Sunday, October 28, 2012

32 Of Life's Perfect Moments

Inspired by, and some copied off of, this THOUGHT CATALOG article.

1.Finding a DIY project so easy, plausible, and with materials so cheap you almost can't believe your luck!

2. Getting something you've already resigned yourself not to, and genuinely being surprised by it.

3. Calling a friend you miss dearly and them being available to meet you and catch up. You then spend the next 8 hours sitting down and laughing.

4. Accidentally running into friends on a day you look (and feel) fantastic!

5. Running into old friends while out for the evening and (after the screams of “OH MY GOD HEY OH MY GOD”) having them seamlessly join in with your group and have an amazing adventure together.

6. Nervously trying something new on a menu (instead of your reliable usual) and having it be absolutely delicious and become a new favorite.

7. Finding the perfect outfit at a price so low you just know it's meant, and been waiting, just for you!

8. Finding out that your favorite television show is bringing the entire cast back together for a movie.

9. Having your iPod randomly play a song so exactly in tune to how you're feeling that you can't help but sing along with it on the top of your lungs!

10. Getting an unexpected night off and having a line-up of favorite shows just waiting in queue for you to watch.

11. Discovering a new band whose music just resonates with you.

12. Turning on the tv just in time to catch an old favorite -- mostly of the chick-flick variety of the 90's such as Father Of The Bride or The First Wives Club.

13. Expecting a day to go very slowly and realizing that before you know it, it's time to head home!

14. Being late to something and freaking out about it, only to have the other person text you first and say that they, too, are going to be late.

15. Dancing with someone in the kitchen as the two of you make dinner together.

16. Finding a quiet moment in your week to just relax.

17. Realizing you overbudgeted for something and then having more cash than you expected after! (This is one reason why I overbudget.)

18. Finishing whatever you're knitting. And then seeing it worn by whoever you made it for. Seriously. This crack is fulfilling.

19. Meeting someone, starting a conversation with them, and realizing you have so much in common (OH MY GOD, YOU TOO? I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE!!!!)

20. Going to a concert and having every live performance of the song live up perfectly to your expectations of it based on the studio recording.

21. Seeing the JOY on your dog's face right as you enter the door.

22. Taking a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go and having that drop in your stomach as the plane takes off where you feel the perfect mix of nervous about living up to your expectations and excited that you’re finally doing something you always said you would.

23. Getting that "THIS IS IT. THIS IS REALLY IT. SOMETHING SPECIAL AND EXCITING IS WAITING FOR ME AROUND THE CORNER" feeling right before you do something for the very first time.

24. Realizing you and your best friend have the means, time, and money to go to a foreign country together.

25. Seeing someone you love and have been away for quite awhile from walk through those gates at the airport and you're both stricken with so much joy that your breath momentarily catches on your throat and your heart squeezes. Time also slows down and in one of life's rare moments, you legitimately feel like you are in a movie.

26. Rainy days where you don't have to leave your bed at all.

27. Doing something you always said you would, but never thought you'd get around to.

28. Finding something you've been searching for FOREVER.

29. Checking your pockets and pulling out some cash you've forgotten long about.

30. Finding old pictures and letters then, consequently, spending an entire afternoon reminiscing and getting nostalgic.

31. Having something turn WAY BETTER than expected.

32. Looking at your room/ apartment/ house right after slaving away all day trying to get it clean and organized.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Call Me A

... and not the one from Pretty Little Liars.

How Many Have You Loved?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


As a part-time event coordinator, I've been involved in the behind-the-scenes going-ons of countless events. Cocktail parties, conferences, Halloween parties, christenings, birthdays, anniversaries, what have you -- It's been my job to troubleshoot, work on props, decorations, filings, secretariat and clerical jobs, etc. And recently, since my sister got engaged and I've been meaning to expand my dessert business (perfect timing since I'm doing her dessert table, free advertising and publicity!!!), weddings.

Because of this, I find myself constantly inspired by every DIY project I see, and obsessed with keeping myself productive. Due to the nature of my job, I often have free time in between events. When not at the office or at event grounds, I'm maniacally buying little things that need some re-inventing.

This has led me to the point of this blog post -- should I start a lifestlye blog? I've barely kept this one afloat... but this goes hand in hand with my interests. Hm. Something to ponder.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


While it has a promising offbeat romantic comedy plot, TiMER falls short on delivering each and every time. Uninspired, dull, and stagnant doesn't even begin to describe the performances, while boring and vapid are pretty spot-on descriptions of the film. This happens to be one of the very few movies that I wish could be re-made with a better script, and better actors. Also, WTF was that ending.

Life doesn't offer many guarantees, but in the alternate universe of writer-director Jac Schaeffer's feature debut, the romantic comedy TiMER, people can get a digital clock implanted on their wrist that counts down to the second they meet "the one." It even sounds a little alarm the first time two soul mates look into each other's eyes. The device is not working too well for Oona (Emma Caulfield, who played Anya on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), because her TiMER is blank. That means her soul mate, whoever he is, hasn't yet signed up for the service. So Oona dates guys without TiMERs, and forces them to get the implant if the relationship looks promising. But so far, no dice. Oona's twentysomething half sister, Steph (Michelle Borth), is also unlucky. Her TiMER tells her she won't meet Mr. Right for about 20 more years. While Steph sows her wild oats, resigned not to commit to a relationship, Oona, approaching 30, obsesses over her TiMER. Oona meets a cute younger guy working at the local supermarket, but Mikey (John Patrick Amedori of Gossip Girl) already has a TiMER, and it's set to go off in a few months. "Life is about detours," he tells her, but Oona's not convinced. Meanwhile, Steph meets dashing and TiMER-less Dan (Desmond Harrington, also of Gossip Girl). Dan is interested in Steph, but she knows he's not "the one" for her, so she tries to set him up with Oona

Northanger Abbey

Felicity Jones shines in Northanger Abbey as the film's wildly imaginative heroine, Catherine Morland. With nary a flaw at hand, her grasp on her character is ironclad that you often feel the need to go off with her on one of her daydreams and musings. In support, J.J. Field's Henry Tilney, with his kind eyes and smiling face, offers the ideal male counterpart to Jones's wide-eyed wonder and Carey Mulligan's spot on performance and the selfish and shallow Isabella Thorpe makes you want to slap her. Bravo!

Felicity Jones and J.J. Feild star in this made for television adaptation of Jane Austen's easygoing parody of gothic fiction concerning a hopeless romantic drawn into a mysterious relationship. Catherine Morland (Jones) longs for the day that a dashing gentleman will finally sweep her off her feet. Upon receiving an invitation to a lavish medieval home deep in the countryside, Catherine allows her most lurid fantasies to wash over her. Later, as Catherine sets out to explore the sprawling mansion, she forms a friendship with Henry Tilney (Feild) - the youngest son of the estate. Much to Catherine's disappointment, however, their blossoming romance is soon stifled under shadowy circumstances.

This Means War

I'm sorry but I am just so angry at Reese Witherspoon's decision here that I can't bring myself to form cohesive and cogent thoughts.

The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever - each other.


FINALLY! A decent rom-com to put in my blog. If you combined all of the best elements of romantic comedies, you'd find yourself making a cheap ass version of L'Arnacoeur. The French sure know what they're doing. In this hilarious romp, we find ourselves falling in love with Romain Duris's "cool, smooth, mysterious" Alex, and Vanessa Paradis's marble-cold Juliette. Laugh-out-loud silly with a soundtrack that's on crack, the lethal combination of Duris's charm as an homme fatale, Monte Carlo's beautiful scenery, and Pascal Chaumeil's approach to farce more than comedy, makes for the perfect screwball rom-com.

HEARTBREAKER is an action-packed romantic comedy pairing two of France's biggest young stars: Romain Duris (THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED, PARIS) and actress/singer Vanessa Paradis (GIRL ON THE BRIDGE). A smash hit in France, the film was also featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. Charming, funny and effortlessly cool, Alex (Duris) is a professional heartbreaker who for a fee can turn any husband, fiance or boyfriend into an ex. Alex has one ironclad rule: He only breaks up couples where the woman is unhappy. His latest job will put that rule to the test. The target is Juliette, a beautiful heiress who is set to marry the man of her dreams. With ten days until the wedding, Alex has been hired by her father to carry out his most daring seduction yet that risks him being caught by his ruthless personal creditors, angry exes, and the beautiful and independent Juliette herself. But worst of all, will he discover to his own cost that when it comes to love, the perfect plan doesn't exist? This fall no one will be able to resist HEARTBREAKER.

I Want To Marry Ryan Banks

I'm ashamed to admit I watched this, ha ha! But hey, Jason Priestley was big in the 90's and hello Bradley Cooper! I really must stop with all of the made-for-tv movies. It's embarrassing.

Former Beverly Hills 90210 costars Jason Priestley and Emma Caulfield are reunited in this frothy made-for-cable romantic comedy. Priestly plays Ryan Banks, a once-popular movie actor whose career is in the toilet, not only because of bad role choices but also because of his unsavory reputation as an irresponsible womanizer. In hopes of revitalizing Ryan's career, his manager and best friend Todd Doherty (Bradley Cooper) comes up with an inspiration: A network reality show called "I Want to Marry Ryan Banks", in which the title character will live in the same house with 15 attractive young women, all of them prospective brides. In fine Mark Burnett tradition, one of the female contestants will be voted out each week by the viewers, with the winner chosen by popular demand. The girl who seems to have the inside track is blue-collar Charlene "Charlie" Norton (Emma Caulfield), who has entered the contest because she needs the prize money. Complications arise when, as the series draws ever nearer to its conclusion, Charlie balks at the notion of wedding Ryan Banks, only to be told that if she doesn't, she'll be sued within an inch of her life -- and making things even stickier, Todd Doherty has fallen in love with Charlie himself!

Revenge Of The Bridesmaids

Nothing really to say about this film; it's pretty straightforward. No strong feelings whatsoever. Very tv-movie, so you might want to watch it when you're bored and feeling silly.

Two women (Raven-Symoné and JoAnna Garcia) try to sabotage their former friend's wedding by becoming her bridesmaids. Their motive is revenge, since the bride stole their pal's boyfriend.

Au Pair

You can take the girl out of her teens, but you can't take the teens out of the girl (or, for better wording, you can't take the girl's teens away from the girl.) Anyways, back when I was a teeny bopper, I had a penchant for watching and (secretly) loving each and every ABC tv movie I could get my fat, geeky hands on. Enter Au Pair. Au Pair, again, has the plot treatment of many before it. Still, one can't help but be delighted to watch something so unapologetically young, and, well, girly. A film to watch during a sleepover with your sisters, or bffs! And oh yeah, this made me want to be an Au Pair. Truth.

After months of unemployment, young MBA Jenny Morgan (Heidi Noelle Lenhart) applies for what she thinks is an administrative position with the firm owned by handsome business executive Oliver Caldwell (Gregory Harrison). Unforutnately, someone's signals have gotten crossed, and Jenny finds she has been hired as nanny for the widowed Caldwell's spoiled-brat kids Kate (Katie Volding) and Alex (Jake Dinwiddie). Despite her daunting lack of experience as a surrogate mom, Jenny manages to bond with the kids, who behave badly mainly because their dad doesn't spend any time with them. During a trip abroad, Kate and Alex decide to play matchmaker for Oliver and Jenny, even though both adults already have fiancés. But taking into account that Kate's boyfriend Charlie (Michael Woolson) is an aimless dork and Oliver's intended Vivian (Jane Sibbert) is a bitch on wheels, it isn't hard to figure out how things will turn out. And if there are any doubts, just ask Caldwell's wry, all-knowing chauffeur Nigel Kent (John Rhys-Davies).

Maid In Manhattan

The thing about me is that while I do love new stories, I always have a soft spot for the classics: the ones whose plot has been done and redone several times over throughout the decades. Such is the case with Maid In Manhattan. While of course it holds no candle to the originals, the parallels are evident enough. Small-time girl (impoverished) working as a maid (chambermaid/ nanny/ governess) at a 5-star hotel (or Abbey/ Castle/ Park) in Manhattan, one of the most famous cities (town/ land) in the world, and falls for the lofty State Assemblyman (or President/ Lord/ Baron/ Duke/ Viscount/ etc...) -- indeed, we all know this story. That being said, I'm probably one of the very few girls who openly admit to enjoying Maid In Manhattan. Sure, JLo is more renowned for her backside than her acting skills, but I didn't think that meant she was a bad actress. And Ralph Fiennes, perfect man that he is, in a romantic comedy is sure to send fanatics' hearts aflutter. Sigh.

Can a wealthy Republican politician find happiness with a chambermaid from the Bronx? One man is about to find out, though he hardly realizes it at first, in this romantic comedy from director Wayne Wang. Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mother who is raising her gifted but under-confident son Ty (Tyler Garcia Posey) on her own, with some help from her mother Veronica (Priscilla Lopez), after divorcing her husband. Marisa works as a housekeeper at the exclusive Beresford Hotel in Manhattan, where her boss Paula Burns (Frances Conroy) and chief butler Lionel Bloch (Bob Hoskins) urge Marisa and her best friend and fellow maid Stephanie (Marissa Matrone) to be as efficient and inconspicuous as possible. One day, while cleaning the room of noted socialite Caroline Lane (Natasha Richardson), Stephanie spies a beautiful designer gown and dares Marisa to try it on; against her better judgment, she does, and while all dolled up, she bumps into Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), a wealthy and well-bred bachelor who is running for the Senate. Immediately charmed, Chris asks Marisa to join him for a walk in Central Park, assuming she's the blue-blooded Caroline. Marisa manages to join Chris for the afternoon, with Ty in tow, and Chris finds himself quite taken with Marisa's beauty and down-to-earth personality, as well as Ty's precocious interest in politics. Chris later calls Caroline's room to set up a lunch date, but soon discovers the stuffy Ms. Lane is not the woman he met before. Marisa is also attracted to Chris, but while her friends encourage her to pursue a romance, Veronica believes her daughter is asking for trouble by trying to win a man so far out of her social strata.

Lucky 7

I've loved Kimberly Williams-Paisley and her wide-eyed, girl-next-door, fresh, pretty face since I first saw her as Annie Banks in Father Of The Bride (something I must watch again soon!) Her sweet demeanor and friendly presence on screen is a welcome treat amidst a sea of boring, perfect, bland hollywood actresses. In 2003's Lucky 7, Kim stars as Amy, the well-meaning and perfectionist daughter of a widower whose wife lived long enough to provide their precocious daughter with a foolproof timeline and route to success. As Amy coasts through her well-time schedule, she meets a few bumps along the way and figures out that maybe spontaneity wouldn't be so bad and her mom didn't mean for her to take the map quite so literally. Lucky 7 is fast-paced, fun, and happy.

On her deathbed, Rachel Myer (Gail O'Grady) rallies long enough to provide her seven-year-old daughter Amy with a foolproof "timeline" to achieve great success in life. Growing up to become a prominent Seattle lawyer, Amy (played as an adult by Kimberly Williams-Paisley) has never gone wrong following her late mother's advice. Crucial to the timeline is her quest for the perfect husband. As pre-determined by her mom, the lucky man will have to be Amy's seventh boyfriend. Unfortunately, Amy has fallen deeply in love with Boyfriend Number Six, a good-looking, if somewhat pompous, young blade named Daniel (Brad Rowe). So as not to upset the continuum, Amy must shop around for an "alternate" number six, enabling Daniel to emerge as number seven. The man ultimately chosen for the express purpose of being dumped by Amy is Peter Connor (Patrick Dempsey), a former Wall Street broker now running a small bagel store.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Beautician And The Beast

The Beautician and the Beast is The Nanny: the movie on steroids. And I do love me some Fran Fine/ Fran Drescher. This delightful watch is the perfect way to end a hard day at work. Street smart with heart never looked this groomed.

Joy Miller (Fran Drescher) is a beautician who teaches an evening course in hairstyling at a Brooklyn community college. When a cigarette dropped on a wig leads to a fire, Joy saves the lab animals kept in the building and achieves 15 minutes of local notoriety. Grushinsky (Ian McNeice), a representative of the leader of the small Eastern European nation of Slovetzia, is visiting the United States while looking for a tutor for the leader's three children. Thinking Joy teaches science (apparently the Slovetzian government doesn't check the resumes of their teaching staff too closely), Grushinsky offers Joy the job, believing that it would be good PR to have a well-known American educator on hand. Joy takes the job and must now deal with Boris Pochenko (Timothy Dalton), the grim and humorless tyrant who rules Slovetzia. Joy's low-brow fashion sense and broad nasal twang of a voice don't sit well with Boris at first, but the kids love her; in time, she teaches Boris to lighten up and enjoy himself, and romance begins to bloom between the unlikely couple. While Fran Drescher had a number of film roles before her TV series The Nanny, this was her first starring role following the show's success.

An Ideal Husband

With slightly less camp than the aforementioned (aforeblogged?) The Importance Of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband holds its own with Wilde lovers and moviegoers combined. Rupert Everett stars with the otherworldly Cate Blanchett and charming Jeremy Northam on this look at how there is much more to reputation, whether good or bad, than meets the eye. Armed with wit to kill and a cast whose talent and beauty is to be revered, An Ideal Husband is definitely riveting in its satirical way.

A romantic and sentimental comedy set at the turn of the 19th century, An Ideal Husband delves into themes of love, passion, and betrayal among the aristocracy. Sir Robert Chiltern (Jeremy Northam), a brilliant politician and a perfect gentleman, is the ideal husband for the charming Lady Chiltern (Cate Blanchett). They have a widely envied marriage until charming Mrs. Cheveley (Julianne Moore) appears with the intention of revealing a dark secret from Chiltern's past. When his world seems to be falling apart, Chiltern turns to his lifelong friend Lord Arthur Goring (Rupert Everett), the most eligible bachelor in town. Goring soon finds himself caught up in a web of lies, temptations, and secret liaisons. Furthermore, the persistent charms of Sir Robert's sister Mabel (Minnie Driver) are becoming a serious threat to his much-cherished bachelorhood. Using political intrigue and clever wit, An Ideal Husband draws a picture of a society struggling with issues still valid today.

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Ah, we're back to my true love: period films! It really did start it all for me -- the romance, the setting, the dialogue, the nonsensical farce of it all. Period pieces are my crack. Now, add some Oscar Wilde wit to it, and some Colin Firth goodness, and you've got the quickest route to my heart. The Importance Of Being Earnest is a delight to watch, and something you will come back to more and more as time passes. Indeed, like an old friend, I keep visiting these characters over and over for a wonderful catch up.

A superb cast brings Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners to life in the third big-screen adaptation of this hilarious look at fun, games, and dubious ethics among the British upper crust. Algernon Moncrieff (Rupert Everett) is a slightly shady, but charming gentlemen from a wealthy family who has a bad habit of throwing his money away. Algernon has a close friend named Jack Worthing (Colin Firth), a self-made man who acts as a ward to his cousin, a beautiful young lady named Cecily (Reese Witherspoon). Algernon has created an alter ego to help him get out of tight spots brought on by his financial improprieties, and when he learns that Jack has created a false identity of his own -- Earnest, a brother living in London whose exploits have earned him no small amount of notoriety -- Algernon arrives for a weekend visit in the country posing as the mysterious Earnest. Having heard of Earnest's misadventures many times over the years, Cecily had developed something of an infatuation with the lovable rogue, and Algernon's impersonation of him works no small degree of magic on Cecily. Meanwhile, Algernon's cousin, Gwendolyn (Frances O'Connor), arrives for the weekend, and is startled to discover Jack is also there -- except that she knows him as bad-boy Earnest. So just who is in love with who? How will Lady Bracknell (Judi Dench) handle the matter of her daughter Gwendolyn's suitors? And what's the truth about Jack's mysterious heritage? The Importance of Being Earnest was director Oliver Parker's second film adaptation of an Oscar Wilde comedy; he previously helmed An Ideal Husband, which also starred Rupert Everett. Everett and Colin Firth also co-starred in the 1984 drama Another Country.

Love And Mary

Apart from my undying need to watch each and every romantic comedy set forth on our land, as well as boredom with nary a book to read nor movie in mind to watch, I can not give you any other reason as to why I took it upon myself to put Love And Mary on. I can't even remember how I came across the title. It wasn't bad, it was just... unremarkable. It could be because I didn't see much of myself in the protagonist (and considering how she's a baker who is obsessed with adopting a sophisticated air about her -- we might have been bosom buddies!), but I really just found her to be pesky at worst, boring at best. Still, I was quite surprised that I found Gabriel Mann to be cute in this film! Brunette obviously suits him better.

A woman pulling a minor scam to keep her dream business alive digs herself in deeper when she becomes involved with a goofy ex-con in this independent comedy from first-time director Elizabeth Harrison. Mary Wilson (Lauren German) was born and raised in Texas, but by the time she became an adult she'd grown tired of her off-the-wall family and moved East to build a career for herself. Mary is an expert chef who has opened an upscale bakeshop, but some bad press and a severe rent increase could put her out of business. Desperate to keep the store afloat, Mary decides to bite the bullet and go back to Texas for a visit; her plan is to bring along her fiancé Brent (Gabriel Mann), introduce him to her folks, and hope their engagement gifts will bring enough cash to pay off her creditors. However, a severe allergic reaction prevents Brent from going; Mary can't afford to postpone the trip, so she brings along Brent's twin brother Jake (also played by Mann), an irresponsible jailbird, to impersonate her intended as she pumps her family for money.

The Decoy Bride

Who doesn't love David Tennant? And who doesn't love a well-imagined romance with a killer soundtrack to boot? And who doesn't love David Tennant starring in a well-imagined romance with a killer soundtrack to boot? So little films involving a love triangle is shown concerning three very different but all wonderful people, and The Decoy Bride does just that. No one is secretly an evil fiancee. No one sets out to rip the original pair apart. Instead, what we have here is a look at how human beings entangle themselves at the worst possible time. Mistaken identities, various European accents (we've got British and Scottish here), and witty dialogue will sure have you laughing by the end. Throw in David Tennant and Kelly MacDonald, plus that amazing OST I was just telling you about, and you've got yourself an immediate must-watch.

When the wedding of internationally famous film star Lara Tyler (Alice Eve) to tweedy English author James Arber (David Tennant) is sabotaged by a paparazzo, they decide to relocate the event to the one place where the world's press won't find them: the sleepy Island of Hegg, as featured in James' bestselling novel The Ornithologists Wife. However, dilapidated buildings and greedy islanders are the least of the problems that the wedding party and their Hollywood entourage have to deal with, as Marco (Federico Castelluccio) the ingenious paparazzo tracks them down in his mission to photograph the celebrity wedding of the year. Steve and his assistant Emma (Sally Phillips) must find a decoy bride and think that local girl Katie (Kelly MacDonald) will be an ideal replacement. But when Katie meets James, sparks fly, dresses get ruined and love gets complicated.

Sundays At Tiffany's

Based on the novel of the same name by James Patterson, Sundays at Tiffany's is crack for hallmark/ abc tv movie-goers like me. Straightforward, funny, cute, and sweet, it holds up to its promise of putting a smile on your face. "What if your imaginary friend ends up being the love of your life?" What an extraordinary and ridiculous thought! That is indeed what the premise of the film (as well as book) is about. If any of you feel the need to be transported back to the days when love held magic, this film will keep you great company on a weekend with your two other pals: Ben and Jerry. Sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy.

Meet the very serious Jane Claremont (Alyssa Milano, TV's "Charmed"). A perfect planner, she works as the always-in-control manager of the theater owned by her mother Vivian (Stockard Channing, TV's "The West Wing"). Engaged to the handsome, successful actor Hugh (Ivan Sergei, The Break-Up), Jane's got a plan for everything - until the unexpected return of her childhood imaginary friend, Michael (Eric Winter, TV's "Days of Our Lives"). She hasn't seen Michael since one fateful day at Tiffany's when she was ten years old. Now he's back, making her doubt her sanity while rediscovering joy, innocence and creativity. Jane thought she had life all figured out... but thanks to Michael, she's about to reimagine everything. From the best-sellerby beloved authors James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet comes a love story like no other.

Made Of Honor

It is no secret that I advocate romance comedies in all its simplistic glory. Truly, I am one of the last few true blue romantics. The head-in-the-cloud, bubblegum, cookie cutter, cue in a happy Natalie Cole song in the background while I float on thinking of which scenes to put in a montage type of romantic. I will try any rom-com flick, be it one that came out 6 decades ago, or one that came out 6 days ago. And so, against my better judgment, I put on Made Of Honor because it is one of the very few ones that I couldn't bring myself to sit through. This god-awful film is really the reason why one of my favorite genres is looked at so appallingly in most circles. Phoooey! Patrick Dempsey, whom I loved in Sweet Home Alabama, really scraped the barrel with this one. Made Of Honor is a poor man's version of My Bestfriend's Wedding and is severely lacking in the magic its predecessor held.

A handsome and successful bachelor is taken aback when his dream girl asks him to be the "maid" of honor in her upcoming wedding in this romantic comedy starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. Tom (Dempsey) and Hannah (Monaghan) have been best friends for years. Though all the hard times, Hannah has been the one constant in Tom's life, and the one person he knows he can always rely on. When Hannah leaves for a six-week business trip in Scotland, Tom is surprised to realize how truly lonely he is without her. Life just isn't the same without Hannah around, so the moment she returns, Tom resolves to ask for her hand in marriage. But apparently Hannah's trip wasn't all business, because upon returning home Hannah announces that she has gotten engaged to a dashing Scotsman and will soon be starting a new life overseas. She's convinced that Tom will be thrilled for her, and wants him to play a crucial role in the wedding. His spirits crushed but his love for Hannah stronger than ever before, Tom reluctantly agrees to be the "maid" of honor so that he can prove his love in no uncertain terms and convince her to call off the wedding before true happiness slips through his fingers.


"Every rose has its thorns" and with teeth, ain't that the truth. Mithell Lichtenstein's gruesome cautionary tale is one of the most well done dark comedies that I've ever come across! The writing is superb and the acting, superior! Jess Weixler manages to juxtapose ingenue and temptress in her beautiful performance as our young protagonist. What kills me with this film is how many an audience felt her condition was a curse -- truly I think it a gift considering how many men tried to abuse her sexually (and the script really is well done seeing as how it didn't induce that awful barf-in-your-mouth, close-your-eyes, and wait-for-it-to-be-over feeling that so many sexual assault films do, instead, we end up rooting for her to fight back and give her assailants what they deserve). Unapologetic in its nature, I will not recommend this film to those who shy away from grotesque, lurid, and vividly graphic scenes. Incredibly tongue-in-cheek, Teeth has all the requirements for a cult classic.

High school student Dawn works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group's most active participant. Her task is made even more difficult by her bad boy stepbrother Brad's increasingly provocative behavior at home. A stranger to her own body, innocent Dawn discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence. As she struggles to comprehend her anatomical uniqueness, Dawn experiences both the pitfalls and the power of being a living example of the vagina dentata myth.


I watched Excision because I wanted to pay tribute to Halloween-month without outright watching horror, coward that I am. Annalynne McCord makes a brilliant turn as the delusional albeit well-meaning teen outcast in Excision, Richard Bates Jr.'s take on dark comedy. The scenes where our young anti-heroine talks to God is a particular favorite of mine, but the rest of the movie came to me with the shock value of a thousand watt taser. Consequently, I can not decide whether I enjoyed this film or not. The only thing for certain is that I don't regret watching this film, sick to my stomach as it made me. Oh, and the "de-prettyfying" of Annalynne in this film is hilarious. Also, Jeremy Sumpter will always be Peter Pan. The scene where he goes down on her though... euck.

A surgery-obsessed teen struggles with her outcast status while plotting to lose her virginity and save her sister from the ravaging effects of cystic fibrosis in this genre-bending shocker from writer/director Richard bates, Jr. Pauline (Annalynne McCord) is a pretty young girl whose penchant for picking scabs has escalated into a fanatical obsession with the flesh. Recognizing this, Pauline's stern mother insists that the young girl visit the church therapist for counseling. Incensed at the prospect of being judged by a religious hypocrite, Pauline only delves deeper into her visceral fantasies while concocting an ingenious plan to impress her mother. Meanwhile, as Pauline begins devising ways to combat her younger sister's cystic fibrosis, her adolescent hormones kick into overdrive.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Importance of Being Earnest

Further cementing my love for all things Colin Firth, Oscar Wilde, and period pieces, the best scene from the 2002 film adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Romantic Comedies

In defense of romantic comedies:

Romantic Comedies are like chocolate bars. Liking them does not automatically make me an obese and unhealthy person, even eating them and enjoying them every once in a while. I know it's unhealthy to eat only them. Romantic comedies are the same, just because I enjoy them does not mean I am wasting my life pining after some unrealistic romantic ideal.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Woody Allen

"In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!"

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cyber Crime

With all of this to-do and hullabaloo surrounding the recent proposed addendum to the Cyber Crime law, I couldn't help but think that maybe the country is better off going to Cyber Rehab than fighting a battle that will not be.

Sure, the hubbub will not die down soon, and the 11 Senators up for re-election on Halalan 2013 who voted FOR this bizarre and unjust law will have statements to say, but if SOPA and PIPA were trashed, what makes the Philippines think that they have the power -- nay, the RIGHT -- to infringe upon the privacy of its citizens, as well as their freedom of speech.

Some of the provisions of this law makes sense, as Criela stated in her blog, child pornography is definitely something we should fight against, but that isn't what the Filipino netizens are in an uproar about. The line that Tito Sotto blurred when he added the anti-cyber bullying/ libel/ slander supplement is what caused the collective angry huff of online Filipinos.

Following his shameful bouts with plagiarism in his recent speeches, Filipinos gathered en masse and took to the internet their disappointment with their elected official (who also happens to take the office of Senate Majority Floor Leader. I shake my head in disgust). When the Filipinos cried foul and tried to browbeat the lofty senator into making an apology, he made it worse by either 1) outright denying the claims or 2) stating that "hindi krimen ang Plagiarism sa Pilipinas"/ "Plagiarism is not a crime in the Philippines". Way to go, Senator. Bobby Kennedy (whom he plagiarized) is rolling over in his grave.

And now, it seems to me that after suffering the sharp tongue of affronted kababayans, this is Tito Sotto's way of pushing back; of strong-arming the Filipinos to his will. After all, he did deny Leloy Claudio and Miguel Syjuco their proposed debate as they were not worthy of his time, not being elected officials and all (so it seems we're right back to the RH Bill debate. Hello, square one. Nice to see you again.)

As a self-proclaimed netizen, however, I do hold to question what exactly constitutes as cyber bullying. I've only REALLY seen them in gossip sites and most of those cases and claims are against celebrities who never really see what is written about them. Majority of the cyberheads I know have gone the extra mile to protect themselves from vicious bullies looking for new prey. All accounts: social media, instant messaging, emails, blogs... these all have the option to be private. And well, if you don't use the necessary means to parry those blows, when you expose your life to the world in that manner, you do set yourself up to hear the good and the bad. So here's my say: cyber bullying can be prevented. There are precautions for that. Those who get cyber bullied ALLOW themselves to get cyber bullied. Simple enough.

In any case, I've rambled enough, and written things that would put me to jail. But as a last say: Tito Sotto, I think the measures you have taken to stroke your bruised ego is tantamount to the amount of beating it will take once this silly act passes. You have been warned.

From Criela's blog: the definition of Libel based on the Revised Penal Code:


"Art. 353. Definition of libel. — A libel is public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition, status, or circumstance tending to cause the dishonor, discredit, or contempt of a natural or juridical person, or to blacken the memory of one who is dead.
Art. 354. Requirement for publicity. — Every defamatory imputation is presumed to be malicious, even if it be true, if no good intention and justifiable motive for making it is shown, except in the following cases:
1. A private communication made by any person to another in the performance of any legal, moral or social duty; and 2. A fair and true report, made in good faith, without any comments or remarks, of any judicial, legislative or other official proceedings which are not of confidential nature, or of any statement, report or speech delivered in said proceedings, or of any other act performed by public officers in the exercise of their functions.
Art. 355. Libel means by writings or similar means. — A libel committed by means of writing, printing, lithography, engraving, radio, phonograph, painting, theatrical exhibition, cinematographic exhibition, or any similar means, shall be punished by prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods or a fine ranging from 200 to 6,000 pesos, or both, in addition to the civil action which may be brought by the offended party.
Art. 356. Threatening to publish and offer to present such publication for a compensation. — The penalty of arresto mayor or a fine from 200 to 2,000 pesos, or both, shall be imposed upon any person who threatens another to publish a libel concerning him or the parents, spouse, child, or other members of the family of the latter or upon anyone who shall offer to prevent the publication of such libel for a compensation or money consideration."

Spring Breakers

This definitely looks interesting.