Two Cool (very) short movies

Great thing about user generated content publishing platforms of Web 2.0 is, you get many signals too in between mostly noises. Found these 2 great mini movies in YouTube.

 

Spin by Double Edge Films

A mysterious DJ is sent to a busy city block to mend a series of tragic events that occur in our everyday lives. Winner of 35 film festival awards worldwide. Awesome storytelling in very short timespan!

 

 

Doll Face by andrewhu

 

A machine with a doll face mimics images on television screen in search of a satisfactory visage. Doll Face presents a visual account of desires misplaced and identities fractured by our technological extension into the future. Spell bounding CGI and out of the box thought process too!

 

Story of a very special child, Ping Lian Yeak

Ping Lian is from Malaysia, born Nov.11, 1993. He is Autistic. From childhood, Ping Lian demonstrated poor fine motor control. In order to strengthen and develop Ping Lian’s fine motor skills, his home schooling co-curriculum included tracing and coloring activities. These activities also served as a way to fill his time since Ping Lian was unable to engage in play activities. Ping Lian also had very poor imitation skills, guiding him tracing and drawing stroke by stroke is one of the way to develop his imitation skill. Ultimately these activities became a catalyst for discovering his exceptional artistic talent. Ping Lian
From simple, childish sketches, Ping Lian’s style evolved into a more sophisticated level. His art work has been well-received by all quarters and many have commented on his unique, signature style. He works in charcoal, acrylic, water colour, ink, oil pastels and oil. He has participated in various solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia & abroad.

Ping Lian’s work, “Ubudiah Mosque I” which was donated for a November 2004 RDA charity auction in aid of the Riding for the Disabled Association, Malaysia, generated RMYR100,000.00 ($30,000. US) through an anonymous bidder.

In 2004, Ping Lian’s father died due to a sudden heart attack. Initially Ping Lian did not understand death. It took a while for him to finally realize that his father was gone forever – “long sleep”. In 2005, so soon after the loss of his father, Ping Lian’s 80 year old grandmother also passed away. Ping Lian was always very close to his grandmother who had lived with him since he was born. There was a special bond between them. This time, Ping Lian understood that his grandmother would be gone forever. The moment we arrived at the cemetery, he was very hyper and behaved in a very unusual manner. At the last moment of the burial ceremony he tried to stop people from burying his grandmother.

You can find more of Ping Lian’s paintings and drawings at his website!

April is Autism Awareness Month. Let us celebrate and focus on what autistic people can do, not what they can’t do and do not label them as DISABLED.

The Animal song

A spontaneous post…was listening to this song and made me wanna write about it….

What is better than a song that uplifts your mood! “The Animal song” by Savage Garden is a feel-good song and musically easy on the ear. Makes you want to free your mind and live as carefree as animals in the jungle. Good to hear when you want to cheer up.

A little history about this wonderful track. It was featured in the movie “The Other Sister”, in fact it was written for it. The video featured snippets from the movie and Darren Hayes walking amidst a jubilant – looking parade. Lyrically, it may appear light but has good deep meanings. It compares the lives of human and animals, with respect to the truthfulness, simplicity, and freedom. Inspires one to lead a simple and worry-free life as animals and get away from the complexities of today’s life.

My favorite lines from the song:

Animals and children tell the truth, they never lie
Which one is more human
There’s a thought, now you decide

Song Info:
Album: Affirmation (1999)
Genre: Pop
Writer(s): Darren Hayes, Daniel Jones

Video from Youtube:

And here’s the full lyrics

When superstars and cannonballs are running through your head
And television freak show cops and robbers everywhere
Subway makes me nervous, people pushing me too far
I’ve got to break away
So take my hand now

’Cause I want to live like animals
Careless and free like animals
I want to live, I want to run through the jungle
With wind in my hair and the sand at my feet

I don’t have any difficulties keeping to myself
Feelings and emotions better left up on the shelf
Animals and children tell the truth, they never lie
Which one is more human
There’s a thought, now you decide

Compassion in the jungle
Compassion in your hands, yeah
Would you like to make a run for it
Would you like to take my hand, yeah

’Cause I want to live like animals
Careless and free like animals
I want to live, I want to run through the jungle
With wind in my hair and the sand at my feet

Sometimes this life can get you down
It’s so confusing
There’s so many rules to follow
And I feel it
’Cause I just run away in my mind

Superstars and cannonballs are running through your head
Television freak show cops and robbers everywhere
Animals and children tell the truth, they never lie
Which one is more human
There’s a thought, now you decide

Compassion in the jungle
Compassion in your hands, yeah
Would you like to make a run for it
Would you like to take my hand, yeah

Alvida from Life in a…Metro

Time to write about a happening song or better “destined-to-be-happening” from a latest flick. 🙂

Music by Pritam, the track Alvida from Life in a…Metro seems to be composed to match up to the flavor of the season – Rock-based tunes. Considering the hugely popular Gangster from the same team of Anurag Basu and Pritam, this album carries some expectation of delivering good music again (plagiarized or otherwise 😉 )

I feel that Alvida has a slight resemblance to Bheegi Bheegi from Gangster and Chal chale from Woh lamhe. The song has two versions – Alvida and Alvida (reprise) sung by KK and Bangladeshi pop singer, James, respectively. My personal choice is KK’s version. The song starts off softly and builds up gradually. I prefer the beginning as the song gets bit noisy with heavy guitar interlude towards the end. Compared to KK one, James’s version is more vehement right from the beginning.

This song got good reviews; KK too got lotsa praises like this one:

KK shows his finesse once again and maintains his successful teamwork with Pritam in churning out the principal track of the film. The singer’s vocals change its tempo as the depressed feelings are highlighted with fast paced hard rock feel.

This song is about lost love; the unwilling acceptance of a forsaken lover and questions which arise in his mind as to why his beloved left him. Ardent singing by both the singers lives up to the demands of the lyrics by Amitabh Verma, which brings out impressively the pathos of a jilted lover and disbelief that his lover is no longer in his life.

Chupke se kahin, dheeme paaun se
jaane kis tarah, kis ghadi
aage badh gaye, humse raahon mein
par tum toh abhi thi yahin
kuch bhi na suna, kab ka tha gila
kaise keh diya alvida

As of now, I’ve heard this song only properly from the whole album, I’m sure there must be other good numbers worth repeated listening.

Not providing the download link of the song here. I’m quite amazed by the number of blogs with download links, even for the latest song without any concern of copyright issues. You can listen it here or here and decide the album is worth buying or not.

Here’s a short promo video of the song from Youtube (will update when a longer one comes up)

Read on for the full lyrics of Alvida ….

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