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Disney buys Marvel: Do you Feel the Love Tonight?

Posted in Arts and Entertainment by juned on the September 6th, 2009

One of the interesting things that came out this week is Disney’s buying of Marvel Entertainment. The talks and discussion between Marvel fans is quiet animated ro say and more bloodier than a triple cross-over with multiple covers embossed in silver signed, numbered and wrapped in mylar sheets.

The Four Billion acquisition is creating nightmares on the future direction of the Marvel line. For all intents and purpose the two companies are more similar and dissimilar. Both take their popular characters and promote them with the intensity of a missionary or a televangelist around the world - on all media media platform and all forms of third-party licensing deals.

It would be interesting on what Disney would do with this. Will Disney turn into the Genie singing Friend like me to Marvel or turn into Ursula singing Poor Unforuntate Soul. And that remains to be seen.

I do not think though that we will be seeing Galactus and the Silver Surfer singing Bare Neccessities. Or SabreTooth belting out Who is afraid of the Big Bad Wolverine.

Well Marvel did a cross-over years ago. Archie Meets the Punisher.

Incidentally, Disney does produce or did produce a number of cartoon films that had very good tunes - the mix of good music and cartoons. Hi Ho Hi Ho Hi Ho.

But that is their area of expertise. Lets see. DC Comics and Mad Magazine were both bought by Warner. Both hits and misses - just look at the Batman movies. Again it is empire building: And its a Small World After All.

As a DC Comics and Mad Magazine fan who saw empire building earlier - one thing I observed. There will be hits and misses but overall the merchandising must flow - Mad Magazine parodied the Batman and the Superman movies.

Hakuna Matata means no worries.

Friends and movies

Posted in Arts and Entertainment by juned on the June 11th, 2009

I like movies. And I suppose nearly everyone who can, who will and who shall. Films can be be entertainment, propaganda, funny and poignant. And one of the finest things in life is to watch a film with a loved one - a familty member and a friend: kin and kin of the heart so to speak.

Anyway one of the nice things about movies is sometimes it can crystallize the meaning of a thing in a short but powerful moment captured in celluloid. To say the least it is interesting. And maybe this is why we often refer to films a lot.

In the Bride of Frankenstein. The monster discovers an unlikely but brief friendship with a Blind Hermit. And the monster’s epiphany is well familiar. And it eventually found its way in several movies - one of which is About the Boy.


Bride of Frankenstein

Jump a few decades after Bride of Frankenstein and we see Mel Brook’s Parody Young Frankenstein. And here the same scene - parodied ironically strikes a certain ring of truth. There are times when friendship and sometimes friends do take a stressful and yet comical turn.


Young Frankenstein

How familiar :)

Like the Frankenstein played by Peter Boyle in extreme cases one just feels like to run away. Such is life.

Still … when you do find a friend one is extremely lucky I think. And despite the ups and downs it still is worth it. And what more perfect end to this hodpodge of a post on friendship with the final scene from Casablanca.


Casablanca: The End

I need reading glasses

Posted in Politics and Culture, Readings by juned on the May 23rd, 2009

The past few weeks I noticed I am finding it hard to read the fine print in most medicine bottles. And also the fine print in most forms. Next week I will have to buy myself reading glasses. A sign of old age but I am still lucky because my younger sibling sported glasses while still a teenager.

Seeing is important. Both with eyes and the heart. One is empirical in a sense something we learned from the hilosophers and Scientists from Ancient Times. To observe is to learn. And you learn a lot of things by just observing, which actually seeing, hearing and using our other senses. And then there is seeing with the heart, A phrase borrowed from Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye..”.

Taken from the book called The Little Prince. It is a book I highly recommend you read. There are probably several copies about.

And seeing with our eyes and hearts we can often generally discern whether our loved ones - may they be friends or family is in pain or is in trouble. And more often it also pains you to see this. Specially, if the friend or loved one decides to keep it to himself or herself. All you can do is wait till your needed and/or subtlely tell the person that you are there - ready.

I am just here is the phrase I think.

And that in a sense is one of the essensce of friendships - which can exsist between friends and family members. And this reminds me of Saint-Exupery’s book and one of the more poignant passages contained within.

Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world . . .

and further down…

My life is very monotonous,” the fox said. “I hunt chickens; men hunt me. All the chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike. And, in consequence, I am a little bored. But if you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life. I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow. And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the color of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat . . .

Ah the problem and joy of taming and being tamed. What a nice euphemism for Friendship.