Today I realized the last two summers I’ve spent most of my time re-watching two TV series I enjoy a lot: Fringe (2008-2013), and Lost (2004-2010). Today I also remembered both of them were created by J. J. Abrams (with Jeffrey Lieber and Damon Lindelof on Lost, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci on Fringe), known lately for his reboot of the Star Trek franchise. I don’t like what he did to Star Trek. For me, his characters are flat and lacking the freshness and ahead-of-its-time quality of the Star Trek world. Abrams turned the beauty of the themes in Star Trek—acceptance, diversity, respect, and honor—to the action-driven superficiality of Star Wars.
I asked myself why Abrams took that turn, especially after creating all the rich characters and complex situations on Lost and Fringe. That’s a rhetorical question, of course; in most cases they (Hollywood, the film industry, the producers) create what the audience wants. Other than this statement, I don’t have an actual answer to that question. I could think that Abrams wanted to portray the characters according to the personalities shown in the Original series. The problem with that is that Abrams’ reboot was released on 2009, and the Original series on 1966. The period difference is ridiculous, including the social/political/cultural circumstances. In other words, you cannot expect the 60’s Star Trek formula to work seamlessly in the 21st century. It is antiquated.
But I’ll stop now. That’s a topic for another discussion.
Today I want to talk about Lost and Fringe: two TV shows that focus on character developing with a side of science fiction and drama. Continue reading
A little over a year ago, I blogged about my makeup routine during the disgusting months of higher temperatures (June, July, and August). A lot has changed since that post: I got diagnosed with mild rosacea, some of the products I was using started to break me out and/or I got tired of using them, and I switched to (mostly) cruelty-free products. Here’s the updated list of makeup and skincare products I am using during these summer months.
Summer makeup choices
The last couple of weeks I’ve been having a hard case of homesickness. But not from my actual home. Instead, I miss a place of autumn, coldness, gloominess, and the real feeling of Halloween. This feeling has been exacerbated by Tumblr and all the perfect pictures of a season I haven’t yet experienced at its fullness.
Six months have passed since my last post. Honestly, I didn’t have time to think about writing a blog post because my brain was busy—and I mean real busy. Most of those months were absorbed by my thesis—writing, proofreading, editing, adding pictures, and formatting the manuscript to be printed. I’m proud to say that I defended it on May 19th and passed with an outstanding grade!
Printed and binded ❤
My graduation ceremony was on June 17th; first graduation ceremony I attend to since high school. It was weird but pleasant at the same time.
I used to write a summary of the passing year around this time. I don’t remember if I did it last year—if I did, I don’t remember where I kept it or if I posted it online. Usually I blogged about the year’s end when I had an active Livejournal account, where people read my babbles, rambles, and teen thoughts… and where/when I didn’t care if people knew about me—now I find it quite exposing. However, I am writing this because I want to remember. I could write it in paper but I’m typing it here. I find it easier to connect with my brain if I type (with a serif font) instead of exercising my hand with a pen. Continue reading
Yesterday I rewatched Chan-wook Park’s Vengeance Trilogy—Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), and Lady Vengeance (2005). I hadn’t watched Mr. Vengeance (2002) so I took the time to watch them all, back to back, as a background exercise for my thesis research. Because of this six hours of audiovisual enthrallment (two hours per film), I decided to make a post about Mr. Park. Even if I didn’t want it to, he has become a big part of my life—personal and academic. Continue reading
“In a horror film, lighting is 70% of the effectiveness. It’s essential in creation the atmosphere.” ~ Mario Bava
Shame on me. After a BA degree in Audiovisual Communication, and an almost MA degree in (Theory and Research in) Communication, after a long list of courses taken on film production, film theory, and media studies, I finally got to meet the cinema of Mario Bava. I’ve only watched three of his films but I am loving his auteurship.
I remember reading about him in the Rue Morgue Magazine but back then I didn’t have Netflix. I was reminded of him when I was reading this article from Taste of Cinema that mentions one of his films, Black Sunday (1960). And then it clicked: I had that movie in my Netflix queue for a very long time!
Black Sunday (1960)
After searching if any of the other movies mentioned in the article was available on Netflix (I really want to watch Viy ), it was time for Black Sunday (1960). And then I was enthralled. Continue reading