Saturday, August 22, 2009

Some really great movies...

The Fox and the Child (Le renard et l'enfant)
This is an amazingly beautiful movie, its a story about this little girl's fascination with a fox and how she roams the mountain side searching for the wild fox. The entire movie is set against the backdrop of some mountains in France and each and every frame is blindingly pure and pristine, it'll make you wish you were living in that little mountainside village instead of in a city thick with smoke and people. Another interesting thing about the movie is that there are hardly any people in it... just the little freckled girl (with her hair rolled up into buns at the side of her head, very cute) and the elusive fox. Kate Winslet narrates the story in English and the movie takes on a documentary tone... oh, don't roll your eyes, when I say documentary I mean it in a good way, like those amazing documentaries on discovery or the natural geographic channel. Watch that movie, you will love it... and then start saving for that trip to France!

P.S. I Love You
This one made me cry like a lunatic, it also made me fall for Gerard Butler. Its a heartwarming story based on the book (P.S. I Love You) by Cecelia Ahern. Now people (like Shil and Megh's) who have read the book earlier (before seeing the movie) claim to hate the movie, cause like any other movie adaptation of a book, many characters and situations have been left out (personally I am glad they excluded a lot of characters and scenes from the book cause the author does ramble on unnecessarily... and I really mean unnecessarily). The only problem with the movie is the 'sleeping with the butt naked guy' (which was totally unnecessary and downright sick) and the lead actress (Hilary Swank), I mean... she hardly looks feminine, she shouldn't even be in Hollywood (same goes for gwyneth paltrow, can't stand her either). Anyway coming back to the story its bout a series of letters that the husband (Gerard Butler) writes to his wife (Hilary Swank) to be read after his death, and each of them end with the words PS I Love You. Gerard has been diagnosed with brain tumor and he worries bout how his wife will cope with the world after he has left it. It's heartbreaking stuff, the part where Hilary dials his number over and over just to hear his voice nearly tore at me. You hit an emotional nerve watching the movie and for sometime all those overwhelming feelings tend to stay with you. You end up being the nicest person on the planet since you are simply grateful for life and all your loved ones... then you watch a movie like Hangover and all that emotional stuff goes out the window. (That was one hilarious movie... Bradley Cooper deserves a post entirely to himself.)

Becoming Jane
Oh, I like this movie a whole lot too, it is loosely based on the life of one of the most influential and famous female authors of all time, Jane Austen. Anne Hathway makes a great Jane and James McAvoy as Tom somebody (I forget his name) is simply wonderful. The scene in the library is hilarious and the other scenes between Jane and Tom will tug at your heart. I like the bittersweet ending, the way Jane and Tom smile at each other after she finishes her reading and the closing shot of Jane's hands resting on one of her books... it says so much. She achieved something more than the life she desired, she achieved immortality... a truly outstanding movie.
Here is the library scene I was telling you about... listen to the dialogues...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Interesting churches from around the world...

Came across these spectacular churches while trying to search for simple and rustic ideas for my (very soon to be constructed) church back home.
Thorn Crown Chapel
This is the Thorn Crown Chapel located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas... looks pretty neat huh.
Church of Hallgrímur

The Hallgrímskirkja (a Lutheran church) is located in Iceland, and it is designed to resemble basalt lava flows that are characteristic of Iceland. The church is also used as an observation tower.

Chapelle of Saint Michel

The Chapelle of Saint Michel perched atop a needle of a rock is located in Auvergne, France. 268 stone steps wind their way up to this quaint little ancient church. Doesn't it look absolutely dreamy...
Borgund Stave Church

This is the Borgund Stave Church located in Lærdal, Norway... t'was built somewhere in the late 12th century, definitely awesome.
Las Lajas Cathedral

The Las Lajas Cathedral (Sanctuary of our Lady) located in Columbia, South America is certainly awe inspiring and majestic. Legend has it that an Indian woman named Maria Mueses de Quiñones was carrying her deaf-mute child on her back when Mother Mary appeared, and this apparition miraculously caused the child to speak. Later on, a mysterious painting of the Virgin Mary carrying a baby was discovered on the wall of the cave. Supposedly, studies of the painting showed no proof of paint or pigments on the rock- instead, when a core sample was taken, it was found that the colours were impregnanted in the rock itself to a depth of several feet.
Chapel of St. Gildas

The Chapel of St. Gildas sits upon the bank of the Canal du Blavet in Brittany, France. It has been built into the base of a rocky cliff and was once a holy place of the druids. St. Gildas is said to have preached Christianity to the people from this rocky perch.
Church of St. George

The church of St. George located in Lalibela, Ethiopia is completely carved out of stone in the shape of a cross.
Cathedral of Brasilia

From outside it hardly looks like a church I know, but the interior is spectacular. Three angels are seen suspended from the ceiling and the lighting inside ought to be beautiful what with all that coloured glass...
Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel
I know! It does seem fitting for the Air Force, looks like it will fly you straight to heaven with those seventeen spires. This chapel is extraordinary in the sense that it has three distinct places of worship as seen below...

The Protestant Chapel is located in the upper level and designed to seat about 1200 people. If you notice carefully you will be able to make out the amazing 46 foot (14m) aluminium cross suspended from the ceiling...

The Jewish Chapel which occupies a part of the lower level is circular in shape and designed to seat about 100 people.

The Catholic Chapel is also located on the lower leavel & seats about 500 people. The Annunciation is depicted on the glass mosaic mural as seen.
Chapel of the Holy Cross

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is an iconic Catholic chapel built into an elevated rock in Sedona, Arizona. This chapel has a universal appeal due to its amazing views which are truly spectacular and awe inspiring.
Basilica of Our Lady of Tears
The Basilica of Our Lady of Tears is located in Syracusa, Italy. This Basilica was constructed after an image of the Blessed Mother started weeping, then miracles started taking place.

I saved the best for last...
Chapel of the Transfiguration

This has got to be the best chapel in the whole wide world, fell in love with it instantly. This Chapel is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is a simple and rustic log cabin nestled in an idyllic landscape with those awe inspiring mountains as a backdrop. Check out the altar, no stained glass or fancy mosaic mural will ever be able to capture the feeling of awesomeness as you gaze outside at the mountains... blindingly pure and beautiful. See those log benches, so quaint and rustic.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Nameeta and Sheena are you up for this?

Please say yes guys... it will be fun practising...

The wedding party even recreated the whole scene on national TV, check it out...

Some funny guy made this video showing what will happen a few years down the line...

P.S: Nameeta (my sister) and Sheena (my cousin) are next in line to get married.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Will You begin right where I end

This song by Josh Wilson is exactly what keeps me goin... well, not the song as such, but the prayer in the song, even put the best line up there as the title. It's what we all really want, right, for Him to take over when our time here ends... otherwise what would be the meaning of existence?

Savior, please take my hand
I work so hard, I live so fast
This life begins, and then it ends
And I do the best that I can, but I don't know how long I'll last

I try to be so tough
But I'm just not strong enough
I can't do this alone, God I need You to hold on to me
I try to be good enough
But I'm nothing without Your love
Savior, please keep saving me

Savior, please help me stand
I fall so hard, I fade so fast
Will You begin right where I end
And be the God of all I am because You're all I have

Everything You are to me
Is everything I'll ever need
And I am learning to believe
That I don't have to prove a thing
'Cause You're the one who's saving me