Thursday, December 5, 2013

Old oppressor in new clothes | Swift won AMA artist of the year.

Taylor Swift won Sunday night´s top honor, giving her a leading four trophies as fans celebrated the women of pop music 2013.

Swift did not perform, but she was a constant presence on stage and the camera alighted on her as she danced to stars like Kendrick Lamar and Luke Bryan. Her win came after Katy Perry dazzled with her show-opening performance, Lady Gaga found another inventive way to grab your attention, Rihanna starred with her mother and Miley Cyrus closed the performances with the assistance of a giant lip-syncing CGI kitty on her song "Wrecking Ball."  Seeing the superstar out there makes you feel like you are in a movie hall. You resist the urge to whistle, as you normally would at Hamal’s entry on screen, because you are warned not to make any noise.
It looks like an open and shut case, but the defense council will have none of it. He’s determined to argue the case, occasionally making silly arguments that seem to go nowhere. “The earth is moving around the sun all the time. You don’t see it, does that mean it doesn’t happen?” he asks a witness who claims that what he sees is always true. Meanwhile, his use of complicated Nepali words, like “Gupta Sanket” for password, irritates people no less. But when it comes to sensitive matters, it is he who has to insist that the witness say in Nepali what “potty” means.  Director has once again done a commendable job by presenting a powerful, universal story. Defense Council Bikash enacted by Subas Thapa wins the audience’s heart with his witty one-liners, and screen veterans Karma, Deeya Maskey, and Rajesh Hamal are a surprise package.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Japanese film highlights movie industry absurdity

Sono sion wrote the script 20 years ago - before the "Kill Bill" movies‚ he points out - as a portrait of his own struggles to become a filmmaker.

Movie director Sion Sono wants to set the records straight: It was Bruce Lee and not Quentin Tarantino who transformed the yellow jumpsuit into a piece of film iconography.
Sono has been fielding questions all day about Tarantino's influence on his film "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" which premiered to an enthusiastic reception out of the main competition at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday.

The raucous gangster drama telling the story of a young filmmaker aiming at cinematic greatness is full of over-the-top graphic violence, and a would-be action star wears a yellow jumpsuit, as sported by Uma Thurman in Tarantino's "Kill Bill."

"I speak as head of the 'Bruce Lee Fan Club,'" Sono said in an interview. "Everyone is talking about the yellow tracksuit as something from Tarantino, but that is very sad for me. The original idea was Bruce Lee's, and now everyone thinks it came from Tarantino."

Sono drafted Jun Kunimura, a veteran of John Woo films who also appeared as Boss Tanaka in both "Kill Bill" movies, to star as a clan boss whose wife single-handedly massacres a rival gang. The movie also stars Fumi Nikaido, recipient of Venice's young actress award in 2011 for her role in Sono's film "Himizu," as the clan boss's daughter who longs for stardom after her career as a toothpaste TV commercial star is quashed by her mother's murderous tirade.

Kunimura said he enjoyed the chance to play a character that didn't have to be controlled.

"For my whole career, my expression has been the opposite of exaggerated. I would try to be as straight as possible," Kunimura said, adding that Sono "is crazy, in a good way."

Against the backdrop of spiraling gang violence, a young filmmaker inspired by Sono himself and played by Hiroki Hasegawa assembles a film troupe determined to make one great film. The gang/filmmaker plot lines weave together and climax with gangsters and filmmakers both shooting guns and cameras, respectively, in one small space.

Sono wrote the script 20 years ago — before the "Kill Bill" movies, he points out — as a portrait of his own struggles to become a filmmaker.

"I wanted to create something purely interesting," he said.

"The film is about the problems I faced" as an aspiring filmmaker, Sono said, and he included episodes from his own life, including a scene when a bunch of kids makes fun of, then tries to beat up a Bruce Lee-style actor as the troupe films in a park.

The movie brims with good-natured absurdity and pokes fun at the movie industry, ruefully commenting on the decline of modern cinema. The young filmmaker, full of ambition, bemoans the decline of 35mm even as he shoots on video, and wears a Cannes T-shirt with an Oscar statuette.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Please use smaller planes: TIA warns airlines over state of runway

Tribhuvan International Airport is an international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is the sole international airport in Nepal. TIA has urged airlines flying into the country's only international airport to use smaller planes after holes and cracks were discovered on the runway, a top aviation official said last week.Tibhuvan International Airport (TIA) is located 5.56km east of Kathmandu, Nepal, India. The airport was previously known as Kathmandu Airport and was renamed in June 1955. TIA obtained international airport status in 1964. Tribhuvan International Airport has one 10,000ft-long and 150ft-wide concrete runway. The runway was extended from 6,600ft to 10,000ft in 1975.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lukla Airport

Nepal's Lukla airport is one of the worlds highest and dangerous airports and the gateway to Mt. Everest. It is One of the busy airports in the world. Landing and Take-off at Lukla are very interesting and exciting. The strip is at an elevation of 9380 ft (2800 m) with a an abrupt drop off down to a river valley below. The approach is through a maze of spectacular mountain peaks and the air is often cluttered with clouds. There is a big hill right behind the landing strip. You also need to clear a high ridge, bank left, descend steeply, straighten the airplane and land. Navigation is by sight only and you need to negotiate several layers of clouds which can hang on the high hill or rise from the deep valley.  Click Here To Watch Video

Mountain Flight, Nepal mountain flights, Flights to Everest

For every Nepal visitor, the Himalayan range awes and fascinates. Each and every one coming to Nepal expects not only to see Himalayas but also to reach as near as possible. One of the biggest attractions for the visitors to Nepal is the Mountain Flight. In just a short time, you will be experiencing the Himalayas at such close range it will seem as though you could reach out and touch them. The mountain flight gives the best opportunity to get the closest and the best view of Mount Everest (8,850mts) & other mountains such as; Shisa Pangma (8,013m), Gauri Shanker (7,134m), Melungtse (7,023m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Pumori (8,171m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,516m) & Amadablam (6,856m). The flights are operated every morning from Kathmandu airport which fly at an average altitude of 6,500 - 7,000 meters. Circling Mount Amadabalm to enter the Khumbu valley, we take the passengers almost five nautical miles from the highest peak in the world - Mt. Everest (weather permitting). This flight usually lasts for about an hour. We provide each passenger with individual window seats (guaranteed) during the entire flight. Moreover, all our passengers are invited to the cockpit from where they can take some spectacular pictures of the world’s tallest mountains Description of few Mountains that can be seen from the Mt. Flight : - 1. Langtang (7234m): The first mountain, which can be seen, is Langtang. The valley of Langtang, which is not visible from the mountain flight, is considered to be the most beautiful in the whole Himalayan region. 2. Gosainthan (8013m): The mountain lies on the Nepal – Tibetan border. Tibetan name for this mountain is Shisapangma. She is related with many Hindu Mythologies especially of Shiva. 3. DorjeLakpa (6975m): This mountain has a Tibetan name, which means “the mountains of many sacred Thunderbolts”. This mountain is considered to be holy mountain for Buddhists and climbing permission was given only in 1964, and it was not climbed until 1981. 4. Gauri–Sanker (7134m): This single mountain has two peaks and also has two names together because the Hindus believe that the mountain looks like the pair of Gods Shiva and Gouri. This holy mountain was restricted till 1977 for the climbers. It was only in 1979 that an American – Nepal group reached the summit. 5. Lhotse (8516m): As this mountain lies to the south of Everest, name given by the Sherpas is Lhotse, which means” South Peak”. The first ascent of this mountain took place in 1956 by the Swiss. 6. Mount Everest (8848m): This Mountain was discovered in 1852 and is the highest mountain of the world, is named after Sir George Everest, and English surveyor. Sagarmatha, top of the universe, is the name giver by Nepal which means, “mother of the world” and Qomolongma in Tibetan. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey Sherpa were first to climb Everest on May 25, 1953. As a coronation gift to Queen Elizabeth.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking
Nepal offers a great diversity of terrain with a varied climate from the pleasant scenic rides of the tropical plains of Terai to the subtropical valleys of the middle mountains, to the more challenging Trans Himalayan zones that lie in the rain shadow of mountains.The best ay to explore the Kathmandu valley is on a mountain bike. Nepal’s diverse terrain is a mountains biker’s dream adventure come true. Mountain biking offer an environmentally sound way of exploring this magnificent country, its landscape and living heritage. There are plenty of dirt roads and trails in Nepal to meet every mountains biker’s wildest fantasy. Mountain biking is especially recommended if you wish to explore urban centers of Nepal such as Pokhara and kathmandu well as the countryside. Adventures souls may plan extended trips to such exotic locales as Namche Bazar, and western Nepal. You could even do the entire length of Nepal across the plains. Mountain bikes are available for rent by the day or longer in many of the bicycle rental outlets in and around the Kathmandu city.

Annapurna Panorama Flights

Paragliding
This midday flight gives you the thrill of high flight as we thermal up above Sarangkot in the company of eagles and vultures, 20 - 30 minutes.This offers you the chance to experience flying from one valley to another. Using thermals, clouds and birds to guide us, we take you on an unforgettable journey north of Pokhara towards the big mountains. We fly as long as we can and aim to return to Pokhara that afternoon. Flight time - 1 hour approx....The biggest shot of adrenaline in the Himalayas. See what our world class acro pilots can do with a wing as you loop, spin and spiral through the air. Performing maneuvers called “Helicopter” “SAT” “Back-fly” “Tumble” and “Wingover”
This 10-20 min flight will leave your