Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Boondock Saints

The word 'Boondock' in The Boondock Saints stands for 'a rural area,' or  for country side and the word is derived from the Tagalog bundok mountain. First known use of the word was in 1930. I had to look this word up in the dictionary after watching the movie. The script writer and director of this movie, Troy Duffy, changed the name of his band (The Brood), to The Boondock Saints, after the purchase of this script.

Troy Duffy has written a very good movie and directed it equally well. It doesn't ever lose its grip on you and sometimes it's so sublime that you feel it's just magical. The soundtrack is outstanding throughout the movie. It's slightly lurid  but balanced by its comical content.

Performances  are exceptional and convincing. Willem Dafoe has done justice with his role by using his perfectly timed hilariously comical moves and the bit in which he dresses up like a girl using the wig reminds you of Norman Bates of Hitchcock.

The movie touches the issues like morality and Law and it's a religious movie in my opinion. The saints are portrayed as righteous killers of criminals in the crusade. What is the difference between morality and Law is moot point for debate but the movie keeps you hooked up all the time because of the way story has been narrated.  

Software Engineer is Best Job in America!

Are software professionals very happy about their job? Is their job best out of all? I spoke to some of them in India and found that it's not so. What makes it easy? Work environment? Not really. Work environment is like burning fire when there is work and something like killing boredom when there is no work and it's sheer unpredictability of the work load which makes it a very peculiar kind of job. It does save your mind from getting as much dust as some others don't, but on the other hand, hyperactivity and stress at the crunch times is enough to kill any healthy human being, if it continues for enough long.

In a recent survey by CareerCast, a company  in USA, software engineer is top ranked job overall. Factors taken into account were:

1. Stress.
2. Physical Demands.
3. Work Environment.
4. Income.
5. Hiring Outlook.

It's not surprising that job of news reporter is ranked lowest at 196, immdeiately before that of dairy farmer in the list of 200 jobs, because of very few really good opportunities as media is switching to electronics by an unprecedented rate.

Here you have an interesting article on this news.

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