Thursday Ten: sports movies!

With the football pre-season upon us, I thought I’d feature my top 10 sports films today. ๐Ÿ™‚

1.ย Jerry Maguire (American football/sports agent)

THE MOTHER OF ALL SPORTS AGENT MOVIES!! Up to this day, I haven’t been motivated to watch American football, but Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire was…

2. Chak De! India (Hockey)

One of my top inspiring movies of all time. In reality, I don’t care for hockey, but watching this film made me understand the sport better. Shah Rukh Khan was just wonderful as Kabir Khan! He pulled off the coaching role with flair. I cheered him and the girls on throughout the film.ย 

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3. Patiala House (Cricket)

Another sport I don’t care for, although I found myself watching a match recently. It is not as exciting as my beloved football, but Akshay Kumar pulled off his cricketer role very well. This movie is not only about the love of a sport. It is about following your dreams regardless what your parents may want for you, but be respectful when you choose to thread the path.

4. Bend It Like Beckham (Football)

I like football, but I am not a fan of David Beckham. I also dislike British movies, but this one was okay because Parminder Nagra was AWESOME! Kiera Knightley is a boring actress. It’s like watching paint dry.

5. Coach Carter (Basketball)

At the time I watched this film, I thought it was very inspiring and Samuel L. Jackson murdered his coaching role. SLJ now is very unwatchable.

6. The Karate Kid (Martial Arts)

The first time I saw Jaden Smith light up the screen alongside Jackie Chan, I thought the kid had a good future as an actor. Now, I ain’t so sure, but this film is a guilty pleasure of mine. I tend to watch it whenever I come across it on the TV. Smith did a fantastic job and this movie is more than martial arts. It’s also about cultural clashes and I think the message was delivered well.

7. The Blind Side (American Football)

I ADORE THIS MOVIE! Yes, Sandra Bullock did a pretty darn good job in her role, but Quinton Aaron was the standout actor for me. He was the one who brought all the emotions alive inside me.

8. Space Jam (Basketball)

This film was a favorite of mine during my childhood. I’m all grown up now and I may not care about Bugs Bunny any longer and I might have gotten over basketball when Michael Jordon retired (I loved Chicago Bulls & I even had a backpack at one point!), but if this movie is on, I’ll sit in front of the TV and watch it. The sex appeal for Lola Bunny was inappropriately amped up though.

9. Days of Thunder (Auto Racing)

There is no need to talk about Tom Cruise’s acting chops. I watched this movie and liked it.ย 

10. Hawaa Hawaai (Skating)

When Bollywood gets it right, the movie never features a big name star like say, Shah Rukh Khan or erm, Aamir Khan. Nevertheless, this cast was superb and they pulled their roles off flawlessly. Inspiring film and it’s family-oriented. I’ve always admired skaters (ice skaters included) and I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

THURSDAY TEN: Favorite Bollywood Actors

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A kaleidoscope of color and entertainment, Bollywood just keeps on giving. I fell in love with Bollywood when I was a child and Shah Rukh Khan was the main reason after I saw him in “Baazigar”. Over the years, Iโ€™ve come to enjoy many B-Wood movies, but lately, Iโ€™ve been falling out of love with their movies. Iโ€™ll still watch a few of their movies from time to time especially if these actors are involved:

1. Akshay Kumar

Unfairly underrated! This man can act himself out of a paper bag, yet he does not get the credit he deserves. My dream pairing for him was alongside Tom Cruise, but this is highly unlikely to happen. He is quite funny, but when itโ€™s time to get serious, best believe he is serious!

Faves: Housefull franchise, Desi Boyz, Patiala House, Welcome

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2. Shah Rukh Khan

Weโ€™re not going to discuss the man who made me come to love Bollywood. However, watching him back then in “Darr” and now in “Raees”, I can safely say that he has grown movie to movie. He used to be called the Tom Cruise of Bollywood, but I disagree. There is only one TC just as there is only one SRK. Both actors won me over by giving their all to their characters even when the film is mediocre. Besides, if it boils down to TC and SRK, itโ€™s a no-brainer who I am going to choose. ๐Ÿ™‚

Faves: Too many to name! Happy New Year, Dilwale, RaOne, My Name Is Khan, Chalte Chalte (my overall fave SRK movie).

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3. Riteish Deshmukh

Riteish is so darn cute! He mostly provides the comic relief in his films and while he is no Jim Carrey, he can certainly hold his own. I’ll like to see him take better roles because he has somehow limited himself to a stereotypical role. Plus, the man can sing!

Faves: Housefull franchise, Aladin, Heyy Babyy

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4. Deepika Padukone

This is Bae right here! She is my favorite B-Wood actress and she uses her eyes to communicate in such a way that one cannot help but take note. I first saw DP in Om Shanti Om and it was love at first sight. Although she was acting alongside a seasoned actor as SRK, she held her own quite well.

Faves: Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express, Baijairo Mastani, Piku

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5. Alia Bhatt

Girl can teach you a thing or two about acting, but she needs to start taking better roles because I tend to find her annoying most of the time during dialogue delivery. “Kapoor & Sons” is a case in point. I also disliked the movie. It was too long, too drawn out, and boring. However, I think Alia has shown that she has what it takes to shine on the big screen.

Faves: Dear Zindagi, Student of the Year

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6. Anushka Sharma

Sheโ€™s a darling. When I first saw her in “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” (her debut film), I was blown away by her acting. This was the first time that Shah Rukh Khan had to work hard for me to keep my attention on him. She was back with SRK in “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”, but she was not the love interest this time. Yet, she still commanded attention and stole the show from the lead woman, Katrina Kaif. She and SRK gets on like a house on fire, that I am not surprised that theyโ€™re doing another movie together.

Faves: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, PK, Patiala House

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7. Saif Ali Khan

Although he often gets fluke for it, his accent is everything. I can listen to him talk all day long. *sighs* Where do I get one of him? Saif did a wicked job in “Ta Ra Rum Pum”, but when I saw him with Deepika in “Love Aaj Kal”, my shipping dream was complete! Two sexy accents for the price of one? Yes, Maโ€™am! โค Saif is nicknamed the Tom Cruise of Bollywood, not for his acting, but for his sense of style… [okay, maybe he does remind me of TC to a certain degree too and Saif is incredibly fashionable.] After I watch Tom Cruise’s film catalog, I’m going to watch Saif’s.

Faves: Happy Ending, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Love Aaj Kal, Race 2, Agent Vinod

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8. Johnny Lever

Lever is Bollywood’s best and lovable comedian. He leaves you in splits. I mostly see him alongside Shah Rukh and that’s enough for me.

Faves: Dilwale,ย Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Karan Arjun

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9. Hrithik Roshan

I came across Roshan in a movie with SRK, but I took notice of him in the Krrish movies and he can bust a move like no other.

Faves: Krrish, Dhoom 2, Kites

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10. Ranveer Singh

The future of Bollywood is here. Whether he is dancing or delivering dialogue, he commands attention and he gets it. And he’s highly energetic! I am trying to watch “Befikre” at the moment and his character is so much as Tom Cruise’sย in Magnolia… well, of what I’ve seen so far.

Faves: Baijairo Mastani

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Honorable mention

Tiger Shroff

Tiger. I am slowly falling for this manโ€™s acting because he reminds me of Tom Cruise in terms of doing his own stunts. He gets ribbed for his obvious good looks, but this Pretty Boy does not care. I happen to think that he is the best dancer in Bollywood at the moment.

Faves: A Flying Jatt

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Teaser Tuesday: A love poem

Teaser Tuesday:

Love has been in the air all morning! Well, for my characters and since I arrived at work earlier on, I’ve been itching to write a scene or two of their love story. Sitting here in my room now, I can finally get down to some lovey-dovey business!ย 

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Yass! Let it rain love!

At present, the story is called ‘No Boundaries‘ and it is about a deaf man finding love with the woman who lives in the apartment next to his. Clichรฉ, I know, but it’s beautiful. I don’t have a full blurb written as yet because I keep changing the story around and I usually write my blurbs/summary last anyway. So, we have Jai who is a deaf Indian man in his early thirties and his love interest is a bubbly woman who is full of life! She was born in Romania but has American citizenship. Jai’s family wants him to settle down with a nice Indian girl and his pushy sister decides to play matchmaker because she can’t get marry until he has. Jai and Diana (that’s the girl next door and I tend to automatically call most of my female leads ‘Diana’) are not even great friends when he asks her for a favor: pretend to be his girlfriend to get his sister off his back.

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I’ll share some of that conversation next Tuesday God’s willing if I am up to it. ๐Ÿ˜› Anywho, guess who was the inspiration behind Jai? No, not Tom Cruise, this guy…

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My sister made me watchย Raeesย recently and although I was pleased with Shah Rukh Khan’s acting in some parts of the movie, it didn’t move me. I remember watching him inย Dilwaleย and thinking, ‘What if SRK portrayed a character out of his element? Like a deaf one?’ย (Disclaimer: I haven’t seen every single movie of SRK’s, but if he has ever portrayed a deaf or mute character, please let me know).

Many people know that Nyle DiMarco is Bae, but he was not the inspiration for my deaf character. Nonetheless, take it away, Bae!

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Nothing stops Nyle from going after what he wants. It helps that he is extremely good-looking, but he is a go-getter.

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What’s the best thing about writing this story is the fact that I am learning sign language! And this is what I love about writing. When I start something new and I have to do the research, I have so much fun discovering things that I never know I am capable of doing. Oh, I had mentioned a bit of Jai and Diana’s story last year during a challenge here:ย Jai & Diana

Without more blah blah blah from me, this is the poem…

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Blue Sky Tag

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Maggieย recently did her second Blue Sky Tag challenge. Her blog is outstanding and I love seeing new posts of hers appear in my reader. I was one of the first three tagged when I said I was in, so let’s do this.

1. Favorite and least favorite kind of weather?

Whether it’s sunny or rainy, I can’t complain.

2. Movie you watched most recently?

Finally got around to watching Shah Rukh Khan inย Raees.ย The coolest thing in this movie was this car phone!ย 

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Where can I buy one? Tell me!

3. Favorite outfit?

A black skirt that I pair with almost everything. ๐Ÿ˜›

4. Best prank you’ve ever played on someone?

I don’t play pranks.

5. Worst prank someone’s ever played on you?

No one’s ever pranked me.

6. A few of your favorite songs?

Anything that comes out of Michael W. Smith’s mouth, “Heal the World” by Michael Jackson, “Ghost” by Depeche Mode and “I Want to Know What Love Is” the Tom Cruise version. He did an AMAZING job on this classic! I am an 80s baby and I approve of it.ย 

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7. Favorite snack food?

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8. Favorite quote/Bible verse?

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This is taken from Proverbs 18:10

9. Something you love to do?

Chill with the family, write, study the Bible and blog.

10. Favorite celebrities?

You don’t even have to ask. ๐Ÿ™‚

11. Two of your favorite blog posts?

I’m not too sure if this question is referring to blogs I follow or my blog, but here’s two which I did recently:

10 fun things about Aladdin

My verdict on The Mummy

This was fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

My questions (I’ll try my utmost best to make them fun!):

1. Have you ever danced in the rain?

2. Do you trust anyone with your life?

3. Your favorite ice cream flavor?

4. Favorite book in the Bible?

5. If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go and why?

6. Your all-time favorite book?

7. If you could live/work in any TV home/office, what would it be?

8. Cake or pie?

9. Your favorite day of the week?

10. A product that you love so much that you’d happily be the company’s spokesperson?

11. What would you name your boat if you had one?

I consider this open. If you’re interested in doing this tag, feel free to do so and say that I tagged you. Thank you for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Oui! Tom Cruise will run in Paris!

Maybe he’ll climb the Eiffel Tower and jump off it. Maybe he’ll tackle the Arc de Triomphe or the famous Louvre or the Notre Dame… whatever! Tom Cruise would be shooting scenes forย MI6ย in Paris and they should get him to run along the Champs-ร‰lysรฉes. The Latin Quarter would make a great shot too.

The sixth and perhaps final installment of theย Mission Impossibleย franchise would see Tom Crusie and company globetrot a bit with Paris, London, New Zealand, and India on the itinerary. Unfortunately, Jeremy Renner won’t be back because his dates are clashing withย Avengers: Infinity War,ย something I don’t care for, but I’ll miss his presence. He was funny and the voice of reason.

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India is another destination I am excited for. I think Cruise and McQuarrie should consider asking Shah Rukh Khan to make an appearance to give it a sultrier appeal or Ranveer Singh seeing that he is Bollywood’s future heir or even Hrithik Roshan so he can learn how to perform betterย action stunts from the world’s greatest action star.ย 

STUNTING

Tom Cruise made stunt history inย Rogue Nationย for hanging off a plane and holding his breath under water for 6 minutes and I remember thinking that he isn’t going to top that, but McQuarrie recently revealed that the actor has spent the past year training for a singleย MI6ย stunt. Is he going to finally fly without restraint? Kidding. Kidding! Hmmm… I wonder if it involves the Eiffel Tower or the Big Ben or maybe the Taj Mahal?ย 

MI6ย starts shooting in April and already has a release date for July 27, 2018.

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