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Casual Consumption No. 2

I posted my first casual consumption entry back in June. A lot has been consumed in the days between June and now so I wouldn’t bother to list everything in one go. That’s ridiculous. And I’m very lazy.

I’ve also been really busy dealing with my mental health in the past months. It’s not something I am vocal about because ~*stigma*~ but I need to vent one way or another. I could draft a post about it, we’ll see.

Movies

There has been a crapton of films I’ve seen in July-August. One of them is Guardians of the Galaxy, which I dearly loved. There’s no reason behind seeing this gem apart from the beautiful homo sapien Chris Pratt.

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I don’t think I need to say more about Guardians. You have probably seen it too. It’s wonderful and very entertaining; it gave me that fuzzy feeling after, the kind that makes you want to see that again because.

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And the highlight of this post: I finally saw What If, which was a fun thing to watch, especially if you are fond of seeing rom-com films and you like Daniel Radcliffe. Honestly, though, watching Ruby Sparks and Harry Potter try not to fall in love with each other was fun to watch so it didn’t matter that it was a romantic comedy and I, at one point, cringed so hard because I am dead inside.

There has been a lot of controversy on the subject of a man and a woman being just friends and it’s fine to be curious about it. But when it’s been asked for so many times, over and over, it’s just exhausting. I say let The Fates decide and let’s not speak of it again.

Overall, it was an easy on the eyes feel good movie and I’m absolutely in love with the so-called bromance between Dan Radcliffe and Adam Driver’s characters that I paid more attention to that over Zoe Kazan and Dan’s.

I was also nagged by my friend to see Lucy. Despite its bad reputation online, I opted to go because I wanted to see how bad it was. It started so great. I remember sitting through the first thirty minutes of it and thought it was a decent enough movie to splurge on until it became a pseudo philosophical slash Darwinian conspiracy theory. It was really bad and that is all I want to say about it.

Television

This season, I’ve lost interest in several favorites like Suits. I don’t even care about it anymore so I stopped watching. I might regret that in the future for now I’m out.

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FX has a new show called You’re The Worst which is becoming one of my favorites. It’s filling the Broad City-shaped hole in my heart and so far it’s wonderful. I’ve seen filler episodes and although they weren’t as funny as, say, the pilot, I’m pretty hooked still. Sometimes as I am watching, I feel like it’s reverse psychology BS (re: relationships) but it’s hella funny so as long as I am not overthinking it, I think I’m good.

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Showtime also has this new exploitative documentary show called 7 Deadly Sins. I was curious about its first episode, Gluttony, so I gave it at go. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me), 7 Deadly Sins is an eerie and real life scary show giving the audience a little peek of the modern day interpretation of the seven deadly sins.

So far they’ve tackled gluttony which included a burger joint serving quadruple bypass burgers (!!!) and tall glasses of lard milkshakes; envy in which a man pretends to be in a wheelchair and women who buy real life-looking baby dolls; and lust where modern day beastiality was covered. It’s obscene and sometimes very personal but it’s also very entertaining.

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Doctor Who‘s new series starring the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) just started last week. I’m still waiting for a few more episodes to sort out how I feel about it. For a brief moment, Eleven (Matt Smith) was in the episode and I WAS CRYING. I guess it just needs a bit of getting used to. Like when Nine was replaced by Tennant, and so on.

Books

I was able to finish several books in the time I was out. I was briefly on a Melina Marchetta Madness (July) and was able to insert to the bunch Rainbow Rowell’s most recent novel, Landline. I hope I’ll get to review these before I complete forget how they made me feel haha. For the complete list of books I read during my unofficial hiatus, go here.

I’ve also been re-reading a lot of my old books such as On the Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca (for MMM), The Art of Fielding (because I feel very Affenlight right now), and The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. – I re-read this so I could write a fair review, not to find a specific someone in the book, but my stand on this book remains. Meaning I can’t connect with their world no matter how much I try to.

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I guess the most remarkable read for me right now is Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3). Reading Isla brought me back to the nights when I would read a paragraph and stop to breathe, flail, and swoon. There were moments in the book that slightly put me off but that’s okay. That only means my teen brain is ageing?

Speaking of, did I tell you I met Stephanie Perkins during a book signing event? She is a peach!

Projects

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I’ve mentioned this a while back and now I think I’ve received the go signal to share this with you! I am part of bookbed – a community dreaming to make the Philippines a reading nation. KB Meniado, our Head Cheer Reader, started bookbed in 2010 as a small online bookstore and now on its 4th year, the bookbed community is more passionate as ever to go bigger.

Anyone who wants to share their love for reading is welcome to join and contribute. You can email me or join here.

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RUBY SPARKS AS A THOUGHT EXERCISE

I told myself no. I said I wouldn’t watch this film because nobody wants to see it with me. I can’t watch a movie alone considering the kind of mess I am today and how this will complicate things a tad. I was okay with missing out on it while everybody on the internet talks about how great this film was. Said I will just have to wait on its DVD release but then an old friend of mine wanted to see a movie with me and there I was thinking my life is a fucking bore.

Ruby Sparks is the story of Calvin (Dano), a young writer suffering from sophomore writer’s block and various general neuroses. On one of his therapy sessions, he talked about a dream he had about a lady he doesn’t know. His therapist suggested he write a one-page story about someone liking his dog, Scotty, just the way he is and that was how the concept of Ruby Sparks (Kazan) started. Calvin and his overzealousness to writing his story was stunned when Ruby, the lady character he wrote, became a real person, his real girlfriend, the love of his life.

Ruby Sparks was surprisingly deep. I knew its premise was somehow original and that a lot of people are championing this film as movie of the year because in all honesty, the film was great. I mean, I tend to lean on the other half of the population that thinks the ending was totally uncalled for but in general I love how they found the balance between romantic comedies and message-making.

I love the theme that in relationships, there is always good and bad and that you can’t have one without the other, that it’s about letting people just be, not putting them in boxes or burying them in expectations or shutting them out when it gets too hard.

“I couldn’t see you when you were here and now that you’re gone, I see you everywhere.”

I love that Calvin was so scared about being left alone again. We were briefly introduced to Lila, his five-year long girlfriend who left him shortly after his father died and that’s also the reason he detests her. He became obsessed with the idea of Ruby depending on him despite of his flaws and when Ruby showed signs that she might leave him, that’s when Calvin started changing her which was a dumb move but somehow accurate. When you have the power to control a person, to manipulate every little quirk or habit to fit your personality, you know you’re going to do it. Why change when you can modify your lover into being the perfect person in the whole universe?

I love that Calvin realized falling in love is an act of magic. That it’s not about who’s in control or who loves more or who gets the most freedom. That love is about being happy and content with whoever you’re with. It’s about having enough space to work on the relationship as couples. It’s about those stirring alterations in your life you have no control of.

I love that it was reiterated in the film that quirky, messy women, whose problems only make them endearing do not exist. I am so tired of seeing hot messes getting all the love when they don’t even know what to do with everything they’re receiving. You know, these people should fucking get their shit together first.

What I find challenging was that I see parts of myself in Calvin. Thank god I am not a writer with a magical typewriter or an incredible imagination because then, I’d be creating a perfect boyfriend and that would ruin all the fun (and me!). The first half of the movie was absolutely magnificent. The banter between Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano (who are a real life couple) was witty, creative, and real. The other half was a mix of emotional punches right in the apex of my heart along with very impressive realizations I guess to think about later. In the middle of the film, I wanted to stop everything and applause because goddamn the climax was so strong, well-written, well-acted, and it was proper in all the right ways. It was really, really good.

I feel that this film is something that you can discuss over coffee with your friends because most of us feel like Calvin or Ruby at times and the concept of second chances. I don’t believe in second chances but guess what, this movie kinda made me believe in it. Baby steps, amirite?

Ultimately, it was a very entertaining film and I recommend everyone to see it because it’s totally worth it. You’d be surprised by how this movie will affect you even in the tiniest way.