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Sometimes I wish we could just pretend,
Even if for only one weekend
So come on, tell me,
Is this the end.
    (Lily Allen)

It is way too idealistic to believe that beautiful things last forever. No, they don’t. Something that’s beautiful, like fireworks, or sky-writing, isn’t meant to last forever, but just long enough for people appreciate. Everything is like a fireflies, which glow and dim.

Sometimes I find myself sitting back and reminiscing,
Especially when I have to watch other people kissing.
                            (Lily Allen)

We all want to go back to a time when ‘everything is great’, when we were happier. However, the happier time we had, the sadder it is to reminisce. Being nostalgic about the past, surely prevents one to move on, by sending him/ her to his/ her imagination-land, leaving him/ her to chase the ‘shadow’.

Some people handle love and never try
I can almost fly with your wings to set me high.
                                             (Daoko)

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Today’s review is on Woody Allen’s ‘Match Point’ (2005). If you have watched ‘Midnight in Paris’ before, you are probably not new to Woody Allen. He has been a great director, and I must say I enjoy most of his work.

The film begins with the protagonist Chris Wilton, a recently retired tennis professional, is hired as a tennis coach at a post club in London. One day, he meets up a wealthy lad as a pupil, Tom Hewett, and their friendship grows. Tom introduces his sister, Chloe, to Chris, and the two begin dating. However, Chris seems to like Tom’s fiancee, Nola. Then the story mainly deals with the relationships between Chris, Nola, and Chloe.

There are two notable themes in the film that I would like to describe. The first is social class. Chris and Nola come from similar social background, and that is the main reason why, in my opinion, that they have mutual love. When Chris is introduced by Tom to his rich family, Chris tries to act like the posh class; while Nola doesn’t quite care about how she acts in front of Tom’s family, focusing on pursuing her dream. The two marriages in the film have nothing to do with Nola. Chris is ‘bought’ by Chloe’s dad to the rich family, so that he can climb up to his greasy post. When meeting Nola after the marriage, Chris appears to have got used to the life in upper class, and he takes the role of the previous Tom, taking Nola as a sex partner, asking her to abort the baby when she is found pregnant. Also, at the end of the film, after committing the crime, Chris manages to escapes from being arrested, by putting the responsibilities to the drug addict, who belongs to the lowest social class…. and it is mainly due to the careless investigation by the police.

The second theme I think is significant is ‘Crime and Punishment’. Can a murderer completely get away from what he does? In the monologue scene, Chris says that he is not scared about getting arrested, he would even be pleased about being arrested for what he does because it would show justice. At the last scene, when his family is celebrating, he looks out from the window, realising that he cannot psychologically get away from what he does. Compared Chris’s circumstances to a tennis/ table-tennis match, Chris wins from the police, but loses himself.

Generally, this film has a smooth plot, with some good depth. If you like Woody Allen’s style, I would recommend this film to you. If you have never heard of Woody Allen but you like crime films with a bit of depth, this would be a good film for you.

 

There are many people out there saying ‘Romance films are boring, non-sense, and only lead to your “Final Fantasy”‘ People who think like this are too naïve, and haven’t lived long enough to see the reality of the world.

You have to have enough experience in the world, e.g. being tricked/ friendzoned  by the girl you like, before you truly admire a ‘romance’ work. A romance work, is a world where a man and woman can love each other freely, neglecting the limitation of the reality: If you two like each other, you can be together; if you fancy a couple of birds, you can work on those simultaneously and see which one work out the best; if you two just have physical needs, you can be friends with benefits. Yes it’s unrealistic, but why do you not think about it this way: Can the reality in which we live in, give us the happiness that we can obtain from those romance story? In the world of romance, it is not like ‘there is no negativity like hates, jealousy and the ugliness of human being’, it is just that every character can express themselves honestly, expressing the full love or hate, unlike in the real world, everyone lives within his hoods, hiding his real thoughts, escaping from the social network.

Fantasy exists in everyone’s heart, romance work is not place for you to escape from the real world, but a place to let you feel the happiness that the real world cannot give you. So, romance will teach you something wrong about the real world? Then, detective stories will teach you to commit crime, right? ‘Hunger Games’ teaches you to be selfish? If you don’t have self-control, you will probably learn to abuse animals after watching Pokémon. Listening to people who are against the genre of Romance, I have absolutely No Comment.

Consistent Relationship

Relationship builds on trust. Without trust, a relationship can probably never grow well. It’s like growing a plant, you have to sometimes water it and take care of it, but sometimes you should leave some space for it to grow.

Relationship is an interesting, yet a wee little bit tricky when it comes to how you handle it. Couples in love of course want to see each other as many as possible (theoretically), despite the fact that individually, they still need their own space. However, seeing each other too much is probably also a risk. How? It MIGHT increase the chance of couples getting tired of each other before anything better can happen. So, what’s right to do? I guess, just set a time or two every week for meeting, just the couples themselves, to maintain the consistency of the relationship. The other time depends on context, depends on what the other one wants to do. It’s unfair to take up people’s time which is supposed to be spent as their own wish.

So, couples not spending every second together makes perfect sense honestly. This is where the tricky part is, TRUST. Andreas Capellanus (12th Century) wrote that ‘the lover is always fear that his love may not gain its desire. He fears anything that might harm it anyway.’ You have to trust that she is not doing anything to harm the relationship  that would completely ruin your mind if it happens. She’s not a property, but a partner rather. So it is the most terrible act if you control her everyday life. Imagine if you are treated that way, you wouldn’t be happy. This is how a relationship can be fun, with TRUST playing a part in it. It would be a great pleasure if you know you are trusting what is worth trusting.

Well, maybe enough for now. Why haven’t I updated for a while? I don’t know 😀 All I’m gonna say is, building a relationship is like building a bridge between two islands. Now the project begins, and you have to communicate with each other, to make the project works, to connect you two, just like the title of the song ‘vi to er smeltet sammen’ (Okay, maybe a bit cheesy but it means ‘the two of us melt into one’) Ahhh talking about this, the film ‘500 Days of Summer’ comes to mind. Good luck to all of us!

Being taken over by The Fear

Lily Allen’s The Fear can probably be crowned The National Anthem of the 21st Century.

‘I want to be rich and I want lots of money
I don’t care about clever I don’t care about funny
I want loads of clothes and fuckloads of diamonds
I heard people die while they are trying to find them’

These opening lines cannot be more real. People nowadays don’t give a crap about anything other than money. It’s easy to say we shouldn’t be too materialistic, but it’s hard to put this principle into life. At the end of the day, money means power, and it gives you a very comfortable life. It’s difficult, if not impossible, not to be engulfed by the greed inside us. Again, at the end of the day, ‘I’m not a saint but I’m not a sinner’.

‘And I’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless
‘Cause everyone knows that’s how you get famous.’

This is exactly the view of the majority people I believe. We don’t seem to care how we get money, we don’t care about whether it’s ethic to do something in exchange of fame, glory, and eventually money. Is it the correct mindset? I don’t know. Living in a corrupted world, I don’t know what is real, and what I meant to feel anymore.

And here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25QrnxD-NB4 you get to hear the great national anthem of the 21 century.


I do admire Lily Allen’s ability to write lyrics in a very very poetic form (at least to me it is so poetic). But the most important thing, is I think she does write people’s heart. I personally think, she did write a lot that reflects my life. The Fear is one of them, The Littlest Things… ehm… I may probably have encountered something similar.

Well, listening to Lily Allen’s at least gives me some comfort, so I know there are people outside who could still see the truth.

‘Sometimes I find myself sittin’ back and reminiscing,
especially when I have to watch other people kissin
Sometimes I wish we could just pretend
Even if only for one weekend
So come on, Tell me
Is this the end?
I was so lost back then
But with a little help from my friends
I found the light in the tunnel at the end’

The Real Artist

Yesterday, a friend of mine and I were talking about music. Speaking about music, we discussed about how music (trend of music) changes from time to time.

The change of music nowadays is likely to be caused by the change of tastes of audiences. Pop music is the kind of music that the producers try to ‘sell’ to the audience to make profits, and that’s what I call ‘commercial music’. From the pop songs in different periods of time, we can more or less get the taste of the audience at that time. In my opinion, there are 2 types of music producers: One takes music production as a pure product or as a money-making tool; while the second one is more artistic, that the music producers bring their own music to the audiences, regardless of what the majority of people may like. I think the term of ‘artist’ should only refer to the second type of music producers, as the first type is more of business people. Well, there are some singers who begin as true artists, but then change to the money-making ‘artists’, as the fame they get drives them to be greedy for money, as they know they can be really rich.

The first example I can come up with, is Taylor Swift. First of all, it’s just my opinion, you can always disagree with me. I think the old Taylor Swift is quite a real artist that she creates her own songs, in which the lyrics seem to be pretty real, as in songs like ‘Mean’ and ‘Love Story’. Art and literature come from human life, so I would really think that her work was really great at that time. However, her album ‘1989’ changed my thoughts about her. I think the songs in ‘1989’ lack the qualities of her previous work, as they seemed to me that they were produced purely to suit the taste of nowadays audiences. As I read the comment ‘I miss the Old Taylor Swift’ on Youtube, I could not agree more, although I can’t deny her success as she’s one of the highest paid singers in the world.

The second example I could think of is Zara Larsson. You may not have heard of her, but she was the winner of Sweden’s Got Talent in 2008. She is not a song writer, but she is a good singer. I thought (when I saw her performance in Sweden’s Got Talent) that she could be another Mariah Carey, I mean, really that good. However, She changed her way of singing to some pop singers. I’m not saying I don’t like pop music, but I think artists should keep going on what they are good at, and not blindly following what the trend is going.

There are, nonetheless, some singers who I admire because they really perform themselves in front of the public.

The first one is Lily Allen. When the first time I heard her song ‘Fuck You’, I thought this lady was either a crazy one, or a very honest one. The more I knew about her and the more of her songs I heard, I started to like her more. Most of her songs are so realistic, and if you look at her personal life as well, you’ll even see the connection between her life and her songs. This is what I like from a singer/ artist, writing songs with her heart. This, I think, is the best way, to produce the best, the most touching, the most meaningful music of the human kind.

Jackie Evancho is, on the other hand, a singer but not a song writer, whom I admire. It is so obvious that, singing opera is her field. I would dare to say that she is a bright star in the opera career if she keeps doing what she’s good at, and not being affected by what most people like. Opera seems to be less popular nowadays than it was before, so it would be hard for her not to be tempted to sing other kind of songs. May be it would work, no one knows, but I think if she’s good at doing opera, why give it up?

Well, the above is just my opinion, you can always disagree.

‘The Littlest Things’

Probably Spring is the season of many friendzones happening, as I saw from the examples from my friends. Lily Allen’s ‘The Littlest Things’ popped up to my mind after being involved in the SAD STORIES. Yea, this is a break-up song, but can also be seen as a friendzone song.

‘The littlest things that take me there
I know it sounds lame but its so true
I know its not right, but it seems unfair
The things are reminding me of you’

The Littlest things? Aye, they could be little, but somehow powerful, that can drive you crazy, and it is unfair, that those memories remind me of the special ‘you’.

‘Sometimes I wish we could just pretend
Even if only for one weekend
So come on, Tell me
Is this the end?’

This is a very realistic bit, as you can call it the END, when you think ‘Oh I wish we could just pretend’, because you know it will never ever happen.

This is a song, that reminds us to be realists. There are two types of people in the world, romantic cheeseballs, and realists. Well, it is so idealistic to think that a relationship will last forever. It is not the case: this song reminds us that, no matter how close you can be with your one, there is still a chance for one person to change her (or his) mind, and dump you into the sea. No matter how flirtatious she was, no matter what she says, most ‘promises’ are never kept. Even if a couple really stays till they are so old, there must be one that ‘goes’ first, and the other will can only be ‘sitting back and reminiscing’. How dreadful is that? We come to the world alone, and probably leave it the same way. Keep this idea in mind, and in this way, you’ll feel less pain, when you get noticed that ‘your one’ (as you call) finds her one (who is not you) and keeps mentioning about ‘her one’ in front of you with the most cheerful face.

LOL NEVER MENTION ABOUT YOUR DATE IN FRONT OF THE PEOPLE WHO YOU THINK MAY LIKE YOU, AS THEY WILL FEEL THE INSANITY OF SADNESS!

The more I listen to ‘Somebody Told Me’, the more I believe that The Killers have been friend-zoned before. Or else, how can they write about songs which are that realistic to the guys being friendzoned? Arts comes from experiences in life, how can they write lines like ‘Somebody told me, you have a boyfriend, who looks like a girlfriend, that I had in February…’ ? Those lines can pound the heart of people who get friendzoned as they are just so so real!

Although ‘Mr Brightside’ should have no relations to ‘Somebody Told Me’, I see it as a sequel of ‘Somebody Told Me’. After the jealousy you get when ‘Somebody Told Me, you have a boyfriend….’, then you have ‘Jealousy, turning saints into the sea’ as ‘She is touching his chest’ and ‘he takes of her dress now’….

‘It’s not fair, and I think you’re mean, I think you’re really mean, I think you’re really mean.
It’s not fair, and it’s really not okay, it’s really not okay, it’s really not okay.’ —> Guess whose song is this?

Here are the two friendzone-pounders:


Enjoy! Bon appetite!