Monthly Archives: September 2011

500 Days of Summer

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I first heard the title from a high school friend and my first impression was, “Oh, just another cheesy, tear-jerking romance story.” But then a friend told me about this movie the other day–in a very enthusiastic way and was on the verge of crying as she narrated the synopsis. I almost decided to just let it pass since the movie is supposed to be sad, but then she added, “Hindi yun drama ah. Comedy nga eh.”

So she gave me a copy of the movie and I decided to watch it out of boredom. *Note: Nami-chan’s favorite combination of genre—comedy plus romance*

At the beginning of the movie, the narrator can be heard announcing an important note:

*after a series of sepia-toned pictures and videos that give out an air of nostalgia*

“This is a story of boy-meets-girl…

But you should know upfront, that this is not a romance story.”

It was a clever move to catch the attention of the viewer: it will get you wondering, if it isn’t a romance story then what is it? Summer is the name of the girl, and the story is narrated from the point-of-view of the boy, so what else can it be than a romance story?

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30 minutes.. One hour.. One and a half hour into the movie. It was all a series of ordinary events (in a non-chronological order, I must add) that happens in a relationship. *Note: Summer looks like Katy Perry*

I’m not gonna elaborate on the story because there really is nothing special about it. It’s just a nice, light-hearted romantic comedy. However, the last ten minutes of the movie is genius. Finally, an exposition of what the movie really is all about: moving on.

The movie ended as I chuckled at the twist in the end; and tears rolled down as the credits started rolling up.

Genius. Really, that’s just what it is. 🙂

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My favorite lines:

Summer: *after breaking Tom’s heart* Tom! Don’t go! We’re still best friends~!

Tom to Summer: You never wanted to be anybody’s girlfriend and now you’re somebody’s wife. *laughs bitterly*

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Summer: It just happened. I just woke up one day and I knew.

Tom: Knew what?

Summer: …What I was never sure of with you.

Tom: *tears up*

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Girl: I think I’ve seen you before… Do you ever go to Angelo’s Plaza?

Tom: Yes! That’s like, my favorite spot!

Girl: Yeah, yeah! I think I’ve seen you there.

Tom: Really? I’ve never seen you.

Girl: You mustn’t have been looking.

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Narrator: Coincidence. That’s all anything ever is. Nothing more than coincidence. There are no miracles. There’s no such thing as fate. Nothing is meant to be.

*Whoops! Gotta go! I’m gonna be late for school! again* XD
Ta ta!

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Let’s Draw~!

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I got a sketchpad for my birthday, right? And I’ve been itching to write and draw at the same time. So, what’s the best thing to do to accomplish both? Draw my own manga, of course!

I’ve been drawing comics since high school, but for some reason, I always lose ’em. (Some random person would borrow the notebooks then they wouldn’t give them back. And since they passed through different hands, I could no longer recall who last had them.)

So, I decided I’d just take pictures of them and post them online! (So I can never lose them.) I don’t have a scanner though, but that’s a good thing. With such poor quality of pictures it wouldn’t be easy to steal my works. (As if anyone would even try. hehe.) 🙂

Step 1: Draw on the sketchpad and take a picture of it. (Lol, you can still see the rough sketch in the background) I didn’t finish it since it’s just for trial anyway.

Step 2: Type in the dialogue/narration boxes. (I used to do it manually and it was a whole lot harder.)

Step 3: Create the speech bubbles. (I did a minor adjustment in the contrast and brightness. Whoops, I made it too sharp!)

Step 4: Do a little more editing. That’s more like it! 🙂

Tadaa! Forgive me for the cheesy emo theme. I couldn’t think of anything to write about then. ^^;;

So I guess that’s that.

Maybe I can pull this off. Maybe. 🙂