lights can be seen pulsing. They also have a metallic, humanoid face with two eye scanners (compared to the single eye scanner of the Centurion models), and wear clothing (full-length glittering robes).

Command centurions look like the regular centurions only with gold armour. These are the lower commanders for individual military units, though they can be responsible for entire Basestars and garrisons. Their voices are slightly lower pitched than regular Centurions. And ofcourse you have the regular military centurions, androids with silver armor. Centurions are armed with a powerful energy weapon, often referred to as a blaster rifle. They also have bayonets and swords for close combat and the execution of prisoners. Although not common, some of the Centurions are given names. There is also a unique Cylon with glittering robes, with a metallic humanoid face, called Civilian Cylon. They are only seen in one episode.

And finally we have the briefly seen humanoid Cylons – a rather new model probably first built long after the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of the Humans. They are only seen in the Galactica 1980 episode “The Night the Cylons Landed“. One of which is named Andromus. Though it is entirely mechanical beneath its artificial skin, this model is an android and has a superficial human appearance (and a condescending attitude toward Centurions). Once again, this concept was taken to full fruition in the rebooted series, who ran with this concept to great effect. Ofcourse the concept owns their origins to the original Galactica 1980 although they improved on it.

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We’re The Millers

Here’s a comedy for the entire family – in which I mean it’s a comedy about an unlikely family being formed not that it is suitable for the entire family to watch together. Oh no, please don’t do that. Grandpa & grandma might have a heart attack watching a couple of the scenes in this movie. We’re The Millers is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter. It was released in the U.S. on August 7, 2013 by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.

Ok David Clark is a small time drug dealer, mainly selling pot to the average Joe and drifting through life, when he runs into his old college friend who is married and has a young family. David meanwhile ogles at his neighbour Rose, a stripper. One afternoon he goes to defend his 18 year old neighbour Kenny, who is all alone with his mother having run out on him, from a few thugs who were threatening 16 year old runaway & part-time thief Casey. In the aftermath David gets beaten up and his earning from selling drugs is stolen from him. His boss, wealthy drug lord Brad Gurdlinger forces David to smuggle marijuana from Mexico in order to clear his debt and also pay him a lot of money. Realizing that one man attempting to get through customs is too suspicious, he hires Rose, Casey and Kenny for small amounts of money, to pose as a bogus family called the “Millers”. They get an RV and make their way across the border and go to the small town that the drug houses the supply of marijuana. However, instead of a small supply of a new strain of weed, the Mexicans stash a whole load of the stuff into the RV and they have to hide all of the supply in the drawers and cupboards of the vehicle.

After a scare at the border, where a sniffer dog alerts attention to their RV due to illegal immigrants hiding underneath, one of the radiator hoses breaks while going up a steep incline due to the extra heavy load. A family they had encountered at the border called the Fitzgeralds, consisting of Don, Edie, and Melissa, catch up to them and tow the Millers’ RV to a repair shop. On the trip to the shop, David learns that Don Fitzgerald is a DEA agent after finding his badge and gun in the glove compartment. The marijuana turns out to be stolen from Pablo Chacon’s cartel. There are funny scenes in which Kenny, who likes the Fitzgeralds’ daughter Melissa (Molly Quinn),  is shown how to kiss by both Casey & Rose and Melissa sees this, much to her horror. Also the Fitzgerald mistake David & Rose to be swingers and although not ready to have sex, Edie asks and does touch Rose’s breasts. The next day, when the Millers head to the shop to pick up the RV, Chacon and his henchman One Eye are waiting for them and prepare to execute the family. They immediately tell Chacon that they aren’t a real family and that they didn’t know they were stealing from him. Rose is given a chance to prove that she is a stripper by dancing, and when she gets close, turns a steam vent onto Chacon. The Millers escape in their RV with Kenny driving and they crash and a giant spider bites Kenny on his testicles which cause them to swell up.

The Millers head to the hospital. This further delays the delivery of the contraband, but David re-negotiates with Gurdlinger for a fee of $500,000. When Kenny is finally released, David rushes him to the RV in a wheelchair and tips him over. David inadvertently reveals how much he is getting paid, in comparison to how little he offered to pay each of the others. Casey, Rose, and Kenny are left in disgust by the revelation, and so David leaves them at the local carnival. On his way David hears a song they all sung together and regrets abandoning  them and comes back, begging them on his knees to come back with him. On their way back to the RV, One Eye discovers them and as he is about to shoot everyone, Don Fitzgerald comes out of the camper and subdues him. Chacon comes out of hiding behind an RV and  is about to kill them all, but David hits Chacon and he drops his gun. Rose picks it up and accidentally shoots Chacon in the shoulder and as he is recovering, Kenny punches Chacon and knocks him out. Don then arrests the two drug smugglers and gives the Millers’ a chance to escape as they are now friends David delivers the drugs to Gurdlinger who tells him he’s late and that their deal is off. DEA agents then crash into the room, arresting Gurdlinger. The agent in charge is Don, who tells David that he will have to be in the witness protection program until Gurdlinger’s trial. As fellow witnesses, Rose, Casey & Kenny will also be in witness protection.

The final scene is in a large suburban house with David, Rose & the kids living as a family and eating lunch in the backyard and they meet a new neighbour for the first time. They are also growing some marijuana plants in their backyard. Funny & hilarious the movie got mixed reviews because hey it seems far fetched and all that. I like it a lot and the movie was a success. 7.5 outta 10!

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Injured My Left Foot…..Again!

Just as my left foot had healed to almost 100%, with just a little soreness and no pain at all, early this morning I woke up and while reaching for my glass of water I accidentally pushed and dropped something heavy on – yes you guessed it – the same fucking foot!!

Of all the rotten shit that could happen……holy shit! And even though there isn’t any swelling, it hurts like a motherfucker! I’ve been icing and rest my foot all day.

Fuck! Fuckity fuck fuck and all that shit! I’m going back to bed!

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Insidious : Chapter 2

I had watched the first Insidious movie back in May of last year and today sat back to watch the sequel Insidious : Chapter 2. Once again directed by James Wan, produced by Jason Blum & Oren Peli the movie stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, & Barbara Hershey return in the roles of the first film along with writer Leigh Wannel & Angus Sampson as Elise Rainer’s assistants. Ty Simpkins joins the cast as a fellow medium. The movie follows shortly  the events of the first one.

We start off with a flashback to 1986 and Lorraine Lambert who is troubled about the images of an old woman who appears in photographs of Josh but not in real life. Her friend a medium named Carl comes in to help and unable to do so calls Elise to help discover what is haunting Josh. After hypnotizing Josh, Elise attempts to find the location of Josh’s “friend” through playing Hot or Cold. After warnings from Josh, Elise makes her way to his bedroom closet and is scratched along the arm. Elise comes back down and tells Lorraine & Carl that making Josh forget his astral projection abilities is the best thing to do. They agree but not before it seems like Josh is speaking to someone else and points towards a door that opens on it’s own. We then come to the present and the cops are interrogating Renai on the death of Elise and the detective says that they will check the finger marks on Elise’s throat and see if it matches Josh’s.

Josh, Renai and the kids move to Lorraine’s house for the time being. As everyone goes to bed, Renai begins witnessing strange occurrences throughout the house such as the piano playing by itself when Renai is not in the room. Josh tells her not to worry but things in the house does not seem right. The next day, Renai sees a woman wearing a white dress sitting in the living room. Following the cries of her baby throughout the house, Renai comes face-to-face with the woman in white and is knocked unconscious. Worried about the incidents in the house, Lorraine had gone to visit Specs & Tucker and the decide to call Carl, who hasn’t been in touch with Lorraine in a long while. The four of them attempts to contact Elise on the other side using word-dice. Through the dice they are told to find answers at the “Our Lady of Angels” hospital, where Lorraine used to work, and we see flashbacks of a patient named Parker Crane, who committed suicide by jumping off the roof many years ago. Parker had once grabbed hold of a young Josh who was visiting his mother at the hospital. The four decide that Elise is leading them to this man’s house. After breaking into Parker’s home, they find a black gown and veil as well as newspaper clippings about a man referred to as “The Dark Bride” who kidnapped and murdered several people while dressed as a woman. It is then revealed to them that it was not Elise speaking through the dice, but actually Parker’s mother.

Renai recovers with Josh by her side and he assures her that the baby is safe. Lorraine comes to the house and takes Renai and the kid away and explains to Renai about the origin of “The Bride In Black” and the theory that the real Josh is trapped in the Further. After they leave Carl comes to meet Josh at the house, with Specs & Tucker monitoring from outside, with plans to drug Josh. The plan fails, however, and Josh incapacitates Carl, Specs and Tucker. After receiving a message saying everything is okay, Lorraine and Renai return to the house only to be ambushed by Josh. Locking Lorraine in the closet, Parker in Josh’s body attempts to choke Renai but Dalton, who has returned home with Foster, hits him with a baseball bat and the boys & Renai then escape to the basement where they barricade themselves in the laundry room. Lying down in a corner with a tin can telephone, Dalton falls asleep and returns to the Further to rescue his father. Simultaneously, Josh begins making his way into the room by hammering through the drywall. Meanwhile in the Further the real Josh stumbles upon Carl and the two look for Elise, finding her spirit at the Lamberts’s previous home. The 3 of them then  go to Parker’s house where they witness his mother, the woman in white, abusing him as a child, whereby she attempts to convince him that he is a girl. The mother notices the group observing and locks Carl and Elise out of the room.

Josh turns around to see the room dark and many sheet covered figures & upon finding Parker’s mother among the bodies, the two engage in a fight. Just as Parker who possessed Josh’s body is about to kill Dalton’s physical body, Elise enters the room with the help of young Parker and saves Josh by hitting the mother from behind. After the three escape the house, they meet Dalton, who assists Carl and Josh to return to real time. After Josh and Dalton wake up as themselves, their memories of their astral projection abilities are forgotten through a process of hypnosis by Carl. The last scene of the movie is Specs & Tucker visiting a family, who’s daughter had the same ability and they are joined by Elise’s spirit. Before the film fades to black we see Elise terrified of something she sees in  the corner of the room.

Not bad, good scares and all that but I found some of the explanations of the events seen in the film to be far fetched and a little too silly. Still a 7.5 outta 10 for me!

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ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : What People In The Future Will Say About Us

What do you think people in the future, to  be safe and make it really distant let’s say people who live 5000 years from now, will look upon us and say about how we live now?

  • “Oh man, they believed in the stories of mythology and worshiped imaginary gods?” or “Man did they have some hokey religions back then! I can’t believe they believed in those gods/religions!”
  • “They used to kill living animals and cook their meat  and eat them? How disgusting & primitive!” or “They used to eat vegetables? How disgusting & primitive!”
  • “I can’t believe that all those humans lived just on the one planet!”
  • “They used WHAT to power their vehicles? Eww”
  • “Countries and borders? What are those?”
  • “What’s money/currency? No shit, they had to “work” for that and people had to buy things with them?”
  • “What’s rape/brutality/slavery/racism?”
  • “You mean they say in front of a display device and sat for hours? And that was entertainment?”
  • “What is this….politics that they had?”
  • “Body hair????? Yuck, ugh, gross!”
  • “They fought amongst each other and killed millions of themselves? They weren’t very evolved were they?”

Those are my top 11