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forever isko. international studies graduate student. ex-french major/italian minor. corporate slave. foreign languages and culture lover. stargazer. moderately wanderlust. quite opinionated. ebay addict. bag hoarder. true 90s kid. ruthless potty-mouth. interested in a lot of things. rants every once in a while.

(personal rather than private space from my usual online presence, this is more... uninhibited? so if you know me, O hay der!!! =p ★

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EVEN GANDHI WEARS PRADA 

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
★★★★/★★★★★
05/07/2012
(Possible spoiler ahead!)
Where do I start? When Mon and I were debating last night on what movie to watch in Gateway Mall for the following day, we just considered this because he was a big fan of slasher/horror films. Frankly, I’m not a fan of the supernatural-villain type because I can scare my wits off more than the movie itself because of my crazy imagination. However, psychological or thriller types are quite okay, once I know that it is man-made. My reasoning: I cannot indefinitely run from supernatural forces!
When we saw the trailer for this Drew Goddard-directed film just to have an inkling of what we will be seeing, (but we were unlucky because the connection was really bad that we did not even bother finishing it off) and we were okay with it and thought that it was the typical weekend-getaway gone wrong (and the technical manipulation we did not even know of… luckily!!!)… WE WERE WRONG. It was more than that and I loved how the story was handled by the writers.
It was interesting to see Chris Hemsworth in this movie, which was supposedly filmed two years before the release of his first blockbuster “Thor”. Eye candy for the ladies and the sisters out there because of the gratuitous shirtless scene (with the lady next to me unashamedly squealing “He’s really sooooooooooooooo handsome!!!!”) and it was my first time to see Jesse Williams, the guy A LOT of netizens are lobbying for Finnick Odair, in action. What funny was that all the five characters were made to fit into a certain mold or archetype for the sacrifice, but it is interesting how Dana (Kristen Connolly) was no virgin nor Curt (Chris Hemsworth) was not entirely an athlete (he was even made to wear a varsity jacket, just to further reinforce the stereotype of jocks getting killed). From the beginning of the story, most of them were pretty much academics that can fit into the scholar archetype.
But then again, as what was mentioned by a SURPRISING appearance of Sigourney fucking Weaver (I almost cursed loudly because I spazzed), they were made to make the most of what they got for the sacrificial rites to happen. Back to the monsters in the cubes/cells where Marty (the supposed fool, but was the most aware of the external tinkering going on) and Dana managed to get themselves into, I’m still at a lost of their provenance —- at first I thought they were mental constructs induced to the subjects through mind altering drugs or are they really tangible beings? If it was the latter, where did they come from? That release the monsters from the elevator scene was VICIOUS and EPIC, with almost all nightmare and horror creatures of the genre darting from every corner.
It was a surprisingly excellent film, and the beauty of watching it was coming in with no expectations. I went to see a slasher/thriller film I thought of definitely forgetting within an hour or two, but instead, I’m here writing and thinking about the rationale of what really went on in the film’s universe. It was a nice twist to the horror genre as well as touching issues of morality and rationality (typical case of sacrificing some for the greater good).
P.S.
We had (un)intentional good laughs with the movie as well, and that made the experience more perfect! LOL Guffawing like mad! WTF and mindfuck at the same time.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

★/

05/07/2012

(Possible spoiler ahead!)

Where do I start? When Mon and I were debating last night on what movie to watch in Gateway Mall for the following day, we just considered this because he was a big fan of slasher/horror films. Frankly, I’m not a fan of the supernatural-villain type because I can scare my wits off more than the movie itself because of my crazy imagination. However, psychological or thriller types are quite okay, once I know that it is man-made. My reasoning: I cannot indefinitely run from supernatural forces!

When we saw the trailer for this Drew Goddard-directed film just to have an inkling of what we will be seeing, (but we were unlucky because the connection was really bad that we did not even bother finishing it off) and we were okay with it and thought that it was the typical weekend-getaway gone wrong (and the technical manipulation we did not even know of… luckily!!!)… WE WERE WRONG. It was more than that and I loved how the story was handled by the writers.

It was interesting to see Chris Hemsworth in this movie, which was supposedly filmed two years before the release of his first blockbuster “Thor”. Eye candy for the ladies and the sisters out there because of the gratuitous shirtless scene (with the lady next to me unashamedly squealing “He’s really sooooooooooooooo handsome!!!!”) and it was my first time to see Jesse Williams, the guy A LOT of netizens are lobbying for Finnick Odair, in action. What funny was that all the five characters were made to fit into a certain mold or archetype for the sacrifice, but it is interesting how Dana (Kristen Connolly) was no virgin nor Curt (Chris Hemsworth) was not entirely an athlete (he was even made to wear a varsity jacket, just to further reinforce the stereotype of jocks getting killed). From the beginning of the story, most of them were pretty much academics that can fit into the scholar archetype.

But then again, as what was mentioned by a SURPRISING appearance of Sigourney fucking Weaver (I almost cursed loudly because I spazzed), they were made to make the most of what they got for the sacrificial rites to happen. Back to the monsters in the cubes/cells where Marty (the supposed fool, but was the most aware of the external tinkering going on) and Dana managed to get themselves into, I’m still at a lost of their provenance —- at first I thought they were mental constructs induced to the subjects through mind altering drugs or are they really tangible beings? If it was the latter, where did they come from? That release the monsters from the elevator scene was VICIOUS and EPIC, with almost all nightmare and horror creatures of the genre darting from every corner.

It was a surprisingly excellent film, and the beauty of watching it was coming in with no expectations. I went to see a slasher/thriller film I thought of definitely forgetting within an hour or two, but instead, I’m here writing and thinking about the rationale of what really went on in the film’s universe. It was a nice twist to the horror genre as well as touching issues of morality and rationality (typical case of sacrificing some for the greater good).

P.S.

We had (un)intentional good laughs with the movie as well, and that made the experience more perfect! LOL Guffawing like mad! WTF and mindfuck at the same time.

(Photo from newnoblewoman.com)
04/13/2012
The Hunger Games (2012)
★★★★/★★★★★
I first saw the movie’s trailer while waiting for another movie (that Nicholas Cage flick with the flaming skull), and the first thing that I thought of was the Japanese film "Battle Royale", which I have seen almost a decade ago. I haven’t even read the book (which is apparently a trilogy) and up to last night, I had no idea of what I will be seeing. I don’t exactly know what drew me in —- my curiosity about the survival of the fittest, or maybe it was Jennifer Lawrence because I loved her in "X-Men: First Class" as Mystique. She gave the vulnerability to the character I hated since watching the 90s cartoon of X-Men. LOL
Well anyway, as the movie progressed and the 12 districts were presented, together with the fallen one and the capitol, one school-related thought kept on nagging in my head and I couldn’t immediately point a finger at it. Then during the parade when each of the districts were described to be a producer of a specific material, I immediately thought of Immanuel Wallerstein’s “World-Systems Analysis”.
The approach is one of the development paradigms that actually criticize the current model of development applied (or supposedly prescribed) to nation-states. But in the movie, of course, Panem was posited as a single nation-state composed of districts and the capitol. In theory, it describes the relationship between the core and the periphery, wherein the latter does all the labor-intensive production and procurement of raw materials, which mostly go to the core. As seen in the movie, this siphoning of labor and resources was very evident in the relationship between the Capitol and the twelve districts. The Capitol enjoying a lavish life of excess, while leaving nothing but dregs to the districts.
It was really a good movie and I clearly saw themes of class struggle and problems of an authoritarian government with unchecked power. I might begin reading the book to see any differences or get a more detailed description of the plot. I know that a movie adaptation can only show as much, given time and budget constraints.

(Photo from newnoblewoman.com)

04/13/2012

The Hunger Games (2012)

★★★★/★★★★★

I first saw the movie’s trailer while waiting for another movie (that Nicholas Cage flick with the flaming skull), and the first thing that I thought of was the Japanese film "Battle Royale", which I have seen almost a decade ago. I haven’t even read the book (which is apparently a trilogy) and up to last night, I had no idea of what I will be seeing. I don’t exactly know what drew me in —- my curiosity about the survival of the fittest, or maybe it was Jennifer Lawrence because I loved her in "X-Men: First Class" as Mystique. She gave the vulnerability to the character I hated since watching the 90s cartoon of X-Men. LOL

Well anyway, as the movie progressed and the 12 districts were presented, together with the fallen one and the capitol, one school-related thought kept on nagging in my head and I couldn’t immediately point a finger at it. Then during the parade when each of the districts were described to be a producer of a specific material, I immediately thought of Immanuel Wallerstein’s “World-Systems Analysis”.

The approach is one of the development paradigms that actually criticize the current model of development applied (or supposedly prescribed) to nation-states. But in the movie, of course, Panem was posited as a single nation-state composed of districts and the capitol. In theory, it describes the relationship between the core and the periphery, wherein the latter does all the labor-intensive production and procurement of raw materials, which mostly go to the core. As seen in the movie, this siphoning of labor and resources was very evident in the relationship between the Capitol and the twelve districts. The Capitol enjoying a lavish life of excess, while leaving nothing but dregs to the districts.

It was really a good movie and I clearly saw themes of class struggle and problems of an authoritarian government with unchecked power. I might begin reading the book to see any differences or get a more detailed description of the plot. I know that a movie adaptation can only show as much, given time and budget constraints.

04/01/2012
I’m currently watching the 1997 movie and blockbuster Titanic and I suddenly recalled how extremely smashing this movie was. Rose and Jack were the perfect match and Leonardo DiCaprio became the fantasy of every girl and gay during that era. Well anyway, during the start of the film, I noticed that the Unsinkable Molly Brown arrived with a buttload of Louis Vuitton cases and trunks! Girl do knew how to travel in style! She can give the Jessica Simpsons and the Kim Kardashians a run for their money!
Apparently, this was based on verifiable fact because when they found the ruins of Titanic, Louis Vuitton trunks and cases were taken from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. They were able to recover and examine some of the possessions of the passengers because the trunks protected them well.

This is such a beauty… only that it came from a shipwreck. Tragic.

04/01/2012

I’m currently watching the 1997 movie and blockbuster Titanic and I suddenly recalled how extremely smashing this movie was. Rose and Jack were the perfect match and Leonardo DiCaprio became the fantasy of every girl and gay during that era. Well anyway, during the start of the film, I noticed that the Unsinkable Molly Brown arrived with a buttload of Louis Vuitton cases and trunks! Girl do knew how to travel in style! She can give the Jessica Simpsons and the Kim Kardashians a run for their money!

Apparently, this was based on verifiable fact because when they found the ruins of Titanic, Louis Vuitton trunks and cases were taken from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. They were able to recover and examine some of the possessions of the passengers because the trunks protected them well.

This is such a beauty… only that it came from a shipwreck. Tragic.

THEY’RE VER-SAYCE

The “Showgirls” reference is spot on! Anybody thinking that Willam doesn’t know how to pronounce the brand is stupid. No self-respecting label whore would be caught mispronouncing les plus grandes griffes du monde. I was really shocked to see her go, though. She grew on me and I love how shamelessly self-absorbed she was —- especially she was not a two-faced queen who said “You can get my shoulder wet” to Jiggly one moment and basically sabotage her the next. At least she sashayed away looking FABULOSA!

That LSFYL was Sharon’s moment. That was how you lip-synch with CLASS Phi Phi. And so, similar to how American Idol basically banned Fallin’ by Alicia Keys on auditions, I propose that RuPaul should basically a manifesto to ban these tired tricks on stage:

1) Heels must be worn at least halfway through the song. Removing them prior to lip-synching —- BUZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!

2) Wigs must be worn all the time. You start the song a queen, you end the song a queen. Acceptable only if the song is ‘Born This Way’, in which undressing is definitely allowed —- but at least do it tastefully, right Milan???

3) That one-leg-extended-one-leg-bent-sudden-drop is killing me! That trick is sooooooooooooooo used and abused and I get really turned off by it. (Shangela did it A LOT and the quota has been already reached!) Splits included. I’ve seen enough of those in Season 2.

Anytime I see these tricks being pulled out in any LSYFYL, I wanna press an invisible buzzer. Can’t wait for the Reunion episode for the T!

"Valentino Red"

"Valentino Red"

03/18/2012
Watching “Valentino: The Last Emperor” —- everything looked amazing. However, Valentino was kind of stubborn, which is not exactly a bad thing. He knew how to give a few shouts as well, even to the cameraman. Though I love these shots of the dresses on the mannequin.

03/18/2012

Watching “Valentino: The Last Emperor” —- everything looked amazing. However, Valentino was kind of stubborn, which is not exactly a bad thing. He knew how to give a few shouts as well, even to the cameraman. Though I love these shots of the dresses on the mannequin.

"My Week with Marilyn"
★★★★/★★★★★
We just saw the movie in Trinoma and I’m very happy that Mon was sympathetic enough to watch it with me. I know he’d appreciate it as much as I do and I was not wrong. I got goosebumps each time Michelle entered the screen with a new look and I was so enthralled with the glamour of her styling. Most especially, when she first got out of the plane and I was particularly looking at her fabulous bag! It was a gorgeous shade in that leather. <3 Kudos to the costume designer! The 50s was impeccably portrayed in the movie and I was gawking at how stylish the people were!
Onto the story itself, Michelle Williams did give justice to the role. The vulnerability, the eternal bedroom voice, the sultry stare, etc., she gave it her all. Emma Watson was also surprisingly good and it was her first movie that I’ve seen since Harry Potter and she looked amazing in every scene she had. She made each scene count and she had lots of kissing moments too! That girl can kiss! HAHAHA I think it was also a good call to cast Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark. He was quite gangly, nerdy and awkward and anything on the extremely masculine/virile side would shatter that movie-star-plus-ordinary-man-fantasy. Kenneth Branagh was also excellent as Laurence Olivier. I was really wary each time he’d come out on screen because he was always at the breaking point with Marilyn. And Dame Judi Dench —- no words, of course!
Two quick notes about Michelle: 1) is that her real body or did they use a body double? She looked quite curvaceous in the movie? [I still haven’t searched online for that query] 2) if it wasn’t her real body, girl can pad for sure and lip-synch for her life! RuPaul is a proud momma! 

"My Week with Marilyn"

★★★★/★★★★★

We just saw the movie in Trinoma and I’m very happy that Mon was sympathetic enough to watch it with me. I know he’d appreciate it as much as I do and I was not wrong. I got goosebumps each time Michelle entered the screen with a new look and I was so enthralled with the glamour of her styling. Most especially, when she first got out of the plane and I was particularly looking at her fabulous bag! It was a gorgeous shade in that leather. <3 Kudos to the costume designer! The 50s was impeccably portrayed in the movie and I was gawking at how stylish the people were!

Onto the story itself, Michelle Williams did give justice to the role. The vulnerability, the eternal bedroom voice, the sultry stare, etc., she gave it her all. Emma Watson was also surprisingly good and it was her first movie that I’ve seen since Harry Potter and she looked amazing in every scene she had. She made each scene count and she had lots of kissing moments too! That girl can kiss! HAHAHA I think it was also a good call to cast Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark. He was quite gangly, nerdy and awkward and anything on the extremely masculine/virile side would shatter that movie-star-plus-ordinary-man-fantasy. Kenneth Branagh was also excellent as Laurence Olivier. I was really wary each time he’d come out on screen because he was always at the breaking point with Marilyn. And Dame Judi Dench —- no words, of course!

Two quick notes about Michelle: 1) is that her real body or did they use a body double? She looked quite curvaceous in the movie? [I still haven’t searched online for that query] 2) if it wasn’t her real body, girl can pad for sure and lip-synch for her life! RuPaul is a proud momma! 

03/03/2012
We are about to watch &#8216;My Week with Marilyn&#8217; here in Trinoma and they have some sort of a raffle LOL Cheers for luck! :)

03/03/2012

We are about to watch ‘My Week with Marilyn’ here in Trinoma and they have some sort of a raffle LOL Cheers for luck! :)

"Bully" Trailer

My heart is breaking >_< I really hope to watch this film soon and it sucks that the MPAA gave it an ‘R’ rating. They are delusional to think that minors in general are not that filthy-mouthed. I know I have mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again —- I was also a victim of bullying in grade school, with my bag kicked and being pushed aside because I was different from all the other boys. Scarred me for life and made me worry about my niece and nephew. Coincidentally, my 7-year old nephew was sick for days and when he got back to school, his bully classmate punched him in his stomach. WTF?!?! I’m gonna pulverize that shit. JK

02/19/2012
This will be another hell week. Well, it will be just one hurdle, the second and final exam for my Thursday class. After that, no more half-day vacation leaves on Thursdays! We will also be submitting our final paper on the 28th and the semester for our IS 201 class will be over. That&#8217;s about a month earlier before the sem actually ends, but it&#8217;s okay. At least, I get to focus on my Saturday class more.
I&#8217;ve been looking for the documentary "Inside Job" online because I wanted to watch it. Our topic last Saturday was the global financial crisis and our professor mentioned the movie. I saw torrents online but not a lot of people were seeding (is that the correct term?). Good thing I was able to find one uploaded here:
http://www.theotherschoolofeconomics.org/?p=2499
I&#8217;m still on the first ten minutes and I&#8217;ve been praying for a faster internet connection! LOL So far, so good. After all, it did not win the Oscars for nothing! And Matt Damon was the narrator and that was a great bonus. =)
So what&#8217;s next for the neoliberal world order? I certainly and personally do not want a socialist system but the current system is cringe-worthy. So I&#8217;m confused. I have a laugh with the interviews of some of the important people in the movie because they were certainly skirting around the issue. LOL

02/19/2012

This will be another hell week. Well, it will be just one hurdle, the second and final exam for my Thursday class. After that, no more half-day vacation leaves on Thursdays! We will also be submitting our final paper on the 28th and the semester for our IS 201 class will be over. That’s about a month earlier before the sem actually ends, but it’s okay. At least, I get to focus on my Saturday class more.

I’ve been looking for the documentary "Inside Job" online because I wanted to watch it. Our topic last Saturday was the global financial crisis and our professor mentioned the movie. I saw torrents online but not a lot of people were seeding (is that the correct term?). Good thing I was able to find one uploaded here:

http://www.theotherschoolofeconomics.org/?p=2499

I’m still on the first ten minutes and I’ve been praying for a faster internet connection! LOL So far, so good. After all, it did not win the Oscars for nothing! And Matt Damon was the narrator and that was a great bonus. =)

So what’s next for the neoliberal world order? I certainly and personally do not want a socialist system but the current system is cringe-worthy. So I’m confused. I have a laugh with the interviews of some of the important people in the movie because they were certainly skirting around the issue. LOL

I’m living for this video! The three killed the performance, the costumes are amazing and the lizard outfit was insane! HAHAHA <3 Gay beyond gay! And fab beyond fab!!!

02/12/2012
So is this official then??!!!! Adele as the covergirl for US Vogue&#8217;s second most important issue of the year a.k.a. March 2012?!?!??! That&#8217;s 32 more pages from last year! YEY! Can&#8217;t wait to get my copy tomorrow if Fully Booked already has them on their shelves! Reminds me of Jennifer Hudson&#8217;s March 2007 cover &#8212;- my first ever Vogue magazine. &lt;3 And Jennifer swept the award season for &#8216;Dreamgirls' that time. Hoping for another sweep from Adele tonight at the Grammys! It's interesting that US Vogue puts non-skinny girls on their cover from time to time. And to top it off, they have shown her body! Most magazines just show her FACE alone, as in the case of UK Vogue. And honey&#8230; CLEAVAGE!?!?! BAM!
And R.I.P. to Whitney Houston. Sing with the angels now, girl&#8230;

02/12/2012

So is this official then??!!!! Adele as the covergirl for US Vogue’s second most important issue of the year a.k.a. March 2012?!?!??! That’s 32 more pages from last year! YEY! Can’t wait to get my copy tomorrow if Fully Booked already has them on their shelves! Reminds me of Jennifer Hudson’s March 2007 cover —- my first ever Vogue magazine. <3 And Jennifer swept the award season for ‘Dreamgirls' that time. Hoping for another sweep from Adele tonight at the Grammys! It's interesting that US Vogue puts non-skinny girls on their cover from time to time. And to top it off, they have shown her body! Most magazines just show her FACE alone, as in the case of UK Vogue. And honey… CLEAVAGE!?!?! BAM!

And R.I.P. to Whitney Houston. Sing with the angels now, girl…

 
The Iron Lady (2011)
★★★★/★★★★★
Of course, Meryl Streep is Meryl Streep. Some people might say that her 20-year Oscar drought (since Sophie&#8217;s Choice) should be followed immediately, but I have some reservations over her chances as Margaret Thatcher in this biopic. It&#8217;s not that she did not act excellently here, but Viola Davis did a slightly better job from &#8216;The Help&#8217;. If she should have gotten a follow-up Oscar, I think it would be from &#8216;The Devil Wears Prada&#8217; about 5 years ago. Meryl was amazing in this movie and Alexandra Roach, the actress who played the young Margaret, was also phenomenal. I had a history rush with this movie, particularly over the Falkland Wars and the Thatcherism she forwarded in the United Kingdom during her reign as Prime Minister.
It is an interesting way of making a film about the Iron Lady, as I initially expected it to be about her political life, with a hint of her beginnings. However, much of the film was devoted to her dementia, the constant presence (or was it hallucination?) of her husband Denis Thatcher (played by Jim Broadbent) and the constant flashbacks of her political life. After reading online articles criticizing the accuracy of Streep&#8217;s portrayal, I think that the artistic liberty taken by the director and screenwriters was not well-received. But to say the movie was total crass was taking it too far. I still think that this is a very good movie.

The Iron Lady (2011)

★★★★/★★★★★

Of course, Meryl Streep is Meryl Streep. Some people might say that her 20-year Oscar drought (since Sophie’s Choice) should be followed immediately, but I have some reservations over her chances as Margaret Thatcher in this biopic. It’s not that she did not act excellently here, but Viola Davis did a slightly better job from ‘The Help’. If she should have gotten a follow-up Oscar, I think it would be from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ about 5 years ago. Meryl was amazing in this movie and Alexandra Roach, the actress who played the young Margaret, was also phenomenal. I had a history rush with this movie, particularly over the Falkland Wars and the Thatcherism she forwarded in the United Kingdom during her reign as Prime Minister.

It is an interesting way of making a film about the Iron Lady, as I initially expected it to be about her political life, with a hint of her beginnings. However, much of the film was devoted to her dementia, the constant presence (or was it hallucination?) of her husband Denis Thatcher (played by Jim Broadbent) and the constant flashbacks of her political life. After reading online articles criticizing the accuracy of Streep’s portrayal, I think that the artistic liberty taken by the director and screenwriters was not well-received. But to say the movie was total crass was taking it too far. I still think that this is a very good movie.

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