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.”