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My Top 4 Mickey Milkovich lines:

Mickey Milkovich quickly became one of my favourite characters on Shameless purely because of how much he changed over the years, and because so much of that change was either because of love, or for love. This is my list of my Top 4 Mickey lines which when I first heard I melted.

  1. Season 10, Episode 11: “Location, Location, Location”

Noel pours so much emotion in this one line and its over in one second but I love it so much.

2. Season 10, Episode 10: “Now Leaving Illinois”

Just watch the scene and tell me that his raw love in this line doesn’t get the best of you!

3. Season 7, Episode 10: “Ride or Die”

From “Not everyone gets to blurt out how they really feel” to this historic line, HOW can anyone not see how much in love Mickey has always been?

4. Season 5, Episode 6: “Crazy Love”

I was already mostly crying in this episode so Mickey declaring this was one of the emotionally good parts of this episode.

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What Pride Month means to me –

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.

I actually remember being in 10th grade when I first watched a movie with a gay character in it. It was a random movie I had on an equally random movie list I’d made. But it struck a weird chord with me – like one of those movies you remember for a long time just because of a small random detail. That’s what a gay character did to me. This was a time when I hadn’t even known I’d study law, and still I remember googling what rights my country gave to this community.

Over all these years, anyone who knows me knows what I feel for the LGBTQ+ community. Pride month doesn’t mean to me what it means to a lot of people. In my own little way I’ve realized that I’ve started to think of sexuality as fluid – mostly I’ve started to think that if I liked a boy being honest and caring, I’d like a girl being honest and caring too. And that is what pride month means to me. Its not a lot and its not huge but it makes me feel that I can learn to see the way other people see it. I know that over the years I’ve grown because I can vividly remember a time when I couldn’t comprehend a boy wearing nail paint, until one day I could.

happy pride month!

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Top 10 Malec Moments – Part 2

Starting off this post, I am super content to say that Malec is now engaged! I’ve already watched the proposal scene more than a 100 times and I cry every single time and I love it absolutely. Naturally, the series finale will now have a wedding, however, here I’ll just update my list as per episodes that have already been released.

6) Season 3, Episode 1: “On Infernal Ground” – Alec tells Magnus about his new job and that he doesn’t want to leave him and go. bae8654a2bb023c88a94920defd4ac98

7) Season 3B, Episode 12: “Original Sin” – Alec reminds Magnus that they need to live in the moment.

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8) Season 2, Episode 13: “Those of Demon Blood” – Alec apologizes to Magnus.

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9) Season 3, Episode 10: “Erchomai” – Magnus promises Alec that he will come back from Edom.

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10) Season 2, Episode 15: “A Problem of Memory” – Magnus tells Alec about his past and Alec tells him that there is nothing ugly about him.

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Top 10 Malec Moments – Part 1

Freeform’s Shadowhunters distributed by Netflix in India is on its last three episodes now. The show is based on popular fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and follows the life of Clary (sixteen-year old in the books, eighteen-year old in the show), and is based in the magical world of the shadowhunters battling demons.

My favourite part of the show (and clearly the best part of the show) is the relationship between Alec Lightwood, a shadowhunter and Magnus Bane, the high warlock of Brooklyn (fondly known as Malec).

The hardest part about this show ending is thus obviously the fact that I’ll get to see no more of those precious Malec moments and this is why I have a list of my favourite Malec moments over the course of four seasons!

1)  Season 2, Episode 10: “By the Light of Dawn” – Malec Says I love you for the first time.

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2) Season 2, Episode 18: “Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen” – Flashback to Malec talking in bed

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3) Season 2, Episode 6: “Iron Sisters” – Malec’s first date

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4) Season 2, Episode 20: “Beside Still Water” – Malec gets back together

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5) Season 1, Episode 12: “Malec” – Alec kisses Magnus after leaving Lydia at the altar

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Miseducation: Book V/s Movie.

I’ve wanted to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post for as along as I can remember. Emily Danforth’s book talks about Cameron Post, a seventeen year old sent to a Christian Camp for conversion therapy by her Aunt in the 1980’s.

I finally read the book (and really loved it) and then I finally watched the 2018 movie starring Chloë Grace Moretz. The movie is quite good. But I’ve realized that every time I watch a book getting made into a movie, I am usually a little bit disappointed. This is my post on how Book Cameron is different from Movie Cameron.

 

The biggest difference in the book and the movie is how terribly short it is cut to. This is however expected – they cannot make a whole 400 page book to screen. The book Cameron has a really sad and depressing past that we get to experience, movie Cameron does not.

Book Cameron has her first kiss when she’s eleven years old and movie Cameron is already seventeen when we see her for the first time.

Book Cameron has a crazy summer affair with Lindsey at her swimming meet, and in my personal opinion, Lindsey shapes book Cameron’s personality in many ways and so having no Lindsey in the movie really makes movie Cameron seem very different.

My least favourite part from the movie is the fact that Cameron’s best friend – Jamie is shown completely opposite of what he is in the book. Book Jamie loves Cameron but he realizes and recognizes what Cameron wants and supports her. Movie Jamie doesn’t out her, but movie Jamie is not her best friend.

The movie ends exactly like the book ends (and that was a relief), however with the major sub-plot of Cameron’s parents’ death missing from the movie, the ending doesn’t seem as strong as it does in the book.

Despite everything, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is both a book and a movie worth reading and watching.

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Boy Erased (2018)

Boy Erased is a movie based off a book.
Its also a movie that I was really excited to watch.
Boy Erased is the story of a 18 year boy, who is the son of a pastor and who is sent to gay conversion therapy. From brilliant acting to a brilliant soundtrack, this movie has everything (including Troye Sivan)

The main lead – Jared – is played by Lucas Hedges and in my personal opinion, Lucas Hedges’ acting is impeccable, especially considering that his parents in the movie are played by Nicole Kidman and Russel Crowe (If I was Lucas Hedges, I would be freaked!).

The movie had two trailers before its release and I remember one of them ending with the lines ‘Stop Erasing’. This was what made me really look forward to this movie. I knew the basic story. I knew how it was going to end. But I needed to know how it was going to reach to that ending.

The movie starts with Jared’s mother dropping him off to Love In Action gay conversion therapy assessment program. Over a run time of 114 minutes, the movie depicts Jared’s life during the program with regular flashbacks of his life before the program. The movie is brilliant. There are no other words to describe it. Nicole Kidman’s acting is heartfelt and honest coupled by Russel Crowe’s acting that is equally brilliant.

There’s a part, towards the end of the movie, where Jared is talking to his father and he says,
“I am gay. And I am your son. And none of these things are going to change. So if you want to be in my life, I’m afraid you’re going to have to change.” – This is the heart of the movie.

Through powerful acting and meaningful dialogues, Boy Erased successfully gets its message across – The truth cannot be converted.

This movie is a definite must watch! 5/5 in my opinion (Plus, I cried, like always)

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Priding through the weekend!

Two days ago, our Supreme Court passed a 495 page judgment written by a 5 Judge Constitutional Bench essentially stating this: Gay people can finally have sex with each other and not be branded criminals!

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The first thing that goes through everyone’s mind when you read this is why were gay people having sex even branded as criminals first?

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unequivocally branded adults having consensual sex as criminals and subjected them to imprisonment and fine, if the same was “against order of nature”. The Section was introduced back in 1860 and has been protested against tons of times.

In January of this year, five different people went to our Supreme Court and asked them to strike down the Section because it denied the LGBT community their basic fundamental rights.
In July of this year, the Supreme Court heard all arguments and reserved its judgement and on 6th September, the Bench passed a HUGE judgement covering tons of different aspects and laying down some very important precedents.

The judgement was passed by the Chief Justice of India (just before he finishes his term on October 2nd) along with conjuring judgments by four other judges, all of them speaking all kinds of sense. The huge judgement analyzed the meaning of sexual orientation, the meaning of individual identity and tied it all together by placing reliance on judgements from various other countries where same-sex consensual relationships have been legal for a long time.

I sat and read through the first 100 pages of the judgment (the CJI’s judgement) and can safely say that it is a very progressive judgement. Some of may favourite parts from the CJI’s judgment are these:

“As sexual orientation is an essential and innate facet of privacy, the right to privacy takes within its sweep the right of every individual including that of the LGBT to express their choices in terms of sexual inclination without the fear of persecution or criminal prosecution.”

“Biologically, the difference between a gay man and a straight man is something like the difference between a left-handed person and a right-handed person. Being left- handed isn’t just a phase. A left-handed person won’t someday magically turn into a right-handed person. Some children are destined at birth to be left- handed, and some boys are destined at birth to growup to be gay.”

The judgement has finally made homosexuality legal in India and comes as a huge, huge step towards progressive thinking. Over the years, the Supreme Court in our country has actually started passing really meaningful judgments, especially ensuring that the rights of the people in the country are not being violated.

 

 

P.S: Almost cried when I heard about the judgment + had MASSIVE goosebumps.