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Trash Movies Directory #1: I Origins (2014)

By publishing this post, I hereby betray my own #zerodraftproject campaign. Well, wayahna we.. what to do since I’m now sitting in front of my laptop on Sunday morning, at home, and I don’t have the luxury of accessing the internet. Other than my problematic Japanese iPhone currently streaming Heavy by Oh Wonder on my desk, I am completely offline. I can’t access my poor drafts on WordPress dashboard, so here I am deliberately starting a new draft, to be published tomorrow when I have access to the internet at the campus.

For a bit of background story: today is the 2nd day of Ramadhan in Hijri calendar system, which means everyone in my household—and all Muslims around the world—has been fasting from dawn to dusk; since yesterday and will be until the next 28 days or so. We can’t eat or drink or do anything inappropriate during the day so our routine during Ramadhan is a bit special. But, being the unlucky kid I am, I had my period since yesterday, so I can’t do any of our Ramadhan routines. I am not fasting, but I feel guilty to eat or drink openly. I can’t pray, neither Fardlu nor Sunnah. I can’t touch Holy Quran (I used to keep reading it any time of the month, but my brother advised me against it so I just comply). Most importantly, I feel the urge to procrastinate on even more important tasks, like drafting essays for scholarship application and drafting emails for the potential professors (I know, just kill me now).

So I visited my “buang” folder in my movie collections. It’s a folder for movies I’m not happy with, on the verge to be deleted or kept a bit longer. I haven’t even finished watching some of them until the end. Then I took the opportunity in this holy month to re-watch those poor movies. Turned out they were not all that poor. I pick some movies to talk about here, written per the order I watched them.

Caution: If you plan to watch them, maybe it’s better to stop reading until “the reason I dropped the movie” because I cannot guarantee there will be no spoilers included in the final review.

#1 I Origins (2014)

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Main characters

Guy
Ian (The Guy)
girl
Sofi (The Girl)
lab partner girl
Karen (The Lab Partner)

Reason I picked this movie for the first time

It has sci-fi genre! You know I have a weakness for sci-fi themes… I’m such a nerd. The synopsis was interesting too. Take a look here:

“A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.” (source: imdb.com)

Reason I dropped this movie

Alright, to say it in a simple and plain way: I can’t stomach too much nudity. Call me a prude, it’s just the way I am. I just don’t enjoy finding too much of those scenes in movies with an uninteresting plot. To me, they are simply unwanted seasoning for a tasteless cuisine. I mean, hello Mr Director, is that how you want to sell this? Sorry, I’m not buying this vulgar parade in a cheap presentation you call passionate romance.

Final review after watching until the end

The story started with close-up views of human eyes. Then it proceeds with a narration by a scientist telling the story about his obsession with human eyes, and how a pair of pretty eyes changed his life. There was a random encounter with a mysterious girl, one-night stand (a few minutes, actually) in a Halloween party somewhere in NY until finally, he found the girl again. Then, too much nudity and sex scenes following that made me sick and I dropped the movie for quite some time.

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I continued watching to the part when the couple argued about God, just mild arguments in small talks. The girl truly believes in God and afterlife, while the guy, being a true scientist, is a pure atheist. At this part, although a bit cliché, I think their lines were quite interesting, especially when the girl made a metaphor about religion beliefs:

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Apparently, the movie made an interesting turn not long after the point where I dropped it the first time. The couple decided to get married, like literally registering their marriage and exchanging rings, with no ceremony whatsoever. Turns out, their wedding day was quite an eventful day. Five major things happened (spoiler alerts):

  1. The groom’s female lab partner finally made a significant progress in their research project, which was condemned as nearly impossible in the first place.
  2. The bride being overly sensitive and jealous that her new husband was getting more excited over work on their wedding day, even more after knowing the lab partner is a girl. (how childish and typical.. but ok, I understand her feelings)
  3. The groom accidentally had hard water prickled his eyes in the lab, which was not fatal, but still required him to rest his vision for a few hours.
  4. When they went home to the apartment, the couple were trapped in the building’s elevator. They struggled to evacuate out of it, while the groom was partly blind and the bride was being annoyingly childish and uncooperative…
  5. …which leads to the bride’s death.

Wait, WHAT?

Yeah, that’s my reaction too. I didn’t foresee it, so that’s a good one.

The guy was living like a zombie for a while before the pretty lab partner came over to console him and they eventually ended up together (okay, I can see this coming from the beginning). Fast forward 7 years later, they’re married and expecting a child, but apparently, the guy still cannot move on from his dead ex-wife (ugh!).

Then, another topic came out as a surprise, through their child: reincarnation. The cornea of their new-born son matched someone else’s, who died around the same time the child was conceived. Long story short, the events after the birth of their son made the guy (now a professor) flew all the way to India in search of the reincarnation of his dead ex-wife.

I think that’s all spoilers I can tell in this post (and that’s the only purpose I wrote this! Hahaha *evil laugh). Anyway, here’s the list of things I learned from this movie and what I think about them:

  • The idea that the eyes containing immortal soul sound beautiful. So, when we’re reincarnated, we can look totally different, but our eyes remain the same? Hmm.. but then it becomes absurd that reincarnation can work across different racial groups. I don’t think it’s normal to have light-coloured cornea in some races.
  • Scientist parents are scary. The want to use their own child as their lab’s first test subject? I guess they learned the hard way when another scientist did use their son as a test subject.
  • Wedding ceremony and celebration are important for the bride’s mental health. Because otherwise, if you don’t have it, brides will be oversensitive, jealous, childish, and eventually dead on the same day. LOLz
  • My favourite scene: The climax scene was quite a success when the little Indian girl (whom the scientist couple suspected as the reincarnation of the dead ex-wife) turns hysterical in front of the opened elevator. Just after all hopes seem vague from the scientific test results. I can totally feel the emotion. *teary eyes 
  • And it’s quite clever to end it with opening the door, just like the metaphor from 7 years ago.
  • The death scene was quite terrifying. Maybe it’s just me being too slow to catch it, but I didn’t get that part right away. Was it because her legs were cut by the lift? Is it possible to die because of that? I guess it is… Maybe I was so emotionally attached to the scene and I started to deny things. I can’t even imagine if it happens in real life, or maybe it really happened somewhere (I don’t want to google it and see scary images).

I even changed my mind to put a GIF image of the death scene. I can’t do it. T.T

  • IMHO the scientific results could be done in a better way to avoid bias. Honestly, putting a 7-year-old to answer questions and transparently showing your reactions to each of her answers? They can at least use some code instead of using ‘correct and incorrect’ (and control your expression, please..). Any scientist can tell it’s unethical and you’re practically messing up the data. The respondents are supposed to be kept in neutral, not feeling pressured to answer the “right” answer. I guess it was done on purpose to leave audience questioning the validity of the test, but I still feel disappointed.
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and you call yourself a scientist?
  • I feel that the main point of the story was reincarnation concept, but the plot took too long to tell the background story. The things happened “seven years later” are far more interesting but they developed too fast.
  • AND PLEASE cut off the adult scenes? This movie will still be as good without them, seriously.

So dear readers, are you interested in watching the movie after reading this? Whether it’s yes, no, or if you have watched them yourself, please let me know in the comments section. 🙂

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Current Addiction: Audiobooks

My Childhood Superhero is not dead. Not yet. He just turned out to be an ordinary human with some grave mistakes; like me, like you, like everyone else. Truth is, he never ask to be some kind of a hero. He doesn’t even know that he is. However, no matter what happened, I chose to live in that childish dream.. and I don’t want to wake up.

—–self quote, 03/05/14

Hi everyone. It’s really nice to ‘meet’ you again, finally.

I thought I was going to begin with apologetic sentence about why I stopped writing for God knows how long..(almost a year. a long and exhausting year) but what came after that just sounded like a poor excuse even for me, as the sentence-writer, so I took it back. After all, when I am lazy in writing, I am the one with disadvantages the most. Being anxious and unable to express my self and depressed and so on.

So I decided to start with something I found in the inner workings of my mind: a pathetic self quote.

However, I realize that I still owe you all an apology for being late on replying comments. Seriously, and I am the one that wanted them–the comments. I mean, I still want them, of course! All of your comments are so precious for me. Even the spams. (No, I am joking really. For all spammers: YOU WISH.) I am sincerely very sorry about replying comments so late.. I will reply faster next time, I promise I am working on it. Please keep commenting 🙂

Let’s get going. Today I will talk about audiobooks.

What is so special about it?

Basically an audiobook is an audio version of book. Therefore instead of reading it, you can just listening to it. For someone who works with computer screen for approximately 8 hours a day; and spending about an hour or more from home to work and vice versa everyday like me, audiobook is like a miracle substitute of physical book and ebook.

I used to read ebooks to kill time on my trip from and back home.. and I ended up made myself dizzy. I already have myopia and I don’t want to make it worse so I tried to stop reading on a moving vehicle. Sometimes killing time can be done by listening to music, sure, but it just feels so unproductive—besides, I am a person who can easily get bored of some music, even after storing 999 songs on my music library.

I also thought that audiobook is a magnificent help for people who can not read books because of physical disability. Although I do not know for sure since there are also braille books out there.. so it’s just a guess.

How to ‘read’ an audiobook?

As far as I know, audiobooks could be in various formats, some of them are: mp3, m4a, and m4b.

They all could be played on PC, using any compatible programs (itunes or other music player). But since I mostly listen to it while ‘traveling’ from one place to another, I prefer listening to my audiobooks on mobile device. In my case, I am using iphone 3gs—an old phone that I still can’t move on from—and iTools as file manager software. I had different experiences with those 3 audiobook formats:

m4a in Voice Memo

The first time I had a full audiobook was in m4a format. Before, I only had some excerpt of audiobooks on audible app. As an m4a file, the audiobook’s format was similar to some of my song files, so actually I am sure I could just copied it along with other songs and listened to it through music player (as one of music tracks), but I don’t want to put it together with songs. I like to keep it separately, since sometimes I shuffle my music tracks, and I don’t want to suddenly listening to an audiobook when I was expecting music.

So instead, I copied it to Voice Memo. BAD IDEA. I mean, I can listen to it, but in a not very comfortable way. Forget about fast-forwarding or replaying the last sentence. My finger seems to be too large because a slight touch could bring it to a dozen minutes away from my current reading position. It was beyond annoying. The user interface was not very suitable for an audiobook either–in my opinion. It was like deceiving my iphone into thinking that I was copying a recorded audio file, which was about 5 hours long, then listening to it like it was a extremely long music.

m4b in Audiobooks

If you open the music player on iphone, and tap on the right bottom corner icon—the triple dots with ‘More’ label under it—you would find the Audiobooks tab. Sometimes this tab did not show up until you actually copy an audiobook file on it, but basically it was there by default.

My first expectation on this format was quite high, since the ‘m4b’ format made it seems like it was made specifically for audiobook purpose. Well, it surely has a much better user interface. The audiobook’s cover image was showed up on my iphone everytime I listen to it. Moreover, there was the 15-seconds playback, as well as 15-seconds fast forward feature. I’d say this is an essential feature in audiobook experience.

Unfortunately, once I paused the audiobook to listen to music tracks, the audiobook always started over from the beginning. So I have to remember how far I was on the track, because it did not resume my progress. It was practically as annoying as the voice note experience.

FYI there are some people talked about this on web, some of them even claimed that the problem solved. You could check it out here or here or.. somewhere else on google. (Since I refuse to synchronize my iphone with itunes, I haven’t find anything helpful, sadly.)

mp3 in Podcasts

Currently, this is my favourite way to read an audiobook. Best user interface (pretty much similar to audiobooks), the 15 minutes fast-forward and playback, AND it always resume exactly where I left it off even after I listened to music tracks, so I won’t worry about anything.

Conclusion

PROS:

  • A life saver for multitasking maniac. Audiobook can be enjoyed while doing something else that does not require full concentration, such as: daily chores (floor sweeping, doing dishes, washing, cooking, et cetera), sitting on a vehicle for a long trip, jogging, and many more.
  • It feels like watching a movie with no picture. Or a radio-drama (you know, sometimes a radio announcer–or some of them–reading a story on air. Have you heard of it?) in a less exaggerated version.
  • It could improve your language skill, if you listen to an audiobook in a foreign language and you’re eager to learn how to speak fluently.
  • Faster reading duration. Based on my personal experience, I finished an audiobook faster than an ebook or physical book, with approximately the same length/ word count.

CONS:

  • The file size is much larger than the ebook (pdf or mobi or epub) versions.
  • Just like the quality of a movie that depends on its casts, an audiobook’s quality also depends on how good the narrator(s) did their artwork. Anyway, an audiobook also needs a director.
  • The last point of “PROS” may not applied to people who have ‘fast reading’ ability.. or maybe they who have visual learning style. Anyway, have you heard about learning styles? I remember wrote a paper about it back in high school, senior year. There is a theory about how people learn things better by one or more styles and not that good on another styles. One of my friend actually refused my audiobook recommendation because she believes she has visual learning style, and not that great in aural (musical-auditorial) style. So she prefer reading an actual book. No offense, sro! 🙂

Some fictional novels I’m glad that I read them through audiobooks are..

  • DIVERGENT series : Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Narrated by Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford (in Allegiant)
  • UGLIES series : Uglies, Pretties, and Specials by Scott Westerfeld. Narrated by
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Narrated by Kate Rudd
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Witty Romantic Quotes from Before Sunrise


Alright, alright. Think of it like this: jump ahead, ten, twenty years, okay, and you’re married.

Only your marriage doesn’t have that same energy that it used to have, y’know.

You start to blame your husband. You start to think about all those guys you’ve met in your life and what might have happened if you’d picked up with one of them, right?

Well, I’m one of those guys. 

That’s me y’know, so think of this as time travel, from then, to now, to find out what you’re missing out on.

See, what this really could be is a gigantic favor to both you and your future husband to find out that you’re not missing out on anything. I’m just as big a loser as he is, totally unmotivated, totally boring, and, uh, you made the right choice, and you’re really happy.

These words are taken from ‘Before Sunrise’. A pretty old movie, released in 1995. That was a pickup line, yes. But not just another pickup lines. It’s obvious, but humble. Not too demanding or forcing. It’s smart and even funny. Something that would come out from someone with perfect tongue, as skilled as a drugseller. Now that I think about it, those sentences actually very tricky. But I didn’t think. I totally mesmerized by Jesse the moment he said those words. If I were Celine, I’d probably be speechless while spontaneously step out of the train. That’s what she did, anyway.

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Celine and Jesse

Daydream delusion, limousine eyelash

Oh baby with your pretty face

Drop a tear in my wineglass

Look at those big eyes

See what you mean to me

Sweet-cakes and milkshakes

I’m a delusion angel

I’m a fantasy parade

I want you to know what I think

Don’t want you to guess anymore

You have no idea where I came from

We have no idea where we’re going

Lodged in life

Like branches in a river

Flowing downstream

Caught in the current

I carry you

You’ll carry me

That’s how it could be

Don’t you know me?

Don’t you know me by now?

Of course, there’s a poetry. Every female heroine from any romantic tale usually has someone who writes them a special poetry. But what if the one who wrote the poetry wasn’t the prince charming? Would it still be romantic if the poetry came from a street poet, a total stranger, because your lover wasn’t a romantic person who write poetries? That kind of situation, I may say, is not often to be found.. And there it was, suddenly popped up as a scene in Before Sunrise. Now I know what it feels like: plain romantic!

It’s a simple poetry that was written by a street poet in about a few minutes. Based on one random word that was picked by Celine: milkshake. Then somehow, magically, it fits their story perfectly. They’re two strangers who don’t know each other. They’re wandering around Vienna like two people with no direction or purpose. They treasure each other. Curious about each other. And somehow they end up being comfortable with each other’s presence and mind. It’s like they found each other.

Jesse: Yeah. So, uh, were we having our first fight back there?

Celine: No, (laughs)

Jesse: Yeah, I think so, I think we were.

Celine: Well, even if we were a little bit, y’know. Why does everyone think conflict is so bad. There’s a lot of good things coming out of conflict.

Once upon a time, someone told me that she didn’t like a certain movie because there’s too much conversation and less action in it. Well. I totally could relate to her. I always hate slow-paced movies, that usually have too much talk, with no special effect or such. But I don’t know why, I enjoy listening to every conversation in Before Sunrise.

I guess it’s true that we could learn and gain some good things after we overcome conflicts. Even if it’s a movie with too much talks.

JesseYou know what drives me crazy? It’s all these people talking about how great technology is, and how it saves all this time. But, what good is saved time, if nobody uses it? If it just turns into more busy work. You never hear somebody say, “With the time I’ve saved by using my word processor, I’m gonna go to a Zen monastery and hang out”. I mean, you never hear that.

That’s our smartass guy, Jesse, talked like an expert. Gave some insights about life, like the wisest man on earth..

Celine: You know, I’ve been wondering lately. Do you know anyone who’s in a happy relationship?

Jesse: Uh, yeah, sure. I know happy couples. But I think they lie to each other.

Celine: Hmf. Yeah. People can lead their life as a lie. My grandmother, she was married to this man, and I always thought she had a very simple, uncomplicated love life. But she just confessed to me that she spent her whole life dreaming about another man she was always in love with. She just accepted her fate. It’s so sad.

Jesse: I guarantee you, it was better that way. If she’d ever got to know him, I’m sure he would have disappointed her eventually.

Celine: How do you know? You don’t know them.

Jesse: Yeah, I know, I know. It’s just, people have these romantic projections they put on everything. That’s not based on any kind of reality.

Watching before Sunrise actually made me realize a not-so-important-but-embarassing thing: I’m such a hopeless romantic person. There, I admit it.

This dialogue above reminds me of a sad sad sad life scenario that I hope, with all my heart, wouldn’t happen to me. Like, being trapped in a loveless marriage. Or worse, being in love with someone I can’t be with, and married someone else instead. Or worst, to think that I’m in love with someone, but actually not, only an imaginary character of him. And then I can’t forget him, even if I was getting married with someone else—a poor guy who’s lost to an imaginary man. Tragic.

Celine: When you talked earlier about after a few years how a couple would begin to hate each other by anticipating their reactions or getting tired of their mannerisms-I think it would be the opposite for me. I think I can really fall in love when I know everything about someone-the way he’s going to part his hair, which shirt he’s going to wear that day, knowing the exact story he’d tell in a given situation. I’m sure that’s when I know I’m really in love.

Lucky her. I’ve realized that I never had that kind of feeling about anybody. Is that really what people call love?

Jesse: I kind of see this all love as this escape, for two people who don’t know how to be alone. People always talk about how love is this totally unselfish, giving thing, but if you think about it, there’s nothing more selfish.

That’s it, Jesse. THAT’S IT! You sounds so true.

Celine: We, maybe we should try something different. I mean, it’s no so bad if tonight is our only night, right? People always exchange phone numbers, addresses, they end up writing once, calling each other once or twice…

Jesse: Right. Fizzles out. Yeah, I mean, I don’t want that. I hate that.

Celine: I hate that too, y’know.

Jesse: Why do you think everybody thinks relationships are supposed to last forever anyway?

Celine: Yeah, why. It’s stupid.

Yeah, I totally know what it feels like, okay. I had done something like that, and I regret it. I literally met a guy in a train station, had some conversations, laughed together.. Then before my train came he asked my number. And I gave it. And he’s been texting me since then. He’s been texting me like we’re in a long-distance relationship or something. But who are you kidding here? We’re not. We’re just two strangers who met in a train station. It might sounds harsh, but it’s the truth, okay!

Back to Jesse and Celine, they’re nothing like me and my densha otoko*. They spend more time together, and they have this obvious chemistry between them. Anyone can see it clearly! (and that’s why they’re in a movie, helloo.. LOL) But seriously, they’re totally into each other. Still, they refused to admit it like sceptic college students who tried to be anti-mainstream. Exchanging numbers doesn’t make you dumb or shallow, you know?

Celine: Maybe we should meet here in five years or something.

Jesse: All right, all right, five year- Five years! That’s a long time!

Celine: It’s awful! It’s like a sociological experiment!

Here they go again.. Really, you wanna do an experiment or research study on your feelings?

Jesse: Listen, if somebody gave me the choice right now, of to never see you again or to marry you, alright, I would marry you, alright. And maybe that’s a lot of romantic bullshit, but people have gotten married for a lot less.

Aw, they’re just so cute. Like, being naive at each other, denying their obvious feelings, and then regret it later. They, especially Jesse, talked like they don’t believe in love; but their story makes me believe in love, a little. Is that what people do when they’re in love? I can’t take it anymore. I’m soo envy~

What makes Before Sunrise a special movie for me, besides those quotes, I think it’s also because of the sequel. They made a sequel 9 years later, with the same actor and actress, which are growing old naturally. Personally I found it’s kind of funny, you know, because in Jesse’s pickup line he asked Celine to ‘jump ahead’ to her future, like 10 years later.. So this sequel might be some kind of answer to Jesse’s visions about the future: Is Celine married? Is she tired of her husband? The questions could go on and on.

The sequel is called Before Sunset. Still full of witty conversations that I love so much, refusal of ordinary typical love story which always has a happy ending, but that doesn’t mean they ended it with some tragic or cruel events.. The difference in the sequel was Jesse and Celine were older and more adult-like. They’re still very sceptical, but less naive. At least they admitted that they were stupid 9 years ago, for holding on a promise to meet again without exchanging numbers or adresses or whatever.

Oh and when I said that they’re more adult-like.. well, not really. They did stupid things. They’re still in love with each other, afterall, regardless of the fact that they denied it. Again.

There’s also a cute twist in these movies..

Before Sunrise (1995)
Before Sunrise (1995)
Before Sunset (2004)
Before Sunset (2004)

Overall, I really like both of their movies!

If you like romantic movies, watching them is a must. Believe me. And this year, 2013, exactly 9 years after ‘Before Sunset’, I heard there’s another sequel coming soon: Before Midnight. Let’s wait and see..

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*densha otoko = train guy, japanese

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MONSTER – KDrama Review

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DRAMA INFO

Name of the title:  화이트 크리스마스 / White Christmas
Also known as: 몬스터 / Monster
Director: Kim Yong-Soo
Writer: Park Yeon-Sun
Episodes : 8
Language: Korean
Year: 2011

Casts:

SYNOPSIS

“Are Monsters Born, or Created?”

Ok. I’ll try to write this without spoiling too much. It’s a thriller drama with psychological twists and some mysteries to solve. The place setting was in a prestigious private boarding school in the middle of nowhere (an isolated suburban area), which is extremely hard to get into. The students comprise of the top 0.1% of all the students in South Korea. Being a top ranked school, the schedule was so tight and the only vacation days of every year was christmas break: 8 days from Christmas Eve to the first day of new year.

The story begins with some students who didn’t go home on christmas break.. And they were all there because of a same reason: a mysterious suicide letter had sent to them. At first their sole purpose was to break the secret behind this suspicious letter, but then some unexpected things occured. Each of them—the students and all the casts—has their own problem and eventually each one has to face them: the pasts, fears, insecurities, secrets..

Being an ivy league prestigious school’s student, one must be either a genius or a hardworker. Everyone proud of them. But will it prevent someone from being a monster?

REVIEW 

First impressions – Surprise, surprise.. It’s only 8 episodes and it’s Korean. Well I guess White Christmas is not the only short Korean drama ever made, but it is the only one I’ve watched. They’re usually at least 16 episodes long, sometimes filled with draggy dramatic scenes. So I am expecting something different..

(This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk!)

Actually I was really impressed of this drama. I like it so much I nearly rate it a masterpiece (5/5). Except for the fact that I wasn’t really curious halfway. It was after the 4th episode that I dropped it for a while—about a week I guess, I don’t remember exactly. It was a cliffhanger, but deep inside I was a little bit disappointed  Continue reading “MONSTER – KDrama Review”

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How to Pick a Movie

What makes me watch a movie when no one recommends it?

IMDB Rating

Simple. When I can’t get any recommendations, I’ll look for it. IMDB rating, as you may already know it, is in 1-10 scale. Of course I’ll look for movies with good rating, like 8 or 9 out of 10. Sometimes IMDB rating is not quite enough to convince me, though. Sometimes I don’t really like high-rated movies, but enjoy watching movies with ratings around 5,6, or 7 out of 10. So I don’t really mind the rating as long as it’s no less than 5. For second opinion I’ll check rotten tomatoes too,  in a rare occasion.

Casts

Some people told me it’s shallow and unfair, especially when I like some particular actors for their looks. Well I can’t help it. Besides, I don’t fancy them ONLY because of their looks, I also admire their talents! And yes, I’ll add a movie to my wish-list without any further consideration, the moment I saw one of my favourite  actors or actresses played in it.

I also have a weird-desperate wish about watching a movie with Tom Felton and Emma Watson as the main cast in it (yes I just slipped a feltson material in my blog AGAIN and I’m not sorry, please punish me!). I wonder if any directors will consider it. Afterall they’re two famous harry potter casts—besides Daniel and Rupert—idk how much will it costs to put them together in a movie again. Should we persuade some producers??

Anyway talk about actors I’ve found an interesting website with cool content, design, and illustration about famous actors. It’s called “The Many Faces Of..”, I found it when I’m looking for Alan Rickman. Click here to check it out.

Trailers

That’s what it’s made for: to convince people to watch the movie. And it’s effective. We called it advertisement.

By the way—out of the topic—have you watch The Holiday? Watching Cameron Diaz’s job in that movie made me wonder how it feels like to work as a movie trailer director.. I bet it’ll be fun.

Movie Poster

Movie is an art, and so is the poster. If I don’t like a certain movie poster, usually I don’t have any desire to watch the movie either. At least I need more time and more convincing factors to finally pick it up and watch it. I know it’s sad and kind of “judging a book by its cover”. However I am judging a movie by its poster. It’s a habit came from my unconscious mind. Besides aren’t movie posters supposed to be some kind of advertisement?

Reviews

Reading people’s reviews pretty much helps me. Especially when I remember to make sure there’s no spoilers in it! Mostly I read reviews in IMDB (again!) or any random personal blogs. What I like about reviews is the reviewer usually write a title of his/her review.

Reading reviews is about learning to know how people like or dislike a movie and reasons behind it all. It’s fun to know a lot of different opinions about something. I love reading inspirational blogs, as much as I love writing my own blog. And surprise, surprise.. I’m planning to write more movie reviews in near future. Let’s pray I’ll get over my laziness soon and please kindly vote the title! 🙂

Title

I’m watching a movie because of its title. I know it sounds silly, but it’s true!! A title has to represent the whole story. And a certain title of a good story is enough to tempt me—even if the poster isn’t my favourite, yes. Have you heard about The Invention of Lying, Being John Malkovich, Stranger Than Fiction, or My Life Without Me? If you tempted to watch those movies because of the titles, we have the same problem. But if you’re not, good for you. You have a chance to judge more than knowing the title.

Synopsis

When the title is not enough to represent its whole story, let’s read the synopsis. As usual, I read synopsis in IMDB (again and again!) or asianwiki for asian movies. But there were many times when I found the synopsis only in two or three sentences without explaining anything interesting. Meanwhile if the synopsis longer than usual, there’re probably spoilers in it. So that’s all about synopsis: sometimes it helps, if you’re lucky.

Director

Okay to be frank I’m not sure to add this on the list and eventually I did. I guess sometimes I’m interested in a random movie when I know that it was directed by a certain director, eventhough I don’t know much about them.. For Indonesian movies I like Hanung Bramantyo’s works. And based on my favourite movies, apparently I like Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan, and Hayao Miyazaki.

Genre

Now this is really personal. Do you have any particural genre you don’t like? If you ask me, I’m not a fan of horror movies. Although that doesn’t mean I never watch it. I watched horror in a certain inevitable situation, like when I’m hanging out with my friends or my horror-lover cousin.

The concept of watching movie for me is about entertainment and inspiration—while I never find both of them in horror movies, because being scared is hardly entertained, duh! I enjoyed movies mostly in fantasy, comedy, and sci-fi genre. Action, drama, and romance are also my favourite but they’d better not alone in a movie or it’ll be boring. An addition of thriller and mystery will be interesting too, as long as it’s not too much to make it too depressing like horror. Then the most exquisite genre: music! I’d pick it  any days of a week. But let’s not mix it up with musical, where dialogues replaced with singing—that’s totally not my thing.

So that’s all I could tell about picking a movie, based on personal preferences. Hope you found this useful. 🙂

english · rants · review · stuffs from lovely people

A Girl Who Reads

First thing to say, I don’t own these words in italic below.

I don’t even know who Rosemary Urquico is, but it seems like this post spreads everywhere. Tumblr, blogger, wordpress.. and people starts wondering who she is. I even found an article titled “Rosemarie Urquico has been found!“.

Isn’t it slightly amusing? If I haven’t read about her before, I might think that she’s some kind of terrorist, criminal, or pirate. You know, ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ thing? But I think she’s a genius. Maybe she never thought before, how her writing has been read by so many people. How internet made our world seems so small, how some words spread so fast and change people’s life. Wonderful, isn’t it?

Anyway, the first time I read it was on my friend’s tumblr blog, Sintia Pebriana. (Thanks Teh Sin 🙂 ) If you like it, I think you should click here to read her blog too.

I found this just.. beautiful. As simple as that, the reason why I post it here. This just made my day.

“Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

–Rosemary Urquico

blairies · english · review

Fanfics fever!

I don’t remember when was the first time I read a fanfiction, though i’ve already know about it since a long time ago. Maybe from deviantart.com, fanfiction.net, wattpad.com or another place when I first saw drawings or paintings in doujinshi (Japanese term for fanfiction, cmiiw anyway) genre, then I loved many of them.

When I first read a doujinshi, it almost hit me hard. Actually I’ve been doing these fanfiction things since I was in elementary school, but barely realized what I’ve been doing back then. It was because I never make it into paper, I just playing the story in my head. I always do that everytime a story makes me sunken into its plot, wandered around its own world inside the book.

There’re many stories I loved, but hated the ending. Sometimes the story didn’t work out the way I wanted, so I just ignore what the authors wrote in their books and made my own better story in my head. And that’s how a fanfiction/doujinshi works!

So, from a couple days ago, I’ve started reading harry potter fanfics. More specific, some “Dramione” fanfics. (FYI Dramione stands for Draco-Hermione. Yes, they made them couple.) Since I don’t really like Ron-Hermione as a couple in the first place, somehow the movie makes Draco Malfoy fabulously handsome, and love between enemies couldn’t be more exciting. They made me love Draco-Hermione as a couple.

dramione

I must really love them because I can read their fanfics for hours, even a whole night long. Sometimes how I really excited about them makes me scared my self. But I know there’s time for things like this, so I’m just enjoying it. I know someday it’ll make me bored (like another things I ever crazy about) so I’ll be less excited about them, but not now. You can call me freak and I won’t feel offended. =p Not that I agreed, but sometimes a tiny sound in my head tells me that what I do now is similar with what people think a freak would do. And I don’t really care. teehee! 😀

Talking about Dramione fanfics, if you’re interested to read it too, just remember this tips: mind the rate. When it rated M, there’re possibly many adult scenes in it, so just prepared in case you’ll think it disgusting because I often do. Yeah I’m already 20, but I don’t really appreciate those scenes.

So there’s a dramione fanfic, A Wonderful Caricature of Intimacy by Countess of Abe. In this fanfic, Draco Malfoy already had a son from undesired “accident” with Pansy Parkinson. They’re married although didn’t love each other, then divorced 5 years later. Draco became a warm-harted father, He really loves his son, Zane Malfoy. And somehow Hermione and her friend, Donny, end up being Zane’s teachers.

Here’s one of funny parts of the story, which made me LOL. A dialogue between Draco Malfoy and his 5 years old son, when they had a dinner (P.S.: Zane was only 5 years old, he can’t say “Hermione” fluently because it’s a little too hard for him) :

“Daddy, what’s a hottie?”

Draco choked on the sip of water he was taking as his son asked the offending question. “What? Where did you hear that word?”

“Miss Donny said it,” Zane replied.

Draco realized that the other teacher must have been drooling over the Quidditch player in front of his son. How lovely.

“Well, um, a hottie is a person that someone finds attractive,” Draco explained.

Zane stared at his father with a blank gaze. “What does that mean?”

Draco rubbed his forehead. “Ok, when you get older, you’re going to start thinking that girls are pretty…”

“Ew, yuck!” Zane grimaced.

Draco chuckled at his son’s innocence. Oh, the good old days when girls had cooties

“So, when you think a girl is pretty, you would call her a hottie, and the same for when girls think boys are handsome,” Draco lamely explained.

“Oh,” Zane said. “I think Miss Hernime is pretty. So, is she a hottie?”

Draco resisted the urge to laugh. God, how could he explain this to his son without confessing what he truly thought of the horrible she-zilla. “You can only think someone is a hottie when you’re a grown up.”

Great job, Draco. Wonderful parenting. This kid is on the fast-track to a Freudian complex.

“You’re a growmup, daddy,” Zane said. “Only growmups can know hotties? Is Miss Her-mi-one a hottie to you? Is Miss Donny a hottie?”

Draco wanted to cry. Just curl up in a ball and cry. When would the bloody questions stop? “Miss Hermione and Miss Donny are teachers and teachers cannot be hotties.”

And the bullshit award goes to Draco Malfoy.

“Why?” Zane asked.

“Because they work with children,” Draco said. Where in the hell was he coming up with these lies?

Zane looked confused. Draco felt confused… and nauseous… and tired.

“Are you a hottie, daddy?” Zane asked.

Draco nearly laughed, but stopped himself to prevent hurting his son’s feelings. “All Malfoys are hotties, Zane. It’s common knowledge.”

“I’m a Malfoy! I’m a hottie, too, daddy!” Zane said happily. “And gamma and gampa!”

This was officially the strangest conversation Draco had ever had with another human being.