Loneliness is Underrated

“People don’t realize this but loneliness, it’s underrated.” No, I didn’t write it. Yes, it’s from a movie. Doesn’t make it less true.

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore (500) Days of Summer. As a film, it transcends generations through its boldfaced honesty and reaches to the hopeless romantic in each of us. Tom, the hopeful hero of the story, is a character who we all can relate to. Just like him, we’re eventually drawn to the idea of true love at some point in our lives. But that’s through no fault of our own. We’d see it in movies, hear it play on the radio, and read about it in books. We’re exposed to it at such a young age that it becomes more of a goal than our own dreams, which is pretty much what happened to Tom. He’s the only enduring human trait throughout the story, even when the film accentuates those wondrous moments when he’s side by side with the girl of his dreams, then exaggerates his misery when he’s all alone. And isn’t that how it always is when we’re in love? We believe in it so blindly that we feel we need each other in order to be truly happy. It’s only when Tom climbs out of the depths of his own sorrow that he learns to be happy for himself and to embrace his life because of it. That to me is the true message of the film. So, through the context of (500) Days of Summer, I’m going to show you that being single doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. In fact, it may be the best thing that ever happened to you.

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A Fond Farewell To The Dark Knight

At the end of the 20th Century, the future of the Caped Crusader looked bleak at best. With a rather lackluster Batman Forever, followed by a total flop in the form of Batman & Robin, it seemed as though Hollywood would never be able to bring justice to Bruce Wayne’s story. Then, in the summer of 2005, Christopher Nolan reinvented the Batman mythology for modern audiences and gave us hope for the franchise. Batman Begins was a sign of something truly great, only no one could anticipate just how great the upcoming trilogy would be. Its sequel, The Dark Knight, elevated Batman from a mere comic-book adaptation to an enormously thrilling crime saga that stands as one of the defining movies of our time. Now, after a long road of spectacle and awe, Nolan and crew have returned to deliver an epic finale to top off the towering achievement known as The Dark Knight Legend. And on that note, I’d like to take a look back on Bruce Wayne’s journey from a boy who fell into a cave of his own fear to a man capable of rising from the darkness. This is a celebration of my favorite superhero and a dear friend. This is me saying goodbye to The Dark Knight.

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