Long time, no see? Must there be a reason.

Well there is no reason.

Actually there is. I have run out of ideas. Last month was tough, both mentally and physically. So didn’t went out much and seen something on which I can write.

Mentally , office work was all time high. Out of three projects in which I was involved (one alone and two with team), last one was the project which has maximum work and minimum learning. Previous two were brilliant projects, “work which involves learning new things” is always a good thing . But what is done, is done. Nothing will be gained by talking about it. Last project can be easily be a case study for B-Schools about how to not manage a project.

On the other side, I got sick and ended taking up a long leave. And that leave period wasn’t a good experience. You can’t enjoy anything when your body is in pain. So to keep myself busy, I ended up revising three complete movie series.
1. Indiana Jones.
2. Star Wars.
3. Tolkien Legendarium.

J.R.R. Tolkien was one of the early pioneer in the world of fantasy story writing. Tolkien is rightfully popularly identified as the “father” of modern fantasy literature—or, more precisely, of high fantasy.

Tolkien’s Legendarium was not the first fantasy story books I read in my life. Harry Potter series were the first and with every book in that series lead to a sense of “something is missing” in me and with the Tolkien’s Legendarium, I met with such finest literary work which completely blew away my mind. Tolkien created a “body of more or less connected legend”, of which “the cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama”.

George Lucas is also one of the finest story tellers in the world who created a completely new world with Star Wars series. Let’s see where the series will go on after the new sequels and spin-offs.

Both are the examples of what would happen if you let your imagination run wild in the right direction.

And as Harry Potter is concerned, I don’t have plans to read the latest book “Harry Potter and the cursed child” as it seems like just crushing the leaves to extract guttation fluid whatever is left in it after complete use in one cycle. Fluid may or may not come, but we will extract it, this is the thinking of the publisher and the studio who produced their theatre adaptations with a hope that it will make money and they are surely making money with that.

Akshar Pathak clearly demonstrated it in his tweet.

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Creating a connected story universe.

This is where DCEU failed.

Yesterday I saw Suicide Squad. It was definitely better than the theatrical cut of Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice but same as the Ultimate Edition. Though it was funnier and have more coherent story structure, but it wasn’t good enough. People who had read and lived comic book storylines will agree with me on this but the newbies will disagree as they just started knowing things from the movies only. But let’s hope other titles which are due next year will be good as Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns had taken helm at DCEU and with trailers of Wonder Women and Justice League, things are looking good. Or it may be just my wishful thinking. I am a hardcore DC fan but I still admit Marvel had setup their cinematic universe brilliantly brick by brick. DC may have a long way to go but with their supportive fans both cinematic universes are here for some time. And hopefully we will get to see a lot of comic book adaptations.

Hey, why I am writing this type of things?
You may ask why there is no mention of girls, beers and some short stories and I will reply “Suckers, things are changed and I see fire. “.

Some movies are like wine, the older they get the more meaningful they become. One of that type of movie is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Brad Pitt’s one of the best performances. Right now it is going on in my laptop as with Torrent sites ban, I don’t have many new things to watch. It feels like we are again in the Napster Era where all media companies are against the free distribution of copyright materials but someway or another, it will be distributed. It is just a never ending battle between free distribution hackers and media industry lobbied governments. And we all know who will win this.

Okay enough chit-chat.
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Now the songs which are #NowPlaying.

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Batman V Superman : Dawn of Justice

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It’s been 2 years since Zack Snyder revealed his pet project (which also happens to be a dream of every comic book fans), Batman V Superman : Dawn of Justice. The logo and the casting news broke the Internet. It had the plethora of opinions regarding lots of aspects of the movie :

Zack Snyder’s capabilities of making a serious movie. Hopes were high since he stayed true to original materials during Watchmen and 300.

Ben Affleck’s casting as The Batman given his bad portrayal of Daredevil(some believe it was bad but i adored its R rated version as production studio streamlined the movie to give it a shorter run time).

Gal Gadot’s as Wonder Woman as she is scrawny and the weirdest thing was that some were even saying that she doesn’t have the right sized boobs to play Wonder Woman. (this is some serious shitty thinking of some idiots , why don’t you find yourself a muck of drain water and try to swim in it)

And then came 2015, Warner Bros released the first trailer at Comic Con. And people thought they are going to see the Frank Miller version of the epic brawl of two titans on the silver screen. All the criticisms surrounding the Ben Affleck, Zack Snyder and Gal Gadot died and all the Marvel’s fans too.

Then Suicide Squad trailer came and the Batman atop Joker’s car scene killed whatever doubt was there. Wonder Woman’s standalone movie entered shooting and leaked images killed the Gal Gadot’s casting doubt. So the things were in favor of this movie.

Now the year is 2016 and the movie released all over the world. Being a follower of Rotten Tomatoes and Imdb, I was in quite a doubt is the movie that bad. It has 34% rating on Rating Tomatoes and faced quite a fall in its Imdb rating from 9.4(Wednesday night) to 7.7(Friday night) . But as promised to my Uncle and Aunt, I had booked the tickets. I was in confused state when I was going to the movie. Lots of expectations usually leads to an epic emotional crush. And that didn’t happen today. It was a mixed experience. I was happy seeing a Batman who is true to the original material and sad because incoherent storylines makes me feel sleepy and when you are a sleep deprived, you can sleep at any moment given chance.

The movie started with the Thomas and Martha Wayne murder scene and Bruce Wayne’s fall into the pit which is actually a cave full of bats. Then we go to Superman – Zod fight in the Metropolis which Bruce Wayne was experiencing first hand. And when he found a man who lost his both legs and a girl who just got orphaned during the neck-cracking finale of Man of Steel, he starts to think of a fight which will make Superman and the world more cognizant of his capabilities. Or, wait — is it because Wayne thinks everyone is too into authoritarianism to see how insane it is to trust Superman? Or maybe he simply can’t see past Lex Luthor’s (Jesse Eisenberg) tricks and an ongoing media narrative that Superman is dangerous. The rest of the movie is incoherent collection of fight scenes which are good enough to make us forget their deeper meaning. Getting hung up on themes in a movie like Batman v Superman is like going to a steakhouse and getting miffed with the asparagus. You only start to notice the little things if the stuff you’re there for isn’t up to par.

Therein is Snyder’s ultimate failure: His fight scenes featuring Batman and Superman are just fine. The two throw punches. Superman is stronger. Batman uses gadgets. It’s all set to a rock ‘n’ roll Hans Zimmer score that Snyder uses when he wants things to be dramatic. The weightless CGI-fest begins to bleed together and morph into an exercise in risk-averse repetition.

Megaton fight scenes are the reason people will put up with bad dialogue or bad logic in a film, so it’s an outright tragedy when Batman v Superman’s showdowns become as boring as the rest of it.

Jesse Eisenberg rocked as Lex Luthor in the beginning but later turned out to be a less frightening Joker without a motive.
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Gadot’s Diana Prince is a spellbinding combination of Amazonian brawn and a gliding, regal sylph. I just wish she had more to do, because she’s excellent with what little material she’s given.
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Affleck does a fine job portraying a weary, more brittle Dark Knight than we’re used to seeing. It helps that he’s guided by Jeremy Irons’s winsome Alfred. Snyder got the chemistry right between Bruce Wayne and Alfred. Jeremy Irons and Ben Affleck are the Alfred and Batman/Bruce Wayne we deserved.
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As a spy in 2015’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Cavill showed us he can manifest all kinds of charm — but Batman v Superman doesn’t ask him to use that skill, or even to flash a wry smile, while playing the god from Krypton. Batman v Superman’s Superman is more weepy than inspiring.
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What happens when the stuff that’s supposed to break you out of the monotony is just as monotonous as everything else?

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