Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers. 2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment 2:14 1:46 Movie reviews Lego Tags TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice The characters and sets still come complete with scarred and pitted texture on their surfaces, just like real plastic, for an authentic stop-motion look. But whether it’s a space battle between various kinds of Lego or a vampire DJ with the voice of Noel Fielding or a startling detour into crayon, the humour is completely unfettered by such boring adult concerns as logic or physics. The result is a trippy treat for kids and adults.In the first film, everything was awesome for a young boy playing in his basement with Lego bricks. But now everything’s been ruined by the arrival of his sister and her Duplo blocks. Anyone with kids will recognise the younger one’s unstoppable urge to be up in the older sibling’s business, and the ructions that can cause. The older brother asserts himself against his sister’s childish ways by adopting a tough, cynical tone, complete with dark, gritty brooding — so much brooding. Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, loves this darker tone, but it’s clear all is not right in Lego world.Enlarge ImageChris Pratt, who starred alongside velociraptors in Jurassic World, encounters familiar chums in The Lego Movie 2. It’s just that kind of flick. Eric Charbonneau The only ray of sunshine in this blasted heckscape is Emmet, the perennially cheerful hero of the first movie with the bouncy voice of Chris Pratt. His fellow adventurer, Lucy Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) has taken to the darker tone like a goth to mascara, but Emmet won’t give up his sunny disposition. Until sinister aliens kidnap his friends, that is, and he blasts off into space determined to toughen up and get grim ‘n’ gritty too.Enlarge ImageBatman, Wyldstyle and the gang return. Eric Charbonneau Right from the off, the action is as colourful and epic as the first movie. It’s dizzyingly kinetic, zapping along at breakneck speed as hilarious gags fly thick and fast. None of the songs quite measure up to the first movie’s earworm anthem “Everything is Awesome” — even the self-consciously needy “This Song’s Gonna Get Stuck Inside Your Head” — but they’re upbeat and fun. And if in all the chaos you miss a joke, or a song doesn’t connect, there’ll be another one along in about a millisecond.In his quest to break through the Stairgate to the Systar system, Emmet is aided in his quest by Rex Dangervest, an action hero so masculine his crew are velociraptors and his spaceship is shaped like a literal fist. Unlike Emmet, Rex doesn’t build — he breaks. And Emmet begins to think he’ll have to break stuff to save the day.Enlarge ImageRex Dangervest, action hero, gives Emmet a new role model. Warner Bros. He’s wrong, of course, which might be a level of dramatic irony too far for younger viewers. But this is one semiotically complex movie. In the past, you might have a kid getting sucked into Lego world and trying to get back. But this is 2019, where movies operate on a whole other level of meta-textual sophistication. The Lego Movie 2 works as a meta-narrative switching between the “real” world and the Lego world, which also includes characters from other pop culture narratives, who are both unaware of the real world and yet somehow also aware of their position in the zeitgeist. And it’s a musical. With time travel. On top of that, the film is based on a real-life children’s toy, and then the characters and vehicles created for the film become real-life toys, in shops now.Seriously, the whole endeavour is a crazy moebius strip of postmodern recursive metatextuality. With songs.Jeez, just because kids can work an iPad at six months old, apparently they’re expected to get Baudrillardian simulation theory. But whether the youngsters parse the postmodern juxtaposition or just dig the tunes, there’s also a pretty clear message about getting along with people and staying positive even when things look bleak. As the young boy from the first movie ages into a teenager, it’s suggested he should resist cynicism. In fact, you don’t have to squint very hard to see the film address boys on the verge of being radicalised into cynical or extremist beliefs. Listen to the Lego Movie, kids, and don’t swallow the red pill. Life lessons, jokes, celebrity cameos — it’s all here. The Lego flick schtick is such catchy pop fun you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Sure, the Lego Movie 2 might not be as innovative as the first part, but it never lets you catch your breath long enough to realise that. Yup, this is how you build a sequel. Lego Movie 2: Everything to know The Lego Movie 2 builds a dizzying, gloriously silly… Remember when everything was awesome? The first Lego Movie from 2014 was a colourful — well, mostly yellow — and giddy explosion of enthusiasm, humour and spectacular animation. Now The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has arrived, and things are a lot more complicated.One thing the first movie had was novelty. Five years and two spin-offs later, the sequel doesn’t pop with quite the same freshness. It doesn’t help that the opening act is set in a parody of Mad Max: Fury Road, which isn’t the freshest gag in the world. But The Second Part does have the trademark Lego movie combination: It’s exuberant, dynamic, eye-popping and, above all, gloriously, unrestrainedly bonkers.
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt looks like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be putting carving their own paths on hold. And this change in plans may be thanks to baby Archie.Reportedly the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already given their “blessing” for their son to be given a title, a royal expert has claimed. But baby Archie will have to wait a while before he is given the title of “Prince.”Meghan Markle gave birth to baby Archie on May 6. But apparently, the Royal baby was not given an official title, despite suggestions he might have become the Earl of Dumbarton, as a nod to one of Prince Harry’s subsidiary titles. Equally the baby boy could have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, instead, he will be known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.Speaking on Sunrise, Royal Editor Rob Jobson, claimed Meghan and Prince Harry had already given their blessing for their son to become ‘Prince Archie’, but will have to wait for Prince Charles to become king.When asked if the Queen has to approve on the name, the expert replied in the affirmative. But he also said that since baby Archie is so low in the hierarchy and might never be King, it doesn’t really matter. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesAsked if the Queen would have had to sign off on the name ‘Archie’, Mr. Jobson replied: “Yes, she would, but the reality is this little lad is so far down the pecking order, he’s never going to be king, so it doesn’t really matter. It seems that Royal baby Archie has the right to the title of ‘His Royal Highness’ once Prince Charles becomes king because he would be the grandson of a reigning monarch through the male line. The chances of Prince Charles ascending the throne aren’t outrageous, but even if he does, baby Archie’s claim to the throne is still much lower in the hierarchy. The rule relates to a royal decree created by the Queen’s grandfather, who wanted to limit the number of grand titles within the Royal Family.Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don’t seem to be worried about Royal titles for their baby, but it looks like they aren’t against one either. You can check out the video here:
Amala Paul in Aadai.PR HandoutBreaking away from the stereotype movies, Amala Paul has attempted something that she had never done before nor imagined until director Rathna Kumar knocked her doors with the exciting script of Aadai. She has taken the boldest-ever character of her life and done such scenes which A-list actors might think twice before approving such films.After making his debut with Meyaadha Maan, Rathna Kumar approached Amala Paul, who had been in a hunt for good script and was planning to quit films as good stories were not coming her way. The actress was excited about the storyline and the surprises, but nervous about picking up the project as she was not unsure of doing bold scenes.Not just kissing a person with same sex, but going full nude was the major challenge for her and she pulled off in style. It became clear after the release of teaser as Amala Paul was hailed for taking up a courageous role.Story:The story is about Kamini, a crazy, eccentric, weird, selfish and unapologetically girl. It deals about the painful episode in her life after finding herself nude in an office. The movie will address a serious issue plaguing our society.Reviews:Amala Paul’s Aadai, which is releasing in Telugu as Aame, has piqued a lot of interests with its poster, teaser and the trailer. The makers have not given much about the storyline, thereby building a lot of hype. Will it live up to the expectations? Check it out in the viewers’ words below:Surendhar MK: #Aadai is a finely written film from Rathna Kumar. A surprise followup to #MeyaadhaMaan. @Amala_ams turns in an unflinching performance as Kamini. Easily, one of the bravest roles ever. She quietly brings out her stout-hearted attitude as well as vulnerable traits in 2nd half #Aadai is likely to polarized views from viewers and should set in a series of healthy debates on what constitutes the real freedom of expression and whether it can be quantified or subjected to any inference. Rathna Kumar churns out another original film with some nice moments.Sreedhar Pillai: #Aadai is a well made articulate film from @MrRathna without pandering to any sort of titilation. The film revolves around @Amala_ams in a challenging role. She is simply terrific as Kamini. @ramyavj has a meaty role. Post interval it becomes a bit preachy. Still a bold attempt.Arvind Sundaram: #Aadai – really liked it! Has few flaws in the writing, but on an overall picture, those can be overlooked. Has some intense and nail biting moments to keep you glued. A very different experience, a bold effort, and an important message told!Karthick Krishna: #Aadai Bold and Beautiful… has some issues but overall a very good attempt… dir rathnakumar @MrRathna is a director to look out for and vijay karthik kannan’s cinematography and @Amala_ams’s acting is sure gonna win awards !! go watch it !!Sreekanth TR: #Aadai What a terrific film ,ends with a beautiful thought provoking message . Kudos to you @Amala_ams Your passion , dedication and authentic labour of love is visible at every frame. Lots of accolades on your Way ams #ProudFan .Hats off @MrRathna a pat on your headRajasekar: #Aadai – 3.5/5, shocker at various proportions. @Amala_ams deserves all the awards next year for pulling off a role which deserves huge mental and physical strength. @MrRathna’s film will create a debate how modern women should use the hard earned freedom. DOP Vijay Karthik Kannan must be appreciated for showcasing his heroine with utmost dignity. Any slight mistake in Vijay’s frame would have made #Aadai as a crass film but he understood his responsibility and represented @MrRathna’ s thoughts with perfection. #Aadai 1st half – Google #Nangeli, you will be surely talking much about her sacrifice for the freedom of today’s women. Shocking to know that there was a tax to cover your body with a cloth of your own choice. Hats off @Amala_ams for playing an unapologetic Kamini.Bold &daring Special shout out to Sync sound / Live sound done by @sampathdftHari Krishna Raju: #Aadai with a solid message (little preachy though) & unique premise (survival drama) – is first of its kind in our cinema.. touches upon many points like feminism , misuse of freedom, being judgemental, meetoo but lacks the depth to leave an impact.. nevertheless worth a watchS Abishek: #Aadai is a bumpy ride but the jumps were worth it Towards the end, the film comes full circle. @Amala_ams has pulled off the act of the year. This one is a must watch for those high points All the shitty films that @Amala_ams claimed to have done just went off like a speck of dust. This is not about being audacious. The actress has given life and energy to the role like nobody else. #Aadai This man #Vijaykarthik literally plays with the lens flare Special mention to @sampathdft for providing the sync sound chills Such fresh breath of air from #Shafique in the editing department. #Aadaisridevi sreedhar: #Aadai interval report: Engaging! #BoldContent @Amala_ams lives the role of Kamini , so convincing .. @ramyavj is good The curiosity factor is at its peak!Review Ram: #Aadai (Tamil) – #AmalaPaul’s nude scenes were aesthetically shot, not even a single frame is vulgar. The cinematography is absolutely mind-blowing. Wish the situations could have been a little more impactful. Commendable performance by #AmalaPaul, technically brilliant, unique premise with a solid climax. But it is not great as a film. The second half writing could have been better. Also, the supporting characters needed more depth. Overall different experience. #Aadai (Tamil) – Interval – Weird, interesting, gutsy and different. The prank sequences are fun and will connect well with the youth. The title credits was personally a superb shock for me. The flow of characters, situations and plot-points are engaging. ‘Fine’ so far.Biju Peter: #Aadai on the negative side….. The film is little long …some comedy has been forced into the narration to make the subject lighter…which could have been avoided especially the cop’s family. #Aadai It leaves you with the suttle thought about the definition of feminism….equality or freedom or the right to do anything or wear anything? Kudos to the team to pull out something like this in a commercial format. @MrRathnaSidhu: #Aadai Interval: Stunning is the word. Gets everything right from the start, there are hardly any dull moments. The way the comics have been stitched in to balance the shock value is pure wow material. @Amala_ams , hats off!
At Rise Productions is back with its 12th stage production, Hors d’ oeuvres. Based on the unique concept of promoting one act plays. Hors d’ oeuvres has taken the onus of promoting talent. Hors d’ oeuvres 2012 was staged at Sri Ram centre and the theme last year was insecurity and was articulated with two humorous yet deep scripts. This year the theme has been picked to be bi-polar and includes a one fall on the ground, slap my face funny adaptation of the famous Broadway show The Foreigner by Larry Shue. And the other is a first of its kind self written horror script about a man’s interaction with heaven. Written and Directed by Archit Kumar, the cast includes Raghav Puri, Sanjana Chopra, Rahul Mudgal, Dhruv Raj Gupta, Ruchi Seth, Shivam Khanna, Namrata Bhatter, and Priya Mudgal.
The six-day exhibition displaying the officers creative works ranging from figurative drawings, photographs capturing the reflections of the world to embroideries using pearls and bead sequins are on show at the Hudco Art Gallery. ‘This exhibition was impromptu. In fact, nobody in our office knew that we are into paintings and craftsmanship,’ said Nirmala Pillai, currently working in the Department of Telecommunications as Advisor. Pillai has painted acrylics of women. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘I worked on acrylics. I like nature and many other small things which people ignore. I like to highlight them on my paintings,’ says Pillai who claims to be a self-taught artist.‘Painting is my passion…a strees-buster. I can give up anything for it,’ she says.Sumita Purkayastha, who works at the Department of Telecommunications as DG (NICF), has displayed her designs on saris, suits and dupattas in a combination of Mughal motif with material ranging from silk, tussar, crepes and cotton. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShowcasing her love for candle-making, Monali P Dhakate, currently on deputation to Staff Selection Commission as Regional Director, has exhibited her collection of handmade candles and chocolates, which she says she had picked up during her days in school.‘The love for candles started in my school days where we were taught of candle making. My mother used to call this craft as mess. She always says to create something exceptional…you need to focus on the smallest details. These words were inspirational for me. The passion and love for the craft developed with time,’ she says.Monali, has showcased her handmade candles for the first time in a public exhibition.‘The idea to exhibit our works was proposed by Nirmala. So we thought let’s come out and show the other side of us which is vibrant and colourful,’ adds Monali.Director (SEA) in the Department of Telecommunications, Yashashri Shukla’s passion for photography is evident with photographs on display at the exhibition giving glimpses of the places she has travelled over the years.The photographs of sunset at Chidiyatapu, Port Blair, a couple walking on the Radhanagar beach at Havelock, Tibetian flags and the ‘Bovine Spa’ are some of her favourite collections.
TORONTO — More than 16,000 Canadian passengers travelled through Europe on Eurail trains in 2016, and while it was a tough year from all inbound markets the rail company saw an uptick from Canada in the last few months.“It was a challenging year for us but especially from Canada we’ve been recovering since October 2016,” said Clarissa Mattos, Market Manager, Americas & Pacific, for Eurail Group. That’s when forward sales started to pick up.It didn’t hurt that Eurail launched its annual end of year promotion in mid-November, offering 20% off all Eurail passes for 2017 travel. The deal was available through the end of last year and not surprisingly “we had an extraordinary December from Canada,” said Mattos.Recently Eurail brought back its popular ‘Extra Days Promotion’, offering travellers up to five additional free travel days on all Eurail Passes purchased now through March 31.The limited-time offer is available across Eurail’s entire portfolio of passes, from the Global Pass to the One Country Pass, and can be purchased up to 11 months before departure.These generous savings are on top of the regular year-round perks that come with purchasing a Pass, like no luggage fees, no pricey airport transfers, city centre arrivals and children 11 years of age and under travel free.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterOther benefits of a Eurail Pass include free access to VIP lounges in the main train stations of Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.Global Passes are a big seller from Canada, amounting to half of Eurail’s sales from this market. Global Passes give visitors the flexibility to explore up to 28 European countries at their own pace.The Eurail Select and One Country Passes, meanwhile, provide a number of itinerary options by rail and sea for guests wanting to experience between one and four participating Eurail countries.Eurail has 22 One Country Passes. Passes for Spain and Portugal showed a lot of growth in 2016, says Mattos. Scandinavia was up too. All were seen as ‘safe haven’ destinations by travellers determined to head to Europe last year.A new Eurail France Pass is selling well, notes Mattos. As a destination France had a rockier year than most but there’s no denying the country’s long-term allure. As Mattos says with a smile, “they have the Eiffel Tower.” Eurail’s Italy Switzerland Pass, also new, is selling very well too. Eurail is now including Switzerland’s much-loved Glacier Express in its Passes.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaEurail has also bumped up the maximum age for its Eurail Youth Pass, to 27 years old and younger, so more travellers can take advantage of Youth Pass discounts worth 35% off standard adult prices. Almost 4 in 10 (39%) of Canadians travelling with Eurail are purchasing Youth Passes, says Mattos. Some 57% buy adult passes and 4% are booking Eurail Child Passes, which are free for young travellers ages 4 to 11. Kids under the age of 4 on their first day of travel ride free as well and don’t need a pass.Travelling via Eurail isn’t just about transportation, says Mattos. “It’s a way of discovering Europe.” Eurail is looking to expand its value proposition for travellers with special deals like its exclusive 20 euro discount off pre-booked entrance tickets to Disneyland Paris, for all Eurail Pass holders.For travel agents, Eurail offers discounted fares (up to 75% off). It’s also looking at a specialist program for the retail trade. “We’re working on it,” says Mattos. For product information see eurail.com or one of Eurail’s GSAs including Rail Europe at raileurope.ca. Posted by Thursday, March 16, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Canadian market picking up steam for Eurail; 2 weeks left for Extra Days deal Share Tags: Britain & Europe, Eurail, Rail Europe