Toy Story 3

Saw Toy Story 3 today. Overall, great movie. I had moderate expectations and as usual Pixar got the formula right for Toy Story. Good creative story line, humor, a little bit of action, emotional, and visually stunning. Lots of feel good moments and you don’t have to be a kid to appreciate the movie. Definitely a must see this summer. I saw it in a regular theater cause 3D was sold out. I will probably go see it again in 3D.

Great music with great memories

This song by Marcel Khalife is one of my all time favorite songs. Its soothing with great relaxing rhythm and amazing lyrics (the lyrics is actually a poem written by Mahmoud Darwish). My friends used to make fun of my voice singing it. I once recorded myself and found out how much I butchered the song.

The second song is also by Marcel. Its called Ummi which means “My Mother”. Here is the lyrics for it:

Marcel Khalifa – To My Mother

I long for my mother’s bread
And my mother’s coffee
And my mother’s touch…
My childhood grows within me
Day after day
I love my life because
If I died,
I would be embarassed by my mother’s tears

Take me, if i return one day
As a scarf for your lashes
And cover my bones with grass
Baptized by the purity of your heel
Tie me up
With a lock of hair
With a thread that points to the tail of your dress
Perhaps I will become a god
A god I would become
If I felt the bottom of your heart
Put me, if I return
As feul to light your fire
And a washline on your house’s roof
Because I’ve lost my strength to stand
Without the prayer of your day
I’ve grown old… return the stars of childhood
So I can share with the sparrow chicks
The way back
To the nest of your waiting

مارسيل خليفة – إلى أمي

أحنُّ إلى خبز أُمي
وقهوة أُمي
ولمسة أُمي..
وتكبرُ فيَّ الطفولةُ
يومًا على صدر يومِ
وأعشَقُ عمرِي لأني
إذا مُتُّ،
أخجل من دمع أُمي!

خذيني، إذا عدتُ يومًا
وشاحًا لهُدْبِكْ
وغطّي عظامي بعشب
تعمَّد من طهر كعبك
وشُدّي وثاقي ..
بخصلة شَعر ..
بخيطٍ يلوِّح في ذيل ثوبك ..
عساني أصيرُ إلهًا
إلهًا أصير ..
إذا ما لمستُ قرارة قلبك !
ضعيني، إذا ما رجعتُ
وقودًا بتنور ناركْ ..
وحبل غسيل على سطح دارك
لأني فقدتُ الوقوفَ
بدون صلاة نهارك
هَرِمْتُ، فردّي نجوم الطفولة
حتى أُشارك
صغار العصافير
درب الرجوع ..
لعُش انتظارِك

Assassin’s Creed II Lineage & new Dev Diaries

Ubisoft released a number of episodes supporting the launch of Assassin’s Creed 2 called the Lineage series. These films are intended to “focus on the story of Ezio’s father, Giovanni Auditore da Firenze” and delve into the history of “the Assassin’s Creed 2 storyline and characters”. Here is the complete video file of the Lineage series.

A while ago, I posted the first 3 videos on Assassin’s Creed 2 Dev Diaries here. Here are the rest of the Dev Diaries.

Some games to look out for

Uncharted 2 (PS3)

God of War 3 (PS3)

Heavy Rain (PS3)

Assassin’s Creed 2 (PS3, Xbox360, PC)

Lost Planet 2 (PS3, Xbox360, PC)

Bioshock 2 (PS3, Xbox360, PC)

Crysis 2 (PS3, Xbox360, PC)

Bayonetta (PS3, Xbox360, PC)

Splinter Cell Conviction (PS3, Xbox360, PC)