The overlooked message of Ellen Page's speech

22 February 2014

Ellen Page's emotional and touching speech, known as her 'coming out speech' given last week at the Human Rights Campaign's conference, was a significant moment and important reflection on our current society by a world-wide known figure. This speech didn't just address LGBT community, it addressed an important position of society and tackled an issue close to many peoples hearts - the acceptance of one another. But one of the most important messages of this speech that I believe it holds, will become regrettably overlooked, all because of the tabloid obsession over another celebrity's personal relationship endeavours. This message is arguably one of the most important things I learnt from my time at university and growing up in this digital society. It is about the ideals, the world and the nature that Hollywood movies and television create for us to implement in some shape or form into society and our everyday lives.

004. Stuck In Love

16 February 2014

Spoilers under the cut. Beware.
'Stuck in Love' tells the story of a family of writers, trying to figure out their lives through love and relationships, with their family members and significant others. It's a beautifully crafted story that involves three character perspectives, between a middle-aged divorced couple, a pair of college students and high schoolers. The diversity in age and the issues they face, is the main characteristic that defines the authenticity of this film. From the very beginning, this film carries a distinctive artistic indie flair - perfect for the content explored. The acting here is absolutely superb! The range of emotional responses to the situations presented between each character was extraordinary.  Each character had their own struggles to face, including the situation of the parents divorce - the central point of this film. Exploring these relationships on screen with multiple characters and situations, occurring in one film can be hard to execute; but it was done brilliantly. Each age group was given an equal amount of on-screen time, and there is something meaningful there for everyone. Whatever situation you may have or could encounter in the future, through personal or second hand experiences, was in this movie. It is a beautiful exploration into the romantic lives of a family, holding different perspectives and opinions with all things amore. I would definitely recommend this film for anyone whose interested in seeing something a little bit different from your average rom-com!

Fictional characters aren't just fictional.

9 February 2014

Fictional characters are more than just people in a book or on screen. They are people who come to life through the words on a page, through images on screen, through facial expressions and hand gestures. They are characters who you struggle with, through their dark times, and cheer with through their happy days. They are the people you look up to. They are the more than just fictional. To the fans, they are so much more than that. Fictional characters aren't just fictional. They are people you've never met and never will. But they are also people you've known for so long. You've grown up watching their lives unfold alongside yours, and you can't help but feel attached to them. You've grown up watching them grow as individuals and mature into adults. You've witnessed the situations they have been in, and you've been there alongside them. You've felt their anguish, their pain through all the drama and conflicts they've been through. And when they're heartbroken, you feel that sinking feeling in your chest too, weighing you down. You relish in their happiness, and can not help how elated you feel for them, because they truly deserve it after everything they've been through.

You've seen them through their best and very worst - their true vulnerable self stripped of all their invincible make-up, that raw emotion and sense of self they reveal when alone in the depths of the shadows in their silent homes at night. You've followed their journeys, and discovered something new about yourself in the process - who you aspire to be, who you don't want to be, what direction you want to take in life, and who you want to be there in that moment when you're dreams are coming true. You've formed bonds with them, people that have never existed, but yet they do. The place they've lived in becomes home to you. You've watched them go through their lives, and anticipated the direction of their lives will take alongside them. They've taught you the meaning of true happiness through their painstaking troubles, the strength of friendships under the constrains of reality and staying true to yourself by keeping your morals in check when tested on by the hand of others. These individuals have seen you through part of your life. They are long lost friends that you greet in passing when you visit their realities. And they will always stay with you, no matter how long after you've turned the last page of their chapter.

Trailer Talk: The Fault In Our Stars

2 February 2014

Thanks to some unknown individuals for leaking content before producers, we finally have ourselves - after months of waiting - the trailer for 'The Fault In Our Stars'!  It's crazy how fast we've reached this point. Almost hal
f a year ago. all we had was a film in the works, accompanied by John Green's enthusiastic vlogs and our bent-back paperback copies, to tie us through the long anticipated adaptation. But now, we have footage of the story that touched our hearts.

This trailer was a beautiful collection of moments that - as a fan of book - I find to be the perfect summary of emotions felt when reading this book. It includes, that hopeful beginning of a love story between two teenagers who've battled their way through cancer, the development of their relationship through the aftermath of their struggles, and those beautiful moments of recollection and heartbreak that befalls these characters. The most heartbreaking moment of the trailer is towards the end when the words '
Okay', and 'Okay' are muttered between the pair of lovers.

This trailer appears to have a quirky vibe that most indie based, young-adult-coming-of-age films seem to have these days. It's not hard to see the distinctively similar vibes between Josh Boones's 'Stuck In Love'  and this trailer to 'TFIOS'.  The beginning of this trailer is a perfect introduction to this story, and immediately sums up the way Hazel feels about her life since her diagnosis and battle with cancer. It's a marvellous introduction to the world of 'TFIOS'. The feelings of realistic disparity that Hazel feels between herself and other teenagers her age is evident, from the moment you see her carrying her support system up to the support group meeting. The trailer seems to encapsulate the way Augustus Waters, in all his fine glory, comes into her world as an enigmatic, quirky and upbeat teenager who can not only relate to Hazel, but challenge her to see past her diagnosis as a definition for her identity. The chemistry between these characters is completely evident and spot on.  From his witty dialogue and charming personality, to his poetic notions of the world, Ansel Elgort seems to perfectly execute the embodiment of the fictional Augustus Waters I had dreamt of. His acting of Augustus Waters comes off as fluid and naturally charismatic, while in comparison Shailene Woodley's acting of Hazel seems to be awkward and unsure, representing Hazel's uncertainty to the world she will venture into.

 I do however, have to admit I have my reservations for Shailene's portrayal of Hazel Grace. I'm not sure what it is exactly that makes me feel this way. I imagined Hazel to be more reversed towards the beginning of the story, to grow as her relationship with Augustus develops, which isn't evident in the trailer. But ... this is a trailer. It is important for producers not to give too much away at this stage as it is only the first glimpse. 
Maybe seeing more footage of Shailene as Hazel might help.  It's definitely a detail that I can put on the side, but I hope she can manage to pull it off. This story is so beautifully constructed on paper, and I only hope that it's movie companion will execute this tale to the best it can be. I also have to admit I was slightly disappointed, when seeing the place where Augustus and Hazel have their dinning date. I imagined it to be a more culturally vibrant restaurant, with an artistic atmosphere or flair to the area, (paintings on the wall, themed atmosphere inside maybe), almost like a quirky restaurant with edge, rather than a upper class restaurant that had a monotonous feel to it. But that is a pretty superficial detail that I am sure I can ignore. What a beautiful first look into the world 'The Fault In Our Stars'. I can not wait to see more!

What do you all think of 'The Fault In Our Stars' trailer? How does it compare to the book if you've read it? Or how do you find the story if you haven't?  

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