Kilig over Flipped (2010)

Thank God we have cable! Can you freaking imagine how I will survive with intermittent– more likely, zilth!– wifi signal in our dorm. So what happened during the past few days is that I found myself in front of the TV flicking between HBO and Star Movies.

Then I bumped into Flipped (2010). The story is quite funny and interesting. It brought me back to the sweet high school days of first love’s and puppy love’s. Not only Bryan Loski (played by Callan Mc Auliffe) is cute, the developing coming-of-age story is really really amazing. (You see, I’m grappling for words here since I could not find an exact translation of the Filipino word kilig. Maybe, I shall ask Anglophonism to find a word that nearly-touches the word).

I love the narration style. It was a good effective tool to know the thoughts of the two main characters. The good thing about the movie though is that it doesn’t have much of a plot. The story line mainly focuses on the development of the two characters– knowing their motives and rationalizing their actions. (Eep, I sound pretentiously technical here.) Sometimes one needs to watch things like this– a romantic comedy taken to another level.

This is a good movie. I suggest you watch Perks of Being A Wallflower first, then watch this one right after. They seem to balance each other. (Which makes me remember that I did not share how such a mess I was watching Perks).

The Help and Racism: A quick trip to memory lane

I recently reposted an article in Facebook about how racist Filipinos can get. It has been my observation how most of us take one’s complexion against someone. The scenario is more often than not is like this: Here enters a person with a darker complexion and then flies the insults.

Yes, I take this quite personally as I used to be taunted for having a darker complexion. No, I do not have foreign blood, it’s just my complexion is darker than what my high school classmates deem as beautiful. I get taunted for being dark for now apparent reason. Yes, I do get that they did that jokingly and I was never in a meltdown because of that, but nevertheless, I have to admit that it hurt me.

Maybe that is the reason why I am quite sensitive when it comes to racism. I have a keen ear for spotting a racist statement. Once I was in a meeting, our trainer introduced one of the big boss of the company, of Filipino descent, then as soon as he left, he commented that it is quite surprising to have him as a boss since we were in a multi-national company. I called foul that moment, but then again, it was not given much attention.

So here I am watching, The Help and I empathize with Aibileen and Minny. It is horrible to see how a bigot society can demoralize a particular race in this case. I remember watching Amistad when I almost threw up watching how the slaves were eating. It’s the way how discrimination dehumanizes a particular person that makes it really really depressing. If it wasn’t for Minny, I may have been crying right now.

The Help touched my heart, not because I want to dramatize my supposed taunted days back in high school but because the story was portrayed without any dramas at all. It may not be that raw, but you get the sense of truth at every scene. I do need a movie like this once in a while… and I think it was a good watch.

PS: How stupid Hilly is not knowing how shit smells?

Suck of Ages?

I love musicals. I love Don’t Stop Believing. I love Catherine Zeta Jones. Tom Cruise is freaking hot. But, there is this thing with Rock of Ages that I almost walked out of the theater.

Rock of Ages. Starring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta Jones, Mary J Blige, Jullianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti and Russel Brand

I have a thing with undeveloped characters and RoA is so full of it. Unmotivated and barely established, it seems to me that RoA’s characters are just floating around the senseless plot. I have not seen the musical itself but judging the movie itself, it betrayed my high expectations for this musical. Again, I have been fooled with the casting and it led me to spend 200 pesos for an un-entertaining film.

Another thing is that the songs were just there for the sake of having them in the movie. Unlike Mamma Mia where the songs are actually seamed with the story, RoA characters sing their song without any apparent reason.

Well, now I know. Besides Snow White and the Huntsman, RoA is sure to land as one of the 2012 Flops– no doubt about that. It should definitely be read as Suck of Ages.

PS: Alec Baldwin and Russel Brand’s kiss did not help