The Ultimate Quarterly Wrap-Up (January-March 2017)

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I can only tell you that life is unpredictable. But here I am, and I’m rolling over stuff like a cinnamon roll. How long has it been since I posted a wrap-up? I have not posted one since… oh god who knows? Eh. Who cares anyways? As long as I am happy with books, and anime, and manga, and my other fandoms, then it’s the only thing that matters.

In that chaos, I have decided to mesh my wrap-ups into quarterly posts, hence my wrap-ups will only appear four times every year now. I was having a hard time balancing with posting a wrap-up every month, so here’s to hoping that this one will work more efficiently. I will be also be including every ‘else’ in my wrap-ups. It could be a new series, newly discovered music, or a new obssession. Fangirling done right. So if you’re looking for a post that you have to sit through, then you’re probably going to need popcorn because this is going to be a while. Now let’s start!

Wrap-Up (January)

January has been a rollercoaster ride and that is just the first month of 2017 for you. It has been exhausting, exhilarating, exhausting, and exciting. (Yes, I am aware that I said exhausting twice.) I wouldn’t say that it is the loveliest of all the months, and it was a pretty upbeat start.

Wrap-Up - Books

I have read 6 books in January, and I have to say that I am impressed because I generally read 4 books every month.

Also me: But self, aren’t majority of those short stories?

Ugh, me from the past. Can we just agree to disagree? Short book or not, let’s list down the books.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I found it interesting but I was honestly torn because I seem to have a love-hate situation with the writing style. But this book has intrigued me enough to continue on with the series.
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Break-Up Anniversary by Dawn Lanuza – It was short and sweet, but I was expecting a little bit more. I wish it had a full story, but “I mean duh, self. It was a short story, you cynical nerd.”
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We Go Together by Carla de Guzman – The book was a light and fluffy read, but I had a few issues regarding the pacing and the overall execution. I don’t know much about Much Ado Nothing by Shakespeare, but it was an interesting take. Maybe I just had a hard time imagining what DC looked like?
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Someday With You and other stories by Ines Bautista-Yao – Charming, heartbreaking, and reminds me of slice of life animes. Each story had a unique tweak on it, and it was definitely fun to read each one. Plus, how can I not resist this one? All of the stories are spearheaded by Filipino male MCs! About time I read about guys from my own country. I gushed about it in my full review [here].

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – How do I say this? I was choking and sobbing at 3 am while rendering our thesis. I have never been extremely jealous with a character before Molly Peskin-Suso came into the picture. My feels are with this book. Full review coming to you this April! I am so excited.
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Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know by Filipiknow – Informative for just about anyone. If one’s not into history but wants to read about badass stories, then you have come to the right place. Look, I’m just a simple history nerd. This book is gorgeous, informative, and straight to the point.
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Wrap-Up - Series

Yuri On Ice – The definition of perfection because it is just the coolest thing ever. Even real-life figure skaters adore it. That is how good this anime is.
One Punch Man – You may think that I will fall in love with Genos, but no. I freakin love Saitama. I would marry that dude in a heart beat.
Class – I only watched one episode but it looks so darn good. This may or may not make me watch Doctor Who.
Mr. Robot – My brain cells hurt when I saw this guy hacking into systems, and I was pretty bummed out because it reminded me a lot of that one subject where I hated everything. I think it was assembly. Still a pretty good show, but I stopped. I don’t know why either.

Wrap-Up (February)

I had no time to breathe in February. I did not pick up a single book. It was the month of our last defense. I am so done with my thesis. But of course, that one will bite me later. On the side note, I may not have read anything, but I did get the chance to meet some of my favorite people on the internet.

Last February 18, I got to meet some #romanceclass authors for their #SparkNA releases. I finally got to meet Carla de Guzman,  Dawn Lanuza, and C.P. Santi. I even had my books signed yay! I also met blogger senpais at the event namely Kate from The Bookaholic Blurbs, and Sab from The Book Eater. I also saw Dianne from Oops, I Read A Book Again at the event.

I hope I could share more, but I decided to fully recap after the more feels event this coming April. Soon! ❤

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Riverdale -Despite being busy, I made time for Riverdale. Archie is basically my childhood, so I live for this series.
A Series of Unfortunate Events – Watched the first episode and I’m all “Eh. Maybe in another time.”
Horrible Histories – I binge watch this every time my exams are getting near. Instead of reviewing, I binge watch all of the 5 seasons.

Wrap-Up (March)

March was that point in my life where it has been messy. One day, I was posting non-stop and then suddenly schoolworks like projects, exams, and thesis approvals hit me in the face and then BAM! I have been practically gone for the whole March after posting non-stop for a week since my hiatus. It was then that I thought that the wrath of my academe is over, but little did I know that the worst was yet to come. Don’t worry, I overcame the final wave, and it’s time to put all of those things behind us.

On the bright of every little happy thing, I have so much love for March because after my finals, I finally had the time to read all of the books.

Wrap-Up - Books

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – I had too many tears for Blade and his crew. This book tore me apart and built me back up again. I mean, I don’t even know how to fully describe this book coherently in my review. But yes, a lot of feels were involved. Review [here].

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – Again, another tear gushing book. I swear, I could fill a bucket with my tears. I just love every character in this book, and I want to hug them all. Full gush [here].

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saénz –  It was my first time to read from an audio book where I tried my best to fight my will to not sleep. I loved every bit, like it was my first time to read Ari and Dante again. Lin-Manuel Miranda as a narrator was spot on. Why can’t we have more audio books read by him???

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Where do I even begin with this book? It was amazing, stunning, bloody well done, gorgeous, stupendous, magnificent, ridiculously spontaneous, sinister, and magical. I love everything about it, and I love to hate all of the dregs. Every single one of them is precious. I am not even sorry of dropping the 5 star rating right then and there when I finished, even if it had a terrible cliffhanger. SIX OF CROWS IS JUST TOO DARN GOOD.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I don’t remember how long it was since I read this book but it felt like it was such a long time ago. It felt like I was reading for the first time again. I knew what was happening, but it felt like I was only processing the information as I was reading it. I was able to manipulate what I thought should be in the movie. It was so easy to digest everything, because I normally take days to read a book. But this one only took me two days, and that’s because I have classes and I only read in intervals. I cannot wait to reread Catching Fire as well. And then I will know if I will finally read Mockingjay or not. We’ll see.

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Wrap-Up - Movies

Moana – I must be the black sheep when it comes to this movie, but I did not find it entirely okay. Maybe I got too overhyped by it, and I really did not want to see the movie just because Lin-Manuel Miranda produced the music. Granted, the music was the best part, but don’t worry. I n will probably rewatch this one soon.

Beauty and the Beast – My eyes tear up every time I dare mention this movie because it was so darn beautiful. I was crying from start to finish because it remained true to it’s foundation. Everything was so darn perfect. Should I do a full review for this one? I guess I should (because I want to properly fangirl over Dan Stevens please).

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The Crown – I am a sucker for anything historical, and anything related to British monarchy. So with that, I loved this series very much. The history nerd in me is very satisfied indeed.

Riverdale – WHAT IS GOING ON? I am sad that they took a break the same time as I did for school. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?

Wrap-Up - Announcements

  • I have been dying to scream about this since I was chosen, and I can finally say it. I am now a co-blogger at Stay Bookish!

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  • Before I even started, it has been one of the blogs that I sincerely look up to. It inspired me to blog in the first place. And now,  I am actually part of the blog squad! It is honestly a dream come true for me, because I would not have picked anywhere else to step up and co-blog.
  • Don’t worry, of course I am not leaving this lovely blog of mine. Think of it this way: there is more than one place where you get to hear me fangirling over books. But I have been debating something else entirely.
  • The Fanboy Book Club is currently under construction! Or is it still even called that? More news in the future soon!
  • I will be going to another April book event soon, this time for romance books. I cannot wait to feel all of the feels!

Okay, I guess that’s about it for the past 3 months? So how about you guys? Everything went well for the first half of the year? Let’s talk about it!

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Suicide Squad: Yay or Nay?

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I am not mad. I am just disappointed. Next to Deadpool, this movie was one of the few that I was anticipating for 2016.  I would not say that it was a lucky shot, but if you catch a film on the first day of the release, it is something to boast about. And then there’s Suicide Squad. I did not hate it. But I did not feel like I should love it either.

 

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Directed by: David Ayer

Screenplay by: David Ayer

Released: August 4, 2016

Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie,

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 29%

Summary:

Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own.

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Suicide Squad is not a bad movie, but it has the fair share of low points. I want to start with the positive notions first so that we can weigh in this movie.

What I liked about it: 

The connection with the DCEU. You’re in for a treat. The film features an array of cameos that will make your fanboy/fangirl hearts in a flurry. It means that Suicide Squad is not a movie of it’s own. It answers the question on what is happening to the DC world after Batman VS. Superman.

The unique cast. That is what Suicide Squad is all about. The characters were represented perfectly. Thumbs up for the actors portrayal of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Amanda Waller, El Diablo, Katana, Rick Flag, and Killer Croc. The Joker is so-so for me, because I need to see more if I want to make a full judgement. The cast had this chemistry that manifests itself in the screen. They really are a band of misfits that fit together, with perfectly cast actors who did them justice on the screen.

The hidden plot. If you are going to see the movies expecting it be like the trailer, then you’re in for a ride. The creative marketing that they did for this movie is unique enough to please every age. I did not expect that one character caused all of that chaos and mayhem in the movie. It was brilliant in the sense that they got to hide elements of the story and they still got to deliver a solid plot.

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What I didn’t like about it:

The misleading marketing. A character (or characters rather) is barely in the movie. It got people to expect something and it gets them a whole bag of worms. I am one of those people. And by watching Suicide Squad, waiting for something to happen, it did not sit well with me. Why market a character if he barely speaks?

The fast-paced, head scratching story line. Suicide Squad is unique because of the story, bad people doing something that they don’t even want to do in the first place. But it was crammed in really fast. The movie got to the point where we do not know what was going on. Some even said that they needed subtitles. Is this DC’s thing? Do they only release the good stuff on the extended editions?

The editing. *insert facepalm here* How much slow-motion is too much slow-motion? Why on earth did you have to make it feel like the movie was one huge megamix of songs? In some cases, it felt like the editing was rushed and compiled in a certain way that was a little disruptive. I left the theater thinking that the editing department spent more time making the credits than the actual film.

DC, please lighten up. Maybe just a little bit. I respect David Ayer’s creativity and honestly, he did a great job on some of the main aspects. Maybe you guys should have let him do what he wants to do and direct a kick-ass movie without the kryptonite you pushed on him.

In retrospect, Suicide Squad is a guilty pleasure movie. On some days, you might like it. On some days, you may hate it. At least get in the average. If you want to watch it, it’s a good stress-reliever movie. But in my case, I wish the theaters gave a 50% refund for my ticket because my expectations were so darn high.

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Images via Screen Rant and sdccblog.

All of the opinions in this blog post are mine.

 

Fictional Crushes Tag

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I love Valentine’s Day.

Did you guess that I was sarcastic? Hahaha.

On the bright side though, at least we can dedicate a day where we could celebrate a day where we can freely swoon over our book crushes. Luckily, I was tagged by Keira at Signing On to do the Fictional Crushes tag, where I can swoon over every character that I fell in love with.

ONTO THE TAG.

The Most Romantic One

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Any reincarnation of Romeo Montague.

Has anyone never swooned over a Romeo Montague? I believe not. By definition, these guys are over-the-top with the romantic gestures. A little creepy on the first two, but come on. The second one is Leonardo diCaprio. Who does not love Leonardo diCaprio? And the anime version? I liked him so much, I became an otaku.

The Dark and Moody Bad-With-A-Good-Side One

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Grey Fullbuster

Non-otakus may not relate to this one but this guy is one hell of bomb. He has a bit of a backstory that is maybe a wee bit dark (wait, I should have answered Jellal). He also has a bit of a sadistic side, but like everyone else in the Fairy Tail world, he is sweet. But yeah, he strips a lot. Made my nose bleed once or twice.

The Paranormal One

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Dae Woong

Dae Woong was one of my first crushes whilst watching Korean dramas. When I watched My Girlfriend is A Gumiho, I immediately fell in love with him. I don’t know why, but he has this amazing aura. Plus, he’s so cute and derpy.

The One You Want to Tame

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Ted Mosby

Wait, why do I want to tame Ted Mosby? Well, I want him to slow down. I want him to analyze everything, even if that is what he practically does all the time. I love Teddy Westside, but if he was not such a long story-teller, I would have not felt so weird while watching the finale. But still, ladies love Teddy Westside.

The One You Friend-Zoned

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Chaol Westfall

See? I had my reasons on why I did not include Douglas Booth’s Romeo on the list above. He speaks Chaol to me. Though, he works as Dorian Havilliard, too. I love Chaol, and I actually ship him and Celaena so much that being one of my book crushes, I cannot let him go. But at the same time, I want him to end up with Celaena. So I had to friendzone him. I know. How hard can my life get? //shot

Your Soulmate

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Charlie Kelmeckis

Yes, no list is complete without me including Charlie in it. I will never stop talking about The Perks of Being A Wallflower, and I will never stop loving it. Though I am getting tired of mentioning it every time, but nothing else fits.

Charlie Kelmeckis is my soulmate. He speaks to me as the truest person that sometimes I wonder if he is actually a real person. Charlie, I love you so much.

The One You Want to Elope With

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Kenji Kishimoto

I would kill to be on a date with Kenji Kishimoto. Despite not being in good terms with the Shatter Me series, I was pulled into reading it because of Kenji. He is the only one who makes sense to me. And he is the best character of the trilogy. And if I elope with him, I know that I will live because he is such a resourceful person. He has such a witty sense of humor, and he knows when he has to be serious. Which is why I love him.

The One You’d Venture Anywhere With

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Ezra Mason

I know I got the picture wrong, but hey! Who wouldn’t want to go with an adventure with Ezra Mason? He’s a pilot, so he can basically take you anywhere. Plus, he’s tall. I do not know why I even stated that, but that’s his plus one. Like, “What do you love about your boyfriend?” I will be all, “He’s tall.”. Is that even okay to say?

The One You’d Want to be Stranded on a Desert Island with

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Leo Valdez

I will never be bored. I will live like a Queen. Leo Valdez is my King. I know that my twin already called dibs on him… but he’s just so perfect. And if you have to choose anyone, you have to pick Leo Valdez. That bag has everything. And you won’t even feel cold because he is hot. Literally and figuratively.

The Most Badass One

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Neville Longbottom

Do I need to explain?


I am drowning in my own tears. This tag is too much for a fangirl to handle. I mean, I basically cannot think of anyone to tag right now. This is your chance to take advantage of the opportunity to do this tag. And I say to you,

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Any crushes that you want to add to this list? Tell me all about it!

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The Ultimate Wrap-Up

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6 months. I have been blogging for 6 months. Inconsistently and ridiculously slow. How timely that it is already the end of the year to have hit this certain milestone? Then I made a book club. Plus, I have befriended some of the most amazing bloggers that I used to admire from afar (circa not blogging yet). Nevertheless, I deliver you The Ultimate Wrap-Up. Where I highlight shenanigans and what became of most of the fandoms I am in. I know. This should have been posted in 2015. But, I’m that girl. Sometimes I feel like I should take the title, “The Ultimate Procrastinator” because of this attitude. Be warned. This is a long post. I did not take the title “The Ultimate Fangirl” if I did not dare to live it. Believe me, I did.


TV Shows

This year has been great for television.  Although some did deliver, some didn’t. Here are some of the ones that ultimately caught this fangirl’s attention.

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Friends – I know that some of you have binge-watched this on Netflix and I don’t blame you. It’s ridiculous! The show is so good that if you have the luxury of time, you can watch all 10 seasons in just a month. True story. (I know I did. And yes, I still have a life.) It was countless hours of uncontrollable laughter.

Scream Queens – What started off as a bomb ended up as a fluke. Scream Queens got mixed emotions and reviews as the finale aired. A bit… disappointing, since the story is as unique as can be. Yet, they turn to a very typical red devil. And it was just… sad.

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How I Met Your Mother – This is one of the series that I did not go with the hype. And it has been approximately two years since the show’s controversial finale. I am still not done with all of the 9 seasons but I am currently starting on the 8th season after Christmas break.

AND OH MY DEAR LORD. HOW DARE PEOPLE COMPARE THIS TO FRIENDS? IT IS TOTALLY NOT A RIP-OFF. Maybe if you watch Friends first like I did… And I was this close to giving up on it during Season 1. Best decision ever not to disregard it.

The Big Bang Theory – I never thought that I survived this long without knowing who Sheldon Cooper is. All the nerdiness manifested into one gargantuan show. I never want to not know what is going on in this show. I love it to bits. Take me to The Big Bang Theory heaven!

Saturday Night Live – This show delivered the most nostalgia, as it celebrated it’s 40 years on a Sunday. And they delivered the most awesome reunion ever. It was delightful to see the older featured players back on SNL. Aside from getting a few frowns for getting Donald Trump to host, SNL got some laughs out of me that made my day more brighter.

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The Awesomes – Season 3 made me scream more than the finale of Scream Queens. If one needs a visualization, picture little Anna saying, “THIS IS AMAZING!” No spoilers. No hints. But I will redirect you to a Fangirl Corner where I practically glorified the show.

Sherlock – I finally joined the hiatus gang! At first, I was all… “Am I missing any episodes? Why is this only 3 episodes? Are you telling me that you have been waiting for 2 years for the next one? How do you even breathe?”

Once I watched Sherlock, I felt the strong connection. A series so good… and they make you wait for the next season for so long. Aye Sherlock. Why do you do this?


Music

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Jess Glynne – This gal dropped the bomb on us this 2015. Last September, she released her first album which is “I Cry When I Laugh”. And her songs all gave me an eargasm. Since I heard her collaboration with Clean Bandit, I cannot stop listening to her. I love her music too much! Side note: It has been two years since “Rather Be” came out. Yes, I still consistently listen to it.

Taylor Swift – “1989” came out in 2014 right? And yet Taylor still ruled 2015 with all of her music videos! From Bad Blood to opening the new year with Out of the Woods, she slayed 2015 with her mighty glamour.

One Direction – What an emotional rollercoaster us Directioners have been this year, am I right? From Zayn’s ultimate departure to their hiatus announcement to the new album and to all their music video releases, all I can say is “God help us all.”


Movies

I discovered way too many movies this year. Charlie Chaplin to Eddie Redmayne. Go figure, my lovelies. Name them (especially the ones on the IMDB top 100), and we can discuss about them.


Books

I will continue on with my usual wrap-up.

Books In The Freezer

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The story is enticing, but my silly neurotic mind is hard to handle. So to finally finish it, I hope I get to buy it. And because Sarah J. Maas is coming to the Philippines. I just… asdfghjkl.

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I survived reading a series through e-book format! Thank you, messed up brain. The final chapter of the Grisha trilogy is here. My feels may or may not handle this well. And this is why I’m buddy reading this with my friends, Maan from The Pigeon Reads and Trisha from The Bookgasm Blog. (They’re also co-running The Fanboy Book Club)

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Slippery Things by Lane Baker

I received this book as a review copy and I have been reading it until my phone got broken. But that’s not going to stop me from finishing it before the end of the month. Huzzah!

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

My full review will be up soon. My feels can be summed in three words though.

SIMON. AND. BAZ.

The ultimate OTP. Caution: Do not read this while you are somewhere public. Book will make you cause a scene.

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Shadow and Bone AND Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

After reading Ruin and Rising, I will post my reading experience for this trilogy. Hope you guys stay tuned.

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Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson

This was my first eARC from Netgalley and this is also the first book that I gave a 3-star rating to. Also, review to come.


Guess that’s about it? I mean, how amazing was that? Well, hopefully 2016 will open up a lot more opportunities for this fangirl. Hope I could read more books, watch more movies and discover more tv shows. Much love everyone ❤

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Movie Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Before Watching:

I did not even know that they were going to turn the book into a movie. I just saw the trailer up on Youtube and then I fangirled all over the place. I loved Me and Earl and the Dying Girl because it expressed a lot of thoughts that I was looking for in a certain YA book. Plus, it showcased a male lead, which were bonus points for me. I read the book first before I watched the movie and I already happened to review the book . I also want to add that I have not seen any book-to-movie adaptation before watching this movie.  I turned down watching Paper Towns even. That movie was supposedly anticipated and I gave it a cold shoulder.

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Movie: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Screenplay by: Jesse Andrews

Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

Rating:

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Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

After Watching:

What an absolute tear-jerker. If you have read the book, then we can console each other about it. Tears were streaming down my face even after the movie ended. The ending was just beautiful. I’ve always thought that the movie Greg did was the most horrible movie ever. But the movie changed that perspective.

The movie deepened the relationship Greg, Rachel and Earl had. I was deeply moved on how Earl cared that much for Rachel, because it was a feeling that I did not thoroughly get when I read the book. I like movie Earl better. He was just this flawed guy with a heart. If Earl was my friend, I’d hang out with him all the time. Probably still in Mr. McCarthy’s office because that reasonable adult is also another cool person.

I was just briefly disappointed because Greg and his mom did not get the same subplot. Their bond in the book was stronger and the movie missed expressing their relationship.

Final Thoughts Film

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I am just in awe. The movie was heart-wrenchingly beautiful. All of the characters were on point and precise. All of the characters were properly cast and the movie is on point. Well, maybe in some of the scenes. But still, who’s keeping tabs? I am glad that the movie somehow distinguished itself from the book.

As I said earlier, I really liked movie Earl more. A friend of mine said that Earl was very stereotypical, but I disagreed with him. It was Earl who pulled the heart strings. Who knew that he is very kind and caring? Book Earl came out all gangsta on me. But hey, if you could have a friend like Earl, don’t forget about him.

Everything about the movie gave it the right tone of a teen movie. No cheesy, romantic subplots to induce the tears. The friendship alone is enough. Ironically, they spent the smallest screen time. Yet you will still think that they’re like a golden trio. And it is all thanks to Jesse Andrew’s wonderful screenplay and Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, and Olivia Cooke’s performances.

It had the same quirky feeling that the book manifested. And it tugged the heartstrings TFIOS pulled. And if you want to watch a movie that preaches about friend relationships (with no one falling in love with the other), this is the movie for you.

I don’t care if Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the only book-to-movie that I watched this year. It was enough because you can just watch the movie over and over again and not feel any hint of regret.

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Movie Musical Recommendations

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Welcome to a random blog post with a possibility of returning but I decided not to officially say that it is a part of my nerdy blog. I have been feeling under the weather lately, (probably because it practically rains here every night) and it has lead me to watch a lot of movie musicals. Then it occurred to me: I should probably share this wonderful warm feeling that the musicals have given me.

Roll call:

Singin’ In The Rain (1954)

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Starting off with a delightful piece of classic Hollywood musicals, this wonderful piece of craftsmanship can make the blues go away. You will learn to love the rain and you’ll be happy when it pours. From the amazing and marvelous talents of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, a movie such as this will put your heart on a warm summer day. Just think, nothing gets better than Singin’ In The Rain. It’s on the top of a movie junkie’s seen list so make sure you watch it as soon as possible. I mean, it’s practically like a sunny day.

Moulin Rouge (2001)

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You would be surprised with this shocker. I have always wanted to watch this movie when I was a kid but the premise that sticked to me was that I thought it was a romantic movie like Notting Hill. Little did I know, the Moulin Rouge is the happiest place to be. If you don’t swoon on a young Ewan McGregor, (young Obi Wan-Kenobi, nerds) then I don’t know what will. I always say this, but frankly speaking and I mean this in a good way: it’s like a movie version of drugs. It is so fast-paced that I felt high watching it. Besides the fact that it is all doomed in the end (not exactly a spoiler because the main lead says it in the first few minutes), it is frankly the best musical mash-up that my eyes have ever seen.

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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Fun fact: The girl who played Christine Daae was only 17 when the film was made. Easily one of the classics that you should definitely choose when planning to watch a musical, The Phantom of the Opera delivers a stunning performance. Despite getting a mix of positive and negative reviews from the press, I found the songs engaging and delightful that I decided to compile it in a playlist. Swoon over Gerard Butler and the creepy orchestra music. I love this movie to bits.

Les Miserables (2012)

Now who has not heard of this majestic piece of cinematography? Not only will it captivate you into reading about the French Revolution or the book itself (which is so long), but it will also get you in the mood to marathon history movies. When I watched this during my 3rd year in high school, I remember crying when it ended. It was so magnificent that I just wanted to be in the movie. They may have sang the whole thing, but quite frankly, it is the factor that made this movie unique.

Any more movie musical recommendations you might want to add? Just to add, The Sound of Music deserves a list of it’s own. *double winks*

Brb

Movie Review: Heneral Luna

Watch out, Academy! Filipinos are coming out to play.

Words cannot express how beautiful and tragic this movie is. I will not push through the regular formats of my reviews because I want to make this film the exception. It is because this film is the exception. I have nothing but my support and my whole being surrendered to this movie. Only a fool would say that this movie has lost all its senses. It is the most beautiful Filipino film that I have ever seen.

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SYNOPSIS:

Set during the Philippine-American war, a short-tempered Filipino general faces an enemy more formidable than the American army: his own treacherous countrymen.

In 1898, General Antonio Luna ( John Arcilla ), commander of the revolutionary army, is spoiling for a fight. The Philippines, after three hundred years as a Spanish colony, has unwillingly come under American rule. General Luna wants to fight for freedom but members of the elite would rather strike a deal with the United States. The infighting is fierce in the new cabinet but General Luna and his loyal men forge ahead even as his military decisions are met with resistance from soldiers who are loyal only to President Aguinaldo ( Mon Confiado ). Ultimately, it is the general’s legendary temper and pride that bring him to his death when a pack of presidential guards assassinate him in broad daylight. While American newspapers are quick to point the blame to Aguinaldo, the mystery has never been completely solved and the General’s killers were never put to justice.



The cast:

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John Arcilla as General Antonio Luna

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Mon Confiado as President Emilio Aguinaldo

Epi Quizon as Apolinario Mabini

Arron Villaflor as Joven Hernando

Nonie Buencamino as Felipe Buencamino

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Joem Bascon as Col. Paco Roman

Archie Alemania as Capt. Eduardo Rusca

Paulo Avelino as Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar

Ben Alves as Lt. Manuel Quezon

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Left to right:

Art Acuna as Col. Manuel Bernal

Alex Medina as Capt. Jose Bernal

Alvin Anson as Capt. Jose Alejandrino

Ronnie Lazaro as Lt. Garcia

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Left to right:

Leo Martinez as Pedro Paterno

Lorenz Martinez as Gen. Tomas Mascardo

Ketchup Eusebio as Capt. Janolino

Mylene Dizon as Isabel

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Bing Pimentel as Donya Laureana Luna


I have never seen a war movie like Heneral Luna. As a history buff myself, I expected a lot from this movie. When I heard talks about it, I was eager to wait for it. What got me more excited is that my former history professor and former older schoolmates and classmates raved about it. Truth be told, I have not been that excited for a Filipino movie since… forever? Actually, forever is an understatement. I have never been this excited for a historical Filipino movie until Heneral Luna.

I love history more than any other subject. I even made a report about the Philippine-American War during my first year in college. I could say that I researched extensively because I explained the Philippine-American War in a “cause and effect” format, which is what history is all about. What I did not tell my classmates was that I am intrigued by Antonio Luna. All the articles I read lead to one thing: his tragedy. He was a man out of a Shakespearian tragedy. A Julius Caesar reincarnation, if I daresay call it. Antonio Luna is not JUST another hero in Philippine history, he might have been the greatest one we have.

163I am lost for words. Heneral Luna is all I could have asked for, speaking as someone who knows my history. The vivid imagery of the Philippine-American war was perfectly captured and presented wonderfully to the audience. The film is restricted to people ages 13 and above, but I can assure a lot of people that when the time is ripe, their then not old enough kids MUST watch Heneral Luna in all of its glory. This is what historical films are supposed to be. You can sugarcoat it, but not to the point where it did not really happen. Yes, we cannot deny that there are violent scenes in this movie. But what do you expect? It is a war movie and it is a biopic about a general who did everything he could so that his country could finally be free from the bounds of another country. It made us think to ourselves and it has reawakened our slumbering nationalism.

While watching the movie, I was laughing. I was laughing at the sight of war, (spoiler alert) and at the sight of a man without a head. The humor was there at the right places. Everything was where it should be. It was a history nerd’s dream, right off the pages of a history book. Yet, the movie still surprised me, even if I know what will happen next. It might have been scary that time, but every time he speaks about Artikulo Uno, I just smile and say to the characters on screen, “You’re ****ed.” Better obey General Luna, because he knows what he is talking about. But like all good things, it must come to an end.

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Once Antonio Luna reached Cabanatuan, I started to get teary-eyed. And when IT all happened at once, I was in my seat crying. I was in tears because what happened on the screen shattered me. I began to doubt my existence, and what I thought about my fellow countrymen. I cried helplessly because I cannot do anything about what was happening on the screen. I cannot deny the fact that the masterpiece unfolding right before my eyes is our nation’s bloody history that has circulated among power, corruption and bribery. I sat there, crying like an infant who has lost everything. Why did they have to do that to him? All the thoughts raced into my brain, whilst the tears ran down my face. I cried for Heneral Luna, I cried for the people I laughed at, I cried because of the unjustifiable reasoning this country has, and I cried over the fact that it was all true. I got out of the cinema with tears still streaming down my face because the words keep on repeating in my head.

“You killed the only real general you had.”

“I did not kill Heneral Luna.”

“No, you did. And you passed on the guilt to us because until now, no one has solved it.” (A thought in my head)

“Antonio Luna is abusive and boisterous.”

“And so is every Filipino politician.” (Again, another thought in my head.)

“What the hell is Aguinaldo’s mother doing in Cabanatuan?” (Again, thought in the head)

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Moving on to the more technical aspects of this movie, I would have rated it 4.9 out of 5 stars. But as one who also loves the cinema, this movie came in the perfect form. From the smallest button on an extra’s shirt to the CGI effects, it is clear that they wanted to be precise and accurate. Everyone who was part of this film deserve an award for being so dedicated to the art of filmmaking. This is how a film should be made. I may be stepping down on the other films that my country has produced, but it is true. Now that Heneral Luna is out to the world, people will be expecting more films of higher quality from each and everyone who works in the industry. We don’t need any more movies that revolve around forgettable characters. We NEED more movies like this. I am not talking about history in particular, but about movies that matter and make a difference.  IT IS TIME TO UP OUR GAME.

Hats off to Jerrold Tarog and E.A. Rocha for bringing back my faith in the movie industry. And also, the casting was just perfect. John Arcilla is the best actor in my book. No one else could have played Antonio Luna better than him. His performance made me stick to the movie like a glue. I was blown away by it. To add, it was not only his performance but the rest of the cast as well. Their names are up there and each one of them deserves a standing ovation. I hope they push through the 2nd and 3rd movie, which, as Jerrold Tarog has proven, will be good. (Seriously, I love his work. I just did not know that I have been watching it since I was in high school.)

Beautifully done. And it practically captured history as if they traveled back in time. I hope more people support this movie.

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Good news for people living in the US: The movie will be released there by October/November this year.

(All images via here, the website for Heneral Luna The Movie)

(This is not a paid review, I am willing to support Heneral Luna and Filipino historical movies.)

Fangirl Corner: Humphrey Bogart

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This week on my Fangirl Corner, I will be featuring one of Hollywood’s greatest icons.

If you don’t know who he is, then I will presume that you have not lived your life to the fullest yet. Calling his movies “the best” is an understatement. The movies he made is on the top of Hollywood’s greatest films. But let me break it down for you. Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of Sierra Madre. Ever heard of it? Well presuming that you are still utterly clueless, his name is Humphrey Bogart.

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Being a film geek, I should have known of Bogart earlier. I boasted that I have a ridiculous amount of knowledge about film and that I knew of the classics. Yet, how can one say that she knows of the classics when one doesn’t even know who Humphrey Bogart is? I must be shunned. Nevertheless, I am now in lieu with the classics and I know what I am talking about.

I first encountered Humphrey Bogart whilst reading Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Leonard Peacock had a Bogart-fanatic neighbor called Walt, who I presumed grew up while Bogart shined on the big screen. They had this conversation that sounded so true and realistic, then Leonard said that it just consisted of Humphrey Bogart quotes. Leonard left Walt a hat; A Bogart hat. I kept on wondering what was so special about Humphrey Bogart that made Leonard, a teen of my age, appreciate and idolize his work.

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It intrigued me so much that I decided to download the classics. Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Singin’ In The Rain, 12 Angry Men, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Gone With The Wind. Of course I started binge-watching with Casablanca because it has Bogart in it. I was hesitant of course, since I am sailing in uncharted waters, and I don’t know what I am getting myself into. Much like when I am told to read this book or watch that series or anime.

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To not further bore you, I did enjoy Casablanca quite a lot. It did not bother me that it was in black and white or the fact that the screen’s aspect ration is 4:3. It was perfect that way. I was so engrossed with the story because I recognized the quotes from Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. That’s what Walt was saying. That’s what Leonard was saying. But they never narrated how the quote sounded more genuine when Bogart said it. The film was so beautiful. It hit me right down to the core that I ignored the rest of the movies I wanted to see after it.

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I immediately got The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. More quotes from Walt and Leonard’s conversation sprung from my head. So these are the real Hollywood movies. Wow. Now I know why people are so cynical about movies. These guys made the bar too high up that no one could ever surpass it. Despite creating a crack on my dreams to become the director who made the greatest movie ever, Humphrey Bogart’s movies made me want to excel more. That man single handedly made my cinematic experience more vibrant than it already is.

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And here I am a year later with an extensive Humphrey Bogart film collection and a brain with more knowledge about the golden age of cinema.

(Of course I did watch Singin’ In The Rain and 12 Angry Men. But that’s a whole other story.)

See? I told you I could like anything. If Humphrey Bogart captured this fangirl’s heart, then it means his works are admirable and definitely worth watching over and over again. Here’s looking at you, kid. Give the classic film noir a chance. Who knows? Maybe you’ll stumble into your next favorite movie.

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I still have tons of stuff to do but hey, Humphrey Bogart is worth my writing time and he inspires me so much that I had to get this post out of my system. And since this is a Fangirl Corner, expect more admiration posts for the classic film actors.

Brb

How I Feel About Superhero Trailers for 2016 Part 1

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Deadpool? X-Men: Apocalypse? Suicide Squad? I’m shivering right down to my core.

You gotta love Comic-Con for all of the surprises they got. I mean it is legit the coolest con (with the exception of book cons, anime cons, film fests… Yes, I am a poor sap with no money because I love just absolutely everything. Hence the title.) But dang, I just couldn’t wait for 2016 (said every nerd ever with *insert year here*) for all of these movies. I mean first off, I am not exactly a big fan of superhero adaptations because some of it can be disastrous but now these two companies are just going at it on full bombing us with Marvel Phase III and whatever DC calls it. So hold on to your seats because this one is gonna be long and I will tackle all of those movies and why YOU SHOULD WATCH IT.

To be honest, I don’t watch Marvel except for Spider-Man and X-Men. I also watched The Avengers but I just don’t feel like watching the rest yet. Yes, I haven’t watched the two Thors because I have an issue with the cinematography. I haven’t watched the Iron Man trilogy because reasons. And also both Captain America’s. AND the Hulk’s (to be fair, I almost got tempted with the Edward Norton one because I just love Edward Norton.) BUT, before Marvel fans come at me, I also committed a crime with DC. I didn’t watch the modern reboots of Superman because my mother raised me to love Christopher Reeve. I don’t watch Batman except for the Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson one and the Christian Bale/Heath Ledger one. BECAUSE. For years, I’ve been like “Come on, DC. Freakin’ Batman and Superman are not the only ones in your universe.” To be fair though, I watched the cartoon version of Justice League which I think was called Superfriends. HAH. I actually liked it more than the modern Justice League. And I also read comics. WHICH GIVES ME MORE POWER.

So how can I relate with all those superhero movies that they will be releasing? Let’s get it on. Saving Marvel for later because I’m going to hype over DC first. Because you have no idea how much feels I have right now.

For one, everyone and I mean everyone will have to watch Suicide Squad because of all the characters they are bringing to life. When they said the news in 2014, I was kinda screaming because they had me at Margot Robbie. I saw her in About Time and The Wolf of Wall Street so I knew who she was. Then she was casted as Harley Quinn. DEAR GODS THEY ARE TAKING HARLEY QUINN TO THE BIG SCREEN. AMEN.

MargotBat.nocrop.w529.h235.2xLook at that pretty sugar puddin’. Then you add the Jared Leto Joker, which I believe is a full on Joker reincarnation. It is just right for goodness sake. I am rooting for it. Because I want to. I am giving it a chance and it’s because I just trust Jared Leto. He’s a credible actor and I know how he acts. And plus, going Joker even off the screen is a bit creepy. Heck, even a cast member is scared of him when he has the Joker make-up on. Isn’t that credible enough? JUST GET OVER IT and accept that the Joker here to stay in the form of Jared Leto. Or else I will hurt you.

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Then you add all of these supervillains. And Viola Davis. I am going to faint. I am just going to let this picture do the talking for you. Although, out of all those people, I don’t trust Boomerang. Yes, he’s the one you have to look out for. So stop all the hate and wait for the movie to come out. If it turns into something golden, I will keep an eye out for those sites who bashed this movie. And trust me, you don’t want to see a raging fangirl in action.

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And if that’s still not enough, here’s a link to the Suicide Squad trailer. Just take note, they had an on-set psychiatrist on the set. That is how mental it is. I just can’t wait for it. Showing on August 5, 2016 (USA).

With all of that said, I will continue my hype with Batman V. Superman.

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Psyched. I know, I know. I should give this one a chance. But I am so sorry. That bat suit is just not working for me. I will give it a try. I will watch it. Because Wonder Woman’s in it. Finally, another superhero. DC IS NOT ALL ABOUT BATMAN AND SUPERMAN. All the love DC. All the love.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, then why did you know it on my blog? Whyyy? Just kidding, here’s the link to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

That’s the end of part 1. Basically, it’s just a summation on how enthusiastic I am for Suicide Squad and how I just feel meh about Batman v. Superman. Tune for Part 2 because it has all my love for X-Men.

What superhero movie are you pumped about for 2016? Comment below and I will talk to you guys later.

Movie Review: (500) Days of Summer (2009)

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It has been raining since Monday here in the Philippines. But it kinda stopped as I was typing this lol. Aye, the perks of living in an island near the Pacific. One minute it’s too hot and the next minute, it’s like a water world. I should know. I live near a river. But on that note, I am beginning to love the rain. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, and everyone is just lazy because it’s cold. The rainy season is very lovable because it’s a day where you can curl up and read a book OR watch a movie. I never hesitate on a good movie, especially if it’s a chick flick. But not those chick flicks with the overused cliches, no. I love a good chick flick that brings out the feels in me. And that is, (500) Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. unnamed (17)

Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom rediscovers his true passions in life.

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Both of them have different perceptions about love because Tom believes in faith while Summer does not. Tom believes that he will never truly be happy until the day he met “the one”. Summer, on the other hand, believes that it is a fantasy. Tom thought that Summer was “the one”. Yet Summer was not even looking for anything serious. It is a story of boy meets girl. But it is not a love story. The film’s sequence is not in chronological order and it shows the different days of Tom’s life that revolved around Summer during the 500 days. Tom wants to get her back because wants the good days he had with her. But little did Tom know, it’s not that easy.

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When someone talks about this movie, I just cannot help but smile and reflect on how many times I have watched this movie. When I just can’t choose a movie, I always end up picking this one. I don’t know what magic it has with it but heck, I don’t care. It knows what I feel and I am watching it again so that I don’t feel bad about my indecisive nature (and believe me, I have like a hundred movies). It just gives the feels a lot. I laugh, I cry, I get mad, I get irritated, like when I watch it it’s always the first time. I laugh at Tom’s awkwardness. I cry as Tom tries to get over Summer. I get mad at Summer. I get irritated by her as much as Tom does. Tom is like the representation of all of the hopeless romantics (like myself) and I always root for romantics. But Summer… I would rather not say anything but I love how she grew in the story. I guess I would call it my downside point of this movie.

Tom and Summer learned something from each other that they both expressed better in other relationships. Especially Tom, who rooted for from the start.

What more can I say without spoiling the movie? The cast was superb and brilliant. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the perfect Tom. He just nailed the role and he did it with finesse and class. I actually asked my friends about this and they said that if they found a Tom like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, they will never let him slip through their fingers. Zooey Deschanel did a wonderful job, too. Even though I didn’t like Summer, I loved Zooey. Her portrayal was sweet and heartfelt. She gave Summer the feeling of summer, warm and sunny like a dash of cool air. She was the perfect Summer, the one who you can say got away. (I made a joke. Because she kinda looks like Katy Pe- *shot*). Shoutout to Chloe Grace-Moretz who may I say is the most agreeable sister ever. Most of the quotes I got on this movie is from her winning delivery.

The writing style and the narrative was certainly fresh and innovative, which is why I consider this movie as an inspiration if I would work on something someday. No wonder these guys were hired to work for “The Fault in Our Stars”. Their minds are very talented and it was certainly a success for them. Kudos, and I hope to see more projects from them in the near future. Seriously, they are good. If they can get audiences hooked like that, they can always guarantee an audience in any movie that they will release.

Now the soundtrack is just hypnotizing. It was bubbly and realistically fit on the situations in the movie. Believe me, it did for me. It just fits like glue and it really released the vibrant summer feeling for this movie. Buy the soundtrack you guys. That is real music right there.

Overall, it is a brilliant movie. Hands down to everyone from the cast to the crew.

Rating: 8.1/10

Hey guys. Stay tuned. 😀