Sunday, July 23, 2023

On the lighter side-Movies-Why don’t you play in Hell? (2013-Japan)

 A Japanese film crew, dreaming about making a hit movie gets involved in Japanese Yakuza feud. Brutal, funny and extremely violent movie. Recommended. With Sub titles.

Inflation is Killing us

The inflation caused by the Covid-19 lockdown and the War in Ukraine has literally set the world on a collision course with Inflation with major economies trying to fight it with higher interest rates. Food prices at the grocery stores are and still going through the roof with no sign of prices coming down as everyone is grappling with soaring prices of everything and it seems things are going to remain this way for a long time. I have been witnessing the price creep on everything from fruit, Candies, soft drinks, chips, eggs bread and all the other staple prices. It is distressing as the wages have been unable to keep with ever rising prices. Energy prices which had peak earlier to 5 dollars a gallon and above have come down a bit to 3.50 dollars to a gallon, which is much relieve and it is tending to stick around those prices for some future.

Initially when I use to go to grocery store every week, I use to see five cents or 10 cents increase here and there on every item that I consumed. But for now the prices seems to have stabilized somewhat. But they don’t seem to come down as hoped.

I have switched to store brands instead of national brands to save money but sometimes even store brands are expensive as compared to national brands. So, depending on whatever is cheaper, I buy that stuff as I am not a stickler of which brand, I like for some items at least. People are doing two or three jobs but they are still struggling to put food on their tables and roof on their head and provide for the families. The Central banks are trying hard to tame the inflation but it seems inflation is here to stay for the foreseeable future. I feel for the people who are struggling in these hard times as the biggest struggle to keep on their heads is becoming an uphill battle for some as the soaring rents and housing prices are creating more homelessness than usual. Let us hope that sometime in the future, this monster is tamed as it will not be soon enough for many people.

On the lighter side-Movies- Violent Night (2022)- David Harbour, John Leguizamo

An unusual Santa Clause comes to the rescue of a wealthy family, who are under attack by brutal robbers. Literally, very violent but great entertainment. Recommended


On the lighter side-Movies- The Menu (2022)-Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult

 A couple along with several guests travel to a remote island to dine at an exclusive restaurant where the Chef has many surprises up his sleeves. Good horror, thriller. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies- The Pale Bule Eyes (2022)-Christian Bale

A detective is enlisted to solve the case of a cadet’s death at West Point Military Academy. Moody, atmospheric with a surprise ending. Recommended. Available on Netflix

On the lighter side-Movies- Smile (2022)- Sosie Bacon

A doctor after witnessing a patient committing suicide in front of her, increasingly becomes convinced that some un natural entity is pursuing her next. Very good, engaging horror movie. Recommended

Sunday, July 2, 2023

On the lighter side-Movies- Skyscraper (2018)-Dwanye Johnson

A retired FBI agent who is now head of security for a high rise building in Hong Kong, gets framed for the fire engulfing it and he has to race against to save his family trapped inside the building and clear his name. Exciting action movie. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies- The Meg (2018)-Jason Statham

A pre historic shark attacks researchers beneath the Pacific Ocean. Good Shark movie for a change. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Buybust (2018-Philippines)

Exciting fast paced action thriller regarding a raid against drug cartel’s hideout in Manila turns into a fight for survival. Subtitled. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Mission: Impossible: Fallout (2018)-Tom Cruise

Ethan Hunt and his team race against time to find three bombs to prevent them from falling into wrong hands. Exciting thriller. Recommended

The Fourteenth Anniversary of my Father’s Death

How time flies. It was the Year 2009 when I got the shocking news that my beloved Father passed away peacefully in his sleep and left me alone to face this cruel world by myself without this wisdom and advice to navigate my life. The void that he has left me in my life will never ever be fulfilled as I mourn him every day and will do so for the rest of my life. I just miss him so much that words are not there to describe it. I am so lost without him that even in this world full of people, I feel so lonely. I wish I can see him again and hug and kiss him and cry on his shoulder. I miss you so much and I love you so much my beloved father