Meeting Lena Dunham

Lena DunhamI remember that day clearly like it was yesterday.

You already know that me and the fam went to New York for the Labor day weekend right? It was only supposedly a 4-day trip which I totally realized was too short! I mean come on mom and dad?! I definitely made the most of our walking trips, and my constant craving for a bagel and some Dunkin Donuts…and oh wait wait wait- 99 cent pizzas!

So on our last day, I turned on the actor switch in me (but you gotta know that I legitimately felt sad that day knowing it would be our last day) and my parents bought it! They were like “okay, one more day”. We were also supporting my uncle because he had the citizenship interview the coming day, it would be rude to leave when he has a big day waiting too. I went with him and walked for an hour to the immigration office downtown (it was a long walk but it was a hot summer’s day so I was really loving it). I got to see SoHo and West Village for reals! I even took videos! Check my instagram!

By the way, I’m sharing too much and not talking  about the picture on top BUT here we go. So I found out that morning on twitter that the TV show GIRLS is filming at Lafayette Street near Astoria! I was like “where the hell is that?!” and really, thank God for Google Maps y’all. I even asked my uncle as we were walking to the building of where the place was and he showed me exactly where the filming trucks and crew were setting up!

I immediately got home after the immigration office interview and took a nap for like 3 hours and then I woke up and kinda felt tired but I knew I had to come down and meet whoever possibly was there filming scenes. I expected Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet, of course Lena Dunham. So I walked back to the place and sat down at the flight of steps outside this big library and restaurant. I was wondering why there no fans waiting, so I kind of just thought “maybe this is a long shot”. To my surprise I saw Jemima Kirke lounging around outside a little apartment building! I was like “oh hell yes!”, y’all know my first reaction right? “SHE’S GORGEOUS!” and I came up to the nearest phone booth and started tweeting about it (like a normal obsessive hard fan would) and I saw another girl clamouring and talking on the phone with someone sharing the fact that she saw Jemima! I noticed that the people were just walking by her, maybe they didn’t know her? Or they just don’t care? For some reason that baffled me. She then went inside before I could even find the guts to ask her for a photo (in which she eventually turned down after she stormed out the door), she said she actually can’t take photos with fans, she wasn’t allowed. Oh well.

So an hour came by and I was getting kinda frustrated and thought maybe I’m not gonna meet anybody famous I could take a photo with. Then I waited for another half hour. I even saw two girls waiting, and they looked delighted and excited to see whoever’s going to show up. They left after a few minutes and right at that moment I saw the door open and there goes Lena! I was really shocked! Then I came up to her and said hello and immediately asked for a hug! That wasn’t typical me by the way. Then she gave me a hug and asked where I was from. I told her we were visiting and it was my last day in the city, and that I was from the Philippines and Canada. I asked her for a photo and she was like “yeah, sure!”. She was the coolest ever! She even posed for another photo after asking me if I liked the first one. Seriously it was the best day ever. She said “it was very nice to meet you!’ and waved goodbye. It was enough for me. It topped my first meeting with a Hollywood celeb back in 2011 which was Channing Tatum. I knew I had to share it at every social media account I have, so I did.

Thank God for making my parents say yes to stay another day in which I totally made the most of!

Movie Review: Fruitvale Station (2013)

fruitvaleNow I understand why this film captured the hearts of the Sundance crowd and won the jury prize. I was prepared to be indifferent about it despite the great reviews, but oh boy it hit me deeply and I was in tears.

Plot: Follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.

You know that feeling when you just walked out of the theatre but you wanted to collect yourself first but people keep walking past you? This was EXCELLENT in all levels. A very special film that was based on a youtube video about a young man that was arrested and eventually shot by a police officer on New Year’s eve. The movie follows Oscar Grant (played by the amazing Michael B. Jordan) as he goes about his final day and the people he met. The director surely made an unforgettable debut.

I can say that the performances are better than the movie itself. The cast was a-plus-mazing. Octavia Spencer gave me everything I ever wanted in life, while Melonie Diaz served! I wouldn’t be shocked if both of them won awards come the Oscars/SAG/Golden Globes season. Did I mention Michael B. Jordan’s terrific starmaking turn? He was absolutely amazing. Some of the scenes were superbly shot, and the script was just a dream. The ending provided us with the information we needed but that last scene with the girlfriend and the kid, was just, I can’t even.

Definitely one of the films you shouldn’t dare miss this year.

Movie Review: Only God Forgives (2013)

Only God ForgivesThis was quite the cinematic experience. And to think people walked out of the theatres because they couldn’t take whatever they were seeing, I have to say that this movie was pretty darn brilliant. I liked it.

Plot: Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family’s drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Jenna to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother’s recent death.

If you can look past the violence & the distasteful nature of this film, I’m sure you will consider it a masterpiece. Then again, it’s a slice of the pie, so you’re going to have to take it in no matter how disgusting and immoral you feel. THIS MOVIE IS CLEARLY NOT FOR EVERYBODY.

Purely falling under the style over substance category, it’s that type of film where you don’t care for the characters let alone for the thin story it tries to tell us. Disengaging yet I can’t say that’s a bad thing. I gotta say that I loved the location though, it was perfect. I want to go to Bangkok now! The lights and the hue of this film are just so stunning. Also the soundtrack, it was like I’m in a dream. I jumped a little in some scenes because I knew there was blood waiting to be shed, I had to cover my eyes, because I myself, couldn’t tolerate that much violence.

One more thing, Ryan Gosling’s eerie machismo creeped me out a little and Kristin Scott Thomas (this is the first time I’ve seen her in a film), oh boy have I become an instant fan. She played it perfectly! Vithaya Pansringarm, the Thai actor, was brooding and excellent. I admit, it was a little tough to watch but I’m glad that this film proved me wrong about the jeers it received at Cannes last May.

Cory Monteith, 1982-2013

Cory MonteithThe Toronto Star: “The B.C. Coroner’s Service says Canadian actor Cory Monteith was killed by an overdose of heroin and alcohol.”

The said statement was announced this afternoon following the autopsy and investigation about Glee actor Cory Monteith’s untimely passing. Staff at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel found his body around noon Saturday after he missed his checkout time.

What I really feel about this whole situation is that one man, with whom the public has grown to love over the past 4 years is now gone. Glee was a turning point in Cory Monteith’s young career and he definitely melted hearts and swooned girls from all over the world by being in such a great Tv show. I was shocked myself when I found out about his passing Sunday morning and I screamed myself “NO NO NO” then started reading more about it on twitter and the news articles, and unfortunately believed it.

The thing I loved about Cory Monteith is that he’s as genuine as he is very nice and hilarious. That’s something in general to all the fans who love him as well, but his interviews are what stood out to me. He would encourage everybody to be themselves, and follow their dreams. He was never hesitant to open up about his drug problem, and that he needed help. Hats off to him when he decided to check into rehab a few months ago, even though I found that completely baffling. I never expected someone like him to have such weight on his shoulders especially with his image. A while ago I was reading some more tweets about him and found out that co-stars Dianna Agron and Naya Rivera fell to the ground and collapsed hysterically after hearing the news. I couldn’t imagine the pain his family is going through, also his girlfriend Lea Michele and his friends. The outpouring of love and support throughout social media was flowing, everyone was heartbroken. It’s a tremendous loss to young Hollywood. I would also like to write about Talia Castellano, who died this morning as well. Such a fighter and a sweet little girl. Spread your wings and fly child, you are now free. Rest in peace Cory & Talia. We love you.

Movie Review: The Bling Ring (2013)

The Bling Ring

 

“I mean I don’t consider myself an A-list looking guy”

That line was ridiculously bad. I can’t believe I waited so long, and with great hopes for this awful movie. I took my Korean friend to see this so he could learn more on how to converse in English, now I’m thinking it’s a super fail.

Plot: Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers, Rebecca (the ringleader), Marc, Nicki, Sam and Chloe, known as the Bling Ring, use the Internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes. Victims included Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Rachel Bilson, Audrina Patridge, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr.

I mean it’s a decent inside look to what really went down during those Hollywood burglaries but that was all there is to it. Was it actually supposed to have that impact on viewers? The one where you say “huh?” after you saw the movie. Sofia Coppola baffles me: maybe I’m not a fan of her film-making? I liked Somewhere though. Unlikable characters (but Emma Watson’s Nicolette Ramirez is hilarious, and I still love her), one-liners that will certainly make your eyes roll twice, and a terribly slow pacing is what you’re gonna get. I really can’t believe how shallow I am. Let me leave you with a much better line, these may not be exact to what Leslie Mann’s character said, but it’s somewhere along:

“We wind up being the average of the people we surround ourselves with” 

Movie Review: The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby

So I finally got the chance to see this much-awaited, stylized movie by Baz Luhrmann! I saw it on 3D too so I think I made the most of it!

Plot: An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.

My take: It didn’t take me a while to wrap my head around the story, since I haven’t read the book too. I loved how the “movie magic touch” worked in its favor because the 1920’s was such a gorgeous era, style-wise and attitude-wise. Made me wonder if I actually lived in that decade. The casting was perfect, Leonardo DiCaprio shines and says “old sport” about 200 times and I was perfectly fine with it. The other actors also did amazing. It was such a tragic film, and the narration kept me glued to my seat though I admit I dozed off a couple times. 9/10!

 

Amanda Bynes

Amanda BynesI’m blogging about this because she was basically a part (even just a little tiny bit) of my childhood. I was a big fan, and you can say still am. I used to watch reruns and even marathons (when they did have it on weekends) of The Amanda Show, one of Nickelodeon’s best shows EVER. I also caught a lot of her movies like Lovewrecked, She’s The Man, Sydney White and the most recent one (even though it’s been a little over two years), Easy A. To me, she was instantly (or if not, one) of the most charming and easily funny young ladies in her generation. Not to mention that smile and that laugh.

It took me by surprise to see all these fabrications by the media about her attitude and living conditions. Then it immediately spun way out of control- with her tweets being taken out of context, people had this idea that she’s gone cuckoo or whatever. All this time I was thinking “why can’t people just leave her alone?”, I mean she wasn’t attracting publicity if only for those pictures she posted, people all over twitter make it too big a deal. That’s one of the cons of using social media, people are always all over your business. Then a lot of memes (made by lowlife suckers) have circulated around the net, which I can tell reached her too.

What I’m basically trying to say with this entry is, some people are just living so vicariously through public figures IT HURTS MY EYES to see they have nothing else to do. As for Amanda, I believe that what she’s showing right now can be dealt with accordingly, and change is around the corner. I still love her! I would love to see her bounce back and show us that redemption can be done. I would love to see her in a movie again. Please? Is that too much to ask for?