Saccharine Irony

This site is a compilation of fluid thoughts, a collection of poetry, random glimpses of humor and tragedy, spontaneous notions of an extremely sensitive mind.

Yay! December 16, 2010

Filed under: books,Movies — Aimee @ 3:52 am
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still on the first few pages 🙂

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my most recent fave movie, you can say that 🙂

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Many thanks to my pal, Matt for giving me this book as a belated birthday present and as an advance Christmas gift. And many thanks to my best friend, Estee, for lending me the DVD. The movie had me crying the whole time, tears, snot, and all. And while the book is fun to read it is nonetheless loaded with so much insight, and am pretty sure some tears and snot affair will be going on as well.

Blame it on Liz Gilbert. I’m no longer embarrassed to admit that my 2010 has actually been a year full of tears, snot, sniffles, and bunched-up tissues. Always a cry baby, always been. But then again, what is transformation without cleansing, without tears?

Reading this book and watching the movie is the perfect conclusion for a year that had me on my knees almost the entire time, thanking a God that has been faithful to me this entire time, a God that gave me the kind of love I will perhaps never find again in this lifetime at a time when I did not deserve it, a God who had to break my heart so that I may be whole again.

There’s been no Italy-India-Indonesia journey for me (maybe someday!), yes, but my internal/spiritual travels for this year can be comparable to Gilbert’s own adventure.

And I could not thank my GOD enough. 🙂

 

 

Love’s Many Truths September 16, 2010

Filed under: books,Love,Movies — Aimee @ 2:20 am
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Being a romantic comedy/drama/love junkie, I’ve decided to compile some of the best quotes from a few of my favorite movies. Many of these movies are based on best-selling novels, which explains why these lines are worth quoting. So dig in and be swept away.

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you have to see Nick Cage with that mandolin! from moviewallpaper.net

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When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body…For that is just being in love, which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn’t sound very exciting does it? But it is!

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, 2001

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If you love someone, you say it, you say it right then, out loud. Otherwise, the moment just passes you by.

My Bestfriend’s Wedding, 1997

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Dearest Cecilia, the story can resume. The one I had been planning on that evening walk. I can become again the man who once crossed the Surrey park at dusk, in my best suit, swaggering on the promise of life. The man who, with the clarity of passion, made love to you in the library. The story can resume. I will return. Find you, love you, marry you and live without shame.

—- Atonement, 2007

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I’m not frightened. I’m not frightened of anything. The more I suffer, the more I love. Danger will only increase my love. It will sharpen it, forgive its vice. I will be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back and look at you and say: Only one thing can make a soul complete and that thing is love.

—- The Reader, 2008

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My wife is an alcoholic. Best person I ever met. She has 600 different smiles. They can light up your life. They can make you laugh out loud, just like that. They can even make you cry, just like that. That’s just with her smiles.

—- When A Man Loves A Woman, 1994

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Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because the truth is, there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love – well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.

—- Meet Joe Black, 1998

 

Interesting December 2, 2008

Filed under: Movies — Aimee @ 5:18 pm

I came across a blog site of serious writers recently, and I just couldn’t resist linking to this article on the entire Twilight hullabaloo. If the high school girl in me had not developed a huge crush on Edward Cullen, I will perhaps be more inclined to think in the same way. On the other hand, I still think Meyer deserves a bit of credit to her work, primarily for targeting her audience effectively.

Anyway, click here to read the article.

 

Couch Potato Movies April 14, 2008

Filed under: Movies — Aimee @ 7:14 am
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For the past month or so, the only luxury I have allowed myself apart from my regular visits to the malls to eat siomai, is watching movies either on cable, on DVDs, or at the theatres. The weather is annoying the sanity out of me, and as much as summer is a great time for outdoor fun, there’s nothing pleasing in burning oneself under a 34 degree sun. Below is a rough list of the movies which had consoled me in my temporary state of solitary confinement.

1. The Water Horse – A movie about the mythical Loch Ness monster minus the horror. This is best watched by the entire family, since kids will obviously adore the egg-hatched sea creature. Good for a boring, rainy, Sunday afternoon.

2. Silk – Lovely, sad, haunting, sensual. A French silk trader became enamored with a beautiful Japanese girl, and as soon as he comes home to his wife, he starts receiving letters from the girl halfway across the world.

3. The Mist – Placid and uninteresting at times, except towards the end when the twist of the story delivers an unconventional conclusion. Gotta admire Mr. Stephen King’s courage and originality when it comes to playing with human emotions in his fiction. And oh, the monsters were downright disgusting.

4. P.S. I Love You – Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler were lovely in this movie. Funny and heartbreaking. Plus, Holly Kennedy’s shoe designs are exquisite.

5. The Other Boleyn Girl – Great for a crash course on British history. I was forced to read up articles on King Henry VIII and his wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, and Katherine Parr, and many other unnamed mistresses. However, the movie did not remind me of old England except for the lavish costumes. It’s a nice thing Eric Bana is smashing gorgeous because the real King Henry was anything but.

6. Catch and Release – Saw this on cable. Good, quirky fun. Reminds us of the complexity of human affairs and its repercussions.

7. Atonement – Beautiful, tragic, memorable. Keira Knightly and James McAvoy could burn the silver screen with their passionate chemistry. Remind me to buy the novel.

8. My Bestfriend’s Wedding – My all-time favorite romantic comedy. Saw it again for the nth time. My heart grieved for Julia Robert’s character for the nth time. Made me want to play “The Way You Look Tonight” over and over again. Sigh.

9. Doomsday – Pathetic excuse for a film. Buy a McDonalds Burger meal or go get your hair trimmed. Your money will have better uses. No other comments.

10. Horton Hears a Who– is very charming. Horton the elephant found a speck which turned out to be an entire planet where the city of “Whoville” is in thriving existence. So he takes care of it and even risks life and limb for the microscopic “Whos”. Maybe the country’s leaders could learn a valuable thing or two from Horton who always says with conviction that “a person’s a person no matter how small.”

 

Strawberry Fields in My Mind January 30, 2008

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51v60r1lril_aa240_.jpg This movie musical – Across The Universe – is lovely. The timeless Beatles’s songs are rendered exquisitely, and the production is a visual pleasure. After watching it, I can’t keep Strawberry Fields Forever out of my mind. Oh, and did I mention Jim Sturgess is the ultimate eye candy? 😉

 

marshmallow lines September 26, 2007

Filed under: Movies — Aimee @ 6:11 am
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Since I was not able to finish watching the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice many months ago, just as I was barely able to finish the novel itself, I watched it again last night until well past midnight. Although I cannot list the movie as one of my favorites, there have been a few memorable lines that turned my insides into gooey marshmallow. First, it was when, against a backdrop of blinding sunrise and subdued green fields, Mr. Darcy declared to Elizabeth Bennet, My feelings have not changed. You have bewitched me heart and soul, and I love, love, love you.

And then, when Elizabeth spoke privately with her father on how she loves Mr. Darcy, and how her prejudices about him have been all mistaken, Mr. Bennet, teary-eyed and smiling, replied, I cannot believe that anyone can deserve you. But it seems I am overruled. So I heartily give my consent. I could not have parted with you, my Lizzie, to anyone less worthy.

Remind me to read the novel again.

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