A Lone State

A year and a half ago I stumbled on what is still one of my favorite silent shorts and I’m revisiting it. If you watch it, you’ll find it isn’t so silent after all. The only words uttered in the voice message in the beginning leaves a painful spell that remains long after anything is ever said. It nudges most who are familiar with this kind of feeling, a feeling unsure of what it is and what it can be as it changes minute by minute. The film rests on these changing internal tides where accepted solitude is constant. Backed up by a new retro inspired score, my favorite specifically being Video Dreams by Haunt, it explores the varying emotional states of heartbreak that turns into a stabilizing peace. He doesn’t seem lonely to me, just alone and as is with having nowhere to be with nobody else. But I can sense his state of missing.

The frustrated com arts major in me would’ve liked to work on a project quite like this one. If not for the unique play on music, it was a treat to the eyes more than anything. Viktor Pakpour’s cinematography is subtle in his panorama but particular with his setting. His color choices almost look surreal in the day then alternates with a relatable rawness in the evening which wonderfully capture the boredom and beauty in “life goes on”.

It’s not romantic, it’s the anti-romantic but especially artistic take on the reality of solitude today. I do enjoy taking romantic trips to convenient stores on my own too, does that count? I don’t live in the US but if this looks nothing like the high soaring American dream, this might just be the high point of its opposite in fact. He’s lost and he doesn’t mind, and this looks to me and obviously Victor Pakpour as one of the nicer places to go missing. We live in a pressing time wherein so many of us are actually being missed and missing the other, but always surrounded by the wrong crowds among things.

The six and a half minute short is like a trip back in time to my favorite decade, the 80s with hints of the 90s. I’m almost jealous because it’s hard to find yourself comfortably alone in the cross between what we’re never sure is suburbia or a mega city anymore. This is an acceptable form of withdrawal he was almost forced into by his situation, and he’s taking it rather chill, rather well if I might add. He does it in style. It’s interesting to note that he never once brought out his phone to connect to the past or to the far off others unlike all proper young adults living out realities posted online or y’know, it didn’t happen. And it looks like he can’t be bothered to. This film reminds me of the times I found myself under one of the sky’s many pastel hues despite being remotely removed from the side of the world I’d rather be in, and for a minute I can’t be bothered to as well.

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Ever seen The Devil Wears Prada? I saw it a few times when it first came out and as a partly tomboyish 12 year old girl with a fairly stylish mom seated next to me, I didn’t bother grasping the whole story. I thought I got what I needed to know. Someone like Anne Hathaway’s Andy, someone I knew from dorky to princess on Princess Diaries, could go from badly dressed to Paris Fashion Week, with a little patience and a good eye.

Now on its 10th anniversary, I want to watch the movie again. It seems relevant because I too assume I want to become a serious journalist, like the demanding devil’s right hand set out for bigger things outside the industry she first looked down on with her new sense of confidence and perhaps what you could call style. But there’s more to story than the underling growing up and out, changing through a very staged 2006 wardrobe that’s nevertheless fascinating to see. Rachel Lubitz writes just a few days ago How, In One Monologue, The Devil Wears Prada Nailed the Cultural Appropriation Issue.

Before you try to immerse yourself in an industry or culture, or mock it while appearing to embrace it (like Andy), learn the history. Because, after all, in fashion, a blue sweater is not just a blue sweater, but the result of many different people working very hard to give you something exciting. Every garment has a story.

Have a little respect.

To Madison, Streep’s monologue was the lightbulb. What Priestley is doing in that scene, essentially, is exposing how dismissive and unknowledgeable Andy is of the culture she’s taking part in — a culture that she previously viewed as frivolous.

So many of us, me included, have that tendency to view certain industries as frivolous, don’t we? Yet one way or another we all partake in them.

Despite how much of serious (still not straight news but I guess features and lifestyle) journalism I thought I had to be a part of, a part of me still looks to the left every now and then. The fashion industry repels the side of me that works under the motion that I have to do something sensible with my degree. Ironically I’ve written two final papers about philosophy and fashion, haha. Maybe it repels my face that never looks good in makeup for more than two hours and can’t stand on heels for three. There is however a quite as large side of me that’s drawn to fashion beyond its aesthetic appeal. Though I’ll never be a slave to it like my mom warned and how some of the characters in the film have shown, who knows? I might hate to love and love to hate working in it if I choose to strut into that direction for a change.

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*Here’s another 10th anniversary related opinion article about the film. It criticizes the film but I think moreover, it shoots down the many assumptions people have about how they think the film should be as oppose to letting it just be. 

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It’s been so long because I lost track of consistently jotting down all the movies I watched when there was school, but here’s the fourth edition of Aidee’s High Definition (Movie) Database. These are just some films I watched over plane rides and a number of these of I consider girly girl therapy. Enjoy!


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Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
★★★☆☆
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Grew up watching the third one almost every single day on VHS so that might be my favorite of all the Honey, We Shrunk-series or is it trilogy, but this is pretty good too and a lot older. This is the first, yeah.

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Matilda (1996)
★★★
cause I’m big and you’re small

I just had to choose that photo up there because it was such an epic scene I remember so distinctly. This is yet another feel good movie but it doesn’t ever get old for me. Especially this Brucey scene and the ending. I also would like to have a cottage like Miss Honey with wild flowers and tea. And look as good as Elizabeth Davidtz in overalls.

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Sex and the City (2008)
★★★
labels and love

I first saw this movie with my mom and her best friend in the movie house when I was at the brink of girlhood, haha. I was bordering tomboyish and should-I-be-girly. I surprisingly enjoyed the movie then so much that I watch it every time I go through sad things, haha especially heartbreaks or just when I’m bored. It’s really long, probably 3 hours and within that time, I always manage to feel better. I can write a separate post about Sex & The City but for now if you think you might be that kinda girl, you should totally give this a watch. It’s something one of my closest girlfriends, Pam and I really enjoy, haha! It’s a really quote-able movie too.

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The Danish Girl (2015)
★★★
Einar is dead

I don’t know if this deserves a 3? I’m being biased. I didn’t feel good watching it? Otherwise it would’ve gotten a 4.5 for the set and costume design and acting even. Maybe I’m just not cut out for real life, haha. I probably have a weird gauge of depressing and woah was this depressing. In a nice way? Like it was artfully depicted on screen which I really like. Period films have a way of either hitting the mark or killing me, and this kept fluctuating in between? I was mildly disturbed and annoyed throughout the movie. Confused too. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters on any level but I guess that’s why. It’s not because of the gender roles, it’s more than that though. I felt that it was so certain then empty and stubborn in a way I can’t understand? I thought the characters were rather unreasonable. Again, not entirely because of the gender roles. I know it’s supposed to be empowering and although it probably is to a lot of individuals, maybe just not to me because it doesn’t affect me that way. If their love for each other was really like this however, then that’s really admirable. I also had high hopes for it. I do think it’s worth watching. If you’re looking for a transgender film, I recommend Transamerica if you wanna see something quite entertaining, touching, and informative. However, I guess it’s really different because The Danish Girl was loosely based on a pioneering transgender. Hmm… It’s interesting to watch, like I really did feel like an audience and it’s all new to me? Applause to Eddie Redmayne and Alexandra Vikander. But perhaps I like Eddie more as a guy, haha. Personal opinion. But I don’t see anyone who would’ve done it better than him. He could have given more from the inside though. Like I saw all the physical developments but I didn’t see character development. I just saw the switch and the snap. Maybe it’s the script? Not sure..

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Mother’s Day (2016)
★★★
them soccer moms

If I had to be a suburban mom someday, may I have these women’s bodies. I thought it was pretty entertaining, comedic then a tear-jerker too. It’s something I caught with my mom for our mother-daughter bonding this mother’s day in the movie house. She likes these kinds of Garry Marshall light-hearted movies. And sour cream popcorn. I like Gary Marshall too. I didn’t enjoy his more recent attempts I admit, like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. This would have to be the more recent favorite in spite of its bad reviews. But of course I like the older Gary Marshall stuff. The cast was a surprise, it always is. And Timothy Olyphant was such a treat haha who wouldn’t wanna baby sit for that dad? Father’s Day, please.

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Jurassic World (2015)
★★★
Blue, Charlie, Delta, Echo

I loveeeeed Jurassic Park. And I love Jurassic World. Watched it again recently because my little cousin didn’t wanna watch the original because it was too scary for him, and I think it is too for a six year old, so this had to do. But it’s great. It’s like Universal Studios but dinosaurs, I mean c’mon?

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Excess Baggage (1997)
★★★
you don’t have to be drunk to kiss me y’know

Caught this one afternoon on HBO. I’m adding it here just because for some odd reason I will never understand, despite the weirdness? Ugh I was touched by some of the scenes here with Benicio del Toro and Alicia Silverstone. Thumbs up to this scene. The only time I felt this way about a scene was when Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing were learning the steps with Hungry Eyes playing in the background hahaha. I just had to stop then breathe in and out. (Lol I should write a post dedicated to my favorite mushy gushy scenes of all time?) I’ve always loved Benicio del Toro, no judgement here k, haha. And I superkaduper love Alicia Silverstone. Never thought it’d work but maybe it’s the unlikeliness of these movie couples chemistries that get me. 0:51 to 2:51. Hey bring me to a lake just like that with mountains and a fog surrounding the place one morning and why not add that Dave Matthews Band song in the background, then see if I don’t go a little nuts too. MY HEART. People usually go on to describe long walks in the beach and all as their ideal somethings but this is my ideal thing. A lake, below 20 degree weather, some mountains on the background, and that Dave Matthews Band song, gahh. *Enter butterflies in stomach* post card perfect.

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Uptown Girls (2003)
★★★
tea cups in Coney Island

Honestly I thought this movie was made in the 90s and I’m surprised to find that it was just made in 2003. I feel old? Because 2003 now looks real old to me. Like iconic vintage? I may have enjoyed all the clothes and the setting more than the storyline itself actually. Props to young Dakota Fanning for taking on another one of her earlier mature roles. New York, New York apartments, shift dresses, overalls, it’s a visual treat for me. The stars mostly came from the setting and the outfits, haha.

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Bridesmaids (2011)
★★★
I mean ladies, it’s a Fritz Bernaise

Female version of The Hangover except has a better story. Such a feel good movie. Something to watch with the girlfriends too. I like TV weddings too so mixing that with haphazard planning is fun. This just goes to show that anyone can hit rock bottom and still have an awesome comeback.

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Fathers and Daughters (2015)
★★★
POTATO CHIP

Personally, this movie is a dramatized tragic version of my relationship with my own dear old dad. The part where she screwed up with her relationship also kinda spoke to me. Except, it isn’t real life, grr haha. Russell Crowe can play mentally ill roles rather well, then to see him juggle that with a dominant father role is just really touching. I love Russell Crowe. And I love my dad too!

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Spotlight (2015)
★★★
and the Oscar goes to…

I should be writing a post dedicated to this entire movie and maybe I will too. Spent nights of research and reading about the true story. I’ll try to keep it short here. What a cast. What a story. A true story. This doesn’t exactly glorify journalists but sheds some light on what the job should really be about. Who doesn’t wanna be a better journalist after seeing this on film? I come by some articles online that always make me wanna be better, but yay a movie. But thank you for putting the spotlight too (hehe word play) on the significance of the job. The score is strangely nice too. Michael Keaton. Mark Ruffalo. Rachel McAdams. Umm, Mark Ruffalo & Rachel McAdams. Dream guy and dream girl in the same movie? Lovelovelove.

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How To Be Single (2016)
★★★
breaking up sucks, but you know what’s even worse? Wasting a night in New York City

Aw this movie was.. I almost said life changing but my life’s the same even after watching it. Haha, I’m still single but after watching it I’m more motivated about making it happier and okay. The title makes it seem like a guidebook but there’s actually a nice storyline and it’s entertaining. I laughed, cried, and got all giddy for different reasons. In the plane. So much that I asked for three more croissants in the plane ride? Very very very very relatable. I just wish I lived in New York, too. (Canada now actually) Good cast. Good characters. It’s nice they’re making films about more real situations about people being assholes, awkward situations, un-fantasies, in a fantasy-like way? Am I making sense? I think every 20-something girl in 2016 ought to watch this. It doesn’t just preach to single girls about the single life but more about time and timing. It happens to anyone and everyone being single and not being single, but within given times so make the most of your situation whatever that may be. Maybe even the crappier, the better. It’s real empowering. It’s a happy-sad movie. Watch it happy and watch it sad. Personally, just like Alice, there are greater heights I both literally and figuratively want to climb on my own. I really ought to. There’s something very millennial and 2016 about this movie like it was made for us? Appropriate timing.

Looking back

*Late October 21st, 2015 commemoration post slash more of a Michael J. Fox tribute..

He’ll always be Marty McFly in his hover board screaming “Doc!” in that iconic youthful voice to Back and the Future fans but only recently did I look into his health activist work. Yay for more disease awareness and support.

“I see myself sometimes… and i’ll just enjoy it for what it is and the time it was in my life and I dont have any… there’s no wistfulness in it. There’s no longing.”

—Michael J. Fox, about seeing himself on TV before Parkinson’s changed his life

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Here’s the third edition of Aidee’s High Definition (Movie) Database. These are the latter half of the movies I caught last August (yes, it took me thissssss long to write summaries, and I kept stopping huuhuu I actually gave up writing summaries for the last 7 and for future posts cause I just figured they’re Google-able zz and they take a while or too long to write as you can see) but I recall being especially fond of the ones on this list whenever I was just lucky to catch em on TV.

Featured image: River Oaks by hyperrealist artist © Davis Cone (2013)
*Look closely at the text in the painting 😛


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Jurassic Park (1993)
★★★★★
best theme song everrrrrrr

Theme parks enthusiast slash billionaire John Hammond fulfills his life’s dream by introducing the world to its first genetically reconstructed dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, an interactive attraction for the world to enjoy. He invites paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, and mathematician Doctor Ian Malcolm to first tour the island before its launch. But they soon discover that although it’s every paleontologist’s dream, this isn’t a good idea. A mutated ecosystem of dinosaurs created out of prehistoric DNA and some reptiles and amphibian’s genes is against the laws of nature. There’s a reason why evolution didn’t favor them in the survival fittest. True enough, the scientists and the park’s facilities are unable to control the creatures, and everything goes wrong right when Hammond’s grandchildren are touring the island.

This movies is just revolutionary, haha! Especially for its time. It’s both a nightmare and a dream. I get a kick out of watching this every single time. I still get chills whenever those bloody raptors are out on a hunt. I get excited when I see Mr. T-rex. I get goosebumps when I hear the iconic theme song in different ranges. And I’m this close to memorizing the script in my head. If you love me, you will go on a Jurassic Park + Jurassic World marathon with me and skip The Lost World. 

Blended (2014)
★★★☆☆
I’m every woman

Widower Jim and divorcée Lauren are take a dive back into the dating world for the sake of their children but they’re off to a bad start. It’s a nightmare of a first blind date at Hooters over meaningless conversations and 0 chemistry over the heads. But the two just keep bumping into each other finding themselves in the most awkward situations, including a midnight run to the local supermarket and a vacation to the same South African resort. Forced to share the same hotel suite and participate in intertwining family activities, Jim and Lauren learn they have more in common than a couple of kids. They might just be off to a better ending.

It’s pretty entertaining and like all Adam Sandler films, it’s family-oriented so I’m gonna rate it a G13 a lot of family fun plus a Terry Crews bonus. This is probably the third or fourth Adam-Drew movie there is and it’s a light watch for everyone. 

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Unfriended (2014)
★★★☆☆
everyone knows you shouldn’t chat with the dead

Who’s BIllie227? Everyone’s trying to get the glitch out of the Skype group video call. Is it any coincidence this is happening on the death anniversary of they’re good friend Lauren who committed suicided exactly a year ago after a drunk video of her went viral. Billie 227 soon reveals herself as Lauren along with a bunch of scary antics and dug out secrets from their past. Blaire, Mitch, Adam, Ken, Val, and Jess each confess to their darker pasts as they’re forced to play games with Billie. But can they finish the game without killing each other or being killed themselves?

Thankfully I watched this on the plane so I didn’t freak out cause even if it wasn’t as scary as most horror movies, I still wouldn’t dare watch stuff like these alone at home, especially on my own Macbook cause it’d seem too realistic. I won’t be sure if what’s going on in the movie is just the movie or my worst fears, going on in my own laptop, haha. I think that’s the scariest bit for me, the fact that it happened online where most of us spend time in. There’s just so much hate and high school drama in this movie which is what makes it a laugh. 

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Poseidon (2006)
★★★☆☆
why I’ll never go on a cruise 

Just a few minutes after they welcome the new year, a huge tidal wave capsizes Poseidon, a luxury North Atlantic liner. But it’s no ordinary tidal wave. It’s a rogue wave: completely undetected and lethal. Everything is turned upside down and either burning or submerged in water. Despite crew’s orders to stay calm and wait for rescuers, some of the survivors team up to make the dangerous way up the now-180-ship’s bottom to find an exit before they sink with the rest of the ship.

I heard the original’s nicer than this one but since I haven’t seen it, this is pretty fine for me. I get scared enough by the whole idea of being stuck in an upside down ship. I think I cried a couple of times cause calamity plots make me cry. 

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The Stepford Wives (2004)
★★★☆☆
perfect isn’t normal

New Yorker Joanna Eberhart moves her family to the quiet suburban town of Stepford in Connecticut. The town almost seems perfect, a little too perfect that Joanna has a hard time adjusting to the lifestyle and cookie cutter crisp air. While her husband warms up to the environment, there’s something quite mysterious about the neighborhood’s women except for Bobbie whom she shares the same sentiments about what’s normal and what’s not. All the other women are extremely devoted to their husbands and housework while maintaing an identical plastered smile on their faces. Joanna tries to unravel the secret of this suspicious town.

I wanna see the original since this is the remake and I heard the older one’s a lot creepier. I think Nicole Kidman’s perfect for the role though and Matthew Broderick’s just adorable as usual. I also love the color schemes and the whole setting in a picture perfect suburban neighborhood where every house smells like freshly baked cookies and everybody looks like they’re on the way for a day out in the country club dressed in pastels, haha. 

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Troy (2004)
★★★★☆
let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses.. let them say I lived in the time of Achilles 

Paris, Prince of Troy has stolen the Spartan King Menelaus’ wife, Helen, the prophesied beauty who would launch a thousand ships, and so she did. Based on Homer’s Illiad, this is the movie adaptation of the battle between Troy and Sparta. This is one man’s war and every man’s war. Menelaus’ brother, King Agamemnon sees this an opportunity to declare war on Troy, the last kingdom he has yet to conquer in the Aegean sea. But he cannot win without the greatest warrior of them all, Achilles. Achilles fights for himself, he fights for glory and no king. If he stays in Greece he will grow old and have children who will remember him, but if he goes, he will die in battle and be remembered forever.

Can I just say that Brad Pitt had to gain 20 pounds of muscle just to bulk up for this movie? Haha! It’s no where near perfect but I have a couple of favorite lines from this movie, like when Achilles tells Perseus that “the gods envy us” because “any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.” I also think the battle between Hector and Achilles was epic. Eric Bana versus Brad Pitt. Choose. 

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Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
★★★★☆
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“Goodbye New York, Goodbye Broadway.” Mary Elizabeth Cep was an aspiring actress in New York until she’s forced to move to suburban New Jersey with her mother and sisters. Now going by the name of Lola, she’s determined to make a name for herself despite the distance from the Big Apple and Broadway by joining the school play. She makes friends with a reserved goody two shoes named, Ella who is also a huge Sidarthur fan. After landing the lead role of Eliza in a modern adaptation of Pygmalion, she butts heads with the school’s most popular girl, Carla Santini who guarantees to make life a living hell for ambitious Lola. With a whole lot of courage and a twist of good fate, she and Ella wind up in New York for Sidarthur’s last concert and spend a crazy memorable night with who other than lead singer, Stu Wolf, who apparently is nothing close to what Lola’s dreamt of all her life. She finds out that a lot of realities are nowhere near everything she’s imagined.

I was a huge Lindsay Lohan fan before she went down another road and this movie came out right before that. I think the thirteen year old me saw a lot of myself in this movie. I was a huge fan of Bon Jovi, really dedicated and into theater, and more importantly a giant dreamer too. I still think this is a fun movie. That Stu Wolf guy was really cute too?? 

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Labor Day (2013)
★★★☆☆
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Escape convict Frank approaches 13 year old Henry during a Labor Day supermarket haul with his mother. Injured and in need, he manages to intimidate Henry and his single mom Adele to take him in till he’s healthy enough to make his escape. He earns their trust and fixes every crack and corner of their old house throughout the weekend. Frank becomes a father figure to Henry and a new man’s presence to the reserved Adele and they wish to flee to Canada. But as word is out of a manhunt, will their escape to a new start be safe one?

There’s something really haunting and just downright sad from start to end and I think it’s just really depressing to watch during Labor Day haha. Not much to say but I just really liked that peach pie in the movie and everything else it symbolized. It also made me crave a peach pie… hmm, where can I get one?

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The Bucket List (2007)
★★★★☆
bury me in a can on top of a mountain

Have you found joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others? Billionaire Edward and mechanic Carter are worlds apart until they find themselves in the same hospital room, facing the same fate of a terminal illness. On a whim, they scribble a bucket list of the things they’ve always wanted to do and on they go. From racing sports cars, to the most expensive dinners across the world, from laughing so hard they cry, to witnessing something magical, they come to terms with their loved ones and dreams on an attempt to cross off everything on the sheet of paper within numbered days. 

It’s one of those really entertaining movies that’ll make you kinda giggle then shed a tear or two and then sigh with a smile. People criticize it a lot but I think it’s more of a fantasy than anything and that’s the charm. It does what most of us don’t and won’t. Many of us live completely different lives, yet not only do we share the same fate in the end, most of us just really share the same dreams, ultimately we will also share the same appreciation for the little things. Also there’s this quote from the movie that I really like,

“I know that when he died, his eyes were closed and his heart was open, and I’m pretty sure he was happy with his final resting place because he was buried on the mountain, and that was against the law.”

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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
★★★★☆
mattress surfinggggg 

There’s a royal wedding in Genovia. Unless Mia finds a husband among the array of eligible and not-so-eligible bunch of bachelors to choose from, the crown won’t stay in her family. It’s already been 5 years since discovering she was a princess back in San Francisco. Fresh out of college, the Queen-in-training balances royal tradition while bringing in her own brand of 21st century change under careful media scrutiny and criticism following her candidness and clumsiness along the way.

Chris Pine and Princess Mia do make a lovely couple, don’t they? You can’t like the first Princess Diaries and decide to skip Princess Diaries 2. Admit you get some sorta thrill watching every bit of it no matter how old you get. Garden parties, the loveliest regal room in cream shades, kitchen service, giant walk-in closet, mattress surfing… why not? I know it’s a princess movie and that might make it corny but the movie makes being a princess today still seem so cool. It’s a lovely idea. It’s also like watching Anne Hathaway grow up.

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Finding Forrester (2000)
★★★★☆
typewriter apartment draft

The movie has a charm of its own. Very late 90s, in the other part of New York. I guess there’s something about an unlikely bond between an old recluse Scottish novelist and a young African American athlete. As an aspiring writer I can only hope I could relate and as a person from the other end of the world, the way I see it, it’s one of those “only in New York” scenarios so sign me up! But seriously, it’s a touching story.

“No thinking — that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is… to write, not to think!”

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Leap Year (2010)
★★★★★
Louis and Bob

Although I’ll never be too comfortable with the leap year marriage superstition, I respect all the women out there who have the guts to talk to a guy first, what more wedding proposals? Grouchy country guy and high maintenance city girl… It’s a rom com set in Ireland which I really really really really really love! This set up my expectations for dreamy wedding proposals and adventures in the Irish countryside. Matthew Goode’s perfects the I’m-jaded-but-I’ll-take-care-of-you-thing or the I-act-like-I-hate-you-cause-you’re-annoying-but-I-secretly-kinda-like-you-thing. 

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The Bodyguard (1992)
★★★★★
orange juice, straight

I am only giving this 5 stars because I can’t pass up the chance to watch this every time it’s on HBO. Not really sure why? When I was younger, I’d go home from school on Fridays and spend that awkward time between finding something to do and dinner just watching TV. Back then HBO played older movies every Friday afternoon. Growing up, well like most little kids I wasn’t too open minded about movies but when HBO finally did this, I got the hang of just watching almost everything they’d screen during this hour because the line up was relatively interesting.  I remember watching The Bodyguard, a fairly long movie, as the sun would set and it grew really dark in the room but I’d keep the lights switched off. My eyes would start hurting by the time people started dying in the movie, haha. Until now on days I have a lot of time for cheesiness, I’d watch this. Whitney Houston’s character has always been really annoying throughout the movie, BUT KEVIN COSTNER. KEVIN COSTNER. ‘Nuff said. 

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Cinderella (1950)
★★★★★
Cinderelly, Cinderelly! 

Apparently I have little to no recollection of watching the original Cinderella growing up. Perhaps just some pictures from one of the books but I vaguely remember the film. I remember I used to not like blonde princesses so much? No wait, Aurora was one of my favorites though, maybe Cinderella looked kinda too dainty and prim and proper for me. I wasn’t really a princess-kid. But since I loved the 2015 live action version so much, on the flight home from Singapore, I decided to watch this. It was good fun! What a classic. And to think they made all that back in 1950? The mood, the colors… What a treat! 

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About Alex (2014)
★★★★★
can’t find peanut butter in Normandy

I don’t wanna say too much and I don’t wanna spoil anything but I don’t dislike anything about the movie. I love the setting, I love the soundtrack, I love the cast, I love the characters and their witty witty lines. I don’t wanna compare them to a more serious version of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. because these guys have their own humor and no, they don’t live together nor do they meet up in a coffee shop ever so often. I also don’t wanna compare them to How I Met Your Mother for the whole dating each other aspect, because they manage to fit in all those butterflies, chemistry, conflict, and suspense into one film without a billion years of Ted Mosby just telling a story? (Not a huge fan) And I don’t wanna use the word, millennials, but I guess I just did. The amount of banter that goes on. Watch it, then hit me up and let’s talk about who your favorite character is and why over coffee or watermelon. I’ve got plenty to say about who should’ve ended up with who, while the soundtrack can play in the background too. Hi, Max Minghella, you’re kinda hot, handsome, and cute, and mysterious wah. 😍

serendipity

Serendipity (2001)
★★★★☆
favorite word in the world 

This is a good Christmas watch for anyone looking for both a rom com and a light Christmas movie. The reason I gave it a four and not a five is because a lot of the suspense killed me. The little cynic in me was all like, “this isn’t gonna happen to me.” Haha! But if you need a bit of sparkle, cheese, hot chocolate, and love, then watch this. For a minute or two, it makes me believe in serendipity. 

chances are

Chances Are (1989)
★★★★★
in my heart you’ll be forever young

Unlike most people who took notice of the famous RDJ during his career comeback role as Iron Man, I first saw Robert Downey Jr., when I was a lot younger. This was a random old flick showing on HBO on one of those Friday afternoons. I was glued to the TV and though I never caught the title, I always brought it up to my mom cause I never forget the movie. I found it again just recently and decided to give it a watch and it was as good as new! It’s weird to say almost every scene was my favorite; however, the song wherein she lets go of her hair as she drives down the road and Rod Stewart’s Forever Young is playing in the background was a perfect montage for me. Definitely now one of my all time faves, if not favorite rom com; this movie is the epitome of charming.