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We were kind of planning to watch this movie. I wasn’t bothered with it anyway. I’m not a great fan of Wolverine though I did enjoy the second Wolverine movie (the one with the Japanese girl). The Origin movie was a terrible mess I do not want to recall right now. Let’s just focus on Logan please. So I had no prep for this movie. I didn’t know the plot, the director or what kind of movie this was. The only thing I knew was that it had Hugh Jackman as Logan and there was Laura X-23 in it (and of course Charles Xavier). 

The first jolt we experienced was when the adult themed adverts started playing. My brother who was sitting next to me started to wonder if we were in the right screen. He actually went out and check. It was kinda hilarious but even I wasn’t sure. The movie was actually 15 or 18. The second jolt was the superb opening sequence. OK, the movie is definitely 15 with bloody violence. I feel like watching the real Wolverine. Justice has been done. 

Logan is a limousine driver trying to live his life as normal as he can in the year 2029 or something. He has a sick Charles Xavier to take care of and everything is fine until a nurse approaches him with a young girl and terrible things happen resulting in a chain of events.

The pace of the story is really good. So are the action scenes (very bloody). Laura, the girl X-23, is violent like she is supposed to be. I’ve read a lot of X-23 in the comics and it does justice. The movie isn’t dragging and there are really good moments. The moment of the true Wolverine brought all the classic memories back and that made the movie ‘whole’ for me. I have to say Hugh Jackman has delivered a final life time performance of him portraying The Wolverine. Hats off to him and I bid him farewell. 

I give this movie a 10/10. Seriously, I fail to criticise a single bad thing out of this movie and I have been growing very critical of movies. 

The only thing I wished that at the start of the credits they played hurt from Johnny Cash (I haven’t watched the full credits). 

983) Anari by Ahmed Iqbal (Part 8 of 9)

Pages: 288

Date read: Feb 2017

Date published: 2013

Part 8 is here and I read it. Sad to say this but the story declines. This part had a lot of action and that’s about it. The story does not progress at all. It is mainly about Rafeeq’s cousin Rabia. And it is full of action, if you’re a fan of action. Rafeeq has made enemies and they are attacking from left, right and centre and the whole part is spent them running around dealing with this attacks. Something tells me the next part, which will also be the last part, will be the same. There’s nothing much to be added on. Well, there is. Rafeeq could go in the politics and really make an impact on the society. We know in Pakistan if you want to do some good for the community, you get harassed. We get that. Now let’s just see if a person with so much money and power can actually do it. 

I’m gonna leave the next part till some time. I’m not abandoning it. I’m going to hopefully start ready Shikari by the same author. I did start it before but couldn’t get into it as it was a slow start but hey, I paid money for it and I’m gonna read it. 

A lot of fun facts about this movie. The ones I know are that this very low budget film was shot in 16 days, Nawazuddin Siddiquie charged 1 rupees for this and Shweta Tripathi who plays a school girl of 14 was 30 years old in real life. 

Haraamkhor is a strange and dark movie but at the same time, it is fun because the point of view from it is told is of two young kids of about 13. The movie touches the subjects of the forbidden relationship of teacher and student, spoiling the innocence of a student and that is what happens in this movie. 

Shyam played by Nawaz corrupts Sindhiya who is 14 and his student. He attacks her innocence and then leaves her because he has a wife also to look after. Basically he uses her and she, as a 14 year old, has no option but to cry about it. Luckily, she has a very nice step mother who has been through the same and there is some comfort there. On the other hand, you have Kamal and his friend, who always keep an eye on Shyam and Sindhiya. It’s like the film is being told through their eyes and perception. They also do a lot of childhood shenanigans which reminded me of my childhood, though I wasn’t that naughty. (we did, however, put our trousers down and compare our small manhoods. I’m sorry if that is too much information haha). 

Acting wise, both actors were perfect. Nawaz is just genius and Shweta is a beauty to be looked at. Sound in the film is non existent. What I love about this movie is the camera angles. They are so creative and raw. Also, you need to keep your mind awake throughout the movie because the editor has done a bit ‘too good’ of a job. Some places it felt like parts of the movie were missing. You keep wondering where was the build up to this particular scene. You just need to imagine the build up yourself. The climax was a bit shocking and hurried up. There wasn’t enough explanation but I enjoyed it nonetheless. 

Overall, I would give this movie a 7/10 for being so nature like and raw. I surely loved it. Oh, and haramkhor means someone who does something forbidden constantly.

982) Dolly by Susan Hill

Date read: Feb 2017

Me and my wife decided to take the kids to the library and I just wanted something small to read. So I looked around the fiction section while the kids looked at their own books. I didn’t find any. The kids had already picked their books so I went for a final desperate quick search and grabbed this small 153 page novella. My son already called the cover dreadful. It looks pretty scary. 

The story is about two nine year old cousins who spend holidays at their Aunt’s mansion during a summer. The girl cousin, a spoilt brat, wanted a doll for her birthday and she got one. A haunted doll. 

To be honest, there is not much to the story. There are only two main characters and it is the story of their lifetime around the mansion of their Aunt. The supernatural didn’t come for a 100 page. Only a couple of instances were scary. 

I’m going to give this one a 4/10. Mainly I liked the dark and gothic writing. 

981) Anari Part 7 of 9

Author: Ahmed Iqbal

Pages: 270 pages (digest) 

Date read: July 2016


There comes a moment when you are writing a long story when the writer wants to take a break. So what he does is he gives the characters in the story a break. He separates his main character from other usual supporting characters and takes him on a different journey in a different location. It happened in Sarkash when Mehmood Ahmed Moodi took Afzal to Sindh in Part 6. It was amazing. Of course you have to write it good, otherwise the reader will lose interest. 

Like I lost interest reading this. It was too much for Rafeeq. He was getting attacked by Rana (directly or indirectly) from left right and centre so he had to escape to London with Noor. About half of the pages of this part, he spent in London when Elisha kidnaps Noor and then attacks Rafeeq and goes mental. Finally Lord Ernest ended up giving Rafeeq his estate and business. 

All that is fine. The story was irrelevant and the author just kept dragging the story line on and on. The pacing was slow. He just made a mess. And another thing he was trying to give the impression that everyone is desperate to earn some pounds legally or illegally. He would make the characters go to random people and asking them if they wanna do something for five or ten pounds. The dialogues were robotic and repetitive. 

I just can’t wait to finish this story and start Shikari. 

980) Anari Part 6 of 9


Author: Ahmed Iqbal

Read: June/July 2016

Length: 267 pages
The cold war between Rafeeq and Rana continues. A lot of character development in this part. Rafeeq’s parents have been passed away. Sultan is targeting Faryal (she is back in the scene). Noor Jahan’s baby is lost during her accident and she is forced to withdraw from Rafeeq (they are still together but she lives elsewhere) and she has changed her look. She got plastic surgery done because she is a wanted criminal for murdering her husband, Akbar Khan. 

The new lawyer Shahzad betrayed Rabia because they found out he had a wife and a kid. The wife and the kid started living in Sat Badhai while he disappears. Then Rana’s son Zohaib started chatting Rabia up. Then he got captured in Sat Badhai and Rana had to come and release him. 

Chief Minister paid a visit to Sat Badhai for the official opening ceremony of the school and the hospital but the real purpose was to forgive Shami and his gang (the daku in the area) who was going to put his weapons and give in for a peaceful life. But something happens and allegedly the police killed them all but Shamis wife escaped and she says Shami is still alive. 
The story is going down. As I said I have already read this when it was coming out in 2010. Another three or four episodes then new stuff will come. 

979) Book: The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

Date started: 14/2/16
Date finished: 30/6/16
Length: 4275 loc
Format: Kindle Paperwhite

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After the Drawing of the Three, this medieval fantasy book was on my list of the road to Dark Tower. I am reading the connecting books in order following the mahfah (a blog post) list.

This was different. In a way, I am glad that I have finished it. It is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you like reading horror and drama then this is not for you. If you like reading Game of Thrones and the Wheel of Time then this is for you. Filled with narrations and everything. The reason it is connected to the Dark Tower is because the story happens in Delain, the world Roland the gunslinger comes from and the antagonist is a magician called Flagg. Yes, you got that right. The same Flagg from The Stand and the Dark Tower series. Except here he is different. In a way I felt he was more scarier than he was in The Stand. I know people will not agree with me here but that’s just how I feel.

The story is about a young king who gets prisoned wrongly accused of murdering his own father, the king. Flagg sees that the prince is imprisoned for life but the boy is brave and clever. A simple story with simple characters. That’s what I loved about it. And if you don’t mind reading chunky narrations and detail then this is for you.

I wanted to read this story quickly so I could move on to my next story and I am pretty excited to read that one. It is called The Talisman. I am going to start that now.

And also I am going on holidays next week for one week so I won’t be reading The Talisman but I’m gonna take a physical copy of Pet Semetary with me. Its short and easy. I think it would do a good holiday read.