Archive for the 'entertainment' Category

Tintin At Liberty (A Review)

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

I saw Tin Tin at the Liberty Cinema (tickets available by dialing 444 on a Dialog). It’s OK. Visually impressive without being oppressive (like Transformers), but still lacks something of a soul. It’s directed by Steven Spielberg, but I still think Super 8 was his best recent venture. Tin Tin was just kinda flat and dull in the end.

Ash Chandler Meh

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

I saw the Ash Chandler show last night in Battaramulla, as the guest of a dear friend. I thought it started off OK, but got mortifying pretty fast. Left halfway through, after he dressed up like an Arab and started singing Hava Nagila. The act is essentially a sort of comedy karaoke, stand-up mixed with passable covers of, essentially karaoke songs. It is like being stuck in R&B with a pushy but amusing Indian. With less alcohol. Not ideal.

Colombo Night Races

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

This looks cool. They’re having street races round Colombo on a proper circuit (round Fort). I’m all for the redevelopment of Fort, starting with the renovation of the Old Dutch Hospital into a shopping complex. Now they’re having these night races on the 16th, preceded by the Electric Peacock music festival at the nearby lighthouse on the 16th. Seems really cool.

Majestic City 3D Theatre (A Review)

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Finally went to the 3D Cinema at Majestic City. It’s nice. The first movie (Three Musketeers) is about as interesting as a store demo reel, but it’s nice that we finally have 3D. I don’t get why every movie is in 3D though, it’s not that great. Avatar is like the iPhone. Everyone copied one feature without realizing that the success was in a coherent whole. There’s a value to good design in itself, however many dimensions its in.

The Villain As Yogi: Gus Fring

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

As Breaking Bad matures, the villain, Gustavo Fring, becomes almost the lead character. Seasons two and four were about the vortex of chaos Walter White creates around his goals, but seasons three and four are more about his new employer, Gus, chicken, laundry and crystal meth dealer extraordinaire.

New Dutch Hospital

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

I went for the opening of Ministry Of Crab on Friday, which also happened to be the day they opened the new Dutch Hospital shopping complex. Built across from the World Trade Center, it’s a beautiful courtyard and cobblestone space with food (MinCrab, Harpo’s, Hilton, Heladiv Tea), shopping (ODEL, Barefoot, Colombo Jewelry) and a pub. It’s pretty damn good for Colombo.

Poetry Jam At Green Path

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

My friend Imaad is hosting a poetry jam at Green Path tomorrow. To quote: “Poetry jam(/open mic) this Wednesday, 30th november, 5 pm onward at Green Path, Colpetty. spread the word.” It’ll feature musicians, some sketch artists and poetry. The Green Path house is past the checkpoint (before Liberty roundabout), first left. There’s a map here.

Sunday Columns: War Crimes And Tourism

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Running around all day. Raining. These are two columns for the papers this Sunday. The Ceylon Today was also out, uh, today. New paper, but I couldn’t find a copy (didn’t try very hard). The first column was on international tourism for the Nation, but they don’t seem to have included the infographic at all. You can read the text there but I recommend viewing the graph here: World Tourism Rankings.

Business Today’s Shameless Target

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I was in a waiting room when I saw Target magazine. This was an offshoot of Business Today basically designed to flatter Mahinda Rajapaksa so as to get work for BT Options. Business Today itself long ago descended into prostate flattery and not much of a business magazine (the new LBR has actual information). Target, however, was in a league of its own. I hadn’t seen it for years, but while the size has dropped, the shamelessness remains. There were 20 pages and over 50 photos of a Rajapaksa.

Auction Of Old Maps And Stuff

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Author Royston Ellis is auctioning off his collection of old maps and prints this Sunday. He has stuff from the 1700s on up, and some look amazing. The one I want is the British soldier caressing a native lass before he ditches her, but I dunno how far I’m going to get with two thousand rupees in disposable income. Some of the other maps and prints look pretty fascinating, but I’ll go to see.