Archive for July, 2013


Throwback Thursday: Cassette Tapes

Dear Diary,

Since, Throwback Thursday seems to be trending on Facebook, I might as well apply it here…

In my early days, the very first music album I owned was in the form of a cassette tape.  I still remember rewinding whenever I wanted to listen to songs over and over.

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But what I really wanted to share is this song from Rivermaya (a famous local band here in the Philippines) called Flowers.  This song is from their Trip album released around 1996.

Flowers by Rivermaya

someone’s gone away forever
someone’s gone away too soon
did they take you up to heaven
or did they take you to the moon

nobody answers all your question
but you gazes to the sky
maybe someday when you’re all grown up
you’ll join them in their lies

and just before you turns away
you’ll craft a little smile
someday i will take these flowers
to the sky

someone’s gone away forever
someone’s gone away too soon
did they take her up to heaven
or did they take you to the moon

nobody answers all her questions
but she gazes to the sky
maybe someday when she’s all grown up
she’ll join them in their lies

and just before she turns away
she’ll craft a little smile
someday i will take these flowers to the sky
someday i will take these flowers to the sky…

love lots,

AvA_Martini

A Bunch of Short Movie Reviews

Dear Diary,

I cannot seem to keep up with posting about movies I’ve watched before they are no longer showing in the cinemas…  So to make life easier, I’ll just bundle them up in sort of like a weekly roundup.  (I know my laziness is showing here…)

On this entry:  The Great Gatsby, Fast And Furious 6, Now You See Me, Side Effects, Man Of Steel, World War Z,  The Heat, White House Down, Monsters University, and  Despicable Me 2.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby 2013 movie poster

Photo Credit: wildaboutmovies.com

I have never read the book, nor have I watched the first movie this was supposed to be a remake of.    This might have been the reason I thought the movie was interesting and kept me guessing.  I love the cinematography and makes me kind of wish I had seen it in 3D.

The movie was set in the 1920’s and I love how authentic it feels.  Leonardo DiCaprio was perfect for the role.  Although, I kind of saw similarities to how he played his Inception character.  Tobey and Carey also lend their talents to the show adding more reasons why you should watch this movie.

From wildaboutmovies.com

STARRING: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan, Jack Thompson
DIRECTED BY: Baz Luhrmann
STUDIO:Warner Bros.
RATING: PG-13 (For sexual situations, language, violence)
THE GREAT GATSBY Official Website: thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com

Fast And Furious 6

Fast And Furious 6 movie poster

Photo Credit: wildaboutmovies.com

My husband loves these movies, so I HAD to watch it with him when it came out in the cinemas.  I didn’t want to keep asking him about the cast during the movie, so I watched all 5 previous movies.  I guess, when it came to the action, all the explosions, the scantily clad women, and the cars, I can understand why he likes it so much.

I enjoyed Fast and Furious 6.  Maybe because after watching the previous movies, I have invested a lot of time with the characters of the movie and feel like I kind of know them now.  There were a lot of funny lines and exchanges between the characters, specially if you’ve watched the previous movies, you’ll see they’re consistent with their funny habits.  So I guess if you’ve watched the previous movies, then you’ll probably like this one too.

From wildaboutmovies.com

STARRING: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Luke Evans, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Gina Carano
DIRECTED BY: Justin Lin
STUDIO: Universal Pictures
RATING: PG-13 (For language, violence, drug use, adult themes)
FAST AND THE FURIOUS 6 Official Website: www.thefastandthefurious.com

Now You See Me

Now You See Me movie poster

Photo Credit: wildaboutmovies.com

You know how before I mentioned that hubby and I like magic a lot, well this is a show about 4 magicians who perform the greatest magic trick of a lifetime.  Packed with lots of intrigue and a surprising twist, the movie was very enjoyable.  I like  Jesse Eisenberg a lot but I have to say that Dave Franco stole the show for me because he was just… very yummy to my  eyes. hahaha!

The ending might have been better if it wasn’t very cheesy…

From wildaboutmovies.com

STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson
DIRECTED BY: Louis Leterrier
STUDIO: Summit Entertainment
RATING: PG-13 (For violence, language, adult situations)
NOW YOU SEE ME Official Website: www.nowyouseememovie.com

Side Effects

Side Effects movie poster, Channing Tatum

Photo Credit: wildaboutmovies.com

We watched Side Effects because we really like the trailer.  The story is about a woman with depression who is prescribed a drug that has serious side effects that threaten the career, family and even the life of the psychiatrist who prescribed it.

Jude Law was great here and his character was really smart that you had to admire how he got himself out of such a big mess.

From wildaboutmovies.com

STARRING: Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta Jones, Mamie Gummer. Vinessa Shaw
DIRECTED BY: Steven Soderbergh
STUDIO: Open Road Films
RATING: R (For sexual situations, language, violence, drug use)
Side Effects Official Website: www.sideeffectsmayvary.com
DVD release date: TBD

Man Of Steel

Man Of Steel movie poster

Photo Credit: wildaboutmovies.com

I can’t seem to make myself like this movie even though I consider Superman to be one of the greatest comic book superhero ever made…  The fight scene was an overload of buildings going boom and me thinking, “Well, this is never going to end since they don’t seem to feel much pain…”  Which is what I think it lacked.  You feel the humanity in Clark when they did flashbacks to when he was young.  I really liked those parts, but I really thought there was something missing when he donned his suit (aside from his red briefs of course…)

From wildaboutmovies.com

Cast: Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond, Harry Lennix, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Zack Snyder
Movie Studio: Warner Bros.
Rating: PG-13 (For violence, language, adult situations)
MAN OF STEEL Official Website: manofsteel.warnerbros.com

World War Z

World War Z movie poster

Photo Credit: wildaboutmovies.com

I read and loved the book, so I was definitely going to see this movie.   World War Z did not disappoint at all. I loved it from start to finish, even after watching it the 2nd time.  There’s a lot of difference the movie has with the book and left me with plenty of surprises during the movie.

Brad Pitt is really amazing and proves again why a lot of people love his talent.  This is a great zombie movie for those who do not like watching the gory ones.

From wildaboutmovies.com

STARRING: Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Eric West
DIRECTED BY: Marc Forster
STUDIO: Paramount Pictures
RATING: PG-13 (For violence, nudity, language)
WORLD WAR Z Official Website: www.worldwarzmovie.com

The Heat

The Heat

Photo Credit: wildaboutmovies.com

This is a nice entertaining comedy that stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.  If you are hard to please, I doubt if you’ll like this movie.  If you have a fairly mediocre standard for funny (like me), then you might enjoy this.  There are two or three scenes that were very hilarious and the rest are a bit like funny haha.

Sandra Bullock fits her role as a goody-two-shoe but very arrogant FBI agent and same goes for Melissa McCarthy’s tough don’t-mess-with-me attitude.

From wildaboutmovies.com

STARRING: Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock, Michael Rappaport, Joey McIntyre, Michael McDonald, Taram Killiam
DIRECTED BY: Paul Feig
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
RATING: R (For language, graphic violence)
THE HEAT Official Website: www.theheatmovie.com

White House Down

White House Down poster

Photo Credit: wildaboutmovies.com

I really like most of Rolan Emmerich’s movies… Including 2012 which starred John Cusack (my 2nd celebrity crush after David Duchovny).  He’s really good at directing movies like this.

Terrorists have a hold of the White Houes and it’s Channing Tatum’s job to save the day, that is, looking handsome while saving the day.  I love the action and the funny lines exchanged between Channing and Jamie Foxx.  It’s also nice to note that Joey King (who plays the daughter of Channning’s character) was really really good here.  The part near the end even tugged my heart despite it being a bit too hollywood…

Overall, I really enjoyed the film and would recommend it to those looking for something entertaining to watch.

From wildaboutmovies.com

STARRING: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Richard Jenkins
DIRECTED BY: Roland Emmerich
STUDIO: Columbia Pictures
RATING: PG-13 (For violence, language, adult situations)
WHITE HOUSE DOWN Official Website: www.whitehousedown.com

Monsters University

Monsters University movie poster

Photo Credit: wildaboutmovies.com

My favorite monsters are back! Littly Mike is super cute.  He’s too cute for his own good, which is probably why he has a hard time under his Scaring major in Monster University.  This is really great to watch with the little kids and point out all the lessons you can learn from it.  I do miss Boo a little, because she was really cute in Monster Inc.

From wildaboutmovies.com

STARRING THE VOICES Of: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi
DIRECTOR: Pete Docter
STUDIO: Disney/Pixar
RATING: PG (For mild adult humor, frightening scenes)
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Official Website: www.monstersuniversity.com

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2 movie poster

Photo Credit: wildaboutmovies.com

Whewwww, alright, last but definitely not the least!  Cuteness overload!  Agnes is still her cute self again.  The minions are back with more screen time.  The plot is a bit weak, but hey, it’s for kids I’m sure the plot is just fine for them.  Oh and did I mention I’m addicted to those minions?  I mean, how can you not look at them and think, awww I want one!  It’s a real hit here in the Philippines, most showings are sold out and the lines are really really long… Plus the minion toys from McDonald’s happy meal are sold out!!!  Good thing I got four already before they ran out of stock.

From wildaboutmovies.com

Featuring the voices of: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Movie Studio: Universal Pictures
Rating: PG (For mild crude humor)
DESPICABLE ME 2 Official Website: www.despicableme.com

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Well, that’s done… Note to self: don’t let the list get this long before you write an entry… @_@

Oh and let me show you some pix of my minion toys.  🙂

love lots,

ava_martini

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Nostalgic. Sometimes, we long for the past: for moments we want to remember or recapture. The good times. The golden years. Or perhaps we’re homesick, or longing for something — or someone — that might have been.

I have a 3-year-old cousin.  He’s smart, witty, funny and super cute.  He is now in the province though…  I spent more than a year with him and love him to death…  Cried when he left to go back to the province…  And so I dedicate this post to him. Because I miss how he would smile every time he saw me and exclaim, “Ate Kawen!”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

Share a picture of a COMPANION and explain why you chose that picture.

Have I mentioned that I’m obsessed with Doctor Who?  For those who haven’t watched it yet, nothing to see here… Move on to other entries… 😛  This is Rose and the 10th Doctor’s first kiss.  Okay, technically, she’s possessed by another person.

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I wish I could just pause this moment forever. 🙂

Cassandra (in Rose’s body): [unaware Cassandra is inhabiting Rose’s body; the Doctor questioned the nurses’ secrecy on their miracle medicine] I can’t Adam and Eve it.

The Doctor: What… What’s with the voice?

Cassandra (in Rose’s body): Oh, I don’t know, just larking about. New Earth. New me.

The Doctor: Well, I can talk. New new Doctor.

[smiles]

Cassandra (in Rose’s body): Mmm, aren’t you just?

[kisses The Doctor playfully; breathing somewhat heavily]

Cassandra (in Rose’s body): T-ter-terminal’s this way.

[walks away, fanning her face as if warm]

The Doctor: [looks at her, disoriented; finally, in squeaky voice] Yep. Still got it.

– quote grabbed from imdb.com

Doctor Who Obsession

Dear Diary,

A long time ago, when my high school me still existed, I realized I loved science fiction when I got addicted to the X-Files.  Imagine a 14-year-old me trying to defend myself to my classmates for having a crush on David Duchovny (who was around his mid thirties then) while their crush on The Moffats and the Hanson brothers were perfectly normal…

When I say addicted, I really mean addicted as in I-need-rehab-in-order-to-stop-watching kind of addicted, the internet was still dial-up back then and storage was still the floppy disk, so I didn’t have google and a folder full of pictures of them like I do now.  I had a good ol’ scrapbook.  I hunted magazines that featured them and cut up the covers.  My brother teased me about it, wondering why I go to such lengths to collect such things.  I also joined the Official X-Files fan club and I sent them fan mail via the post office.  Of course they replied by giving me a picture with their autographs. (fan girl’s happiest moments…)

But sadly, the show ended after 9 years.  And so I was left with a gap in my heart for a good sci-fi show.  For a time, I filled the gap with other sci-fi shows, but it just didn’t put a spark in me like X-Files did.

Then this year, I finally decided to watch this show I kept seeing my fellow sci-fi lovers keep mentioning.  This year I finally met Doctor Who and finally my spark is back.

Doctor Who is a British television show about a Time Lord who travels through space and time, saving the world, other planets, other species and most of all saving humanity.  It started airing since the 1960’s and then paused around 1989.  Restarted in 1996 as a TV/Movie series.  Paused again. And finally made a comeback in 2005 until present.   I started with the 2005 series until present.  Getting hold of the old seasons is kind of hard.

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This show is about to hit its 50th Anniversary.  The series allows the Doctor to live on for this long because he can regenerate.  Before he dies completely, he heals himself but regenerates into a completely new body with new personality as well.  My favorite Doctor is the 10th, played by David Tennant.  In my opinion, he plays it so well, I wish he could have played it forever.

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor

Photo Credit: wikipedia.com

It’s not completely like X-Files, but it’s got similar elements.  Doctor Who is technically an alien after all and X-Files is all about extraterrestrials with a mix of monsters from your worst nightmare.  It’s similar because it plays with your imagination and leaves you with lots of feelings.  Although, I think Doctor Who also targets younger audiences, while X-Files is not something I’d let my future kids watch…

It kind of makes sense that I would like the 1st and 2nd greatest sci-fi tv shows ever.

So now, I’m trying to get my hands on Doctor Who stuff to add to my collection.  So far, I’ve been scouting Booksale branches and have gotten the Doctor Who Annuals.  I’m gonna need a sonic screwdriver soon, so I won’t die of jealousy every time a fellow whovian (yes, that’s what Doctor Who fans are called) posts about their sonic screwdriver in the Whovian Philippines FB page.  And of course, my fanaticism is not complete unless I am able to wear a Doctor Who related costume on one of my family’s costumed holiday get-together…  (Last time I went as Agent Scully… )

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My customized iPhone Tardis Case

Love lots,

AvA_Martini

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