Category Archives: Movies/Shows

The Secret of Kells

I had been meaning to make a review for this movie a couple of months now, and all that has been holding me back was, I admit, pure laziness! I’m sorry, it happens to the best of everyone. But no matter, for the review must still go on!

The Secret of Kells – its very name easily invokes mystery and magic. And because of that, it’s been nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Animated Feature in February 2010. But since seeing it months ago, the only recallings I have left of the story are currently on a post-it with all the movie notes I took. And since  am still feeling a little bit lazy a bit forgetful, I do know that this movie deserves its spotlight. So here are the words straight from my notes that I jotted down, basically summing up the feel of The Secret of Kells.

magical; surreal; bright; haunting; brilliance; innocence in animation; some aspect of story you can’t quite grasp,fleeting; it pulls you in; at the same time can show terror, searing, scarlet death and hate like glowing coals on a fire; majesty; grace; fluidity; disturbing

The cat in this picture looks a lot like the one in the movie! Such beautiful eyes…

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Heroes


Glee hasn’t been on for awhile, and it’s winter break. Lazy days have come, and I’m just relaxing while the snow ices up the northeast. And without warning, I’ve developed this inhumane addiction to Heroes.

It started one night when I fell asleep early. Downstairs my mom and my sister were watching the first four episodes of “Heroes” on Netflix. I’m fully aware that this series ended awhile ago, but when I started watching, I couldn’t stop. For instance, last night I had this dream about Mica and Niki-they were just there, it was really random, but it’s PROOF of how much I’ve taken to this show.

When I become this obsessed about something, my favorite thing to do is look up some fanart on deviantart.com. I love it how people take in the series and interpret it in their own ways. Especially when they turn it into a funny comic strip or something. I’ve gone through this phase with Twilight, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Harry Potter, and Studio Ghibli movies (ah I’m so typical 🙂 ).

Some thoughts on the topic: (SPOILER)

Every time someone dies, I keep thinking that they’ll just somehow come alive again. I’ve been too influenced by Claire and Peter. Those two just can’t seem to stop dying. Oh look, there’s, a stick in her neck! On no, he got stabbed by a blade of glass! That’s interesting, she woke up in the middle of her autopsy. Such a nice image. Like when Isaac died, I was just like, “Oh, he’s not dead. That’s probably just Claire or Peter in disguise. Or that morphing woman. Or maybe he has a special power to come back from the dead, too!! Maybe his paintings will save him and beat Sylar senseless!! GO PAINTINGS!”

Besides the fact that the decapitation this is sort of disturbing, you’ve got to admit, the idea is pretty interesting. The brains are supposed to be like watches or something and Sylar feels inclined to fix them. I’m just wondering what he does to extract the powers from the brains. I could totally picture him just standing there with all the brains and him being like”What now?”

Admit it. Everyone was totally up for Peter and Claire becoming a couple until we found out they were related.(Or maybe they do get together, I’m not that far yet)

serious moment.

 

I feel so protective of Hiro. I don’t want his enthusiasm and happiness to be crushed! He’s just trying to save the world!! WHY WON”T ANYONE BELIEVE HIM!! I almost cried when Suresh nearly injeected him with the poison. He’s also asian like I am, so there’s another connection I’m feeling. He probably also reminds me of my brother. My brother can make the same “Hiro” face as him. Haha, I just thought of that one.

I’m sad that the person who played Sylar also played Spock on Startrek, because I actually liked him as Spock. He was my favorite. Now I’m just afraid of him.

no comment.

I wish that I had figured about Heroes sooner, when the series was still on. Now there’s no one to gush about it with besides my mom and my sister. But they’re too busy trying to finish the season like I am. Back to where I started
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“What You Ought To Know”

My newest obsession.

It’s Christmas season, and everyone’s going around giving gifts and candy canes. The time where everyone gets jolly and fat like Santa. So my friend gives me some “Lumpy Fudge”, and I’m all excited and can’t wait until lunch when I can eat it. Little did I know that this would be the start of my obsession.

She tells me it’s made of marshmallows, peanut butter, and chocolate. My three two favorite things (Marshmallows aren’t that great). And low and behold, I open the thing, and it’s all there. The lumpy, overly sweet treat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost disgusting how sweet it is. You’ll feel the saturated fats creep in on you. But anyway, the fudge came with a note, saying that she had gotten the recipe from a podcast site known as “What You Ought To Know”, and also adding that she will, and I quote, “make all of you WYOTK fans!!!! :P”.

And as I stared at those letters and realized what they stood for, I checked out the website.

Needless to say, I’m hooked like I am on “Heroes” in Netflix. I love the humor, and I can tell that I’m going to be quoting quite a lot. It’s just another way to add to my library of random knowledge, I guess.

What You Ought To Know

The Cat Returns

I’m still melting. This movie makes you feel all bonny and fuzzy inside.

I thought that it was sort of like a cat version of Spirited Away. It had the same idea of being wisked away into a world unimaginable by  human kind.

Basically, a teenage girl named Haru (voiced by Anne Hathaway!) feels as though she doesn’t quite belong. But soon after she saves the life of a cat, she gets involved in a whole different situation. The cat she saved just happened to be the Prince of Cats, and the King of Cats (his father) wants Haru to marry his son. As you can imagine, it gets a little, should I say, complicated. With the help of her new friends from the Cat Bureau, Baron, Mota, and Toto, together they find a way to save her from this peculiar fate.

The idea of a cat and a human getting married just couldn’t seem to settle with me, so I was relieved when Haru started turning into a cat. It made it much easier to wrap my head around! You see, when in the Cat Kingdom, if Haru loses sight of who she really is, she turns into a feline. That’s why Baron, this unpretentiously classy, smooth, and witty fellow, keeps reminding her to believe in herself. That, my friends, is the whole moral of the story.

Now, a little Background:

Baron Humbert von Gikkingen.

A cat who was given life through the imagination of his artist. He says that anything can have a soul if it is believed in strongly enough. I can’t help but to compare him to Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception. They’re both just too cool for school. I can’t stop marveling at their awesomeness. Baron happens to be my favorite character. (Note back to “unpretentiously classy, smooth, and witty fellow”)

See the resemblance?

Mota.

A somewhat large, white cat. Toto believes he looks like a marshmallow. I agree. Did you know that he once devoured a whole lake of fish?

Toto.

He was originally a stone statue. Otherwise, he’s a very amiable, joking crow, who came alive the same way that Baron did.

Haru.

She’s had this ability of talking to cats ever since she was young, except has never realized until recently. Haru is laid-back, trusting, a little sarcastic, and is the unassuming heroine of this story. She can be very fierce when the urge strikes her.

P.S. The project concept of this story was thought up by the one and only Hayao Miyazaki! I’ve always been a big supporter with his legendary storytelling.

Tangled

I could always tell a good movie when I saw one. And Tangled was no exception!  To tell the truth, this is now my most favorite Disney princess movie. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that it only seems like it’s for little girls but if you look beyond that, and actually experience the magic, the pristine animation, the adventure and comedy….

It basically blows you outta the theater. The movie screen is more like a window looking out onto a world where sunshine can plant healing flowers and people can grow hair as long as a tower; it’s like the audience is just zooming around in the little box called the theater, and flying all around this bright place, watching the story unfold.

This is truly the perfect movie. It satisfies the part inside everyone who longs for magic, the dry place where laughter is always welcome, the most fantastic adventure that comes along with every ride, and the love and romance that sometimes seems like only a dream.

I’m not going to tell you the plot, Oh no no no no no. See it for yourself, bub. Yup, I’m that determined to make you see the movie.

There’s only one thing that bother me, though.

**SPOILER:**

I wish that Eugene had cut her hair at a more decent length.

Eh, I still love it anyways.

MY Hunger Games Cast (work in progress!)

For those of you who haven’t heard, The Hunger Games is an AMAZING trilogy by Suzanne Collins that’s quickly rising in popularity since it first got published in 2008.

Long story short, in a post-apocalyptic North America a battle called the Hunger Games takes place every year. 2 people (tributes) from each of the twelve districts are chosen to fight to the death in an ever-changing arena, all because of the all-powerful Capitol. This story has everything from romance (my favorite!), action, suspense, violence, and thrills. And it’s comparable to it’s other popular counterparts, such as Twilight and Harry Potter.

So I just finished Catching Fire, and that cliff-hanger almost left me tearing my hair out, you know what I mean? All that’s left to do now is wait for Mockingjay to come in from Amazon.com. A tip from me would be to always buy books online, from retailers like Amazon.com, because you can usually save much more money than buying them straight from the bookstore. You have to wait a few days for shipping, but in the end you still end up getting a book either way!

Lately,there’s been a lot of talk about The Hunger Games movie coming out in 2011. I watched a special on Youtube about it, and in the video they were talking about possible actresses who might possibly be playing the leading lady, Katniss Everdeen. The first consideration?

Kristen Stewart.

Okay, I have nothing personal against Kristen Stewart and all, and I actually think she’s a fine actress. But really? She’s already been labeled as Bella Swan from Twilight , and I don’t think many of her die-hard fans could bear to see her with anyone but Edward. And since I’m entitled to my own opinion, I just don’t really feel that she’d be right on playing Katniss. I’ve seemed to develop some sort of  special “bond” with this character, like how hopefully many other readers have. Admittedly, she does look a lot like Katniss, but I have a few other people in my mind who would be perfect on playing this and many other accompanying roles from the story.

Right. So here are my picks for a perfect Hunger Gamescast! Feel free to fantasize and mix and match your favorite choices(note: only characters from The Hunger Games and Catching Fire will be present, for I haven’t read the last one. Updates will probably come sooner of later :))

KATNISS EVERDEEN

olive skin, straight black hair usually done up in a braid, gray eyes, 16 years old, impulsive, protective

 

Kaya Scodelario

 

PEETA MELLARK

16 years old, charming, “ashy blond hair that falls in waves over his forehead”, blue eyes, “medium height with stocky build”, natural ability to perform on camera, can easily manipulate the audience, even-tempered, selfless

 

Jeremy Sumpter

 

GALE HAWTHORNE

good-looking, strong, straight black hair, olive skin, gray eyes, 18 years old, great hunter and handy with traps, persevering, headstrong

 

Jenson Ackles

 

HAYMITCH ABERNATHY

“paunchy, middle-aged man”, drunkard, sarcastic, forward, highly respected by Katniss and develops a bond with him for they share the same views and feelings about the Hunger Games, strategic

 

Russell Crowe

 

PRIMROSE EVERDEEN

fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes, small physique, a face “as fresh as a raindrop, as lovely as the primrose for which she was named”.

 

Elle Fanning

For your fantasizing pleasure ❤

 

Die Hard

R                  1988               2 hr. 11 min.

Die Hard. The movie that’s been known as thrilling. Epic. The TRUE action movie classic. And Bruce Willis fires it up!(with a gun)

Bruce Willis plays NY cop John McClane, who is flying over to LA to see his beloved wife, Holly. Having been through some rough patches with her in the past, John soon hopes to patch things up by surprising her at her office Christmas party. And then what happens?

BAM! BOOM! POW! They all end up as hostages to a bunch of terrorists. Well, everyone but John McClane, of course. And all the yuletide gets thrown out the fortieth story window. Now McClane is left alone to save himself and the 30 other hostages, as the ignorant FBI and his befriended but clueless limo driver ironically watch the disaster unfold. The only person he can depend on is a voice on the other end of his receiver, Sergeant Al Powell, who is the only officer outside of the building who truly knows the extent of the situation they’re in.

Slowly, the determined NY officer steadily takes out each of his hostage takers one by one while maneuvering through elevator shafts, vents, and the like. His first victim is the notorious Santa guy, who comes maliciously down the elevator with blood on his shirt reading, “Now I have a shotgun, Ho-Ho-Ho”

Finally, it comes down to the head of the terrorists, Hans Gruber, who ultimately falls to his demise from a very high floor on the building. John has heroically succeeded in saving his wife and all the hostages. (Well, mostly.) As John would have perfectly put it, “Yippi-cy-ay, Motherfu*****!”

Die Hard has all the the things that’ll make for an electrifying dose of adrenaline and escapade. Bruce Willis stars as “An off-duty cop hiding somewhere inside. He’s alone, tired… and the only chance anyone has got.”