Monthly Archives: January, 2017

Quote of the Week #33

“Trust Allah but tie your camel.”

– The Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم

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Quote of the Week #32

“Authority, power or wealth do not change a man, they only reveal him.”

– Ali ibn abu Talib رضي الله عنه

TV Review: Taboo (2017) – Episode #1.2

Delaney acts swiftly in making allies for himself. He acquires eyes and ears in the form of a whorehouse, partners himself with his father’s old lawyer, initiates a spy network through the streets of London and settles all his father’s financial debts. However, there’s one debt still to be payed – a widower of James’ father has revealed herself, an appearance which would only serve to complicate the matters of James’ inheritance, to which she is now owed half. Delaney seeks out a meeting with the President of the US through a spy he discovers, which shows just how lofty his ambition is. The East Indian Company makes a futile attempt on his life, but it leaves a wound.

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Quote of the Week #31

“If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.”

– The Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم

TV Review: Taboo (2017) – Episode #1.1

From the creator of Peaky Blinders and Locke, Taboo concerns James Keziah Delaney, played by Tom Hardy at his creepy-weirdo best, who returns to 1814 London in order to claim a legacy left by his father after a mysterious 10 year absence spend in Africa. He finds himself at odds with the greedy East India Company, who want the land that Delaney has inherited, amid a war between the British and the Americans.

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Aliens (1986) holds up better than Alien (1979) – A Defense of Cameron’s Masterpiece

Now I’m not one to knock one great film in order to praise another, but I’ll play devil’s advocate in order to get some discussion going. In reality it is pointless to compare the two as they are not two adaptions of the same film, they are prequel and sequel and complement each other very well. However since it’s one of the more well-known debates, I thought I’d chip in.

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Movie Review: The Departed

Title: The Departed

Year: 2006

Runtime: 2h 31m

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon 

Director: Martin Scorsese

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

I wanted to like it, but just couldn’t bring myself to do so

Where to start with The Departed? I’ve dissected and dismembered this movie with friends and relatives since its release in so much detail that I feel drained even before I begin this review. I have a funny relationship with this film. Despite pretty much enjoying all of Scorsese’s previous output and being a huge fan of crime movies, I can’t say The Departed really resonated with me. At first I hated it, then I warmed up to it, and then I went back to thinking it just wasn’t very good. After it had finished when I first saw it I just thought to myself well, is that it? There was no initial excitement when watching and no lasting impact after it was done. As sacrilegious as it is to say, is this Marty’s first boring movie?

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Quote of the Week #30

“Be hard on yourself, easy on others.” – Imam Shafi’i رضي الله عنه

TV Review: Meri Zaat Zarrae Benishan: Episode #1.4

In the past, Arfeen’s arrogance proves too much for his parents, and they agree to allow him to be wed to Saba. The two enjoy some conversations with each other, and Saba paints a picture of Arfeen, her first of a person. She becomes saddened when Afreen leaves Pakistan for a course. Saba’s younger sister is very involved Arfeen and Saba’s relationship, often expressing her distaste at Saba’s constant remembrance of him when he is not present. We frequently cut to present times, where Saba’s sister, now middle aged, phones Afreen wanting to speak to her niece, a (harshly-spoken) request that he denies. Meanwhile, Sara is introduced to members of her family that she has never seen before, including Afeen’s two sisters. Sara is invited to stay with one of her aunties with the promise of showing her Saba’s old home, a request that Afreen reluctantly accepts.

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TV Review: Meri Zaat Zarrae Benishan: Episode #1.3

 

Taking place mostly in the past, we are invited to explore the roots of Arfeen and Saba’s relationship. Arfeen’s family’s resolute stance on his marriage proposal is only matched by his stubbornness in the matter. He falls completely head-over-heels over her and goes out of his way to meet and converse with her. The two are shown to have great chemistry and enjoy each other’s company amid the displeased neighbourhood. They are like two roses intertwined together surrounded by a barren land. It seems as though Arfeen’s parents have reluctantly begin to accept his longing for Saba as a wife, but they are met with some visibly devastating news in the form of a cliff-hanger which concludes the episode. Meanwhile the wires between Haider and Sara have begun to spark.

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