The philosophy of Mr. Robot

You must have heard of the show. The Golden Globe winner for Best Television Series – Drama has created yet another legend in TV industry. Born from a script meant for the big screen, the show has elevated the standard of TV shows to a new high, impressing the audience with its breathtakingly incredible screenplay.

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The first-person narration is a key highlight on the show. Nothing is more intriguing than being led into a story which turned out to be misleading. You get to live inside the world of a mentally unstable character, and follow the path of his thoughts of being an anti-social. The technical details shown in the show are surprisingly comprehensive too. The creators are really serious about making the content as technically accurate as possible, resulting in a story that appears to be very professional and persuasive. Continue reading “The philosophy of Mr. Robot”


Pixar’s Inside Out Has Addressed the One Major Key About Mental Health

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Pixar Animation Studio never fails to warm our hearts with great stories that not only are children’s favorites, but also great materials for adults to enjoy. We had our hearts broken for Carl and Ellie’s love story; our tears shed for Wall-E’s innocent love; and our fists clenched for all the adventures we went through with Woody, Buzz, Sullivan, Nemo, The Incredibles… Oh man, I can’t stop. Just when I thought the stories couldn’t get any better, Pixar’s new feature film ‘Inside Out’ once again blew my mind away. It was a brilliant story with great life wisdom, and something that would actually mean more to a grown up.

The story started out with the common ideology about happiness

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The film visualized our memories with shiny, metallic balls, which its color represents the emotion that the memory ties to. When the main character – Riley grew up happy, her core memories were consist of all golden memory balls. That was great, because filling up our life with happy memories is what considered to be our ultimate goal. So it’s only normal to let Joy takes over, the conscious in our mind that’s in charge of happiness. “We should face any life circumstance there is with joy”, because positivity is what gets us through, nothing else. The irony reflected in Inside Out was real, how many times have we been told that in order to feel happy, we must keep our sadness in check? And not to let bad emotions take over our mind because they are destructive and undesirable? Continue reading “Pixar’s Inside Out Has Addressed the One Major Key About Mental Health”

Is Predestination a lousy stunt or just bizarrely brilliant?

The movie “Predestination” hit the theaters since December 2014 and has been receiving contradicting comments from the public. Some people say it’s the best mind-twisting movie of all time; and some say it’s utterly silly. Who can blame them? The movie tells a story that literally challenges the boundary of our imagination, and with something as crazy as that, not everyone can come around with it. It’s clever, stunning, outrageous, dark, twisted…it’s everything unusual, which makes it a very hard story to tell.

Written and directed by the Spierig brothers, “Predestination” is an adaptation of the well-known time travel short story written by Robert A. Heinlein – “All You Zombies”. The story revolves around a center character who was a temporal agent under a secret organisation that aimed to “correct wrongdoings” with their time travelling technology. In the time of the movie, the character was about to embark on his last mission, which was to ensure his own existence by keeping his life loop going. Continue reading “Is Predestination a lousy stunt or just bizarrely brilliant?”

If you think Disney’s “Into the Woods” is Bad You’re Missing the Point

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If you hated the movie because you didn’t know what all these fairy tales’ characters were doing, or you thought the action scenes were boring and Johnny Depp had too little screen time to worth your ticket money, then you had most certainly expected the wrong thing.

“Into the Woods” is nothing like those huge action blockbusters you think it was. If you want to see epic giant battle, melodramatic plot twist or even a single heroic move that we would normally expect in a fairy tale, then you wouldn’t find it in this movie. “Into the Woods” is originally a Broadway musical created by well acclaimed composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and playwright James Lapine. Since its first debut in 1986, the musical had received numerous commendations over the years. The show was very well known for being brutally entertaining with its dark and twisted adaptation of the most famous fairy tales at the time.

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I’ve never seen the musical before watching this movie, so I was going in “clean”. I didn’t know what to expect at all, and for the record, I am totally an old-school Disney nerd. As a kid, I was deeply influenced by Disney’s fairy tales, which are some really simple stories about good and bad people. Little did I know, “Into the Woods” was actually famous for its irony that mocks the over-simplicity of fairy tales that had been used for decades to educate our innocent hearts. The story questioned all the values we learnt from those tales, and the consequence? I felt like I was being left hanging in the mid air not knowing what to believe anymore.

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Begin Again – Who Musicians Really Are?

I was utterly delighted when I saw the trailer of this movie a while ago in the cinema. It was like experiencing the ‘Falling Slowly’ magic all over again.  ‘Begin Again’ is another inspiring musical movie by John Carney. After 8 years since his first successful musical film – ‘Once’, Carney decided to ‘once again’ touch your souls through music. Good news is, it’s almost as good as the first one.

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‘Begin Again’ is about two people finding their way in life through music. If you have previously watched ‘Once, you could definitely see the similarity in the two stories, which have both ingeniously presented the faith and pure emotions of musicians who truly understand each other. Comparing the two films, ‘Begin Again’ has a little bit more classy touch in it, thanks to the charming performance by Keira Knightley as a beautiful, talented English songwriter and singer Continue reading “Begin Again – Who Musicians Really Are?”