Shutter Island

Shutter Island‘s about 2 detectives investigating a mental institution after a patient supposedly escaped. Eventually, they find out something more disturbing.

After watching the trailer for this film, I figured, “Hey, maybe it’s another one of those haunted asylums again. Let’s give it a try.” I could never forget the first time I watched Shutter Island. My mind was figuratively shattered for a while. I was left with the question, “Was he sane? Was he cured? What’s he doing?” I wouldn’t say it’s Martin Scorsese’s best film (Taxi Driver, Casino and The Departed to name a few), but it’s definitely something I wouldn’t immediately forget.

Cinematography? Class! I wasn’t able to find draggy parts nor it’s-the-scene-where-you-can-go-out-for-a-pee. I wouldn’t use the word boring, because I’m pretty sure every scene got me to the edge of my seat (In the most cliche way). Every scene makes you think you’re progressing with the story, then next scene you’re like, “What? A minute ago he was—Whaaat?!” It blew my mind away. Most importantly, I applaud mister Dennis Lehane for writing such an awesome novel.

Cast? Leonardo DiCarpio‘s best performance so far! He was very convincing. I can’t believe he pulled off a Johnny Depp role. However, I think it would’ve been better if it was Johnny Depp (Disregard that, I have a huge crush on him). I’ll have to give Leo praises for this film. I actually said, after watching this, “If there’s a film he should win an Oscar for, it should be this!” The lake scene moved me to tears. He was very natural. Mark Ruffalo did an awesome job, as well. The story wouldn’t have been believable if it wasn’t for his character. His character was the key to this story and his subtlety made him more interesting. Ben Kingsley also deserves praises for his role, but nothing tops his performance in Schindler’s List. This can be his 2nd best, so far. Michelle Williams just creeps me out (I mean that in a nice way). Her role is just so similar to Marion Cotillard‘s in Inception (Yes, I’ll do one on Inception, too but a different time).Β Bottomline: The film’s cast did a splendid job.

I would recommend this film 105%. If you’re craving for confusion and at the same time a mind fuck, this would be part of the top 10 films you should watch. Be careful not to get stuck in Shutter Island, though. πŸ˜‰

SPOILER (DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT!)
Since everyone asks what I think about the ending (and vice versa), in my opinion, I believe he was sane. Why do I say so? Would an insane man utter the words, “You know, this place makes me wonder. Which would be worse? To live as a monster? Or to die as a good man?” I believe that scene wasn’t an open ending. It was Martin Scorsese’s way of saying he wasn’t ready to live as Laeddis and face reality anymmore, so he’d rather die as Teddy Daniels – a clean slate.

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Top 5 Favorite Christmas Songs.

Happy holidays, everyone! Since the season is a time for giving, I’m sharing with you my favorite holiday tunes πŸ™‚

5. Jingle Bell Rock

Honestly, I found appreciation for this song after Mean Girls. It’s a mandatory song for the season. (And that sceneΒ plays in my head whenever I hear the song.)

Favorite Line: Jingle bell time is a swell time to go gliding on a one-horse sleigh.

 

4. Happy Christmas (War is Over) by John Lennon

Do I really have to explain why? This song has touched so many hearts. Plus what makes you feel better? A war being over. (Which I hope everyone will have this season. NorthandsouthKorea)

Favorite Line:Β And so happy Christmas for black and for white, for yellow and red ones: Let’s stop all the fight.

 

3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra

Okay, I guess I can be called the Christmas cynic by now, but hear me out. This song makes you feel so warm and fuzzy. Listening to this gives me the shivers, like someone actually wraps their fur coat around me while I’m sitting by the fireplace (Read: I can’t find the right words.)

Favorite Line: Here we are as in olden days, happy golden days of yore. Faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more.

 

2. Baby It’s Cold Outside

After so many renditions of this song I found love in every version. They say this song is a rape song, but whatever I think they’re just conversing and the guy’s convincing the girl to stay. It was my number one favorite before.. but.. Things change, don’t they? πŸ™‚

Favorite Line: I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now) To break the spell.

 

1. Santa Baby by Cynthia Basinet

Why? This song is such a woman! It’s such a sexy song. One of a kind. I just love it so much. It is well written and well-tuned πŸ™‚

Favorite Line:Β Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing. A ring; I don’t mean on the phone.


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“Jail-fucking-bait! Jack-fucking-pot!”

When you watch a movie about a rock and roll girl band, no one can blame you for going, “Oh, that movie’s epic.” But, when you find out that you’re watching a movie about an all girl-rock band who are underage, and are very much involved with the whole rock and roll thing, what’s the right reaction? This film rocked my world. My dad would always make me listen to girl rock bands from the 70’s (The Swing-Out Sisters, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, hence The Runaways)

 

The Real Cherie Currie of The Runaways (Age: 16)

First off, I wanna praise Dakota Fanning for growing up. She played Cherie Currie so darn well, I totally forgot she’s 16, but I can’t blame her cause when I was 16 I wanted to play a role of the like. I was a bit disturbed at first seeing her making out with guys and girls, drugs, and dancing around in that tramp-y outfit. I don’t think I’ll ever see her like this ever.

Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie (She was just 15)

Which leads me to Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of Joan Jett. I may be biased on this one but Joan Jett’s vocals is just superbly incomparable to anyone else’s, which means I wasn’t that impressed with Kristen Stewart’s acting. I don’t get why she never changes her “OHMYGODI’MHAVINGANORGASM” face. It’s like Twilight all over again. She did good compared to Twilight, though. I mean, she looked pretty natural snorting her drugs.

Kristen Stewart with Joan Jett

I’d rate the movie a 7 out of 10 because Kristen Stewart’s such a downer. Dakota Fanning made this film a 7 out of 10. Specially during this scene.

If this video gave you a hard on, Congratulations you’re a pedo! :)))

 

I praise The Runaways for making it into Rock and Roll history. I hope this film would inspire other rock and roll girl bands. (minus the sex, drugs, liquor… if you’re underage.)

The Real Runaways πŸ™‚

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“Let’s do the time warp again!!!”

Before the episode aired, there had been debates roaming around the internet about how Glee will ruin the amazing musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

And, surprisingly.. I found it astounding. I wish it had a second part, or a sequel. The songs were amazing! I absolutely loved it.. Now, of course there were downers…

  • Science Fiction Double Feature by Santana.

Yes, that was her singing that song, and those were her sexy lips!Β I love her version of the song. I was actually trying to guess if it was her or Tina singing this, but her vocals suited the song perfectly!

  • Over At the Frankenstein Place by Rachel, Finn and Kurt

Maybe I’m not a fan of the Rachel voice.. But I liked this version too, not as much as the original one, though. Susan Sarandon’s voice was perfect for this song. However, they did a good job. πŸ™‚

  • Dammit Janet by Rachel, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes and Quinn

I have to say! This version definitely one of the best songs! πŸ˜€

  • Hot Patootie by John Stamos

Hot Patootie Bless my Soul!!! Seriously!!!! Uncle Jesse can still sing!!!! And I’m still in love!!!! β™₯

 

  • Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me by Emma

May I just.. This is my favorite song from the film, and this is the best rendition ever!!! Jayma Mays rocked my world!!! β™₯β™₯β™₯ Triple Hearts!

  • Sweet Transvestite by Mercedes

Mercedes as Dr. Frank-n-Furter = Noooo. But she did well.. I just.. There’s bias because I love Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-n-Furter I don’t think anyone else can play that role better, so… Good vocals, though πŸ™‚

 

  • Time Warp by Kurt, Quinn, Tina, Santana, Brittany, Artie and Finn

Since this is the most popular song from the film, well.. Glee’s best performance yet! πŸ˜€ They did pretty well with the ending, it gave me the shivers. It was really amazing.

Kurt sounded exactly like Riff Raff! I sweeeear! Listen to the original and to the Glee version. You can’t tell the difference. Good job! πŸ˜€

 

 

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Oh, and by the way….

 

Was very hot!!! Hahahaha!!! πŸ˜€

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Let your imagination set you free (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

…because you are my butterfly.

 

This film is very inspiring in so many ways. It’s a tale about hope, desire and passion. (I didn’t think of making a blog about this movie, but it just moved me so much.) I watched this film without reading the plot. (I would always refer to the plot before watching the film) I can’t find the right words for it.

“I decided to stop pitying myself. Other than my eye, two things aren’t paralyzed, my imagination and my memory.”

All I know is… It deserves every award, specially to the people who believed in Jean-Do. I would’ve found him hopeless, otherwise. I think we must always be thankful for the people who never stopped believing in you. Sometimes we might take them for granted, but know that no matter what happens, you should always show them and let them know how much they would always mean to you. The people who love us the most, are the ones beside us during our hard times.

“Hold fast to the human inside of you, and you’ll survive.”


So, thank you friends, thank you boyfriend, thank you family, thank you God. For all the blessings and all the love and all the care. And I hope, someday (although, God forbid) if ever I am in the same shoes as Jean-Do were, give me strength. πŸ™‚

 

Thank you, Jean-Do for the inspiration! We all know you’re in your happy place now.

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We’ll always have Paris β™₯

 

I have a few words for this film: It’s a less tragic version of Romeo and Juliet.

Whoever wrote the script, must win the award. (Or is that the screenplay person?) I wouldn’t really think of it as a unique love story. We’ve had better tales of tragic love affairs. But, the lines and the emotions, and the characters —Well, golly gee damn!

 

…she walks into mine.

 

It’s still one of my favorite classics because somehow, it showed us there is one thing the enemies didn’t take away from them: love. No war can stop two people in love. (Or maybe that’s just in the movies. I don’t know.) No, that’s not cynical, that’s realism. πŸ™‚

I’m saying it because it’s true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You’re part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

 

 

 

TRIVIA:Β In the German version, the immortal line “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”, became, “Ich seh’ Dir in die Augen, Kleines” which translates as “I look in your eyes, honey”.

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Rain, rain.. Go away!

Song playing: Northern Downpour by Panic! At the Disco
Growing up in a somewhat suburban environment, I was always excited about the rain. As a kid, the first few drops made me smile, specially when I hear them hitting our roof. I change into my sando and a pair of shorts and ask my mom if I could go out with my friends to bathe (but mostly play) under the rain. The only time I could do so is during Agua de Mayo, if I remember correctly, but on special rare occassions, my mom would allow me.
I would run around the compound with my friends playing “Bubuka ang Bulaklak” while laughing ecstaticly, or play habu-habulan (tag) with them; but then of course the rain would have to end, and hearing the last, few soft drops would suddenly paint a frown on our faces, and our parents would call on us while holding a dry towel and make us wash off. Then, the sun would come out, and we’d all be sad and curse at the sun.
Now that I’m older, I mostly feel annoyed when it starts hitting our roof because the sound overwhelms my music. It also makes my baby brother completely annoyed and then he starts cursing at the rain. The rain suddenly draws nothing but frown on our faces, and when it stops we’re back to our normal selves. But, somehow, somewhere deep in my soul I still feel attached to the rain.  Not only does it bring back memories from my childhood, but it also makes me feel at peace. When the rain starts pouring, it reminds me so much of home, my first home.
My first home is where all my childhood memories are: playing around the compound untill sunset; making sure we don’t kick the ball too hard while playing sipa bola (kick ball), because we weren’t allowed to go on the other side (I never got to go on that other side.. Ever. Maybe just a glimpse, but never on it.); goofing around inside my kubo (nipa hut) my grandpa made for me as a present and playing with our little palayoks (pottery), and discovering what libre (free) means; playing Sailor Moon board games and crying after losing; playing piko and langit lupa with the kids from my neighborhood and all those other childish little things we used to enjoy when we didn’t have a care in the world.
Like my sentiments about the rain, the compound has changed a lot: The ever-so sacred vacant lot is now a 4-door apartment with amazingly high fences; the houses in the compound has been renovated so we can’t hang out on the roof anymore; even the gate we used to climb is now in a better condition and unclimbable.
It’s incredibly amazing how the world around you changes, and you’re out of the bubble you used to cloak yourself into. It’s not like you burst it on purpose, you just don’t fit anymore, and sometimes all you can do is move on and keep the memories.Β (Thank you for not minding my puns!)
And at this very moment, the rain finally stopped…
….I smiled. πŸ™‚
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Ex-policeman versus PNP’s Crooked System. Who’s to blame?

Incompetence on the news. Maybe most of the government funds should’ve been used for police training. In a country where crime rates are uprising, the better department to invest into would be law enforcers. (period)
I don’t think the police are to blame for their lack of knowledge. The first question to ask is.. Did the government fund them well enough for training?Β We’ve encountered a few hostage-takings in our country before. The most recent three years ago, but why haven’t they trained the police for these kinds of situations?
There were a lot of opportunities to snipe the guy down. He opens the door every now and then. Is this part of the so-called protocol?
Like I’ve said, how come the whole barangay is allowed to cross that “Police Line Do Not Cross”. Oh, wait. Did we have that?
Oh! Did they know that the glass on the bus is tempered?
Lastly, I think that when this ex-police guy has taken control of over 20+ lives, shouldn’t we let him at least think he’s getting what he wants? An armed man asking for a few things. Maybe if we had handled this situation well enough, it would have ended in a better note. I think this is an area of expertise: Bribery
Maybe we shouldn’t put a lot of anger on the hostage taker. He did an awful lot of service for the country. Maybe the fact that he couldn’t reprise his role as the savior (as to being part of the top ten policemen and being rewarded a number of medals for his service) triggered this last desperate move.
In the end, we’re all victims of this tragedy. Let’s just pray for their souls, and hope this never happens again.
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Everything is Illuminated.

If you loved Little Miss Sunshine, then the movie just might be for you. πŸ™‚

–Which makes me wanna be a collector. The thing about memories, though is… We’re unaware of it, but we actually collect them. It’s those things that remind us of the memories we have that needs collecting. The thing about it is that, you can’t actually ziploc everything in your life. There are things you need to let go, to remember. I digg this movie cause it’s very moving. It’s another side of Eastern Europe πŸ™‚

The end does not justify the means.

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My Thoughts on Irreversible.

If there is one word to describe the film, I would say very… French.
And I don’t mean that in a bad way.


It was kind of linear in a non-linear way. If I may though, I’m not really a fan of camera angles that are just too dark or too blurry. I just can’t stand it, but maybe it was trying to symbolize chaos?
Story wise? Yes, very much. I could say I loved it, but it was too graphic for me… I think. I’m not a rape scene enthusiast so.. Maybe there’s bias there. Specially in the ass. Pleeeease. I almost stopped halfway.
You’re never gonna make me go through an underpass alone ever again.

Now, Cinematography? This is the kind of film that would pass for an award. And I don’t mean Cannes, I mean Oscars or Golden Globe. The build up was enticing and it leaves the audience asking for more. The twist in the end (It was a twist for me, I would never have guessed.) was a shocker. And of course, I loved the symbolisms in the movie. The sprinklers, the dream she had. Everything. The “Rectum” And of course the first scene, it really shows just how it was more of an art film and not just another trying hard to be bad ass kind of film.

I would give it an 8 out of 10. πŸ˜‰
You must know that this movie is Rated R, and you should know why. Here’s a summary:
Disturbing Rape Scene + Very graphic violence + A whole lot of dicks and masturbation + Gay sex + Monica Bellucci’s Hoo Hoos&tight ass

And once again, the French had blown me away. πŸ™‚

Oh and here’s a trivia for all you brave souls who dare watch this movie:
Newsweek stated that this was the most walked out of movie of the year.

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