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18
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Peter Parker”

A to Z Challenge: “P is for Pater Parker”

Introduced in the 1960s, Peter Parker was the first teenage superhero. Teenage vigilantes are usually brushed away and made sidekicks. Not Peter Parker who was made a superhero by way of a radioactive spider. Parker’s reason for becoming Spidey was the death of his Uncle Ben.

Who is Uncle Ben? Uncle Ben is one of the few characters who has not been resurrected since its inception. He also gave us the very famous dialogue, “With great power, there must also come great responsibility.” Uncle Ben’s death, in the comics, was because Spidey neglected to stop a burglar who later ends up killing Ben.

Peter’s love for Gwen Stacy is what eventually led to her death in The Amazing Spider-Man #121. In one of the most emotional scenes in comic books, Gwen Stacy dies when she is thrown from the top of a bridge by Goblin, and when Spidey uses his web to save her, her neck snaps.

And from there, he became one of my favourite superheroes. When fighting he always has hilarious comebacks and that is like one of his superpowers. And before the Gwen Stacy Event no super hero had failed so catastrophically in saving someone close to them. Also, I’d like to believe that the Spider-Man comics has been taking risks – most recently with Amazing Spider-Man #700 where Doc Ock takes over Parker’s body and his life, and attempts to be better.

But I’m glad that this week, Parker is back in his body and is back with his sass!

17
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Orphan Black”

A to Z Challenge: “O is for Orphan Black”

Last year I came across this show called Orphan Black which opened to a woman seeing another woman who looks exactly like her commit suicide by jumping in front of a train. In an instant decision, the first woman then decides to take over her life. And there begins her troubles.

Soon she, along with her  foster brother, discover that along with the woman there are many others who look like her. When I say they look like her, I mean that they are the exact same woman! There are  around 7 different characters in the same season and some times many in the same scene. Oh, they are all clones. They are somebody’s experiment.

I didn’t know anything about this show when I started watching this series. After  just a few episodes into it, it  soon became a really captivating show.  Tatiana Masalany is one brilliant actress and proves that a great cast often makes for a great show!

Her calibre is shown in the scenes where she is playing one clone trying to imitate another clone. For example, early on in the series Sarah pretends to be Beth and while being Beth, pretends to be Katja. In another scene her foster brother, Felix trains Alison (another clone) to be Sarah. There aren’t enough awards in the world to commend Tatiana’s superb acting skills.

Also, COSIMA IS THE HOTTEST AND THE BEST CLONE AND COSIPHINE IS OTP!

16
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Next to Normal”

A to Z Challenge: “N is for Next to Normal”

Next to Normal is a brilliant musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt which is about a woman, Diana, suffering from Bipolar-I Disorder with hallucinations and how it affects her family. Next to Normal, is also one of the best musicals to ever grace the broadway stage

The version I had seen was the off-broadway production featuring Alice Ripley as Diana, Brian D’Arcy James as Dan, Jennifer Damiano as Natalie and Kyle Dean Massey as Gabe. What makes the musical so amazing is that Yorkey and Kitt have portrayed the disorder very realistically and Alice Ripley portrays the character so brilliantly that you fall in love with her in the first few moments.

I absolutely love this musical and the songs and especially Alice Ripley for giving such a compelling performance. This not only deserved the Pulitzer prize that year, but also the Tony for best musical. There has never been a musical which has made me feel for the character like Next To Normal did and hence for me  one of the best musicals!

 

 

 

15
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Mamma Mia”

A to Z Challenge: “M is for Mamma Mia!”

I have a dream,
A song to sing,
To help me cope
With anything!

That’s the opening number of one of my all time favourite musicals, Mamma Mia! It is a musical based on the songs of one of the greatest bands ever, Abba. The movie adaptation stars Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Alexander Skarsgard and many more.

Besides the fact that Meryl Streep is in it, she sings too! And what a voice she has!

Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen and S.O.S are just some of the amazing songs used in this movie and sung by Meryl Streep (<3 <3 <3). When I’m bored, I always find my self watching this movie musical and singing along and dancing around the room while my parents think I’m cray-cray.  It’s such fun, joyous music.

Musicals are magical things, and jukebox Musicals with one of my favourite bands in the world starring one of the greatest people in the world make it one of the best ever made. Mamma Mia! is tied for first place in my Sick Movies List along with The Terminal.

Waterloo,
I was defeated you won the war

Waterloo,
Finally facing my waterloo

 

 

14
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Lord of The Rings”

A to Z Challenge: “L is for Lord of the Rings”

I remember, long ago, going into town here in Mumbai to watch Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring . I very clearly remember Gandalf fighting Balrog and the very famous, and often misquoted, Fly, you fools!
That was my very first introduction into Fantasy. Nothing comes close to being as awesome as LOTR, and nothing still is. Okay, maybe A Song of Ice and Fire comes close. Given that LOTR might be a tedious read, you’ve got to give it to Tolkien for creating a magical world with weird creatures that will be loved by the whole planet.
Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the book is one of the best book-to-movie adaptations ever. Each movie over three hours long, with almost all the details from the books in the movie is every fans dream.
I’ve never marathoned any movie series more than LOTR. Every battle scene is beautifully planned out, every piece of armour has a back story, every character devoted to the movie. We also got Andy Serkis’s Gollum. Gollum just happens to be my favourite fictional character. Other than the fact that I can imitate him rather well( even if I say so myself!) and I do go crazy when I see the one ring, he is a bloody amazing character. He is flawed, he is crazy, he is good and he is bad, he has been corrupted by the ring and he is amazing.
I must admit, I’ve read the book only once. And once was more than enough. But I’ve seen the movies at least ten times and every time I watch it, I am in awe of how amazing it is. This is what book adaptations aspire to be.

One ring to rule them all
One ring to find them
One ring to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them.

14
Apr

*Spoilers* Game of Thrones: “The Lion and the Rose” Review

*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Director:

Alex Graves

Writer:

George R. R. Martin

Review:

Ding-Dong the Bitch is dead!

Weddings in the Universe of Game of Thrones rarely end on a happy note, so I was happy to see this episode end with the scene from A Storm of Swords that I have been waiting for! Yes, it’s the wedding all fans of the books have been waiting for!

I’m glad the Martin himself wrote this episode because he was able to give us a more fitting end to that smug *insert large number of swear words*. This episode also gave us few moments of Bran and Stannis too, but unfortunately no Dany. She hasn’t done much since the premiere and I’m worried for her. 

Most of the episode was focused on the wedding and how everyone reacted to it. Basically, everyone was in a foul mood. None more than Tyrion, though. From the beginning of the episode, Tyrion has been humiliated by The King. When he presented Joff with the book, Joff massacred it with his new Valyrian Steel blade. Then during the wedding, he was again humiliated by being made the cupbearer and had wine poured upon him.  The episode ends with Joffery’s much awaited, much loved death (A complete and total d*** till the very end.) for which Tyrion is blamed.

The Lion and The Rose also gave us brief moments of Bran, where he touches the heart tree. Then we go to Dragonstone to meet Mellisadre and Stannis where we see some more people burning alive and then some nice dinnertime conversation. And finally we also see Theon (or shall I call him Reek?) who has been tamed by the Bastard of Bolton. Ramsay just loves torturing and hurting and flaying people. 

I found this episode to be amazing, and as I’ve mentioned, i’ve been waiting for this for a very long time. I also really liked the rendition of The Rains of Castamere in this episode and the Jamie and Bronn scene. But the Bran scene seemed a little too dull; I wish there had been a little more content to it. The episode was amazing, especially the last fifteen minutes!

 

Oh and just one more time: DING DONG THE BITCH IS DEAD!

I’ll leave you with this beautiful image:

Final Verdict:

9/10

 

And here’s the preview for the next episode:

11
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Joss Whedon”

A to Z Challenge: “J is for Joss Whedon”

Joss Whedon is perhaps one of the greatest directors and writers of our generation. Strangely whatever he created for TV, is most likely to be cancelled. Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are just some of the shows he has created. You know what is common to all of them? THEY ARE ALL AWESOME!
The great thing about Joss Whedon is that he loves musicals he is a geek, and he knows better than to make a musical in space (That would be awesome though).
Joss Whedon’s latest movie, The Avengers, is one of the most successful Comic Book Movies. He also made the brilliant Much Ado About Nothing, which was wholly made by the Whedon Family – Clark Gregg, Nathon Fillion, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker ( <3 ) and more. Much Ado About Nothing is so great because it maintains the original Shakespearean dialogues and is in a modern setting. Oh, it is also shot in black and white.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer is one of my favorite TV Shows of all time. The show gave us comedy, geekery, horror, emotion (LOTS OF IT), family drama and a musical episode. The show gave us memorable episodes like Hush where nearly 80% of the episode is in silence, Once More With Feeling which is the aforementioned Musical episode, The Body one of the most emotional episodes ever and so many more. Did I mention that they gave us Willow and Tara – one of the best on-screen couple ever and the most beautiful kiss in The Body.
Joss Whedon, as I’ve mentioned, is one of the greatest directors and writers ever and one of my personal favourites. His writing is brilliant and he understands his fans and gives us what we need.
I wish we get more from him in the future..

10
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Imzadi”

A to Z Challenge: “I is for Imzadi”

I have mentioned before that Star Trek is one of my favourite things in the universe. The good thing about the Star Trek universe is that novels that expand the galaxy are brilliant unlike the Star Wars universe – I’ve tried many of the books which pale in comparison to the movies. The first Star Trek book I had read was Imzadi by Peter David. After this book, I’ve read many many novels of the universe and found that Imzadi is truly one of the best written.

This novel deals with the relationship between Commander Riker and Deanna Troi. We know that they have a backstory and this book explores it. It also expands on the meaning of the word Imzadi. Deanna and Riker had met years before when he was stationed on Betazed, Troi’s home planet. During his time there, she explains to him the meaning of the word Imzadi. She says that it doesn’t mean “the first” in the sexual interpretation but it means the first to touch your soul. And I think that this is beautiful.

I’m a sucker for romance and this novel gives me two of my favourite genres in one – Romance and Time Travel. The way the romantic elements are depicted is brilliant and is something that is unexpected in the Star Trek Universe.

Words cannot explain how much I love this novel.

9
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”

A to Z Challenge: “H is for Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”

Sometimes you come across a book that is so amazing that you can read it over a dozen times and never get bored of it. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is once such book. With the laugh out loud humour interspersed with aliens and bad poetry and spaceships and mice and The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything, H2G2 is one of the greatest sci-fi/comedy books every written.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was the first sci-fi book I had ever read and I’m almost positive that this is what got me interested in sci-fi. Until this book, the only sci-fi I was aware of was Star Trek and Star Wars. But H2G2G opened a kind of portal into a world which I would soon learn to love.

Every year, at least once, I read this book and it’s always hilarious. But there’s nothing quite like the first time I read it. I’s a sucker for comedy and sci-fi and if you give me something that has both and does justice to both the genres, I will love it till the end of time.

So, to every aspiring Sci-Fi geek out there I will tell you this –  do your self a favour and read this book.. It’s Mostly Harmless..

7
Apr

A to Z Challenge: “Fringe”

A to Z Challenge: “F is for Fringe

 

Fringe is one of those really amazing Sci-Fi shows that aired on Fox and then got cancelled. But, it’s cancellation isn’t something to be upset about. I feel that Fringe had its run and it ended. Unlike J J Abrams’ Lost, Fringe had a definite storyline and we got a definite end.
The show’s five main characters – Olivia Dunham, an FBI agent who gets into the world of Fringe Science because of an incident with her boyfriend; Peter Bishop, a con-artist who’s father is a genius scientist in the field of Fringe Science; Walter Bishop, the aforementioned genius scientist; Astrid (Or is it Astro….?) Walter Bishop’s assistant; And finally Phillip Broyles, their boss.
Oh and how could I forget Gene The Cow!
The reason I loved this show so much was that it gave us Sci-Fi, humor, emotion, drama and great characters (Much like Doctor Who). When I saw the first episode, I knew this was going to be one of my favourite TV shows of all time (a list that has quite a few Sci-Fi shows). I especially loved the dynamic between Astrid and Walter Bishop throughout the series….and of course that right at the end of the series, he finally gets her name right.
Fringe was the show that actually got me interested in science and fringe science. Because of the show, any bald man I see is an Observer to me.

And I’m still waiting for A White Tulip.

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