Coffee Update #4

COFFEE UPDATE4

Its Coffee Update time again! Getting tired of coffees? Well, then there’s a table by the corner with seven different kinds of teas and sixteen different types of other drinks, aerated and non-aerated. All non-alcoholic of course.

Pleasantries out of the way, let’s get down to it. Let me update you with stuff over a nice cup of…whatever it is that you have chosen to drink.


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If we were having <insert drink here> right now, I’d tell you that I watched Neerja yesterday. Neerja is an adaptation of true events, about Neerja Bhanot, an Indian air hostess working for Pan Am. She saved over 300 people following a terrorist hijacking in Karachi, Pakistan, at the cost of her own life. It isn’t a documentary per se, and they’ve altered a few of the minor plot points I guess, but regardless of that is a pretty heartwarming and at the same time gut-wrenching movie to watch. Its about Neerja Bhanot’s spirit, courage, and above all, her commitment to her job, her duty, of serving the passengers of the plane. I’d recommend it to anybody who’s reading this.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that 50% of my Boards are done. I wrote my economics paper yesterday and that was the third of the six subjects I have. I’ve got Philosophy up next on the 4th of March, a long break up until Psychology on the 17th and then Logic to wind things up on the 21st. But it feels good there are three textbooks that I won’t be needing now.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell those of you that don’t already know, that I am a big football fan and a really big Manchester United follower. All you need to see is the wall by my desk. I’ve got tons of posters of the Class of ’92, Sir Alex Ferguson, Anthony Martial, Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea and what not. So, naturally, when there’s a Manchester United event in the city, like the I Love United event today (which includes an interaction session with United legends David May, Denis Irwin and Louis Saha and a live match screening of the Manchester United v Arsenal Premier League match later today, among other things), I’ll try my best to go. Unfortunately, studying for the Boards, I came across this information a little too late yesterday evening as I’m finding it difficult to find tickets to it, so I guess its next year for me. Oh, well.

TV shows March

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you I am unbearably pumped for all the TV action that’s coming our way. Suits wraps up its fifth season on the 3rd of March, and if the penultimate episode that aired on the 25th February is anything to go by, its going to be a hell of a season finale. House of Cards returns with a fourth season on the 4th of March and then later that month we also get Daredevil season 2. Amazing. On the DC front, The Flash is going great guns with their second season and the Arrow is not too bad either until now, so that’s something to look forward to as well. All in all, been a great year on the entertainment front so far, and its just getting started (quite literally as well).

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I recently watched a TED talk and it was just plain hilarious. I mean, on another level it was genius, but the guy presenting it was just awesome at the job. It may be a little long, but its time you won’t regret having spent on it. You can check it out below.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I just finished watching the first six Star Wars movies a few days back. I’ve wanted to do it for a while but didn’t get time to do it like many do it: marathons. Instead I had to do it incrementally. One movie a time. That did give me time to think about each one, though, and I guess that’s a good thing. To me, the original trilogy was definitely better than the prequel trilogy, the way it is for many, but I would have still needed to watch the prequel trilogy to understand it all, regardless of whether they could have been made better. Now I can’t wait to watch The Force Awakens.


Whelp, that’s about all I’ve got for this coffee update! I hope you guys enjoyed getting to know a bit more about me and what I’ve been up to recently.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

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A Few Quotes. (And Then Some)

AWESOME QUOTES

Awesome Quotes used to be a weekly thing on my blog, but its been a really long while since I’ve posted anything under it.

So I’m finally doing it today.

There have been quite a few quotes I’ve come by in recent times, in movies I’ve watched, TV shows I’ve binged, books I’ve read, or elsewhere, and a lot of those have moved me in some way, made me think and/or inspired me.

These aren’t grouped under any category as such, but rather a collection of a lot of different categories of quotes, so its a bit of everything.

Enjoy!


 

“I heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown, Pagliacci, is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. “But doctor…” he says, “I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.” – Rorschach, Watchmen

 

“I don’t mind being the smartest man in the world, I just wish it wasn’t this one.” – Adrien Veidt, Watchmen

Deep, huh?

 

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey, Actor (‘Liar, Liar’, ‘Dumb and Dumber’, etc.)

Makes sense, Jim.

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. – @thegoodquote on Instagram

 

“If you need one person to change your destiny, then you have not built a solid organisation.” – Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United FC Manager

 

Interviewer: What would Captain America’s cologne be called?

Chris Evans (actor who plays Captain America in the movies): Patriot.

Interviewer: What would it smell like?

Chris Evans: Freedom.

LOLed on this one.

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin

I came by this one when it was posted by Sarah Rafferty on her Instagram.

Gretchen: I prefer my men manly.

Harvey Specter: Am I not manly?

Gretchen: Well, if you have to ask… proceeds to look Harvey up and down

Backstory - Harvey Specter is a bad-ass lawyer (widely believed to be New York's 
'best closer', on the show and name partner at 'Pearson Specter Litt', a fictional 
firm in New York, in the TV series Suits, and Gretchen is his newly-appointed 
secretary. She is, well, old, and quite tough.

This one is just plain hilarious. You have to see this scene to really get the humour, but it is so perfect, because if there’s one thing Harvey prides himself on, its his badassery and manliness. You can see that bubble being slightly poked when Gretchen says this.


Well, that’s all the quotes I’ve got for right now! Let me know if you liked them, ’cause they sure made me go, either, “Whoaaa,” or, “LOLOLOL!”

Until next time, people.

At What Point Does One Give Up?

Sometimes our life and decisions ultimately come down to whether we kept pushing on, or took the easy way out and gave up. We see so many examples of people around us everyday and they’re all either pushing through the shit they face or have given up, on something or the other, in some way or the other. It may feel like I’m excessively generalising here, and I felt so too for a while, but I believe its true for a lot of people, if not all of them.

Recently I saw a new TV series, which is ironic since it wasn’t aired on TV at all. The name’s Jessica Jones. You may have heard of it, considering the rave reviews and internet fanfare its been generating since it dropped. Obviously it has had its fair share of negative reviews which is understandable since the show has a unique tone and style to it so its not for everyone.

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The show follows the struggles of the protagonist, Jessica Jones, when a mind-controlling ‘mutant’ called Kilgrave resurfaces and starts killing people again after Jones had seemingly killed him. Jones has endured trauma at the hands of Kilgrave as he mind-controlled her and ordered her to kill another woman against Jones’ wishes. As a result Jessica Jones has PTSD. Now, she is also a ‘mutant’ and has superhuman strength and the ability to fly so in a way she is one of the best equipped to stop Kilgrave so when she realises he’s back to killing people with his powers, she feels a sense of responsibility since she can stop him and probably should but is hindered by her trauma and she must push through it if she is to stop him. Or she could just run away and do nothing. There’s one quote by Jones herself in the show that sums this up very well:

Knowing its real means you gotta make a decision. One, keep denying it, or two, do something about it.

What do you think Jessica Jones decided to do?

It all comes down to whether you have the balls to dig in and work your way through it. If you put your heart and soul into it, then maybe, you have a shot at success.

So, at what point does one give up?

Let me rephrase that.

At what point should one give up?

How about never?

Dig in. Push through. Nothing’s as bad as it seems.

A Tale of a House of Cards

House of Cards. What a show. Completely. Mind-blowing. Oh, Kevin Spacey you glorious creature.

I was recommended House of Cards by a friend recently. In fact, I had seen the pilot episode a couple of months back after seeing some awesome reviews, but somehow that episode didn’t really interest me at that moment, so I didn’t watch it any further, which I think was unfair and premature judgment on my part. However, after my friend’s recommendation, I decided to give it another try and I did, and now, well, I’m hooked. I just got done with the first season a couple of hours back and its just amazing. I can only imagine how much better it gets in the second and third seasons.

The characters, all the facets of their personalities, the direction, screenplay, story, and dialogues are top-notch. This is one of the best dramas I’ve ever seen, and there are very few that I rate so highly. Very few.

Francis Underwood being Francis Underwood.
Francis Underwood being Francis Underwood.

And you know what the icing on the cake is? That deadpan, piercing monologue that Spacey’s character Francis Underwood gives every now and then, looking right at you, breaking the fourth wall so often they don’t even bother to put it back anymore. Ever seen Deadpool break the fourth wall? Its beautiful isn’t it? Underwood is the only other character I’ve seen who is as good at it, if not better.

A political drama, the show is basically about the life of the protagonist, Francis Underwood, a United States Congressman. He constructs a plan to destroy the President Garrett Walker and his allies, after he denied Underwood the post of Secretary of State in a last-minute decision. This plan, being so elaborate, is understandably fragile and one mistake could potentially topple the entire ‘house of cards’ so to say. Hence, the name.

If you haven’t watched House of Cards yet, then you should. Give it some time, let it get its engine revved up and it will grow on you, slowly. Once it has, you won’t get over it, ever. Promise. I’ll write a public apology post here if despite liking this genre, you don’t like House of Cards. Promise.

Hope you guys like it, and if you do, please let me know!

Until next time! 😀

I Discovered I Can Review TV Shows

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Those of you who have checked out this blog’s sidebar recently, might have seen a widget about another blog I have recently created with a couple of my friends. The blog’s name is A Posse of Three, since we’re the three of us. We got to know each other since we’re in the same class in the same college and we hung out and talked and discovered we could create a blog to put forth our ideas and likes and stuff. We also discovered that nothing ever goes to plan and we quickly ran out of stuff to post. And by quickly I mean very quickly.

And it was through this discovery did I come up with the outrageous idea of writing reviews on TV shows. I watch quite a few TV shows and some of them, like Arrow and The Flash, require some back info to get a better understanding of what the heck is going on because these are based on comics and unless you’ve read even the most obscure editions of the comics, you are very likely to miss out on something avid readers may have caught. For this I just did a basic Google search or headed over to the sites of some of my most trusted reviewers because their episode reviews always deconstruct the episodes and it gets easier to join the dots, so to say.

So I thought, why don’t I do something like this? I need stuff to write, I would like to write something like this because I like watching what I’m writing about, and I’ve got the time (summer holidays in full swing). So I decided to give it a shot and thought A Posse of Three was a good place to do it. That blog needs an identity and it needs content and making reviews a recurring feature would help that cause a lot.

I decided to begin with one of the TV shows I like most, and that’s DC’s Arrow (or Green Arrow, as the comics call him). Any Arrow fans here? 😀 Arrow just wrapped up its 3rd season and I started off with a season review for it on A Posse of Three. You can check out the season review by clicking on the image above. I’ve decided to do an episode-by-episode review for it once the new season commences.

I’m also an avid follower of DC’S The Flash which just finished its debut season and I’m thinking of doing a season review for that too. So stick around on A Posse of Three to catch that, and a lot more!