Salutations! I am Reese, and I have too many feelings.
It's mostly about boys in here. I'm sorry.
Thoughts on Arrival:
I intended to watch this on the big screen but it just never happened. My mom has been bringing us to dinner with friends as of late and I can't be bothered to go to the cinema on my own just to watch a movie then go home. So I just watched it on TV, which is the next best thing.
I didn't know it was based on a Ted Chiang story. I saw the trailer for Arrival when I was watching La La Land I believe, and I really didn't understand what was going on. There was that idea of aliens, and Amy Adams heading the correspondence, but that was really it. The trailer didn't pique my interest too much, but finding out that this is a Ted Chiang story sold it for me. I've never read any of his work, I have an ebook of Story of Your Life, Amanda has been rec-ing him ever since (she knows I love anthologies) and yeah!
I went ahead and watched the movie first. Amanda told me it's better to watch it first then read the story after. I'm only a few pages in but I wanted to write the review of the movie without being influenced by what I know of the story and how the film deviated, etc.
- I liked it. It's a new "first contact" story. It was about our approach, the knowing how to get to the point of understanding, more than it was about the actual aliens and their possible threats + the panic of humans (although these were shown through news broadcasts).
- The aliens look like giant squids to me, and that disturbs me. I really didn't know what to expect re: physical appearance. We are so used to the bug eyed, big headed, long limbed aliens as dictated by pop culture but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't do THAT here. Idk, I'm distracted by how the heptapods look. I'm focusing on the wrong things, I know.
- Their language, which looks like artsy coffee ring stains with random splatters, bothers me too. It's personal, but it looks like the zen circles that my Mom asked me to paint for our Shangri-la Fort project. I feel like I'm reliving that moment of adding varied paint splatters to my dry brush circular, swishes, trying to make it pass off as high art fit for a 5 star hotel lobby.
- It opens you up to a new way of seeing and understanding things. That yeah, language doesn't always have to be linear, or read in a certain direction. The visuals don't have to correspond to sounds (but it's impractical to not link them together).
- The sound design is excellent. At one point I thought I heard Imogen Heap or Imogen Heap inspired pulsing vocal effects. SO GOOD.
- Amy Adams did so well in this. Also, HOW DO YOU EVEN TACKLE TALKING TO AN ALIEN? I would never have thought of approaching it the way she did. Also, can you really learn their odd circular painting language just by reading it with your eyes? Strip off the aid of computers and tablets that decode the points and nuances of each image. Their symbols are hardly distinguishable from one another, especially at first glance. I wonder if this language was meant to be read with the aid of technology, especially since the symbols contain a lot of words within them. I would think it's impossible to determine and / or read their language by first glance, and just on your own.
- I spent half of the movie trying to figure out the name of JEREMY RENNER. GODDAMNIT. I know he was in Avengers and I know his "weapon" BUT I CANNOT SEEM TO PLACE HIS NAME. Anyway, Wikipedia eventually told me the answer.
- A self-initiated pat on the back for me / by me. When Louise called her daughter by her name "Hannah", I immediately thought "How quaint using a palindrome for a linguist's daughter..." and little did I know it would be tied in to the story. HAHA good job good job
- Are these places where the 12 pods land really random? Would aliens really land on CHINA and the US and RUSSIA? All three superpowers? If they wanted random, have the alien pods land in Laos, or Krygyzstan, or Jamaica or just somewhere else. May Japan pa. What if it landed in the middle of EDSA? The netizens would surely run amok, and we would probably be making up memes by now.
- I obviously have very weird concerns haha
- The concept of non-linear time is so scary. Would I really WANT to see my future? Surely it would affect all my decision-making. Also, knowing the future can be very crippling for our present-day selves. ALSO, how much of your future can you really know and see? Can you change the course of it at all? What if you saw something in your future as trivial as going to a certain country and meeting a certain person? If you wanted to, you could just avoid ever riding a plane at all, therefore changing your fate...? I have many questions.
- I went into this movie knowing it's a love story, but I didn't know between who. I REALLY THOUGHT IT WAS BETWEEN THE ALIEN AND LOUISE BANKS but as soon as I saw the heptapods, there was just no way. I mean, the tentacles... How... No.
I'l go read the Ted Chiang story and write a different review. I'm not great at reviewing movies or shows. I pay attention to the weirdest things, and I have zero comments about the pacing or storytelling or whatever. Don't hire me for anthing that has to do with reviewing shiz. I just like writing and thinking about things.
I finally finished Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It was one of those books I purchased from MIBF last year, and it was one of the first books I picked up since. I just never got around to finishing it last year because I got sidetracked by other books. I used a white envelope from Fairmont hotel as a bookmark, and as I was reading through it, I was rubbing down the sharp corners of the envelope the way I used to as a child. I thought this was interesting to note.
Thoughts on Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov:
I've been itching to finish this book just because I haven't finished a substantial piece of literature this year. Haha! All I've finished so far are manga volumes (which al have been great, but I've sorely missed my fiction) + Bill Bryson's Mother Tongue (which was a wildly entertaining non fic, but yeah I missed all the action).
I'm not one to exhibit very strong feelings about controversial things like politics or current events or sexism or feminism or any other isms for that matter. I will not talk about how this book is basically a whole tome to pedophilia and incest - which are obviously very serious and sinister issues. The book is what it is.
I loved Nabokov's writing style. I didn't think he would be an easy read, for some classics tend to carry that stereotype of being terribly hard to get through. Nabokov churns out his words almost effortlessly, and he never seems to run out of beautiful ways to describe dastardly situtaions and the distrubing thoughts that consumed him day in and out. What's interesting about him is, even if he IS crazy and unstable and driven by madness and passion + YES he is a sick old man who fell in love with a 12 year old girl and proceeds to have his way with her... you as a reader, will find yourself EMPATHIZING with him all throughout the book. To a point that you're almost rooting for him to suceed in his sick exploits, are cheering him on in his plan to drug Lolita (Dolores Haze) and molest her in bed. You remain to be self-aware though, that these things that you're reading about ARE NOT RIGHT, and it's not like you're being converted into thinking otherwise - AND YET. You feel for Humbert Humbert just becasue of his LANGUAGE. The way in which he writes will sweep you off your feet ; will almost "justify" his wrongdoings just because he has been artful and repentant in his prose... I found myself in a huge moral dilemma and that was one thing I greatly appreciated about the novel. I started this book knowing what I know to be right, and yet I found myself almost in connivance with this protagonist-antagonist Humberto. It's quite an emotional rollercoaster.
And as for Lolita - the 12 year old nymphet, the stubborn tease. I didn't know that she insinuated and even encouraged their incestuous relationship (at least at the start of the book). That was so surprising. I don't think I've ever read a young character from a book be so aggressive and "impure" - excuse me for the word. But she knew she had the power to get Humbert all worked up, and she used that to her favor by withholding sexual pleasures in exchange for candy or new clothes, or a bicycle, or a trip to the movie theater. She is flighty and moody and a crude brat. She curses like a sailor, she puts her feet up on dashboards and spreads her legs in couches to be comfortable. She has a way of subtley teasing all the men around her with her seeming innocence - and she revels in the attention that is being given to her. Although she lived an obviously unconventional and distrubed childhod. Her mother passed early, leaving her to the hands of his pedophiliac stepfather of only a month without much choice. She was shuttled from city to city and didn't really get the chance to experience a proper school setting in all its childish games and spelling drills and whispered questions of puberty during recess or in between class periods. She suffers a tragic life, as well a a tragic ending. Her misery so tangible, I can almost smell it.
I highlighted this book like crazy. I went through a pink Frixion highlighter that dried out on me and that's when I knew how pretty yet impractical the Pilot Frixion line can be. I had to shift from pink to purple (which was really more of a dull gray to me in actuality) and this annoyed me slightly (I chose pink because I like assigning pink to girly things, and obviously Lolita was going to be a story of a girl / woman more than the man).
The book is littered with a lot of beautiful lines, but it leaves you with a distinct aftertaste. It's not exactly sweet or bitter, but it's just there. At the end of it all, you are left to mourn for the characters that lived, more than those that died. It seems like the characters all have led miserable lives, spinning a yarn of ill thoughts and bad decisions around themselves and deciding never to unravel.
The whole time, I was both waiting and fearing for retribution. When will Humbert and Dolores get caught? Surely people are trying to find them? Surely there might have been one onlooker who got suspicious? Will they ever be punished for their incestuous relationship? Did I want that kind of suffering for them, even? Did I really want them to go to jail? Or did I just want them to make up, say sorry, promise to never err again, and live quiet lives serparately without having to pay the price of the sin? Does wanting that make me an evil person? I don't know.
There are so many questions that I have for this book. I'm glad I finaly got to read it and finish it, but it has left me with a buzz in the head, kind of like when you've had your first alcohol in a while and your body is not used to it. From here, I plan to now read S by JJ Abrams - it's a book I've been wanting to read for a while. But this is the kind of book that demands commitment (google it and you will see how elaborate it is); it even demands to be read twice or thrice. Or maybe (after I get to watch Arrival tonight), I'll go ahead and read the rest of Ted Chiang's stories (as recommended by ampersandals. I don't know. But it was great to feel this engaged, this disturbed, about another piece of litereature again.
I've already downloaded a collection of ebooks by Nabokov and am excited to read him beyond the curtains of pedophilia and lust and incest.
Let me know what you thought, if you've ever read this book.
So after 3 years of waiting, it is finally here. A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Netflix version. The TV adaptation. When news first broke back in 2014, everybody I knew from high school linked me to that article, knowing how obsessed I was in this book series. ASOUE consumed me and my waking days, so much so that I had a notebook (ASOUE merch) that detailed all my findings about the mysteries surrounding the VFD and the Baudelaires. I also had my future house plans drawn up and had wings dedicated to each of the Baudelaire orphans. Since it wasn’t as merchandise heavy as Harry Potter, I made sure to buy EVERYTHING related to ASOUE. It wasn’t a lot, but I was still missing an ASOUE themed magic eight-ball which was out of stock on Amazon. I almost purchased an autographed copy of The Bad Beginning for 100 pounds, and I’m kind of regretful I didn’t… But needless to say, I was OB-SESSED.
Now here I am in New Zealand, in Matakana which is essentially a province. My cousin is getting married in a few hours and I’m still up at 2 am. I have a shitty internet connection here with a maximum bandwidth of 4gb. Netflix isn’t loading a single second from the series, so I had to find streams that would work but nothing ever did. Until I took a chance on a torrent that had zero seeds as of the time I downloaded it, and after a few minutes, seeds grew to around 2,000 +. After an hour and a half of waiting, I finally got to download Episode 1. Just one. But that’s more than enough for tonight!
Anyway, here’s my lengthy review of the series based on the FIRST EPISODE only. I will write a review per episode. At least, I will try. Because that is how much I am devoted to this series.
Okay. Here we go.
The series is visually stunning. Even though they decided to heavily use CGI to support the graphics and world-building (to the point that it looked almost cartoony and intentionally unrealistic in some parts) - I still didn’t care too much. The whole thing is eye candy. It’s a balance of saccharine and macabre and the entire 40ish minutes or so was very screencap-pable.
The theme song
I don’t like it. Was it still made by The Gothic Archies? I never liked their music although it certainly has that vaudeville (what is the right term) tone to it. I wish I could’ve pitched a theme song. I feel like a melancholic music box tune would work? I’m just so detached from the theme song - it doesn’t excite me at all. It seems like its only purpose is to make possible viewers reconsider their decision of watching the series (in theme with the reverse psychology marketing strategy) but I imagined the opening sequence to be more compelling and engaging (much similar to the “fake / fanmade” ASOUE trailer Eleanora Poe released in Youtube).
I really REALLY loved Thomas Newman’s work on the ASOUE 2004 movie’s OST so I really wanted to see more of that (or at least something similar) in an expanded manner. Granted, I’d love to make a song inspired by the series after I wrap this first season up. I’m definitely going to.
Violet, they say is a spitting image of Emily Browning. I have to say I agree, but that wasn’t exactly the first or second thing that came to my mind when I saw her. Having seen her acting, I just fell in love with her. I think the Violet in the film WAS too grown up, was too moody, was too gothic - but since it’s the Violet I grew up with, I couldn’t find anything wrong with her until I finally had someone else to compare her to. First off, I love Malina’s speaking voice. It’s deep and intentional - she does sound very wise for her age. I love how she is believably good natured and positive, yet realistically reacts to glum and dire situations that call for disgust or anger or shock. In the film, Violet was too stoic and indifferent about everything (even when she was about to get married to Cound Olaf for heaven’s sake!), Klaus was the one reacting to things, though in an entirely unconvincing manner. This Violet is cute, smart, and super likeable. I love her.
Klaus sounds exactly like what book Klaus should sound like. As a teenager, i was blinded by Liam Aiken’s charms therefore I was led to believe he was amazing as Klaus. But this Klaus (Louis Hynes) is so believable. He looks smart. He sounds smart. He talks rapidly as if trying to catch up with his brain. He’s reactive, he’s stubborn, he’s resentful in appropriate times - just as I would imagine a middle child would be. He raises his voice when the situation calls for it. He grits his teeth in irk when he’s annoyed. In short, these kids are not merely there to please all the grown ups and avoid trouble. They really are kids stuck in an unfortunate situation after unfortunate situation - and THEY ARE MAD! They are fricking mad! I love how believable these kids are. At first, I had my doubts when I first saw the few photos because Violet & Klaus appear to be much younger than their movie versions are - although much more faithful to the book ages (14 and 12/13). Perfect casting for me.
Sunny is cute but I don’t like how the sounds she make never match her lip movements. I know it’s a lot to ask from a baby, but COME ON! Also, the way she bites things and how she shivers like some sort of grizzly bear when she does it is frightening to me to be honest. I think there could’ve been so many better ways to execute that without it being disturbing…
Justice Strauss by Joan Cusack is spot on. I think that’s really how I imagined Justice Strauss in my head. The thing I appreciated about her is she wasn’t just a dismissible character in this first episode at least. She was given ample backstory for you to root for her. She’s not as clueless as the movie and the book made her out to be. She’s a lonely woman longing for a family, and her efforts to nurture the children can be much more appreciated knowing that. I love her little moment with the children when she showed them her beautiful private library, as well as at the back of the train when she said that the word “mitzvah” meant “blessing” and that sharing a meal with a new family is just that.
NPH as Count Olaf - predictable. When I found out, it made so much sense. The thing that weirds me out is, they really used the 2004 film as a backbone of this series. A LOT of aesthetic elements from the movie was taken from the book (esp Count Olaf’s manor) and even his demeanour + dark humour was almost directly lifted from Jim Carrey. There were a lot of lines repeated, similar angles reshot, and I can safely say the movie served as a huge jumping off point for the series. They didn’t have to start from scratch. Essentially, the used the beautiful 2004 movie as framework for the new series, and enhanced it more knowing what they know now.
I am lukewarm about Olaf now. He has made me chuckle out loud while watching though. He definitely has funnier and smarter lines this time around. The only thing I fear is that he might stick too much to the Jim Carrey version that I cannot differentiate them the way I can distinctly tell Richard Harris’ Dumbledore from Michael Gambon’s. But as the series will progress, I am optimistic to see how NPH goes form disguise to disguise. I’m especially excited about his portrayal of Shirley, a character from Miserable Mills we haven’t seen in the movie. His makeup is so convincing and NPH as an ugly, vile receptionist is downright scary, it gives me the chills.
Mr. Poe, Mrs. Poe, Edgar and Albert - the kids were an unexpected touch. They were twins in the book, I believe. I didn’t expect to see faces to those three other characters in Mr. Poe’s family so that was a nice surprise. Surpreeez!
IS GREAT! While I’ll forever be in love with movie Violet’s wardrobe with the ball skirt and fishnet sleeves, let’s be honest. That outfit was very impractical for a day in the beach (and she never got to change her outfit too, except for the wedding?). The wardrobe here is so much more faithful to the books, and very age appropriate without being ordinary. The cut and collar of Violet’s dress is crisp and sweet + you can see little whales speckled in its sparse navy pattern.
I didn’t notice what Klaus was wearing but the only important thing for me is that he has glasses and that’s good enough for me. That was the biggest, most fatal mistake the movie made.
Sunny wears baby clothes and I am okay with that. In the movie, Sunny wears this cute but ridiculous goofy dress that seemed heavier than she was. It had buckles around her arms, which looked gorgeous but come on, would a baby really wear that? To the beach??
I still prefer the Jude Law narration just because it was so compelling, so full of heart in contrast to Warburton’s neutral, newscaster-y manner of narrating. He doesn’t emphasise on the right words, and I’m still trying to find the dramatic pauses in between his sentences for effect - but he doesn’t give that away for some reason - maybe in a great effort to veer away form the 2004 incognito version of Snicket. I am still lukewarm about him, though I think giving Snicket a face is the right decision. I cannot wait to see him interact and converge with the actual happenings in the series itself.
The story + story telling
I think Netflix made a very wise decision in giving the books 2 episodes each. I think it’s just the right amount of time to give each book justice but I do not know how feasible this format is as the series progresses and grows into more eventful stories. I am very optimistic that ASOUE would be around for at least a Season 2 (but goddamn they better FINISH THIS THING OR ELSE) as they’ve already cast the Quagmires and that makes my heart sing an opera.
The easter eggs
I AM IN LOVE WITH THE EASTER EGGS. One of the best things about this book series as I was reading them is the delight I got from finding all the possible easter eggs I can find and delving into each egg in full detail. I’ve learned so much about poetry an literature because of all the obscure references Snicket would throw around (starting with the first book, Edgar and Albert Poe was a shoutout to Edgar Allan Poe) etc etc. I didn’t expect the last scene to be in some sort of an underground tunnel / abandoned subway with all the last names of the people in the VFD. Snicket, Quagmires, Anwhistle, Spats (omg), Montgomery, Orwell, Strauss, FERNALD (which isn’t a last name, but I already know to be Olaf’s hook handed man from Book 11). It seemed as if Snicket was in an underground tunnel that led to their hideout, and each home had a trap door that led directly to that passageway. This is exactly the type of visual and detail missing in the books, as the series just gave up on a lot of the mysteries it introduced for the sake of ending it with a very underwhelming bang. I feel like Snicket knows his misgivings and is trying to remedy that through solving all the mysteries and tying all the loose ends via television form.
ALSO, GASP. I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW at the ver end of Episode 1. The series implies that both Baudelaire parents are ALIVE, and being held captive. This is one thing never mentioned in the books, as the parents are just entities that float around in the children’s minds.
ALSO, the dad is played by Will Arnett. HAHAHA I love it although I can never see him play a role outside of Gob Bluth.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR EPISODE 2 AND THE REST OF THE EPISODES. I AM SO EXCITED TO REWATCH EVERYTHING WITH MY SISTER ON TV WHEN I GET HOME. AHHHH!
I decided to watch Moana and Your Name on the same day, with an hour and a half gap between each. I was really intending to watch Your Name with Denice, but since she had caroling practice until late afternoon (and I still haven't seen Moana, and she has), I messaged Miko (my neighbor / bassist) to ask id he was down to watch with me. Good thing he just woke up and was game for something spontaneous.MOANA
It was really my intention to avoid hearing any sort of Moana related music before I watched the movie. It's just my general rule (save for Wicked, which I listened to before I watched haha, for how can you avoid Wicked songs). I feel like music written for theater / film needs to be experienced hand in hand with the visuals, at least at the very first encounter. And I was glad I waited. The Moana soundtrack was breathtaking. It reminded me of Brave, only with actual SONGS sung by characters. I love anything that incorporates new cultures in songs. One of my most favorite soundtracks was of Pocahontas, and that had a LOT of great songs about community and togetherness and "working for a certain cause" (Virginia Company and Mine, Mine, Mine, anyone?). It didn't have that laid-back, light-hearted feel like the Hawaiian infusions in Lilo and Stitch, but this felt more aged, more serious. The song of the voyagers gives me goosebumps. Thinking about it gives me goosebumps. Every time the grandmother shows up as a string ray was an experience for me. I loved the visuals. I loved how there were moments of almost total darkness during times when Moana would be alone in the middle of the ocean. I almost never see that in Disney films and I'm thankful for those moments.
Other stuff, because I cannot articulate myself anymore in sentences:
- I believe Squirt from Finding Nemo makes a cameo?
- Moana's relationship with Mauri reminds me so much of my dear friend Argee, who's currently in the States. It's like a comfortable support system with lots of sarcasm and humor in between. I really identified with that part of the movie.
- I keep stressing out about Moana losing the heart because her necklace SEEMS to be the type of DIY island shiz that opens EASILY, especially when you're SWIMMING in the ocean. Wala man lang lock or clasp of some sort...
- I was looking for more power in Moana's voice. I guess Disney movies made me expect exaggeratedly sweeping vocals, but this is a minor comment
- I didn't expect I'd like Moana as much as I did. The story line is simple but it made me feel for Moana. Her responsibility to her people is immense and not a lot of young girls would respond well to that (and would probably go out to the water to rebel, instead of saving the community)
KIMI NO NA WA / YOUR NAME
- I did not understand SHINY as a song. Melodically, I couldn't follow it. I don't understand how a crab (I keep calling it a snail in my head) could get a feature song, and it felt so disconnected from the whole OST, which I suppose was the point, but still... I skip this all the time on iTunes.
I've heard SO many good things about this movie and since the Internet knows me as someone who loves Japanese stuff, a lot of people on Twitter recommended this movie to me as well. I meant to download it (sorry hehe) but when I found out they were releasing it on theaters, I jumped at the chance, thinking how there's almost never an anime movie available for watching on the big screen, let alone a Makoto Shinkai film.
I loved 5cm per second, but it was SO FULL OF DRAMA, and the romance was cloying. I particularly loved Act 2 of the story (Cosmonaut), which highlighted the unrequited love of Sumida for Takaki (girl falls in love with handsome guy classmate, but guy classmate is still hung up over some girl). That was so real for me. It also features one of my favorite scenes in an anime movie (the konbini scene).
Anyway. People hyped this movie up so much. They told me it was the best thing. They told me I would cry buckets of tears. I REALLY should've already learned my lesson. In the past, every time a movie has been built up, I always OVEREXPECT. Like I do in all aspects of my life haha. But yeah, I didn't know what I was watiing for. I wanted to cry. I was ready to cry the way I heaved when watching Tada Kimi Wo Aishiteru. But I didn't?
Needless to say, it was a BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL movie. Makoto Shinkai is known for creating hyper-realistic environments and that shines through with every rained-on pavement and pastel colores, comet streaked sky. It was such a poignant movie, the twists surprisimg, you're at first confused whether to feel happy or sad or absolutely horrified at the tragedy unfolding before you. TAKI is notably handsome, by the way (I felt like I just had to put it out there).
Though I respond better to simpler, slice of life anime with more relatable struggles (Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Only Yesterday) - this movie was still amazing. I tleft me at a trance when I was walking out of the theater. The whole Itomori disaster alluding to the natural phenomena that had already destroyed parts of beautiful Japan in the past gives it a haunting touch of reality.
I read this soemwhere and I couldn't forget it:
"Your Name" forces us to ask how much of ourselves we lose whenever a memory slips away, and why crises which once felt monumental can come to seem trivial just a few years later.
And it's so true. And sad at the same time. And you know that feeling of strong attachment and almost supernatural attraction towards something you cannot explain?
AS Taki puts it: "Why does the memory of a town that does not exist wring my heart so?"
I wonder how this was originally written in Japanese. As it translates in English, it's already so beautiful. I have no other words to say.
I don't know why it took me so long to watch Gilmore Girls. I remember buying a box set in Quiapo when I was in high school. I asked the vendor if it covered Season 1 to 7 and of course to make the sale he just muttered a quick yes. Upon getting home, I was playing fast forward S7 and I had no clue what was going on, so all intentions of watching the series has been forgotten. I didn't know much about it save for Alexis Bledel's captivating blue eyes and the sheer amount of romance that could be expected. 4 days ago, I rediscovered it again (thanks to my friend's Netflix account and idle time while working on some collages for Din Tai Fung's new Fort branch).
I love it? I am in love with the mother-daughter story arc, am captivated by the unreal-ness of Rory Gilmore and how goody goody studious she is, am captivated by Lorelai as a mom who is scatter-brained and silly and sarcastic but always well-meaning and full of love. I love how Chad Michael Murray is here. I envy Rory's built in charm and beauty that stands out from a mile away. I am envious of the buddy buddy relationship that seems to only exist between mothers who get pregnant early with a daughter.
I'm on my last episode of Season 1 and here are my thoughts so far:
1) Dean is boring (but good looking, fine). And there is no way Rory (and Dean) is reading all of those classics like a speed reader in between her highly competitive Chilton education
2) Despite his bad boy image, I am rooting for Tristan and Rory just because I am a predictable lady who likes a good "bad boy". Also because he is Chad Michael Murray and we go way back (read One Tree Hill)
3) I don't like the guys in Lorelai's life. Luke is rugged, Max is too professor-y, and they really aren't both attractive to me. Spare the beautiful Lorelai. Nobody's good enough for you (so far).
4) Stars Hollow (the name) as a town sounds so dreamy but super fictional
5) I like the Chlilton uniform and I wish private schools here in the PH adopted the same preppy vibe with the ties and the plaid skirts and the vests and the socks and the loafers. Instead we're stuck with horrendous uniforms and prescribed ankle sock lengths and plastic belt buckles
6) Rory needs to chill out
7) I am not finding Lane endearing and I hate how their family is being portrayed as the typical Asian. Her mom is always grouchy and all about the money. She is Korean in the series but I suspect teh actress that plays her Mom is JAPANESE. How could they?
8) I hate MAX MEDINA aka current boyfriend of Lorelai. Even if he's an English professor and reads a lot of books, does not mean YOU'RE GOOD ENOUGH.
9) Jared Padalecki kisses in this most intense way that it almost offends me. It makes me incredibly uncomfortable watching him and Rory.
10) PARIS is BONNIE WINTERBOTTOM OF HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. When she first appeared in Ep 2, I was racking my brains to find out where I'd seen her first because THAT LONG ASS FACE is unmistakable. It wasn't until I talked to my friend (a guy who has watched the entirety of Gilmore Girls) that he told me where she was from and it CLICKED. I can't believe I wasn't able to tell the first time. Her face bothers me. She looks like a surf board. Idk if I'm just being mean or I just really have the natural talent of matching people up with their counterpart objects.