Gender Differences

I first saw this humorous gender stereotype clip in my college sociology class. It was one of those moments where you know it’s true but you can’t help but laugh at it in agreement. Some may go overboard with the layout when it comes to targeting our gender differences but it’s not about that at all, it’s just the generality of the kind of character one may possess. I certainly don’t have many similarities to these said differences like the clip, but there are some where I can wholeheartedly agree to and that’s the fun of it all. Take a short break and enjoy the short film!

Red

Considering the harsh reality which is the fact that I’m still quite not myself and ill in bed, here’s a nice animated short film that caught my attention (and you know just how much I adore and am a sucker for cute animated works). The film is titled Red and is a uniquely spun spin-off of the popular childhood fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. Moral of the story is nicely woven into this short film that runs only about two minutes or so, so sit back with your inner child and come along for the ride. Enjoy!

Brain Divided

I recently found this humorous animated short and have come to love it and laugh at it countless amount of times. It’s like an adult version of a Pixar short and you can’t miss it, it’s just that darn good. As the title announces, it’s “Brain Divided” and literally, how there are two halves of us when it comes to trying to make a great impression on a first date. No time for spoilers, check it out and enjoy!

Invention of Love

Hauntingly beautiful. This animation is one of my favorite animated short films that I happened to discover a year ago by chance. I love the unique style that can’t be put into better words but is “steampunk romance.” I love the form of shadow art that created this breathtaking masterpiece. It’s one of those films that you can’t take your eyes off of and don’t mind re-watching over and over again. Enjoy!

Heartbreak Fairy Tale

Corpse Bride 2 Love

I was a bride
My dreams were taken from me
But now – now I’ve stolen them from someone else
I love you, Victor, but you are not mine . . .

Corpse Bride [Corpse Bride, 2005]

When I watch the Corpse Bride, I can’t help but feel that this is truly a sad and tragic love story. The film portrays a happy ending for Victor and Victoria but to me, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with sadness. This quote that the Corpse Bride says to Victor as she lets him go back to Victoria instead of fighting for her own love for him not only just moved me but got me so upset to tears. How can this be a happy ending? Sure the “living” Victor and Victoria may live a happy marriage together but what about the Corpse Bride? She will forever be wandering in her lonesome self with a body of a corpse living day after day enveloped in sadness because not only did she lose her love when she was living but also when she was dead. I know that she knows what she did was the right thing to do, but Victor not doing anything to stop her (considering how his feelings and thoughts about her DID change) or even make sure if she was okay with this idea hurt me too. Yes, she is not alive . . . and yes, she doesn’t have a beating heart . . . but I sincerely believe that she felt heartbreak just as any of us, from her loss of true love. It’s just as she puts it into song in “Tears to Shed.”

If I touch a burning candle, I can feel no pain
If you cut me with a knife, it’s still the same
And I know her heart is beating, and I know that I am dead
Yet the pain here that I feel, try and tell me it’s not real
And it seems that I still have a tear to shed 

If I touch a burning candle, I can feel no pain
In the ice or in the sun, it’s all the same
Yet I feel my heart is aching, though it doesn’t beat, it’s breaking
And the pain here that I feel, try and tell me it’s not real
I know that I am dead, yet it seems that I still have some tears to shed 

I know that not everyone gets their happily ever after. But that doesn’t also mean that no one doesn’t deserve one. As much as I enjoyed the film, there’s no sadder love story than heartbreak.

Victor’s Piano Solo


“Victor’s Piano Solo” – Victor Van Dort [Corpse Bride, 2005]

I love the encounter of love through music. You think you’re all alone and so you just play whatever comes to your fingers because you’re not there to impress anyone or boast what you can do. You play what is most comfortable and entertaining for yourself. At times like these, you are most yourself while still in the form of a musician. You can play the scales or just play random keys, but the music you create in that moment, is truly you.

But then, someone hears this part of you that they don’t get to hear often. They become entranced in your music. And for a rare moment, they don’t see just you as a musician and your ability; they see the part of you that is real through your music. Nothing fake for entertainment or a disguise to amuse. But your very thought, your every glance at the keys you play, your inner beauty of what you can do. And they’ll never be able to forget that brief moment of passion and peace in your eyes again.