Poem: of plagiarized sentiments

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i walk the hallway with its rainbow of lights
we can’t last forever,
watching them –
it’s a foolish practice –
i find a small smile to give
i begin to find evidence of human habitation
i fade away from the crowd
watching the humans disappear
watching them dissolve
a soft static hum
i fear your faith has been misplaced
it was somehow beautiful and creepy, all at once
all its secrets
and all its foolish casual cruelty
it was self-defence
the mere word was anathema

Hey guys! So the above poem is a rough amalgamation of various lines found from fourteen different books. Some of them have been adapted to fit the poem’s atmosphere, but for the most part they all have been “plagiarized”. My intention in doing this … well, you can infer yourself, but there is an intention to it. It’s not that I just felt “crap I don’t really feel like writing a poem so I’ll just put a bunch of lines together” (or is it? No, no it wasn’t.) It took me a while to find the perfect lines, especially in the books that weren’t altogether poetic.

– cumuloq ❤

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Teen Wolf Season 4 and My Favourites

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I’ve been binge watching seasons 1 to 3 of Teen Wolf for about a month now, and now it feels awkward, with the arrival of season four, to have to watch one episode per week. I don’t like the idea of waiting with cliffhangers at the end of each show.

If you have never watched Teen Wolf and have always been a skeptic of such shows, trust me, I agree with your initial impulse reactions. I have yet to find an amazing supernatural TV show since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And I personally decided to avoid jumping on the The Vampire Diaries bandwagon. Now, personally, Teen Wolf is my Buffy the Vampire Slayer fix.

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Season 4 starts with the first episode entitled “The Dark Moon”. It begins in Mexico with Stiles and Lydia attempting to enter the Calavera’s house, a house of hunters, so as to “buy” Derek back. I won’t go into the entire episode itself here, don’t worry about it, just the set-up of the entire thing. If, however, you’re wondering the significance of the title, “The Dark Moon”, it’s all about how it’s a period of grief. The true implications of this title however is not clearly revealed in the episode itself and may take a few episodes from now to reveal how important it may be to the plot.

What I want to mostly fill this post with, and the purpose of this post, is to pen down a sort of mini 30 day challenge in here, i.e. to reflect on all my (thus far) favourite parts of the series.

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Let’s begin with my favourite male character which has to be Stiles Stilinski, whose real name, may I add and remind watchers of the show, has yet to be revealed and is one plot point I hope will be revealed down the road soon. Stiles reminds me of (since I am paralleling Buffy and Teen Wolf) a young Xander Harris, i.e. he’s the faithful sidekick that does everything he can to help, and is not supernatural himself. Often times his encounters with the supernatural are not pleasant, he is still far too fascinated and hypnotised by it to get away from the entire debacle.

One thing I love about Stiles character is his relationship with his father. Stiles attempts to help his dad with his criminal investigations and always feels like the screw-up son, ’cause he is constantly getting into trouble and has (not sure whether it’s hinted or said specifically) attention deficit disorder. Yet the two of them are all they have got in the world, and so their incredibly close as a family unit.

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And now my favourite female character is Lydia Martin. At first I really did not like her, she seemed shallow and seemed to be an archetype of the head cheerleader; but she slowly grew on me, possibly due to the impact being a banshee has had on her so far, and Lydia has overtaken Allison by a mile as my favourite female character.

What I love about Lydia is that, although she is incredibly unsure of her new powers and about what’s going on around her, she still remains confident in her intelligence. The pack always comes to her when they’re lost as she is literally a supernatural compass.

My favourite season has to be season three part one, personally ’cause I loved the Celtic mythology and ’cause it had the most impressive script and plot. There was so much in that season that left me gasping and having to wrap my brain around. All I’ve got to say is that the people who wrote that season were awesome.

My favourite episodes in that season has to be a tie between Chaos Rising (episode two) and Motel California (episode six). The latter I watched through my periphery ’cause it has literally got to be the most terrifying Teen Wolf episodes yet. But I personally love it because the most “incapable” or least supernatural people of the group, Stiles, Allison and Lydia, were left to rescue the rest of the pack from near certain death. It also revealed the cruxes of all the characters who you’d believe to be one-dimensional.

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Other mentions, I love the additions of Kira and Malia. I wish Kira was more self-assured of herself however. I feel like she’s settling into the “mysterious feminine Asian” stereotype, and I don’t want that to happen, i.e. I don’t want her to be defined by her ethnicity. Malia is gorgeous. I personally think she’s the most beautiful in the cast and I want to love her but her story is still being unfolded and needs a lot more development before I do decide whether I like her. Personally, I don’t like how she’s being paired with Stiles. I still ship Stydia. 😉

One thing I have to say however is that I love the dynamics of the pack that’s starting in this season’s first episode. They work as a unit very much like the Scooby Gang of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and that’s nice to see. I also love how this unit also consists of kick-ass girls. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a group fighting against the supernatural and the hunters alike. If this is what season four will end up looking like, I’m all for it.

If you have yet to check out Teen Wolf, or are still unsure of whether to watch it, I suggest that you give it a chance. Right now’s when most series are currently on hiatus/have ended their current seasons, but Teen Wolf is just picking up again. The first season is pretty solid, you’ll love the bromance between Scott and Stiles. The second season is pretty dreary, but get through it and you’ll be awarded with the gem which is season three.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

Overview of the 30 Day Movie Challenge

Hi guys!

As mentioned on the last post of the 30 Day Movie Challenge, here is my obligatory overview/recap of the 30 Day Movie Challenge now that it is over. It includes a paragraph of reflections (as, for me, a task that is not reflected upon is often not worth doing in the first place), the full list with links to all the posts that I’ve done on this challenge for you to see at a macro level, and a final say on this challenge.

But firstly, I want to thank everyone who has been reading the challenges, those who have liked some posts and commented on others. I would like to personally thank Rhey of Sunshine who has been an amazing friend throughout all of this; I understand that her schedule has and will always be hectic, and I always appreciate and admire how dedicated she is to the challenges – sometimes more enthusiastically than I am.

Personally, I had assumed in the beginning that the 30 Day Movie Challenge would be less work than the Book Challenge, that I would get to write less and I was wrong on both counts. Even though I had a list of all the movies I’ve watched neatly sorted on Imdb.com, choosing the films as a whole was difficult. It is very different to have a high rating for a movie and then to call it your favourite – and this is probably why cult favourites of genres are usually not always the highest ranked films in their genre. To love a movie you need to love it for its flaws as well and to admit that there are some in there, and slowly going through the 30 Day Movie Challenge taught me that. It taught me to embrace the fact that some of my favourite movies in certain genres will probably not go well with other people’s choices. And to just create a list that I will, when looking over it from top to bottom, will love.

Another thing I’d like to mention is how these challenges force me to learn more about the films that I love and, in turn, I encounter so many new films that I never knew existed and will, in turn, watch because of this list. I found this to be the case during Day 7 where I was supposed to pick a favourite documentary. To prep myself, I watched documentaries such as Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Panopticon during my spare time. Now I have so many documentaries that I plan to watch ’cause of just that one day itself. It also taught me the films that my fellow blogger for these challenges, Rhey of Sunshine, loves.

After all this has been said, here is the overview:

Day 01 – The last movie you watched: War Games
Day 02 – Most inspiring movie: Homeless to Harvard
Day 03 – Movie with the best soundtrack: How to Train Your Dragon*
Day 04 – Favourite classic movie: Rear Window
Day 05 – Movie that is a guilty pleasure: Geek Charming
Day 06 – Movie with the wittiest script: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Day 07 – Favourite documentary: Bowling for Columbine
Day 08 – Favourite male character from any movie: Peter Parker from The Amazing Spider-Man
Day 09 – Favourite female character from any movie: Penny Lane from Almost Famous*
Day 10 – Favourite underrated movie: Sucker Punch
Day 11 – The most overrated movie: Avatar
Day 12 – Your favourite actress: Sarah Hyland
Day 13 – Your favourite actor: Dylan O’Brien 
Day 14 – The best movie you saw during the last year: Ender’s Game
Day 15 – Favourite romantic movie: About Time
Day 16 – Favourite teen movie: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist*
Day 17 – Your favourite quote from any movie: “… They just want to hold your hand.”
Day 18 –Favourite movie series or trilogy: The Cornetto Series
Day 19 – Your favourite animated movie: How To Train Your Dragon
Day 20 – Your favourite movie from the 80s or 90s: Ghostbusters
Day 21 – Your favourite director: Joss Whedon
Day 22 – A movie that you know practically the whole script to: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone*
Day 23 – A book or television show you wish would be made into a movie: Adventure Time
Day 24 – A movie that makes you cry: Marley & Me
Day 25 – Your favourite comedy movie: 21 Jump Street*
Day 26 – Your favourite movie musical: The Sound of Music
Day 27 – Your favourite horror movie: Drag Me to Hell
Day 28 – Your favourite action/adventure movie: Alien: Resurrection
Day 29 – Your least favourite movie: Epic Movie
Day 30 – Your favourite movie: Pan’s Labyrinth 

*These days contain more than one film mentioned in the post

So, would I suggest this challenge to other bloggers? Yes, definitely. I wouldn’t mind if you changed up some of the days as well. If you do attempt this challenge in the future, send me a link to your blog in the comments so I can take a look at your choices. Also, I would suggest that you pair up with friends and family who have their own blogs to do this, as this really is a learning experience as well of all the things they’re interested in and the culture and memories they grew up with because of these movies.

Lastly, if you have any challenges that you would like to suggest, also put those down in the comment section.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

30DMC Day 30: Your favourite movie

Welcome back everyone and this is it; the last post of the 30 Day Movie Challenge. And I am so glad to have once again gotten through it with Rhey of Sunshine. Let’s get straight to it, shall we?

My favourite movie of all time is …

El Laberinto Del Fauno or Pan’s Labyrinth

Pans-LabyrinthThis dark fantasy film is directed and written by another one of my favourite writers, Guillermo del Toro, and tells the tale of Ofelia during the Spanish Civil War. Her pregnant mother and her move in with their stepfather, the Captain Vidal, a stern and imposing man to Ofelia.

The film interweaves this harsh, cold reality with the strange fairytale world Ofelia begins to interact with. Her quest in the mystical world leads her into a labyrinth where she meets a faun who addresses her as Princess Moanna and makes her complete three tasks before the full moon to test her mettle as a princess.

I personally adore this film because of its narrative first and foremost. I personally love the themes that surround it – a darker world which I child must cope with and the terrifying yet absolutely fascinating world she creates in its place. Ofelia, to me, is the perfect protagonist with so many flaws in her character, yet an admirable determination to be brave and do something good. Ivana Baquero plays her so beautifully.

For those who love such movies as Spirited Away, The Chronicles of Narnia, Bridge to Terabithia or CoralinePan’s Labyrinth is a more mature version of these films with darker undertones with the creatures Ofelia interacts with.

Pan’s Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.” – Rotten Tomatoes

Pans-Labyrinth2Which is another reason why I love this film: the bone-chilling yet absolutely gorgeous creatures designed in this film. It is no wonder it won an Academy Award for Best Makeup. One of the most terrifying scenes in the film comes in the lair of the Pale Man, a monster that feasts on children, whose eyes are situated in the palm of his hands. Ofelia is meant to retrieve a dagger from his lair and is told not to eat anything from his lair.

Of course, not to spoil anything, but you can imagine how frustrating Ofelia is in this situation – but without her obstinance there would be no morals set upon the audience, i.e. never eat anything around a creepy dude with saggy skin (not really, but the usual moral is too boring for me to spell it out).

Pans-Labyrinth3Another reason why I love the film is the music by Javier Navarrete, which was also nominated for an Academy Award. The score is entirely structured around a lullaby which Mercedes, Vidal’s housekeeper, sung in the film. The lullaby itself is haunting – a piece that is both soothing and ominous (mirroring the film’s atmosphere itself). To me, it sort of parodies the typical lullabies for children, ones that we find comforting when young, but which we often see in a different light as adults, in the dark, hummed by a stranger. Personally I hum this every now and then ’cause it is just that wonderful.

Personally, I also love the movie ’cause the ending is perfect for me. Often times you watch a film and the set-up is amazing, heck the climax is great, but the ending sort of leaves you with a bitter taste in your mouth. Pan’s Labyrinth proves itself as my favourite because of the way it ends, both tragically and triumphantly, and with so much significant meaning.

I have watched this film maybe three or four times with different audiences just to garner their reactions towards it, especially during the scene of the Pale Man, as many horrific reactions are garnered from just that one scene. Plus, the entire world is filled with beautiful imagery, enough to just keep one staring at it. But, at the end of the day, I love this film the most because, above all things, it is about the storytelling (that del Toro is so brilliant at):

Pan: A long time ago, in the underground realm, where there are no lies or pain, there lived a Princess who dreamed of the human world. She dreamed of blue skies, soft breeze, and sunshine. One day, eluding her keepers, the Princess escaped. Once outside, the brightness blinded her and erased every trace of the past from her memory. She forgot who she was and where she came from. Her body suffered cold, sickness, and pain. Eventually, she died. However, her father, the King, always knew that the Princess’ soul would return, perhaps in another body, in another place, at another time. And he would wait for her, until he drew his last breath, until the world stopped turning…

And, there it is, the last post of the 30 Day Movie Challenge. Stay tuned for a recap of it like I did for the 30 Day Book Challenge. Most likely for those that I picked more than one, I’ll just mention the one that stood out the most for me. But for now, my blog will continue as usual with the occasional posts until a new challenge arises. 🙂

Till then!

cumuloq ❤

30DMC Day 29: Your least favourite movie

Hello there everyone,

I can’t actually fully comprehend that this is the second last post for this 30 Day Movie Challenge. Unlike the 30 Day Book Challenge, which I was able to more closely monitor ’cause it was normal working days, the 30DMC was a lot more difficult for me to keep track of – June holidays going on, odd waking up hours, other movies to watch and things to do. I’m personally very thankful that my worry wart nature has me scheduling posts a day ahead in case I miss one. (My internet was done all yesterday.)

Any who, let’s get on to my least favourite movie …

Epic Movie 

Epic-MovieOh. Wow. Another parody movie. And this time they try to squeeze in as many references as possible from “epic” styled (is that even a style?) films and this includes The Da Vinci Code, Nacho Libre, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Snakes on a Plane, The Chronicles of Narnia, Superman Returns, X-Men, Click, Harold and Kumar, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Casino Royale, The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift, Harry Potter, Rocky, Punk’d, American Pie, Talladega Nights and Mission Impossible. 

Frankly, it is stupid to even try to summarise the film – ’cause it is a whole load of plots put together that ultimately make no sense. I shall just quote Radio Times:

“There’s very little that’s epic about this senseless parody, but then there’s very little that’s funny about it, either… It’s mind-numbingly, tediously unamusing and is so devoid of imagination it even parodies self-mocking films.”

The reason why this movie gets me exceptionally sore is that I went in to the cinema with my brother to watch this (since there was nothing else to watch and at least some of those parody movies were bearable and decent enough) and I believe it was the first movie I’ve ever been to that I’d wanted my money back – just ’cause of the movie itself. And probably the first movie I thought of walking out from except that it cost my money to watch it.

Worst of all (I have a feeling I’ve written this post before, probably in my other blog) there were children in there. A whole lot of families! ‘Cause I think it was Children’s Day and there really wasn’t anything else to watch in the cinema.

Epic-Movie2Now, if you don’t know, let me inform you here, this film is filled with innuendos and, while it is a parody, it is just stuffed with incredibly terrible influences on young minds – women getting bitch slapped and taking off their clothes for no reason, grown men acting like absolute imbeciles and just foul-mouthing everywhere. So I was so surprised how parents could just bring their kids into that cinema – what did they expect besides crude humour? And what were the staff thinking even handing the tickets over to the parents? “Enjoy the show! You’re kids are going to be scarred for life!”

Furthermore, (and yes I’m not done with this rant), it debuted number one at the box office! Like, how? This practically gives these terrible writers a green light to make more of these kinds of movies ’cause they’re making money from it (and you can bet that they definitely did, ’cause a lot more other crappy movies came out from this, including Vampires Suck – which was my runner-up to this category).

All of this is money that can be better spent through charity or legitimate humanitarian efforts for lesser developed countries – you know, actually making the lesser fortunate smile and laugh. ‘Cause trust me, throughout this movie, the only reason why you’ll laugh is ’cause you feel sorry for the jokes and actors in it. For a comedy, the audience was incredibly silent. I wanted to like the movie (’cause I spent money on it) but there was literally nothing tickling about the “jokes” told.

Others will agree with my choice here, Rotten Tomatoes has this movie ranked as the 21st in the 100 worst reviewed films of 2000s with a rating of 2%. And at the 28th Golden Raspberry (Razzies) Awards, the writers were nominated for the “Worst Screenplay”.

Well, I think I’m done here. Once again, check out Rhey of Sunshine‘s blog for her take on this challenge. Tomorrow will be our last day of it, our favourite movie!

Till then!

cumuloq ❤

Weekly Update: We Shot the Moon, Supercross and Teen Wolf Season 4!

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1. Song of the Week: Claim Me by We Shot the Moon

Every week I seem to find a new band to love, and this week it’s We Shot the Moon. Listen to their entire set of songs. It’s eargasm.

2. Video of the Week: Fart Sound Board Challenge by Grace Helbig

Haven’t had videos that made me laugh this much in ages – but then again it might have been the time I watched it too.

3. LP of the Week: Things to Do in GTA V – Supercross by Rooster Teeth

Not so sure why it’s been difficult to choose LPs lately – most of them seem pretty mediocre. Oh well. This one was pretty funny.

4. Trailer of the Week: Teen Wolf Season 4

Okay, less of a trailer and more of the main title, but still incredibly awesome. I can’t wait for it to start after powering through seasons 1 to 4.

So, tomorrow is the penultimate 30 Day Movie Challenge! 30DMC will end this Tuesday. After which there will, once again, be a break. There isn’t anything planned after that, as of yet. If you have any suggestions, let me know, otherwise we’ll see how it goes.

Till then!

cumuloq ❤

30DMC Day 28: Your favourite action/adventure movie

I don’t like action movies.

Sorry, I should say hi first. “Hi”. And I don’t like action movies. Not my type whatsoever. Never watched Die Hard, none of the Indiana Jones films, no to Terminators, have never watched Robocop, or The Borne Ultimatum, or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or Kill Bill (seeing a trend in the films I don’t watch?), never watched a single James Bond movie or Top Gun, or The Expendables, or Mission Impossible, or Mr and Mrs Smith, or 300 – I think I can stop listing it now, but yes, any big action blockbuster – I’ve probably never watched it.

I don’t care if the guy is hot, I really really don’t care, buff bodybuilders who cock guns and wield large weapons to compensate for their lack of manhood is not my cup of hot milk tea. I have no appreciation for fighting choreography nor huge explosions – I understand it takes a lot of stunt doubles and choreography to get it all done, I appreciate the hard work done behind it, but I will not waste two hours watching a movie of that genre.

Whenever my boyfriend asks me to watch one of them, I tell him to watch it with his guy friends, ’cause you have to drag me in there (with a huge popcorn combo to keep me occupied) to make me watch one.

But I have exceptions to this action rule – comedy and science-fiction. If it’s a good blend of science-fiction and action, I’ll watch it. It it disguises itself as a decent comedy like Shanghai Noon, then I’ll watch it. So, here’s my choice for today’s 30 Day Movie Challenge …

Alien: Resurrection

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I know, I could have picked any of the Alien movies and I’ve chosen this one. But still, this one is such a guilty pleasure that, after watching it the first time (’cause of a university module), I ended up watching it another two times in that same week. So, yes, I have to admit it is my favourite action movie, as action movies go.

This film takes place two hundred years after Ellen Ripley’s death, she is brought back to life, having a mix of alien and human in her. She is then brought to a ship where they are also breeding aliens for study, which later escape and begin taking over the ship, sending it on a course to earth. It is up to Ripley to get her group out of the ship before it crashes down to earth.

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, this Alien film has a different atmosphere to the rest of the Alien movies. There is more humour to it, and is a little lighter – although there are still several thought-provoking and also absolutely terrifying moments. It is written by (shocker) Joss Whedon, who may not have liked the take on his script, but I can still see his writing shine through in this film. I mean, trust him to make Ripley such a BAMF.

 

So, let’s summarise? I agree it’s not the best action film, it’s not the worse either – it’s my favourite ’cause of three very simple reasons: Ripley is awesome here, the plot is clean (thanks to Joss Whedon) and very rewatchable and the aliens are incredible.

Don’t forget to check out Rhey of Sunshine‘s blog to find out her pick of favourite action/adventure movie. I’m sure her pick is more befitting today – she’s less allergic to action movies than I am.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤