Hello *waves awkwardly* from the four hot corners of my humble abode. Today’s heat is pretty intense that an electric fan can’t handle. Anyway, this semester only has a few weeks left, and that means I get to blog more than I used to before.
Since I don’t have classes today (hooray for intramurals!), I’ll finally be able to publish this blog entry. I’ve been meaning to write about the movies and TV shows I’ve watched ever since this semester started, but every time I try to write a draft I get so lazy. But here I am now, finishing this post once and for all~haha! For this post, I have included only six items in the list. I’ll be blogging more about the others in another entry :)
1. The Bang Bang Club - My photography teacher required the class to watch the said movie. I wasn’t able to watch it together with my classmates so I resorted to online streaming.
The Bang Bang Club is based on a true story of four combat photographers in South Africa. Being a photojournalist is not easy. It isn’t just a mere job; it’s a profession. Photojournalists take countless risks just to get good photos that portrays reality.
While watching the movie, I couldn’t help but feel this certain ache in my chest. The blood and merciless killings, the possibility of dying right then and there – all those horrific scenes made me cringe. It takes a great amount of courage to witness and document all of that.
2. Orphan Black - After Nikita ended last summer – which really made me sad and angry at the same time – I was looking for a new series that’s a tad bit similar to it. I’ve read in the comments section of an online streaming site that Orphan Black is a good show to watch. I started watching it last June and despite the countless school-related things I needed to work on during those past few months, I still managed to finish watching season one and two last August.
Orphan Black has really caught my attention basically because it’s a show about human cloning. It’s one thing I’ve always been interested in. My favorite clone is Sara Manning, of course. She’s a really cool character, and I sort-of identify myself in her in a way. I can’t say any more about the show’s plot without adding a few spoilers, so I’ll just leave that part out for you guys to know for yourselves. I want you guys to get hooked with the clone club yourselves! :D
Anyway, Tatiana Maslany really deserves an award for her exceptional acting. You can identify each clone apart from each other, even if one of them pretends to be another. I don’t know if that makes sense or anything but really, Tatiana’s acting is so good that you can’t help but say, “How the hell does she do it?”
3. Hell’s Kitchen - There was a time in my life when I was totally addicted to any of Gordon Ramsay’s shows and videos. I’d like to call that period as the “Ramsay Addiction" because I literally watched a lot of his videos and researched about his family. I watched his Gordon’s Great Escape, Kitchen Nightmares season 1 to 6, and a few episodes of his Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking last summer. But recently, I finished watching season 12 of Hell’s Kitchen.
I’m really glad that Scott won in the end. Despite being nominated a lot of times, he showed great improvements. I really thought it was Joy who was going to snag the chef position in Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Turns out, towards the end of the season, she had a meltdown in the middle of a dinner service.
What I love about Hell’s Kitchen is knowing about food that I haven’t tried yet, and the fabulous prizes that the team gets whenever they’ll win a challenge. And of course, Gordon Ramsay’s excessive swearing and the heat between the contestants in the kitchen is something to look forward to.
4. Blood Diamond - This movie was also a requirement for one of my major subjects. It’s a movie about illegal diamond trades, political unrest, and oppression. We watched this movie because our teacher wanted to relate Jennifer Connelly’s character to our course, which is development journalism.
Being a development journalist like Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly) is a tough profession. Like what I said about the characters in The Bang Bang Club, it really takes a lot of guts to be in the middle of all that chaos and write about it.
5. American Horror Story: Coven - The third season of AHS is one of my favorite season of the TV series yet. I’ve tried watching season 1 (Murder House) and season 2 (Asylum) last summer but I lost interest in both seasons. This is the only season that I managed to stick with through the end.
As per usual, Jessica Lange’s acting is phenomenal. Kathy Bates’ character, Madam Delphine LaLaurie, is probably the most sadistic and racist character I’ve ever seen in a TV series. Emma Robert’s character, Madison Montgomery, bitch-y attitude really irks me – which means her acting is effective.
In totality, it was one hell of a good season. I really loved the ending. The new supreme’s leadership is far more better than Fiona Goode’s. I’m a tad bit excited for Freak Show even if there are evil clowns involved. I’ll probably just keep my eyes shut for those parts.
6. Divergent - Is it just me or are popular book plots these days similar to that of Hunger Games? Anyway, a friend of mine recommended this movie to me a few months ago. I watched it, all because my spirit animal, Maggie Q, was in it.
It was a good movie. I know there’s an important message behind the movie, but I was too distracted with the build-up of Tris and Fourth’s relationship. Sorry. I’m a sucker for enemies turned to lovers kind of relationship~haha!
How about you guys, what movies or TV series have you watched these past few weeks or months? What good movies or TV series can you recommend? I’d be glad to read them all :)
Credits to 21dreamers and Google Images for the photos used in this blog post