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Base of Hope

4 Nov

I am a sports person, er… the kind who likes to watch all kinds of sports, and not the kind who actually plays it.  I never had the strength or the stamina required to play any sports.  You know, a girl of small stature who can’t run around for more than 2 minutes can hardly be any selector’s choice!  Anyway no regrets there, whatsoever!

Initially I was attracted to the sports just for the black and whites of it [the winning and the losing].  Later though I started enjoying the unpredictability of it.  Believe you me, the sporting surprises are something that I have actually begun looking forward to.  It is no longer about Who would win! but more about Anyone can win!

Indeed, anyone can win!  I have won, too!!  My victory is to have had the pleasure of witnessing some monumental sporting surprises, despite being the kind of “sportsperson” that I am!!!

  • Chicago Cubs! [After a century and 8 years???  Say whaaaaaat!!]

  • Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship 2016!  [First ever??? So I hear]

Both the winning teams above were behind 3-1.  Cleveland is common in both the teams above.  Go figure!

  • Leicester City Football Club: the current reigning champions of the Premier League! 2016  [One more First Ever!!!]

  • Portugal UEFA Euro Cup 2016 Champion!  [Another first ever!!!]

  • Monica Puig, Rio Olympics Tennis.  [First ever GOLD  for Puerto Rico!!!]

Whether it is from the sidelines, the Baselines, or the recliners; I have enjoyed every sporting surprise with tears of surprised joy.  And so, as long as there is sports and its surprises, it shall remain the Base of my hopes!!

via Daily Prompt: Base

President Trump

3 Nov

I heard the news and I froze

“Trump has won the election and Melania Trump is the first ever First Lady born in a foreign country…”

I froze.  Time stood still.  My heart skipped a few beats.  What I heard sent chills down my spine.  I lost all consciousness.  How long had I slept when I went to sleep yesterday?  I couldn’t have slept yesterday and woken up on the 9th!

Of course, my mind was playing tricks on me. It was a daytime nightmare, indeed.

But what if it were to turn true!  What if this is indeed the news to go on air in a few days’ time!!  What if this was a premonition, a message from the future!!!

Sincerest APOLOGIES,

– s1ngal 😦

James Arthur

2 Oct

Just obsessed… obsessed beyond reason… James Arthur

 

Desert Island Films: S1ngal

30 May

…and i missed it… 55 DAYS LATER!

Thank you headinavice.com 😀

Head In A Vice

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S1ngal from s1ngal.com has kindly submitted her Desert Island Films. Read on for her choices and reasons, and be sure to check out her site.

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FAVORITE DIRECTOR’S QUOTES RELAY RACE

12 Nov

November 9, 2012

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I hope I’m not too late for this one. Thank you http://isaacspictureconclusions.com/ for passing the baton [I’m sorry I took so long to finally work on it]. This relay was created originally by David at Taste Of Cinema who provided the following as a description and the aim of the relay…

“People love wisdom words from great minds. As a cinephile, I prefer director quotes than words from any other group of people in the world.Their thoughts on cinema not only provide insights into deep understanding of cinema, but also open the window to their own films, their genres, their filmmaking methods, thus they need to receive more exposure as their films did.”

The rules of the relay are quite simple really. There will be a list of 10 directors and direct quotes from them that explain their motivations and reasons in how they see their craft. Every time the relay is received by a blogger they will have to choose which director to omit and replace him/her with a choice of their own and then choose another blogger to continue the race.

I was kindly invited into this by my good friend Tyson who runs the site HEAD IN A VICE. Tyson is a sporting chap who likes to yell at me frequently but I still do everything I can to make him successful.

Other bloggers involved in this so far have been – Movie and Song 365And So It Begins…The Cinematic SpectacleOn Page and ScreenFlixChatterKeith & The Movies and Marked MoviesSo without further ado, here is the list of director’s that have made the cut…

Quentin Tarantino
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“I steal from every single movie ever made. I love it – if my work has anything it’s that I’m taking this from this and that from that and mixing them together. If people don’t like that, then tough titty, don’t go and see it, all right? I steal from everything. Great artists steal; they don’t do homages.” – Quentin Tarantino

Seijun Suzuki

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“Why make a movie about something one understands completely? I make movies about things I do not understand, but wish to.” – Seijun Suzuki

Pedro Almodovar

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“When I make a film, I never stop uncovering mysteries, making discoveries. When I’m writing, filming, editing, even doing promotional work, I discover new things about the film, about myself, and about others. That is what I’m subconsciously looking for when shooting a film: to glimpse the enigmas of life, even if I don’t resolve them, but at least to uncover them. Cinema is curiosity in the most intense meaning of the word.” – Pedro Almodovar

Krzysztof Kieslowski

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“You make films to give people something, to transport them somewhere else, and it doesn’t matter if you transport them to a world of intuition or a world of intellect…The realm of superstitions, fortune-telling, presentiments, intuition, dreams, all this is the inner life of a human being, and all this is the hardest thing to film… I’ve been trying to get there from the beginning. I’m somebody who doesn’t know, somebody who’s searching.” – Krzysztof Kieslowski

Christopher Nolan

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“Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.” – Christopher Nolan

Kathryn Bigelow

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“If there is resistance to women making movies, I choose to ignore it. That is because I cannot change my gender and I refuse to stop making movies.” – Katheryn Bigelow

Paul Thomas Anderson

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“I really subscribe to that old adage that you should never let the audience get ahead of you for a second. So if the film’s abrasive and wrongfoots people then, y’know, that’s great. But I hope it involves an audience. If not, that’s my fuck-up.” – Paul Thomas Anderson

Martin Scorsese

I think when you’re young and have that first burst of energy and make five or six pictures in a row that tell the stories of all the things in life you want to say . . . well, maybe those are the films that should have won me the Oscar. When Taxi Driver (1976) was up for Best Picture, it got three other nominations: Best Actor [Robert De Niro], Best Supporting Actress [Jodie Foster] and Best Music. But the director and writer were overlooked. I was so disappointed, I said, “You know what? That’s the way it’s going to be”. What was I going to do, go home and cry?

I’m a horror movie type of dude so I went with one of my favorite horror movie directors of them all:

John Carpenter (and it’s a collection of quotes):

“I made a decision back in 1978 that, in a trade off for money when I directed Halloween, I would have my name above the title in order to basically brand these movies my own.”

“In England, I’m a horror movie director. In Germany, I’m a filmmaker. In the US, I’m a bum. “

“One could make money and get a career going with a low-budget horror film about killers attacking on holidays. It is always flattering to have somebody copy you.”

Alejandro González Iñárritu

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“(On why did he not record an audio commentary for 21 Grams (2003)) I don’t like them. I feel that if you have to explain something, it loses strength. It’s like a magician trying to explain his magic, in a way. Those kind of things make me feel like I’ve lost something special about the film. The film should explain itself”

one more…

“I think that in order to be a film director, one has to be a warrior who shouldn’t be defeated by the daily onslaught of problems. We are all hanging by threads and are the mercy of various elements, if one fails the whole flight could come crashing down, and like a good warrior I’m not going to break down”

I’m sorry I’ve deleted 2 “quotes” to make it 10 directorsThe deleted quotes were from Directors Jean-Luc Goddard and Federico Fellini for no apparent reasons but to comply with the “rules”.

Choosing just one director’s quote was an arduous task because apparently I have so many favourite directors 😦 Well, I’ve picked Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu not only for some of the amazing movies I’ve watched of his but also because thanks to him Gael Garcia Bernal [sigh] made it to the movies. He’s also revived the latino film industry if I’m not wrong.

Thank you once again http://isaacspictureconclusions.com/2012/11/09/10-favorite-directors-quotes-relay-race/ for this honour 😀 Now’s the tough part – passing the baton. to Mr. better than IMDB.

Look-alikes

8 Nov

Look-alike Celebrities

After seeing Josh Lucas look-alike and his Mila Kunis look-alike girlfriend, it just struck me that there are quite a few celebrities who, I think, look alike. However, my friends have always said I have a ridiculous sense when it comes to who resembles who. You may also begin questioning it soon. However, here’re a few celebrities who resemble.

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Apologies, but I don’t want to name names 😉

My 2011’s favourite movie

3 Nov

The scene’s from Crazy Stupid Love, which happens to be my favourite scene – had it been at least a minute long. For me, this scene [a minute longer, not the one you’re seeing in the link above] is sarcasm at its best, the tension, the anxiety, the comedy……

I can’t remember all the other movies I watched last year – I mean with the number of movies I watch, it should be obvious actually. The only movie that stood out, which of course came as a surprise was Crazy Stupid Love. I don’t watch movies based on the IMDb ratings et al nor do I read the opening night reviews. I just watch movies – as simple as that.

However, many times, the cast and the crew may also attract me. With Ryan Gosling in it, Crazy Stupid Love thus became a much awaited movie. The first time I watched the movie, I was devastated. I was totally devastated because for me RyGos has been on a pedestal of method-acting [whether he’s one to do it or not].

Ryan Gosling: My first RyGos movie was Half-Nelson – I didn’t know The Notebook had been made into a movie until after Lars and the Real Girl. He actually had me at Half-Nelson and so I religiously began watching all of his movies. This was why I’d picked up “Crazy Stupid Love” 

First watch was disappointing. I didn’t know the movie was a comedy – it was only after I saw Steve Carell did I get a hint of the movie’s genre. I even double checked if I was watching a RyGos movie. I shook my head not knowing what to make of the movie – I couldn’t believe RyGos, of all the actors, had decided to lay himself cheap like that. UGHHHH.

However, on a second watch, I changed my opinion. He was brilliant. It was only because I was expecting some kind of Half-Nelson, Blue Valentine real girl seeking Lars that must have got me disappointed. On my third watch, he convinced me he was a better actor – a versatile actor. I’m happy I gave the movie the benefit of doubt because this movie has cracked me up during bad times, ever since.

Definitely THE one to watch out for

Besides, RyGos also happens to be one of the men I’ll forsake my singlehood for.  Ryan Gosling, in all honesty, is one of the best actors at present. With the likes of Johnny Depp almost catapulting into middle age, it leaves Ryan Gosling up for grabs. He’s got it all. He’s one helluva guy when it comes to acting and one helluva another guy when it comes to looks. He’s got it all, like HE’S GOT IT ALL. With Crazy Stupid Love, he’s proved his versatility. Besides, he’s also a musician – so maybe some day I’ll watch him in some musicals.

 

NB. I haven’t been paid to promote Ryan Gosling, not in cash or in kind. He’s just awesome and okay you’ve read it all. If I start ranting about him, well, maybe I won’t stop.

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