My Top 5 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Songs

October 27, 2018 at 9:23 AM | Posted in Music, TV | Leave a comment

I’ve been listening a lot lately to the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend original soundtrack. I guess I’m enjoying the show’s music as much as I can since season 4 is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s final season before it goes off the air for good.

I admit I was rather late when I started watching this TV show. I started watching it when season 2 was already airing on TV. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a musical TV show this good. Since watching the first season, this has become one of my favorite shows on TV.

And one of the main reasons I love it is because of the musical numbers in the show. The songs featured in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are all original and co-written by the show’s co-creator Rachel Bloom. I have a lot of favorite songs from the show and it’s really tough to pick just five. But I managed to come up with a list of my top five favorites (in no particular order).

 

  1. JAP Battle

This rap song is absolutely fantastic and infectious with brilliant lyrics. It’s about a face-off between a small law firm in California and a large Manhattan law firm.

 

  1. You Stupid Bitch

There’s nothing more gut-wrenching than making mistakes and blaming yourself for them. And this song perfectly sums up what Rebecca Bunch (a.k.a the crazy ex-girlfriend in the story) is going through at the time.

 

  1. Santa Ana Winds

This is kind of a throwback to ‘60s music with its catchy tune. I never thought a song about wind can be this funny. Also, this was right about the time I’m starting to ship Rebecca with Nathaniel.

 

  1. Strip Away My Conscience

With a sound reminiscent of Chicago, this song is flirty, sexy and raunchy. Lots of shippy feels about this scene between Rebecca and Nathaniel.

 

  1. Where’s Rebecca Bunch?

This is an ensemble musical number which I really love, partly because of the period costumes featured here. I also love the contrast between the old and the new, with lyrics about Twitter hashtags while the cast were in a period setting.

Secrets and Lies

September 15, 2018 at 11:17 PM | Posted in Film Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment
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Spoiler Warning: This movie review of A Simple Favor contains spoilers. Read at your own risk!

A mommy vlogger with a secret. A femme fatale with a dark past. A has-been novelist without a clue.

These characters meet and collide in the dark comedy film, A Simple Favor.

The movie, which stars Blake Lively as pathological liar Emily and Anna Kendrick as the anxious and supermom Stephanie, tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two young mothers who get tangled in deceit and crime. Both Stephanie and Emily’s sons go to the same school and are actual friends.

Stephanie is a widowed mommy vlogger who meets Emily at her son’s school one day. She is the typical suburban mom who devotes her time to her son. Emily is a successful PR head of a major brand. She has a very strong personality and lives in an extravagant lifestyle. Her husband Sean, played by Henry Golding, used to be a novelist but presently works as a professor at a local college.

What would be a simple favor from Emily turns for the worst as Stephanie later finds out the truth about her friend. Apparently, Emily is not what she seems to be.

While the movie’s plot isn’t exactly fresh (we’ve seen a lot of stories in film and TV about faking people’s death for money), it still keeps you guessing who the real villain is. Who’s fooling who? Is Sean merely a victim of Emily’s twisted games or is he an accessory to a crime?

Blake Lively delivers a powerful performance in the movie as the secretive Emily while Anna Kendrick’s Stephanie is both endearing and naive. Henry Golding as Sean is sympathetic and clueless for the most part with his own shades of gray. It’s a stark contrast to his role in Crazy Rich Asians.

What is notable in A Simple Favor is the soundtrack as it features music almost entirely in French (watch the sample music from the soundtrack above) – completely befitting the film noir atmosphere of the movie. It gives me the feeling that I’m watching a French film myself.

Granted the movie’s dark tones, it still presents itself as a light, enjoyable film with occasional laughs amidst all the intrigue.

Understanding Social Anxiety

August 9, 2018 at 9:35 AM | Posted in Musings, Psychology | Leave a comment
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I came across this recent article about introversion and social anxiety and I was just blown away by how similar my experiences were with the writer.

I have known for a long time that I’m an introvert. I was also extremely shy as a child and kept to myself most of the time. For years, I thought I inherited my extreme shyness from my mother who was also shy and an introvert. I thought that was there to it – until I found out the term “social anxiety disorder” or SAD.

I first encountered the term when a Twitter page of an American indie film followed me on Twitter a few years ago. The film was about a guy with social anxiety disorder. Out of curiosity, I looked up the term “social anxiety disorder” and was shocked to discover that I had almost all the symptoms of the disorder. All this time I thought what I was experiencing was just a result of my extreme shyness. I didn’t know that there was a psychological term for it.

I’ve been known by my friends and family as “the quiet one” and people I’ve met always have this impression of me being suplada or masungit (cold and aloof). I know some people think of me as antisocial because I don’t interact much with coworkers or mingle with other acquaintances. But they don’t know what I’m going through. They don’t know that it stresses me out just to have a small talk with them. It causes me severe anxiety whenever I have to be around people I don’t know very well. I am fearful every time I have to attend conference call meetings with colleagues from different countries. And I hate it when I’m forced to talk or present in front of people.

I am only ever talkative when I’m around with my friends. I only feel comfortable when I’m around them where I can talk about common interests. But knowing I have social anxiety is one thing; letting people know about it is another thing. For one, there is still social stigma in my country about things related to mental health. Second, most people don’t even know what social anxiety is, let alone understand it.  So it is rather difficult to tell people about it without the risk of getting ridiculed.

Current Mood: Being Real

June 29, 2018 at 11:40 PM | Posted in Music, Musings | Leave a comment
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The devil is in the details, so they say. These two songs just speak to me these days. The songs may be old, but I always love listening to them.

I’m Still Here (Jim’s Theme)
(Artist: John Rzeznik)

I am a question to the world,
Not an answer to be heard
Or a moment that’s held in your arms.
And what do you think you’d ever say?
I won’t listen anyway…
You don’t know me,
And I’ll never be what you want me to be.

And what do you think you’d understand?
I’m a boy, no, I’m a man..
You can’t take me and throw me away.
And how can you learn what’s never shown?
Yeah, you stand here on your own.
They don’t know me ’cause I’m not here.

And I want a moment to be real,
Wanna touch things I don’t feel,
Wanna hold on and feel I belong.
And how can the world want me to change?
They’re the ones that stay the same.
They don’t know me,
‘Cause I’m not here.

And you see the things they never see
All you wanted, I could be
Now you know me, and I’m not afraid
And I wanna tell you who I am
Can you help me be a man?
They can’t break me
As long as I know who I am

And I want a moment to be real,
Wanna touch things I don’t feel,
Wanna hold on and feel I belong.
And how can the world want me to change?
They’re the ones that stay the same.
They can’t see me,
But I’m still here.

Real
(Artist: Plumb)

Look at me I’m twenty three
Beautiful, a sight to see
Tonight

A little dress to draw the press
And I’ll be leaving
All the rest behind

Well, be pleased, girl
If this is what you wanted
The whole world is watching you take the stage
What will you say?

Aren’t I lovely?
And do you want me?
‘Cause I am hungry for something that will make me real
Can you see me?
And do you love me?
‘Cause I am desperately searching for something real

I close my eyes imagine time
Will not forget
My sacrifice

I numb the ache and decorate
My emptiness
Stand naked in the light

Well, be pleased, world
If this is what you wanted
This young girl is everything that you made
What will she say?

Aren’t I lovely?
And do you want me?
‘Cause I am hungry for something that will make me real
Can you see me?
And do you love me?
‘Cause I am desperately searching for something real

The world goes home
The lights go down
My lipstick fades away

Aren’t I lovely?
And do you want me?
‘Cause I am hungry for something that will make me real
Can you see me?
And do you love me?
‘Cause I am desperately searching for something real

Ode to My Friends

May 26, 2018 at 10:12 PM | Posted in Musings | Leave a comment

I’ve never been one to warm up so easily to people, especially to new acquaintances. I don’t even open up to most people despite knowing some of them for years. In fact, I’m known by many to be quite a mystery. That’s why I have deep appreciation for my friends who stuck with me despite my quirks, my mood swings and seeming aloofness.

My lack of verbal communication doesn’t mean that I don’t acknowledge everything that they do for me and with me. I do. I appreciate each and every one of them. For their time. For their utmost patience and understanding. For their care.

I greatly appreciate them for setting aside time from their busy schedule and family life to meet me for dinner or coffee and just hang out. I appreciate them for putting up with me even though I know I’m difficult to be with sometimes. I appreciate them for thinking of me and including me in their plans.

And I know most of them don’t even read my blog because… duh, Facebook is such a distraction. Buy anyway, I just want to say thank you to my friends (you know who you are).

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