Books, TV

Dear Game of Thrones S6 E10,


Binawi mo ‘yung buong season. I was about to give up on this series and write it off as just another fantasy show, considering so many things happening that were predictable (e.g. Jon Snow being brought back by the Red Lady, the Sand Snakes turning out to be lamesauce, Roose Bolton being killed by Ramsay, Dany killing all the Khals and getting back to Mereen just in the nick of time, etc.) and somewhat typical of other TV shows/fantasy stories, but I know now, they were all just setups for you.

And what a payoff you gave. I was holding my breath the entire time and even now as I type this.

In the future, I guess, I wouldn’t really mind another ho-hum 9 episodes before an Episode 10 as amazing as you, I mean, I understand budget constraints and all that, but how about, at least make half the season as great?

Anyway, as always, major changes to the “game” after this season. And here I thought I was finally free of having to be frustrated because it will be another year before Season 7 comes out. Who was I kidding? Now I feel embarrassed I ever doubted GRRM and D&D.

Somewhat related: I also didn’t find Book 6 of the Harry Potter series as good as the others, so maybe there is just something about this point in any epic.

Books, Life, TV

Life Updates (AKA Books and TV Shows Updates)

I have some kind of free time so I thought I’d write something here.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is proving to be one of the most, if not the most difficult book I’ve ever read. I started reading it in February but have only read up to 68.2% of it. And here I thought I would be able to read 20 books this year. Pffft. Why am I such a slow reader? And I got copies of so many books I’ve always wanted to read, too.

For example, I got 2 books from Audible — World War Z and The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian. I’ve started listening to World War Z but I’m finding it harder and harder to understand. I think audio books don’t really work well for me. The problem is that audio books sound too much like background noise sometimes that I forget they’re not like songs on the radio that you can enjoy even if you’re just hearing them and not really listening.

I’m also trying to read the entire Harry Potter series again. I’m up to the 4th book now (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) but I haven’t made it past the Quidditch World Cup part yet. I read it when I’m too tired to understand The Fountainhead so I’m not really making any progress.

I think it’s because I’ve gotten distracted, yet again, by TV.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. y’all! Have any of you seen it? I’ve seen all the episodes that are out so far and I’m so far liking it. I’ve been reading mixed reviews of it on the Internet though I guess everything has mixed reviews on the Internet. Though they mostly say the same thing: Coulson good, everything else bad. I think perhaps some people just have different expectations. The most baffling to me are the people who “hate” it because of the “cheesy dialogue”. Really? I don’t think it has cheesy dialogue at all. I mean, if you watched any of the Transformers movie, you’d know what cheesy dialogue is, and the dialogue in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is most definitely not that. I think maybe some people just don’t understand the humor and the language of Joss (or Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen in this case, though I think they took their cues from him). But I for one, am having a great time with this show. I don’t even mind that the characters are sort of generic. I think, like most of Joss’ shows, this series needs time to grow on you (if you’re not already a Whedon fan). I mean, I didn’t like Firefly the first time I watched it but the second time I watched each of the 14 episodes, I could think of nothing else but watching all of them again for a 3rd and 4th time. And I’ll admit that the 1st season of Buffy isn’t that great, but the 2nd to 5th seasons were nothing short of amazing (particularly the 4th). And the 6th and 7th seasons weren’t bad either.

Also, I’m kind of happy that the shows I’m watching now aren’t overlapping with each other (not really). So I can actually enjoy 1 season of 1 show at a time, i.e. When Season 3 of The Walking Dead finished, Season 3 of Game of Thrones started and when that wrapped up, Season 3 of Suits started. When Suits stopped for a mid-season break, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered and on Sunday, The Walking Dead is starting its 4th season. Hopefully by the time it finishes, BBC’s Sherlock – Series 3 will be available. OK, so actually Downton Abbey’s started its new season, too, but its season 3 ender broke my heart 😥 so I don’t think I’m going back to that world again. I mean, I guess, Game of Thrones broke my heart, too, but at least in Game of Thrones there’s a war and you expect people to die in it. Downton Abbey was just… I don’t even want to talk about it.

Oh, and something else—because I’ve gotten tired of The Big Bang Theory (It’s just not what it used to be! Most people say this is a good thing, but I think otherwise), I looked for another sitcom I can enjoy and I totally didn’t expect it to be Hot in Cleveland. I’m not American and I was born in the 80’s so I don’t really know that much about the reason behind the hype of Betty White, but I have to admit that this show is really entertaining. It has also made me cry a couple of times. If you can believe that (But of course you can. I’ve always been a crybaby!).

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing these past few months, aside from talking with my friends and working (which involves more talking). I saw a few movies, too, but since I’m not awaiting any big movies at the moment, I decided not to talk about that yet. Perhaps in my next blog entry.

Life, Writing

Oh, Ron Weasley

Hermione Granger: Well, obviously, she’s feeling very sad, because of Cedric dying. Then I expect she’s feeling confused because she liked Cedric and now she likes Harry, and she can’t work out who she likes best. Then she’ll be feeling guilty, thinking it’s an insult to Cedric’s memory to be kissing Harry at all, and she’ll be worrying about what everyone else might say about her if she starts going out with Harry . And she probably can’t work out what her feelings towards Harry are anyway, because he was the one who was with Cedric when Cedric died, so that’s all very mixed up and painful. Oh, and she’s afraid she’s going to be thrown off the Ravenclaw Quidditch team because she’s flying so badly.

Ron Weasley: One person can’t feel all that at once, they’d explode.

Hermione Granger: Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.

 – Chapter 21, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Oh, Ron. How I wish that just like you, I had the emotional range of a teaspoon, too. Would life be easier if a person didn’t have too many emotions? I suppose emotions are what make us feel alive. But it’s also emotions that make us want to kill ourselves. Hahaha. Is that ironic? Do I understand the word ‘ironic’ correctly? I wish I could write better.


7 Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows SPOILERS are here.
Don’t read if you don’t want to know what happens.

Where to begin? I loved it. But then, I’m always a little biased when it comes to Harry Potter. I watched this movie today with my dad and my mom was quick to tell us that we’re such cheaters because we didn’t wait for her, despite knowing that she also wants to see it. But I wanted to watch it right away, and I kind of want to watch it twice on the big screen so I figured it’s good to watch it on the opening day, and then again when everyone’s excitement has waned. I think I’ve watched several Harry Potter movies (not all, though, I’m not crazy) twice in the cinema. Anyway… since I’m not feeling too coherent today, let me just enumerate stuff about the movie:

  • I don’t think you’ll understand the story if you don’t know/remember what happened in Books/Movies 1-6. They don’t explain what Horcruxes are at all. You’re expected to already know what they are and why Harry is looking for them.
  • Other than that, I think I have nothing but praises for this movie. It’s the best one in terms of translating the words into something visual. The other movies were pretty cool, but they have outdone themselves this time with regard to the special effects and location shooting. The locations are like Lord of the Rings level — all the cliffs and mountains and forests. Absolutely wonderful.
  • The scene at Godric’s Hollow — SCARY AS HELL. I mean, it was really one of the scariest parts in the book (if not the scariest (why yes, I still get scared when reading books, so what?)) and the execution here was brilliant. I mean, the actress they got for Bathilda Bagshot (Hazel Douglas) is the quintessential “scary old lady”.
  • Dobby’s Death – Didn’t bring as much tears to my eyes as the book did, and it didn’t help that they made Hermione and Ron look helpless during the whole thing, but oh well.
  • Ron/Hermione/Harry – Oh, here’s something I really feel strange about: Why are the creators of the Harry Potter movie Harry/Hermione shippers? I mean, they’re supposed to follow the canon pairings (since they’re supposed to be faithful to the books) which are Harry/Ginny, and Hermione/Ron. Are they confused or something? Or is it just bad luck that the actors for Harry and Hermione have more chemistry together than Harry and Ginny and Hermione and Ron? Seriously, the scene where Hermione and Harry are dancing in the tent — it’s way sweeter than the scene where Harry and Ginny kiss. There’s just really something wrong when a dance between two friends is more romantic than a kiss between a couple. Why? Why did they put so many Harry/Hermione scenes, and only one Ron/Hermione shipper scene — when their hands were slightly touching? And that scene was so subtle that nobody would really notice it. Oh, reality. You just have to ruin everything that’s good on paper, don’t you?
  • Speaking of that dance between Harry and Hermione, it really is kind of cool when they add scenes like that that aren’t in the book that make you think that it’s really worth it to see the movies even if you already know the story. Another scene I like, which wasn’t in the book, was the one they added to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, with the Gryffindor boys in their room, eating jelly beans that made them roar like a lion or jump around like a monkey. It was such a great way to show how the boys have bonded with each other, but if that were written in the book, it probably would’ve been a boring part.
  • It’s so funny that my dad felt sad about Dobby’s death and then said, “‘Di bale, may isa pa namang elf, diba?” referring to Kreacher, not knowing that Kreacher was one of the “bad” elves.
  • Was that Cormac McLaggen in the Hogwarts train saying “My father’s going to hear about this!” ? Is he the new Draco Malfoy now that Malfoy’s not in school, anymore?
  • Bellatrix Lestrange you scene-stealer. There are a dozen Death Eaters in that room and yet all eyes will still fall on you.

BTW, the TV in Burger King was playing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone earlier and I was lucky enough to catch my favorite part:

Hermione: Now, if you two don’t mind, I’m going to bed, before either of you gets another idea that gets us killed or worse—expelled.

Ron: She needs to sort out her priorities.

Ah, good times… I’m so going to miss them when Part 2 is over.

P.S. Bread Talk has phased out the Cheese&Corn loaf. How dare they?! 😥 Another favorite food of mine phased out. I swear. The world is out to get me.