I had a quiet season when it comes to movies, that’s what happens to me after the hectic Oscar season. But the last three weeks I got back into the game and watched 12 movies, so I guess I would resume writing mini movie reviews. I don’t have stuff to say about every movie, for those I’m just going to give one-sentence (or three) reviews and my rating. Let’s get the short ones out of the way first.
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I first encountered ‘Believe Like A Child‘ by Paige Dearth at my favorite bookstore. It’s my favorite bookstore because they sometimes would have special books that might not necessarily be on the best-seller list. And of course, the first thing that caught my eyes was the cover. And they say a picture tells a thousand word. It’s really a stunning cover picture. When I flipped it to read the back of the book, I became instantly intrigued. As the picture already let on, it’s a story about child abuse. But the thing that made me buy it was the fact that the author was a victim of child abuse herself. So I was expecting a fictional story but with hints of real emotions inserted here and there. I was expecting it to be very hard to stomach and raw but at the same time insightful, powerful and also has a hopefully bittersweet ending that would fill the reader with hope despite the dark and tragic topic. It got a 4.14/5 stars on Goodreads, which I really struggle to comprehend. Not because it was too low, but because it was way higher than I expected. As you might already suspect from my intro, this is not going to be a positive review. I actually contemplate whether to write a review of it at all, and it’s precisely because of its high score on Goodreads, it inspired me to dive deeper into the vast sea of materials that build up a good story. I apologize in advance if this turns into more of an essay about good story-telling than a book review.
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Alright. The Oscars 2017. *sigh* What a mess. I guess by now you are so over everything about the Oscars because of the disastrous last five minutes with the envelope incident. But how about the rest of the show? Well, it was fucking awesome. Actually, it was the best Oscars gala I’ve ever seen. And we have our host Jimmy Kimmel to thank for that.
I’ve never had a strong opinion about Jimmy Kimmel. He was one of the late night hosts, I like him okay, I’m not subscribed to his Youtube channel. I actually thought he’s just reading the jokes written for him, in that dry humor kind of way of his, and to be honest a bit boring. But when he was announced as the Oscar host, I got to see a new side of him when he went on different talk shows. He’s actually funny and has wit so quick that you really need to pay attention to catch the joke. And he delivers all that with a poker face. Also, I like some regular sections of his show, like the mean tweets and interviewing tourists outside his studio. Jimmy Kimmel impressed me deeply already in his opening monologue. I was sure there were going to be a lot about the politics and Trump, but he did it quite well. He poked jokes at the Oscars, at Mel Gibson, Scientology, Trump, etc. And then bringing back his decade-long play fight with Matt Damon and the whole show was full of roasting. And all the jokes about race issues, brilliant! My ultimate favorite joke of his during the monologue was about Moonlight, that how of all the best picture nominees, the only happy ending was in the middle of the movie Moonlight. In case you haven’t seen the movie, he was indicating about a scene where the teenage male lead got off on the beach. Don’t worry, judging from the little laugh Kimmel got out of that joke, not many other people have watched the best picture of 2017 either. And Kimmel was quick to point it out. 😛
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