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 …

Watchmen – Behind the Mask

7 07 2009

The announcement of Watchmen’s production, when it was made, made quite a few heads turn, though it mustn’t have been much of a surprise given Hollywood’s compulsion to film adaptations of successful novels, graphic or otherwise. The offer was put forth to Michael Bay initially, who refused it ( and thankfully so considering his latest debacle – the appalling ‘Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen’ ). Zack Snyder ( of ‘300’ fame ) picked it up then and three years later, he delivers. The film was touted to be a ‘faithful’ adaptation of the ( award winning ? sales figures go here) graphic novel authored by Alan Moore ( author of V for Vendetta ). Alan Moore, however, had a different say on the matter – He refused to be a part of the production team and unequivocal expressed his views on Hollywood’s ‘unhealthy’ affair with comics. I wonder if things would have turned out better if he’d joined the team.

‘Watchmen’ follows the time line of an alternate 1985 when the Americans and the Soviets are at the brink of nuclear war and costumed superheroes are common place. It is during such a perilous time when a retired superhero is murdered for no apparent reason. A vigilante investigates into the incident and uncovers a deep rooted conspiracy that changes the world and the course of its future.

The Watchmen

The Watchmen

The screenplay is kept in sync with the novel for most part, though there are places where the plot suffers from discontinuity and drastic change. But given the limited time frame, Snyder has done a commendable job. This is a strong point of the movie as it definitely wouldn’t have been able to survive without it – The novel’s complex and detailed plot requires every bit of screen time it can get. Nevertheless, the theatrical cut’s run time of 160 odd minutes does seem a bit short – There are places that fans familiar with the original plot might find cramped. Thankfully, such occurrences are kept minimal. Attention’s been paid to detail and the dark, gritty atmosphere of the book is replicated laudably. The film deserves every bit of its R rating for it spits language generously and keeps the violence well above visceral level (not to mention the nudity and sexual content).

Visual effects impress, as it is to be expected. Artistic license and CGI have been exploited to the maximum – Some of the movie’s best moments have those to thank for. The actual acting is passable but the overall depiction of the characters falls short of the book’s expressive ones. Once again, the limitation of time plays the spoiler. Many of the sub plots have been shortened but not an extent that it looses coherence. The film’s paced surprisingly well and the action kept tight (unlike the book where combat sequences were short and didn’t carry much weight. The obtrusive soundtrack ( not the original score, that was much better ) is a clear misfit though, for it ruins the atmosphere – The original score could have been put to better use, especially during the first half of the film.

By the time the movie had ended, I wasn’t as disappointed as I thought I’d be. ‘Watchmen’ is as good a book adaptation as it gets. While it may not be as compelling as the novel, it remains loyal to it ( within reasonable limits ) and brings out most of it’s goodness (badness, actually). I won’t go as far as giving the movie a rating but would recommend watching it before reading the book. But either way, you’ll still end up figuring out the differences and picking sides. And if you do watch it, go for the uncut version.

‘Watchmen’ on : IMDB | RT

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 …

A Calvin a Day …

27 05 2009

Calvin and Hobbes. Heard of it ? No ? You don’t have to lie, really … Me, I love that comic strip. Can’t get through the week without my fix – I’m hopelessly addicted to it and loving it. For those from a different planet (Mars doesn’t count 😛 ), Calvin and Hobbes is the name of the ridiculously popular and funny comic strip written by Bill Watterson “following the humorous antics of Calvin, an imaginative six-year old boy, and Hobbes, his energetic and sardonic—albeit stuffed—tiger”, quoting Wikipedia. As I don’t feel particularly loquacious at this moment, I’ll stop with that. Here it is  – For you pleasure.

11 + 7

11 + 7