The Theory of Everything

Unexpectedly, the movie is about people, and not a composition of notes on physics or cosmology. It is intended to portray Stephen Hawking’s personal life. I went to see the movie because of my interest in theoretical physics, and I walked out of the theater with puffy eyes.

Both male and female lead-actors deserve an Oscar nomination for their deep immersion in method-acting. Lee Strasberg would have been very proud. The female actress is shamelessly a piece of sugar on the screen.

Though there is enough conflict in the script to seed excitement and thrill, the director has moderated the conflict masterfully. An American version of the movie would be full of betrayal, malice, and fuss. This film however depicts the other side of the coin.

Tuyen

There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of our environment. We become aware of our environment at certain moments but we’re subconsciously liberated from it.

It was just another normal weekend. I had planned to go to a cabin to think about my next movie. In the last minute, Anna and her husband decided to join me. On the way to the cabin, I had this song in the back of my head that was endlessly repeating. Snake Eyes by The Milk Carton Kids. The repetition was so penetrating that I found myself disengaged at times. I was sailing through my own nagging thoughts.

We got to the cabin. The song was still stuck in my head. At some point during the night, Anna started sharing a personal story. I was still half engaged –until she tossed in a word that snatched my full attention. I immediately stopped her, grabbed my camera, zoomed in, and filmed her storytelling.

The short film you see below doesn’t portray what went on. What you see is merely an audiovisual depiction of the transition my mind went through –during the story. I was brought back to the environment by her story and I was curiously moved.

The word Tuyen entered my mind. I had never known anyone by that name.

Botox and Chanel No. 5

During the holiday season, I cleared out my backlog of books, articles, and films. Here are the quotes I found funny / clever:

— If a girl likes you, she won’t eat pizza in front of you
— Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains
— I don’t mean to be an asshole. It’s just genetic
— She’s a little heavy on the Botox and Chanel No. 5, but she’s nice
— Half of people have a penis but everyone is afraid to look at it
— I’ve been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking: I’ve come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains

Fiona

People, places, things, and I’m continuing to find people the most interesting of all, maybe because we’re all beautifully imperfect creatures. People are interesting mainly because of the untold stories. Everyone homes great stories that are different than others’.

Through a series of events, I came to know Fiona. Her intelligence portrays itself in form of her acquaintance to scientific mysteries, silence, and humor. She is selectively kind and exudes perfection, but you know there are untold stories around the innate waves and flares. She gives the impression that she is daughter of nobody, but there are maternal instincts and clues in her words and traits. She reflects sturdiness, and an enticing version of vulnerability –both at the same time.

I die to know about her untold stories, but they have to come on their own rhythm and tune to stay pure and personal…

Blue Valentine

I saw Blue Valentine, the movie, last night. It is pretty moving, and leaves you thinking for hours if not days. It reminds you of those moments of inner-defeat and profound sense of failure. It very well expresses not knowing what went wrong, why, and how a relationship gets to a point where everything becomes an unrequited question.

 The movie is not prescriptive. The acting is unbelievably real. There are no answers, you see the beginning of a relationship, witness parts of its progress, and you see the end not knowing what happened. Fill the gaps.

The man is a goofy and likeable romantic. The woman is ambitious and bitter out of her unfulfilled hopes for the future she had once planned. For the most part, the movie is an unsolicited greeting from the dark side of life but it truly touches everyone’s heart in that it reminds us of the fragility of relationships.

The story of Blue Valentine is frighteningly realistic in that it shows how fatal fractures can begin to sneak in within a relationship.