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Looking at Life as We Know It in All New Lenses

This morning I posted a message on  Plurk that read  “Good Morning!”

A dear friend of mine commented, “morning! may good!”. I paused for a minute and tried to figure out what she meant by it, then I realized that I often just Plurk “morning”, especially when I cannot find the good in the morning. In fact, once I even went as far as posting “morning. morning lang, wala pa siyang good  (morning. just morning because there’s no good in it)”.

For today, I did not really think about what I posted, I just went with what felt right and it wasn’t till it was pointed out that perhaps, even unconsciously, I am really making strides in reframing the way I think about things around me. After some mulling it over, I replied to her and said, yes, there is good. I am making it a point to find the good in every morning no matter what.

Where is this all coming from? No, don’t worry, dear readers, this is not another Eat Pray Love review or reaction.

Life As We Know It starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel opens in local cinemas on October 20, 2010. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

I came to the conclusion that we really need to look at the world with all new lenses from the upcoming romantic comedy, “Life As We Know It” which stars Katherin Heigl and Josh Duhamel. The story begins with a blind date from hell between  Holly (Heigl) and Messer (Duhamel) after their best friends set them up. From then on, the two were always at odds and since they loved their best friends to bits, they had no choice but to be in the same places and events a lot of the time. Until one day they received the devastating news that their friends had died and that they were named the guardians of their orphaned daughter Sophie. From then on, life as they knew it flew out the window.

Life As We Know It is a wonderfully funny, human look (yes, for a comedy, I have to say it is very real!) at how life sometimes throws you curve balls and all you can do is really just laugh and breathe through it, then reframe the way of thinking about it because holding on to the way things were in the past really won’t work anymore. Unlike a typical chick flick or mindless romantic comedy, this one was full of real emotions and lessons that really reminded me of what is important which is why I loved it so much. It wasn’t all cheesy, it wasn’t all funny, but it was just so real (gah…I think I used real to many times in describing this film, ya think???) Read the rest of this entry »

Embracing the Broken to Make A Whole (and an Eat Pray Love Movie Review)

Eat Pray Love. Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

In a recent post, I wrote about how Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert has been one of the most pivotal and life changing stories I had read in the last few years. While some may say the story is a little self-indulgent, I feel that the story speaks volumes to me, in many different levels and ways. When I read (or should I say re-read) it when I am on a low point, it picks me up. On better days, it makes me reflect on what I have, and on really good days, it allows me to appreciate myself and the world around me. Whatever the message is, however, it always, always seems to come at the perfect time.

And as always, last night was no exception. I was finally able to catch the film adaptation of the story, which starred Julia Roberts and I walked away from the theater sighing a happy sigh.

I truly enjoyed the film, although admittedly, like most book-to-movie films, there were bits and pieces in the book that I would have wished to see but didn’t. In the same way, there were elements that were portrayed differently from the way I imagined it when reading. Nonetheless, I loved it. Not only do I love the story to begin with, I also love any film Julia Roberts, so that was surely an added bonus. I loved how real her performance was, and how I could really feel and become engaged with the character. It’s funny, though…while watching it I would catch myself seeing myself in many, many situations and discussions she was having with herself and others. There were scenes too that were too “real”  to me…real because it reminded me very much of conversations over margaritas and little synchronous moments I personally have been experiencing in the last few months with very special people around me. Like I said, Eat Pray Love always seems to give me messages at just the right time :-)

One of my favorite lines in the movie (okay, for my dear readers who complain about spoilers, I apologize if you consider this as one, but I don’t think it is :-) ) goes: ” Ruin is a gift; ruin is the road to transformation”.  That struck a chord deep in me because just recently, I found myself looking back at a difficult time in my life. A period in which I allowed myself to explore the artist in me, and during that time I found comfort and solace in working on that art. One of the most cathartic and meaningful things I did then was to take some chipped and imperfect vases and dishes that, because of their flaws, were no longer functional, but for some reason, I couldn’t throw away. So one day, I took them and smashed them to tiny pieces. From there, I picked up the bits and pieces that I liked and put them together in a mosaic to make new and more beautiful things that worked for me and by embracing that brokenness, I was able to make a better whole. Yes, by welcoming the ruins, I paved the way for transformation.

Today I embrace all that is broken and damaged and imperfect in me and sigh in contentment knowing that these are what make me better, for me and all those who are around me.

*happy happy sigh of contentment*

Eat Pray Love opens in Philippine cinemas on October 6, 2010 and is released by Columbia Pictures. This is surely one of those movies I wouldn’t mind watching over and over. Much as the book has found a way into my heart, so has this movie :-)

My “IT” movie of the year :-)

I’ve watched a total of 20 movies on the big screen since the year started and while there have been some REALLY great flicks, I have to give my IT MOVIE AWARD to the movie that brought back my favorite characters to the screen, Sex and the City 2.

The film was all glitz, all glamor and simply FABULOUS :-) As always, the fashion was breath-taking…and don’t get me started on the shoes! I love it!!! Carrie’s closet is always something that makes my heart stop for a moment or two. Suffice it to say, that night left me breathless a lot! It was really nice to see my favorite friends on screen again and all grown-up. I like how the story transitioned smoothly from the first one without leaving you questioning where these came from. Even the little props from the first flick made cameos, which, if you are a fan, you surely won’t miss. The downside, however, was that the film lacked the characteristic “oomph” that the series had. Nonetheless, I loved the movie a whole lot!

Since SATC2 is yet to open locally on the 2nd, I will refrain from posting my insights and reflections for now, especially as I read the draft I made seems to have bits that can be considered a spoiler (which I know many readers hate!!!). As a teaser, however, I will say this: the movie left me with a lot of conflicting feelings ranging from extremely giddy to a bit sad and nostalgic. Go see the movie, read my post about it on the POC on the 1st, and come back here after the second to read about my opinions of the film. I will end with this, however, it is the IT chick flick of the year for me :-)

The Nightmare Continues

Ooooh….how intriguing does my title go!!!

Seriously though, a few nights ago I caught the press screening of the newest Nightmare on Elm Street movie. As a child, I remember seeing trailers and clips of this but I never watched it because I used to be too scared and freaked out at the thought of the movie. Finally, now that I’m an adult, I decided to give it a shot.

In this new Nightmare, Freddy Kreuger (played by Jackie Earle Haley) returns to haunt the dreams of a group of local teenagers. At first they think their dreams are just dreams, but before they know it, they find themselves running for their lives as they are stalked by the horribly disfigured killer.

Well,I survived the screening! I have to say it wasn’t as scary as I imagined it would be but it was a scream fest though :-) I loved watching it in the big screen because it was more thrilling to be in a dark room with a group of other viewers who would all jump in their seats or cringe in fright just at the right time. Given that it is a horror film, the standard, to be expected scenes in any horror flick is there, but I loved how even if I was anticipating it, I’d be proven wrong by the next scene shown :-)

Peaked your curiosity yet? Go check out the new Nightmare on Elm Street starting tomorrow, May 12, 2010 in a theater near you :-) Nightmare on Elm Street also stars Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker and Kellan Lutz, directed by Samuel Bayer,  and is presented by Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with New Line Cinema.

Lost in Shutter Island

Not too long ago, I saw a Yahoo! trending topic that read “Leonardo Di Caprio”. I clicked on the link and saw that it was because he was promoting his upcoming thriller, Shutter Island. From that time on, I knew I wanted to watch the movie. For one, it was a psychological thriller. Given my line of work, it definitely was a topic of interest. Secondly, this is the exact kind of genre I love watching. I’m not really very much into the scream-y, gory type of thrillers, but those that kind of play with the mind really fascinate me. This is why I was really looking forward to catching Shutter Island.

I was able to see the film last Tuesday and all I can say is: I got lost in it! I liked most of it, but the others kind of left me thrown off. The storyline was quite interesting and I liked the twists and turns the tale took. It’s kind of difficult to really review the film because any little statement I give will end up becoming a spoiler! I remember I commented in a Plurk thread how it reminded me of another film and a fellow blogger pointed out that I inadvertently spoiled the ending for him!

Here’s an attempt at giving you, my readers, a rundown of the film without revealing much: The story starts with US Marshall Teddy Daniels heading off to Shutter Island, home of an asylum for the worst of the worst psychologically insane criminals to investigate the disappearance of one of it’s inmates. However, as he tries to unravel the mystery behind her vanishing, he soon finds himself haunted by memories of his past, including that of his dead wife Dolores.

Shutter Island is directed by Martin Scorsese. This is Di Caprio and Scorsese’s fourth collaboration. For me, the film had a very distinct Martin Scorsese feel to it, what with the musical score and the style of storytelling.

Do I recommend this film? Well, this would definitely be one of those movies in which I would have to say “it would depend”. For me, I liked it. Others were less forgiving about the way the film ends in particular. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a good way to spend an afternoon, do catch it. Don’t expect anything lighthearted or heartwarming though.

Thank you SM Cinemas for the invitation to the special screening of Shutter Island. The movie is now open in all local cinemas nationwide.

A not-so-typical fine family: An Everybody’s Fine Movie Review

Filipino families are often known to be very enmeshed and to have close family ties. On the contrary, American families seem less attached despite the love and connections they have for one another being similar to ours. The film Everybody’s Fine however, gives us a look into a not-so-typical family system. The story revolves around the Goode family, particularly on the plight of the father, Frank, who recently became a widower after the loss of his wife. Being retired, alone and somewhat unwell, he longed for one thing: to be with his children for the holidays. However, due to circumstances in his kids’ lives, this was not possible. Despite doctor’s orders, he went on a cross-country journey to see his children.

As always, in an attempt to not spoil the movie for my readers, I will not delve in to the details. Suffice it to say that in his journey, he discovered many things about himself, his family, and what everybody’s fine really means. A warning, however: this is a tear-jerker. A good kind of tear-jerker, but definitely expect a cry fest.

I enjoyed this movie a lot. Not only does the movie fit the typical genre I enjoy, but it really struck a chord in me because it reminded of my grandfather and father a lot. I could imagine them throughout the movie and it made me see how they probably see me. Just like father in the film, as we get older, we are faced with issues about death and dying, declining health, medical concerns such as hypertension, emphysema, heart disease, and the like which can make us take stock about the directions of our lives.

Even though I am far from the life stage Frank Goode was in, I can’t help but also look at where I am at in my life and where I am headed.

Overall, I would rate the movie a 9 out of 10. I loved how the film really made me see things in “a father’s eyes” and the dialogue throughout the film was laced with a lot of wisdom balanced out with moments that made me smile. The film stars Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Katherine Moennig and is presented by Miramax Films. Everybody’s Fine opens in local theaters on Wednesday, April 7,2010.

The gods, the Kraken and Me: A Clash of the Titans Movie Review

Some movie bloggers and I were invited to the special advanced 3D screening of the anticipated movie Clash of the Titans last Tuesday night at the Glorietta 4 Cinemas. I must admit, among the bunch of bloggers, I probably was the biggest non-Kraken fan of them all. In fact, I have not seen the original version (or to be more succinct, the movie it was based on) and I knew very little about the history of the movie. Also, coming from a Christian school, we never really studied Greek mythology much so it never was really an area of fascination or interest for me.

Moving beyond that disclaimer, let me say that I enjoyed the film. I loved the “grandness” of the movie. Beyond the larger than life story, I like how the special effects, the cinematography and the costume and set designs really take you to their world. I was amazed at the appearance of the Pegasus, and I would have to say that he was one of my favorite creatures in the film.

Clash of the Titans
The story revolves around the, as the movie is described, “the ultimate struggle for power”  that pits man against kings and kings against gods. As man’s faith and admiration of the gods wane, they wage war against the gods thus earning their ire. Powerless to save his family from the vengeful god of the Underworld, demigod Perseus heads off to fight the ultimate battle against Hades before he is able to seize power from his brother Zeus. Together with an uncanny band of brothers, Perseus fights monsters, evil gods and yes, even Medusa.

I won’t elaborate more as not to accidentally spoil the movie for any of you readers, but suffice it to say that Clash of the Titans would be a great after-Easter movie to catch. The film will be shown in both 3D and 2D. I’ve read mixed reviews about whether going for the 3D version or not. For me, I think the 3D experience just makes the movie even larger than it its. Just think of that Kraken :-)

Clash of the Titans opens on Saturday, April 3, 2010 and is released by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Saving the Earth with Project Noel

I am not a big fan of beauty contests or anything remotely involved in such events, but I realized after attending the launching of the Miss Earth Philippines’ advocacy project, Project Noel, last week that I was quite wrong in boxing beauty pageants and queens as simply another shallow attempt at exalting beauty.

Every year, the Miss Earth Philippines court works on an advocacy project to help promote awareness and programs that will care for the earth. This years project is a short film that emphasizes the importance of recycling and the impact each of us have on the environment with the wastes we produce daily. It is a very timely film because it brought home circumstances that actually happened not so long ago with Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.

Albeit brief, the short film made me reflect on my behaviors. It was also a very entertaining approach  to spreading the word about climate change.I think this can be an effective medium for schools to use to encourage students to become more responsible stewards of the earth.

The film will be shown in SM Cinemas during their Green Screenings. Will post updates on schedules when I get them :-)

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