Film Review: Jumanji 2

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As a kid, I loved the original Jumanji starring the late Robin Williams and was-then-tiny Kirsten Dunst.

Of course, I had been wanting to see the updated sequel ever since I was unable to see the subtitled screen at my local cinema, due to actually working at that same cinema.

Following on from the story in 1996 and set in 2017, Jumanji is updated into the fashionable present-day style of gaming: a video game. While in detention, these four teens find an abandoned game, decide to play it, get sucked into a whole new world, and they have to play it in order to save Jumanji.

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Gendered Dressing

One of the most oddest things I’ve encountered since I’ve identified as non-binary is that I only get compliments if I’m dressed in a femme way.

Absolutely nothing when I’m masculine dressed (which is practically every single day) or when I gender-blend.¹

I find it odd and outdated.

Are we so set in our ways that we will only compliment a person if they are dressed in the style of the gender they were born into?

I haven’t felt femme for a super long time now. It’s rare if I am; it either has to be a special event or I’m feeling unusually feminine.

This came about again recently at work…

  1. It was a laundry day when I wore a t-shirt dress and leggings, as I didn’t have my usual jeans and t-shirt. She was saying I looked great. This may not seem unusual, but really, she never compliments me on my appearance. Unless I look like a girl.
  2. Another day, a customer complimented me on my short back and sides haircut. When I gave my thanks and explained it was all my Dad’s barber’s work, they were quick to say that it still looked very feminine.

In this day and age, people should stop thinking that they have to see everything as pink or blue and place who they say in what society for so long has said what humans are.

Gender is fluid now.

And just because someone like me doesn’t conform to what people think a gender should look like that doesn’t mean they don’t want compliments on their appearance.

¹ Except from my Dad, who gives full thumbs up whenever I don a blazer. Or one of my best friends when I send them a photo of my gender-blended outfit. They are brilliant!

Wednesday Wisdom: Introvert Doodles

Out of all the accounts I follow on Instagram, my utmost favourite is Introvert Doodles.

A talented, empathetic artist called Marzi cartoons about aspects of life as an introvert. They are funny, heartfelt, and oh, so true about life as an introvert. I’m grateful for them because they make me smile and I feel that I’m not alone in the world as an introvert.

They are also full of wisdom.

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Movie Review: BlackKkKlansman

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BlackKkKlansman is one of those biographical movies that you watch and go: “Oh, my God… THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!!!”

Directed by Spike Lee, it follows the true story of real life black cop, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), who successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan (aka KKK) in 1978.

When a rookie and the first black cop in Colorado Springs Police Department, Stallworth found a classified ad in the city newspaper about KKK, which invited interest from like-minded people. Curious, he contacted them claiming to be a white man, who shared the same values. An undercover operation springs, as one of Stallworth’s colleagues, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) impersonated Ron at KKK meetings.

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September Starts

I love September.

It’s my most favourite month of the year: the leaves are changing colour, the weather is at a more comfortable temperature with still sunny days, and a sense of renewal opens up.

Personally, ’tis the season when new things start to happen: new home, new course, or new adventures. Spring and fall are the two times of the year when new life turns over: spring sows the seeds of change and they are finally harvested in the autumn.

It’s like life moves itself along with nature.

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Film Review: The Children Act

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If Emma Thompson doesn’t win an Oscar for her latest role in The Children’s Act (2018), I will actually cry!

Probably the best act I’ve ever seen her give, Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee) gives an excellent performance as the Honourable Mrs Justice Maye, who buckling under the heavy weight of difficult cases regarding vulnerable children. As she states: “the law takes over your life”. Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, Shall We Dance) plays wonderfully beside her as the neglected husband, Jack Maye, who tries his ever best to discuss – like a proper adult – about their floundering marriage.

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