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Motivational Monday | Make Good Art


Monday, 06.25.2012

I think this is pretty self-explanatory…

Mr. Gaiman’s commencement speech for University of the clearpores vs Arts c/o 2012 is even more inspirational.


{ Source thanks to Melly }

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3 Idiots | Some Thoughts


Tuesday, 05.8.2012

Just watched the Indian blockbuster 3 Idiots this afternoon. What a great movie! I laughed, I cried, and then I cried some more. And then I cried some more. I’m crying even now as I’m thinking about the crying.

{ Photo from here }

For those of you who haven’t heard of this Bollywood hit, it’s a whopping 170-minutes long tale about 2 friends’ search for their free-spirited, non-conformist lost buddy, Rancho (Aamir Khan). Through the course of the movie, we find out — through flashbacks– how Rancho changed each of the characters’ lives and taught them about facing educational and parental pressures, thinking outside the box, and chasing after their own dreams.

Between the tears, tears, and more tears, some thoughts:

*Slow start.
*Kind of cool that the cast speaks in English, Hindi, and Urdu. I only needed to read the subtitles half the time.
*Main character Rancho (Aamir Khan) is quite the looker in that dorky, goofy way. Pretty eyes.
*I dig how the movie tackles the controversial and complex relationships kids have with the expectations their parents want for them. To chase their own dreams and follow what others have laid on the ground for you?
*The whole thinking outside of the box theme also never ceases to get old.
*Omgosh, I did not know this was a Bollywood film! They sing and dance!
*Luckily, I am a musical aficionado who tends to break out in song and dance in real life so seeing this all online forex trading of a sudden in a movie does not scare me.
*They really do cram an entire life cycle into these three hours. We’ve got funerals, weddings, births, graduations…
*”All is Well” >> Repeat that. Magic happens.
*I am such a sap. Cue sappy music, main characters crying and hugging each other, a life-changing incident, and I am in tears.
*Some pretty great quotes to live life by:

“Pursue excellence, and success will follow, pants down.”

“Today my respect for that idiot shot up. Most of us went to college just for a degree. No degree meant no plum job, no pretty wife, no credit card, no social status. But none of this mattered to him, he was in college for the joy of learning, he never cared if he was first or last.”

“Don’t die before the actual death.”

“Life is a gift to humankind to live.”

Despite it revolving around 3 idiots, this movie is pretty smart. I heard they’re planning both a Western and Chinese remake of the film (the latter with Stephen Chow attached). I feel like the Chinese remake has potential but not so sure about the Western one because there are so many themes that run through the film which resonates deeply with Asian-ish families. Themes of honor, duty, filiel piety, heavy emphasis on education not to learn but to pass tests. I do feel like an Asian American remake of the film would be awesome to watch. What say you?

 
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Titanic | Some Thoughts


Tuesday, 04.24.2012

I’ll admit, I wasn’t the most thrilled when my cuz suggested that we watch Titanic 3-D for the evening. But I went along for the ride. (Err… but not on the ship) And I couldn’t believe how after 15 years, after my 5th time watching it, the movie remains as good as ever.

The excellent direction and filmography from James Cameron, the electric chemistry between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, the major themes explored in the film, including social classes, duties of a gentleman, rights of a woman, and freedom.

{ Image via The Inquisitr }

Some thoughts:

*It’s been 15 years since Titanic first premiered in theaters, people. Take that in.
*Billy Zane‘s hair! And eyebrows!
*Wow Billy Zane’s Cal was such a jerk. Several of my movie compadres thought that when Cal came back for Rose those last few times, it was because he loved her. I say it’s because he loves winning and going back for her would mean #winning. And also, Sis says the last time he went back for her, it was for the necklace. What say you?
*If your mother is a gold-digging social climber who pulls your corset in too tight, you run away with the first pretty cabin boy that saves you from committing suicide, y’hear?
*Leo is really pretty.
*Don’t know if it’s because I just got used to Kate Winslet’s face but she’s prettier than I remember when I first watched the film.
*And vigrx plus works her body is pretty fly too. *Whistle
*And her outfits are really pretty too.
*Wait, do I like Leo or Kate?
*I wonder if kids watching the movie for the first time these days even understand the relevance to the last quarter of the film where it was mostly men running around being dignified/undignified. I wonder if they think it’s weird that you would give your seats to women and kids.
*Did chivalry go down with the Titanic? This article poses some questions.
*Rose on choosing Jack over Cal: “It doesn’t make any sense. That’s why I trust it”… say what?
*Rose on believing Jack didn’t steal the necklace (oops spoiler): “I didn’t just realize (you didn’t take it), I knew it all along.” Pardon the paraphrase. And once again… say what?
*The two old couple holding each other in the bed scene makes me cry every time.
*Also the scene when the orchestra plays til the very end.
*Also the scene when the captain goes down with the ship. (I am just a big crybaby)
*The times when people think they’re going to die, you really get to see who they are as a person. Caring/malicious/cowardly/courageous, etc. etc.
*Rose said, “I’ll never let go, Jack,” AND THEN SHE LET GO!
*It was really fun watching the movie sitting next to Sis. We laughed at all the inappropriate parts as though we were 8 and 11 years old again.

Did you watch/re-watch Titanic this time around? Thoughts?

 
posted by Janice | Comments: 7 | Category Films, Movies

Girl Power


Sunday, 10.16.2011

I wish to tell stories like this.

 
posted by Janice | Comments: 1 | Category Films, Inspirations, Look, Uncategorized

Demi Lovato Kind Of Rocks…


Friday, 07.15.2011

Really digging Demi Lovato’s new song, Skyscraper.

 
posted by Janice | Comments: 2 | Category Films, Inspirations, Music, TV, Uncategorized

Motivational Monday: Good Life


Sunday, 06.19.2011

“Oh this has gotta be the good life
This has gotta be the good life
This could really be a good life, good life
Say oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight
Like this city is on fire tonight
This could really be a good life
A good, good life”

~OneRepublic

I watched Bridesmaids for the second time and fell in love with the movie even more. Everything was pitch-perfect, from Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy’s delightful performances, to just the right balance of crude toilet humor and quick wit, to the awdorable love story. Yet, my favorite part is when Meghan beats the sh*t out of Annie on the couch and forces her to come to terms with the self-pity party she’s having.

Stop blaming the world for your problems and you’ll see that life is freakin’ good if you’ll just let it be.

 
posted by Janice | Comments: 1 | Category Films, Inspirations, Music, Uncategorized

Reese Witherspoon Rocks


Monday, 06.6.2011

I rarely watch movie awards, especially the MTV Movie Awards because frankly, it’s a pile of trash and in the words of a friend, should be renamed “The Twilight Awards.”

But I happened to be working and being the massive multi-tasker that I am, I switch on the old television for…”research purposes.”

After sticking through hours of penis jokes (that aren’t funny) and watching Robert Pattinson make a total fool out of himself (as if playing an emo pale-faced bloodsucker wasn’t foolish enough), I stumbled across a gem of a speech Reese Witherspoon gave upon accepting her Generation Award.

“I just want to say to all the girls out there, I know it’s cool to be bad, I get it,” she said. “But it’s also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show! When I came up in this business, if you had a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed. And if you take naked pictures of yourself with your cell phone, you hide your face!” Witherspoon ends with a smiling, “It’s possible to be a good girl. I’m gonna try to make it cool!”

I think you’re cool, Reese!

 
posted by Janice | Comments: 1 | Category Films, Inspirations, Los Angeles, TV, Uncategorized

The Game of Hollywood’s Hunger Games


Tuesday, 03.22.2011

Every now and then, a book comes along that transforms my body and soul–in the literal sense too because I starve and sleep-deprive myself in order to finish reading as soon as possible. There was The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Eyes of the Dragon, Food for Millionaires, Life of Pi, A Great and Terrible Beauty, My Sister’s Keeper, Eat Pray Love, The House of the Spirits, The Harry Potter series and much much more but I am terrible at remembering titles.

The Hunger Games is no exception. In fact, if anything, it is like all my favorite books rolled into one fantastic trilogy. There’s the love story, the action, the drama, the mystery, the conspiracy, the humor, the meaningful message that stays with you on the state of our world.

 
posted by Janice | Comments: 4 | Category Books, Films

Why Vanessa Why?


Thursday, 03.10.2011


Dear Vanessa Hudgens,

It’s me, Janice.  You don’t know me but I am quite familiar with you and your public persona.  I’ve been one of your early fans, following you from your ascent as Miss High School Musical, singing and dancing your way to the top of Disney royalty as giggly Gabriella Montez.  I remember when you first came onscreen–pretty girl, sweet voice, what’s not to love?

 
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Motivational (Somewhat) Monday: Day & Night


Tuesday, 02.1.2011

At this moment when I am writing this, where it is neither day nor night of a Monday evening/Tuesday morning, I thought it fitting to let you in on a little ray of sunshine/moonlight.

 
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