Friday, November 13, 2009

500 thumbs up

500 days of summer can be considered a little choppy as it goes back and forth and finally to present, but don't let that bother you because it will all turn smooth in the end. Even the tag line says it all, it's not a love story but a story about love.. now isn't that beautiful.

One thing I love about this show is that it's not cliche like other rom coms, in 500 like in life not every tale is a fairytale. 500 also shows the vulnerability of the male species something not highlighted enough in romantic shows. Hey you know what they do have feelings too!! 500 days of Summer is one of the must watch for 2009.

Nothing Normal Bout It

In recent years Asian horror flicks have become mainstream with Hollywood remaking the likes of Ju-On, The Ring and Shutter just to name a few, but after so long, finally America has come up with a scary piece. A really scary piece if I may add.

Paranormal Activity revolves around a couple who plans to capture the entity that has been disturbing them on camera, everything seems normal.. until the camera goes to night vision and the time at the bottom of the screen just adds that added intensity needed for the movie. (the picture reveals the night cam)

I can be considered chicken shit as I watched almost the entire show through 2 fingers but it was worth it.. Paranormal Activity confirms that less is more sometimes in horror shows!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Kids Stole the Show

I was reluctant to watch Orphan, firstly I'm not really a fan of horror/scary shows, but I can't help being intrigued by the idea of closing my eyes just as the figure appears behind you in the mirror.. Well, thankfully for me Orphan was not that scary, but it really does grip you in a weird way.

Isabelle Fuhrman who plays the evil Esther is so convincing as the evil/angel character. Her expressions were spot on and you will end up rooting for her to fail in all her evil plots. It's like watching a football or a basketball game where you are cheering when she fails and grunts when she succeeds. Anwyay, the other show stopper was Aryana Engineer who plays Max, the deaf daughter of Vera Farmiga and Peter Saarsgaard's characters. Max is so cute and adorable that you just pray that evil Esther won't harm her.

The story revolves around Kate (Farmiga) who is trying to move on after the birth of her stillborn baby. She turned to alcohol as a vice but after cleaning up her act she felt that it's time to adopt. That's when the story unravels, when they set their sights on Esther, a Russian orphan. It's just an average movie overall but the 2 girls, Isabelle Fuhrman (Esther) and Max (Arayana Enginner) really stole the show.

It Rocked My Boat!

The Boat That Rocked is funny and it really makes you realize how important radio stations and deejays are in our lives.. But above all it's the love for music. I cannot imagine how dull it will be just listening to classical songs on the radio, especially if you are stuck in a jam. Well that was exactly how things were back then.

Then came the Pirate Radio. Well this movie is based in the 1960s where this group of rouge DJs, on a boat in the middle of the Northern Atlantic, played rock records and broke the law all for the love of music. The songs they played united and defined an entire generation and drove the British government crazy. Well basically Rock n Roll was so meaningful that they even stood up against the British government who did everything in their power to shut them down.

Great show with an even greater soundtrack!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Who Will Prevail

4 more days to go before the Emmy Awards comes full swing. It may not be as glamorous or as posh as the Academy Awards, but the Emmys are equally as important for TV addicts like me. So in celebration for the upcoming Emmys, I thought I'll list down some of the major categories and give my 2 cents worth..
This is one of the toughest categories to choose from, all the shows nominated are simply super starting with..

This show brings a whole new meaning to polygamy, the acting's amazing and the stigma these Mormons get for believing in something not many are accustom to makes this a contender, as the season goes by the series becomes even more irresistable with the twist around the plot. Though a contender, I doubt that Big Love will take the title, there are too many stronger dramas in the same category. But for me it's about time Big Love is shown some love by getting this nomination.

Ahh to my favorite serial killer in the whole wide world.. I have always been fascinated by serial killers, intrigued by what goes through their minds when they do the deed. How can they act so normal hiding their evilness. Hiding who they truly are seem to be the root of all serial killers, even Dexter. Dexter a serial killer who works with the Miami Metro Police Department as a blood splatter analyst, right down his alley don't you think. The first season blew my mind away with the twist in the end, the 3rd season sees him being friends with Miguel someone he opened up his deep dark secrets too, the storyline gets even more complicated as his girlfriend Rita gets pregnant. Dexter is certainly a strong contender especially with Michael C Hall's convincing performance season after season and might just take home the emmy.

I was keeping my fingers cross that House wins the Emmy last year, the last 2 episodes where Amber dies simply blew my mind away. This season, there are several similarities to Grey's Anatomy with House hallucinating just like Katherine Heigl's Izzie in Grey's. Hugh Laurie's House is beyond a doubt a great actor but the series to win an Emmy this season seems pretty unlikely, but House who has been around for 5 seasons may be just be that oldie that beats the other newbies.


I have to admit I've never seen an episode of Damages, all I know from the show is that Glenn Close is great and keeps winning award after award for best actress, so I should not be commenting on this, well should the show win, then it might just be reason for me to start following it


John Hamm, just his name is enough to spell sexy, he is the hottest male specimen to ever hit television. His role as Don Draper exudes mystery and keeps leaving question marks everytime the season ends. Mad Men is the strongest contender to win the award this year, especially after winning it last year on their debut. The drama which potrays advertising men back in the day with lots of smoking and drinking goes way deep especially now since there might not be a CooperSterling anymore. Hats off to Mad Men if they defend their title again this year, cause it surely is a masterpiece.


I have been raving about Breaking Bad like a mad woman but there is no doubt it is personally my best series so far. Bryan Cranston who won best actor in last year's emmy is so good as Walter White and this season Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman's role stole my heart away and he is the valve of the show. Cranston who plays a drug maker to help support his failing health cause he has lung cancer and his family is getting backfired now after his wife left him for not being able to get the full truth from her husband. Jesse's vulnerability make this my pick for this year's WINNER, thank you breaking bad for making television look so good.


After so long being stuck in the island, finally the show is coming full swing as some of them got out of the island only to go back soon after. But this time some questions are answered as well. So one of the questions will Lost blow everyone off by winning the Emmy, the answer is maybe just maybe.. Without a doubt this is the best season so far!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Japanese Wonder

When Departures won the best foreign movie award at the Oscars, I was quite taken aback, I've never heard of it and the victory can be considered as an underdog story. Many critics thought that Waltz With Bashir was gonna take the cake, but after watching Departures I knew exactly why it won. This is a beautiful movie, storytelling to the artistic shots used by director Yojiro Takita. It covers the heartland of Japan and an astonishingly beautiful look at a sacred part of Japan's cultural heritage. The movie revolves around Daigo a musician who is unemployed, he needed to get a job desperately to support him and his wife, Mika. Spotting a Help Wanted ad featuring the word “departures,” he is excited about the prospect of trying a new career in the travel industry. He arrives for the interview, curiously eyeing the coffins lining the back wall of the office. The company owner, Sasaki instantly was taken by Daigo and hired him on the spot, he basically made him an offer he can't refuse.

Daigo would have to work in a funeral home, something he was not totally honest about to his wife, the story starts revealing itself when Mika finds out about Daigo's new role and with it, it brings a new prospect on death, the elegant culture of Japan's funeral process and the beauty of developing new bonds and discovering old bonds. A masterpiece indeed and part of the story revolves around a rock, that I would say is the most endearing aspect to the film.. 2 thumbs up!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Dog's Life

Apart from watching movies, something else really close to my heart are animals. I grew up having all kinds of pets and my love for animals only grew stronger each day. Recently I watched a feel good children movie titled Hotel For Dogs. However, it wasn't really feel good, in fact it went quite deep, in a bigger picture, the 2 kids played by Emma Roberts and Jake T Austin had a very sad life. They were put in one foster home to another and their only joy is their dog Friday (such a joy to the movie), who they can't declare in open because their foster parents who are rockstar wannabes do not allow pets. That aside, the siblings will con and do whatever it takes to get some money to feed Friday, because of their antics, they end up getting in trouble all the time, but their intention was noble, to feed their beloved dog. Why should the kids get punished for helping a dog? I think sometimes adults should learn a thing or 2 from kids.

Anyhoo, Andi & Bruce were looking for a place to hide Friday when they stumble upon an abandoned hotel with 2 residents, a Mastiff Lenny and a pug, Georgia. They then with help from some friends manage to make the hotel into a safe haven for strays they saved. As usual though whatever good that Andi and Bruce do, the idiotic adults will always make their lives difficult by tracking down the dogs and putting them in the pound. It ended on a happy note of course, but that was on film, why can't that happy ending apply in real life. My dream one day is that there will be "Hotel For Dogs" in every city in the world, and I don't mean just a pet friendly hotel but a safe haven where the neglected and abused animals, all sort of animals can find happiness and love for their remaining lives.. As for the movie, if you love dogs, then it's definitely a treat!