Wednesday, November 2, 2011
night on TV and I dint wanna disturb anyone. Its fun to watch subtitled movies in the dead of the night :) Especially a horror flick.. This particular one, called
Room 205 ( Kollegiet ) is a rather standard, mild ghost story. The ghost itself is a funny
looking blonde who turns up here and there in a dormitory, terrorising good looking people.
But I do admit, I saw her through half-open eyes as I dint wanna keep seeing her weird face
everytime I went to the loo in the dark :D
Let me outline the plot first. Theres a pretty girl, Katrine, with some baggage , emotional as
well as real. She moves into a college dormitory and is subsequently ill-treated by some
bullies, especially by one jealous bitch with curly hair. Katrine begins to have some creepy
supernatural encounters, people die and the ghost has to be stopped before it kills the main
I kept getting Deja Vu-ed throughout the whole thing. Everything seemed familiar and
predictable. Thats the only reason why the movie did'nt hold my attention so well .
I wont call this an atmospheric thriller just because it has a few scenes of the sky changing
eerily over buildings ( deja vu again ). The dorm, where all the action takes place, looks
like a nice place with lots of fresh air and sunlight. Cant help contrasting it with the
creepy old building in 'Dark water'.
There are a fair number of scary scenes. Mercifully, the gore quotient is low. The acting is
strictly ok. Actually the supermodellish Katrine seemed a bit out of place. She dint really
seem traumatized or disturbed.. I dunno if I missed something in the translation, but I really
dint care for the characters. Some of them looked too old to be playing college students.
All said and done, you will enjoy it if you dont mind the cliches. Bad movies can be fun too
you know. If you DO see it, watch out for the very last scene. Its HILARIOUS ! :D
Monday, October 31, 2011
Found this really wonderful website that features interviews with the world's most popular new-age spiritual leaders. I had not heard of all the names listed, but I have read some wonderful ( understatement ) things written by Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle. Everytime I read these kind of things, i feel so much clearer.
Well, heres the link, that will lead you to a "a collection of inspiring interviews with leading spiritual teachers and "The New Age 100" Core Book List "..
Friday, August 19, 2011
I made my first decent-tasting chinese food today :P
I think I added bit too much of soy sauce, but it was still fine.
Found the recipe on youtube. It was by a chef called Sanjay Thumma
( vahrevah.com ). The guy is really fun to watch, I would definitely
recommend his video recipes..........i think he just makes it look so
easy. Heres one for chicken fried rice :
Monday, July 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I am really happy that to FINALLY step out of full-time professional graphic designing. But looking back, I feel even happier that over the last few years, as a just-out-of-college, clueless youngster, my career was subjected to a bit of experimentation. Including my summer vacation jobs, I have dabbled in sales, reception, journalism and design. But it was my not-so-short stint as a graphic designer that really enriched my life. Some ‘mistakes’, you see, are not to be regretted.
My first real job as a graphic designer was at the Gowandi-based Web Animation Studio, which was, in those days, bustling with full-on 3d, flash, html, photo shop activity. I guess I was lucky to get a break THERE, of all the places. We had cool projects. It was fun to be in a place where interesting work happened.
The first assignment on my plate was a CD-presentation for a leading internet service provider. This was the project that taught me to create a flash presentation, and all that goes into it. It was a team effort with one script-writer, two voice-recording artists, one illustrator, one graphic designer, 3 flash designers , one video-editing guy and one project co-ordinator working on it. I was co-ordinating the project and took over as the flash designer towards the end. I also got a chance to witness a voice-over recording session, with me supervising it. The recording studio, tucked away in an old Chembur bungalow, was the first that I had seen. Well, I also learnt that voice-over artists get paid pretty well and their job looks like so much fun! I also learnt the importance of crystal clear communication. When so many people are working together, a lack of communication alone can disintegrate the project. And, I have seen that happen. All in all, this project was quite a learning experience.
Another memorable part my design career was the Myspace Secret Show concert, that we had organized, just a month or so before we went jobless. I ACTUALLY, got the opportunity, to design the stage-backdrop, apart from T-shirts! It was amazing. Even now, sometimes I see a random guy on the road wearing a Secret shows T-shirt. Feels nice.
Days at WAS and MySpace were spent in scouting for images, templates, fonts, inspirations….This is how I discovered stock images, stock illustrations, Template monster, photoshop tutorials, deviant art, dafont, Smashing magazine etc...It opened up a whole new world of art and beauty to me, which showed me just how much serious talent exists out there. I was totally awed. It inspired me to learn illustration and I went on to draw my very first portrait, which I proudly uploaded on my blog. The collectible posters at MySpace were a revelation. What coolness! I would say the biggest thing that I gained in the design-terrain, is the inspiration to explore my creative side.
As a web designer, I ended up learning and using, many more smaller softwares, apart from Photoshop and Flash. Now I can create my own ringtones etc in a sound editing software. Upload/Download files using FTP, Convert FLV to mp3, create basic html pages... This quickness and comfort with new softwares, is all thanks to the demands of the profession. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have taken the time to learn anything out of the way. Being a web designer myself, I designed a website for my mother’s matrimonial bureau. Today, I manage it myself, with occasional help from my php-developer friend, Roy. I also print my own wall-posters, and I can design my own Tee-shirts (although I haven’t yet gotten around to doing that YET!)
And last but not the least, I look back at my designing career fondly, because of all the wonderful people that I met, all the friends that I made….Yogi - my boss at WAS, Abdul - my walking-talking photoshop tutorial kit, Sunny – my reporting manager at MySpace, Dolly – colleague and friend at MySpace….
I am glad that all this happened to me. However, slowly, as I became more serious about a career, I had began to realize that I didn’t really belong. Although, I could have survived long enough, as a mid-level designer, I couldn’t really envision a future bright enough. I did not see myself as a commercially viable graphic designer, and neither was I interested in coding and implementation. But the main problem, was switching careers. How would I do it? But my mind was made up, and here I am.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
( I hadnt read many reviews...was watching it without much expectations). Nothing much happens, but its still good. I thought it was all
building up to something very interesting/moving/disturbing . I found
the couple kinduf interesting and sweet at first. But 70 mins into it,
I began to wonder, where exactly the film was going.
The one thing that disappointed and confused me was, how the bloody
climax, makes all the interesting little details of the relationship (
the ice-cream conversation, the late-nite fight, oral sex in pool,
David's stalking of katia etc ) seem irrelevant. The couple itself
doesn't seem normal, but I think the climax would have been the same,
irrespective of how normal/dysfunctional the couple was. An incident as
horrific as that, can make anyone go mad. 90% of the 114 mins , are
focused on their relationship, but the "horror element" which arrived
in the last 5-10 mins of the film, just comes out of elsewhere.
Sure the rape is horrible n humiliating, but it seemed to be there just
for shock value. Maybe, the director wanted to show how one random
horrific incident, can absolutely ruin everything...but if thats the
case then the duration of the film doesn't really make sense.
I think the makers have done a great job in building up the
suspense....but the wait is too long and wen the bad stuff happens its
weird. For me, the climax was neither shocking nor thought-provoking
(Everyone knows, man is capable of both savagery as well as
saintliness) , but just very very saddening. So this movie has left me
in a sad and confused state of mind.
Also, I dunno, why are movies like these, marketed as something they
are not. If you promise the viewers "a deliverance meets psycho", and
give them this movie, there are bound to be negative reviews. Even, the
original trailer tries to make the film look so eventful and
thrilling...lolz...I can understand why horror fans are pissed off.
Its NOT a bad movie, but I would'nt call it a horror film either... I
agree that the desert looks quite menacing, so OK that qualifies as a
"thriller" element. But there is a disjointedness to this movie, which
is why I wouldn't recommend it.
But if you like to watch slow, ambiguous movies and then dissect them
for symbols, hidden meanings etc..then go ahead. You just might like
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Last night, I watched a french movie called "Buffet froid", which roughly translates into "A cold meal". I had the read the story behind the dvd, and expected it to be a goofy fun action-comedy.
But to my surprise, and I dint mind it, the movie was amusingly absurd n consistently funny. Every character is either a killer or gets killed. Its a quiet movie, most of it being shot in the night, in empty subways, deserted streets, and an almost-empty highrise. Gives it an urban-gothic touch. 20 mins into the movie, you realize that the movie is trying to say something abt the loneliness of city life, and how it seems to suck the meaning out of life. So much so that people are driven to do weird things.
For me the high point of the movie was the Gerard Depardieu. He was so cute when young, i found myself waiting for the camera to rest on his face, again n again :)
A good one.