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Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie

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One of the highlights of my 2012 was getting to see the live-action movie adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin in the big screen right here in Manila. When the news hit the masses that there was going to be a live-action movie adaptation of one the most popular and successful manga and anime series, fan anticipation spread like wildfire and everyone was abuzz when there was news that it would be released internationally. I didn’t think it was possible and even if it premiered late here in the Philippines (it was shown here last December), it was one of the best movie experiences I’ve had last 2012 (there was the Dark Knight Rises of course).

Rurouni Kenshin holds a special place in my heart since it was my favorite anime series while I was growing up.  I got to see it dubbed in Tagalog, and then the Japanese version with subtitles on AXN, which eventually was dubbed in English and I got to see it again on DVDs along with the OVAs. Thanks to Rurouni Kenshin, I got my highest marks ever in Asian History back in high school because I already had enough background of feudal Japan, the Restoration period, the Boshin Wars, the Shinshengumi, etc. I was pretty excited and hyped up to say the least when I heard there was a movie adaptation and that it was coming to the Philippine shores.

It was funny because we almost didn’t get to see it in the movie house. I left work early to meet up with friends to catch the nearest screening that day. When we reached the ticket counter, a movie theater staff told us that the tickets to ALL of the screenings that day were sold out. The mall even opened a midnight screening slot due to public demand and that too was sold out. We didn’t think to reserve tickets ahead of time because we didn’t expect that A LOT of people would come see it. We felt gutted and I couldn’t get over it for a while. My childhood felt particularly punched right at that moment and I despaired, knowing that there was work tomorrow and the movie had a limited screening time so it wouldn’t be available in theaters by the next week.

But we had to sacrifice something and I decided to skip out my morning work schedule so we can watch the movie on the first screening scheduled the next morning. We reserved the tickets and we were able to watch it the following day.

So how was the movie? Well…

(Spoilers ahead)

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Finally… The Dark Knight Rises!

Photo courtesy of my boyfriend.

My boyfriend and I along with our two friends finally got to watch Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises yesterday! We managed to reserve tickets a week before and made sure we had the best seats in the house. Honestly, I don’t think I’m ready to put down my thoughts coherently and objectively about the movie. I managed to throw some of my feelings at Twitter about the movie because if I don’t say it, I’ll probably just explode.

And for now, all I can say is: WELL PLAYED NOLAN, WELL PLAYED!  You guys have to watch it! The film was definitely an overwhelming experience and I ended up crying most of the time, halfway through the movie. After the credits, I literally felt like Nolan ripped off my insides and haphazardly throw it back in. It was unbelievable and it’s probably, by far, the most rewarding experience I’ve had with a film this year.

(No spoilers, I promise. You can read on beyond this cut.)

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A Little Bit of …

Manila weather is bipolar as ever. Almost 6 years ago when I was still in high school, usually the cold weather from November lasts until mid-Februrary. Now, this kind of heat is surreal and the sky had a bright yellow cast, which we normally don’t see until early March when summer starts to creep in. Solar disturbances are annoyingly painful and it makes a lot of people unhappy, particularly me and OctoP. We have a low tolerance for hot and dry weathers. We fret and we sulk but yesterday was fine enough for the both of us. It was a Lazy Spong Day— happy cuddling, great movies and silliness.

I let him watch Perfect Blue, which he found to be a complete mindfuck-uncomfortable-movie but liked it nevertheless.  I would love to get him into anime movies a bit since there are really interesting ones there if you tried to watch one.

Fright Night was really awesome. We thought it was really fun and at the end we just both agreed on: Fuck you Edward Cullen! It’s nice to watch a vampire movie in a long while that has a different take from the overly saturated vampire movie genre. It wasn’t particularly scary but it had that creepiness to it and they made good use of the lighting haha! Colin Farrell really killed it in this role. That whole intensely creepy, sadistic, smug, savage vampire role was really made for him. Anton Yelchin’s performance was great too, like the rest of his roles in other movies which I enjoyed as well. What susprised me was David Tennant was there. He’s gotten a lot of raves in Dr. Who (which I haven’t watched yet) but it was clear enough in this film that he had pure unadulterated English swag. For sure, P and I both recommend it for you viewing pleasure!

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, we watched in Greenhills after P bought a new Marvel Universe figure for his collection.It was a fun movie although not as good as the first but it was still great on it’s own. Good plot and wonderful cinematography. No major spoilers from me although P and I loved the chase scene at the forest. Great dialogue too (Moriarty + Holmes) although it was pretty hard to follow with the quick conversations in their British accents + all the craziness going on. Lots of bromance going on and there’s a good deal of sympathetic potrayal on the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Lots of hilarious moments and I just thought Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. had great on screen chemisty… even if it was the scene when you strip your partner of his shirt during a fight while you are positioned over him and between his legs.

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I took a quiz and I ended up being in House Tyrell. Not entirely sure what this means but reading the sneak peak for the third book gave me the impression that these Tyrells, particularly the Tyrell women are conniving and snarky especially Olenna Tyrell. Not sure if I trust them although I think I’ll grow to like them along the way. Margaery, I hope, will surprise me. All I know is that Sansa and Margaery have their similarities: both are particularly beautiful, sweet and gentle and very courtly but Margaery has what Sansa lacks– wit and a sense of recklessness in her. I haven’t watched The Tudors but they say Natalie Dormer is particularly very good there so I’m hoping she’ll be a awesome Margaery. There’s not much material for Natalie Dormer to work with in the second book but I hope HBO does something interesting about that, especially if Margaery knows about Loras and Loras’ relationship with Renly.

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I’m can’t wait to see A Dangerous Method! Just finished watching Viggo Mortensen on Late Show with David Lettermen and he’s such a lovely gorgeous man and I don’t really care how old he is. He’s hot! I just really cracked up when Viggo was telling David about Michael Fassbender on the set of A Dangerous Method. Viggo just had to jump on one foot and cover one of his eyes and he’s just making a lot of people fall in love with him more.

Sometimes you have unusual choices made by your fellow actors. You never know what they’re gonna do. And I try to you know adapt and overcome whatever situation there is. Well for example in this movie, there is an actor called Michael Fassbender – fine actor. He’s in a lot of movies this year and he plays Carl Jung who’s kinda of you know, his first his student in a way, great friend, and then they kinda in way come apart. The friendship comes apart.

Michael is a very- he’s an Irish actor, fine, fine young actor. Very physical actor. Very fit, he’s always running around doing calisthenics and stuff. And he had a funny thing he’d do and I mean I’ve seen a lot of things but never seen this: before every shot, he had a thing that he’d do ‘cause he wanted to be very like sorta on the verge of leaping at you kinda thing, kinda off balance. So he would jump around on one foot. You know he would get up and he’d just stand there going like that. Sometimes he started skipping rope. And he wanted to have a lean, angry look, intense stare so he’d cover one eye like that. Seriously! And he would do this for a while. Keira Knightley like I say she is very correct, very proper young English actress and she would just kinda look away and she’d be alright with it. But I didn’t know what to make of it. You can’t see it in the movie but every time I did a scene with him he would be kinda like that, takes his hand away last minute – he’d be kinda cross-eyed lookin’ at me like that kinda mouth breathing and stuff.

There is one scene where we were in a sailboat. That is the one time where I was really worried. And I am sitting on a sailboat and he’s steering the sail and everything and he starts doing this and I am thinking, “He’s gonna put a hole in the bottom of the boat!” It was really scary.

—     Viggo Mortensen on Michael Fassbender in A Dangerous Method

  Oh Viggo. Already in your 50s and still naturally sexy. I just finished my Lord of the Rings trilogy marathon the other day and he just naturally kicks ass. I recommend you guys watch his other films particularly: A History of Violence and Eastern Promises (where this lovely image from taken from). I just thought both films were really great and Viggo’s just stellar in both of them (when he’s got that Russian accent going on it *was hagsjasghaj*).

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Shame + A Dangerous Method

A Michael Fassbender post, yes! Why? Because:

  • He’s probably the brightest acting talent to ever come out in such a long time.
  • Lovely visage. Cannot resist.
  • He’s my favorite actor and that’s an understatement. I love the variety he gives and yet there’s always that distinct style he gives: something aggressive, something ferocious yet manages to blend in and bring out the films’ palette.

The two Michael Fassbender films I’d be on the look out for: Shame by Steve McQueen and A Dangerous Method by David Cronenberg. I loved the other films that these two directors did as well:  Hunger by McQueen and Eastern Promises by Cronenberg.  So basically I have my expectations up on these upcoming ones! I cannot wait to see these!

Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control.
From award winning director Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient in A DANGEROUS METHOD. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen).

I simply couldn’t help it. Yes Fass I’m doing what you’re doing right now *GRABBY*

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Movie Review: “Submarine” and “Super”

A quick movie review before I start fixing my notes for review classes.

2 movie reviews for today: Submarine and Super. I watched these over a week ago I think and my boyfriend was awesome enough to buy these DVDs.

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R’s Comfort Movies

I haven’t been updating since review classes for the December NLE has officially started and so far, it’s been a busy and tiring first week. The good side is I have the weekends all to myself and for now I’ll be relaxing for a bit. And probably read for a bit so I can catch up on some M.S lessons.

So this entry, I decided, is going to feature some of my all-time favorite comfort movie picks. I think movies are such a personal thing and everyone has their own individual preferences on what they like, so my varied taste in films may not be up to everyone’s tastes (for one, not all of the plots are comedic/ slapstick comedy like the others).

Nevertheless, for this entry I’ve picked films that I have truly enjoyed and I would probably not get tired of watching them over time. These are my ultimate comfort movies and I always turn to them whenever I need some cheering up or an escape for bit whenever I’m in my bad-sad moods. They’ve been my staple throughout my stressful (otherwise boring) periods and it’s so easy to sit back and get into them once you pop one of these into the DVD player.

So here they are, in no particular order, some of my infallible comfort films:

(Left to Right, Top to Bottom): Little Miss Sunshine | Easy A | St. Trinian’s | Garden State

(Top to Bottom): Clueless | Mean Girls | Jawbreaker

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On Jane Eyre

This is a picture of me (yes, the duck),  sitting on my copy of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. It was given to me by my uncle during my first year in high school and it’s been in their family for years (look, the date of the book reads 1949 which is wicked)and since it was just sitting on his ancient book shelves gathering dust, he figured to give it some purpose ‘cause I liked to read he says.

Since reading it that day, I’ve read it thrice and it still remains one of my favorite classics. I am a fan of gothic literature and although Jane Eyre was primarily a love story (a plus also, since I was a lovestruck at the time and had my own sort of Mr. Rochester figure in my life), I loved its distinct atmospheric quality of being quite eerie and unsettling.This copy is quite ancient but it wasn’t spared from my occasional pencil marks and neon colored post-it tabs to mark my favorite parts of the book.

“I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”
—     Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

A few days ago, I’ve just watched Cary Fukunaga’s recent film adaptation of the classic novel and I’ve watched it thrice since. I won’t deny that I loved it, more than what I expected to feel for it because when you realize it’s a film adaptation of the novel, you also realize that essentially speaking Jane Eyre’s story has been stripped down. And with Fukunaga’s adaptation it’s obviously been stripped down to it’s roots, regretfully.

I can’t help but notice how Jane’s early years are shown but only in brief flashbacks. The story of her formative years to become a self-possessed, moral woman has been compressed so the viewer probably isn’t given enough sense of how her character came to be. I’m just disappointed that they excluded the character of Miss Temple and her influence on Jane’s perspective and also the lack of the “unsettling” Gothic feeling the novel gave me—little exposure on the “woman” and the excluded my favorite (dramatic) part: the tearing of the veil. Those who read the novel would know what I mean by these and how they could’ve made a difference in the impact of the story.

With these aside, let me talk about the things I loved about the film because I can’t deny how much love I have for it. It was wonderfully photographed and beautifully acted, and I say this without any exaggeration. Fukunaga’s adaptation focused on the emotional and romantic arc in Jane’s life and intellectual interplay between her and Rochester. And I have to admit the love story plays out beautifully, much to my fan girl happiness (Yes, I am a shameless fan of the Eyre-Rochester electric romance in the novel ♥ ).

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