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Festivals are lively celebrations of life itself, filled with fun and frolic. The excitement in the air, the joy on people’s faces are just a few of the things that festivals bring to us. Different festivals have different reasons to be celebrated but they all have one thing in common : celebration to the fullest. There are numerous festivals celebrated in the world every year. Here is a list of the most fun festivals across the world!
1. Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival and is considered the biggest carnival with two million people per day, out on the streets. The typical Rio Carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from the numerous samba schools which are located in Rio. Street festivals are very common during the carnival and are highly populated by the locals. Elegance and extravagance (the main features of the Carnaval) are usually left behind, but music and dancing are still extremely common. Music is a major aspect of all parts of the carnival, as is dance. This is the most fun festival in the world, with its irresistible charm of colour,dance,music and extravagance!
2. Oktoberfest, Germany
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is an important part of Bavarian culture and is a 16-day long festival running from late September to the first weekend in October. More than 6 million people around the world attend the event every year! Large quantities of ‘Oktober Beer’ are consumed and visitors enjoy a mixture of attractions such as amusement rides,games as well as a wide variety of traditional food such as roast chicken, roast pork, ham hock etc. There has been a traditional festival opening since 1950: A twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktober Beer by the incumbent Mayor of Munich with the cry “It’s tapped!” in German. You know where to be this October; the largest Volksfest ( People’s Fair) in the world!
3. Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Mardi Gras is an annual carnival celebration in New Orleans, USA. Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French), the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually there is one major parade each day; many days having several large parades! The largest and the most elaborate parades take place in the last five days of the season. There is no general theme for Mardi Gras. The official colours of Mardi Gras, however, are purple,green and gold. It is America’s biggest party and there is revelry throughout the carnival celebration!
4. Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is an important traditional festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. At Chinese New Year celebrations, people wear red clothes and decorate with poems on red paper. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in similar custom. The New Year is the time for family reunion. Family members gather at each other’s homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year’s Eve. The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon; some of the lanterns may be works of art. The highlight of the lantern festival has to be the dragon, made of silk,paper and bamboo. It is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colourful beast through the streets. It is a festival filled with colourful activities!
5. La Tomatina Festival, Spain
La Tomatina festival is a food fight festival held in Bunol, Spain. Thousands and thousands of people flock from different parts of the world to participate in the ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’ where over a hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the street. The week long festival features music, dancing, parades and fireworks. On the night before the tomato fight, participants of the festival compete in a ‘paella’ cooking competition. Of course the food fight has certain rules which have to be followed. This is possibly the most organized food fight that you can come across! What’s more fun that throwing tomatoes at each other (with caution) and not getting into trouble for it?
Nowadays, when each home at least has one TV then how can you be spared of its dazzling effects? Television sitcom grips you, clenches you in its drama and finally you end up wanting more of its episode to watch. But a TV series is better than a movie because just last for two to three hours but a TV show is just timeless. The storyline revolves around several people and you can very easily connect with the characters. Besides these days investment in TV industry is very much similar to Movie industry so there is hardly any difference in their business. Here is the list of ten daily soaps everybody loves to watch.
Even after a decade Friends is everybody favorite show. You can watch the episodes gain and again and I bet you gonna laugh harder each time. It is a story about six friends who happen to live in Manhattan. Six young people, on their own and struggling to survive in the real world, find the companionship, comfort and support they get from each other to be the perfect antidote to the pressures of life. The OCD Monica, geeky Ross, girly-girl Rachel, eccentric Pheobe, flirty Joey and confused Chandler can make laugh like hell. Ten season of the show has been telecast from 1994 to 2004.
In the modern adaptation of Sir Conan Doyle character Sherlock, lives in the 21st century in London, a city filled with mystery, crime and deceit. The back streets are alive with robbers, blackmailers, smugglers and serial killers. When the police are desperate they call upon Mr Sherlock Holmes and his unconventional methods of deduction to shed light on the matter. Along with Dr. John Watson he is out in the street to solve any unsolved crime. He has one master mind antagonist Professor Morarity, who himself is obsessed with Sherlock. Besides Benedict Cumberbatch’s English accent is just heart throbbing.
Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. The series spellbound cinematographic has helped the series to gain million of viewers across the world. The series explores issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment.
It is an American animated TV sitcom about the antics of a dysfunctional family called The Simpsons. Homer, the lovable dufus father, stumbles apathetic ally through his family life and work at the local nuclear power plant. Marge, the overbearing but responsible mother, Bart, the 4th grade underachiever and nemesis to Springfield elementary’s principal, Lisa, the brainy and responsible 8 year old, and Maggie, the oft-forgotten baby, round out the family. It is based on the cartoons sketches of Tracy Ullman show. Total no of seasons that has been telecast yet are 25.
It is a comedy drama and it primarily traces the lives of Richard Castle, a best-selling mystery novelist, and Kate Beckett, an NYPD homicide detective, as they solve various unusual crimes in New York City. “Rick” Castle gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes. But life is not all crime fighting adventure for this wealthy playboy: his relationship with Beckett becomes even more strained when he unveils a new series of detective novels featuring a racy character based on her, and his home life is dominated by his mother (a fading Broadway diva) and his whip-smart teen-aged daughter. The overarching plot of the series focuses on the romance between the two lead characters, as well as the murder of Beckett’s mother. Season 6 of the show was aired in 2013.
It is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Dobbs. Majority House Whip Francis Underwood takes you on a long journey as he exacts his vengeance on those he feels wronged him – that is, his own cabinet members including the President of the United States himself. Dashing, cunning, methodical and vicious, Frank Underwood along with his equally manipulative yet ambiguous wife, Claire take Washington by storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power in this scenario. The show currently just two season old but has a high rating.
The series centre on Dexter Morgan. By the day he’s a blood spatter pattern expert for the Miami Metro police department. But by night – he takes on an entirely different persona: serial killer hunting down criminals who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system. But Dexter isn’t just an average serial killer as he only kills people who fit a very prolific and precise “moral code” taught to him by his late father Harry (he didn’t kill Harry, honest), and developed very thoroughly throughout each kill. The finale season was aired in September,2013.
The show is primarily centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California where Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper both brilliant physicists working at Caltech lives in an apartment. They are also friends with their Caltech colleagues mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali. They are self-professed nerds. When Penny, a pretty woman and an aspiring moves into the apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory. The geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny’s social skills and common sense. But you need to keep a scientific dictionary with you while watching because Sheldon’s science is way off your limits. The jokes an accessible and fun, even (and especially) when they’re told with the crazy vocabulary of said super genius, Sheldon Cooper .
It is based on the novel of the same name by L.J.Smith. The story is set in Mystic falls where the vampire brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore, eternal adolescents, having been leading ‘normal’ lives, hiding their bloodthirsty condition, for centuries fall in love with the same girl Elena Gilbert who later turns out to be a doppelganger of Katherine Pierce, one who converted them into vampires. Elena happens to write journal and is the protagonist of the series. The show has smoking hot characters and shows various supernatural powers such as vampire, werewolves, witches, travelers, etc. The series has a total of five seasons till date.
It is story where Ted Mosby in 2030 tells his son and daughter about his quest to find their mother and get married. It all begins in 2005. The show mainly has five characters and the humor can set you back and forth. The most beloved character of the show was Barney Stinson because of his eccentric humor. It is just not the humor but the irony of performance. The series has a total of nine seasons and ended up in 2014.
United States of America has a lot of beautiful things, say it beautiful tourist spots, beautiful people or beautiful and world famous celebrities. Name the most beautiful people from any field, American women would definitely make it to the list. Sports stars, pop singers and sports person top the beauty list category. Most American women have stolen hearts of many men all over the world. Some stayed an iconic figure in the eyes of people. Here listing the top ten worshiped American women:
1. Marilyn Monroe:
The all time sex symbol has topped the list today as well. Having gone through a disturbing childhood growing up in foster homes, Marilyn Monroe stayed an enigma for everyone till her death. She had three unsuccessful marriages and a few other affairs. Her popular affair with American President John F Kennedy triggered her overdose of drugs and ultimately her death. A tragic story which when came out of hiding shook the world; a lot has been said about John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe affair with many a few people close to John Kennedy claiming he had led to her death. Marilyn died in her early thirties while she was still undergoing psychiatric treatment. She is known to be the first sex symbol and a prominent American lady in 20th century, till date she has left a scar in heart of many men who still admire her beauty. Very interesting biographies and books are published about Marilyn Monroe and her life history. She was also featured in few magazines listing top 10 mistresses. Her sensual and bold personality can hypnotize and beat other actresses till date.
2. Jessica Alba:
Jessica Alba is a Model, Actress and Business women who began her career at the age of 13 in The secret world of Alex and Camp Nowhere. She gained her popularity with TV sitcom Dark Angel. Since then she has been voted as a sex symbol and most desirable woman in many places. She was featured in Maxim, Ask men’s.com, TV guide. She had filed a lawsuit against “The Playboy” magazine that used her image on the magazine cover
3. Angelina Jolie:
Angelina Jolie is famous for her talent as well as beauty. She has been nicknames Angie by tabloids, which came to fame with Hackers. Her other famous roles include Gia, Tomb Raider, Girl Interrupted. She was named the most beautiful actress many a times, her irresistible lips, eyes and legs have made her an international sex icon. She came into controversy after marrying Brad Pitt with whom she has three gorgeous babies. Also she gave life to three more adopted children. She is known to be a sorted after women with a generous heart.
4. Beyonce Knowles:
Beyonce started her career in music as a lead singer of the band “Destiny’s Child” which is a girl’s band, it sold 50 million copies all over the world. “Dangerously in love”, which is her first solo album, won five Grammy accolades. Till date she has 17 Grammy awards to her name.
5. Julia Roberts:
Julia Roberts is adored because of her Mona Lisa smile. Julia Roberts is one of the most acclaimed actresses in Hollywood till today. She has been 11 times winner in a list of 50 most beautiful women of the world. Her most renowned movies are Pretty Women, Erin Brokovich, Notting Hill and My Best Friend’s wedding. She is today happily married and a mother of three beautiful children.
It’s that time of the year when freshly admitted students, aka the fucchas, are well accustomed to their college life. They’ve probably attended the college fresher’s welcome, now looking forward to the unofficial ones with couple entry passes and free booze.
At this point of time, we have to know that the stage of life we are in often called the transition point. As we move from the protected environment of our schools and homes into the bona-fide-do-what-you-like college and hostels, we realize that we are going to experience a lot of new things in this phenomenal time. Gawky school teenagers with braces and thick glasses transform into beautiful girls with long, shiny hair and long legs. The lanky, hairy guys suddenly metamorphose into tall hunks.
Before you get distracted by all these descriptions, let me tell you that college is also a time of learning and experiencing things you could never have imagined. You are put in situations and circumstances which require to change your priorities and erase your boundaries, still not forgetting to make rational decisions. Not to scare you, but in the midst of this rat race you must also never lose track of what your goals are and who you want to be in the long run. Sounds like a huge challenge, doesn’t it?
Here’s a list of top 10 life experiences a student gets to have during his or her college life.
1. Believe in yourself
Lastly, but most importantly, it is necessary to never let go of your ambitions, your career goals, your dreams and you. In this college life madness, you tend to lose out on a lot of friends and personality attributes in order to be socially accepted by the peer group. You must never compromise on your principles and trust your gut instincts and intuition. Believe that you are the best, and be bold enough to show it to the rest of the world!
2. Street smart setting
Wanting to gain knowledge about getting work done from people with the least effort possible? That’s called being street smart, or what in India is known as “jugaad”. This small little skill is not exactly a life experience, but it helps from the point of view of giving you a competitive edge vis-a-vis your peer group. To be able to successfully negotiate someone to your advantage is a skill hugely coveted by many.
3. Confidence, courage and communication
Also known as the three C’s of entrepreneurship, these attributes will take you far in life, even if you’re not going into a commerce background. Learning how to tackle the not-so-friendly college professors with the utmost diligence just for that extra mark in your internals is an experience you can gain solely from college. This will get you the confidence which will greatly benefit you in the long run!
4. Work hard, party harder
Driven to succeed and compete in every aspect of life, the fresh high school graduates are keen to make it Zuckerberg-big at a young agee. College isn’t just about hard work and getting ahead in the rat race. It’s about enjoying life at large, and learning to sometimes let go of situations which are beyond one’s control. It’s also important to enjoy yourself once in a while, as some students become so career oriented and chasing their goals that they forget what college life memories are really all about. The friends, the gossip, the eating out, the partying, and even the bunking!
5. Choices, choices everywhere
As elaborated earlier, choices are plentiful and abundant during college years. There’s a lot to choose from, but what’s important is the choice you make. Do not lose perspective of what you really want in the long run, and always keep that in mind whenever you have to make some tricky choices. Ditch that newly released movie hitting the theatres this Friday to work for your classroom presentation sometimes. If you’re overworked, take a break and do the opposite instead. But assess your options well!
Movies are a great source of entertainment, recreation and relaxation. And Comedy movies completely do justice to it. It not only provides entertainment but also helps us to maintain our health. Very rightly said –“Laughter is the best medicine” and what better than comedy films for laughter. Laughter is the most common form of expression. Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress. Humor lightens the burden. Comedy films play a considerable role in getting this common form of expression on our face. Comedy movies develop a new spirit, happiness and allow us to look at things in a lighter way. It gives an opportunity to look at humor in life. Comedy movies involve scenes which has an outburst of crazy moments onto which every individual laughs at. Comedy movies are great mood-lifters. Main emphasis of Comedy has always been humor. Bollywood history is rifed with comic capers that have left an indelible impression on the minds of every individual. Kudos to such directors. Hail Comedy! There is a long and a never-ending list of Comedy films which have reached a remarkable level and etched in the minds of people. Following are just few best Bollywood Comedy Films of all time :
Director: Jyoti Swaroop
Cast: Kishor Kumar as Vidyapathi aka Guru; Saira Banu as Bindu; Sunil Dutt as Bhola; Mehmood as Masterji/Master Pillai
The asset of this movie is the way in which it had affectionately tricked the world. This movie is one of the best Bollywood comedy filled with great performances and all-time hit songs. The movie gave some of the popular hits of all times like “Mere Saamne Wali Khidki Mein”, and “ Ek chatur naar karke singar”. The story revolves around the aptly named Bhola and his lady-love Bindu. And things he does in order to impress her lady-love. In a delightful turn of events, there is absolute madness, comedy and humour.
2. Bombay to Goa
Director: S.Ramanathan, Mehmood
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan as Ravi kumar; Kishor Kumar ; Mehmood as Verma; Aruna Irani as Mala; Shatrughan Sinha as Sharma
Bombay to Goa was a remake of a Tamil movie Madras to Pondicherry. A unique theme of a bus journey with all funny characters in it. The whole movie is about the gala time everyone had during the journey by pulling each other’s leg. Superb comedy with mehmood’s one-liners and a parallel track of Ravi Kumar and Mala. The story depicts a bus journey with a fun-element added to it. Bombay-to-goa was one such comedy movie enjoyed by an array of people. Funny scenes strew across the movie.
3. Gol Maal
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Cast: Amol Palekar as Ram/Lakshman Prasad; Utpal Dutt as Bhawani Shankar; Bindiya Goswani as Urmila
The annals of Best Bollywood Comedy films cannot be complete without a special mention of this classic. This movie is much enjoyed even in today’s date. The movie revolves around the confusion between Bhavani Shankar and Ram/Lakshman Prasad. Bhavani Shankar is a man of traditional values and firmly believes that a man without moustache is a man without character. No moustache people are a big no-no to him. On the other hand, Ram Prasad is looking for a job and lands up at Bhavani Shankar’s office. The whole movie takes a wacky turn and all the twist and turns are too hilarious. All time awesome movie and a masterstroke. A comedy movie par excellence.
Cast: Sanjeev Kumar as Ashok R.Tilak; Deven Verma as Bahadur (Double role); Moushumi Chatterjee as Sudha
Angoor is based on Shakespeare’s Play “The Comedy of Errors” and is still considered one of Bollywood’s best comedies. The story is of two pairs of identical twins and the confusion all-around. Humor sustained till the last minute.
5. Jaane bhi do yaaro
Director: Kundan Shah
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah as Vinod Chopra; Ravi Baswani as Sudhir Mishra; Om Puri as Ahuja; Satish Shah as D’Mello
A classic movie and a super duper hit movie of all times. Absolute delight to watch such a movie was the reaction that time and even today. Full of comedy potraying the rampant corruption in the society and Indian Political System . In this movie, Vinod and Sudhir are two professional photographers trying to start a photo studio. And later get into the world of Bombay real estate which turns their lives upside down. Jaane bhi do yaaro- a movie that can never be out-of-mind.
School holidays were, are and will always be fun. Not the short ones, but the long, long vacations we used to have. The summer holidays, winter holidays, the ones after the final examination, all of them were eagerly waited for throughout the year. In fact, our student life itself revolved around those holidays. Months of planning went into how we would celebrate the holidays. Friends, families, trips, parties and what not? But as technology took over in the last few years, kids nowadays do not realize the importance of holidays and how memorable they can be. We grown ups cannot go child to child explaining him or her the importance and the fun these holidays can be, hence this article. It gives you ten absolutely fun ideas to spend your holidays without an iota of technology involved. Hope you guys have fun!
1. Make a Scrapbook of All that you did
So you just had the most amazing holidays ever. Don’t you want to preserve it so that years from now when you look back, you just remember the awesome time you had? Of course you do. So click pictures of everything you do, be it the workshop, or the play you had done, the old age home, or even the homework doing phase and paste all of them in a scrapbook. Even better if you involve your friends in it and ask each of them to write short messages for you on each page. You can never ever have a better holiday than this. Agree?
2. Do up your Room Brightly
Most of us face a big problem during holidays, which is that all our friends have pre planned trips with their families. We, the unlucky ones are left back. And there is no fun in doing anything alone. Here is the savior for you. Utilize your holidays to transform your room completely into something that you have always dreamt of. Do all of it yourself and do not involve your parents. Make bright wall hangings, paintings, but funky quotes if you find them anywhere, buy fluorescent stars and moons that light up the room once the lights go off. Once your friends come back from their trips, they will not be able to recognize the room at the first place and then they will wish they had stayed back to give a makeover to their rooms too.
3. Visit an Old Age Home
Among all the fun and frolic of your holidays, do something that will make you proud of yourself. Visit an old age home near your place. Nowadays there so many that it will be tough for you to choose one. Visit with a few friends and the moment you meet the senior people, you will experience bliss like never before. They all are staying away from their home, missing their families and grandchildren. When kids like you visit, they try to find their own grandchildren in you and what follows next is unabashed and uninhibited love for you. You don’t even have to carry gifts for them, just a visit will do all the magic.
4. Explore your City
You have definitely visited all the famous spots in your city, but what about the lesser known places and lanes? I am sure there are any places in your city which you haven’t visited yet. So make sure to go out this holiday and explore your city like any other tourist. Get a map and you can go on foot or your bikes together with your friends. You will be amazed at what your city has to offer and at the end of the day come back home with smiles on your faces.
5. Do a Play
Now this is something that will keep you busy and more importantly, excited throughout your holidays. Pick any play you want to and have rehearsals throughout the holiday. The day before your school opens, enact it out to the most amazing audience one can have, families. Prepare the roles and dialogues, rehearse for days, select perfect outfits to complement the character you are playing, set up a stage, do the artwork, draw out the entire plan and lastly, invite your families to watch it. This will not only guarantee endless fun, but also enhance your skills in team work.
This legendary sitcom started way back in September, 1994 and has been a rage ever since. It has catered to the humor of people across generations and continents. It had a successful run of ten seasons over the span of ten years and saw various life events and change in fate and lives of the characters. Ross starred by David Schwimmer, Chandler by Matthew Perry, Joey by Mall LeBlanc, Phoebe by Lisa Kudrow, Rachel by Jennifer Anniston and Monica by Courtney Cox, were friends both onscreen and off screen. Written by brilliant people- David Crane and Marta Kauffman, later added on by other writers, this sitcom is a staple for TV serials watchers.
I am always surprised to see how there is a stark similarity between friends and all other sitcoms present today. All episodes supplement to our daily dose of sarcasm and sometimes even the way we make decisions in our lives as if we were those characters. The awards it won and the ranks it acquired has very little to do with how we grew up on these episodes and how even still in our lives we think of what Joey might have done or Chandler would have said, or ponder over the trialed and triturated life of Ross and Rachel. Here’s bringing you some of the best episodes from all ten seasons. If you are ever feeling sad about anything or just want to pep up your mood, turn them on, on your sets and you are good to go. Even though with their genius storyline and impeccable acting in each episode, it was quite an impossible feat to choose these ten.
1. The One With The Football S03E09
It’s Thanksgiving and the Friends decide to play an American Football game in the park, after watching pros on TV. However, Geller parents forbade Ross and Monica to play each other due to their rivalry for the vicious cup. The game turns spiteful and competitive as they try to win the game against the other sex
2. The One where It All Began S01E01
This doesn’t need any introduction. This pilot episode of the Friends season sums up the whole spirit of friends. The scene where Rachel runs into the coffee house wearing a wedding dress explaining that she left her fiancé at the altar and she had no one else to go to. That is where it all began and is definitely the best episode of all the seasons.
3. The One With all the Thanksgiving Flashbacks S05E08
All the friends get together over the Thanksgiving dinner, recalling the worst thanksgiving dinners and who can win the ‘Sob story King’. They recall the hardest times of the year and the times they had to face them and end up being together all the time.
4. The One Where Ross is Fine S10E02
Ross is unable to accept about Rachel and Joey’s relationship and tries hard to deal with it or at least pretend to. He tries to be the better person and makes sincere even though unnecessary efforts to tell them that he is fine with them being together. He invites Rachel and Joey for dinner along with his current girlfriend Charlie. Ross quickly gets drunk and embarrasses himself. Joey stays behind to take care of Ross, while Rachel and Charlie leave. In the morning, Joey and Ross talk and Ross assures them that he will be fine. Chandler and Monica visit Phoebe’s friends who have adopted a son and Chandler ends up blurting it out to the child that he is adopted. Fran Jr. visits Phoebe with his triplets and tells Phoebe how troubled he is with them, yet he is unable to give up any of them.
5. The One with the Embryos S04E12
Joey and Chandler happen to correctly identify the exact contents in Rachel’s shopping bag, Monica decides to have trivia contest to prove who knows more about whom-the men or the women. They place a real time bet on the outcome and eventually end up trading up the apartment at high stakes. Ross plays host to the game and puts together some questions. Meanwhile Phoebe has agreed to be the surrogate mother for her brother Frank who has an older wife (who happens to be Franks teacher), but is also concerned that she is taking a chance where the success rate is only 25%. The trivia result end up in the girls losing the apartment because they don’t know Chandler’s job. As the four packs their respective apartment with utter displeasure for the women, Phoebe announces that she is pregnant and they instantly turn into a mood of celebration.
There is a wide variety of genres that film directors could toss and make a movie on, be it crime, romantic, comedy or violence. Violence is usually portrayed by making movies on war, as they not only depict a sense drama but bring in a ting of realism into the characters as well as the story. Movies based on war are known for the depiction of reality and portraying things and facts just the way they are, and just the way they occur in a war. There have been a lot of movies directed on real life wars, such as the Vietnam wars or the World wars. No matter what type of a war the movie might show to the audience, such movies have a completely different impact on the audience. War movies are definitely poles apart from other movies such as romantic and comedy movies, because of the different feel and meaning to the characters, which could either be the villain domination over the characters or the heroism portrayed by the protagonist. Among all the war movies made, there are some movies which seemed to have created the best and the unforgettable impact on cinema lovers. Here is a list of the top 10 best war movies of all time made in Hollywood, which still stand as an inspiration of a good story and good filmmaking.
1. Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now is known to be not only one of the greatest masterpieces of the popular film director Francis Ford Coppola, but also remains to be one of the favourite movies till date when it comes to war films’ fanatics and lovers. Loosely based on the popular novel ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad, this movie successfully deals with the innumerous politics and lines of violence dealt during battles and post war times.
2. Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory stands out to be as a yet another incredible movies based on war, directed by Stanley Kubrick and which came out to the world in the year 1957. This movie tells the story of three privates in France, who are completely innocent and could not be blamed for anything, yet they fall into a trap and thus get court-martialed for something which is not their mistake. They get punished under the charges of cowardice and betrayal, and get executed.
3. Saving Private Ryan
A 1998 movie made by the greatest filmmakers of all time, Steven Spielberg became successful in capturing the truth and reality behind the D-Day invasion during the World War II. The realism of the story and the characters was extremely compelling and commendable, thus getting this movie into the list of the best war movies ever made in Hollywood.
4. The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line was a 1998 movie directed by Terrence Malick. This movie was based on the semi-autobiographical novel by James Jones and deals with the mass destruction of life and property through the World War I. This movie is considered as one of the best war movies as the director’s come back after a huge gap surely made him leave an impact on the audience through his very clear picture of loss and destruction during wars.
Platoon was considered to be a breakthrough of the film director Oliver Stone and is claimed to be one of his best made movies. This movie released in 1986, and focused on a young college student who joins the Vietnam army. The movie revolves around his life as he works to fulfill his duties in the army, and his life in between the various culturally diverse groups and individual involved in the platoon.
Death is one thing which comes to people in both natural and unnatural ways. Unnatural deaths are usually the most shocking and surprising of all, especially when you see a person or hear about a person’s death when he does not even cross half a façade of his life. Young gruesome deaths and other mysterious happenings which caused some shocking deaths have not only taken the world by a storm, but makes people more sensitive to the feelings and situations of these celebrities. As death eludes no one, there is no way one can avoid death. Be it John Lennon, or the supposed murder or controversial death of Michael Jackson, we all feel sad for them, and see their untimely and sudden death as loss to talent and a precious life. Here is a list of the top 10 Hollywood celebrities whose unnatural deaths have come as a surprise and shock to the world.
1. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe is one actress again who needs no introduction. Known as the sex symbol of the Hollywood industry of that time, she not only stood as a strong feminine statement, but also was a strong woman who had experienced a lot in life. She was found dead due to drug overdose, wherein she consumed variety of drugs to kill herself, thus terming her death as a clear case of suicide.
2. Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger needs no introduction as he is popularly known as the Joker in the famous Batman movie. His character in the movie, though negative, had gathered huge applaud and appreciation all across the world, resulting in him receiving about 30 awards for his performance. This actor was found dead due to drug overdose. He subjected himself to a variety of drugs, including sleeping pills and anti depressants, leading to a shocking death.
3. Sharon Tate
Sharon Tate, a beautiful model who had just started off with her acting career with her movie Valley of the Dolls, was found brutally murdered in her house by the followers of Charles Manson. Due to the Charles Manson’s cult killing spree in 1969, this young model met with a shocking and untimely death before she could make it big in the film industry.
4. James Dean
James Dean stole millions of hearts with movies such as East of Eden and Giant. Loved and appreciated by many, his strong acting career came to a standstill when at the mere age of 24 he met with an unexpected vehicular accident. The spot at which this unpleasant incident took place has been termed as ‘The James Dean Memorial’ in memory of this amazing actor who died at such a young age.
5. Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood, whose original name was Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko was an American actress born to a Russian couple settled in San Francisco. Her acting skills took her to making it big both in television and films, but before she could actually make the best out of her opportunities, she was found dead drowned in water while on a cruise with her husband Robert Wagner and actor friend Christopher Walken. No one knows how and why she was drowned in water, the only evidence found was that she was under the influence of alcohol when her death occurred in the water body.
“Early to bed and early to rise”.
Sleeping at night is something people all over the globe do. Our bodies have been structured in a manner that they get tired and fall asleep. We have heard the above line innumerable times. But as we grow up, it seems we forget to respond to this basic rule. Youngsters and working professionals are somehow becoming insomniac day by day and sleep just refuses to give us company at night. We are not partying on all days of the week, so the days when we are left alone with nothing much to do , are the days we rummage through our brains the most to try to find out some means to keep us busy when we are awake at the wee hours of the night. This list provides you some good ideas as I am an insomniac myself.
When you cannot think of anything else, it is better to stay calm, the more impatient the mind gets, the tougher it is to stay sane. Stay calm and sink into the bed. I am not asking you to wait for sleep to take over, but stay calm and think of something good or bad or whatever you want. Think about the last vacation you had, or your dream job. Or your screen idol and what you like about him or her. The basic idea is to just stay calm. When the mind is occupied with beautiful thoughts, you will not even realize how and when the last few hours had passed.
Read something. Maybe a book, new one or old one or some articles on the internet or the newspaper. Just read anything. For people still studying in schools or colleges, you guys can read your books. May be a new chapter or you can revise the old chapter. After reading for a while, the eyes refuse to take the stress anymore and get tired. That’s when you will want to keep the book aside and close your eyes.
We all have that 3a.m buddy. When you are unable to sleep at night, you can always call up him or her. If by chance, that particular friend is busy, no worries! There are many such people like you who are unable to fall asleep. Call them up. Set a conference call if you can, and your night is surely going to be entertaining. You can as well call up friends for a video chat and you will never realize how soon time will fly.
Music is the common solution to almost every lifestyle problems we have. When we are bored, we listen to music. When we are happy or sad or angry or depressed or even felling lonely, we take shelter under the melody. So music comes to your rescue even when you are awake at night. Listen to just any kind of music you want to. Soft, hard, punk, metal, just about anything in your playlist. There are many songs in your playlist which have many memories attached to them. So once you let the music sink in, it’s going to be a great night.
We are working or studying on all seven days of the week. So when do we get the time for ourselves? May be the nights when you are wide awake. Yes, you can utilize that time in doing something for yourself or just staying by yourself all alone. Being alone always does not mean you are lonely. At times, being alone gives you respite and the peace of mind you always look for. You can also engage in some activity, something that you love doing. It is a great way to pamper yourself.
As I said, you can engage yourself in some activity. Draw a picture, compose a song, write poetry, make a card for someone close to you. Sounds crazy? But it is a great way to unwind. When you engage your mind in such creative tasks, the mind functions faster and responds by providing you great ideas. You will suddenly feel you are re energized and everything around will seem beautiful, even the darkness of the night.
This is the most common thing people do when they are unable to fall asleep. The mechanism is same as reading. The eyes get tired after a certain point of time and they want to drift off to sleep. But till the time your eyes aren’t able to take anymore, enjoy some really good movies that you want and appreciate the efforts put in by every single technician and the actors in the movie.
If you have access to internet at night, then this is the best thing to do. Surf the net. Do just about anything you want. Read e books, watch videos, talk to people on social networking sites, follow blogs, find jobs- the list is endless, you see. So just do anything your mind tells you too.
Done with all of the points mentioned above and still not sleepy? May be its time to have a cup of steaming aromatic strong coffee or a cup of Darjeeling tea. Tea or coffee at night refreshes your mind and you are again ready to jump into your next work. Making tea or coffee at night, or maybe even hot chocolate feels so much more adventurous then when you make it during the day. If you stay alone then strangely enough, the entire process of preparing it and having it gives a strange sense of freedom and satisfaction.
Remember that thing you loved doing the most as a kid but had to part ways in years of growing up? Why not do it at night? When at night you are unable to sleep. Take care of the hobbies you had but never got the time to do them. Click pictures, make collages, compose tunes, surf the net for stamps of different countries, hum your favorite song, shoot something interesting outside your house that is happening, or shoot a time capsule video of yourself. There is so much to do when you are unable to sleep at night.