Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How Adorable is Joseph Gordon Levitt

How Adorable is JGL? Let me count the ways

1. So Adorable that he is ALWAYS cute at ALL ages
Age: Munchkin. Family Ties & Angels in the outfield

Then again all kids are cute at that age right. Right? Of course right. But look at him 3rd rock from the sun at age 15:

Yes that's him at 15! What awkward growth spurt? 

Age 18: 10 things I hate about you
Age 20:Manic. Making mental illness look good

Age 23: Mysterious Skin, where he plays a gay prostitute

And he looks like this now:

and also like this, but lets not talk of this again

2: He sings and plays the guitar

He also does it while wearing a shirt with rolled up sleeves and a skinny tie: 

Admittedly he isn't great... at singing....or the guitar........which somehow makes him only more adorable for being so earnest.  

To make it worse he teams up with the Queen of Adorable - Zooey Deschanel for a cutexplosion

Imagine their cute little Hipster Babies.

And guys they are totally not dating. They have been great friends for over 10 years. He tells playboy magazine that it would be "awkward" to date Zooey. Whatever.

3. Everyone wants to work with him... again...and again

As soon as he grew up into the sharp young whippersnapper he is today Chritopher Nolan cast him... twice, first in Inception, then in The Dark Knight Rises

Rian Jhonson cast him in Brick, and then wrote a film for him - Looper- just so they could work together again. They are also best friends and neighbours and hang out together all the time, braid each others hair and everything

JGL in Looper

4. He really knows how to rock it in a suit
and without a suit too
 5. He is adorable when he doesn't understand what a crumpet is

Watch the interview: http://uk.omg.yahoo.com/gossip/the-bike-shed/joseph-gordon-levitt-video-watch-cute-attempt-understand-143756997.html
Interviewer: My girlfriend....X describes you as a thinking girl's crumpet. I don't know if thats a phrase you have in America. Its means kind of a...
JGL(slowly and precisely):  Hmmm ...A thinking girls crumpet
Interviewer: Ya...How do you feel..
JGL (interrupting): Whats a crumpet?
Interviewer: its means like a....
JGL (interrupting): Its a scone? A scone kind of thing?
Interviewer: Its a savoury kind of thing
JGL(incredulously): A savoury scone?
Interviewer: It is bready,... kind of savory..
JGL:A savoury scone? What? Do you put chicken in it and stuff?
Interviewer: No... just regular things, like butter ...and jam
JGL (shaking his head): Jam is not savoury
Interviewer: Ya but the crumpet itself is kind of savoury
Interviewer: Look forget I said crumpet. I regret bringing up the word crumpet

Isn't that adorable? Awwww Americans. What a crumpet.
Ooo wouldn't he be adorable if he had a British accent or something?
ANS: No. What on earth is this?

Its is a really short animated clip. Go ahead watch it. Even if just for the opening and closing clips of JGL in a bed of candy.

6. hitRECord
JGL also owns hitRECord- an  online collaborative production company. Profits are shared with the artists who contribute.  Isn't that just lovely.  According to an interview he gave in Salon, its a place for him to "Freak out". Awww.  Apparently JGL oversees the site from a bank of computers in his home studio.  Isn't that a hot mental image. JGL in the dark bathed by the glow emanating from  a BANK of computers. Ya'all know that I dint actually find the image or it would have been here by now.

Of course like all good imaginary boyfriends, he isn't perfect and has his flaws too. Like this time when he said 'pretty girls aren't  funny'. So if he is laughing at your jokes, its because he thinks you are ugly. 
Except he did say it to compliment his pretty AND funny female co -star. He did issue an awkward- ish apology

Still Ryan Gosling would never do that.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Endhiran. Dot

Endhiran is genius.

Everybody may not get Endhiran's genius so I'll explain.

It is genius in the standard way and in every way. It has Rajini. Rajini is super. It has A. R Rahman who isnt quite as super in this movie (still it doesnt matter). It has Shankar who is generally not so super, but beyond super in this movie.
It has some white people in fight scenes. It has Aishwarya who is very pretty.

It is also genius because it is an super duper out and out Rajini movie, with fantasticness, over the topness kickassness, BUT without resorting to any "rajini formula". There are no punch line, no rajini entourage, no side comedy track (well there is one but it doesnt count, cant compare to janakraj or goundamani or vivek side comedy track), there is no oppressed suppressed masses that rajini stands for, no arrogant women to tame or reign in, no speech on India's (a.k.a tamilnadu) greatness, no thai pasam even!! The movie has a thai, and enough scope to go all patriotic etc, but it doesnt. The movie gleefully throws off these crutches (no Thai pasam! Really. Even Harry Potter resorts to it) and still remains Fantastic and Rajini.

It is BIG, BAD ASS and COOL. Its like Rajini and Kollywood decided to migrate to the next level. Now that bollywood is "getting" what all the fuss is about and making Salman Khan sport a moustache, Kollywood decided it is now time to shave off the moustache and do something even cooler.

There are many more reasons that make Endhiran and Rajini genius. Perhaps they will need a new post. Or even a new blog.

Endhiran is genius. Dot

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Reality rocks

There is so much Indian reality TV to watch it is getting very hard to keep track.
I cant post fast enough about Rakhhi ka swayamvar. My post gets outdated the minute Ive posted it.

We are all sooooo over Luv and his elimination. We have visited Creepy Tiwari's house where they dint offer Rakhi a cup of tea and sweet Chitiz's house who unfortunately hasnt developed 'feelings'. Tonight she video conferences with Canadian Elesh's parents. I cant wait for the promised twist. I am also hoping it wont happen and she'll just marry Chitiz and wear his clothes. (not his, the ones he makes) edited to add: She picked Elesh. Dint marry him. Yet. Probably wont.

Then there is Sach ka Samna. The episode I watched had an actress named Urvashi, who lost ten lakhs because she answered a question untruthfully. Tragic really, especially after she dealt with questions like " Were you expelled from college because you were pregnant?" "Have you slept with a married man?" and so on. Why did Urvashi lie anyway? She must have known that she would be given away by the machine. Why have your secret exposed AND lose all the money you won so far. Her downfall came though her friend Shanela (a friend no more Im sure). She truthfully revealed her friend tries to control her life but then lied when she said she dint believe Shanela was her friend only because she( i.e. Urvashi) was famous. Perhaps Urvashi din't realise that she thought her friend was a celebrity suck up till it was revealed to her on TV. Gasp. In any case she lost 10 lakhs and probably is unlikely to bond with Shanela anymore.

Then there is Zing ne bana di Jodi which is supposed to be like the Indian 'beauty and the geek'. Small town boys try to hook up with 'uptown' girls...but it is little puzzling as the small town boys seem to be quite savvy and hep. There is already a lot on angst with one chap admitting he was attracted to another girl (who was not his partner) but would rather stick with his current partner because she is better at tasks.

Then there is the jungle show which might be worth a watch for Fiza- the ex asst advocate general, Haryana who converted and ran away with the ex deputy CM, Haryana. 10 celebrities are stuck in a jungle in Malaysia and do all kinds of tasks and finally - surprise one of them wins a load of cash

Such an explosion of reality shows. Most of them are ripoffs from shows that have been aired elsewhere. This is not new - way back in the 90s we imported the Wheel of Fortune . Miss India was an import from pageant formats developed elsewhere. Not so long ago we had Kaun Banega Crorepati. There have been some homegrown formats like Antakshari and Boogie Woogie but they have disappeared now. Now we have Indian Idol, Jhalak Dikkhla Ja, KyaAap Paanchvi Paas Se Tez Hain and Big Boss all rip offs from international formats. I wonder whats next - A simple life? - who are the Indian brats who could fit? An Indian Bridezilla could work. An Indian project runway or Indias next top model would be great fun. The Apprentice? - with Vijay Mallaya or Anil Ambani. Theres a gold mine out there.

Meanwhile, so many shows so little time. Sigh

Friday, June 5, 2009

the death of internet monikers or when did we grow so old?

Blogs seem to be the only places where you can have an internet moniker anymore . like mem or duh or cloud-light. Then again you can do this only on personal blogs.

Earlier these names were everywhere- emails, chat identities. Almost everyone when they first discover the internet decides to shed their staid name that identifies their country, the religion, and gender and decides to pick one that indicates their level of 1. horniness 2. geekiness 3. well- readness 4. well listenedness .

We are presented with a world where we can maintain total anonymity, allowing us to present ourselves the way we want to appear. Nobody can even see you. You can be anyone -unique and brilliant. Yet you have - studboy5467 (5466 people probably already have that name). Men will pick something that has something to do with sex and women will pick something thats cute.

I have been equally guilty - I convinced one friend to be sexbomb on a chatforum. Later I made it sound as if this was a huge clever scam and I had realized the ridiculousness of it all along and had conned my naive friend into accepting the name. In truth, I thought it was a kickass name.

Then there is the second level of maturity where you spurn names like studboy and sexbomb and pick something that reveals something about you- your penchant for music about death ,your love for obscure literature, you knowledge of some pop culture trivia, your wonderful skills in working our anagrams.

Then you grow up and discover your grandma wants to email you and that your boss thinks star wars is stupid- so now you have to generate a firstname.lastname@ soandso.com account. No matter this is not the account you use for work. You have realized that you will interact with family online and that internet is not the domain of the young anymore. You will also realise that while your name stays comfortingly stable, your love for bands, obscure literature, and things that make you go wow change through the years. Soon there wont even be things that make you go wow and even when you do find things that make you go wow - making them a part of your identity has become so lame.

Even when you want to maintain anonymity, like say in a personal blog, - you venture carefully picking names like mem and em and me and she and he. Sigh how boring have we become.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

i yam what i yam

and thats not popeye the sailor man

How I became mem: I received an invitation from M to post on this blog and this was my first post. I needed a name to post. I wanted to be M but couldn't because M had already beaten me to it. I then thought of being em but then there is a pretty well known eM blogger around. I then toyed with being 'me' again someone else I knew had bagged it. Some suggested yum- I refused.
(I had a math teacher in 7th std who would say (yum plus yun) into yum is equwaalto yumyum plus yunyum. Her classes made me very hungry).

So wanting to be M and em and me and not yum I became mem. I dint like the name. It sounded stupid. (why could I not have picked crazycoolme or superhotbabypapa?) But I told myself a name dint matter and stuck to 'mem' and have posted 61 posts (ha! you dint think it would be that many did you! - actually most of them are cheating one line posts) under that name and a million comments besides. Now I am almost fond of the name.

Now that I am slowly coming to terms with 'mem' I learn this- "Mem, as the thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is most often associated with Death, Atu XIII. Aliester Crowley however, in his Thoth tarot deck assigns Nun to to the thirteenth card, and Mem to The Hanged Man" (from wikipedia).

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rakhi will choose from among 15 grooms on NDTV Imagine's new show 'Rakhi Ka Swayamvar' to pick the man she will marry. She has already said many fun things like how she wants her mother in law to be "spicy" and how the husband should be like "shah rukh, salman khan, and aamir khan" .

I am sure its all very ridiculous and all that but it really really bugs me to see one Times Now piece about this show. The reporter signs off with "Thank you for the entertainment, but no thanks Rakhi, I don't think men of taste will bite at this bait. This is Nupur somethingortheother from times now"
Oh go suck an egg Nupur. Rakhis TRPs will beat your silly shows anytime

Monday, April 13, 2009


I have already told you how much I hate shopping. Now I will give you Bangalore Shopping Guide for Clothes- from viewpoint of one who wants to be done with shopping quickly.

No I lie. I am a terrible quick shopper.  When shopping, I will spend forever, conflicted between two exact same tops one costing Rs. 50 and the other Rs 5000..... easy decision you say? No. I would have to spent one hour trying to get the catch, will fail and eventually buy the Rs 50 one to discover that it was actually kids shorts or something. I actually do own one kids nehru jacket that I wore as sleeveless buttoned shirt for longest time. Of course I dint realize it was kids nehru jacket, so I wasn't being ironic cool or anything. I only realised my buttoned sleeveless shirt was actually a kid;s nehru jacket when I went back and saw it displayed on a boy sized mannequin.  Ok long ramble later- I will give you Bangalore Shopping Guide from perspective of person who wants very badly to be a quick shopper- but will fail.

So what does Bangalore offer to the shopper?

Malls malls and more malls - The Garuda/ Forum variety: There is usually not much to differentiate one mall from the other so your decision should be based on the distance from you. These malls will have everything including one westside, one shopperstop, one or two high end stores, one roller coster plus bowling arcade plus house of horrors plus African tiger safari.
(quick quiz: which of the above does forum/garuda actually have? quick quiz 2: Do african tigers exist?)
So this seems like the best bet for the quick shopper. The added attractions of food courts and beauty salons and nail parlours offer comforting distractions from tasks at hand. Also- yaay restrooms!

Lido mall and Fun cinemas mall: These are the malls that are not really malls but cinema theaters with malls attached to them. They claim that they cater to a niche crowd. That is not you (the harried shopper) so give these a miss.

Bombay stores, Pantaloon, Lifestyle: Now if you are serious about your shopping mission, it might make sense to skip the Garuda/Forum type mall and attack this kind. There are no food courts, no person doing cartwheels, no cinema theater to distract you. It is also less crowded since everyone else is in another mall to watch cartwheels or african tigers. However - changing rooms are fewer and less comfy and if you don't like anything there you are going to have to walk all the way to one of the other places in the list. And yes yaay! restrooms

Commercial Street: Commercial Street is fun. It is unlikely that any productive shopping will get done, but you can walk about in the open, no ac, no tinkly music. You can eat popcorn, blow bubbles, pop into Bhagatram, eat gulab jamoon, peer into stores and cluck cluck about rubbish people will wear, then you will reach Fab India where you will pick up two items that will fade and be demoted to dish rags in exactly 2.3 months and then you will reach westside where you will pick up one more item that you will give your maid in 4.3 months and you are done.

Brigade Road: This is silly. I don't know why you would shop here. It will be crazy crowded and you will have to walk from branded store to branded store and be stared at and clucked at by all manner of sales peoples. On the other hand like commercial street you can walk in the open minus ac and tinkly music and you could get lost in the bookstores and realise that you were a very shallow person for having thought you needed clothes in the first place.

Malleswaram 8th cross and/or Sampige road: Again no tinkly music, but you will wish you had AC. There are tons of stores to chose from.You have the shops where you can haggle and ac branded stores- where you don't. You have to be prepared to walk about laden with bags and deal with honking traffic and crowded pavements. While food options are many, they will require jostling and pushing and yelling orders. (Ok I lie. Again. These days you have lines and coupons. It is only more depressing). Also sales peoples in Malleswaram brand outlets are a little more bored and a little more determined to make you wait longer than their counterparts in "town" and the yelling screaming haggling shop peoples are little more vicious and persuasive than their counterparts anywhere.

If you are a sensible person you will stay at home and stitch your own clothes.