Category: Movies


Addicted to Zombies

Dear Diary,

Since 28 Days Later, I’ve been gobbling up anything related to Zombies… Movies, TV Shows, Books, Comics…

I definitely, don’t believe that the dead will come back to life as soulless creatures hungry for flesh and blood. I believe in heaven and hell. And even with my addiction to this genre, that has not in any way changed my belief that everyone dies. And people wake up either in heaven or in hell…

However, I am open to the idea of a virus that will infect mankind that will make them zombie like while they are still alive…. Just like the plot for 28 Days Later.

That is definitely possible in my mind. There’s just too many people out there with warped ideas that could eventually wipe us all out…

But anyway, even if that happens soon, in the near future or never, I have a peace of mind that I know where I’ll end up anyway.

Which is why I can read these zombie books and not turn into a paranoid, zombie-proof-my-house, nutball…

I really just find that I like reading how people cope with situations that seem really hopeless… How in most books, there’s always a hero who has been through the loss of someone they love, but still find a way to survive. A hero who may not always act like one… And of course I like the thrill of the zombie encounters and how they get out of it alive or not… I read Dean Koontz and Stephen King books… So you can kind of imagine why I like the macabre stories…

It’s like reading a book and you feel good that your favorite character is still alive. But alive in a world that is not a place you would like to still be alive in… Where the happy ending leaves you with a feeling of sadness.  I honestly would not know how I’d fare in a zombie world. I’d probably get killed really fast because:
1. The only sport I’m good at is Ping Pong… And well, I don’t think I’d be able to kill a zombie with a table tennis paddle…
2. The only weapon I know how to wield is using my PS3 controller to get multiple combos with my characters weapon…

Anyway,  for those who are zombie addicts like me here are a few things that I’ve seen and read (Note: I only recommend a few on the list, mostly the first ones listed… hehe):

MOVIES:

28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead (and the other remakes), Quarantine, Resident Evil (and the other sequels), Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, World War Z, Warm Bodies, REC, Quarantine 2, The Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead

TV SHOWS:

The Walking Dead

COMICS:

The Walking Dead

BOOKS:

World War Z, Warm Bodies, The New Hunger, The Zombie Survival Guide, The Enemy (series), Day By Day Armageddon (series), The City (series), Feed (series), The Hallows (series), Hater (series) and Ashes, Plague of the Dead

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Dear Diary,

Star Trek Into Darkness movie poster

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I’ve always loved Sci-Fi, but to be honest, I didn’t watch any of the old or classic Star Trek shows or movies.  I knew about it and I was aware of the characters as they were always referenced by the other shows I watched, but the very first Star Trek I saw was the 2009 movie and that’s when I started to love it.

So, don’t be surprised that I dragged my husband to watch Star Trek: Into Darkness even if he hasn’t watched the 1st movie yet.  I told him he can watch the 1st movie later at home and just whispered the answers to his questions about the characters he wasn’t familiar with…

I was not disappointed at all!  In my opinion it was better than the 1st movie.  At some point during the movie I kept holding my breath during intense scenes and I was literally on the edge of my seat.

Since hubby recently got a haircut, he no longer resembles Jackie Chan but looks a lot like Sulu (John Cho) now… hehe  Of course when I told him that, his reply was that he was better looking than him…

Great performance by the main cast.  Kirk and Spock’s friendship was really fun to watch, specially when Kirk teases him a lot.  The villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (who also plays Sherlock on the British series), was just wonderful and added to the mystery of the story.

From Wildaboutmovies.com

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Cast: Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban
Director: J.J. Abrams
Movie Studio: Paramount Pictures
Rating: PG-13 (For violence, adult language, sexual situations)
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Official Website: www.startrekmovie.com

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Hubby enjoyed it even though he didn’t watch the 1st movie, so that shouldn’t be a problem to those who haven’t seen that yet.  A must watch for all the sci-fi fans out there. 🙂

Love Lots,

AvA_Martini

Added to my 2013 List of Movies

Movie Review: Dark Skies

Dear Diary,

I’ve watched three new movies last week and yesterday.  One was a local Filipino Romantic movie, which I was able to drag my husband to watch with me.  I don’t often watch Filipino movies (I probably watch one movie a year, at most 2 I think , last year…)  but I wanted to watch It Takes a Man and a Woman, because I found the trailer funny.  And was really glad that I enjoyed the movie, it had its funny moments and might have gone overboard with some cheesy love scenes, but no so much that it ruined the whole thing.

Then we watched a James Mcavoy movie called Trance.  I do not want to talk about it.  I did not like it.  Yes, I understood the plot.  If not for James’ dreamy eyes, I would not even mention that I watched the movie… Some people liked it, but I just thought it was too slow.  So moving on.

Dark Skies movie poster

Photo Credit: Wildaboutmovies.com

We watched Dark Skies yesterday.  It’s a thriller about a family experiencing strange events in their life and discovering that those behind it are not from earth.  I’m a big fan of alien shows and movies (although, not necessarily believing in it), I got addicted to the X-Files when I think I was just 13 and was fascinated by shows that share similar themes. I didn’t know that Dark Skies was about aliens though and was pleasantly surprised to find that this horror movie was not about monsters or anything paranormal but from extraterrestrial beings…

A lot of jumpy moments due mainly because of the music and sound effects that give a big bang when it wants to scare you.  And if you happened to have been in the cinema during the time I was watching, then I admit that it was me that screamed during that scene.  Yes, that was my shrill high pitched scream that you heard…

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From wildaboutmovies.com

STARRING: Keri Russell, Dakota Goyo, Josh Hamilton (not the baseball player),
DIRECTED BY: Scott Charles Stewart
STUDIO: Dimension Films
RATING: PG-13 (For violence, language, adult themes)
DARK SKIES Official Website: www.darkskiesfilm.com
DVD Release Date: TBD

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If you like thrillers and horror movies then I recommend that you watch this movie in the cinemas.  There’s nothing like watching horror in the cinemas instead of at home with people who don’t take the movie seriously and ruin the fun and thrill of jumping and screaming at just the right moments.

AvA_Martini

Added to my 2013 List of Movies

Iron Man 3

Dear Diary,

This was supposed to be this week’s Fridate Movie, but we had an appointment with the technician for our internet provider on Friday so we watched it on Thursday instead.  Yes, most movies come out early here in the Philippines.

Here’s a little information about myself.  I love reading comic books.  So I never miss movies of comic book characters that I love.  I’m not a purist, so I don’t really care if they changed the story a bit.  I just like that the characters come to life.

Iron Man 3 did not disappoint me at all.  I will watch it again in 3D and in 2D and then buy the DVD 6 months after its release so that it’s cheaper and watch that numerous times.  Then I’ll have a marathon of Iron Man movies.  Then I’ll marry someone named Anthony whose nickname is Tony. Oh wait I already did that last part…

Ok, back to the movie.  It had a lot of funny moments injected here and there.  And I always appreciate movies that make me laugh out loud.  Robert Downey Jr, plays the part perfectly.  I loved the Stark and Rhodes tandem.  I loved how Pepper Potts finally gets to kick ass here.  The villains here were tough ones and it’s amazing to see how Stark is able to deal with them with and without the Iron Man suit. 🙂

My favorite part was seeing all of Stark’s Iron Man suits join the fight.  The action was non-stop.  And the funny scenes and lines were what we kept talking about after watching the movie.

If you’re a fan, then don’t you dare miss this movie.

Trivia:

Stan Lee has a cameo here too. I’m sure the fans won’t miss him.

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From Wild About Movies

STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau
DIRECTED BY: Shane Black
STUDIO: Walt Disney Pictures
RATING: PG-13 (For violence, language, adult situations)
Iron Man 3 Official Website: marvel.com/ironman3

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Love lots,

AvA_Martini

Added to my 2013 List of Movies

Fridate Movie: G.I. Joe 2

Dear Diary,

Last Friday, hubby and I watched G.I. Joe 2 for our Fridate.  I of course insisted we watch another film (preferably something romantic) but I just couldn’t convince him to watch a local film so he won and we ended up watching G.I. Joe instead.

I didn’t watch the first movie and I never watched the G.I. Joe cartoons.  I always thought the G.I. Joes were those green plastic soldiers in the Toy Story movies…

Surprisingly and reluctant to admit that I actually liked the movie.  Ok, there were some ‘duh’ moments where I think the writers were too worried on giving more airtime on the action parts that they forgot to make foiling the bad guy’s ultimate plan for destruction a little more challenging…  But I won’t give away anything more.

I was really amazed by the action.  If it was a book, it’d be a page turner.

So because I liked it so much, we went and bought the first movie on DVD.  I liked the 2nd movie better than the 1st.  There was too much CGI on the first that it felt more like a sci-fi movie than an action film.

It’s not really a romantic movie, but as long as we had fun, that Fridate was a good one.

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From Wild About Movies

STARRING: Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, The Rock, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson
DIRECTED BY: Jon M. Chu
STUDIO: Paramount Pictures
RATING: PG-13 (For violence, language)
G.I. JOE 2 Official Website: www.gijoemovie.com

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Love lots,

AvA_Martini

 

Added to my 2013 List of Movies

Fridate Movie: Oblivion

Dear Diary,

Recently, hubby and I have made a pact to always have a “Fridate”, every Friday we’d go out on a date.  So for this Fridate we watched Tom Cruise’s new movie, Oblivion.  Both of us being sci-fi fans, it was no surprise that we both loved the movie.   Yes, there are some loopholes as most sci-fi shows have if you scrutinize it.  But hubby and I usually just watch movies to be entertained, we don’t really question the correctness or the science behind it.

The movie takes place after the war between humans and aliens who were trying to invade earth.  The humans win the war but has greatly devastated the earth that it is no longer deemed safe to live in and now all human beings live in a huge pyramid shaped craft out in space.  Tom Cruise’s character is a tech in charge of taking care of the drones that hunt the aliens still on earth.  And I won’t tell you anything else so that I won’t spoil the movie for you.

Tom Cruise’s acting is similar to how he acts in Mission Impossible.   The other casts were suitable for their roles.  I just think there were moments that might have needed some funny/witty lines.  The movie was a bit too serious with few LOL moments, but the action is intense.  Also, when I heard the background music, first thing that came to my mind was that it sounded a lot like the soundtrack from the movie Tron.  And after reading the description from wildaboutmovies.com, I saw that it was directed by the same guy that directed Tron. 🙂

All in all, let’s just say that even after the movie, hubby and I talked about it a lot because we both loved the story and would recommend our friends to watch it.

*Details below are from http://www.wildaboutmovies.com/2013_movies/Oblivion.html

STARRING: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo
DIRECTED BY: Joseph Kosinski
STUDIO: Universal Pictures
RATING: PG-13 (For violence, language, adult situations)
OBLIVION Official Website: www.oblivionmovie.com

Added to my 2013 Movie List

Love lots,

AvA

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Dear Diary,

For Date Night Friday, hubby and I watched the movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Jim Carrey.

 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Quad Poster

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It’s been a while since I last laughed out loud in the cinema…  I would have rolled on the floor laughing if not for the millions of germs that most likely lived there.  There was even a point where hubby and I were trying hard to hold our laughter because the scene had already moved on but we were still stuck on the punch line.  And we’re not talking about the I-see-a-funny-picture-in-FB-hehehe kind of laugh.  I mean the guffaw kind that leaves you trying to catch your breath…

The movie is about two bullied kids whose friendship began with magic tricks.  They grew up to become magic performers in Las Vegas but have a falling out as Steve Carell’s character has suddenly lost the passion for performing magic that he used to have.  The story focuses on how he gets that passion, his friend and a new girl back.

My hubby loves magic tricks.  We have maybe 3 different kinds of cards that are used for “magic”.  I know the trick to it and sometimes can perform them, but I’m not really good with the sleight of hand thing.  But the movie centering on magic tricks is probably why we really enjoyed it.

So I’m not sure if I just easily laugh at jokes (although, I like to think I have a pretty high standard for humor), or if I’m just a sucker for Steve Carell’s comedy, but hubby and I had a really great time.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - Poster- 005

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Added to my 2013 Movie List

Love lots,

KJSO

I Dreamed a Dream

Dear Diary,

Going to the movies has always been our thing as a couple. My hubby and I first met at school which was located on the 4th floor of the mall. In between classes we’d watch movies to pass the time.

Recently, I was able to convince him to watch Les Miserables with me. We both had a great time watching it. It was amazing seeing Anne Hathaway and Samantha Barks sing the songs I love and he liked the revolution part (why am I not surprised?) We both loved Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter’s comic characters. And we both laughed and rolled our eyes at some parts where Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman would sing to themselves what they were thinking in very monotonous songs… I’m still trying to decide if I should buy the OST…

Les Miserables Movie Poster

One time, while I was doing something on the computer, my hubby came over to my side of the room and was trying to distract me by cuddling. Sometimes, when I’m really busy, I tell him to stop it. To which his reaction is always to keep doing it while laughing at my annoyance… So, this time when he wouldn’t stop, I messed up my hair and acted out Anne’s infamous I Dreamed a Dream scene…

Speaking of Anne, there’s this video that has gone viral of Ricky Lo interviewing her and failing to the highest level.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpARp7-GCgg

This was the first time I watched one of his interviews and I’ve got to say that he really is not that engaging. He looked like an intern on his first interview and he didn’t have much rapport with her. Some questions were not meant to be asked for international artists to which only a Filipino would know how to answer. To those who can’t get over this cringe worthy issue, might want to watch Manny the Movie Guy’s interview with her to see how it’s done right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWefZdJkd6w

But enough of this nonsense, I’m just hoping that the success of a Broadway show movie adaptation will make an American Idiot movie adaptation happen…

American Idiot - The Musical

KJSO

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