Hachi: A Dog’s Story (2009)

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Last Saturday, I attended a gathering of parish leaders. Incidentally, it was also the launching of a series of catechism lecturettes for the said group. It was observed that the parishioners are ripe for a series of formation seminars, which will enable parish leaders help in Christ’s mission of evangelization. Hence, the series of formation seminars which will run for seven months!

The group was made to watch “Hachi: A Dog’s Story,” a powerful and moving story about a dog’s loyalty to his master. It is a remake of the 1987 Japanese film, Hachiko Monogatari. I won’t dwell into details so as to encourage readers to watch the film. But the most striking element of the film which really made me want to bawl is the dog’s loyalty to his master after so many years. But I was just too conscious that I would embarrass myself in front of complete strangers so I discreetly wiped my tears. LOL.

Richard Gere stars as Parker Wilson, the professor; Joan Allen as Cate Wilson, the professor’s wife; and many other notable actors and actresses. Hachi, the dog, was played by three different Akitas named Chico, Layla and Forrest. Watching these dogs portray Hachi was just amazing!

This film is a must see. Dog lover or not, it will certainly tug at your heartstrings.


KMM’s new film is officially titled “Man of Vendetta”

Here is the trailer of KMM’s new film, Man of Vendetta. With English subtitles, of course. In theaters in early July.

Credits: MyungMin International and kimmyungmin10 (YT account)

Iron Man 2 (2010)

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My mom and I, together with a cousin watched IRON MAN 2. This movie date was in celebration of Mother’s Day. I enjoyed the first IRON MAN immensely in 2008 and I cannot let the opportunity pass with the second film.

As I remember it, the first IRON MAN movie ended with the billionaire Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey, Jr) revealing that he is in fact, IRON MAN. And so, the second film starts with Tony Stark being pressured by the US government, press and the public to divulge the secret technology employed by the armored superhero.  He refuses to do so for fear that information will fall into the wrong hands. To complicate matters, Tony is suffering the deadly side effects of the palladium element which is necessary for him to be the hero-in-suit and while he believes that he is dying, a new and powerful enemy is just around the corner to wreck havoc.

Whenever I watch fantasy and sci-fi movies, I don’t have expectations. I just go to the movie house to get entertained. And IRON MAN 2 gave me just that. I’ve always liked Robert Downey Jr because he is such a good actor. I like the characters he portray and he performs effortlessly. Gwyneth Paltrow is such a stunner. I like the chemistry between her and Downey. On the other hand, I liked Scarlett Johansson’s character with all that kicking ass and martial arts. Such a femme fatale! Oh yeah, Samuel L. Jackson’s presence is also an added attraction and Mikey Rourke’s Ivan Vanko is awesome.

I’m curious as to the plot of the third installment. 🙂

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

How to Train Your Dragon is a computer-animated fantasy film created by DreamWorks Animation based loosely on the book  with the same title.

The story takes place in a mythical Viking world where a young Viking teenager named “Hiccup” aspires to be “one of the tribe” by becoming a dragon-slayer. However, Hiccup is seen to be “different” as he is perceived to be weak and interested in other things. His father, who happens to be the tribe’s leader, has excluded him in anything that pertains to fighting dragons and has relegated him to help in the armory. Surprisingly, Hiccup was able to capture a dragon but is unable to kill it. He befriends this dragon and calls him, Toothless. When Hiccup’s father decides to enter him into dragon training and consequently learns of his son’s friendship, misunderstandings arise. Furthermore, the tribe’s blind “fixation” in slaying all dragons complicates matters.

I watched the film without any expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised with it. It made me laugh so hard and I was utterly entertained. It chased my blues away. And I found Toothless adorable, cute and sweet. I love Toothless’ eyes, very expressive for a dragon! 😀

I also liked how the relationship of father and son was developed in the course of the film. Furthermore, I also liked how the film depicted that it is not always right to conquer or kill when there is a possibility for both human and other species to co-exist. In this case, the dragons are not enemies, they can be friends or even pets. 😀

Lovely film.

Korean film: The Demolished Man’s poster is out

I’m such a bad fan. I missed this. Grrr. Anyway, better late than never.  I was shocked when I came across the poster of Kim Myung Min’s latest film, The Demolished Man. The poster makes me want to bawl.

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And the official trailer was released today, April 28. Check the trailer at MyungMin International (MMI). The film is set to be released July 2010. I cannot wait!

For more details, check out MyungMin International website.

Clash of the Titans (2010)

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Ever since I saw the trailer of the latest “Clash of the Titans” movie, I promised my self that I will certainly watch it. I even asked my friends that our next movie date would be to watch this film. However, due to our hectic schedules, the movie date did not push through. And so I only had the opportunity to watch this on DVD.

The movie is loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus, a demi-god, sired by  Zeus with Danae (mortal mother). Perseus is caught in the times where humans openly defy and challenge the gods. His adoptive family is one of the many casualties of this war. While in Argos, Perseus witnesses Hades’ ultimatum – sacrifice Andromeda or the Kraken will be released to wreak havoc on humanity. He also discovers that he is Zeus’ offspring and he is being guided and watched over by Io, a woman who does not age as punishment for refusing to be seduced by a god. To avenge his slain family, Perseus joins Argos’ finest soldiers in a quest to eventually stop the Kraken.  In his odyssey, he encounters different creatures and triumphs over them. He eventually saves the day by stopping the Kraken.

The movie is certainly entertaining with all its visual effects. For an adventure and fantasy flick, this is worth the watch. However, I would not say that it is outstanding and brilliant. The saving grace I think of this movie, at least for me, is the presence of great actors like Liam Neeson (Zeus) and Ralph Fiennes (Hades). Sam Worthington (Perseus) has a long way to go but he has potential. I am looking forward to seeing more of him in the future.

What I liked about this movie is the fact that Perseus wanted to do things on his own, on his terms. It’s like encouraging people that one must exhaust all possible avenues before asking for the help of the gods. I don’t think it is arrogance but merely exploring and using the gifts bestowed on humanity.

Thank God for DVDs!

Last Easter Sunday, I got to watch three movies.  Thank goodness for my DVDs.

I realized that I’m such a pathetic moviegoer. It was only last Sunday that I got to watch AVATAR. When I told my office mates about it. They were dumbfounded. Yeah, I’m such a loser. Ha ha. I found the movie very entertaining. I wish that I had seen it in IMAX or even just a plain movie theater. I’m sure I would have enjoyed it more. I won’t write a review of the film because there are lots of it online. The story is quite simple and unoriginal but I liked the lessons that it wished to impart. I absolutely loved the the animation technology it employed. Very colorful, creative. I was like a kid watching the movie because I was gushing and enthusiastic while watching the film.

And then I watched THE BOUNTY HUNTER, starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston. I watched it without any expectations and I’m glad that I didn’t have any. Because it was certainly unremarkable. It was entertaining enough. I liked Gerard Butler more in The Ugly Truth.

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The last movie that I watched was 500 DAYS OF SUMMER. Now, this got me interested. It’s not a typical boy meets

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girl and they fall in love story. This time, only the boy falls in love. The plot was so unpredictable and it really bites. I was feeling sorry for the guy and was really getting angry with the girl. But when this scene happened:

Summer: I woke up one morning and I just knew.
Tom: Knew what?
Summer: What I was never sure of with you.

I was like, “Oh. Right. Big Time.”  So very true.  I liked this movie a lot because it took on a different approach on falling in love and on relationships. No sugarcoating.  I was utterly charmed.

The Young Victoria and “Only You”

I have been searching for a DVD of The Young Victoria but my efforts proved futile. I’ve always loved period films and dramas so this film has caught my interest. I’ve seen the trailers and various videos at Youtube to satisfy my curiosity. I found this particular music video created by a fan. What I love about it was the music used.

“Only You” is performed by Sinead O’ Connor. It is the love theme of the said motion picture. The lyrics depict the love between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The lyrics can be found here. I thought, “what a wonderful love song – the story behind it is moving and beautiful. Who wouldn’t wish for that kind of love?”

Happy Find: Confucius DVD (2010)

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Ever since I learned that there is an epic film about the Chinese philosopher, Confucius, I relentlessly researched if the film will be released internationally. Or, I hoped that a DVD with English subtitles will be available soon. Imagine my surprise when I found a copy of the movie…and yes, with English subtitles! I bought the movie along with “From Paris with Love” and “The Hurt Locker.” (Erm, my mom loves action movies so I bought the latter two for her)

P.S. I already watched “From Paris with Love” and found it entertaining. Of course, with John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyer, it was definitely fun. On the other hand, I didn’t like “The Hurt Locker.” Probably because I don’t really like war films with all the gore and blood. However, I feel for those soldiers who had to fulfill their duty in spite of the horrifying things they have seen in Iraq.  As for Confucius, I will watch the film probably this weekend. I hope I will not be disappointed.