Media Rants…

September 12, 2007 at 7:48 pm (Entertainment, Home & Furniture, Humor, Lifestyle, Movies, Music, News, Photohraphy, Trends, Video)

Oh Brit.. I have never been a fan of your music but I wanted you to successed. Your roller-coaster life is depressing and as a gentle human being (That’s me.. Ahem), I wish happiness for everybody and that includes you. It’s sad how a young artist who’s been in the business for more than 5 years, always on top to get to this low point of her life & career. You control your own life but you are lost, can’t guide yourself and as a result… A wreck who I hope that would be saved ..(One Day )….

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Prepare to be Frightened!

August 9, 2007 at 8:46 am (Entertainment, Movies, News)

Although I’m a fan of horror movies, I can’t say the same about the ‘Saw’ Franchise… I love all their posters and the new ones that were released recently did not disappoint me. For ‘Saw’ Fans…Soon, you will be re-united with a new ‘Jigsaw’ Story. The story is a continuation of ‘Saw III’ storyline’, reported by a number of entertainment websites (Not for me then, as I haven’t seen any of the saw Sequels .. It is set for a release date of 26/10/07…

The first one on the left is my Favourite:

   

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Disturbia (2007)

August 8, 2007 at 3:58 pm (Entertainment, Movies, Reviews)

Kale; a teeneger who is traumatised emotionally after the death of his father in a car accident. He’s been sentenced to house arrest after unleashing a violent act upon his own teacher. Due to the boredom associated with the sentence, he shifts his attention on his neighborhood. He suspects that one of his neighbours is a serial killer ?!?!
As I love mystery/thriller stories, I checked this movie while I was on my plane to Kuwait. I had the time of the world and I couldn’t sleep due to the presence of my companion ‘Amir’.. I decided to wear my headphones and watch it.
The story is nothing original, a rebellious kid trys to be a detective. Too many easy opportunities to check on the neighbour( Suspect) and we get the usual response from the adults: ‘He’s just a kid who wants attention’… Very typical!!! As a result, we have to indure predictable scenes so that Kale find the evidence to his suspicion.
The movie is not memorable, although I had enjoyed myself watching it. It’s doesn’t hold a ‘Buy’ tag on it. It’s a ‘Rent’ movie to be watched with your freinds on a Wednesday night. Acting wise is average although I found the ‘Suspected Neighbour’ creepy; very creepy, that I wouldn’t want to have a neighbour like him living next door to me.

Quotes:

( None that caught my ears.. so None this time)

My Verdict: 6/10 …. If you don’t have anything else to do, watch it to kill your time…

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HairSpray (2007)

August 4, 2007 at 9:44 pm (Entertainment, Movies, Reviews)

‘ A Musical film, adapted form the winning Broadway musical ‘HairSpray’ which is originally adapted from the comdey movie: Hairspary .

Time: 1962.

Location: Baltimore

We follow the cute, nice bubbly girl ‘Tracy Turnblad’ dream to be a dancer on local TV show and the obstacles she faces in a journey that didn’t only change her, her family but the entire neighborhood of Baltimore’

I didn’t expect a great movie. The fact that Travolta’s character is a woman didn’t help as well.

I admit… I was mistakenly wrong.. The movie dealt with a number of issues; Teenagers boredom and TV’s influence on their lives and accordingly, their future. Racial segregation was touched also, as black kids were not allowed to participate in ‘white’music shows on TV.

The highlight of this movie is the newcomer Nikki Blonsky who was given the heroine role (Tracy Turnblad); a normal teenager whose passion is to dance on her local-dance- TV show. She is talented with above average dancing skills that never fail to surprise her peers.

Nikki stole the show with her role. She wasn’t acting, she’s was Tracy. This role will open so many doors to her which is refreshing as I’m fed up with those skinny untalented so called ‘Starlets’. Hairspray isn’t a newcomer advneture, A-Listers were there and with there combined experince, the film possessed an unbeatable formula.

With so many characters, the director ‘Adam Shankman‘ managed to give satisfactory screen time to each of his actors without saturating us with usless scenes. John Travolta on the other hand didn’t impress me at all. He declined Richard Gere’s role in the classic musical Chicago, and he wasn’t happy when he missed a golden ticket to be in a successful movie after so many dissapointing movies. To clarify the issue, He’s no match to Gere’s; Physically and emotinly…he didn’t attempt any of the dancing routines which Gere amzingly made them his own.

Chicago which made waves when it was released more than 5 years ago opened the door to musical adaptations. It’s very early to pass a judgement on this new trend, as we don’t have enough musical movies to comment on. In hairspay, the soundtrack/songs were magically captivating. Loved them all, but on the other hand, the choreography wasn’t as impressive as I thought.

I couldn’t help but think about the way the Entertainment industry was advertised as the therapy to every social problem we face in our life (Hello, This Hollywood*__*). So many issues were tackeled but 2 hours are not enough to find a cure to racism, bullying and for social intelorance. I think I’m asking too much, It’s hollywood after all. Oh , did I mention that music can unite us?? ^_^

Follow your dream, Tracy… But, it is not reality

Favourite Quotes:

– Motormouth Maybelle: [watching Edna walk in] If we get any more white people in here, this is gonna be a suburb.

Edna Turnblad: Imagine! My little girl… regular, at last.

Edna Turnblad: [singing] You can’t stop my happiness, ‘cuz I like the way I am. And you just can’t stop my knife and fork when I see a Christmas ham! And if you don’t like the way I look, then I just don’t give a damn!

My Verdict: 7.5/10 …. Recommended .. A ‘feel good movie’ that didn’t fail to deliver.

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Cinema: GO or Not TO GO

July 31, 2007 at 1:16 pm (Kuwait, Lifestyle, Movies, Personal)

I have never been a fan of ‘The Simpsons’ but If I came acros it on tv, I would leave everything and freeze inforn on the TV until the end of the episode. As everyone aware of the film’s release worldwide (which include Kuwait), Do you think I should bother watch it in Kuwait? I’m not a mall person, I’d rather spend time with my family strolling the beach, go to the farm togother and have quality time rather than visiting the mall like most kuwaitis. So, to go out with a group.. It’s movies time and at the moment.. there is nothing worth to spend money on. Fracture/Harry Potter/ Vacancy/ Stupid arabic movies and a couple of indian movies.. That’s what’s currently available, which is pathetic in a country with over 30 screens… My only option is ‘The Simpsons’ which I know for a fact will be censored and it’s running time will be reduced by 30 minutes minimum…

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On a side note: why did they block a number of torrents sites again ??? and why the internent speeds here is very slow.. I  have DSL (512 kps) and I’m already complaning to my father in a daily basis ..

Tarsheed, slow internet , hot+ humid weather …. It’s too much *_*

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Hostel 2 (2007)

July 30, 2007 at 11:13 pm (Movies, Reviews)

 

After watching the first installment, I decided to be a faithful fan and watch the sequel when it was released. I need to make it clear that I’m a horror fan, but I will try not be biased. I love the genre due to it’s creepy story-lines, so I try to watch any horror movie when it is released.

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‘ Three female college students take a detour from their partying, enticed by a beautiful European woman who promises seclusion, safety and maybe even romance. What they get is a living hell where they are sold to the highest bidder who’s fondest wish is to kill them slowly. Hostel 2 also follows 2 American men who, on the flip side of the coin, are willing to pay to join an exclusive club where a life will end at their hands…any way they like. It’s a story of human monsters and the almighty dollar as only Eli Roth could tell it.’ Written by Paul Nomad of Dreadcentral.com

Hostel 2 starts with the main protagonist of Hostel 1 who survived the killing, hiding in a country home scarred of being caught and killed by the same people who caused him misery and killed his friends. There is no link between Part 1 and part 2 so don’t worry if you haven’t watched the first. Anyway, back to the story, 3 American girls ‘ Beth, Lorna, and  Whitney‘  are on a school holiday in Rome. On a field trip, they meet the model ‘Axelle‘, who tells them about an amazing spa in Slovakia. The girls stay at the same hostel where the first movie took place. Their details are copied and posted online….

 

They were auctioned !!! Inside a deserted factory, lots of people (Mostly tourists) are imprisoned until the hightest bidder/winner of the auction, arrives to Slovakia and claims his /her item. Just to add few slices of pineapples, not only do men bid on this auction, women participate as well. Blame the feminists!!! Inside a chamber, they are tortured and killed. There is no law , it’s a jungle and nobody is safe; not the bidder and obviously not the prisoners/auction items themselves. If the bidder decide to back out, he would be killed and if he didn’t finish off his prey , he will be killed as well.

There are 2 rules inside that crazy factory if you are a bidder;

   1) A Dog-Faced Tattoo

   2) You need to kill someone, if you can’t do it , don’t bid. Otherwise, you are in a big Problem!!!

I believe the reasons behind those 2 rules is that you signed a contract by having the tattoo and secondly you are not going to implicate your self if you decide to report the factory crimes because you have already participated in a crime. 

The movie may seem a horror movie, but it is deeper than that. I thought a lot about the ending which I’m not to disclose here. The fact that people can turn to beasts, animals and sometimes monstors in certain situations is very scarry. You can be provoked by a number of stimulators in you life and you do things that you regret it afterward. But, can you be stimulated by some events that lead you to do somethings that you can not regret because it can be a matter of of life and death?? Can you kill someone to save yourself? will you do it? So many questions that I don’t know how I’m going to answer them because I simply Don’t know !!!

 A lot of people found the movie to be better than the first and I’m one of them. For example, you don’t sympathise with the boys in the first movie, they went to Slovakia because they wanted to party and have, you can’t relate to them. It’s different with the girls; you feel sorry for them, you want to help them but you can’t which makes the feeling worse.

After the movie , i was thinkning deeply what will I do, if I was in their shoes? How far can you go to avenge yourself? Would you kill somebody so that you can feed the fire inside you? How about hatered? The motto of the movie is ” In each one of us, there is a beast” and I do believe that when the time/ settings become appropriate, we might turn into vicious creatures, we can be murderers if we were pushed to the limit, and that what terrifies me.

 

Questions arised:

– Can a movie like this affect tourism? and will you reconsider visiting a contry after watching a gore movie like this?

– How will you avenge yourself if you were kidnapped and tortured like the actersses in this movie? and How far can you go in the pursuance of your own vengeance?

Memorable quotes:

Lorna: Would you like a smint?

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Axelle: As my father always says, “nozdrovja”, to your health!

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My Rating: 6/10

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Guess the movie?

July 20, 2007 at 2:26 am (Entertainment, Movies)

He’s back … I’m not a fan, but the poor guy needs to be pay the mortgage…

Guess the movie??

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The Prince and Me (2004)

July 17, 2007 at 10:46 pm (Movies, Reviews)

  After the huge success of ‘The Princess Diaries’ and it’s less than great sequel, It was expected that this ‘Royal Fantasy’ trend would continue. The following movie would not disappoint you if you are already a fan of the genre, especially for you girls who dream of Prince charming riding on a white horse. I loved ‘The Princess Diaries’, I found its creativity and novelty splendid and these awkward comical scenes completed the magical spell. The movie was good for so many different reasons and one of them is that it didn’t rely on fantasy so that the audience could relate to. The sequel was not as original as it was expected.. They were (The producers) milking a golden cow, but it was acceptable nevertheless.

Returning to ‘The Prince and Me’,, The roles changed .. The royal was a prince, a man this time and what is better than linking him with good looking girl and fast forward to the ‘Happily ever After ‘scene. Well, not quite. The Prince ‘Eddie’ leaves Denmark so that he can enjoy the American life where girls are easy to lure without Paparazzi snapping his pictures playing around. He‘s selfish, arrogant and isn’t keen on taking any responsibility in spite of his Father (The King) poor health and his mother monotonous requests. Moving to Paige; The farm girl who is determined to follow her dreams and be a doctor. In other words, she’s a geek whome randomly seen without a book. Introduce Him to her and a fantasy tale would take us through the movie.

Unfortunately, It didn’t work for me, It was so annoyingly fake that I kept pausing the movie and watching something else on the TV (Criminal Minds & CSI: Miami). The plot seemed lacking.  The actors seemed bored especially Mr Prince who was so corny and very annoying. His companion/servant stole all the scenes that he shared with his fellow actors with his comical portrayal of the faithful servant. I loved his accent, by the way. Julia was good; she did what was expected from her, nothing great but at least she didn’t disappoint. She seemed the only one who enjoyed participating in the movie, I don’t blame her. She’s was in every single scene, treated like a princess, Lived a fairytale and was paid a nice salary for her work, although I don’t think that her role required a lot of work. The soundtrack was good and I enjoyed listening to the tracks. All in all, the movie will appeal to women, young unmarried women particularly, but that doesn’t mean that men won’t like it, but I suspect that.

     

… Recommended for Girls night out.. Worth renting.

… Score: 6/10

Question arised:

         Would the Royal Family in Denmark, accept the movie’s portrayal of the prince life style?

         Why chose Denmark, if you’re actors speak English accent and quote Shakespeare?

         The royal Family should speak in Dutch,, We are using Denmark as a sitting, why English is used to open the parliament sessions ?

Memorable Quotes:

Queen: Being royal requires you to sacrifice who you are for who you must be.

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–  Paige: Denmark isn’t ready for a Queen like me.

   Eddie: Well then they’ll have to be. Because I am

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Feminine Fighting talk

July 16, 2007 at 8:46 pm (Entertainment, Movies)

 

– Remember that ‘no gun’ rule? I reconsidered … Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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– Since I am the ranking officer on this ship, if you don’t like it- you can go to Hell… Trinity: The Matrix

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– We’ll fight the cops, the Mob and anybody else who tries to move in on us. We’ll go to war… Gail: Sin City

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– [After Leon taught her how to dry-fire a rifle] Can we try with real bullets now?… Matilda: Leon

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– [As the Colonial Marines first encounter the Xenomorphs] Let’s Rock… PVT Vasquez: Aliens.

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My comment: Women can be dead gorgeous while wearing killer heels, on the other hand, they can be very dangerous when holding a rifle.

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The Unglamourous Millionaire

July 5, 2007 at 6:01 pm (Fashion, Movies, Shopping, TV)

 Mohammad Al-Fayed opened his Harrods sale by asking the normally gorgeous and elegant ‘Sarah’ to open the sale … The tradition of asking a celebrity always cause media frenzy and provide free publicity to the sale opening. Victoria Bekhams opened it 2-3 years ago and last year it was Eva Longaria . This year, Sarah Michelle Gellar (Or Buffy for some of you out there) was chosen. Since Buffy, she had an intersting movie carrer with lots of forgateble commercail movies, eg. Scooby Doo & The Grudge. 

What I wanted to point is .. You are invited to open a Posh Department store like Harrods, where are you getting paied just to be seen with owner and you dress like that !!! You have a problem, Honey .. Big Problem

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