Monday, January 31, 2011

Vanilla Sky

monkeyrating: 7/10
This ain't one of the movies that will blow you away immediately. It grows on you, steadily, slowly, layer by layer.

Waddabout: A successful man's life takes a mysterious turn after a car accident with his lover (whom he does not love). And the roads that follow are deep, mysterious and right into the depths of the human mind.

Romance. Sci-Fi. Mystery. Dunno where exactly to place this one!

I say: watch the film. but take your time. It's not a quick watch. It makes you really think. It expresses a very INTERESTING concept.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Get Back in Shape part 2 - Building Muscle While Losing Weight

Of the 10 kgs i had put on, i lost 6 kgs in 30 days.
(this was the regime for that is 3 blogposts below this one)
then, i piled on 2 kgs again - coz i had to give my body time to recuperate from that bootcamp. plus there was travel, friends, parties, housework. Now it's time for....
stage 2 - lose 4 kgs in 30 Days - while building muscle.

You see, losing weight using a lot of cardio excercises and running is easy - coz it dosent matter whether you lose fat or muscle mass.

BUT when you have to preserve/increase muscle and lose the fat, it's a whole different ball game.
Not to forget, im travelling and working too all this while.


So what's the plan?
I'm starting at 68 kgs.
I need to add shoulder muscle mass, leg muscle mass and strengthen and shape all muscles in general. And at the same time, lose 4 kgs.
So i will have to follow a Three Step Plan:
Step 1. Diet
what you eat makes a huge difference. But the best part about heavy weight training is that you SHOULD EAT! :D yaaaaayyy!!! but watch what you eat and don't go over board. Keep is imple.
Breakfast - milk and eggs
Lunch - dabba meal / 2 chicken rolls
Snack - Salad of boiled or sprouted Pulses
Postworkout: Whey Protein Shake
Dinner - Meat or 6 eggs as a salad
Remember to drink lots of water. Protein is heavy to digest. So unless you want to be the GAS bomb, consume a lot of water. Keep a bottle of water around you all day. Even at the gym.
Cheat tip: Lemon/vitamin C in your water helps refresh you faster - especially while working out.

Step 2: Heavy Weight Training
the bigger muscles you have, the stronger muscles you have, the more fat you can convert to energy even without working out! So begin building them.
To do that, I need to get pumping some serious iron. So I will have a 5 day routine to focus on a specific body part each day. Every exercise will be done in 3 sets - with the max weight i can for 8-10 reps each:
Day 1: Chest (pushing muscle)
Day 2: Shoulders and Triceps (pushing muscles)
Day 3: Legs
Day 4: Back and Rear delt and biceps (pulling muscles)
Day 5: Cardio/KickBoxing
I have made a 5 day routine coz i usually end up bunking 2 days each week. (including the one day of rest).

Step 3: Daily inclusion of Basic Cardio Activity:
If i aim to keep losing fat, everyday will have to include a severe warm-up session. I would be following the second half of the 4 minutes of hell workout.(refer to part 1 of this blog for details or youtube it)
Besides, also keep the metabolism running all day by adding a workout into my daily routines:
Climbing Stairs
Dancing/Trekking on weekends/holidays
Skipping 200-300 times every morning

finally, the objective is to build a strong and fit body - not a Ken barbie doll. Don't worry if your abs go into hiding for a while - they are there underneath getting stronger. you'll get them back when you do a CHISELLING WORKOUT next month. I too need to remember that :)

So that's about it. Will keep the blog updated on my progress.

30 Days of pain, here i come!
(Pic: luckily the bastards in 300 had atleast a blockbuster film to look forward to! Glory, my ass!)

Saturday, January 29, 2011


This mild, but extremely 'connecting' film in an age dependant on social networking is so worth a watch.
It's an awesome example of how a great thought that's genuine and connectable to everyone can make a beautiful film even without a jazzy execution.
It really makes you give it a thought if not entirely convinces you of its point.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Incredible Short Animation films - Part 1

Now and again i keep coming across some splendid animation work in the form of short films. What's note worthy is that these films are many a times INDEPNDANT films - done without the intention of being corporate, massy sell outs. which is maybe why their purity is preserved and their innocent, subtle humour and message showcased intact.

As its name is already telling, the One Minute Fly has got a very limited lifespan. One minute in which it wants to experience everything that makes life worth living...

The ORIGINAL of the coke commercial that later became super famous!

A man describes through the very post it notes that captured his life, his struggle to break free from them. Brilliant work!

some awesome dude decided to show a man's life through something most men are/were addicted to - 8 bit video games! Hilarious concept - check it out!

The fight of the creator v/s his creation takes on a new platform. This animation style is notable in a new ad by Intel btw.

PARKOUR - paper fold animation
parkour motion reel from saggyarmpit on Vimeo.

There's a load of great animation stuff - seen and unseen alike. I'll make it a point to share them here. Afterall, this post is just PART 1 :)

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rakta Charitra

Honestly, i'd given up on bollywood. But time and again a remarkable film comes up and reinstills my faith in it. Rakt Charitra is one such flick!
Deeply rooted in true to life tales in central india, the nature of GRASSROOT level politics and the games of crime and power. A brilliant depicttion of the circle of life... and death - through the purest of all emotions - REVENGE.

Rakta Charitra is a biographical tale of a young, idealistic man from Andhra Pradesh, who gets dragged by circumstances to a path or violence, power and revenge. A path flowered with an intense blood curdling conflict between two characteristic individuals.
Moreover, the story is also the ultimate statement on the often heard disastrous consequences of a fatal mixture of cas
te, crime, family feuds and politics.

BTW: The gore in the movie aint for the fait hearted. the story loves its initial grip after the first half. and the typical camera angels start getting on your nerves after a while.

my verdict: Watch it. great story - almost an Indian 'true to life' version of THE GODFATHER. Realism rules.

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a weird little strange life: God of War 2: a peek into the future of Interactiv...

a weird little strange life: God of War 2: a peek into the future of Interactiv...: "There are Legends and Myths. There are Tales and Movies. And there are Games. And THEN, there is the GOD OF WAR series... movies you can play!"

AYE AYE PIRACY! it's about time video and music 'piracy' became legal

PIRACY - even in the old ages when panzy assed, tight corseted, dumb wigged British colonizers and other European morons were royally getting screwed by looters on the high seas, they knew what to do. They elaborately started buying out pirates and sponsoring their own pirates for bounties! 
They realized that instead of fighting against a rising tide, it was better to merge into the tide and make the most of it. And soon 'pirates' who were pillaging their treasures, were turned into a source of revenue for them! 

PITY morons of our age don't understand the same. And they are spending billions on trying to STOP music and video piracy. WHY? the explanation is only one - blind GREED.
Earlier, music and film artists made millions - they did shows, performances, concerts, earned their money the hard way. Now artists earn billions - doing almost zilch of the effort earlier artists had to put in. and yet, they want more. they want to stop the trickle of money that runs out due to piracy!
To this statement they would argue that it also costs a lot more to promote films and artists now - to which i have only one thing to say: FUCK OFF AND GO FOOL SOMEONE ELSE. Today brand presences are so huge that plain advertising and branding contracts run into zillions each year. Every movie is almost funded in half by advertising and co-branding revenues. Every music artist makes more money out of endorsements than out of music itself - so really, what the fuck are we talking about?

fig: if you can see - piracy makes you film/music available to a lot more people than YOU MARKETERS ever can!!! That means that if it is good, you'll have more fans and more reach to advertising consumers than ever before!!!! FOR FREE!

There's an ancient martial art rule: It's best to use the opponent's own force against him than to exert your own. so why not let piracy work for you? it's time marketers and the entertainment industry learned to go with the tide. A leaked episode of a TV series brings in more publicity and reviews and hardcore followers than anything else. A free to download video of any pop artist becomes an item to share on social networking sites. A leaked film is watched only by morons - the real film audiences watch it on the large screen, still buy original DVDs and memorabilia. In film, there was a time when people were fooled into going into a theatre even to a bad film coz they haven’t heard the review - but now, if your film is bad, its anyways gonna be trashed by word of mouth faster than ever before. so really... what are you afraid of?
if it can be shared, go ahead and share it. It's like free love - it will spread.

CHANGE HAS OVERCOME. Honestly speaking, a few years ago, the scenario was entirely different. I myself was against piracy. but times have changed. Social media and networking has changed a lot. The revenue streams have changed. The audiences have changed. The currency.... has changed.
SHARING is the new currency now. And if what you have to offer, isn't up for sharing, you really really are missing out on something. If you continue to be so insecure about how good you are, you are only going to go one way - and that's south. If you are good, be open - go ahead, share. Let the world know you, discuss you, share your brilliance... and you will get your due credit. The fans will come. The true audiences will buy tickets. The fans will purchase your ridiculous memorabilia no matter how absurd. That's the way it goes.

On a finishing note, all those who find truth in my words(and have already been pirating for ages from home), and those who swear by downloads and free sharing (despite the ridiculously slow download speeds in India), and believe that it IS time for Piracy to be legalised.... SAY AYE!!! 

Singer Joss Stone supports piracy:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lurpark Kitchen Odessey - how incredible can good direction make an usual event look?

This commercial is a reminder of the power of great direction - it takes a dreary task like 'making an omlette' and turns it into a piece of art you'd want to watch over and over again!

no words necessary. check out its awesomeness!

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Friday, January 21, 2011


As usual, i don't give a fuck what the critics say - to me, this is one of the most amazing psychologically sound horror flicks ever!
Intelligent, Conceptually brilliant, Stephen King's genius and amazing use of sound!

plot: John Cusack plays Mike Enslin (and plays him brilliantly well), a man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

my verdict: LOVE IT. Gotta watch this one. preferably in a closed room, and alone!!!

BTW: this movie has 2 different endigs - one for screen and one for DVD. check out both endings if possible. I prefer the DARK one ;)


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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Paranormal Activity 1& 2

Go to sleep! if you have to watch it, use a PIRATED DVD! do NOT theatre this movie! yawnnnnnn!!!!

Waddabout: plus points coz its shot with one camera like a real life movie.
the movie is about paranormal activities in a house shot entirely via unmanned cameras.

Genre: Scary for sissies. Yawn time for others.

I say: watch for 5 minutes and go to sleep. alternately use it as your version of SCARY MOVIE FOR DUMMIES.


d music, style, art n direction blows your mind wid awesomeness b4 u even realize d lack of a good script!

plot: In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Genre: Action - crime - history - drama

I say: MUST WATCH! but don't expect a Scorcese from this Scorcese flick.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

OH YEAH, on TWITTER I AM.... (oh so great!)

Have you been on twitter??? if yes, and you are bored, just hop around reading random people's descriptions. I'm absolutely amused reading people's self-descriptions on TWITTER.
Some are delusional.
Some are over modest to the extent that they literally seem to be shitting on their own face!
Some are just blah.
Some are busy living out their loserville fantasy.
Others are just content calling themselves 'cool' names

Some self-proclaimed 'talents' for eg:

SAMEERA REDDY: Actor by profession! happy to be part of Bollywood, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali films! (yes, without knowing ANY acting, that's quite a feat!)
NEHA DHUPIA: ACTRESS (yeah right! in which world darling?)
VIVEK OBEROI: Bollywood Actor,Social worker, adventure sports enthusiast, poet,Pilot, Dreamer.... (yeah sure, dreaming that you will be called an actor SOMEDAY!)
And what is it with girls/women who love to claim to be a BITCH?
looks like twitter is a release for their 'being a bitch' fantasy.
I've lost count of how many women claim to be a 'bitch' on twitter!
And then there's the PHILOSOPHICAL junta.
all the philosophical big words they found wherever they went - whether they understood them or not - they managed to put them up on twitter for sure!!! So many 'vagabonds', 'literati', 'lost soul', and 'ethereal' and 'transient being's on twitter that it seems like a crash course in philosophy and the art of douchebaggery!
not to forget those who cant think of anything therefore just decide to vent out their lack of iamgination in the form of angst againt the world. case in eg: 'You dont need to know', 'fuck off', 'whatever i am, im better than you' LOL... idiots!
and how can i forget the kids? the minute you see descriptions that use the ALPHABETS of their name to demonstrate their personality traits... you know its a kid or an adult with an equivalent IQ. in the same genre there will be those that put their ASTROLOGICAL sunsign descriptions as their description. dudes and dudettes, a million other people are the same - WHAT are YOU????

yes, there are a few intelligent and genuine descriptions - that are a pleasure to read and worth your while in a good way. But these hilarious ones outweigh them a thousand to one!!!! Go, see for yourself!
btw, what's your twitter self description??? :P

I've been tagged!

It's a tag where I could lie, but it'd be stupid to...

I've seen quite a few tags in my shtoopid life, but none as stupid as the one I'm about to jump into. And since I'm an extremely shtoopid person myself (Sheesh, you weren't supposed to know that!), I'm getting a perverse sort of pleasure in doing this tag. So without further ado, ladies and ledas, I present to you, the 30 shtoopid question tag!

1) When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
Dude, i just moved to bangalore 2 months back - i still haven't purchased a mirror!!!

2) How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?
I can see 8 ruppees chaillar on it. Inside it, i have no idea!

3) What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?

first word: whore to the core (ok that's a line - pick the first and the last word then)

4) Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
my landlord - who's been coming home only to interview my dog and a lock on the door for the past one month :P

5) What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
vodafone magicbox - 800 rupayy ke phone mein kya ringtone hoga bey?

6) What are you wearing right now?
denims and a monkeyworks tee - as usual

7) Do you label yourself?
i tried using postits to mark the limbs n organs but it didnt stick.

8) Name the brand of the shoes you currently own?
Reebok, Adidas, converse, Nike, Fila, Bata (fuck i'm sounding like a woman!a sexist one!)

9) Bright or Dark Room?
Dark. preferably with a hot woman included.

10) What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
Mukta. She's a funny cow! must be off grazing other brains after she dumped this dung one me!

11) What does your watch look like?
i NEVER wear watches. (which is why i'm always come on time. only late, when its in a different context)

12) What were you doing at midnight last night?
ha ha ha ha ha ha...... if i told you, 6 people would kill me!!!! let's just say i was very close to being arrested for a roadside fight and babysitting a lot of drunks :P

13) What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
no dude, you are not getting a monkey

14) What’s a word that you say a lot?

15) Who told you he/she loved you last?
all those who said are still busy love-sampling more people, so i duuno who'll love me LAST :P

16) Last furry thing you touched?
Diego! my dalmadorr awesome furry ball of a doggie son!

17) Favourite age you have been so far?
at 7 years of age, you do not have much to choose from.

18) What was the last thing you said to someone?
is Friday here already????

19) The last song you listened to?
the Hangover soundtrack (in the fond memory of last night)

20) Where did you live in 1987?
Boisar, saurashtra.

21) Are you jealous of anyone?
yeah, tottally, absolutely, undeniably..... Jealous of FUTURE ME.

Is anyone jealous of you?
now comeon, dont make me sound like a bitch. well, i'm still compiling the list :P

23) Name three things that you have on you at all times?
a head on my shoulders, an attitude to die for and a smile on my face

24) What’s your favourite town/city?

25) When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
to manoshi, my mad lady. to mansi, one of my best pals. and to my mom, the original mad lady.

26) Can you change the oil on a car?
yupp. and find better uses for oil too. esp baby oil.

27) Your first love/big crush: What is the last thing you heard about him/her?
she's quite into me. unfortunately she's 10 years too late.

28) Does anything hurt on your body right now?
my neck - i havent known a single day for the past 7 years that it hasn't!

29) What is your current desktop picture?
a pic of my ex and me.

30) Have you been burnt by love?
yes. that's the beauty of it i guess. my concept of love is bizzare, so keep your theories away.

ola! that's it! if you've read this - you're tagged!!!
answer these questions - now!!!! :D

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