Friday, March 20, 2015

LJD'S WEEKLY CATCH UP: Dolce & Gabbana suck, Internet Explorer dies and the winner of Australia's I'm A Celebrity is...

This week Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana royally stuffed up their karma bank and potentially their business by stating this in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama: "You are born and you have a father and a mother. Or at least it should be like this, that's why I am not convinced by chemical children, synthetic babies, wombs for rent."

Elton John has lashed out and called for a boycott of their brand by stating: “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF ... Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”

Oooooooh, burnnnnnn….

Dolce and Gabbana, who are still business partners after their romantic relationship ended, said on Sunday they had been talking about their own opinions and had not meant to judge others' behaviour. "We believe firmly in democracy and we think freedom of expression is essential for that. We talked about our way of looking at the world, but it was not our intention to express a judgement on other people's choices. We believe in freedom and love," Gabbana said in a statement, seriously trying to backtrack.

Many other celebrities are also jumping on the boycott bandwagon by backing Elton against D&G.

My thoughts on this are, 1 - for a start 99.9999999999% of people cannot afford or fit into their clothes so stuff them why bother wasting your breath, time, energy on them. And 2 - What about women who cannot physically have a baby naturally? Women need IVF to physically have a baby and for those who cannot they use surrogates. What about those babies? Or is their opinion about ALL babies regardless of how they are created and made? I think it’s not a well thought out opinion and a bit stupid, but like I said, not worth the breath.

Internet Explorer is dead: Microsoft has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan. Microsoft's marketing chief Chris Capossela revealed that the company is currently working on a new name and brand. "We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10," said Capossela. "We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing."

I’m a Celebrity Australia: The King of the jungle is: Freddie

Australia has voted ex-cricketer and Brit Freddie Flintoff as the king of the jungle! A fun-loving larrikin with a heart of gold, the father of three couldn't be happier to have won such a huge donation to his chosen charity, the McGrath foundation in Australia.



Now onto movies I've watched.


Master and Commander: In April 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, the H.M.S. Surprise, a British frigate, is under the command of Captain Jack Aubrey. Aubrey's current orders are to capture or destroy a French privateer named Acheron, which is currently in the Atlantic off South America headed toward the Pacific in order to extend Napoleon's reach of the wars. This task will be a difficult one as Aubrey quickly learns in an initial battle with the Acheron that it is a bigger and faster ship than the Surprise, which puts the Surprise at a disadvantage. Aubrey's single-mindedness in this seemingly impossible pursuit puts him at odds with the Surprise's doctor and naturalist, Stephen Maturin, who is also Aubrey's most trusted advisor on board and closest friend.

Another Rusty film and while I like action adventure I did speed through parts of this. I give it 7 out of 10.

The Man With The Iron Fists: In Jungle Village, the leader of the Lion's clan Gold Lion is summoned by the Governor and assigned to protect his gold that will be transported through the village. However he is betrayed and murdered by the greedy Silver Lion and Bronze Lion. Gold Lion's favorite son Zen Yi, a.k.a. The X-Blade, seeks revenge and heads to Jungle Village, but is defeated by Brass Body and rescued by the local Blacksmith. Meanwhile the Gemini Clan protect the Governor's gold, but are vanquished by the army of Silver and Bronze Lion. The Blacksmith is abducted by the Lions and has his arms severed but is saved by Jack Knife, who is the emissary of the Emperor, and he manufactures iron arms for Thaddeus. Meanwhile the Governor sends the Jackal army to fight against the Lions and they hide the gold in the brothel of Madam Blossom.

This is a Quentin Tarantino movie so it’s expected to be of quality and for schlocky Tarantino fun, it’s worth the watch. I only watched it because Russell’s in it, and while he's good as fighting, pleasuring women is not one of his best traits, but it was an all-round good movie and worth the watch. And I love the line at the bottom of the movie poster - “You can’t spell kung fu without the F and U.” I give it 8 out of 10.

Winter’s Tale: New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, an Irish burglar in his early 20's, and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying.

A sweet movie, even though I’m not a fan of Colin Farrell. Will Smith as Lucifer is surprisingly stupid but Russell’s weird rat twitched Irish accent gave some laughs. And his shirtless scene raised my brows and the temperature a fair bit. I give it 6 out of 10.

Now for the schlocky disaster movies I watched.


Meteor Apocalypse: As high-level military chiefs aim a missile at a massive meteor plummeting toward American soil, scientist David Dematti is one of the many rank-and-file citizens trying to save his family. With his wife and daughter transported to a site deemed safe by federal officials, David tries desperately to track them down. Selflessly, he pauses to save an ailing stranger named Lynn but, with the planet in mortal danger, will his heroism be for naught?

I didn't even recognise Joe Lando from Dr. Quinn in this movie. Between his short hair and the pc screen I knew he looked vaguely familiar but could not name him.

Ice Twisters: Charlie Price, a former scientist turned science fiction author, starts living one of his novels when the Federal Science Foundation's weather experiments escape control and turn disastrous.

The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake: After a series of small tremors in Los Angeles, Dr. Clare Winslow, a local seismologist, pinpoints the exact location and time of when the long awaited earthquake --"The Big One"-- will strike southern California. With this information she must battle city officials to release this information to the general public. Also, she hopes that her family is out of harm’s way when the quake strikes.

I had seen this decades ago on TV and never saw it again. I’m surprised it took so long for the quake to hit and then there wasn’t much of the aftermath, which is disappointing as I love disaster flicks.



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