Monday, May 28, 2012

Pix 5D cinema

Last week when i was landed from the escalator onto the 3rd floor at Express Avenue, i spotted a pillar with a poster stuck on it "Pix 5D cinema".. Just as i took a step to the left, phone rang to announce my friend was there. Rushing towards Escape i made a vow to check out this new place. Well, a week went by and i managed to head back to EA today, again to meet with the same friend, but this time her hubby and kids too were coming along... 

We spent a few hours in the food court, Fun City, and doing the tango while my friend took her own sweet time doing some shopping for her kids [yes, i am not really a shopping person :-)] And then came the twist in tale.
I mentioned "hey, do you what this Pix 5D cinema is? Seen it anywhere in Mumbai maybe ?[they used to live there earlier]" ..
Phat came the reply from N [my friend]: Nope, but lets go check it out. It is 12mins, a 5D experience and about Rs120...
And that was that.... i was dragged, well not really but convinced very sweetly that she was going to spoil me [she spoils me enough as it is] and we were going to experience 5D today!

Saw a long queue outside and almost decided against it when a man in a Black Tee shirt[ Mr Rajesh] came towards us and explained the concept..

  • It was indeed for 12mins
  • An action packed Forest and Roller coaster ride
  • With a full fledged 5D experience [3D glasses included]
  • And a show could fit in about 32 people.
  • To top it off, this concept was just 15 days old in Chennai and running houseful shows daily, with more shows over the weekend 

This is a concept brought to chennai by PIX 5D Cinema Director Rave Shankarr...

He told us the next show was at 6.45, so we could pick up tickets, stand in queue  for the seating was on a 1st come 1st basis. My friend's hubby decided to hold spot while we went in search of a place to rest our bottoms a bit [well, all that walking,playing games, & shopping was tiring you know]

Ting Ting Ting... 6.45 and the door opened and we were the 1st lot to enter the hall. Based on the mini tip received from one of the earlier viewers, we grabbed seats in the 1st row, and put on our seat belts & 3D glasses.

Lights were dimmed.
The screen came alive and the next thing i know, i am clutching to my seat as it wobbles,
I let out a silent scream as air suddenly rushes out from below
Another few minutes pass by and i feel a poke on my back...
This goes on for what seemed like an hour, but alas was just 12 minutes.....

There are water sprays
Soap bubbles come splashing on your face
Smoke fills the air
and ofcourse lightening, thunder and what not....

Psst. guess what?--  The seats at the theatre are 3 DOF, Drgree of Freedom, witch allows up and down, front anf back, left and right movement in sync with the onscreen activity. It also has wide variety of environmental effects including, smoke, fog, bubbles, thunder, storm, wind, rain, snow etc.

Well, it was one hellova experience. I love roller coasters and such, so this was amazing!! And yes, when you go for it, make sure to grab the 1st row seats [not that i know what the other rows felt like] :-)

If you have a queasy tummy, do not go for this show
If you have motion sickness, stay away
If you dont like creepy crawly things and get petrified, stay away
If you have just had a hearty meal, wait for it to digest and then go
If you have a heart condition or prone to headaches/migraine, stay away..
If you dont like roller coasters or rough rides, stay away

Dont say i dint warn you~!

Pix 5D cinema
3rd floor, Beyond Escape Cinemas,
On the 3rd wing of the Express Avenue Mall.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Tenacious D - The Pick of Destiny

Woah, was randomly flipping through videos on youtube when i stumbled upon this fun piece.. Wonder how i missed the movie, esp since it stars Jack Black and has Music... Am talking about Tenacious D- In the pick of Destiny [The TV show, which was also made into a movie]

Watch this to see what i mean-


Sunday, May 06, 2012

Singing in the Rain...

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings 
.................. i hummed as i got ready to attend the Musical night at Chennai's Rooftop Film Fest [RTFF]. The highlight of this event is that we watch movies through the night, about 4movies, from 9.30pm to 6.30am... And inbetween movies, there is a brief discussion on the movie played, audience talking about various aspects that caught their attention, dint appeal, ideas, thoughts, and so on.

Murugz was the curator for last night's event, and the theme chosen was Musical night.. The 1st movie to be screened was "Singing in the Rain" .What a movie it turned out to be.. Havent seen such acting, singing, dancing, performance in ages... 

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Writers: Adolph Green (story), Betty Comden (story)
Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds 

Cosmo Brown: What's the first thing an actor learns? "The show must go on!' Come rain, come shine, come snow, come sleet, the show MUST go on! 

Watching Singin' in the Rain was such an exhilarating, exuberant, almost magical experience. The 102 minutes went by in a whiz, with scenes flowing seamlessly, laughter, excitement, romance, emotions in the right blend.  

The story revolves around the Hollywood movie industry. Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly)  and Lina Lamont ( Jean Hagen) are a popular duo of the silent movie industry. So much so that Lina assumed Don is in love with her and going to pop the big question soon. Don barely tolerates the shallowness of Lina, grits his teeth because the audiences seem to love seeing them together.

One day, in an attempt to escape the screaming fans, Don out into the road and hops on a car, bus into a passing car, driven by Cathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). Along the short ride, there are quite a few heated words exchanged between them, where Cathy shares her opinion of the so called movie industry and what real acting is all about. She drops him off and heads away. But fate has other plans, when Don makes an entry to the party being hosted by R F Simpson, head of the studio he finds Cathy popping out of a cake and doing a small performance with another group of dancers. Attracted and curious, he begins his hunt to find Cathy with the help of his childhood/best friend Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor) .

At the party, R F introduces the group to what a talking movie is all about and how  the 1st talking picture- 1927's The Jazz Singer was being made. R F decides that movies being made here forth will have dialogues and dubbing.

The director convinces Don and Lina to learn dialogues, go for voice modulation and shoot the movie with dialogues/dubbing. The only problem they face is Lina's grating voice. The scene where the director gets Lina to talk into a mike is howlarious. He is totally exasperated. A preview is held when the entire team watches the movie fall apart in front of their eyes. There is a scene where Don repeats the line "I love you" to Lina over and over, the audience breaks into mocking laughter. A twist occurs when in the middle of the film, the sound goes out of synchronization, with hilarious results, but alas the audience walks out labeling the movie as the worst ever..

[after filming a love scene]
Lina: Oh Donny! You couldn't kiss me like that and not mean it just a teensy bit!
Don Lockwood: Meet the greatest actor in the world! I'd rather kiss a tarantula.
Lina: You don't mean that.
Don Lockwood: I don't - - Hey Joe, get me a tarantula. 
It is during this moment that Cosmo chances upon Cathy at another studio nearby . RF then signs her on as a cast in the movie being made with Lina and Don, but she ends up becoming the voice over for Lina (the entire dubbing being done in secret, without Lina's knowledge). They persuade R.F. to turn The Dueling Cavalier into a musical called The Dancing Cavalier, re-shooting couple of scenes with song and dance sequences, and releasing the same to the world.

Getting whif of Don's budding love towards Cathy, Lina takes matters into her hands, and threatens RF to not cast Cathy, but keep her as a dub artist only. She threatens to sue him, RF and the guys agree to go along but come up with an ingenious plan that breaks Lina's ploy. 

In between the scenes, the sprinkles of music and dance is what keeps the story engaging and entertaining. Initially when RF shuts down the shoot as he no longer wants to make a no talking movie, Cosmo's Make them laugh performance is awesome, amazing... Another number, "Moses Supposes," during the voice modulation is such a display of the talent possessed by the actors.  The beautiful melodious Good morning by Cosmo, Don and Cathy is another masterpiece... This is a movie that is a must watch for movie lovers.... Put aside the movies of today and go enjoy this!