Monday, December 25, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Movie Mania

'I am not a movie freak. A TV freak, maybe. But not a movie freak. But now that I am living with a movie freak, I find myself watching movies every single day. Well, almost. Last weekend, we watched Superman Returns, The Devil wears Prada and Don. Today I had a bad hedd-ek and yet put the Pyaar me Kabhi Kabhi' DVD into the player. I think I blacked out for a bit, because the next thing I remember was that the movie was over.

Why don't we start with PMKK. I know, it's an old movie, and everyone from that movie has moved on since. Sanjay Suri stands out in the movie for his 'normal' act, and so it isn't a surprise that he's got a few good roles. But for the rest, it's like that line from 'Friends': '.. it's not that your friend is bad,it's that she's so bad, she makes me want to put my finger through my eye into my brain and swirl it around.' (Scary, but true. Perhaps,the hedd-ek also played a role.)

Then we go on to Superman Returns. I didn't get it. I swear PMKK was better than Superman Returns. The guy playing Superman looks good, but I spent all my time trying to where I had seen that other guy. And then I was wondering, how is this all that different from Spiderman? this guy is a reporter, that guy is a freelancer, this guy wears a red suit, that guy wears a red suit, this guy has an old foster mom, that guy has an old aunt. I like Batman better than these two. Well, to have a rank order, I'd go Batty,Spidy and Soupy.

Then I saw Devil wears Prada. I am almost scared to admit, but I cried during the movie...(*averts eye contact due to utter embarrassment*). Well that's how good Meryl Streep is. I haven't read the book( I am not THAT much into chick-lit.. though I did enjoy 'Shopaholic'), but I have heard that the Devil was a lot more human in the movie than in the book. And of course, MS does a fantastic job of portraying the boss who wants things done her way. Her scene without the eye make-up and the final pursing of lips/ smile got me. And of course, it has yummy coats. ( Coats, bags and shoes are what I love. They don't betray you when you suddenly get fat.)

That's all.

Well, not exactly. There is another point to note: When at a dinner table, the bread is passed to the right. This does not hold true when some of the people at the dinner table are football fans.


And its so bad I cannot even spell things properly.

Point to note : No one 'visits' Nebraska unless they have relatives there.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Deck the halls, ( and windows and yards and trees)

One of the differences between my older neighbourhood and my current one is the level of enthusiasm with which the 'Holiday' decorations are put up.This starts all the way in October, when pumpkins are strewn all over people's yards, blow-up witches,goblins and Scooby Doos are jostling for space in the yard. Once that is over, the cornucopias, yellow  maple leaves and turkey decals come out. But as they say, the best is saved for the last. Now that Christmas is approaching, the entire neighbourhood is full of snowmen, reindeer, polar bears , stars ,snowflakes and  not to forget, Christmas trees!

My neighbour is particularly particular about his decorations. He is SO particular that the first thing he did when he came back from his thanksgiving holiday was to remove all the thanksgiving decals and get to work on the Christmas decorations. By the time it was morning, there were reindeer in the yard, the shrubs where covered with lights and his entire door was covered in green paper and a snowman who didn't appear to be enjoying hanging out (literally) at the door.
And my neighbour is one of the subtle ones. So you can imagine the spirit the neighbourhood is in. I suspect 90% of this is competitive and 10% holiday. December should really be named 'beating the Joneses'-ember. The 'pulling-out-all-stops' award surely goes to the Joneses on 582 whose yard boasts an entire sled with 8 reindeer, and a giant blow up Santa and his gift bag. Cheering Santa from a safe distance are two drunken looking snowmen.

In any case, next year, I am saving up and putting up a 6-ft  blow up cobra on my yard during Naag Punch-Me. This month, a string of lights and 4 red bows is all I can afford.

Thanks, guys. :)

Sqrl and Mr Sqrl :)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

How do you fake surprise

When A tells you that B is going to throw you a surprise party (and ruins the surprise) AND tells you not to tell B she told you, how do you fake surprise when you come home and B yells 'surprriiisee'?!