I just finished watching Wong Fu Productions’ Strangers, Again and I have to admit, I was thoroughly impressed with the video. It’s 16 minutes long, give or take some time for the credits to roll around, of course, but it was brilliant to the T. The main story features a couple, Josh and Marissa as Josh reflects on their relationship over the course of 1 and a half years, highlighting the different periods that the couple goes through. We’ve all heard of the stages, and despite the names we may give them (chopping vs. the chase; wheeling vs. flirting; etc. vs. whatever), if you’ve been in a relationship, you’ve most likely gone through them all. I suppose the interesting point to note is that the video is certainly nothing new; it features everything you’d expect it to feature and, in fact, a little bit less, though one can blame the trailer for that. In typical trailer format, it reveals whatever it wants to reveal, and I’ll admit it now before my bashing is misinterpreted, it doesn’t damage the video at all.

Now, I’m calling it a video, but in all fairness, it’s a short film, and as such, I’m going to give it the respect it deserves. The film is brilliantly shot, though what I find fascinating is the emotion conveyed by Philip Wang (I didn’t bother googling him, you’ll have to excuse my laziness in that regard, though I’m sure anyone can do it themselves) as the film progresses. It isn’t difficult to properly emote a breakup script, all things considered, but what makes his performance interesting is the WAY that he portrays his character. He plays each and every part fantastically well, and what’s even more admirable is that he’s actually LIKABLE; this is despite the fact that he repeatedly points out that he is equally at fault. More so, he doesn’t WHINE about his position; he tells the truth in the proper manner, without sacrificing or adding anything supplementary.

The one problem, and this is incredibly minor but it IS annoying me, is a SINGLE moment in the most painful scene for anyone who has been through a breakup; the film pulls a Scrubs outtake moment where the character does something (specifically punching another character) ALL. IN. HIS. MIND. This artistic choice is beginning to annoy me to the nth degree, and that really is the only problem with the film.

Now, the point of my writing isn’t to praise Wong Fu Productions or their latest short film, that much can be done by the viewers and by reading their comments on the matter. The point of my writing is to ponder the concept of a breakup, as the film asks the viewer to do throughout. The reasoning is that once a couple splits, they are, for all intents and purposes, strangers once again. However, any observant 4 year old who has grown up in a 1st world country can point out this simple prospect be reading the title of the film, so I’m going to take my pondering a little further: does every couple undergo the same breakup pattern, and more importantly, are the only two options for a couple marriage (or its cultural and social equivalent) or breaking up (or its cultural and social equivalent)?

A relationship, whether romantic or otherwise, undergoes principle changes from strangers onward and so on and so forth. Though, does this mean that ALL relationships undergo the SAME changes? This has been a point of interest for me for quite some time, and sadly I haven’t been able to provide an answer. Logic dictates that no two relationships are the same, even under controlled conditions, human randomness accounts for that fact; therefore, following logic, the answer is a resounding NO. However, relationships, no matter how different, show SIMILAR traits, this is how we learn and adapt, it’s the principle of avoiding the mistakes your friends etc. make to avoid similar outcomes. Therefore the answer is a YES. The combination of a YES and a NO only further complicate matters, which only lead to more speculation.

For now, however, I don’t have an answer to the questions above. I don’t know whether or not marriage or breakup are the only two options a couple has, and I certainly don’t know if every couple follows the same pattern, but what I DO know for a fact is that relationships are quite often worth it, and while breakups (whether inevitable or otherwise) are messy, during the relationship, the two members (or more, I’m not going to judge quite yet) are happy. Or rather, they should be. If not, steps should be taken to reconcile that fact, and who knows, maybe you won’t be able to, and maybe it’ll all fail miserably and maybe you’ll never find someone who loves you and love isn’t worth it and blah blah blah BLAH BLAH. All useless maybes, but I digress, I don’t have the answers to those questions, and I believe that the day I find the answers, I’ll have even more questions. SO! Until that moment in time, I suggest making sure that your relationship is fantastic and grand for both of you.

As always, this has been you Admin, and DO remember! Breakups and Marriages occur, I certainly haven’t come up with an equation or formula to avoid either, and telling anyone to make the most of what they have is obvious, therefore to avoid that I’ll say this: if you like where you don’t screw it up. If you don’t like where you are, then stop crying, stand up and DO something about it.


    • Shaquille
    • May 6th, 2011

    LOL!!! sabobaglob you should get a webcomic to accompany the rants

    • raykid983
    • May 6th, 2011

    roftl I cannot believe I haven’t revisted your website in so long

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