TV series Thoughts- Some Pondering

I’ve always adored television. I think most of my childhood were filled with it- cartoons, Anime, telenovela, variety shows to weekend movies. So, it is no question when I decided to share my thoughts to some shows I am currently or previously watched.  As much as I was thrilled to start typing I had a dilemma of  which tv series I shall cover first.

You see, in the past few years, I’ve watched countless of series and I have too many feels in each one of them. Don’t quite know how to put it into words. From the beloved Friends, to American Horror Story: Coven, to the hilarious and yet underated Arrested Development. Even until to the huge British sensations like Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Here’s the thing, let me make it clear, I don’t usually fall for the type who goes with the flow as you can see on my film thoughts. I don’t just share my thoughts or in technical terms ‘review’ movies that are quite mainstream. I have a process, a principle that I won’t just get into the hype or craze even if it is critically acclaimed or gotten few prestigious awards. Because frankly I’ve been there. In some ways I’ve started like that and there is nothing wrong with that. My concern lies on some observations that some people would keep on doing it because of the trend (…maybe). Unless you know, it finally is their taste.

Before anything, I try to see if it is interesting in my taste. (AND, I try to let the buzz or hype to dwindle so I won’t be persuaded by it. Try to watch them maybe after few weeks the series ends. Actually it is quite lovely because if I do like the series, I can just have a marathon and not partake on the waiting once you finish one episode. ) Then, I look for their promo or a little synopsis and yes…I still check once in a while if they got a great review or if it was well received. However, that criteria only falls back to 5% of my process and will be transparently yet hidden in my brain. Because the number one priority here were DID I THINK IT WAS INTERESTING? DID IT FIT INTO MY LIKING? 

Yes, occasionally you’d see some mainstream or popular shows I would maybe share my thoughts on BUT it is because it did fit into my liking.

Now back to my current dilemma. So, what TV series should I start with this category: TV THOUGHTS? Well I’ve decided. 🙂 But, I’d rather keep the suspense. So stay tuned!

Here are some shows I am currently watching or watched that got my interest. You might even find I’d write all about them. (Just hope that I get to find time to do them all.) Well it’s no brainer I would but, still bare with the sluggish post. And of course, you might have an inkling which of these babies would be my first post for the said category 🙂

P.S.

Just to give you a little heads up these babies I’ve posted are just the tip of the ice berg of tv series I love and watch. So, do come aboard and wait patiently for them. Who knows, I might prompt you to watch them your selves! 🙂

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Photo References from top left to right:

Sherlock: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hyQd-vvxtx8/TxIPqcc5C8I/AAAAAAAABM8/PRxW9I7gGrg/s320/sherlock_uk-show.jpg

Orange is the New Black: http://www.heroinetv.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Orange-is-the-New-Black-02-poster1-e1374452170612-959×1024.jpg

Utopia: http://m1.behance.net/rendition/modules/82675283/disp/63082d354712fce80a1730c2ce071da3.jpg

My Fat Mad Diary: http://i1.cdnds.net/13/03/618×366/mad-fat-teenage-diary-genericmidres.jpg

American Horror Story Salem: http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/35500000/American-Horror-Story-Season-3-Promotional-Posters-american-horror-story-35577285-889-1224.jpg

Running Man: http://ak.cdn.sptdigital.com/sites/asia.setone/files/styles/image_940x529/public/ct_series_f_primary_image/Running_Man_07-940×529-2.JPG?itok=pLJ7rxZ5

Return of Superman: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Pj6CNUcu_nw/Ut3yZpkjUUI/AAAAAAAABjA/RbMXejYs6m0/w624-h352-no/%25ED%2595%25B4%25ED%2594%25BC%25EC%2584%25A0%25EB%258D%25B0%25EC%259D%25B4.E474.%25EC%258A%2588%25ED%258D%25BC%25EB%25A7%25A8%25EC%259D%25B4+%25EB%258F%258C%25EC%2595%2584%25EC%2599%2594%25EB%258B%25A4_12.140119.HDTV.XViD-HANrel.avi_004748214.jpg

Community: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Pj6CNUcu_nw/Ut3yZpkjUUI/AAAAAAAABjA/RbMXejYs6m0/w624-h352-no/%25ED%2595%25B4%25ED%2594%25BC%25EC%2584%25A0%25EB%258D%25B0%25EC%259D%25B4.E474.%25EC%258A%2588%25ED%258D%25BC%25EB%25A7%25A8%25EC%259D%25B4+%25EB%258F%258C%25EC%2595%2584%25EC%2599%2594%25EB%258B%25A4_12.140119.HDTV.XViD-HANrel.avi_004748214.jpg

Film Thoughts: Gravity

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This movie got a massive hype when it was in theaters and to think when the trailer came out no one in my social media communities, commercials, and even people surrounding in my daily life talked about it. (Unless you know, I hang around a few amount of people or that they really are not into movies, or I am just such a trailer eager kind of person.) Nonetheless, it made me think of how moviegoers are composed of. Just boggles my mind how some people watch a film because they are going with the flow and it is the trend.

AAAANNNYWAAAAY! That’s for another time. Maybe I’d discuss it in another blog entry. Just crossed my mind as I was about to talk about today’s FILM THOUGHTS. Drum roll please…GARAAAAAHHHVITYYYYY!!!

I was actually watching this movie while I was taking a break from working. I made a mental note to stop after 30 minutes because I needed to get back to work and finish what needs to be done. Yet I just could not stop myself. My eyes were completely glued on my monitor.

Nevertheless, I had a satisfactory look on my face after finishing the film. It was quite interesting how things turned out. My expectation were both unmeet and surpassed.

I guess, I got into the hype quite a bit. I actually watched the trailer before it got the huge hype. I found it quite interesting compelling though I didn’t know why. In some ways, watching the trailer,  not only are you in that kind of suspense thrill kind of ride, but it made me expect something and so I was captivated by it.

Yet after watching the film, I realized the trailer gave the story up. It was about how a lone astronaut survive with a few sources on space. PERIOD. Simple right?

What made this film extraordinary was it used all the magic beans the film industry had. Great acting , direction, cinematography, editing, sound editing and even the most recent magic bean- CGI. (It may not have the greatest plot twisting story but they used all the other magic technique to deliver this film)

Now, I am actually proud of this film because they didn’t usually overused one magic bean than the other. Like some action films nowadays overkilled the used of magic bean CGI than the others. They used all of them equally.

Many people were praising Sandra Bullock’s performance to the point even the Academy Awards recognized it and nominated her. I even saw some reviews and post that her acting saved the movie. Actually, in my point of view, the story or rather the suspense and thrill of being alone, scared and everything weren’t all Bullock’s weight.

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She did a brilliant job in acting as what she is told to do. This is your character play that. BAAAM! She did! Which I am actually not taking it in a offensive side. She did a splendid job but I felt she wasn’t given a complex character. Compared to Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, she made the character so three dimensional, so real, so flawed and beautiful at the same time. I am not so sure if she interpreted it that way, or that Woody Allen wrote it tremendously. Nonetheless, I felt the realism and complexity of it all.

Bullock did not do it all on her own. If you watch it closely, the cuts, the sound and shots brought a great deal to it all. With her acting and all those magic beans in place they made a spectacular film, which to be honest you don’t see very often.

Usually, when you watch a suspense or thriller kind of movies, they would use one magic bean the most and the rest ummm…not so much.

Like 1 huge magic bean called acting then the rest tiny bits. Or, 1 huge magic bean called sound then the rest tiny bits.

This movie in particular not only did we hear Bullock’s pants and scream the sound (and even it’s editing) helped you to feel what she felt. Together with the cuts and shots the editing did, it made you even helpless and lost.

I actually adored one scene. Or better yet I noticed whenever a suspenseful scene is coming up they build it up in the most fascinating thing ever. So you see, Bullock’s expression together with some song. And when she realizes that she cannot work the ship so she can come home the song becomes faster. And together with some cuts and interesting shots, you as a viewer tense up. Then as the song, shots and cuts builds up BAAAAM! One silent long shot. And there in the center of it all, you see Bullock, throwing a tantrum. You see her shouting and kicking over her frustration but you don’t hear it because not only is it a long shot but the camera is right outside the ship…out there in space…where no one can hear you. That very shot tells all about the frustration, the anger, the emotions that Bullock projects and how a human feels in that dire hopelessness. And that realization, you are alone, no one will hear and save you. You are not only stranded in this dreadful silent place called-space but you are that close to getting home and everything just won’t work out.

Don’t you think that was an amazing scene? I thought it was brilliant! 🙂

I also liked the scene when Bullock’s character Dr. Ryan Strong was spinning and just floating around. You can hear her voice just at a lost and panting. Yes, you see her wiggling about trying to do something to the point you see her panicing but WHO WOULDN’T right? (so there is your acting) but the camera not only let’s you see her wiggling and panic-ing it even let’s you see in her point of view. From seeing her floating about in a blank scary space alone to gradually going inside the suit and seeing it in her point of view. Now, not only do you see it in her POV literally but you hear her oxygen decreasing. The camera did not only stay there for a quick look for you to see in her POV but it stayed long enough to you as audience to understand in her shoes what’s going on…what’s she is seeing, what she is experiencing. For you to feel the tension.

What I also liked about this movie, was after that panic and wiggling scene we see Bullock and Clooney’s character reunited. Then have themselves go to the nearby ships to get some help. You are then experiencing a slowness. Some kind of rest. As viewers yes, it is good as a visual storyteller to let your audience rest for a while but on this movie the rest is not only the reason. They wanted you to see the space. How space see our planet earth. How odd and fascinating it is to be both scared and amazed when you are in Space. They showed the two sides of life.

Yes, space is definitely silent. It’s a place that is terrifying because no one will ever hear you yet it is most tranquil place. You’d just get used to its silence and be lost in your deep thoughts. How terrifying and beautiful is it not?

For a visual storyteller, he or she needs to not only make an amazing story but to deliver it across in bull’s eye. Some movies can stand to have a story simple on its own and rely on others less, some need all the CGI they can muster to at least have billions of people watch a mediocre kind of story others might have a simple story to tell yet use everything effectively. One great example is Gravity.

Photo sources:

Gravity Poster: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f6/Gravity_Poster.jpg

2nd gravity photo: http://www.ralphehanson.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/gravity.jpg