Screenshots from the movie Mary and Max.
“Did you notice something odd in that scene where a guy was being bullied to eat vegetables?”
“Remind me of the scene.”
“Guy being held by the bully Flash. Peter tells Flash to put the guy down. Flash beats up Peter. Gwen talks to Flash, which makes him leave.”
“After watching it, I told Joanna ‘You know what’s weird? Why didn’t Gwen intervene when the other guy was being bullied? Why did she just help when it’s already Peter being beaten up?'”
“She was obviously sitting at a place where she could hear the ‘Eat it! Eat it!’ shouting. Peter saw her before he heard the fiasco.”
“So after that, in the classroom scene, you’ll find it hypocritical of Gwen to tell Peter that ‘What you did there was nice’ because she obviously didn’t do anything herself until Peter helped.”
“She must fear Flash and once Peter stepped in, like a hero, she then got her confidence too.”
“What? Like hell. She DOESN’T fear Flash. You saw how she talked to him. She obviously has him under her control. She knows Flash fancies her and that he’ll do anything to please her.”
“When I watched again yesterday I understood the plot more. I didn’t catch some details before so I just assumed Dr. Connors wanted to kill that Indian guy.”
“He did though. And the movie deleted the scene where he does. So in the final cut, the black guy just disappears. Lame.”
“Well his initial plan wasn’t to kill the guy, right? He was running after the Indian guy to actually stop him from giving the chemical to Norman Osborn. So really he was trying to help.”
“He was? I thought he wanted to kill the fucker for making himself become a lizard. If he wanted to stop the thing being given to Norman then he wouldn’t have killed him in that deleted scene because by that stage in the movie the Lizard was going to try to turn everyone into lizards anyway.”
“Yep he was! When Dr. Connors tested it on himself, it worked but then he was feeling something bad was happening to him. So he called the Indian guy’s office. But the assistant said Indian guy is already heading to hospital where Osborn is. And he was like, no, no, he can’t. (because the Indian guy took one of the chemicals and was about to try it to Osborn to save him from dying). But then Dr. Connors turned to full pledged lizard and his emotion was affected too. So he wanted to kill the guy for being mean to him early on.”
“Yeah that’s what happened. And from that point onwards he went into GRRM mode and just wanted to kill and transform. It was a poorly written script. I think that’s because of the conversion of it from Spider-Man 4 to reboot.”
“Yeah it was eh. Because it wasn’t that understandable at first watching.”
“But there were so many loose ends, such as uncle Ben’s killer suddenly being ignored, the black guy just disappearing, etc.”
“Okay well that killer of Uncle Ben being ignored happened because Peter learnt that revenge isn’t that nice during that dinner with Gwen’s family. The police dad was like, you know I think Spider-Man is just a guy looking for revenge and that hit the nerve because it’s right. At the same time Spidey realised that yea, that’s wrong. And that he should use his powers for more important things.”
“I’ll have to rewatch. Peter just seemed to stop his search once the Lizard appeared.”
“Yea, that too. The existence of Lizard made him realise there are more important things than revenge. and that people need him.”
“Oh and this time I understood why Gwen’s dad is mad at Spidey.”
“Because Spidey is a vigilante.”
“My initial understanding before was just because he’s a vigilante but actually the main reason is Spider-man fucked up the police’ plan to catch a group of criminals using the car thief, who Spidey webbed to the wall. That’s why the whole police are mad at him. And that makes more sense than the usual ‘He’s not a police, he shouldn’t catch criminals’.”
“They should have made Peter’s decision to stop revenge clearer. Wasn’t a good decision to follow up the dinner with a love scene with Gwen. It clouds anti-revenge.
“Yea they should have eh. But it’s fun to understand things at second watching”
“I think that whole catching-the-people-who-run-the-operation would have been clearer if they included shots of the police planning on how to catch the syndicate, while the Police Dad (George Stacy) was explaining it to Spidey. I can imagine a Hot Fuzz-like fast showing of a scene. Would have been cooler! Because it’s so easy not to notice what the police dad was saying about it. Their dialogue wasn’t exactly memorable.
“Yeah, a montage would have been useful.”
“The audience would even find it funnier that Spider-Man thought he was being good and catching a car thief when actually he’s fucking up a police plan.”
“Also, if you watch again, you’ll notice the car owner that just got out of it (just before the car thief gets in) acts like he’s a criminal although doesn’t dress like one. Obviously Spider-Man with his high sense of fashion, didn’t think he was a bad guy. He also didn’t think it was necessary to give him a fashion advice such as ‘You know in the future, if you’re going to steal cars, don’t dress like a car thief, man.'”
“Dude, don’t cry; you’re wearing mascara. You don’t want to look like yet another Spider-Man villain after all these fuckers,” I told myself as Spider-Man 2 nears its end.
If you haven’t seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2, go watch it. The plot and the whole sci-fi look and feel of the film will get you hooked. For those who can’t control their tear ducts, bringing a box of tissue is highly recommended.
Spider-Man was still hilarious when dealing with small-time villains, a characteristic that the Spider-Man in the past trilogy didn’t have. And Electro–good godzilla–the poor man’s story was awesome. Jamie Foxx’s acting was brilliant.
There are some specific cool scenes that I’d like to talk about but I don’t want to spoil others who haven’t seen the movie yet. I’ll give you this hint: cool Spider-Man web shot!
It’s also worth-mentioning that the movie is filled with ridiculously beautiful people. Spider-Man himself, Gwen Stacy, and now Harry Osborn. His blue eyes, lips, adam’s apple, and nerdy haircut… Seriously, are we ever going to get an ugly Green Goblin actor? First James Franco and now this Dane DeHaan? (We’re not counting Green Goblin’s father in the first trilogy for obvious reasons, but if you find him attractive, uhm okay?)
“Judging your taste in men now, you must have a thing for goblins,” Angus noted.
“Don’t let the goblins in Harry Potter’s world hear you,” I replied. “I don’t want them to get the wrong idea.”
And yes, Griphook, no matter how attracted I am to goblins, I’m sorry but I’m only interested in Gringotts’ treasures and not in you.
From this I learnt that
1. GRRM is the real-life Daenarys. He grew up poor but he knew their family wasn’t always poor and he often looked at a house that was once theirs.
2. We should thank his writer friend Phyllis Eisenstein. Without her, GoT will never have dragons.
3. GRRM is amazingly intelligent. He loves asking deep questions that are worth thinking about.
4. GRRM believes a good act doesn’t cancel out a bad one and vice versa. He thinks you cant make Woodrow Wilson, the racist USA ex-president who tried to end war, a hero or a villain. “He was both. And we’re all both.”
5. “Mortality is the inescapable truth of all life …and of all stories, too.” Valar morghulis.
We perused each shelf at the National Book Store for a Gillian Flynn novel but we didn’t find any, so we proceeded talking to one of their sales ladies.
Me: Excuse me. Meron po kayong ‘Gone Girl‘?
Sales Lady: Wala e. Movie ba yun?
Sales Lady: Kaya pala ang daming naghahanap. Pangatlo na kayo today.
And I can’t blame them, Sales Lady. I showed ‘Gone Girl’ teaser to my sister yesterday, pausing here and there as I tell her how well-written and interesting the novel is (“Never mind the girly YA-ish title.”) and how brilliant the movie’s director is (David Fincher! Yes, that David Fincher who directed ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, and ‘Fight Club’). She liked it a lot that she begged me to lend her money for the book.
Alas, according to the saleslady at the second branch we visited, the book is out of stock and there are only few copies at some (far far away) branches.
Because some of my friends don’t speak Filipino and Google translate’s translations are horribly ridiculous, here’s a rough translation of the conversation with book store sales lady:
Me: Excuse me. Do you have ‘Gone Girl’?
Sales Lady: No, we don’t. Is that a movie?
Sales Lady: So that’s why many are looking for it. You’re the third person today.
After watching The Purple Wedding, I was disappointed they didn’t include Sansa’s hairnet in the show. Those who have read the books know that Sansa’s hairnet is an important part of The Purple Wedding. Its black amethyst could have (or not) been the source of poison put into Joffrey’s wine.
However, the hairnet was actually changed into necklace. In the show, Ser Dontos (a.k.a Ser Fool) gave her the necklace. (She wasn’t asked to wear it at the wedding day though, as opposed to the book.)
I rewatched the scene in which Lady Olenna talks to Sansa and noticed that Lady Olenna actually touched Sansa’s necklace. After it, a shot of the necklace was shown, its one gem missing. I am not sure if it’s really missing or if that’s just a style of the necklace since we didn’t get to see the necklace in full view before Lady Olenna touched it.
I am also not sure if Lady Olenna just touched the gem or actually took it. Her hand is so quick she could be a magician.
“You know, I’ve been told that a bald refusal of an invitation is rude and one must instead offer up a polite excuse, so I’d love to go, but unfortunately, that sounds awful.”