The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack (2014)

The third movie adapted from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series Mockingjay Part 1 reaps attention and so as its soundtrack listing.

Produced by Lorde, the soundtrack confirms very much to her aesthetics right in the same vein as her big hit Royals in 2013.

The songs in this soundtrack album have raw, thematic lyrics in conformance to the novel. Most of the songs talk about strength, vulnerability and the dark world depicted in the story. The songs are set mostly through house beats and melodies, with some featuring rap verses. The songs are generally pop with hints of experimental and grunge. Heavy use of synthesizers make it sound heavily influenced of the 80s.

Meltdown [by Stromae featuring Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip & HAIM]. The hip-hop song is somewhat a commentary of the political climate in the Hunger Games series. It features house beats and rap verses.

Dead Air [by CHVRCHES].  The song is reflective of the struggle of a person in war – efforts going down to nothing and the person ends up as “dead air”. It makes use of house beats and synthesizers.

Scream My Name [by Tove Lo]. The song is somewhat a soliloquy of a person going to war – “will I be remembered?”

Kingdom [by Charli XCX featuring Simon Le Bon]. This seems to be Lorde’s version of a hymnal. Charli XCX ethereally croons over house beats and distortion effects. The song is about how their world is a “kingdom” and it is worth fighting for.

All My Love [by Major Lazer featuring Ariana Grande]. This dance track features Ariana’s great vocals. There’s something in the song that says about giving love while somebody leaves to the mountain top. The risk of dying makes one profess love.

Lost Souls [by Raury]. This experimental song has sleek beats.

Yellow Flicker Beat [by Lorde]. If The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire, this is Lorde’s answer to a folk song.

The Leap [Tinashe]. This song features sleek, silent beats.

Plan the Escape [Son Lux Cover, by Bat for Lashes]. This has strong, silent industrial, techno beats.

Original Beast [by Grace Jones]. This is an instrumental song featuring percussions as timpani and some tribal vocal verses. This must have been used to score a scene in the forest.

Flicker [Kanye West rework, by Lorde]. Kanye West does a darker, sleeker version of Yellow Flicker Beat.

Animal [by XOV]. This song features synthesizers and techno beats. The lyrics are about fighting – fighting valiantly as an animal.

This is Not a Game [by The Chemical Brothers featuring Miguel]. This hip-hop song has strong rap verses.

Ladder Song [by Lorde]. Lorde croons with her signature bedroom voice.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014): The Ultimate Soundtrack Placements!

So how do the songs in the Fault in Our Stars soundtrack match with the film?

Here’s how they’re done:

All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran: First song in the credits.

Call or SMS, please. Scene is scored with Simple As This by Jake Bugg. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Call or SMS, please. Scene is scored with Simple As This by Jake Bugg. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Simple as This by Jake Bugg: in which Hazel waits for a call or text from Augustus. It appears that Augustus keeps his word that he shall not communicate with Hazel until he finishes An Imperial Affliction.

Green Light. Scene scored with Let Me In by Grouplove. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Green Light. Scene scored with Let Me In by Grouplove. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Green Light. Scene scored with Let Me In by Grouplove. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Green Light. Scene scored with Let Me In by Grouplove. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Let Me In by Grouplove: in which Hazel decides and confirms to Gus that their trip to Amsterdam will push through.

Tee Shirt by Birdy: second song in the credits.

Throwing Fit. Scene scored with All I Want by Kodaline. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Throwing Fit. Scene scored with All I Want by Kodaline. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Throwing Fit. Scene scored with All I Want by Kodaline. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Throwing Fit. Scene scored with All I Want by Kodaline. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

All I Want by Kodaline: in which Isaac, Augustus and Hazel throw eggs at Monica’s residence.

Swing. Scene is scored with Long Way Down by Tom Odell. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Swing. Scene is scored with Long Way Down by Tom Odell. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Swing. Scene is scored with Long Way Down by Tom Odell. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Swing. Scene is scored with Long Way Down by Tom Odell. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Long Way Down by Tom Odell: in which Hazel is at home, freshly out of confinement in the hospital, and tries to keep her distance from Gus. She sits in front of the swing and slide set at their backyard.

Amsterdam. Scene scored with Boom Clap by Charli XCX. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Amsterdam. Scene scored with Boom Clap by Charli XCX. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Amsterdam. Scene scored with Boom Clap by Charli XCX. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Amsterdam. Scene scored with Boom Clap by Charli XCX. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Amsterdam. Scene scored with Boom Clap by Charli XCX. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Amsterdam. Scene scored with Boom Clap by Charli XCX. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Amsterdam. Scene scored with Boom Clap by Charli XCX. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Amsterdam. Scene scored with Boom Clap by Charli XCX. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Boom Clap by Charli XCX: in which Hazel, Augustus and Hazel’s mother arrive at an airport in Amsterdam.

Car Ride. Scene is scored with While I'm Alive by STRFKR. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Car Ride. Scene is scored with While I’m Alive by STRFKR. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

While I’m Alive by STRFKR: in which Hazel and Gus share a car ride together for the first time with Gus driving.

Boat ride. Scene scored with Oblivion by Indians. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Boat ride. Scene scored with Oblivion by Indians. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Boat ride. Scene scored with Oblivion by Indians. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Boat ride. Scene scored with Oblivion by Indians. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Oblivion by Indians: in which Hazel and Gus share a boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam.

Towards Van Houten. Scene scored with Strange Things Will Happen by The Radio Dept. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Towards Van Houten. Scene scored with Strange Things Will Happen by The Radio Dept. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Strange Things Will Happen by The Radio Dept.: in which Hazel and Gus ride a bus and walk en route to Van Houten’s residence.

Dutch Hip-Hop. Scene scored with Bomfalleralla by Afasi and Filthy. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Dutch Hip-Hop. Scene scored with Bomfalleralla by Afasi and Filthy. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Bomfalleralla by Afasi and Filthy: in which Van Houten plays the song for a reason only intelligible to himself, to the annoyance of Gus and Hazel.

On the way home. Scene scored with Without Words by Ray LaMontagne. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

On the way home. Scene scored with Without Words by Ray LaMontagne. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Without Words by Ray LaMontagne: in which they ride an airplane back to Indianapolis.

Gone. Scene scored with Not About Angels by Birdy. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Gone. Scene scored with Not About Angels by Birdy. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Gone. Scene scored with Not About Angels by Birdy. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Gone. Scene scored with Not About Angels by Birdy. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Not About Angels by Birdy: in which Hazel feels melancholic after Gus’ funeral and Van Houten slips in the car.

 No One Ever Loved by Lykke Li: third song in the credits.

White Lies. Scene scored with Wait by M83. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

White Lies. Scene scored with Wait by M83. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Letter. Scene scored with Wait by M83. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Letter. Scene scored with Wait by M83. (Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox)

Wait by M83: in which (1) Hazel and Augustus share their experience with Van Houten to Hazel’s mother over cups of tea, setting aside the matter of them having sex; and (2) Hazel reads a letter written by Gus to her.

Here are recurring queries about the soundtrack placements:

  1. “the fault in our stars sex scene track”: A non-lyrical/instrumental score, the title of which undetermined as of this writing, and not included in the soundtrack album.

  2. “songs per scene in the fault in our stars”: Here it is.

  3. “what scen is in tfios is while im alive playing”: The car ride. For more, read above.

  4. “song in the scene of the fault in our stars when they are egging the car”: All I Want by Kodaline.

  5. “tfios song when hazel drives away from gus’ funeral”: Not About Angels by Birdy.

  6. “what song is playing when gus and hazel walk through amsterdam”: Technically, there are several. That would involve Oblivion by Indians, Let Me In by Grouplove, Strange This Will Happen by The Radio Dept., and Boom Clap by Charli XCX, among others.

  7. “what song plays after the egging scene in tfios”: All I Want by Kodaline, but technically, a non-lyrical score.

  8. “what song plays in the boat scene in the fault in our stars”: Oblivion by Indians.

  9. “tfios dutch song”: Bom Falle Ralla by Afasi and Filthy.

  10. “hazel grace waiting for call”: Simple As This by Jake Bugg.

  11. “the fault in ours stars soundtrack predication”: You are in the right post.

  12. “soundtrack in the faults in our stars when they are throwing eggs at the car”: All I Want by Kodaline.

  13. “tfios soundtrack with scenes that were played”: You have found the right post.

  14. “soundtracks that goes with specific scenes in tfios”: You are welcome.

  15. “tfios song placement”: My pleasure.

  16. “whats the song in the fault in our stars when hazel and gus have sex”: Not in the soundtrack album.

  17. “what song plays in tfios when on boat”: Oblivion by Indians.

You may also view my previous TFIOS related posts – one in which I review and predict how the songs in the soundtrack shall be used, and another in which I do a recap and review of The Fault in Our Stars movie. Thank you and don’t forget to be awesome!

The Fault in Our Stars (2014): My Ultimate Movie Review (sort of just a recap actually)!

There is so much I could tell about this whole TFIOS movie experience! I may look unlikely of the targeted demographic (read: teenage girls) the studios want for the movie, I still so wanted to watch it because: (1) the book is my second favorite John Green book; (2) I love the book; (3) I intend to watch all Shailene Woodley movies post-The-Descendants; and (4) I just got carried away by the whole marketing mechanism the studios did for this movie. (Yeah, I know, I sound Van Houten cynical on that last bit.) But yes, the point is I loved waiting and waiting and waiting for months to watch the movie, so here I am now – writing a blog about the movie! – just after a ride home from the theatre!

 

PLOT! PLOT! PLOT! SPOILER ALERT!

 

I intend to write this thing via stream of consciousness so I am not Googling any detail I’m going to write nor will I edit things out later. For more reliable telling of the plot and everything, I will let the studios and other bloggers do it, but I assure you I am pretty much reliable.

 

I will tell my piece; here it goes:

 

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Hazel is depressed, or so says her doctor, and she is advised to attend support group. On the kitchen countertop, she argues with her parents that if she wants them to experience life, why don’t she be granted of a fake ID so she could purchase liquor, and take pot, instead of attending support group. She accepts defeat by faking a stab on her torso with an imaginary dagger.

 

Hazel attends her support group meeting for the first time and dislikes it. She appeals for her parents to reconsider her quitting attendance; but once again, in defeat, she goes to the support group meeting the second time around.

 

She arrives at the church, goes to the comfort room, and exits from it clumsily. At the door, she bumps into someone – a tall boy in a green leather jacket, jeans and a pair of Nike high-cut sneakers reminiscent of Justin Bieber circa 2009.

 

She goes to the support group meeting area where she sees the boy again. They are in the middle of a room, sit in a circle with a carpet in the middle signifying the Heart of Jesus, facing each other, with a guy named Patrick facilitating. Patrick speaks, sings songs, and let his participants speak.

 

Isaac, a young man with a cancer related to the eyes, speaks up. He shares about his cancer, a bit of his life, his girlfriend Monica, and his friend Augustus. All the time Isaac is speaking, Augustus and Hazel engage in a staring duel. Hazel won.

 

As asked by Patrick, Augustus then speaks to them. He notes that he is an amputee.

 

“What are your fears Augustus,” asked Patrick.

 

“Oblivion” was Augustus’ response. He goes to explain why it is so. Patrick asks who wants to add something. Hazel speaks up.

 

Hazel’s second support group meeting ends; and she stands by the door outside the church. Augustus sees her. They watch Isaac and Monica share a hormone fest composed of kissing and groping.

 

“What’s with ‘Always’?” asked Hazel in reference to what she hears from Isaac and Monica. Augustus tells her that it is somewhat about their promise of forever to each other. A girl from support group greets Augustus passingly; Hazel pretends to be disconcerted. Augustus then flips a cigarette out of his jacket.

 

“Oh my God, you just ruined it!” exclaims Hazel, annoyed that Augustus seemed not to care about the condition of her lungs, the severity of cigarette smoking to human health per se, and their seeming attraction with each other.

 

“You see, this is a metaphor.” Augustus then goes on to tell Hazel that he does not light the cigarette – that he will not let the thing that kills kill.

 

Augustus proposes that they watch a movie. Hazel is reluctant as it is her first time meeting him, and that he may act in bad faith anytime soon. Augustus argues adversely.

 

Hazel’s mother drives by the doorway of the church and asks Hazel to leap in. Hazel refuses; she goes with Augustus instead.

 

Hazel endures a recklessly driven ride courtesy of Augustus. On the way she tells him her cancer story.

 

Augustus’ home is clad with things that have encouraging sayings. His parents are at the kitchen preparing enchaladas. He leads Hazel down to his room.

 

Augustus’ room is spacious and has a nook for his basketball trophies. They sit by the couch where they discuss Hazel’s favorite book An Imperial Infliction by Peter Van Houten. Augustus agrees not to speak with her until he finishes the book as long as she too reads the book A Hound of Insurgents, which is a book adaptation of his favorite videogame.

 

For several days Hazel awaits for Augustus’ call. One day she receives a text message from him asking if An Imperial Affliction has some pages missing. She gets herself excused from the dinner table and calls him.

 

Over the phone she hears howling. It appears that Augustus was in his room with Isaac. Hazel then comes over. Isaac is in despair because Monica broke up with him as she finds the thought of him losing the sense of sight unbearable. He then starts to break physical objects apart. Augustus lets him break his basketball trophies. The Augustus and Hazel flirting ensues.

 

Seemingly Augustus finds himself a notch higher in Hazel’s books as he successfully communicates with Peter Van Houten’s assistant. And until one day, after several correspondences, Hazel gets “an invitation” from Van Houten to come to Amsterdam. By that stage, the prospect does not go well though as the Lancasters’ are unlikely to finance for overseas trips.

 

One day, Augustus, clad in a basketball jersey and hands with a bouquet of tulips, is by the Lancasters’ doorsteps. He proposes that he and Hazel go to have a picnic by a concrete sculpture of a skeleton in a park.

 

Augustus then takes out their food – cheese and tomato sandwiches. He then asks Augustus how his preparations are all connected. His jersey was by an NBA player of Dutch origin. The sculpture was by a Dutch artist. Tulips are very Dutch things to give, and so are Cheese and Tomato sandwiches to eat. Augustus then spills to Hazel that he gets a wish from the Genies – an organization helping cancer patients on wishes of leisure – that they go to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten.

 

Everything seems to go well until Hazel’s cancer spikes up. For several days she is at the hospital, much to the worry of her parents and Augustus. This lessens the probability of their travel abroad.

 

Yet one day, Hazel sees an email from the Genies confirming their travel. Hazel’s mother happily confirms this to her.

 

Hazel, her mother and Augustus travel to Amsterdam. They ride a limousine on the way to the airport. As it is Augustus’ first time to fly, he finds the takeoff very scary and got reprimanded of “the metaphor” in his mouth.

 

On the night of their arrival, Hazel and Augustus got a reservation for a meal in a fancy restaurant. Hazel wears a beautiful blue dress – a gift from her mother. Augustus wears a dandy navy blue suit.

 

They sit inside the restaurant. The concierge regards them as Mr. and Mrs. Waters. They are given a glass of champagne by a chatty waiter – the champagne preferably the very first glass of their lives. Augustus chose for them the chef’s special entrée.

 

Their first dish was a risotto. Augustus remarks that if the risotto was a person, he would want to marry it at Las Vegas. The evening ensues with a wonderful conversation. “I’m in love with you Hazel Grace,” remarks Augustus.

 

In the morning the next day, Hazel and Augustus are to meet Peter Van Houten at his house. Hazel wears a tight shirt with a drawing of pipe and a passage written in Dutch. This intrigues her mother which Hazel wittily explains to her.

 

Hazel and Augustus arrives at Van Houten’s house. The entryway is full of unread fan-mail. Lidewij, Van Houten’s assistant, leads them in.

 

Van Houten is cold and snobbish towards them. He wants them out. He asks Lidewij for scotch. As it happens, Lidewij is the one who arranged the matters of Hazel and Augustus’ visit in an attempt to help Van Houten change his ways.

 

Van Houten asks Lidewij to turn the speakers on with a Dutch hiphop song. This angers Augustus. Hazel then tries to calm him down and just gets on to her point to Van Houten: for Van Houten to tell of what happens to the characters in An Imperial Affliction. He refuses to answer and ultimately wards them out.

 

Lidewij then goes after Hazel and Augustus. She treats them to a tour at the Anne Frank House.

 

Hazel, still feeling distraught, is struggling with the many stairs and ladders at the Anne Frank House. At the topmost room of the site, Hazel seems to have been very overwhelmed of her feelings, she kisses Augustus.

 

They go back to the hotel. They conclude the day on a wonderful note – a first time they share with each other.

 

The next day, Augustus and Hazel have some tea with Hazel’s mother. They tell her of their awful experience with Van Houten, missing out the bit they did at the end of the day.

 

Hazel and Augustus then spend time together sitting on a bench by a canal. Augustus confesses to Hazel that his cancer is peaking again.

 

They go back to their lives in Indianapolis. Isaac is now blind after his surgery. To make his friend cheer up, Augustus gets a plan done.

 

With five dollars from Hazel, they buy eggs to throw at Monica’s car. Monica’s mother catches them doing so, but goes back inside the house after hearing an illuminating explanation from Augustus.

 

On a night, Hazel gets a call from Augustus. As it happens, he is in his car by a convenience store, intending to buy a pack of cigarettes. Hazel drives to him and sees him in an emergency situation. He refuses to get some help but Hazel insists and calls 911.

 

After that night, Augustus’ cancer never got any better. His chemotherapy is discontinued as his body seems not to respond to the medication anymore.

 

Augustus arranges with Hazel and Isaac a pre-funeral at the church. He wants to hear from them their messages for his funeral.

 

On the day of the pre-funeral, Hazel gets into an argument with her parents for not eating. It then becomes clear to Hazel that her mother is getting ready for Hazel’s passing by becoming a social worker.

 

Augustus spent an afternoon at the park with Hazel. Eight days later, Augustus passed away.

 

Peter Van Houten was present at Augustus’ funeral much to Hazel’s annoyance. In the car on her drive home, Van Houten gets in and talks to her. Hazel is angered. He gives her a piece of paper which she crumples. Van Houten gets out of the car.

 

Isaac visits Hazel at her home. He says that Augustus wrote a letter to Van Houten which he must give to Hazel.

 

Hazel then retrieves the crumpled letter in her car. She reads it. It is a eulogy written by Augustus for Hazel’s funeral.

 

And the movie ends with Hazel remembering Augustus – of the love they had, they will forever have.

 

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IMPRESSIONS

 

To be quite frank, I got pretty much worried at the first ten minutes or more of the movie. Sure, those minutes had some funny and heart-wrenching times but I think those lacked something. If I am to assess the manner, I find those minutes under-musically-scored. Plus maybe a thing about editing. Those minutes had a slower pace than the rest of the movie. Maybe the intention was to build up the narrative but I think it should have had more scoring and a quicker pace.

 

The plot thickens and gets interesting as the Amsterdam arch is introduced. Everything then looks appealing in a charming Woody Allen cinematic kind of way. There’s Ansel and Shailene enjoying the beautiful views. It all looks visually satisfying.

 

I loved the boat ride sequence and the restaurant sequence. The sex sequence was all very endearing too. It felt very erotic and cutely disturbing at the same time.

 

But my favorite of all was the Anne Frank House sequence. That was one great invention that the production added. I do not remember Hazel struggling with stairs in the book. Shailene’s acting was so mesmerizing. Within the context that Shailene’s character was so distraught of meeting a monster, to physical pain from climbing several steps, to bringing her fondness to a boy to the next level, Shailene delivers her role very well.

 

And of course, Ansel Elgort was very effective as Augustus Waters. Never did I imagine Ansel to do something like he did in here. I do remember him as Caleb in the movie and my Roth readings and as Augustus in my TFIOS re-readings, but I admit his rendition of Augustus was better than I imagined.

 

To tell the truth, my first visions of Hazel and Augustus upon reading TFIOS the first time were Natalie Portman during her V for Vendetta stage and Douglas Booth sans the movie LOL.

 

Nat Wolff as Isaac was a show stealer too. His scenes howling and breaking trophies and throwing eggs were utterly hilarious!

 

The screenwriters did a wonderful job helming this movie. Yes, it may kind of have confused some time elements along the way, but I think they pulled it altogether. They did a pretty good job sifting through the best subplots, linking them together, and choosing the best lines from the book and adapting them to the movie.

 

Overall, I liked the movie very much! It lived up to my expectations! Except for the first few minutes which I found underwhelming, it was utterly great!

 

I give the movie 3.5 stars out of 5.

 

All is fair in love and war and the nerdfighteria! DFTBA.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014): Song-scene Predictions!

(UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE! Here’s the post to confirm the soundtrack placements in the The Fault in Our Stars movie.)

The Fault in Our Stars is my second favorite John Green novel. It is my second as I prefer Looking for Alaska more – a story of deeply troubled school kids sunk into vices and pranks; the very probable things I’m in awe of but would never want and dare to happen unto myself. Nonetheless I know The Fault in Our Stars is special. One, it features one of the most likeable romantic pairings in the Young Adult world – Hazel and Gus. Two, it chronicles with respect and fascination the journey of cancer patients. Three, Green makes metaphysics like street talk through his characters. And lastly, the novel depicts Amsterdam beautifully.

With the upcoming release of its movie adaptation in June, I am one of the thousands who did look after the soundtrack list. I believe the success of any Y.A. movie relies much to the story, the acting and the soundtrack – the soundtrack being the most accountable for its charm. Take the movie Juno for example: It was so charming because of Ellen Paige, Michael Cera, and its cute, crafty songs.

So to prepare myself in immersing fully to The Fault in Our Stars movie experience come June 5, I decided to listen intently to its songs.

All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran. This first track speaks spot on of the love that makes Hazel and Gus travel across Amsterdam. The song capitalizes much on the impression a person first gets upon the title ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ – a night of star-gazing and pondering. And with Ed Sheeran singing, this folk-pop song nails being charming.

Movie use prediction: Maybe at the credits.

Simple as This by Jake Bugg. This second track is the first song I’ve ever heard of from Jake Bugg, whom now I am interested of hearing more from. The title of the song is its gist – we do several things to come about with something simple.

Movie use prediction: Maybe behind a montage introducing their town with Hazel narrating.

Let Me In by Grouplove. This third track reminds me of color purple, blurring lights, and the hour immediately after sunset.

Movie use prediction: Maybe during that first car ride Gus and Hazel shares.

Tee Shirt by Birdy. This fourth track features Birdy’s sweet vocals on a song about a girl infatuated much to a boy on first sight.

Movie use prediction: Maybe Hazel locked in her room, thinking of Gus, after that semi-date right after support group meeting where they meet the first time. A la Helena Bonham Carter and Edward Norton in Fight Club, yikes!

All I Want by Kodaline. This fifth track is Coldplay-ish – manly and ethereal.

Movie use prediction: Maybe when somebody from support group dies. Or a friend is gets blind.

Long Way Down by Tom Odell. This sixth track features some strong vocals over a song about a man reminiscing his moments with his girl.

Movie use prediction: Maybe that point when Hazel gets weak and stays at the hospital.

Boom Clap by Charli XCX. This seventh song is quite an up-beat song of what the heart sounds like when in love. I think Demi Lovato agrees.

Movie use prediction: Maybe while they’re playing a particular video game.

While I’m Alive by STRFKR. This eight song is an upbeat song celebrating the celebrated modern philosophy YOLO.

Movie use prediction: Maybe during a carefree car ride leading to Gus and friends’ fit of throwing stuff on an friend’s ex-girlfriend’s car.

*For some reason I do not have a copy of the ninth song Oblivion by Indians.

Strange Things Will Happen by The Radio Dept. This tenth song is a duet with hints of bubbles popping, soft tunes, strings and set with very, very light cymbals constantly tinkling.

Movie use prediction: It sounds quite Euro-pop to me so maybe during a walk on the streets of Amsterdam.

Bom Falle Ralla by Afasi and Filthy. This is a Dutch hip-hop song.

Movie use prediction: This is a no-brainer. Van Houten will ramble about the philosophical leanings of this song to Gus and Hazel.

Without Words by Ray LaMontagne. This song is comforting. It talks positively about life despite its crossroads.

Movie use prediction: Maybe when Gus tries to comfort Hazel from being so disappointed of meeting Van Houten.

Not About Angels by Birdy. This song features Birdy in soulful vocals singing to a lover not to give up.

Movie use prediction: Sounds quite ambiguous to me. I have three: Maybe when you-know-who is in the brink of you-know-what; or maybe during that trip to the Anne Frank House; or that ‘dance’ at the hotel.

No One Ever Loved by Lykke Li. This fourteenth song sounds warm and steamy.

Movie use prediction: Maybe while Hazel looks into a sleeping Gus after they did it.

Wait by M83. The fifteenth song is another manly, ethereal number.

Movie use prediction: Maybe at you-know-who’s you-know-what.

So I guess a lot of those songs are pretty much ambiguous that I just can’t point at which specific part of the plot each song goes, but I’m sure of Bom Falle Ralla though. That’s all!

Work Experience: A First-timer’s Tale, and a Book and a Movie to Unleash the Submissive in You

My title is odd, I know, but the week that has gone by was quite odd really. And troublesome.

Well I take all the blame to whatever has transpired because I, Romeo Martin, is very well known as a dull decision-maker that even the simplest of things as wearing which shirt takes half-a-day for me to think about.

Unlike in America where the opportunity for teenage (or twenty-ish) employment of whatever sort is enormous, some of us kids here in the Philippines are quite happy with Mama and Papa’s care (money) until we get out of college and have a reputable job soon after. So sometimes, kids here like me, gets to have a job until they’re 19 or 20, with the exception of course of very astute working students.

Yeah, I know, I’m a big dilly-dally, that’s what this is about. I never had a job before because I did not strive too hard to find one. But I swear, I tried applying for jobs before which I am not qualified so I never got to have work like work.

Anyway, to cut to the chase, it took a long, long while before which God-blessed agency should I get into for non-paid work because (1) the possibilities are tempting, (2) I’m looking into some factors minute enough borderline non-essential, and (3) I’m a really queasy person.

What happened was “things did not go quite smoothly” and had a “bumpy resolution”.

I’m doing the job (as a trainee) by the way as a course requirement for the degree I’m pursuing.

And now I’m trying not to blow the sensitive things away, but I have to tell this so others would somehow learn or be reminded and not follow my suit.

Lesson learned: choose fast enough, and when you do just stick to your choice, stand by it, accept the consequences, and never look back.

I got into a few appetite-less days and nights due to stress thinking what will become of me after my irascible mind has decided.

But as Kelly Clarkson sings: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller.”

So there. I felt better and coped quite a lot soon after.

Enough of the “first timer’s tale”.

Thankfully, although I had a “bumpy resolution”, I still managed to take what millions of people call “first day of work “. Well, I’d rather think the day was more of playing than working actually as it was all light and breezy. Not the total wreck of a day I’ve expected.

I went to the office the first time as a trainee with a mantra: “Unleash the submissive in you”.

So to prepare myself, I exposed myself to two Submissive stories the world so knows – one totally inappropriate, the other quite fitting.

The first one is EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey.

Of course I didn’t go to work for sex! But I looked closely into the manner by which the author portrayed submission in this erotic piece of fiction.

Setting aside the gripping tale of sexual submission in Fifty Shades, I used Anastasia Steele’s mentality towards submission as a foundation to my frequent inability to be submissive.

Through Anastasia I swear I’ve realized that I have to compromise my hard-headedness at times, especially at work, to learn and for a better tomorrow.

Cheers to that.

The second one is The Meryl Streep’s and Anne Hathaway’s and Emily Blunt’s The Devil Wears Prada.

I’ve had several reruns of this movie and I did another a night before work.

The purpose of such endeavor was to prepare myself for the adversities of work-related stress.

And behold, I was able to surpass first day with a smile.

The movie helped me to objectively see the motives behind the behavior of the people in the workplace, and understand the people in my workplace more closely as to why they do what they do, and the manner to which they treat me.

Given the circumstance I have put myself into my current workplace, my relationship with the people around me there isn’t particularly perfect, but I would say they have all been very cordial and professional in their treatment to me. I thank them for holding back grudges of whatever sort towards me. But then of course, it may just be that I think of myself too lowly sometimes.

And now I would say that I’m having an interesting, borderline exciting, work experience as an on-the-job trainee.

More, more days to go and I will be done with tales and tales to tell!

P.S. I reread this stream-of-consciousness piece and I conclude I have a very complicated attitude. That’s a thing to work on. Just saying.

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Fifty Shades of Grey: A Review of the Titillating Tale by EL James

Sia in David Guetta’s Titanium sings: “I’m talking loud, not saying much…”

This book feels like one. Titillating, yes, but nothing much of a story.

I can summarize Fifty Shades in Three Key Points:

  1. Girl and Boy mutually like each other sexually the first time they meet, with the Boy’s sexual likeness more severe than Girl’s.
  2. Boy urges and pursues Girl to commit to an intense sexual arrangement, with them having sexual engagements on the side before Girl gives her choice.
  3. Girl is always in doubt which to choose and after a sexual engagement which had gone awry, she says no.

Notice the recurrence of the word ‘sexual’? Because the book is about fucking.

It is marketed as an erotic book so it is technically fine

It does not attempt to be a literary feat and well, it plays its purpose.

Nobody is to blame. It’s all part of commerce.

So I will review the book on the merit of its writing:

  1. We get simple, straight-forward characters and conversations.
  2. EL James is fond of repeating her similes and metaphors. There’s this ‘Icarus touching the sun’ metaphor she keeps on putting in.
  3. Her characterization of Christian Grey in the eyes of Anastasia is repeated again and again and again in every chapter.
  4. Each sex scene is described with motion as pants pulling down, shirts going up, and devoid of the oooohs and aaaaahs. A good thing, actually for erotic fiction.
  5. The language is simple and understandable.

Actually, I’ve skipped several parts in each chapter especially ones involving repetitive sex. For me, it gets quite boring soon after reading sex scene after sex scene.

I cannot say I’ve wasted much time. I quite enjoyed it. But it certainly did not fill my soul. And I’m the only person to blame.

I think the movie coming up would be interesting. I just can’t fathom all the sex put into a two-hour spectacle of sort. But it sure would be interesting seeing it on another perspective.

 

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Dadi Janki and the Power of Purity

This post continues the good intent of the post Dadi Janki and the Power of Peace, and Dadi Janki and the Power of Love.

To supplement more of this week’s meditative spirit, here are more words from Dadi Janki’s Chapter 3 – The Power of Purity:

  • Purity enables me to make my thoughts and actions free from the negativity, waste and weakness that were created when I ceased to understand myself as a spiritual being, and thought of myself only as the offspring of my physical parents and circumstances.
  • You may be experiencing peace through having moved away from your responsibilities. Or people may be giving you love just to keep you happy. As long as there is some weakness mixed inside, however, you can’t really experience peace or happiness. You love will not be constant, either. Sometimes you’ll stay loving, and sometimes you’ll not even be capable of giving love to yourself.
  • In the same way, the true peace of God, the peace and understanding that taste so sweet, that give so much strength and wisdom, will only stay within where there is purity. Purity makes your mind and intellect like gold.
  • Purity gives the recognition of how valuable truth is. Then, when rubbish does come inside, you are readily able to recognize it and remove it. When this habit of maintaining inner cleanliness is firmly established, it’s as if God’s help is always close at hand.

Let us continue to pray, live and love.

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Dadi Janki and the Power of Love

This post continues the good intent of the post Dadi Janki and the Power of Peace.

To supplement more of this week’s meditative spirit, here are more words from Dadi Janki’s Chapter 2 – The Power of Love:

  • Originally, each of us is naturally powerful. Power in this inner context means something akin to the French expression, joie de vivre. It means being well stocked with the energy of positive thought and feeling, and knowing how to use and maintain those stocks effectively, replenishing them from an inner wellspring. In this powerful state you feel love for the self, for others, for life.
  • When the surface of a lake is disturbed, it can no longer reflect the surrounding hills or sky Try to look into it, and you won’t get past the ripples or waves. The water will seem murky. But when it is still, you can see into its depths, and with a slight shift to focus you can also see beauty reflected from above.
  • Then the energy flows. This is an amazing, wonderful thing. It is all that is missing in our lives. It is this energy of love that makes it possible to live from inside to out – to become a beacon, in fact – and to prevent the negativities that exist outside from coming in, draining us of happiness and strength.
  • The secret of living from inside to out is to get to know ourselves again internally, and recover an ability to draw on the energy of our inner truth. Then, we can be free.
  • I think of God as also being like a point or star, dimensionless, but radiant with the power of truth, unlimited and eternal.

Let us continue to pray, live and love.

 

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Dadi Janki and the Power of Peace

Filipinos in the Roman Catholic faith do observe the Holy Week.

I am not Roman Catholic myself yet I do respect and appreciate tradition.

For me, the Holy Week is about meditation, self-reassurance and rekindling with God and one’s self.

So to start this year’s meditation, I’m rereading Dadi Janki’s ‘Inside Out: A better way of living, learning and loving’.

Dadi Janki is a leader in the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Univversity and the World Congress of Faiths.

The thoughts shared by her does not necessarily transcend the Word, but it is of the same principle – of peace, love purity, divine truth and happiness.

Here are her words from Chapter 1 – The Power of Peace:

  • Free yourself from the crisis that you create through your own negativity. There are so many external crises, you can’t even count them. There is nothing you can do about that. But the crisis you create in your own mind, according to the quality of your thoughts – at least put a stop to that.
  • To experience sorrow is an act of senselessness. Remember this very well. When you feel sorrow about something, understand that you are lacking understanding. For whom should I feel sorrow? Does it help me or others?
  • But to become upset, or to be unhappy about something, even to have an off-mood, is like putting a drop of poison into a pot of nectar. It spoils everything. It does not just take away peace, it brings unhappiness.
  • Ask your heart: Do I have pure, positive feelings for everyone, including myself? Am I paying attention to this, making it my priority as I move through life? Such feelings create an energy that automatically flows outwards, protecting you against negative influence.
  • With peace, with faith, create such a loving atmosphere that whatever comes, it will easily go away. This is the wisdom shown by the ancient story-tellers when they wrote “And it came to pass…”

Let’s be in for some meditation this week. It’s time to reflect and cleanse the mind with spirituality.

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