I contemplated for a grand total of 12 hours if I should be blogging about this movie. The sci-fi fanatic in me caved in to my more critical side, so excuse me if the piece seems somewhat incoherent to your own experience watching Skyline, the latest B-grade movie with a “modest” budget of 10 million bucks.
Harry Potter’s 7th installment, The Deathly Hallows, hit the cinemas in Singapore yesterday afternoon. Fans of Potter throughout the tiny island, I am sure, rejoiced in unison as the Boy Who Lived once again graced the silver screen.
But not me. Why? Because I am stuck here in Hong Kong. And to rub salt to my wound, the first part of the epic finale will only show here on 16 December, almost one whole month from today.
Injustice, this was. So spare me of any spoilers while I wallow in misery watching the trailers instead.
The Day After Tomorrow. I remember now why I love it so much.
It was in 2004 when I first caught the movie in cinema. I had always been a fan of the natural disaster movie genre (is there a term for this?), and The Day After Tomorrow (TDAT) definitely tops the list for me, with The Independence Day running a close second.
Over the years I have been watching the movie again and again, and every single time, I loved it. Call me a loyal fan, call me a fanatic, but with this movie the producers put together the perfect concoction of what a GREAT movie should be made of.
You know how certain movies have the magic of entertaining you, uplifting your spirit and make you feel good about life? That happened to me recently with Step Up 3D, a movie about a tight-knit group of New York City street dancers and their trials leading up the Olympic of street dance, the World Jam.
Various thoughts of unrelated randomness popped into mind as I watched the somewhat unglorified Disney latest flick that was The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
#1 – That sorcerers are humans with the ability to use 90% of the brain instead of 10% like you and I could. That sorcery is part magic, part science. That’s kinda scary because by that definition, Albert Einstein is just a sorcerer and not a genius as we were told. Are we that gullible? What else has history been cheating us on?
#2 – For someone who wants to take over the world by creating an army of the dead, Morgana le Fay was surprisingly easy to kill. You would think they will at least have a showdown of epic proportion. The movie wouldn’t be totally out of place if sequenced as part of “Scary Movie (insert the number of next number here)”. Maybe the show was meant to be dorky instead of scary.
#3 – The hero of the movie, a somewhat reluctant Dave Stutler who rises from zero to hero was somewhat believable (apparently he always had geeky roles?), but the heroine was a total flake. I was known to laugh at the silliest thing but her punch lines invoked less than a giggle from me.
#4 – New York is beautiful, no doubt about it. Empire State Building, Chinatown, Battery Park… I am ashamed that my blog entries on my April trip is still incomplete.
#5 – It is okay to be a total nerd. In fact it is kinda cool. I have always known that, coz I am nerdy in my own way. Now I can start to think I am cool, too.
It troubled me somewhat that I have been spelling “sorcerer” as “soccerer” for years. Perhaps among the various ailments that I have, the inability to spell is one of them. I think that’s called… dyslesix? Dyslecis?
See, I told you.
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Those who know me well will tell you that I am really a cry baby.
Okay, not that I can squeeze out tears on demand. But I reckon many things in life will have me tearing… be it of sadness, joy, pride. I consider a movie to be good if it can make me cry. The more, the better.
For God’s sake, I cried in Happy Feet. In laughter, of course.
I almost believed him when he said all the relationship books are bullshit and should be burnt.
I almost believed him when he said all men think of are orifices and the next blow job.
I almost believed him when he said all women think of are men who scored the perfect resume.
So, why oh why, did the realistically-speaking him turned all textbook-like at the end of the movie? Of course I see that coming, but it made the most unrealistic ones of us to believe that fairy tales and lovey fantasies are stuff of reality.
I am confused. The ugly truth? Beats the shit out of me. Now I have to continue to believe in that, yes, someone out there, will love me the way I am, and not who I pretend to be.
The movie is absolutely wonderful for great laughs though. Highly recommended for dates on weekends.
He’s Not That Into You tells the stories of a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirtysomethings as they navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life, trying to read the signs of the opposite sexâ€¦ and hoping to be the exceptions to the â€œno-exceptionsâ€ rule.
There were many different story angles cleverly portrayed in this movie, but I especially liked the one on “technology” as illustrated by Mary (played by Drew Barrymore):
“I had this guy leave me a voicemail at work, so I called him at home, and then he emailed me to my BlackBerry, and so I texted to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies. It’s exhausting.”
“Things have changed. People donâ€™t just meet organically anymore. If I want to make myself more attractive to the opposite sex, I donâ€™t go get a new haircut â€“ I update my profile. Thatâ€™s just how it is.”
The movie boasted a star-studded cast, including my all time favorite Jennifer Aniston. Through many twists and turns, the characters met, fell in love and fell out of love as fate continues to play havoc on their relationships. I learned a great deal of wisdom from the show, but none other impacted me by the character of Alex (played by Justin Long).
That… many of us who date are the “rule”, not the “exception”. So stop pondering over stories of the unfamiliar but enticing love tales of friends of friends, and start listening to your heart. And when the cupid strikes, listen harder… for you have found your own exception.
I am looking for my exception. Will you be the one?