Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year



Thursday, December 25, 2008

Moviefone's Best Movies of 2008

10. Tropic Thunder

This hilarious comedy will go down in history as the movie that made people forget Tom Cruise's couch-jumping antics. Well, at least momentarily. With a string of flawless Hollywood cameos and A-list stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black (not to mention triple threat Ben Stiller who co-wrote, directed and starred), it pulled in more than $187 million worldwide and could land Downey Jr. a rare Oscar nomination for a comedic performance.

9. Milk

What was already an affecting story -- that of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to U.S. public office, who was shot to death by a fellow supervisor -- takes on greater power, and near-heartbreaking poignancy, in the face of recent political initiatives against gay marriage. But what ultimately carries the movie is Milk himself, whose outsized charisma and passion get their due in Sean Penn's fiery, feisty performance.

8. Man on Wire

The best-reviewed film of all time, according to RottenTomatoes, James Marsh's documentary replays the amazing story of Frenchman Philippe Petit, who made it his life's mission to tightrope walk between World Trade Center towers, and succeeded in 1974. Without a mention of 9/11, this breathtaking account is an affirmation of both the remarkable splendor of the WTC and the power of human determination.

7. Wall-E

The gorgeous, wordless first half has the comic grandeur of a Chaplin film; the second half is a biting satire of commercialism that's far more effective than Michael Moore ever was. And yet at its root this is simply a romance, achingly tender and true, about a lonely little robot and his search for love. Breathtaking in its beauty, scope, intelligence and charm, 'WALL-E' isn't just a Pixar masterpiece -- it's a masterpiece, period.

6. Frost/Nixon
A Hollywood rendering of British journalist David Frost's (Michael Sheen) breakthrough interviews with impeached prez Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) has no right being so entertaining. But director Ron Howard knows how to work his wand, employing genre conventions (Frost gets his crack team) without actually getting too conventional, and stages the one-on-one showdowns like an intense 12-round boxing match. It helps, too, that Langella is brilliant.

5. The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe award-winning streak has already begun for 'Benjamin Button,' but it's not due to the high wattage of star power alone. This sweeping epic follows a life lived with love, romance, dying and death. But yes, we can't deny it: from the small bespectacled octogenarian and the graying adult, to the sexy James Dean-esque 20-something, Brad Pitt is extremely watchable -- no matter which way he ages.

4. The Wrestler

Mickey Rourke, award nominee (and those awards aren't Razzies)? Call it the year of the comeback. There's not a single misstep in Darren Aronofsky's drama about an over-the-hill pro wrestler who just can't get it right. Randy "the Ram" Robinson shows flashes of warmth and empathy, but then just as quickly sabotages his own efforts to turn things around. Marisa Tomei, as a stripper and his sort-of girlfriend, and Evan Rachel Wood as the daughter who's been burned one too many times, round out the incredible performances.

3. The Dark Knight
Good and evil, peace and chaos, Batman and the Joker are two sides of the same coin -- with their fates just a wrist-flick away -- in director Christopher Nolan's grim, glorious sequel to 'Batman Begins.' While the action comes fast and plentifully, it's Christian Bale's tortured turn as the demon-knight and Heath Ledger's unsettling, unforgettable performance as his clown-faced nemesis that will haunt you long after the credits roll. This is the 'Godfather 2' of superhero flicks -- no joke.

2. Slumdog Millionare

On paper it sounds gimmicky. A poor and uneducated Mumbai teen accused of cheating on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? ' recounts how he was able to answer each question via a flashback to his hard-knock childhood. On screen it's nothing short of magnificent, a completely unique movie-going experience that's like 'Quiz Show' meets 'City of God ' set in India . It's also one of the best-made crowd-pleasers in years.

1. Iron Man
It may have been overshadowed by that other superhero movie this year, but pound-for-metal- alloy-clad- pound, 'Iron Man' is 2008's most unequivocal cinematic triumph. While 'The Dark Knight' probed the bleaker realms of the superhero psyche, Robert Downey Jr.'s captivating turn as Tony Stark kicked off a stunning career comeback for the once-troubled actor and proved that heroes can be complex and edgy without taking themselves too seriously. Put simply, 'Iron Man' is golden.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Horoscope for the Week (Dec. 20 - 27, 2008)

Here is your Horoscope for the Week (Dec. 20 - 27, 2008)

(Mar. 21- April 20)
You need to spend some time getting to know this person all over again. Don't be afraid to talk to close friends or relatives about pressing personal problems. Erratic behavior may confuse others, and mood swings may result in isolation. You can make career moves that will bring you a much higher income. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

TAURUS(Apr. 21- may 21)
Self improvement projects should be your key concern. Include the whole family or those you love. Check your project over carefully if you were not the only one contributing to the end result. It's time to reevaluate your own motives and make changes to yourself first. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

(May 22-June 21)
New relationships will surface through work related events. You may want to make changes in your home environment. Your ability to dazzle others with your unique and innovative ideas will attract attention. Try not to be too lavish with your lover. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

(June 22-July 22)
Children may be less than honest with you. You will easily blow situations out of proportion. Throw yourself into your work. You may want to sign up for courses that will encourage you to have more confidence in yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

(July 23-Aug 22)
Move forward if you want to turn your life around. Your stubbornness coupled with your mate's jealousy don't make for a favorable time. You should focus on moneymaking matters and stay away from emotional disputes. Unexpected visitors will be a welcome surprise. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
You will find the perfect outfit if you shop this week. Don't overspend on luxury items. Romance will develop if you get involved in social events that deal with children. Overindulgence will mean poor health. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.

(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
Deal with the needs of children. Empty promises are evident; therefore, get it in writing, to be safe. Keep a lookout for any individuals eager to confront you with unsavory situations. Travel will stimulate your need to experience exciting new things. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

SCORPIO(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
You may find that your plans will cost a little more than you had expected. You may want to stay in the background this week. Changes in your home will be positive. You may be emotional and quick to judge others. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

SAGITTARIUS(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Be diplomatic and honest, and that person will only be made to look bad. Residential changes, renovations, or moves are likely to disrupt your routine. Losses could occur if you haven't been careful when dealing with joint financial ventures. Don't spend too much on products that promise amazing cosmetic results. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
Try to avoid any drastic/ decisions concerning personal legal matters. Organize your day well if you wish to accomplish all you set out to do. You can make career changes that may put you in a much higher earning bracket. Take time to deal with legal documents and the affairs of people who you may be indebted to.Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

(Jan. 21 -Feb. 19)
Be careful not to reveal private information. Time to deal with institutional environments, government agencies, and matters of a private nature this week. You can find out interesting information if you get a chance to talk to people you respect. Your concern with older family members and those less fortunate than yourself will only add to your attractiveness. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
You may need to make a choice. Confusion is apparent and you'll need some sound advice if you want to do the right thing. You are best to do your research before taking on such a venture. Offers of joint ventures are likely. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

Source: Astrology Online

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Horoscope for the Week

Here is your Horoscope for the Week (Dec 13 - 20, 2008)

(Mar. 21- April 20)
Your home environment may be hectic, which could result in emotional upset if you aren't well organized. Try not to take everything so seriously. Be sure to find out all you can before you commit to anything. There might be a problem with a will or with an insurance policy. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

(Apr. 21- may 21)
Put your efforts into being creative. You could lose a good friend because of it. Don't give out any personal information that you don't want spread around. Learn some new skills that will increase your in come. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

(May 22-June 21)
You can't make things better if you don't know what to fix. You may interest some of them in a service you have to offer. Work quietly behind the scenes for best results. Don't hesitate to look for alternatives that will enable you to raise the kind of donations you need to do the job right. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

(June 22-July 22)
Your ability to visualize will help you convince others of the possibilities. Insincere gestures of friendliness may be misleading. Spend some time with people who can shed some light on your personal situation. Don't be too quick to voice your opinion. Listen to others carefully. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

(July 23-Aug 22)
Those you work with may have little consideration for the underdog. You can raise your standard of living if you pick up some freelance work on the side. Don't jump into investments too quickly. Try not to overreact to the loss. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
Use your energy wisely. You may find yourself in the limelight for the wrong reasons. Someone envious of your popularity may challenge you to a debate. Travel for business purposes may bring the highest returns. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
You can ferret out secret information if you just listen to what others have to say. Travel will be good if you are seeking knowledge. Minor accidents may occur if you don't concentrate on what you're doing. Problems with financial investments could make you nervous. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.

(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
Changes involving your domestic scene may be unpleasant. Try to mix business with pleasure while traveling. You can convince anyone of anything. Get domestic chores out of the way early. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.

(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Arguments with children or friends may leave you steaming. You will have excellent ideas and you should be able to help your partner get ahead. Concern yourself with legal matters and formulating contracts rather than finalizing your objectives. Do your chores and get on with the things you enjoy doing. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
You need to sit back and enjoy. Things have been moving so quickly that you need to do something physical to release your tension. Unexpected changes in friendships could occur. Make creative changes to your living quarters. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

(Jan. 21 -Feb. 19)
You are likely to reveal information unintentionally. You'll find it easy to charm members of the opposite sex this week. Have some fun, but draw the line if someone tries to fast talk their way into your heart. You have to let go of your past if you wish to get out of any sentimental mood that might be hanging over your head. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.

(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
New partnerships will develop if you join investment groups. Real estate investments could be prosperous. You can't do everything on your own. Family responsibilities are escalating. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

Source: Astrology Online

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Top 20 Saddest Songs of All-time by Yahoo Music

The Top 20 Saddest Songs of All-time
by: Yahoo Music

20 The Everly Brothers: "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)," from It's Everly Time (Warner Brothers, 1960) A descending scale begins a classic of sad restraint: "We used to have good times together but now I feel them slip away/It makes me cry to see love die: so sad to watch good love go bad..." Sparse backing and note-perfect harmony compliment one of Don’s greatest lyrics. The inspiration for many a tender hearted ne’r-do-well, from John Lennon to Brian Wilson and beyond.

19 The Band: "It Makes No Difference," from Northern Lights - Southern Cross (Capitol, 1975) The most artless--and most piningly desolate--love song Robbie Robertson ever wrote, sung with hopeless tenderness by Rick Danko, The Band's most artless singer. "I love you so much, and it's all I can do/Just to keep myself from telling you/That I never felt so alone before..."

18 Randy Crawford: "One Day I'll Fly Away," single (Warner Brothers, 1980) "When will love be through with me?" MOR slush to some ears, this Crusaders/Will Jennings-constructe d jazz-funk-lite ballad remains irresistibly sad to many others--especially when Crawford trails off on "away" and the swelling chord drops down beneath her. Tremulous and dreamily lovely.

17 Soft Cell: "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye," single (Some Bizzare, 1982) The genius of this synthpop classic is the way it starts out as a bitchfest--Marc Almond coming on like Dusty Springfield' s petulant little sister--and then suddenly flips into a deep, engulfing sadness. Even as Almond demands that his lover take her hands off him and claims that "You never knew me/I never knew you", Dave Ball's oceanic keyboard chords say the opposite--that Marc is all tetchy bravado and that this parting is bursting his heart.

16 Billie Holiday : "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," from Lady In Autumn (Verve, 1959) Billie is being so damn reasonable: "Why not call it a day the sensible way, and still be friends," she sings. And do we believe her? We do not. Her apparent acceptance that "our little show is over" cuts no ice when delivered with such cracked desperation. Truly heart-rending late Lady Day.

15 Love: "Alone Again Or," from Forever Changes (Elektra, 1967) Love’s most famous recording: written, ironically, not by leader Arthur Lee but by po' little rich boy Bryan Maclean. "I heard a funny thing, somebody said to me/‘You know that I could be in love with almost everyone/I think people are the greatest fun’. And I will be alone again tonight, my dear..." The bastard son of the Byrds meets Ennio Morricone--all West Coast harmonies, 12-string guitars and Tijuana brass--this ode to loneliness seemed to come out of nowhere in late ‘67.

14 The Pretenders: "I Go To Sleep," from Pretenders II (WEA, 1981) What a concept: a song about missing an ex-partner sung by your future ex-partner. Written by Ray Davies and sung by Chrissie Hynde, this gives a peek into the--one assumes--charred lansdscape of the Davies/Hynde relationship. A perfect marriage of arrangement (including a beautiful French horn riff), lovelorn vocals and passionate lyrics: "I was wrong, I will cry, I will love you ‘til the day I die/You alone, you alone and no-one else/You were meant for me..."

13 Dusty Springfield : "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself," single (Phonogram, 1964) Springfield here performs a rare feat: outperforming Dionne Warwick's own version of a Bacharach and David classic. Moving from forlorn whimper to gutsy roar, she lives the song to the full. "Going to the movies only makes me sad; parties make me feel as bad/When I'm not with you, I just don't know what to do." Decimating.

12 Little Feat: "Long Distance Love," from The Last Record Album (Warner Brothers, 1975) "Does she know she hurt me so?" How did a sad ballad get so funky and stay so sad? Lowell George was never more soulfully vulnerable than on this late-flowering gem from an otherwise indifferent Feat platter.

11 Smokey Robinson & the Miracles: "The Tracks Of My Tears," from Going To A Go-Go (Motown, 1965) Bob Dylan called Smokey " America ’s greatest living poet" with good reason. The guy was able to take the most everyday images and imbue them with a real emotional strength, allowing even the flyest guy to wear his heart on his sleeve: "People say I’m the life of the party ‘cos I tell a joke or two/My smile is the make-up I wear since my break up with you..." Couple that with Marv Tarplin's peerless, aching melody and you've got the ultimate Motown heartbreaker.

10 Bonnie Raitt: "I Can't Make You Love Me," from The Luck Of The Draw (Capitol, 1991) "I'll feel the power, but you won't..." It's all very "tasty" and L.A.-musoid, this smokey ballad of resignation to loss, but it also rings hauntingly true as an articulation of honesty in the midst of misery--which makes it as much a song of healing as anything else.

9 Lorraine Ellison: "Stay With Me," single (Warner Brothers, 1966) "No, no! I can't believe!! You're leaving me!!!" The epic Bert Berns-Jerry Ragovoy ballad style taken to the outer limit, thanks in part to a borrowed Frank Sinatra orchestra. Building slowly to volcanic peaks, and laceratingly intense to the point of hoarseness, this is soul emotion at the edge of utter despair.

8 Abba: "Knowing Me, Knowing You," single (Epic, 1977) "No more carefree laughter/Silence ever after..." Not the opening lines of a Radiohead, Big Star or Jeff Buckley song, but one by those fab four Swedish moppets so beloved of the young karaoke crowd. You see, the jolly, upbeat big-hair-and- shiny-suits story of Abba hid the sadness of two failing marriages, a sadness that bubbles to the fore here. As with the Everly Brothers or Carpenters, their arrangements may be flawless and their harmonies pitch-perfect, but there’s true heartache in them there grooves.

7 Otis Redding : "I've Been Loving You Too Long," single (Volt, 1965) "You're tired, and your love is growing cold..." Good God Almighty! The prototype deep-soul howl of pitiful, nay, wretched lovesickness, sung by a big Georgia farmboy who's literally ravaged by need for his woman.

6 Sinead O'Connor: "Nothing Compares 2 U," single (Chrysalis, 1990) Forget the famous video: it's all already here in Sinead's bruised rendition--simultan eously dazed and defiant--of Prince's perfect ballad. "I could put my arms around every boy I meet..." But you know she won't.

5 The Righteous Brothers: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," single (Philles, 1964) "You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips": it's got to be the second greatest opening line of any breakup song ever. (The greatest is surely from Raspberries’ ballad "Starting Over": "I used to be so f***ing optimistic til you said goodbye".) In theory it shouldn’t have worked, combining what was then almost a comedy act with Phil Spector, a man renowned for producing girl groups. Yet somehow it all came together in one of the most remarkable vocal performances of all time, with Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield madly swapping pleas like James Brown’s Siamese twins. "Baby, baby, I’d get down on my knees for you ... If you would only love me like you used to do." Sublime.

4 Kate and Anna McGarrigle:"Heart Like A Wheel," from Kate and Anna McGarrigle (Warner Brothers, 1975) "It's only love/That can wreck a human being and turn him inside out..." Forget Linda Ronstadt's limp cover: the sisters' original from their startling debut album simply wees all over it. Imagine Les Voix des Bulgares transplanted to Acadia , with Kate and Anna's eerie, pellucid voices blending in a meditation on love and loss that's all about a kind of mystical bewilderment. Almost supernaturally moving.

3 Frank Sinatra: "I'm A Fool To Want You," from Where Are You? (Capitol, 1957) "But then would come the time that I would neeeeeed you..." A second stab at one of the very few songs Sinatra had a hand in writing--a song born of his debilitating pain over Ava Gardner--"I'm A Fool" is the desperate sound of a Man Who Loves Too Much, who keeps going back, masochistically, to the woman who's destroyed him. One of Frank's all-time peaks.

2 Roy Orbison: "It's Over," single (Monument, 1964) "Your baby doesn't love you anymore…" (Hey, why don't you spell it out for us, Roy?) Over a rat-a-tat, execution-squad bolero beat, the Big O gives unearthly voice to what one only call terminality. Still terrifying after all these years.

1 George Jones: "He Stopped Loving Her Today," single (Epic, 1981) "He said I'll love you 'til I die..." Curly Putnam and Bobby Braddock wrote the shamelessly weepy lyric and melody; producer Billy Sherrill coated the track in sumptuous Nashville surround-sound; and then the greatest country singer of all gave the performance of a lifetime--a vocal imbued with deep, knee-quaking compassion for the poor schmuck who never got over the love of his life... until now, when he's "all dressed up to go away". I don't care how hard-bitten you may be, I defy you not to get a lump in the throat from this 20-year-old classic of cornball liebestod. It's utterly transcendental- -the most heartbreaking record ever made.