About Time !

25 08 2009

Nearly two months ! I would be lying if  I said I was thinking about posting something here. As a matter of fact, I bumped into my own blog by chance. I was doing an ego search when I caught a glimpse of that rusty jalopy. Imagine my surprise ! Opening the webpage revealed a poignant scene – A post named Random something, with a timestamp pointing to the distant past. That had me scurrying me over to the Dashboard.

Well, here’s something to live up to the good name of the blog : Make love and be merry, for tomorrow you may catch some disgusting skin disease. Let’s see if someone catches that reference.

In other news, I’m still jobless and in need of a social life that delivers the following : Rampant sex ( with free contraceptive supplies ),  … hmm,  that’s about it, I guess.

Let’s see if I can get Calvin to sign off for me … ah !

For some reason, ths strip reminds me of the Renaissance

For some reason, ths strip reminds me of the Renaissance

Well, here’s to me having an epiphany that concerns life, death and 42.

… more like a truck than a jalopy, on second thought.



17 07 2009

TortelliniI love this …

Random, et Al

29 06 2009

I’m still wound up in Prototype ( which should explain the brain damaged post that is this ) and the TES Construction Set while trying to watch State of Play. It just isn’t working ( easily compared to this pitiable attempt to keep myself eschewing this blog as well ). In any case, here’s some of the notable events that has happened since my last post :

  • Unlocked a lot of new combat moves and powers in Prototype
  • Started working on a new mod, stopped short of a release with a cameo of an annoying bug
  • Found out that a very small amount of Japanese Oblivion players use one of my mods
  • Michael Jackson died of a cardiac arrest
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen grossed $200 million in the box office in it’s first week, paying no regard to the reviews it received
  • Public Enemies was induced into the IMDB Top 250 list before it’s official release
  • I managed to update my collection of music by The Corrs
  • Updated AudioSurf and was made Pro Champion of a few obscure ( according to AS ) songs
  • Improved my standing in the field of Quantum Mechanics
  • Watched The Insider

That about sums it up, give or take. I’ll let Calvin have his say before the last three minutes.

An Opportunity

An Opportunity

Smart kid, eh ?

Well past Day 2, huh ?

8 06 2009

E3’s come and gone. And here I am, lacking the inspiration to go on ! The post-day 1 scenario saw my euphoria wear off and my lethargy setting in. Missing that unholy fervor and eloquence the first day’s events had given me, I ended up spending the rest of the time debugging my current project. Needless to say, that took up the rest of the day and some more, putting in motion a series of events that had me giving up, flushing the script and starting over anew. It helped. Rest assured though, for I deliver what I don’t promise.

Match Point

Match Point

The second innings of the Calvin and Me series ( Yes, this is gonna go on for a while ). Frankly, I think he just said it – The “other” universal question. One would be lying if he/she/it claimed that such a question never came to his/her/it’s mind. But let’s not delve into the intricacies of reason and thereof – It inexorably hijacks one’s train of thought into a philosophical void where there’s nothing to do but cogitate over the necessity of , yes, reason in ( and for ) whatever you do.

More to come and it won’t necessarily revolve around the same subject …

Coraline, the movie – It’s a Peach !

31 05 2009

I’m an ardent fan of Neil Gaiman and his works. I first encountered them when I was going through my old comic collection. His “Books of Magic” was my first viewport into his wonderfully imaginative world. I liked the book at once and found myself getting his other works. My next stop was at Stardust and it didn’t disappoint. On the same high, I managed to watch the film adaptation of the novel, only to find that – to my dismay – it wasn’t as good as I had expected it to be. Nevertheless, it had a few good moments ( and had an uncanny resemblance to the Elder Scrolls : Oblivion, as I later found out ) and I could say I might have enjoyed bit of it. That was a year ago.

Yesterday, I got myself to watch the latest adaptation of his work – Coraline – and am pleased to say that it was well worth the time spent ( the fact that I hadn’t read this particular book might have helped with that judgment ). A little background info – The novella was published in 2002 and garnered many awards. It was even compared to classics like Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland. It follows the story of a 11-year old girl called Coraline (not Caroline, which may lead you to have normal expectations from the person :)) who moves into to a new apartment, aptly name as the Pink Palace, in the country side. Isolated as she is, and getting very little attention from both her parents, she finds herself exploring the ancient house, meeting it’s other inhabitants. In her adventuring, she manages to find a secret little door that leads to an alternate dream world where she finds the “other” versions of her parents and neighbors. A curious aspect of this place, as she finds, was that everyone inhabiting it had buttons for eyes. Finding her “other” parents more caring and easier to relate to and the rest of the world just as interesting and wild, she starts to visit them frequently. But the illusion slowly breaks up to reveal the nightmare it really is, showing the true face of the “other” world and it’s loving mother. “Coraline now has to realize what’s important in life and fight to keep herself and her family alive with the help of a talkative cat”, quoting Kenneth Turan.

Down the mouse hole

Down the mouse hole

On to the movie – The film is an animated one, created using stop-motion animation techniques coupled with 3D effects, which delivers an impeccable visual style that is both atmospheric and stunning. If you’ve read the Books of Magic, the 2nd part specifically, you would notice a resemblance. Henry Selick excels once again, creating the first all stop-motion 3D feature film. Nothing less to be expected from the man who gave us The Nightmare Before Christmas. The stark contrast between the 2 worlds and it’s inhabitants and the sheer scope and audacity of the auditorium scene, with it’s 200+ canine occupants, makes it hard to keep one’s mouth closed.

Excellent acting by the cast – Dakota Fanning delivers an expert performance as Coraline, and very believably so. Mr. Bobinsky is enacted by Ian McShane, who puts up quite a show with a Russian accent that’s as funny as his(Bobinsky’s) figure.  Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman perform as the parents, both in and outside the alternate world. Teri Hatcher’s performance is especially noteworthy, offering a creepy feeling to the “other mother” while perfectly emulating the “other-other” one’s personality. The excellent soundtrack, composed by Bruno Coulais, only enhances the movie’s dreamy feeling with it’s adorable nonsense-language lyrics and berceuse music. The simplicity of the film betrays the amount of work put it into it – One wouldn’t believe that the film was in the works for a staggering total of  a hundred and seventy nine weeks, ninety six of it in pre-production, involved the work of four hundred and fifty people and was staged in a 140 000 ft warehouse which was separated into fifty lots, totally hosting a hundred and fifty sets. It seemed that the film’s production process was just as grand as the film.

Did all that work pay of f then ? Seems so. For starters, you’ve got my opinion :P.[Also] Just falling short of  $17 million, the film grossed $16.85 million on it’s opening weekend and received favorable reviews, sporting a 88% Fresh score on the Tomatometer and MetaCritic indicating a good reception. As of April 28, 2009 the film has grossed a huge $83.56 million worldwide.

A movie well suited to be a classic, Coraline leaves a distinct and memorable impression in the mind of the viewer with it’s delightful characters, imaginative story line and contemplative mood – An experience that shouldn’t be missed. For those who missed it in the theaters, the home-video is slated to be released coming July.