My birthday is on December 9th. I turn 20. I’m so scared about entering my 20s. I’m not excited at all. And I’m not ready. When I turned 18, I told everyone I was turning 81, because I felt old, tired, useless and ready for the end. I was really depressed about my own life and also seeing so many of my friends going through hard times and me being unable to help. Interestingly, switching the numbers this time means I’m turning 02 → 2 years old.

On that note, since I was very happy as a two year old, I’m going to list things that make me happy and randomly talk (or write) about them. Happy birthday to me!

Watching Movies

  • These are my absolute favorite films.

Animal Crackers (1930): I’ve been wanting to do a post about the Marx Brothers, but I don’t know how to approach their greatness. The films they made at Paramount are a lot better than the ones made after Zeppo left and they switched to MGM. The only reason this one is my favorite of their five Paramount films is because I love Lillian Roth’s character, but the other ones are also hilarious and memorable (The Cocoanuts, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup). “Hooray for Captain Spaulding!”

Waterloo Bridge (1940): the most subtly beautiful film I’ve ever seen, starring one of my idols.

Anne of Green Gables (1985): Anne helped me get through high school and this movie is probably my favorite of the ones I listed here. Of the books, though, Anne of the Island is my favorite (I am now also working to get my BA).

Sleeping Beauty (1959): I already wrote a post about this one.

 

  • My first Silent Films: both from 1925 and both amazing. I was surprised that silent films could be just as funny, dramatic, and an emotional experience as talkies.

 

  • Going to the Movies

-2017 is the first year that I’ve gone to the movies by myself. I saw Beauty and the Beast the day after I came home for spring break. I saw it in 3D, sitting in between an old lady and a little girl. I cried through the whole film. It was stunning. I related to everything Belle was thinking and going through. Afterwards I went to see it again with my parents and I insisted on sitting next to my dad, because we are basically just like Belle and Maurice (except my dad is a good fighter with fast reflexes, Gaston would never be able to hit my dad). Now this movie is one of our favorites.

A Ghost Story is such a profound film. I started a draft for a post about this film but I don’t think I’m ever going to finish it. The idea of memory as experienced by Casey Affleck’s character absolutely haunted me as well as the closure he achieved after centuries of being unable to let go. It was fascinating to think about.

-By the end of the year, I’m probably going to go see The Disaster Artist and/or I, Tonya… probably not.

 

Shakespeare

  • I had to read The Tempest for school. Here is my post about it.
  • In the summer, I went to see a production of The Taming of the Shrew at my school. I read someplace that everyone should see a Shakespeare play at least once in their lifetime, so I checked that off my bucket list.
  • I read King Lear to my mom a week before school started. Here’s my post about it.
  • In my senior year of high school, I wrote a research paper about Macbeth (and also an “adapted” screenplay and a timeline, for a stupid Senior Project), I used Harold Bloom as a source. I found his book about Shakespeare at a booth selling books on campus and I had to buy it. I haven’t read it yet.

 

About Me

  • My Parents
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My favorite picture of them, gives me peace.

My dad was born and raised in Honduras, coming to the USA in his early twenties. His father was a Civil Guardsman murdered in the 1963 Honduran military coup d’état. The picture below is my dad and me the day he became a US citizen. I was in the first grade.

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My mom was born in Los Angeles, CA, but raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, where her family is from (Jalisco). I like to identify more as “Catracha” (Honduran) than Mexican, but I am very proud of my “Ojasos Tapatíos.” The picture below is my grandma (RIP, never got to meet her), mommy, and 17 year old me. We look nothing alike, but we got those Ojos Tapatíos.

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  • My vanity (these are within the last month)
  • My Sky

Sun – Sagittarius

Rising/Ascendant – Leo

Moon – Aries

Mercury, Venus, Mars – Capricorn

I find it hilarious that with these six aspects of my birth chart, I am full-on Fire sign and Capricorn.

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my tea

List of Links

Vivien Leigh: Promotional Pictures of Her Films and Plays

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty: A Character Analysis of Princess Aurora

Prospero’s My Fantasy, Nehru’s My Reality

“The Mystery of Things” – King Lear Quotes

Royal Patrons: “Make Me Look Good”

Macbeth Timeline

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