Film Dump: Love and Stuff

Despite fretting over my thesis revisions last month, I still somehow managed to watch a lot of films. Surprisingly, most of them were pretty good; some, not so much. For this film dump, I’ll be talking about the romance films (and a coming-of-age film) I’ve watched in the month of August.

P.S. This post is spoiler-free! But if you’re one of those people who prefer to not know anything about the movie before watching it, proceed with caution.


Contents:

  1. Siargao
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  3. My Girl

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Recommended: Netflix’s ‘Busted!’

Let me just share my love for this weird Netflix variety show.

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DCOMs: My Thoughts Then vs. Now

I was a Disney kid. I probably consumed everything that Disney Channel aired circa 1998-2006, from shows like Lizzie McGuire to animated series such as Recess. Well, at least that was what Disney Channel Asia was airing.

From time to time, I’d also get to watch the iconic Disney Channel Original Movies, DCOM for short. I love love watching these back then because I wanted to be a part of the main characters’ adventures in the film and, honestly, I still kind of want to sometimes.

But, again, those were the days when my thoughts were Innocent™ and whimsical, so I decided to watch some of the films again to see if, after 10 years, my thoughts about them have changed.

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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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