Monday, April 25, 2005

Monty Python and the Holy War!!

Came across this article by former Python Terry Jones mocking Bush's arguments for the war on Iraq. I think this was written sometime before the actual Iraq War itself. Quite hilarious! Check it out at:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1442.htm

Actually read about this article in a salon interview of Terry Jones about a new book he's written. This guy is really something! A very absorbing interview, available at:

http://www.salon.com/books/int/2005/01/21/jones/

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Early review of Hitchhiker's guide

Here's an early review of The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy that I came across in the BBC website:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4461899.stm

Looks like DON'T PANIC is going to be a new catchphrase among cinephiles.

...atleast, I hope so!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

And the award for most convoluted sentence goes to...

Very funny article I came across on the BBC website last week! This was about a contest for the most nonsensically worded sentences people had the misfortune of coming across over the years! My favorite was a warning message on a computer screen:

"Do not press NO if you do not wish to continue".

Can you imagine seeing that on your monitor? This had me in splits for a while after which I resolved I'd figure this out. Let's see: If you press NO, you WILL continue. I imagined I was running the installation for some program and after entering some of the information, I change my mind and click 'Exit'. The following dialog box comes up with YES and NO buttons:

"Are you sure you want to exit? Do not press NO if you do not wish to continue"

Make sense? As you can see, I have waaaaay too much free time! Anyway check out the complete story at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3097779.stm

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Plans for the next 3 months

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (April 29) - Trailor looks totally cool. Check out some extra clips here at IFILM. Alan Rickman is voicing Marvin, the robot! What a frood!

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (May 19) - If only they had gotten another actor for Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader...Still, can't wait!

Batman Begins (June 17) - As with all contemporary remakes of superhero films, this looks to be the best of all the Batman movies so far. Of course, Batman is a 90's franchise. Still, all of them (with the exception of Batman Forever) sucked so bad, this series needed a re-invention. By the way, I definitely preferred one of the earlier titles for this movie, Batman: Intimidation.

War of the Worlds (June 29) - Steven Spielberg! Enough said!

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Hold the phones!!!

Someone's actually referenced the post on my Florida trip in their blog about Miami Beach!! I must confess I'm blown away! Here's the page where you'll find it:

http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/archives/02_local_news/

How did I come across this? I googled my blog's name within quotes and, boom, there it was! Unbelievable!

"You like me! You really like me!"

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Blogger Gus said...

What's up, Kid?

Yes, I blogged about your blog, and then you blogged right back at me. Crazy how this stuff works.

Sounds like you had fun in Miami. I thought it would be nice to share your experience with the people who use our site.

I just started blogging myselF. I had to change around how we archive our posts. You can know find a link to your site right here -
http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/archives/2005/03/hot_cars_pretty.html

If you come back down, drop me an email. I'll see if I can't direct you to some more pretty sights. IYKWIM ;-)

Gus

6:42 AM  
Blogger Santosh Sankar said...

Woh! It's nice to hear from you, man! I was mostly suprised that you had actually come across my blog in the first place! Yeah, this blogging thing is definitely cool.

I'll definitely take up your offer next time I come down there! And of course you feel free to get in touch with me whenever you head in my direction (but why you would want to come to West Lafayette, Indiana when you are in Miami, Florida is beyond me!)

10:32 AM  

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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Sin City

Revels in its R-Rating



Becky Blue Eyes

It's not so often that a movie comes along that is so gory, so graphic that the censor board gives it an R-rating without as much as blinking an eye or cutting a single scene! Sin City which has become the paradigm of "stylized depiction of extreme violence in a movie" has achieved that distinction. And when I say "extreme", boy, do I mean "extreme"?! Popular character 'disposal' methods include castration, mutilation, crushing and my personal favorite, being eaten alive by pet wolf. Add to that the fact that all but one woman in the movie is either a stripper or a hooker (a waitress being the offending profession) with a birthday suit as first choice of clothing for most, it is safe to say that this is one time the R-rating is spot on!

Sin City is the film adaptation of a series of 'noir'-ish comic books of the same name created by Frank Miller, who is also given a co-director credit in this movie. The main director, Robert Rodriguez, hit upon the idea of being totally and completely faithful to the comic book and in this one step, has revolutionized the thought process on comic book adaptation. Some of the scenes in this movie are lifted straight from the comic book frames (check out the movie website for an interesting comparison) with the net result that the movie pretty much serves to act as a filler between these frames.

Rodriguez also shoots the film entirely in black and white with splashes of colour thrown in to enhance certain details like Jaime King's juicy red lips or the jaundiced yellow skin of a sadistic serial killer and my personal favorite (another one), the sparkling blue eyes of a hooker named Becky (Alexis Bledel).

The movie covers three of the books in the series and is not as much a single movie as much as it is three disparate stories with only threadbare connections between them. The first of these is the story of Marv (Mickey Rourke) an ugly brute of a hulk (see him and you'll understand) who streamrolls everyone in his path to avenge the death of the only woman who was kind to him, a hooker named Goldie (Jaime King). Next, we have the story of Dwight (Clive Owen), a murderer with a new face who is trying to preserve the truce between the hookers and the cops of Sin City after a cop is accidently killed. And finally, Bruce Willis plays Hartigan, the last honest cop in Sin CIty, with the responsibility of protecting the life of Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba).

Now, its not as if these guys are superheroes, more like exaggerated versions of larger-than-life heroes. Consider Marv for example: this guy is pretty much impossible to kill. So, we have him leap from tall buildings, get shot a million times before being hit by a speeding car but he always wakes up and shrugs it off with machismo. The action throughout the movie is accompanied by an undercurrent of comedy, as if the director was laughing along as he was filming.

The paths of these chracters also don't criss-cross as much as, say, in Pulp Fiction, nor is the narrative structure even slightly non-linear. Instead we have three stories told one after the other: when Marv's story gets over, Dwight's begins and so on. The complaint here is that this structure makes Sin CIty seem less like a movie than a set of three episodes in a TV miniseries. By the time we get to Hartigan we have all but forgotten about Marv, which feels like an injustice to him.

But ignore that minor quibble. SIn City is one of the most enjoyable movies to be released this year and according to the laws governing comic book adaptations, a sequel can't be far away. This movie does to comic book movies what The Matrix did to movies in general. The revolution has begun!

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Events on April 18, 2005

April 18th is the day I was born on way back in 1982. So, as my 23rd birthday looms near, I couldn't help but note down every other event happening that day that has come to my attention (by which I mean, I pounced on anything and anyone mentioning this date). Here's what I've come up with so far (Mark your calendars, everybody):
  • MS Thesis defense of Karthik Srinivasan, a friend of mine here in Purdue
  • Birthday of another friend of mine, Mahendra Babu, also from Purdue
  • Seminar by Dr. Robert M. McMeeking on "Simulations of Switching for Polycrystalline Ferroelectric Ceramics" from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, also in Purdue (In case you're wondering, the secretaries in our department kindly send out an email to everybody whenever any distinguished gentleman purports to present something)
  • College of Cardinals meet in a secret conclave to elect a new Pope!! (By far, the coolest event of the day). Note that this is in the Vatican, NOT in Purdue.

More to come?

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Attack of the library holds

Aaaargh!! All holds that I've put in the local libraries in the past few weeks here have all come in at the same time!! Wouldn't be so bad if it didn't mean I now have to read four books (3 + 1/4 actually) in around 2 weeks, I think (and that's because someone else probably has a hold on these books and so I can't renew it!)

I also have to watch 2 DVDs but that's not too bad. Anyway here's what I need to finish:

Books:
  • The Rule of Four - Almost done with this. A quarter of the book left. Great so far.
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Probably my first priority once I finish Rule of Four.
  • State of Fear - Michael Crichton's latest. Put this on hold 3 months back!
  • America : a citizen's guide to democracy inaction - written and edited by Jon Stewart and the Daily show gang. Promises to be funny!

DVDs:

  • American Splendor - Starring Paul Giamatti of Sideways fame. A different kind of comic book adaptation.
  • The Godfather Part II - Ashamed to say that I haven't seen this yet :(

Also borrowed this book Pagan Babies by Elmore Leonard, the guy who wrote the books on which Out of Sight, Get Shorty and Be cool are based on. That this book is going to be my last priority is not a reflection on its quality (Dumb disclaimer, I know!)

Happy reading to me!!

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