So I’d seen this movie in Blockbuster a year or so ago and thought it looked pretty cheesy. I shrugged it off as another cheap, stupid horror movie and didn’t think twice about it again until a few weeks ago when I read that it had actually done really well, it had very good reviews, and it was listed as one of the top horror movies from some website. So I started to get interested.
It turns out, this is a really, really beautiful movie. Basic storyline: Americans screw up big-time by pouring a bunch of toxic chemicals into the Han River. Some time later, some mutant monster pops up. Sounds silly so far, right? Well, the first of the many surprises in this film is the way it’s shot - the monster looks fake, let’s just get that part out of the way. But the scene when it comes out of the Han River for the first time is just stunning. I can’t describe how or why (maybe if I’d taken more than one film class I could, but I haven’t, so I can’t), but if you watch it, I dare you to disagree.
So, the film revolves around one family. A young girl is snatched up by the monster (among many others who are killed/eaten), leaving her grieving father, grandfather, aunt, and uncle. The father is not all there, although it’s never made clear exactly what’s “wrong” with him, the grandfather says that he didn’t get enough protein in his diet as a child, but he loves his daughter completely and, although he seems irresponsible, he would do anything for her. The uncle is an alcoholic and seems to be a disappointment to her. The aunt is a bronze medalist archer - bronze only because she is very slow about choosing her target and releasing her arrow, but when she shoots, she hits straight-on bullseye. The grandfather is the only one in the family who seems completely grounded and normal. He has three children who are all “disappointments” in one way or another, but he clearly loves them all and he seems very proud of them nonetheless.
The funeral scene starts out as completely touching and heartbreaking (the aunt arrives with her bronze medal and presents it to the picture of the girl as the grandfather says, “Your aunt brought you a bronze medal, Hyun Seo,” and the family all sob together), but turns oddly comical as the family all collapse together in grief and roll on the floor together. It’s an odd moment, but you get used to them. To be honest, it’s similar to the humor found in other Korean movies like Thirst or Tidal Wave, both of which are also very good, IMO.
So as things progress, it’s revealed that those who came in contact with the monster may have a virus so of course everyone who was present at the park where the monster attacked, and anyone who has come in contact with those people, are quarantined. During this quarantine, Gang Du (the father) receives a phone call from Hyun Seo - she’s alive, and she’s in a sewer somewhere. After that, everything changes. The family are determined to escape the hospital where they’re being kept and save Hyun Seo. Despite all of their problems with each other - Nam Il (alcoholic uncle) and Nam Joo (archery aunt) are constantly bickering, and when they’re not fighting with each other, they’re both picking on Gang Du - they’re united by their love for Hyun Seo. There’s an incredibly touching scene around a dinner table during which Hyun Seo appears and all four of them take turns feeding her, although it’s all in their imagination of course.
(Nam Il [who makes my heart all a-flutter, just so you know…], Nam Joo, Hyun Seo, Gang Du, Grandpa/Dad)
I won’t give away the ending, but I highly recommend this movie. There are some who’ll watch it because it’s “like the Korean Cloverfield without the handheld cameras” and there are others who will watch it because of it’s social commentary and political message, but personally I loved it for the family, I found them to be so likable, I cared about them, I wanted them all to be okay and to be together as a family again. All in all, I gave this a 4.5/5. From reading the message boards on IMDb, of course some people will think I rated it too high (there are always the, “worst movie evarrr!!” topics on there…), but it’s fair to me. The only thing that kept it from a 5 was the monster, which sounds silly, but I think if it had just looked more realistic, it would have perfected the movie. However, I’m very glad that they didn’t decide to blow their budget on an incredibly realistic monster and then realize they didn’t have enough money to make the movie as amazing as it was.
Paper Towns by John Green and I’m a little disappointed, not in the book, but in myself. I can tell this is the kind of book I would have read within 3-4 hours a few years ago, but lately I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut. I’ve only really gotten into The Hunger Games trilogy and James Dashner’s The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials since I entered this “rut” which, I thought, meant that I was out of it, but I’ve yet to really get into a book since I finished those books. I don’t know if it’s my tastes changing, if I feel guilty even without realizing it for reading instead of studying (although that doesn’t stop me from being on Tumblr or YouTube for longer than I’d like to admit), or if the Internet’s destroying my reading addiction. The last one really scares me because I love reading. I wonder if I should take a break from the Internet for awhile. But then I can’t entirely. It’s how I communicate with my boyfriend. It’s how I do school assignments.
Well, first step is to end this post and crawl into bed and read. Maybe I should put an alarm on my computer or something to tell me to get off and read every night. Haha, we’ll see. :P
Study for Bio exam on Tuesday - Moved to tomorrow thanks to completing everything else on time!
I’ve been up for 4 hours and I’ve only gotten one of these done. Time to down the coffee and hurry up!
I hate it when you get to a question on a test and you think you know the answer right away, but you also know that your textbook worded the information in a way that there are two possible answers and both of them are available (it’s multiple choice), so you pick the one you think the textbook implied was more “scientific” and then it turns out you got it wrong. Boo. I could have gotten a 95% on my psych test if I hadn’t doubted myself. :/
Pretty heartbroken about all of the Social Network > Inception awards tonight. Granted, I haven’t seen The Social Network so I have no idea if it’s genuinely better than Inception, but my Joseph Gordon-Levitt bias and the general awesomeness of that film has me already convinced that that isn’t the case. The fact is, a movie like Inception doesn’t come around as often as a movie like The Social Network. I’m sure that it’s a great movie and was really well done, I definitely want to see it, but I know that it’s the kind of movie that I’ll think, “Well, that was a good story and good acting and all around, a good movie,” and that will be that. I’m definitely eager to see what awards Inception will come away with at the Academy Awards.
I don’t have classes on Fridays and Monday is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, so we don’t have classes this Monday. I’m pretty thrilled with this personally even though this is only the second week of classes (yes, I’m a wimp). I think that the biggest problem I’m going to have this quarter is not being interested in my classes. Every quarter I’ve had at least one class that has really kept me interested, but this quarter I’ve yet to find one that really grabs me.
Psychology is probably the closest to interesting, but since it’s online I find it hard to get “into” that class. I’m doing really well in it already (18/20 on my first test and 25/25 on my first assignment), but I could see it becoming more like a chore than a class to get the reading done on time and the assignments done, which is a shame because the actual subject is interesting to me.
We got our schedules for clinical and lab hours last night from my Nursing 100 class and I start working at the nursing home on February 1st, so I have to buy my uniform and proof of a negative TB test before then. It sounds far away, but it’ll be here in no time so I need to start working on that. Luckily orientation is only from 8 AM - 11 AM, but every other clinical will be from 7 AM to 2 PM, which will be pretty lame since I was excited to have afternoon and evening only courses this quarter. Thankfully, that’s only on Tuesdays so it’s not like it’ll be a huge deal, but I was hoping to be done with early mornings for awhile.
So what will I be doing with my 4-day weekend? Playing Dynasty Warriors 6 on the PS3 of course. :/ I rented it from Blockbuster because I remember playing either 3 or 4 on the PS2 with an old boyfriend years ago and I immediately grabbed it up to see if it would be as good. :P I’m oddly impatient to find out how it all turns out!
Thanks to the people who either sent me a message, replied to my post, texted me (you know who you are :P), in response to the post yesterday. :) Today feels like a much better day. Hugs to all of you!
Sometimes I don’t know how to put my thoughts into words, and tonight feels like one of those nights, yet for some reason I feel inclined to write a post. I guess it’s just that kind of night. You listen to music that makes you happy yet sad at the same time, you drink some tea, you think about the homework that you did and you’re proud of it, but you think of the work that you could probably still do just to help yourself out and you feel guilty, you read but your mind wanders and you don’t take in the words so you stop reading. It’s too dark and late to go for a walk which is really what I feel like doing, but it’s only 7:30 so I can’t really go to sleep either. Not that I could if I wanted to, I’m not tired, I’m just in one of those moods.
Things are in such an in-between state in my life right now. I’m doing pre-reqs for a program I don’t even know I’ll be accepted to right away. I’m in a long-distance relationship that has yet to have a solid date for the long-distance part ending. I live nowhere near any of my friends and I’ve yet to make any real new ones yet aside from the casual kind that you talk to in class but don’t meet outside of class. I’m ready for change in my life, but I feel unable to make those changes. I want to move, but I can’t afford it. I want to be with my boyfriend, but I don’t want to live in Europe. I want to be done with my pre-reqs so I can feel like I’m actually progressing in working towards my career. I know that I’ll look back on these years and think I wasted them. I probably am wasting them. I worry that I’m disappointing my parents, but I feel angry about it. I get good grades and I’m doing well in moving closer to applying to the nursing program, but I know that they’d like me to be more of a “normal” young adult and have lots of friends and go to parties on weekends and still get good grades on top of that. Sometimes I’m glad that I’m not like that, but I wouldn’t mind it other times.
Anyway, I don’t really know what the point of this post is. It’s pretty self-pitying and whiny, something I really don’t like doing, but tonight I just felt like it. Maybe it was the bubble bath.
I would be taking advantage of the sales on Yesstyle.com right now. Unfortunately, their sales suck. They say up to 80% off but there are only a handful of items that are up there, most of them are 5% off or somewhere around there, and when you have 5% off of $40, it’s still bloody expensive.
I looked at all the purses and all the Laneige products and I could easily spend a few hundred there, but I’m good and I closed the page.
So I’ve officially been to at least one class of all my winter quarter classes (or, in the case of my online psychology class, I’ve visited the website and poked around there), so I can finally breathe a sigh of relief at knowing what to expect from all the profs and how the classes will go. I’ve been going to college for over a year now, and I’ve been going to school for roughly 15-16 years, yet I still get a little nervous when the new quarter comes around. It’s lessened a lot in recent years as I’ve gotten more confident, but when it comes to classes like Nursing Assistant/AIDS Education, which I knew very little of what to expect, I get nervous because I’m not sure if I’m in over my head or not.
However, the class seems really nice. The prof is a peppy little Filipino lady who’s worked as a nurse for 20 years in long-term care facilities. She was super friendly and made me feel really comfortable even though the class is pretty serious business. Basically, there are 35 classroom hours and 50 clinical hours (including lab), and in order to get certification from the state, you can’t miss any of it. It seems like a pretty interesting class, though. I’m looking forward to the clinical experience at the nursing home, I feel like it’ll be the deciding factor for me on whether or not nursing is for me - can I deal with the gross stuff? We’ll see!
My biology prof is a pretty interesting lady as well. She’s quite young for a prof, probably in her early to mid 40’s, and before she taught she spent 10 years researching the cause of autism, among other things. She also seems pretty peppy, but she also seems a little more strict which might be because she’s new to teaching. She seemed to approach the classroom like someone who expects the students to work against her, which I’ve felt like a lot of high school teachers do, but it’s the first time I experienced it with a college prof.
My psychology class and statistics class both seem good as well. I’ve had the teacher of my statistics class before and he structures his classes all the same, so I felt like I’d just walked back into one of his previous math classes. The psychology prof is super friendly and really encourages her students to communicate with her a lot since it’s an online class. I feel like she’s really fair, but also knows where to draw the line.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with all my classes. I wrote out all my assignments, tests, exams, etc. in my planner (I’m a bit of a planner nerd, there’s just something about organizing all my school stuff that makes me feel like I’m officially ready to start the classes) and it’s a little intimidating how big of a workload I have this quarter, but I have a feeling I can manage it.
Starting this quarter positively! I’m sure it’ll end in me tearing my hair out and weeping, but for now, let’s think happy thoughts! :)
So I’ve been eating paleo for 4 days now, though not 100% because, as I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t wasting the non-paleo food in the house that no one would eat. However, I’ve been sticking to it for the most part and I can see myself getting more and more into it as I go. I can’t really imagine myself trying to do the 30 day challenge like I was planning a few weeks ago. If I tried to go from eating the way I did to eating 100% paleo, I don’t think it would last. I am too quick to get overwhelmed by the idea and just give up completely. It’s an attitude that I need to change, but I’m glad that I at least acknowledge it and make accommodations.
Today I made paleo bread (from Jeff’s recipe!) and it’s absolutely delicious. I may alter it just a little bit because it tasted a bit too eggy, but overall I really loved it. I’ve also bought ingredients for paleo barbeque sauce which I plan on making tomorrow to put on some chicken wings that I bought! I’m pretty excited about those, although unfortunately because of my mum’s food allergies, she won’t be able to enjoy them with me. For the most part, she’s doing this along with me because she’s already cut out most of the foods that aren’t part of the paleo diet from her own diet because of her own allergies. The only reason she isn’t completely participating is because she can’t eat meat as often as I can, so she’ll have a bowl of cereal some nights instead of chicken or beef or pork. I won’t go into the allergies and problems my mum has, but she has said that she’s really felt the effects of cutting yeast out of her diet.
In other news, today was also the first day of classes for me. I only had one class today, Biology 211, a 3 hour evening class that was better than I expected. My teacher is pretty young and she seems pretty upbeat which is good since it’s an evening class and I could see myself getting drowsy. I recognized a few women from my chemistry class last quarter. Tomorrow I have Intro to Statistics and Nursing 100. I’m a little nervous about the nursing class because I don’t really know what to expect.
I also have a doctor’s appointment that I’m so not looking forward to. 8:50 in the morning is just too early (yeah, I know, cue violins, poor Steph up at 8:50! - shush :P I chose evening classes for a reason, people!).
Eat paleo. This month will most likely include a few more cheat meals than usual simply because there’s some food in the house that only I’m going to eat and I don’t want to let it go to waste (for example, whole grain 3 cheese tortellini - definitely not paleo but also not gonna be eaten by anyone except me). I’m going to try to do 80% paleo, 20% cheats until all of the non-paleo food that won’t be eaten by anyone but me is gone, and then it’ll be as paleo as I can manage. I just read Jeff’s paleo “rant” and I have to admit, I’m gonna be one of those people he thinks isn’t really eating paleo because I’m not going to be able to eat organic. I’ve talked to the mum (ie: The One Who Controls The Grocery List) and she’s agreed to buy some organic foods, specifically food that isn’t peeled, like cauliflower, but we simply can’t afford organic meat. It’s something I’ll do myself when I’m living on my own and in charge of our groceries, but for now I just have to accept that eating majority organic isn’t an option for me.
Lose 3 lbs. I’ve brought the weight loss goal a little lower for me because I find I get too discouraged if I tell myself I’m gonna try to lose 5 lbs and it doesn’t happen. I was watching all the New Year’s celebrations last night on TV and one woman said she wanted to lose 45 lbs by April! Good luck with that, lady. I’m gonna go all tortoise style - slow and steady wins the race, and I don’t want to just lose the weight super fast by starving myself and watching it all climb back on when I’m finally at my goal weight.
Keep on top of my schoolwork. I start classes on the 3rd and I’m really excited, but also nervous about what a big workload I’m going to have with 4 classes instead of my usual 3. I’m aiming for keeping up A’s in all 4 classes. B’s are acceptable, but not what I’m aiming for. If I want to keep up the GPA, it’s gonna be A’s all the way.