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The Love Poet

I don’t think all writers are sad, she said. I think it’s the other way around — all sad people write. – Lang Leav

Five years ago today, my friends and I met Lang Leav, whose compilation of love poems, Love and Misadventure, attracted massive attention and positive reception despite being launched just the previous year. By using conversational language in the traditional stanza format, her poems capture the fleeting moments of pure emotions.

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Valuable Lessons From ‘Old Fashioned’

“I thought I’d always be alone.” Clay’s voice is heard while a dreamy clip of him and Amber is seen in sepia, as if nostalgic of a distant past. “Why?” she asked. “It’s what I deserve,” was his reply. “Oh, that’s a bunch of hooey,” she said, as she reaches out for his hand.

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What’s To Love About ‘Gilmore Girls’

Aired for seven straight years from 2000 to 2007, Gilmore Girls is one of the most dearly beloved shows of all time. Despite its premiere on a small and undervalued network, in a time slot that placed them neck-and-neck with the then unbeatable series Friends (source), Gilmore Girls fared well through the years. And although creator Amy Sherman-Palladino left the show in 2006 due to issues with the studio, Gilmore Girls still ranked 16 out of the 50 Best TV Shows On Netflix and 51 out of Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows. And with its sought-after revival fast approaching after nine long years, what could be a greater time for a review than now? So, in this post, I share five attributes that make this series a treasure that it is:
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The Success of ‘Heneral Luna’

“A great civilization is not conquered from without,
until it has destroyed itself from within.”

The above quote by American writer and historian Will Durant is what I was immediately reminded of upon seeing Heneral Lunafor the movie depicted a people’s downfall as a culmination of strife among themselves.

At first, I was quite hesitant to write about this Jerrold Tarog film, worried that I lack the competency to do justice to it. However, there is something about Heneral Luna that makes it too great a feat to be ignored. As I was weeping bitterly through the scenes, I knew just how important this film is, worthy of time and attention. So fresh from the cathartic movie experience last night, I share three main reasons why I think Heneral Luna succeeded as a local heroic film:

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The Philosophies of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

I first encountered The Fault In Our Stars in an Instagram post of a friend and since then, I’ve been intrigued by the title. This catch phrase of John Green’s fourth solo novel was derived from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar where one Roman nobleman, named Cassius, says to another:

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

In the context of the play, the line makes perfect sense. These two men did not suffer from unjust destiny but have rather made decisions that led them to their fates. In the words of John Green himself, the said quote has since been “decontextualized over and over and used universally as a way of saying that the fault is not in the stars (i.e. fate or destiny) but in individual people… But there is plenty of fault in our stars.”

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The Sherlock Series: Bloody Genius

‘How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?’
~Sherlock Holmes

It was my father who introduced Sherlock Holmes to me when I was in grade school. Since then, The Great Cases of Sherlock Holmes has become one of my favorite books. I even became fond of Detective Conan, a Japanese Animé which is inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. For a long time, I have been a fan of the genius maverick archetype he seemed to inspire. And being on the good side fighting evil, Sherlock Holmes is my childhood hero.

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のだめカンタービレ (Nodame Cantabile)

I’ve recently finished watching a Japanese series called Nodame Cantabile* and it has left me beaming with renewed hope and inspiration. Based on a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya, Nodame Cantabile‘s live-action television drama version became an instant hit worldwide in 2006, as well as its Animé version in 2007. Continue reading “のだめカンタービレ (Nodame Cantabile)”

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Five Stars for Three Idiots

In the international scene, Bollywood movies are not as acclaimed and sought-after as Hollywood movies. Slumdog Millionaire for instance, which is perhaps the most popular Indian movie, is not a Bollywood film. Although the aesthetic value and social significance of a film–or any art form for that matter–is not to be measured in pure canon, our entertainment industry dictates otherwise, for it is after all, a popularity contest.

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Despite breaking box-office records and being the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in India, 3 Idiots is not as popular as Twilight, Harry Potter, or any of those Marvel movies. Even you may not be fond of the hip swinging, finger snapping, and lip syncing antics of Bollywood. But, dare I say, the lessons, humor, and wit of 3 Idiots could surpass what many illustrious flicks have to offer.

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