Tuesday, June 29, 2010

For One More Day - Mitch Albom

Category: Books

Author: Mitch Albom

This book is about a day in the life of a man named Charley "Chick" Benetto, who gets to spend one more day with his deceased mother of eight(8) years, after desperate attempts of trying to kill himself.

This novel goes to show how one visit from a deceased loved one, can alter the course of another person's life. I think this book is really fitting about "mothering" and understanding mothers. It's heartwarming, like a book with a mother's comfort. At least that's how I felt. It shows our mother's story, how we sometimes fail to understand them. And that they too have been through shitty ordeals.

Quotes I Love:

"When you are rotten about yourself, you become rotten to everyone else, even those you love."

"That's the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going into every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Closer - 2004

Category: Movies

Genre: Drama / Romance

Director: Mike Nichols

Producer / Companies: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures, Buenavista International

Writer: Patrick Marber

Tagline: If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking.

Cast: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, Nick Hobbs, Colin Stinton

Daniel Woolf(Jude Law), a mediocre obituary journalist and a struggling writer in London, England, takes Alice Ayres(Natalie Portman), who ran away from New York and a part-time stripper, to the hospital when she's hit by a car, and they fall in love.

A year later, Dan meets photographer Anna Cameron(Julia Roberts) and tries to pick her up, but nonchalantly rebuffs him. In revenge, Dan sets Anna up for an embarrassing encounter with a dermatologist he met online named Larry Gray(Clive Owen), but the two end up seeing each other. It came to a point where everybody saw each other at some art gallery where Anna placed her exhibits.

Closer's got some wicked twist in it. It's about cheating and betrayals. Julia's some sort of a twisted character. Someone you can't understand or she's what the movie calls a "depresser". Doesn't what to be happy. Well, it's an adult film. Heavy stuff. Not light or heart warming either. It shows the dark side of "love" which is basically "fear". A classic example of how fear can eat the love out of you. :)

Conversations I Like:

Dan: What do you do in New York?
Alice: You know.
Dan: I don't. You Studying?
Alice: Stripping!
Alice: Look at your little eyes...
Dan: I can't see my eyes.

Obituaries is like the Siberia of journalism.

Dan: Do you mind if I smoke?
Anna: If you must.
Dan: I don't have to.
Anna: Then, don't.

Dan: I've got to see you.
Anna: I don't want trouble.
Dan: I'm not trouble.
Anna: You're taken!
Dan: You kissed me.
Anna: What are you? 12?

Anna: I haven't seen you for a year!
Dan: Yes, you have.
Anna: Only because you stalk me outside my studio.
Dan: I didn't stalk. I lurked. and when I'm not there you look for me.
Anna: How do you know if you are not there?
Dan: Because, i'm there lurking from a distance.

Larry: Hello, stranger
Anna: Hello.
Larry: Intense conversation?
Anna: His father died. Were you spying?
Larry: Lovingly observing with a telescope.

You are a woman. She's a girl. She has the moronic beauty of a girl but she's sly.

Larry: Well, ill see to myself then with the ELLE decorated bathroom
Anna: You chose that bathroom
Larry: Everytime I wash in there, i feel dirty. It's cleaner than I am. It's got attitude. It's like saying: "Who the fuck are you?"
Anna: You chose it.
Larry: Doesn't mean I like it.

Alice: Why are you sorry? Why didn't you tell me before? Is it because she's successful?
Dan: No, it's because she doesn't need me. Deception is brutal. I'm not pretending otherwise.
Alice: How? HOw does it work? How do you do this to someone?
Dan: *shrugs*
Alice: Not good enough.

Dan: I fell in love with her Alice.
Alice: Oh, it's as if you have no choice. There's a moment. There's always a moment. I can do this, i can give in to this or I can resist it. And i dont know what your moment is, but i bet you there was one. I'm going. *opens the door*
Dan: It's not safe out there.
Alice: Why? Is it safe in here?
Dan: What about your things?
Alice: I dont need things.
Dan: Where will you go?
Alice: Disappear.

Alice: Why is it that love isn't enough?

Dan: You love her like a dog loves its owner.
Larry: And the owner loves the dog for so doing.
Dan: You'll hurt her. You'll never forgive her
Larry: Of course I'll forgive her. I *have* forgiven her. Without forgiveness we're savages. You're drowning.

Larry: I didn't do it to have a nice time. I fucked her to fuck you up.
Dan: You're an animal.
Larry: Yeah? What are you?
Dan: You think love is simple. Well, you think the heart is like a diagram.
Larry: Have you ever seen a human heart? It's like a fist wrapped in blood. Go, fuck yourself. You don't know the first thing about love. Cause you don't understand the word compromise. Go back to Alice. She loves you beyond description. Your prescription is where she works. Go to her.

Alice: I don't love you anymore
Dan: Since when?
Alice: Now. Just now. I don't wanna lie. I can't tell the truth. So, it's over.
Dan: It doesn't matter. I love you. None of it matters.
Alice: Too late. I don't love you anymore, goodbye. Here's the truth. So, now you can hate me. Larry fucked me all night. I enjoyed it. I came. I prefer you. Now, go.
Dan: I knew that. He told me.
Alice: You knew?
Dan: I need to hear it from you.
Alice: Why?
Dan: Because he might've been lying. I had to hear it from you.
Alice: I would've never told you cause I know you'd never forgive me.
Dan: I would. I Have.
Alice: Why did he tell you?
Dan: Because he is a bastard.
Alice: How could he?
Dan: Cause he wanted this to happen.
Alice: But, why test me?
Dan: Cause i'm an idiot!
Alice: Yes. I would've loved you forever. Now, please go.
Dan: Don't do this Alice. Talk to me.
Alice: I am talking. Fuck off.
Dan: You know I'm sorry. You misunderstand. I didn't mean to.
Alice: Yes you did.
Dan: I love you?
Alice: Where?
Dan: What?
Alice: Show me! Where is this love? I can't see it, i can't touch it. I can't feel it. I can't hear it. I can hear some words but I can't do anything with your easy words! Whatever you say, it's too late.
Dan: Please don't do this!
Alice: It's done. Now, please go. Or i'll call security.
Dan: You're not in a strip club. there is no security.
*Alice tries to get the phone*

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sydney White - 2007

Category: Movie

Genre: Comedy / Romance

Director: Joe Nussbaum

Writer: Chad Gomez Creasey

Company: Morgan Creek Productions, SW7D PRoductions, Clifford Webber Productions, Universal Pictures.

Tagline: Freshman year is no fairy tale.

Cast: Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, Matt Long, Jack Carpenter, Jeremy Howard, Crystal Hunt, Adam Hendershott, Danny Strong, Samm Levine, Libby Mintz, John Schneider, Annie Pantoja and more.

Overview and Review of Sydney White directed by Joe Nussbaum.

This is about a beautiful college freshman named Sydney White (Amanda Bynes) who grew up with men. Her father is a carpenter. Most of the story revolves around college, as she pledges at her late mother's once dignified sorority. But, she later learned that today's sisterhood is not what it used to be, Sydney finds her new home away from home with seven outcasts called the Vortex.

I actually had fun with this movie. :) I know its teenie bopper, but I had fun. :) I enjoyed the "I am a dork" confession, in the end. And i found most of the scenes quite funny and entertaining. It's light and a good thing to watch specially if you are a freshman or you wanna re-live freshmen days. :P

Memorable Quotes:

[staring at a drying sports bra]
Spanky: Dudes... that thing has touched boobs.
Terrence: Of course. The sturdy, breathable fabric is designed to maintain mammary elasticity.
Spanky: Shut up, Terrence. You're ruining the moment for me.

Dinky: My name's Dinky and I think I'm in love with a dork!

Gurkin: [to Tyler about his date with Sydney] If you try any funny stuff, I will unleash the power of the internet on you. I will register you as a sex offender in all 50 states... and Canada.

Rachel: [to Dinky] Dinky, we're over there.
[to Sydney]
Rachel: Hi, Sydney. Nice to find some people you fit in with.
Sydney: It is nice, isn't it? If only there were a place where a superficial, materialistic bitch could fit in. Oh wait, there is.