The Beasts of the Southern Wild is the beast you love.

Yes Beauty, this is the one.

I haven’t seen Amour yet, but I guess out of all those nominated for Best Picture this is the one I like most.

The Beasts of the Southern Wild is so dirty that I like it. Watching it stresses me out yet makes me feel so good.

It is actually because it’s giving me a schadenfreude moment – that feeling of goodness I feel for myself because others feel bad. But that’s not to say I’m not sympathetic.

No seriously, it’s because Beasts has the freshest perspective of all. I know it is artsy borderline pretentious but it has one nice point of view.

The indie film treatment at the start just looks quite annoying.

And I so love Quenvezhane Wallis.

That’s all.

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Argo Fact Yourself

The opening spells much of those from Marvel, or from that atrocious Victorian parody Your Highness. We see scene sketches amid the subtle sordid voice-over.

And there went scenes from the Iranian civil war. I thought this won an Oscar for best picture so maybe they’re pulling off another Schindler.

But no, we’re taken to an embassy in 1979.

And then we see tight shots of conversations.We understand everything because the premise is laid early on.

Affleck understood that he is dealing with a tight material that the audience needs to know where this movie is going early on. Unlike those people behind Cloud Atlas who seemed not to care.

Affleck wanted his viewers to understand. And so we did.

Those scenes at the airport was scarier than a Japanese horror movie.

Yet as soon as they got on the plane. I knew Affleck would not blow this thing off.

I just thought some wigs were quite bad. That’s all.

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Oscars Forecast: Rowing Rooster’s Favorites

It’s the Oscars season! I can’t believe I’m too phony to have said that but it’s true! And I haven’t seen all Best Picture nominated movies yet. Which is good coz it means I’m not addicted yet! Yay!

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BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

  1. Amour | Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, Producers
  2. Argo | Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild | Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
  4. Django Unchained | Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
  5. Les Misérables | Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
  6. Life of Pi | Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
  7. Lincoln | Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
  8. Silver Linings Playbook | Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
  9. Zero Da rk Thirty | Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers

Truth is of these nine, I’ve seen four of these only. And have reviewed them. And that’s Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty. So I’d narrow my guess to these four.

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Based on freshness and boxoffice performance, I’d give the Oscar nod to… Django Unchained. Close second is Les Miserables. Life of Pi comes next, then Zero Dark Thirty.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

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  1. Anna Karenina | Seamus McGarvey
  2. Django Unchained | Robert Richardson
  3. Life of Pi | Claudio Miranda
  4. Lincoln | Janusz Kaminski
  5. Skyfall | Roger Deakins

Of these five, I’ve seen three. That’s Anna Karenina, Django Unchained and Life of Pi.

Based on awesomeness, I’d give the Oscar nod to… (No sweat, it’s so easy!) Life of Pi! Second is Anna Karenina. Third is Django Unchained.

PRODUCTION DESIGN

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  1. Anna Karenina [Production Design: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer]
  2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Production Design: Dan Hennah, Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright]
  3. Les Misérables [Production Design: Eve Stewart, Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson]
  4. Life of Pi [Production Design: David Gropman, Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock]
  5. Lincoln [Production Design: Rick Carter, Set Decoration: Jim Erickson]

Of these five, I’ve seen three. That’s Anna Karenina, Les Miserables and Life of Pi.

Based on ingenuity and awesomeness, I’d give the Oscar nod to Les Miserables! Anna Karenina then Life of Pi.

SOUND EDITING

  1. Argo. Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn.
  2. Django Unchained. Wylie Stateman.
  3. Life of Pi. Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton.
  4. Skyfall. Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers.
  5. Zero Dark Thirty. Paul N.J. Ottosson.

Of these five, I’ve seen three. That’s Django Unchained, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty.

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Based on sounds that are apropos and don’t bore, I’d give the Oscar nod to Zero Dark Thirty! Django Unchained then Life of Pi.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  1. Jessica Chastain. Zero Dark Thirty.
  2. Jennifer Lawrence. Silver Linings Playbook.
  3. Emmanuelle Riva. Amour.
  4. Quvenzhané Wallis. Beasts of the Southern Wild.
  5. Naomi Watts. The Impossible.

Of these five, I’ve seen two fantastic performances. That’s  from Chastain of Zero and Watts of Impossible.

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Based on role’s difficulty and the actress’ intensity, I’d give the nod to Naomi Watts!

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  1. Amy Adams. The Master.
  2. Sally Field. Lincoln.
  3. Anne Hathaway. Les Misérables.
  4. Helen Hunt. The Sessions.
  5. Jacki Weaver. Silver Linings Playbook.

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I’ve seen one performance and that’s enough. My hero the ANNE HATHAWAY deserves and OSCAR!!!

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The Impossible: Either they live or die stars do shine.

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Two boys and an old woman sit below the stars on the night of the tragic tsunami that swept Thailand in 2004.

“Some of the stars have been burned out for a long long time. Did you know that?”

“They’re dead, aren’t they?”

“They’re dead, but once they were so bright that their light is still travelling through space. We could still see them!”

“How can you tell which ones are dead and which ones are not?”

‘No you can’t. It’s impossible… It’s a beautiful mystery, isn’t it?”

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The Impossible is a heart-breaking tale of love for family. It shows innate traits of generosity and kindness in people that come across cultures, despite the severity of situations that arise.

Naomi Watts was outstanding in here. Her eyes are enough to feel her hurt. Her whimpering is bullet to the ears. You feel her character’s longing for her lost husband and children. Actually she could pass as her children’s older sister or something.

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Ewan McGregor and the children look adorable too. Actually the lead stars are too cute, you’d never want to make them feel hurt or something.

The movie excels much on its exposition of the main happenings of a tsunami. That tsunami scene sweeping the beachfront and tearing down palm trees was so gruesome; I guess you’d have seen horror on my face. That was some genius production there.

That dream right at the climax was gripping. I could never imagine myself surviving amid high waters with metal bars and wires and posts and all. The visuals was stunning. Realism achieved. The montage of harsh underwater visuals makes every heart pound.

If there’s one thing I could opt to improve on, it’s on how this movie solicits sympathy more than it really needs. The cast has played their parts well already; we see enough reasonable histrionic moments from them. If the direction rather have toned down a bit on its music score, and made some scenes subtler, I would have appreciated the movie better. You know that sequence in every drama where one person’s looking for the other, the camera focuses on him, strides to and fro to make the effect of bewilderedness and desperation, then the camera zooms out to a wide expanse with lots of people, then the camera focuses on the other person, then the other person  makes a scene or something, then the other person recognizes the other through his voice or his silhouette or something, then they end up with a slow-motion grand hug and kisses scene.

Alright, it’s heart-warming and all, but there’s a way subtler and more committal. After all, I’ve had enough of pensive, histrionic flairs from Les Mis so I guess I’m a bit bitter lately to these kinds of stuff.

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Other than that, I think The Impossible is a great family drama.

More than anything else, I think this movie is a tribute to the survivors and the ones departed from the tragic event; and a reminder that their light still shines from the stars.

Life of Pi (3D) puts the seas and the heavens right before your eyes.

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Life of Pi is the first 3D movie I liked.

Not that I’ve watched much 3D movies in theatres; I may have just watched two 3D Shreks and some other stuff. But Life of Pi, among all others, makes the whole 3D experience worth every penny.

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Life of Pi excels much on its animation and post-production. I don’t exactly know anything about those but I could see true hardwork to make this movie work.

I swear if you could have been with us at the theatre when we watched it, you’d never want to get identified ever in your life.

A mate and I were like those early audiences of cinema in the 1800s – so afraid of the silent running train before their very eyes.

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As for us, we were kind of scared Richard Parker would eat us alive, or that we’d drown in the Pacific, or that we’d soak wet in the roaring tides of the storm, or that we’d get lost with the stars in space, or that we’d get stuck in the carnivorous island, or that we’d get a bite from the hyena, or that we’d be Moby Dick-ing or something with a whale in the ocean.

Life of Pi has very powerful visuals. Watching it on theater was an experience!

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As for the story, I do respect religious beliefs but I am at a point where I get quite critical with materials using religious drivels.

As much as I appreciate how the story is interpreted visually, I think the writing was quite formulaic.

The premise of One God and religious traditions was rather interesting, yet I think it needs to be more sublime as I find it quite expository-preachy, needs more kick (which I really don’t know how it could be done), and not just rely on making the whole gimmick cute (what with a child having multiple religions).

This means that I don’t buy the premise that one’s multiplicity in religious beliefs is by sheer simple choice or some metaphysical perspective of sort.

There must be a deeper reason – like introspective conflicts, big break-ups, or some Eat, Pray and Love drama of sort.

And so, if this movie has some problems in it, I think it’s in its attempt to take on big subjects as religion and trying to attack them with simple cute premises.

I know it was a minor part of the story but it kind of drove or set the tone of the whole thing. I would have wanted some street bad-ass Tarantino-esque harshness to cut the subtlety and the Ocean Park Adventure of this.  (Or maybe I’m just feeling a bit bitter as a gourd lately that’s why.)

Nonetheless, Life of Pi is one of the most enjoyable films I’ve watched on theatre. Kind of made me miss dipping by the seashore. Never with a tiger though.

Zero Dark Thirty plays Counter Strike.

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It’s not stereotyping the movie’s military antics as some RPG or arcade game or anything, it just feels like one.

Well for starters, Zero Dark Thirty has some interesting detective-like, military intelligence-like narrative going on, with the exposition set through a female agent who has got some serious balls.

She just can’t wait to get the thing done. Well if you’re someone working on something that’s taking you more than getting a college degree then that’s worth the impatience.

The writing was good, although I’ve read some article before that’s more gripping than the perspective presented here in Zero.

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Zero banks on its heroine, played by Jessica Chastain who’s one of my newest heroes since The Help, and it’s quite interesting actually.

I understand that through her the exposition of intelligence methods and tactics and all are done so, there.

Going back to Jessica Chastain, I really think she’s good, and the nomination she deserves. Chastain is simply brilliant; she plays relatively a wide range of characters.

She could be tough, vulnerable, charming, never too sassy, and ends up looking very appropriate whatever that means.

I understand where public opinion stating distaste for the movie’s stance on torture as intelligence method is.

For me, the movie is serious and tackles the subject torture with passivity.

Although we see Chastain’s character slightly abashed by the proceedings, she still does it as she thinks it’s pertinent to get things done.

I think it’s where the problem is: the heroine isn’t a real phony who cries much or introspects for having done a ridiculous act of torture just to get the job done.

Had she been singing like Hugh Jackman in Les Mis for every phony misdeed she does, then the movie could have been cleared of such ‘torture’ allegations. Or nope?

As for me, I really enjoyed the night vision territorial intercept going on in the last hour.

That scene where they intercept the subject’s territory and they’re geared and all. That was cool.

Darn I miss Counter Strike. Not that I used to play much of it.

Les Miserables (2012) is the histrionic granny you love.

The title says it all.

To me, Les Miserables (2012) is this old woman you know from a care-home for the elderly. You went there for immersion, or maybe a field-trip for Literature class, or maybe some social responsibility event at work. Then you approach this woman, who at a moment isn’t lucid, and sees you as somebody from her past. She talks to you about her experiences – saying sorry for leaving you, how some event wrought her life, taken everything else she’s had, yet still managed to end victorious. You’re not that phony, alright, of course you were bored, extremely bored to boot. But you appreciate it. You were sympathetic, and she made you think how it must be for you to be old. And then, she stops talking, sleeping peacefully by her seat.

WARNING: BITTERGOURD AHEAD: Why Les Mis doesn’t work for some

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I understand why Les Mis doesn’t work much to some people. I believe this is a material worth-seeing yet needs some preparation. It cannot be a material that you go in the theater, you get a grasp of everything in the plot.

The novel to which this movie is based is by Leo Tolstoy who showed a rather complex depiction of a society under and in efforts to break a monarchy. If the viewer wants to see a more straightforward approach to Tolstoy’s material, the 1998 version kind of works. Liam Neeson, the Taken guy, was Jean Valjean. I cannot lie, I haven’t seen it yet, but a friend told me it’s quite complementary for the understanding of Les Mis (2012) for those who haven’t read the novel yet.

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Les Mis (2012) is actually a movie adaptation of the musical theater Les Miserables. Having watched on film the 2010 Les Miserable Concert at some hotshot theater in London, I believe it was the same material. The film may have had some revisions with sequencing and had cut some parts, yet I believe this movie adaptation has no mean feat with writing. This is a movie made first for the fans of the musical theater and the general audience are secondary.

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This is not to put prejudice on the work of McIntosh and company, but rather to recognize the fact of how grand his work is, that a great deal of omission and simplification diminishes its effect. This is to say, I like the musical theater Les Mis, I love it so much I do have a run of the songs once a month since October last year. However, maybe given more time to have thought things over, a more apropos, more succulent movie adaptation for this musical theater may have made things more coherent.

More so, a musical doesn’t quite work for some due to its nature. A musical must be appreciated for its smooth transition of songs, its melodies and writing. Realism should be dismissed a bit. One time, I’ve heard of this story about some guy commenting while watching Les Mis: “You better shut up Jean. You’d wake Cosette up.”  In this case, the non-appreciation rests on the viewer for not being acquainted of the genre.

HOORAY: UNICORNS AND CUPCAKES: Praises and why Les Mis works

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I love how Tom Hooper, director of Les Mis, took on the visuals. It was so dirty yet stunning! Everything’s so untidy I wanted to get some wipes and bleach and just scrub everything on screen. I don’t know anything about cinematography but I’d say the screen looks delicious. It’s like looking through some old photographs, faces and friends you’d always remember… Hahaha, sorry that’s from a song. (Jose Mari Chan’s Perfect Christmas)

Production design (if I my assumptions are correct, involves the furniture, the buildings, the rooms, the alleys, and all) was so pretty! I can’t live there but I it’s a sight you’d want to take a peek in person. I want to be at Cosette’s room! Cosette’s garden! The Bishop’s church was so nice I’d like to spend some silent moments there. The Goth tower of some sort where Javert stood below the night sky was awesome.

AND THE ACTING!!!!!!!

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Anne Hathaway for the win! If you’re reading this, and you’re part of the Academy, please give her an Oscar, please please please!

She’s my ultimate hero! That ‘I dreamed a dream’ moment she had was the HIGHLIGHT of the film! That was the core of what the movie was about! It was by far the best rendition of that song ever! Not to discount previous efforts of my other heroes Lea Salonga and Susan Boyle of course, but come to think of it, no other rendition would make me cry like some decrypt faucet in a hundred years. Only that of the Hathaway! The Hathaway! Anne Hathaway! Period.

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And there’s my favorite Potter villainous witch Bellatrix Lestrange, no other than Mrs. Burton, Helena Bonham-Carter herself! Oh, how lovely and villainous she was. I still haven’t recovered from being too giggly on her Dark Shadows role as some kick-ass psychiatrist. And here she is, all bitchy and charming as the snooty Mrs. Thenadiere!

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And, and, and, there’s the funniest potty-mouth of all, The Dictator Ala-deen himself, Sacha Baron Cohen! I like how he’s all quite controlled and reserved yet not totally besides himself here in Les Mis. He and Ms. Bonham-Carter light up the screen. I COULD FEEL THE ELECTRICITY! Yay!

I have reservations with Wolverine, Hugh Jackman. His Jean Valjean to me was fine. I just don’t like how he comes across as too pensive at most times. I think there’s a way to be better though. But we’d have to give it to him for handling an almost three-hour movie. With pensive moments.

Let’s forget Russel Crowe did this. I haven’t seen the Gladiator but I heard he was good there, so there. But wait, was he the genius Math guy from A Beautiful Mind? So there.

And yeah, Amanda Seyfried, the Cosette, gets to be pretty again.

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DiCaprio does it with rhythm.

We’ve liked DiCaprio as Jack of course. I know you’d care not to die in the Atlantic. There’s him as the sinister schoolboy gone hotshot financial fraudster in Catch Me If You Can. But I do remember him most especially as the radical teenage poet in a fictionalized homosexual relationship in Total Eclipse. And after some research, I find it quite crazy to realize that the poet lover he was with in the film was played by David Thewlis. The Remus Lupin guy in Potter!

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As a fan, there’s something I’ve noticed about Leonardo. I’m thinking, that for the past years, he kind of perfected the formula, that now he’s always recognizable as DiCaprio the actor rather than DiCaprio as a character. It’s weird or maybe I am weird but that’s how I feel. This could mean that each character he plays has that same patented DiCaprio face twitch and paced speaking.  Or maybe, this is a conscious effort and I don’t know, maybe the characters he’s into lately goes in some same identical wave that’s just why. Nonetheless, it’s no doubt he’s a great actor and he comes up as engaging in every bit of movie he does.

And so, let’s run down DiCaprio’s great movies, shall we?

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In J. Edgar, he played the life of a lawyer who revolutionized crime investigation in the world by institutionalizing the FBI. As a prime mover in the highly macho man’s world, he fought his queer inclinations, insecurities from work, and death threats. You know what’s there? That same patented DiCaprio face twitch and paced speaking.

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In Shutter Island he was a former soldier during the Holocaust stuck in a penitentiary for mentally-ill patients for killing his family. He was set-up for observation to see if his medication was making him better. He played pretend, knew of the scheme in the end, the doctors saw no improvement, so eventually he got into vivisection – a head surgery- of whom nobody survives.

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In Inception he was an architect skilled in some sort of mental espionage useful for intelligence operations. Let him speak with Ariadne.

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In Revolutionary Road, he was a persistent advertising guy and family man. He was at conflict with his wife who wanted to pursue the free-spirited young mindset they had back when they were still dating. He disagrees in starting over pending his promotion at work, and insists on continuing their lives and the birth of their child to the dismay of his wife who wants the child aborted. Listen to him in confrontations with his wife.

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In Django Unchained, he’s a rich asshole who abuses Black guys. Interesting.

But that’s always the reason why top-billed actors are hired. Most often story ideas are made with actors to play in mind, or there are stories specifically crafted for them. DiCaprio always comes across interesting as an actor. Yet I think in every creative process like acting, it helps to innovate a formula.

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Anna Karenina (2012) has the prettiest clothes on Earth!

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Anna Karenina is the mother of cheating-among-the-rich stories we know of today.

Not that I’ve read Tolstoy’s novel in full, I’ve just had a chapter or two before. I don’t remember exact scenes but I know the feeling – grand and all the frivolities of the rich combined. Tolstoy tells in Anna how a young bored Russian leader’s wife goes crazy in love with a delicious rich young man whom she met back at her brother’s hometown. The irony is, it all started out as her being some guardian angel saving her brother’s marriage yet she ended up as some nobody’s wife and a partner to a young man who can’t stand by her fully. Her good husband divorces her, she leaves her son and he doesn’t give her custody nor visiting rights, she’s the talk of society’s bitches, her young lover considers what his mother wants for him – a widow and a “child”, and she can’t take all the shit that’s happening so she stepped on the railway a moving train ahead of her.

Screenplay is true to Tolstoy’s material I guess, and I don’t know if the movie-in-a-theatre attack worked for me. I haven’t seen other Anna movies but I guarantee this one is fresh. It’s interesting actually.

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Scenes are framed in theatres. Horses in a theatre. A garden maze of some sort in a theatre. Pretty weeds in a theatre. Railways in theatre. It’s insane. But there are of course scenes envisioned outdoors.
This particular attack I think affected the effect on emotions of the material. There are scenes where Anna (Keira Knightley) comes across as raw, pretty and vulnerable, yet you get distracted by how artificial and flashy everything’s going on around her you eventually feel nothing.

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And of course the actors. For the movies of 2012, I think this movie makes its lead actors the luckiest for being able to portray the prettiest creatures of 2012, except for Jude Law. Keira Knightley is astonishing as Anna. She gets to wear the prettiest clothes. I realized how pretty her hair was. Dig dig dig. And of course, Count Vronsky himself, Aaron Johnson-Taylor, was so beautiful he looked way better in here. And Jude Law was rather unfortunate to be all ancient, wrinkled and unshaved; but I’ve got to give it to Jude Law for a spectacular display of restraint of an aching yet dignified cheated husband.

But I think this movie’s strongest point is absolutely in its costumes. The prettiest ever in 2012.

Django Unchained is my funny dose of something serious!

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What do we get with Quentin Tarantino? We’ve got the same guy who made Inglorious Basterds and other great movies I should still get to see, so we get something seriously funny from him. It’s quite lame actually to conclude what sort of films Quentin makes with just Inglorious and Django for bases, but I know the man has some way to make his audience laugh with some serious subjects while juicing out the phony without getting rid of the phony parts. Get it?

I really find Django Unchained sheer Quentin-ly genius. The guy makes use of the genre Spaghetti Western, the stuff I used to see as a kid from VHS tapes in the 90s with guys in cowboy hats and khakis and corduroys on horses they call chariots and with the soundtrack reminiscent of Tom Jones or more commonly the stuff we hear here in GenSan on the radio on Sundays like Quando Quando Quando and My My Delilah!

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Django Unchained is insane! The movie starts with this very funny soundtrack sung ala Tom Jones or maybe another guy who can sing insane high notes. It’s really Sunday radio torture! Hahaha!
Well of course, the movie talks about some African Americans as slaves in some era in the past. Django used to be a slave at some hotshot family’s plantation who ran off yet was caught and became another person’s slave. As they were transported, a dentist-slash-bounty hunter buys him, kills his previous master, and trains him as his sidekick. He learns the rules and when one day asked of what he wanted to do, he told the bounty hunter guy he wanted to free his wife whom he had left in the plantation. Boss bounty hunter devises a scheme, yet he gets killed in the end. Django got caught and off to have become a slave again. Yet he’s crazily smarter now than before so he outsmarts the badder guys, kills them, rescues his wife from the plantation, kills the other guys there, and blows the mansion up. He ends up doing tricks with his horse and they live happily ever after as husbandy and wifey.

The script was funny and unapologetic. The hell with pleasantries. I really don’t speak good English nor could I understand too well, so I quite had a hard time with the colloquial speak. But I got the tone and they were again funny, mean and rather harsh. Just the way I like it.
The bounty hunter guy was rather weird to have freed up a black guy to become his sidekick. Well as a character I kinda got his weirdness: he got his motive of having someone as a sidekick, the hell would it matter if he’s black? A black sidekick kills as much as a white sidekick given the same training. Plus white sidekicks may ask for more bounty. More importantly, what’s with all these atrocities with color? And since Leonardo’s character who owns the plantation and master of Django’s wife needs to be hunted for some bounty, why not shoot two birds with one stone? So it makes sense: kill Leonardo’s character for bounty and to rescue Django’s wife.

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We see great performances from Mr. Bounty Hunter which I do not remember the name of the actor. The Django actor was good too. At first he was a silent slave, and when he was freed, he was dignified and potty-mouthed, no remorse whatsoever. The wife actress, which I know is Kelly Washington, was fantastic. All the time the acting was on the eyes. She had the eyes of the oppressed whose dignity’s still intact. We know she has a secret and no mean master could take that away from her. And of course Leonardo diCaprio plays Leonardo in tuxedo and with an accent. The actor who played his butler was good good good I hated him all throughout coz he was so mean to them protagonists. He got killed either way.

And of course, Django with its crazy soundtrack also has great great blues parts and great raps. YO!!

And my favorite element: it’s how the blood spurts out when it hits every bloody body! It’s crazy! The blood boils then spurts!
I give the Oscar to Quentin for original screenplay for this. Bloody genius. And maybe best actor for Django the actor. Maybe supporting actor for the dentist slash bounty hunter. I don’t know about Best Picture but maybe fingers-crossed, maybe.

‘Pitch Perfect’ is my comfort movie #1!

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*All media belong to the producers of the film. Dear blogger Rooster doesn’t own anything. 🙂 Thanks to Universal for being sport. 🙂

Know what a comfort movie is? It’s like comfort food, only it’s a movie. It’s a movie I could watch when I feel nothing or when I’m lonely, then I’m happy. I’d like to think my old comfort movie is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 because I used to watch it when I get depressed coz there’s nothing else good to watch on my inventory. But now, yes it’s freaking Pitch Perfect.

Know what this movie is? Pitch Perfect is this movie where A Cappella Singing is like Cheerdance for gays and gals, or as football for Estelle’s American boys, or as basketball for Pinoys. You get it? Or, Pitch Perfect is this movie where A Cappella Singing is hip; it’s like a sport for nerds yet they aren’t too doomed they come quite cool actually. So you see, there’s much A Cappella singing of quite cool songs, great arrangements, great vocals, great choreography, and this whole mix of wicked wit and humor and all. It’s perfect actually. Like it’s amazing, it’s just amazing, to quote this night DJ from Killerbee.

Well, I’ve known first of this movie from Cheyenne. She was bugging me of how great this movie is. She was singing “I saw the sign” like the Philippine National Anthem and I took this a great sign that I should really watch this damn movie. And not just that, she had all the great songs so she shared them with me, and what bought me really was this “Just A Dream xxx Just the way you are” mash-up. IT WAS SO COOL EVEN JUST HEARING IT. Suddenly I got depressed coz how could I have missed watching this gem before others did. But it was okay coz I watched it either way later on. I got my copy from Janine who is my classmate that I remember when I got my copy from her she had Ana’s speaker (who’s also my classmate) so we could watch the musical numbers while blaring the corridors at lunch.

Anyway, I’ll hit my favorite parts:

1.    THE GREATEST PUKE EVER!!!
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Okay I’d presume you’ve watched it.

Remember that very first scene before the names and waves would swipe as their sort of introduction? You know there are these announcers and these women about to sing and they sang after the beep and then the one in front pukes? Hahaha, it was funny!

I don’t remember puking like that in my life but I had some gross moments like that. I remember I was feverish for some time before I was so weak I did vomit too so gross I can tell. Then I felt my throat quite sore, my stomach sour, and my eyes teary.

But I think it’s quite cool you know. I’m like Sam in Perks! I wanna have Bulimia but I surely am a BULIMIST!!! I believe in Bulimia!!!!

2.    WE WELCOME THE FAT AMY!!!!
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Remember that scene at the fair with Fat Amy? Well Fat Amy is introduced as a character you know. By the way the actress was Rebel Wilson. Wikipedia says she’s an Australian actress, writer and producer who loved Mathematics in high school, studied law and arts (theatre and performance) in college, got malaria while in South Africa after stationed there for some scholarship, and had hallucinations of herself winning an Oscar’s best actress trophy!! So then she decided to be an actress!

Anyway, Fat Amy was hilarious coz she did these crazy things while matching the pitch. She said she was the best singer in Tazmania with a “T”!!!

3.    SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE AUDITIONS!!!!
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Cynthia Rose, our lessy friend, auditions first droping a zoom-zoom-zoom-zoom-zoom beat!!! Then, who would have thought she was an amazing belter after all! Then the wack continues with other auditionees whom Simon wouldn’t give a Yes had it been X Factor, go watch again!!!!

4.      THAT CHEESEBALL ABOUT MOVIESS!!!

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Remember that scene where the Loverboy who I did not bother search for the name or didn’t get the name but I’d call him Loverboy here, joins Becca on the grass he tosses these films E.T., the Breakfast Club etc. coz he says these movies have the best movie scores and he wants to be a movie scorer one day? Well it was an interesting sight you see. The lines were utter cheeseballs but they were great! I won’t do my research coz it’s tiring and it’s cuter what I have in mind:

Loverboy: “What the hell is wrong with you? Not liking movies is like not liking puppies!”
Becca: “Movies are fine. They just bore me, I just can’t make it to the end.”

5.    YOU SPINNING MY HEAD RIGHT ROUND RIGHT ROUND!

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That was one great number from the Treblemakers!

4.    FAT AMY GOT HIT!!!
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Fat Amy pumps up gas and the bad boys of Treblemakers see the Bellas’ bus. The lead vocalist says hey that’s Fat Amy I’d attack her with a burrito!!  Fat Amy gets hit, acts up so hurt but don’t worry coz Cynthia Rose rescues her. Hahaha. Fat Amy is such a homophobe she recovered in split second just not to get resuscitated by Cynthia.

5.    PRACTICE IN THE NIGHT!!!!
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That “ Just a Dream XXX Just the way you” are mash up was the best coz there’s just a dream in there!!

6.    FINALE SONGS!!!!
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Of course the treble makers need to be the loser in the end coz the Barden Bellas need to win! For them to lose lead vocalist who’s funny and fat goes to do backup vocals for John Mayer, hangs up and does not join the Trebles for the Nationals. So Becca’s Loverboy does lead, and they hire a new Treble, it’s the Star Wars-slash-Magician nerdie! Boy nerdie can sing I reassessed my loathe for that Magic in Me song. I didn’t really loathe the song before the movie actually just that I got the song in my list for a long time that I’ve heard it over and over since high school and we all know high school isn’t a perfect era of our lives.

But I won’t spoil the fun. Back to fun.

WOOOOOOWWWW BARDEN BELLAS!!!!! That’s ten songs in one number!!! SPELL TACKY!!! T-A-C-K-Y!!! And it was GREAAAAAAAAT!!!! I loved it.

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I love my comfort movie Pitch Perfect. Let’s go watch it again.