Sherlock: The Tormentor Tormented

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The wait is nearly over. The dawn of the year 2017 will set us on the trail of the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes. The Abominable Bride shocked and awed us with its brilliant storytelling and an unpredictable ending. We know that Sherlock got off the plane because somehow Moriarty managed to haunt Sherlock’s homeland. However, is it really Moriarty or another vile villain gleaning off some of Moriatry’s notoriety to facilitate his own devious plans? Or perhaps it is Sherlock himself who orchestrated the whole show, ensuring his release from exile.

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The official trailer of season 4 shows us a more vulnerable, nearly unstable Sherlock. A man haunted by the demons he had time and time again so efficiently managed to brush under the rug. He is clearly tormented, but why? That remains to be seen. January 2017 cannot come soon enough!

Sherlock Season 4 Official Trailer

Dahl-ing with Adulthood

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ADULTHOOD IS THE WORST. I’ve been whining about this for the past few weeks, nay, months, but I’ll happily say it again. Five months after I reluctantly donned the mantle of adulthood and started working full-time I’m still not used to it. And I definitely don’t enjoy it. I miss the days when my only worries were completing an essay on time, wondering what to eat for lunch (I still worry about that), and deciding what to do with ALL MY FREE TIME. Now, working nine hours a day means that I have hardly any time to pursue any kind of hobbies post-work. I’m usually so exhausted that I cannot handle any activity that requires even a small amount of intellectual exertion. Mercifully, I do get the weekends off. A while ago I had a particularly exhausting week at work coupled with being slightly ill. Desperately  in need of something…

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5 Things We Expect from The 12th Doctor

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With the 8th season and a brand new Doctor set to premier less than 3 weeks from now, it is not completely unrealistic to set a few expectations for the 13th Doctor. However, given that Moffat is still the show runner *sigh*, I highly doubt any of them are actually going to be met. But that doesn’t prevent me from taking a stab at it, now does it? So here goes!

Less flirting, more adventures: SERIOUSLY! Please stop behaving like Casanova on Viagra and actually try to quit ‘fancying’ pretty, young Earthlings, and use your time having some breathtaking adventures for crying out loud. You have a TARDIS for fuck’s sake, do you have the slightest clue what regular people would give to be able to travel in her? So please do get your act together and take us to see scary planets and not-so-friendly aliens, pretty please.

Don’t make it all about yourself: Yeah, we get it, you have some extremely loyal companions who would go to any lengths to save your ass, but really, how much sense does it make when Earthlings who’s age is a minute fraction of yours, are able to save your sorry nether region? Aren’t you supposed to be super smart and a wiseass? Might I remind you that you’re the Doctor, you go about saving planets, and races, and species, don’t belittle yourself by behaving like a hapless ninny!

Visit Donna: Can I stress this point enough? She was your best friend, and the coolest companion you have has in the past couple of lives, and yet you find it so hard to go back for a bit and see how she’s doing. Why? You don’t have to explain who you are, cos we all know how that would end *shivers*, but you can drop by and pretend to be a mere stranger, waving to her from across the street, or offering here a seat on the tube, or SOMETHING! Don’t you miss THIS: 

Revisit Leonardo Da Vinci: You have spoken about it enough, but can’t you visit him for once while we are peeping into your daily adventures? He is after all the most profoundly gifted person in the history of the human race and we deserve a glimpse into his day-to-day life. We aren’t asking you to drop in when he is painting the Mona Lisa, which would be a bit much to ask; I suppose a regular day in the life of Leonardo Da Vinci would be a good enough treat, wouldn’t it?

A more mature, less clownish persona: It’s not that you’re not adorable that way, but I think we have had enough of tomfoolery to last at least a couple of your future lives. Also, now that you know that you haven’t obliterated your entire home planet and your race, I think you could give the childish persona that you had adopted to keep the pain and the guilt at bay, and instead behave like the 1000-something year old Time Lord that you are. Is that too much to ask?

 

Hannibal Too REAL for Emmy?

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With the Emmy nominations out, there is a lot of gung-ho about the two brilliant series that have been left out, or should I say SHUT OUT of the nominations. Orphan Black and Hannibal are two absolute GEMS that premiered in the year 2013, and have changed the way the horror/thriller/psychological drama genre has been perceived ever since. Orphan Black was possibly left out because it is a Canadian series, and everyone knows anything made in Canada is immediately discounted to be of no consequence by America even if it is BETTER than some of the BEST shows in the US. Yes, you read that right.

So what’s the reason behind Hannibal receiving the figurative axe from the Emmy? In an age where fictional television is getting lamer by the minute, and reality television has lost any remote semblance it had to the word ‘real’, Hannibal came along and swept the ground from under our respective feet. It is gory, scary, and turbulent, not because of ghosts, or supernatural elements, but because it depicts just how terrifying and sick a human mind can be. And trust me, there is no greater horror in the world than watching the appalling things that humans are capable of putting other human beings through.

Television is supposed to make is forget our ever so crappy lives, and make us feel better about ourselves. Instead, Hannibal deals in everything that’s ugly and crass about the human nature. With stunning and mind-wrinkling performances by the main cast, Hannibal is nothing if not a piece of art, a jarring symphony, that shall remain long after your crappy awards have lost their sheen, Emmy, I assure you of that.

Does that scare you, Emmy? Too real, is it? Do you feel like you have no category that could do justice to Hannibal? Here, I have a number of suggestions as to which category Hannibal would best fit into:

I-have-extra-wrinkles-on-my-brain-cos-of-this-show Category

Bryan-Fuller-is-the-shit Category

FOOD-FOOD-FOOD Category

Best-shit-on-TV-till-date Category

And if these didn’t fit onto you uptight, archaic, and extremely ‘limited’ spectrum, then why didn’t you nominate at least ONE of these:

 

PS: I don’t care a hoot anymore about whom you award what to, so screw you, Emmy! Also, get OVER The Big Bang Theory, it’s just not funny anymore. 

Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

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There are very few if any movies based on books that manage to resonate and keep up with the book, let alone surpass it. However, The Fault in Our Stars seems to be the exception to the rule. I can name a dozen movies over the top of my head where you simply cannot find the essence of the book in the movie. There is always that missing element, and more often than not, it’s the emotion that is missing out. When watching the movie, sometimes you simply cannot feel the feels that you felt when reading the book.

The Fault in Our Stars tells us the unglamorous yet extraordinary story of Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a teenage girl suffering from terminal thyroid cancer which has metastasised into her lungs for the better part of half a decade. Reality shows and books make up most of her days, when her mother suggests that she attend a support group in order to make friends. Little does she know that that is where she shall cross path with Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a young and dynamic personality who suffers from osteosarcoma which has already claimed one of his legs, and her life shall never be the same again.

Woodley delivers a brilliant and unforgettable Hazel Grace, and her large, looming, and penetrating brown eyes will pierce your heart in a way that will have you gasping for breath. Her quite intelligence and train of thought is beyond her years, making you want to take a step back and re-evaluate your life. Elgort seems to be born to play Augustus Waters, and within minutes of appearing on screen, he shall take over your entire being in a way that his suffering will tear through you in the most gut wrenching manner possible.

A piece of advice, when going to watch the movie do stock up on tissue if you don’t want your clothes to be drenched in salty tears. I ran out of the meagre supply I had, and trust me, you don’t want that happening to you. What I loved best about The Fault in Our Stars was that the emotions on screen are palpable in a manner that they ebb out of the screen, make their way past your rib cage and grasp your heart in a manner which makes your heart want to get up behind your eyeballs and flow out in the form of tears.

The Fault in Our Stars makes you realise that the biggest delusion that we live in is that we have time, that we can postpone living life to another day just because we have so many seemingly ‘important’ things to do, when there are so many people around just trying to have a better day today than the last. It’s a jolt that makes you wake up for real and live in the TODAY and NOW. Okay? Okay.

 

Dracula Untold: How It All Began

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Bram Stoker’s timeless character Dracula gets an origin story that’s gonna be EPIC, if the trailer is to be believed. It shows a young Dracula trying to protect his wife and child from forces bigger than himself. This makes him turn to the dark side himself, and thus begins the bloodline that has intensified the very foundations of the mystery/horror/drama genre. Take a look for yourself!

PS: Doesn’t it look like they have taken a leaf out of the stack of The Dark Knight trilogy posters when designing Dracula Untold’s poster? *nudge, nudge, wink wink*

Dracula Untold is scheduled to release on 17th October, 2014

Series Premier Review: Tyrant

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After 24 and Homeland, its Tyrant for producer Howard Gordon. Undoubtedly, the Arab world has become a hot topic not just for the media, but also for TV series producers looking for a lucrative yet engaging plot, with a message. Only this time, the show runners have created a fictitious country of Abbudin, with a history and political scenario much like any Arab country that you may come across in your newspaper’s headlines.

Bassam ‘Barry’ Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner) is the son of the leader/dictator/king/president (phew!) of Abbudin. However, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and family, due to ‘issues’ with his father for almost two decades. Seems like daddy issues don’t just mess up hot strippers and bottle blonds! Anyhow, his nephew’s wedding beckons, and Barry takes a much detested trip back home on the insistence of his wife and son, and much to the chagrin of his daughter. Everything isn’t hunky-dory back home, protests and attacks are rampant, even threatening his nephew’s wedding. Things take a turn for the worst when… wait, no spoilers! 

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Tyrant seems legitimate enough, with the dusky and sandy streets of Abbudin, and you constantly have that prickly feeling at the back of your neck and in the bottom of your stomach that things are going to turn nasty soon. The show runners obviously want to keep away from naming names and at the same time be as accurate as possible, taking cues from past and current global events.

The only issue I had was with the costumes and the lack of ethnic wear, even during the wedding. Having been brought up in the Middle East I know for a fact that they would not constantly wear tuxedoes and gowns, at least not to a royal wedding; that’s just not how they roll, honey!

Tyrant is a far cry from Homeland, with the obvious glamour and fictitious settings. I am not completely sold on the show after viewing the premier, let’s wait and watch.

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