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Midnight Thoughs #15: Marriage Story Review (Spoilers!) and Some Reflection of My Own

Told myself I would definitely watch this, especially what I have been going through lately. Not the kind of person that would do a film review so bear with me here. Perhaps, it would also be a way for me to grief. This movie, for me in a way, is surreal and gut wrenching, and it forces me to revisit my past relationship.

Didn't know much about the movie until that one particular scene got 'memed'. Many applaud the movie and the casting. Both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson garnered some Oscar buzz. Many are actually surprise Adam Driver can act. For someone who has rewatch his SNL skits multiple times (and you should too!), I always believe he can take up any roles and own it.

But what really draws me in is the storytelling. Didn't really know what to expect. Netflix describes the movie as 'Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach (who?) directs this incisive and compassionate look at a marriage coming apart and a family staying together'. The tra…

Midnight Thoughs #14: 1 John 4:7-8 — “Beloved, Let Us Love One Another, Because Love Is From God; Everyone Who Loves Is Born Of God And Knows God.”

People find solace, peace and confidence through different ways.

Some thru music
Some thru gemstones
Some thru books
And of course, some thru religion(s)

As an atheist myself, religion is not something I would seek.
But that doesn't mean I have the right to prevent others searching for one.
Being Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Taoist, and thousands more give them the confidence and peace they need.

Religion give them something to believe in.
A path in which they could follow.
A moral compass that would keep them in check

Which is why queer Muslims, Christians, Hinduist exist.
And they exist here in Malaysia too.

Already marginalized by the state
Not to mention bullied by friends or received zero support from parents
Some resort to religion.
Since there's no physical appearance of God themselves, this means god is non-judgemental.
Queer folks able to look for verses in scriptures to comfort them
To tell them everything is fine, they are normal.

There are also those who subscri…

Midnight Thoughts #13: Stop ‘Kowtowing’ to Zealots

Weeks ago, a play stirred controversies among the right-wing Muslim groups due to the word ‘Sex’ on the title of the play. Although the title had been altered since (‘Love’in Georgetown City), it was forced to cancel amidst continuous protests and threats from those bigots, online and offline, even there are no pornographic elements after thorough inspection. The far-right Islamic party, Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PIS) chimed in as well with the Penang Youth division insisted the play must be cancelled because such play will lead to immoral activities. Worse yet, instead of taking action against those who threatens, possibly incite violence on those who involved in the play, the state police advised the victimized party to cancel the play because it creates ‘confusion’ among these people. The only way to explain such confusion is because their low proficiency of English or sheer ignorance. 
This is not the first time organizers in Penang, out of all the states where population of the no…