I first saw (500) Days of Summer when I was eighteen. Fresh outta high school, I was one of five people in the theater. I loved it, and would go on to watch it in theaters two more times when I moved to Singapore a month later, and then again when I bought it on BluRay. I loved it for its emotional honesty, for the way the film depicted Tom’s thought process on screen. But like Tom’s own relationship with The Graduate, my own love of (500) Days of Summer was based on a bit of a misreading.
See, I, for a variety of reasons, identified with Tom more than I should have. I thought Summer in the wrong and pitied him for pursuing a woman who didn’t feel the same way as him. I have a totally different read on the movie now, seven years later, but let’s stay here for a moment.
I misread the movie (because the wonderful thing about fiction is its give and take), and I liked it a lot. But the reasons I liked it were, in my ways, a little off. It doesn't mean that I shouldn't have enjoyed it, just that what I brought to it and wanted from it (Tom and Summer should be together!), meant that what I got out of it was filtered through it (at least the devastation from Summer prompted Tom to get his stuff together, and hey, there's Autumn!). Thus my own catharsis through it is, well, different from how it works now.
Now, seven years later and hopefully a modicum wiser, I still love the movie. But, as you may have guessed from what I've already said, for very different reasons. Tom seems now less a hopeless romantic and more a selfish git who fancies himself one. He's made sympathetic through the film's storytelling, but Tom really isn't a great guy. The takeaway from the film is instead a cautionary tale about expecting some sweeping love story to solve all your problems (it's also a brilliant deconstruction of the manic pixie dream girl).
So yeah. I still love the movie, albeit for a few different reasons. Which is really a testament to the film itself, that it's able to make a sympathetic character out of someone as glaringly flawed as Tom; enough that a glowing positive interpretation of him is honestly quite valid.
You're just missing the point.
Now, the point of any piece of fiction can be argued ad nauseam, and (500) Days of Summer itself remains open to a variety of opinions as to what is its point exactly, but to stop an understanding of the film at it being ‘just’ a love story with a downbeat ending. There’s more to it than that, and an arguably more complete catharsis can be found when you realize that it’s Tom’s willingness to fix himself and find happiness outside of a relationship that helps him get his life back on track. Or is it — since the button with Autumn casts Tom’s development into a measure of question.
I find that this is something true of a lot of stories. Pacific Rim is plenty enjoyable for getting to watch giant robots and giant monsters beat the stuffing outta each other, but its commentary takes it to another layer, just like how Godzilla is all the more enriching in light of the stances it takes on nuclear weapons or the environment (depending on if it’s the original Gojira or Gareth Edwards’ recent outing). There aren’t really ‘wrong’ ways of loving a story,* there are just different reasons for it. I figure part of really appreciating fiction is being willing to let your understanding and appreciation of a story evolve. Who knows, it may get even better.
*For simplicity’s sake, I’m ignoring flat-out misinterpretations like a white-supremacist/Aryan interpretation of The Lord of The Rings, something Tolkien himself decried. There’s a certain amount of latitude to finding meaning, but there’s also a point where sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Maybe that’s another rant for another day/
I got Pokemon Sun. I've been playing it. It's fun. It's been ages since I played a Pokemon game from the beginning, and it was a lot of fun. Helps that I think it was probably the best story the series has had thus far. Whole thing was really good. Enjoyed it a lot. Mechanically there's a lot of mixed feelings about this generation, but I definitely can't say the actual game wasn't enjoyable. My final team was a Primarina, midnight Lycanroc, Mareanie, Salazzle, Golisopod and of course Solgaleo. (Though of course that last one only joined my party very late in the game). First time actually using a team of six or less, so that too was fun. I've grown quite attached to this team.
I finished the game last weekend, so I've been working on finishing up the dex since then. I don't like doing things in half measures much, so I was going for a living dex, and I finally completed it tonight. The final catch to complete the dex was appropriately Necrozma.
And I caught it in a Beast Ball, because, as the title clearly states: a madman.
I also caught Solgaleo in one so that was fun.
A bunch of places had the Gen 6 games for really cheap last week with the sales, so I bought Omega Ruby. I'd been wanting to for the past, couple years, I guess, but being able to get it for 25 bucks finally made me do it. I have a lot of bred shinies I've been meaning to use, so I've been wanting to form my OR team out of those guys. Should be fun when I get around to it. Since I just finished Sun I don't know when I'm gonna want to start up OR, but I'll get to it sometime. Going back to HMs is gonna be hard, let me tell you.
Anyway, that's just been me and my pokeymans. Random post but whatever.
KK: *bursts into laughter*
Me: *joins in laughter because he didn't expect that joke to land*
Another typical Friday evening.
How about the reason for living, what is happiness? No? Maybe some other time.
How about we talk about the Tarsier. Yes? Good. The Tarsier is basically that one guy who sits on his sofa, watching TV, eating chicken wings. Only said chicken wings are flies and other insects, and the sofa is actually just a tree branch. Tasiers to my knowledge are the only tree-living creature that are purely a carnivorous species, I think.
Anyway, that's all. Good talk.
For a visual style, I'm thinking something like the overlays we use for our YouTube thumbnails, with the angled line and the gears, but obviously smaller so it takes up less space. Maybe one in the bottom left and one in the top right. One would have generic BZPower info, the site name, URL, and social media names and icons. The other would be mostly empty to be customized for each stream. For sets it would have the set name, piece count, and price. For games it would have the game name. An overlay with directions for the giveaways we do might be a good idea too.
Resolution should be 1920x1080 minimum and the file format should be something I can easily edit in GIMP to add the required text, so XCF or PSD probably.
I am ready to be wowed.
Access Mystery Gift for Meloetta, the last of the anniversary Mythical distributions! You probably forgot about this one, since they were in the anime instead of a movie, and people don’t really watch the anime anymore. Well, except for those folks who got super into the XY series and immediately started whining when we got one look at the Sun and Moon series. They should get over it.
that means you should get your trees out, decorate them, and chant to summon the ruler of the holidays to bestow gifts upon you and those around the tree.
that's what the holiday season is all about
Gotta say the E4 and Champion gave me a good load of fun, the team I used includes;
Nacho Libre my sword dancing Incineroar
Notorious B.I.G my sweeping Gengar
Highway Star my status inflicting lookout Crobat
Moody Blues the hard hitting Crabominable
Slow Valkyrie the sleep talking tank who never dies also known as Mudsdale (Seriously this thing is AMAZING)
and last but not least Foo Fighters the Araquaid who was just all around really fun to use.
Honestly Sun was great fun and I loved pretty much most of it, now to just spend countless hours breeding and training all the other mons I want to use.
I've been able to struggle most of my way through some if Awakening but I've hit a point where I got stuck and put it down, and am hoping to pick it up after I'm willing to remove Pokemon from my system.
It might be worth noting that I don't generally play turn based strategy games.
So, any tips?
No idea on the amount of players yet, but it's got a few designated things, split into three rounds:
Round One: Survival:
- One player is Makuta. Their goal is to kill all the Matoran.
- Another player is a Toa. Their goal is to protect the Matoran.
- Everyone else is Matoran.
- The Toa chooses six players to become Toa through Toa Stones, while they became a Turaga after all are used.
- The Makuta chooses three players to become Shadow Matoran - this is unknown to everyone but the Makuta and themselves.
- Makuta's goal is the same, the Matoran's goal is to survive, and the Toa's goal is to protect the Matoran and try and kill the Makuta
- All Shadow Matoran are Shadow Matoran from the start, but the Toa has to give the Toa Stones to the chosen Matoran - it's not guaranteed they will be Toa, as the Shadow Matoran also seek the Toa Stones, not to mention the Matoran chosen to be Toa could be killed by Makuta. Let alone the jealousy of other Matoran...
- Almost the same as the first round, but with the results of the second round and...
- Makuta can unleash three Rahkshi.
- The Turaga can revive two fallen Matoran.
- Six Matoran, if agreeing to it, can now form a Matoran Nui.
- If there are any (non-Shadow) Matoran left alive, Makuta loses. If there are none, Makuta wins.
(Might think about reviving the old classic that is the Caption Contest, as well.)
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