Mel: What the hell is that?
Cher: A dress.
Mel: Says who?
Cher: Calvin Klein.
– Melvin (Mel) Horowitz, played by Dan Hedaya, and Cherilyn (Cher) Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (1995)
Any girl who likes watching movies would like to work in them and would want to do all of that. I’m also one of them. But people know me for badminton and love me for it. So I’d stick to it right now. But maybe after badminton, I’ll think about it.
– Saina Nehwal, Indian professional badminton singles player (1990-present)
Two Thursdays ago, I attended a film festival for the first time in my life. The film festival in question was the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which was hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. I discovered such an event existed while searching for things to do this summer.
The film showing that I attended that evening was The Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned, a South Korean fantasy film which was released back in November. The film’s premise is
Four young kids, including Sung-Min (played by Lee Hyo-Je) and Soo-Rin (played by Shin Eun-Soo), take a trip to the mountain together. They plan to sneak into a restricted area to watch a planned explosion. The next day, Soo-Rin is the only one found. A few days later, Sung-Min (played by Gang Dong-won) appears again, but he is not the same 13-year old boy. Sung-Min is now an adult.
While this isn’t necessarily a comedy film, I thought that it had its funny moments, like the scene with an older Gang Dong-won. The aging process used on his face was like the epilogue scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, where Daniel Radcliffe and crew play older adult versions of their movie counterparts, with the help of makeup and CGI. Obviously, it isn’t convincing, and with Gang Dong-won’s distinct features, it added to the unintended (?) comedy aspect of the film for me.
Besides the films, one of the perks of attending a film festival is the opportunity to dress up. Attendees wore a range of styles, from crisp white collared shirts to flowy skater dresses. My friends dubbed my look as an effortless off-duty model look, for my loose white shirt and denim on denim choice. While it looked put together, the downside of wearing denim on denim was the infamous NYC humidity, which made me feel sticky and gross at times.
Get the Look
Top | Urban Outfitters
Pants | Urban Outfitters
Jacket | Helmut Lang
Bag | Kate Spade New York
Sandals | Tommy Hilfiger
Overall, my experience was a great one, as I got to see a celebrity (Gang Dong-won was there to receive an award), and I did end the night with good food. For anyone who wishes to visit New York, I definitely recommend checking out film festivals because they aren’t something you want to miss out on.
the girl who still wears denim on denim in 2017
I do want to take guitar lessons. I do want to learn how to fly. Yes, I would like to learn Korean.
– Carl Allen, played by Jim Carrey, Yes Man (2008)
Wubba lubba dub dub!
– Rick, voiced by Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty (2013-present)
When you think of summer, you think of beaches and soaking in the sun. You also think of binge watching on your favorite shows that you haven’t been able to watch consistently during the traditional school year. My current obsessions are
- Rick and Morty,
- Lucifer, and
- Game of Thrones.
First is Rick and Morty, an adult animated science-fiction sitcom. Unlike others, I only recently got into watching this show, to the ire of my friends who begged me to watch this great show. I resisted their suggestions, but a Fine Brothers’ video showing clips of this show made me realize what I was missing out on.
According to Google, the premise of the show is:
After having been missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez suddenly arrives at daughter Beth’s doorstep to move in with her and her family. Although Beth welcomes Rick into her home, her husband, Jerry, isn’t happy about the family reunion. Jerry is concerned about Rick, a sociopathic scientist, using the garage as his personal laboratory. In the lab, Rick works on a number of sci-fi gadgets, some of which could be considered dangerous. But that’s not all Rick does that concerns Jerry. He also goes on adventures across the universe that often involve his grandchildren, Morty and Summer.
The reason why I love this show is because of the conversations between Rick and his grandson, Morty. I may be just hyper-analyzing, but Rick’s self-deprecating remarks tugged at the heartstrings because I related deeply to his words. However, it isn’t overdone, as this self-hatred isn’t glaringly apparent, as you see his bored look and hear him belittle Morty.
Season 3 (episode 2) of Rick and Morty returns Sunday, July 30 on adultswim.
Next up is Lucifer, a fantasy police procedural comedy-drama series. Lucifer was the first show that brought me back into watching TV because it was a show that had everything. I tend to lose interest in things quickly, so if you have a multi-genre series that has fantasy or sci-fi in it, I’m bound to be hooked onto watching it.
The premise for Lucifer is
Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel, who has become dissatisfied with his life in hell. After abandoning his throne and retiring to Los Angeles, Lucifer indulges in his favorite things (women, wine, and song) — until a murder takes place outside of his upscale nightclub. For the first time in billions of years, the murder awakens something unfamiliar in Lucifer’s soul that is eerily similar to compassion and sympathy. Lucifer is faced with another surprise when he meets an intriguing homicide detective named Chloe, who appears to possess an inherent goodness – unlike the worst of humanity, to which he is accustomed. Suddenly, Lucifer start to wonder if there is hope for his soul.
Besides the multi-genre aspect, I love this show because it makes you wonder about life and power. In some ways, it’s a palatable version of philosophical texts that contemplate about the divine. This show seems to demonstrate that even those with incredible powers seem to face existential crises as well, which makes them human. Then, what separates the divine from the mortal? Just some food for thought.
Season 3 of Lucifer returns Monday, October 2 on Fox.
The last show I’m currently obsessed with watching is Game of Thrones, a fantasy drama series. Unlike the others, I have been extremely inconsistent with this show, skipping around seasons 2-5 and watching season 6 to completion only a month ago. I appreciate shows that move quickly, or at least put a façade of fast movement, but this show takes forever to build up to the grand finale that I’ve been waiting for since season 1.
The premise of GoT is
George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” is brought to the screen as HBO sinks its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic. It’s the depiction of two powerful families — kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men — playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop of the Iron Throne.
Upon hearing that this was the penultimate season, I brushed up on my GoT knowledge asap. All I wanted to see was who would own the Iron Throne at the end, and how this would happen. Spoilers (?): I personally believe that Daenerys will reconquer Westeros like her predecessors did all those years ago, but who knows, there are some passionate Jon Snow supporters.
Season 7 of Game of Thrones airs every Sundays on HBO.
The title of today’s blog post is in reference to Rick and Morty’s official Twitter handle, which I thought was super hysterical and creative. Morty simply lives in a universe where he isn’t quite the perfect sidekick, like Robin is to Batmen. Nonetheless, their chemistry is undeniable because Morty’s screw ups basically motivate Rick to show off why he is such a genius.
While there are rabid Rick and Morty and Game of Thrones fans, I have yet to have a friend/acquaintance who loves Lucifer as much as I do. It’s honestly such an under-appreciated show, so check it out!
the girl who spends her free time analyzing TV shows