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Ikiru Movie Review
In Japanese, Ikiru means “to live” and by viewing the widely unmentioned masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa, one might seek compassion rather than anger, another might find love instead of hate, or meaning instead of a vacant existence. In Ikiru, Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe vulnerably and powerfully. At the beginning of the film, Watanabe is diagnosed with stomach cancer. His life flashes quite literally before his and the audience’s eyes. From the opening scene of the stark monochrome X-ray chest of Watanabe, the grimace face of death follows his sauntering like a shadow; Watanabe has a frown glued to his chin. Ikiru means “to live,” as that is the quest that the director, Kurosawa, desired to observe.
Save the Earth and Save Your Money
In January of 2021, I had made the decision to move-out of my parents home and struggle on my own. While living on my own, there were many moments when I tried to find the best way to remain financially stable. With the pandemic, my funds were reduced and my savings thinned. I had lost my job (due to Covid-19) and struggled to find a way to keep myself afloat without having to juggle three jobs. With bills to pay, loans to pay back, and daily necessities, it seemed impossible to live on my own and without the aid of my helpful parents. But I was determined, and I still am.
Brown Skin Girl
Kids use to tell me to scrub my skin harder. Make it whiter, white soap stains they said. I wore my hair in ties, teasing out the follicles my
Astrology & Angst
This year, my friend introduced me to the elusive world of Astrology. Since the pandemic began, I really tried to learned new and interesting things with all of my spare time. At first, I tried crocheting. Then, I began a book club. While I was quarantining, I began writing music and picking up new instruments. But while I could've been reading up on other topics this year, Zodiac signs deeply intrigued me. Or rather, the people who vehemently embraced the idea of Astrology. I had always believed it was a farce. I mean, it's difficult to surrender the basis for everything we believe that makes-up individual personalities, i.e., psychology and genetics. But I couldn't help but suspend worldly expectations and trade-in my negative thoughts about Astrology for an interest in it. People who love and embrace their Zodiac signs are intriguing. If it isn't about pure belief, I think they just want to be understood and understand the world in their own way. But everyone is like that in their own way. We search for reason and meaning with art, work, family, or religion. Astrology is some people's avenue to understanding the world around them. For me, I indulged in music.
10 Mini-Series to Watch After The Queen's Gambit
It was a Saturday night when I began watching The Queen's Gambit. My family and many friends had praised the mini-series and constantly asked when I would finally watch it. Being a big fan of Anya Taylor Joy's previous work (VVitch, Emma, Peaky Blinders), I happily turned my TV to Netflix and began the highly anticipated series.
Do you prefer fashion victim or ensembly challenged?
I don’t know about anyone else but my sense of fashion has always been inspired by the movies. Upon the moment my eyes saw the bright lights of the projector reach the plain white sheet that uplifted images of glamorous woman and men alike, I knew that my inspiration for style would stem from my favorite icons of the silver screen. Maybe I’m shallow, but I loved watching woman strut around in pearls, diamonds, and silly hats. I loved the bow ties, sweater vests, and slacks that men of the silver screen championed. My fashion sense was inspired by the outfits and pieces I saw in the movies. Quite immediately, I wanted to reincarnate the old fashion trends of every era.
Under the Paper Moon
Him. John Hopkins Hospital. She was temptation. And I was the angel that fell from heaven. It was a sunny afternoon in Italy. She walked into my small bookshop that had a derelict wooden sign outside of its windows: Paper Moon Bookshop. I waited at the counter near the cash register with a book in my hands. I scanned the page quickly, earnestly consuming the text.
And That's on Periods
I am the most embarrassing person alive. Wait. Let me rephrase that: I am the most embarrassed person alive. This is not hyperbolic. If my mind was the main vessel in Inside Out, it wouldn't be the lovely Joy leading the ship. It would be Fear because I am afraid of being embarrassed. To make matters worse, I am living as an embarrassed person despite not having done anything embarrassing today or yesterday.