Category: Cinema

Something about those European crime thrillers

I haven’t blogged in a while, and there are loads to say as to what I’ve been up to the past few weeks – they’ve been packed with meetings with people involved in organizing the Waterfront Night Market in July – but I won’t go too much into that today. Today, I am here to promote this amazing Belgian thriller that I just finished watching!

Korean food and the Academy Awards

Two things:

  1. I love Korean food. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also cheap and healthy. And it’s so difficult to get all three when eating out.
  2. I haven’t seen over half of the Academy Award nominated films – including Gravity and American Hustle – and I feel incredibly guilty about it.

‘About Time’: Treasure each moment as it passes

I got to attend a super advance screening of Richard Curtis’Β About TimeΒ last night thanks to Scene Creek! So top secret, there were even Universal Pictures Canada employees in the audience! As Rachel McAdams’ biggest fan in Toronto (hah), this was a huge treat, so I was incredibly excited about seeing this movie! ButΒ I’m rather exhausted after a long day of grad photos, group project meetings and classes, so this is a largely unedited review of what I thought about this film…

‘Prisoners’ is intense, dark, and one of the best movies this year

I finally took some time out of my hectic school/work schedule for some “Me Time” – some desperately needed work/life balance – to go watch Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners. Here’s what I wrote in my Rotten Tomatoes review (which generally are more blabbing than proper reviewing – forewarning):

This is one of those movies where you have to pay attention all the way through. The director – who’s Canadian! – makes it easy for you by slowly guiding you through the story.

The performances, of course, should be mentioned because you have never seen Hugh Jackman like you have seen Hugh Jackman in this movie. I was a little wary going into this movie that Hugh and Jake Gyllenhaal were a little too young for their roles, but they both did extremely well. Gyllenhaal, for one, does less of his “Zodiac” I-need-to-know performance, but does a more subtle performance. As for Jackman, he just goes off the charts in this role. There are some spectacular scenes he’s in that really impress you – I would say it’s his most emotionally intense role yet, but I haven’t seen all his movies, so I can’t say that for sure!

This year’s TIFF experience was exhausting

TIFF ended 15 days ago, and I am just writing my TIFF experience blog now. Sigh. I’ve had such a hectic schedule since the end of August, I’m not sure why I decided it would be a good idea to start a brand spankin’ new blog. Perhaps I underestimated the workload for the first month of school… Though actually, it’s less about the “first month of school” but more “first month of the last year of undergraduate school”. I have always been involved with extracurricular activities at school, but because I am in my last year, I’ve felt greater pressure to add more to my resume to ensure I can start my career as soon as I graduate. This meant trying to juggle positions at two part-time jobs, one student group, four school courses, and briefly, a two-week volunteer position all at the same time. Chaos.

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  • First goodbye dinner with my first friend in London! I'm going to miss you, @justsarahdoes. I'll miss our random kitchen chats at that shitty godforsaken house. πŸ˜‚ Can't wait to see you finally leave that place!

Great food at @busabaeathai by the way. Probably the best Thai I've eaten in London so far. The shrimp/crab pad thai was delicious, and the shrimp crackers were super flavourful. Don't get the "Chinese broccoli" though. The dish is cheap on the veggies, especially for Β£5.
  • Probably one of the best perks of working at @mediacomuk. You get free theatre tickets! (If you're fast enough.)⁣
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I was lucky enough to watch a free showing of @comefromawayuk late last month. It was amazing. Easily my favourite musical so far. It was funnier than I expected, with catchier music, and a way more touching storyline. I thought that since it's such a Canadian focused story, people in the audience wouldn't understand the jokes, but I looked around the theatre from time to time during the show, and there were definitely people (Brits!) laughing at the Canadian-specific jokes. Everybody was clapping along to the songs too. I especially loved how the stage musicians would join the other actors "on stage" in some scenes.⁣
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Such a great show! I highly recommend it. After the show ended, the people around me all stood up and immediately started talking about how much fun it was. Two girls raved on and on about the writing, the acting (the accents!!), the music, all the way 'til they finally split up at the train station. This is the feel good musical everyone needs right now. This is a must watch!! 🎡
  • We have another El Clasico today! To mark its significance in the typical Real Madrid fandom, I am finally sharing photos from my trip to Santiago Bernabeu back in January.⁣⁣
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My Madrid weekend consisted of a trip to the stadium for a game on the Saturday, and then a full stadium tour on the Sunday. I have so many photos from both visits, but the photos you see in this post are ones I took on Sunday during the stadium tour.⁣⁣
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1) Raphael Varane's locker in the change room! I high-key hightailed it to his locker area when I walked in. My French prince, mon petit prince. 😍 Please never leave us so you can be club captain! (Just typing this puts a smile on my face. Love love love him.)⁣⁣
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2) The lockers are arranged by numerical order, of course, so of course he's situated right next to Sergio Ramos.⁣⁣
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3) Champions League trophies! There were so many people standing around waiting for their turn to take a selfie with the trophy. I took a selfie with the trophy too, but the lighting is terrible, so I gotta do some editing before I can share it. πŸ˜…β£β£
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5) My Brazilian prince, Kaka, has a couple of his trophies here at the stadium too!! ❀️ It was such a pleasant surprise to see his face still remembered at Real Madrid, even though the club basically destroyed the rest of his career. 😭 My all-time favourite player ever.⁣⁣
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7) Luka Modric's brand new Ballon d'Or was there at the award showcase too! Considering that he had only just presented it to the club one or two weeks prior to my visit, I was really surprised to see it on display.⁣⁣
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8) Some weird-looking trophy called the Super Ballon d'Or given to Alfredo Di Stefano in 1989. Apparently the only one in the world. Reminds me of aliens.⁣⁣
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9) A photo of the bathing area in the change room, hahah. That's a bathtub, I think! So many logos around the bathing area, I had to take a photo.⁣⁣
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10) Finally, a photo of the stadium! I took many more during the game I went to on the Saturday, so I'll share those later.⁣⁣
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#RealMadrid #SantiagoBernabeu #HalaMadrid
  • Took a walk through the City of London and came across this beautiful plaza. So pretty. Love love love the floor tiling. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
  • I am so terrible at sharing my travel photos on Instagram. πŸ™ˆ I'm trying to stagger them throughout the year because I know that it'll be difficult to go back to some of these places... So fyi, most of these photos will be throwbacks!

This was one of two K-Pop related things I did in Korea over the winter break. I'm not much of a K-Pop fan anymore – who has the energy to keep up with 17-year-old pop stars anymore?! – but I couldn't resist visiting this building since so much of my teenage years was spent obsessing over this company. (Damn you, @smtown, for wasting away @zhangliyin0228's youth.) It was also a good location to meet @_starwish for the first time. We first met over our appreciation of #ZhangLiyin!

Funny story about arriving at this building though... There was a huge line in front of the building before it opened. Me being me – someone now living in London, UK, and thus who Iikes a good line – I queued up, thinking that it was the line to enter the building... Nooope! It was a line to buy photo cards. πŸ˜‚ When I reached the shop upstairs and realized that I had wasted like, 40 minutes in line to buy photo cards of artists that I no longer care about, I let out this really dry dark laugh that probably everyone in the shop heard... πŸ˜‚ Can't help myself. My bitterness towards SM extends to their stupid photo card shop that doesn't even offer a single photo card for the #CSJH #CSJHTheGrace members. The staff member downstairs had said that /all/ artists were included. That was a total lie. πŸ˜‘
  • Accidentally walked into the @bloomberg office building over the weekend. Managed to snap this photo of their main lobby before I found my way out. Stunning architectural design.