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Now Is Good (2012)
A Movie Laden with Heavy Topics
What makes you think "Now is Good"? ....
Either when you are on a damn good holiday, or when you realize your days are up. This movie is about the second scenario.
So 17-year-old Tessa knows her fate, right at the beginning of the movie. What would a girl at her age do? - Being a rebel, Breaking the world's system and order, doing all crazy stuff a teenager is supposed to do...until she meets her true love. Towards the end her to-do-list contains two extra wishes: being with her true love until the end of her day, and witnessing the birth of her friend's child. The first wish is granted by the maturing boyfriend (as the relationship develops), the second wish, may have been granted in the good dreams before death.
The climax heart-breaking moment for me comes at the moment when Tessa learns about her cancer spending and finds out about her boyfriend being off to college opening day. Poor girl is confronted with the threaten of death, as well as the (temporary)loss of her love on the same day. Fortunately for her although death is inevitable, the boyfriend does return in the end, takes good care of her for a few days and accompanies her till the last minute. This makes it a "happy ending" for a story which could have been more sad.
What I feel could be improved is the romance part. The boy's hesitation and struggle to stay in a relationship that is without much prospect, as real as it is, could have been fleshed out a bit more. All the way through it feels as if Tessa has been holding her boyfriend's hand along the love journey, and demanding the boyfriend to grow up. There's no much showing from the boyfriend's perspective - What prompts his growth? How did he handle with his inner good-evil fight? Definitely thumbs-up for the roles of Tessa and her father - splendid and convincing performance. Tessa's mum is also a highlight in this movie, I find her very impressive and her change in attitude towards Tessa very convincing. However I still couldn't understand why Tessa's mum is being so cold at the beginning - is sickie Tessa the reason why mum divorces dad? (They seem not to be living together any more).
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
A life-affirmative experience
Well right from the start I was expecting a lovely Sunday afternoon movie which was supposed to take off all my pressure with funny acting and witty lines. After two hours, however, it didn't turn out what I thought but I was able to walk away with even greater pleasure. It's neither a momentary sensation as in movies like 'Inception', nor does it mean to overhaul your whole ontology like in 'Matrix'. To solve your 'stress' problem, the movie prescribes you just the right amount of pleasure, plus a tint of thought for you to have your own reflection on your life recently. With so many things covered in this movie, I believe each of us can just shop around and pick out our own.Here is the most important thing I learnt from this movie.
Instead of being pushed along with commitments or 'what's supposed to be good for you', we'd be better off mastering our own life. And to achieve that, we ought to be truthful to ourselves what we want and what we like. We also need to have the courage to filter out things we don't have genuine interests in. With that mindset, we are ready to embrace our life with passion and live every moment.
Worst of the sequel
Warning: This is a movie with NO story plot in the strict sense.I know that a musical kind of movie features music and dance scenes but that does not make up for the lack of content.Now all I recall from this movie is a bunch of crazy graduates flooded with adrenaline rush and dancing their way into university. Only two story elements in this movie: 1.The struggling decision-making rhapsody for Troy and his annoying girlfriend. 2. Poor Sharpay betrayed by her personal assistant (and by bloody Troy couple again). I won't call them stories that need an entire movie to tell. They are just 'drama scenes'.Even some of the Gaga MTVs, egg. 'Telephone', are more fleshy in story details than this crap. And speaking of the characters in this movie....The Troy couple are eye candies but they lack in character and are not impressive at all. And I have to air grievance for Sharpay here: The East High crew treat her like sh*t. I didn't see her ever doing anything wrong in this movie, but the East High crew continued to make fun out of her, to the point of annoying me as an audience. Sometimes I just wanna cry out loud: 'Leave her alone! I wanna see more of Sharpay singing and dancing!'She is not a dumb blonde, for god's sake. She gets real talent and deserves all her effort in pursuing her actor dreams. However, she ends up being a clown. I was very much impressed with the first one in this sequel but the last two totally sicked me away.