March 15, 2010

This Week's Movie Marathon

It's been a while since my last superb cineplex movie marathon. Then again, I never had a great cineplex movie marathon until yesterday. Okay, I don't if it's because the movies I picked really live up to my expectation, or that I was just in a really good hedonic mood that I don't care how the movies go as long as I had a night out. Anyway, got a chance to watch three movies yesterday using my Yaris "buy one get one ticket" promo. And the cineplex movie marathon is so on.

  1. Alice in Wonderland

  2. It's not a secret anymore. One of my favorite director would be.. Tim Burton. yes!! So when I heard that he'll be doing an interpretation of Alice in Wonderland (which happens to be my stereotypically Disney favorite story), you'd guess the first thing I do when the movie played on the theater. Off to cineplex we go..
    And it was as I expected. Big line of the story still about Alice having an identity crisis. Dreaming of so much yet expected to be so little. Running away to the Underland (Wonderland) while being proposed by a snobbish geek and being watched by hundreds of guests waiting for her to say yes, just to find that she's expected to kill the horrible Jabberwocky and ends the era of the Red Queen reign. I remembered what the White Queen said to Alice when the time has come, "you don't have to please anybody, do what you think is right" (okay.. i actually forget word by word but it sounds something like that. hehe..). Although I find the White Queen a bit fake (seriously I think she's meant to be portrayed that way), but she got a point there. We, out of all things in this world, has the freedom to chose.
    And I guess although not featured in the movie, the infamous conversation of Alice and the cheshire cat still relate to it.

    Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
    The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to
    Alice: I don’t much care where.
    The Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
    Alice: …so long as I get somewhere.
    The Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

  3. Up In The Air

  4. What's in your backpack?
    Well that's a question you never think you have to worry about. Apparently to Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) what's in his backpack is his way of life. When you put what matters most in your life to the backpack, not only it will be filled with a lot of stuff but it will also weigh more. To Bingham this filled backpack is carrying him down, just an agony to his shoulder, and it needs to be burned down. Being a high mobile exec (he kinda has a job that made him flew around the world, but he's not a pilot, okay..), he got no strings attached, basically dead to his sisters, and his life mission is to hit 10million miles. When a new system is being implemented to the company where he worked. Bingham is about to be grounded for good. And that irritates him.
    What I found ironic about the movie is Bingham itself. He's a typical egocentric kind of guy (I guess no wonder, because his job is to fired people). His relationship is with his job, because having a relationship with human is just so unbearable. The twist is, when he finds out that he's been living an empty life this past few years, and ready to settle, he's thrown back into the hole.

  5. My Name Is Khan

  6. Post the 9/11 tragedy, we've seen a lot of movies (which felt like propaganda to me) fighting the middle east, bringing up the heroism of the troopers, digging holes to find Osama, and all the yadda-yadda that goes around it. Well, MNIK *abbr. My Name Is Khan*, is a movie that brought another side of it (FYI it is so out of the Indian movie stereotype). A story about guy with asperger's syndrom, going across USA just to find the president and tell him "My name is Khan, I'm not a terrorist".
    Personally, this is a recommended movie by me. What will move you, is the story behind the action. Why should Khan tell this to the president? Believe me, the story itself will dry out your tears ( happens to everybody).
    At the beginning of the movie, Khan's mother told him that there is only two kind of people in this world, the good guy and the bad guy, and this is shown by his deeds. And in this world constantly filled with assumptions, hate, and differences. Sometimes we just got to remember, that there's actually only two kinds of people in this world. We really don't have the right to judge.

Bravo for the movies!! Hopefully many more good movies to come!!



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