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The Holiday (2006)

In Movies on October 29, 2011 at 12:06

I’ve not been in love with a movie for quite a long time until I watched this film. This is a 2006 film and I can’t believe I just discovered this recently. I am in love with the movie that I’ve watched it twice already within a couple of consecutive days.

Two unlucky-in-love women got their hearts broken just before the holiday. Having never met each other, they decided on a home-exchange for two weeks for the sake of just getting away from it all. Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) who makes a modest living writing for the The Daily Telegraph in London, England owns an idyllic snow-steeped cottage in Surrey and home-exchanged it with Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz), big-hit movie trailer producer, who lives in an exceptionally luxurious home in the hills of L.A. The aftermath, of course, them being in a more positive light having love found them by chance.

Opening Film Lines:

This may not be of the greatest opening film lines out there but it did capture my attention.

I’ve found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said “Journeys end in lovers meeting.” What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives. It was Shakespeare who also said “love is blind”. Now that is something I know to be true. For some quite inexplicably, love fades; for others love is simply lost. But then of course love can also be found, even if just for the night. And then, there’s another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. Its called unrequited love. Of that I am an expert. Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone? We are the victims of the one-sided affair. We are the cursed of the loved ones. We are the unloved ones, the walking wounded. The handicapped without the advantage of a great parking space! Yes, you are looking at one such individual. And I have willingly loved that man for over three miserable years! The absolute worst years of my life! The worst Christmas’, the worst Birthday’s, New Years Eve’s brought in by tears and valium. These years that I have been in love have been the darkest days of my life. All because I’ve been cursed by being in love with a man who does not and will not love me back. Oh god, just the sight of him! Heart pounding! Throat thickening! Absolutely can’t swallow! All the usual symptoms.

The  Cast and the Pair-ups:

Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) and Miles Dumont  (Jack Black)

Now this, I have to say, is one interesting pairing. Kate Winslet and Jack Black are both amazing. I just have not thought of them being amazing together– as a couple.

Iris met Miles, an offbeat and kind movie composer who is an assistant to Amanda’s ex, in L.A and they immediately became friends which gives off this refreshing ambience between their characters. When Miles discovers that his girlfriend has been cheating on him, Iris is there to help him through it; she in turn allows herself to open up to Miles about her own heartache. It is not long before the two begin to look at each other in a new light.

When I knew of this pair-up, it just left me curious as to how these two beautiful actors would make this work for the audience. I feel as though we haven’t seen Jack do something like this before, this being a more-into-the serious-relationship type of character. Though playing a role a bit different from what he usually plays, it didn’t seem artificial. There’s still that sense of Jack Blackness to his character which I think fits well with the role he plays. A definite Jack Black moment: when Iris and Miles were at a sushi restaurant and Miles accidentally grazed Iris’ boob while he reaches for something on the counter and says, “Okay, sorry about that. Boob graze. That was accidental. Accidental boob graze. I’m sorry” The pairing brings such a pleasantly fresh and different feel as compared to the two, meanwhile, back in Surrey.

While in L.A, Iris realizes that she is a leading lady, but for some reason [you are] behaving like the best friend (Eli Wallach as Arthur Abbott, The Holiday) 

The Meet Cute

Say a man and a woman both need something to sleep in and both go to the same men’s pajama department. The man says to the salesman, “I just need bottoms,” and the woman says, “I just need a top.” They look at each other and that’s the ‘meet cute.’  (Arthur)

 Kate with her happy dance. When Iris first sees the LA home she will be vacationing in for two weeks, she does a cute little happy dance throughout the house. Oh, and that part when she woke up with the song, ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ by Jet, she dances still in bed and in her pjs. She was so adorable!  Just look at her, so giddy!

Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz)  and  Graham Simpkins (Jude Law)

Need I say more? I think Jude Law is a brilliant choice for the character. Graham is a really charming gentleman, a pretty decent sort of chap and I think Mr. Law portrayed Graham’s personality well. There’s really nothing much to say about this pair-up but they’re brilliant, absolutely brilliant. (Watch the film!) Both Jude Law and Cameron Diaz did a really good job playing their roles.

Let me just say that this little girl who played Olivia, Graham’s daughter, is just too adorable!

The Soundtrack:

Hans Zimmer together with the other genius composers did really well on the soundtrack. I mean, it just fits perfectly to the setting, to the characters! Zimmer just captures the sensations and stories in every note. I absolutely love the soundtrack and in fact, I have downloaded the whole of it right after I finished the film. I don’t know about some of you guys but I think most of you who have watched this loved the soundtrack as well.

I love instrumental music it is like a painting left to open interpretation. simply brilliant! The power of emotion within music. I can say that what they have created (soundtrack) is just absolutely amazing because even without the lyrics, even without words accompanying the music, there’s still this intensity to it that just makes you know what it is about.

My favourites among the tracks are: Maestro, Gumption and Cry.

This film is highly recommended!


Calm Yo’ Balls, Brotha!

In Personal, Raves on October 28, 2011 at 01:00

It’s quarter to eleven and usually I do not get the sleepy feeling yet, but an eleven AM to nine PM schedule is so exhausting. This term is my first to have night classes and at first I thought of it as fun because it’s something I’ve never done before then eventually it got draggy and really tiring that I whine to myself ‘I want to go home!’ On occasion, when dismissed from the 6 to 7:30 night class, I get that excited feeling for a split second believing that I get to go home but then I realize ‘Oh yeah, I still have class. Fuck’ then I go whine to myself again ‘I just want to go home!’ Note to self, get earlier classes next term.

As I was saying, I felt the need to hit the sack any time soon but then my brother seemed to have something for me to do again. He asked me to scan some I don’t know (was feeling too tired to care) while he bring his girlfriend home. I told him I’ll just scan it in the morning because I was feeling like a withered plant already. With a quite annoyed tone, he told me he’ll just do it by himself. So I let him. I mean, I offered on doing it the next day but he insisted.

I was in bed, lights were turned off already when I heard him calling me from the other room where he was apparently scanning the stuff.  I forced myself to get up and attend to his request just to save me from a potential argument. I stood by the doorway and waited for what he needed. He asked me where the scanned stuff was stored in the computer. How should I know? I wasn’t the one scanning. He should know. I walked back to my room after I told him I have no idea.

Moments later, I heard him in a really annoyed tone asking me again where the stuff was stored. I told him for the second time I did not know. I was not yet finished talking when he butted in and said some crappy stuff to me like: wala kang kwenta, ang iresponsable mo, and tamad mo, sarili mo lang iniisip mo, and ningas kugon ( which means ‘only good at the beginning.’ I don’t even know how I was being ningas kugon. Wrong word choice, dude. I think he was trying to say that I have the Mañana habit which tends to set things aside for later)

Hearing those unacceptable words left me wide-eyed and with dropped jaw. The sleepy feeling I was having the whole night died out in a snap. I didn’t know what to say, I was left speechless for a couple of seconds. I couldn’t understand why he suddenly said those when I didn’t sense anything wrong.

Apparently, he took my ‘hang loose-ness’ in a bad way. He thought bad of my ‘I’ll do it later’ stunt. Okay, I admit I have the Mañana habit which leads me to procrastinating but I’ll have you know that I still get the work done and still on time, whether I get hassled is my business, not yours. And it’s not like what he asked me to do was needed right away. I would’ve done it earlier if I wasn’t too tired from school.

I don’t know what his problem is but the dude needs to chill the fuck out.

I popped. Those words he threw at me made my blood boil causing me to raise my voice at him. He was being so unreasonable. As I continued to argue, honestly, I was waiting for a slap on the face or maybe a hard blow that will leave a nice dark bruise on my arm the next day but thank goodness brutality was far at hand. This is the first after a long time that we’ve gotten ourselves fighting and back then, usually, he’d hit me and usually, the reason is more or less close to this one– because I’m not  as straight-laced as he is (Well, excuse me for being worry-free)

He’s such a quibbler, a critic, a perfectionist. He wants things to go smoothly all the time. He wants things to be under control always. He wants things to be in the best state as it can possibly be. I know, that’s not a problem and I actually respect him for being so ambitious but sometimes it just gets to a point that he hurts someone else’s feelings.

We aren’t supposed to be able to handle everything. I’m not saying that we should all coast. Just do not stress yourself out with little things you know aren’t worth being stressed over. Just chill, for Pete’s sake!

Gonna buy him the one with the green one. He loves green.

When in doubt, don’t.

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2011 at 11:47

–Benjamin Franklin

In the Post Office 101

In 101s, Personal, Raves on October 19, 2011 at 11:37

It’s Wednesday today and originally, I do not have classes but I still went to school to attend this seminar just to obtain those bonus points for my Economics class. I left the house about two hours earlier than the seminar because my brother seemed to got me some errands to run (Yeay! I was being sarcastic.)

First thing he asked me to accomplish was to go to the post office to air mail our birthday greeting cards to Joshua (I know, air mail? Why not just email, right? It’s different, okay? It’s different actually having to receive a card. It’s more special. His birthday will be on October 25, and he’s turning thirteen, I think)

Before I headed to the post office, I had a quick stop at a nearby book store to buy a larger envelope to put our letters in. I arrived at the post office and good thing there wasn’t any line (but then, duh,  there are no much people doing snail mail, are there? At least I think there aren’t much who send letters through snail mail these days)

I handed the post office lady my letter, she gave it back to me together with  9 pieces of stamp. I looked at it and back at her. Honestly, I have no idea how this goes, I thought to myself. I then asked the lady for assistance  and  in a seemingly annoyed tone she said, “Idikit mo lang”, and then handed me with this little bowl with a sponge soaked in water. I’ve never really thought about the use of the stamps, and the use of a lot of stamps at that since I don’t really do this kind of mail. I then observed these stamps are worth the value of the freight. The stamps I stuck on the envelope’s worth 85 pesos all-in-all. 8 pieces of 10 pesos stamps and one 5 pesos stamp. (so that’s how it is. At least I’ve learned something new)

I finished with the stamping and handed the lady the letter again. And as if I am stupid, she said, “Ne, ilagay mo lang dun sa mailbox o” This other guy doing his mails as well looked at me and pointed to the mailbox just a couple of meters away from where I was standing.

I was a bit pissed at the lady because, dude I was asking nicely and you could have just walked me, in a nicely manner, through this mail thing. Consider herself lucky for I was in no mood to be a bitch.


In Food and Recipes on October 12, 2011 at 13:03

Who doesn’t like pancakes? Pancakes are so so good. It’s so good it could mend a broken heart. There’s always room for pancakes, wouldn’t you say?

Here’s a nice stack of pancakes for you, topped with butter, covered with glorious, golden maple syrup! ♥ (Now, I want pancakes)