Deadpool: Marvel’s Finest Creation Yet

A movie that starts of by saying that it is produced by “Asshats” and directed by “An Overpaid Tool” is a total winner in my books. ūüėÄ

I really shouldn’t admit this, but I enjoyed Deadpool way more than Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road. Please don’t hurt me. *hiding under the bed*

This is hands down¬†the MOST entertaining¬†movie experience I’ve ever had in my life. No hyperbole intended.

[Note: The following review is SPOILER FREE]

Deadpool Poster

Movie Synopsis:

Excerpt Taken from Rotten Tomatoes:

“Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”

Deadpool

My Take on the Movie:

Before starting my review I’d like to applaud the Marketing Team of this movie. That whole department¬†alone deserves a special category in the Oscars.¬†I’ve read a few Marvel and DC Comics over the years but I never¬†planned on reading Deadpool. I don’t know, I just wasn’t¬†into the¬†“Merc with a Mouth”. But the adverts and marketing of Deadpool¬†swept me away! Seriously tho, that is the only reason I was excited to see it. Not only its trailers, TV spots, outdoor and print ads; its¬†Social Media game was on point. I mean, just look at this!

Deadpool this Valentine's Day

If you wanna learn how to sell a hardcore, violent, raunchy, action-packed, comic-based movie¬†at a time of the year when girls are squealing to their boyfriends to take them to a sappy rom-com, then please contact the person who made this cover ūüėõ Simply genius ūüėÄ

Coming back to the review.

I have nothing against Marvel movies – I’m a huge die hard fan – but we all know that they are popular for their big budgets, the big names, big-time superheroes, loud mind-blasting action, over-usage of CGI and their snarky¬†but cute humor here and there. Ant Man was a very fine exception from that rule, and I love that one¬†to bits; but¬†what I loved the MOST about Deadpool (another movie with a tight budget) were it’s unique style¬†of¬†storytelling and script.

My goodness, this is how you turn a painfully overdone superhero formula into a BENCHMARK for all other comic-book films.

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At A Crossroads; Or Maybe Not

We all see bloggers taking a few weeks off, leaving their blogs/websites alone and isolated in the overcrowded wasteland of the internet. Once they come back, they apologize and give some totally justifiable reasons¬†for their absence. But I’m not gonna apologize. Why?

BECAUSE I SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED MY MASTERS DEGREE!! THAT’S WHY!!

I just got the final result today in the mail and I’m now officially a Master of Business and Information Technology!

Can't Touch This

[Word of Caution: The following content¬†may sound a little “braggy”. But dammit I deserve this!]

So where were you exactly these two months?

Oh I was busy finishing up a few projects, getting over a ton of assignments, giving quizzes, preparing for the final academic exams of my life, and NAILING those exams! Boo-Yah!

Well what’s your final CGPA Miss Smarty Pants?

Ah you know, just 3.80. ūüėČ Nothing big, nothing big. :3
(my country follows the 4 grade point system tho)

What are your plans now? Did you get any job offers? HAH!

Actually I got two really good offers in the past two weeks. One was from my own professor Sir Umer who taught me the course of Enterprise Resource Planning and he runs his own software house РMindWorks Systems. The offer was extremely tempting and an amazing opportunity for me, but unfortunately I had to decline. The other one was from another software house, ICM, and the salary they were offering was pretty nifty. But I declined that one as well.

BUT WHY? I don’t mean this as an insult but are you mentally challenged or something?

Lol no I turned them down for two reasons:

  1. I want to give some time to a few courses of my own choice right now. I want to invest a little time in the things I WANT to learn, not what I HAVE to learn. Most of all I want to continue sharpening my skills in Graphic Design and Web Dev.
  2. I’ve spent the last 18 years of my life being a Miss Goody Two Shoes,¬†getting straight A’s,¬†conforming to the system, being constricted within a time table etc. But now I think I deserve a little bit¬†time off for myself. Learn at my own pace and procrastinate without feeling guilty. Go out more and just have FUN without any repercussions. I’ve also stock-piled a shit-ton of movies, bought myself a Netflix subscription, bought and downloaded almost 70 books, and I’m planning to get through all of this in the coming 5 months. After that it’ll probably be time to be serious again. But for now, my¬†only objective for these couple of months¬†is to “Nurture Abeeha.

So that’s why I was gone for so long. The past few days were a little hard for my tiny cute little brain, because I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. Every graduate goes through this once the studies end. But now that I’ve got a blueprint made out, I’m feeling a lot more relieved and relaxed. In fact, the most¬†relaxed I’ve felt in YEARS. F*ck Adult Responsibilities (for now)!

Wait For All of This to Blow Over

As for¬†the blog, oh I’m back for good. I’ll be irritating ya’ll with my useless opinion more frequently because I’ve got a lot of free¬†time on my hands now ^_^ And hey, I’m almost about to touch 300 subscribers! Yay!!

It’s so good to be back ‚̧

FRUSTRATION!

The beginning of this year hasn’t¬†been too “peachy” for me. I am literally (yes, li-te-ral-ly) punching these words on my keyboard right now. Yeah,¬†GREAT CONTRAST WITH MY PREVIOUS POST!!

Hooooo, deep breaths Abeeha.

Breathe in, breathe out.

Relax…

Okay…

Screams Internally

Here goes…

First of all let me say I love my country РI can happily give my life for it Рbut I do hate ONE thing. We have really shitty internet.

So the internet services of Pakistan rely on two big ass submarine fiber optic cables; one is the SeaMeWe and the other is IMeWe.

(who came up with those names by the way?)

Nowadays, we Pakistanis are YET AGAIN facing severe outages in our bandwidth due to the GOD FORSAKEN IMeWe cable. Read more about it from this link here. And of course my life is a living hell right now because my ISP is PTCL, the one provider that is most reliant on the IMeWe.

Because of this:

  1. I can’t browse WordPress easily. To open a fellow followers blog I have to retry 50 times. YES, FIFTY FUDGING TIMES to open ONE blog! And even then the pages open up in simple HTML (i.e. in a shitty ass non-graphical format)
  2. If I post a comment on any post I have to submit it in 10 retries MINIMUM.
  3. I am unable to make important Skype calls. And if I mistakenly DO get connected to a call it drops in under 5 minutes.
  4. I am unable to receive or send messages on Whatsapp. *facepalm*
  5. I can’t view any posts or pictures on Facebook.

Oo, but I CAN Google things. That’s the one site¬†working smoothly ūüėÄ So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Let’s do one quicky Google Search…

Pakistan Internet

 

To the people who do the so-called “Maintenance” of these cables, next time don’t fix the damage¬†by sticking¬†a¬†f@#%ing¬†chewed bubble gum around¬†the f@#%ing wire. Having two major outages in the span of a year is PATHETIC.

And to my WP Family, I’m sorry if I’m unable to visit your blogs for the next few days. I have been dying to read all your New Years posts, but opening just one blog takes an average of 30 minutes. Therefore I apologize for my absence. Well, I’m not really absent, I’m just sitting here BANGING my head on the keyboard.

Thank You 2015

[Note: Yeah, I couldn’t come up with a more clever way to title this post. Sigh. Please bear with me.]

We all know 2015 was a year filled with tragedies for so many people; lives were lost, people were banished from their homeland, families were torn apart. But this year also taught us the power of endurance of the human spirit. It¬†taught us that people are still kind and generous regardless of what race, creed or religion the helpless¬†belong to. It taught us that our enemies sure can hurt us but they can’t break us. So before going any further, look back to the year and focus on the positive. Focus on the GOOD¬†in humanity. There’s plenty of it in this world ūüôā

Now let’s get to why¬†I wanna thank 2015, speaking from personal experience.

THANK YOU!

When 2014 was nearing the end, I was at the lowest possible point in my life,¬†and I had no clue whatsoever that the coming year will prove to be by far the absolute best year of my entire¬†existence. I was told¬†since I was a kid¬†that when it feels like life SUCKS¬†–¬†that it’s not giving you lemons, it’s throwing huge ass watermelons right at your nose – THAT’S the point where you should be relaxed that things¬†are now gonna turn for the better. I didn’t quite believe it back then but now I’ve learnt that the best thing about a bad patch in your life is that it doesn’t last forever.

Mine didn’t as well, and I am eternally thankful for this year which has been the pinnacle of my personal growth.

Nah, I didn’t land a big job, or get thousands of¬†followers on this blog, or did anything that quantifies material success. What I achieved was far more fulfilling than that. What I feel today, this satisfaction, this hope, this calmness, this can never be achieved by money or fame. Yeah sure, everyone has their own definition of happiness; if money and fame makes someone happy then good for them. Heck, for the past 4 years even I myself used to think of money and success as the ultimate answer.¬†But this year changed me as a person. I am NOTHING like I was a year before, and believe me, that’s a really¬†good thing.

My personal achievements in 2015¬†might seem laughable¬†to some¬†people, but let’s just say they’re a pretty huge deal for me. ūüôā

Alright without further ado, here’s my year in review ūüėČ

(oh snap that rhymed)

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How I Celebrated Christmas

Christmas time isn’t just a time of celebration for Christians, it’s also a special day to us Muslims as well! Well, a lot of people might not agree with me; some would say, “Well it ain’t your holiday, you don’t hold the same beliefs, stick to your Eid.”, others¬†would say, “You sure do love Jesus, but you shouldn’t celebrate Christmas.”, while rest of the world might think, “We don’t give a damn about what you do and don’t believe in, we just love Christmas ‘coz of the lights and the food.”

But deep inside, I’ve loved Christmas since I was a child, and me and my family have always celebrated¬†this day like it’s another “Eid” for us.

Simpsons Dance

Sure, we don’t get to have an XMas Tree, or do any lighting decorations, or even exchange any gifts (boooo), but me and my fam have always made special plans for this day and this time was no different. So, come on and see a little glimpse of how a cute little Muslim family celebrated Christmas.

Sharing the Love With our Christian Bros:

Where I live we don’t get to meet many Christians families around us. So¬†when I come across some¬†I always make sure they feel we’re part of the same brotherhood (which we actually ARE; don’t forget we also love Jesus as much as¬†you¬†do, duh).¬†So lucky for me, where I’ve moved (to my new home) we have a Christian fam living right near us. When the day started we took some delicious sweets and gifted it to them in a nice little box (wrapped up real cute¬†with a ribbon and all).

My family loves it when we make people smile, it’s a part of our Life Mantra, “Your day isn’t complete until you’ve made someone smile.” Therefore it warmed my heart when their Mom and Sis hugged me real tight. ‚̧ It got me off to a perfect¬†start of a great day.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS THAN WATCHING STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS ON PREMIERE DAY!!! *FANGIRLINGGGG*!!!

Star Wars The Force Awakens
Image Courtesy: http://www.vulture.com

Yesssss, Star Wars The Force Awakens premiered yesterday in Pakistan, and I had the honor of watching it on the First Day, First Show! Thanks to me for booking my seats early. :3

Please don’t judge me when I say I had never seen the Star Wars franchise. I always wanted to catch up¬†but I never found¬†the time! So I had to watch all 6 parts just recently (10 days ago) because I wanted to be up-to-date when I see TFA. And oh boy, was I missing out. Now whenever I hear the Star Wars theme music¬†I get a mini “Fangasm”.

I’ll do a detailed review of the original trilogy, the prequels¬†and The Force Awakens some other day, but right now let’s just talk about the overall experience!

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Changing the Race of One of the Most Beloved Characters in Literature. Does It Matter?

For the past few weeks I’ve been on a Social Media hiatus, due to my midterms – they went completely awesome by the way – and also because right after exams I was involved in some personal matter that I’ll share in the upcoming post; let’s just say it involves me making a new best friend after 7 years. Big achievement for me! Yay!

Anyway, as soon as I got up to speed to the online world, this news made my jaw drop: Idris Elba is the Frontrunner in portraying the role of Roland Deschain in the Movie-TV Show adaptation of The Dark Tower series written by Stephen King.

The Dark Tower

Now let me discuss how¬†this issue might affect¬†the book readers and how the non-readers shouldn’t be too quick¬†in judging them wrongly.

  • These 7 books were published in a span of 22 years, so they are probably the entire LIFE for some adults and for me they have been my entire¬†teenage. I have finished all seven of these 5 times, EACH. This series was the reason I developed a passion for writing, although I sucked at it but I wrote a LOT of fan-fiction based on Roland and his Ka-Tet. Those were my first projects on serious and focused writing. I also developed a fan-site for TDT, but it bombed. Anyway, at the time when teenagers are going through issues related to puberty, hormones and self-esteem problems¬†at school, for me The Dark Tower series were my life; so I know what being passionate about a particular series feels like. People obsessed about Star Wars, I obsessed about¬†The Dark Tower.
  • I NEVER wanted it to be adapted to the big (or small) screen. I know, everything is “sell-able” in this world, but this was the ONE thing I never wanted Mr. King to give away his rights to. I usually love it when any of his work gets picked up by a great studio and they do justice to it, like The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Shining, Misery, Stand By Me, Carrie, The Dark Half, The Mist¬†and a few more. BUT we also have the examples like the¬†Dreamcatcher, Thinner, Sleepwalkers, Maximum Overdrive, Graveyard Shift. Yikes. So I hope these directors understand¬†how emotional we fans can get when they screw with some work from our favorite authors. Especially when it comes to Mr. King’s magnum opus; The Dark frikkin Tower.
  • Another reason for The Dark Tower having problems with adaptation for SO many years (the project got picked up and dropped by numerous directors and studios) is just because… it’s a little too much. Here, we are talking about a world that is more complex, enriching (and horrifying) then the one’s portrayed in Lord of the Rings or The Song of Ice and Fire. This bizarre world was only meant to exist in us readers’ minds! Directors have quit (even J. J. Abrams backed off) because the The Dark Tower Universe was too big for them to handle. Therefore, I have severe doubts with this Nikolaj Arcel¬†person who is only popularly known for his work as a screenwriter on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Now that I’ve made it clear why I hate the idea of these movies and/or show, let’s get to the issue of “race”.

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“25” by Adele: The Wait Was Worth It

The most anticipated album of 2015¬†was released three days ago, and then suddenly, life was the right amount of perfect. Adele’s “25” is currently shattering all records, and for good reason: it’s the best thing that has happened to the music industry in the past 4 years.

Adele 25 Cover
Image Courtesy: http://www.digitalspy.com

The thing that I loved the most about 25¬†was that it was so… optimistic. I was expecting a LOT of tear-jerkers¬†(“Hello” and “When We Were Young” being the only ones that made me ugly-cry) but most of the songs in it¬†are about celebrating love, not brooding¬†over it. I was continuously smiling while listening to this entire album.

Next came the challenge: to shortlist my Top 5 Favorite songs from it. Ergh, that was one of the toughest things I’ve had to do this year, only because no track –¬†and I mean NOT A SINGLE TRACK – was mediocre. Nope. That’s a rarity.

So without further ado, let me share which 5 songs I think are the ones that I’ll keep listening to all my entire life.

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