This week on John Green-esque movies and eating dark chocolate bars (assorted) and drinking stuff from big BR plastic smoothie cups (water, really), and wearing pjamas otherwise known as ‘lazy pants’, this not dying-girl brings to you: Me, Earl and the dying girl and Paper towns!
Right now, I should be heading down to the grocery and buying stuff and make lunch but it’s already too late and so I’m eating Fleur De Sel Noir bars (Dark chocolate with salt) and listening to Death cab for cutie. I promise you i only get this way after watching some movies. Apparently, Me, Earl and the dying girl is one of those movies. But now, I seem to be at a loss of words. I guess i don’t really like reviewing movies.
I like the feeling. I like the feeling that movies (some of them) leave in you, and i like the feeling of living i them. I like being in that fantasy place in my head and feeling nostalgia and the happy smell (?) of memories.
Me, Earl and the dying girl was a nice movie in the sense that they had perfect proportions of awkwardness, friendship, life and cancer in it. You could make your assumptions on me based on the fact that i like this movie, and i wouldn’t care. A very simple and ultimately cliched idea -cancer girl, this movie does it well. Granted it’s based on a book, which i have but purposely haven’t read because i believe books before movies spoil movies but nothing can spoil books. If this movie is on the idea of the very hyped and over used idea about a sick girl, all the other parts of this movie tone that very part of it and make a honest to god film about life in the teenage and just juggling life.
A search into google about ‘cancer girl movies’ tells me i haven’t watched a lot of them. But i have watched Now is good, which i loved. And The fault in the (or is it our?) stars. The very obvious part of difference is that MEATDG is not a love story- it definitely has got romantic notions (see the real meaning dickheads), but it’s not about falling in love.
Wait, the girl in Safe Haven had cancer? Why don’t i remember?
Oh yeah, because Nicholas
Cage Sparks (ew Cage!) movies are only for hot guy staring ( ).
Stuck in love had cancer girl but that movie was soo good it doesn’t matter (wait who had cancer??). It seems i’m forgetting everything.
A little bit of heaven- this movie was the bomb! My sisters keeper was alright. A walk to remember wasn’t that bad! Sweet November – don’t get me started on the manic pixie dream girl thing. Stepmom was okay.
Movies I’ve watched but don’t remember who had cancer – Safe Haven, Stuck in love, The last song, One day, P.S. I love you, The sisterhood of traveling pants….NO, i remember that one.
This post is so uncoordinated because i don’t think anyone (except my best friend) reads my blog and these words i write.
So anyway, MEATDG was a really wonderful movie with pretty nice cinematography (my media production class compels me to notice such stuff), and a beautiful script and a nice message and I would recommend it because it really touches the heart and also reminded me of high school.
Continuing with this theme of high school nostalgia and John Green everything, I also watched Paper Towns.
I felt Paper towns really honored what Hank Green said about the movie, something like we are all ordinary people doing ordinary things and it is up to us to find the extraordinary in it. I had imagined the movie to be very movie and pretty picture and mystifying and amazing, quite like the Margo- Q imagines her to be. But up close, she (the movie) was like an adventure to have with your best friends before high school ends, very real and relate-able. Especially the smiles that Nat Wolff gives when he remembers the happy things, it felt like the stupid smile i give when i remember the sleepover at school i had with my friends.
Did the movie succeed in humanizing Margo Roth Speigelman or the infamous Cara Delgfdgjrgr? I think it did. Even though Q still believed that Margo was still amazing and something, Q realized that Margo was not the pop up beautiful girl with the mysterious aura around her and he respected her and believed that she wasn’t someone to get. Paper towns did diminish the fantasia-l overview of what we maybe believe someone to be.
And it sort of reminded me, of the fact that we’re all flat outside of our heads (paper town for a paper girl).
That’s all for today, you might here from me again today reviewing weird types of chocolates pretty much collectively disappointing with two other weird people who make up a part of my world.
Just remember, in today’s world, we don’t see people as real people with thoughts and feelings, but as a set of character traits and theories we imagine them to be, but everyone, everyone is themselves, just as full of a human being as you are. Nobody is that one dimensional villain or that blond girl who has perfect hair all the time. Everyone is a full three dimensional person, and you might not understand them or get them but they are as real and true as anyone else.
Everyone deserves a chance to walk with everyone else.
So lately, I’ve been binge-ing on this wonderful TV show called Hindsight. (Watch the trailer here.)
On the eve of her second wedding to a boy-next-door type, Becca travels back to 1995, the eve of her first wedding to a long-haired, accented artist. Armed with what she now knows — her first marriage crumbles, her family implodes, her best friend stops speaking to her — she tries to make it right the second time around (once she stops freaking out about being back in 1995).
It’s so good because:
a. the 90’s.
b. Lolly. I have got the hugest character crush on her. I love how she is this quirky, fun, crazy but still understanding person and she says exactly the right thing!
c. travel time. What an under-rated plot device! And I really love how this show keeps it very real-kind-of-ish. It’s very genuine and it’s got a lot of things spinning out of control and going of handedly crazy -much like life! And i love the element of irony this show brings, because you might be from the future, yet you still do not know the future!
d. no fucking technology! There’s like pagers in the show! I might have been born in the late 90’s and my father might have sold pagers once (and even smuggled some shit), but i do not remember ‘the time of the pagers’ even a little bit. I’m still a bit hazy on what they really do. Anyway, it’s so completely different and fresh to me that i like it very much.
e. the music. Due to the fact that i was in my baby years in whatever i had of the 90’s, I don’t remember any of the music. So this show brings a lot of eye openers to me and I’ve liked pretty much all of them yet. And i have heard EVERY person say that they bombed it with the music.
f. the drama. I never thought i would say it!, but i do like the drama in this series. It’s all very messy and over the place and genuine and connectable! And the way the characters deal with it, especially before the 6th episode, feels very real and doesn’t feel like a glazed tv show with terrible plot devices. It’s also incredibly funny and enjoyable. And it’s very easy to get invested in it, and simultaneously root for someone while liking the others too, because the character are fully well-rounded and they’ve got all sorts of aspects to them. Plus, this show bring some questions and decisions which are very new due to the travel time conundrum. So its interesting AND fun. (There are hella lot of fun moments.)
g. the characters! And the best thing is, they have flaws! And their flaws are so beautiful. Every character has self-doubt moments and confusions and terrible days and sad times. But they also have each other, and this combined with the writing just makes the show even more lovable.
h. the friendship!! Lolly and Becca are friendship goals af. They have the goofiest, cutest, perfect, funny and meant to be relationship. They complete each others sentences. They have the perfect responses. They’re there for each other. In conclusion, every girl needs a bff like Lolly.
(why yes, those are purple Doc Martens)
i. hello, the 90’s!
Along with all that combined, this show is just wonderful and so much more!
I love the friendship of Lolly and Becca and i think i mentioned that i love Lolly. I love the 90’s fashion and the knee socks and the motorcycle jackets and the chokers! I love that this show is just tricky and it’s not predictable and it twists directions. And that it shows that you don’t really know the future. The characters are very human and it’s very easy to connect with them. And another bonus is that, every episode always has wonderful moments and really good and heartfelt lines (many by Lolly), that completely sell the show to you.
And a lot of it is about second chances and making differences and discovering yourself. And making mistakes. It’s all about making mistakes, even the second time around. And about accepting them and trying to amend them. And it’s also about acceptance, of not only others but yourself.
By this time, I have said a ton too many of ‘and’s about this show which i think is brilliant.
But it doesn’t end there.
Since I’m primarily a 2000’s kid, the fashion of the 90’s is very new to me. And wonderful. And very me!
So i did a bit of digging, which turned into a lot of digging, which led to a downward spiral fall into even more love with the 90’s style! But like, in this weird way where I’m not sure i even like it but I’m madly in love with it. I mean, woah!
And what is grunge even?!
Crop tops! Plaid!
Like this post is okay without a floral dress!
What happened to knee-high socks?!
motorcycle jacket, check. Crop top, check. High waisted jeans, check. PLAID shit on waist, MOTHERCHUCKING CHECK.
And don’t even say it, crimped hair!!!!
Then i went the further mile, and watched Clueless for the first time.
I know, i know. What have i been doing all along?!
But now, now I know, I know that grunge, is the style of my heart. Grunge, is me.
Now I might regret this in the future, but right now, I love everything about the 90’s! I love the choker necklaces, leather jackets, plaid shirts, woolen sweaters, fanny packs(!), platform sneakers, cargo pants (I’ve always loved them tbh), plaid schoolgirl skirt, dungarees, bandannas, denim vests, rainbow tinted glasses, boyfriend jeans, oversized blazers and oversized everything and DOC MARTEN OBVIOUSLY.
Who doesn’t love Doc Martens?
Speaking of not loving things, Birkenstocks are a big no-no for me. And I’m not high on crop tops either. Or turtlenecks unless they’re on the likes of Tom Hiddleston. And no body glitter or jelly shoes. Or bedazzled tank tops!
Buttons down shirts, colored tights, bike shorts, cowboy boots, legging, court shoes.
Conch Shell necklaces, straw hats, black shoes, and hipster belts.
Checked shirts, granddad cardigans, long, unkempt hair and Converse trainers.
These are a few of my favorite things.
Not to forget, the man himself, Kurt Cobain, who brought the grunge to the funk, with his mismatched oversized outfits and shaggy mops of hair. I can’t think of anyone in history who could make a flannel look so good, and with so little effort.
Now, I’m off too obsess about more 90’s fashion, catch up on the rest of Hindsight (which I hear has been renewed for season 2!!!!) and watch My so-called life and The craft and 90210 and other 90’s things.
And i do too, ask everyone to tune in to Hindsight and check the fabulousness out!
Better yet, do it with a best friend!
“I was a teenager during the 90’s and my fashion style swinged from floaty floral dresses worn with DM’s, tight shiny maxi skirts with cropped tops to full on grunge, a 70’s suede coat and plaid shirt. I had massive platform shoes for dancing and trainers to match. Bootleg trousers in lycra, maxi skirts in lycra, crop tops in lycra and all black in colour.”
Excerpt from here.