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Fond Memory

If someone asks me about you,
I’d tell them you’re like one of
my fondest memories, 
the kind that is frozen in time by a photo,
I’d look at that photo 
and re-live all the things that happened
before, during and after the shutter clicked
and when I’m done, I’d wonder

when will I ever smile like that again?

Movie Review

Arrival: Movie Review

Arrival
Movie Review

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Movie Summary:

A mysterious unidentified object has landed in twelve different areas on Earth. Governments from around the world tries to communicate and understand what these “Aliens,” are here for. Amy Adam’s character, Louise Banks, is a linguist who was recruited by US Col Webster (Forest Whitaker), along with Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) – a physicist, to understand the purpose of the extraterrestrial visitors.

Review:

I will try my best not to give away as much details as possible. Director Villenueve has yet again, presented us a stunning work of art. I adore this movie, it’s flawless acting combined with an unpredictable plot twist makes this movie moving and unforgettable. I love sci-fi and the mystery that surrounds a particular story, the Arrival is not short of mystery at all.

The movie takes us to a different journey to what we’re usually used to seeing from plots surrounding the arrival of extraterrestrial beings. Louise Banks, as a linguist, believes that in order to understand foreign visitors, they first need to be taught our language. She tries to communicate with them through visual aids, using a white board and a pen. She instantly get a reply, but in a form of writing they don’t understand. Eventually, with the help of her team and Ian, she made progress to the point that she is able to understand their responses and even read them. In the end, they found out that the purpose of their arrival on Earth is to give humans a gift.

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There is a major plot that I did not reveal in the above summary, simply because it will give away the mystery. This story takes a different approach, in a sense that it humanizes these aliens. And, also, the scenario is much more realistic. The government tries diplomatic approach to reach out to these aliens, which is the most likely the scenario should there ever be an “arrival.”

I also very impressed with how the character of Louise Banks was built. All throughout, you have preconceived notion that Louise Banks is the way she is because of her past. But in this movie, what you see is not really what it seems.

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All I can say is, I love this movie. It was touching, realistic (in a way) and mysterious. A perfect recipe for a good movie.

Final Rating: 5/5

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

Songs

Now Listening

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Cranes in the Sky by Solange Knowles

I love this song! I don’t know why it took me so long to check out Solange’s critically acclaimed album! Wow. Cranes in the Sky is a soulful song full of emotions and meaning.

Don’t Touch Your Hair is also awesome.

If you haven’t check-out the single, go and listen to it, enjoy your eargasm!

Anyone else loving it?

Note to Self

When I Write

o-woman-writing-facebookDo you think you’re a different person when you write?

When I write, I feel like I become a different person, someone who is removed from my usual daily self. I become an observer of my actual self, and from there I draw inspiration for most of my works.

There is a vulnerability that I feel when I write. I am no longer me – I become someone whose soul is stripped naked for my own examination. Each emotion, whether it is happiness, sadness, anger or pain is under the scrutiny of the writer in me. I try to translate these complicated feelings into words but sometimes, it is an exhausting journey. It’s like chasing the ends of the horizon, no matter where you go, there will always be that thin line where the sky and earth kiss. It’s the same with words and emotions, sometimes; there are just not enough words. When this happen, the writer in me just stops and I transform back.

I guess this explains why for the longest time, I never marked my works with my own name. It’s not that I feel remove from it, rather, I feel like it is a different part of me that have mustered up the words to create poetry or stories or whatever it was that I worked on.

Recently, I’ve started to inked my name on my poetries, and it feels weird for me. I now understand why some people prefer to mark their works under a different name. Some of the world’s best writers have at one point stamped a pen name under their work. I can’t speak for them, but maybe, just maybe, they felt the same way that I did.

Well, this is a segue but I’ve also now understand what Beyonce meant when she said on stage, she was Sasha Fierce. Maybe we all have different personas, I don’t know. All I know is that when I write poetry, I give some of my biggest secrets to the world. My poetry is the stripped versions of me, the one that not everyone sees or meet.

So, have you ever felt like you transform to be someone else when you start writing?