June Spotlight 2016

A theorized reason for why the years seem to be speeding up as we get older is that the ratio of our lives to the years is getting larger.  One year feels like a long time to, say, a five-year-old, because they’ve only been alive for five years in total.  In comparison, I’m fourteen, which means one year is a smaller part of my life than it is a part of the five-year-old’s.  One year is 1/5 of a five-year-old’s life, but it’s only 1/14 of mine.  And that’s why the month of June has come and gone at what felt like the speed of light.

There’s a neat little idea for you as a segway into today’s blog post- now, let’s get on to what you’re really here for.

Here is June Spotlight, a compilation of interesting things I have seen/listened to/experienced in the month of June!

Young Sensations
  1. Annelies Van Overbeek is a seventeen-year-old from Belgium, and gained popularity from her Instagram account.  She uses makeup and different hairstyles and accessories to transform herself into old Hollywood stars and vintage literature figures.  Some of her transformations include Vivien Leigh, Audrey Hepburn, and Daisy from The Great Gatsby.  For her creativity and skills, Annelies has gotten publicity from the likes of Popsugar, Cosmopolitan, Telegraph, and Buzzfeed.
Vivien Leigh/Scarlet O’Hara (Gone With the Wind)
Audrey Hepburn
Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby)

2. Grace Vanderwaal is a twelve-year-old singer/songwriter from New York City, and is most well known for having gotten the golden buzzer for her America’s Got Talent audition.  People have likened her to stars such as Taylor Swift, Sia, and Melanie Martinez, and it’s easy to see why.  Grace has an undeniable talent for music, whether it’s singing, playing ukulele, or writing songs (she auditioned for AGT with an original).  She also has a Youtube channel.


Now You See Me… Now You Don’t

Or, alternatively, Now You See Me 2, as is the name of the sequel of the 2013 film Now You see Me.  Now You See Me focused on four prolific magicians who called themselves The Four Horsemen, an FBI agent called Dylan Rhodes, an Interpol agent named Alma Vargas, and an guy, Thaddeus Bradley, who exposes magicians for a living.  The star-studded cast includes Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, and Mark Ruffalo.  Now You See Me 2 sees Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan join the main cast.

I would personally give this movie a 7o% rating.  It had some fantastic magic tricks (the freaking amazing scene where they passed the card around), and the actors all did a great job, but there were also some downsides.  First of all, it felt like they were trying to milk out the scenes with Daniel Radcliffe and Morgan Freeman, neither of whom were part of the A Team (The Horsemen) who I personally was looking most forward to seeing.  Second of all, the movie once again failed to do proper justice for a majority of its female characters- and there were only about three in total.  Lula was satisfactory character, with her incessant enthusiastic chattering and down-to-earth charm.  However, Natalie Austin, the FBI deputy director, and Bu Bu, the grandmother of the owner of the magic shop in Macau, were both characters that felt like they were just sort of… thrown in there.

As for the plot itself, it was thoroughly underwhelming.  I won’t give too much away, but I will say that it felt as though the parallels between story lines and morals were too forced.  Additionally, there were too many explanations for the magic tricks and plot.  The dialogue, though sparking with the wit reminiscent of the first movie, lacked intrigue.  Also, there was simply too much of it.  Nobody wants to watch a film that is 30% things happening, and 70% explaining the things that happened.



Here’s where I share some of my favourite songs from this month.  Youtube links are included, I’d love it if you took a listen!

Wild – Troye Sivan (ft. Alessia Cara) – Blue Neighbourhood (2015)

Heathens – twenty one pilots – Suicide Squad: The Album (2016)

The Judge – twenty one pilots – Blurryface (2015)

Ophelia – The Lumineers – Cleopatra (2016)

Stubborn Love – The Lumineers – The Lumineers (2012)

Good Grief – Bastille – Wild World (2016)

Hometown – twenty one pilots – Blurryface (2015)

When the Day Met the Night – Panic! at the Disco – Pretty. Odd. (2008)

Different Colours – Walk the Moon – Talking is Hard (2015)

Goodbye, Junior High

Here’s where it gets a little less entertaining, and lot more sentimental.

I have made some amazing friends at school over the past few years, and it’s hard to imagine life without the promise of their friendly faces and familiar jokes everyday.  Time is a precious thing, and this hit home especially recently, since many of my friends and I will be separated in different high schools.  I’m so fortunate to say that my time in junior high is something that I will remember fondly forever.

Come autumn, conflicting schedules, tons of homeworks, and distance will make it difficult to maintain friendships.  It is with bittersweetness that we all face the end to this chapter of our lives.  I know that not all of us will stay in contact once high school starts, that apathy and distance will separate some of us, but let’s try our best to keep in touch, ok?

My friends, never stop being amazing.  I’m going to miss you.


Hey there!

Thanks for sticking around until the end! If you haven’t yet, please check out my last blog post ‘5 Little Tips on How to Be Happy‘ and my About page.  Do you have any newfound favourite things from this month?  Please feel free to comment song, book, movie, and show suggestions!

Thanks for reading!

-Yi Nuo


6 thoughts on “June Spotlight 2016”

    And, uhm, I think I’m gonna watch Now You Don’t just because it’s a magic movie.
    (It’s a movie about magic, how bad could it be?)


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