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Love Actually is….

Christmas time means Love Actually to me. So it is only befitting that I dedicate a blog to this beautiful movie. Love Actually is the only successful movie of its kind with a huge ensemble cast containing already famous names and some who would make it big in the later years. I have never seen a movie of its scale that was so well executed.

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The Walking Dead: What Went Wrong!

I binged The Walking Dead this November and caught up to the current season and episode. It has been one hell of a roller coaster ride and like all such rides it always ends by going downhill. Unfortunately, The Walking Dead has added its name to the list of all such great shows which, after seasons 4 or 5, were beyond recognition due to its bad writing. Such shows include Game of Thrones.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Halloween Binge

I really liked this movie. It is a powerhouse of entertainment and it has converted me into a Tim Curry fan.

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Coraline (2009): Halloween Binge

Coraline is not only a creative masterpiece but also a wonderful movie in the entirety. Coraline takes our imagination and fear for a roller coaster ride.

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Split (2016): Halloween Binge

This M. Night Shyamalam movie starring James McAvoy will send a chill down your spine but will fail to hit the right parts of our scary bones.

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Shawshank Redemption (1994): My Favourite Movie #4

Based on the novella by Stephen King, Shawshank Redemption tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who is convicted for the alleged murder of his wife who was cheating on him. Although he is innocent, he is sentenced for life in Shawshank.

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The Best Assassin’s Creed Game: A Countdown.

Assassin’s Creed has been an important part of my childhood. It is my favourite game since it feeds my curiosity regarding history. The key feature of this open world game is the accurate depiction of art, architecture and places during the time period in which it is set. It is a highly interactive game, letting the players to live in history itself. With the help of a contraption called the Animus the subjects could explore the memories of their ancestors, which is embedded in their DNA. It enables us to explore in great details, the world centuries ago. Not many people can boast about being enemies with the Borgia or being buddies with Lorenzo Medici.

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Top 20 Stranger Things Moments

This 27th of October we will take our annual trip to Hawkins, Indiana and fight the Demogorgon with the boys and El. Also we will slip in and out of the upside down. But before we embark on this journey, we need a quick recap of the past events. So here are my picks for the top 20 Stranger Things moments.

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Pitch Perfect: Review

Pitch Perfect. Aaaaand.....I wasn’t disappointed. I am glad I listened to her because this Anna Kendrick starrer got me grooving and singing along with Barden Bellas. And any movie getting you that involved got to be good.

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Halloween Binge: The Babadook (2014)

I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to the genre of horror. Horror, in my opinion, is a very subjective concept and the extent to which a movie horrifies or scandalises a person is completely up to what scares them. There are only a few movies that gave me the serious creeps, so that means… Continue reading Halloween Binge: The Babadook (2014)

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The Plot that was Promised: Varys

This blog focuses on the most mysterious character of ASOIAF. While by now we have understood the working of all the players we love or love to hate, Varys remains a mystery. Who is he? Who does he support? What does he plan? What will he do? Much like Martin's other mysteries, we can only guess. But then, the show came along and ruined him forever. Now, Varys is a shadow of his former self, and here's a blog both mourning his loss and ranting about the ruin.

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October Horror Movie Haul: Carrie (1976)

The beginning of Stephen King’s incomparable contribution to Hollywood and Brian De Palma’s direction, Carrie is a movie worth its fame. The story revolves around a heavily bullied high schooler named Carrie White. She is taunted and teased by other girls and has no peace at home where she has to face an obnoxiously fanatic mother. She gets her first period and having heard nothing of that from her mother, she freaks out in her school shower room and has to face humiliation before getting saved by her kind gym teacher. This is how hard life is for Carrie.

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October Horror Movie Haul: The Thing (1982)

Released in the same year as Poltergeist, John Carpenter’s The Thing is a really good alien flick. A group of researchers are in the middle of nowhere in Antarctica when they are apparently attacked by two Norwegian researchers. After eliminating the two who were hunting a dog, three American researchers went to explore the Norwegian base. There they found a grotesque and twisted thing which they bring in for research.

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October Horror Movie Haul: Poltergeist (1982)

I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to the genre of horror. Horror, in my opinion, is a very subjective concept and the extent to which a movie horrifies or scandalises a person is completely up to what scares them. There are only a few movies that gave me the serious creeps, so that means that I have encountered massive disappointments in this genre. The problem with horror is that most movies aim to terrify the audience as much as possible; so much so that it fails to focus on the storyline. The weak plotline is often a downer especially if the scare factor is lame as well. Recently, watching IT rekindled my urge to find such good examples of horror movies. So I decided to binge on some horror/thriller/ Halloween themed movies; and what better time to do it in than in October? Today we will discuss Poltergeist (1982).

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October Horror Movie Haul: Get Out (2017)

I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to the genre of horror. Horror, in my opinion, is a very subjective concept and the extent to which a movie horrifies or scandalises a person is completely up to what scares them. There are only a few movies that gave me the serious creeps, so that means that I have encountered massive disappointments in this genre. The problem with horror is that most movies aim to terrify the audience as much as possible; so much so that it fails to focus on the storyline. The weak plotline is often a downer especially if the scare factor is lame as well. Recently, watching IT rekindled my urge to find such good examples of horror movies. So I decided to binge on some horror/thriller/ Halloween themed movies; and what better time to do it in than in October? Today's movie is Get Out (2017).

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October Horror Movie Haul: Donnie Darko

I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to the genre of horror. Horror, in my opinion, is a very subjective concept and the extent to which a movie horrifies or scandalises a person is completely up to what scares them. There are only a few movies that gave me the serious creeps, so that means that I have encountered massive disappointments in this genre. The problem with horror is that most movies aim to terrify the audience as much as possible; so much so that it fails to focus on the storyline. The weak plotline is often a downer especially if the scare factor is lame as well. Recently, watching IT rekindled my urge to find such good examples of horror movies. So I decided to binge on some horror/thriller/ Halloween themed movies; and what better time to do it in than in October?

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Flipped: My Favourite Movie #3

A Rob Reiner movie, Flipped is a sweet teenage love story set in the 1950s. I first saw this movie in 11th grade on a friend’s suggestion. Then, I was going through a very difficult period and was struggling with depression. This movie saved my life. I loved it so much that watching it became a part of my daily routine. Every night I would watch this movie before going to bed, readying myself for another day and drowning out that day. So I would take this opportunity to thank Mr. Reiner for making this movie.

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Top 5 Dan Brown Books

Dan Brown is one of my favourites and one of the most popular authors of the 21st century. Dan Brown is specifically talented in weaving fiction with real life events and organisations. For me Dan Brown is my go to author to learn a lot about history and symbology within a book. I loved Brown’s books so much that I once aspired to be a symbologist myself. This year Dan Brown will take us on a trip to Spain and explore the cities of the beautiful country and delve deep into its history as Robert Langdon solves yet another mystery.

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The Godfather: My Favourite Movie #2

Today we will talk about arguably the best movie ever made by Hollywood or any damn wood out there. The Godfather. This movie is one of a kind and ingenious. The Godfather is responsible in spinning a whole new generation of directors trying to make something as good as this. But no one has succeeded out topping The Godfather and no one will, at least in the near future. So today's pick is this timeless classic.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower: My Favourite Movie #1

The story is based on a book with the same title by Stephen Chbosky. This 2012 indie teen drama, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller is about a boy named Charlie (Lerman), who has just survived rehabilitation for clinical depression and is looking forward to going back to a normal life with the beginning of high school.

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My Top 10 Disney Pixar Movies

Pixar has given us tons of memorable movies. Some of us have grown with these movies. Today we will be counting down to my favourite Pixar movie.

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Moana Review

Moana is a gift from Disney, released in 2016. It was narrowly beaten by Zootopia for the Oscar but it took an equal place to Zootopia, in our heart. Moana is the story of a Polynesian girl named Moana, whose only dream is to sail the ocean. Her father, the chief of the village is anxiously protective of her daughter as he forebodes what lies across the reef. Moana is prohibited from going out into the ocean like the rest but she can’t help but sneak off.

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Robert Baratheon Vs Henry VII & Henry VIII

George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is heavily inspired by medieval history and the history of ancient Roman Empire. Previously I had drawn analogies of Aerys II Targaryen with the Roman Emperor Caligula and Wildfire with the Byzantine Greek Fire. Today we will draw parallels of Robert Baratheon with the lives of the kings of England: Henry VII and Henry VIII.

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IT Review

This much awaited adaptation of the Stephen King novel was released on 8th of September, 2017. The trailer had hiked up our expectation and all awaited anxiously to see whether the movie can do justice to the story.

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The Common Link Between IT and Harry Potter.

Heavy Spoilers and a Scary Clown Ahead. Reader Discretion Advised. I recently saw the movie IT which is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. Before I get on with the rest of the blog I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I am not a huge… Continue reading The Common Link Between IT and Harry Potter.

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Brave Enough to Die

Oft time when trying to assess our courage, one wonders, am I brave enough to die? We hear stories of those who gave their lives for what they believed in. The question isn’t whether you are brave enough to die, it is whether you are brave enough to rise above yourself?

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Captain Fantastic: Why everyone should watch it.

Captain Fantastic was this year’s favourite Oscar snub. Captain Fantastic is arguably my favourite 2016 movie for many reasons. This Viggo Mortensen starrer is about a father and his six kids, living off the grid but had to come in close contact with the world we live in, after his wife passes away. It is a sweet and subtle story with elements of a road trip movie and gives a very strong message about parenting and civilisation. I would highly recommend people to watch it; it will change your perspective on quite a certain things.

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Gentleman’s Agreement

Movies possess the power to sway us and change us. It can touch us at a very personal level and can resonate through our own life experiences. Cinema has and always will be a dominant part of our education, with or without our realisation. I had the privilege of seeing a marvellous example of such a movie when I saw Gentleman’s Agreement (1947). This Gregory Peck-Elia Kazan Oscar winner takes a stand on anti-Semitism at a time when the US was reeking of sectarianism (it still is and so is the whole world). The theme of the movie is consistent with the present issues concerning religion, race and basic intolerance.

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The Plot That Was Promised: Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger.

Dan Weiss and David Benioff gave us four wonderful seasons of the show, which is an adaptation of the book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire”. There were major plot differences but there is no adaptation in the world which is as good as the books; except perhaps The Godfather or To Kill a… Continue reading The Plot That Was Promised: Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger.

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Read A Book Day

Books have been an integral part of our lives for centuries. Ever since humans discovered the art of writing, there have existed books. So what are these coveted assortments of words? And why are they so important to us? There have been many definitions of what a book is. And these can be easily searched… Continue reading Read A Book Day

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What Could Have Been: Robb and Myrcella Betrothed

The betrothal of Joffrey and Sansa tops the list of mistakes that Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark made. Here's the second blog in the What Could Have Been series which explores the future of Westeros had another match replaced the one between Joffrey and Sansa or had been fixed alongside there's.

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The Plot that was Promised: Tyrion Lannister

Call me a book fanatic, but the arc that had been given to this wonderful character has been ruined beyond repair. The man who was once speculated to be the next King of Westeros has been reduced to nothing but a failure.

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The Plot That Was Promised: Dorne

Dan Weiss and David Benioff gave us four wonderful seasons of the show, which is an adaptation of the book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire”. There were major plot differences but there is no adaptation in the world which is as good as the books; except perhaps The Godfather or To Kill a… Continue reading The Plot That Was Promised: Dorne

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Understanding Rhaegar

Contrary to what was shown in the finale episode of Game of Thrones, Season 7, the Rhaegar that has been described in the books doesn't seem like the kind of man who would put everything aside for the sake of love. So, what was it that led the Prince of Dragonstone to elope with Lyanna Stark? Was it the obsession with a prophecy or was he not in control of his actions?

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The Plot That Was Promised: The Lannisters

Dan Weiss and David Benioff gave us four wonderful seasons of the show, which is an adaptation of the book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire”. There were major plot differences but there is no adaptation in the world which is as good as the books; except perhaps The Godfather or To Kill a… Continue reading The Plot That Was Promised: The Lannisters

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Dragons and Horns in the World of Ice and Fire

Horn of Joramun or the Horn of Winter has been a big part in the Song of Ice and Fire series. It's location and use has been an issue of debate for a really long time. But along with the Horn of Winter, there are two other important and mysterious horns that have been mentioned in the books which might make their way to the show, Horn of Dragon or the Dragonbinder and Horn of Kraken. So are these horns just myths? Or do they have a bigger purpose to serve in the war to come?

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Top 10 Harry Potter Tear Jerkers

Harry Potter has been an integral part of our childhood and teens. It has given us the many memorable moments, some joyous while others left us an emotional mess. This is a count down to the most tear jerking moments in the series of Harry Potter.

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Aggressive Nationalism

This topic is something everybody in this world could relate to. We have all met those aggressive nationalists who find it necessary to vehemently put forth their distorted notion of patriotism. An example would help me elucidate what I mean by distorted notion of patriotism.

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Where the Mind is Still in Fear

It doesn’t do justice to those who liberated this country if we look at all the physical factors troubling this nation. The problem runs deeper. The problem lies in the fact that the generation of today knows not what the price of freedom is. While we are free under the law, our society still remains a slave to its thoughts.

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Hindi Medium

It’s been 70 years since India was freed from the clutches of the two century long British “loot”. Yet these 70 years hasn’t been enough to cure the country of its colonial hangover. Before I get to my own experiences I would like to share two stories that I recently read, with regards to Indians and their obsession with the West and a general distaste for the indigenous.

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Eastwatch: Review (Spoilers)

Dragons and Lions, Wolves and Stags, all had their reunions this episode. While the haters of Daenerys Targaryen had a field day, the Stags found a reason keep believing in their House. But despite all that, did D&D deliver what they promise? Here's the review of the latest episode of Game of Thrones Season 7.

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The Heir

The one question that has always prevailed, regarding Game of Thrones, has been Jon's parentage. Jon Snow was presumed and widely known as Ned Stark's  bastard for the better half of the series. There has been teases before in the series and a baggage full of fan theories. There was nothing to solidify some of these theories until season 6 episode 10.

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Robert’s Curse 2.0

Remember the famous season 1 episode 1 of Game of Thrones? Where we were so scandalised by the beheadings and the White Walkers and Wights and especially the twincest followed by Bran's fall, that we totally overlook one major foreshadowing.  Robert's Curse!

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Look Up! there’s a world outside.

Today we have the world at our fingertips. The flow of information has sky rocketed and communication is at its peak and still growing. It is amazing how far technology has progressed that all we need to know or need to see can be seen through a small window in our palms! No need to go out or waste your time meeting people or having real interactions when you can do that via this technological marvel! No hassle of entertaining guests or listening to boring happenings of someone else’s life when you can project yours to the world, to hit a like button on.  Even Narcissus will shy away at that! Let us all stay cooped up in our four walls and train ourselves at being better at not walking the talk as we send out messages of friendship, seeing the world and carpe diem.

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The Image of ME

We all feel we know ourselves. Is that true? Are you sure that you are what you think you are? Think again, for there is also a balance between what you think of yourself and who you truly are. While the former is always wonderful by our standards, it is in our darkest moments that we face the latter. A you that is everything you hate.

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Boys Don’t Cry

Women rights issues go far and wide. The atrocities that they have faced at the hands of men and even their own gender at times is what drives them to continue the struggle to achieve equality. In the process, we forget one gender that has been ignored all this while. Someone who hasn’t cried for help yet but is being ruined since time immemorial.

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Freedom to LOVE

Our inability to permit the existence of love in all forms is what has led to an ostracized community, known as the LGBTQ+ Community, whose problems are entirely based on our opposition to Freedom of Love.

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Dragonstone: Review (SPOILERS)

The night of the premiere episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 finally arrived and I believe it is safe to say that this was the best premiere episode ever. I have to admit I was worried about how things will go for they have been a disappointment for 2 seasons now, but season 7 started off with a bang. Let's begin with a review of the premiere episode and its key elements.