Boyhood

I scream in delight when I heard about this movie. It’s no surprise that I’m a huge, huge fan of Richard Linklater and the “Before” trilogy; in fact they are my most favourite movies of all time.

I remember being younger and so in love with Before Sunrise and Before Sunset that I had to make sure I made the guys I was currently dating watch (and love) them too. Somehow I wanted them to share the same deep emotional thoughts and wavelength that made me love these movies so much.

(No wonder those relationship never lasted. Ha!)

The genre is so unique; it’s whether you love it, or you hate it. You either would fall deeply in love with it (like me), or find it super boring and when you just don’t appreciate this type of deep conversation and relate able characters and pure emotions without exaggerating, special effects, all those Hollywood blah. My friend J is one of them.

In fact, now he admitted of finding it so boring that he almost fell to his death while watching it, but maintained his composure because I threatened him he wanted to impress me (so he said now). I probably had scarred him for life.

Anyway, I’m getting off track now. Let’s get back to the point: Boyhood. Yes, so this is Richard Linklater’s new movie and if you have been living in cave, I’m sure you’ve heard a huge buzz around; this being the only movie who took a spam of 12 years to film. It has also won a lot of awards (Golden Globes recently) and nominated for Oscars for more, including Best Picture and Best Director!

I missed seeing it in the cinema here, but I got lucky because the film was on the in-flight entertainment on my flight to Brisbane en route to New Zealand! So I spent almost 3 hours just indulging in this cinematic pleasure that brought back so much feelings and happiness (really similar feelings I have whenever I watch Before trilogy.)

My quickie review? It’s an honest, real representation of a boy growing up in a family when like, all families, it’s not always paradise. They overcome struggles and tears (divorce, alcoholic abusive dad, bullying at school, etc) but importantly also share the good times and, more importantly, how they stay together as a family despite their shortcomings.

I love, love, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke in this. They make it flawlessly real and I can really feel Patricia’s character’s struggles being a single mom and doing the things she does. I love her! And as for Ethan Hawke, he’s brilliant as expected, not that I ever doubted it.

Some of my favourite conversation from the movie:

Mason: Dad, there’s no real magic in the world, right?
Dad: What do you mean?
Mason: You know, like elves and stuff. People just made that up.
Dad: Oh, I don’t know. I mean, what makes you think that elves are any more magical than something like a whale? You know what I mean? What if I told you a story about how underneath the ocean, there was this giant sea mammal that used sonar and sang songs and it was so big that its heart was the size of a car and you could crawl through the arteries? I mean, you’d think that was pretty magical, right?

Mom: [Mason is leaving for college] This is the worst day of my life.
Mason: What are you talking about?
Mom: [Starts crying] I knew this day was coming. I just… I didn’t know you were going to be so fucking happy to be leaving.
Mason: I mean it’s not that I’m that happy… what do you expect?
Mom: You know what I’m realising? My life is just going to go. Like that. This series of milestones. Getting married. Having kids. Getting divorced. The time that we thought you were dyslexic. When I taught you how to ride a bike. Getting divorced… again. Getting my masters degree. Finally getting the job I wanted. Sending Samantha off to college. Sending you off to college. You know what’s next? Huh? It’s my fucking funeral! Just go, and leave my picture!
Mason: Aren’t you jumping ahead by, like, 40 years or something?
Mom: I just thought there would be more..

The pace of the movie is slow; I found myself enjoying the first part of the film more than the last half, but overall I really enjoyed this journey. It’s amazing seeing Mason (the main boy’s character) grow up and see how he transforms to a young man and I think that’s what happens to us: we get confused, distracted, frustrated sometimes at our lives. We act out, rebel as a teenager, but his mom is such a strong figure in his life that no matter what live throws at him, I feel that his mom can always keep him grounded.

You care so much about this family because you literally grow up with them. And I think this is the point of this crazy idea of shooting over the spam of 12 years. Anybody who watches it would relate so much to this person and this family.

Overall, I would recommend everyone to watch this! There are a lot of things I love about this film, and I found myself smiling and crying with them, and I think that says a lot when a film can make you feel that way.

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How little they think of you.

I’m reminded once again on why Before Sunrise franchise is one of my all-time beloved movies. The characters are as real as you and me, and importantly the dialogues really touch me in a way that very few movies can.

When a movie speaks to you on such a personal level, it’s really quite something else. Especially for a hopeless romantic like me who loves words and finds meaning in every little detail. There are so many quotes from the movie that I love so much, but in this instance I would like to share one quote that resonates well with me.

“You know what’s the worst thing about somebody breaking up with you? It’s when you remember how little you thought about the people you broke up with and you realize that is how little they’re thinking of you. You know, you’d like to think you’re both in all this pain but they’re just like “Hey, I’m glad you’re gone.” 

I think it doesn’t just apply to romantic relationship, but also to friendship. You would think that when two people fall apart, we both would suffer the loss equally. But no, that’s not the case.

Sometimes I value my friendship too much, or I put too much expectation to it, I’ll just end up getting disappointed because it turns out that the other person just doesn’t give a fuck.

But then when everything is said and done, and you’re left with the loss of friend.. and you find yourself missing them, and think to yourself that they must miss this friendship too.. well, guess what, they probably don’t.

It’s just like that dialogue from the movie. That’s how little they think of you. And it hurts, it does. But reality hurts, and I’d rather deal with reality, no matter how sucky, than live in daydream illusion that the other person cares.

Quickie about the new Transformers movie!

So here are some of my thoughts after watching Transformers: Age of Extinctions:

1. Oh Michael Bay, you did it again!
2. Those scenes – panoramic view of a wide open space against the orange, sunset sky and killer soundtrack.. seen them in past Transformers movies, see it again here. I’m pleased to see those!
3. Mark Wahlberg was born for this role – he’s just perfect in here!
4. Those Autobots! 
5. OMG, the cars!
6. Love, and I mean LOVE the slow-motion scenes during intense battle action! It’s signature Transfomers too to capture the transforming action and fighting scenes in slow-mo! It’s just soooo cool, I’m a complete sucker!
7. Oh, I wish the Dinobots had more scenes in the movie, because they are badass! 
8. Bumblebee is still so cute and endearing as ever.
9. Some parts in the middle are kinda draggy and the story isn’t the best overall. 
10. But then again, I’m still thoroughly entertained by this movie! So much explosions, so much adrenaline, I expected nothing less!
Here is a picture of me being all fangirl in front of the 3D movie poster!
So my verdict? Well if you love Transformers for the same reason I do: for the action, you will definitely love this too! I’m not very familiar with the characters, so I can’t really make any critics – you have to ask my boyfriend on that. And trust me, he has A LOT of comments about the loop holes in the movie, but if you ask me, I wasn’t thinking of any loop holes because I was too busy being excited to see Optimus Prime save the day once more!

Love, actually.

With any luck, by next year – I’ll be going out with one of these girls. [shows pictures of beautiful supermodels]

But for now, let me say – Without hope or agenda – Just because it’s Christmas – And at Christmas you tell the truth – To me, you are perfect – And my wasted heart will love you – Until you look like this. [picture of a mummy]
Merry Christmas.

Writing and M. Night Shyamalan.

You: “Can you promise me one thing?”
Me: “Yeah, what is it?”
You: “Promise me that you would write everyday.”
Me: “What am I gonna write about everyday?”
You: “Anything. Just anything you feel like writing. Just..do it.”

I don’t know if this is gonna take me anywhere. I lack of commitment just as it is. But I’m gonna try..for at least a week? Haha.

I feel like talking about DEVIL today. I’ve been apprehensive to see it since it was out in the cinema because I hate, and just hate, horror movies. I’m the perfect epitome of a panicked, dramatic and jumpy audience who would probably pee her pants every time a scary scene or a sudden noise comes out in the screen. I hate being afraid and I’m not afraid to show it.

But you know, as a follower of M. Night Shyamalan, one should know that he never made horror movies just out of the desire to scare the audience off. The difference is that he always, always have a scary story to begin with. So he doesn’t really have to do much about it. Good chance that we would pee our pants ourselves after realizing what happened, if that makes sense?

I really like how the story unfold. It left you guessing right from the beginning. The concept was simple: five persons trapped in the elevator, and one of them was the Devil. There’s a reason why these people were there, though, although it seemed random at first: they were no angels. They were flawed: one a liar, a thief, you know, things like that.

In a way, it was like the devil wanted to punish them for their mistakes. He took their lives; these people who didn’t own up to their faults.

As a kid, my sisters and I liked reading mystery comics, and there was one author that we really liked. I think she’s made a story out of something similar like this. If I’m not mistaken, there were people trapped in the lift too, and they ended up killing each other. When the police finally opened the door, everyone died, and there was this cockroach coming out of the elevator. This cockroach turned out to be the devil, and as it slipped out, he said, “Hmm. I didn’t even do anything. I just accidentally touched someone in there, and they ended up killing each other by themselves..”

The morale of the story? Sometimes people are bad enough by themselves.

The movie ended with a little line that goes like this: “My mother always told me not to fear the Devil, because if the Devil is real, than God must be real too.”

Gave me chills.

Movie Day Sunday & Happiness Project – Day 49-50

Sunday is really a day to relax and unwind. And today I had the most awesome movie marathon with some DVDs I rented from the video store. In the afternoon, I saw “Everybody’s Fine” starring Robert DeNiro, Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore. Let me just say first that I love drama, especially those about family. “Meet The Parents”, “The Family Stone”, and “Click” are just some on-top-of-my-head examples of the family movies I enjoyed tremendously. I mean, I guess it’s something that we can really relate to, ‘cos everyone has a family, right? It’s also always just very heartwarming and makes you feel either really good, or really sad.

You can’t go wrong with a cast like this, really. Robert DeNiro, just like Dustin Hoffman, I think, always make great father figures in movies. They are very believable and all the while the movie was playing, I couldn’t help thinking of my own dad and how much the character reminded me of him. The movie had some really sad and heartfelt scenes, and at the risk of sounding like a crybaby, I did sob my eyeballs out a few times.

It’s about a father with four grown-up children who lives at different parts of the US. He recently lost his wife, so he lives alone now and at one weekend, he’s trying to gather all four of his kids to his house for a meal. But they all cancelled at the last minute, so he decided to pay each one a surprise visit despite his health condition. Along the way, he discovered that his children aren’t as happy as he thought they are, in terms of marriage or career. Everyone keeps acting as if everything is fine because they don’t want to worry or disappoint him. But all he wants is just for his kids to be honest with him, and for them to be able to talk to him like they did with their mother. In the end, something terrible happened that brought them together as a family.

You know, I’m not a story teller for a reason. I’m crappy at explaining things! I can’t do it enough justice, so go ahead and see it for yourself. To me, it’s really good.

In the evening, I saw “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. Wow, I’m really impressed with the quirky and unusual animation, and it’s a really funny and entertaining movie. When it showed in the cinema, I wasn’t that much interested to see it because, I don’t know, I’ve seen the trailer and it didn’t really show me anything interesting, except for the animation. I had no idea what the story was all about. I guess it’s the same as “Up”, though? You can’t tell a single thing from the trailer but the movie turns out to be so brilliant.

I probably shouldn’t judge a book by its cover from now on! Speaking of George Clooney, I have yet to see “Up in the Air”, and I really, really want to see that! Did you guys see any good movies this weekend? I wanna hear about it.

Alright, it’s almost 11 pm now and I’m gonna read “Juliet, Naked” for a bit before going to bed. Another week of work ahead!

If you are still breathing maybe it is not such a bad day after all.

Movie Quotes

I love that you get cold when it is 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend a day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

June 27, 2008

Just keepin’ it short.

For a while, whenever I feel like seeing movies and nobody seems to be available, I just refuse to see it alone. Probably because I’ve always found those lonely people, sitting by themselves in the dark cinema, a little bit sad. Don’t they have friends? Are they anti-social? Are they smelly? BO issues? Why would anyone wanna go to the movies alone?

I’ve completely forgotten the whole point of going to the cinema, which is supposedly to watch a movie, alone or not.

But I’ve never quite grasped the concept, because to me, I’m bound to make comments (‘gosh he is hot!’, ‘that guy looks familiar, does he play in this and that movie?’ typically), to wanna see my companion laugh at the same jokes, whatever, but when you’re alone, you have no one to talk to. Like I said, it seems sad.

But sis has done it numerous times and even babe urged me to try it sometimes. I believe she even used the word ‘theurapheutical’ and ‘nice’. And both of them aren’t sad people. Who knows? Perhaps they’re right, perhaps watching a movie alone has a charm to it. A charm that only a few people who are willing to say ‘one ticket, please’ know about. Hey, have I been missing out?

So yesterday I decided to have a go at it. I have been spending the afternoon in the library for the preparation of my exam tomorrow. (Yes, I spent 10 mins staring into my notes, and the rest of the 3 hours reading a novel instead.) At about 4 I was feeling a bit depressed at the complete silence of the room so I went out to the entertainment centre. I decided I would see a movie alone. Contemplating between Get Smart and Incredible Hulk, I thought the first one would be more entertaining and less depressing, especially to be miserably seen alone.

Even as I queued up in the ticketing counter, I was skeptical, but before I knew it, I have paid and she has handed me the ticket. Oh well. And then the question on popcorn came up. Eating the popcorn by myself? Okay, so I could have had all the salty ones (I can’t believe most of my friends prefer sweet! Is this some sort of conspiracy?!) but contrary of my usual watching ritual, I excluded the popcorn and just headed in to face the music.

2 hours later I came out, and the movie wasn’t bad, the cinemas was neither that empty nor full, but well, I came to this resolution.

I don’t like watching movie ALONE!!!!!

And that’s in capital letters just to mark my point!

Barely at the start of the movie when Masi Oka appeared and people were gasping ‘Hiro!’ I wanted to roll my eyes so badly and if I have had my sister beside me, I would have mocked them endlessly, and I wouldn’t have laughed by myself too in some of the scenes, and the part when Steve Carrell was pinned down in the plane, I would have made a remark that the scene reminded me of Harold and Kumar,..and okay, fine, so I’m a selfish talker who speaks during movie!

And after the movie ended, I would have asked my companion to rate it, but the only object I could ask was my handbag. And she wasn’t that talkative. So I concluded that I’m not the ‘going to cinema’ alone type. I’m saying ‘going to cinema’ because I have watched movie alone at home before and it wasn’t as bad. So perhaps the secret lies in the cinema.

What the hell?! Why am I debating over this?

But yeah, there it is, the resolution of the day. Can anyone relate or is watching movie in the cinema for you can be ‘theurapheutical’ too sometimes?

the best!

(500) Days of Summer is not a love story. It is a story of boy meets girl”, begins the wry, probing narrator, and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny, true-to-life and unique dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man’s no-holds-barred love affair.

I am so in love with this.

This film far surpassed my expectation, and boy, didn’t I have high expectation. I have been looking forward to see this, probably since early of this year. And I had to wait all this time (plus, having to hear my US friend boast about how awesome this movie was a couple months ago, when I could say nothing but ‘you lucky bastard!’)

Seriously, though, I could make a list of the things that I love about this movie, but you all should see it yourself! And I’m sure you’re gonna report back to me with nothing but exceedingly great reviews!

I’m so happy!