Year in Review- 2020
“If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
From the perspective of the collective, 2020 will almost certainly be remembered for the near universal damage inflicted by a virus so pervasive that it can be left unmentioned. From a personal perspective, 2020 was characterised by a leap of faith in the hope of making drastic changes and with the knowledge that not all leaps of faith are equal.
The proverbial leap of faith. In a bizarre sense, the logic used to rationalise this decision felt internally consistent (or was it delusional?).
A challenging and rewarding journey filled with learning, iteration, frustration and delight. But did it meet my irrational expectations? Perhaps not, but It brings me joy and pride to place this banner here-
Brave New World
I don’t believe I enjoyed the reading experience, but I was satisfied nonetheless.
Made me cognisant of the role played by geography in shaping the success of a nation in addition to the effort of USA in maintaining peace within international waters.
The Complete Maus
After overcoming the inertia of the high contrast monochromatic illustrations, Maus was thoroughly captivating. The intensity of emotions invoked at will upon reading this makes for a rare experience. Simply phenomenal.
How I Build This?
Some great insights along with a glimmer of hope and motivation. I felt especially uplifted after reading the chapter about Jim Koch.
Layered throughout and haunting in it’s tone
Ford vs Ferrari
Heart warming and heart breaking
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Delivers what is expected.
A bank heist that holds your attention for the most part.
The Old Guard
Lacklustre other than some intriguing action sequences.
Meticulously chaotic and disorienting.
Unmemorable apart for the foreign location.
Saving Private Ryan
Excels is executing a simple premise.
Over the top action.
Avengers Infinity War
A more engaging plot than the usual Avengers fanfare.
Despite largely sticking to the formula, it was good to see the franchise make some bold decisions.
Witty, suspenseful and disconcerting.
Jumanji- Welcome to the Jungle
Playful with a great mix of characters and an interesting premise.
Jumanji: The Next Level
Overstays it’s welcome.
Well constructed and an uncomfortable self reflection of elements of society that have been stretched out.
Takes just the right amount of time building its premise and packed with memorable set sequences.
Elegant in its depiction of individuals with good intentions embarking on a path of self destruction.
Fast paced to the point where it almost intentionally keeps slipping from your grasp the closer you get to comprehending it. Like most Nolan films, there are some brilliant set pieces along with grandstanding environments.
Brilliant in presenting a bleak landscape devoid of hope and teeming with violence.
Frivolous, endearing and most of all a joy in following individuals oblivious to the the gravity of their decisions and actions.
TV Shows Watched
Refreshing to experience a slow paced sci-fi show.
Bold timeline choices with some Game of Thrones atmosphere.
Atmosphere of Dark with a more light hearted premise.
Gruelling and exciting as any other Narcos.
Forumla 1 Drive to Survive
More of the same formula. Just as fun.
An almighty disappointment to the foundation set by season 1. The immersive environment was the only redeeming quality in an otherwise disengaging season.
A long wait to the premier, bringing with it high hopes from the seasons prior. A more concentrated focus for the season this time around.
A hidden gem. Fantastic pacing; never allowing you to get comfortable.
Humanising the game and the players within.
Inside Bill’s Brain
Insightful, but still left me wondering what precisely motivates Bill Gates.
Fascinating depiction of preemptive and deterministic crime control along with the role played by anomalies within society. Enjoyable intro and outro sequences accompanied by a memorable score.
The Last Dance
High production value show depicting both sides of the role played by innate talent vs effort in achieving success.
An disinteresting plot acting as a stark contrast to the seasons prior.
Perhaps a bit convoluted, but don’t let that take away from the stunning atmosphere created throughout the series.
Clinical and tasteful across every aspect.
Entertaining without being thought provoking.
Brutal and unfiltered. Just as refreshing to the superhero genre as the first season.
Gripping in its ability to create and sustain anticipation. Reminiscent in style and pacing to Breaking Bad.
Thought provoking and very atmospheric.
The Queen’s Gambit
Does a fine job in rallying the viewer behind an atypical individual facing adversity. Strikes a great balance between indulging in the complexity of chess and dramatising the game.
Delightful in its ability convey social afflictions while having an absurd premise. Surprisingly unpredictable plot for a feel-good show.