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Two awesome but well shot motorbike scenes

Two awesome but well shot motorbike scenesThinking back to what has been emphatically confirmed as the last ever The Fast and the Furious movie to be made, particularly since Paul Walker’s tragic death in his beloved but dangerously set up Porsche, one also thinks about how many hundreds of action movies have been made over the years where motor cars of all shapes and sizes continue to be the wheels of choice when it comes to hit and run and cut to the chase scenes.

Motorbikes rarely get a look in but when they do, some of those scenes really do make a splash.

You know that feeling when a song is stuck in your head

For one thing, filming authentic wheelie scenes where motor cycles are going at full throttle are not easy to do. Filming the actors in their mobile carriages is hard enough. Getting some of the ladies to sit still and put on their stylish ladies’ bike helmets is quite another thing. Some of the actresses out there are quite the pretentious divas. One can’t help thinking of Catherine Zeta-Jones’ character in America’s Sweetheart (along with Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and John Cusack).

One also wonders whether the younger Anna Kendrick and some her peers would have been a better fit for playing spoiled divas with nothing to show for their success other than their doting and helpful sisters and their ongoing superficial popularity.

But we were talking about classic motorbike scenes, weren’t we. There are two scenes stuck in this writer’s mind right about now. You know that feeling where you have a song with striking lyrics stuck in your head and you just can’t seem to remove it in spite of humming the words over and over again? Like that, same thing, only different pictures.

The memorable bike scenes

And most certainly different sounds. Like the revving of Will Smith’s ancient but well looked after bike which he is able to rev off on at top speed, dodging dozens of short-wired androids until the inevitable tailspin which sees to it that the legendary bike is sacrificed out of this thrilling scene sequence. Whether Smith the actor or Mr. Smith the actor’s stunt driver was seen, both were safe, wearing full-faced helmets with smart visors which only bike fans would truly appreciate. talk in-depth about the safety features inherited from choosing the right helmet.

The great T E Lawrence wore one of those old leather strap-on caps when he quietly went flying over the ditch after carousing at break-neck speed in spite of the warning signs ahead. Perhaps he didn’t see them this time around? But this eccentric man had quite a life as David Lean’s extremely long Lawrence of Arabia shows. Then there were not many bikes or cars but plenty of Arabian thoroughbreds and the usual herds of moping camels.

We would have liked to name and note a few more scenes but our time is up for now. Now that I think about it, Nicholas Cage’s Ghost Rider is beginning to trouble me too.

The importance of lighting for dramatic and performance effects

The actor and songstress already has her work cut out to produce the most dramatic and endearing performance that she is capable of and which will impress her audience so much so that they will leave the auditorium with memories of her glittering performance. Her performance being a memorable one, leaves her audience with new talking points, something to think about, when they stop over for a late night cappuccino. She is usually successful in her delivery because she has spent many hours and weeks rehearsing.

Finding the best lighting technicians that money can buy

But on those extremely rare occasions when her performance flops, it is not entirely her fault, if at all. It has a lot more to do with the production’s director who as commander in chief must take ultimate responsibility for any failures. Even small-town productions, often put together voluntarily, have its share of euphoria and failure. Now, these small get-togethers often have to improvise with limited resources. Here, it is no stretch of the imagination to suggest that these small crews may go to this website when they install their small LED lighting pods to create visibility for the audience and add extra effects for the purposes of drama and focalizing.

That brings us to the all-important aspect of proper stage lighting. This is not the domain of the actress or singer. The director is partially responsible, and it is left to him to work closely and persuasively with his executive producers (who control all aspects related to financing the show) to source the best darn lighting technicians that money can buy.

Unrecognizably different in real life

These lighting technicians are invariably talented and have had years of experience in show business. Some of them even come from backgrounds as diverse as those you may find at places such as Light Bar Land. Directors and actors count on them for their ability to improvise with the tools and lights they have at their disposal. When budgets are tight and producers are pinching pennies, you can only imagine the challenges faced by these erudite technicians. But as Anna may quickly be able to tell you, they get it right most times.

There’s also another collaboration which audiences often take for granted or are not entirely aware of. Take this scenario, for instance. Imagine you are walking down Hollywood Boulevard one afternoon. In the process, you would not have noticed whether Anna Kendrick or Julia Roberts, or anyone else famous had walked past. Ms. Roberts would probably have covered her face with sunshades and her flaming locks with a cap so as not to be noticed. But that’s beside the point. Actors and actresses look unrecognizably different in real life without their stage make-up on.

Now, the make-up artist has to take the lighting technician’s mastery into account in order to paint a glowing picture for the audience of the stage character. And the best actors in the business always co-operate and work well with their technicians to ensure that the finished article, themselves mostly, is a work of art.

Musical Introspections and Inspiration

It is that time of the year when most folks will be taking a break after a long year of hard work. Although it has often been said; how did the year go by so quickly and why weren’t we able to reach that particular milestone in life? Anna Kendrick and her fellow actors and singers will not, however, be taking a break. Such is the nature of their line of work. During any normal week, she and her musical colleagues will be performing on some nights and weekends. After all, this is the only time that working men and women can come to see or hear them.

An opportunity to shine

This is particularly true of this time of the year, and probably the busiest time for actors, film, stage and otherwise, and musicians. Their shows are fully-booked. This is also a peak time for Hollywood producers and their actors to be doing the promotional rounds, barely two months away from Oscar season. Now, Anna will appreciate this, struggling musicians are also in on the act if you will. This time of the year gives them an opportunity to shine and be noticed.

Having to work while others are having a good time could be considered an occupational hazard for actors and musicians but it’s not. For them, this is their calling. Ms. Kendrick has probably seen Burlesque and Black Swan several times over. In both these films, the young performer’s struggle to get to the top of the heap, as the famous song goes, is fore-grounded. Spike Lee must have had a rollicking time during his filming of Mo Better Blues. He captured the right notes, never needing a beginner’s trumpet to learn, and showcased the struggles of the typical (but famous) jazz trumpeter.

What to watch while it snows

Clint Eastwood’s biopic of the life and times of Charlie Parker was probably more introspective and serene. But at this time of the year, while there is a need to pause for thought, thinking what could have been done differently and better during the year, most people just want to relax and enjoy themselves, so, naturally, the performers must dutifully play their part.

In some parts of North America, it’s just too cold and the snow is pelting down a tad too hard to go outdoors. So, some folks will watch re-runs of their favorite shows. A recommended epic for children is the timeless adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Those who have seen the show may have hilarious recollections of King Louis and his band of reckless monkeys. To this day, no-one really knows how these lads managed to replicate the notes produced by the fine Bach Stradivarius horn. Those who are romantic at heart, on the other hand, might be re-watching Grease and Dirty Dancing.

All things being equal let no musician or actor tell you that they aren’t happy to see you. Your presence rewards them in more ways than one. You gave them their bread and butter but, more importantly, you allowed them to follow through on their calling.


Movies With the Best Explosion Scenes

Explosion scenes in movies are so exciting and stunning that viewers are left spell bound at the extent of destruction portrayed. High budget films usually have exploding scenes in them. The massive fireball explosion is set at the end or beginning to draw viewers’ attention.

While the quieter films do have their share of rapt audience, it is the explosive scenes, which kindle the young action loving kid in us. The mind numbing explosions rank high in the list of visually appealing scenes in movies.

With special effects evolving into a hi-tech phenomenon now, the explosion scenes are even more massive and heart stopping. Explosions are an inevitable addition to action thrillers and spy movies with the same goal of destruction. .

Here is a list of some of the biggest explosions filmed ever. The explosions are not only visually pleasing in these movies but serve as a turning point or climax of the movie.

Fight Club

giphyTyler Durden’s long and interesting self-discovery journey explodes into an awesome destructive ballet as Mission Mayhem concludes. The explosive skyline is just a remarkable sight!

V for Vendetta

2847-v-vendetta-and-vfx_0The two-minute explosion in this film towards the end when V, the phantom freedom fighter, blows up the parliament building in London is a real coup here. The explosion gives an impressive display that is a blend of carnage and celebration that symbolizes the character of V who has to destroy in order to liberate.


The explosion in this movie is used to kill the threatening mammoth white shark. Brody shoots quite a dynamic bomb right into the shark’s mouth in what is considered as one of the best explosions scenes ever in movie history. While this is about a bomb-induced explosion in a fish, there are scenes that feature explosion inside an aquarium. Jackie Chan movie First Strike has one big aquarium explosion scene, which lets the shark held inside free. Big aquariums such as one in this movie need good filters such as those at


Needless to mention, but this entire movie is about blowing something or someone, which Sylvester Stallone does with relish. And viewers have lapped it all up, in spite of the sequels featuring similar fare.

Independence Day

This is another movie, which survives on explosions. If you look at it closely, you will find that it is an excellent compilation of explosions. From government building and revered monuments to skyscrapers, everything is reduced to dust in this movie.  While explosion are mostly part of high budget films you can find exploding scenes in comedies too. The film Duece Bigalow Male Gigalow is a comedy, which has huge aquarium tanks exploding in the movie. Sometimes-poor quality glass in the tank can also cause an explosion, but not of the calibre seen in this movie. With good quality tank and proper maintenance, using efficient Fish Tank Filters it is possible to prevent harm to the fish, tank and the surrounding.

Inglourious Basterds

This 2009 Quentin Tarantino movie is notorious for its extreme violence, which served as its downfall eventually. While the movie ending has come under controversy for its inaccurate portrayal of history, the end of the dictator in this movie is a deserved one. The mindless explosions are sure to put a blot on your day.

Movies That Tickle Your Taste Buds

Food enthusiasts need not eat delicious food to fulfil their food fantasies, just having their eyes’ fill of the delectable and delicious fare can set them off on their food fantasy. True food lovers use all their senses to enjoy food. Movies serve as a visually stimulating medium for all, especially food enthusiasts. Here are movies that food enthusiasts love to watch.


This 2014 movie has Jon Favreau playing the role of Carl a chef in a ritzy restaurant. He is frustrated by the dull and monotonous menu his boss had created. One fine day he speaks out his mind and loses his job as a result. But everything ends well, as he goes back to his roots making a living out of selling Cuban sandwiches in his food truck along with his son.


This popular film is set in an upscale French restaurant.  A rat with a connoisseur’s taste helps a garbage boy Alfredo Linguini played by Lou Romano to realize their dream of becoming famous chefs.  Food preparation is always considered an arduous task. But with appliances such as the meat grinder available at difficult tasks are easily accomplished and you get a tasty and delicious meal to savour in a short time.

The Lunchbox

This movie released in 2013 is about Ila, a neglected young wife played by Nimrat Kaur. Ila in an all-out effort to rekindle her husband’s love sends a very special lunch through a big courier service in the city. The package is mistakenly sent to Irfan Khan, a widower and this starts a deluded but nevertheless a sweet relationship.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

This 2009 film by Amblin Entertainment has Bill Hader playing the role of a misfit scientist- Flint Lockwood. He invents a machine that can change water to food, but this goes awry when all the water in the atmosphere is converted to food. For meatball lovers, this film is a sure entertainer. Meatballs taste better when they are made from scratch and using a top quality meat grinder such as SUNMILE SM G31 helps a lot.


This film by Miramax entertainment released in 2000 focuses on the universal love of chocolate. Vianne played by Juliette Binoche is a single mother who moves to a rural region in France planning to open a chocolaterie near the local church.  The sweet indulgences and hours they keep create a big uproar in the rural town, which further worsens by the entry of Roux played by Johnny Depp, a gypsy. But in the end it is the almighty chocolate that wins hands down.

Big Night

This film has two Italian brothers Primo played by Tony Shalhoub and Secondo played by Stanley Tucci. The emigrant family had opened up an Italian eatery in New York. Primo exhibits true Latin fervour when he refuses to acquiesce the wishes of the patrons idea of Italian fare. His brother Secondo is a perfect foil smooth talking his way into making the restaurant a successful one. But all ideals are set aside, when they are required to cook for a gala concert, which they think is the big night that will change their fortune.