Baby Driver

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Director: Edgar Wright

Screenplay: Edgar Wright

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm,
Jon Bernthal

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Rating: R-13

Running Time: 113 minutes (1 hr & 52 min)

Release Date: June 28, 2017 (USA)

Synopsis: Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

 

My Review

To be honest, I wasn’t really planning on seeing this movie on the big screen despite the numerous positive reviews I’ve read on the internet. Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a score of 95% and labelled it as ‘Certified Fresh’. IMDb gave it a 8.2/10 while Metacritic gave it a rating of 86%.

The first reason why I decided to skip this one out once it hit theaters in my country is because I’m kinda short. I’m an eighteen year old girl who basically threw all my money on Wonder Woman movie tickets, Wonder Woman shirt, SpiderMan Homecoming movie ticket, art materials, fandom stickers and merch and Papemelroti products during the first half of my summer and now I’m left with little amount of cash. Second, I’m not really a big fan of the ‘crime‘ movie genre and would rather save up for movies like ‘Justice League’ this coming November. But hey, I won three movie invites to Jack TV’s Special Screening of Baby Driver and who couldn’t say no to that?

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Spiderman: Homecoming

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Director: Jon Watts

Screenplay: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris
McKenna, Erik Sommers

Story By: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley

Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jon
Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 133 minutes (2hr 13 min)

Studio: Marvel Studios

Release Date: July 7, 2017

Based on: Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Synopsis: Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges.

 

My Review

We first saw Tom Holland as Peter Parker A.K.A. your friendly neighborhood Spider Man on last year’s Captain America Civil War and since his debut in the said film, everyone is psyched to see more of Tom Holland play this iconic character and now, a solo movie about the web-slinger hit theaters last July 6 and  it’s already making headlines everywhere.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Raibow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Rating: 4/5

My Review

Sometimes I wonder if Rainbow Rowell was watching me and decided to turn my life into a novel, thus creating Fangirl. From the title itself, I already knew that this book is made for me and even before I had it, I knew that this book will be one of favorite contemporary young adult novels.

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Wonder Woman (2017)

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Director: Patty Jenkins

Screenplay: Allan Heidberg

Story by: Zack Snyder

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Connie
Nielsen, Elena Anaya

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hr & 21 min.

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: June 2, 2017

Based on: Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston

Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny

 

My Review

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Can this be the only thing I write for this review? Because it truly is. The DC Extended Universe or DCEU has been receiving a lot of negative reviews from viewers especially DCEU’s last release on August 2016, Suicide Squad. Batman V Superman is a very anticipated movie but even the excitement of DC fans didn’t save the movie from critics, given a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But Wonder Woman really brought the DCEU into a higher level receiving a lot of positive reviews from movie critics and people around the world.

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Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

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Title: Anatomy of a Misfit

Author: Andrea Portes

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: September 1, 2014

Publisher: Harper Children’s

Synopsis: Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Rating: 4.7/5

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Songs from Riverdale (Ep 1 & 2)

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Riverdale’s soundtrack gives me eargasm!

I recently downloaded songs from the series’ episodes 1 & 2 and it’s already on repeat for three consecutive days. (And those are just songs from ep 1 & 2, imagine the whole season)

Here are my top ten favorite songs from the two episodes:

  1. No Stranger by Small Black (Ep. 1)Scene: When Archie went to Pop’s to go find Betty but found Jughead  instead. Archie approaches Jughead and asks him if he could sit with him to which Jughead replies, “If you want”. The two talks about Jughead’s novel about the summer that had just passed and about the death of Jason Blossom, their conversation then transitions to Archie asking if Jason Blossom even lived his life to the fullest; if he even knows what he was doing to Jughead giving Archie advice to clear things off with Betty.

Thoughts: This is song just pure amazing…hands down. Listening to this song lifts my soul, (I don’t why, though).

2. Sa Riera by T.R.O. (Ep. 2)
Scene: When Archie and Veronica are walking home from Pop’s. The two discusses how they both ruined their friendship with Betty. Archie then tells Veronica how Betty tutored him when they were in second grade so that he wouldn’t be left a grade behind and that when he passed, he kissed Betty and  proposed to her.

Thoughts: Can I just say that this song fits the scene perfectly? Plus the song itself is soothing and calmin.

3. Trouble by Cage the Elephant (Ep. 2)
Scene: Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica hanging out at Pop’s with Jughead’s voice over telling them how they looked like normal kids at that booth as Pop’s bright neon lights keeps the darkness at bay. The scene transitions to Archie going to Principal Weatherbee’s office to tell him about what he knows about what happened at July 4th but didn’t have the chance to. Principal Weatherbee and Sheriff Keller leaves the office to go to the Science room for Cheryl. Cheryl then confesses that she’s guilty about Jason’s case in front of her classmates, the two adults then takes her in and we hear Jughead’s voice over telling that the autopsy revealed that Jason didn’t die on July 4th but on July 11th.

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Thoughts on Riverdale

I don’t fully remember reading Archie comics back then, all I’ve got are bits and pieces of my memories  from my childhood. Archie comics debuted back in 1939 and is still popular until today. During the early 2000’s, my cousins, who were teenagers that time are obsessed with the comics and I, as a four-year old child would enjoy conversations with them about Archie comics even though I don’t really understand half of what’s happening in the comics. I would just enjoy looking at the pictures and one things for sure, I am in love with the characters  Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge.

Anyway, I’m not here to reminisce about my childhood and how I barely remember reading (or looking) at Archie comics. I am here to discuss about the awesome new show based on the Archie comics’ characters, Riverdale.

Warning: May contain spoilers to those who haven’t watched Riverdale yet…and major feels and fangirling that caused this blog post to be somewhat informal (?)

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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Director: David Yates

Screenplay: J.K. Rowling

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Don Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller,
Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo Ron Perlman, Colin Farrell

Genre: Fantasy, Action

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 133 minutes

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: November 18, 2016

Based on: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Synopsis: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

My Review

Potterheads around the globe rejoiced when news spread out that an extension to the Harry Potter Universe was on the works and when it finally premiered last November 2016, excitement filled every blood of die-hard Harry Potter fans (including me) for we have survived five years of Harry Potter movie deprivation.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is the debut screenplay for J.K. Rowling. The movie is not based on any major novel and it does not revolve around our golden boy; the boy who lived, Harry Potter. Instead, this movie focuses on Newt Scamander, a  well renowned magizoologist and author.

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Today Was A Fairytale (Dramione Song Fic)

Today was a fairytale, you were the prince
I used to be a damsel in distress
You took me by the hand, and you picked me up at six
Today was a fairytale, today was a fairytale

Hermione thought it was going to be a wonderful night. Nearly Perfect perhaps. She was all glamoured up for the ball. The second she walked down the stairs all heads turned to her. She felt her cheeks burn but ignored it. Pansy gave her an unbelievable look and just smirked at her and she swear to the Gods, she saw the famous git, Draco Malfoy mouthed ‘Wow’ at her appearance. She didn’t even gave up any second to stop in front of the famous Slytherin couple, say witty words at them and throw them insults because just below the stairs her date, Viktor Krum waited for her. Viktor held out his hand and Hermione took it and the next thing she knew everyone knew her as Hermione Granger, Viktor Krum’s date.

Today was a fairytale, I wore a dress
You wore a dark gray t-shirt
You told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess
Today was a fairytale

She was wearing a periwinkle blue dress that fell to the floor, her hair was in an elegant knot behind her head and her date for the night is none other than the famous Bulgarian International seeker, Viktor Krum who seems dreamy in his suit. And Hermione thought those wonderful moments would last until the ball is over but her expectations failed her. After she danced with Viktor Krum, she barely spent any time with him. A group of giggling girls would always surround them—well Viktor, and entertain him. Hermione couldn’t stand the crow, so she got herself out of the circle of his date’s fangirls and just decided to sit down, and before she knew it Viktor already forgot that he had her as a date. He was so pre occupied with the attention he was getting that he forget about Hermione. Poor Hermione.

“Having fun are we Granger?” A familiar voice said to her. She looked up and saw Malfoy. She rolled her eyes and crossed her arms on her chest.

“Oh it’s you” She said. Hermione, from the corner of her eyes saw Draco smirking at Viktor and his fangirls. “What are you doing here anyway?” she snapped “You here to make fun of me because I thought I was going to have a decent night with Viktor Krum but it all backfired? Well you’ve got your wish all right.”

Draco was stunned at what Hermione said and was about to open his mouth to answer but Hermione cut him off.

“I am so foolish! Ugh! Stupid me!” she half whispered half yelled and face palmed herself. Draco heard what she said and was surprised, Hermione thought she was a fool? He would never think of her that way. He just kept staring down at her and felt pity for her. A girl who had an effort to look extra pretty for a special night doesn’t deserve to be treated like this. Next thing he knew he sat there with her, none of them spoke for a few moments until Draco broke the curse.

“If it helps, my date ditched me too” Draco blurted out.

Hermione looked at him with her eyebrows furrowed. He doesn’t know why but seeing Hermione all dressed up face to face, in front of him, a few inches away, wants to make his stomach do back flips and cartwheels. Not just that but staring at her warm hazelnut eyes made him melt, made him warm all of a sudden.

“What?” she asked

Draco snapped out of his thoughts and tried his best to get back to reality.. “L–look..” Draco said with his voice a little shaky pointing at Viktor Krum and his swarming group of girls. He cleared his throat, “Look closely, see that girl getting all snuggled up with Viktor Krum?” Draco asked and Hermione.

Hermione tilted her head and her eyes grew wide and her jaw dropped. It was Pansy. Pansy Parkinson clinging to Viktor Krum’s arms. She let out a snicker and smirk while shaking her head.

“Well would you look at that…” she started “Our dates ditched us for each other”

“Yeah. Yeah they did” Draco replied.

 

Time slows down whenever you’re around
But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there 

 

Time passed by and the two of them haven’t move from their spot. They just sat there with Draco drinking whiskey while Hermione just took little sips of her beverage. They had small talks and pause at first but then soon exchanged conversations and would even laugh at each others sharing of a ridiculous story.

“Really?” Hermione half laughed and asked “Pansy really puts a spell—a glamour spell just to…to look like a Goddess?”

Draco chuckled while nodding “To tell you the truth, even with a glamour spell she still looks like a retarded girl” he said and Hermione even laughed harder at that. He smiled. He liked it. He love seeing Hermione laugh instead of sulking in the corner of the room.

“So why date her then?” Hermione asked

Draco froze. He opened his mouth then closed it again without even saying a word. He was struggling to find the right answers to come out from his mouth but none came. ‘Why did he?’  He asked himself.

“I–I don’t know” was all that came out from his mouth.

“What?” Hermione asked “Is that even possible?” she added and Draco just shrugged.

To tell you the truth, he doesn’t even know why he was attracted at Pansy—was he even attracted to her? Yes. Yes of course he admired her, some of her attitudes. And maybe their parents influences contributed on why he started dating Pansy.

“You’re unbelievable Draco Malfoy. Unbelievable” Hermione said and took a sip from her whiskey. He doesn’t know why but talking with Hermione seems more heart warming than hanging out with Pansy and his friends. Which gave him a thought, where was his friends?

‘Huh, they didn’t even notice me’ he thought. ‘Pansy was with Mr. Seeker over there, Blaise was probably flirting with a girl—or they’re probably in bed by now, Crabbe and Goyle, well they seem to be enjoying their selves with other girls at the dance floor.’

Hermione noticed Draco became quiet all of a sudden. She studied him and saw that he was looking at the dance floor where almost everyone is.

Oh No! He’s not thinking of—Oh this will just cause a commotion’ she thought. She looked at the direction where he was looking and her face flushed quickly. Ugh how could she be so assuming? He was staring at Crabbe and Goyle. His Friends. Of course he’d want to hangout with them more than her. Maybe the talk with her was just a pastime? A bet perhaps?

From the corner of her eyes she saw something red stop a few feet from her. She tilted her head to see Ron…a very furious Ron. ‘What’s wrong with him?’ she thought. Ron was acting like kinda odd since the start of the ball. She wonders why? The two of them had eye to eye contact for a few moments then stormed off furiously at the door. Hermione stood up quickly and looked at Ron as he angrily stormed off.

“What’s wrong?” Draco asked standing up from his position,confusion evident from his face. Hermione faced him and as soon as her brown eyes made contact with his worried stormy gray eyes, she froze for a second.

“Uhh.. uhm.. Thank you. Thank You for…comforting me.” she said and smiled. Draco’s lips curled, it wasn’t his famous smirk but it was a sweet and charming smile. “I..  I have to go.. Ronald–“

“It’s my pleasure to comfort a damsel in distress” Draco said cutting her off and then he made something that surprised Hermione even more. He took her hand and kissed the top of it. Hermione’s cheeks turned pink quickly and his kiss, the feeling of his lips against her skin sent shivers down her spine. Hermione pulled it away slowly and gave him a quick smile then ran off to follow Ron.

 

Today was a fairytale
You’ve got a smile that takes me to another planet
Every move you make, everything you say is right
Today was a fairytale

Time slows down whenever you’re around
I can feel my heart, it’s beating in my chest
Did you feel it?
I can’t put this down

 

Hermione did her best to understand Ron and talk whatever he’s been going through but it just ended worse. She was now sitting at the bottom of the grand staircase crying her eyes out. She looked at her surroundings and saw that every person that pass by her gave her a weird look. She have to get out of here she thought, and with that she ran off.

She was walking barefoot but she didn’t care. She’s alone now. She reached her spot. The Lake. She walked over to the tree, her favorite tree. She admired the view. ‘What a beautiful night sky it is‘ she thought.

The sky was dark, the moon shone together with the stars that sparkled like diamonds in the sky reflecting on the water below making it shine. She sat on the ground leaning against the tree. She just sat there admiring the breathtaking view in front of her.

She was disturbed by the sound of footsteps walking near her. She quickly tilted her head only to see Draco Malfoy, again.

“You again?” Hermione asked but this time she wasn’t annoyed. She was quite surprised in a good way. “Why do you I have a feeling that you’re following me?”

“I have a feeling that this night wasn’t going as you planned it…and I know you need someone’s company” Draco answered with his hands in his pocket. “May I?” he asked Hermione if he could take a seat beside her.

“Sure” Hermione replied and scooted to her right to give Draco some space to sit. He sat beside her and leaned against the tree.

“Wow” he breathed at the scenery in front of him.

“I know, it’s… breathtaking”

For a few minutes none of them spoke. They just sat there admiring the beauty that nature can give. The air  was cool and sent a chilly feeling through Hermione’s spine that made her shiver a bit. Draco notice it so he took off his coat and wrapped it around Hermione.

“No I–” Hermione protested but Draco cut him off

“I insist. I can’t just sit here and do nothing while you freeze to death”

“Don’t exaggerate” Hermione giggled and pulled Draco’s suit tighter. She felt her cheeks flush. Maybe it was the wind, but Hermione knew well that it wasn’t the wind that made her blush.

“So what happened after you left?” Draco asked

Hermione’s heart churned. She remembered everything that happened, every single thing flashed on her mind. She just had a fight with her two best friends.

“So?” Draco asked with eyebrows furrowed.

Hermione took a deep breath and began.

“— I just don’t get it!” she cried out. “I just…don’t get boys” she made that last word a whisper. She really don’t, even Draco. First he was all mean to her and then suddenly after three years here he is–all nice to her, comforting her, keeping her accompany. And guys thought Girls was complicated, but so are they.

“What I see in the situation is he’s jealous” Draco concluded

Hermione let out a snicker “Ron? Jealous?” she asked “That’s a lie, And what would he be jealous about?”

“You and Viktor” Draco said sharply

“But Why?” Hermione asked  “There’s nothing to be jealous about” she shook her head but then a suspicion hit her “….are you suggesting he.. l-likes me?” she asked her voice slightly cracking.

Draco shrugged. “I don’t know…but maybe” he looked deep into Hermione’s warm hazelnut eyes.

“Ron…likes me?” she asked so surprised “Unbelievable. That is not true. I mean why me of all girls? There– There’s Lavender Brown and Fleur, Romilda Vane. They’re all beautiful girls and I–I’m just know it all Granger”

Draco’s heart sank.

“— the girl who’d rather spend her time in the library, the girl who’d do all her homework a week before submission– ” Hermione said sounding like she was sorry for herself.  Draco had the urge to stop her but she just kept on throwing insults to her self.

“—Bushy haired Granger, Buck toothed Granger… a mudblood

Draco heard enough especially the last word she said. He felt like an arrow hit his heart.

“I’m not even that beautif—“

Then Draco did something surprising, something he promised that he’d never do in a million years. His lips crashed into Hermione’s. The feeling of her soft lips into his made his whole body warm even though the air was cool. He felt sparks. She felt sparks. They both felt it.

Their lips move in sync and soon they pulled apart with their foreheads touching.

“The fact that you don’t know you’re beautiful, makes you even more beautiful” He breathed under his breath. Hermione felt his warm breath on her skin still catching her breath.

“That’s a nice way of shutting a girl up” Hermione smile and Draco chuckled. Their lips once again found its way to each other and then pulled apart to catch their breath.

Hermione rested her head on Draco’s shoulder and Draco put an arm around her.

“Oh you don’t know how long I wanted to say that to you Hermione, how long I convinced myself that you’re an enemy…that you’ll never forgive me, like me, you’ll never be mine”

“Well now you don’t have to convince yourself. You don’t have to pretend that you hate me. I forgive you..”

Draco’s famous smirk became visible and just stared at the night sky. He felt joy that moment he wanted to jump and touch the sky.

“Thank you..” Hermione said “For making this night magical”

 

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there

It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
Today was a fairytale

 

 

This was the first song fic I ever written. This story was originally posted on Wattpad. Click here for an overview of my wattpad book, Dramione: A Collection of Dramione One Shots and here to read, vote and comment on this story on  Wattpad—> Today Was A Fairytale.

 

 

Short Musings #1

In this world full of copy cats and wannabes,

Be Original 

Stay in your lane and create your own dreams. 

We are unique and smart in our own way. 

Following other people’s footsteps is good and flattering but we must remember to make our own path in life.