Lessons from the Spiderverse

It was a very enjoyable movie. I’m not going to write a review (there are many out there). But if there was one thing that resonated with me the most was Peter B. Parker’s answer to Miles’ question: “How do you know you’re ready?”

You don’t. It takes a leap of faith.

A leap of faith. Maybe my doubts can be answered by those four words. All it takes is a leap of faith.

A hobbit

I I had a great night watching The Hobbit with Charlie and some friends. I hardly remember anything from LOTR since I have never re-watched it since the first time it was screened in cinemas, and never read the books either. I enjoyed The Hobbit more compared to my experience of fear while watching LOTR. I should have watched The Hobbit then, when I was younger, because most of what I remember of LOTR involved feeling scared in the theater, terrified as I anticipate the next Orc battle or disgusting-looking enemy, and then the gruesome deaths that seem to follow after.

But my memories are rather faded, save for the fact that LOTR for my younger self seemed like half a horror. 

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower yesterday and…it was okay. Just okay. Maybe the problem was that we just watched Ruby Sparks a week ago and it was amazing and this one was just okay. We regretted spending P190 for the tickets though because it would have been fine as a movie watched at home. 

I haven’t read the book so I wasn’t a fan of anything, and my expectations were solely from the (good) reviews and from the fanbase of the book. I guess I was expecting something…more (or different?). Charlie commented that the characters are all a little too interesting for one group that it was pretty hard for me to sympathise or like them all. 

Did I like it? I’m not sure. It didn’t really make me feel or I didn’t have any impulse to really discuss the movie afterward. I suppose I’m just glad for one of the last few things said at the end of the movie: 

“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” 

Mostly because they’re encouraging words that sort-of inspire hope of some kind. 

TBH: We should just have watched Ruby Sparks a second time. 

Ruby Sparks

It isn’t always that Charlie and I get to watch a movie that makes one feel bothered. Something that gives you all kinds of feels that you have to talk about it after watching, and whatever it is that you felt while watching doesn’t disappear after the credits. Ruby Sparks is one of those movies, and unexpectedly so. We went in the cinema expecting something romantic. Don’t get me wrong: it has that, but more. It was cute, fluffy, romantic, and beautiful. It has all the quirkiness of hipster couples. But we also left the theater a little chilled and bothered. It’s something you have to see and experience yourself. 

Ruby Sparks is definitely one of the better (romantic?) movies this year. 

Waiting for Forever (2010)

I was watching Waiting for Forever (2010) last night (loved the music; the dad was the only real interesting character and I would have rather watched a movie about him and his wife) and aaaaaa—

Scott Mechlowicz has the prettiest eyes and the longest eyelashes. And he looks so young. I remember watching EuroTrip but I didn’t realize he was the actor there, or I didn’t take notice of him before. But after last night — those eyes!

Hua Mulan (2009)

Wuxia movies, hm. I never knew I’d get into these. :P

Hua Mulan (2009)
Hua Mulan (2009)

I watched the 2009 live-action movie Hua Mulan last Monday and while there were quite a lot of things the film lacked, or I would much rather have seen (but perhaps only a TV series would have had time to explore, such as Mulan’s relationship with her “brothers” and, in the case of the movie, with Wentai), it was quite okay. It seemed to have touched upon too many things but didn’t get to fully explore any of them. It didn’t focus on martial arts but neither did it exploit the potential for character development, which really was a pity. You “know” the characters at a glance but not their motivations, save for Mulan’s filial piety. A more character-driven plot would have saved it.

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