Mystical Monday: Lothlórien and Galadriel

 

One of the first times I really understood the meaning of “mystical” was when watching The Fellowship of the Ring. Peter Jackson did such a fantastic job of capturing the ethereal quality of the elves–both in Rivendell and in Lothlórien. I decided to go with the latter for today’s Mystical Monday post because I think these images perfectly capture the blues and whites and silvers that give an image a breathtakingly fantastical feel. Of course, these are just images. In the movies, these scenes are accompanied by Howard Shore’s hauntingly beautiful music.

Mystical Monday is about anything fantasy/supernatural/ethereal in honor of my YA Urban Fantasy novel, Synchronicity.

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Foreign Friday: Sunny

Sunny is a South Korean film about a middle-aged woman who tries to fulfill her friend’s dying wish of reuniting their group of high school friends. The film alternates between two timelines: the present day where the women are middle-aged, and the 1980s when they were in high school.

This is an absolutely adorable film that very elegantly transitions between the present and flashbacks of the past. It beautifully captures the universality of the human experience. The closeness of a group of high school girl friends, the pain of first love, the way it feels like nothing’s changed when you’re back with that certain group of friends–even years later.

For anyone who wants to watch it, it’s available on Netflix Instant Watch.

Foreign Friday is an introduction to Indian and Korean culture in honor of my YA contemporary novel (tentatively titled) Shadows Fall Behind.

Foreign Friday: Wildflower by Na Tae-joo

(Romanized)

Jasehi boaya
Yeppuda
Orae boaya
Sarangseureopda
Neo do kureota

(English)

You have to look closely
To see that it is pretty
You have to look long
To see that it is lovable
You are the same

There’s something about hearing a poem in another language. Hearing the words without understanding them means I listen more to the sound than to the words themselves. If poetry were only focused on the meaning, it could just as easily be written as a short story. Poems have a cadence that feels more apparent, somehow, in another language.

You can hear the poem recited here.

Foreign Friday is an introduction to Indian and Korean culture in honor of my YA contemporary novel (tentatively titled) Shadows Fall Behind.

Foreign Friday: 3 Idiots

“Follow your passion, and success will follow you.” – Arthur Buddhold

In the world today, everything seems both possible and impossible. Anyone can record songs, make films, write novels because of [things] such as iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon. We no longer need to go through big companies. We can do this on our own. Because of this, there are more people than ever singing, acting, writing, etc. That’s why it sometimes feels impossible.

That’s where this movie (one of my absolute favorite Bollywood movies) comes in as a reminder to stop focusing on success and just follow your passions. It happens to me quite a bit: I worry about whether or not I can make anything of myself with my writing.

But then I ask myself why I write. The answer is simple: I write because I love it. I write because I can’t NOT write.

This movie captures that feeling beautifully. If you haven’t seen it–even if you don’t usually watch Bollywood films, I’d recommend it. You can find it on Netflix (although not on Instant Watch, unfortunately).

Foreign Friday is an introduction to Indian and Korean culture in honor of my YA contemporary novel (tentatively titled) Shadows Fall Behind.

Favorite from Cinequest: Anamnesis (short film)

I was thrilled that this short film in its entirety is available on YouTube. It was in the Mindbender shorts, which makes sense when you watch it. I found out today that the filmmakers are making a webseries of the same name based off the short film (which serves as a prologue for the series). Their kickstarter page says:

Anamnesis is a new sci-fi web series about a group of strangers who realize they are connected by shared, lucid dreams.

The film Anamnesis was created as part of a project the filmmakers did where they made a short film every month for a year based on constraints given to them by the audience. I haven’t yet seen the other films, but I’m excited for the webseries.