Film Review: Fabricated City (2017) | Bye, Wookie HUHUHU

Ji Chang-wook has left for the army today (ANDWAEEEEEEE) and I decided to send him off by watching his latest film, Fabricated City, which was a blockbuster success early this year. I’ll be mostly babbling about the film so if you have nothing better to do then go read my thoughts on Fabricated City! Continue reading “Film Review: Fabricated City (2017) | Bye, Wookie HUHUHU”

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Weekly Round-up (2): August 5 – 12, 2017

This dance at the end of We Got Married as a Job is so cute!

I’m doing weekly round-ups now, which will include any media I consumed for the past week, from Saturday to Friday Sunday to Saturday (changing days now but this post would cover eight days so I can shift to the new schedule of this post being up on Sundays). I’d be glad if you end up getting some recommendations but I’m only doing this as a form of a media journal (to make it easy to write reviews later on). And fine, an actual journal too. Here goes! Continue reading “Weekly Round-up (2): August 5 – 12, 2017”

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Weekly Round-up (1): July 29 – August 4, 2017

gif of the week!

So I thought of doing weekly round-ups from now on, which will include any media I consumed for the past week, from Saturday to Friday. I also aim to talk about them, especially kdrama episodes I’ve seen for the week, all in one post. I’d be glad if you end up getting some recommendations but I’m only doing this as a form of a media journal (to make it easy to write reviews later on). And fine, an actual journal too. Here goes! Continue reading “Weekly Round-up (1): July 29 – August 4, 2017”

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Film Review: Handsome Devil (2016)

I first learned about Handsome Devil from this review on Bitch Stole My Remote. I’m a sucker for teen coming-of-age films, may it be with romantic or platonic relationships, straight or queer, just preferably with a dash of self-effacing wit and humor. After reading that review, I definitely wanted to see the film but thought that’s not gonna happen anytime soon as I doubt it’ll ever be shown here in the Philippines. I should have trusted Netflix though! Because as I was browsing this morning, I found this under the newly added section. Hallelujah! I queued it right away as I certainly had an hour and a half to spare. Hope you read on! Continue reading “Film Review: Handsome Devil (2016)”

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HELLO I NEED THESE FILMS NOW

First is Dane DeHaan with that stache, I mean, TULIP FEVER. Been waiting for this movie for AGESSSSS. It felt like ages. Been waiting for this since it was announced that Dane was starring in it because DANE. DEHAAN.

And omg Alicia Vikander is so pretty! I haven’t seen her films but I gotta change that since she just won an Oscar. There’s also Judi Dench in this film and JUST HELLO HISTORICAL DANE DEHAAN IS A PAINTER AND HAVING HOT HOT FORBIDDEN SEX WITH HIS PATRON’S WIFE HELLO I AM SO EXCITED. Even if it looks like Oscar bait like everyone in the comments section reiterates.

Next is…

SNOWDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bemoaned Shailene Woodley’s casting a long time ago because I am not a fan of hers but her role seems to be safe and won’t be irritating me so HOPE. BUT LEMME FOCUS ON JGL BECAUSE HELLO FINE SPECIMEN. He so rocks Snowden’s look! What a chameleon! Those glasses look good on you, bb. ACK JGL!!!

I saw the teaser trailer for SNOWDEN a few months back and got excited for the film. (Even more since the fact that the movie has JGL has gotten me excited loooooooooong before.) But guys, this trailer looks so good! Unfortunately, like a friend has mentioned, the hacking in this film looks so cinematic and fake and Hollywood. Totally not real-life like that on Mr. Robot. But then again, I’d still take it but really, it looks so laughable. HAHAHA

SO EXCITED FOR THESE TWO MOVIES JULY FOR TULIP FEVER, SEPTEMBER FOR SNOWDEN EEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK

*coherence come back to me, this post is done*

HELLO I NEED THESE FILMS NOW

You got that Dane DeHaan as James Dean look in your eye | Film Review: Life (2015)

Last week, instead of preparing for my thesis progress report, I watched Life, the 2015 movie starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pattinson played Dennis Stock, the photographer who took the iconic photos of James Dean, played by DeHaan, back in the 1950s. I have never heard of Dennis Stock and while I know who James Dean is, it’s more like, oh-that-super-handsome-actor-Taylor-Swift-referenced-in-Style. I haven’t seen any of James Dean’s few movies although I’ve already seen these iconic photos of his. So instinctively, if we were going to be honest, which is my rule here in my blog, I would have never even touched this movie with a ten-feet pole. It’s just that, I’m not really into biography-like films and all that. I’m a fiction girl, I like them made-up stories.

But who do we have here? WE HAVE DANE DEHAAN AND I WATCH ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING WITH DANE DEHAAN. Hello, I took a selfie with his poster of Life After Beth outside a fastfood restaurant. I mean:

I did that. If that doesn’t convince you that I’m obsessed with him I’m a fan, then I don’t know what else. So obviously, I watched Life even though I was sure I’d get bored.

But see, I DIDN’T. While I didn’t know how James Dean moved or spoke but I do know that Dane definitely didn’t resemble him, I thought Dane did a fine good job being that rebel James Dean evoked but still having that boyishness to him. He’d go loud one second then real quiet the next. It was like the less psychotic version of his Lucien Carr in Kill Your Darlings and I had fun watching him.

And while Dane DeHaan was amazing (AS ALWAYS HELLO, BB IS GREAT), it was actually Robert Pattinson who took me by surprise. I’ve never seen any of his projects post-Twilight but boy, did he held up his own against Dane DeHaan. In a film where the plot revolves around a photographer convincing one of the icons of that decade to be his subject, it’s easy for the audience to see just the subject in the story. After all, that’s also who we know, James Dean. The director specifically mentioned in his interviews that the film was about Dennis Stock but I thought for sure it’s gonna focus on James Dean. But coupled with the team’s intention of making a film about Dennis Stock and Robert Pattinson’s performance, Life turned out to be really a film about Dennis Stock.

Robert Pattinson was a revelation to me in here. His scenes with his son? HE NAILED IT. He desperately wanted to connect with him but he just can’t. He’s trying but he can’t. The quiet frustration, the determination and passion, he embodied the character. They were a pair, these two.

As for the cinematography, it was the right mix of bleak I always imagined Hollywood behind-the-scenes would be. Who am I kidding, I have to study more technicalities in film making to be able to comment more on the cinematography, editing, and sound. But I thought the film had done a great job in presenting its material.

So that’s my mini word vomit on Life because I like sharing what I think about shows and films even though I’m the only one who cares. Kthxbai.

You got that Dane DeHaan as James Dean look in your eye | Film Review: Life (2015)

And I spent all night stuck on the puzzle | Happy Birthday, Alex Turner!

I didn’t even know it’s his birthday today! I got stressed at work and I took a break by learning to play Stuck on the Puzzle on the ukelele and I can now play it! And now I learn that it’s his birthday so that’s a cool coincidence.

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SONG LOVE LOVE THE MOVIE IT WAS COMPOSED FOR (Richard Ayoade’s Submarine)

I think it’s the perfect song for a guy who crushes on an MPDG (manic pixie dream girl). Which basically is the romance aspect on Submarine (one of my fave movies aaaaaaaaaaa)

And I spent all night stuck on the puzzle | Happy Birthday, Alex Turner!

Contempt prior to investigation

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I watched Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) again a couple of nights ago because:

1) I love Rashida Jones.
2) I love Andy Samberg.
3) I love Chris Messina.
4) I love Emma Roberts.

So, duh, right? If asked whether I want to watch that movie, the answer is always gonna be a resounding yes. And what is better than watching an amazing couple break up? Nothing, folks. (I’m completely kidding. I watch this PRIMARILY for Chris Messina, yo. Can’t get enough of Chris Messina!!!!)

Back to the title of my post. There’s this bit in the movie where Riley (Emma Roberts) call out Celeste (Rashida Jones) on her personality flaw, which is contempt prior to investigation. How Celeste thinks she’s smarter and so above everyone and how she hates everyone who she thinks is stupid (so basically everyone). It was after Celeste was surprised that Riley knew things about art whilst being a pop star.

And it got me thinking that I have this personality flaw too. Not the I-think-everyone-is-stupid-because-I-am-so-smart but more of the actual direct meaning of CONTEMPT PRIOR TO INVESTIGATION. I quickly judge/form a lasting impression (privately!) and I hate on people easily. Hate is such a strong word. Dismiss? Yeah, I dismiss people easily without ever trying to get to know them. But then I really don’t want to get to know people because selectively social, yo!

So what is the point of this post? I was planning on saying that I have to change and be kind and all that but WHO AM I KIDDING? I just have so much hate to give. I need an outlet and it’s not like I’m picking fights with people or spreading nasty rumors about them.

Yeah, the point is I’m mean. That I have a blackened, dead heart when people think I’m so nice and all that. Haha!

Or maybe that subconsciously I do think I’m so much smarter than others?!?!?! Why else am I so judgmental?!?!?!?!?!

Contempt prior to investigation

Of Ruby Sparks and Lo-Fang

*This was originally posted here but I’m putting it here because I think it fits this blog.

Last June 2014, I watched one of my five-star garnering films of that year, Ruby Sparks. I know, I know, a lot of people have been raving about it to me for the longest time and I’ve wanted to watch it for some time now. But I just got a copy and of course, I immediately watched it. And boy, were everyone right.

If you’re not familiar with it, Ruby Sparks is a movie released back in 2012 starring Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. Kazan also wrote the screenplay and the directors behind Little Miss Sunshine were at the helm. It’s about Calvin, a bestselling author who has been in a sophomore slump, with so much pressure after his first book lauding all the awards and praises. He then dreams of a girl and starts writing about her and she comes to life as the titular Ruby Sparks.

This is in no way a review of the film but if you haven’t watched it, I suggest you do so. Great directing, wonderful screenplay and superb acting. Just generally aces in all aspects. But the point of this post is to share this amazing and super talented musician I chanced upon randomly, Lo-Fang. He’s a classically trained musician so he plays A LOT of instruments and his voice, OH HIS VOICE. He has this song called Confusing Happiness and I’m putting it in here, with the lyrics, so you can listen.

I had to break the code, Go mad.

I tried, To make a soul From scratch.

If I could dream you in meticulous detail, Would you ever come alive? Would you ever come alive? I’ll dedicate my days and 14 of my nights Will you ever come alive? Will you ever come alive?

I want this, A confusing happiness, Never knowing what comes next. I want this, All the agony and bliss, From confusing happiness.

The dawn, no birds around, Reborn, without a sound. Oh no, The fire drowned.

If I could dream you in meticulous detail, Would you ever come alive? Would you ever come alive? Since I began, it’s taken two years in this hell. Will you ever come alive? Will you ever come alive?

I want this, A confusing happiness, Never knowing what comes next. I want this, All the agony and bliss, From confusing happiness.

(If I could dream you up…)

If I could dream you in meticulous detail, Would you ever come alive? Would you ever come alive? I dedicate my body and my conscious mind. Will you ever come alive? Will you ever come alive?

I want this, A confusing happiness, Never knowing what comes next. I want this, All the agony and bliss, From confusing happiness.

It’s the perfect theme song for Ruby Sparks, isn’t it? The lyrics are perfect and the somber, mellow tone captures Calvin’s feelings all throughout the film. I had goosebumps when I first listened to the song and I can’t un-link this song to Ruby Sparks.

So, yeap, that’s it! I just made a movie and a song recommendation, which is one of the things this blog is for. I hope you guys check both out, if you haven’t. Really, they’re great. I stand by it.

Of Ruby Sparks and Lo-Fang

My 2014 Obsessions – Part 3

This is Day 3 of me sharing my obsessions for the year and the penultimate post on this series (I love that word). If you want to know my favorite albums or my favorite tracks of the year, click on the links and it’ll take you to my kind of jam. Day 3 will focus on movies so yay!

I love watching movies and since 2011, I had a movie challenge that I always failed. Either because I watch too many TV shows or because I got so busy or because I gave all my time to reading. This 2014, I challenged myself to 120 movies (hahaha) then I rescinded that to a hundred because it felt impossible. But then, just a few days ago, I cheated and lowered the bar very very low to 50 movies. And this year, I conquered the challenge! YAY!!! Don’t call me out on cheating, it’s not your place.

Having only watched 53 movies this year, it’d be weird to choose my top 10 movies. That’s 20% of my total count. So I only chose five and 10% seems fair enough. (What are these hang-ups I have?)

If you want to check out all the movies I watched this year, you can do so HERE. I also include short reviews for each film so you can read what I thought. Without further ado, here are my top five movies of the year!

Top Five Films
(in order of watching)

On The Job (2013)

I am so happy to have a Filipino film in here. This was the first movie I watched this year and goodness, I can still vividly remember it. I am so happy to have started the year with a bang with this. My heart felt like it was shredded into pieces.

About Time (2013)

Before this film, I could never quite answer what’s my favorite film. Now I can because it is this film. Goodness.

 

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Probably the only four-star movie in this list but come on, it was about the Beat Generation and it has DANE DeHAAN AND DANIEL RADCLIFFE. Love the script, love the plot, love the acting, the directing, everything. So yeah, deal with it.

Ruby Sparks (2012)

Because of this film, I’m pretty much a Zoe Kazan fan for life. This movie is perfection. I don’t have any qualms about it.

 

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

2014 was the year I became a fan of Matthew McConaughey. I have yet to watch a lot of his films but damn, I’ve long forgotten the rom-com Matthew McConaughey. It is really the McConaissance. And please, Jared Leto. Here’s what I thought about this film right after I watched it:

Fucking A+. I didn’t even see Matthew McConaughey or Jared Leto. All I saw were Ron Woodroof and Rayon. Fucking amazing acting. It definitely deserves all the awards it won.

Done! How about you? What are your favorite movies of the year?

My 2014 Obsessions – Part 3