23.2.11

Another Life

Heeeeeyyyyy people. How have you been?
I have been very busy living my life. Not this life, but another life. I love computer games. My previous favorites were Age of he Empires III & RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. Now I found a new addiction: The Sims 3. (What is it with the 3's?) Addiction is no understatement, I mean it in the truest sense. I made a sim that looks quite like me, has traits very similar to mine. Right now she just got fired from her first job, & is writing her first novel (which is sure to be a best seller) & loves fishing, cooking & visit the library or Art Gallery. She's single at the moment, but is considering dating! Haha. And I really was considering changing all the she's to I's because I really think she is me. (okay... you're probably lost now! That was not my intention). Also, exams are coming up so I can't spend more than two-three hours a day at my mac. Which is sad, because I 'm having serious withdrawal symptoms at the moment.
What have you been up to?

xoxo,
Magali

18.2.11

Saat Khoon Maaf (a review)

Hi everyone!
I am just back from watching Saat Khoon Maaf (I first blogged about it here). For those of you who didn't read that post, the screenplay of the film is based on a book by Ruskin Bond called Susanna's Seven Husbands. The book isn't out yet but I've pre-ordered it.
It is the second Vishal Bharadwaj film I've seen after DevD (which I saw on DVD & I'm sure a lot of stuff was cut out!)
I think this was the first A rated film I've watched in a cinema after turning 18 so yay!
About the film itself: Other than Priyanka, it had a good star cast that made me moderately excited. The basic story is about an Anglo Indian Woman Susanna Anna Marie Joahnnes who kills 7 husbands. (The number is kinda irritating. I found myself counting many times during the film to see how many husbands are dead). I don't really want to give any spoilers, let me just say that I'm glad I went for it. You'd think the character of Susanna is negative but that's not the case. I loved the camerawork & cinematography. The film has quite a few goofs/ factual errors, I can't really tell you about them without spoilers, let me just say you'd think Vishal would have researched better. I was waiting for the Ruskin Bond cameo & I'm glad that it was a decent speaking part & not one of the blink-and-you-miss variety. Thank God!
Overall this is definitely a must watch film for me. Maybe not more than once, though.

Have any of you seen it? Your thoughts?

xoxo


16.2.11

Chanakya's Chant, Susanna's Seven Husbands & other books...

I went for The History of India VIRitten, a stand up comedy show by Vir Das (followed by cocktails & dinner) at the ITC Grand Central on the 13th of Feb. And guess what? I met one of my favorite authors Ashwin Sanghi there. I had chatted with him a couple of times over Twitter (he calls me his first twitter fan :) ) but it was great meeting him in person. (How lucky am I to actually meet one of my favorite authors & chat with him? Now if I only get to meet Ruskin Bond I can die happy). I was absolutely blown away by The Rozabal Line (his first book, published in India in 2008 & I probably read it in 2009. Too bad I wasn't into books reviewing then). If you're curious about the plot, it is similar to the DaVinci code, only much better! It was terribly underrated, which makes me think that Dan Brown just got lucky. Anyway, his second book Chanakya's Chant is out & I just ordered it. The show by Vir Das was politically incorrect & absolutely hilarious!
I spent Valentine's Day at home, hungover. (I would like to mention that I was actually hungover on a huge highball glass of Cranberry Juice with less than half an inch of Vodka. Apparently I have very little tolerance for alcohol. Tsk tsk.)
Also, more book news. Have you guys heard of an upcoming Bollywood film called Saat Khoon Maaf? (litteral translation: Seven Murders Forgiven) It has a ton of famous Bollywood stars. I would have honestly never heard of it (seeing as how I don't even read the newspaper nowadays *sob*) but the screenplay has been written by Vishal Bharadwaj & Matthew Robbins based on a novella by Ruskin Bond! The book is called Susanna's Seven Husbands & it hasn't released yet. I suspect it's going to release on 18th Feb, the same day as the movie. Anyway I have pre-ordered it already & I am excited! Perhaps I'll go watch the movie too (It supposedly has a cameo by Ruskin Bond).
I am officially book-crazy. And I have a lot more books that I want, so I have gone ahead & made a wishlist! I'll probably end up buying them all eventually. So, how did you spend Valentine's Day? Any recent buys/splurges? I'd love to know.

Magali

12.2.11

Bruce Campbell & Books

I am a huge Bruce Campbell fan. I first saw him in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys & subsequently in Xena: Warrior Princess when I was five or six. He didn't have a starring roll, just a recurring one. I didn't know his real name then, or even the character name (Autolycus) but I knew him as POT (an acronym for Prince of Thieves, something Autolycus liked to call himself!)
Anyway, a few years ago I found out he wrote two books. And that they were actually pretty good. I was dying to get my hands on them. But they were obviously only available in USA. And they were pretty cheap on Amazon.com, but the delivery prices were exorbitant. So I wasn't able to get them.
But then around Christmas this year I decided to try out flipkart. They got my the two books I wanted, with free delivery! And this is not the free delivery that takes forever to come. The first book arrived just two days after I paid for it. The second book took a while because it was coming from USA (I was informed well in advance that it could take up to 30 days). It arrived in about 20. And no I am not getting anything for saying this (though flipkart should consider making me their brand ambassador). Though I shop online a lot, I can say this is the first time in weeks I was satisfied with how the order went through, delivery time & the state of the package (in came in tissue paper & a padded cardboard box.
The books I ordere were:
1. If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor (2002)
A memoir written by Bruce Campbell almost a decade ago, this one went on to become a New York Time bestseller.

2. Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way (2005)
This one is part fact & part fiction. In Bruce's own words: Is it an "autobiographical novel"? Yes. I'm the lead character in the story, and I'm a real person, and everything in the book actually happened, except for the stuff that didn't.

So... I have been feeling a little blue now that two of my current favorite TV shows are between seasons (Psych & Burn Notice) & one of my favorite TV shows Criminal Minds is getting messed up because those asshole executives down at CBS are firing the best cast members.

I have been a member of GetGlue for a while, and my first batch of stickers arrived a few weeks ago.
I only just noticed that this photo is a tad out of focus. Sorry about that.
My favorite stickers from the lot.
I think this goes to show that I am a huge TV show junkie. I mean, I think I love TV shoes more than movies. Films have bigger budgets, better production, cinematography and whatnot. But only TV shows can create complex story lines and great characters.

Magali