Movie 12: An Education

Movie 12: An Education (2009)
February 27, 2011

Lone Scherfig
Nick Hornby (screenplay), Lynn Barber (memoir)
Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard and Alfred Molina

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one..

This was actually based on a article/memoir written by Lynn Barber a British journalist, who writes for The Sunday Times.
Here's an interesting article on her time at Oxford

It's a coming-of-age film and a period satire on 1960's England. Of course, I'm a 80's child and don't know much about this time except from what I see on tv and of course, the Beatles movies (A Hard Day's Night, Help!).

The themes are time universal though,
a girl on the verge of womanhood, but also an exploration of issues such as social class, racism and the value of education

at 16 year old, we are all told what to do, what we need to do.. Go to school to get a job. we go to school to prepare ourselves for life.. to go to the university to get good jobs.. but as Jenny the main character realizes:

Jenny: Studying is hard and boring. Teaching is hard and boring. So, what you're telling me is to be bored, and then bored, and finally bored again, but this time for the rest of my life? This whole stupid country is bored! There's no life in it, or color, or fun! It's probably just as well the Russians are going to drop a nuclear bomb on us any day now. So my choice is to do something hard and boring, or to marry my... Jew, and go to Paris and Rome and listen to jazz, and read, and eat good food in nice restaurants, and have fun! It's not enough to educate us anymore Ms. Walters. You've got to tell us why you're doing it.

Carey Mulligan gives a wonderful performance. (She's actually 24 playing a 16 year old) she just blooms.
Wide Eyed and innocent.. we see her grow in this film..
Peter Sarsgaard is creepy and i don't understand how a parent can let their daughter go out with a guy like that.

a little predictable and no real consequences with all the naughty behavior being done.. (she dropped out of school, we don't see how hard it is for her.. we just see in the next scene that she asks for help then she's back to her road towrds applying to Oxford)

It's still a good movie and Carey Mulligan is cute as button.

Movie 11: The Time Traveller's Wife

Movie 11: The Time Traveller's Wife (2009)
February 27, 2011

Robert Schwentke
Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay), Audrey Niffenegger (novel)
Starring Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveller, but she  knows much more than this about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have met before. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences time travelling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. Written by Jeremy Perkin

I haven't read the book but watching the movie, i thought to myself "is this another nicholas sparks movie?" hehe
it has themes of love, life and loss..

The chemistry of the two characters was really good.. eric bana was really good, better than his Lucky You performance..
Rachel McAdams does another great job.. she really expresses more than what the screenplay offers..
the secondary characters did their job well but could offer more..

I haven't read the book but there's a feeling that lots has been cut to fit it into the movie.. Timetravel is always a hard thing to write and of course there are many holes in the story.. I have so many questions and always want to know more about each time frame.. what lacked in the screenplay translation was made up in the beautiful cinematography..
what great use of the lens and special effects to make this movie with scifi elements an immersive experience..

It's a solid movie!


Movie 11: Drive Angry 3d

Movie 11: Drive Angry 3d (2011)
February 25, 2011
Robinsons Pioneer

Patrick Lussier
Todd Farmer, Patrick Lussier

Nicolas Cage ... Milton
Amber Heard ... Piper
William Fichtner... The Accountant
Billy Burke ... Jonah King
David Morse ... Webster

A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.

I haven't seen a movie like this in a long while..
Drive Angry, a 3D explosion of sex, violence and mythology.. Balls to the wall with blood and hillbillies and hicks, Cage is like his Cameron Poe (Con-Air) character but on the on the other side of the track... a hillbilly with no mercy..
the first 5 minutes show what kind of movie this will be..blood, guts and more blood.. a 70's throwback to the pulp, metal on metal, grindhouse era.. gritty yet polished and stylized beacuse of the's an straight forward action flick.

William Fichtner does a good job as the Accountant. He has those crazy ass one liners, delivered with quick and dry wit and a cooler than you attitude..
the rest are just bleh.. maybe it's because this was made for the white trash folk, others might not be able to really appreciate it as a whole.. peppered with one liners and other self aware action humor.. it's trying to be one of those cult movie classics.. it can be.. not sure right now.. but it can be.. then there's a scene there where a fat guy walks by and takes pictures on his cellphone, which was hilarious..
Kinda got boring in the middle and the end was predictable.. it was outlandish, but still predictable and kinda anticlimatic, for me at least..

watch it every now and then if you want some mindless action in 3d... just a popcorn flick for lazy day..


Day 55

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star apol

Day 54

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wada melon?


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Day 52

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Took some shots of my friend Chachic!
Get to know her here:

My Friend: Chachic

I took a photo of my friend, Hazel, also known as Chachic. She's a bookworm and blogger.
I've known her since my college days and currently work with her at a research firm.



Q. For many bloggers, blogging doesn’t pay the bills, at least not all the bills. So tell us a little about yourself. What else do you have going on in life?
Blogging definitely doesn’t pay bills for me because I don’t generate any kind of income from my blog. I do it all for fun and to connect with fellow book lovers all over the world. Like I usually say, I don’t have enough real life friends who read for fun so it’s always a good thing to be able to talk about something you love to those who understand it.
My blog is a hobby of sorts (although sometimes it feels more than that) because I still have a day job and I try to spend as much time as I can with family and friends. I love to eat so I usually eat out during weekends. :D
Q. How do you manage your blog and daily life?
Thankfully, my day job only requires me to work 8 hours a day. I usually don’t have to work overtime so I can read and blog when I get home after work. And on weekends when I don’t have any plans.
Q. What turned you onto blogging? Don’t be shy.
I think I first discovered the book blogosphere back in late 2009. I was so excited to find out that there were other people out there who got excited about the same books that I read so I started following some blogs and before I knew it, I started my own. Book bloggers are really friendly and they welcome newcomers with open arms.

Q. After the book has arrived at your house, how long does it take you to post a review? And could you tell us about your review process?
Oh wow, I don’t think this question is applicable to me since I have around 170 books in my to-be-read pile. I don’t get to read the books that I buy right away. Although I’m pretty casual when it comes to the review process – just read a book and write a review, that’s it for me.
Q. Have publishers or the like try to contact you.
Yep, I’ve received a few review copies although I’ve never received ARCs (Advanced Review Copies). In general, I wait for people to contact me for reviews instead of the other way around. I’ve also won some books through giveaways. I have a Kindle and I don’t mind reviewing ebooks so that will probably make things easier for publishers or authors who wish to send review copies. Not a lot of people are willing to spend for international shipping.


Q. Some bloggers believe in short reviews while others believe in a more extended reviews. What are your thoughts on the subject?
I think my reviews are in between? They’re not short and they’re not long either. I don’t mind reading those kinds of reviews as long as I can get a feel of whether the book blogger liked a book or not.
Q. What genre do you prefer to review and why?
I read all sorts of books but mostly genre fiction and my favorites are fantasy and young adult fiction. Hmm… it’s pretty hard to answer the question “why?” but I can make it simple and just say that’s what I enjoy reading.
Q. How do readers affect the content of your blog?
I can’t say that my readers really affect the content of my blog but I do reply to all comments and I like coming up with discussion posts.
Q. As a blogger you must have set some goals for your blog. What has been successful so far and why do you think it has been successful.
Honestly, when I started my blog, my only goal was to have fun and to connect with other readers in the blogosphere. Now, I guess I’d love to expand that goal by being more active in online book blogger activities. I also manage the site Filipino Book Bloggers (URL: and I think it would be great if more bloggers joined the group. We try to have meet ups every other month and maybe when there’s enough interest, we can make it a monthly thing.
Lighting Round:
1. Your blog address is

2. What is the next book you are reviewing? I’m currently reading Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner so I’ll probably review that next.  
3. How long have you been doing this blogging thing? I started my blog January last year so I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now.
4. Name one living author you would love to interview? Megan Whalen Turner, author of one of my favorite series ever – the Queen’s Thief series.


Day 51

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need more hats..

any donations?

Day 50

Day 50, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.

si Manong from Loyola Memorial..

RIP Lolo Ponching


Day 49

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RIP Lolo Ponching..
at least you got to reach your 80th bday last month..

Here's a shot of the building at Paz in Sucat

Day 48

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Makati Sports Club..
the hall next to our event had over 50 ladies over 50 years old..
they all had 20something DIs..

ganun pala trip ng cougars...

Day 47

Day 47, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.

I remember making Kamias shake back when we used to live in New Manila.. We had a Kamias tree and it was toooooooooo sour..
so I poured a bucket of sugar into the blender, once we tasted it, it was still to sour, with an aftertaste of super sweeeetness... hehehe


Movie 10: Piranha

Movie 10: Piranha (2010)
Feb 15, 2011
at Home

Alexandre Aja
Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg

Lake Victoria's annual Spring party by 50,000 young revelers is about to turn into a feeding frenzy with prehistoric hunger-pains. With knee-trembler's above the waves and tremors below, released from their dormant sleep, thousands upon thousands of flesh-eating nippers are released into the lake with whetted appetites and razor-sharp teeth. With a motley crew of strangers thrown together to defend these shores, it is now up to them to prevent the largest eat-out in human, and piranha, history

This movie is a throwback to the 80s horror films. It has sex, blood and gore..

I didn't get to watch it in 3d but they I can imagine that this movie is sick!!
Mostly the dialogue and acting is really bad but blood and gore is superb!
It's funny to have Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames and Richard Dreyfuss there..
Jerry O'Connell is does his usual usual asshole role.. but I really HATE the acting of the kid Jake played by Steven McQueen.. I don't know if it's him, or the screenplay but I just found myself facepalming every time he
 was on screen..

It's semi fun movie.. if you fast forward through all of the kid's scenes it hella fun..
Watch it for the blood, but otherwise, not worth a full screening..


Movie 9: Step Up 3D

Movie 9: Step Up 3D (2010)
Feb 15, 2011
At home

Jon Chu
Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer

Rick Malambri Luke
Adam G. Sevani Moose
Sharni Vinson Natalie

and Mike Chan (from Glee) is here haha

A tight-knit group of New York City street dancers, including Luke (Malambri) and Natalie (Vinson), team up with NYU freshman Moose (Sevani), and find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.

This movie's off the hook!
It's a really long music video..
the plot and story is meh, but the dance sequences are dope!!

I didn't watch it in 3D but my bro says this movie rocks a hundred times better in 3d!
You'll find yourself bobbing in your seat watching this..

It's a real fun movie.. watch it in 3d!!



Day 46

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oreo pala..


Day 45

Day 45, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.
Psycho inspired shot..

but i didn't want to scream.. i smiled instead hehe


Day 44

Day 44, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.
Kuririn came with me to Clark for the 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

I need a longer lens.. I only got a 28-105mm
A 70-200mm 2.8 would be fine.. thanks!

day 43

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Korean food sure is tasty!


Day 42

Day 42, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.

Thank you CY and 2KX for a wonderful dinner!
I agree, the best Hainanese chicken in town!


Day 41

Day 41, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.

We had tons of lemon left from our party last Sunday which was supposed to be for the paella but we didn't get to use them..

so when life gives you lemons..
make lemon curd!!


Day 40

Day 40, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.

i wanna rock..

and roll..

all night long...


Day 39

Day 39, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.

just blasting it!


Day 38

Day 38, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.

21st century family

2011 NY League

2011 NYLeague from Ian Villar on Vimeo.

So the league started yesterday and i believe this will be a fun league..
The place is really far and hella windy but the fields are green and plentiful..


Day 37

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playing with USC for this NY league..
all i can say is ang layo ng nuvali

Day 36

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breakfast of champions..
can't wait til the league starts tomorrow


Day 35

Day 35, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.
Today I did a shoot for Mia Casal, a potter. I did some of her product shots. She does beautiful work and can't wait to see more of her stuff.

Mia Casal's website

50mm f1.8II

2 Vivitar 285HV bounced to the ceiling with cartolina as reflectors


Day 34

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If i'm not in front of the pc at work, or in front of my laptop surfing or the telli watching movies, i'll be in front of the game box..

Day 33

Day 33, originally uploaded by ssshortzzz.

so much news on flickr and how they delete paid accounts because of people violating their terms of service..
it's really vague..
here's one of the guidelines..

"Don’t be creepy.
You know the guy. Don't be that guy"

I read about how some people don't get warnings and their accounts with 5+ years of work and thousands of pictures just disappear..

I need to find a backup for my photos..


Movie 8: The King's Speech

Movie 8: The King's Speech (2010)
Feb 1, 2010

Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George, aka Albert aka 'Bertie' reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

This movie is nice. I love biopics! i find myself researching on the real people these characters are based on.
Have a listen to the actual speech King George VI recited.

Colin Firth deserves to win all the awards so far and I hope he wins in the Oscars.
He's the Duke of York and suffers a bad stammer/stutter and Firth plays this disability well and we see how he struggles and fights to show that he has a voice.
An all British cast with the Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, and Guy Pearce as brother Edward.
Even Dumbledore was there.
All these supporting characters, and even Rush underplay their roles so that there is more room for Firth.

The costume work was beautiful, and the sets were other worldy.. (well, I've never been to the UK)

I like the cinematography! it's so awesome to watch.. I wanna watch it in the theater.
It's a movie of Valor (Bravery), Kindness, Strength and overcoming adversity.. You find yourself rooting for him throughout the movie.

Not a lot of effects and action, this movie should be watched for the masterful acting of the cast.
I enjoyed, and I hope you do too!



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actually, im watching The King's Speech right now..

Movie 7: My Sister's Keeper

Movie 7: My Sister's Keeper (2009)
January 31, 2011
Star movies

Nick Cassavetes
Jeremy Leven, Nick Cassavetes
Abigail Breslin Andromeda 'Anna' Fitzgerald
Sofia Vassilieva Kate Fitzgerald
Cameron Diaz Sara Fitzgerald

In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister

It seems so simple when you read about the plot, but you wouldn't understand how difficult a situation this is until you put yourself in their shoes.
Your sister is sick and you would do everything to save her. How can you choose not to do it anymore?

It's a movie about life decisions, family decisions, faith and letting go.
The movie touches on difficult situations but is not that painful to watch.
It shows the drama, love, fighting, and encouragement that all people face in battles but it also shows that most of the time it isn't happy or encouraging to go on fighting but instead a painful road to ride on.

My grandparents have fought this battle when i was young, I can only imagine what my parents were going through.

It's a tearjerker of a movie but the message is just we have to live our lives.. Love and care for each other and in the end, let go and let God.

Watch it!


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