And… scene!

Hello!

A personal note before I go – today is the last day at my internship and I’m very excited to get a break between work and school but just beware I’m probably going to be posting more on here since I’ll have more free time.

 

Ah yes, let’s talk about my favorite movie scenes. I’m not going to rank them because that is just going to be a little too difficult for me to decide – it would be like picking a favorite child. But I do have quite a list of movie scenes I really enjoy so here are some of them!

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“Help me help you” Jerry Maguire 

This is one of the best Tom Cruise performances – which is saying a lot because out of the forty-some movies Cruise has been in throughout his career, the majority of his work is actually quite good. But damn, this particular scene in Jerry Maguire is true unhinged Tom Cruise at his best. From the way he yells “fine, fine, fine!” and kicks the bathroom wall to the way he clenches his fist before uttering the iconic “God, help me” to Rod, Cruise is off the walls in this scene. “It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, OK?” is one of my favorite lines in a movie ever (so much so that sometimes I just say it out loud unprompted for no reason) and honestly, one of the most impressive things about the delivery is that Cruise somehow makes his left eye twitch while talking to Rod. It’s crazy… people (including me) obsess over Tom Cruise’s ability to do stunts and stuff but the fact that the man can make his eye twitch because he’s so in character is so much more impressive to me. God, I love this scene.

 

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“It won’t match” “It doesn’t have to match” The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E  is one of my favorite movies – it has pretty much all the things I love (spies, the Cold War, vintage cars, dumb names like “Napoleon”, and Henry Cavill). This is one of my favorite scenes in the movie – Ilya and Napoleon are picking out some lovely new clothes for Gaby (Alicia Vikander has my heart), and as she’s trying on some stylish 60s over-the-top outfits Napoleon makes a pretty solid comment on something that Ilya has pulled together – “It won’t match”, and Ilya responds with a generally valid response – “It doesn’t have to match”. It’s a simple scene and a very small interaction between the characters, but for some reason to me it is so indicative of the relationships and character traits that are being developed throughout the movie. Henry Cavill’s Napoleon, who some critics of the movie say stray too far from the original character from the show, makes the very comment you’d expect him to – they’re international spies during a tense time in the world and this guy cares about the fashion? And Armie Hammer’s Ilya responds the way you want Ilya to respond – “it doesn’t have to match” aka “dude who gives a fuck?”. I just love that this scene builds up the rapport between them which ends up being one of the best parts of the movie. Another amazing thing is that it also characterizes the relationship between them and Gaby, who amidst all this is suffering through trying on all the clothes, which definitely is not fun. The movie is such a blast and this is one of those scenes that just had me excited for the rest.

 

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“Ta-dah” The Dark Knight

So, Heath Ledger as the Joker is the most iconic thing to grace the DC universe and he has countless memorable scenes and moments throughout the Dark Knight that I could talk about but there is one scene that really sticks out to me and it is that of “the pencil trick”. The Joker is in a seedy room talking to some thugs about and during the conversation he says “And I thought my jokes were bad” resulting in a threat from one of the other men in the room to which he responds “How about a magic trick?” and he tells them he will make a pencil disappear – of course, he does this by taking the man next to him, slamming his head against the pencil, which goes directly into his head, killing him and the Joker says, in the way only the Joker can, “Ta-dah, it’s gone!” This scene really shows you just how psychotic and ruthless the Joker is and, pardon my choice of words, that he is no joke.

 

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“Dear Mr. Vernon” The Breakfast Club

The starting and ending scenes of The Breakfast Club. Both scenes have same song playing –  Don’t You Forget About Me, which perfectly sets the mood of the film. Also both the scene have the same dialogues. Having so much in common, yet, both scenes are miles apart in what they portray.

“Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…

…and an athlete…

…and a basket case…

…a princess…

…and a criminal…

Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”

I don’t have much to say about this scene other than it was really important to me personally while growing up. Breaking stereotypes and avoiding judging people is vital to understanding others and yourself better, and this movie teaches you that in such a lovely way.

 

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“… – .- -.–” Interstellar

I’ll try to be brief since I could probably talk about Interstellar for about ten years but this movie is quite literally my favorite thing to ever exist. Picking one scene to be a favorite was inexplicably difficult but I don’t think anything will quite top the scene where Cooper is hanging in the black hole, realizing he is the ghost from his daughter’s childhood, and communicating to her via sand in her bookcase. He spells out the word “stay” in morse code to let his daughter know that he is going to come back and that everything will be okay. It is emotional and kills me to see how cause and effect are time inverted here and it is one of the most visually stimulating scenes in a sci-fi movie to this day. The tesseract he is trapped in coupled with the familial longing he has for his daughter tugs at your heartstrings and makes for one of the best cinematic sequences to exist. All while being accompanied by one of the most incredible movie scores in history. Interstellar is a masterpiece.

 

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“Just pick up the phone, and start dialing” The Wolf of Wall Street

To this day, I stand by my opinion that DiCaprio should have won an Oscar for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street. It is one of his most raw and unhinged performances to date, and the movie blows me away every time I see it. The scene that gives me goosebumps each watch is where is motivating his employees and he says “Just pick up the phone and start dialing”.  There is only one simple solution to each and every problem in the world , Work your ass off and everything will come in line sooner or later. Get up and do something, work for the things you want. He’s the ultimate hype man and even though he does some pretty shitty things in the movie (as Jordan Belfort, of course) you can see how this man got to where he did. Amazing.

 

 

I only went through about six scenes, and let me assure you there are hundreds more that I would love to talk about, these are just some of the ones I’ve been thinking about lately. Please tell me about some of your favorite movie scenes! I could talk about this shit all day.

 

 

 

 

His name is Tom and he goes on a cruise a Caribbean cruuuuuise…

So…

 

I watched Mission: Impossible – Fallout a few days ago (and I’ll probably see it again this weekend) and I just have some thoughts about the movie, but more importantly about Tom Cruise.

 

General thoughts about the film: Henry Cavill is the most important thing I’ve discovered this summer – the man reloads his ARMS (check out the iconic moment in the trailer), Tom Cruise is actually kinda funny in this movie, I love Simon Pegg so much, Vanessa Kirby stabs someone while wearing a fancy dress, and Alec Baldwin is actually kinda cool I guess. The movie is actually really fun, albeit a bit too long. But the last sequence makes the entire thing worthwhile. Action sequences are on point.

 

Some thoughts on Mr.Cruise:

  • This man is somehow 56 years old and does 100 HALO jumps for the production of this movie – which is insane I literally cannot comprehend how he did that
  • He did all his own stunt work, including falling off a motorcycle without a helmet on
  • He hung out of a helicopter to film the final sequence
  • He broke his ankle on set and the doctors told him to not film for another six months and that he probably won’t ever be able to run again… and then the man was running within six WEEKS…
  • He’s a scientologist… (I have no idea why, I have very limited knowledge on scientology)
  • He sends people coconut cakes for Christmas
  • He’s saved quite a few lives (http://www.papermag.com/tom-cruise-saving-lives-2586031041.html)
  • He’s obsessed with Henry Cavill’s arm reload (me too, Tom, me too)
  • He didn’t know about porn on the internet until Seth Rogen told him about it

 

 

S.T.T.S

Another review no one asked for!

Film: Sorry to Bother You

Runtime: 105 mins

Overall Rating: 4.9/5 (lol)

 

Here’s a quick summary. In an weird AU version of our Oakland, California, struggling telemarketer Cassius Green, after consistently suffering an existential crisis with no sign of light at the end of the tunnel, discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a insanely macabre universe of “powercalling” that leads to materialistic satisfaction and happiness. Though the sudden success brings Cassius as the physical things he wanted in life, it begins to chip away at the relationship between him and his girlfriend, Detroit , a performance artist and minimum-wage striver who’s secretly part of a Banksy-style activist collective called the “Left Eye” operating against the physical manifestation of capitalism “RegalView” and “WorryFree”. As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company’s drug-abusing CEO,Steve Lift, who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.

*Spoilers*

I really have to say, Sorry to Bother You is one of the weirdest films I have ever seen in my entire life. But that’s just at face value. Upon further reflection, its apparent that the most important analysis of the movie uncovers that its undoubtedly a parable about being a sell out, but also makes it apparent that it is impossible to not be a sell out. Modern economic society is in shambles – major wealth is held in the palms of few who refuse to even brush of breadcrumbs for the rest of us, unless, of course, we sign away our souls for just a slightly larger bite. When Cassius discovers his “white voice” things start to look up for the poor kid. He finally gets enough money to move into his own place, but Detroit has some qualms with him and his sellout behavior, bringing attention to the moral costs of his behavior.Suppressing his race during phone calls is one thing (and something plenty of people can relate to) but being literally commanded to start rapping in front of an almost entirely white audience is NEXT LEVEL racial degradation.The even more insane and grotesque reality of Cassius’ arrangement to continue climbing up the corporate ladder must be seen to be believed, but even then you might not believe your eyes. I was lucky enough to watch the movie with a friend, but I’m fairly certain that if I had gone alone I would have thought I was tripping on something and hallucinating. Every scene is graced with imaginative originality, the genius of the movie is that even its wildest, most boundary-pushing formulations are tied to a thoughtful, rigorous thesis about how disparities of race, class and money conspire to keep ruthless systems of human oppression in place.

 

 

Can I have an Altoid?

Here’s my Ant Man and the Wasp review that no one asked for! I saw the film a few days ago so I’m sorry in advance if there’s any details I get slightly wrong.

 

Film: Ant Man and the Wasp

Runtime: 118 mins

Overall Rating: 4/5

The sequel was a huge improvement from the original Ant Man (released 2015). Following the big battle in Berlin (from Captain America: Civil War) we see that Scott Lang is on house arrest, being the only super to have been caught by the feds after that whole ordeal that killed Stony lovers everywhere. Trapped in his own home for two years, Scott proves to still be his daughter’s favorite person as the film opens with the two of them playing a considerably well-built simulation of a heist. We feel proud of Scott – he’s behaved for his entire sentence and only has two days left on house arrest before he’s a free bird…

But then some weird visions show up, of course. Our titular hero has a strange dream sequence where he see’s Hank Pym’s wife and decides to leave the disgraced scientist a voicemail only to be later kidnapped by Hope (Wasp) immediately. After a brief disgruntled conversation with Pym and Van Dyne (obviously there’s still some tension there since Scott stole the suit to go to Germany) it seems as though Scott is experiencing “quantum entanglement” with Hope’s mother who we learned was lost in the quantum realm when she went subatomic to disarm a bomb years ago.

The rest of the film is their journey to save Pym’s wife while fighting off the Ghost (a rather underwhelming villain) who, of course, stands in the way of their rather simple mission.

The movie is a fun, family-friendly adventure! I genuinely enjoyed seeing it, and it was much better than the first film. Though the villain, played by Hannah John-Kamen, was a slight disappointment in terms of character development, her costume design and the graphics styling her quantum existence were pretty cool.

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Peña continue to be absolute treasures throughout the film with great one-liners, amazing chemistry, and fun vibes. I highly recommend the movie if you just want something fun to see. Don’t go into it on some high Marvel horse thinking that it’ll be poetry in terms of comic books on the big screen – just enjoy it for what it is and thank god Paul Rudd is the man he is.

 

 

 

Cream and sugar? Yes, until it matches my skin.

Whenever anyone makes my coffee for me and asks how I like it, I say “add cream until the drink matches my skin”. It’s an interesting way to describe how much I want but I always found it the easiest way to get the perfect cup of coffee.  I hadn’t thought much of the phrase since I have mostly been making my own coffee, but yesterday it came up and it actually got me thinking about my appearance a bit more.

I have brown skin, albeit a bit on the lighter end, but brown nonetheless. I’m from India and I am proud of my brown/desi/Indian – ness. I love it a lot actually. It has shaped a large part of the person I am today.

But this brown skin isn’t seen very often in modern media. I mean, in TV shows and movies… I think I can basically name all the brown people I’ve seen on screen. Which is kind of sad, to be completely honest. I personally have shaped a lot of my personality based on TV/movie characters that I find inspiring and I don’t think that its right that there’s barely any brown people on the list of people I admire just because I didn’t get enough exposure to Indian role models. @Hollywood care to explain? There are so many brown people in the United States. I live in New Jersey and my town is literally affectionately referred to as “Chindia” because of the overwhelming amount of Chinese and Indian immigrants who live here.

My point is, I would love for more casual representation of Indian people in shows and movies – whether it be as main characters or supporting roles, I think it would be amazing for brown people to be on screen since we exist and we’re actually pretty cool in my experience. (And if Marvel wants to make an Indian superhero please hit me up because that’d be my dream).

Anyways, I wanted to pay tribute to some of my favorite Desi characters on TV and in movies.

  1. Mindy Lahiri (The Mindy Project)

Mindy Lahiri (played by the iconic and hilarious Mindy Kaling) is a first-gen Indian American OBGYN. She lives and works in Manhattan, wears killer clothes, and is just generally kick-ass hardworking and successful woman. Yeah, she’s a doctor (that old stereotypes of Indians being doctors and IT people rings true a tiny bit but hey I’m studying computer science so it’s understandable), but Mindy’s personality is what makes me love her so much. She’s curvy and attractive and plenty of guys are into her in the show, which is so appreciated by me and other brown girls who feel like love is a hopeless thing. She’s bubbly, loud, charming, and a bit dramatic but it’s so insanely relatable and admirable. Growing up I was always told that girls were supposed to act a certain way – a bit subdued, quiet, diligent, and calm. But my actual personality is a little loud and skewed so when I started watching The Mindy Project and saw that there were other funky brown chicks out there, my heart soared. Thank you, Mindy Lahiri, (and Mindy Kaling #mom) for repping me.

2. Cece Parekh (New Girl)

Cece (Hannah Simone) is an amazing and confident brown model in the show New Girl. It is so beyond important that Cece is a model because I find it so often that Indian women are never really considered beautiful. They may be fetishized for being “exotic” or whatever, but generally, we’re known for smelling a little funny and being a bit hairy (both of which are untrue, and also everyone has hair so who cares). Cece catches the eye of literally every male character on the show and it makes me so hopeful because that means brown chicks can be considered beautiful too. She’s carefree and confident and she gets to be the party girl and not the subdued, quiet daughter most brown parents are expecting. My favorite thing is Cece’s relationship with her parents because some of her struggles parallel those of most first-gen brown kids in America. The fights that happen because of who we choose to date or marry, or what career path we choose to take are so hard on us, but its comforting to see it represented and know that it’s not the end of the world.

3. Priyanka Chopra

Yeah, I know Priyanka isn’t a character, but I just wanted to highlight her existence. Priyanka Chopra has always been my favorite Indian actress. Growing up watching Bollywood movies, I was obsessed with her – I wanted to look like her and be like her, she was my absolute goals (and still is). I remember my mom not liking that I loved her so much – Priyanka was known for being not necessarily sticking to the norms (being a party girl and breaking some boundaries) and mom had some issues with that, but I loved Priyanka with all my heart. Recently, Priyanka has killed it in Hollywood – just the fact that a girl from India has broken into the industry is wild. English is her second language and she’s a homegrown desi and she’s brown through and through and it is so important. Seeing people comment on things saying that she’s so talented and wonderful and beautiful is so comforting. It makes me so happy that there are white girls out there who idolize her, the same way that I generally idolize white women in the media (since that’s all I ever see). Thank you, Priyanka for being incredible. You’re insanely inspiring and such a lovely person and you being in this industry is so important to every brown girl.

 

These three people hold a special place in my heart. I am so lucky to be able to witness the great things they (and their characters) are accomplishing. I really hope that in the future, more brown characters are written into mainstream media because the representation is so vital to feeling like I am a part of this country and that my existence is significant.

 

Side Note: look at these beautiful brown women I get to call my friends. (I am in this too, I’m the one in the red). Yeah, I want more representation in the media, but I am so thankful for being able to work with and bond with all the brown people in my life.

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beginnings

I’ve decided to start a blog. The decision was influenced by a number of other larger decisions as well as some smaller, less significant factors. I started by wanting to make a personal portfolio – a dynamic resume, if you will. When starting to develop that portfolio, I discovered that I wanted to display multiple facets of experience and expertise ranging from my programming work to my photography and graphic design (and eventually my podcast, once that’s off the ground). I laid the groundwork for my photography/graphic design blog (if you want to see it you can check it out here), and I also created a space to link this blog. I’m not entirely sure what I want this blog to be but I liked the idea of being able to write my opinions, thoughts, and observations in a space where people can choose to read them (or ignore them) instead of forcing the people in my life to listen to my strange tangents and rants. Plus this will help me regain some of those writing skills I used to have. A blog just seemed like the right way to go. And this is just the beginning.

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