Claps and Cheers

Well I just gotta drop by and say my congratulations to the very much deserving winners at the MTV Movie Awards 2012. And by very much deserving, I mean:

Best On-Screen Transformation: Elizabeth Banks (as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games)

Elizabeth Banks at the MTV Movie Awards (ahyeahmockingjay.tumblr.com)

Well, who could ever say it was a bad choice, right? (thehungergames.wikia.com)

Best Fight: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Alexander Ludwig (The Last Fight of Katniss, Peeta and Cato)

Alexander Ludwig & Josh Hutcherson at the MTV Movie Awards

Fight at the Cornucopia (brainlessgifs.tumblr.com)

The gif above is the best I could find for the category, sorry. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t want to see Cato’s bloody face in my blog. But just the same, best fight is what this whole scene’s about.

Best Male Performance: Josh Hutcherson (as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games)

Josh Hutcherson accepting his MTV Movie Awards golden popcorn (3news.co.nz)

As the ever adorable Peeta (hitthefloor.co.uk)

Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence (as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games)

From Jennifer Lawrence’s acceptance video (dailymail.co.uk)

As the phenomenal Katniss Everdeen (hungergamesdwtc.net)

Best Cast: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

Emma Watson accepting the golden popcorn in behalf of the entire cast (uk.omg.yahoo.com)

Semi-complete Deathly Hallows Part II Cast (zimbio.com)

Any other cast you think should win this? I can’t think of any! (syaoran.net)

No surprise here, you know. Dan and Emma and Rupert. Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Tom Felton. . .

James and Oliver Phelps . . .

Julie Walters . . .

Gary Oldman . . .

Can we go on forever? :))))

Emma was the only one present to accept the award. And she still was able to give the best speech of the night:

I don’t think I will ever accept an award on behalf of so many people. From Ralph Fiennes to Helena Bonham Carter to Hedwig and Dobby and all of them, this is amazing! We had over 200 cast members and I wish they could all be up here with me now. Sadly, they can’t. Obviously, I share this award, in particular, with Dan and Rupert. Wherever you are, I hope you’re watching and I miss you both dearly. Just thank you! I really, really appreciate it. Thank you!

And in true Hagrid fashion, may I just say: Well done, Hermione!

Best Hero: Harry Potter!!!!!

Daniel Radcliffe (topnews.in)

Harry Potter (moviechopshop.com)

Hell, you name anybody else as the better hero than this boy who saved an entire world on his own and I’d say you’re crazy. Haha! And maybe I’m biased because of my undying love for the series. But the fact that MTV Awards is based on fan choices, well that is saying something.

I love, love, love this set of MTV winners. And I hope next year’s would be even better even if it has no more Harry Potter nominations.

It’s a Hit

You may have heard them somewhere already and have thought that they are beautiful, too.

For everyone who likes a good dose of new renditions and cool songs, here are my current addictions:

I Can’t Make you Love Me, Adele

Perfect, Hollie Cavanagh (AI 11 contestant)

Grenade, Bruno Mars

Back to December, Taylor Swift

Catch-up: In Time

Because I got one of my rare full weekend last time, I had the chance to catch up on my reading and movie watching. And really, I was surprised by just how much I had already been missing. Plus the fact that I had been going through The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest for about three months now. Sucks.

Anyway, one movie that I was able to see was In Time (on DVD already, of course).

In Time, 2011

I wanted to watch this film when it came out last year because of its trailer. It has probably one of the most intriguing stories in the realm of sci-fi thrillers and the fact that its lead stars are not really known for such a type of film did play a major role in getting everybody excited.

Plot

In Time is set in the year 2161 where genetic engineering is in its glorious era and is able to make people stop aging after their 25th birthday. But there is one major glitch. When a person reaches 25, a glow-in-the-dark digital clock in his or her left arm is activated. For most people, they get an initial 24 hours. And this they have to increase or else they die–because when one’s clock reads zero, it means life is over and he or she dies instantly.

The cliche “time is of the essence” is literally taken in this movie. Time has even replaced money’s value in that a person earns additional seconds or hours by working and loses minutes whenever they purchase something. Heck, even a bus ride can cost an hour while a beer can cost eight hours.

Will Salas and his mother Rachel are some of those people who live day by day, earning and losing their time in a vicious cycle of economics and never being assured that they can still see the sun rise the following day. When he received 100 years from a time-rich Henry Hamilton, the man he saved from a time-robbery assault but who committed suicide just the same, Will is ready to live a better life.

But his mother dies, even before he gets to share his century with her, when a disbelieving rise in the price of a bus ride cost her the last hour she has. Barely out of his grief, Will is accused of murdering Henry. Out of all the negatives he has been receiving from the rotten system that is his society, Will sets out to seek revenge in the Time Zones where the other time-rich people live.

There he meets Sylvia Weis the lovely daughter of business tycoon Philippe Weis and instantly gets mushy with her. But his own time is shortened when the Timekeepers (the story’s version of the police), headed by Raymond Leon, nabs Will. He escapes though, taking Sylvia along as a hostage.

What follows is a constant mix of chase and heist scenes as Will and Sylvia, who eventually becomes his accomplice, gets in a series of crimes as they try to undermine Sylvia’s dad’s empire to give more time to the poor all the while escaping the authority that seeks to bind them in.

Concept

I must say that I did love the film’s concept albeit its bordering into becoming a fantasy movie where people cease to age. It’s quite as refreshing and as interesting as Christopher Nolan’s Inception. The futuristic sense of the movie was hard to dislike, especially as everybody loved to at least be presented a possibility where their futures were concerned.

The rendering of the “time” concept was just as cool. You could imagine living like that and probably you would shudder at the very thought. Yet, the film could make you have that feeble feeling of wanting to try being stamped with a clock that could very much predict the time of your death.

"Time"

Execution

For me, the film’s settings were a bit lax. Setting up a story in a place that could only be a century from now was challenging since it involved a great deal of imagination. So I wasn’t sure if it was just me or the film’s crew did settle for a mere compromise between how a present avenue looked like before and how it could progress to a different phase in the future. Aside from that, it felt more like watching a ghetto film because of the abundance of metal sheets and box houses.

But there were some parts and props that were really commendable. I especially liked two things:

The car Justin Timberlake bought . . .

No, I’m not a car enthusiast but I do know how to appreciate four wheels when they come as breathtaking as that convertible Will Salas purchased with the Millennium he won at a card game against Philippe Weis. In fact, all of the cars used including the ones that belonged to the Timekeepers were superbly modern and sturdy and cool.

. . . and the vaults Amanda and Justin robbed time from.

I wasn’t sure why but I did like the construction of the vaults and all the other tech items that were used in the film. They, contrary to the setting they were placed in, spelled the modernity that the movie was all about.

But the biggest point I’d like to make about how the film was executed is that it was dangerously dragging. The pacing was utterly slow considering the magnitude of the concept that the film was embodying. There were too much chase scenes and less of the planning that a good heist movie needed. I  felt like the movie could have done with better angles.

The presence of so many adversaries was also not that engaging. It was already difficult to think about how the protagonists could go on running from the authorities. And to add some more sets of villains, it was plainly a circus of shoot-the-man.

Characters

Justin Timberlake, Will Salas

Will Salas

They said Justin is not yet ripe for the silver screen. I said he can be when I saw Friends with Benefits. But as it turned out, he can be good in rom-coms and chick flicks because he had the charms and the looks. However, for such demanding roles like his Will Salas, Justin had a great chance of falling short. True, he had the body and the revengeful eyes. But he had little sense of drama. He could cry and mope and be mad and yet everything just doesn’t feel right.

Amanda Seyfried, Sylvia Weis

Sylvia Weis

Well, her big eyes did it again. She was great in all the scenes where she had to be surprised and scared and deep in thought. The new look also felt refreshing and did a nice job prying Amanda away from her chick-flick aura. But here’s the thing: she could look mean and run hot with a gun yet she still had that husky voice that seemed more for a romantic film than this one.

Cillian Murphy, Raymond Leon

Raymond Leon

Was he not somehow too small and fragile looking for a Head Timekeeper position? Well, he was. But even so, Cillian Murphy’s portrayal was redeeming. He gave substance to all the running around that Justin and Amanda’s characters were doing. He provided well the conflict that his co-actors needed. Best of all, he was able to wind up a subplot that really was a breath of fresh air in this fast film.

Alex Pettyfer, Fortis

Fortis

I kind of got tired of Alex Pettyfer’s role in here by the time the film reached its middle part. I mean, it was bad enough that the imbalance of their society was highlighted. Maybe they did not need thugs like Fortis to make things worse anymore. I did like seeing Alex onscreen though. But still, him and his “bad guy” roles (Beastly?) should start fading away by now.

Olivia Wilde, Rachel Salas

Rachel Salas

Shock. Well that’s what you would feel like upon seeing Olivia Wilde . . . as Justin Timberlake’s mother! I remembered this very fact becoming a subject in most Web articles at the time the film was being promoted. Seriously, someone Olivia’s age as a mother to Justin? But in the movie, it was totally forgotten as people focused on her short-lived yet definitely meaningful character. She was a symbolism of all the things that perished in time. And her death was more than sad–it was breaking.

Vincent Kartheiser, Philippe Weis

Philippe Weis

The man was a dead ringer of the teen Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, was he not? That was what I was thinking of the whole time I was watching him. But when you finally decided he was not Frank Dillane, you could go over his performance more astutely. I could not shake the same feeling I had over Olivia Wilde’s mom role especially when I saw Kartheiser as Amanda’s “rich old man”. Overall though, he was an interesting character to watch because he had layers that most people would not even realize.

Matt Bomer, Henry Hamilton

Henry Hamilton

Man, did he look good or did he look better? Okay, that should not be the point. Hmmm. I wished there were more of Henry Hamilton’s character than that overnight talk with Will Salas. And this had nothing to do with me liking Matt Bomer’s face illuminated by streetlamps at night, ‘kay? It’s just that I thought I could have appreciated well the idea that there was indeed a nagging negative feeling with having an entire century to live. With the fact that you could in fact  live a thousand years if you were wealthy enough. It was one of the parts of the films that made sense. And I wished they expounded on that.

Over all, In Time could have used a more defined plot with concrete scenes that had its lead stars thinking as much as they wanted their audience to do so. It was not a  bad movie but it could have been better. They had so much of story going for them to be encumbered with chase scenes and shootings.

 

Photos from Rotten Tomatoes and all over Google

And the Games have begun . . .

Hmmmm. . .

I just saw The Hunger Games last Friday night. I logged in to my Tumblr account and found every bit of my dashboard featuring stills, gifs, peoples’ reactions and so much more about the movie (and the book, of course). Well, I wanted so much to contribute to the conversation. But I told myself I don’t think I could until I got to watch it again (and I’m planning to, really).

So right now, all I could muster are the following crazy thoughts:

1. I think I’d like to be one of the gamemakers if only for that oh-so-sophisticated set of touch screens they used.

Gamemakers' Headquarters (thehungergames.wikia.com)

2. Gale. *sigh* I don’t know what to think of you, right now. You’ve made me hate your intensity, your vulnerability to rage, and your greatest sin of crafting the bomb that killed one of my most favorite characters. But in this movie, in every time you are shown watching Katniss and Peeta together on screen, my heart goes out for you.

Liam Hemsworth, Gale Hawthorne (Photo Source)

3. Something is amiss in that cave scene. Even after the kiss. Just . . . Errr. I’ll think about this.

One part of the cave scene (swedishbelieber.tumblr.com)

4. And that post-Games interview. That ride back home.

Katniss and Peeta during the post-Games interview (thehungergames2012.wordpress.com)

Katniss and Peeta on the train ride back to District 12 (http://thehungergames2012.wordpress.com)

5. If I were to go fight as District 12’s tribute, I won’t ever doubt putting my life in Haymitch’s hand. I mean, come on. That point where he was watching Katniss in pain due to her burns? And the way he acted after? He’s a man who knows what he’s doing when he’s drunk. And who knows even better when he’s sober. Team Haymitch forever.

Woody Harrelson, Haymitch Abernathy (fanpop.com)

Just a teensy question, though. Did he ever got to say “Stay Alive” in that entire movie? Can’t remember! Seriously, must watch it again.

6. There are some small details that shouldn’t have been changed if only because they affected more major parts of the movie. Like Peeta’s leg wound, the rain, and Cato’s death (it was supposed to be long and agonizing).

7. The Careers Pack were superbly amazing. They’re cunning, beautiful, and definitely the kind that you would avoid if you’re one of the contenders in the Games. Cato especially. Cato.

The Careers (Clove, Glimmer, Cato, and Marvel) (the hungergames2012.wordpress.com)

Alexander Ludwig, Cato (screenrant.com)

8. Two deaths I found really disturbing and saddening: Rue’s (of course!) and Foxface’s (the tribute I would have wanted to win if Katniss and Peeta are not the protagonists).

Rue's death scene (thehungergames2012.wordpress.com)

Foxface's death scene (thehungergames2012.wordpress.com)

9. Primrose. If there was one thing I totally love about the beginning, it’s how Prim was introduced. Remember this is the girl that has started it all. The girl Katniss loved so much she was willing to die in the Games for her.

Prim and Katniss (capitolgoods.tumblr.com)

The girl who had so much love and compassion in her heart. I liked how she was depicted as someone who was so scared of being picked, which was more showed with the shock on her face when she was called out as District 12’s tribute.

Willow Shields, Primrose Everdeen (coolspotters.com)

But when her name was read out, she knew she had no choice other than to tuck her duck tail back into her skirt and go up that stage. She never meant for her sister to volunteer, never meant for Katniss’ life to be in danger. All she wanted was a life of peace and happiness. But the Games changed her forever.

10. Katniss. Here’s the thing. I’m still unsure of my feelings about Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta. But Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss is, for me, perfect.

Katniss and her trusted bow and arrow (audreyparker.tumblr.com)

Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss Everdeen (j-14.com)

One problem I’ve had with the film before I even got to see it is that we might be in for another Bella-frustration. It’s the downside of having read the books first, which are written in Katniss’ POV. Definitely, we know more of what goes on in her head than what she would be showing. This is what happened to Kristen Stewart. People have forgotten she’s not supposedly showing all them emotions in the book because she tries to keep a straight face all the time.

No, I’m not comparing Kristen and Jennifer. I’m merely saying how this exact positioning is difficult for movie-viewers.

Katniss, and Jennifer, is definitely in for the same criticizing. She shows less of facial expressions. But what we have to understand is that she hides every bit of emotion she has in the duration of the novel. Because it’s what would keep her safe and strong and desirable for sponsors.

But we’ve got to give it to Jennifer. She’s brilliant! Her eyes are more than speaking. She acts tough with all the softness we cannot help but love. She’s charming albeit her strong features. She has fear, love, despair, fast-thinking, and pain etched in every bit of her face. She is the perfect mockingjay, the one that survived even through all the flaws that could have destroyed her performance.

Katniss during the Reaping (audreyparker.tumblr.com)

I would definitely go for a second watch (and a DVD of course). After that, I think I could write a more detailed post of my thoughts. For now, what I want is to get off all them brewing words in my mind.

Overall, I like the movie in itself. Love it, even. It has achieved that sense of uniqueness, which its story has, and the feeling of finally having something new in our young adult sphere.

The Hunger Games indeed would make all of us hungry for more.

And though I may not look like much . . .

I’m YoursThe Script

You touch these tired eyes of mine
And map my face out line by line
And somehow growing old feels fine
I listen close for I’m not smart
You wrap your thoughts in works of art
And they’re hanging on the walls of my heart

I may not have the softest touch
I may not say the words as such
And though I may not look like much
I’m yours
And though my edges may be rough
I never feel I’m quite enough
It may not seem like very much
But I’m yours

You healed these scars over time
Embraced my soul
You loved my mind
You’re the only angel in my life
The day news came my best friend died
My knees went week and you saw me cry
Say I’m still the soldier in your eyes

I may not have the softest touch
I may not say the words as such
And though I may not look like much
I’m yours
And though my edges may be rough
I never feel I’m quite enough
It may not seem like very much
But I’m yours

I may not have the softest touch
I may not say the words as such
I know I don’t fit in that much
But I’m yours

 

*** Can’t find an official music vid in Youtube. Is there any?

And they call it safe and sound, huh?

I got to see the music video of Safe and Sound with Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars a few days after it was previewed in MTV. I was on Tumblr then and everybody was just raving about the first-ever music video from The Hunger Games OST. So, being a THG fan myself, I checked it out.

Here’s the video, if you are ever one of those under the rocks these past few weeks and therefore have not seen it:

And my thoughts?

Well, I love the song, always will do. I love Taylor’s take on it, the way she sang it with so much emotions and softness.

But this video is, to its core, creepy. I mean, seriously, it’s entitled Safe and Sound and I’m seeing Taylor in a cemetery? Well, I do get the general idea and the reason behind it. Just that it’s creepy. It sends shivers up my spine.

Nonetheless, this has only strengthened that infamous theme of forbidding and graveness surround The Hunger Games.

That said, I cannot wait to see how this song would be used in the entire movie, let alone in scenes where I most imagine it would be in.

 

P.S. Maybe Taylor can consider doing a horror movie? Hahahaha! Her whiteness can make a fine ghost, that’s why.

No, I’m not a Kpop fanatic

I just happen to be in love with these:

Because I Miss You, Jung Yong Hwa

Star, Kang Min Hyuk

The Day We Fall in Love, Park Shin Hye

Well, yes, they are all from the Korean series Heartstrings. I like them because: a) they make me smile every time I listen to them, b) they do not really require that I understand the words in them, and c) they’re soothing.

So no, I’m not as solid a Kpop fanatic as the others are. I just happen to love listening to songs that make me “feel”.