Thursday, April 29, 2010

Revisiting Legally Blonde

It is a late Thursday night. I stayed up to revisit a movie that used to make me feel less serious. I've always been too serious about everything. A pen-pal of mine (yes, I have a pen-pal, from almost ten years ago,) used to enjoy it as well. She is a more relaxed and fashionable person than I am, but I digress.
This movie is ridiculous. It is pink overload with blonde highlights and a pinch of brains. It is, in short, intelligence with lip-gloss. How fruity is that? Fruitier than ambrosia salad, and sweeter, I say. I love watching Elle Woods evolve from fashion major to law student graduate and still maintain her roots, pun totally intended. While the plot isn't a new one, the theme reminds me clearly of the old adage that says to remember your past, but not to let it control who you are; just because everyone sees you as a "dumb blonde" doesn't make you one: only you decide who you are.
I liked the daring idea that a ditzy girl would go to such great lengths to win back a guy she loves. And I liked even more the fact, that she sticks to her conviction, with some encouragement, and in the end realizes she is the better person and deserving of someone better. Ah, snap! Well, technically bend, and then snap, but you know what I mean. Or maybe you don't know what I mean because you haven't seen the movie. And if you haven't it's o.k. The "bend and snap" has an 83% chance of the guy asking the girl out to dinner. But that you just have to see to believe. I didn't believe this was a good movie till I watched it. Pink, glitter, and all, I admit, it is still a comfort standby when you need to see life a little less seriously. Now I am off to sleep. Goodnight everyone.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Waiting.....My best friend's girl....You'll Never Know

Movies are so varied.
Movies are all similar.
they are like books
they remind you of the times
spent watching them
the time around watching
them, more than watching them.
I remember a first date
I was so tired and sitting
cold in the theater
standing up my knees almost buckle
he offers to cargarme (carry me)
No I decline with a roll
of the eyes...
sinking chair cushions,
old material, musty cozy smell,
empty living room occupied by an x-box
dvd's and games....
pacing between kitchen
living room, basement, room, kitchen,
piling pizza on a plate:
homemade, broccoli, mushrooms,
turkey pepporoni,
Futon, loft, hanging screen projector,
cuddling and tickling,
if you're hungry, there's, it's o.k
I really didn't want you to reply
(and this I say to make it easier
to run away...I only wish you had
known, I really had wanted you
to reply: you had
to stay:you tried
to love..didn't get the chance...)
I'm sorry...

dark room lit by tv light
old Steve Martin flick,
falling asleep, waking up
you behind me, just holding me
breathing softly,
brushing my arm with your fingertips.....

ah movies. What they do to us.

ah memories. Why are they like photographs?....

Ice Age.
The New World.
10,000 B.C.
The Corpse Bride.
American Beauty.
Family Guy
I"ll keep you all on my shelf.
I'll never stop dusting you off
you'll never stop feeling my care.

I can't forget you all.
And you'll never know me.

How far I've come.
From then till

from waiting to
My best friends girl
from serendipity to
500 Days of Summer....
I can't forget you all.
And you'll never know me.

You'll never know I cared.
You'll never know
I keep you on my shelf still
I rememeber all those little moments.

You'll never know. Me.

Kate Mae J

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Invention Of Lying

I am actually quite tired after a short work day. I spent the rainy afternoon at the bookstore relaxing and drinking a cup of mint tea with a wonderful friend and colleague of mine. (Just had to throw that word colleague in there, it sounded so professional and awesome.) After getting home, I sat down and eyed the columns of DVDs I have stacked in my living room around the already full shelf of more DVDs. I honestly have no idea why I have so many except I enjoy having them and being able to watch them whenever I want to. I have so many that I still haven't watched, so I kept glancing at those and decided on The Invention of Lying. I had had an acquaintance tell me the summary of it last year, and it made me curious. The plot is based around the idea of what if society had not evolved with the ability to lie. In the script, one man obtains the ability to lie. It sounded quite ingenious, and so I purchased it. Deciding it being a cloudy afternoon, I deemed it a good enough day to curl up and watch a "supposed" to be dry-humor film. The co-creator of the TV show The Office co-wrote, co-directed and starred in The Invention of Lying.
It does not start with the finesse and fine touches of a large budget Hollywood blockbuster, but instead has the quiet sense of an Indie film. The only two really famous actors are Jennifer Garner and Edward Norten. The plainness of the it gives the setting a nice sense of reality, without the glamour of a large Hollywood studio. I had been warned that the script was very crude, but I still hadn't prepared myself for the opening line to include the open confession of a woman masturbating. So, not only has society not developed the ability to lie, but neither has it developed the ability to discern what to say and what not to say. The whole movie continues this way. People are brutally honest about everything, down to a secretary correcting a misquotation about her boss, that, no she didn't call him gay, but a fat fatty fag. How charming, not to mention she makes this correction in front of her boss, and doesn't get in trouble for it! Can you imagine? Once past the initial shock however, the plot rolls out smoothly, about this loser, who is short, chubby, with a snub nose. He loses his job, and is about to become homeless, when suddenly he gains the ability to lie. He goes to the bank to withdraw the last of his money, $300. His months rent however, is $800. When at the bank, the teller asks how much he wants to withdraw, and in the space of a second, he tells her $800, instead of the $300 he really has. The teller of course has no way of knowing that this isn't true, because of course, no one is capable of telling a lie. So, she assumes it is a glitch in the computer system saying he only has $300 available in his account and gives him the requested $800. The movie continues this way, until finally he tells a lie so big, that the whole world ends up hearing about it.
So many films now try to be epic in every way, in that they are fast paced and keep the audience drawn in to a final climax. Every once in a while though, I come across quiet films like this that stays under the blockbuster radar and while it isn't epic, it is peppered with small touching gem-like moments to be cherished. One such moment is when the main antagonist finally convinces the beautiful woman to go on another date with him, and in the middle of the date, he gets a phone call that his mother is dying. He races to the hospital and while sitting with his mother, she tells him she is afraid. She begins to cry and tell him that after dying it's just an eternity of nothingness and she didn't even get to do everything she wanted to. He is so effected by seeing his mother slip away sadly, that he makes up a lie so that she dies happy and hopefully. He tells her that death isn't empty and that you go to a place of eternal happiness and everyone has a mansion. He even tells her all her loved ones will be there, and only love is there, no pain, ever again. I was surprised how sweet and gentle this moment came across in the middle of an excruciatingly honest script. It feels like the saving hug after years of enduring abuse. There are similar moments strung throughout the remainder of the movie.
I was impressed with the cleverness and the tied together themes worked into the plot. It may not have been a huge climatic story, but it had enough little climatic elements to make it worth watching. It was a fun and interesting idea about an non-evolved society of adulthood. I would recommend it for a more serious, thought provoking evening. And that is the honest truth.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Today is 4/20, a day that makes me wish I smoked marijuana, but alas, I do not. Oh, well. I kept to myself today. Drove for a few hours (just to drive, it's a hobby of mine), took a nap in the sunshine and fresh breeze, woke up to a growling stomach (I forgot to eat all day, again), ordered cashew chicken, brought it home, and put a movie on to watch. Which movie? Ponyo, of course. I can't even wait till the end of the animated film to talk about it. It is based off of Hans Christian Anderson's original story The Little Mermaid. With that title, you can already grasp an idea of how the movie flows, (no pun intended.) I couldn't believe how many elements the movie possessed. From the voice casting, the mixing of Japanese drawing styles, the script, and the tiered leveled themes. I am dually impressed, and it hasn't even finished yet.

To begin, it starts very slow. Painfully, and even quietly so. I was getting the sinking feeling (again, no pun intended) it was going to be one of those movies, with barely any dialogue. However, within a few minutes, the beginning credits finish and the movie speeds up in a building crescendo of a span of ten to fifteen minutes. Ponyo is one of the many fish-children of a man that lives in the ocean on a boat. She manages to run away, or rather swim away, on the back of a jellyfish. She ends up on the coast where a little boy finds her trapped in a mason jar and saves her. He claims she is a goldfish and puts her in his sand bucket with water and takes her home with him. He lives with his mom in a house on a top of a hill, and his dad is always away at sea. Meanwhile, her ocean father, voiced by Liam Neeson ventures onto dry land to find her. I must comment how ironic it is that Liam Neeson has fallen once again into the "father finding his daughter" character, especially since he recently finished starring in the acclaimed Taken.
The scripting was inventive, the characters engaging, and even if bordering cheesy, is enjoyable. It isn't too long of a movie, but definitely running on the longer side. It is chock full of touching moments that in the simplicity of it, you realize how profound the parallels are. There is a scene where the boy loses Ponyo, as he calls his goldfish, and he's extremely sad. His mom tries to console him with the fact his father will be home that night. He does cheer up, but then his dad calls to say he can't make it because he has to go finish one more catch of fish. The mom gets upset, and the boy trying to console his mom tells her, don't worry, I know Dad breaks his promises a lot, but he loves us, and will come home. He then wonders out loud to himself, I hope Ponyo is o.k. I hope she doesn't think I've abandoned her; I love her and will find her. The mom sits up and looks at her son and hugs him and tells him how smart he is; and that, Ponyo will be ok, and of course she knows he loves her. The fact that the two characters in love are children makes up for the fact that at times it becomes cheesy. It captures the honesty and innocence we have as children, and that most of us lose on the way to adulthood. I will watch it again, when I'm in the mood for something light and sweet to watch.

Monday, April 19, 2010

I Should Be Polite

It is the same day and here I am blogging again, and it isn't even about Ponyo still. I suppose I should introduce myself. I am a twenty-one year old female going on twenty-two. I am at a loss what to do with myself at this point in my life. It's strange, because there's either two ways to approach this point in one's life: live life like a party, or be studious and plan ahead. I'm actually neither. If I were to describe my life-style, it would sound more like a middle-aged person already settled down, even though I am not settled down. Far from being settled, I live on a couch. It has been an exciting couch. I wonder where I will end up next. I have settled into limbo due to the fact I don't know how to have my cake and eat it too. I keep holding out till I can figure out how to. And in the meantime, I just live my life. I work full-time at Wal-Mart, and go out to eat. I cook at home, I read (a lot,) and I watch movies. I know how to live alone and I have lived alone, but I don't like to. I do like to write and talk about movies. Being a theater student on hold (perhaps permanently) I like experiencing most things on stage or on screen. And also since I am working towards being bilingualy fluent, foreign films interest me as well.
So, here I am in limbo, older than twenty-one, but not quite twenty-two, starting a blog about one of my passions. It isn't even that I am passionate about the movie itself, but the enjoyment I get from watching them. Here's to Peace, Love, and Popcorn grease...(because usually all those things have occurred alongside the few decades of films tucked away in my mind.)

Hi, Nice to Meet You, What Do You Want?

Hello, fellow bloggers and readers. I am fresh blood to the blogging scene. While I never have posted anything for the main public to see, I am going to post now. A good friend of mine was talking with me on the phone the other day and I was telling him about a movie I was watching at the time: American Beauty. He gave me the idea that I should start a blog on the movies I see: a movie review blog if you will. So, here it is. I am about to watch one of the latest, (if not the newest,) film from the Studio Ghibli called Ponyo. Presented by Disney it is an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's original story The Little Mermaid. Should be engaging. Let's take a look see.