Saturday, September 17, 2011

JUST FOR FUN

 

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MOVIE CLICHES ... FOOD & EATING

 

  • Pastries are always in plain pink boxes. When we see a plain pink box, we expected to know that the box contains donuts or cake or some related item.
  • All movie mothers will prepare a breakfast, usually consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon, etc. Dad and the kids will invariably arrive at the table 30 seconds before Dad has to leave for the office and the kids have to catch the school bus. Each will have time only for a sip of coffee/juice and/or one bite of toast. There must be enough food left over in these homes to feed an emerging nation!

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TRIVIA BITS

 

  • the first Burger King was opened in Florida Miami in 1954
  • the first city to mint its own gold coins was Florence, Italy in 1252
  • the first city to reach 1 million was London
  • the first credit card was a Diner's Club card issued in 1950
  • the first crossword puzzle appeared in 1913
  • the first drug that was sold as a water soluble tablet was aspirin in 1900
  • The first English dictionary was written in 1755
  • the first ground vacuum packed coffee was first introduced in 1900
  • the first James Bond movie was called 'Dr. No'
  • the first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON

QUOTABLES

 

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Friday, September 16, 2011

JUST FOR FUN

 

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STAIRWAYS TO WHERE?

 

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100 YEARS OF EAST LONDON STYLE IN 100 SECONDS

 

100 years of East London style in 100 seconds.

Sept 13th 1911 - Sept 13th 2011.

What a brilliant piece of cinema-graphic work.

COOL IMAGES

 

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THE TYRE ART OF WIM DELVOYE

 

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For his series titled "Pneu", Belgian artist Wim Delvoye created a series of decorative objects by hand-carving intricate patterns and floral motifs on used car tyres.

Through his manipulation of found objects, Delvoye transforms things that seem useful in everyday life into sculptural pieces that carry a different value from their original intended purpose.

Delvoye calls his own approach to art ‘glocal’, referring to ‘local’ and ‘global’, which is his own ironical way of describing art.

 Find out more about Wim's work here.

 

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TRIVIA BITS

 

  • the electric chair was invented by a dentist
  • the electric toothbrush was invented in 1939
  • the elevator was invented in 1850
  • the Empire State Building in New York weighs over 365,000 tons
  • the expression to 'knuckle down' originated from playing marbles (players used to put their knuckles to the ground for their best shots)
  • the fastest fish in the sea is the swordfish and can reach up to speeds of 108kph (68mph, 59knots)
  • the fastest insect is the Australian dragon fly (its top speed is 57 km/h (35mp/h))
  • the film 'Mary Poppins' was filmed entirely indoors
  • the fingerprints of koala bear are indistinguishable to that of a human
  • the first aluminium drink can was introduced in 1964

A WORLD OF COLOUR

 

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QUOTABLES

 

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MORE SELF ANNIHILATING SENTENCES

 

Are you ever stuck for words or in need of a way out of a tricky conversation? Not any more – ‘Self-Annihilating Sentences‘ are the perfect get-out clause which will instantly put an end to any argumentative or stagnant discourse!

 

  • Include me out!
    ---Samuel Goldwyn
  • Let us do for a second time what we refused to do at first. This will avoid setting a precedent.
  • I would much rather prefer to be non-committal.
  • We can't get a volunteer army unless we draft it.
  • We must find a general representative for the mavericks.
  • Having lost sight of our goal, we must redouble our efforts.
  • Since the quorum lacks five members, we must adjourn this meeting.
  • Our inequities must be equally shared.
  • We will proceed on the assumption that nothing will be done.
  • I will now predict an unanticipated result.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW ... FINAL DESTINATION 5

 

Despite having ‘final’ in its title, the Final Destination series shows no sign of ending.  Now in its fifth entry, this franchise about death knocking on people’s doors has conjured a decade of scares with varying success.  They are hardly works of art but for horror fans they’ve done the trick with this latest entry serving up the requisite scares in its own ghoulish style.

On a bus trip with a group of friends, Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) and Molly (Emma Bell) look forward to a great day out.  Little do they know death has other plans when Sam has a premonition of a deadly bridge collapse.  Alerting his friends just before the calamity occurs he thinks he has cheated the grim reaper.  Fate has other plans as one by one death’s deadly hand grips Sam and his friends with its satanic embrace.

The best aspect of this series is that it never changes. You know exactly what to expect with lashings of gore, horror and scares on the menu. Number Five doesn’t disappoint by following the exact same formula. The acting is still pretty risible although the performers do their best not to laugh while spouting some of the more ridiculous dialogue. As part of the series, this entry is one of its better efforts with Steve Quale directing with some skill and having a flair for inventive shocks.

A rule of any horror movie is how it creates a sense of foreboding and anticipation for the next death scene. Final Destination 5 utilises this for maximum effect with some effectively staged sequences mixing comedy and horror with ease. It also has a nice feel for continuity with moments referencing previous films leading to a surprising finale.

Judging by the conclusion Final Destination 5 may really be the end of the franchise. If so then it goes out in fine horrific style with only the box office allowing it to meet its maker rather than audience apathy.

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Movie Review Rating 6 / 10

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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MOVIE REVIEW ... ONE DAY

 

one-day-movie-poster-2011-1020684262One Day’s central idea isn’t anything new.  Charting a couple over the years as they take timid steps towards romance has been done several times.  Making such a well-worn theme fresh is the key – something One Day mostly manages.  With appealing leads this romantic tale conjures suitable emotions despite its elongated timeline.

Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) are two friends graduating college in 1988.  After spending the night together they vow to keep in touch.  This they do over the next twenty years as their friendship develops and grows.  With personal traumas and issues separating and binding them, they learn the value of true partnership which helps for the challenging times ahead.

Admirers of undemanding romance movies will probably love this. Others may find much to criticize in a less than involving story although Hathaway and Sturgess give it their all.   At issue is the poor establishment of the characters as the initial brief introduction does little to enable the viewer to empathise with them.  Coupled with a somewhat disjointed time-line flipping through the years with undue haste it makes for frustrating viewing.

When it works it does quite well.  The longevity of genuine friendship and the honesty arising from it effectively underscores the script’s message.  Such moments aren’t shown often enough, although the setting of certain eras is finely realised.   Perhaps reading David Nicholls’ book on which this is based would be the best way to obtain more out of the tale, as Lone Scherfig’s direction ensures only the surface emotions are shown.

One Day provides a basic serve of vanilla romance with only the scenery and generally good acting standing out.  Although involving in places, this superficial movie could have used more of the passion its character’s romance suggested.

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Movie Review Rating  5 / 10

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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HUGH JACKMAN BACK ON BROADWAY

 

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Tony-winning stage and screen star Hugh Jackman returns to the New York stage for a 10-week run of Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, performing musical numbers accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra.

The show has been booked into the Broadhurst Theatre and begins performances on October 25 and run through January 1, 2012. Opening night has been set for November 10.

"I can't believe it's been seven years since I was singing and dancing on Broadway,” Jackman said in a statement, referring to his Tony-winning run in The Boy From Oz. “There is nothing like performing on the Great White Way and I'm so excited to be coming ‘home.’”

Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, is described as “a personal selection” of the star’s favourite musical numbers that reflect on his life and career, from The Boy From Oz to Hollywood. Earlier versions of the show had sold-out runs in San Francisco and Toronto.

JUST FOR FUN

 

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DELICIOUS DECORATED CAKES

 

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MORE EASY WAYS TO SAY NO

 

I'd love to, but...

  • my mother would never let me hear the end of it.
  • I'm running off to Yugoslavia with a foreign-exchange student named Basil Metabolism.
  • I just picked up a book called "Glue in Many Lands" and I can't put it down.
  • I'm too old/young for that stuff.
  • I have to wash/condition/perm/curl/tease/torment my hair.
  • I have too much guilt.
  • there are important world issues that need worrying about.
  • I have to draw "Cubby" for an art scholarship.
  • I'm uncomfortable when I'm alone or with others.
  • I promised to help a friend fold road maps.

J.J. ABRAMS TO DIRECT “STAR TREK 2”

 

 

300.abrams.jj.081208J.J. Abrams is officially on board to direct "Star Trek 2". Confirming the news was NY Mag's Vulture which stated that Abrams has "finally committed to shooting" the untitled Star Trek sequel. Insiders added that he will begin the filming sometime this winter.

It has long been rumoured that Abrams will make a follow-up to his 2009 hit "Star Trek", but the filmmaker himself never confirmed that he would return to helm the project. Back in August, he told Collider that he hasn't officially signed on to direct the sequel. He said, at the time, that he's "working very hard on it" and hoped he'll have "something to talk about soon."

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