United State of Pop – 2012

Now I don’t post youtube Videos or songs unless they’re really good or catchy (for me atleast) and this one just takes the cake. DJ Earworm and his Remixes have become a sort of a traditional year end thing now. I heard my first United State of Pop – 2009 and It was amazing. Now for those of you who don’t know about it? DJ Earworm basically takes out a remix at the end of the year, with the top 20 Billboard hits from that particular year, remixed in his own amazing style ofcourse and trust me, it’s usually really good. This year? No different. I’ve heard most of the songs and so when you hear it here? I think it sounds even better. If you like it? Do check out his remixes for the last few years as well. Worth it! 😀

The Shawshank Redemption.

Just got done watching this classic of a movie again and my opinion hasn’t really changed. It’s still as epic as it was when I first saw it. Infact , I probably like it more now than I ever did. I guess that’s the case with everyone and how on repeated viewings. You start noticing the finer details in a movie. The intricate things you’d miss otherwise which might or might not make you go “WOW” but sure add to the depth. So why IS this movie rated the best ever on IMDB? Morgan Freeman’s voice. I kid , I kid. Yes , the whole narration is enthralling and captivates you. Morgan Freeman’s voice is nothing short of a treat of the highest order. But not only the voice , the script was subtle , yet had a deeper meaning attached to it. The symbolism attached to it. The underlying metaphors and the underlying theme which stood throughout the movie ” Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

Now I’m no critic so I won’t delve too deep into the secrets which make this such a good watch. However , what I can tell you is that it’s a movie you should really watch atleast once. I personally found it amazing the first time I saw it , but not worthy of the title of being the “best movie ever”. It was terrific , the actors got into their characters and you could literally feel their pain. The emotion after being incarcerated at a prison for so many years. What makes it such a great watch though is not the score or the actors or the meticulously chiseled screenplay , but abstract themes like hope and freedom and something as simple as hope in a place like that can keep you going. Can drive you on to succeed and make amends. All in all , a movie that sure makes you feel good after you’re done viewing it and sure it may not have the flair of a Pulp Fiction or a Fight Club , it’s simplicity adds so much more to it than a more pompous presentation of it would. Looking back at it now? I CAN see why it’s been such a hit and why it’s got so many people thrilled and amazed by the sheer brilliance it carries.

Here’s the link if you desire to watch it 😀 —> The Shawshank Redemption <—–