Sunday, December 25, 2011

My Girlfriend's Boyfriend - 2010

Category: Movie

Genre: Chick Flick

Director: Daryn Tufts

Writer: Daryn Tufts

Producer: Fiftyfilms

Cast: Christopher Gorham, Alyssa Milano, Michael Landes, Carol Kane, Tom Lenk, Beau Bridges, Kelly Packard, Stephen Carey, Paul Carey, Maclain Nelson and more.

Tagline: What would you do if you found your one true love... twice?

Jesse meets Ethan, someone she could finally fall in love with, but then she meets Troy, and now she has a dilemma.

 A chick flick with some sort of a twist in the end. It was pleasant and charming enough and quite cheesy in most parts, and the twist gave it quite a refreshing look. Did not expect that one. :) If you want a different kind of chick flick.... you might want to try watching this.

13 going on 30

Category: Movie

Genre: Chick Flick

Director: Gary Winick

Writer: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa

Producer: Revolution Studios, Thirteen Productions

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Kathy Baker, Phil Reeves, Sam Ball, Marcia deBonis, Christa B. Allen, Sean Marquette

Tagline: Every woman has a secret - hers is really magical

13 year old Jenna Rink (Garner) always dreamed of becoming 30 and to be part of the "in" crowd at school. After a total embarrassment during a game on her birthday she wished using a magic dust to be 30. And when she woke up the next day, she was on a body of a 30 year old with her 13 year old mind. She got what she wished for, a knockout body, amazing superstar friends, a wonderful apartment with an extensive wardrobe. During the days of confusion and adjustment, she realized this is not what she truly wants... all she wants was to be with her childhood best friend, Matt.

But then something happened between the years she skipped 14-29..... Can she still bring back the life and best friend she wants?

I enjoyed the film, it's a mixture of magic and love and the modern world. It's light and charming, entertaining and quite unique. It's a girly film that tried to go a little deep and you'd discover the wonders of family and friends at the present moment. :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Angels in Pink: Kathleen's Story - Lurlene McDaniel's

Category: Books

Genre: Young-Adult

Author: Lurlene McDaniel's

Kathleen and her friends decided to volunteer and become a Pink Angel for the Summer at their local hospital. 

I've read one of her books and I enjoyed it but that was when I was in my teenage years. This time... I can really sense it's not for me anymore. But, nevertheless I decided to just go and finish the read.

This is a book about friendship, love, family and service to others. But, mainly friendship and about their summer spent time in volunteering in a hospital while struggling with issues involving family and friends. ;) A book perfect for a young-adult. :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

In Time - 2011

Category: Movie

Genre: Sci-Fi

Director: Andrew Niccol

Writer: Andrew Niccol

Producer: Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Shyloh Oostwald, Johnny Galecki, Colin McGurk, Olivia Wilde, Will Harris, Michael William Freeman, Jesse Lee Soffer and more

Tagline: Time Is Power. / His crime wasn't stealing time. He was giving it away.

In a future where TIME has become the ultimate currency. A person stops aging at 25, but: a person is genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless one can buy his/her way out of it. The rich "earns" decades at a time, becoming essentially immortal. A man who was "rich"

It's a unique film. Well, at least the concept. However the storyline is somewhat similar to Robin Hood meeting Wall Street. It's about a system collapsing where power and money is kept to a few. Quite dramatic in some moments. It could have been improved though... acting, chemistry and lines....

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Johnny English - 2003

Category: Movie

Genre: Comedy

Director: Peter Howitt

Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade

Producer: Universal Pictures, Studio Canal

Cast: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich,Natalie Imbruglia, Tasha de Vasconcelos, Ben Miller, Greg Wise, Douglas McFerran, Steve Nicolson, Terence Harvey and more

Tagline: The star of Bean is now Her Majesty's most trusted secret agent

A tragedy arrived at the doorstep of MI5. There was a sudden attack on a funeral and all spies were wiped out. So, Johnny English (a clumsy daydreamer), Britain's most confident yet unintelligent spy was left to combat the one behind the attack. So, it's up to Johnny to save his country!

I had to watch this twice since I accompanied my Dad. :) Its hilarious. I didn't mind watching it again because I enjoyed the whole movie. This spoofs the film of James Bond and it did a great job at that. Sometimes, you think it would go serious but then it would break off into something silly.

If you want a good laugh and to not be stressed about the storyline and all. Watch this. :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

When In Rome - 2010

Category: Movie

Genre: Chick Flick

Director:Mark Steven Johnson

Writer: David Diamond, David Weismann

Producer: Touchstone Pictures, Krasnoff Foster Productions

Cast: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelika Huston, Will Arnett,Jan Heder, Dax Shepard, Alexis Dzeina, Kate Micucci, Peggy Lipton, Luca Calvani and more.

Tagline: All is fair in love and in Rome.

Beth is from New York who is totally unlucky when it comes to love. She is young, ambitious and hardworking career woman. One day, on a whirlwind trip to Rome to attend her sister's wedding, and getting drunk - she begins to steals some coins from a famous fountain of love thrown by people looking for love and was then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors who followed her all the way back to New York.

Clean, fun chick flick. Those who are into magic, wishes and love fountains would enjoy this amusing tale of finding love. Although, not really the best of the best or a movie vying for an Oscar, it just simply out there to entertain you (and make moolah). I like the chemistry of the stars, however there are scenes that can seem such a drab and let's say cheesy moments. But, all in all... well, I like chick flicks eh. So, yeah. this did it. :)


Beth's Dad: You could get your heart broken or... you could have the greatest love affair the world has ever known. But you're never gonna know unless you try.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

If You Can See Me Now - Cecilia Ahern

Category: Book

Genre: Drama / Fantasy

Author: Cecilia Ahern

Elizabeth Egan has always been a serious and stiff woman. This was due to her mother leaving their family early on and she was forced to raise her sister Saoirse. Her sister is pretty much like her mom, free-spirited and someone who has no hand on responsibility. Taking advantage of that, Saoirse left Elizabeth with his son, Luke.

At the age of six, Luke claims he has an Invisible Friend named Ivan... at first Elizabeth couldn't see him and begins to think that it's just a phase of Luke's life and that Invisible Friends disappear after three months. But, one day lo and behold she begins to see Ivan but thinks Ivan is the father of Luke's friend.

And off goes this magical yet modern story.

It's my first time to read a Cecilia Ahern book and I LOVEEEE IT!! I found a new love! Whooopee Doo! I like this novel because it mixes the modern and imagination and with a tinge of fantasy in it, which I really really adore. This is a story about "Imaginary Friends". And of fairies and friendship and family and of course Love..... And I just saw online that a movie is being made out of this! Wow.

Love love all the magical moments and wishes. Learned something about Jimmy Jones here (Dandelions) where you get to give out wishes. One of my favorite scenes in the book. It's also heartbreaking whenever it comes to Elizabeth's father... awwww.

It's amazing how one laughs and then cries over the book. At least that was the case for me. :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Cinderella Pact - 2010

Or Lying to Be Perfect

Category: TV Movie

Genre: Drama / Chick Flick

Director: Gary Harvey

Writer: Nancy Silvers, Sarah Strohmeyer

Producer: Front Street Pictures

Cast: Poppy Montgomery, Adam Kaufman, Chelah Horsdal, Audrey Wasilewski, Julia Benson, Mark Brandon,Gabriel Rose, Andrew Mclroy and more

Nola Devlin (Poppy Montgomery) is a frumpy magazine editor who is often teased by her coworkers because of her being overweight. But, during night time, she is in front of her computer screen and then she becomes the famous advice columnist Belinda Apple. But then her secret identity is threatened by the superiors of the Magazine she is working for. So, she's forced to face the issue as her life begins to change along the way.

I actually liked the whole film. There were no evil stepsisters. only an evil boss. No glass slippers just a column in a magazine that is being threatened. And for her to find her true love. If you just want to be entertained... I'd recommend you this.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Roadhouse Cafe

Category: Restaurant

Location: SM Davao City and also in Bukidnon

I first ate here last January 16, 2008. Been eating there ever since.. :) once every 2 months?? But, lately only when we have friends and guests and we have extra time to go to SM do we dine here.

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Davao. :)

I love their Mango Pandan Dessert. And you better order their sizzling pochero! For the veggie afficionados, you gotta try the Pinakbet. Great service too. Ambience, gives you a cozy familial feeling.

Roadhouse Cafe is located at SM 1st floor in front of National Bookstore in Davao City.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chalet Girl - 2011

Category: Movie

Genre: Chick Flick

Director: Phil Traill

Writer: Tom Williams

Producer: UK Film Council, Aegis Film Fund, Prescience

Cast: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields, Tamsin Egerton, Bill Bailey,  Sophia Bush,

Kim Matthews (Felicity Jones) who is 19, used to be a champion skateboarder. She was traumatized by her mom's death causing her to stop her love for skateboarding. Now, she is stuck in a small time job trying to support her Dad. But, then opportunity came knocking on her door and swept her off to an exclusive chalet in the Alps. And there she would meet her handsome, rich, engaged boss, named Jonny (Ed Westwick).

It looks like a drab movie at the opening credits.... and I was thinking whether to push thru with the movie or not. However it has a tinge touch of humor thrown here and there specially by the lead female which actually made me stick. By the middle, I was getting in touch with the story.

I like Tamsin Egerton here she looks like one of my friends Czar. The way she moves and speaks.. haha. :) cute. Entertaining albeit predictable.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Summer's Child - Luanne Rice

Category: Book

Genre: Romance

Author: Luanne Rice

It has been nine years since "sunny" Mara Jameson disappeared from her seaside Connecticut hometown. Every year their town newspaper would headline the day she disappeared. Eventhough the husband was questioned, foul play was never charged and her disappearance remained a mystery. For nine years, two individuals are still affected by Mara's disappearance - her grandmother named Maeve, and Patrick Murphy, a retired police detective whose obsessive search for Mara's case destroyed his marriage

It's a book about reunion, unconditional love and of miracles, which is often the case for Luanne Rice's books. It's a murder mystery with family values, about mothers and daughters supporting each other... and protecting each other... of course with a dash of romance and commitment to love.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Wedding Date - 2005

Category: Movie

Genre: Chick Flick

Director: Clare Kliner

Writer: Elizabeth Young, Dana Fox,

Producer: Gold Circle Films, 26 Films, VisionView Production

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Amy Adams, Sarah Parish, Jeremy Sheffield, Peter Egan, Holland Taylor, Jolyon James and more.

Tagline: Love doesn't come cheap.

Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) an airline executive, returns to her parents' home in London to attend her sister's wedding. Knowing her ex-fiance, who dumped her two years before, she then hires first class male escort named Nick Ercer (Dermot Mulroney) to pose as her new boyfriend (deffo not your ordinary gigolo.. someone who does not come in cheap). However, everyone is in for shocking surprises along the way....

I enjoyed this film. If only male escorts were like Nick Ercer! HAHAHA. If you just want light, entertaining flick then this one is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is good chemistry between Debra and Dermot during the whole film. It can make you giggle and wish for your own happy ever after. Sweet and funny.

Quotes I Like:

Nick Mercer: Close your eyes. Close your eyes. Close... your... eyes. You're safe. You can relax. I'm not going to kiss you. He's gonna be so sorry he lost you, so stop worrying. Forget the past. Forget the pain. And remember what an incredible woman you are. You do that and he'll realize what he lost.
Kat Ellis: Holy crap. You're worth every penny.

Kat Ellis: You know what pisses me off? I've been spilling my guts all weekend and I don't know a thing about you.
Nick Mercer: [pause] I'm allergic to fabric softener. I majored in comparative literature at Brown. I hate anchovies. And I think I'd miss you even if we never met.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Vanity Fair - 2004

Category: Movie

Genre: Drama History

Writer: Matthew Faulk

Director: Mira Nair

Producer: Focus Pictures, Granada Film Productions, Epsilon Motion Pictures

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Romola Garai, James Purefoy, Gabriel Byrne, Tony Maudsley, Rhys Ifans, Ruth Sheen,

Tagline: On September 1st, a heroine will rise.

The orphaned daughter of a painter, Becky Sharp, who has wit, good looks, fluent French and her eyes for her social status to advance leaves a home for girls to become a governess. With exotic colors of India and British flowers, during the whole movie makes the movie eye-appealing.
This is a long narrative which follows her life for 20 years, and even through marriage.

This is an adaptation of William Thackery's novel. I haven't read the novel, and they say it is entertaining for those who haven't read the novel. ;) and I found it, quite so. There were times where I would cringe with Becky's choices, in her desire to advance socially. The cinematography of the film is good though. :)

Now, I am intrigued with the book... mhmmm....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Aleph - Paulo Coelho

Category: Book

Genre: Literature / Drama

Author: Paulo Coelho

This book describes the journey Paulo Coelho took from March to July 2006 via the Trans-Siberian Railway to meet his readers across Russia. Coelho had mentioned that this has been one of his most personal novels to date. It starts with Coelho asking his master "J" about his struggles and the spiritual crisis he is going through and he feels stuck in his spiritual growth.This is also similar to the beginning of his previous work: The Valkyries.

I finished reading this while listening to Tomatis (an audio therapy I am taking).

It's an interesting read this time about his journey to the past. And its not just about the past which happens in the current life but of something regarding a previous lifetime, that still haunts him. It's about the mystical term called the "Aleph", a Jewish Kaballah mystical term. It mixes different spiritual traditions as always with a Coelho.

This book also makes me want to go on an outward journey on my own to make my inward journey unfold! The question... where to? :P

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Last Song - 2010

Category: Movie

Genre: Drama

Director: Julie Ann Robinson

Writer: Nicholas Sparks, Jeff Van Wie

Producer: Touchstone Pictures, Offspring Entertainment,

Cast: Miley Cyrus, Liam Hensworth, Greg Kinnear, Bobby Coleman, Hallock Beals, Kelly Preston, Nick Lashaway, Carly Chaikin, Kate Vernon and more

Tagline: Do you ever really forget your first heartbreak?

The parents of Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) and her younger brother, Jonah were divorced. Ronnie and Jonah(Bobby Coleman) lives with their mom ever since but until this summer they were sent to live with their father (Greg Kinnear) in a small town on the beach. Ronnie has become rebellious since then. But, things begin to change on that fateful summer as their mutual love for music reconnects Ronnie and her father.

Another Nicholas Sparks novel turned into movie, huh? :) At first I was thinking it was Disney but when i saw the credits it was a Nicholas Sparks movie. That's why it's quite loaded with drama involving heartaches and reconnection...

I actually did not get to read the book .... but I'm sure its not somewhere close to the book.. as always the case. One thing, I like about the film was the acting of Bobby Coleman playing Jonah and Greg Kinnear. There were predictable moments.... I did cry in some of the moments. :) But, according to most reviews the book is way better... but like a new saying goes: "Don't judge a book by it's movie."

But, it could have been given more depth... 


Jonah Miller: Mom says its because she has PMS.
Steve Miller: Do you even know what PMS is, Jonah ?
Jonah Miller: Of course I do dad, I'm not a little kid anymore. It's the Pissed At Men Syndrome.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Tourist - 2010

Category: Movie

Genre:  Mystery / Comedy

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Christopher McQuarrie

Producer: GK Films, Spyglass Entertainment, Birnbaum/Barber

Cast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Sewell, Christian De Sica, Alessio Boni, Daniele Pecci, Giovanni Guideli and more.

Tagline: The Perfect Trip - The Perfect Trap

Elise (Angelina Jolie) sits next to an American tourist, Frank (Johnny Depp), on a train going to Venice. She has chosen him as a decoy, making believe that he is her lover who is wanted by police. Not only will they need to evade the police, but also the mobster whose money her lover stole.

It's like watching the film Red... only this time it's younger with a romantic setting - Venice. It has a dose of mystery and action with a lot of dash of comedic, humorous scenes. It's light not heavy or dark. So those who were expecting a loaded story or expecting that it is an intellectual film with eye popping action you will be heavily disappointed.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ghajini - 2008

Category: Movie

Genre: Drama / Mystery

Director: A.R. Murugadoss

Writer: Piyush Mishra, A.R. Murugadoss

Producer: Geetha Arts

Cast: Aamir Khan, Asif Ahmed, Tinnu Anand, Asin, John Cardiel, Vibha Chibbher, Sunil Grover and more.

Tagline: Remember December 25.

This is a Bollywood Film... which is a remake of a 2005 Tamil movie of the same title.

A medical student named Sunita is curious about the case of Sanjay Singhania who is said to have a short-term memory loss. Eventhough she was warned, she makes friends with Sanjay and begins to uncover the mystery which baffled many police of the area... she then is involved in drugs, crime and gangsters......

Another muscle movie! Haha. Aamir Khan is too hot here. Although I irked at some gory scenes... it was quite confusing at the beginning. Its a love story mixed with crime, gangs and murder... plus a short term memory loss case. It's both heavy and light. I enjoyed the light moments though.. can we have more of that?

Lead Actor and Actress made an exceptional job! Very believable..cuts to the core! This movie sure captures the emotions of the viewers you would almost forget that it's just a movie.

The skit with the detective was comical though...also sometimes you get annoyed with the role of the medical student wanting to punch her.... there were a few flaws in the script though...  :)

Fast Five - 2011

Category: Movie

Genre: Crime / Action

Director: Justin Lin

Writer: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson

Producer:  Universal Pictures, Original Film, One Race Productions

Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Joaquim de Almeda and more

Dominic (Vin Diesel) partners with Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the elite team of top racers. They find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson).

Too much muscle!!!! Vin and The Rock??? At the beginning it was kind of.... a wrinkle in the nose... however I enjoyed the ending and the end scene. It wanted to surprise you.. but was predictable in their surprises though.

Im sure the fans of the F&F films will enjoy this because it collated all the stars from part 1 to 4. :) A lot of eye popping action can be seen all through out but don't expect that much from the story which can be a mix of other movies tis and tat. :) 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Made of Honor - 2008

Category: Movie

Genre: Chick Flick

Director: Paul Weiland

Writer: Adam Sztykiel, Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont

Producer: Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film

Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd, Kadeem Hardison, Chris Messina, Richmond Arquette, Busy Philipps, Whitney Cummings, Emily Nelson, Selma Stern and more

Tagline: It takes a real man to become a maid of honor

Tom (Patrick Dempsey) and Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) have been platonic friends for 10 years now. Tom is a serial dater and Hannah wants to marry but did not get to find Mr. Right - YET. Just when Tom wants to go series in being in a relationship with Hannah, Hannah gets engaged. And Hannah asked Tom to be her "maid" of honor.

It's light and fun... with a  good dose of comedic scenes. It has likeable characters.  While this may seem so-so to some but still nothing beats a light, fun film during night time. If you are looking for something original or unique in a romantic flick, this is not the film for you. :)

P.S. I Love You - 2007

Category: Movie

Genre: Drama / Romance

Director: Richard LaGravanese

Writer: Richard LaGravanese, Steven Rogers (based on a book by Cecilia Ahern)

Producer: Alcon Entertainment, Grosvenor Park Productions and Wendy Finerman Productions

Cast: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Conick Jr, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, James Marsters, Kathy Bates, Nellie McKay, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christopher Whalen, Dean Winters, Anne Kent and more.

Tagline: Sometimes there's only one thing left to say.

A young widow, Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) discovers that her late husband, the passionate, funny and impetuous Irishman named Gerry (Gerard Butler) has left her 10 messages when she turned 30 in the form of a cake intended to help ease her pain and start a new life when he died. All letters were delivered in surprising ways, each sending her on a new adventure and each signing off in the same way; P.S. I Love You.

It's heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. How something so great can end and how to start another equally magical journey is altogether shown in this movie. I enjoyed this romantic comedy slash drama film. Oh and its from a novel by Cecilia Ahern. Mhmm I haven't tried reading her books yet. I just might try one of her novels one day. :)

This is the most heartbreaking.... touching letter I've ever heard:

Gerry Kennedy: Dear Holly, I don't have much time. I don't mean literally, I mean you're out buying ice cream and you'll be home soon. But I have a feeling this is the last letter, because there is only one thing left to tell you. It isn't to go down memory lane or make you buy a lamp, you can take care of yourself without any help from me. It's to tell you how much you move me, how you changed me. You made me a man, by loving me Holly. And for that, I am eternally grateful... literally. If you can promise me anything, promise me that whenever you're sad, or unsure, or you lose complete faith, that you'll try to see yourself through my eyes. Thank you for the honor of being my wife. I'm a man with no regrets. How lucky am I. You made my life, Holly. But I'm just one chapter in yours. There'll be more. I promise. So here it comes, the big one. Don't be afraid to fall in love again. Watch out for that signal, when life as you know it ends. P.S. I will always love you

It's amazing how a guy can love a woman like Gerry does. Oooffff... why do I always fall in love with book characters and movie characters??? Because they give me the luxury to feel things  while watching or reading.... in  a magical... way...........


Patricia: So now, all alone or not, you gotta walk ahead. Thing to remember is if we're all alone, then we're all together in that too.

Holly Kennedy: Dear Gerry, you said you wanted me to fall in love again, and maybe one day I will. But there are all kinds of love out there. This is my one and only life, And its a great and terrible and short and endless thing, and none of us come out of it alive. I don't have a plan... except, it's time my mom laughed again. She has never seen the world... she has never seen Ireland. So, I'm taking her back where we started... Maybe now she'll understand. I don't know how you did it, but you brought me back from the dead. I'll write to you again soon. P.S... Guess what?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Scent of a Woman - 1992

Category: Movie

Genre: Drama

Director: Martin Breast

Writer: Giovanni Arpino, Bo Goldman

Producer: City Light Films, Universal Pictures

Cast: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Venture, Bradley Whitford, Rochelle Oliver, and more

TaglineCol. Frank Slade has a very special plan for the weekend.

Charlie (Chris O'Donnell) needs money and agrees to "babysit" a blind retired Lt. Col in the US Army named Frank (Al Pacino) man who is impossible to get along with
A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. This movie involves travel, women, good food, good life, fine wine, the tango and a loaded forty - five.

Gosh, I never thought I would cry so much while watching this. Super drama. It says it is about a woman but it was more than that. It is a film brought with frankness minus the sugar coating. I love the character development of the film, the dialogue of each actor. The film is both emotional and intellectual without lacking the moral value it gives. 

Great Lines I Like:

Lt. Col. Frank : Oh, uh, Charlie - about your little problem - there are two kinds of people in this world: those who stand up and face the music, and those who run for cover. Cover is better.

Lt. Col. Frank Slade: No, I'm just gettin' warmed up. I don't know who went to this place, William Howard Taft, William Jennings Bryan, William Tell, whoever. Their spirit is dead, if they ever had one. It's gone. You're building a rat ship here. A vessel for seagoing snitches, and if you think you're preparing these minnows for manhood, you better think again, because I say you are killing the very spirit this institution proclaims it instills. What a sham. What kind of a show you guys are putting on here today? I mean, the only class in this act is sitting next to me, and I'm here to tell ya this boy's soul is intact. It's non-negotiable. You know how I know? Someone here, and I'm gonna say who, offered to buy it. Only Charlie here wasn't selling.  

Lt. Col. Frank: Boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there isn't nothin' like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is no prosthetic for that. You think you're merely sending this splendid foot soldier back home to Oregon with his tail between his legs, but I say you are... executin' his soul! And why? Because he's not a Bairdman. Bairdmen. You hurt this boy, you're gonna be Baird bums, the lot of ya. And Harry, Jimmy, Trent, wherever you are out there, FUCK YOU TOO!

Lt. Col. Frank Slade: I'm not finished! As I came in here, I heard those words, "Cradle of Leadership". Well, when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall. And it has fallen here. It has fallen. Makers of men, Creators of leaders. Be careful what kind of leaders you're producing here. I don't know if Charlie's silence here today is right or wrong. I'm not a judge or jury, but I can tell you this: He won't sell anybody out to buy his future! And that, my friends, is called integrity. That's called courage. Now that's the stuff leaders should be made of. Now I have come to the crossroads in my life. I always knew what the right path was. Without exception, I knew. But I never took it. You know why? It was too damn hard. Now here's Charlie. He's come to the crossroads. He has chosen a path. It's the right path. It's a path made of principle that leads to character. Let him continue on his journey. You hold this boy's future in your hands, committee. It's a valuable future. Believe me. Don't destroy it. Protect it. Embrace it. It's gonna make you proud one day, I promise you.

Funny Lines:

Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Thank you Randy. You still with Snowqueen Sugar?  
Randy: Snowflake. How come you always get that wrong?
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Because it's not important for me to get it right.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Last Time I Saw Paris - Elizabeth Adler

Category: Book

Genre: Drama / Romance

Author: Elizabeth Adler

When Lara Lewis turned forty-five she began to feel like she lost herself and she is becoming a miserable woman day by day. Even more so, now that she's forty-five. She looked in front of the mirror, asking herself: "Where did you go?" Her relationship with her husband of twenty-five years is also hitting rock bottom as she realized that her husband is ignoring her day by day.

For their anniversary she booked a second honeymoon trip with Bill (her husband), to relive the moment they were married. But, discovers that Bill is having an affair with his secretary.

Lost, and miserable..... will she finally discover the real Lara that was slowly disappearing?

With the help of friends, she begins to take a step. It's a dramatic story, however you'd enjoy the scenic reads as Elizabeth Adler takes us to Paris in this tale. Not Adler's best novel but it's okay... I think its Adler's attempt to make a simple story. :P

Friday, October 7, 2011

Inside Job - 2010

Category: Documentary Movie

Genre: Economics

Directed By: Charles Ferguson

Written By: Charles Ferguson / Chad Beck

Narrated By: Matt Damon

Tagline: The global economic crisis of 2008 cost tens of millions of people their savings, their jobs, and their homes. This is how it happened

This documentary movie provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008,  caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse.

Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.(from IMDB)

I got intrigued... about this movie due to the outburst of the Occupy Wall Street which is currently spreading across the globe. However, is getting little or no media attention at all (because apparently, the mainstream media is controlled by the 1%).

Anyway, for the ordinary person who would watch this movie who is not familiar with global economic jargon or jibberish like moi... just read between the lines... and carefully watch the emotions of Wall Street players which I'm sure you would come to the conclusion that they have been eaten by the system... programmed to be heartless... its a bit sad... but well, there's hope. 

How? By becoming aware and come up with a creative solution that will sustain the society. One that is win, win... 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

No Other Woman - 2011

Category: Movie

Genre: Drama

Director: Ruel S. Bayani

Writer: Keiko Aquino, Ricardo Fernando III, Kris Gazmen

Producer: Star Cinema, Viva Films

Cast: Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsey, Cristine Reyes, Tirso Cruz, Carmi Martin, John Arcilla, Ricci Chan, Nina Dolino, Ron Morales, Kat Alano, Kitkat and more

The film revolves on Ram Escaler's journey (Derek Ramsey) by becoming a successful working husband married to Charmaine (Cristine Reyes), whose perfect marriage becomes complicated when he commits into an adulterous affair with Kara Zalderiaga (Anne Curtis)that changes his life.

Uhmm... It's a good film. Specially if you can relate to the movie. Specially the women... Overall it had a good ending and it shows how people can shift from the "need" mentality and forgive. There are many good strong lines and were really trending on twitter and facebook statuses already...

Watched it at Abreeza with an aunt and one of her colleagues. 


Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Accidental Husband - 2008

Category: Movie

Genre: Chick Flick

Director: Griffin Dunne

Writer: Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor

Producer: Yari Film Group, Blumhouse Productions, Team Todd

Cast: Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Firth, Sam Shepard, Lindsay Sloane, Justina Machado, Ajay Naidu, Jeffrey Tedmori, Nick Sandow, Michael Mosley, Brooke Adams and more.

Tagline: Falling in love ... even the expert is confused.

The ex-boyfriend of one of the callers of a hit radio talk show in New York, Patrick sets his eye for revenge on the woman responsible for it - Emma Lloyd (the radio host). He became the accidental husband and it appeared as somewhat like a "computer glitch" which can also ruin Emma's loving relationship with her fiance, Richard.

I had loads of fun watching this movie. Although I recommend that you don't bother getting into the technicalities and how it can be not-so-real and all that because it really can be somewhat silly. However... it's a good film if you want entertainment and a lil hilarity here n there. :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tangled - 2010

Category: Animation

Genre: Comedy / Family

Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Writer: Jacob Grimm, Wilhem Grimm

Producer: Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

Cast: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Periman, M.C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Paul Tompkins, Richard Kiel and more

Tagline: They're taking adventure to new lengths.

The beautiful magically 70 feet long haired "Princess" Rapunzel spent her whole life in a tower and she is very curious of the outside world. specially aout the floating lights which happens once a year during her birthday. She feels the connection and dreams to see it up close and personal one day. She was taken captive by Gothel whom she thinks of as her mother and she loves her dearly and innocently and she believes that Gothel is only after her best interest. One day she decided to go out and explore while Gothel was away and stumbled upon a runaway thief and off to set in a world filled with places waiting to be discovered...

A remake of the famous Rapunzel.  I like the lanterns, floating lights. It's a fantabulous thing. I enjoyed the whole film. Specially the musical scores. There are lots of fun, silly moments with Rapunzel as she discovers things that are new for her. Its a wonderful film for the family and a great mix for both boys and girls to enjoy. :)

 FUnny Quotes:

Rapunzel: So mother, earlier I was saying tomorrow is a really big day, and you didn't really respond, so I'm just gonna tell you: IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! Tada!
Mother Gothel: No no no, can't be. I distinctly remember, your birthday was last year.
Rapunzel: That's the funny thing about birthdays, they're kind of an annual thing.

Rapunzel: [Sung] I could go running/ and racing/ and dancing/ and chasing/ and leaping/ and bounding/ hair flying/ heart pounding/ and splashing/ and reeling/ and finally feeling/ now's when my life begins!

Quotes I Like:

Rapunzel: I've been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it's not everything I dreamed it would be?
Flynn Rider: It will be.
Rapunzel: And what if it is? What do I do then?
Flynn Rider: Well,that's the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream.

 Rapunzel: [singing] Flower gleam and glow. Let your powers shine. Make the clock reverse. Bring back what once was mine. Heal what has been hurt. Change the fates' design. Save what has been lost. Bring back what once was mine, What once was mine...


Monday, September 19, 2011

Network - 1976

Category: Movie

Genre: Classic

Director: Sidney Lumet

Writer: Paddy Chayefsky

Producer: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), United Artists and more

Cast: Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, Arthur Brughardt, Bill Burrows, John Carpenter, Jordan Charney and more

TaglinePrepare yourself for a perfectly outrageous motion picture!

The corporate structure of the UBS Television network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging news anchor of UBS, is losing his once strong ratings share and so UBS decides to fire him. Beale reacts to it in an unexpected way which affected the ratings of the network.

Saw a trailer of this movie over youtube, actually a clip and i found it interesting and decided to check it out. Indeed it is a classic. It deals with the subject of television and programming and how it is far becoming a source of mass madness. Also it is also how TV networks are working right now....

Its also an answer to the question of: "How can one individual influence society when the individual is influenced by society itself."

It is tricky right? :)

Classic and needs creative thinking whenever you watch this film. I love the script! :)


Howard Beale: I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

Max Schumacher: You need me. You need me badly. Because I'm your last contact with human reality. I love you. And that painful, decaying love is the only thing between you and the shrieking nothingness you live the rest of the day.
 Diana Christensen: Then, don't leave me.
 Max Schumacher: It's too late, Diana. There's nothing left in you that I can live with. You're one of Howard's humanoids. If I stay with you, I'll be destroyed. Like Howard Beale was destroyed. Like Laureen Hobbs was destroyed. Like everything you and the institution of television touch is destroyed. You're television incarnate, Diana. Indifferent to suffering; insensitive to joy. All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality. War, murder, death are all the same to you as bottles of beer. And the daily business of life is a corrupt comedy. You even shatter the sensations of time and space into split seconds and instant replays. You're madness, Diana. Virulent madness. And everything you touch dies with you. But not me. Not as long as I can feel pleasure, and pain... and love.
Max Schumacher: And it's a happy ending: Wayward husband comes to his senses, returns to his wife, with whom he has established a long and sustaining love. Heartless young woman left alone in her arctic desolation. Music up with a swell; final commercial. And here are a few scenes from next week's show.