Monday, January 19, 2009

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (7/10)


No need to explain this one...its a movie adaptation of  novel which needs no explanation at all!...

The plot - The story is about Arthur Dent, an Earthling, who finds himself in a bizarre of situation one day, when his home along with the Earth is blown away and he hitchhikes in an alien's spaceship. Thereby starts a mind boggling funny story...

Visual treatment - I loved the scenes...regardless of what others say, Garth Jennings has done a great job.
The scene where Slartibastfast takes Arthur into the factory workshop showing Earth Mark II is a visual treat!

The movie is full of exciting things, like this one -



Deep Thought has a logo for Apple Computer just to the right and above its electronic eye (which can be seen in closeups when Ford, Trillian and Zaphod are speaking to the computer). - Wikipedia 


Apple logo was used to show Douglas Adams love for Macintosh.

A must watch! 

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Apocalypto - (8/10)


Totally blown away!...for the first 1 hour, I was just trying to come back to terms with my real life...for a person who is very curious to know more about Mayan Civilization , this movie was a treat!

The plot is very simple - a man takes revenge from the villains for killing his friends and family , the twist is - it is set in Mayan times - just when Maya civilization was about to vanish...

The visuals are amazing of the movie...forest and such remarkable pristine landscapes that you can't even think of rising from the chair for even a second!...

Apocalypto is an epic movie - by Mel Gibson, and its not in English - language is also Mayan which adds more fervor to the main plot...it feels real....


PS: Do not watch this movie during lunch or dinner time - the movie has scenes with lot of blood and gore...so beware...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Two scandals that shook the IT Industry...

I know how it feels....which is the other one???...but in a way it was as important as the next one ( if not more) - as it showed that there was something wrong in one of most respected company ever of India - Infosys!


Yes.. the first one was the sexual harassment case happened in Infosys - Phaneesh Murthy who was once a blue eyed boy of Indian IT and was doing wonders for Infosys - was exposed as a boss who was having indecent proposals to an employee...Infosys resolved the case out of court and spent $3Mn ...very few days later the case was resolved we heard another employee, Jennifer Griffith, claimed that Phaneesh harassed her as well...


That case shocked all and sundry!...The company that spoke about ethics had a black sheep!...the person who had become face of Brand India was mentoring a person who would tarnish his own company's image!...


What I had not liked at that time though was - 


1. Why did Infosys not send Phaneesh to jail? Was not Reka Maximovitch also an employee? Can money compensate for everything?
2. Why is the same NR Murthy talking of not hiring any employees from Satyam - just because they worked in a tainted company? Does it not sound very weird? 


Anyways that case was closed by PR expert Infosys team and everyone forgot about it...


And then the second shocker came...Another face of Indian IT - Ramalinga Raju came out as a fake guy!...
Its too early to comment on what happened behind the scenes and whose fault it is , etc etc....


But its for sure that the Indian IT Sector which had resulted into Brand India  - is doing its best to also tarnish the sheen...

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Goof up at Washington Post!!!

The daily news mailer from Washington Post  goes out to millions of readers...and they forgot to give a headline to the mailer?!?
Someone at the execution level must have lost his job after this!!!...