Monday, May 30, 2005

Star Wars ep III - Revenge of the Filth

Saw the movie a few days back. I didn't enjoy it. Too much. Sure, I was only interested in the fx, but good lord!! The dialogues!! They are appaling, embarrasingly cheesy. Just. Plain. Bad. I can't believe the actors didn't choke on their vomit while mouthing these inane atrocities.

The Padme-Anakin romance, it's as bad, if not worse than what we saw in Attack Of The Clones.

Plus that persistant "stupid" vibe that the movie has to it. Gaping plotholes. Droids just standing around not shooting, stormtroopers in heavy armor taken out by one lousy shot, so called Jedi Masters killed like blind ducks in a barrel, and incredulous leaps oflogic like Obi Wan leaving Anakin alive.

However, the main reason I dislike this trilogy, is because it take away from the mystique of Darth Vader. While I intensely dislike the Star Wars series, Darth Vader himself is immensely cool. However, by giving him a back story, and justifying his slide into the Dark Side, his capacity as a being of pure evil seems diminished. After all, he really embraced the dark side just to save his wife, a very noble cause indeed.

Moral of the story, stay away from girls. They lead to destruction and chaos.

For a more biting review, check out Ep III on Ruthless Reviews.

They also love The Phantom Menace.

And they have a link to Star Wars dorks in costume.

Orson Scott Card, whom I know as the writer on Marvel Comics's Ultimate Iron Man, has his own take on the Jedis. I quote - "Memo to would-be Jedis: in the new movie, the knights are elitist, dictatorial, and unconvinced that good is an absolute."

Read it - Under the Influence by Orson Scott Card : No Faith in This Force.

Enjoy. The ripping apart of.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Viva La Indian Railways

So my mom wanted to book train tickets for some of our relatives, from Chennai to Bombay. She calls up the Indian Railways helpline, but their servers are down and a recorded message asks you to check back later.

Never fear, the internet is here. Or so we thought. Mom wants to check ticket availability. Since I'm not sure of their URL, I do a quick google search. I take the nearest link, the FAQs at (which incidentally has this helpful suggestion for optimum viewing - "Best viewed at 1024X768 resolution with Internet Explorer (default settings) and Other browsers"). They have a link to internet ticket reservations, which takes me to the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation site. Sure enough, they have an option to check availability. I click on it, looking forward to quick check, when a login page opens up. Must have clicked the wrong link, I think. I try again. Same page. Damn, so i have to register just to check for ticket availability. Nevermind, i say, it'll take me about five minutes. So i go through the motions, fill up a standard form, and submit it. There, that's done. Let me check the ticket availability now. I click on the link, and it takes me to a different website.

Let me recap that. I register on the site by filling out a form, login again, and when i try to check availability, it TAKES ME TO A WHOLE NEW SITE ACCESSIBLE DIRECTLY BY IT'S URL! SO WHAT THE BLOODY HELL DID I NEED TO REGISTER FOR IN THE FIRST PLACE??

So onto this suckass new site, I enter the train number. Then the page reloads and i have to select the exact train, from a list containing all of one choices. And then when it refreshes again, i have a wide choice of three days to check, today, tomorrow and the day after. Great, I wanted to check for next month.

God bless the Indian railways, cuz I sure as hell aint gonna.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

They Screwed Bret!

Wow. I had no idea Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels were such manipulating arseholes. I'm a big Bret Hart fan, and I hated the fact that he'd left the WWF, even though i never knew why. Plus, I missed most of his WCW stuff. So it came as a real shocker to me that the two previously mentioned conniving pieces of shit screwed Bret Hart out of his WWF Championship Belt and effective gave him the middle finger for all his years of work.

Here's the shorter version, to be read first...

..and the longer version.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Sodomy is a bigger sin than Pedophilia?

Today's Times Of India had a report on a lecturer at a Lamington Road coaching class, Vipul Bhatt, who was arrested for attempting anal sex on a 15 year old kid. Those were the charges, sodomy, not pedophilia.

Reading that report, I was highly disturbed by the fact that the law looks at sodomy as a bigger crime that having sex with an underage kid, a minor. Infact, we must be the only country in the world to have such backward ass laws. This is just, sad. Extremely disturbing, and sad.