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Too short and too fragile

Wow so it’s December. I mean WOW. Had a lot going on in life and I was crazy as busy + stressed so blogging wasn’t one of my priorities. Still isn’t actually but well, it’s been rotting since September and I have the time + mood today so why not. Just a quick run-through on what’s been going on though so it might bore you.

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Just for fun to show my love for pink though I have gone out like that before and I think it was fine.

Batman shirt from HMV during its closing down sale 🙁 – $22
(been eyeing it for ages and so sad about HMV cos I always buy DVDs there)

Demin shorts I’ve always loved – $5
Flats from H&M – $17.90

Bag from online blogshop – $30
(Probably the most expensive bag I own but how could I resist the colour)

My mum’s iPad that bro & I got for her birthday – $600+
(So nice to use and I’m tempted to get a mini myself but idk seems like a waste)

Kindle Paperwhite from my brother as a birthday present – ???
(Even came all ready with the screen protector and pink cover lol ily)

500GB Sony hard disk where I store all my movies – $100?
(love the metallic pink so much and wish I had bought 2 cos I can’t find anything similar)

Samsung Galaxy S3 which I’ve had since Sep but haven had time to mention – $200+
(Wanted the pink one but it was OOS so I made do with a white and found the perfect cover)

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The gigantic box loaded with loads of junk with my Kindle buried underneath. Apparently it was to throw me off the scent. It worked — I was pretty sure he was gonna give me a Kindle because he had been sounding me out but this confused me.

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Tada! Another prized possession I love so much.

It’s only about a month old but I’ve got like around 500 books inside and I never wanna go anywhere without it. Paperbacks will always be different (and expensive) but this had made my life so much more convenient. Plus I download the books I want manually through extensive usage of Google so it’s all free 😛 though some are impossible to find sigh but it’s okay.

I miss all my trashy books about high school drama so much and this Kindle has practically saved my life. Somedays all I want to do is lie on my bed and read, which is what I mostly do in whatever little free time I have. My movie list is kinda dead if you noticed, because I feel bored and unimpressed by everything.

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Packed my paperbacks the other day and there’s so many that I have to place them in different places, so I had to sort by authors. Not even all that I own though hehehe just the ones I like better. So much pink as usual, most of which were Meg Cabot’s books which went on for three stacks. Made me feel quite bummed about inconsistent covers or missing books in a series though 🙁

Wish I had excess money to splurge on getting complete collections… did I mention I had the same books with different covers because I couldn’t remember if I owned a particular book? So I set up my Goodreads account properly to keep track of what books I own, what I’ve read and my ratings too 😀

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My favourite series ever and funnily enough it is of the supernatural genre which I hate again (i.e. Vampire Diaries). Can’t wait to re-read it and swoon over Jesse. Still remember that I got started on the series because my sec school librarian bought me the second book as some prize. I asked for Meg Cabot’s Jinx which was out of the budget (got it myself eventually) but wow imagine if I never read The Mediator…

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Speaking of books, the new covers for The Hunger Games trilogy are stunning and I want them T_T The previous black covers were gorgeous as well. Unfortunately I already have my box set (refer to above pic) but it’s the original, first edition cover so no complaints.

Have seen Catching Fire twice and I really like it. So much better than Hunger Games (which was juvenile) because it didn’t just focus on the big picture but captured the political unrest and psychological fear so well. Anw my first viewing was the Double Feature, back to back screening of both movies so it was quite the experience.

Jena Malone and Sam Claifin weren’t my ideal Johanna and Finnick, but they are perfect. Cried during the speech at District 11 both times and more. Don’t know how my heart is gonna survive Mockingjay TWICE. So mad that the ‘I love you” “I know” meadow scene wasn’t in the movie though and irritated me that they were already starting to destroy Gale.

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Finally got my black singing bone kitty! Even got the owl which isn’t sold in Singapore. I have my ways and it does not involve buying from whatever Taobao site ^^ Don’t really care about the rest, these are the only ones I find cute and Blackie was the only one I really wanted all along.

Can I just say that I love everything I own? From books to clothes / shoes / bags / everything! So proud of my possessions, just wish I had more space hehe. Honestly my shopaholism has no limits…

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Missing JB and not going there as much anymore because of my work and David’s diving. Sigh my cheap movies / beer / lok lok / coffee and basically the full package. Can’t believe it’s only two more months till he leaves for Australia. Can’t imagine life without one of the best friends I ever had and by ‘best’ I mean it not as a title but as a verb.

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Horrible blistered feet from new shoes. Now to talk about work.

October and maybe half of November were rough months. Wanted to perform, to do well but it was just hiccup after hiccup. Kept screwing up and getting screwed until it felt like my career was like A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Felt guilty, so incompetent and wondered if I was really cut out for this. Wish some things never happened and I could undo them, even if they have blown over now. Wanted to just throw in the towel and give up at times.

Don’t think anyone really understood how I felt except for maybe for a few though I think everyone could tell how stressed I was. Started handling other sections as well and there seemed like there was so much to do all the time. Everything came all at once and I was so overwhelmed. Maybe because I wasn’t used to it. But at one point, some days by the time I was done settling work stuff, it was 4am and I barely had anytime left to sleep.

Not that I spent all night on work. Just that in the past it used to be 1) work /school 2) social and family life 3) personal time 4) sleep and I could pick 3. As usual I sacrificed sleep but my stamina was much better plus work wasn’t that intense yet. At that point I felt like I could only pick 2 so the ones I gave up were 3 and 4. Refer to my movie list and you can see the period where I only watched movies in theatres because that went to social life. Didn’t watch movies on my laptop alone at all.

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Also had to deal with other screwed up shit. So yes, rough patch in life and I even wondered if it was punishment for being too happy and lucky from January to August.

But finally, I felt like things were looking up again last week, I felt the positivity. And I would like to believe that the worst is over and no more shit happens. I laughed so much today that I thought I might have finally snapped. But I was really happy. Am really happy. Endless gratitude to the people at work for helping me through everything as always and for the people who never left my side. Inside jokes, verbal sparring, all my favourite memories.

Feeling more free and less stressed too. Spent last Thursday and Sunday mostly watching movies all day and reading all night because I wasn’t working. Felt like a luxury that I hadn’t enjoyed in ages because these days, there’s always people (friends, buyers, sellers) to meet or errands to run even when I’m not working. Hopefully this luxury turns back into a habit like it used to be.

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Lunch was like the cherry and icing on top of my already wonderful day. We ate at the western place where I always order the same thing (most of the time), such that the guy who always takes my order can recite it before I even open my mouth.

So today as usual I went to collect my food when it was ready, and was surprised to see extra meat. It has happened before, like more pasta, bigger piece of chicken or an extra sausage, but not this. Then the same guy said something like, “送你两个drumlets。厨师讲你很美。” [Give you free drumlets. The chef said you’re very pretty.]

Not that I’m damn hard up for compliments or anything but I just think it was a nice gesture. And I appreciate nice gestures that don’t expect anything in return. Then I told my colleague, “Eating here made my day” hahahaha

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So much love and adorable for this little fellow who I can never stop fangirling over. None of my Instagram photos of her ever need filters because who needs filters when you have natural beauty that is bubbling with cuteness?! I got mouse ears in Bangkok to match yours, beloved furball. I miss your sister all the time.

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Felt like crying (okay fine, I teared up) while writing Paul Walker articles today… Even though I have only seen like 3 of his movies (She’s All That / Joy Ride / Fast 6) but I’ve always noticed him because of how good-looking he is. Shocked to hear the news of his death on Sunday. It was like Cory Monteith again except that I’m more emotional about this.

Exact quote from Catching Fire (scene where I cried) came to mind:

She wasn’t just my ally – she was my friend. I see her in the flowers that grow in the meadow by my house. I hear her in the Mockingjay song. I see her in my sister Prim. She was too young, too gentle. And I couldn’t save her. I’m sorry.”

Too young, and way too soon. Made me think about how I could be dead tomorrow and not know it. Life is honestly too short and fragile. We are nothing but one of many. Need to learn how to cherish and live with no regrets.

Depressing stuff aside, looking forward to all the events coming up! Sarah’s wedding, ST party, more than ten over days without work, Christmas etc etc. No more drama but just happiness and positivity please. Nice spilling everything even if nobody reads this anymore. Just renewed my blog domain and server subscription for another year so this site will still be here, updates or not 🙂


Movie reviews 2012: Part 1

Here it is!! Only for the 40 odd movies released in 2012 because even though I would love to talk about all 250+ films I watched last year, it is quite impossible for a procrastinator like me.  Going in order of date from the earliest onwards. Clicking on each title will link you to the film’s IMDB page where you can read the synopsis 🙂

Personally I think it was one of the worst and most unsatisfactory year for movies. Since complaining is one of the things I do best, expect a lot of criticism. Remember Harper’s Island despite my rating of 7?

Disclaimer: It’s all a matter of preference + opinion so you do not have to agree. I am doing this for fun and out of interest, I do not claim to be a critic or professional. Images are found via Google and edited by me, but I do not own anything.

1. Chronicle (0/10)

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I hated this film so much that I have one whole entry dedicated to it. One thing I forgot to mention was how the climax scene honestly resembled something out of Powerpuff Girls (the Dynamo episode) where Townsville was in ruins after all the destruction.. At least PPG was enjoyable. This was 111 minutes of torture. There are no redeeming qualities at all, not even a face that is easy on the eyes to make up for all of the film’s shitiness.

To sum it up – worst movie I’ve seen this year, worst movie I’ve ever seen in theatres, and worst movie I’ve ever seen my whole life. I truly have no idea why it’s so well-received by both critics and mass audiences. I try to be open-minded and objective, but I really, truly, deeply, madly hate this movie and wish it never existed.

2. Safe House (6/10)

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This had a review on an individual entry as well because I had time then. I know I gave it an 8 last time but that was 1) before moderation 2) I just watched it so the rush was still there 3) I was still a noob because I hadn’t seen many movies.

Basically it’s not bad and I’m quite okay with it in all aspects. Just that the first half was really draggy and hard to follow at first. A very standard action flick and rather forgettable, okay for a one-time viewing but not something I would keep thinking about or rewatch.

3. This Means War (7/10)

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Not gonna lie, I enjoyed every bit of it because it was really funny and entertaining. But at the same time, it was predictable and highly superficial. What little “action” there is exists only as a plot device. I really hate plot devices that serve no real purpose other than to move the storyline along, especially when they are so lazy that they don’t even bother trying to convince you otherwise or justify its existence.

I wouldn’t have minded more focus on the action part on the movie if the subplot had been stronger. After all, the guys are agents. Surely there is more to life than abusing resources on romance and pitting against each other over a girl.

Oh and how convenient she was kidnapped… something that happened because the two guys were too busy being immature and fighting. I don’t even feel like the kidnapper was dangerous and the agents seemed to get rid of him so easily. Quite a let down seeing how the opening scene of them taking out the bad guys was pretty good.

Another problem I have is how the characters are flat and lack emotional depth. I don’t even want to get started on how the female lead (who isn’t even that interesting or special) fell in love with Chris Pine’s character anyway, despite how he showed her the fake side of himself in his attempts to woo her. The film didn’t convince me that she fell for who he really is and not who he pretended to be since the whole film was all about his pretenses??

And yes, it was obvious who would end up with who after all the characters made their first appearance. Because again, how convenient that Tom Hardy’s character already had a son and ex-wife who we saw quite a bit of… happily ever after for everyone, right?

Maybe I’m being harsh but 7 is still high for a rom-com flick.
Anyway, 100 people on Yahoo Answers agreed with my opinion 😀

4. The Hunger Games (7/10)

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Ah, mixed feelings…

This needs an entry on its own too because I have so much to say about the whole series. Let’s just say that there is no film I overhyped myself more than I did for The Hunger Games because at one point I was really obsessed with the series (Remember? Ha.) plus both critics and mass audiences raved about the movie.

However, the film did not capture the essence of the book at all. Especially not the complexity of the characters’ relationships. This is what happens when companies want to make money and set it at a lower rating that will appeal to more audiences. I can’t even be bothered to download its torrent and I still don’t feel like watching it again.

Not helped by the fact that the quality of the books declined as the story progressed. Not helped by the fact that I soon discovered the awesomeness of Battle Royale whose novel and manga adaptation were FLAWLESS. Not helped by the fact that while I still love Hunger Games, I don’t really have respect for it since the author doesn’t respect us readers enough to write a satisfactory ending, nor does she respect the characters she had created herself to give them the closure they deserved. Not helped by the fact that I quite resent the series at the same time because it is a blatant rip off Battle Royale.

Oddly enough, its trailer was one of the best I’d ever seen and was what attracted my interest in the series in the first place. I will write a detailed review comparing the books, film and Battle Royale sometime. It’s just a matter of when lol. I love this Honest Trailer though… basically everything.

5. The Avengers (9.5/10)

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Was so brilliant and gave me so many feels that it has a review on an individual entry (all of which was praise okay) as well. I know it was supposed to have a perfect 10/10 rating except that I rewatched it again months later and it actually bored me -_- To be fair, it dropped down the IMDB charts too.

I think they spent too much time trying to tell us that the heroes all had their differences and couldn’t get along. All the arguing got kinda old on a repeat viewing. We get it, okay? Would be better if they spent more time showing how everyone overcame their inner demons but nevermind. There was this part where Thor couldn’t pick up his hammer but they didn’t explain why or how he managed to pick it up eventually. Plus nobody is really scared of Loki because we all love Tom Hiddles too much, so I don’t feel like the movie really has a villain.

Honest Trailers nailed it though:
“A movie so fulfilling, you won’t remember that the first ??? minutes are actually kind of boring.”

Still, the flaws are so minimal that I can overlook them because the overall awesomeness of the film made up for  everything. Even the shots are well-done. Same goes for the beautiful ending credits. I love that the movie doesn’t take itself and its characters too seriously with all its light-hearted humour.

If I had to pick, this would be my favourite movie of 2012. Watched it twice in theatres (because I fell asleep the first time) and once more at a sleepover (that’s when I got bored, though I was restless and bored with everything that day). Definitely something I’d rewatch. I have the bluray torrent but I’m going to buy the DVD once prices drop anyway.

6. The Vow (6.5/10)

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While it was no The Notebook, I thought it was pretty okay (though slow and boring at times) and most importantly, realistic. The ending was definitely not what I’d expected and I think Rachel McAdams’ character was developed very well. Instead of letting her life be dictated by a guy, even if it’s her husband, she went on this path of self-discovery after her memory loss and it was like living her life all over again.

Despite not being able to remember anything, rather than accepting life the way it was, she went to experience everything again, made choices again. I don’t really know how to explain but it was really great seeing her discover why she made those choices in the first place and finding herself by experiencing everything all over again.

Even where her husband was concerned, she never really remembered him but they started getting to know each other all over again. The significance of how they met on the streets again and decided to try a new cafe instead of their usual was really symbolic, since it meant that they no longer are trying to force things back to how they were like before. Rather, they are starting afresh on a clean slate.

I’d expected a fluffy ending so it really took me by surprise. Which really wrapped up the point and message of the whole movie perfectly. It also complemented the theme and narration of “finding their way back to each other”.

7. Snow White and The Huntsman (6/10)

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First of all, I just want to say that I don’t dislike Kristen Stewart and she’s actually quite good in her other non-Twilight movies. In fact, sometimes I think she is pretty and I quite like her, other times I’m neutral. She was quite bad in this film though, so no wonder the Razzie nomination for Worst Actress.

This movie really bored me and whatever “modern twist” they are trying to bring to the fairytale, it didn’t work nor did it interest me. The plot itself was typical and nothing outstanding. Storyline was slow and draggy and even boring. I quite like the cast but the characters were really unbelievable and uninteresting.

The dwarves were weird, I’m not sure what the point of Sam Claflin’s character aka the young prince was, there was no chemistry between Snow White and the Huntsman so the kisses were all weird… thank god they didn’t really expand on a romantic subplot.

Really love the visual effects though, which you can tell are stunning from the above still. I think it deserves it Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Visual Effects and in a year of crap movies, this category is the only one that interests me in this year’s Oscars because all the nominees are strong and deserving.

Anyway, my biggest issue with this film is ironically who they casted as Snow White because Kristen Stewart did not even meet basic requirements where appearance is concerned. I am not saying she is ugly. However, the film opened with a monologue describing Snow White’s beauty in detail. If you are going to have such a monologue in which you place such great emphasis on Snow White’s flawless beauty, then shouldn’t you cast someone that matches what you describe?

Really dark hair, fair skin, red lips and perfect beauty — none of which Kristen Stewart has plus I keep noticing her crooked teeth. She just looks very ordinary and honestly, Charlize Theron looks really stunning and outshines her. So it’s weird that one plays the supposedly flawless Snow White while the other plays the jealous old stepmother.

I probably would watch the sequel out of curiosity but definitely not in theatres.