Home

R-mazing Warm Bodies

2 Comments

Feb-ulous Challenge Day 21

I love… R!

"Don't be creepy, don't be creepy, don't be creepy"

“Don’t be creepy, don’t be creepy, don’t be creepy”

“I’m not a general or a colonel or a builder of cities. I’m just a corpse who wants not to be.” -R

I just got home from the cinema and we saw Warm Bodies starring Teresa Palmer as Julie and Nicholas Hoult as R.

You probably look at R and think: “wait, that guy looks familiar” well, that’s cause he is. He was this very cute weird kid in the 2002 Hugh Grant film, About A Boy. Cool trivia huh? Yeah. I’m cool like that.

download

isn’t he the cutest? ❤

Anywho, my Facebook friends have been raving about it plus I saw an interview of Nicholas Hoult in E! News so I wanted to really see the flick. So today, I convinced some of my work friends, went to the cinema, got out and found myself totally loving R the zombie shrugger. SIGH.

Basically, it’s a romantic comedy zombie movie. The movie starts of with R’s voice over talking about what he was thinking and how he saw the world. The dialogues were funny and the monotone delivery fit for a zombie all works out. Example:

R: I don’t want to be this way. I am lonely, I am lost. I mean I am literally lost, I have never been in this part of the airport before.

Warm-Bodies-zombie-450x256

I think it’s safe to say that R felt empty inside his dead self. He wanted more out of his “life” so he listened to records and longed for interaction. Then one day, he went with his best friend M, who he bonded with over grunts, awkward stares, and almost exchange of conversations, to search for food = brains. That’s when he saw Julie. Just like any individual who sees the love of his life for the first time, the world was suddenly in slow motion and there was music, until of course he was shot by Julie’s boyfriend. Julie was a part of a human group that rounds up supplies for the living people. Her dad is like the head of the squad that keeps everyone safe, kinda like the military. Because I wouldn’t want to spoil the movie, the gist of it all is that R is going to save Julie from being a zombie. He’ll take her back to his “home” keep her safe and after that everything is going to change… forever. HAHA!

I know you’ve got questions. Is Julie gonna be a zombie? What’s R gonna do about everything? Will they end up together? Can there be more deaths given the number of undead in the movie? I suggest, you go and watch it for yourself. 🙂

I’m not really a zombie movie fan, with the exception of Zombieland of course, but I gotta say, Warm Bodies was a great watch. It’s different, funny, heartwarming, and as we Pinoys call it kilig much! I love R because he’s so endearing, for a zombie that is, he acts like a normal human being around a girl he likes. He’s awkward and cute at the same time. You identify and relate to him and who knew you can relate and identify to a zombie, right?! Aside from it’s plot, the soundtrack is also great. The supporting characters like Nora played by ANTM Cycle 11 top 3 Analeigh Tipton, which was also in Crazy, Stupid, Love as the nanny BTW, and M a.k.a. Marcus played by Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Machine) provided comic relief. Analeigh has great comic timing, I must say. Anywho, so there, overall it’s an awesome feel good movie.

And with that, let me leave you with another quotable quote by R:

“What wonderful thing didn’t start out scary.”

11169191_det

“I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.”

Advertisements

Top 3 Cancer Movies

Leave a comment

One of the things I love most, next to reading books (NERD ALERT!) is watching movies. Actually, it was one of the reasons why I wanted to be a writer. I’m more of a chick flick/coming of age/comedy type of girl. I tend to shy away from watching dramas because I get really affected and I get all choked up. But. I’ve seen some dramatic flicks that I really liked and coincidentally most of them dealt with cancer. So today, I’ll give you my top 3 cancer movies.

#3 – A Little Bit of Heaven

I just saw this last night and I found myself in tears! The movie stars Kate Hudson as Marley. She’s pretty, has great friends, and seemed like she had a perfect life until she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Most people knew her as happy go lucky type of person so she had a hard time expressing how she really felt about her being sick. She eventually falls in love with her doctor played by Gael Garcia Bernal. In the end, she confronts her feelings about her divorced parents, fixes her relationships with her friends, learns how it is to love and be loved, and accepts the fact that she’s going to die.

#2 – 100

This is an Indie film that I came across early last year. It’s a well written story and the actors who played the characters really brought it to life. I actually wrote a review here. The story was about an accomplished woman named Joyce. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she only had 100 days to live. She made a bucket list of the things she needed to do before her time is up. With the help of her best friend Ruby, she sets out to settle the score with her first love, tell her mom she’s dying, and even arrange her very own funeral service. This movie made me laugh and cry. It’s definitely worth watching.

#1 – Life as a House

One of my favorite movies of all time. It’s about George Monroe played by Kevin Kline. A divorcee who was diagnosed with – ta-da – terminal cancer. Once he knew his condition, he decided to rebuild a house together with his one and only rebellious son, Sam, played by Hayden Christensen. As he rebuilt the house, he also rebuilt his relationships with the people who matter most to him.

This is a funny and heartwarming story of a father and a son. I first saw this with my brother and by the end of the film I was crying and he was all choked up. I recently got a copy of this movie and I still cry when I watch it.

BONUS:

50/50

I must admit, I only wanted to see this because of Joseph Gordon Levitt. BUT. It’s really a great movie. The dialogues were funny and the characters were endearing. I especially loved the potty mouthed best friend played by Seth Rogen. Unlike my top 3, this movie had a, well, better ending so go watch it. 🙂

Another Teen Flick List

1 Comment

1 Post A Day Challenge – ENTRY #23

In a recent job interview, I talked about how I wanted to write for movies in the future. It actually amazes me how much I learn about myself after these interviews. Sometimes, I even shock myself. Anyway, I told the interviewer that I wanted to do coming-of-age films. I love teen flicks because they are generally feel good movies especially if they’re mainstream. Some are really cliche but it never fails to entertain and sometimes even inspire.

Here are my 5 Favorite Coming-Of-Age/Teen Flicks:

1. The Breakfast Club

I saw this movie on cable back in high school. I think this movie was the mother of all teen flicks, at least the ones made after I was born. It’s about five students who got into detention. These five represent the high school stereotypes: The Jock (Emilio Estevez), The Brain/Geek (Anthony Michael Hall), The Criminal (Judd Nelson), The Princess (Molly Ringwald), and The Kook (Ally Sheedy). They all spent a whole Saturday together and learned that they may not be so different from each other after all. Teen angst brought them together and they called themselves, The Breakfast Club.

2. Juno

“Thundercats are go!”

Juno MacGuff and Paulie Bleeker is love. This movie was written by Diablo Cody (very cool name!) about teenage pregnancy. Typically in movies the cheerleader gets knocked up by the football star but in this movie the characters are a little bit different. Quirky Juno gets pregnant with her best friend the dorky (but totally awesome) Paulie Bleeker after a “chair incident”. Juno plans to abort the baby but then decides to just put it up for adoption. It’s a refreshing movie with a lot of funny one liners and dialogues. The story also rings true to a lot of people. Here’s some quotable quotes from the movie:

Juno to the Lorings: “You should’ve gone to China, you know, ’cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those t-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events.”

Juno’s Dad on Love: “Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”  

3. Almost Famous

“I am a golden god!”

This movie was about William Miller a teenager who got the chance to come on tour with the up and coming rock band: Still Water and write an article for the Rolling Stones magazine. Will is a smart kid with a very strict and sometimes controlling mother. He sets out on a journey to learn not only about the band but about love and life. Zoe Deschannel was in this movie as Will’s big sister. 🙂

4. Detroit Rock City


Mrs. Bruce: You know what Kiss stands for, don’t you? ‘Knights In Satan’s Service!’

Initially, I only wanted to see this movie because I had a crush on Edward Furlong but after seeing the movie it’s actually a good one. It’s about four high school friends who wanted to see KISS live in concert. They won tickets for it in a contest on the radio but they lost it so they had to find another way to get it. They had to face angry moms protesting and accusing KISS as a work of the devil, strip for it, and wrestle some bad ass bullies along the way.

5. Coach Carter

“l came to coach basketball players, and you became students. l came to teach boys, and you became men.”

This is also one of my favorite sports movies. Coach Carter is a very inspiring story about how Coach Carter helped the student athletes that they are students first before they are athletes. He made them realize that there is more to life than basketball and that it is important for them to graduate and possibly go to college. Coach Carter does have unorthodox ways of teaching so he sort of raised controversy in the school. One of the famous dialogues was the one by Timo Cruz, he said:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Here’s a bonus movie: Not Another Teen Movie

Random student at prom: “Who would’ve guessed that everyone in school was a professional dancer?” :))

One of the funniest spoof movies. Ever. It basically sums up all the cliches you could ever imagine from teen flicks. I found it very funny and entertaining because I’ve seen most of the movies they spoofed. My favorites scenes were the spoof of the breakfast club with Mitch and his friends. The teacher who was in the original Breakfast Club reprised his role and it was hilarious. Jamie Pressley’s locker room scene was also funny and the black dude was also… Whack! :))

Magic Mike. >:))

Leave a comment

Last weekend, I went to the movies with my good friend Pam and we saw *blush* Magic Mike. Haha! It’s a critically acclaimed movie… NOT,  haha! But we were in a very crappy mood cause of the crappy seats we got for the Maroon 5 concert so we needed to do something fun and what better way to make you feel better than to watch handsome hot guys strut their stuff and gyrate their hips into your hearts, right??

Magic Mike is a movie directed by Steven Soderbergh. The same guy who directed Ocean’s 11, 12, 13 (with the star studded cast including Brad Pitt and George Clooney among others) and Erin Brockovich (the one with Julia Roberts). Anywho, this movie stars Channing Tatum as Mike, an “entrepreneur” by day and a male stripper by night known as Magic Mike. Early on in the movie, we got acquainted with Channing’s, erm, butt. Anyway, the movie is basically about Mike and he’s other stripper friends. In the beginning of the story, he meets Adam (played by Alex Pettyfer) in the site where he does his roofing job (he has a lot of businesses).  This Adam guy is a college drop out who lives off his sister’s couch. The movie revolved around how Mike introduced Adam into the crazy world of male strippers and how Adam got kinda lost for a bit in the craziness of it all and was saved by Mike because he promised Adam’s sister, Brooke (played by Cody Horn), that he’s got Adam’s back. It also came to a point where Mike felt empty and alone and wanted to be more than just a male stripper. He also had a falling out with the club owner/friend Dallas (played by Matthew McConaughey).

So there, that’s basically the gist of the story. If you’re gonna watch it, please leave your high standards outside the cinema because I think it’s just a movie full of eye candy but lacks the depth of a story (naks! dume-depth pa daw talaga ko. haha!) just like how some people described the movie “Sucker Punch”. Also, it was sort of bitin. The story’s main conflict I think was Adam’s involvement with the drug dealers and Mike’s need to find, i dunno, meaning in his life, i guess. In the end, Mike saved Adam from drug dealers by simply paying off a debt. Adam got away with it without even a small scratch. Mike then left the stripper life. Adam took his place in the show and Mike hooked up with his sister and that was the end of it.

I was a little disappointed though, because Matt Bomer – who is actually the reason why I wanted to see it – didn’t have as much screen time as I would’ve liked but Channing Tatum’s abs made up for that so it’s all good. Here’s some Do’s and Don’ts before you watch Magic Mike:

DO:

1. Watch it with your girlfriends. The best way to bond with your gal pals is to watch em boys shake what their mommas gave em!

2. Prepare yourself to see a lot of skin. And I mean A LOOOT of skin. Matthew McConaughey was practically topless for the most parts of the movie.

DON’T:

1. Bring your boyfriends. They might feel inadequate especially after they see Big Dick Richie’s (Joe Manganiello) routine.

2. Bring your parents or children to see it. It is not, and I repeat NOT a family movie. I don’t know if people weren’t informed but we saw a family of 5 enter the movie house. I wonder how the parents will explain the movie to their kids. I dunno maybe they thought it was a spin off from Harry Potter or something.

Over all, we had fun and was laughing hard when the movie finished. Again, don’t expect too much. It’s not Oscar-worthy but it’s a good pick-me-up movie for those who’re feeling crappy. 🙂

Old Hollywood Dudes I’d Date

Leave a comment

While some people dream of having a big house with a pool, I’ve always dreamed of having a house with a theater complete with lazy boy seats, pop corn maker, and tons of movie posters on the wall. I love movies and that may be one of the reason why I wanted to be a writer.

Anywho, I was thinking about some of the actors I really like. If you follow me on twitter you’ll probably see pictures of Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling or Shia LaBeouf but today this post is different. The people in this list are probably foreign to readers who are fans of Justin Bieber or Chris Hemsworth. Today, I give you my list of: Old Hollywood Dudes I’d Date… (yeah, i’ve got time on my hands. *wink*)

#1 – TOM CRUISE

He doesn’t even look 50!

He was born on July 3, 1962. Yup! He’s 50 years old now and I would date him. HAHA! I am such a fan girl ever since I saw Mission Impossible 2. After seeing him bouldering on those rocks, I instantly fell in love. I’ve seen most of his movies but my favorite would have to be the courtroom drama  “A Few Good Men”.

“You want to know the truth? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH” – it was actually Jack Nicholson who said this line but Tom sure did took the truth outta him!

Of course, girls especially love him in Jerry Maguire because the whole “You complete me” scene and also in Top Gun. Here’s some more eye candy:

Maverick in Top Gun

Young version. *SWOON*

#2 – Pierce Brosnan

Aaaa. Pierce Brosnan is 59 years old but he’s still handsome. I’ve seen his Bond Movies and I think he’s the best James Bond ever!

007… 143! :))

It was easier to watch and understand the Bond movies (i’m not a fan of action flicks) because I exerted the effort to not sleep in the cinema when my parents made us come to watch it. How can you doze off if you see this face in the huge screen:

Is he looking at me right now?! *blush*

Pierce’s younger version 🙂

My favorite Pierce Brosnan movie would be Laws of Attraction. The one with Julianne Moore. Because it was just a feel good movie and they make a cute pair. 🙂 He’s also in Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief.

#3 – Chris Noth

Chris Noth is 58 years old but he still has the looks. My mom doesn’t like him and that is why I like him even more! HAHA! You probably know him as Mr. Big in the HBO series Sex in the City as Carrie Bradshaw’s boyfriend.

Mr. Big!

I wasn’t a fan of that series but I saw some of the episodes because I wanted to see Mr. Big and the shoes. Haha! I watch him in The Good Wife which is a good series with Julianna Margulies. He plays a politician who gets involved in a scandal that leads to his imprisonment. He was also in Law in Order.

#4 – Rob Lowe

He was in St. Elmo’s Fire. Never heard of it? It’s an 80’s film shown before I was even born but thanks to HBO I was able to see it back in high school when I had to skip class because I was sick. Swear. Anyway, here’s a photo:

Rob Lowe. ❤

He’s 48 years old now. I know. But he’s really handsome and charming in Brothers & Sisters as Kitty Walker’s (Callista Flockhart a.k.a Ally McBeal) husband Sen. Robert McCallister. Here’s an old photo for you to get exactly what I mean:

So there, that is the list of the old hollywood dudes I’d date cause they still look good inspite of the age. You’re probably confused now but you see Ryan Reynolds and even Zac Efron will grow old and hopefully they’ll age gracefully just like these men in my list. Alright, go back now to your One Direction and Big Time Rush. I’m out. 🙂

100: A Movie Review

Leave a comment

A few nights ago, an indie film called “100” was on cable. I was in the middle of reading a book I recently got for Christmas (which by the way is a little bit overrated, it’s okay but not really that great) and I saw Mylene Dizon (it was already 10 or 15 minutes into the movie when I tuned in) and remembered seeing her tweet about the premiere of her indie film with Eugene Domingo so I decided to watch it instead.

100 is a movie about a woman named Joyce played by Mylene Dizon. She has terminal cancer and has only about 3 months to live. Knowing that her life is nearing its end, she plans to accomplish a number of things before she goes on to the next life (she wrote it down on sticky notes and posted it on her wall) which includes picking her own casket and playlist during her wake. She then tells her best friend, Ruby, played by Eugene Domingo that she’s going to die soon. The two of them set out to do the things they have been wanting to do like going on a trip, doing an Ate Vi DVD marathon, and eventually telling Joyce’s mom played by Tessie Tomas. Joyce also had to do major “clean -up” by breaking up with Rod, her married boyfriend and look for her first love Emil. She also has to deal with her mother and her alternative ways of curing her cancer and her acceptance of the situation.

The movie shown an unconventional way of dealing with death. While most people would sulk and probably wallow in self pity and regret, Joyce dealt with it head on. It was as if she’s doing regular errands while arranging her memorial plans. I loved how real the interaction was between Joyce and Ruby. That’s exactly how long time friends are with each other. Especially the part where Joyce had to tell Ruby about her death. If I was in Ruby’s shoes, I would also bawl like a child, it would be really hard for me to accept or even fathom the idea of a perfectly young and supposedly healthy person whose got a lot of things to accomplish in life is about to day in a few months. I can’t be as nonchalant as Joyce because I dread death. I dread it not because i feel like i’m going to hell or something but because i feel like i haven’t made something out of myself. How would people eulogize me if the best thing i have ever done with my life is win word games or memorize dialogues from my favorite movies. I also dread the death of loved ones. I think it’s hard to die but i think it’s harder for those you leave behind. Thus, explains the heartbreaking dialogue of Tessie Tomas: “ang anak ang dapat naglilibing sa magulang, hindi yung kabaligtaran”. It’s really hard because you’re the one who has to live with the loss.

Overall, it was a good movie. I can’t believe i haven’t heard of it until lately. It will surely make you laugh and cry. Mylene Dizon and Eugene Domingo were so good. You’d really think that they’re best friends. Tessie Tomas also did good playing the role of the mother. The Emil twist was also cool. I don’t usually like indie movies because, well, most are pa-deep, but there are some just like 100 that are worth watching.

PS. I’m having a hard time uploading the trailer of the movie so please watch it here instead –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUjYpd0Aj7E