Leap year only happens every 4 years. Today is Leap Day and we should make it count.
Just as I turned on the TV, Leap Year is being shown on HBO. It’s one of my favorite chick flicks and not just because Matthew Goode is the leading man. It is said in the movie that there is an Irish tradition wherein the women propose to the their men on Leap Day. My favorite line was said by the Bride during the wedding reception scene.
“May you never steal, lie, or cheat, but if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows, and if you must lie, lie with me all the nights of my life, and if you must cheat, then please cheat death because I couldn’t live a day without you.”
Going back to celebrating Leap Day, it’s an additional day of the year for us to share happiness and give love. Carpe Diem!
It’s already December and I can definitely feel that it’s Christmas. I don’t know exactly why but it’s not my favorite season. So to cheer myself up, I watch my all time favorite Christmas season chick flick, The Holiday. It stars Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. The music is by Hans Zimmer, who I admire because he is a genius. The background music used for each scene is just beautiful and perfectly placed. I personally love “Maestro”, “Gumption” and “Definitely Unexpected”. I’ve seen it so many times that I’ve memorized the lines.
Let me just share a few of my favorite lines from this movie.
“I’ve found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said “Journeys end in lovers meeting.” What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives. It was Shakespeare who also said “love is blind”. Now that is something I know to be true. For some quite inexplicably, love fades; for others love is simply lost. But then of course love can also be found, even if just for the night. And then, there’s another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. Its called unrequited love. Of that I am an expert. Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone? We are the victims of the one sided affair. We are the cursed of the loved ones. We are the unloved ones, the walking wounded. The handicapped without the advantage of a great parking space! Yes, you are looking at one such individual. And I have willingly loved that man for over three miserable years! The absolute worst years of my life! The worst Christmas’, the worst Birthday’s, New Years Eve’s brought in by tears and valium. These years that I have been in love have been the darkest days of my life. All because I’ve been cursed by being inlove with a man who does not and will not love me back. Oh god, just the sight of him! Heart pounding! Throat thickening! Absolutely can’t swallow! All the usual symptoms.” – Iris
“I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn’t know you had inside you. And it doesn’t matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends… you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy. And sometimes you can even convince yourself that he’ll see the light and show up at your door. And after all that, however long all that may be, you’ll go somewhere new. And you’ll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again. And little pieces of your soul will finally come back. And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you wasted, that will eventually begin to fade.” – Iris
Amanda: Sex makes everything more complicated. Even not having it, because the not having it makes it complicated.
Graham: That’s why it’s better to have it, some say.
I fell in love with this movie right from the intro music and narration. I guess it’s also because I can somewhat relate to Iris, played by Kate Winslet. She’s a victim of unrequited love just like me. I also love Miles, played by Jack Black. Oh how I wish to find a decent guy like Miles.
WARNING: May contain some spoilers. Read at your own risk.
“Noon, magkakaibigan ang bumubuo ng musika. Pero ngayon, musika ang bumubuo ng pagkakaibigan.” – Odie (Jason Abalos)
Finally, I got to see the film Rakenrol. I’ve been wanting to see it ever since I saw the trailer on youtube. It premiered at the last day of Cinemalaya. Unfortunately, scoring tickets for the film during Cinemalaya was hard unless you’re willing to wait in the long queue at the ticket booth or you know the people behind the movie. It was created by people from the music industry (Directed by Quark Henares and co-written by Diego Castillo) so the story was made based on their personal experiences and the characters were molded after them. I thought that the cast members were perfectly selected for their roles. Each character was an important part of the film, even the stereotypical rockstar, Jacci Rocha (Deither Ocampo) and the eccentric artist, Francis/Yagit (Jun Sabayton). There were many familiar faces, places and experiences.
The part of the movie that struck me the most was the scene where the Hapipaks were at Jacci Rocha’s party. Matet introduced Odie to a group of famous musicians. He was in awe to be in the presence of the people he idolizes but then as he interacts with them, he realizes that they are just a bunch of normal people who happens to be famous because of their jobs. This is also how I felt and still feel whenever I get to hangout with my friends from the band. They may be famous but they keep their feet grounded. Finally, there was an inspiring scene in the movie where Odie was sitting outside a convenience store when he should’ve been at their gig. He was having second thoughts about continuing with the band when Ely Buendia notices him. Ely gave a scenario, something like 10 years from now you’d go to work in the morning and sit at a cubicle answering calls all day. Then, you’d go home late at night and do the same routine everyday. You’d look back at the days when you were happy in a band and regret not doing what you’ve always wanted. So basically, Ely advised him to pursue his dreams. Wouldn’t it be awesome for something like that to happen in reality? An up and coming musician noticed by a legend in the music industry. It’s Ely *insert swear words here* Buendia!
The movie was very entertaining. The witty punch lines were perfectly placed that there were many moments when the entire audience was bursting with laughter. It wasn’t just about bands. Everyone can relate to the characters and their experiences. If I were to give this movie a score, I’d say 5 out of 5. I could watch this again and never get tired of it. I would highly recommend watching it. This is the movie of our generation. It actually reminds me of Suckseed (Thai Movie). I hope that they will be selling original DVD’s of this in the market so I could get my hands on one.