The things I do, the decisions I make…how the hell do I come up with this shit?
2 Minutes before…
And here’s an update on my work throughout second semester!
My friend having tea and watching Frida Kahlo painting a nude model. 11 x 14 Graphite
So, I’ve been working on this project where I have to create my own font out of zoological, biological, or human motives. I chose figures, more specifically acrobats in the air to spell out the word aerodynamic. This is just the beginning process but I feel like it looks pretty good. However, my professor and I don’t seem to see eye to eye. He isn’t convinced that my Y, N, and A are “readable,” or at least not to its the best of its ability. I don’t know, I wasn’t so hot about his comment.
Anyway, I brought the print home and showed it to my friend and she made some good points, which made me realize that maybe, my teacher was right. My two legs on the Y need to shorten, and the arm on the n is a little long. I need some work on the A (unfortunately.)
Anyway tell me if you can read it.
Be With Me.
I just finished the saddest movie of all time called “Be With Me” directed by Eric Khoo. It consists of three love stories that relate back to each other by the end of the movie. So the first story is about a lonely grandpa/shopkeeper who lost his wife but then becomes inspired by a blind and deaf woman by her life story that his son translated into Chinese. The second story is about a tubby, and quiet man in his fifties who’s only two loves in life are food and a beautiful executive woman whom he secretly stalks, and finds joy in observing her. Then, the third story is about two schoolgirls who fall in love through the internet, but then it doesn’t fall through.
This isn’t your everyday romance, cutesy, heart-wrenching-but-everything-works-out-in-the-end kind of film, and i just texted my friend stating that it’s a movie about love, but it’s not about the romance; rather, it’s about the breaking point, what happens after, and the mental torture that comes with being in love. Whether it’s a 60 year marriage, a secret admiration, or a fling, love definitely HURTS.
So, what’s really interesting about this movie other than the fact that it made me bawl like a baby is the limited script. There is hardly any conversation going on in this movie, but Eric Khoo does an amazing job focusing on the power of physical interaction and facial expressions. There is some talking, but most of it is dubbed over by the blind and deaf woman who talks about her life journey in understanding what love truly means in life, quite empowering. Also, this movie reminded me a little bit of Wong Kar-Wai’s filming methods such as prolonging a shot to create tension, loneliness, and sadness, no stark contrasty colors though, sorry Mr. Wong!
Anyway, if you’re looking for a solid cry, whether you are a man or woman, check this movie out. I guarantee you, whoever you are, you maybe the toughest person on the block but the realness in this movie hits home, that is if you’re not a robot or something.
This movie made me think a little bit about what love means to me. I joked with my friend and told him, “this movie was so sad that I think I’m just going to love everyone now!” I mean I don’t think I could handle loving everyone, or whether that is even possible. No, I think I dislike more people than I could ever truly love someone. Love surely comes in many forms, even weird ones, like the ones where you get struck meeting eyes with someone getting off the train. Maybe an experience like that isn’t exactly what love is, but it’s definitely a fluttering feeling that may or may not be similar to love. Love is sneaky, tricky, and totally confusing, but when it’s there, it’s the best feeling in the world. Love is a total bastard.
I can say I’ve been in love before, and fallen deeply for it, almost like an addiction. The rise from it is almost as bad as withdrawal from coke. Ok, that’s a bit dramatic but I don’t need to tell you guys how bad it feels to lose someone you once loved. But what I can say is that after my experience falling in and out of love, that no matter what, love can be found everywhere in everything. So what if you don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend at the age of 14? You don’t need that title to be in love. If anything, love can even be applied to yourself. I truly think that in order to find someone you truly love, you have to love and understand yourself first or else how will you find that true person? Anyway, enough ranting, touchy topic for me, for everyone, ick love right?
Here are some other movies I checked out over break. I just didn’t post them because I thought wow, “Be With Me” hit the spot!
Election (Hong Kong)
Election II (Hong Kong)
Lust and Caution (Hong Kong)
Akira Kurosawa Dreams (Japanese)
IP Man (I think it’s Hong Kong)
I think I’m in love with my Asian-Cinema.
La Vie En Rose (France)
and Edith Piaf. I think she’s phenomenal.
I just love and adore her. This is one of my favorite songs and she performs it with so much feeling, passion, and sexiness. Swoon. Corinne, you are one beautiful woman. She speaks to me.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ for perfect afro. I wish.