Last month ended with an explosion that was Avengers: Infinity War. What was supposed to be the biggest Marvel movie became the biggest film in history. It had the highest opening for any film in both domestic (US) and worldwide markets. Avengers: Infinity War also became the film to have the biggest opening this year in India. May has many Hollywood releases that might end up giving it tough competition. Here are five Hollywood movies that you should watch in May.
Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation film Isle of Dogs has already earned a lot of praise from critics. The film has been praised for its humour, animation and story. Isle of Dogs has a 90% rating at Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus being, “The beautifully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director’s most winsomely charming stories.” It will release on May 4.
Charlize Theron returns in comedy film Tully directed by Jason Reitman. The film also stars Mackenzie Davis and Mark Duplass. Tully premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year and has received positive reviews with a 93% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The synopsis reads, “A new comedy from Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”) and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”). Marlo (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis).” Tully will also release on May 4.
Margot Robbie has quickly established herself as one of the best young actors of Hollywood. She has to her credit some challenging roles like Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad and Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. In Terminal, she is playing the role of a mysterious woman. The film is a thriller and has a fine cast with names like Simon Pegg and Max Irons (son of Jeremy Irons). Directed by Vaughn Stein, Terminal will release on May 11.
Everyone’s favourite foul-mouthed anti-hero will be back sooner than you think. True to the spirit of the original, both Deadpool 2 trailers have mocked everyone from Superman’s moustache in Justice League to Thanos. And the film as well. All the original characters return, and there are a hell lot of new additions, including a new villain in Josh Brolin’s Cable. There is also a certain X-Force with members like Domino, Teenage Warhead, and others. Deadpool 2 will release on May 18.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars Story will tell us about Han Solo before he met Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa in the original Star Wars. While Alden Ehrenreich essays the main role, Donald Glover plays the role of Lando Calrissian. The movie also stars Emilia Clarke and Woody. Joonas Suotamo is playing the role of Chewbacca. Solo: A Star Wars Story will release on May 25.
Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900
Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.
The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.
The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.
“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.
Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.
As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.
Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.
“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.
Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.
The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.
Novel device can quickly detect strokes
Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.
A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.
Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.
The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.
“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.
Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”
The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.
“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.
“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.
Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.
Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton
Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.
Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.
“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.
Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.
She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.