January, 2011

Movie Double Review: Gulliver’s Travels 3D & The Mechanic

Movie Double Review: Gulliver’s Travels 3D & The Mechanic

It has been a while since I have been to the theatre and I know why: there’s really nothing truly worth of value at the moment. I will not be verbose in my reviews as it is not truly necessary.

Gulliver’s Travels 3D

The movie is less than decent and effectively ruined the story I loved back in my childhood days. There were some moments of dry humour but the overall production values were a jumble; some scenes looked good enough and the rest were disappointing. It’s 2011 and somehow camera manipulation between giant and midgets is inexplicably disastrous. I also fail to see why the movie advertises itself in 3D as apparently there is nothing 3D-ish about it. As for the story… a used condom has more interesting travel tales to tell. View trailer here.

The Mechanic

Movie is average; better than the one above for sure but has an uneven pace. It starts off slowly, a prominent guy gets killed without much character development for you to care about, and eventually picks up into lots of explosions and shooting. Story is predictable with absolutely no twist whatsoever. View trailer here.

 

Life is Good Award

Blogging truly has become a luxury, hasn’t it? It is no fault but my inability to properly manage my time; there is always a distraction around every corner and my mind is addicted to distractions. Perhaps out of general boredom, or out of inquisitiveness, I am not totally sure. However, what I am sure of is that I need to earn my minutes back.

In any case, our wonderful Dina tagged me in an interesting post; a small interview that I would usually avoid but not this time. I will not tag anyone so you are free to write up a post if it tickles your fancy.

I have some posts coming up as well and will be in the process of writing them in the duration of this weekend. In the meantime:

If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing this? If you aren’t anonymous, do you wish you started out anonymously, so that you could be anonymous now?

I have another anonymous blog that is on private and it serves as my online diary in the case where I don’t have access to my notebook and a pen. However, I don’t write there much, and I don’t regret what I write here (and I cleaned up many posts already). “Jar of Juice” started out as a fun-filled, humorous blog and the paradigm is slowly shifting towards personal thoughts and writing. I don’t regret the change of direction and the blog should always be a reflection of who I am.

Describe an incident that shows your inner stubborn side.

Any hopeless romantic is inherently stubborn and persistent in the matters of the heart. In other areas of life, though, I am quite easy-going.

What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?

Someone lost but happy to be so; great things are bound to happen even if they take their time.

What is your favourite summer cold drink?

My favourite drink of any season is water.

When you take time for yourself, what do you do?

Write.

Is there something that you still want to accomplish in your life?

I still (hopefully) have many years ahead of me and there are many things I would like to accomplish. However, the centre theme of accomplishments is tangible change on the human-level. I don’t believe I will be a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs and not because I lack ambition or talent or opportunity, but because my definition of success does not have a dollar or another anonymous value. Yes, a nice sum of money won’t hurt anyone, but it is not the only defining factor for success in my book.

When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching?

Started with shy, then over-achiever, then back to shy and then ditching. Now it’s a mix of the three.

If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what would you see?

The moment you realise that “there is chemistry”.

Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog, or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people and events?

I have no shame in admitting my faults and defeats and mistakes and in sharing my joys and laughs and sorrows.

If you had the choice to sit down and read a book or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?

I’d rather be writing a book… but for that there would be many books read and many phone calls, conversations, dinners, intimacy, hardships, and life experience to happen. But strictly between the two – reading a book, if I am not having a phone call with a loved one (is that not, on one level, like reading a book?).