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Thursday, August 26, 2004
Double Movie Review

I am so glad to be in the middle of the target audience of these two movies, because that way, I can appreciate both. And appreciate I did. I must say, the storm's timing is impeccable. What better day to cancel work and classes than Wednesday when all the new movies open? Of course this doesn't affect me, though it does affect my sister and if her work wasn't cancelled, I wouldn't have anyone to watch the movies with. And I'm real glad that I live South of Manila and therefore didn't see first hand exactly how devastating the storm was (is?) as where I live, it hardly rained at all.

Anyway, I guess it's kind of weird to again have seen two movies consecutively in one day, but what can I say? It's not everyday they cut work short so why not make the most of it?

Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement

Princess Mia and Lord DeverauxLet me tell you, I'm kinda getting used to seeing Anne Hathaway in a wedding dress (ref. ending of Ella Enchanted). But it's not really something to complain about as she looks very pretty in all the fancy dresses that she wears. She certainly has the role of 'fairy tale princess/awkward teenager' down. And some of the expressions/funny faces she made throughout the movie were just hilarious. The other parts though (i.e. Raven and Julie Andrews' singing bit) don't deserve as much laughs. So even though it was tackling the topic of marriage and ruling a country, the movie was still pretty kiddie--exactly what one can expect from a Disney film.

I still admire the creators though for getting the romance bit better this time, as compared to the last Princess Diaries movie in which the supposed romantic line was "Because you saw me when I was invisible." I don't know, but that just didn't seem romantic enough for me. But this movie was. I liked all the parts with Princess Mia and Lord Deveraux, and their witty banter at the end had a way better effect than "Because you saw me when I was invisible." Although, the crowning ceremony was nowhere near as cool as the one in 'The Prince and Me'. Really great dress though--the best I've seen Anne Hathaway in so far.

All in all, I'd say this movie is one of those rare occassions wherein I like the sequel better than the original. Well, except the bit about Joseph and Clarice. You'll know what I mean if you watch it.

Laws of Attraction

Lawyers Audrey Woods and Daniel Rafferty (hehe, thanks zee!)I didn't really want to watch this film at first as I kinda hate Julianne Moore and am not too fond of Pierce Brosnan either. And also, I liked 'Intolerable Cruelty' (George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones) a lot and so thought it was a bit pointless to watch another movie about divorce lawyers that probably wouldn't be as good.

I'm glad I was wrong.

I'd say that I liked this movie just as much as I liked Intolerable Cruelty as this was also way funny (especially the montage with the judges) with really clever conversations, not to mention footage of my favorite European country (Ireland), and also sensible insights about love, relationships, marriage and divorce. And it kept everything realistic (in contrast to the Princess Diaries) but not too cynical.

I'm recommending this as a date movie, as although it's about lawyers, which usually inevitably use legal jargon in their dialogue, it kept everything simple and normal and thereby somewhat romantic. And there weren't many scenes you'd be embarrassed to watch with somebody else (if there were any at all).

It might also be interesting to note that this is actually a British production and not an American one, showing that the movie industry does a very good job of getting people from different nations to work together (Mind you, this was said by an English ambassador who visited DLSU once, as a cheerful ending note to his talk on the EU's position on the war against Iraq).

Anyway, I really don't think I'm smart enough to be able to give this movie the good review it deserves. So I guess I'm just going to say that Parker Posey's really funny, Julianne Moore redeemed herself (for me--as I said, I kinda hate her (especially in Evolution and I didn't even care to watch Hannibal)) and I sooo want to go to Ireland, even for just the leprechaun figurines.

The only thing bad I can say about our earlier movie experience really, was seeing the Excorcist preview and not being ready for it. Yikes! *shudders from fear* Oh, and I guess the terrible service at KFC sucked too.

Posted at 00:13 by miriyammqx

zee rocks
September 1, 2004   05:52 PM PDT
daniel RAFFERTY!
zee rocks
August 27, 2004   09:46 AM PDT
haha may side mention pa ang KFC..sucky branch..

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Quote for the Time Being

"Practice makes perfect."
"Nobody's perfect."
"Then, why practice?!" :P


Sources on the Yasutoko Brothers

Goodskates, Inc. - the Official Website of the Yasutokos - contains news about the brothers schedules, message, accomplishments, and also information about their family skatepark in Kobe, Japan.
Yasutoko--Aggrist! - Korean fan site about the brothers. The text is in Korean, but pics, videos and music are great! And if you look back far enough in the guestbook, you'll find an entry from Eito Yasutoko himself!
Bikes, Boards, Blades Website - one of the most interesting (and I think most accurate) articles written about the Yasutoko brothers. A little old, but still a good read.
Sk8Mag.de - interview of Takeshi Yasutoko after winning the gold medal in the Redbull Highrollers Competition 2003. (Site is originally in German, hope this link from Google translates to English directly.)
Watch Them Fly - Exclusive Interview with The Yasutoko Brothers - interview with the Yasutoko brothers when they went to Malaysia in 2002. (Courtesy of X-Fresh Malaysia, an on-line magazine)
Takeshi Yasutoko conquers the Asian X-Games! - about Takeshi's 98.25 and plenty more info on the Asian X-Games 2004. (Again, courtesy of X-Fresh Malaysia--it's such a nice website)
The Sun, Rising, Jumping and Spinning at High Velocity / Who Says Men Can't Fly? / Awaiting X-Games X / Double WHAT?! / Re-vert / How I Wish... / All in the Family / Growing Up... - my entries with links regarding the Yasutokos


... zee rocks ...
...the daily inquibbler...
...leli mcbealisms...
...names don't matter...
...anticipating serendipity...
...la bellissima...
...flicker of dreams...
...in the hidden pages of my notebook...
...a fool's prerogative...
...times like these...infinite sadness...
...polka dots...
...story of a girl...
...waking dream...
...thinking out loud...
...a pitcher plant story...
...diary of honey...
...mind drifter...
...endless episode...
...all about mardk...
...bittersweet avenue...
...by myself, but never alone...
...sole insanity...
...un monde parfait...

My Other Sites

Wala Lang!
Fiction Press
.products of imagination.
...between trailers...
+Ed is On+
**nocturnal screen
Dokomademou Ikou

More Other Sites

...ang mahiwagang turron...
...EXPN Website...
...Asian X-Games...
...ESPN TV Schedule...
...Japanese Language Tutorial...

My Favorites

The Result of Boredom and Obsession - my first entry. why I decided to create a blog.
Who Invented Blogs? - discussion on my fascination with blogs
Coming Clean, Theory and Back to the Obsession- an attempt at an explanation on why I'm still single.
I don't have a title for this one and that's okay - the freedom of the internet
Sense of Relationship - why some people remain single all their lives
Start - how I got obsessed with the Yasutoko Brothers in the first place
Is Fate With Me Or Against Me? - read how I met Takeshi Yasutoko in person, and how it saved my life (or, maybe it's more the opposite--you decide)
Science of Love - how "talking about love is like dancing about architecture."
I'm Wishing on the Sun - Can stars really make wishes come true?
Out of Character - how sometimes even your closest friends can surprise you
Where Can You Find Romance? - an attempt at grasping reality in Metro Manila
Back-to-School Blues - I don't have to go to school anymore!
I Should've Seen Filipinas Instead - discovering Mikel Campos
Recommended Fanfiction - I love fanfiction. Here are some of my favorites. Please check them out!
Change - It's hard enough to be yourself, why try to be somebody else?
And I'm Back - an account of my experience in Singapore and Bangkok
More Reasons to Watch Local Television - on Hero Angeles and Sandara Park
Minor de Edad at Walang Trabaho - musings at the hospital
Sleepwalking - some people can be dangerous, even when they're asleep
Follow Up - an update on Mikel Campos, and the link to his Candymag interview.
Mail Call - I got my diploma on Friday the 13th!
Yet Another Obsession - lyrics to Drake Bell's song "Girl Next Door"
I don't have a title again - Drake, Orly, and irritating cellphone servers
Creepy Coincidence - Is it really possible to be 'one of a kind'?
24 - countdown to my 20th birthday
Surprise! - a birthday surprise
Birthday Season - the advantage/disadvantage of September
Now Do I Have a Life? - one busy week
Which One's the Cutest? - Drake Bell and his cute puppies
The Last Man Standing - "I think therefore I'm single."
Risking Friendship - How many friends do you lose when you get into a relationship?
Missing - the winter camp brought about just one feeling
Environmental Complaints - why can't people just throw trash properly?
Irrelevant Information - what I'm interested in
Mind Over Matter - stubbornness works!
Three Day Weekend - review for the Korean Drama Full House
Ito Na Ang Update - after a brief hiatus...
Insatiable? - Man is insatiable. I am not.
Cue Girls Swooning - the start of an affection for Daniel Wu
4-Day Forecast - paano ba dapat malungkot?
FF7:Advent Children - a film worthy of the name Final Fantasy
Something There - Edison obsession
Hunter x Hunter - astig si Hisoka!
Comics Among Other Things - Blitzworx is finally out!
Ito Na Ang Orange Range - jpop/jrock/jrap? basta astig sila!
The Ida Precision Test - in case I ever get kidnapped by aliens...
2005 Review - just what the title says
Just Because I Was Tagged - something I refuse to list down
This is the Last Time... - moving on? Or just moving?
Busy Busy Busy - cosplay, UP fair and J-Pop at the Shang
It is this feeling... - Do you really need someone to fall in love with, to fall in love?
Happy Meals - Missing, Take 2
It's Gotta Be the Hair - and so starts the Abarai Renji obsession :P
Moving Forward - Change. It's constant.
The IDA Curse - See my true power! Hehehe. :P
On Meeting People - I hate meeting new people.
TV Series on DVD Killed the Hollywood Star - because Hollywood movies are getting suckier by the minute
What I Miss the Most - the only thing I miss about college
A Rather Late Account of the Komikon 2007 - Mangaholix 3!
Into the Woods and Another World - aftermath of a broadway musical and an anime convention
5 Days in Palawan - available in bookstores now!


Pamaypay - a Filipino short story, set in high school
Nicholas Was... - a short story about Christmas by Neil Gaiman
For Ragnarok Addicts - Neil Gaiman's technology-addiction-related poem, "Virus"
Heart Attack - just a bunch of pick-up lines related to heart problems
A Tail of Two Kitties - writings that suck, but are funny nonetheless
Juvenile Poetry - poem by my friend from HS
While Waiting Alone in the Stock Room - my 100th entry! just some musings about life.
Unfair - why can't people just feel the same way?
Bumalik na Alaala - time heals all... "wounds"
Sasayaw Kayo? - when someone's wearing the same color...
Jeepney - libreng pamasahe?
Pagmumuni-muni sa Daan - araw-araw akong naglalakad mag-isa.
Gusto Kong Sumikat - tulad ng araw...
Boracay Night - the beach isn't as romantic as everyone thinks
Ang Ganda ng Kalikasan - nature rocks!
Musings on the Road - English version? :P
Rain - isn't the rain just so poetic?
How Much? - how much can a person feel for another?
On the Way, In the Way - an attempt at at Renji/Rukia fanfic
Laughing and Smiling - irony of feelings?
Bookworm in Distress - or maybe, damsel in distress in a bookstore.
Time Flies - trying my hand at poetry (yet again)
A Beginner's Tale - fooling around with Talecraft


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Burglar in the Rye
Alamat ng Gubat
Wander Girl
Boy Meets Girl
Kikomachine Komix Blg.1
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Musikal

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