A Realization, Stranger than Fiction

Joe Kerr and I finished this movie the other night and I can’t help but think…

This is the kind of literature I want to write.

As a writer, I am also plagued by bouts of mental block, a sudden lack of inspiration, creativity drought. People who don’t run out of things to say nor write are certainly admirable but I find it useless to ‘recreate’ a story in a genre where many aspiring writers thrive. Who am I to assume that a plot consisting of boy-meets-girl-and-live-happily-ever-after can be made better by my purple prose?

However, those classic novels, those epic movies that a huge number of audience in Rotten Tomatoes failed to appreciate, they have withstood the test of time because they tend to attack Literature in its most vulnerable part- Originality.

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Fanfiction.net and Archive of Our Own writers have made romance and fantasy their domain and I dare not try to nurture myself in that soil where various weeds can grow. Take away the kisses, the lovey-dovey stares, the touch of the characters bodies, and you will be left without a soul. However, there are powerful writers there, whom I respect; how they patiently weaved plots, how they brought their readers to look at a scene from a different point of view that you can’t help but wonder: Why is this a fanfiction? Why couldn’t she have written a work of her own? Why is this for FREE?

It may take ten years, like Karen Eiffel, who have succumbed to being ‘good enough.’ But my dream is bigger than that. I still believe it’s not bad to hope for something that can outlast the writer.

I hope mine does.

Note:
Kudos, Zach Helm for the wonderful screenplay which, I assure you is worth more than 62 Rotten tomatoes.

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A 30-Day Vacation (December 11, 2016-January 2016)

Here’s a summary of what I did during my long vacation, something many people -surprisingly- have been wanting to find out.

  1. Finished reading 3 books
    a) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (as part of my Harry Potter Marathon)
    b) The Subtle Knife (finally!)
    c) The Amber Spyglass
  2. Finished watching:
    a) Uncontrollably Fond, Korean Drama – 20 episodes
    b) W-Two Worlds, Korean Drama – 16 episodes
    c) Hitman Reborn, Japanese anime – 203 episodes
    d) Bleach, Japanese anime – 15 episodes
    e) Slam Dunk, Japanese anime – 101 episodes
    f) Pete’s Dragon, movie
    g) Kubo and the Two Strings, movie
    h) Maxsteel 2, movie
    i) Harry Potter Series, 8 movies
    j) Keeping up with the Joneses, movie
    k) 君の名は (Your Name), Japanese movie
    l) Kung Fu Panda 3, movie
    m) Passengers, movie
    n) One Piece GOLD, Japanese movie
  3. Finished ten product reviews
  4. Had a wonderful match against my archenemy, mental block

I have been convincing myself ever since that I was productive. XP

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December is Harry Potter Marathon Month

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My annual celebration of the excellence of the Harry Potter series;

…when I see Harry Potter movies everyday from The Philosopher’s Stone to The Deathly Hollows.

…when I read the novels from The Philosopher’s Stone to The Deathly Hollows. Most probably including the collection from the Hogwart’s Library but NOT the Cursed Child. Reasons are written here.

…when I isolate myself from the rest of the world to rest in the Wizarding one.

 

Blog Feature: Now Brewing

We’re back with another Blog Feature! Love Esios of NowBrewing2013.blogspot.com has granted us a chance to see what’s going on behind the scenes. Considering its official badge and To Be Continued‘s book jacket, you’ll know why this blog is special to me. Read on.


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Love Esios
ESL instructor. Frustrated writer. Trying hard to be a blogger but still “confidently beautiful with a heart”.

 

 

1. Who are the writers? Contributors?
>>> Now Brewing was actually the brainchild of not just one person but a circle of four friends who love to talk about movies and books over cups of coffee.

2. What does your blog offer?
>>> We actually offer our own take on movies and books that we have already watched and read. The movie or book doesn’t have to be newly released. When we feel strongly about a book or a movie, we blog about it.

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3. What inspired you to put up a blog?
It was actually an idea that just popped out while we were talking about a movie that I couldn’t remember anymore. (Hehe 🙂 ) We thought of sharing what we think in the internet world and let others speak out what they think about what we think. 😉

4. How often do you post updates?
>>> Since all of us are working professionals, we haven’t updated the blog for months now. But we are brewing something good for our followers… more of an in-depth feature about the contributors of Now Brewing 🙂 so watch out for that 🙂

5. Do you accept author contributions in your blog?
>>> We were actually thinking about it but we don’t have any concrete plans as of yet.

Love Esios
http://nowbrewing2013.blogspot.com/


Now Brewing covers a wide selection of books and movies, from famous Hollywood ones to local movies in the Philippines, the award-winning and even the indies. The contributors initiated the blog in 2013 hence the blog address.

You can visit their Facebook Page HERE
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Review: BFG (Movie)

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Rated G
Presidential rating: 3.4/5
Break down
Script: 5
Plot: 3
Actors: 4
Special Effects: 5

 

 
The BFG is movie that a family can enjoy but not to the fullest- as a grandma behind my seat in the theater audibly whispered, some scenes are too dragging for grownups, and maybe for the youngsters exposed to explosions here and there. There are a number of funny lines that linguists will probably enjoy but for an average movie goer who is after entertainment and action, this I am afraid, may not reach your standards, particularly if you are not somewhere from 10-15 years old.

Since I hadn’t read the book (The BFG, here) before seeing the movie, I was not able to fully grasp what BFG’s job was. Was he like Neil Gaiman’s Sandman? If he was, it could have been established better by giving -blowing is more like it-the dreams, say in a street before focusing on one family. Then again, I am no Roald Dahl nor Steven Spielberg.

The movie has focused on the relationship of Sophie and BFG which I consider very adorable but nonetheless cliche as there have been many stories about children befriending monsters, animals [Cinderella], extraterrestrials [E.T.] and even giants [hello, a posteriori text characters, Harry Potter and Hagrid].

Yes, the BFG’s first scenes are amazing-how he is able to camouflage himself and run for miles, the earth shaking with each step. And of course, seeing the queen of England and her minions farting has been a treat because I would not be given a chance to see it again. However, there was a child in me looking forward to how Sophie and BFG would eventually vanquish the giants but I ended getting so disappointed. Kudos to UK’s army anyway.

I approve of the ending though. I don’t believe that children’s stories should always be full of happy ever afters but The BFG has hope in it– Sophie looking out the window and whispering ‘Good morning BFG’ and the giant hearing her from a distance, which puts a smile on his wrinkled face.

The Colors of Our Childhood

The Colors of Our Childhood

A Mythological Archetypal Approach to the characters of the movie Big Hero 6

by Jahzeel Dionne V. Ybasco

To Russ, my sun and stars, who is not a critic but knows a good movie when he sees one.

Watching Big Hero 6 has made me remember what it feels like to be a child. I was one of those who would participate in small role plays of five superheroes with extraordinary powers. The said superheroes were represented by different colors usually red, blue, green, black, yellow, pink, and white. Being a girl, I was always assigned the colors I personally did not like, e.g. Pink or Yellow since the others were already taken by the boys. It felt really good at that time, thinking children like us could save the world from deadly monsters, usually played by innocent tree barks, or unsuspecting vandalized walls. My brothers and I used to play these games until our parents would call us and remind us that we needed nourishment and we had homework to finish. Those were the good old times when televisions were only used as a tool to empower children’s creativity and not the be-all and end-all of the younger generation’s universe like the internet is now.

The sad truth is, I am no longer a child and I have seen the same principles governing a movie such as Big Hero 6. An unmotivated youngster will suddenly find an inspiration for him to fight for the goodness of humanity. It does not matter how many heroes are there, how ugly and humongous the monsters are. The most important thing is to be able to impart, particularly to the children, that goodness will always triumph over evil.

It is a stereotypical movie with a kick though– its uncanny characters. Baymax, for a huge robot, is too cute to resist. Although it defies the expected appearance of a ‘robot’- those metallic, hardwired, unfeeling things– it follows a Jungian principle of goodness, its color. White, according to Carl Jung means pure, untainted and Baymax acts accordingly. Since Baymax has been made to help others in need by being the first robot nurse, he has to appear approachable so Tadashi Yamada makes him soft like an inflated balloon. However, since Hiro modifies Baymax to be a fighting robot, he suits it up with a red gears. The chip he puts into the robot is even red. Along with Tadashi’s green chip, the red one balances Baymax capability to fight and help others. Without the green chip, the robot may turn deadly as shown in latter half of the movie.

Tadashi and Hiro have peppered the movie with bromance, if I may say. Tadashi serves as Hiro’s inspiration, his guide, his light. Without him, the audience will only see a sulking Hiro. The trailer of the movie has worked against it. It has been quite easy for me to predict that Hiro’s brother will die some time in the movie. How could Baymax possibly have transferred to Hiro if its original maker were alive? Probably, the brother could have just gone to a different place or gotten tired of the robot, but I will not buy that. The reason is too shallow. There must be a better reason. I kept reminding myself halfway through the movie that it has been made targeting children’s attention and knowledge and not know-it-all critics like me.

Gogo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred are funny side characters with their distinct personality and colors. Still they distinctly remind me of Power Rangers, a five-helmeted-hero television series I saw in childhood. They, except Tadashi that is, are also helmeted and coincidentally, their costumes are in different colors. Hiro sports violet, the royal color, and blue, a color of peace. Gogo wears yellow, and coincidentally, she exhibits attributes of the Yellow ranger in Power Rangers, boyish, Asian, and tough. Part of me wants to understand why girls in pink are expected to act like weaklings, or weak girls have to wear pink, or that they have to be smart and wear glasses, etc. but part of me does not understand this concept. I am still waiting for a movie that will feature smart women without having to wear overly large glasses. Honey Lemon is as sweet and tangy as her name—she sports pink but still wears her nerdy glasses. I am still amazed how other bespectacled superheroes suddenly have great eyes once they put their suits on. At least, Honey’s character has been consistent in that weakness and her femininity. Wasabi, needless to say, wears wasabi-green which clashes horribly against his dark skin tone. With his afro-haircut, he looks like a walking tree with its colors inverted. Why the animators have decided to make him look like one is until now a mystery to me. Still, he provides comic relief to the movie aside from his looks. Talking about comic relief, Fred is the perfect example of breaking the cliché “Do not judge a book by its cover.” In the beginning of the movie, I thought he would just be another nuisance or probably a villain considering that a number or weak-looking in fantasy movies turn out to be antagonists in the end. Fred is one of the exceptions. He is Bruce Wayne’s counterpart, less the machismo and mysteriousness.

On to the antagonist, Professor Robert Callaghan reminds me of Saruman from Lord of the Rings. In the beginning, he appears to be a good and inspiring professor but turns out to be the perpetrator of accident that caused Tadashi’s death, Yokai.

The whole concept of the characterization of Big Hero 6 defies the Jungian philosophy of odd-numbered heroes. It is not like the trio in Harry Potter, nor the quintet in Voltes V. I am assuming, the number of protagonists in the film represents the reinforced power of ‘three,’ so though they make up an even number, there is a balance and harmony in their relationship.

All in all, a movie critic may not have a good time watching the movie but those who are young at heart, those who are looking for fun and hope, may find pieces of their childhood in it. Sometimes I think it takes a child to appreciate great movies because he will not care about graphics nor repetition of themes in today’s movies. I only have to say, Baymax, I’m satisfied with my care.

Children, don’t stop dancing. Believe you can fly away.”- Creed