John Carter

Directed by Jim Morris, I have recently watched this Thrilling adaptation based on the exciting series of Barsoom novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It stars Taylor Kitch as a former confederate captain named John Carter who gets captured by the US Army during the American Civil war and after eventually managing to escape he hides out in a mysterious cave with strange spider-like markings etched on the walls and finds himself inexplicably transported to the planet of Barsoom (Mars).

Far from being the dead planet he imagined, he discovers that it is inhabited by many different beings, including the barbaric Tharks who capture him and take him prisoner, however he manages to gain there respect by clobbering a few of them and makes a friend in one of them Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe). Who asks his rebellious daughter Sola and her pet Woolla to guard him, he tries to escape from the Tharks, However they recapture him but are interrupted by an aeriel battle between the neighbouring forces of Zodanga and Helium and John manages save one of the passengers from the Helium Vessel, who turns out to be the Princess of Helium, Deja Thoris (Lynn Collins) who tells him that the various beings on the planet are at war with each other and she is due to marry the war mongering Sab Than (Dominic West)from the neighbouring city of Zodanga in an effort to save the city of Helium from destruction (and she is not happy about it at all).

To bring an end to the conflict John, Deja, Sola and Woolla decide to undertake a hazardous journey up the sacred River Iss to see if they can find answers and u. However this is fraught with danger and they soon find themselves under attack from the vicious Warhoons led by Mattai Shan (Mark Strong) and are taken to Zodanga, however Deja’s right hand man Kantos Kan (James Purefoy) tries to rescue him, Unfortunately this does not go well and fairly soon John and Tars Tarkas end up in the brutal hands of vile Thark warlord Tal Hajus and are forced to fight the vicious white apes in the arena. John and Tars Tarkas must try to escape the arena and Unite the forces of Thark and Helium against Zodanga and stop the evil schemes of Mattai Shan and Sab Than once and for all in order to bring peace to the planet…

Tribute to Ernest Hemingway

American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway was born July 21, 1899. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of these are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms. In 1922, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s “Lost Generation” expatriate community. The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway’s first novel, was published in 1926.

After his 1927 divorce from Hadley Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer. They divorced after he returned from the Spanish Civil War where he had acted as a journalist, and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls. Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940. They separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II; during which he was present at the Normandy Landings and liberation of Paris.

Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea in 1952, Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain or ill-health for much of the rest of his life. Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the 1930s and 1940s, but in 1959 he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide on July 2, 1961.

Faith No More

Jim Martin, the Splendidly hirsute guitarist with American rock band Faith No More was Born 21st July 1961. Faith No More hail from San Francisco, California, and were regarded as one of the most influential metal/rock bands of the late 80s and early 90s, and credited for inventing alternative metal and as an influence on nu metal.It was formed originally as Faith No Man in 1981 by bassist Billy Gould, keyboardist Wade Worthington, vocalist M Morris, and drummer Mike Bordin.A year later when Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, who along with Gould and Bordin, formed Faith No More. After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love, the band was joined by Chuck Mosley in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen.

Faith No More underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, We Care a Lot, in 1985. Within a year the band signed up withSlash Records, and in 1987 their second album Introduce Yourself was released. Membership remained stable until vocalist Mosley was replaced by Mike Patton in 1988. In 1989, the band released their highly successful album, The Real Thing, which featured the songs“Epic,  Falling To PiecesFrom Out of Nowhere and Small Victory

The band’s next album, 1992’s Angel Dust, was also highly successful and spawned the hit   Midlife Crisis, , which became their sole #1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in their career. Angel Dust is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums of the 90’s. Faith No More however declined in popularity in the subsequent years. Longtime guitarist Jim Martin left the group in 1994 and was replaced by Mr. Bungleguitarist Trey Spruance. After the release of their next album, 1995’s King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime, Spruance was replaced briefly by Dean Menta, who would eventually be replaced by their current guitarist Jon Hudson. After releasing one more album, Album of the Year, in 1997, Faith No More broke up in April 1998, and all members began work on side projects.

On February 24, 2009, Faith No More announced that they would be reforming for a European tour with the same lineup at the time of their breakup.In June 2009, they performed together for the first time in eleven years at the Brixton Academy in London, United Kingdom, as part of their The Second Coming Tour. Throughout 2010, the band continued to perform at multiple live venues. In September 2010, the band announced that the reunion tour would come to an end in December and plans for a new album had been scrapped, although bassist Billy Gould has said recently that the band might continue. Faith No More returned again in November 14th 2011 at the SWU Music and Arts Festival, in the Brazilian city of Paulínia, as well on three other dates. Trey Spruance joined the band onstage for the very first time to perform the King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime album in its entirety in Santiago, Chile in November 2011