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Pixar 2018 Short Film ‘Bao’ — Available On YouTube For A Month; Do Not Miss.

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I wanted to make sure that YOU did not miss this given its 1-month window on YouTube.

Quintessential Pixar — cute, clever and touching. Goes without saying that it is brilliantly rendered.

Pixar and I go back a longtime, maybe 22-years. I, thanks to a friend who was a financial advisor, was an EARLY investor in Pixar. {Smile} Pixar always makes me smile.

Interesting story. Makes YOU THINK — and in my book that is always a good thing.

So, don’t miss out. Give it a spin. Just over 7-minutes. Make time. Enjoy.

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‘Hidden Figures’ — The Movie: Incredibly Uplifting, Still SO Topical That All Americans Should Watch It.

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This was indeed quite the movie. Extremely uplifting and inspiring. A GREAT MOVIE for toady. Shows you that there is still HOPE.

Saw it at the Concord (NH) ‘Regal 10‘. Had seen the trailer for it a few weeks back when we went to see ‘SING‘.

So glad that we went to see it.

Quite a few personal touches for I. Yes, there was a lot of IBM (including punched cards) that was from my era and which I could relate to THOUGH I think they portrayed IBM poorly and unfairly. IBM, in those days, even more than now, were ultra diligent about new system installations. There would have been site surveys on top of site surveys. No they would never be hampered by a door that was too small to permit the computer to be wheeled in. And then they had FORTRAN.

I knew two mathematicians who worked for NASA for the Apollo program — both were men, though one was black. He (the black one), who taught me physics in Paris 1968 – 1969, was the one that got me into computers! And they showed Yuri Gagarin — and I was very fortunate to have met him, in 1961, when he visited Ceylon. I was 7-years old.

Great movie. I wish all Americans could see it. It should be shown in schools.

I am so glad I got to see it. I will watch it again when it is available online.


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‘Sing’ The Animated Musical Is Very Entertaining, Great Songs & Quite The Yarn.

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singWe saw “Sing”, at the ‘Regal 10, in Concord (New Hampshire), on Monday.

We had seen the trailers many times on TV and it looked like our type of show. And it was.

It was very good. I would watch it again and I only watch the very BEST of animated movies more than once.

The songs, and the soundtrack, even IF I leave dear Cat Stevens aside, was memorable. The sound was rich, clear and powerful.

Decent animation BUT not up to the recent exalted standards set by Pixar or Dreamworks. The resolution and texture of the furs and skins was what we used to see routinely 5 years ago. But, nonetheless still decent and very watchable.

Good family movie, sans caveats. Highly recommended.


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‘Finding Dory’ (3D) — Splendid, Touching Kid’s Movie.

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Disney • PIXAR know the formula and were unlikely to get it wrong. A splendid kid’s animation. Just as it is meant to be. Well crafted story with neat twists and turns and a lovable cast of characters, especially ‘Hank‘ the octopus (or septapus, given he lost a tentacle). Cute, touching and heartwarming. Just when you think you have the ending worked out they throw in a neat, ingenious twist. Slightly educational too — kids are unlikely to forget that octopi have 3 hearts. Lots of positive messaging for kids about aspirations, goals, coping with limitations etc.

The 3D was muted. Nothing dramatic for the sake of showcasing the 3D. But the 3D adds to the presence and texture of the characters. The bulging of Dory’s eyes would not be the same outside of 3D.

Not sure whether it was as good as “Finding Nemo” — but “Nemo”, 13 year ago, was groundbreaking on so many fronts. In the intervening years we have become attuned to the technological and storytelling magic. That it is essentially a sequel to “Nemo” is neat.


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Piper” the de rigueur 6 minute PIXAR ‘technology preview’ short that accompanies “Dory” is also incredibly cute. As always stunningly showcases PIXAR’s technological mastery.

Full Disclosure: I am a Disney shareholder and owned PIXAR for a very long time before it was acquired by Disney.

P.S., We saw it at the Concord, N.H. “Regal Cinema“, 7:10pm show. Other than us there were just 5 others in the theatre. 


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“Hotel Transylvania 2” — Très Bien, What A Kid’s Cartoon Is Supposed To Be.

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Teischan (9) loved the first ‘Hotel Transylvania‘. She had been asking for a while whether we could go and see the second one. Yesterday I was able to fulfill her wish. We saw it at the ‘Regal Concord 10’ in Concord, N.H.

It was good. Very good — but I knew it would be. Uncomplicated, unadulterated entertainment — which is what these movies are supposed to be.

The quality and rendering, though very good, was not as good as Disney/Pixar (and as a Disney (and Pixar) shareholder I have to say that) and the dialogue lacked the inevitable Disney adult innuendo. But it was fast paced, amusing and cute. Kids loved it and to me that is all that matters.

It was not in 3D. We made the 4pm show, which is, in theory, a matinee. But it still cost, just for the 3 tickets, close to $32. That can get expensive.

But definitely all thumbs up. Go take the kids. They will love it.

Reminded me of “Grand Budapest Hotel”.


Disney/Pixar “Inside Out” A Tad Too SAD To Be A Good Kids Movie?

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Went to see this, with the kids (9 & 14), yesterday, in Concord, N.H. When we saw “Jurassic World” on Father’s Day both Teischan (9) and Deanna said they wanted to see “Inside Out“.

It is indeed, in every sense of the word, a very cerebral movie! A movie for thinking kids? That could be an oxymoron. As one approaching 62, who has been fascinated by the workings of the brain for over 40 years, I quite liked this movie. But I am NOT a kid. And that is the crux of the issue.

It is a movie that tries to explain how your emotions work and interact. It is very clever. Some of the cleverness, as is so often the case with kid’s movies, would be totally lost on the kids. E.g., they kept on repeating ‘deja vue’ in one scene. Very clever. Very profound. No way kids would get it let alone appreciate the beauty.

DEFINITELY NOT a movie for young kids. Teischan would not comment on it, though I asked her a number of times, until this morning. Then she, Deanna and Devanee (14) ALL said that it was a SAD movie. That is sad. I am a Disney shareholder (and owned Pixar shares when they first came out c. 1998).

This is a deep movie. It sets out to educate and in a way you can think of it as a dumbed down ‘Basics of Psychology‘ for kids. But kids who are taken to see it, who are expecting to see a ‘Frozen‘, are going to feel cheated and SAD. Not good. My honest advice is not to take young kids, i.e., under 13, to see this. They probably will not thank you.

As an adult, big into the brain, I KNOW that it was a worthwhile movie to make. Some of the metaphors and analogies were a bit flawed and they sometimes took a lot of poeinsideout_ff1tic license, as with the ‘train of thought’, but a lot of thought went into this movie.

It is probably best watched, for free, a few months later, on Amazon Prime — where you can opt to stop watching it without feeling guilty. 

They are trying to tie it in with ‘UP’. It is not UP. Up was poignant, funny much of the time and inspiring. ‘Inside Out’ not so much.

OK? Hope this helped.


Apple (APPL) The Only Plausible Conspiracy Theory. Steve Wanted Cook To Fail. He Has. QED.

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SteveghostI am not obsessing about APPL unlike some. I am still quids in, and after the roller coaster rides I have had in the market, I am very sanguine about stocks going up and down. This is mere bagatelle. Plus, given that I have finally come to the realization that I will never be rich, I kind of ride with the punches, and I get punched a lot. Plus, the market on the whole, is doing great. Thank YOU, Mr. President.

Tim Cook per his usual, happy, upbeat look.

Given that I listen to CNBC/MSNBC while having my protracted morning cup of coffee, in bed, and then CNBC while I am doing my daily ablutions, I have heard a fair amount of commentary about APPL and the reprobate Cook who appears to be cooking the books. Mad Jim Cramer agrees with me. There was SO MUCH AAPL could have done, on the call, on Wednesday, to prevent the blood bath. They didn’t. They have abrogated their fiduciary responsibility. Mark my word, mark this day. There will be class action suits about this. No, I don’t have the money and no longer the contacts to make that happen. But, I am sure there are others that realize that this was a dot.com era heist.

But, then it came to me in a ‘Road to Damascus’ flash. Yes, of course. Corny Cook is supposed to fail. Steve Jobs’ wanted him to fail.

Steve never recovered from the John Sculley debacle. It scarred him for life, and he was easily scarred, though he hid them well.

He wanted his legacy to shine. Wanted people to say: ‘This would never have happened with Steve‘.

And people are saying that.

Steve, the genius he was, carefully picked Cook knowing that he was, at heart, a duffer and would fail, spectacularly.

He has. Steve, yet again, was RIGHT. Thanks Steve.

I No Longer Trust APPLE (AAPL). Yesterday’s Results Were Rigged. Management Trying To Drive Stock Price Down!

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Apple and I go back a long time, and we have had, even by my weird standards a very strange relationship.

I have owned AAPL, in various amounts, since 2007 — when my then 83-year old neighbor, who alas died a few weeks later, put the notion in my head that I should buy AAPL when he told me: ‘I told my granddaughter to buy even 1 share of Apple if she could’! He, an ex-FAA airport inspector, was a very shrewd and canny man. It was February 2007, it was cold, there was snow on the ground, and he had come to visit me in his new motorized chair. He was a riot.

So, I really can’t complain about AAPL. In 2007 I bought it for less than $100. Plus, over the years I have played a lot of options on it.

But, we don’t have any Apple products. In 1998, I had 8 Macs in the house and I was a huge proponent of Apple and hated Windows. But, because of some seminars I was doing, where I had to use Windows PowerPoint, I was forced to get a PC. I had stopped using PCs about 5 years ago. Within 18 months I didn’t have a single Mac. I had gone all Windows. I got the kids Google Android Nexus 7s.

I also used to own Pixar shares. I actually bought Pixar shortly after its IPO on the recommendation of an analyst — who used to call me up for my take on networking companies. She was quite good. She pushed IBM when it was way down … like AAPL was. In those early days PIXAR was ‘cute’. They would send shareholders all sorts of goodies, Pixar posters in the main. Nice touch. I had Pixar stock when Disney bought them.

So, I am no stranger to AAPL or Steve Jobs. Plus having worked for public companies and having been a consultant to many during the dot.com boom (and bust), I do know a bit about company results and the games you can play with them. Essentially you always have a ‘drawer’ from which you could pull stuff or into which you slid stuff that you could pull out at a later stage. Plus AAPL has $150 per SHARE in Cash!

They rigged yesterday’s results! Plain and simple. They wanted a $50 drop in the share price. That was very obvious. Yes, I watched the results come out on CNBC at 4:30. They could have stopped the bleeding at a stroke. All they had to mention was that they were raising the dividend, which they should or that they were going to buy back shares. Nothing. They wanted the stock price down. They want it at $450, if not $400.

Steve Cook does NOT, obviously and of course, have the pride, empathy and relationship that Steve had with his company. Steve Cook was just an employee and will always be an employee. He really doesn’t care about the company like Steve did; but nobody could. Plus, he is, as all knew, not a patch on Jobs. I really don’t think he was ever up to the job, in the same way that Sculley was out of his depth when at AAPL.

My son, the new stock wizard doing very well (e.g. buying Google before the results), called around 8:30 pm to discuss the results. This is what I told him.

Unless you have had the ‘joy’ of owning company issued stock options you don’t understand the importance of NEEDING stock prices to fluctuate widely.

Apple management, from top to bottom, new stock options assigned on a regular basis. When you are due for a new batch, you want the stock price down, way down — because the option price will then be set per this low price. Then you want it to go up. The money you make is on that delta. I am convinced that they are cooking the books because of some stock option deal. Remember even Steve Jobs was accused of manipulating his stock options. So to me this is a simple case of the management abrogating their fiduciary responsibility to the stock holders to pad their own wallets.

I am not going to sell my AAPL share right now. I will sell when the panic is over. Yes, I did sell some a few months ago at $640. I should have listened to my son and sold at $720.

So, this is me giving you a heads up. Be very careful, very careful with AAPL. The management is out to screw the shareholders.

Plus here is what I envision. All things Apple, starting with an ‘i’ will go the same way as the Mac. Yes, yes, I know that Macs are doing ‘well’, but that well is relative. I think Android, Samsung and Google will be having apple for lunch in 2013 and spitting out the core.

The BEST thing that can happen to Apple. Google buying them out!

Don’t Waste Your Money On Disney ‘Brave’ In 3D – If You Have To See It Skip The 3D. Movie Way Too Dark In All Respects.

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We just got back from seeing ‘Brave in Disney Digital 3D‘ in Hooksett. We were all highly disappointed. By far the WORST animated movie of recent times!

After having seen ‘Puss in Boots‘ in IMAX 3D we have been hooked on 3D — IMAX whenever possible. We saw ‘Tintin’ and ‘Lorax’ in 3D. They were all outstanding. The 3D was breathtaking and the colors were exquisite.

95% of Brave is set in DARKNESS — night scenes, inside a dark castle at night, and within an even darker cottage. 3D doesn’t work when there isn’t enough light for contrast! Disney knew that. Pixar knows that. This was a disgrace.

So this is what most of the movie looked like — in 3D, and I kid you not. My wife spent much of the movie taking off her glasses to make sure that it wasn’t the glasses that was making the picture dark (and yes, polarization does make the picture about 10% darker).

Scotland as seen in Disney’s Brave Digital 3D. Trust me. You are paying to watch pitch black in 3D.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am a great fan of Pixar. I owned Pixar stock when it first went public c. 1995. We have all 3 Toy Stories. I also am a huge admirer of Steve Jobs.

This was the worst digital animation we have seen in 5 years — at least. Nothing stood out. There was no ultra realistic furs, skin, textures or anything else. Just lots of blackness.

So don’t waste your money on 3D. If the kids must see it tell them no 3D on this one. I am kicking myself that we didn’t see Madagascar 3 instead. We will go see that, in 3D, soon.

Hope this helps. Cheers, Anura

P.S., The story line wasn’t that great either. As connoisseurs of Scottish music (oh, and I am an adopted Scot) we can confirm that the music was lame. This really was a missed opportunity. Disney bombed.