Score Saturday: Light of the Seven, Game of Thrones – Ramin Djawadi

S6E10 of Game of Thrones was probably the most satisfying episode of the whole series. It took some big steps, and the story arcs finally seem to be converging.

The pièce de résistance, of course, were the opening ten minutes. You know what I’m talking about! (if you don’t, you better close this right now!). Although we all probably had an inkling of what exactly was gonna happen ultimately, there was still a suspense of how it was all gonna play out. And also the more important question, who all would die?? (Side note: I totally like the way Cersei deals with her problems!) The wildfire was never mentioned, but when you finally see it, the candles melting down like a ticking time bomb, pray to God if it didn’t make your hearts racing. In one sweeping instant, everybody is dead while Cersei stands atop the Red Keep, saying her final fuck-you’s. Exactly the kind of scene GRRM would have an orgasm writing.

But let’s talk about the music. Using pianos in Game of Thrones may seem like an outrageous idea given the setting but when they finally do appear, holy-shit did it feel ominous! We instantly knew something was gonna happen, what with the way it slowly builds tension. Everybody is waiting for something, but Cersei alone is waiting for something wholly different. The juxtaposition of pianos with solo voices, again something new for GoT which always relied on more sombre tunes to make a point. But this was different, this was plot explosion(pun intended) of epic proportions. And when the cellos and violins kick in finally, there is an unspoken urgency and you go ‘Oh shit!’ before, well, shit really does smack everybody in the face. The main GoT theme makes a triumphant return here (shrouded in an organ, albeit) and you finally do realize that when you play the game of thrones, you live, or you die.

I applaud Ramin for this spectacular new theme which pretty well is gonna come very close to Rains of Castamere as far as ominous music goes. He took some brilliant risks and they paid off, big time.

 

 

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WPC: Look Up

Sometimes, what’s above can be more interesting than what’s in front of you. In fact, pointing your camera at awkward angles is the best way to get unconventional photos! 🙂

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For WPC: Look Up

WPC: Partners

Here’s my possibly silly submission for Partners, but I’m gonna run with it anyway.

I know I haven’t been photographing much lately and seriously need to get my mojo back; truth is I haven’t been venturing out that much. But I got this out of my weekend’s ride to Lake Hussain Sagar at least.

You can’t tell from my B/W processing, but the two trash cans are colored green and blue respectively. One for biowaste and the other for everything else. Though you can pretty much guess that nobody cares a damn about the segregation. Some people would even scoff at the stupidity of having two trash cans next to each other!

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(No brownie points for noticing the Indian flag, second tallest in the country!) 

Score Saturday: Mowgli Wins The Race – John Debney

The best 40 seconds of music you will listen today!! 🙂

When I recently saw The Jungle Book, I instantly noticed its beautiful and atmospheric music. Music forms a big part of magical films such as this and John Debney makes the best use of the opportunity to flesh out a score that sounds both original and befitting to the scale and imagination of the story.

The BAM! moment, though, came much later, towards the very end. Just before the end credits you have our little Mowgli racing his buddies against the jungle and winning, at last. The music that accompanies this whole parkour sequence is out of this world, to say the least. John uses the Indian tabla rhythms to the best effect, adding that tropical flavor. But one can also not forget those superimposing violins, cellos and even French horns to boot!

Grand and nostalgic, this one!

(But why, god, why, is this only 40 seconds long!!!) Gotta spam that Loop button. 

WPC: Spare

Well in a country as densely populated as India, it’s actually pretty hard to find a place that’s totally uninhabited by people. So no matter where you are there will always be at least one person or a hint of human activity on the horizon around you.

For some people this is a good thing, as to this is why nobody can ever feel completely alone and lost in India.  But I still wanna go somewhere where it’s just me all around. No hint of life, and no not even a cow lazily strutting on the meadows. Dunno why I feel like this though, inner peace? 

Yet, sometimes I get close enough. And this was one of those moments. Just staring into the beyond I suppose.

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For Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

Score Saturday: To Eire – P.S. I Love You – John Powell

I dunno if it is just me but I think that the movie adaptation of P.S. I Love You was way better than the book it was based on. Yes they kinda changed stuff around but it was actually more coherent and apt for the story. And of course, the presence of Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank helped loads. 🙂

But, it is actually John Powell who walks away with the most honors in my opinion. His music is what adds that cherry on the cake, if not the whole flavor. The wonderful violins section in this one had been my ringtone back in college when I first saw the movie.

Time for some love, y’all.

Words are Wind…

 

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Note: This post contains no spoilers.

So the massively-awaited Season 6 of Game of Thrones is now moving ahead of the books. I suppose I knew this would happen eventually. And HBO can’t just wait around for the books to hit the shelves, can they?

Winds of Winter should ideally have been out before the show aired (and yes, I’ve read GRRM’s blog post and kinda empathize with his situation). But the truth of the matter is simply this. I’ve never ever seen a film/TV show without reading the book first. Wut? Yea, that’s me. A book is always a bigger attachment/commitment and I’d want absolutely nothing to spoil it for me. If it were up to me, I’d banish book blurbs altogether!!

Now I don’t know how much of the books the TV show is gonna spoil. But I don’t have a choice, do I? I can’t just wait around for the books pretending the TV show doesn’t exist. The interwebz these days are so chock-full of spoilers at every damn bend that it’d be an effort in futility to even consider that option. And for better or for worse, I know that the TV show and the books have diverged to a point that a lot of stories are just never gonna be the same in both. Yes, the crucial arcs – Jon Snow, Daenerys and Bran (!) might possibly have some semblance in both forms but pretty much everything else is up in the air.

But let’s pause for a moment and try to assess what GRRM is trying to achieve here. I think it wouldn’t be too wrong to assume he has in quite some ways written himself into a corner.  Probably not in terms of how he envisions to end it. But the journey there. As a fantasy writer, it’s quite admirable that he set out to break as many conventions and clichés as was humanly possible. Like, killing off main characters  in much the same way you would swat house-flies? It was mind-boggling at first. But now I’m almost unflinched. “That’s one more person down,” I simply say to myself. With this in mind, and also considering the fact that there are so fewer important people actually left right now, using death as a surprise/twist has more or less reached its saturation point. And they won’t be able to do that without inciting a bunch of fans anyway.

And then you have people who are dead in the TV show but not in the books and vice-versa. Keeping track of all this is gonna be one pain in the ass but of course there are always mad fans (I’m crazy, not mad) who’d do that job for you. The reason I refused to watch the TV show for a very long time had indeed been for the simple fact that once I realized the show was doing things differently from the written material, I just couldn’t wrap my head around two different realities of the same story.

GRRM may well be one of the best contemporary epic-fantasy writers we have today and he started something that knocked the world’s socks off. And maybe he takes five years to write a book, granted these are not your everyday fiction. I just…just wish he’d finish it with as much aplomb as he started them. The last thing I want to happen is to lose interest in this series. Because if I’m being honest, we’ve been on a dwindle ever since the third book.

So it’s time to pick up the reins again and show us what you got, George. Also, please don’t die.

WPC: Earth

The good people at WordPress have chosen Earth as the theme for this week’s Photo Challenge. It’s fitting to give a tribute to Mother Earth with Mother’s day just around the corner.

Always full of surprises, our planet is full of inspiration. I get it from the calm and comfort of the sea and the pretty colorful flora. You probably are tired of hearing that though. 🙂

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Just staring into the beyond…!
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Human infestation in the background.
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So. Damn. Magnetic.
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Those petals caught the sunlight so beautifully…