This year, the month of March will be synonymous to words such as movies, awards, recognitions, glam, and top-caliber celebrities. All because of the upcoming 82nd annual Academy Awards which will happen exactly one week from now. Having said that, since movies will rule in the next seven days or so, I guess it would be fitting for me to post an entry about films. I’d be twisting it a bit, though, because I will mainly discuss all the twelve movies I have watched in the past two months. Yes, twelve. I guess it would be safe to say that I go to a movie house at least once a week since this year started. Well, not all twelve was seen inside a cinema, only eight. And two of which are courtesy of some friends and movie buddies. Since I’ve been too lazy to make a review of each film, might as well post them all in one entry haha!
First up is my Oscar marathon films. The Blind Side is an amazing film. Sandra Bullock’s acting is A+ and really deserved the accolades. Precious pierced through my heart, and I believe people must watch it for the sole reason that the film is indeed precious. Up In The Air, on the other hand, is such a rave-worthy film. If you will notice, that’s the only film I got to make a review on. It’s FANTASTIC! The Hurt Locker is such an intense-filled movie it had my heart almost leap out of my chest. Director Kathryn Bigelow truly made a masterpiece.
These next movies are the ones I got to watch with my usual movie buddies Gly, Vienne & Carol. We all enjoyed Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Squeakel. Also nice to see our very own Charice making an appearance. Sherlock Holmes is also a fun movie to watch. Robert Downey and Jude Law make a great tandem for an action/comedy type of film. It pains me to watch The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, though, mainly because of Heath Ledger. Still, I believe he’s one of the most brilliant actors of this generation. Dinig Sana Kita, the only Filipino movie amongst the twelve, is so refreshing to watch. I have always loved watching Indie films and this one won’t be an exception. I was able to finally see it through a special screening held in Bonifacio High Street, and it was worth the wait and the sleep deprivation the day before.
Valentine’s Day is indeed the movie to watch last Valentine month. It was a fun movie, too. Aside from the stellar ensemble, there were a lot of cute and even shocking moments viewers enjoyed the most. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, however, was a surprisingly nice film. At first, I thought it would be just a HP wannabe movie, but watching it proved to be otherwise. The story’s kind of cool, I might add. The Wolfman bored me a bit, but I loved the effects although it grossed me out. Nevertheless, I can still consider it as a good watch. The last movie, From Paris With Love, is such a hell of a ride! John Travolta rocked it, really. It was fun watching him play a villain type of role.
So, there. All twelve movies I got to see the past couple of months. After realizing that I’ve been spending too much on watching movies, comes the thought of slowing down a bit. Although I seriously need to catch up on my Oscar films marathon. I will do it in the next few days, before March 8th. I am stoked! Next post, hopefully, will be about my Oscar predictions. Let’s see how my favorites will fair. Will catch’ya at the movies! 🙂
It’s Oscars day today and I’m so freakin’ excited! About 7 hours to go actually, but I can’t seem to prep myself up to sleep. Sleepy bug come bite me, please. And since I can’t sleep at this time of day (2:30AM Manila time), I will just post my bold predictions as to who I think/want to win this year. For the record, this year has the most exciting line up of nominated movies. I have watched, I think, six of the major ones. Five of which are nominated for the Best Picture. I have yet to watch some other ones but heck, I’ve researched enough to come up with this predictions of mine.
Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) for
Best Supporting Actress
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) for Best Supporting Actor
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) for Best Actor
Kate Winslet (The Reader) for Best Actress
for Best Picture
I hope all above mentioned will win later! Hands down to Slumdog Millionaire for Best Picture, same goes with Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor. And this has got to be Kate’s year, I hope the Academy won’t turn her down again. Please give her much deserved Oscar, please. Anyway, see yah at the red carpet later! haha! I can’t wait to watch it. Ayt, gotta doze off.
It’s the start of the year. And what better way to welcome it by watching movies. Great and worthy movies, that is. You know what people say that when you started the year doing a certain thing, most likely that’s what you’ll end up doing the entire year? Yes, I think movies will rule my year this time. I have already watched several, but here are the three that really stood out. Not because Oscars is just around the corner that’s why I picked them for this entry, but these three are wonderfully made films worth raving for. Simple as that.
I really love watching movies that will leave you with a lot of questions in mind. A strong proof that it made a mark and made you think about a lot of stuff. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button wouldn’t be an exception. This movie had strucked me in a way. A way that never in my imagination would occur. I guess that’s just how I liked the movie. It’s a lengthy one, but I was never bored the entire time. It’s like having a hamburger but only getting the bun haha, wait, that sounds like Simon Cowell. Nah, watching it is like wishing I am Benjamin, or just even having the feel of what it’s like being him. I know it sounds crazy, but yeah, maybe I am crazy haha!
I haven’t read the book, so I don’t have anything to compare it with. Just the sole feeling I had while watching it would suffice, I think. Brad Pitt did great, I should say. Good acting. Same with Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton, whom I thought were the same person haha! They look exactly like each other in this movie. Well, maybe not exactly exactly, but for me they do.
A bit of a footnote here. I watched this by myself yesterday. This one’s, I think, the fifth movie I watched alone in a cinema (The Lion King, Titanic, Romeo & Juliet, and the last one was Hotel Rwanda). Had no one to accompany me, that’s why. We all should spend some time alone, don’t we? At least I left the movie house and went home with a smile on my face.
“How do you break free without breaking apart?” The tagline alone is enticing enough for a moviegoer/Oscar freak/Leo & Kate fan not to watch. I am a bit of all three. You had no idea how freaky I’d become waiting when can I see it. And so finally, just earlier this morning, I have.
Seeing them both together in a movie after 11 years is giving me goosebumps all the way. I am a huge fan of Titanic, that’s why I find it hard to finally identify them out of that movie. But it lasted only for a few minutes, around five I think. After that, they are Frank and April Wheeler. I love their characters and how they played it. Such an astounding and moving performances! Kate Winslet never fails to amaze me. Although I have only seen three of her films (Hideous Kinky, 1998; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004: and Heavenly Creatures, 1994), I’d have to say that this is her best to date. DiCaprio, on the other hand, fits the role really well. No one could be a better Frank Wheeler than him.
July 18, 2008 was indeed a dark night. It’s the day of our much anticipated movie dayout for The Dark Knight, and we were all wearing black! Well, at least with something black on. And we swear that we didn’t plan to wear the same color. Probably Heath’s spirit is the one to blame haha! Even when we had our dinner that evening, two of us had Black Pepper Pasta. Hmmm. Anyway, our get together also became a send off party sort of thing for a Popoy friend Jojit who is leaving for Dubai next week. Good thing he was able to join us for dinner because I and a friend failed to go to his birthday party last July 4. So it was such a fun and memorable GT! Unfortunately he wasn’t able to join us watch the movie because we decided to go for the last full show (because Mei is causing the delay haha!), and the cute little Pia can’t stay that long that’s why they need to go home early after dinner.
Dinner at Cavana in Megamall
Me, Jojit, Pia & Mel
My Black Pepper Pasta with beef chunks
And the Dark Knights haha
And now about the movie. It is actually difficult to find the exacting words as to how we all loved it, but witnessing how well the film was made is reason enough to rave. Not in every breathtaking or amusing scenes we’d go “Hanep!”, “Galeng!”, or “Wow!“. The Dark Knight is the most different and prolific of all Batman films, I must say. The story’s in-depth attack on the people involving Bruce Wayne was extremely well crafted that you’d really get drawn to each and every character. The ensemble cast is solid rock! I mean, who could even argue on having Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman in one big film. Their acting was superb!
And yes, Heath Ledger! THE Heath Ledger. My, he owned the movie. Outstanding performance! Gave me creeps every now and then, a proof that it was a very effective portrayal of Joker. But watching him afterwards saddened me, knowing that this was his last film and we won’t be able to experience his brilliance anymore. On a lighter side, his last is indeed a BIG one! I would give him an Ace with this one, and probably the Academy will, too. Heath might win next year’s Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Oh, I can’t wait for that! 😉
I am so freakish about this movie! I just can’t wait to watch it. Indeed, this is the most anticipated movie of the year! I also can’t wait to see Heath Ledger play Joker. Words have been spreading that he might receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Critics were raving about his performance! Which makes it more exciting to look forward to.
Too bad I didn’t get to watch RX 93.1’s red carpet premiere yesterday. Haven’t got the time to join in for promos. Anyway, three more days and I will finally get to watch it with some friends! We really planned this one ahead of time so that we can all see it together. Here’s one of the many trailers I checked out on YouTube. See you at the movies! 😉
I’ve taken a two-days off this week, after having split restdays for quite a while. Since I don’t have enough money to go out, I instead indulged myself in two things I love doing during spare time: reading books and watching movies/series. I started rummaging into our seemingly crowded not-watched dvd drawer, but really cannot decide on what to watch! After few minutes of talking to myself, I picked The Departed since I’ve been wanting to watch that for the longest time. It is a mobster-themed movie directed by Martin Scorsese. It was actually *adapted from a 2002 Hongkong film Infernal Affairs which saw a policeman going undercover as a mob member and a mob member infiltrating the police force. Scorsese transfer the action to Boston, positioning Leonardo DiCaprio as undercover cop William Costigan and Matt Damon as the undercover mobster Colin Sullivan. While both of them get into plenty of nail-biting situations that almost reveal their true identities, Scorsese gradually unravels his strong supporting cast including Jack Nicholson as Sullivan’s mob boss Frank Costello; Ray Winstone as Costello’s meat-headed muscle; Mark Whalberg as a hot-headed police sergeant; and Vera Farmiga as a love interest for both Damon and DiCaprio’s characters. It was a pretty intense movie! Done in the most realistic manner, I can almost hear my heart beating everytime there’s an exciting scene. The acting were superb! All of them did an amazing portrayal you’d be drawn to each and every character. It was engrossingly violent, yes. If only I counted how many times the word f**k and f****ng was mentioned in the entire movie, I’d be damned!
After watching that, I then decided to finish the novel I am reading. It was the acclaimed piece of Lualhati Bautista titled Dekada ’70. I bought the book November of last year and got the time to read it only now. I actually liked it. It was true, touching, poignant and funny. It is a story of a family caught in the middle of the tumultuos decade of the 1970’s. *The novel details how a middle class family struggled with and faced the changes that empowered Filipinos to rise against the Marcos government. The shaping of the decade are all witnessed by the female character Amanda Batolome, a mother of five boys. While Amanda’s sons grow, form individual beliefs and lead diffent lives, she reaffirms her identity to state her stand as a Filipino citizen, mother and a woman. Dekada ’70 introduces to its readers the story of a family of a particular time in Philippine history, the story of a mother and her family, and the society around them that affects them. It was adapted to a movie in 2003, but prior to reading it, I haven’t seen the movie version. I am in a way familiar with some characters that’s why I can’t help but picture Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon and Piolo Pascual in most of the scenes while reading it. The story itself is heart warming and eye opening. Although I got a bit lost in the first chapter, the succeeding ones proved to be exciting and in the end revealed a lot of things. I cried reading the part where one of their sons was salvaged and found dead, tortured with multiple stab. I really felt that moment.
I right away thought of watching the movie version, but since I don’t have any copy available I thought of renting one in Video City. But I checked YouTube first and was glad to see some uploads cut into parts. I searched extensively then to my surprise I got a link from Crunchyroll to watch it. And there I found exactly what I am looking for! I got to watch the entire movie without interruption, yey! The movie version is an exceptional one! It indeed brought to life the novel and was adapted really really well. The scenes I loved were all there, and it exceeded my expectations. It still gives me chills up to this very moment I am writing this entry, that’s how moving the film was. Everything in it was just exactly what I pictured the time I am reading it, unbelievable! The house, the series of events, the unforgettable scenes, wow need I say more?! Director Chito S. Roño did an outstanding job, he still included those parts which didn’t need much stress, but did it in the most subtle way. The screenplay was A+ too, the writer Lualhati Bautista excelled in further depicting the story in an intricate manner. And do I still need to touch the acting part? Of course, who would even argue with the lead artists Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon and Piolo Pascual. The supporting cast were equally good. My, how nice it is to rave about a movie released 5 years ago. You tell me.
Anyway, here’s an excerpt from a poem of Kahlil Gibran which was used in the novel. Really love this:
Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
*movie and novel synopsis courtesy of rottentomatoes & wikipedia