“Who I am and why I am here” (Zero to Hero Challenge)

The thing about me is that I am always up for new challenges, whether I complete them or not is another matter, so when I came across the Zero to Hero challenge I was game. The challenge consists of 30 days of daily tasks, meant to help you fine tune and grow your blog. So here is assignment number 1 which is an introductory post. 

Currently I am a 21year-old college student with dreams of becoming a film director one day or at least working in the industry somehow. Needless to say I love watching movies. I also love reading, tea, cooking, spending time with my family, peaches, laughing, and learning. I am a bit of a dork, a big daydreamer, and try to stay positive (although sometimes I fail). 

I started this blog to keep track of my 2013 goals, but it ended up becoming more of a personal blog where I posted sporadically. This year I plan to use to track my 2014 goals but make a positive impact somehow, whether it is via inspiration, encouragement or even just mentioning a movie that someone ends up loving. 

The reason why I choose to blog versus journal (which I also do sporadically) is because the idea of an audience, even if imaginary, serves as encouragement. I would also like to connect with like minded individuals. People who are creative in their own ways and  try to seize life as best as possible.

So, that’s my introduction.

A year of “didn’ts”

2013 was a good, a bad, and a terrible year all at once. Some of the most important beings in my life are well and healthy so it was a good year. But progress wise it was kinda bad and at the end November was just a big blow. Fortunately December was pretty mild and okay, it had its share of holiday cheer and enthusiasm but a lot didn’t get done. Over all though 2013 was a year of didn’ts.

I didn’t reach my goal weight. I didn’t watch 1oo movies. I didn’t raise my GPA. I didn’t volunteer more. I didn’t visit the Getty and the Museum of Tolerance. I didn’t enter a photography competition. I didn’t go rock climbing, didn’t apply to grad school, didn’t film a short, didn’t sustain my blog, didn’t buy cowboy boots, or fly a kite, write a short story, ride a horse again, or give a random guy my phone number. So as you may see a lot of things just didn’t get done.

I did watch 85 movies though, spent time with the two most amazing beings in my life (my niece and nephew), and read 12 books. I also visited the LACMA, turned 21, shared plenty of laughs with those I love, tried thai food for the first time and completed an amazing internship. I did fall and stood back up. Survived through a terrible month. Went to stagecoach. Became more passionate about filmmaking and cooked many a meal for my family. I did live.

So yes, I could focus on all the didn’ts and cracks and tears and pain and 2013 would seem like a hell of a year, but as I see all my dids, unplanned dids but done dids none the less, I see 2013 was a hell of a year, but not always in a bad way.

To 2014, to all the planed and unplanned dids. Happy New Year!

 

Thankful

I’m thankful November is gone. I’m thankful I am alive to see another month. November was a weird month for me. There we so many hopes in it, so much to do, so little that actually got done. It started bad didn’t get better, but that’s okay down days (or down months) are a part of life and without them well, life wouldn’t have any depth and good days would loose their sweetness. Thankfully December is here!

December is hands down my favorite month, I looooove Christmas and nothing gets in between me and the holiday cheer. Of course that means that I have 30 days to tackle some of the things on my to-do list before 2014 gets here, but I have faith. And winter break.

Above all I wanted to make a list of some of the things I am thankful in no particular order. Sometimes counting our blessings, as simple as they may be, is the best way to recharge.

  •  Music (listening to Ellie Goulding right now is hitting the spot so perfectly)
  • November and the many opportunities life gives us to grow.
  • Turning twenty-one this year.
  • Getting a little bit more comfortable in my own skin.
  • Peaches.
  • Sunsets.
  • My mom, I love that woman so much.
  • My sister/bestfriend Luz.
  • My niece and nephew, they help me get through my worst days and enjoy the simplest things in life.
  • Possibilities and dreams.
  • Good health.
  • Childhood memories.
  • Good books and great movies.
  • Photography.
  • Blue skies.
  • Rainy days.
  • My cousins and friends (they overlap).
  • Tea!
  • My dad, the memories we made together.
  • The expectations of 2014 ( I am actually excited!!)

Last Five Films

Tomorrow I go back to school which is great and nerve wrecking as always, after a little over three months of summer break back to school it is for me. I am definitely ready and a little bit scared since I am trying to graduate this year versus waiting one more year as was my original plan. Hopefully it will be a great school year and hopefully I will get accepted into a masters program. Well without further ado here are the last five films I watched 🙂 What are your last five?

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50 First Dates  (2004)

PG-13│1hr 33min│IMDB: 6.7/10 │Rotten Tomatoes: 44%

Directed by: Peter Segal

I had been wanting to watch 50 First Dates since years ago but never got around to it, the premise of this movie always seemed funny to me: A girl with a damaged short term memory and a guy who avoids commitment and goes to great lengths to get her to commit to him. While it isn’t a masterpiece chances are you aren’t looking for a masterpiece if you are in the mood for this movie. I found this movie to be laugh out loud funny and heart warming, with solid performances by both Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13│ 2hrs 45min│IMDB: 8.6/10│Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

As a finale for the dark knight series this is a very satisfying one. No loose ends are left, all seems to end well and best of all it is clear that Batman will live as long as the world needs a Batman. It’s true there are way too many things going on at once, there are some events that lack logic and at 2 hours and 45 minutes you would expect to see more Batman action, but as a finale it succeeds leaving you content and setting forth how the legend of the bat continues. On a unrelated note Anne Hathaway as cat woman was a perfect fit.

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Le Bonheur (1965)

NR│ 1hr 19min│IMDB: 7.5/10│Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Directed by: Agnès Varda

I have love cinema and I am trying to learn French so watching French films seems like a major win to me. This film titled “Happiness” in French explores if happiness is divided or multiplied, if the more the merrier is actually true and to what lengths are women capable of forgoing themselves in order to make a man happy. Visually, the whole film is picturesque with a dream like quality and well composed scenes that seem more adequate to a painting.

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The Red Balloon (1956)

Approved│34min │ IMDB: 8/10 │Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

Directed by: Albert Lamorisse

At thirty-four minutes this little gem is a great investment of time and despite being nearly silent and having no “action” scenes it does captivate children’s attention. The Red Balloon is magical and entertaining in a way few if any children’s films are, it tells the tale of a friendship that develops between a child and a red balloon. I love the way the color of the red balloon contrasted with the gray surroundings and the nostalgia for childhood this short evokes. The nostalgia for that time when any thing could be our beloved friend.

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No (2012)

R½ 1hr 58min ½ IMDB: 7.4/10 ½ Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Directed by: Pablo Larraín

Larraín’s film offers insight into the creative process behind advertising campaigns and media’s impact on society, while bringing back into the radar an event that is perhaps forgotten: Pinochet’s dictatorship and descend.  Beyond this the film explores themes of money, love, power, and the compromises and power struggles behind democracy. Stylistically the film contains clips from the original “NO” campaign and matches its look to those clips, giving the whole piece a retro look and documentary feel. The film does exaggerate the power of the campaign and glosses over many facts but as the director himself said this is not a documentary it is a piece of “art.”

If You GIve a Girl a Blog

If you give a girl a blog,

she might write everyday

or maybe she will get

caught up with the day to day.

She will dream of writing genius posts

but never sit down to write.

She will spend her time doing other things,

like watching the justice league with her niece

or just some plain day dreaming

then she will be embarrassed for not writing more.

Sorry she will say and chances are she will try to write again.

*Inspired by the children’s book If You Take a Mouse to School written by Laura Numeroff

The Last 5 Movies I Watched

One of my New Years resolutions for two thousand thirteen was to watch 100 movies or about 8.3333 movies per month, so far I’ve only seen 41 movies which means that yes I am behind but the procrastinator in me likes to believe there is still time. If worst comes to worst I’ll just watch movies back to back, with no sleep or potty breaks for the last week of the year.

Anyways with out further ado here are five movies I’ve most recently watched:

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The Fairy (2011)

NR │1hr 33min │IMDB score: 6/10 │ Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Directed by: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon & Bruno Romy

A quirky French-Belgian comedy about Fiona, a mental hospital escapee who claims to be a fairy and a offers Dom, a sparkles concierge, three wishes. Sweet with its laugh out loud moments I consider this film an enjoyable watch. At some points it did have me wondering what in the world was going on but that was part of the enchantment.

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Despicable Me 2 (2013)

PG │1hr 38min │ IMDB: 7.8/10 │ RT: 75%

Directed by: Pierre Louis Padang Coffin & Chris Renaud

One word: Minions. ‘Nough said. The Minions, Gru, the girls, along with Dr. Nefarious and all the new characters will keep you entertained plenty. And while some say you don’t need to watch the first to get the second I do think you need to be a fan of the first to fully enjoy this one. Where the first was more heartfelt this one is pure entertainment. Cute, funny, sweet family entertainment.

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A Happy Event (2011)

R │1hr 47 min │ IMDB: 6.3/10 │ RT: None yet

Directed by: Rémi Bezançon

I really think this  movie is a must watch.  At first this film seems to be about the pregnancy but when the hilarious birthing scene occurs at about a third of the way through, it makes you wonder what the rest of the film will be about and if it can truly keep your interest. Well it does and does it well. The movie shifts from how a baby changes an expecting mother on the physical level to the transformation within. Beyond this, this film is about life, love, family, couple dynamics and childhood traumas.

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Planes (2013)

PG │ 1hr 31min │ IMDB:5/10 │ RT:24%

Directed by: Klay Hall

When I heard this movie was being made I rolled my eyes and gagged (okay, just rolled my eyes). This originally intended as a direct to DVD movie seemed like Cars but with planes and while there is some truth to that it is also a lot more engaging than expected. Or maybe because I had such low low low expectations this movie seemed worthwhile. The story line is predictable yet manages to keep you (and the little ones) engaged and with its offbeat jokes and use of stereotypes it also manages to steal some laughs.

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Justice League: Doom (2012)

PG-13 │ 1hr 15min │ IMDB: 7.2/10 │ RT: 84%

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

For all Justice League fans this one is a must. It is filled with super hero action and psychology. In this movie the Justice League members face their greatest nemesis and confront their biggest weaknesses. Will the Justice League heroes survive? Will they save the world from Vandal Savage’s villainous plan?

On Hitting Pause

I gotta be honest for the past two weeks I hit pause like many times before. I failed to move forward at lightning speed and face life head on. Instead I moved a little sideways and buried my head in the ground like an ostrich*. But unlike other times this time I feel no guilt about it. These were some lazy, unprogressive two weeks but I got some plain old quiet time, got through a cold, watched more cartoons with my niece and nephew than I care to recount, and finally reorganized the kitchen (somewhat). If I must say so I actually enjoyed these two weeks,  and realized sometimes it is necessary to hit pause and bask in idleness.

     For that reason I am grateful, grateful I had the opportunity to rest, to get through a cold and watch more cartoons than I care to recount. 

 

 

*Actually I just found out ostriches don’t bury their heads in the ground, who knew? For more ostrich fun facts and info go here.