The Garden Filled With Weeds

Movie Reviews, ACG and Cosplay Discussion, or just any rambling topics that come to my mind.

[Movie Review] The Bling Ring – Shallow and a Waste of Time October 15, 2013


IMDB: 5.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%

(Seriously how much money did they spend on buying critics?)

There’s two kinds of movies that can be made from real life events, those that are like Argo, focusing on an event itself, and those that are like Jobs, focusing on the story of a person’s life.

Then there is this movie, focusing on something that nobody cares anymore, and did a terrible job, making no one else to care about it ever again.

This movie felt more like a news broadcast than a movie re-telling the in-depth details of the shocking crimes of a few teenagers.

The entire movie is a huge waste of a good opportunity, it barely focused on the emotions and psychological reasons behind the teens’ actions, or other key things like how teenagers today are heavily influenced by the media and celebrity lifestyles, instead it felt more like a movie to condemn these teenagers’ vain lifestyle and childishness, and also the hypocrisy of Alexis Neisers’ public and open attitude towards the whole issue.

It is a rare case in which I could actually criticize a movie’s technical aspects, such as the way it was shot, the editing, the camera angles…

It’s made every mistake that my camera and editing lecturers told us to never make.

For example, a particular scene shot in the car, with a time-lapse sorta thing of the girl singing and having fun, the editing there was really choppy and in some ways, amateur.

Or other scenes where they just throw google image searches at you without even the slightest effort to make those picture blend into the film.

The acting is terrible, because of this movie, I’m not going to trust Emma Watson’s judgement ever again.

It feels like she’s trying too hard to break away from the Hermione image, and is desperate to try anything that strikes an opposing image to Hermione.

Actually the only actress in the movie who didn’t feel like she just wandered onto the set randomly

Like I have mentioned above, this movie was based on a real event, but after doing a little bit of research, apparently this movie made very little attempt to be true to the story.

After some Googling, I found out that one of their main information provider is a police officer who was in-charge of the case previously.

That is actually… secondary source isn’t it.

After reading Alexis Neisers’ blog, I also found out that they did not bother to interview the one person involved in this incident who is still pretty public.

Most of the members involved have went public and stated that they only found out that people were making this movie through others, which definitely shows that the movie production team did not bother to approach these people at all.

Yes the entire crime itself is stupid, but it’s worst when you want to make a movie of such an event based on stupidity, and take it too seriously, does not try to adjust it a little to make it better, and insist on insulting the people involved in the incident rather than helping them tell their story.

Been a long time since I last gave a movie 1/10.

Yes Emma Watson is hot, but she sure is terrible at picking scripts.

PS: You know a movie is sad when the only name they can present to the people is Emma Watson, and no one else, and all anyone ever talks about this movie is Emma Watson.

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Why Being Tall Sucks June 5, 2013


It’s pretty ironic that right after writing a blog post about loving yourself, I publish another post about why I hate certain things about myself.

95% of the people around me seem to think that being tall is a gift.

I won’t completely deny that, at times, being tall does benefit me a little.

But it’s definitely not as good as some people imagine it to be.

And here’s why.

1.No one is considerate for the tall

When they build public transports, they always worry about the handgrip being too tall for some.

They never thought about those handgrip hitting tall people right in the face.

I swear, every time I get on public transport, my head would be attacked by those handgrip repeatedly.

If anyone was ever considerate towards tall people, they’d know that this is a terrible idea.

But no one did.

Everyone only worried about the shorter ones not being able to reach what’s up there, but never thought about anything that might be too low for taller ones to reach.

2.”You must be strong”

There’s this very common stereotype for tall people, if you’re tall, you must have more strength than others.

I don’t know how they got this logic, because I absolutely suck at every sport you can name, I have the worst stamina imaginable, and I occasionally have health issues like chest pain.

They also think we’re emotionally stronger, which is also false for me.

Since young, I’ve been that kid who will cry at anything, even not being able to tie my shoelace.

Nowadays, I would cry, if you show me a penguin waddling about, and play some dramatic music, with Morgan Freeman’s voice explaining the hardship of being a penguin, I’d cry a river in less than three seconds.

3.”You look fierce”

Perhaps it’s just me, but having a tall and wide frame made me look very threatening most of the times.

Many of my friends had told me that they thought I was a fierce person, seem really unfriendly and unapproachable.

Of course, after getting to actually know me as a person, they realised that I was the complete opposite of those(I hope).

Occasionally, this can be a good thing, bullies tend to avoid you, some would choose not to take advantage of you, and other annoying things that happen to friendly looking people can be avoided for us.

But this can also be a huge problem when you’re entering a new environment and need to make friends with new people.

4.FOR GIRLS – Finding a boyfriend

This point can be deemed as invalid, because my boyfriend happens to be 5cm shorter than me.

But perhaps not all tall girls are as lucky as me, so I’m still writing it down.

I never thought that this was such a big problem, until last year my lecturer for one of the modules mentioned it in our human anatomy class.

“All girls want to find a guy taller than them.”

My face literally went ಠ_ಠ , because at that point of time I am already dating my boyfriend, and I do identify myself as a ‘girl’, so it was really weird for me having to hear him repeat that sentence for at least three times.

But I won’t say that this point isn’t true, we all have our own list of preferences for people we wish to date, and some of us will have the height requirement on the list.

5.It’s hard to miss us

If you’re an extrovert I suppose this is a good thing for you, but if you’re like me, who happens to be hopelessly introverted, this is the worst thing that could possibly happen to you.

Like point 3, this can be beneficial at times when your friends lose you in the crowd, you naturally just stand out and they get back to you.

But standing out can be bad when teachers are asking questions, or when they want to pick a volunteer.

Those times when you just want to be an audience, but they had to pick you out to demonstrate something you believe doesn’t need your help at all.

Those days in school when your teachers scan across the class and you happen to be tall and popping out even though you’re trying your best to camouflage.

By now you should have realised that this isn’t exactly a very serious post, because as a matter of fact, I do like my height, I don’t exactly want to change anything about it(and I can’t).

It’s just one of those small issues which everyone else thought was 100% positive, but only the ones to experience it would know the negative things about it.

I also have friends, who are slightly below the average height, always telling me they wish to be taller, while at the same time, I’ve always wished to be shorter.

So in a way, you can say that this post  is meant for all the people out there who wished to be taller, to know that being tall isn’t exactly a good thing, and being short definitely have benefits that tall people can’t enjoy.

While at the same time, my fellow tall comrades, don’t fret, there’s got to be a reason why people are envious of us, even if we haven’t found out why, we eventually will, because really, we can’t do shit about our height, shorter ones get to wear high heels and insoles, we have nothing, we’re stuck like this, so we might as well embrace it rather than crying in our sleep about how unfair God is.

 

 
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