Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Do you find it easy to make new friends? Tell us how you’ve mastered the art of befriending a new person.

Until a few years ago, like maybe 26-27 years of age, I used to be a very open & friendly person. I still am to a certain degree but I no longer have that naive notion that everyone is a friend and that if I am friendly enough, I will be well liked. Since my early 20s I have learned the hard way that people will take advantage of you if you let them, that you can go into situations with the least amount of trepidation, maximum openness and friendliness and with the best of intentions at heart but you will most likely get burned unless you are also equally cautions and skeptical of people and their intentions.

I can’t pretend a stranger is a long awaited friend. He/she might well turn out to be so but that will take it’s own sweet time and if anyone – depending on their nature – wants to be friends and is open and honest, well why not? But I prefer to be careful, take my time in getting to know the person and avoid being taken advantage of or attacked when the chips are down. It’s just the way I see things at the moment and I’m not sorry about it. Yet I can honestly say that I am a very friendly person, only I am a more cautious person than before.

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

The Legend Of Hercules

From director Renny Harlin comes one of two 2014 movies about the mythological demi-god of ancient Greece – The Legend Of Hercules. Co-written by Harlin with Daniel Giat, Giulio Steve, and Sean Hood. The film stars Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, and Liam Garrigan.

The movie starts off with King Amphitryon invading a neighbouring kingdom and killing their king. In a battle scene that looks way too CGI-ish for my tastes (almost animation cartoon like) and very 300 like, the Amphitryon is victorious as he easily defeats Galenus and seizes his kingdom. He boasts to his estrange wife Queen Alcmene and she clearly dispises his lst for power & gold. She goes to pray to the goddess Hera and is visited by a woman, who the goddess has inhabited, and who prophesies that Zeus will visit Alcmene and impregnate her with a son who will end Amphitryon’s reign. The only witness to this exchange is Chiron, the queen’s loyal adviser. That night as the king celebrates with his men, Alcmene is visited by Zeus and he has sex with her. The king sees her in bed and believes she has taken a mortal lover but finds no one. Alcmene soon gives birth to a healthy baby boy named Alcides, but she secretly acknowledges his true name: Hercules.

Cut to 20 years later and Alcides is frolicking with his love, princess Hebe of Crete and is spied upon by his older brother Iphicles. The two young men on route to the palace are attacked by a large ferocious lion and Alcides wrestles with the lion, crushing it. As they reach the palace for a party Iphicles claims the credit and clings to the pelt of the lion and claims that Alcides had fled as a coward when the lion attacked them. At the banquet Amphitryon announces the engagement of Hebe and Iphicles, as he is annexing the kingdom of Crete. A shocked Hebe & Alcides try to run off together but they are caught by the guards and Alcides is sent away to Egypt on a campaign with other soldiers. It is then that Alcmene tells Alcides of his true lineage and the name Hercules. He however does not believe her and sets off to Egypt with the soldiers, under the the command of Captain Sotiris. In Egypt the Greeks are ambushed by a large group of enemy soldiers and in the fight all the Greeks are killed except for Alcides & Sotiris. To protect his prince’s identity Sotiris claims that Alcides is dead and the prince calls himself Hercules.

Hercules & Sotoris are sold as slaves and made to fight as gladiators in arenas earning a name for themselves and eventually winning their freedom when they fight against previously undefeated warriors (including a pair that look like ancient Greece’s version of former wrestling legends, The Legion of Doom) and even though Sortoris gets injured, Hercules single-handedly defeats 6 warriors in Greece earning their freedom. Meanwhile Alceme, in mourning for her son, finally tells the king about Hercules’ real father and is killed by Amphitryon. Meanwhile deserters of Amphitryon’s army joins Hercules Chiron brings Hercules’ news of his mother, who vows to avenge her death. Sotiris and Hercules seek refuge in the home of the human vessel of Hera, who foretells Hercules’ destiny. Hebe, is saved by Chiron before she can commit suicide and is brought to Hercules for a joyous reunion. Hercules and Sotiris begin a fight against Amphitryon’s campaign of tyranny, angering Amphitryon who seeks to destroy them. Iphicles, aided by his mercenaries, murders Sotiris’ wife and uses his son as a bargaining chip. Sortis has to lead the king to Hercules who is tied to pillars and whipped.

Hercules watches on in horror as Iphicles murders Chiron under Amphitryon’s orders. In anguish he acknowledges his father and calls upon him for strength. Hercules breaks free from his chains and crushes Amphitryon’s guard. Amphitryon and Iphicles escape. Hercules and Sotiris gather their soldiers and attack the palace and after a fight, Hercule is about to kill the king when Iphicles arrives with a knife at Hebe. Hercules hesitates but Hebe thrusts the dagger through her shoulder, killing Iphicles. Hercules finally avenges Alcmene’s death and kills Amphitryon with the same blade that killed his mother. He then rushes to Hebe’s aid and carries her away to be taken care off. We then see Hercules & Hebe as king & queen, ruling the kingdom with a new baby in their arms.

Critics panned this movie and I agree. It’s not a well made or well acted film and certainly lacks the charm & charisma of movies made on Hercules back in the 60s & 70s. It bombed at the box office. I’d give it a 5.5 outta 10!

Ryan Smyth Retires

One of my favourite hockey players, the Edmonton Oilers’ no#94 has decided to hang up his skates after 19 seasons in the NHL. (from TSN.ca) Smyth said Friday his body was still willing, but with his young children getting older, his mind was wandering. “The mental side of the game, I didn’t have it at times,” Smyth told a news conference at Rexall Place, with his family on hand. “I’ve got a wonderful family that I miss out on a lot of their stuff. That (became) a factor. “There comes a time in my life where you have to turn the page.” Smyth and his wife Stacey have two daughters & 1 son.

The 38-year-old known for his famous mullet was also a stalwart on Team Canada. He was drafted sixth overall by Edmonton in 1994 and spent most of his 18-season career in Alberta’s capital. He mixed grit with a scoring touch and became the face of the post-Wayne Gretzky Oilers, leading the team to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2006. Smyth thanked everyone from former teammates to the Oilers’ massage therapist in a speech that saw the scrappy forward fight back tears. Sitting beside him at the news conference was Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish. Smyth has 386 goals and 456 assists and 974 penalty minutes in 1,269 games heading into Edmonton’s Saturday season finale against the visiting Vancouver Canucks. He added 59 points (28-31) and 88 penalty minutes in 93 career playoff games.

He also earned the nickname “Captain Canada” for his loyalty to Canada’s men’s national team. The team is preparing a tribute to the Banff, Alta., native during Saturday’s game. Asked what he’ll miss the most about the game, Smyth said the it will be the journey itself. “Being on the ice surface, the adrenalin, the excitement, obviously your teammates,” he said. Smyth played at least 40 games as an Oiler in 14 of his 18 seasons. He blossomed in his first full season with the team in 1996-97, when he had 61 points (39 goals and 22 assists) in 82 games. Smyth was a steady force up front in Edmonton early in his career. The six-foot-two 191-pounder played a key role in the Oilers’ 2006 Stanley Cup run. Smyth had 16 points (7-9) in 24 games that post-season as the Oilers dropped a seven-game series to the Carolina Hurricanes.

He was shipped to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline during the 2006-07 season. Long-term contract negotiations between Smyth’s agent, Don Meehan, and Oilers then general manager Kevin Lowe went to the 11th hour but the two sides couldn’t reach a deal. With Smyth due to become a free agent that summer, Lowe didn’t want to risk losing him for nothing in the off-season. Smyth said goodbye to Edmonton during an emotional news conference at the city airport. He played two seasons with Colorado and two more with Los Angeles before he asked Kings GM Dean Lombardi for a trade in 2011. A deal was finalized in June of that year. He has provided some veteran leadership on a young Oilers squad over his last three seasons. Saturday will be Smyth’s last chance to set a team record for power-play goals. Smyth and Glenn Anderson have 126 each, one ahead of Gretzky. Internationally, Smyth played at two Winter Games, helping Canada win gold at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. Smyth also won gold at the World Cup of Hockey in 2004 and represented Canada at seven straight world hockey championship during his prime.

Shirts, Shoes & Stuff

Last evening’s lovely rain duped me into thinking that today might be a cool day weather wise to go out for a bit of long delayed shopping. It was instead a rather hot day and even now, at 6:40 pm, still 33 degrees Celsius. Anyway I had planned to go shopping with my cousin Sujith, as I’d called him and asked him if he wanted to join me. He was game and so we decided to meet at Men’s Studio near Kacheripady by 11 am. Unfortunately for us the sun was blazing hot by then. As I live nearby, I reached much earlier than he did and I went in and sought a salesman at one of the counters. I looked at well over 30 shirts before selecting around 8 and tried them out before selecting 2 to buy for now. I’ve asked them to keep one in reserve for me and that I would come by on Monday and buy it. I had the money but I also wanted to buy a pair of shoes and decided to get that first.

Sujith and I went to get some coffee and a small bite to eat and step out of the hot sun for a while. As we drank our cold coffee, sitting on couches next to the ceiling to floor length windows of the cafe, we stared at a stupid tank lorry driver who, knowingly or unknowingly, drove from a side road onto MG Road and basically blocked the busy street for over 20 minutes. With the Metro railway work being done on Mg Road, as it is the road is heavily congested and now a large queue of cars, buses, autos and bikes were now piled up on the road as a illegal turn to the main road was done by this guy. It was fun to watch for us as he twisted, drove and turned for many minutes but I’m sure the driver of the lorry was under pressure and many people on the roads and on their vehicles were cursing him.

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We then went to buy shoes but – the preferred place that I go to was closed so we tried a couple of other places. We waited for a while to be served but no one came for a long time and so we left the first place. The second place said they had a large 70% discount as part of a clearance sale. They lied! Someone should tell them what the meaning of a discount is – marking a make believe large amount as the original price and then slashing it and showing an amount, which is the actual rate, is not a fucking discount! Everything was charged quite high and I knew that I could the same shoes at a lower rate in my preferred store so I decided to wait for a couple of days and try my luck again.

We then went for lunch and had pizzas (videos will be uploaded soon) and Appy Fizz to wash it down. More walking in the sun for checking out shoes and we ended the evening with frappes (bad choice as I was too full with those). But it was so hot and we were sweaty and I was tired. After an hour sitting in another cafe we left to our respective homes.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 is the 2013 sequel to the 2009 computer-animated comic science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, produced by Kirk Bodyfelt, and executive produced by the directors of the first film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Most of the main cast reprised their roles: Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, James Caan as Tim Lockwood,Andy Samberg as Brent McHale, Neil Patrick Harris as Steve, and Benjamin Bratt as Manny. Will Forte, who voiced Joseph Towne in the first film, voices Chester V in this one. New cast includes Kristen Schaal as orangutan Barb and Terry Crews as Officer Earl, replacing Mr. T in the role.

The movie starts off right where the first movie ended. After Flint Lockwood and his friends saved the world from the food storm super-inventor Chester V, the CEO of Live Corp and Flint’s hero from childhood, is tasked to clean the island. He relocates the residents of Swallow Falls to San FranJose, California where Live Corp is also based and takes Flint to work in his company to invent new things. However the FLDSMDFR survived the explosion and is still in Shallow Falls and affecting the environment there. After getting the company tour by Chester’s assistant Barb, a talking orangutan with human intelligence, Flint gets to work. Six months later, Flint humiliates himself during a promotion ceremony when his invention, the “Celebrationator”, explodes. But his spirit soars when Chester comes to him and recruits him for a secret mission – the FLDSMDFR is causing food to mutate into living things, with characteristics of animals, and huge cheeseburgers are attacking the cleanup crew. Seemingly fearing the world’s inevitable doom, Chester tasks Flint to find the FLDSMDFR and destroy it once and for all.

Despite Chester’s demands to keep the mission classified, Flint recruits his girlfriend, meteorologist Sam Sparks; her cameraman Manny; police officer Earl Devereaux; Steve, a monkey who communicates via a device on his head; and “Chicken” Brent. Much to Flint’s dismay, his father Tim joins the crew and they travel to Swallow Falls on his fishing boat. While the others go to search for the FLDSMDFR, Flint makes his father stay behind in the boat to keep him safe. They find a jungle like enviornment has overgrown in the area and find a vast habitat of living food animals called foodimals and meet a cute strawberry named Barry. The group is initially attacked by many of the living food but they later understand that the new creatures are just reacting to being attacked by humans. Tim meanwhile goes to his old shop and finds a family of humanoid pickles and bonds with them by fishing. Chester comes to the island when he finds out that Flint has his friends with him and does his best to separate Flint from the rest. After escaping a Tacodile attack, Sam notices that the foodimal was protecting its family, and begins to suspect Chester is up to no good.Sam attempts to convince Flint to spare the foodimals, but Flint is intent on making Chester proud. Sam leaves in anger, and Flint’s other companions go with her (including Steve). In the jungle, Manny confirms Sam’s suspicions when he reverses the Live Corp logo to reveal that it is in fact “Evil Corp”. In addition, Sam proves that the foodimals mean no harm by taming a Cheespider. Upon realizing Chester’s intentions, the group is then ambushed by Evil Corp employees.

Flint finds his machine but changes his mind on seeing a family of cute marshmellows and Chester grabs the opportunity to seize control of the FLDSMDFR which he plans to make his company’s foodbars using the foodimals.  A crushed Flint is knocked into the river but rescued by the marshmallows. Flint is taken to his father, and they and the foodimals all work together to allow Flint and Barry to infiltrate the Evil Corp building that is under construction on the island. Flint frees the trapped foodimals and confronts Chester, who threatens to make food bars out of his friends. The foodimals fight the employees of Live Corp and with Barb’s (who had a change of heart as Chester treats her badly) help Chester is vanquished. With the island safe from Chester and Evil Corp destroyed, Flint returns the FLDSMDFR to its place and the foodimals continue to live in peace as more are born. The film ends with Flint fishing with his father for the first time, finding it enjoyable. During the end credits, Barb reveals to have a crush on Steve by asking him out on a date.

Silly, funny and entertainment for the whole family, although it’s not as good as the first one.. 7 outta 10!

Horror Themed Pizza Pies

Papa’s Pizza in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

I’ve heard & seen baristas make intricate designs on their coffees with foam, so learning that there’s a pizza place that carve famous movie icons into their pie is just fucking awesome.

Take a look at some of their edible works of art that include Chucky, the Reaper, a zombie, and of course Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

RIP The Ultimate Warrior

Former wrestler James Brian Hellwig more famously and later officially known as The Ultimate Warrior or just Warrior has passed away. He was just 54. Warrior was best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996, and in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1998. Warrior passed away on April 8th, 2014 at the age of 54. After a brief bodybuilding career, Hellwig joined a few fellow bodybuilders, including Steve Borden aka Sting, who were trying to make the transition to wrestling. He began his professional wrestling career as Jim “Justice” Hellwig of Powerteam USA in 1985 and performed for smaller promotions he debut for WCW in 86 and stayed till he moved to the WWF/E in 1987 where he got an early push.

Less than a year after his WWF television debut, Warrior won the prestigious Intercontinental Championship, defeating The Honky Tonk Man in 27 seconds at the first ever SummerSlam on August 29, 1988. The Warrior was heralded as the wrestler to become the biggest star of the 1990s, and the successor to Hulk Hogan, who had remained wrestling’s biggest star throughout the 1980s and went on to defeat Hogan at Wrestlemania VI after a Warrior Splash to become the first, and as of 2013, only wrestler to hold the WWF Intercontinental and World Championships simultaneously. Warrior would go on to feud with Savage, and the rivalry culminated in a ‘Career Ending’ match at WrestleMania VII with the Warrior victorious, forcing Savage to retire. Apparently disputes over his high payment demands and royalties led to him being suspended in 1991 until his return mid 1992. Between November 1992 and July 1995, Warrior was semi-retired. During his time away from the WWF, Warrior opened the short-lived “Warrior University”, a professional wrestling school based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Though he made brief returns since he retired in 1999 and has been a motivations speaker & writing comics.

On April 5, 2014, the Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014.  Warrior appeared at WrestleMania XXX and delivered a promo on Raw the next night. He’s been married twice and has two daughter with his second wife. Warrior collapsed outside of an Arizona hotel at approximately 5:50 p.m. on April 8, 2014. He was reported to be walking with his wife to his car during the moment of his initial collapse and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Cause of death not given at this time.

Warrior (June 16, 1959 – April 8, 2014), born James Brian Hellwig

Comic Hero Archie To Be Killed Off

Guess what? They are going to kill off Archie Andrews!!!

Archie Comics announced on Tuesday that the famous comic book character will heroically sacrifice himself while saving the life of a friend in a July installment of “Life with Archie,” a comic book series that tells the story of grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale gang. “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched ‘Life with Archie’ five years ago and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater said in a statement. Archie’s final moments will be detailed in “Life with Archie” No. 36, while issue No. 37 will jump forward a year and focus on his friends Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie honoring the legacy of their red-headed pal.

Archie first appeared in comics in 1941 and went on to become a colorful icon of wholesomeness. In recent years, Archie Comics has tackled such issues as gay characters and the zombie apocalypse in Archie’s fictional hometown of Riverdale. I remember reading Archie’s comics since 1984 or 85 and loving every story and the antics of the Archie’s gang. What bastards! They are going to kill him. I know they have other series of comics in which he will still be alive but…the bastards are killing him!

Oh cruel world, what’s next? Will we see Scoobie Do get infected with rabies and have to be put down?

Bitten – Season 1

Bitten is a Canadian television series based on the Women of the Otherworld series of books by author Kelley Armstrong. The series is set in Toronto and upstate New York and is shot mostly in the Toronto region. The series is based on the werewolf myths and focuses on the life of Elena Michaels, who in this universe, is a rare female werewolf and the family or pack that she belongs to. The series stars Laura Vandervoort (Elena), Greyston Holt as Clayton Danvers, Greg Bryk as Jeremy Danvers, Paul Greene as Philip McAdams & Steve Lund as Nick Sorrentino. Regular costars include Michael Xavier as Logan, Genelle Williams as Rachel Sutton, Natalie Brown as Diane McAdams & Fiona Highet as Sheriff Karen Morgan.

Elena who grew up as an orphan meets Clayton, a professor of anthropology when she applies to become his assistant, while at university. Although she initially doesn’t like him the two become lovers and later he takes her to meet his rather unusual family of all men all who are werewolves that belong to a single pack. Fearing that Elena saw him change from wolf to human form, the pack’s alpha Jeremy – as per the rules – is supposed to kill her – but a lovelorn Clay bites Elena in wolf form which converts her into a werewolf. The pack is surprised to note that she survived the transformation as women don’t usually do so. Elena now a werewolf joins the pack which also includes Antonio and his son Nick, Logan & Peter among a few others. After 4 years she has a falling out with Clayton after learning that it was he who turned her into a werewolf and leaves the fold, joining Logan in Toronto and begins a new life as a photographer. She makes friends with Diane and meets Philip, Daine’s brother, and begins a relationship with him. However when unaligned wolves, called mutts, start dumping dead bodies near the Danver’s estate and the estate comes under police investigation Jeremy calls all the pack members, including Elena, back home.

Elena and the pack members hunt the mutts and initially think that it’s a solitary mutt or two who want to challenge the pack for membership. However the members are being killed one by one and finally it’s down to only Jeremy, Logan, Nick, Clayton & Elena. She must find a balance between her new life, lover and friends in Toronto and her obligation to help Jeremy and the family back in NY. Not to mention the humans she loves cannot find out that she is a werewolf as the rule is to kill them in order to keep the secret. Philip is struggling with her constant absence and travel to NY. The pack soon finds that a Daniel Santos is assembling a team of mutts to challenge Jeremy of the pack leadership and among them are Victor Olson, a pedophile who had troubled Elena when she was a child and criminal killer Thomas Leblanc who enjoys hurting people. Logan is also concerned as his girlfriend Rachel is pregnant and it’s a boy – as per werewolf rules, they take the baby boys away from the mother and raise the child within the pack as humans cannot know the truth of the pack.

All things head for a showdown as Santos wants not just alpha status but also Elena for himself; as female werewolves are rarely seen, a child born of two werewolves will be extremely powerful, making him important among all wolf clans. The finale leads to a showdown at the Danver estate in which all the mutts are killed and Santos is taken prisoner and killed after one of the mutts, Karl, changes allegiance to Jeremy. However the finale shows us that behind the mutts challenge lay the leadership of James Williams, a former member & powerful older wolf but instead of admitting defeat, Williams confronts Jeremy and reveals his intention to take Elena. In the chaos of the battle, Rachel is kidnapped by James Williams who turns out to be Malcolm Danvers, Jeremy’s father. Elena discovers the head of Philip and screams.

I have to say that the series started out rather dull with a lot of passive emotional stuff in the forefront and some bad acting but the show does pick up and improve a lot from episode 6 onwards and things get really interesting and intense. The bad CGI wolf effects are also a downer. What will season 2 bring us?

Express Yourself!

Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively?

Dance : No thank you. Not only am I overweight I also have 2 left feet. The only thing I excel at in dancing is the “standing in one spot and moving my arms in a circular motion” dance. What? It’s more complicated than it looks!

Sing : Yeah I sing a lot; in the comfort of my bedroom. At my laptop playing music on my mp3 player or on Youtube. I have sung a few times on stage in front of a few people (and they lived to tell the tale) but I haven’t taken lessons or anything. Still music is very important to me and I live for listening to music and to sing along with my favourite songs.

Write: Hello! I’m blogging a lot, am I not? I find it soothing and relaxing and even exciting. I just changed my WordPress theme and, as simple a theme as it is, just the way it looks now makes me excited to write new posts just so I can see how it looks and changed everytime I update it. I only wish I could make a lot of money by writing, like novel and such.

Sculpt : Nope, never tried it out ever. Wish I had taken lessons as a child or even in my early 20s. It’s something that looks like a great talent to have.

Paint/Draw : As a kid I used to draw a lot. Paint not so much, unless you count the colouring I did of my drawings. I used to get big book of blank pages just so that I could draw stuff in them. It occupied me for hours and hours on end. Again, I regret that I never went to classes as a child and I haven’t drawn since I entered my mid teens.

Debate : Mostly online on Facebook but very little of it face to face. I’ve done some of it at school and later on at a few work places, where they make you attend some as part of your training. I enjoy them but usually the topics here are rubbish, repetitive and so cliched that I get bored in 5 minutes.

Always find ways of express yourself, you are unique and you deserve to be noticed for your uniqueness.

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

In The Summertime

Theoretically, summer will return to the polar-vortex-battered Northern Hemisphere. What are you looking forward to doing this summer? If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, what are your fondest memories of Summer past?

When I think of summer I think of summer vacations as a kid. We, here in this part of the world, don’t have four distinct seasons. We get blazing hot summer and then monsoon season followed by summer which is less hot until blazing hot summer starts again. No winter and no autumn/fall season and no spring! Tropical area and all that you know.

So, during my younger years my cousins and I would eventually all end up in our ancestral home (read that as grandma’s place) in Mattancherry for a few weeks and we’d have a ball. Mornings wake late and post breakfast get the football and or cricket bats, wickets & ball ready and we’d play the sport of our choice on the large front yard. Sometimes it would be badminton games. Usually the girls never played or played for a while before absconding into the living room with their books. We’d break for a 15 minute juice session and then play until lunch time. Our moms & aunts would serve us our food, careful not to neglect to tell us that we stink of sweat & mud and then perhaps we’d cool down for 30 minutes before playing again until it starts to get dark.

A shower to wash away the sweat & dirt and by 6:30 pm we’d be fresh faced kids & teens smelling of soap, shampoo and talcum powder and we’d pool money to buy ice cream sodas and lemonades from a shop nearby. Dinner – if were lucky we would get money to buy burgers and crispy chips from Abad’s cafe and some cokes for dinner. Followed by a movie that we’d have to agree democratically to get from the video lending library that was near the house. Those who were not interested by the movie would move to another room for some music and reading comics.

Those were the days. Sad we’ll never be able to experience them again.

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

Food Review Video #3

For my 3rd food review I went into Cafe Coffee Day on MG Road (the one near Medical Trust) for a Smoke chicken sandwich & a Crunch frappe. Was very disappointed with the food & drink, although to be honest the last two times I had the same sandwich from CCD, it was really good. The video is from a few months ago.

Arsenal 0 Everton 3

You are witnessing the possible and highly delayed end of Arsene Wenger’s career at Arsenal. Or one can only hope! A listless, hopeless and uninspired Gunners side went to Goodison Park and were outplayed, outpaced and outwitted by a fast paced & attacking Everton side, who ran out with a deserved 3-0 win. Arsenal were lucky to have not conceded more and unlucky to not score one goal back. Everton took a step closer to fulfilling Roberto Martinez’s pre-season promise of Champions League football as they swept past Arsenal to move a point behind the fourth-placed Gunners.

Steven Naismith opening the scoring by tucking in a 14th-minute opener after Romelu Lukaku’s shot was saved. Belgium striker Lukaku then fired in his 14th goal of an impressive season after another fine sweeping move. Kevin Mirallas forced Mikel Arteta into an own goal after the hour mark to complete the scoring. With Everton having played one game fewer than Arsene Wenger’s side, a place in Europe’s elite competition for the first time since 2005 is now in their own hands. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hit the bar late on for the Gunners in one of the few highlights for the London side, the other big one being that Aaron Ramsey made his long awaited return post an injury layoff as a substitute.

Arsenal have an easier looking remaining matches scheduled but with only 1 win in their last 6, other teams will relish a chance to beat the Gunners. More importantly, having led the league for many weeks this season and now struggling to stay 4th, is this what is needed for the board at Arsenal to finally make that call and say goodbye to Wenger? I really want him to be sacked or asked to leave. Say goodbye to the man who has reduced Arsenal to a laughing stock in 2014 with pathetic displays as the right players were not bought or traded for. Goodbye Wenger!

Absentia

Absenia is a 2011 horror / supernatural film written and directed by Mike Flanagan. It is a low budget film who’s principal photography was funded by way of the film’s project page on crowd funding website Kickstarter. Shot on and looking every bit as a low budget indie film, the movie stars Katie Parker & Courtney Bell.

Tricia has been searching for her missing husband Daniel for the past 7 years with no luck. Now pregnant after a brief affair, she is about to declare her husband as deceased in absentia and with the help of her younger sister Callie, is going to move into a new apartment before the baby is due. As the date to get the papers declaring Daniel official dead looms, Tricia starts to have hallucinations of her husband and horrifying dreams, which her therapist deems as being a natural reaction. Callie, a former drug addict who has traveled throughout the states during the past few years, is now a converted Christian. On one of her daily morning runs she sees a very gaunt man, who is surprised that she can see him, in the tunnels near Tricia’s house. He begs her to contact his son, but she runs off; later, she returns with food and leaves it in the tunnel.

The next day Callie finds some metal objects left at the door and believing the gaunt man must have left it goes to the entrance of the tunnel and leaves it there. A young man comes up with a trash bag and tells her not to do so and leaves his bag at the entrance. At night Callie finds the metal objects on her bed and the two sisters call the cops. Detective Mallory, who has been investigating Daniel’s experience, responds to the call and chastises them for leaving the door unlocked in a dangerous neighborhood. Callie secretly relapses into drug use, and Tricia signs the death certificate. As part of her acceptance Tricia, on Callie’s urging, steps out on a date with Mallory, who seems to have developed affections for Tricia but as they leave the house, a bloody and barefoot Daniel suddenly appears in front of their apartment and collapses. At the hospital Daniel is diagnosed as severely malnourished, dehydrated, and physically abused but has no recollection of where he has been. Detectives Mallory & partner, Detective Lonergan, attempt to interrogate Daniel, but he does not respond. Later, Tricia breaks down and hits Daniel, begging him to explain his disappearance, but he still does not respond. Mallory comes by, and he and Tricia talk in in his car. Mallory pledges his devotion to her, and they share a kiss.

At the same time Daniel appears in Callie’s room and tells her that she has made a trade with an insectoid creature that resides in the walls of the tunnels. They are both attacked by a creature and Callie sees it drag Daniel down to the basement and through solid walls. Callie tries to convince the cops & Tricia about what she saw but her drug use makes them doubt her claims. Tricia finds her stash and accuses her of hallucinating and claims that Daniel must have ran away again on seeing her & Mallory together. Callie does some research on the internet and shows Tricia several instances over the years of people missing in that area, including Walter Lambert, the man she saw in the tunnel, whose son claims that he was taken by monsters. After Daniel’s parents are informed of his disappearance Lambart’s bloodied body is found at the entrance to the tunnels and the man Callie saw earlier is revealed to be his son, Jamie. The police accuse Jamie of kidnapping local pets, and he implies that he has been offering them as sacrifices to recover his father. At night the women are attacked by the creatures and Tricia is taken. Callie goes to the cops but her credibility in tatters, they don’t buy her story.

She is told to file a missing person report, and after collecting all the research she did on missing people in an envelop, Callie returns to the tunnel to offer a trade. She hears screams and sees the forms of people through the walls. A fetus (presumably Tricia’s) is pushed through the wall, and she attempts to run. She is captured by the creatures before she can escape the tunnel. As the movie ends Mallory finds the envelop and chooses to believe that Callie ran away and Tricia is happily living off the land somewhere, while his partner thinks a serial killer got to them both. Mallory puts up missing posters on the two women and sees an apparition of Callie in the tunnel entrance but ignores it and leaves, as Callie watches him with a creature next to her.

Despite it’s low quality look and even lower budget (Callie even wears the same tshirt & jammies for several nights), the film does have some creepy factor that works in their favour, although the film seems to drag in several places. And with the exception of the two women leads, the acting is suspect. Daniel does not appear to be too worse for wear despite being tortured by the creatures for 7 years. But you can’t ask for much from a $70,000 movie. I’ll give it a ….. 6.5 outta 10!

First Contact Day

In the Star Trek universe First Contact Day is a holiday celebrated to honor the flight of the Phoenix and First Contact (as shown in the movie Star Trek : First Contact) with the Vulcans on April 5, 2063. On Earth, children get the day off from school, a fact Captain Janeway remembered was really the only way they used to celebrate it.

The Phoenix was the first human spaceship to break the speed of light and First Contact was initiated on the evening of April 5, 2063, when a Vulcan survey ship, the T’Plana-Hath, having detected the warp signature of the Phoenix, touched down in Bozeman, central Montana, where they met with the Phoenix’s designer and pilot, Zefram Cochrane. This event was generally referred to as the defining moment in Human history, eventually paving the way for a unified world government and, later, the United Federation of Planets.

A Wind Breaking Difference

The difference between women & men

Women: Irrespective of age, social status, occupation and nationality there is no place for a fart joke among them. Infact universally, you will be met with utter disgust at the mere mention of flatulance.

Men : No matter the age, social status, occupation and nationality all men enjoy a good fart joke and hearing one makes us go into joyous laughter, hi-fives and childish glee. Infact the mere mention of breaking winds, men will automatically smile and fondly remember every fart joke he has ever heard in his lifetime!

Paranormal Activity : The Marked Ones

The makers of Paranormal Activity have tried to inject new fresh blood into the horror movie franchise with this outing. Written and directed by Christopher B. Landon, and co-produced by Oren Peli, Paranormal Activity : The Marked Ones is more of a a spin-off of the Paranormal Activity film series and the fifth installment of the series.

The film focuses on Jesse, a recent high school graduate who lives in a small apartment in a complex with his grandmother & widowed father in Oxnard, California and usually hangs out with his best friend Hector and their common friend Marisol. After a party for him, Jesse buys a newer camera from a pawn shop. Anna, a reclusive woman who lives in the apartment below them and who is rumoured to be a witch is found murdered in her home and the police suspects Oscar, a former classmate of Jesse’s who was seen feeling from the scene. Jesse and his friend, Hector, decide to find out what Anna’s apartment looks like. They find black magic rituals and a picture of Jesse. They also discover several VHS tapes—including tapes from the childhood of Katie & Kristi. They also find a journal of spells, including one that discusses temporal doorways that take people in time and into evil and “unholy” locations. Along with Marisol they attempt to do the spell but nothing seems to happen that night.

However the next morning Jesse wakes up with a strange bite mark on his arm. Later, he and his friend Hector are confronted by two thugs who attack them, but the thugs are somehow knocked out by Jesse. When they show the incident to their other friend Marisol, Jesse cannot remember how it happened. He also discovers that he can perform “supernatural acts” like floating on air instead on falling down when he leans backwards without any support. With his confidence surging Jesse convinces Hector to join him at a party nearby where they meet two girls and Jesse invites Penelope to have sex with him in Anna’s apartment. When he leaves to get a condom, Penelope finds a a trap door in the apartment and is attacked by Oscar as he emerges from it. The girl runs away and Jesse searched for Oscar and finds the boy with oiley black eyes and the same bite mark on his arm. Oscar tells Jesse that unless they kill themselves they will harm those they love and then runs away. Although Jesse gives chase, he is left watching in horror as Oscar jumps from a high level to his death.

Jesse, Hector & Marisol inspect the room under the trap door and find an altar draped in witch paraphernalia as well as photos of Oscar, Jesse, and his family. One of the photos is of Jesse’s mother, while pregnant with him, posing with standing between Anna and Lois, Katie and Kristi’s grandmother. While there a shadow figure comes down the trap door but leaves without seeing the 3 teens. Over the next few days Jesse becomes moody and withdrawn, not sleeping and eating very little. The family dog, Chavo, disappears, and, believing that he hears it whining in the trap door basement in Anna’s apartment, Jesse heads down to rescue his dog. The shadow figure stands still without alerting Jesse who is unaware it is a trap. Jesse enters the basement and calls his dog, but instead he finds the ghostly figures of young Katie and Kristi. Frightened, he tries to flee the basement but finds the hatch closed. After shouting for help, Jesse turn his camera forward and hears voices muttering in the background. The voices stop and Jesse sees a black, shadowy figure emerging in the basement room. Sudden pounding footsteps approach Jesse as well as a horrifying demonic shriek as the malevolent shadow figure charges at Jesse, attacking him and knocking him down, possessing him.

Jesse then becomes darker & tortures Chavo his pet dog, murders his grandmother who was trying a religious spell to protect him and tells Hector that they are not friends. Hector and Marisol seek help from Oscar’s brother, Arturo, and find that Oscar had been in contact with Ali Rey (from the previous film), who had researched demons after her father and step-mother were killed and half-brother kidnapped by Katie. Ali tells Hector and Marisol that Jesse has been “marked” by coven witches called “The Midwives” who are using demons to create an army of possessed young men. Ali gives Hector and Marisol an address where a final ritual is to take place. Before they can head to the address, they are attacked by a now-possessed Jesse, whom they manage to knock out. Hector and Marisol decide to take him to the hospital but Hector’s car is suddenly rammed by a truck. Hector and Marisol are knocked out and Jesse is taken by whomever was driving the truck. They ask Arturo for help and he bring along his friend Santo armed to the teeth as they head to the house – which is house of Katie & Kristi’s grandmother’s house.

Searching the grounds next to the house, Santo then tries to break in the locked doors when the rest see a woman, apparently held captive plead for help. Suddenly the witches of the cover attack and kill Santo while Arturo tries fending off them using his shotgun and killing a few as Hector & Marisol lock themselves up in the house. However Marisol is abducted when Hector checks out a room that is prepped for a witches ritual and he frantically searches the house for her when her dead body crashes through a glass ceiling. Jesse then appears and lets out a demonic roar as Jesse chases Hector upstairs into a room with a strange wooden door in it. As Jesse crashes into the room, Hector flees through this doorway. After some camera interference, Hector finds himself back in time at the household of Katie and Micah, on the night that Katie finally succumbed to the demon. Hector sees Katie descend the stairs and pleads for her to help him. Instead, she grabs a knife and screams for Micah, who attacks Hector under assumption that he is an intruder. As Micah is stabbed to death by Katie, Hector tries to flee but is attacked and killed offscreen by a possessed Jesse, who unleashes a demonic roar and the camera falls to the ground. With the camera still rolling, Katie picks it up and stops the recording.

Time travel elements, desperate trying to connecting the spinoff with the other movies – why couldn’t they just let the movie stand on it’s own? Because for a while this movie was actually looking like the best of the whole lot of PA films but they ruin it with some silly stuff. 6 outta 10 for me!