In Review: Books, movies, shows, music, games

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Like most people in this day and age, I too spend a lot of my time on the internet, consuming a lot of content. Here’s what I read, watched and grooved to in the month of June, 2020.

If you too have read, seen and liked the tunes mentioned here, do leave us a comment below with your review of it.

From an professional killer trying to be an actor to the war between the Republic and the Separatist, here's all the content I consumed in June 2020.
In Review: Books, movies, shows, music, games
From an professional killer trying to be an actor to the war between the Republic and the Separatist, here's all the content I consumed in June 2020.
One of the most popular books of last year, even longlisted for the Booker Prize of 2019, Lanny is a rather short book (210 pages) about the disappearance of an imaginative boy and the ghost of that town. It's not written like other book, it gets a little bit of warming up (about 50-100 pages) to get used to this kind of stylistic writing. which is why it is not everyone's cup of tea. But despite that, it is one of the most surprising books I've read. Very unique and not too bad either. You can get a copy <a href="https://fave.co/2CLDyaT" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>, if you're interested.
Books: Lanny by Max Porter
One of the most popular books of last year, even longlisted for the Booker Prize of 2019, Lanny is a rather short book (210 pages) about the disappearance of an imaginative boy and the ghost of that town. It's not written like other book, it gets a little bit of warming up (about 50-100 pages) to get used to this kind of stylistic writing. which is why it is not everyone's cup of tea. But despite that, it is one of the most surprising books I've read. Very unique and not too bad either. You can get a copy here, if you're interested.
Carmen Maria Machado is my new favourite author. I chanced upon her short story a while back on a literary site and fell in love with the way she tells her stories and plays with the words. 'Her Body and Other Parties' is her debut book which is a collection her seven best short stories, each one equally intriguing than the other, threading on the lines of psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. You can get a copy of it <a href="https://fave.co/3dG6Pk8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.
Books: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado is my new favourite author. I chanced upon her short story a while back on a literary site and fell in love with the way she tells her stories and plays with the words. 'Her Body and Other Parties' is her debut book which is a collection her seven best short stories, each one equally intriguing than the other, threading on the lines of psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. You can get a copy of it here.
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A third and the final movie in the trilogy ('Unbreakable' and 'Split') by M. Night Shyamalan, 'Glass' gives a unique take on a superhero movie, a take which I really, really liked. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James MCavoy, this thriller is perfect for those rainy weekend nights. Watch it on <a href="https://www.hotstar.com/in/movies/glass/1260014718" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hotstar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hotstar</a>.
Movies: Glass
A third and the final movie in the trilogy ('Unbreakable' and 'Split') by M. Night Shyamalan, 'Glass' gives a unique take on a superhero movie, a take which I really, really liked. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James MCavoy, this thriller is perfect for those rainy weekend nights. Watch it on Hotstar.
Looking for something on the lines of 'Ocean's Eleven'? Something fun, with action, and style? Guy Ritchie's 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' brings together Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant in this fast-paced action movie based in 1963, at the height of the Cold War. You can watch it on <a href="https://www.primevideo.com/detail/0STAKMTDTEO79OMTTX4ZKUECOK/ref=atv_sr_def_c_unkc__1_1_1?sr=1-1&pageTypeIdSource=ASIN&pageTypeId=B07GX2M3WM&qid=1593500931" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Prime Video" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Prime Video</a>.
Movies: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Looking for something on the lines of 'Ocean's Eleven'? Something fun, with action, and style? Guy Ritchie's 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' brings together Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant in this fast-paced action movie based in 1963, at the height of the Cold War. You can watch it on Prime Video.
After 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' I got tempted to watch another one of Guy Ritchie's movies. This one is a super fun crime comedy, with two plotlines and an assorted cast, including Jason Statham, Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. In a classic Ritchie style, the movie follows a small-time boxing promoter who finds himself under the thumb of a ruthless gangster and the search for a stolen diamond. If you love a fun, fast-paced movie then give this a go.
Movies: Snatch
After 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' I got tempted to watch another one of Guy Ritchie's movies. This one is a super fun crime comedy, with two plotlines and an assorted cast, including Jason Statham, Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. In a classic Ritchie style, the movie follows a small-time boxing promoter who finds himself under the thumb of a ruthless gangster and the search for a stolen diamond. If you love a fun, fast-paced movie then give this a go.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return in the third installation of the iconic 'Bad Boys' movies. It's got comedy, it's got action, it's got great music, it's got Will Smith. I mean what's not to like? You can watch the movie on <a href="https://www.primevideo.com/detail/0G9IDOZXKU2W9DW4G0ST0YXYI5/ref=atv_sr_def_c_unkc__1_1_1?sr=1-1&pageTypeIdSource=ASIN&pageTypeId=B08727GN35&qid=1593510579" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Prime Video" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Prime Video</a>.
Movies: Bad Boys For Life
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return in the third installation of the iconic 'Bad Boys' movies. It's got comedy, it's got action, it's got great music, it's got Will Smith. I mean what's not to like? You can watch the movie on Prime Video.
After months and months of watching each 20-episode during lunch time or dinner time, I finally finished the epic series (from Mace Windu to Anakin Skywalker) which had an outstanding finale season (released in 2020). The Jedi masters come to life to fight the new droid army of the Separatist. As one of the best animated series I have ever seen, this one is a must watch for every Star Wars fan. You can watch it on <a href="https://www.hotstar.com/in/tv/star-wars-the-clone-wars/s-2446" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Disney+Hostar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Disney+Hostar</a>
Shows: The Clone Wars
After months and months of watching each 20-episode during lunch time or dinner time, I finally finished the epic series (from Mace Windu to Anakin Skywalker) which had an outstanding finale season (released in 2020). The Jedi masters come to life to fight the new droid army of the Separatist. As one of the best animated series I have ever seen, this one is a must watch for every Star Wars fan. You can watch it on Disney+Hostar
It's funny, it's crazy, and it has Bill Hader. The story revolves around Barry, who is a killer by profession until he decides to become an actor. From the characters to the plot, this one is something that you've never seen before, and trust me, you'd want to watch this one. So far it only has two seasons, with eight episodes per season, which you can check it out on <a href="https://www.hotstar.com/in/tv/barry/s-1444" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hotstar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hotstar</a>.
Shows: Barry
It's funny, it's crazy, and it has Bill Hader. The story revolves around Barry, who is a killer by profession until he decides to become an actor. From the characters to the plot, this one is something that you've never seen before, and trust me, you'd want to watch this one. So far it only has two seasons, with eight episodes per season, which you can check it out on Hotstar.
I caved in to the hype and watched the show over a week, which was a mistake. This show is one of those shoes which is meant to be binged in a day or two to keep in the loop of what's happening where. For the first five episodes I thought it's the 'dark' version of 'Stranger Things', but the show got better after those five episodes. It has an interesting plot which deals with time travel, so don't hesitate to binge it over a day. I plan to do the same for season 2 and 3. You can watch the series on <a href="https://www.netflix.com/title/80100172" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Netflix" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Netflix</a>.
Shows: Dark (Season 1)
I caved in to the hype and watched the show over a week, which was a mistake. This show is one of those shoes which is meant to be binged in a day or two to keep in the loop of what's happening where. For the first five episodes I thought it's the 'dark' version of 'Stranger Things', but the show got better after those five episodes. It has an interesting plot which deals with time travel, so don't hesitate to binge it over a day. I plan to do the same for season 2 and 3. You can watch the series on Netflix.
This mini-series deals with a very young hispanic Jewish girl in Brooklyn, who runs away to Berlin from an arranged marriage situation. For me this show was a huge cultural shock as I had no idea the about the traditions and the customs of Hispanic Jewish community. The show is based on Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir, <em>Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots </em>and shows what's it like to be raised in a strictly traditional, orthodox community of Judaism. You can watch the series on <a href="https://www.netflix.com/search?q=u&jbv=81019069&jbp=0&jbr=0" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Netflix" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Netflix</a>.
Shows: Unorthodox
This mini-series deals with a very young hispanic Jewish girl in Brooklyn, who runs away to Berlin from an arranged marriage situation. For me this show was a huge cultural shock as I had no idea the about the traditions and the customs of Hispanic Jewish community. The show is based on Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots and shows what's it like to be raised in a strictly traditional, orthodox community of Judaism. You can watch the series on Netflix.
'The Spy' is an Israeli espionage series, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as the protagonist. Based in 1960s, it is based on the real-life events of Israel's top Mossad spy Eli Cohen, who goes deep undercover inside Syria as a spy. It's a really good show with some really good performances, especially by SAcha Baron Cohen. Give it a watch and binge all of the six episodes on <a href="https://www.netflix.com/search?q=the%20spy&jbv=80178151&jbp=0&jbr=0" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Netflix" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Netflix</a>.
Shows: The Spy
'The Spy' is an Israeli espionage series, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as the protagonist. Based in 1960s, it is based on the real-life events of Israel's top Mossad spy Eli Cohen, who goes deep undercover inside Syria as a spy. It's a really good show with some really good performances, especially by SAcha Baron Cohen. Give it a watch and binge all of the six episodes on Netflix.
A new music discovery I made this month was German artist TESK. For those of you who like mellow, subtle lo-fi, chillhop beats, this one's for you. Check out the <a href="https://soundcloud.com/tesk/sets/spotless-minds-lp" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Spotless Minds LP" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Spotless Minds LP</a>, play it in the background while working, reading, studying, cooking or cleaning.
Music: TESK
A new music discovery I made this month was German artist TESK. For those of you who like mellow, subtle lo-fi, chillhop beats, this one's for you. Check out the Spotless Minds LP, play it in the background while working, reading, studying, cooking or cleaning.
If adventures and treasure hunts excite you, then get into the shoes of Nathan Drake in search of long lost treasures. From beautiful setting and scenery to a great plot line to shooting bad guys , this game is perfect for people who are just starting out with playstation games or are trying to get the hang of the controller.
Play: Uncharted - The Nathan Drake Collection
If adventures and treasure hunts excite you, then get into the shoes of Nathan Drake in search of long lost treasures. From beautiful setting and scenery to a great plot line to shooting bad guys , this game is perfect for people who are just starting out with playstation games or are trying to get the hang of the controller.

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