Movie Review: Mommy (2014)

It’s been a long time since I made a movie review in this blog because I somehow find it hard to process my thoughts for a movie, but this film is different because it got to me. It’s so brilliant I would definitely recommend it to others.

Note: There may be spoilers in my review.

Letterboxd rating: 5/5

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What A 17-year old Does When Eveything Seems To Go Wrong

  1. Watch a series or a movie. For the past months, I’ve been watching a lot of movies and has watched a number of TV series and it never failed to make me feel amazing. Well except for the fact that most of these made my emotions so confused I think I went numb for a while back there.
  2. Clean my things. I kind of have this theory that once I put my things in place, clean my room, and just make my own space neat as possible it’s my way of saying that I also want to take control of my life. I also want to start anew. I also want a clean and neat life. And besides, it takes our mind off other things right?
  3. Just write those feelings down, even though it may sound like you’re just ranting and all, writing down your feelings and slowly concluding why you’ve been feeling that way will definitely help. It will not solve anything that will make things right, but it will help.
  4. Call your family. Friends just kind of make me feel like I still need to socialize, and most times when everything is wrong I feel tired of it so I just turn to my family. Just a simple call from them will make everything alright. It will help me remember the reason why I’m still conquering this world despite feeling so tired and hopeless.
  5. Sleep and then wake up the next day pretending that this day that went wrong didn’t happen.

Well, these worked for me. And I’m still living until today. Sometimes down, sometimes up. It’s a real roller coaster here inside my head.

Here’s Why Whiplash Got Me

Have you ever had those moments in your life where in you really like doing something and you really believed that you’ll be doing it for the rest of your life because you’re happy doing it? But then during the process you feel like giving up because the pressure and stress is too much to handle. And so you just let all of it off just like that.

Whiplash showed a lot of values needed for you to pursue something that you really want. And it got to me.

Small details like punctuality is indeed a must. I know for a fact that this is true. Like what they would say, sobrang nakaka-relate. It has been instilled in us during training and call times to be always on time. Like what’s in the movie, there’s a huge chance that you will lose your part when you don’t come on time or in our perspective you will lose a really big chance of being part of something if ever you don’t come on time.

Time is really important in these kind of situations, which leads me to patience—lots and lots of it. At first I don’t even understand why people need to shout at you and tell you mean things for you to be pushed to the limit, because people like me who has low emotional stability would break down right there just because of the emotional stress given to us. But maybe that’s how it works—or how those kind of people work.

Terence Fletcher was one mean conductor and people like him exists in the real world. You need to be able to resist such things and to be understanding of them. That even though it hurts emotionally and mentally you need to be patient or else. Andrew broke down for a minute there—wait, nope, he breaks down every time. He was just good at hiding it. And maybe people like me just needs to learn that. (Yeah, even though it will continue to hurt us inside, if you know what I mean.)

Of course, for you to be able to do this you need to be committed. Just like Andrew, when he knows he has an important part to do, he became dedicated to work. Even though it means getting out of an accident in spite being drowned in blood just to play his set. The passion in him can be clearly seen, another important value that needs to be instilled in people who dreams big. Commitment and passion works hand in hand. He gave up once, but the drive to achieve that goal of his was still there.

In line with this, we should also remember to not stop doing it. Yes, like that Shia LaBeouf meme, just do it! Even though we’ve been doing great and a lot of people have been praising us, it must not get to our heads, we must still strive to work harder than we ever did. Because once we stop, it just means that we have given up in improving ourselves already.

To end this, one scene that I really liked the most because for me it basically sums up the whole movie is the part where in it can be seen that blood is all over the drum set. The drums symbolizes the passion of Andrew and the blood shows all the hard work, all the suffering, and all the sacrifices he did just to get there and to be able to play.

As a dancer and a college student, I really liked this movie. It’s so authentic because it showed so much of what I experience every day. People around you trying to challenge you if you will give up. The struggle of thinking if you should push though or just let it go. This movie is for artists, for people who dream big, and for everyone who has a goal in life that needs to be achieved.

 

Movie Review: Before Trilogy

Before Sunrise (1995)

This first part of the “trilogy” was all goody-good. It was a happy kind of movie.

Ah yes, it made me feel like I want to love again. It made me feel as if I wanted to be in a relationship with someone. If you’re a hopeless romantic like me, it hits you right in the feels just like that. Sequencing was fantastic. The conversations was so surreal and so authentic. I like the script so much I think every line was worth quoting. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy has an undeniable chemistry. Their delivery of the lines was so realistic it made me feel like, somehow, it’s something that really happened.

I like the fact that it was not a cliché love story. Even though I’ve known plots like that already, the story-telling was so different it made me stick to the movie even though their lines was so long. And that’s it, the dialogues were so long yet so interesting that even I wanted to debate with them. To be short, it was greatly thought about.

The way the camera focuses on the places at the end of the movie captured something in me. It made me realize that memories mean so much more because of where it happened. The places where the best moments of your life happened will last forever and will be remembered until the last day of your life. Because of that it just made me want them to not say goodbye to each other.

Before Sunset (2004)

Everything is so different in this second part, this part made me think. Like really, think.

But one thing did not change. The way the characters conversed was still authentic. They still argue about real stuff–about life, love, and their beliefs. But how can one thing not change when this movie happened nine years after the first one? The development of the characters from the first movie was easily seen. They were more mature and practical about things. They have been opened to more things in the real world in this movie. They’re not the young adults that they were in Before Sunrise anymore, they’re really adults in this one. They’re more vulnerable in this movie.

Yes, like I said, this movie made me think so much about what I would do if I were in their situation. Compared to the first movie, that just made me want to have something that they have, this made me wish that I was not in any of their position because everything was so stressful. This were a movie full of what ifs. What if I chose you? What if I were there? What if it was the two of us? So many what ifs it made me want to change the whole story instead of sticking with what I was watching. But like someone in the movie said, maybe it was fate doing its work.

The settings still played a huge role on this movie and that’s just wonderful.

The cliffhanger in the end was so horrible it made me want to watch the third movie already even though the person who recommended me this movie said to watch the third movie after a day I watched the first two. So yeah, I watched the third already.

Oh yeah, Before Sunset made me want to love a writer. Who wouldn’t want for someone to write about you and see things from their point of view?

Before Midnight (2013)

So adult. But still so authentic and so tests your beliefs about marriage and love.

I’ve been hearing people saying that once you’re married, your only goal is to know how to stick with that person, to never get bored of them, and to learn how to be patient with them. I know people still fall out of love once married. I know that married people still find other people attractive. And this third part of the trilogy just proved that to me.

This part showed how different their lives have been since that puppy love that started way back in Summer of ’94. They’re now parents with the one having problems with his ex-wife and the other one having problems with what job to take. Mostly showed husband-wife issues. It also showed me that you can still fall in love with someone despite how misunderstanding they would become. That you can fall in love with someone all over again with just remembering the way you two were yesterday.


 

I highly recommend this trilogy to movie junkies who like movies because of how it hits you in the emotions because conversations here are so authentic and real that it would be like it’s your mind doing the talking. There are quotable lines everywhere, I assure you. Special shout out to the person who recommended and gave me a copy of these movies. Love you.

I forgot to mention that this trilogy made me want to have trip to Europe. By myself, hoping that I might find my own love life there. Kidding.