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’ About Time 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! But 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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  • Berlin's Cathedral Church. I love travelling. ❤️
  • With all the places I visited in 2017, it's easy to forget that I also did a three-day weekend trip to Paris. 🇫🇷
  • "Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race." Bought this book yesterday after seeing it circulate on Instagram via @emmawatson's post. As a WOC raised in Toronto 🇨🇦 but moved to London 🇬🇧 last year, I was really surprised to see the difference of how POC are treated are over here compared to in Canada. I too have gone through negatives experiences in the UK, where people would think they are being polite or being inclusive, when it actually just made me feel even more excluded because of my race. Multiculturalism is so different here. I can't wait to start reading.
  • I miss this. #Dresden #FlashbackFriday
  • I think I need to watch more Premier League games! I was a bit disappointed by the atmosphere tbh, because @torontofc games at BMO Field have set such a high standard in terms of a footie fan atmosphere that even big games like Arsenal FC vs. Chelsea FC seem bland in comparison. ⚽ Could just be the supporter rules in English stadiums though. 🤷🏻‍♀️ P.S. I'm real tired of the image compression on Instagram. Ugh.
  • Spent the last night of 2017 drunk and, quote unquote, being "the life of the party" at a New Year's Eve party. Apparently I've got great stamina. 😂 There are definitely some things that I will never forget from last night... 😏

2017 was a huge year of changes for me, but I've never been happier. I want to continue to learn and to grow as fast and as much as I can. Can't wait to see what 2018 will have in store for me! ❤️