Ho ho ho – A Christmas cactus for 2013
I am certain that by now, everyone around the world has entered into the brand new year, so Happy New Year to you, dear strangers! Honestly, I would love to stop calling all of you strangers, but it seems that none of you want to leave a comment and I have no other ways of getting to know any of you who dropped by to read (or to stalk, whichever is truer for you) so you are really leaving me with no choice here, buddy.
I apologise for not updating for 4 months. My research work got a little hectic and after writing a bloody 3000 word thesis (which is just the first part of a 2-part paper), the last thing I really want to do is to spend my remaining time on the Internet, writing chunks of words again… I do aim to update more often this year, however, that will only start during Summer because I am now nearly done with my research programme – I am currently in my final semester (just 4 more months to go before I graduate!) and I have to concentrate on that, so please bear with me here.
Now although we are already ushering into a brand new year, I thought I ought to wrap up one of my previous major 2013 New Year’s Resolution (I am really just playing catch up here).
But yes, it is the 100 New Films to Watch in a Year resolution…
… because yes, I have done it – I have finally watched a 100 new films in 2013, everyone!
Though surprisingly, it was a lot harder than I had imagined, considering how one of my hobbies is to do nothing but seated in front of that flickering lighted box and just absorbing whatever that is happening. Now since I am not a (qualified) movie critic, I have simply classified my reviews of my list of 100 movies into 2 categories – where the title explains exactly just how I feel (naturally, this is just my opinion and we are all entitled to having our own opinions, so be cool):
25 movies that I had thoroughly enjoyed and would re-watch it again whenever I feel bored
No Reservations, Inception, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, The Breakfast Club, Coco Chanel, Funny Face, Spice World, Kill Bill 1 & 2, The Princess Bride, Restless, Moon, Red 2, Captain America, About Time, Thor 2, The Hangover, Inglorious Basterds, The Hobbit 2, Frankenweenie, They Live, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Django Unchained and The Birds
20 movies that made my cringe and will never recommend it to anyone unless I hate them
Moonrise Kingdom, Where the Wild Things Are, Dirty Dancing, The Neverending Story 3, Flashdance, The Prince of Persia, Mirror Mirror, Atonement, Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, The Croods, Goddess, This is the End, R.I.P.D, Hotel Transylvanian, Turbo, Escape from Planet Earth, The Heat and The Expendables 1 & 2
It is pointless for me to explain what it is that I hate about these 20 movies, why I love the other 25 and is completely indifferent about the remaining 55, but in case you wonder, being in the line of design, the nature of my job would sometimes interfere with my initial choice of movies (an occupational hazard because I am a sucker for intriguing posters and witty lines). Usually, I also rely on the trailers as it provides a better overview of the film that I am about to watch (though sometimes, they do not do a good job and just simply give the whole plot away), but if there is anything you should know about me, it is that when I have finally decided to watch the film, I am only concerned with 3 things – the very beginning of the movie (not to be mistaken with title sequence, which used to be very important to me, but very rarely do you find a film arsed enough to get it done properly), the pace of the film and naturally, the plot itself.
Hopefully that gives you a rough idea of my movie pickiness, but never mind if it does not.
One thing that I should mention is this – what took me so long to watch any of Quentin Tarantino’s films? In fact, I should have Kill(ed) Bill in 2003/2004 when it first came out. But in a gist, his films are one of the most well-written and well-directed films that I have caught so far in 2013. Well, better late than never, I suppose.
Anyway, I quite enjoyed The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (possibly my favorite film out of the 100) and will probably catch it again. This might actually be the 2nd film that I have caught (will be catching) twice in a theatre. The first was Hide and Seek, but only because I wanted to know what the alternate ending was, since Wikipedia and its movie synopsis (spoilers) had not been born yet. Then of course, there is the famous Christopher Nolan’s Batman – The Dark Knight trilogy which I had caught about 5 times each and yes, I agree that is pure madness, though rather worth it because these are just some of the few rare films that cannot be justified with our weak home theatre systems (all thanks to Hans Zimmer).
Needless to say, I was very broke that month too, but that’s that, I guess.
So before I jump right into 2014 and announce what resolutions I have made (which I have not, at the moment, but I will get right into it after this entry), I thought I ought to round things up on the gifts that I had received and bought for myself (it was the holiday season after all!) and a recent museum visit.
Ideally, I would love to write more but maybe pictures and a little (or no) caption would do a better job for this remaining entry.
Mom bought this a few months back for me – A vintage 1970s casual day dress
The Little Black Jacket Exhibition
Happy Birthday to me – COS matte necklace / Lipsticks from MAC and Bourjois / A Christmas gift to myself – Lip gloss from Philosophy
Another Christmas gift to myself – L’Occitane Fruit Rouges Red Berry Fruits scented candle
Spent one full day in bed just reading the e-book version of The Rosie Project that my friends recommended, which was an easy and funny read. I heard rumors that they will make it into a film – hopefully it will be good. I cannot imagine who will be casted as the protagonist though.
A Christmas gift from my dad – The shrimps that will never die; I fear my life will end up like one of those 1970s Sci-fi horror film pretty soon.
3 New Year gifts from my dad, but it was my mom who went shopping with me for them – H&M Straight Leg pants, Topshop knitted jumper and a vintage 1950s tea-length cherry boatneck dress / Comme des Garçons wallet Very Black / Marc Jacobs mirror / MAC lipstick
I have definitely bought a little too many lip products, so that is rather worrying (how many lips do I think I have?) but hey, at least I will not have to worry about ever running low on lip products, right? Well assuming I even remember to bring them out with me in the first place!
Anyway, I guess 2013 is a wrap for me now.
I hope you are all very well and had a really wonderful holiday, dear strangers. Once again, welcome to the new year!