Monday, 25 April 2016

Obvious Child - Film review [Spoilers]

OBVIOUS CHILD (2014) - Movie Poster by Alex Kittle aka guiltycubicle on Etsy:

So, I have this thing that I do. I go to the library and just roam around the shelves. I then pick out random things that catch my eye - movies, books, comics, albums - and when the pile of things is significantly big (by this I mean that I cannot carry more stuff) I check them out and then, later regret it when I have too many things to utilize and not nearly enough time. But somehow, the cycle ALWAYS repeats itself. It's one of those quirks that drives my poor mother up the wall.

Today, I picked up a DVD called "Obvious Child" because I liked the cover design and found the title funny. I kid you not. I also have this hobby where I take out Rom-Com movies and see it. I then, tell my best friend (who is the biggest romantic I know) how bad it was. The hot male leads don't hurt either. The reason I'm writing an entire article about a movie that belongs to a genre I'm not too fond of? This movie surprised me.

Donna Stern is a stand up comedian who works in an indie bookstore. She jokes about her ridiculous sex life and her love life. She is the epitome of a modern women. She then finds out that her boyfriend has been sleeping with a very good friend of her and that he's now leaving Donna for her.

Donna is obviously devastated. She thought that this was the love of her life. Her father is sympathetic, her mother, not so much. Then after getting ridiculously drunk, Donna has a one night stand with a stranger she meets at the bar she does her stand up regularly. This guy, Max, is not exactly Donna's type. She thinks no more of the situation and believes that she'll never see him again.

Then, a few weeks later, Donna finds out that she's pregnant. She's absolutely sure that she's not ready to be a mother yet. So, she schedules an appointment for two weeks later to terminate her pregnancy. She doesn't tell her parents but is an emotional wreck over it. She then finds out that the bookstore is closing down and whilst she is helping with the packing, Max stumbles into the shop. 

Donna is awkward around him and brushes his advances off because she is reluctant to tell him that she is pregnant with his baby. But due to his persistence and Donna's frustration at her life, she goes out with him invites him over. But due to a really rude friend and Donna's reluctance to get involved with Max, she ends up hurting him and making him feel foolish.

Donna then realizes her mistake and then goes to her mother and tells her about her abortion plans. Her mother surprisingly, is very understanding and shares her own abortion story with Donna.

Donna then announces to Max that she is pregnant and that she doesn't want to keep the baby on her next stand up routine. Max, is shocked and storms out of the show. The next day, being Valentine's Day, Donna remarks at the irony of her situation to her friend who is accompanying her to the appointment. Max suddenly appears and asks to go with Donna instead. He supports her through he whole ordeal and then they go back home. The film closes on them watching Gone With the Wind on the couch with their hands entwined.

This movie was a romantic comedy. And trust me I have seen my share of movies where the female lead gets pregnant and then falls in love with the person who got her into the situation. Obvious Child is not like that. Most of the pregnancy-comedy movies don't even approach the topic of abortion, let alone make a movie about it. It is not even an option that the women might not be ready for the baby. Such is Planned Parenthood ostracized, even in Hollywood. 

This movie gave me hope, that it's okay to not want something you're not ready for. That a lot of women have abortions. That you're not a bad person because of it. My religion (like most religions) condemns abortion. But I never really had anything against the idea of Planned Parenthood. It's so much beneficial to women on the whole. It has opened up so many opportunities for us and gave us a new outlook on life. The fact that Donna goes through with the procedure without hesitation, is what makes this movie so amazing. She made her own decision and no one tries to dissuade her from it. Not even her possible love interest.

5/5

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Lois Lane: Fallout - Gwenda Bond



GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:


Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screen name, SmallvilleGuy.

My Review (Spoiler-free):

This book was lived up to every one of my expectations. Gwenda Bond definitely did justice to Lois Lane. I grew up in a society where women were judged and shamed, no matter what they were doing in life. No one was free from the stigma. A female news reporter was never pretty enough, or smart enough or had no business doing a serious job. Then, I came across Lois Lane, who was this amazing woman who answered to no man. She challenged Clark Kent and always got the story. She is phenomenal. 

Gwenda Bond's Fallout is told from the point of view of a teenage Lois Lane. She is smart, but not a genius. She is brave, no overly invested in drama and has a sensible approach to every matter. She is reckless, but not stupid and in the end, she saves the day (with a little help from Superman of course). The book tackles on bullying, crime, mind-control and technology at it's scariest.

The book also gives insight to the struggle Los has keeping her strict father pleased, but at the same time not compromising her own beliefs. It accurately captures how hard it is to grow up and not kow half the time what you're doing. The only problem in the book was how unrealistic it was that Lois got to skip so many classes without getting reprimanded or having her grades sunk. Fucking fairy tale.

You should definitely read this.

5/5

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Mid Term Playlist


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It's that dreaded time of the year again: mid terms. The time when your teachers take delight in taunting you about the daunting prospect of your grades. When your friends have mini breakdowns in the library over parabolas and history assignments (DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE HISTORY ASSIGNMENTS).

Remember Easter? Or Spring Break? Or the long break we just came from, if you live in Canada? It all seems so long ago. Now all we seem to do is moan about how much we hate our teachers or the homework we didn't do.

Well, as one over-worked high school student to another, I have something that might help. Below is a list of songs that soothe me down when I really cannot afford to freak out. It's okay if you don't like my music. Just don't trash talk it. But...if it does work out, then the universe will have one less stressed out soul. Oh and guys, try and remember, grades are important, but they're not the end of the world. So whatever happens, let it wash over you. Don't fret too much.

THE PLAYLIST:

1. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

2.Smile - Mikky Ekko

3. Wonderwall - Oasis

4. Anna Sun - Walk The Moon

5. Colors - Halsey

6. Ghost - Halsey

7. 1957 - Milo Greene

8. Ophelia - The Lumineers

9. Safe and Sound - Taylor Swift

10. I Can't Make You Love Me - Patti Smith

11. If I Die Young - The Band Perry

12. If I Lose Myself - One Republic

13. I Lived - One Republic

14. Wings - Little Mix

15. Demons - Imagine Dragons

16. If This Was A Movie - Taylor Swift

17. Photograph - Ed Sheeran

18. Organs - Of Monsters and Men

19. Brave - Sarah Bareilles

20. Hold Me Down - Halsey

Sunday, 10 April 2016

The One year landmark

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Today's the day! TABIT is FINALLY, a year old. And as I write this, I am both euphoric and ridiculously nostalgic. What started out as joke has turned into something semi-serious.

I never really was good with an audience, so it was really surprising how widespread this blog's reach was; and to be honest a bit exhilarating.

This blog helps me focus, when I have no idea what to write. It helps me voice my opinions and it gives me a medium to stand up for what I believe in. And it may sound corny (trust me, I'm barfing up in my mind palace) but it's pretty much true.

So, now that we've hit the big milestone (and I hope to God it doesn't end here) it's time we moved forward.

This Blogoversary, I pledge (it's a one year mark, it HAS to be corny) to continue to improve my shitty writing and to never to censor my opinions; because the day we start censoring the truth without being forced to, is the day the apocalypse is upon us. We live in a shitty world, there's no sugarcoating that. People need to know what's real and what's not. It's their basic right. It's OUR basic right.

So please, say whatever you want and stand up for yourself. Because if you don't do that, you will end up regretting your whole life. And how long are we going to live? We might all die tomorrow. Morbid as it is, our lives are painfully short; and it's time we realized that.

So here's to us making it to a whole year and a hope that we might make it to the next.

Love,
Zoe Summers

And you wonder why we're so defensive.

Interview with an Artist - Pakhee Jha

I was introduced to Pakhee Jha a year ago by Foram. She messaged me this absolutely stunning portrait of Arya and Firnen from Eragon. It was so intricately done, I knew that I had to talk to this amazing person who managed to make Arya look...maternal, for lack of a better word. I then went on a delightful spree of exploring her other works all so conveniently on the Internet. I then began an interview with Pakhee - who in addition to having an excellent taste in music, also has an amazing taste in books - which spanned out for a year due to my genius in the art of procrastination. The interview which is finally concluded is a first in a series of interview (which will hopefully not take me a year) with artists of all creed. Now I'll shut up and let you read into the life of Pakhee Jha. 

THE INTERVIEW:

Q: I don't really know you all that well, so if you had to do a brief introduction how would you do it?

A: I'm a 15 year old short girl, who also happens to be a ninja who is devoted to Green Day for life. I got Sirius Black back from the Underworld, and all I do is draw. That's basic.

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The Marauders - Pakhee Jha

Q.  From your artwork, it is obvious that you are influenced by books a lot. Harry Potter in particular. Can you tell us what moved you the most from the saga?

A.Sirius. Sirius Black


Q. Can you tell me a bit more on that?

A. Sure. Well see, Sirius and I have the same personality and that is one of the many reasons why I love him so much. In fact, he's someone I love the most after my family.

Q. Uh uh. I get you. Sirius Black has got to be the most amazing character written by J.K. Rowling. The way he kept himself sane for years in Azkaban and then dedicates his whole life to protecting his godson. And then he gets killed by the woman who's probably the most hated villain after Umbridge. Have you ever thought of drawing Bellatrix?


A. No.
I don't draw stuff that radiates pain and sorrow.
And, people love her. She's one of the most beloved villain (in the Harry Potter universe). Although, I HAVE written her name on pieces of paper and then ripped them up in the worst possible manner. Unfortunately, I can't really harm her because she's already dead.

Arya and Firnen - Pakhee Jha

Q: Let's talk about this. Did you always see Arya as dark haired? Any particular reason?

A. Well, I always saw Arya with jet black hair. as for the reason, well, she DOES have black hair for one, and apart from that I love black hair and I would probably see the most beautiful woman (and Arya is beautiful alright) with straight, long jet black hair.


Q. I agree, there is something extremely otherworldly-like  beautiful about black hair. Do you draw most of your subjects with black hair?


A. Well, no


It depends on what kind of a look a want them to have

Q. Like?

A. Like, a haughty or a cool look.

Inspired by myself, actually. Straight black hair falling around my face like an unkempt curtain gives a pretty cool/cocky look. But then that also suits only certain kinds of personalities
If I am going to  draw someone with a more innocent look, I'll go for lighter hair
Although if you look at people around you, then the black hair doesn't give them the kind of look I described at all; its perfectly normal.

Q. I know what you mean. I mean, I have black hair and I never manage to look cool or cocky. Do you think that the hair details are what define the outcome of the subject?

A. No, not really


Q. Then what do you think does? Any specific detail?

A. Facial expression and body language. Hair just kind of.... Changes the aura of the person.

Q. That's an interesting opinion. What facial expression do you enjoy drawing the most?

A. Arrogant and confident. AAHAHAHA

Q. Spoken like a badass heroine. And now let's talk about one of my favourites from your work. Is that James Potter?

Pakhee Jha

A. Holy moly, that's not James, that's not James at all!! It is not a particular person, even. Its just a man, slightly polished from the outside, although really he's nothing. Because, you know, you can polish and decorate a rock, but that doesn't change the fact that its really just a rock. You know what I mean?

Q. I guess. But it is still very beautiful. Let's talk about you now. I know for a fact, that you LOVE Green Day; and not that I need a reason (me being a fan myself) but is there a reason why?

A. Well there are plenty of reasons:

A) Their music rocks. ROCKS. And they're a punk band. Punk is pretty much the most liberal form of music, and I'm all about doing my own thing my own way, so I guess that kinda gets to me about their music
B) They're amazing people. They're amazingly original and they're not afraid of anyone. I love them.
C) I AM a punk. As in, not an emo or anything. I don't wear tattered clothes, I don't dye my hair and I hate make up. But those things are NOT what make you a punk; that's just a jazzy get up. You know you're a punk when you're not afraid of expressing your opinions and living your life completely your way. Green Day are those kind of honest, hardcore people. So yeah.

Q. I really like how you described that. A lo of people just go for the get up andd forget what being that kind of a person really is about. There is nothing like Punk music in the world. Is there a personal favourite fan art from your collection?


A. I'd say its the half portrait of Billie Joe's face

We framed that and hung it on a huge wall

Half-Portrait of Billie Joe Armstrong - Pakhee Jha

Q. I'd say that is one of your best works. Are there any other Punk bands you like?

A. Hell yeah. Apart from Green Day, although they're not particularly punk but I'll say Arctic Monkeys. My Chemical Romance is okay I guess, but Nirvana is absolutely AWESOME. The Beatles are heavenly.

Q. Good taste. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

A. 5 years from now, I'll be a badass young lady going to a really amazing art university. AND I'll be taller. At least 5'5 or so. And my art would have gotten crazy good (I hope). And I'll ride horses.

I could say a LOT about what's gonna happen 5 years from now. I'll just say that I hope it's going to be great.

Q. That's a nice way of looking at it. Your art is already crazy good, but I can't wait for it to get even better. Do you have a dream gallery? Where you would like to one day exhibit your art?


A. Weeell, no. I don't even know what I want as a career. Of COURSE its going to be within art, but then, I can take up any stream of art as a career (except for architecture). So I could end up in animation instead of fine arts, you know? And perhaps exhibit my art in very good random galleries. And in Billie Joe's house.


Q. I suppose that's reasonable. Who knows, one day your work might be hanging inside Billie Joe's personal residence. Pakhee, it's been so nice doing this. Thank you so much for doing this with TABIT and for bearing with it being dragged out for a year.


A. And who knows, maybe, hopefully, Billie Joe Armstrong WILL buy a painting of mine and put it up on a nice wall in his house. We'll see. And you're welcome, I enjoyed doing this too.


You can keep in touch with Pakhee's work by following her Google Plus page, which is:
 https://plus.google.com/u/0/104104965067950912685

Photo: Eragon and Brom.. i completely destroyed the clouds >_> 
Eragon and Brom - Pakhee Jha