Cinema experience

Does the quality of the cinema influence my reviews on films? yes! Do I feel different about the film if I watch at home, not cinema? Of course! I watched Red Dawn (the 2012 one) many years ago, I know, it is not a great film. It was the boxing day, I was on holiday in Salt Lake City, in USA. There was nothing to do, so my friend and I went to the cinema, and watched this film. I felt pretty awesome because I found something to do, so I was in a pretty good mood, not putting any critical thoughts towards it. The popcorn was yummy, drinks was nice and cold. At the end of the film, people clapped and shouted: Yeah America! Then they laughed. That was the moment I realized that most people there were not for the film, but for the experiences. The ‘not doing anything but eat and watch’ experiences.

However I start to realising that a day out at cinema can be a complicated thing. We pay for seats, food and drink, and if it’s a block buster, have to pay a little bit more; for better seats, pay more please. OK, I understand every part but the premium seats. I am willing to pay for the popcorn, extra large drink, but premium seat ticket is what I would consider as one of the unnecessary things.

I have never paid for a premium seat ticket, but I have sat at the premium seats without paying that extra money and I watched the entire film with a slight guilty feeling in my mind, well, I should. However, I don’t ever want to pay for it unless it’s a huge film and I like it and the room is extremely full at the time I plan to watch. And I will feel sorry for people who seat at the front row who leaves with sore necks and tired eyes.

To be honest, paying for premium seats do not necessary mean that you receive a better experience. You still can’t lie down like you can do at home. There is still chance of having annoying and disrespectable people give you a two hour nightmare. Well, yeah, at least there won’t be a kid kicking your seats because the extra leg room; possibly no need to change posture that much because the extra leg room. However, as a small person, it doesn’t really bother me that much.

Oh, let us not include those luxury cinemas, they are in a different category. What we talking about here is more about cinemas like Odeon, an average Odeon cinema.

When the newest James Bond- Spectre came out, I watched at the Odeon in Bournemouth. There was queue at the box office when me and my partner arrived at the cinema, he was terrified we were going to miss part of the film. Also we paid £1 extra because it was a block buster. However, when we got into the room just before the adverts start playing, the room wasn’t even half full, but all the premium seats were empty. I could be sneaky but I decided that we should be good kids, so we watched the film very uncomfortably by seating close to the screen. If I have to be more picky, the image quality could be better.

Maybe this premium seats thing is influencing the ticket sale! Cinema is dying? I guess yeah, certainly there are people choose to watch film at home because they can make themselves 100% comfortable throughout the entire film. I am a cinema lover, so I always go to the Odeon cinema in Bournemouth, not because I like it, it’s only because I have no other choices.

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WTW lighthouse cinema, Newquay

 

Not all cinemas are bad. One of my favourite must be the WTW Lighthouse cinema in Newquay in Cornwall, well-layout comfortable seats, reasonable price and no premium seats and other stupid unnecessary thing! It has four screens, one room features a stage in the front, which can host a live performance. Two of the rooms features Dolby 7.1 audio system, and the image quality always seems decent and correct. My boyfriend and I must go to watch a film every time we go down to visit family. Every time we are there, the room is almost full. It’s kind of cute, isn’t it? 80- 90 people gather up in a room with snacks in their hand to ‘hang out’ for two hours, laugh and cry together.

Under the same chain, The Plaza in Truro supposed to be better and more classic. The film critic, Mark Kermode is one of the regular visitor at the Plaza. Occasionally he presents a film there as well. It’s a cinema which plays old classic films, commence live satellite transmission of theatrical shows, such as ballet, concert and etc. That’s even cuter, people gather together for a ‘stream’.

I love cinemas. I love good cinemas. I don’t like to hear that cinema is dying but it might be true. Myself as an example, I have bought a decent project and sounds system, for someday I feel like watch a film in my leather sofa without hearing people eating popcorns and seeing people come in late with a torch light to distract me. Or someday I just can’t afford.

 

 

 

Christmas 2015

I celebrated my Christmas with my boyfriend’s family this year, as usual, well my family is half the world away (too sad). The weather is not so good in Cornwall, like every other winter. We stayed for nearly two weeks and now it’s almost the end of Christmas Day and also the end of my Christmas of 2015. We are leaving Cornwall tomorrow morning and going to spent the rest of my break doing my assignment and cry.

I did some great things this Chrismas at least, went to Eden project and ice skating for the first time in 3 years, experienced the over-crowded late night shopping at Truro, and I knitted a Santa Claus toy.

I miss home. Oh God not this again! I feel comfortable here, and for goodness sake this is what makes me missing home. And now I am going to force myself to focus on university and placement hunting for next year, maybe I need a cry.

I got some great gift this morning, decided to take a nap on sofa half way through my Christmas dinner because I got too full, I am so glad that I am not dealing with posh family. Just joking. But seriously though, I need to getting on with packing. EWW.

Merry Christmas everyone.

 

 

 

The Fear of the Future

This video brought me in tears, and this is not the first time I seen this type of experiment, but I can’t stop myself being emotional. I have been with my boyfriend for two years now, and we live together in a cute flat. I do imagine us getting old together and wonder how we will look like and how we do things by the age of 40, 50, 60, 7o blah blah blah. It’s beautiful but I don’t want it come so soon.

I left China for the US in 2011, then I moved to UK in 2013. I go home once a year or even every two years, but I don’t usually realize how long I’ve been away from home and how fast time flies until I reunite with my family. I can see what time has done to my parents, which starts to scare me a little. The circle of life, somewhere in the future my parents will become so old, have grey hairs, wrinkles everywhere and stiff knees and etc.; one day, the day I never want it to come, they will leave everything behind to go to somewhere peaceful and beautiful. I can’t imagine how I manage my life without them. Even though now I don’t see them everyday anyway, but it is just nice that they are there to listen and talk to you when you need someone to lean on.

However, it is silly to be afraid of future if we realize that the present time is the future of the past. The film Back to the Future even reckons that we have hover board and flying cars in 2015. Thinking deeper, future never comes because it’s always here, things change everyday, every hour, every seconds. Today was yesterday’s future, this second was the future of the last one. So, I might become so used to it and won’t feel much pain from it.

Anyway, what I am actually scared of? I decided that most of my fear come from my imagination. In most of cases, I am not scared of what is going to happen, instead, I hate the feeling of not knowing what is going to happen. Maybe I am putting too much negative emotions towards the future, as I imagine many people at my age, early 20s, are very excited for their bright future. I believe I am not the only one who thinks this way though, because we all have people who we love so much and don’t want to lose them ever and never. In fact, I think we tend to avoid thinking the side of future and living in the moment, which seems to be the right way of doing it. Life is short, we shouldn’t have these things control our life while it is something we can’t control at all.

Paris Attack, Social Media and Confusion

I am not an active user of social media who posts on daily basis, but I may go on to check the wall once a day, or every couple days. Usually, my patience doesn’t allow me to read more than 10 posts. Sometimes, it does holds me longer, when something important, crazy or special happened in our society, and I want to see how’s everyone reacting to this.

Well, Facebook has done something to fit itself with the society, to help the users get connected to the society. In earlier this year, same-sex marriage became legal national wide in the U.S. and UK and Ireland, gay parade happened everywhere, well from what I saw on Snapchat. I went on Facebook later on, almost everyone’s profile picture has a rainbow flag on it, it also asked me to change it. I didn’t buy it, I don’t have a reason to do it. As myself has always been neutral, neither against or strongly support. I was happy for several gay friends of mine, but I wasn’t that excited to show the world by putting a rainbow flag on my profile photo.

Now, it happened again,  after the Paris Attack last Friday, French ‘flagged’ profile photo is everywhere on Facebook. So does the hashtag ‘Pray for Paris’ on all social media platform. OK, the whole terrorist thing started off because of religion, and now people is using another term from religion to show their sympathy. I feel sad for those who lost their lives in this attack, but I feel more upset about how fucked up the religion and the world are. I wasn’t involved in any of these social media movement. Instead, I contacted my friends who live in Paris to check if they are OK and I have been in a miserable mood for the entire week. I looked into it a little bit more; in fact, not may likes and comments gained for any of those photos, but most of them are from people who have changed theirs too. This makes me wonder what people trying to achieve when they post something on social media. In this case, people change their profile photos to the French flag to show that they care about those victims and the incident; Comments and likes equals to ‘yes, I am  with you’.

Over time, I found Facebook ‘dangerous’. Not many people are acting ‘real’ on it, well, everyone is trying to show the best of them. Often, I hear from some of my friends saying: ‘Oh my god, this person is just so different in real life compare to Facebook’ or ‘This is so fake’. Because I am aware of it, sometimes I don’t really believe much in what people posts on Facebook. Nonetheless, in this case I do believe that anyone who has a sense of humanity would have some emotions toward this, whether sad, angry or something else. However, to me, what Facebook is trying to achieve here is out of my comfort zone.

I assume many people has seen the safety check page on Facebook, a page that helps to tell you friends that you are safe if you in an area where something horrible has happened, also allow you to check if your loved ones are OK. Again, this seems a little strange to me. I just can’t imagine someone who is in danger will choose to go on Facebook, find the safety check page to tell your friend you are safe by clicking a button. Anyway, people who does do it probably was never in a real danger. Wow, maybe I am an old-fashioned person, if anything happens, the first thing I would do is to make a call to my parents and my boyfriend. I would just never think about Facebook in a million years. However, it has received loads positive comments and I believe that this can be helpful to some people. It just seems a little ironic to me.

A similar thing happened on twitter. the hashtag #porteouverte was used to help people in Paris to find a save place and stay away from the attack. I don’t know how many people in danger will take their phone out to check Twitter, but it is surprising how social media is helping and ruling our life now. In addition, #prayforparis was the NO.1 trending on Twitter when the attack happened, but on the following Saturday night, #XfactorUK took it over during its broadcasting. Everything on social media comes and go very quickly, and this makes me wondering how much do people actually care about what they seeing and posting.

Anyway, how we value a post, a tweet or a photo? Depending on the number of like, share and comment. How we value each of them though? There are users who likes everything and there is people only click the button when they are actually feeling it. Surely some worth more than others. By saying this, just think about instagram hashtag. #likeforlike, #followbyfollow and etc. These likes don’t mean anything rather than a pleasing number. When I started using instagram, I was dying for likes, hashtag everything, waiting for the moment when the list of name below photo just turns into a ‘number+likes’. I stopped doing that, because I doubted whether those strangers actually like my photo or they just want some likes back. Now, I barely post anything on social media because I don’t see why I should share my life to so many people who I don’t really care. Instead, I may just share it in a private chat with my best friends.

I had a conversation with one of my friend who pretty much keeps social media out of his life. He says, I wonder if the next generation think the hash key is called hashtag. I laughed so hard but then got a little terrified because this is so realistic. I have another friend who is the ‘cool kid in the club’, I messaged him asking how’s everything going. He replied ‘#unilife, #studies, #fun’. Here is my reply: ‘if you using hashtag again in messages I will block you straight away’. To be honest, I couldn’t believe that happened, I just wanted a general conversation. Social media is changing people’s lifestyle and it is scary to me, maybe to many other people as well.

At last, I don’t know how to end this post now. I can write forever if I keep thinking about the relationship between social media and our life. However, more I think about it, I get more upset and confused. Overall, these are all my personal opinions, I understand if some readers disagree with me because I do see that social media have apply benefits on one’s life.

 

Bear it, No pain, No gain

Before 2013, snowboarding and skateboarding were my main sports to do, what more considered as speedy or cool sports, but I didn’t have much patience to practice on freestyle trick, I never thought I would be a patient person anyway.

However, a winter camping trip totally changed me at the beginning of 2013, 9 days 8 nights on the mountains with other 8 girls and two coaches, hiking during the day time and find places to camp in the middle of nowhere. I was very worried before I went on the trip, didn’t know if I would collapse. I felt terrible quite often during the trip but I decided to be the one doesn’t show out much because it could bring the entire group down.

Maine, 2013
Maine, 2013

‘Bear it, bear it, you can do it, once you get there, you’ll be alright’

I kept saying these words in my head to cheer myself up. 7 mountains, was ain’t no easy, but I could never forget the good feeling when we arrived the top or when we were dancing, crying, laughing after the last dinner in the woods.

Maine, 2013
Maine, 2013

 

After the trip, I joined a rock climbing club in my high school. the same, there was only one choice left every time I started climbing, the top. Well I could choose to give up half way through, but I’ve never done that. Once again, when I was hanging there with my hands and trying to use my feet to reach a another tiny point to climb up, those words were repeating in my head.

‘Bear it, bear it, you can do it, once you get there, you’ll be alright’

Enjoyed every time stood up on the top and looked down the wall, glad what I have done, NO PAIN NO GAIN.

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Maine, 2013

 

 

Moving to UK was a big change for me, especially the place I live is more like a small city, very busy compared to where I used to live.

I signed up for a gym as soon as I arrived UK because I wanted to keep my healthy shape, unfortunately I gave it up after two months, I can’t stand it, I love NATURE.

I am very depressed in the city sometimes, I just don’t know how to deal with it, even sometimes I run along the beach but it’s very crowded and trash everywhere when it’s a good weather.

I couldn’t fell asleep last Saturday for this reason, so I booked a train ticket to a national park. I even don’t know how can I finish 20 miles cycling that day after only three hour sleep but I know I was very happy seeing things are all natural. I also remember the same words were repeating in my head when I had hard times riding up hills.

‘Bear it, bear it, you can do it, once you get there, you’ll be alright’

New Forest, 2014
New Forest, 2014

 

NO PAIN, NO GAIN, life is ain’t no easy.

 

Portraits in B&W

Several portraits of my friends that I did last year, and in B&W.

 

Chan
Chan

 

Ward
Ward

 

Kasmira
Kasmira
Kasmira
Kasmira

 

Annelisa
Annelisa

 

Several medium shots & long shots

Belis & Connor
Belis & Connor

 

Peter
Peter

 

Kasmira
Kasmira

 

I only studied Photography for one semester, I am actually a media student. But it is always fun for me to do, especially when I get know someone, I sort of put my understanding of him(her) into the portrait.

 

Yay, I am a ca-me-ra.

Self Portrait
Self Portrait

 

Play with Lights and Shadow

I love playing with lights and shadow in my photograph, they are the magicians to create interesting on boring things.

 

Lights reflects on the window

Modern Life (Hangzhou, China)
Modern Life

 

Shadow makes it evil

At some point, growing up means I look awesome in a fancy dress, crazy high high heels, then my face suddenly changes when I get home and don't think I can ever walk again
At some point, growing up means I look awesome and happy in a fancy dress, crazy high high heels, then my face suddenly changes when I get home and don’t think I can ever walk again

 

made birds flying and balloon floating in a boring fitting room
made birds flying and balloon floating in a boring fitting room

 

the Way to Understand Art
the Way to Understand Art

 

Anonymous Love
Anonymous Love

 

I Photoed a Boy Uses Artificial Lights for Photos
I Photoed a Boy Uses Artificial Lights for Photos

 

Four Hands When I Dance
Four Hands When I Dance
Up in the Smoke

 

 

 

James Turner Street

Benefit Street, a documentaries series broadcast on Channel 4, which shows the lives of several residents on James Turner Street, who live rely on the benefit system. As my last post says, documentary, is a strong expression of one specific perspective. many newspapers and magazines judge about this group of people, because they don’t think it’s not fair for people who work hard and pay for taxes but this money is used by people who don’t work , who live on it. documenting this group of people can’t be fairly expressed ever. Most of time in the film is showing what problem they got, why they are there, why they choose to keep this kind life style.

Some people’s reasons are understandable, such as one girl from the episode 4, her name is S.B. She is 25 years old with two kids, she is looking for a job as a model, but her kids’ father doesn’t pay anything to support their living after they split up. It’s hard for her to keep her children well while she have a job. However, there are some residents who are just not willing to do any work, they enjoy getting money even they are just lazy at home, even the programme shows they have problem. Well, so what? Everyone has problems.

However, the media is kind of over judge them somehow, the producer of this programme might has the feeling that this situation needs to be more balanced, try to make other people calm and sort of understand them more, which is sweet, but would it change people’s thinking a lot? Would it help the people lives on benefit system? Who knows.