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Undergoing Improvements

Hi.

It’s been 5 years since I wrote anything on this blog. For those who took time to read, liked, and commented, thanks for the love.

So after 5 years it’s time once again for a major renovation on this site.

It will be a different format as I would also include blogs from my travel and restaurant experiences, aside from my movie and television reviews.

Hope to catch you again very soon…

Thank you.

LibratedMind

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When I started watching World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles (Sony Pictures) in DVD, it is so similar to the Independence Day movie in 1996. One good thing about this movie is it tackled mostly the human factor and emotion during an alien invasion. Comparing it to Independence Day, which is more extreme heroism with a mix of cynicism due to the comedic and sarcastic approach. Battle Los Angeles seems to be more toned down with its heroic acts, which makes it more real and believable.

The storyline became more real as it never was a perfect plan but a series of trial and errors, and in each attempt they do it caused lives, which again is very relatable, and instead of criticizing them, the tendency is to understand the rationality why it had to happen.

I have no specific comment on the actors, which is a good thing because I believed them in their role and character. The scene when William Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez) died I was in a way relieved because it goes to show what experience does matter in this sort of situations and they way he died was indeed heroic in his own way. Aaron Eckhart was perfect for the role of a mature, retiring Marie Staff Sergeant, Michael Nantz. And of course I must make special mention of Michelle Rodriguez as Elena Santos. I guess she could be type casted for war movies, not that it’s a bad thing but she’s very good at it – the female machismo.

Somewhere in the middle of the film, you tend to wonder when will this end because of the action and battle scenes were just never-ending but it goes to show that once you accept and appreciate the movie, it does take you on the journey.

I particularly like the ending because it makes you use your imagination that the war is not over and the teamwork of the rest of the platoon would persevere and determined to defeat the aliens. It didn’t leave an impression of heroism on the platoon but it’s just the way they were disciplined in their training. Probably a lesson we could all learn in our daily lives.

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Clint Eastwood, the director of the movie, has done it again. Here After (Warner Bros.) is a beautiful masterpiece and a witty way of merging the trilogies, having a single plot of dealing with afterlife experiences not to mention that relationship each have with the other.

I am not one bit surprised with Matt Damon’s role as George. One thing that is refreshing is that he doesn’t have any action scenes unlike his past and more popular movies. This way you tend to appreciate the raw talent focusing on actions and reactions to things and situation.

Other cast members also were exceptional. The short role of Bryce Dallas Howard was also mind-blowing especially the scene where George was forced to tell the past of Melanie and despite the warnings, she still insisted that resulted in a one-take tear dropping which was so perfect for that instance. Cecile De France (as Marie Lelay) was great in her own right. Though admittedly I had to focus more on the subtitles that I was not able to “really” notice her performance. One of the things that got me was the scene between George and Marcus (Frankie McLaren) when he was “connecting” with him, describing how his brother is. That was a true tearjerker scene. You could actually feel the pain of Marcus.

It’s been months since I encountered such a brilliant film and it’s such a pleasant surprise since, at first, I do not have any impressions of the movie – probably the reason why I deeply enjoy this film.

I Am Sam


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Just recently watched I Am Sam (New Line Cinema) on HBO and it brought back such memories when I watched this for the first time. The problem is when I turned the channel to HBO it was just starting… what’s the problem? You really need to be emotionally ready for this movie. I was not but I had to endure it but it’s so worth it.

This is one of the movies that you just cannot turn your back at every scene. Sam Dawson (Sean Penn) is remarkable in this movie. I appreciate the scenes were he is at work (Starbucks and KFC) trying his best to do a good job even though sometimes it just goes bad but the spirit and determination for him to earn a living to be able to provide his daughter a good life really pinches your gut.

There are so many powerful scenes in the movie – too many to mention. Some of my favorites were the courtroom scene, Sam trying very hard to organize his thoughts as he answers the questions for the lawyers; When Sam met his daughter, Lucy Diamond Dawson (Dakota Fanning) for the first time after being separated by Child Services – very powerful and believable; The confrontation between Sam and Rita Harrison-Williams (Michelle Pheiffer) when Rita succumbs to the vulnerability of telling Sam that her life is not as perfect as Sam thinks; And when Randy Carpenter (Laura Dern), the temporary parent and shelter for Lucy Diamond, went to Sam’s house to return his daughter – the connection of the father-daughter was that strong that convinced Randy that Lucy Diamond is better off being with her father.

The cast were perfect for their roles. And the nomination of Sean Penn was very well deserved. I also liked that Diane Wiest as Annie Cassell, Sam’s neighbor and who helped him raise Lucy Diamond as an infant. Loretta Devine plays Margaret Calgrove, a social worker who recommended that Lucy Diamond will be better in a normal parents and home. And of course Richard Shiff plays Mr. Turner, the smooth and cocky prosecutor.

I really recommend this to everyone who wants to feel good at the end of movie but do expect some tears to flow down every now and then. Though this is such an old movie (2001), it’s also good to revisit the movie and enjoy and celebrate being human. It’s very true that “Love is all you need.”

Due Date


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I really couldn’t say that I fell in love with the movie from the very start. Though Due Date (Warner Bros.) has a good and simple plot, and achieving a typical “odd couple” for the journey was set. I guess the “complications” along the way was a tad bit too stretchy for me. Don’t get me wrong, the acting was great but it’s a bit too shallow and somewhat forgettable, though still entertaining. Robert Downey, Jr. plays Peter Highman; Zach Galifianakis plays Ethan Tremblay and/or Ethan Chase; Michelle Monaghan plays Sarah Highman; and Jaime Foxx plays Darryl. There was also a scene with Danny McBride who plays a disabled Western Union employee and he is so hilarious.

I did have some issues on how Zach Galifianakis played his role. It was second guessing is he was gay in the movie on the basis of his mannerisms, like the way he walked or the way he handles his dog. Not that there’s really something wrong with his character but it wasn’t really clear and precise so it tends to be speculated and until the end of the movie, I was still wondering.

I also had a problem with the gun shooting scene. The thing that I don’t get is that Zach’s role is not retarded or lacks some common sense, though clumsy most of the time, but to accidentally shoot Robert was a bit desperate. I guess that’s how simple the storyline is that they need obstacles like this to stretch the movie a bit. It was an intense scene when both Ethan (Zach) and Peter (Robert) started doubting the paternity of the unborn child of Sarah (Michelle) in connection with Darryl (Jaime) and it will only be answered and clarified once the baby was borne. It kept you guessing and second guessing until they reached the hospital where Michelle was giving birth.

But one thing I did appreciate is the unfound friendship that was borne between them all throughout the journey. A true “odd couple” plot. There were intense scenes where they either despise, resent, and hate each other or empathize, understand, and appreciate each other.

Overall, I still do recommend this movie for those who just want to be entertained with no expectations of the movie or even the characters. The lessons of the movie is also worthwhile and basically you can meet new friends in the oddest of places – they did.

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I must admit that I was surprised in a way on how the story of Megamind (Dreamworks) would appear of the big screen. The trailers and teasers would be enough to entice you to watch but it’s such a revelation on how the story progressed and ends. This is one movie that has it’s own twists and turns which keep you in tuned and glued to your seat.

The actors and their voices were perfectly cast for this movie. The voices are very distinct and it’s easily recognizable. Will Ferrel as Megamind, Tina Fey as Roxanne Ritchie, David Cross as Minion (a cute character I must say), Johan Hill as Hal Stewart and Tighten, Brad Pitt as Metro Man, and Ben Stiller as Bernard. It’s not only a delight on how the actors do complement the characters but the storyline is very amusing and it will keep you guessing until it unfolds itself in the end.

Megamind’s character, as a super villain, is something that will grow on you. It leaves me in awe and wanting to get a stuff toy for myself. For a villain, I rarely find them amusing (who does?) but the way his character was formed and explained, it all made sense why he is that way and the more you get to know him, the more you not only understand but somehow appreciate him as well.

Lastly, this is one movie that although offers 3D version of the movie, it certainly didn’t add great value for money. I watched it in regular 2D format and it’s awesome all by itself without paying double for something that you have to wear the whole entire movie. Sometimes, it makes me wonder and question what movies are best suited for the 3D format.

A very highly recommended movie for the whole family with very valuable lessons that some evil has the potential to be good after all. For those who watched it, you know what I’m talking about and for those who haven’t — what the hell are you waiting for?

Altitude


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The moment my partner brought home a DVD copy of Altitude (fresh from the USA) I kinda knew what I was in for. I am really not a fan of bloody death type of movies but this different. It’s more suspense and thriller. Funny but the story takes place inside a small airplane with a group of friends who are flying the plane all by themselves.

During their flight, something went wrong. The instruments started malfunctioning that made the plane increase in altitude and they’re slowly running out of gas. They encountered a storm and this is where the thriller starts. A mysterious force is trying to kill each one of them but only one has the power to stop this force.

As far as actors are concerned, I’m not that keen to critic their skills because they’re not as popular as the others so there’s no point of comparison but it doesn’t shy away from the storyline. This way you just focus on the story more than the acting. And this this type of movie, who needs famous actors – just a huge waste on the budget.

You do feel that you’re at the edge of your seat once you’re trying to figure out what is happening to them and it doesn’t fall short of the suspense and thriller factor. The story is solid and you just want to make sure you see the ending to try and get the whole story. Though I have to admit that some petty conversations inside the plane is a bit corny but it does set the precedence on the actors character so in a way it’s effective.

For a low budget movie, this is a good deal. Not sure if this has being shown here already but if ever you should try to watch it but make sure you’re up to some shocks and edge of the seat seating. And it’s not going to be shown, try to get a copy.

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