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felix felicis: February 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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I planned to watch Walter Mitty alone but the past week’s schedule was quite grueling I ended up watching it with friends, which is still a good thing. Several people had been poking fun at my unusual habit of watching alone, so here you go. I don’t really mind. Anyway, the post’s about Mitty and here’s what I thought about it.

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Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a negative assets manager—a photo archivist, in simpler terms—for Life Magazine. The magazine will leave the print industry and will go online, prompting the company to downsize. Having served the magazine for 16 years, Mitty felt secure until of course he misplaces the photo which will be the cover of the final issue. The predicament forces Mitty to turn his daydreams into a real-life adventure in search of the photo’s owner, Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn). From Greenland, to the icy waters of the North, the raging Mount Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, and the summit of the Himalayas, Mitty has to find the photo interestingly titled “The Quintessence of Life.”

The film did not disappoint. There’s so much beauty and interesting things it was able to offer. For one, I loved how the vivid cinematography sophisticated the whole experience. And then of course, the soundtrack was also amazing. Overall, the film was able to elicit wonderful emotions from the audience, or well from me. In a world where almost everyone settles for the less adventurous and the less risky, Walter Mitty encourages us to plunge again into the unknown, armed with the mighty dreams our minds have often conjured and finally discover the fun of knowing what lies behind those things we could have only imagined.

5 out of 5.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Initiate Phase 1

A few more days and the second month of 2014 will be done. March is my birthday month and I decided that it is already time to initiate the first phase of THE project: Getting There. I don’t have a knack for catchy titles so I guess this will suffice for now. I would not go to details yet as it may preempt the whole plan. One thing’s for sure, on March, I’ll begin beefing up the skillz I already have and equip myself with new ones. I hope the language classes for Elementary Bahasa Indonesia will be open by then. That is a very good start.

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I remember the class discussions we had on the usual characterizations attached to Southeast Asians: we’ve always been resilient and forward-looking. I have yet to know why. Or maybe I wouldn’t know, I’ll only continue doing it.

Anyway, I am excited. Of course there is a certain amount of fear that bubbles in my chest. But I’d like to believe it is okay. It makes everything real. I hope that I get THERE. I really pray I do. Obstacles will always be there and I’d like to think I established a good rapport with failure during my two-decade existence, we’re almost friends. It hurts. Especially when dreams, the simplest even, are at stake. I guess this is what makes us humans.

Wow, profound. Hehe.  

Day-dreaming Walter Mitty made it clear. Thank you, Lord for just being You. J

There’s a rhythm in rush these days
Where the lights don’t move and the colors don’t fade
Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams
In a world gone shallow
In a world gone lean
Sometimes there’s things a man cannot know
Gears won’t turn and the leaves won’t grow
There’s no place to run and no gasoline
Engine won’t turn
And the train won’t leave
But there is a truth and it’s on our side
Dawn is coming open your eyes
Look into the sun as a new days rise
Stay Alive, Jose Gonzalez

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Monday, February 10, 2014

'Make Good Art'

Monday again.

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The past week had been quite un-amazing (if there’s ever such a word). But the bad hours of that week were saved by small hours spent with people who mattered. Those small conversations made me realize that there’s more to mistakes than meets the eye. Or something to that effect. And then of course, a good friend sent this video over Facebook. It’s Neil Gaiman addressing the graduates of The University of Arts in Philadelphia, Class of 2012. There’s so much to quote from the commencement speech but what struck me most was his final word to the graduates:

“So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would… And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.”

Here’s the full video:

You can access a transcript of the speech here.

Let’s go make good art today! :D

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