Saturday, August 10, 2013

Thinking Renovation 10 August








This World … Oceans



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Just For Fun 10 August





Harrison Ford Says A New 'Indiana Jones' Movie Could Happen



Harrison Ford has insisted that a new Indiana Jones movie could happen despite his advancing years.

Ford reprised his role as the ass-kicking archaeologist in 2008's Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, joined by Shia LaBeouf as his son Mutt. The film, which revived the action franchise after nearly two decades, was a big hit at the box office, grossing over $780 million (£510 million) worldwide.

Ford, now 71, told the Daily Telegraph that a sequel remains a possibility, but suggested that it wouldn't require him to perform quite so many stunts.

"We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it's perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn't necessarily have to kick as much ass," Ford explained. "To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do."

Speaking last September (2012), actress Karen Allen - Indy's love interest Marion Ravenwood in the franchise - revealed that Ford and director Steven Spielberg were both "game" for a new Indiana Jones movie, but said that it was up to George Lucas to come up with a workable story. Lucas, who devised the stories for Indy's four previous adventures, is now semi-retired from the film industry.

An Ingrid Bergman Moment






Ingrid Bergman in For Whom The Bell Tolls (Sam Wood, 1943)

Emmy Rossum – Sentimental Journey (2013)


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Emmy Rossum – Sentimental Journey (2013)

Artist: Emmy Rossum

Album: Sentimental Journey

Genres: Pop, Music, Rock

Released: Jan 25, 2013

℗ 2013 Warner Bros. Records Inc.


On Sentimental Journey, actress and singer Emmy Rossum brings her irrepressible personality and stellar voice to songs popularized by some of the most beloved artists of the last century — from Bessie Smith to Frank Sinatra, from Judy Garland to Connie Francis, from Eddie Cantor to Edith Piaf. The result is not only a charming stroll through the American Songbook but also a thoroughly inspired passion project.

Track Listing:

01 Sentimental Journey

02 The Object of My Affection

03 I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover

04 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)

05 I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time

06 Summer Wind

07 Many Tears Ago

08 All I Do Is Dream of You

09 Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

10 Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes)

11 Things

12 Pretty Paper

13 Keep Young and Beautiful (Bonus Track)

The Maltese Falcon Falcon for Sale



The hefty statuette featured in the 1941 noir The Maltese Falcon is being put on the block. Bonhams auction house in New York City says the bird is the highlight of the auction set for November 25. No presale estimate was provided. The most important prop seen and handled by no less a luminary than Humphrey Bogart in the classic John Huston film would make a superb paperweight. The bird’s etched with a Warner Bros inventory number, and is the only version known to have appeared in the movie. It’s the statuette’s first time on the block; the current owner has had the statuette for decades.

Cool Images 10 August


The Eyes have it!






Movie Review ... Pacific Rim


pacific-rim-movie-poster-2013Hollywood is one giant and expensive play-pen.  Its executives love playing and would have played with toys as children to extend imaginations. Now they green-light mega-budgeted productions featuring a litany of expensive amusements.  ‘Pacific Rim’ fits the bill with its armada of fantastical destruction.  Crafted with plenty of creativity, the CGI antics reveals Tinsletown’s playground continues re-creating its inhabitant’s child-like wonder.

When giant monsters rise from the ocean depths, it’s up to humanity to defeat them.  One plan involves huge robots, known as Jaegers, controlled by two pilots.  Raleigh (Charlie Hunnman) and Mako (Rinko Kickuchi) become the chosen heroes.  Struggling against a formidable enemy, their skills are pushed to the maximum with little room for failure.

‘Pacific Rim’ is proof that a gifted director can lift mundane material.  Making much of its ‘Godzilla meets Transformers’ motif, Guillermo del Toro ensures a fresh feel.  Full of the noisy action and amazing CGI one expects, it has a generous serving of knowing humour.  Having helmed many similar productions, del Toro knows how to mix fantasy with jaded realism.  ‘Pacific Rim’ makes for a beguiling package even if other elements are less than satisfactory.

Like many recent block-busters it fails to know when to stop.  Some stories don’t need to be told in a 2 hour plus run-time despite dazzling action sequences.  These are made watch-able due to some genuine characterisation and decent performances.  The scale of the international threat and how the multi-national teams bond are effectively realised.  In spite of some risible attempts at various accents you care for some characters not becoming lost in a blancmange of techno-wizardry.

An entertaining popcorn flick ‘Pacific Rim’ generally delivers on its promise.  Whilst not perfect, del Toro’s passion for the genre remains undimmed with his latest providing his creative imagination plenty of scope.


Movie Review   6 / 10

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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Trivia Bits 10 August


  • The acronym HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
  • The dodecahedron is a shape with 12 faces.
  • The ornate temple at Wat Phra That Phanom in Thailand is built on the site where Buddha's breast bone is said to lie. Rising 53 metres high and topped with a four tier 16kg gold umbrella laden with precious gems, it is tucked away in the Nakhon Phanom province of Isaan. Visit seven times, and you'll be ensured happiness and prosperity, so the locals say.
  • In the TV series Seinfeld, the character Cosmo Kramer is played by Michael Richards.
  • In tenpin bowling, three strikes in a row are known as a turkey.
  • Elizabeth Alexandra Mary are the given names of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Camels have three eyelids on each eye.
  • The legume, Soy beans, is used in making tofu.
  • A diorama is a miniature scene reproduced in three dimensions and often associated with exhibitions and museum displays.
  • Amen Ra in ancient Egypt, sometimes depicted with a ram’s head, was the king of the gods and patron of Thebes.

Sporting Pursuits for the Weekend







Quotables 10 August


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Friday, August 9, 2013

Thinking Renovation 09 August







Just For Fun 09 August





Bob Dylan – The Artist


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A collection of portraits by internationally acclaimed music icon Bob Dylan is scheduled to be showcased at National Portrait Gallery in London. A total of 12 pastel sketches inspired by real and fictitious characters constructed from the musician's imagination and memories will be displayed later this month.

The Gallery's director Sandy Nairne says, "Bob Dylan is one of the most influential cultural figures of our time. He has always created a highly visual world either with his words or music, or in paints and pastels. I am delighted that we can now share these 12 sketches which were made for display at the National Portrait Gallery."

More Common Sense Thoughts for Living


  • Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
  • Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
  • Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
  • There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
  • Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
  • By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
  • Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
  • Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
  • Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
  • There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

Ann-Margret goes to Rio from 1980


Ann-Margret's TV-special, a 90-minute tribute to all movie girls, not just the stars, but the script-girls, hair dressers etc, all women working in the movie industry.

Guest stars include: George Burns, Dean Paul Martin, Roger Moore and Danny DeVito.

Bow Ties Galore







Movie Review ... This Is The End


this-is-the-end-movie-poster-2013The blurring of reality and fantasy has long been a story device.  What constitutes ‘reality’ is an interesting point to ponder with it becoming fodder for countless TV shows.  Most are staged and one should never believe what we see.  This is used to good effect in ‘This Is The End’.  Featuring celebrities starring as ‘themselves’, whether what we see are their true personas makes for a good guessing game.  This adds an amusing coda to a comedy making the end of the world look suitably chaotic.

Attending a house-warming party hosted by fellow actor James Franco, a group of stars look forward to a good time. Among them are Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Michael Cera.  Enjoying being with other performers, the party is spoiled when they learn the world is ending.  Seriously annoyed at this party-spoiling occurrence, they battle to survive as the planet crumbles around them and ruins their well-planned evening.

‘This is the End’ is reminiscent of the National Lampoon movies.  A popular American comedy staple from the 70’s and 80’s which gleefully swam in a sea of crudity and obnoxious behaviour.  ‘This is the End’ is somewhat smarter although not much.  Rogen and cast have fun sending themselves up as they parody their public personas.  Their interaction in a time of global crisis is reasonably well developed despite the plot’s increasing silliness.

Negating this is the ‘men behaving badly’ style humour which, whilst initially amusing, quickly becomes tiresome.  Coupled with a pretentiously self-indulgent tone dilutes the impact.  One would have expected cleverer humour given the talent, although ‘This is the End’ re-enforces the theory that stylish wit remains the bastion of their English counterparts.  By the conclusion the film glides on auto-pilot with a barrage of ridiculous imagery swamping its initially promising premise.

There have been far worse comedies than ‘This is the End’, although it is just as unsubtle.  Those enjoying transparent humour may like it even if it shows one Hollywood party no one would want to attend.


Movie Review Rating 3/ 10

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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Cool Images 09 August


It’s amazing what people collect!

What appeals to one person may not to another.

That’s what makes us individuals.