Must Seen Movies ?

I pass by a movie store today and there were two movie posters side by side at the door … My eyes went like this …

And I stayed like this for a little while …

Just by the cover, those movies became must seen ones for me! I didn’t see them yet then. But I knew I will like them. For sure, they will have great storyline, with great directing. And no wonder the visual effects would be terrific. But that wouldn’t be the real reason I would watch those movies … those movies were : “Captain America : The First Avenger” 2011, and  “Green Lantern” 2011

No, no! it’s not because they are both superheros . Can’t you see yet why ??

… how about this ?

Now you begin to understand …

And add this …

Incredible !!!! I kown !!  that’s why those movies are must seen ones!

FYI, Ryan Reynolds (“Buried” 2010, “The Proposal” 2009) was “The Sexiest Man Alive 2010” by the Magazine People . Don’t ask me about 2011 , it’s not yet revealed! and yeah! he is damn hot!

About Chris Evans (Fantastic Four” 2005, “The Losers” 2010), I give him a two thumbs up for his extraordinary body change for his role . See for yourself …

Let’s look closer to this transformation ….

Before - After

This reminds me Tom Hanks in “Cast Away” 2000 by the talented Oscar winner  and one of my favorite Director: Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the future” series 1985-1989-1990,  “Death Become her” 1992 with Bruce Willis – Meryl Streep, “Forrest Gump“1994, “Contact” 1997 with Jodie Foster)

He lost 40 pounds (18,14 kg) during the movie, and he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance!

Tom Hanks in "Cast Away" 2000

So, if ever you have those movies, … well, … keep them! I’ll have mine! lol lol

No …  just kidding! Let’s enjoy the movies together!

QUOTES

From “Captain America : The first Avenger

Peggy Carter: How do you feel?
Steve Rogers: Taller.

From “Green Lantern

Hal Jordan: [to his one-night stand] Sorry, I’m late. Help yourself, there’s water from the tap!

From “Cast Away

Chuck Noland: We live and we die by time. And we must not commit the sin of losing our track on time.

Food, Cook, Restaurant, …

My contribution to the “Global Voice Food Action Day” would be talking about a movie centered on food. The first movie that comes into my mind is one of the greatest productions of Disney Pixar Animation “Ratatouille” (2007). FYI, this motion picture has been nominated 4 times at the Academy Award … and won an Oscar for the “Best Animated Feature Film of the Year 2007» ….

Remy is a gifted special … rat. His world turns around food, … that’s normal !What makes him gifted is his high sens of smell and taste, what makes him special is that his gift allows him to reach another level about food : cooking. As his favorite chef : Chef Gusteau, the finest cook in France from  « Gusteau’s Restaurant », said « Anyone can cook », Remy dreams of being able to enjoy his talent and become a cook. But his family, especially his dad, has another opinion about cooking and food … Due to some events, he got separated from his family. You may call it “destiny” or “hazard” or “luck” but he found himself in the middle of Paris, in the middle of «cuisine française » …

Remy in Paris

Not only has “Ratatouille” talked about food but also showed a relationship between father and son … and many other topics. Remy has a gifted talent that his father doesn’t want to recognize: first, he’s a rat (not bird) and second, cooking is for humans (not for rats).But in real, his father fears for his son because the world might not accept him despite his gift.

We can tell the same in the real world: society we live in, has some standard that we have to follow and fit in. If not, you might be rejected! I would say “SCREW STANDARDS” Be proud of being different! Stand for who you are! Those are slaves of society, we are free in our lives!

P.S. : Don’t miss (you won’t !) the french accent from some characters in ze movie

Now, let’s go back to the main subject: FOOD … more precisely restaurant 🙂

As I work far, I don’t have time to go back home for lunch. And so, I get to know few restaurants around here : Antaninarenina – Antananarivo – MADAGASCAR. Unfortunately I don’t have picture , sorry! I will upload pictures later?

Everyday, those restaurants propose 4 or 5 sorts of “Plat du jour”. A “plat du jour” means : “Vary” (rice) pronounced [vari] + “Loaka” (meat and vegetables) pronounced [lôka]. The average price of “Plat du jour” is 2.500 Ar or 0.86 Eur or 1,19 US … how much is a sandwich from McDo? with the toy please?

Vary sy Loaka (from "Tour en Cuisine" Blog)

Actually, it’s not a very good thing to go to a restaurant all the time. A reason of that is money matter! The 2.500 Ar I said before is average just for the “Plat du jour”. But  when you are in the restaurant, you are tempted to order jus, dessert, and that thing that looks delicious but is damn expensive … The other reason is health matter. Well, meals in restaurant are tasteful but not always healthy: the fat, the too much spice in the sauce, the sauce itself, the ingredient that we never know to make it so delicious but not good for health …  SLURP!

Anyway, in my case,the best restaurant is home! the best food is what I cook … hum  sorry , what Mum cooks! but it’s a private and selective and secret and private restaurant. So, if you want to try, … hum … you won’t! :p

QUOTE :

Father and son talk

Django: [to Remy] Food is fuel. You get picky about what you put in the tank, your engine is gonna die. Now shut up and eat your garbage.

What food are you ?

Remy: [voice over] If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.

Be Proud, people will be there for you!

Anton Ego:  The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends.[ …] Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere …

Con men

Lately, I watched  “I love you Phillip Morris”.

I Love you Phillip Morris

People already told me  how fun and tricky it was, I couldn’t wait to see it by myself. My first knowledge about it was that Jim Carrey played a gay … I finally got to watch it … and it was surprisingly awesome!!!

The movie begins with, Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) laying on an hospital bed, and the first line is :

Steven Russell: Love sure is a funny thing. Makes you happy, makes you sad, makes you do all sorts of things you never thought you’d do before. In fact, love’s the reason I’m laying here dying.” 

It says a lot! Althouth, it is not just a romantic comedy, the movie is geniously bluffy, as well as the real story that it has been inspired on : Steven Russell and Phillip Morris exist for real. Their story as incredible as it is, exists as well .

Steven Jay Russell is now in jail (not for so long I guess … lol !).

Steven Jay Russell, Phillip Morris

Steven Jay Russell, Phillip Morris

Besides being gay, he has an IQ of 163 as well …  FYI ,

I.Q.


Jim Carrey
 (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “The Majestic”) delivered one of his best performance, and along with him,  Ewan McGregor (“The Ghost Writer”, “The Island” ), as the cutie and sensitive boyfriend. But, I feel I have to warn you about some scenes, they are not explicitely shocking … but it is necessary to be open-minded. His maximum sentence date is to July 12, 2140. (Steven Russell: “Fucking Texas.” )

Another great movie had been inspired from life of incredible con man :

The three times Oscar Winner Director : Steven Spielberg‘s movie : “Catch me if you can “ (2002) (nominated for 2 Oscars)

Catch Me If You Can

With Leonardo DiCaprio (“Shutter Island”, “Inception“) and the twice Oscar Winner Tom Hanks (“Toys Story 3″, Charlie Wilson’s War”),  relating the life of the young, … very young Frank Abagnale Jr.

Leonardo DiCaprio - Frank Abagnale Jr.

In the 60’s, Frank Abagnale Jr. meticulously passed forged checks across 26 countries over the course of five years, beginning when he was only 16 years old. His story ended better than Steven Russell’s … instead of having a life sentence in jail, he worked for the U.S. Federal Government as consultant and lecturer, and he built his own company “Abagnale & Associates”, a financial fraud consultancy company.

There is a saying : “Necessity is mother of invention” . Steven Russell, in jail, needed to join his boyfriend, and Frank Abagnale … well, it was to reunite his family at first …  Funny how incredibly genius those men are, it is sad they are more known for their bad actions …

Quotes

From “I love you Phillip Morris”

Steven Russell  : I love you, Phillip Morris! I love you!

Phillip Morris: Enough romance. Let’s fuck!

From “Catch me if you can”

Frank Abagnale, Jr.  (Leonardo DiCaprio) : Stop chasing me! 
Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) : I can’t stop, it’s my job.

Can it be more explicite ? … lol

Myspace + Facebook = Mashup‏

I just had a message with this title. I don’t know the details, the only things that comes to my mind is “When you can defeat your opponent, make him your ally ” lol lol !

It reminds me a movie … a part of a movie actually “She’s out of control”  1989 (“Ne touches pas ma fille” in french)

She's Out Of Control

This movie was among  the comedies I enjoy a lot. It is a simple movie, with pretty smart humor. And it is well played :

  • Tony Danza (Doug Simpson)as a father that can’t let her daughter grow up,
  • Wallace Shawn (Dr Fishbinder) as the psychiatric doctor,
  • Ami Dolenz (Katie Simpson) as a girl just discover that she is pretty, and
  • Catherine Hicks (Janet Pearson) as the step mother tying up with her step daughter.

I can’t forget the “Rolling On the Floor Laughing” (ROFL – wink to Kya Rafun) moments with my family while watching this movie. And the “nemesis becoming friend”, it was about Katie’s first boyfriend Joey, a rocker teen, not into parents at all. Dr Fishbinder advice Doug to make Joey his bestfriend … And so he did, he showed him his album collection, told him about rock shows at that time and even, let him race with his car … which ended crashed by a train!

Matthew Perry (Chandler from “Friends“) debuted in this movie as the bad boyfriend!

QUOTES  Father/Daughter moment

Doug Simpson: Now, what have we learned today?
Katie Simpson: [sighing thankfully] I learned to never, never ask my dad a question he doesn’t have the guts to answer.

Truth about Men

Katie Simpson: Dad, when I broke a date with Joey he thought I was dating another guy, he followed me here. Men are so insecure!

Another big figure of the comedy just past away. Little Thoughs for Leslie William Nielsen 1926 – 2010 (“The Naked Gun Series“).

Leslie Nielsen (1926 - 2010)

May you rest in peace … and don’t make them laugh too much in paradise!

Disappointment

Lately, I was so exicted to discover the new M. Night Shyamalan movie : “The Last Airbender” .

M. Night Shyamalan is a master in mixing science fiction with suspens. He was twice nominated for the Oscar for “The Sixth Sense” 1999 (Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment) as the Best Director and the Best Writting. I will always remember  my fear while watching “Signs” (2002) with Mel Gibson, my terror while watching “The Village” (2004) with Joaquin Phoenix and my shock seeing people kill themselves in “The Happening” (2008) with Mark Wahlberg. This latter had already some bad critics due to the light acting and the simple, almost stupid, script they had to play.   

The Last Airbender” is completely a different kind.  Visual effect are well done, acting … let’s say so-so …  I wasn’t convinced at all, but the scenario … he completely missed it. It is a movie for kids, or worst a pop movie : no suspens, no mystery and so predictable. And what makes it more disappointed, they made the movie in order to expect a serie. So, not only we already had a bad scenario, but there were no ending…

Actually, “The Last Airbender” , is the remake of a famous series “Avatar“.

Avatar - The Last Airbender

Even, the Avatar fans though it was a disaster because in one hand, so many parts of the series were swallowed that we, simple viewers wouldn’t understand the important of the issues … or just wouldn’t understand anything. In one another hand, M. Night Shyamalan wasn’t faithful to the series. Just an example : 3 main characters (Prince Zuko, Katara, Sokka) were asiatic in the series, in the movie they became white people (Dev Patel from “Slumdog millionaire” , Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone) …

Who's who

Anyway, my disappointment comes mainly from the ” M. Night Shyamalan movie” part. This is not what I expected from him. Without that part, this movie wouldn’t be that “bad” after all …

 QUOTES :

Katara: My name is Katara. And I’m the only Waterbender left in the Southern Water Tribe.

More like “I’m Pink Power Ranger”  …

Gran Gran: He will begin to change hearts, and it is in the heart that all wars are won.

 

Civil Wars

Yesterday, we,… some of us, Malagasy people voted for a new Constitutional Referendum for a 4th Republic, YES or NO. We don’t have yet the final result, but so far, the YES win … I’ve never been interested in politics, but in everything you do or want to do, policital power have a significant impact on your activity which makes you, involotary, involved in politics.

It just happened that yesterday also, there were a documentary about Africa on one of our national TV channel, it was about Africa’s History during the 40’s till the 70’s. How disappointed and sad I was  when I discovered that just after each fight for independancy of each country, there were civil wars. African were so proud to be independant, changed their country names, but then for what? a civil war ? Let’s say they didn’t foresee that it made many civil victims, caused famine that killed many innocents, traumatised families due to tortures and witnessing extrem violences, and the worst,  stole kids childhood with their “child soldier”. Those  so called “people’s leader”, “country lovers” praise democracy and liberty. In fact, all they care is how to maintain their power and how to steal money from their country, no matter the consequences for the population and the future generation.

CIVIL WARS

Then, I realize that all movies about Africa such as 

  • Blood Diamond (Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou) nominated for 5 Oscars – based on Civil War in Sierra Leone (1996-1999),
  • Hotel Rwanda” (Don Cheadle) nominated for 3 oscars – based on Civil War (1990-1993) and Genocide 1994,
  • Tears of the sun” (Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci) – based on Civil War in Nigeria (1967-1970),  … those are still far from reality.

I am ashamed. Why ask for independancy if it is to kill each others after ?

QUOTES From “Blood Diamond

Title card: There are still 200,000 child soldiers in Africa.

From “Hotel Rwanda”

Colonel Oliver: [after telling Paul the West thinks his people are dirt] They’re not going to stay, Paul. They’re not going to stop the slaughter

From “Tears of the Sun’

Father Gianni: Go with God!
Lt. A.K. Waters: God already left Africa.

Animation Movies Party

Today, they propose on FB (FaceBook) to change your profil picture into an animation hero during you loved your childhood. Most of people did so, and the result on FB was … so cute! “Alladin“, “Saint Seya” (Knights of the Zodiac), “Totally Spies“, “Bouba” (wink to my sister), “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” (Tic et Tac, les Rangers du risques in french), … every kind of animation movies were there : from Blockbuster, pass by Mangas, and ended by 2D mini-series. No wonder nostalgy comes along.

When I was a child, there were time I wanted to be a drawer for animation movies. I was so amazed how those people could transform their imagination into something awesome that they can share to the world. During the 90’s, the 3D technology on screen (not out screen like nowadays)  have just been released. Anastasia (1997), which is my avatar on FB now, was one of the first animation movies to use that technology.

I was so, and I’m still, so enchanted by their melody, …  then pictures and, of course, …  the chemestry between Anya and Dimitri …  Later on, I discover that animation movie was produced by 20th Century Fox, and they chose Aaliyah (Are you that somebody, We need a resolution) to perform “Journey to the past” one of the soundtrack. She also performed as a singer and as an actress in “Romeo Must Die“, do you remember “Try again“?  it hits! But still, my favorite in “Anastasia” is  “Once upon a December“.

It was obvious for me where the chemestry between Anya and Dimitri came from, when I discovered that they were played successively by Meg Ryan (“You’ve got mail” with Tom Hanks, “Kate and Leopold” with Hugh Jackman) and John Cusack (“Serendipity” with Kate Beckinsale, “Must love dogs ” with Diane Lane). I looove the way they quarrel! So romantic …

Anya and Dimitri

QUOTES : Clash!

Anastasia: What? Hey – why are you circling me? What were you, a vulture in another life?
Dimitri: I’m sorry Enya.
Anastasia: It’s Anya.

Anya 0 – Dimitri 1

Anastasia: Do you really think I’m royalty?
Dimitri: You know I do!
Anastasia: Then stop bossing me around!

Anya 1 – Dimitri 1

Dimitri: [after making a deal with Anya] May I present… Her Royal Highness, the Grand Duchess Anastasia.
Anastasia: Pooka, we are going to Paris!
Dimitri: Uh, the dog stays.
Anastasia: I’m talking about the dog goes.
Dimitri: No, the dog is not going.
Anastasia: I say he’s going.
Dimitri: I’m allergic to dogs.
Dimitri: Just leave the dog.
Anastasia: I am not leaving the dog!

Anya 2 – Dimitri 1

Dimitri: Look I think we got off on the wrong foot.
Anastasia: Well, I think we did, too. But, I appreciate your apology.
Dimitri: Who said anything about an apology? I was just saying that…
Anastasia: Please don’t talk anymore, it’s only going to upset me.
Dimitri: Fine, I’ll be quiet if you be quiet.
Anastasia: Alright, I’ll be quiet.
Dimitri: Fine.
Anastasia: Fine.
Dimitri: Fine.
Anastasia: Fine… So you think you’re gonna miss it.
Dimitri: Miss what? Your talking?
Anastasia: No! Russia.

Hum … I lost the count …

Dowager Empress Marie: You were the boy, weren’t you – the servant boy who got us out? You saved her life and mine and you restored her to me. Yet you want no reward.
Dimitri: Not anymore.
Dowager Empress Marie: Why the change of mind?
Dimitri: It was more a change of heart. I must go.

AAWWWWWW!!!!! and at the end of the movie :

Sophie: It’s a perfect ending.
Dowager Empress Marie: No. It’s a perfect beginning.

Cult movies

During my childhood, there are movies that mark us, those are some kind of lengerdary movies or references, … cult movies. For males who grew up in the 70’s, I’m sure their cult movie would be “The Godfather” … I’ve never seen it, because I was born in the 80’s. There are many movies that I consider as a “cult movie”, most of them where during the 80’s and 90’s. Here, I would just pick one of them “Cool As Ice” (1991).

Cool as Ice

I liked the guy from nowhere, original, little rebel, on his big bike mutlicolored. And there is the girl, so wise and so sweet … and they meet … it was “love at first sight”, at least for one of them, … you know, well a very predictable scenario, but anyway, it gives some punch and great humour. But it turns out that Critics didn’t agree so … They completely shouted down. And then, I was surprise to discover this movie was a remake of an older movie , you will never guess … “Rebel without a cause” (1955)  

Rebel Without a Cause

This movie is a classic movie. It was the first teen movie that really showed with emotions youngs’ torments towards parents, society, school, friends and life in general at that time. It is more drama than a comedy. And the master piece is of course, the legendary actor : James Dean.(East of Eden, Giant

Back to “Cool as Ice”, the rapper Vanilla Ice, more known for his rap song “Ice Ice baby“,  might have been to much pretentious to compare himself to James Dean. Nonetheless, many teen girls dreamed of a rebel on his bike that would take her to an extraorinary journey… Isn’t it girls? I don’t think your Prince Charming would be that guy on a white horse!

QUOTES : Knock – Knock

Johnny: Hey-yo, wassup ma’am?
Grace Winslow: Can I help you?
Johnny: Yeah, I’m looking for Kat.
Grace Winslow: We don’t have a cat.
Johnny: Kathy, your daughter.

Hum … little confusion 

John Van Owen: [walking away] See ya later, Dick…
Nick: [offended] It’s Nick.
John Van Owen: [turns around for a second] Oh yea, yea… NICK…

Knock Dead

Johnny: Drop that zero and get with the hero!  

‘Till death do us part

Friends are precious. They are our second family. There is a saying : “show me your friends and I’ll tell who you are”. Well, here are my friends :

  •  Friends from Childhood : That’s obvious, they are my friends since we were in high school, even before … we were in a Catholic school, and my friends and I were neither the most popular, nor the anonymous ones,  just right in a middle. (as well as in studies!)
  • 4 Friends Club (from College) : Well, first drunk, first missing class without permission, first parents requested at school coz of playing cards at school, and a lots of crazy first, with crazy friends. But, we all got graduated !
  • Lotsu Team : This are friends from work! And I’m very thankful because without them, workplace would be hell, not jail! As its name shows, we smoke weeds … hahaha! nooo! but our discussion are like if we were smoking! And the name is due to an inversion …
  • M.F.F : This is a code between M.F.F. Club, don’t try to understand, only a M.F.F. knows it!

Those friendships are “till death do us part” type. If you are not in this list, it means our friendship is not yet as deep as you think. Sorry! So what do you think? Who am I?

Talking about “till death do us part”friendship type. Here is an excellent example “Mary and Max”

They are close friends depsite their differences : Age (8 – 44), Gender (little girl – Overweight man), Location (Australia – New York), Religion (hum … I don’t know – Atheist), Experiences (harrasment at school – attack by a crow) … And although all those differences, they still have a lots of points in common … It’s not a fairy tale. Still, it is a beautiful story, you may even drop some tears sometimes!

The Director and Writer Adam Elliot said that it was based on a true story. Actually it was his story : he had a pen friend from Australia for more than 20 years . And, no! It wasn’t a little a girl. He commented on his piece of Art : “Mary and Max is my new film and it has taken five years to make and cost over eight million dollars with a crew of over 120 people”. But I tell you, you did a damn good job Adam, it’s really worth it!  

The cast itself show how special this animation movie is : Philip Seymour Hoffman – Oscar winner for “Capote” (Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War), Toni Collette – Oscar nominated for “The Six Sense” (In Her Shoes, Little Miss Sunshine), Eric Bana (Hulk, The Time Traveller’s Wife). And a big two thumbs up for the soundtrack by Dale Cornelius.

QUOTES :

Max Jerry Horovitz: Do you have a favourite-sounding word? My top-five are “ointment,” “bumblebee,” “Vladivostok,” “banana,” and “testicle.”

What’s yours? hahaha

Max Jerry Horovitz: [to Mary] You are my best friend. You are my only friend.

Fact and Fiction

I have to agree that movies tend to be dramatical sometimes, almost like soap opera. They extend an event, a fact that might be not that terrible, into a dramatic giant conspiracy. They may not have great success at the Box Office or in movie Critics, but for sure, it’s annoying ! I guess that’s the purpose : make people think!  Yesterday, I watched “The Fourth kind”.

The Fouth Kind

I can’t help wondering, can it be possible? Not the way they presented it. But, is it possible that there is someone or something bigger than us? far smarter than us, studying us like if we are rats lab?  After all, there are many events that us, simple human beings can not explain…

QUOTES – Introduction :

I’m actress Milla Jovovich, and I will be portraying Dr. Abigail Tyler in The Fourth Kind. This film is a dramatization of events that occurred October 1st through the 9th of 2000, in the Northern Alaskan town of Nome. To better explain the events of this story, the director has included actual archived footage throughout the film. This footage was acquired from Nome psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler, who has personally documented over 65 hours of video and audio materials during the time of the incidents. To better protect their privacy, we have changed the names and professions of many of the people involved. Every dramatized scene in this movie is supported by either archived audio, video or as it was related by Dr. Tyler during extensive interviews with the director. In the end, what you believe is yours to decide. Please be advised, that some of what you’re about to see is extremely disturbing.

Little expalnation :

Abbey Tyler: An encounter in the first kind, that’s when you see a UFO. The second kind is when you see evidence of it: crop circles, radiation. The third kind is when you make contact. But the fourth kind, there’s nothing more frightening than the fourth. You see, that one is when they abduct you.

This article “The real story behind “The Fourth Kind” may make you feel better, or disapoint you …