Wednesday, 30 May 2007

5 great movies you have (probably) never seen

Over the last few months I have watched quite a few disappointing movies, movies that have done well in the box office i.e. watched by the masses. The only exceptions have been The Departed and 300, if you haven't watched these 2 movies, you should add them as well on your must watch movie list. So I have compiled a list (in no specific order and with help from of movies I have watched that either have not been well received or faded without a trace.

1.Dark City
How I got watch the movie: Hamza and I went to the movies and the movie looked interesting, we were a bit skeptical but it was good decision in the end.
Plot Summary: John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders.
Why you have to watch it: An original dark sci-fi movie, similar to The Matrix, but with its own unique reality-distorting views.

2. Running Scared
How I got to watch the movie: Hamza mentioned the movie to me, so i hired the movie despite the fact that Paul Walker(Fast and Furious :() is in the star cast.
Plot Summary: After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things goes wrong for Joey after the neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find the kid and the gun before the police and the mob find them first.
Why you have to watch it: The way the plot unfolds, a great story and surprisingly good acting.

3. Memento
How I got to watch the movie: Channel hopping through DSTV one day revealed this gem of a movie
Plot Summary: The film tells the story of Leonard Shelby: a man who lost his short term memory in an assault where his wife was raped and murdered; now he's looking for the killer, despite his handicap. Simple as that. You don't need to know anymore.
Why you have to watch it: Incredibly unique story, amazingly well told. Probably the best of the 5 movies I'm telling you about.

4. Impostor
How I got to watch the movie: Channel hopping through DSTV again, who says DSTV isn't worth the money. (Well it isn't most of the time)
Plot Summary: An engineer creates the ultimate weapon in a battle against aliens, only to be suspected as an alien himself.
Why you have to watch it: The unique story again, the entire movie is one big guessing game.

5. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
How I got to watch the movie: I wanted to watch this movie when it was released on circuit but nobody else did, so i hired the dvd when I got the chance
Plot Summary: A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor
Why you have to watch it: The incredibly witty and dark humor. Here's one of the quotes from the movie ... Harmony:'Well, for starters, she's been fucked more times than she's had a hot meal.' Harry: 'Yeah, I heard about that. It was neck-and-neck and then she skipped lunch.'

Remember these next time you in the video store and looking for something to watch. If you have any of your own, please share them so I may be equally less perplexed next time I go out to hire a movie.

Till next time in Waseem world

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Not so dormant writers block

I reflected earlier on my blog how I saw blogging to be an outlet to a dormant writer. It seems though even my dormant writer can experience a not so dormant writers block. Hence my recent absence from posting, its not due to other commitments or an exciting social life and I have never been much of a workaholic. The premise for my blog has always been as a discussion forum or a way to display my acute sense of humor. So I don't feel the need to blog every iota of my life because I realise my life is boring.

I had a great post idea the other day but my idea hit a few unforeseen bumps in the research phase. My idea was based on a new series to be released in America.

Aliens in America

A Wisconsin mom arranges to host a foreign exchange student, believing the visitor will help her shy son become more popular. When the student turns out to be a Muslim teenager from Pakistan *gasp*, her plans go awry--and everyone is likely to learn a little lesson about life.

Ya I know ... WTF. Well my idea expanded to the memory of an old sitcom on TV ... ALF. Using the episode list usually supplied by wikipedia I was going to replace ALF by Muslim Pakistani teenager (MPT).
eg. Willies boss comes home for dinner and the Tanner family try to pass MPT off as a short and very hairy distant cousin. Hilarity ensues (Ok that ones lame cos I just made it up)

Unfortunately wikipedia doesn't keep an episode list for the aforementioned ALF, so i lost hope in that post. Damn you wikipedia, you are supposed to know everything. It was going to be a funny post dammit.

In other news, Liverpool lost the Champions League final to a team who were not supposed to be in the competition in the first place(Milan were found guilty of match fixing and docked points, UEFA decided in an emergency meeting to let them into the competition). I am not bitter or a sore loser though, at least my favorite player of all time(Paolo Maldini) got to raise the trophy one last time, despite his protestations of having one more season, I doubt this will come to pass.

Till next time in Waseem world

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Blogger scenarios

I was thinking of ideas of future blogger meets and maybe some possible scenarios that might occur.

Blogger Ice skating - The girls show off their amazing balance and poise but all the guys end up in a mass pile up in the center of the rink. No injuries are incurred but I am stretchered off to nurse my bruised ego.

Blogger Paintball - The guys and girls showdown in an epic battle but Saffiya infiltrates the guys camp in disguise and picks us off one by one.

Blogger Horse riding - Mazozo challenges everyone to a horse race which results in alot of sore behinds.

Blogger Cricket - Zahira catches the winning 6 in the crowd, and Hashim Amla offers to sign the ball for her. Instead she writes her blog URL on the ball and hands it back to him.

Blogger Gokarting - Dew shrugs off her sweet girl tag to tie for first with Joe who drives with unprecedented aggression. They arm-wrestle to decide the winner

Blogger Khatham(Muslim gathering) - MJ delivers powerful lecture after the Moulana(Muslim Priest) falls ill due to too many chanamugaj(Indian Sweetmeat)

Any other possible ideas or scenarios are welcome

Till next time in Waseem World

Monday, 14 May 2007

Bowling for ice-cream

Do you remember your childhood dreams of what you wanted to be when you grew up? My dream was to be a famous author, I even wrote a couple of stories on rough pieces of paper, not for publishing or anything, just for my own sense of fulfillment. As i got older I realised I doubted I had what it took to actually become an author, so my interest declined. Sometimes the odd book would make me itch to want to try writig again, but everytime I started I gave up again due to believing my ideas were crap.

My apprehension to starting a blog was due to the fact I didnt really know what to expect, except maybe an outlet to my dormant writer. I never expected blogging as a way to make good friends, as a way to meet new people and be as fun as it is. Thanks everyone for an awesome night of bowling and ice-cream. It was amazing to see the meld of different characters and hope we all get to meet again soon.

On a separate note, my cousin Hamza, after some cohersion on my part, has started a blog also. Good luck to him, I hope he has as much fun as I do.

Till next time in Waseem world

Monday, 7 May 2007

Comicbook Canon

I will admit to being a comic book fanboy in my younger days, perhaps facilitated by my love for reading as well as the cartoon series of Xmen and Spiderman on TV. Buying comics used to be a treat and I treasured each comic that I bought (which I have since given away sadly). Therefore the event of a third Spiderman movie filled me with alot of excitement. I wont say alot about the movie because I'm sure alot of people are yet to watch the movie, but from the perspective of a 'fanboy', the movie was disappointing. Too much deviation from the comic universe, too much drama and alot of unneccesary moments a good editor would have deleted in my opinion. The action sequences and special effects were a marvel(pun intended) which made it worth watching in the IMAX.

In recent times we have seen a spate of comicbook movies, most of them mediocre at best and some just plain terrible. The makers seem to want to sell the movies on the name alone, with blatant disregard for the superhero comic universe. Anyway heres a list of the 5 best superhero movies in my opinion.

5. Batman Begins - DCs best offering since their foray into movies as well as the best Batman

4. Fantastic 4 - Stayed true to comic book universe, and Jessica Alba is hot :)

3. Xmen 1- Xmen has a huge character universe and there was no way they would satisfy everyone, but the first one came closest to achieving this.

2. Spiderman 2 - Doc Ock is considered the best Villian in the Spidey universe and well portrayed in the movie.

1. Spiderman 1 - This is probably the movie that comes closest to its comicbook counterpart, aside from the fact the girl dies in the end, but I guess some kiddies cant take that.

So as I have revealed my inner geek, allow me to reveal my inner-superhero:

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Green Lantern
Iron Man
The Flash
Wonder Woman
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

Till next time in Waseem World

Friday, 4 May 2007

The laments of a single guy

A Single guys excuse

This was a long but funny read.

Disclaimer: The opinions in the linked essay do not reflect those of Waseem himself.

I personally feel that being single isn't a curse or because there is something wrong with you. If you find the right person and want to commit to that person thats good for you, you don't need to be going through life looking for someone. I think you have more of a chance finding something if you're not looking for it.

Till next time in Waseem world