Plata O Plomo

Plata O Plomo… does that ring any bells? It means Silver or Lead. I first heard this quote in a show that I watched a few days ago. I am not giving you any context for the quote, but I am going to tell you something… this is easily the finest show made since Breaking Bad in the crime drama genre. Shows like these are what make binge watching TV or in this case Netflix worth it. And I am confident Wagner Moura is going to win an Emmy next year because of his role in this masterpiece.

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Man is the Cruelest Animal

Stop right there! Before you make any assumptions, let me tell you the title is about the HBO’s new hit program True Detective. I have been wanting to watch this show since Jan. I was holding back for the entire season 1 to air. Waiting week after week for a new episode gets on my nerves, especially when the show is good. And from what I read on my timeline on Twitter, I heard only great things about this show. So I knew what I was going to do during my spring break. The problem was that my holidays started before the last episode aired, and in the time between I started playing Dota. Later I postponed because of a road trip and an impending deadline from my part-time job. All things done I got to watching the show yesterday, and was able to pull a marathon, as planned.

Man is the Cruelest Animal

True Detective: Man is the Cruelest Animal

Let me state this first. I liked the show. A lot. I have always liked Woody Harrelson. He is a good actor with a great timing for humor. The thing is he outdid himself in his role as Marty Hart, and this time he did more than just make you laugh.  Matthew McConaughey is the rising star everyone is watching out for right now. I first read about him after I saw Nolan’s Interstellar teaser. Then I loved his cameo in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. I haven’t seen the movie Dallas Buyers Club, but I read about the splendid job he did in the movie and it came as no surprise when he won the Oscar for best actor this year. So seeing him play the bad-ass Rust Cohle was mighty entertaining. He delivers some epic one liners in this show. His character is a mix of Sherlock and Dexter, and his tone similar to Christian Bale’s Batman from Nolan’s trilogy. Give it some time and you are bound to find memes galore on his conversations with Marty Hart. Creating Rust Cohle is a mark of genius from Nick Pizollato the creator of True Detective.

True Detective maintains an eerie spooky feel through the season and the genre is more drama than thriller, sans the season finale. Some kick-ass conversations coupled with great acting from Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, brilliant writing by Nick Pizollato, and great direction from Cary Fukunaga makes this show a definite watch. And that cameo by Alexandra Daddario is jaw dropping good. You’ll know when you see it as your jaw will drop. It is safe to say HBO got to it right once again. With the kind of shows it is producing (Game of Thrones, The Newsroom) HBO is on a roll right now and it looks like it can do no wrong. Oh wait! I forgot how bad Hello Ladies was ;).

Those of you who haven’t already seen True Detective; what are you waiting for? It is only 8 episodes long (with an additional 12 min making episode). If you could spend half your active day, you can check off a top notch show from your watch list. And in Rust Cohle’s style I’d say that is one fucking awesome deal. Go take it.

A year in review : 2013

2013 has been one interesting year. A lot has happened this year. Movies, friends, family, work, fun, misunderstandings, and life changing decisions. Thinking back to an year before when I wrote this blog, and not talking about my weight, I can see how much I have changed. I guess that is what happens when you tread new paths and start learning from where you have been and what you have done. Cheers to that!

Now that I have got the melancholic filled introduction out of the way let me get to the good stuff.

Top 10 movies – English
( in no particular order)

Badass looking Jaegers from Pacific Rim

1) The Hobbit – Desolation of Smaug
2) About Time
3) We’re the Millers
4) Pacific Rim
5) The Wolf of Wall street
6) Star Trek: Into the Darkness
7) The Croods
8) Gravity
9) Thor: The Dark World
10) Side Effects

Top 5 TV-Shows
(again, in no particular order)

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1) Breaking Bad
2) House of Cards
3) The Newsroom
4) The Big Bang Theory
5) Game of Thrones

Top 4 movies – Telugu

Swami Ra Ra

1) Swami Ra Ra
2) Prema Katha Chitram
3) Mirchi
4) Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde

Top 8 movies – Hindi

The Flying Sikh

1) Special 26
2) Mere Dad ki Maruti
3) Go Goa Gone (the first half of this movie is a laugh riot)
4) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
5) Ghanchakkar
6) Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
7) Kai Po Che
8) Shudh Desi Romance

Books

Amish Tripati’s sucker punch to his readers

I read only 2 books this year. I know that sucks, and I plan to read way more this year. I am aiming for 12 atleast. Nevertheless, the first book I read was ‘Oath of the Vayuputras’ and the second one was ‘Rajni’s Punchatantra’. Both the books sucked big time, former more than the latter.

Soundtracks

Ed Sheeran singing ‘I See Fire’

1) I See Fire – Ed Sheeran – The Hobbit :  Desolation of Smaug
2) Krishnudi Varasulantha – Swami Ra Ra (Telugu)
3) Idedo Bagunde Mari – Mirchi (Telugu)
4) Gulaabi – Shudh Desi Romance (Hindi)
5) Manja – Kai Po Che (Hindi)
6) Ambersariya – Fukrey (Hindi)
7) Sawaar Loon – Lootera (Hindi)
8) Aaradugula Bullet 😀 – Atharintiki Daredi (Telugu)
9) Ninnu Choodagane Chitti Gunde – Atharintiki Daredi (Telugu)
10) Nee Jathaga – Yevadu (Telugu)
11) Zinda – Bhaag Milka Bhaag (Hindi)

Moments

from Sachin to Sunny 🙂 #digigraph

There have been a lot of aha, WTF, holy shit moments this year. From our state dividing, to legends retiring, to outstanding ipo’s, to loosing noted celebrities, to kick-ass team up announcements in movies, and to a million other things, this has been one eventful year. Many a time it puts up a smile on our faces, and many a time a tear in our eyes, and then like always we move on.

Before I sign off, I’d like to request you to raise your imaginary champagne glasses for a toast

“to creating tons of good memories,
to health and happiness,
here’s wishing you a prosperous new year,
let the party go on… cheers!”