Thank God! It’s Saturday.

Hello all.

Aren’t movie-buffs and bookworms one of the best people to hangout with? We all are both, up to some degree and have at least one favorite movie or a book, of our own.

I am a self-confessed one of both kinds too and take pride in that.
In this segment of the blog, I would give out 2 movie and 2 book recommendations each week. This is in hope that you, the reader, would hopefully feel motivated to watch/read one, over the weekend.

So, enjoy the updates and may the force be with you.

Movie Recommendations of the Week

#5 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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IMDb Rating- 9.3\10

“Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.”

Director:

Frank Darabont

Writers:

Stephen King (short story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”),Frank Darabont (screenplay)

Stars:

Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton

Blogger’s Input:

“Ranking No.1 on IMDb’s list of top-rated movies, this film is a beautiful tale of how, a human emotion called hope, can work wonders.Featuring a break-out performance giving Tim Robbins and the ever-impressive, godly-voiced Morgan Freeman,  this film features on top of my list of favourite films, too.”

 

#6 The Dark Knight (2008)

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IMDb Rating- 9.0\10

“When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.”

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writers:

Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan(screenplay

Stars:

Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart

Blogger’s Input:

“Arguably one of the best superhero movies of all-time, The Dark Knight is a grim tale of power, honesty, corruption and chaos. With Heath Ledger giving us maybe the best portrayal of a super-villain, one should watch this film for its sheer plot depth and character development.”
Book Recommendations of the Week
#5 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Goodreads Rating- 4.2\5

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.”
#6 A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini

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Goodreads Rating- 4.3\5

“After 103 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.”
Preferred websites for reference- http://www.imdb.com
http://www.goodreads.com
DRAFT & REFERENCE BY- Ishaan Patil

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