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The Loved Ones (2009)
I scored a couple of free tickets to the Australian premier of The Loved Ones from the awesome Time Out magazine and went to see it on the 27th. I was with my mate Maria who was into this movie genre. I should say it out front, gory movies and me did not go along well. The problem was my prejudice that once you've seen one, you've seen it all kind of thing. The nonsense, violent, over killing galore of blood, gore and sexually explicit scenes did not impress me. We went in to the theater believing that The Loved Ones will just be a mediocre slasher but we couldn't be more wrong. To begin with we were stoked with the free drinks and popcorn. That definitely helped. But the movie itself was so well done even a non horror fan like me can be thoroughly entertained. The story revolved around a guy who lost his dad after a car accident. He felt guilty of it as he was the driver and became obsessed with committing suicide. He basically turned into a sad person with pot problem. Little did he know, his wish of dying was going to become true on that night when he politely declined the prom night date invite from a mysterious unpretty-in-pink girl. The rest of the movie made me literally sick in the stomach yet in a good way. Made me think that I should not have had all those popcorn and drinks. I could feel puke coming out. What was great was the adrenaline rush generated from one after another horrifying moments and surprises. The whole theater was full of it. It was pure fun in a twisted way.
I bow to him
Like most existentialist movies, Ikiru managed to give me a fresh perspective about life.
Very surprisingly, it was not as depressing as I thought it would be.
Blown away by the stunning scene when Watanabe-san, nearing death swinging on a swing set.
Snow falling while the camera slowly moving from the side of the jungle gym next to the swing set then cutting to him looking the happiest in the whole movie and singing a haunting song about how people should fall in love before their passions hurry away.
Oh my gosh, how I melted.
Eat Pray Love (2010)
From watching the trailer, it was my understanding that this movie would be about a woman's existential angst and her journey of finding an inner peace. I was somewhat skeptical about it. I read the reviews on this site and was not surprised that it received mostly bad ones. However, I decided to give it a go. To be honest, I was not aiming to be inspired or anything like that. It was a case of wanting to see it for myself and judge.
2 and a half hours later, I found myself tolerating it well. I could imagine people rolling their eyes or even disliking Julia Robert's character for divorcing her hottie husband without any significant reason. I think if the relationship between the two was explained better, we would at least try to sympathize with her anxieties. Then again, that would make the movie even longer!!!!
I could bypass the bumper sticker lines and the long winded all-about-me-narcissism (not that there was anything wrong about it - this movie was suppose to be about her!) only because of the ending. Javier Bradem! He sure did save this movie. One of the hottest most amazing actors on movie screen today. Call me shallow, he was so good, I swooned.