Review in SMS – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

24 12 2012
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A review in SMS – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

IT TOOK all of 7 minutes before the line, “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”  Just right after the Tale of Erebor, told in a manner that brought to mind The Ten Commandments.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel, is the delightful tale of Bilbo Baggins, commissioned by Gandalf to join 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield(?) to claim back The Lonely Mountain, their home.

What ensues is an adventure brimming with much detail only a Tolkien geek would love.  But I am not and I love it just the same.  It’s a lot of flashbacks and backstories, too much information that never looked, sounded, and entertained so good.

All the usual characters are there – Galadriel halfway through, and Gollum and “the” ring by the second hour.  But the revelations are Bilbo, and Thorin.  Especially Thorin, who is charismatic as The Dwarf King.  He is firm, he pierces with his stare…  and he sings!  This unexpected journey is an unexpected musical as well.

True courage is not knowing when to take a life.  But when to spare one.

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Gandalf with Claudio, eNTeNG, Kia Leh and Michele


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After the movie, we met up with Chin Eik and Giuseppe and strolled along Orchard Road.


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All the walking brought us back to Gelatissimo in front of Shaw Lido, where we saw the movie. Giuseppe treated us to gelato to our hearts’ content!


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I didn’t immediately get why Michele wanted to have the shot taken again. Haha!


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Back at their serviced apartment, I saw the piano at the lobby and instantly felt the need to sing “The Christmas Song”. Haha! This is our version of the singer and the songwriter.

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Review in SMS – Life of Pi

24 12 2012
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A review in SMS – Life of Pi

THE PROBLEM with a much-hyped-about movie is that the situation sets the stage for disappointment.

I won’t say I was terribly disappointed.  It was just that I realized that Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” is NOT for the particularly impatient.  I happen to be impatient.

Named after a French swimming pool, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel tells a writer his “story that will make anybody believe in God”.  This is at the core of the film, which for its amazing visuals and effects, is a stunning masterpiece of a spiritual journey disguised in magical realism.  It’s your “buddy” movie – but between a young Indian boy (Suraj Sharma in a stunning debut performance) and a Bengal tiger (3D effects at its best).

Several quotes stuck with me long after the credits rolled.  Here are two I loved so much.

“When someone you care so much about leaves your life unceremoniously, it breaks your heart.  Life is about letting go.  But you could at least say goodbye.”

“There are many things I remember about our last day.  But I don’t remember saying goodbye.”

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Review in SMS – the perks of being a wallflower

24 12 2012
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A review in SMS – the perks of being a wallflower

IN LINE at Kinokuniya at Takashimaya, I saw this book on the shelf by the counter.  A voice behind me said, “Oh, they’ve made the movie already!”  The voice cut past me, picked one and brandished it to her friends.

I read the blurb at the back cover of “the perks of being a wallflower” and felt like reading a part of just about anybody’s life when people cared only about what they used to be.  Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller are perfectly cast.  (Ezra was amazing in “We Should Talk About Kevin.”)

Music, in mix tapes and vinyl, hold the movie together, especially when Charlie sings to “All Out of Love”.  Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” drove me insanely sentimental.  With the book, I laughed, I cried.  Now with the movie too.

The perks of being a moviegoer?  I get to enjoy a couple of slices of pizza, the cholesterol, not to mention the guilt, I washed down with iced green tea.



“Why do nice people choose the wrong people to date?”

“You see things.  And you understand.  You’re a wallflower.”


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I saw the book on the shelf by the counter at Kinokuniya at Takashimaya. The one beside it, Cloud Atlas, has also been recently adapted into film.


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I just had to get myself a copy! For a few days, it became my reading material of choice during my MRT rides to and from work.


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