Begin Again: Music, a Window to the Soul

Begin Again
Directed by John Carney
Released 2014
Starring Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, and Mark Ruffalo


“This is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta and her long-time boyfriend Dave are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found famesoon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan, a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.” – IMDB

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Dagitab: Poetic and Mesmerizing

2014 Cinemalaya X Entry for New Breed Category
Directed by Giancarlo Abraham
Starring Nonie Buencamino and Eula Valdez

Dagitab is a tale about two literature professors, one was about to publish a novel he’s been writing for so many years and the other a panel judge for a writing workshop in Mt. Makiling. This is a tale of their lingering unhappiness and how they continue to struggle and cope up with the loneliness while at the same time find in each other the company they truly need.

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A Wrinkle in Time: Unexpectedly Dark… but Sweet

A Wrinkle in Time
Written by Madeleine L’Engle
First Published January 1, 1962

I saw this title ages ago in a list of most loved children’s books. Since then, I had this desire to read it. I downloaded the ebook and saved it in my phone. But this thing called life didn’t allow me to to read it immediately.

But one fateful day while I was on a trip inside a thrift bookstore, I found a copy of this book! And whoa was it a thin book?! When I bought it I promised myself to read and finish it.

And yes of course I did 🙂

“A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.” – SparkNotes

(contains spoilers)

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Guardians of the Galaxy! Reactions :)

Guardians of the Galaxy
Directed by James Gunn
Starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Zoe Saldana

My first day of August this year was greeted with bouts of laughter because of a 121-minute movie: Guardians of the Galaxy, a Marvel film.

GotG was something I never expected from Marvel. The story is simple and the action scenes are awesome but the fact that the whole film seemed so much less serious than other marvel films was quite a surprise for me. The characters are all so crazy! In a good sense of course. Only the villains and Gamora, I think, were the serious ones in there. It’s very nice though and I think it’s kind of refreshing 🙂

And I love Groot! 🙂 I mean, who doesn’t? I’m glad he’s not really dead dead in the film <oops, spoilers>. And Drax was a really interesting character too. 🙂 It’s lovely to see Karen Gillan (Amy Pond!) playing a villain in the character of Nebula. Oh and Walking Dead’s Merle (Yondu Udonta) was there as well!

Peter Quill (played by the amazing Chris Pratt) is definitely hilarious many times in the movie (not all the time of course). And this movie truly brought lots of laughter, like an instant dose of happiness for a tired soul. 🙂


La Belle et La Bete: The French Monster and his Muse

La Belle et La Bete
English: Beauty and the Beast
Directed by Christophe Gans
Starring Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux
Released February 2014

The Franco-German take on the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. Not much is changed and the visuals are fantastic. This movie is a feast for the eyes indeed especially for those who love pretty things.

Children and the whole family would enjoy the sweet story of Belle and the Beast.



The Grand Budapest Hotel: A Charming Masterpiece

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directed by Wes Anderson
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, and Tony Revolori

The adventures of M. Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.” – IMDB

There is so much that I love in this film. Apart from the star-studded cast and the usual delightful filmography Wes Anderson style, the story is something that touches the heart.

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The Dramatic Flair: How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon
Directed by Dean DeBlois
Released June 2014
Starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Kit Harington

They’re all growing up and Hiccup is not running out of adventures. One problem though, his father is already set out to make him the chieftain but Hiccup hasn’t figured out if that’s what he really ought to do.

Also, a big bad villain is out there and Hiccup and his gang stand strong and united to keep the peace and defend Berk.

(warning: spoilers alert!)

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