Archive for June, 2011

Trying the “GM diet”

resistance being tested . This diet actually says "hamburgers are okay" on day 6

I am obese . well , most of the time anyway .
The only recollection of me being thin was after the first year of college hostel (Coimbatore , where starvation was quite common) when I grew extremely thin. A year out of hostel and a trip to Kuwait put an end to that  (Kuwait is hell for people who want to lose weight) .
I don’t eat all that much , My body metabolism is quite slow , and I gain weight quite fast .  The problem isn’t  dropping the weight , its maintaining the low weight , that’s the real problem .
Joining a gym seems logical , but I am too lazy for that , I would rather starve than run on a treadmill like a freaking hamster .
I will join one later once I’ve lost some pounds and need to maintain the weight , right now ,  I’ve got to lose weight .

And now I hear of this diet from friends ( it worked really well for them)   ,  it’s called the GM diet , I doubt if anything about its history is true . It’s actually quite similar to the “cabbage soup” diet most people use to lose weight , though this diet seems to be much easier .

I am currently on the first day of the diet , I write this as a I resist the urge to dwell on the beef and tapioca (kappa and beef mix) my mom made in the kitchen .

the diet schedule is as follows :

The effectiveness of this seven-day plan is that the food eaten burn more calories than they give to the body in caloric value.
This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.
During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol. You must drink 10 glasses of water each day.

Day One
All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.

Day Two
All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.

Day Three
A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.

Day Four
Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.

Day Five Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.

Day Six
Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your heart’s content.

Day Seven
Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

I wonder if any of this ever works , lets see how it goes . ….. ** bites apple


“Green Lantern” movie review

Let me begin the review by telling you how important  Green lantern is to the DC comic book universe . In the comics ,  He has done stuff that even superman couldn’t , the entire history of green lanterns is so huge that every storyline of theirs is a huge epic event . When superman and batman protect the earth and Gotham , the green lanterns protect the remaining universe .

So you see , I had huge expectations  before seeing the movie  , also due to the fact that it was going to be directed by Martin Campbell ( he made the james bond movies “Casino royal”  and “Golden eye” , he also made “the mask of Zorro”) .

The movie begins with a brief description on the evil force that is parallax (much different from the comic books) and  the origin story of the green lantern corps.
We are then introduced to Hal Jordan and the reasons for his lack of self-esteem and fears . A dying green lantern Abin Sur manages to send out his ring to find a worthy successor , and his ring finds Hal Jordan thus making him a new green lantern.
We get to see Hal visit the planet Oa (green lantern headquarters and the centre of the universe)  and learn to project constructs with will power .
(the green lantern rings runs on the mind’s will power , it constructs whatever the user imagines , as long as the user has enough will power to maintain the construct . It will be explained better in the movie )

The movie is great in these beginning scenes ,  but  switches to a  low-budget movie territory , by bringing Hal back to earth and using Hector Hammond (a scientist gone mad , by influences of parallax)  as the movie villain .
The movie then shows Hal Jordan battling his inner fears  and figuring out ways to defeat Hammond and the evil entity parallax .

First problem with the movie  is ,  it requires a better budget , the CGI effects are not that good , and would’ve been better if it were in a complete CGI movie (like Beowulf) .  A movie like green lantern requires at least  “avatar” level of money and visual effects .
Next , it needs a better plot , this movie’s script was pathetic .  They  fused  2 great green lantern villains (krona and parallax) into one pathetic ugly yellow cloud monster called parallax . You should never screw up movie villains . (remember what happened to galactus and the fantastic four) .
The other potential threat is hector Hammond , who shouldve been avoided all together .
The sequences on OA and with other alien green lanterns were very less (must be around in total 10 minutes of overall screen time) . The beauty of green lantern stories is the variety of alien species , and battles on other distant planets . Instead ,  almost the entire movie is  wasted on earth .
Sinestro , a vital character of the green lantern universe (he will become the first yellow lantern , the arch-enemy of hal Jordan ) was given very little importance in the movie .  It’s amazing that they screwed up this rival chemistry .
Pacing of the movie is way too fast in the really good scenes , but goes really slow in the boring scenes , it feels like they were rushing to finish this movie with the least visually taxing scenes as possible  .
The movie should have been directed by James Cameron .

see me do "the people's elbow"

Although not everything is bad ,  Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan is excellent , he nailed Hal Jordan perfectly , and really shows a man who conquers fear , and blake lively is quite descent as the heroine .
If I remember right , I think she turns into star sapphire (purple lantern) in the future .
Scenes in Oa are great though short .
Mark strong as sinestro is excellent . If they do make a sequel , it will be amazing to see Hal and sinestro fight it out in the war between the green and yellow lantern corps .

overall rating : 5/10  or  D –

It’s not a good sign when I have to pick out good stuff from an overall bad experience .
This had ambition , but falls flat .
I must point out that is not a bad movie , it’s just barely satisfactory .  (it’s not fantastic four : rise of the silver surfer level of bad 😛 )
They can fix the problems in the sequels , as long as Ryan Reynolds sticks around .

FYI , batman and green lanterns have an ongoing feud with each other in the comics , not a serious one though 😀  but it is quite funny , heres a link about their silly fights

Wow . Just wow .
I began downloading this show only because there wasnt anything else worthwhile to see , I never suspected that this would be the best tv show I’ve ever seen . After 10 weeks of pure awesomeness , the show left me wanting for much more .

I wanted to give a review much earlier , but the problem is , the show is quite complicated , with every character having a highly important back story that may cause you to “love em or hate em “.

It is based on a novel by George r.r martin .
The show is about various families and tribes (respective clans and armies) living in a fictional universe ,  where most of them are out to get the  power to rule the kingdom (through political and war based tactics) .
Make no mistake , this is not a boring soap opera drama , these are highly interesting stories about various people ,  and the show does include various mystical creatures too (zombies , and other creatures I really don’t want to spoil for you ) .
The best thing about the show is the “surprises” , characters and the story tend to take highly unsuspecting routes , that leave me glued to my seats . It’s hard to not pick sides (families) to support , all of them have their advantages and vices  , so it’s really up to the viewer to understand the characters he or she wishes to support .
Apparently the TV show has been so far , true to its novel roots , so i must mention that the writing is excellent . There are quotes and dialogues that are just awesome to hear .

Acting by most of the leading cast is excellent , sometimes their characters are portrayed so well , it’s almost incredibly sad when someone dies (I got freaking angry for one particular character’s death) .
Even the child actors perform really well.
Production values are incredible , some of the episodes look so good , you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a movie .
I’d have to start a new blog just for game of thrones if I were to give a broad analysis .
All I can say is that , pretty much all adults and teens will love this show .

The first season finished yesterday night , and it ended with tragedy and hope in equal measure . I just hope they can keep this ball rolling .

Season 1 had 10 episodes in total , and each episode is around 1 hour of airtime . (550 mb)
Be advised though , this is a HBO TV show , not like other shows , there is large amounts of nudity and gore , that clearly makes this show strictly for adults and late teens . ( I think it’s the most adult TV show ever , even true blood looks silly compared to this)

season 1 rating :  A+   or  10/10
I am a little sad that I’ve got to wait an entire year to see a new episode 😦

Even the opening theme song is epic (i have the guitar version as my ringtone)

A week later

We were busy with  admissions and stuff related to higher education. posts will resume as usual .

” X-men : first class ” movie review

check out Xavier's HAIR

X men first class is the “origin” movie for the x-men team . This should have been x-men 1 !

Set in the cold war era (1960’s) , this shows how  Charles Xavier started building his first team , and how magneto (Erik) decided to fight the humans for world power . Xavier and magneto are the yin and yang of the marvel universe , here we see a bright life enjoying optimistic Xavier and on the other side a tormented revenge driven soul of a man called Erik .
Xavier wants to find mutants and help them fit into society and help society accept them in peace.
Erik wants to kill  Sebastian Shaw , the man who killed his mother during the world war 2 era . Shaw wants to destroy humanity by igniting a nuclear war between Russia and America .
Xavier , while  trying to help the CIA catch Shaw (now in the modern age  and in a younger mutated form) , finds a troubled rage driven Erik and helps him  find and train a group of mutants to form a team , as the CIA needs a mutant team on their side so that they can fight the Russians (who has Shaw and his team of mutants) .

We get to see the  first batch of mutants all training to master their powers . (something that should have been done better in the previous movies). Most  of them have great character development ,  must point out  “mystique” , who was so lovely in this movie , that it makes you wonder why Charles Xavier never had feelings for  her (I blame Charles for she being evil ).
While some of the new characters need a lot of development ,  one movie really isn’t enough to show all of their stories .
This movie is mostly about Erik and Charles  .
During the training , we get to see the friendship bond between Erik and Xavier growing .
This character and relationship development is  really well done here,  it’s so well done that  it is really sad to see them split up into 2 factions of mutants in the end (even if it is expected) .

Acting by the james mcavoy (xavier) and michael fassbender (Erik)   is excellent , and makes you wish this is a reboot (it is not , it is a prequel). Especially in a scene , where  Xavier accesses Erik’s mind and uncovers a forgotten childhood memory.  Both are portrayed so differently from their older versions , Xavier here is a party loving ladies man , while Erik is a professional assassin that makes James bond look lame (fassbender would make an excellent james bond).
The new kids (or old ones ?) are good but not great .

The CGI and visual effects are excellent and not over done . This would be excellent in a blue ray collection. Unlike the previous  x-men movies , this one has some great well-lit scenes in the day that are amazing  and would look gorgeous in HD.

Now  I really want to see the sequels once again . I wonder how they are going to develop future x-men movies , a sequel to first class is planned , but I also want to see what happens after x-men 3 ( xavier is alive after the credits)
I would love to see x-men members help out  the avengers and vice-versa . Spiderman should be helping them out too . (sigh) geeky fanboy dreams  🙂

overall : 9/10
They should just take this movie as a reboot to the franchise (only keep  hugh jackman as wolverine )

We swung by  “the caramel cafe” in kottayam . We were just killing time so we checked out the place . It was 5 in the evening, so we weren’t exactly hungry .

Haneyl ordered a  “sizzling brownie” (110 rs) , its  chocolate cake on a layer of hot sizzling chocolate, finished with a scoop of ice cream  on top of the cake . It tasted great , and would have been better with a thicker layer/form of chocolate and a slightly softer cake . The waiter tipped over the ice cream from the cake  by mistake , but I guess he’s new at the job , so all’s forgiven .

I had a mint chutney sandwich .  (65 rs)
( my fault 🙂 , I assumed it had some form of meat in it , but  turns out this is a vegetarian dish ) .
I thought it tasted great for a vegetarian dish ,  and it didn’t make me feel disappointed that I didn’t get the chicken sandwiches  . I guess it’s a really good healthier alternative , if you ignore the mayonnaise covered coleslaw at the side , But  a chutney sandwich for 65 rs  feels too expensive .
I also had a espresso (25 rs) which was fine .
I will give a proper review next week , when I swing by for main course meals 🙂  .
Most of the items on the menu were pretty affordable and looked great ( I  want to try out their pancakes with butter and honey )

The caramel cafe only began a few days ago and should be up and running fluently by the end of the week .They still have a descent amount of interior furnishing work ahead of them . It looks pretty classy inside .
We suggested pool tables 🙂  and  TV screens with access to soccer (copa america begins in a month)

The caramel cafe  is  at the first floor of hotel icon classic located  opposite to thirunakarra maidan (ground) , and a couple of stores beside josco jewelery .

(excuse , the low quality pictures , shot with cellphones , didn’t have the digicam around)

blog update :

the comments ! … u can now log in via your twitter/facebook accounts to  post comments !!! yay 😀

“the amazing spider man” (reboot) set photos

Found a lot of  photos of  Andrew Garfield as spiderman (from the upcoming movie “the amazing spiderman”.
These are all  from during production . CGI and special effects (post production) are being done .
There are many more pictures , but most of them look horrible and show spiderman hung on strings  and with black crotches. These were the only good looking ones i could find.

I found this online , must find the second part too (the one with the batpod) .

The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Trailer.