Crosshairs at Home

Vampire Owl: You are older than the Transformers. How can you even buy a toy when you are a thousands of years old Vampire Bat?

Vampire Bat: Because I won the gift voucher, and I have to spend it wisely.

Vampire Owl: What does wisdom got to do with a brainless movie such as Transformers, especially the last three movies of the franchise? You should have used your Transformer Chevrolet Beat instead and hoped that it would transform like in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Vampire Bat: I have always wanted this one since I was a kid, as per the official records; not as per our original vampire age.

Vampire Owl: Do you realize that there are many evil devices in these online stores which we can use for world domination?

Vampire Bat: Do you know that this is Diwali and one should stop being evil until Halloween?

Vampire Owl: That reminds me, do you need to hear me crack a cracker joke?

Vampire Bat: Absolutely not.

[Drives the Transformer in car mode].

What I bought from Flipkart (pic from Transformers wiki)

What I bought from Flipkart (pic from Transformers wiki)

There have been many question that I asked myself about what to buy on my first experience with flipkart, and when I wandered clueless on that website which had extra charge for delivery as far as the total amount was below five hundred (yes, I am very much late on this online shopping stuff). Then there was the long list of Transformers toys which were priced above thousand, and a few of them which looked less impressive or without a seller near my area which costed less, and then there were those which costed approximately rupees eight hundred and fourty nine.

Chevrolet Corvette, I would have preferred the red (Pic from Corvette's wiki page)

Chevrolet Corvette, I would have preferred the red (Pic from Corvette’s wiki page)

The normal person should surely buy some clothes, electronic gadgets, movies, music or books, but I don’t remember being like others since beginning to study English Literature (there was only an attempt before that). People and their quesions – is there any end to it? There are so many of them about which I can write another post, but here there was only one. That question was asked about why the Transformers toy, but it is one question which can’t be answered, and also deserves absolutely no answer, and still I have my reasons to buy this one which I had chosen from a short-listed group of two.

Some smart dialogues from Crosshairs (Screenshot from T4)

Some smart dialogues from Crosshairs (Screenshot from T4)

Coming back to the choices which were there for the same price, they were Crosshairs which transformed into a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Bumblebee which transformed into a Chevrolet Camaro. I did think that the black and yellow combination of the latter looked better, but in everything else, the green and black Crosshairs scored. It was a new and stylish car which it transformed into, compared to Bumblebee’s choice of an older version of the Camaro, or at least it seemed to be so. Remember Crosshairs’ dialogues in the last Transformers movie? It is one robot with individuality that we have there unlike the usual dumb ones which follow Optimus Prime in the absence of brains.

Crosshairs in action (Screenshot from T4)

Crosshairs in action (Screenshot from T4)

To be frank, I have always hated Bumblebee, for that robot always had too much attention in all those live action movies, and as all the other original robots other than Optimus Prime (the zombie robot that just can’t stay dead), are dead – Jazz, Ironhide and Ratchet are no more in the movies – still, Bumblebee remains, and the existence of an yellow robot which can appeal only to kids is depressing for a serious action, and it is the same reason why the movie is not taken seriously. Even when the main human characters are changed, the dirty yellow still remains!

Crosshairs was the only impressive robot in Transformers: Age of Extinction after they killed off Ironhide in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. As another weapons expert, this is the only one which I can choose to replace what used to be my favourite choice, and even in the absence of those big cannons as Ironhide, this is one nice armorer and trooper as we see the action. The other two new transformers of the movie Drift and Hound were changed into bloody stereotype characters. So, Crosshairs it is! And I am glad that it reached here in three days, seven days before it was supposed to be. It is kind of overpriced, but well done Flipkart on bringing it here earlier and giving me the Diwali suprise!

TeNy

What Comes Next

We are left with just about three months to Christmas, and as the year comes to an end, we have a lot of interesting movies coming up. A good number of them are worth a lot more than most of the movies which have already released, even as I do wonder if any movie is capable of breaking this year’s top grossing record set by Transformers: Age of Extinction – may be there is a slight chance for two movies which come as the third part of two popular book adaptations. There are five of those movies that I particularly look forward to.

5. Ouija :: There is nothing that arouses the curiosity of the common youth like the Ouija board, and this movie can easily capitalize on the same as far as it is used wisely and with the ability to connect with the audience. With the summoning of the dark forces and everything going beyond control, the movie can easily generate a lot of moments of horror and satisfy the fans. Let the demonic possession and the unleashing of evil begin with this movie. Will you still consider the Ouija board as just an instrument for entertainment, or can the movie make it seem a lot more demonic?

A hero will turn monster in Dracula Untold (pic from movie's FB page)

A hero will turn monster in Dracula Untold (pic from movie’s FB page)

4. Interstellar :: As the next movie from Christopher Nolan, Interstellar needs no introduction, as it would bring the audience right into it, even with an ordinary trailer that it came up with – but that could be for nor giving away much of the plot. As a fan of the science fiction movies, I do have hopes on this one, even as there was the movies like Transcendence which has made me a partial sceptic. This should be the movie which is to rule November if it could develop its idea of the wormhole nicely, with those elements of curiosity and terror nicely explored. Well, when was the time when Nolan last disappointed us? I can’t remember.

3. Dracula Untold :: An origin story of Dracula showing the life of Vlad the Impaler who struggled and fought hard to defend his small kingdom against the might of ruthless Ottoman Turks. I have always thought of Dracula as a misunderstood hero who had to turn evil, and I am glad that they are coming up with something like this with the support of some history. The trailer was impressive, and I hope that this will also stand up-to the feeling that it has created. I am surely placing by bet on this one, as it has immense potential to develop its idea which is something that can easily work with the present audience.

2. Exodus: Gods and Kings :: Another Biblical Epic arrives, this time directed by Ridley Scott, and it actually arrives in the same year as another one from Darren Aronofsky which was Noah had highly disappointed me. I should have had my doubts about this one, but I would trust Christian Bale’s choice of movies and the scope that the Book of Exodus has for making a fantastic epic. Noah might not have had enough to make a movie, but Moses do have a lot of it, and as of now, I am pretty confident that this is going to work well and create that Biblical Epic for which we have been waiting for so long.

You should definitely have this doll at home (from Annabelle FB page)

You should definitely have this doll at home (from Annabelle FB page)

1. Annabelle :: Disaster had struck during last Gandhi Jayanthi as Bollywood terrorized us with the disgusting stuff which was Besharam, and this year, we hope to get rid of that pain with Annabelle, a spin-off from the nicely scary story which had a small part to play in last year’s The Conjuring. The name of the leading actresss is also the same – Annabelle Wallis. Is it also supposed to contribute in a spooky manner? Lets watch the movie and find out as the Annabelle doll awaits you like Chucky awaits his next victim in the vast ocean of dead silence. Most of us have been waiting for a sequel to The Conjuring, and let this prequel be enough for us for the moment.

The rest of the movies include another horror flick Jessabelle and also The Pyramid which can boost the genre. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is going to be a big contender for the title for the highest grosser of the year with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, both capable of showing some great sequel power, hoping to take the place of Transformers. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb should also shine – loved the first two movies of the franchise a lot and Ben Stiller can do it again.

TeNy