biography · comedy · drama

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Where: the mall of LA
With: Mom, pangs, Miss P
Date of Viewing: Christmas 2013

Genre: biography, comedy, drama
Personal Blahs:
Watching this movies wasn’t part of the plan so I really had no idea what it was about. At the start of the movie, all I could think about is how I hate this lady! I have no idea who she was, but it was apparent that she was a miserable grouch. As the movie progressed, I learned that she was the author of the famous Mary Poppins. Mr. Walt Disney was so intent to buy her story that he would turn into a musical so as to keep a promise he made to his daughters. Mrs. Travers obviously didn’t want all of the ideas on her story was going to be shown to the public and made all unnecessary requests and comments enough to tick the crew and even Disney himself. In between the present occurrences, bits and pieces from Mrs. Travers life flickered on the screen; a trail of happy memories turned bitter by the weakened family ties during her childhood. She was a daddy’s girl and did everything to please him. He, in return, loved her, but was caught in the powerful grasp of alcoholism. I learned an important lesson while watching this movie. Sometimes, we become quick to judge people without bothering to know what might have caused it. The same was true for Mrs. Travers. I was quick to judge, but then the truth stood before me that all she wanted was for her father to be saved. We all have Mr. Banks in our lives – regrets, remorse which we need to let go before it consumes us to an endless void of bitterness.

Porter: Would you like me to unpack for you, ma’am?
P.L. Travers: Young man, if it is your wish to handle ladies’ undergarments, I suggest you take employment in a launderette.

My Rating: ★★★★★

adventure · animation · comedy

Frozen (2013)

Where: the mall of LA
With: Mom, pangs, Miss P
Date of Viewing: Christmas 2013

Genre: animation, adventure, comedy
Personal Blahs:
This movie made me feel the warmth of the holiday season ! The storyline was awesome! I love how the animation was made; it must have been a lot of work for the producers. But it paid of because people just can’t get over how much they enjoyed this movie. That snowman Olaf, he made awww all the time and to just once again delight in innocence and kind nature. I like how the traditional “act of love” was made different in this movie – it centered on the family. After all, it is in the family that we first learn how to love. Despite the cold weather, this movie melted my heart! And the question is, it is really possible for real life people to have a crush on animated characters? I think I know the answer too well! 😀

Olaf: [singing] Winter’s a good time to sit close and cuddle / But put me in summer and I’ll be a…
[pauses in front of a puddle]
Olaf: … happy snowman!

My Rating: ★★★★★

comedy · friendship · Movie · romance

Bride Wars (2009)

Where: at home
With: with Arianne
Date of Viewing: February 10, 2012

Genre: comedy, romance, friendship
Personal Blahs:
I’ve actually seen this film before, but decided to watch it again with my sister. We were looking for a funny chic flick with just a light leveled plot and this was just perfect. I too, am fascinated with weddings and I guess I would also like to make a big deal out of it. This was the case for best friends Liv and Emma, who dreamed of having the perfect wedding since they were kids. Competition started when both of them were to be married at the exact same day, and exact same place. Will their friendship be compromised just so they could achieve the wedding they have been looking forward to their whole lives?

My Rating: ★★★★

comedy · Movie · romance

Our Family Wedding (2010)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: February 08, 2012

Genre: romance, comedy
Personal Blahs:
Imagine finding the perfect partner and dreaming of the perfect wedding, only to find out that your family is set to ruin it? This is what Marcus and Lucia faced when they informed their family about their plans to settle down. Torn between romance and tradition, they are set to prove that “love conquers all”. Are you strong enough to stand up for this one person that you would want to be with throughout your life? Though the plot is mediocre, I still enjoyed taking part in the couple’s wedding plans and it seemed pretty fun to be planning for my own . I hope I would be as lucky as Lucia to find such a fine young man who would love me for me, and together we would face the future.

My Rating: ★★★★

biography · comedy · drama · Movie

Julie & Julia (2009)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: February 08, 2012

Genre: biography, drama, comedy
Personal Blahs:
This is the biography of two women who found joy over a common hobby – cooking. Julia Child enrolled in a cooking class despite being the only female student. Julie Powell, a huge fan of Julia, challenged herself to do all the recipes within a year – it being an “escape” from all the stress from her job, toxic friends, and the deal about the transferring in a place she doesn’t really like. I tried looking the original blog but I couldn’t find it, and found some other bloggers stating it no longer exists. I really find interest in cooking, but I don’t have the resources to cook. I’m more into baking and I wanted to get my hands on those recipes for desserts that they showed in the movie. This movie probably wants to make the audience realize that nothing is impossible with the help of our loved ones and a bit of inspiration from people we look up to. Of course there will times when we feel inadequate, and our frustration overpowers us. We tend to forget that there are people who love us in spite of all our weaknesses and we must pause to show them we care about them too. Although I’m not into Julie’s character (there were times I feel she was being a narcissistic brat ), I admire her strength for finishing the race. Bon appetite!

My Rating: ★★★★

adventure · comedy · Movie · romance · Uncategorized

Monte Carlo (2011)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: February 06, 2012

Genre: comedy, adventure, romance
Personal Blahs:
Ahhh Paris.. dubbed as the “City of Love” . The movie was supposedly shot at Paris, which Grace was looking forward to all her high school life. The trip was planned to be taken with her best friend Emma, a “dumb” blonde but because their parents’ insisted that the stepsister go along, they obliged. The plot was common and mediocre, with the theme of having an exact look-a-like taking the place of the other. Still, it was fun to see how all of them found love (in different ways) despite the problems they were facing. I wasn’t into the part where no justice was served, even though it was found out that Grace was an impostor. Obviously, the heiress was plain selfish and Grace was viewed to be all goody-goody, but the girls still did a bad thing – pretending to be who they weren’t! There should have been action undertaken for that. In the end, all three girls found the love of their lives – Emma, right where she belonged and realizing she had the best one all along; Meg, someone who helped her unburden all those feelings she kept with the death of her mother; and Grace, who understood that being different is not bad at all.

My Rating: ★★★★

adventure · animation · comedy · Movie

Rio (2011)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: February 02, 2012

Genre: animation, adventure, comedy
Two Cents:
One of my favorites! I really like the animation, the storyline, the characters! It was funny and romantic at the same time. Brazil looks awesome, and the carnival was so vibrant and full of colors. The background music complements to the movie. Also, this flick is full of lessons : courage, friendship, love, making the right choices. Truly for the family. It brings out the kid in me. 🙂 Highly recommended for young and old alike!

My Rating: ★★★★★