This is why I dream of playing the piano. I just listen to this, and scenes flash in my mind. I am left speechless and teary-eyed and wishing I could one day write a story as beautiful as this piece of music.
It amazes me how its possible to think
of 12 things at the same time
and still be helplessly bored to the point that
I would imagine 12 other things to think of
only to end up being more helplessly bored than ever.
Or should I say the All-Star Hero movie of the year next to The Expendables? For that alone, I could say that it’s not a waste of money. There were funny scenes every now and then thanks mostly to Hulk and Tony Stark and his arrogance. There’s also the visuals that satisfied those who were looking for lots of explosive, CG eyecandy and more Scarlet Johansson vixen-ness. To me, the film was intended mainly to entertain the audience especially the fans who had long dreamed of seeing their heroes kicking evil butts together in one legendary mission. But if you’re not a fan, I suggest you watch this only when you’re in the mood for a typical coming together of the heroes story. I think this movie could have been better, but I guess having too many stars in a show doesn’t leave enough room for a groundbreaking plot.
Which according to some isn’t so amazing because it simply wasn’t the right time to make this movie. Not if people still have a clear picture of Peter’s angry face when Uncle Ben died, and Mary Jane’s red hair and sweet smile. The emotions in the scenes of The Amazing Spiderman and the things that made its characters interesting quickly faded away from my memory as I made my way home from the cinema. On the good side though, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were believable as high school teenagers and that was enough to capture me for the moment I sat there eyes fixed on the screen. Overall, the movie was good but short of the intensity and freshness the audience of the previous movies expected to leave a lasting imprint on them.
For my next posts, I’ll be writing about the movies I watched last year. It won’t be long but since it wasn’t until recently that I have been seeing movies on the big screen more frequently than I used to during my college years, I made this list to look back at the experience of sitting in a dark room full of strangers and taking in every image and sound that surrounded me for an hour or two. For the record, each movie on the list left its own distinct mark, but some are just too beautiful to forget than others.
Coincidentally, it turns out I watched exactly 10 movies and… that’s all I got. But that’s fine because that’s a big number for me! Watch out 2013, I’ll be breaking 2012’s milestones with you. I’ll be filling up the list from the least to the most emotionally engaging and entertaining movie, and in 10th place is
Starring Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Thor. Aside from the embarrassing fact that I forgot his name, he looked and sounded a lot like Thor in this movie so to me he IS Thor. I think the creators of this movie did a good job convincing the audience (me) that this is the other side of the popular fairytale. I’m relieved that despite its overall cold and dark feel, it didn’t look like Twilight although I feared that it would be when I saw the trailer. Charlize Theron’s beautiful yet scary, powerful yet emotionally vulnerable portrayal of the queen was perfect that the queen, despite how evil she was, gained my sympathy. What I found strange though was the princess’ sudden transformation to a war leader, so her breaking out to make a speech was more confusing than moving. I wanted to understand from the movie the process of evolving from a locked up damsel into a stronger persona worthy of victory. Or maybe I didn’t easily realize that she was actually never helpless to begin with because I didn’t understand why she had to wait for that long to grab the nail that has been obviously lying around her cell for decades.
I don’t think blogs are personal spaces because if it were, you wouldn’t show it to the world and expect people to feed on it. Unless you’re a celebrity, a politician or an overnight Youtube sensation, people wouldn’t bother to know about your failed attempt to play guitar, your weekend date with your ex-boyfriend who wanted a second chance nor how your new haircut seems to make you ten pounds bigger.
I think blogging can be considered as the craft of translating your personal experiences, daydreams and ideas into web-attention-worthy material, which can be in any form of media. Note the emphasis on the web part. Just because everyone in your family or high school thinks that you’re a great writer or cartoonist, you can expect the same thing from the rest of crowd. No. After having been asked to write a couple of articles on SEO, I found out that 90% of Internet users rely on the top 3 search engines to search for anything online, and most of them only bother to look at the first page. Which only meant that majority of the entire online population are butts-on-chair-all-day lazy. and that you would have to compete with millions of other bloggers to get these lazy Internet users’ attention.
(going back to my line of thought) It doesn’t take a literature of one’s normal life to have the next most followed blog. You just have to be different from what’s already out there (which is hard because almost everything is already out there – you can even finish your homework by typing the exact questions on the search bar) by writing something witty or motivating, showing your mindblowing photos and doodles or sharing something so geeky it’s worth publishing in a conference.
Take for example Hyperbole and a Half. Ally’s writing style was all I ever dreamed about back then. Now that I think about it, that style perfectly matched and made her own brand of comedy, aside from the fact that her childhood was pure insanity. Seems to me that lately her stories had gone from outright inconceivable to being too-creepy-it’s-hysterical. My personal favorites are the ‘The Party‘ and ‘How a fish almost destroyed my childhood‘. Must read those for the nth time!
Despite what I had just said, anyone is free to write about anything they want, even me, and that is why I’m writing this now. If you feel the urge to blog about anything that pops in your head, be brave and just do it. It doesn’t matter if the only people who anticipate your posts are your bestfriend and your long time rival who’s been keenly watching you to make a mistake so she can sell it to the school paparazzi. An idea that’s waiting to happen is just as painful as an unspoken love. It won’t hurt a bit more if you do something about it.