Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sucker Punch : Feminist Reading in a Fantasy World

Overall Rating : 3 / 10

Watching Sucker Punch after days of not being able to see any movie is like drinking water after a long table tennis game. You are delighted by its taste, even if there is really nothing to be delighted about. That is, the movie failed in many aspects.

Failure 1 : Weak Narrative

I thought the story would hold water, but after watching the movie and given enough time to process what the movie was trying to tell- I got lost in the process. 

The movie was supposed to depict the transformation of this scared and shy girl into a survivor- one who does not fear anything. The movie started off with this theme.

However, while the narrative was trying to reach this point where we see the main character- Baby Doll, learn to be stronger, learn to lead her pack; a sudden shift happened when the limelight focused on Sweet Pea. While Baby Doll try to metamorphose into a new "being", Sweet Pea evidently was the one who got a new lease of life.

It wasn't really a problem if the director or screenwriter wanted to make Sweet Pea an unanticipated main antagonist, but the problem was that Sweet Pea didn't have much screen exposure in this movie.

Failure 2 : Weak Portrayal of the Fantasy World vs. Reality

The movie obviously tried to achieve an alternative world setting. Baby Doll envisioned a fantasy world (the brothel), and in that fantasy world is the other layered fantasy world as envisioned by Baby Doll.

It was all too convoluted. It was like trying to watch Inception where you dream inside a dream and so on. 

The real problem with the Fantasy World was that the audience was left guessing which is which in the movie. The alternative world Baby Doll envisioned was clearly a fake one. But the brothel left the audience guessing whether is was real or not.

At the end of the movie, we realize that everything that happened was only in the mind of Baby Doll. And the events that happened in the fantasy world, were all carried out in reality.

To me, it was like reading the novel of Paulo Coehlo where the main antagonist traveled the world just to find the treasure he was looking for was under his very house. The journey became senseless.

Senseless. This is exactly how I felt for Sucker Punch. 

If you try to empower women characters, portray them as somebody who can fight for themselves then they should not have set the movie in a fantasy world. 
Should not have locked Baby Doll in that institution in the end.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

TRAVEL | Camera and Traveling

For a complete and better maintenance of this blog, I think I'll be needing to purchase a digital camera. It's not really that expensive, but I'll appreciate if somebody can donate some funds.

I'm not aiming for DSLR since it is very bulky and inconvenient for travel. Besides, it's not like I am going to be a professional photographer.

The camera would only be an additional source for my blogging. Pictures really help express my stories and I actually find writing with pictures easier. So I'd say I'll go buy camera soon.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW | Wrath of the Titans

Rating : 4/10

Much as I like Greek Mythology, this movie sadly didn't meet my expectation. It was disappointing to see how twisted and far fetched the movie's plot from the real story.

Maybe it's bound to be like that, you know when you try to screen an established story which everybody knows- like Greek Mythology, you end up getting disappointed. I was at that point where I was actually expecting to see some similarity from the literature. But no. They had to change the whole thing.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Blog Stat : 62,000 and counting

There is that inexplicable feeling when you see your blog traffic's reaching views you never expect would reach. I only dreamt of probably getting 10,000 views and I would be happy about it. But this is really overwhelming to see that I have reached 60,000 in a matter of 5 years. 

You'll probably say, "So what? Others are reaching millions."

Yes that's right. Others are indeed reaching millions of site traffic and it's because they have proven themselves worth the read. They had the diligence of maintaining their blogs as if it was a career, or maybe it was a real career for some.

For a normal blogger like who's never been into "blogging" per se, this achievement is something that I can call feathers on my hat. Millions has begun from thousands and with proper work and effort, I know I'll be able to reach that million views. 

Just give me time. Thank you.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Better Blogger. Never Happened

How many times have I promised myself to be a better blogger?
How many times have I failed?
This is just too frustrating.
Whenever I try to do something, the minute I start trying to do it then all possible blocking appear.
If I try to be simple, the outcome doesn't turn out the way I want them to be.
If I try to exert effort then it just takes up so much time that I just don't find the energy to even continue it anymore.

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