Friday, March 31, 2006

Court Unites Lesbians
There was an article in Times of India today about a ruling in favor of a lesbian couple, dropping all charges to prevent them from staying together....all the gay associations are ecstatic about this victory but I believe isn’t really a victory till the time a proper law is passed in Indian Constitution, what they got away with is a chink in the Indian Law. Of course court is right in saying that these girls are old enough to take the decision of living together. But the catch is that the policemen couldn't book them under section 377 of IPC which punishes "intercourse against order of nature" as it requires penetration (point is there is still a law to punish you if you use dildo’s). I believe if it was a Hillary Swank kind of thing from Boys Don't Cry they would have been behind bars........
Everything apart I believe there is a long way to go for gays in India as this is a country where the most happening city like Bangalore has bar timings restrictions till 11:30 pm.

Link to the article --->,curpg-1.cms

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Eragon, Eldest and the Trilogy of Inheritance....

Do I smell another Lord of the rings in the making? Is Peter Jackson reading & waiting for the third part of this trilogy as impatiently as I am? Yes it is true they are making a movie at last story has all the masala of L.O.R as this book has Elfs, Dwarfs, Dragons, Huge Battle, Shades, Kulls, Magicians who can read your mind and the excitement and the journey of a boy who wents on to become a Dragon Rider. The story starts simply when a boy named Eragon find a stone in the Spine that turns out to be a dragon egg which takes him to a never ending journey through out these books. The author Christopher Paolini started writing this story when he was in 1st standard and finished it when he was 15, now 19 he has already got the world begging him to finish writing the 3rd part of the trilogy........ The magical world of Christopher Paolini named Alagaesia takes you through one hell of an exciting journey that won't let you keep the book down till you pass out due to insufficient sleep....I strongly recommend it to all the Magical Fantasy readers and also to readers who underestimate the power of Magical Fantasy....believe me I know people who won’t read Dune because they think fantasy is too easy to write and worthless to read....

My Rating ****1/2 (I had to take the 1/2 star as I hate the author for not writing the 3rd part yet)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Brokeback Mountain and Transamerica........
What can I say but these are the two movies I saw recently....though I only saw the latter while I was completely drunk and could've watched any movie...lucky enuf i watched this one cause at the end of it I was still totally completely drunk and I still can't say whether I liked it or not as I am CONFUSED.......and to top it all I am CONFUSED about Brokeback Mountain as well...though the most confusing thing about Brokeback was the Texan accent.....but you have to see it to believe what Ang Lee is capable of......he actually made me want to be gay......hey don't make a mistake @ calling me gay cause in the interval a girl from a group of seven commented....."wht is this guy doing alone here he a GAY?" to which I simply turned around Schezwan Popcorn in one hand and a Diet Pepsi in other and said "No lady I am a pukka Lesbian" and believe me I have never seen a face change colors so quickly when all of her friends just bursted out laughing......they even stopped there ooooohhhhss when the next gay scene came..........
But now I can see why Crash won the best Oscar and why Brokeback didn’t...cause the latter is easiest to hate.......even gay population would hate this movie because of the way the character of "Heath Ledger" always ran away from accepting his destiny wanting to lead a normal life in turn screwing up his wife from behind.........though the realization did dawned on him at the end.........
Well Transamerica is a movie about a male to female transsexual who is about to go for a surgery to get a brand new Vagina but finds out that he has a 17 year old son who is in jail on charges of prostitution....whose aim in life is to go to LA and star in a gay porno flick....well the main story lies in the journey to LA when our transsexual offers his(or should I say her) kid a car ride to LA without disclosing her true is a movie with a happy but a bit confusing ending as bith of them end up getting what they want from life......
Well if you are reading this for a review point of view I will say watch it on your own risk as both of these are hard hitting movies on shades of modern male sexuality and believe me they are watched more by women rather than males.......there was an article in TOI last week that said Bangalore men hate Brokeback........and I wanted to write Women of the world loved it....take example of the oohs and aahs coming from the group of girls in my back row of the theatre......

Brokeback ***1/2
Transamerica ***

Monday, March 06, 2006

(An article from web)Why Brokeback lost to Crash
For movie lovers, Oscar watchers, and a lot of gay men and women, this has to be a night that will go down in the history as one of big disappointment -- almost at par with the night when John Kerry lost to George W Bush.
Brokeback Mountain was supposed to sweep the Oscars. Ang Lee's tragic and beautifully rendered love story (which just happens to deal with the love affair between two cowboys) seemed to have the Best Picture win locked. No other movie last year could match up to Brokeback's success and critical praise.
Oscars: Complete Coverage
Ever since Brokeback won the top award at the Venice Film Festival in September (and since I saw the film in early September at the Telluride Film Festival), the buzz was very strong about that film – a groundbreaking story set in the vast, sweeping, visually stunning landscape of Wyoming (the film was actually shot in Alberta, Canada). It opened in the US in early December and the possibility of a Brokeback win seemed even more certain.
And Brokeback truly deserved to win tonight. For Lee's controlled and detailed direction; Annie Proulx's moving short story; Larry McMutry and Diana Ossana's strong screenplay adaptation; and its theme -- a romance between two men, like it has never been shown before in Hollywood.
It also deserved to win for Heath Ledger's quiet, devastating and heart-wrenching performance as a man left alone with his memories. Ledger is simply fantastic in Brokeback.
Crash beats Brokeback
Unfortunately, Ledger was not going to win the Best Actor award. That was a sure win for Philip Seymour Hoffman for his equally well-deserved, but a lot more showy performance in Capote. The other sure win was for Hollywood's golden girl Reese Witherspoon in the role of June Carter in Walk The Line.
Then, a few weeks ago, a word started appearing in the press. A five letter word that spelt Crash. Just last week, Entertainment Weekly pointed out that although Brokeback had won the Golden Globe and the Producers, Directors and Writers Guild awards, it had lost one crucial race. The Screen Actors Guild award had gone to the ensemble team of Crash. And maybe, just maybe, Crash might win the Best Film Oscar.
On the red carpet
'Like a speeding Ferrari you didn't see coming, Crash has rammed its way into possible win territory,' the Weekly said. But the magazine's critics still maintained that Brokeback had a slight edge.
Then on Friday -- several days after the close of the academy's voting -- David Carr wrote a scary prediction in The New York Times, which unfortunately came true: 'But Los Angelenos, a good chunk of the Academy, have a crush on Crash, the parable of race and class that memorialises the city they drive through everyday.'
But Carr also said that if the Academy votes for Brokeback, it will demonstrate its tolerant and progressive values.
We will never know how many more Academy voters picked Crash over Brokeback. But this much is clear: While Crash is a fine and important film, in choosing Crash over Brokeback, the Academy members showed their conservative, safe and non-controversial side.
How the Academy works
The Academy members may occasionally give Oscars to breakthrough performances -- such as Hilary Swank as a woman who wants to live like a boy in Boys Don't Cry, or Tom Hanks as a successful white man dying of AIDS in Philadelphia, or Charlize Theron as a lesbian serial killer in Monster.
And 37years ago, the academy did the most daring -- it gave the Best Film award to John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy -- another gay themed film. But today's Academy is mostly uncomfortable with a film that deals with real love between two men.
This is the same Academy that chose the worthy South African film Tsotsi as the Best Foreign Film -- over an even better-constructed and moving, but more controversial Palestinian film Paradise Now, which shows the human side of suicide bombers.
There were reported signature campaigns against Paradise Now among the pro-Israel lobby within the Academy. And that conservative wing of the lobby managed to get more people to cast their votes for Tsotsi.
Winners at a glance
There were some real important wins tonight. Taiwan-born Ang Lee was recognised as the Best Director not just for his masterful work in making Brokeback, but also for his long range of a most impressive and diverse filmmaking career.
Lee started with small indie films like Pushing Hands and The Wedding Banquet, but then he went on to direct films that dealt with American suburbia (The Ice Storm), English period drama (the brilliant Sense And Sensibility) and Chinese martial arts (the awesome Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Lee is also such a humble and a warm man. It was good to see him win tonight.
The Supporting Actor awards tonight were expected, but still very well deserved. The always smooth and charming George Clooney put on weight and looked dishevelled in Syriana. He carried the weight of the film on his back. And so did Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardner. Weisz's character and performance was so important for the success of the film that one wonders why the studio did not promote her name in the Best Actress category.
I suppose Brokeback's supporters will get over the film's loss tonight. How many people remember the other big Oscar upset in 1999 when Shakespeare In Love beat a more deserving Saving Private Ryan?
There are a lot of Brokeback backers in the US and abroad, and we can still maintain it is a great film. It is a milestone movie in the history of cinema that broke a lot of barriers.
But in a democratic system there can be only one winner. Just over a year ago millions of Americans voted for Kerry, but eventually the other (and some might say the less deserving) candidate won.
I was lucky enuf to catch Crash this Saturday and it's no surprise now that it won an Oscar for the best movie. It's a movie based in post 9/11 LA and has several central characters constituting the different races and ethnic backgrounds……...there fears and confusions.
The subject is handled so well in this movie that I felt as it could easily have been the story of any big metropolitan city(especially India)....of course no other city can have so much hatred against Blacks, Latino's , Middle Eastern, Chinese etc etc …..and best part is that there hatred is shown against each other. The scenes like a small girl getting shot, car rescue by Matt Dillon and a nigger getting shot by a good cop are just unforgettable. The way all the characters go through the transition in there life is what this movie all about. I would easily give **** to this one.....

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

MP3 Player
Received a new MP3 player from Manoj today........really bzy downloading new songs....Mandeep Khush Hau....thanks buddy you made my life fun as you gifted me music to heal my soul.....:-)

Phil Nicol and a wild Saturday night

I have always been a gr8 fan of live shows, be it music concert, drama or just a speech but live comedy stands out if you have a good comedian at your disposal, this is the reason why gr8 Indian laughter challenge is by far the best thing on the idiot box right now.
After watching a mediocre Firewall(Harrison Ford) couple of friends dragged me to a disc and to there surprise & my good fortune it was live comedy show night @ Zero Velocity and the comedian was a Canadian by the name of Phil Nicol. This guy was hilarious and had guts enuf to put his balls on your face and I mean he literally dropped his pants half down pinching his tits cracking some of the best heard gay jokes, he even found one guy in audience as a bait for all his gay jokes......apologizing constantly about his rudeness to an 80 year old lady in the audience whom he called his mama.......I could have never imagined this kind of show would be possible for me in India and all the lesbian and gay jokes could make everyone in the crowd die laughing....he made our group popular too by calling us Gay Christians(thanks to a cap my friend was wearing supporting a cross) due to which everyone in the audience became an instant friend. Best part was we got 6 bottles of beer complimentary...........I guess the best part of his performance was the song "I am the only GAY eskimo......" with amazing guitar….. After the show this guy even came down to our table to share a drink with us......followed by gr8 music lots of drinking and dancing.....well i ended up dropping a brit girl who was all wet as she plunged into the pool with her clothes on to Leela Palace but not before I saw the best aerobics in the pool by a French girlfriend of hers......all an all a wild night and a gr8 ride......