I love watching Project Runway (see Georgina Chapman Talks about Creative Breakdowns, 5 Self-Help Lessons I Learned from Reality TV) not just for the awesome clothes but also for the lessons about human behavior and human relationships. Recently, I caught up with season 14, and at first I thought the life lesson was along the lines of hell is other people, but then I realized something a little more inspirational. People who hate you will hate you, and people who like you will like you. That’s inspirational? Let me explain.
I watched a Netflix documentary called Living on One Dollar. It’s about young American men who traveled to Guatemala so that they can understand what it’s like to live like the poorest of the poor. Since they were on a budget, they couldn’t eat that much, and they started to feel lethargic. Then I realized, the poor face this everyday. They lack nutrition, which affects their energy levels, and this also affects how they work.
So I watched Friends with Money on Netflix. It’s about three female friends who are rich and have husbands and another female friend who is single and works as a maid. The fourth friend’s name is Olivia, and at the end of the movie she dates Marty. She used to clean his house and thought he was an unemployed loser. When she calls to tell her she’s quitting, he asks her out. She says yes and brings him to a fancy fundraising dinner that she attends with her friends. Before the dinner, they talk in his apartment, and they hit it off. At the end of the date, he reveals to her that he is rich, so rich that he doesn’t have to work. She is delighted. She finally hit the jackpot. She has sex with him, but the morning after, something else hits her.
The movie Nise: The Heart of Madness is based on the real story of Brazilian Psychiatrist Dr. Nise da Silveira. In the movie, she was the only female doctor in a mental hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Unlike her colleagues, she was opposed to electroshock therapy and lobotomy, and instead she introduced art therapy. This led to the patients creating incredible works of art which earned the respect of art critics. Her colleagues though were not as enthralled, and they did something incredibly heartless.
Riverdale is a show based on the Archie comics, but instead of it being funny and cute, it’s actually dark and scandalous. In the show, there are two families that hate each other: the Coopers and the Blossoms. In the episode The Outsiders (Season 1, Episode 8), Alice Cooper gets angry at her husband Hal for trying to make their teenage daughter Polly abort her baby. Alice says it’s just like what he did to her. Hal defends what he did by saying she wasn’t ready for the baby back then. Hal also expresses his hatred for Blossom blood. So what does this scene mean? Can it also give us an inkling about what started the Cooper-Blossom feud?
How Do You Know is a film about a softball player Lisa who did not get in Team USA. This event leads her to rethink her life and rush into a relationship with a big shot pitcher named Matty. By the end of the movie, Lisa breaks up with Matty and goes for George, but I think she should have chosen Matty.
A few days ago I watched La La Land, and I’m still depressed. Of course it’s because of the bittersweet ending where Mia and Sebastian fulfilled their dreams but they continued on different paths. While that was their stark reality, it was contrasted by a dream sequence where they were happily married. While I was watching the movie, I wasn’t thinking about whose dream was it. I just took it as the movie informing the audience of the alternate ending if the characters chose differently. In the alternate ending, only Mia got to fulfill her dreams, so when we went back to reality, we weren’t so sad anymore (yeah right, huhuhu, still crying) because we knew that what happened was the best thing for both of them (sigh). After reading a few articles about the movie though, I realized that so many people were asking if it was Mia’s dream or Sebastian. I began thinking about it as well, and now I have a few theories.