‘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.

Make the most of your 20s

We’ve been called pre-adults, emerging adults, millennials, the defining decade and the lost decade. We graduated during the worst economy in recent memory and pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps to recover what was lost. We’ve been told 80% of life’s most significant events take place by age 35, but listened to other 20-somethings daydream about “taking some time off,” presumably to spend more time gaming. We have an intuitive sense that the foundation we lay now will continue to carry us throughout life. We’ve seen lists on “20 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make” go viral and helped make it happen. One thing is clear: we’re searching for answers on how to make sense of this messy life we’re leading. I know, because this is my generation.

I read this article a couple weeks back, and it made an impression on me. “20 tips to makes the most of your 20s” sounded just like another article formatted as a list particularly for millennials like me who have short attention spans, but the article gave great advice. I am in my last undergraduate year, so the list reminded me of all the things I should do to change my mindset about my future.

But looking at this list, I can confidently say that I am definitely fulfilling at least seven of these suggestions: Be honest, choosing the right friends, start listening etc. But there is also a lot of work to be done: Stop complaining, be revolutionary, make a cold call etc.Β When I turn 30, I want to have cleared this list!

Begin the end

I suppose it’s very fitting to start a blog today out of all days.

Today marks the last holiday weekend before the start of my last undergraduate year. Today marks the summer Transfer Deadline Day for the 2013-2014 European football season, which my all-time favourite players moved from my team for the past three years to his home team, AC Milan. And last week, I helped participate in organizing and promoting Ryerson University 2013-2014 frosh week on their various RU Student Life social media accounts, which was significant to me because I had never attended the frosh week for my first year at Ryerson University – way back in the fall of 2007. As my Instagram caption for the photo I published on last week’s first day of frosh, “Beginning the end with the beginning I never began with.”

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  • I ate 21 oysters today. They were only Β£1 each! Can't believe it. Totally ate four month's worth of oysters! I just looove seafood. 😍🐚 Thank you, England, for hosting such amazing and such generous seafood festivals! ❀️
  • The "Super Mario" macaroni and cheese: Sauteed mushrooms, truffle oil, and garlic. So delicious omg! 😍 Been craving mac 'n' cheese for so long... 🀀
  • Went to a Malaysian restaurant yesterday before the World Cup game because I was craving for some warm Asian (East Asian or Southeast Asian) food in my tummy. Decided on @laksamania because I missed out on @vincentmong's and @cherylgoh15's non-existent invite to this very restaurant and to a screening of THE INCREDIBLES 2. Hashtag SMH. πŸ˜’

The photo you're looking at is a photo of the restaurant's Penang assam laksa. 🍜
  • Mango shaved ice topped with passion fruit and lychee. 🍨 Perfect summer dessert!
  • A wall of self-reflection.
  • Throwback to that hot summer day on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro where @cmyes and I watched Germany beat France in the World Cup quarterfinals. πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡«πŸ‡· I will never forget that day. It was so hot, the sand was so hot, we sat on someone's random hotel bed sheets or something because the sand was too hot to sit on. I also remember getting my face painted (both sides) with a Germany flag while walking to the beach to watch the game, and then getting the other cheek painted with a France flag when we arrived. Practically ambushed by French fans who were determined to paint the flag on the other cheek even though we weren't supporting France. πŸ˜‚ Loved how loud the French and German fans were on the beach. We tried going by the MaracanΓ£ stadium earlier in the day but obviously weren't allowed even near it because we didn't have tickets. Great memories in Brazil. ❀️ #Throwback #WorldCup2014 (#TeamVarane tomorrow!!)