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One day, whether you
are 14,
28 
or 65

you will stumble upon
someone who will start
a fire in you that cannot die.

However, the saddest,
most awful truth
you will ever come to find––

is they are not always
with whom we spend our lives.
Beau Taplin, "The Awful Truth" {Hunting Season – 28 copies left} (via afadthatlastsforever)

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2/4/14

I don’t know what this is, or what’s this is leading to, but I enjoy your company. I haven’t felt like this in a while

You give me this serious, but interested look and I can’t help but be pulled in. I don’t know how I “should” feel but I feel  

And that has to count for something

1/31/13

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston, MA 

1/11/14

"Here, have a beer". "Oh no, I’m fine," I responded politely, when what I really wanted to do was give them all the reasons why I don’t find the need to drink.

I mean, I have drank before… holiday parties… sweaty tight dorm rooms…etc. But I feel like it’s something you have to be in the mood for. I’m not someone who ever really craves beer or any alcoholic beverage honestly. I’ll drink for fun and for the entertainment— but what about the person who chooses not to? Strange stares and glances, as they stand there awkwardly. What about the person who really doesn’t care for beer pong or smoking a joint with a stranger in some isolated room? At times, I felt like that tonight. Perhaps, I need to break out of my shell at bit more (even though I’m trying). 

Movie Review on The Spectacular Now (2013)

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Unlike most recent coming-of-age tales, The Spectacular Now not only avoids the traps of cliche teen romances, but it dives into a realistic world of two teenagers who face the unspoken arduous struggles of being a teenager. The movie takes an intriguing perspective on growing up and young adulthood. The story also takes unexpected turns throughout that keep you engaged. By the end of the movie you become attach to the fictional characters and relate their life blunders, lessons, and realizations to your own life and ask the daring question: Where do I want my life to go? 

In the beginning, the movie is laid out generically. Sutter Keely, played by Miles Teller, is a charming, outgoing high school senior who is living day by day focusing on the “now” (hence the title of the movie). He does not have a real direction for life besides merely getting by, drinking alcohol on the daily, and being the life of every party. Teller plays the role of a care-free teenager who has a big heart but is lost in his own world pretty well. Because of Sutter’s alcohol problem, compounded with his lack of goals and ambition, his girlfriend dumps him. Drinking away his feelings after the break-up, he finds himself hungover the following day and waking up on Aimee Finecky’s lawn, a shy, innocent, hard-working high school senior who is the epitome of the “good girl” (played Shailene Woodly). She has a vision of her future and dreams to match. 

Over the course the movie, the friendship of Sutter and Aimee becomes more intimate. Over a lunch date, an invite to prom, and their one-on-one walks in the woods, Sutter and Aimee learn more about their contrasting lives. Aimee fears to challenge her mom’s values and Sutter never had the courage to seek out his absentee father. Both characters challenge each other to find the strength to answer missing questions in their lives and own up to reality. The thing about this movie is that the dialogue and acting is so realistic and authentic. You feel for both of the major character’s pain, laughter, and love. There is also one scene three-quarters of the way in that is so compelling, and sentimental that I will keep a secret. 

Overall, I give this film a solid A. It’s easily one of the best films in 2013. 

Movie Review on Carrie (2013)

Note: I watched the the third remake of this movie, so I knew it wasn’t going to compare to the original, but I went on watching it anyways. Why? Because I am a curious person and I love thrillers.

Carrie, a supernatural thriller, tells the story of girl named Carrie who has the power to move objects with her mind (telekinesis). Carrie is not like most of the girls at her school; she’s an introvert, rarely speaks in class, and is often taunted on by other students for being an outcast. A specific instance of this is during the bathroom scene where Carrie first gets her period in the gym bathroom. In complete confusion, she cries for help utterly lost for words for what is happening to her body. Whiling lying on the floor pleading for help, the girls immaturely throw pads and tampons at her.

At home, Carrie is raised by a deeply religious mother who spends hours praying and begging for God to forgive all the sins her daughter has committed, thus sending her to a prayer closet surrounded by various crucifixes and crosses.

The actress of Carrie, in my opinion, plays the role of a shy, helpless teenager who strives to be normal but is unable given her family situation and religious upbringing pretty well. But I think where the film takes a wrong turn is when Carrie fully unleashes this power at prom when one of the girls who teases her pulls a prank that triggers a “demonic”, pig blood covered Carrie to lift the ground, shatter glass, and set the school aflame killing and injuring students and faculty. I personally think this part is rushed into and exaggerated to the point where it was unbelievable. The director didn’t give the audience enough time to absorb what was happening. She rushes in Carrie’s moment of power and runs unrealistically with it. 

Plus, the film never really answers where Carrie’s telekinesis powers came from beside the fact that “it came from grandma, skipped [her mom], and was given to [Carrie]”. Overall, I give the film a flat out C. It was interesting (probably because I love thrillers) and has a promising cast, but it was poorly executed in terms of timing and leaving too many loose knots in the end. 

1/4/14

I mean, today was good (minus that mount everest pimple on my face), but otherwise, it was well spent. I woke up around 12:00pm because Amy called me. I told her I was going to call her back in 10 minutes but instead I knocked out…till about 1:30pm. It’s okay though, I’m on break, that’s what break is for right? Endless hours sleeping and daydreaming…

Actually, I should really abandon these bad habits… like sleeping until 5am watching vlogs of really awesome people living these really awesome lives. What happened to productive Thien? hmph… 

But anyways, I helped someone today. I don’t want to get into the details too much because this person may or may not read this… but lets just say the lesson is: Drive cautiously in the snow. I mean, you guys probably already know that, but it’s easier said than done. Sometimes, you are tempted to speed, unexpected skid, and bam. Done. Totaled. Or better off, just stay off the roads until your city knows how to properly shovel roads (mines is still working on that).But I basically helped grab his/her groceries and bought it upstairs and waited for them to get help. Good deed of the day? I think yes. 

Now it’s about 3:30pm…So I caught up with a couple of high school friends. And it was honestly really fun. I ran across this quote online somewhere but it went little something like, “Break is perfect for catching up with old friends and reminding why you left this city in the first place.” I thought the first part applied today. We played a bunch of games (fuse ball, boot-legged taboo using apples to apples cards, and 13) I was super competitive as usual, to the point where I was literally sweating while playing fuse ball, I mean like sweating trickling down the side of my face while my back was literally damp. I’m really into my fuse ball. 

Interestingly enough, we played “Never Have I Ever”. Oh such a classic, personal game… I guess I was mainly surprised that X was dating. But more importantly… I think I know the reason they broke it off. I mean I know X pretty well, well I did back in high school. We drifted off for a while… because things got complicated but I sort of want to rekindle our friendship. It’s weird thinking that you might not know a person as well as you thought you did. I guess it’s the fear of the unknown. You really don’t know what to expect because you really haven’t been actively present in their life. With that unknown, sometimes comes change. You can’t expect a person to be stagnant all their life… they are always growing, developing new habits, meeting new people, etc.— just like you are. I guess what I’m getting at is may be I want to hear about those changes (or perhaps things that have remained the same) in X’s life. What ever it may be, just to see how X is doing, that’s all.

 

fruitpacks:

*finishes 3 hour long movie*

who am i

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