All posts by haljordan5

An IT professional like thousands of Indians. Have opinion on everything on the world though it doesn't matter to anybody. I like a lot of things.. Comics, Books, Football (Both American and Soccer), Baseball, Cricket, Movies, etc. etc.

The Wolf of Wall Street

DiCaprio and Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ was one of my most expected film of the year. When the actor-director pair that gave films like The Departed, The Aviator, etc. come together again, the expectation was obvious. They haven’t disappointed this time as well. But I think they could have been much better.

DiCaprio’s acting was so good as always that it will surely earn him lot of award nominations . My money is worth for this man himself. Scorsese did a great job in making the film – an overtly-sexual black-comedy film – a thoroughly enjoyable flick. I think the movie is of NC-17 category than an R.

The screenplay was very good that you don’t feel bored even though the movie runs for almost 3 hours.  I think the film definitely gonna win some of awards and accolades in writing category even if Leo misses out. (From the trailers and the reviews from film screenings,  I think this award season belongs to Joaquin Phoenix for ‘her’)

Overall the movie is a very good entertainer. Definitely worth watching it for Scorsese and of course Leo.

Want to propose? Get a celebrity hand..

I think anyone who watched Breaking Bad would definitely like Aaron Paul, a.k.a. Jessie Pinkman. His acting was amazing and I am sure any project he takes up next will get a grand reception.

Just found this wonderful video of him helping a young guy Jason propose to his girl friend Jackie (who is Aaron Paul’s fan) propose him (by sending a video message). If you haven’t seen it already, here it is. 🙂

Looks like getting a celebrity to help in proposing becoming a trend in US. Here is one at the Justin Timberlake’s concert.

 

Though these are nice to see as videos, as guys it is getting really difficult for us. Finding a right girl is itself a big task and now girls will expect us to find unique ways of proposing to them. 😀

Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Unlike LOTR, the hobbit the book was a relatively fast paced and a more interesting story. When I first heard the talks of the movie, I was so interested to see such an entertaining story set in the middle earth. As soon as the news of the hobbit trilogy emerged, I knew the movie would be paced the same way as LOTR. So no complaints on the length and the pace of the movie.

The Desolation of Smaug

But if you are a Tolkien purist you may be disappointed on all the fillers, Peter Jackson put in to make the trilogy possible. But got to give credit to Peter Jackson on the super entertaining river side battle with the Orcs by Legolas and the dwarves’ battle with the Smaug. He could have avoided the unnecessary love triangle involving Legolas, though.

Like the first installment, I am sure there will be complaints on overuse of the CGI. But I think it is really difficult to make such a detailed Tolkien‘s earth without the CGI.

I was one of those who doubted the film maker’s choice of making three films out of ‘The Hobbit’, the masterpiece I enjoyed a lot. But the respect I had on Peter Jackson for making the LOTR trilogy made me interested in the movie. He has done a decent job so far.

The movie is definitely good and I can suggest to anyone. But as a Hobbit, the book, fan I am a bit disappointed. As far as the books are concerned, I enjoyed the Hobbit more than the LOTR, but the same cannot be said for the movie trilogies though.

Breaking Bad

When I got my Netflix account sometime back, I was searching through the internet for the best shows available on Netflix. Every list had one show, ‘The Breaking Bad‘.

Even the Arsenal fans I follow on twitter were discussing about the previous episode every Monday. I was really surprised to see not even a single person told that the show was bad. Not even ok. Everybody were suggesting the show as the best ever.

I was so intrigued and started watching as soon as I finished watching the House of Cards (Another very good show, will blog about it later) and I never stopped before all the episodes were over. All my free time at home was spent in watching this show.

Breaking Bad – One of the Best TV shows

What should I say about the Breaking Bad. I don’t remember watching anything so good in recent times. The show was perfect and I have to say the creator Vince Gilligan is a genius.

I liked everything about the show. The actors, the story, the music everything was perfect. I am sure I will never forget the characters Walter White/Heisenberg, Jesse Pinkman, Saul Goodman, Hank Schrader, etc.

The performances by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were among the best. I felt a genuine joy when the rumors of Bryan Cranston being considered to play Lex Luther in Man of Steel. Though he denied it, I am sure he would do great as the arch-enemy of the superman.

All the other actors also did their part to perfection. No recurring characters had bad acting in the show. The screenplay was perfect that I hardly felt bored at any part of the series.

In the final season, (I think episode 14  or 15) I was so confused on how he is going to end the show. Because all were so messed up and how can someone clean up all the mess and finish it in a single episode (I knew the series was going to end in 16th). But the way it ended, I couldn’t argue there could be a better way to end it (Except for the wonderful alternate ending that was leaked sometime back, of course 🙂 ).

I am eagerly waiting for ‘Better Call Saul‘, a spin off from Breaking Bad by Gilligan himself. Saul was an interesting and one of the most entertaining character in the show.  Bob Odenkirk did a commendable performance. I am sure this series will definitely be an entertaining one.

If you think I am praising the series too much, I am sure you’re one of those who hasn’t seen it yet. See for yourself and I am sure you won’t  be disappointed.

Batman vs Superman.. And Wonder Woman (Green Arrow too pls..)

One of the movies I am very much looking forward though the shooting itself not started yet. All the news I hear about this movie make my interest toward this movie increase. My only hope is that they will find a good title and not use Batman Vs Superman.

The World’s Finest

Any comic book fan would love to see the two most famous superheroes of the comic world share the screen and I am no different. After one of the greatest superhero trilogies of all time by Christopher Nolan, it is so obvious people will be interested in any movie with the Dark Knight in the lead.

Though I am disappointed that Christian Bale will not be wearing the cape again, I have no complaints against Ben Affleck. In fact, his casting made me feel excited that there should be something good about this film. Ben Affleck just got an academy award and I am sure he wouldn’t have agreed to do any silly movie just after Argo. Also, with his recent interview where he mentioned that he wanted to do this film to forget the bitter experience of the Daredevil movie.

Adding to this, the news is now that Gal Gadot is going to be the big screen face of Wonder Woman. Though I suspect the role will be a little one just to introduce the character to the bigger screen, this definitely confirms the eventual Justice League movie in a couple of years.

One character I really hope to see in this movie is Green Arrow. The Arrow TV series on CW is going very strong and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen a.k.a. Green Arrow is the perfect choice for the show and possibly on the cinematic universe as well. I was really happy when Zack Snyder told the movie is the inspiration of one of my favorite comic books, The Dark Knight Returns. This news also increases my hopes on seeing Oliver Queen shot some arrows in the big screen just like he did in the comic book.

All these speculations will not end until the movie release on 2015. Until then all we can hope is the second installment of the Man of Steel will be as good as the Dark Knight. As a fan, what else we can expect for. 🙂

Nelson Mandela – The lone inspiration

It is bad to start blogging with a sad news of Nelson Mandela died. He was one of the very few living leaders whom I consider as an inspiration. His mental strength was amazing. I couldn’t imagine anyone would survive 27 years of prison life and still keep your ideals intact.

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I never saw any picture where he didn’t smile (of course after liberating his fellow men from torturous racism). His forgiveness was something I always amazed of. How can you not have vengeance on people who made you lose a huge chunk of life inside the bars. I am sure South African whites would have suffered a lot after the liberation if the man was  not Madiba.

The world has really lost the only true inspirational leader living. I grew up reading about him and thinking there are leaders who can make the world a better place. It is sad to think that the future generation may not have anyone to rely on. 😦