Music video review: MONDO GROSSO / ラビリンス

There's something so powerful and romantic about this video. The cinematography is shot well with a clear vision of beginning to end. I admire and wish I could dance so freely as the woman in the video does; so comfortably in city streets as if she's in her home like a child at play. Similarly, [...]

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Product review: Baggu Chestnut Duck Bag | sustainability

A little story....I feel so lucky to have found this bag. I was exploring my favorite Salvation Army store and came across this gem right before I was going to check out. I felt that it was very durable and cheap: $2. I needed a bag big enough to carry my small laptop and also [...]

Music video review: Want You Back, HAIM

After watching and listening to this song for a few days now, I decided to write some thoughts that stood out to me about this music video. Firstly, I believe it was filmed in one shot, which is really amazing. It's being live, but not. The timing & execution for everything (the dance moves, singing [...]

Documentary review: Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens

Before the Flood features Leonardo DiCaprio and intertwines his own story, environmental activism and more importantly, featuring professionals in the field & their data, this film touches upon the very things we need to take action on right now. I encourage you all to take the time to watch this. It is on YouTube and [...]

Concert review: Jason Mraz with the band Raining Jane

Jason Mraz and Raining Jane are geniuses.  They are yummy together like peanut butter and jelly; smooth and sweet.  Their humor, timing and undeniable talent was what created the whole concert atmosphere so fulfilling and soul stimulating.  With most concerts I go to, a lot of the energy stems from the audience I stand beside, [...]

CD review: Lights Out by Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson's album, Girls and Boys, was the first one I heard of hers.  It was fantastic and still holds the position as one of my all-time favorites.  This may sound really weird, but years ago, I would listen to her songs while working out at my university's gym facilities.  There was just something inspiring [...]

Television show review: Sherlock, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss

This 90-minute episodic series produces seamless story-telling that is arguably better than most 90-minute films out there.  I suppose I should say that I am late to the party, for this show's been kicking it since 2010.  While dining with my friends a few years ago, one of them suggested I check this show out.  [...]

Television show review: Veronica Mars, created by Rob Thomas

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I sat on our semi-comfortable couch and finished the entire series of Veronica Mars (link leads to the Wikipedia page).  With the film debuting in just a few days, we  were just in time.  Although I've seen it all in the past, it was worthwhile for me to [...]

Film review: Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón

This newly released film, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, is a very original film. It began with a vast view of Earth seen in space. The calm, silent scenes made it feel like I was watching a documentary on Nova. The pace was slow and the tone was uncertain. We were introduced to the two main [...]

Book review: The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

Tone/mood: dark, sad, tragic with a bit of humor cnw rating: will not/unable to read again I will be completely honest.  I did not like this book.  Please do not assume that the author is a bad writer.  Contrarily, Jane Hamilton is actually quite an exceptional writer and that made it difficult for me to [...]

Book review: Best Love, Rosie by Nuala O’Faolain

Tone/mood: thoughtful/humorous at times/wise/life/time cnw rating: buy-worthy Nuala O'Faolain is a beautiful and honest writer.  Although she has (sadly) passed away, her writings are living on, strong.  And this book was just what I needed to get back on the reading train I somehow missed over the past several months. As I was reading along, [...]

Film review: Titanic, directed by James Cameron

A few weeks ago, sitting on the futon with my Mama, I was watching the best film I've seen recently (and I've seen two or three since then).  This wasn't my first time, nor was it for my mother.  However, it's a film that have bonded us together and it only made it stronger a [...]

Film review: New York, I Love You, directed by many directors

Coming home after a full day's work and feeling too tired to do anything else; the only thing that comforts me tonight is Chinese take-out food and watching a movie.  The thing I love about films is that it's long enough for me to get lost within it and gives me a sense of fulfillment [...]

Film review: 33 Postcards, directed by Pauline Chan

About an hour or two ago, I was sitting on my couch seeking something to entertain me and to occupy my time, as I fight off this sudden cold I have.  I came upon this.  The film, 33 Postcards (click on link to view the official website) by Pauline Chan, was so captivating that I [...]