Thursday, 20 February 2014

100 Movies You ought to Have Watched

There are a gazillion movies but this 100 should be in your 'Have Seen' list already. From Love stories to animation, horror, comedy, thrillers and all. This list probably left out some good ones but I kept the list to movies I have watched and given at the very least a 7 of 10 :-D

1. Shawshank Redemption
2. Sound of Music
3. Crash
4. Sinners and Winners
5. City of Angels
6. The Patriot
7. A Destiny of her Own
8. Tombstone
9. Saving Private Ryan
10. Legends of the Fall
11. Pretty Woman
12. Gladiator
13. Good Will Hunting
14. Glory
15. Troy
16. Pearl Harbour
17. Slumdog Millionaire
18. Star Wars - The Phantom Menace
19. The Good the Bad and the Ugly
20. Scent of a Woman
21. Last Samurai
22. The Exorcist
23. Casablanca
24. ET
25. Die Hard
26. Raiders of the Lost Ark
27. Romancing the Stone
28. The Last Boyscout
29. The Mummy
30. Terminator
31. Devil's Advocate
32. Robocop
33. Lion King
34. Always Remember I love You
35. Untouchables
36. Django
37. Lord of the Rings
38. The Champ
39. Rocky
40. Madagascar
41. Seven Samurai
42. The Avengers
43. Sleepless in Seattle
44. Forest Grump
45. King Kong
46. The King and I
47. Azumi
48. Oliver Twist
49. Pirates of the Caribbean
50. Wizard of Oz
51. Silence of the Lambs
52. Iron Man
53. Man in the Iron Mask
54. Drunken Master
55. Tuck Everlasting
56. The Matrix
57. Constantine
58. Gone with the Wind
59. SuperMan
60. Akira
61. Toy Story
62. The Sixth Sense
63. Scorpion King
64. 300
65. Sin City
66. ConAir
67. Dragons Forever
68. Conan : The Babarian
69. Aladdin
70. Mercury Rising
71. Indiana Jones n the Temple of Doom
72. Yeh Vada Raha
73. Not Without my Daughter
74. 7 years in Tibet
75. The Constant Gardner
76. Blood Diamond
77. Enter the Dragon
78. The Killer
79. The Bodyguard
80. The Day after
81. Van Heilsing
82. No Country for Old Men
83. Django Unchained
84. The Green Mile
85. Rules of Engagement
86. Blade
87. Airforce One
88. Borne Identity
89. Soul Food
90. The Getaway
91. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
92. The Thief of Bagdad
93. Thor
94. Police Academy
95. The Pelican Brief
96. Eat Pray Love
97. Liberty Stands Still
98. Border
99. Despicable Me
100. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Maybe I will write a little on each movie soon.......I like to think every single movie listed here won't be a waste of your time or popcorn so if there is any you haven't watched yet best get cracking :-)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

5 Things You Should Do Before You Move On

I keep seeing a whole lot of bucket lists, 1000, 100, 50, 30 things to do before you die. And I thought to myself what things would I love to do before I die?

If you fall in love no matter the timing allow yourself to fall. Float in its euphoria, enjoy it's joy and freedom, be greatful for the gift and above all aspire to suffer disruption deserving of it's time. Love is crazy but love inspires us to understand the reason for life itself. I am not talking about friendship that blossoms, it's that unexpected attack of feelings so sure even breathing becomes a secondary necessity.

Set out to do at least one thing you yearn for no matter how far fetched it seems. Explore the power of mind over matter. Is your biggest dream driving a Ferrari? Go look at one, pick a colour even, find out it's price and draw up a plan to get to own it. Don't worry too much if it's a 10 year plan. If you feel in 10 years you wouldn't want one then you actually don't want a Ferrari it's just a passing fancy. When you want anything badly you will find a way, it's the power of mind (will) over matter. Houses, horses too and even a pair of shoes follow the same principle. Want it enough to set into motion the process of getting it. It does not matter how fickle it seems to others its your dream.

An education from school is a great asset but an education from travel is priceless. Aspire to travel and when you do don't just be a tourist following tourist routes. Find and meet the locals they are what that place is about and not the guide books. You think you know people, about places but travel and you will discover that what you think you know and what really is are worlds apart. Travel close travel far but above all, travel. What you learn will never be taught in any school.

In this life, find time to live alone. Just you. By yourself on your own. To discover you, find time to sleep alone, wake up alone, think alone, do things by yourself, think for yourself.  Just you. With no thought and consideration to people's opinion or feelings for a while. To discover you, to explore you, to learn your strengths,  what you are capable of, to know who you really are, you must live alone even if only for a short while.

Study the Supernatural. Be it God, Allah or whichever other Almighty Being you know or have heard of. Everyone believes in the Supernatural, believes there is Someone out there or Something out there bigger than us greater than us. Study it for yourself from your perspective. Read books, study the events around your life try to make meaning of it by yourself and for yourself.  By all means be religious but seek to discover a personal truth not necessarily an accepted one.

There are a zillion things to do in this life but certainly these five must be part of it :-D

Monday, 10 February 2014

The Day It Happened

Dinah had woken up unhappy. She couldn't remember any bad dreams or having a sleepless night. She just woke up profoundly unhappy. She laid back in bed wondering why she was feeling that way. A shiver of fear ran through her at the thought of her mother and two younger siblings and immediately she reached over for her phone to call them. Something was not right, maybe with her, maybe with the world, she didn't know but she was convinced something wasn't right.

She almost cried in relief when she heard her mother's voice but the worry in her tone got her heart beating wildly.
'Ma are you OK?'
'Dinah are you OK'?
They both asked. Dinah assured her mother she was fine and listened a bit freaked out as her mother explained she had woken up with a bad feeling and gone to check on the boys who were still sleeping and was about to call her when the phone rang. They spent twenty minutes trying to figure out why they both felt something was wrong far away from each other as they were.

Work dragged on as usual, boringly. She went through the motions without much thought. After six years of doing the same thing 5 days a week, she could carry on with her brain left in the fridge and her eyes closed. But the strange feeling she woke up with persisted and at lunch she had called her mum again. Freaking out a little more than she was, her mum had decided to keep the boys home for the day and that the clients of her little herb shop could do with a break too.

She looked at the clock again in frustration.  The twenty minutes left felt like an eternity she couldn't live through. Suddenly, at least three of the office phones went off as her mobile vibrated unable to join the cacophony.  The cries of "Oh God! Oh God!" filled the office before she could identify who was on her line and ponder on when her colleagues had become spiritual.

At exactly 6:28am when Dinah and her mum woke up feeling odd, a still sleepy and hungover man called Adam made the decision to clear a WyhiteAir plane that had not passed all tests for the third time running. The pilot, Captain Tristan was very experienced and a good friend of his. Things were bad everywhere, even in the aviation industry. If the fault was a really bad one, Tristan himself would have known by now and chosen not to fly it until it was fixed. He was a sensible man, so Adam cleared his plane.

He refused to think about the sadness he felt today. He refused to think about his ex wife and the happy life they had.....or he thought they had until that day he rushed home to tell her about his new job. Some days you wake up happy for no good reason there must be sad days too he told himself. Sad days when you remembered your wife had made you nip yourself because she didn't want kids and then took her cheating self away with half of everything you( where you was us) owned and left you too old and too nipped to try again for kids you always wanted. There were sad days and they would hang around if you allowed them. He would take Tristan out for a beer whenever he got back. That thought should have cheered him but instead he stared anxiously at the goose bumps that crept all over his right hand. Something was not right with the world.

7 hours on, WyhiteAir flight 776 took to the skies on a 3 hour 40 minute flight but it would only travel 3 hours and 10 minutes before it came back down faster than it had planned to with 258 of the souls on it screaming as the ground rushed to meet them.

Captain Tristan knew Adam would clear his plane, he wasn't worried about that. What worried him wasn't the fact that airline was yet unable to pull this plane out for a full check either. He worried that up until now he was yet to get a fix on the exact problem with the plane. He was also worried about the creepy sadness that he had woken up with today. An immense feeling of lonesomeness and sadness had come over him as soon as he opened his eyes. If he had family he would have called them immediately fearing the worst. He remembered a woman he had dated once, who had a herb to cure everything, she would have had a cure for this feeling. He didn't have a cure for the life she wanted of him and she walked away. He fought away the feeling as he got ready for work. Different beds, rooms, cities every day would give anyone the hibbily gibbily, he smiled to himself.

His plane as he loved to call it seemed to act as if in turbulence when there was actually nothing to cause that. He could always figure out what was wrong with a plane before it even went in and the fact that he couldn't pinpoint this fault worried him. It was as if the plane was mocking his 28 years in the skies commercially. After this return he would insist the airline look into it. It would hurt his pride a bit not being able to tell the boys at the shop what exactly was wrong with the plane as they had come to expect. Maybe level ground was calling to him, a life outside flying. He refused to think that horror any further.

It was Allison's first time in Business class and she wasn't enjoying it. Apart from the eerie feeling she had of pending doom she hated the busy air everyone in the class was putting on. Reading papers. Writing on pads and sipping bubbly.  In coach where she usually traveled people would lean over in the cramped space to say hello and ask where you were headed and for what. She had always felt it was intrusive but right now she wished for it sitting in this large seat with plenty of leg space and feeling very alone and weary. She thought regretfully of her first love and boyfriend, 11 years gone and wondered where he was and what he was up to. Maybe she could try to find him. Married with six kids, her mind mocked her.  It didn't matter she would find him she had to find him to remember a time when everything was right with the world. The gloom in her thickened. Something was not right with her world even if she was flying business class.

Ethan Spacey had been Captain Tristan's co-pilot on lots of flights for many years. He had been in love with the man longer. Today he was almost in panic. A feeling had come over him that this was the last opportunity he would have to tell Tristan how he felt. He kept taking fugitive looks at the man wondering if this was a good time to say it. He had seen the man with women enough times to know he most likely wasn't gay but today Ethan couldn't sit still, his heartbeat was crazy, his eyes glazed in feelings he thought would make him fly head first through the reinforced airplane windshield. He forced himself to count to 100 trying to still his heart. The captain was flying the plane as excellently as always but Ethan could tell he was deep in thought. 'Maybe I should wait till we land.....yes that's probably a better idea'. But his mind went on telling him he would not have another time to speak his love to the impressive man that sat confidently next to him effortlessly doing what was needed but deep in thought.

Manny was getting bored with chasing passengers out the toilets, it seemed everyone got on a plane these days to have sex in the toilets. Maybe he hadn't got the memo for sex in the air day, this was the fifth set he was chasing out on a less than 4 hour flight and he was becoming pissed. He should have been happy today but he wasn't and he couldn't say why. He had been allowed a two day lay over at their destination and his girl was planning a two day no outdoors do not disturb holiday. He had been looking forward to it for days but now today was here and a profound sadness and emptiness had come over him. Things would get better when this flight was over he thought as he stared stonily at a man who no doubt was trying to join someone in the toilet with his flight attendant smile in place.

Danny and his friends stood on the hill wondering if they would survive the slope on their bicycles. They didn't think they would ride down the slopes without incident but none of them thought that was any reason to cancel this event. It was Danny who first saw the plane and screamed "wow!" It was more of an impressed exclamation than that of worry. All 6 boys had never seen an airplane descend so fast or with its nose pointed almost directly to the ground. By the time their 10-12 year old minds realised the plane was crashing it had only 3 seconds of air-time left.

Of the 260 souls aboard WyhiteAir flight 776 only two arrived the ground not screaming. Captain Tristan as he fought to control his plane and his co-pilot who choose that moment to try and reach over and hug him. He felt a sadness that overwhelmed him, young Ethan had offered to join him when his scheduled co-pilot called in sick and he remembered all the times the young man had filled in, worked over-time with him trying to learn from him always attentive, anticipating and helping to make his flights smooth. All these years and he had never even acknowledged the boy. He turned to look at the young man holding unto his arm in fear and say thank you but word that came out strangely was "Dinah" and then it was over.