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It’s been over a year since I blogged on movies, I’ve seen a lot of good movies though, now that I am at it again, the past 12 months I can consider above flicks as my (personal) best films watched.  Most may not agree, why no blockbuster films such as the Avengers, or the Hunger Games, or even Andrew Stanton first live-action film (his waterloo) — the bombed John Carter, or the other Taylor Kitsch box-office disappointment the Transformer’s pseudo-inspired Battleship, or the critics applauded animated films such as the Lorax (which I have yet to see).  Of the four films I enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  most while eagerly waits for the back-to-back sequel in 2014 – The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.  Rooney Mara surprised critics with her performance and even upstaged co-star Daniel Craig in yet another David Fincher epic film.

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A 2009 Hindi feel-good movie.  Comes highly recommended 8.2/10 at IMBD.  India’s all time blockbuster. Got this from torrent via Nagueño’s blog.  It’s from Bollywood so you’ll need subtitle, plot is very much like ours (Pinoy) simple, at times corny yet relevant and the production quality is as good as any western big budget made films.

A romcom/drama weekend movie -thon with Ondine, Hot Tub Time Machine, Dear John and She’s Out of My League, my drug for dodging stress and grief with Dad at hospital fighting Big C as the family struggles to see eye to eye and letting matters to  God now that he’s 75, it’s been 5 long years Dad as stroke patient, his favorite and eldest granddaughter Una continues to be an angel for him as she divide her college time and as nanny for Lolo. Una will be an excellent nurse instead of an IT student.  The doctor news about his colon few months back by far the hardest blow to the family, meaning, his stay will not be for long, we tested waters with alternative medicines as he’s strong willed but his fragile body tells otherwise.  The universal truth that we cannot be here forever; acceptance is difficult but reality is staring in the face, a consolation perhaps, that the dearly departed are the lucky souls  because  they’ll  not suffer anymore nor be stressed out, no sins or lusts to worry about and neither they’ll indulge themselves in food and booze  that kills.  Dad checked-out of the hospital the other day, a decision which he’s been craving for … to go home, stay home and not be saddled by huge hospital bills, but the family needs to prepare — devote more time and care for the few more months, year perhaps, only God knows.  It is sad but that is life …

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Switching back to the 4 movies the Jay Baruchel starrer date movie  “She’s Out of my League” left a sweet taste in my lip, the film is your typical, washed up, predictable, forgettable yet deliriously funny movie, my only drawback that is that the F word” rains like sunshine. The Baruchel-Eve mix was a beauty to behold as the rest of the man-child casts were annoyingly funny.  Baruchel is like a young, local version of our iconic Dolphy whose low self esteem character and skinny look makes him a 5, yes, there is a formula in the movie that teach us how to rate people from 1 to 10.  The world even looked down if you struck a date with a hard 10 (Eve) but  everybody is a sucker for happy ending.  The difference from the other flicks is the chick here was for real not the dumb blond or the right girl at your side invisible all along.  Lots of comedic and idiotic stuff perhaps inspired by Judd Apatow films like the ejaculation scene and the grossly pubes shaving.

For first time director Jim Field Smith, the movie was a triumph for the geeks/nerds and all nobody’s out there, it had some good moments and was able to carry momentum till end credits.  If it’s a fantasy go check out Ric Ocasek (5) and Paulina Porizkova (10) and their odd 20+ years affair, they’re just the best example I could come up with because some beautiful women digs geeky guys and good conversation.  If you still can’t get enough go add up some Brit made films such as Love Actually, Notting Hill, or Hitch or ’til you puked in your couch.