Arrival: Giant Aliens & the Importance of Language

There are films that are better told through a linear plot. Some films, however, turn into cinematic beauty for their lack of chronology. Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2001) is a great example of this; so is Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible (2002), which made me curse a lot in a certain post.

So is Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (2016), a surprisingly amazing film that plays around the concept of time. I have a lot of feelings insights about the film because it shows the importance—and difficulty—of communication.

—MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD—
Seriously, turn back and watch the thing before entering the danger zone.

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Enrollment Frustrations

My beloved university, UPLB, is currently going through shit*. Everyone is angry, and if they’re not angry, they’re probably sleeping because they had been up all night trying to get the subjects that they shouldn’t even be fighting for, to begin with.

Also, the time of the enrollment was 12AM. So spare us. You don’t know what it’s like.

There are three ways this whole fiasco can go:

1.) SAIS reverts everyone’s units back to 0. The whole nightmare starts from the beginning again. Equality within all students, yes, but we’ve already experienced how shitty the website’s server is; if we repeat the whole thing again, it’s highly likely that the server will crash, just like before. Let’s not forget about the time, money, and effort that would be wasted if this will be the path that the UP System takes. On the other hand, this will benefit the irregular students (seriously, though, this term is degrading).

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Recommended: Ex-Girlfriend Club

About a year ago when I was still struggling with my library research paper because I kept watching Korean dramas, I wrote an article for MyDramaList about my love for this drama called the Ex-Girlfriend Club.

Whenever I remember this drama, my day just gets a bit brighter (despite my academic situation at that time) because that’s what it is—one big ball of sunshine.

Unfortunately, its network had to cut it 4 episodes shorter than the original plan due to the low ratings it got (I was baffled when I heard about this; it was such a great drama!), so in order to promote this heavily underrated series, I’m reposting my article on this blog.

(Or you can head over at MDL and read it there, whichever you prefer.)


Contents:

  1. Synopsis
  2. The Characters
  3. The Ex-Girlfriends
  4. Why Should You Watch It?

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Film Dump: Journalism 101

I never knew that a major subject I was bound to dislike and a favorite hobby of mine would clash at one point in my life. Still, it happened last month when our professor gave us an opportunity to watch a couple of films that center around journalism/news reporting. From then on, I just knew that those were the final days that I would love that certain subject.

P.S. some very minor spoilers might appear, so beware.


Contents:

  1. All the President’s Men
  2. Shattered Glass
  3. Spotlight

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ELBIKON & Deadpool

ELBIKON 2016

To those who aren’t familiar with the term, Elbikon is a combination of the words Elbi (LB = Los Baños) and kon (localized spelling of con, a.k.a. convention). Basically: a comic convention in Los Baños.

Acquisitions (CW):

  • Baymax/Yokai Pin by Lyndon Gregorio
  • Daredevil Pin by Lyndon Gregorio
  • Bookmark by April Marie Praz Pagcaliwagan
  • Ugh #2 by Hulyen (Julienne Dadivas)
  • Deadpool cupcake by Clover Bakes (which isn’t in the photo because I ate is as soon as I bought it LOL)

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