A reflection on my cinematic journey

Art is much more than a journey. It is a reflection of our soul.

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My passion for film has taken over my life & now I just look like a film reel in a movie projector projecting picture onto everywhere/everything.

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My cinematic journey in numbers:
Films I’ve watched in;
2013: 912
2014: 285
2015: 204
2016: 254

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There are now over 1,600 movies in my film collection.

Dreaming Bulleh

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I don’t know why there’s so much hate in this world right now but I believe in love. I believe in good soul and heart of a person rather than their outlook. People have made this life so complicated but I think we could make it easier by always remembering this verse by Bulleh Shah:

Masjid dha de
Mandir dha de
Dha de jo kucch dainda
Par kisi da dil na dhain
Rab dilan vich rehnda

Translation:
Tear down the Mosque
Tear down the Temple
Break everything in sight
But do not break a person’s heart
It is there that God resides

 

Favorite Albums of 2016

You knew how it felt to feel invisible
Music calmed your soul, just like a drug
Remember, Bug?
(Dream Theater – A New Beginning)

Here I am, don’t be afraid
I will never let you slip away
Look my way, you must be brave
Find the strength to live for one more day
I will keep from losing Faythe
I will ask for grace, and hope we find a way
Like a candles dying flame
With forgiving eyes
She starts to drift away
(Dream Theater – Losing Faythe)

best-albums-of-20161Ey lads, here I am with my favorite albums of 2016. The most anticipated album for me was Dream Theater’s The Astonishing. I’ll never forget the proggy, astonishing and cinematic experience of listening to this sonic ecstasy.

best-albums-of-2016This is the list of my favorite albums of 2016:

  1. Dream Theater – The Astonishing
  2. Big Big Train – Folklore
  3. iamthemorning – Lighthouse
  4. Opeth – Sorceress
  5. Syd Arthur – Apricity
  6. Marillion – FEAR
  7. The Pineapple Thief – Your Wilderness
  8. Riverside – Eye of the Soundscape
  9. David Bowie – Blackstar
  10. The Dear Hunter – Act V Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
  11. The Anchoress – Confessions of a Romance Novelist
  12. Devin Townsend – Transcendence
  13. Anderson Stolt – The Invention of Knowledge
  14. The Gift – Why The Sea Is Salt
  15. Haken – Affinity
  16. Steven Wilson – 4 ½
  17. Hexvessel – When We Are Death
  18. Frost – Falling Satellites
  19. Tesseract – Errai
  20. Knifeworld – Bottled Out Of Eden
  21. Fire Garden – Far and Near
  22. Gandalf’s Fist – The Clockwork Fable
  23. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  24. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  25. Messenger – Threnodies
  26. Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
  27. Bent Knee – Say So
  28. Paul Draper – EP One/ EP Two
  29. Kansas – The Prelude Implicit
  30. Plants and Animals – Waltzed in from the Rumbling
  31. Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack
  32. Gong – Rejoice! I’m Dead!
  33. Ulver – ATGCLVLSSCAP
  34. Andy Jackson – 73 Days At Sea
  35. Purson – Desire’s Magic Theatre
  36. Southern Empire – Southern Empire
  37. Ihsahn – Arktis
  38. Shearwater – Jet Plane And Oxbow
  39. Tiles – Pretending 2 Run
  40. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight
  41. Thank You Scientist – Stranger Heads Prevail
  42. Hawkwind – The Machine Stops
  43. Green Day – Revolution Radio
  44. Motorpsycho – Here Be Monsters
  45. Fallujah – Dreamless

Favorite Films of 2016

It looks like the unconscious diagram of some kind of psychic event.
(High-Rise)

best-movies-of-20161So in 2016, my passion for cinema was alive and kicking too. My most favorite and best film of the year was High-Rise. This movie was one of the most breathtaking movies I’d ever seen. Every single frame was so surreal and electrifying yet so damn tantalizing.best-movies-of-2016Here’s the full list of my favorite films of 2016:

  1. High-Rise
  2. Embrace of the Serpent
  3. Our Little Sister
  4. Julieta
  5. The Handmaiden
  6. Elle
  7. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  8. Toni Erdmann
  9. Frantz
  10. La danseuse
  11. Aquarius
  12. The Forbidden Room
  13. Cemetery of Splendor
  14. Francofonia
  15. Mustang
  16. Sing Street
  17. Cosmos
  18. I, Daniel Blake
  19. Ixcanul
  20. Manchester By The Sea
  21. Neruda
  22. Kubo and the Two Strings
  23. Partisan
  24. Girl Asleep
  25. Little Men
  26. Under the Shadow
  27. Hell or High Water
  28. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
  29. The Lady in the Van
  30. Mountains May Depart
  31. The Assassin
  32. Bone Tomahawk
  33. American Honey
  34. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  35. L’avenir
  36. The Witch
  37. Midnight Special
  38. The Wailing
  39. Complete Unknown
  40. Jane Got a Gun
  41. Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
  42. The Mermaid
  43. Green Room
  44. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  45. Hail, Caesar!
  46. The Neon Demon
  47. Zootopia
  48. Don’t Breathe
  49. Tale of Tales
  50. The Greasy Strangler

Best Albums of 2015

All this running around
Trying to cover my shadow
An ocean growing inside
All the others seem shallow

It will take a while to make you smile
Somewhere in these eyes
I’m on your side

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I think it’s almost new year in most parts of the world, so I’m kinda late for this top album sort of thingy.
So even if I’m late, I’m here. We’re here because we’re here, right?
Let’s get straight to our favorite albums of 2015.
2015 was once again so good for music especially for prog, indie music and dream pop.
The biggest news for the prog was, when it got it’s own Official Progressive Albums Chart endorsed by the Official Charts Company.
So for me the most important album of the year was Tame Impala’s Currents. It was like a drug doing weird things to you. You could do anything while listening to this album. It’s so effing addicting.
Easily my favorite album of 2015 without a doubt. And you know, this album is for music listeners of every genre. Lucky are the people who can identify this gemstone among so many famous shinning crap albums.
Well, the other important albums were Beach House’s Depression Cherry, which is the No.1 dream pop album of 2015 and I can say that it will be remembered as a masterpiece in the upcoming years along with none other than Tame Impala’s Currents. I’ll say it again that these both albums should be included in any music listener’s playlist.
So when I think about prog in 2015, the first thing that comes to my mind is Steven Wilson’s Hand Cannot Erase, it was a perfect album but in my mind I think of prog chart too, I also think about the upcoming most anticipated album of 2016 which is Dream Theater’s The Astonishing.
But when I think about best prog album of 2015, then four names comes to my mind and they all equally loved by me.
Well, these albums are Tame Impala’s Currents, Gazpacho’s Molok, Big Big Trains Wassail, and Riverside’s Love, Fear, And The Time Machine.
All four of them were phenomenal prog albums. Last year, Gazpacho’s Demon was one of my favorite albums and this year their album is my favorite too.
Last year my No.1 prog album was Anathema’s Distant Satellites and this year, Tame Impala’s Currents so which sort of reminded me of Distant Satellites too. Did I forget to tell you all that how good Muse’s Drones was? It was as good as their whole discography.
Anyway, here is the list of all the albums I was listening in 2015 which are from 2015.

First list of my favorite prog album:

  1. Tame Impala – Currents
  2. Gazpacho – Molok
  3. Big Big Train – Wassail
  4. Riverside – Love, Fear, And The Time Machine
  5. Mew – Plus Minus
  6. Steven Wilson – Hand Cannot Erase
  7. The Dear Hunter – Act IV Rebirth in Reprise
  8. Muse – Drones
  9. Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic
  10. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Paper Mache Dream Balloon
  11. Coheed and Cambria – The Color Before the Sun
  12. Tim Bowness – Stupid Things That Mean the World
  13. The Aristocrats – Tres Caballeros
  14. Electric Light Orchestra – Alone in the Universe
  15. Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space
  16. Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful
  17. Tesseract – Polaris
  18. Queensryche – Condition Human
  19. Anekdoten – Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
  20. God Is an Astronaut – Helios Erebus
  21. Periphery – Juggernaut Alpha
  22. Periphery – Juggernaut Omega
  23. Skyharbor – Guiding Lights
  24. Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud
  25. Ciccada – The Finest of Miracle

Now list of my favorite albums from the genre of dream pop, indie, electronic and avant-garde:

  1. Beach House – Depression Cherry
  2. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  3. Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On
  4. The Indelicates – Elevator Music
  5. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  7. Bjork – Vulnicura
  8. Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom
  9. Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
  10. Lower Dens – Escape from Evil
  11. Say Lou Lou – Lucid Dreaming
  12. Methyl Ethel – Oh Inhuman Spectacle
  13. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  14. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  15. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  16. Akiine – Neptune
  17. New Order – Music Complete
  18. No Joy – More Faithful
  19. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
  20. Made in Heights – Without My Enemy What Would I Do

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Also I discovered many albums for the first which are not released in 2015, here are few of these:

  1. La Femme – Psycho Tropical Berlin
  2. Mansun – Attack of the Grey Lantern
  3. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  4. Morgen – Morgen
  5. Philip Glass – Glassworks
  6. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
  7. The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I
  8. Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last

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My majestic, glorious and astonishing, Australia cricket team

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On 29th, March, 2015, Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 for the fifth time beating New Zealand by 7 wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
It was an honor to watch such an impressive, right on cricket from Aussies which they always play. When Australia and South Africa play cricket, you get hard ons in your in your eyes and body like you’re experiencing raw dog. In simple words, they’re beauty of cricket is nothing without them.

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So Michael Clarke won the Cricket World Cup for the 5th time for Australia, before him Ricky Ponting won two Cricket World Cups in 2003 and 2007, Steve Waugh won one Cricket World Cup in 1999 and Allan Border won one Cricket World Cup in 1987 too. So no other team is closer to us in terms of Cricket World Cup wins and only South Africa comes closer to our skills and talent. Which means we’re fucking Gods of Cricket.

63 not out, and he resumes his innings up there with Sir Don Bradman!
We were emotional through out this World Cup too because we lost our brother, Phillip Hughes on November, 27th, 2014, Hughesy, who was a passionate cricketer and phenomenal batsman. He was hit in the neck by a bouncer during a domestic first-class match on November, 25th 2014 and after remaining in coma, he died on November, 27th 2014. So winning of this World Cup was important for fans and Australian Cricket Team too. Michael Clarke even wore a black arm band featuring the initials PH in memory of Phillip Hughes. And after winning World Cup he said: “I’ll wear it every game I play for Australia, It’s been a really tough few months, we’ve played this World Cup with 16 players. Tonight, this is dedicated to our little brother and teammate Phillip Hughes. I’m over the moon — what a tournament, Time is right for me to walk away from one-day cricket.”

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I agree with Clarke too, Hughesy will remain part of our team forever just like Sir Don Bradman. This world cup is for you Hughesy, Phillip Hughes, 408, 63 Not Out Forever.

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We’re the champions. We’re mighty Aussies. We’re fucking phenomenal. We’re beyond perfection. We’re Champions for eternity. We’re Australian cricket team.

Inherent Vice, a dazed, witty, groovy and mysterious film by Paul Thomas Anderson

“She came along the alley and up the back stairs, the way she always used to….”

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Inherent Vice, a film that can only be described in two words: right on. It’s the seventh film by Paul Thomas Anderson and it is dazed, witty, groovy and mysterious. It reminded me of “The Dude” from “The Big Lebowski”, “Raoul Duke” from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Hunter S. Thompson” from ”Where the Buffalo Roam”. It’s Paul Thomas Anderson at his funniest/best. A certain kind of humorous, melancholic and confusing tone is spread all over the movie which is making it more thrilling to watch. Like in all Paul Thomas Anderson films, music is fucking A too.

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I’m not going to tell you it’s plot but all I’m going to say is that “Doc” is puzzled but “Doc” knows how to investigate, “Doc” rules. This is the year of “Doc”. Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello is perfect. Joaquin Phoenix is really an underrated actor, I wish I can give him all the awards of this world.
Inherent Vice’s cast is super talented too. Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, Katherine Waterston as Shasta Fay Hepworth, Josh Brolin as Det. Christian F. “Bigfoot” Bjornsen, Owen Wilson as Coy Harlingen, Benicio del Toro as Sauncho Smilax, Esq, Reese Witherspoon as Penny Kimball, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Eric Roberts as Michael Z. “Mickey” Wolfmann, Hong Chau as Jade, Martin Short as Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd. Every actor did a great job, they all were flawless.

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Just give it time and it’s going to be the greatest classic film ever made. It’s going to be one of the best cult films ever made. And it’s going to be the most interesting neo-noir film ever made. It was nominated for only two awards at the 87th Academy Awards which is disgusting. These Oscar guys know nothing. Inherent Vice deserved at least 10 nominations and 8 Oscars but fuck it.

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Anyway I’m just standing and clapping for Paul Thomas Anderson, he once again did a marvelous job. I’m also clapping for the hard work of it’s actors and crew members. You guys were brilliant.
I am pretty sure; you guys are going to watch it again after the first watch.  I love this movie to death. Hey Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson! You mofos rule.

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“Under the paving-stones, the beach!”