Movie Blogathon: Small Roles…Big Performances

A few days ago, Ruth from Flixchatter created this interesting Blogathon. It really sparked my interest because of how challenging it was. The idea is to” shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes, the overlooked performers who add so much richness and entertainment value to the film no matter how brief their appearance is, but yet they don’t get the credit they so deserve.”

 

 

The general rules:

  • Highlight a performance from an actor [classics or contemporary] in a supporting role or cameo, it can be as short as five-minutes, as long as that particular scene is memorable and/or makes an impression on you.
  • I’d ask that you choose a performance that was NOT nominated for major awards and as much as possible choose an actor that isn’t generally well-known, the more obscure the better!
  • You could choose to do a write-up of ONE or several (up to three to keep things from being too long) performances. It’s up to you how long you’d like it to be, I don’t want to restrict you if you are passionate about a particular scene, but I think 150 – 400 words is ideal. Write why you love that particular scene and how it’s touched you, be as specific as you’d like to be and you could even elaborate on the actor or share some trivia about the movie in relation to that performance.
  • I recommend using clips/photos/quotes as you see fit. I LOVE what Sati does with her weekly scene spotlight, but feel free to add your own spin to it :D
  • You can read the full blogathon guidelines here.

 

Alrighty then! Let’s get right to it!

#3. Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada)

I’ve never read the book, but I have a feeling Blunt’s portrayal of the snarky Emily made the author proud. My favorite scene of hers would be near the end, where she found out that Anne Hathaway’s character (Andy) has decided to give her all the free clothes from Paris. You could see the genuine shock on her face, then she got all teary-eyed and turned to Andy’s replacement to say: “You have some very large shoes to fill. I hope you know that.” LOVE her!

#2. John Krasinski (It’s Complicated)

I really didn’t intend to put the married couple on the list on purpose. It was pure coincidence, folks! 🙂
John’s character, Harley, is the epitome of perfect fiance/future son-in-law. And I love watching him went along the crazy-dysfunctional family ride. I’ve never watched The Office, so this is where I discovered John’s ability in subtle comedy. My favorite Harley moment would be when he tried to stay cool as Jane (Streep) went all passive-aggresive on Jake (Baldwin) in the family kitchen after she got stood up. I laughed hysterically when Harley took the knife from Jane’s hand.

 
#1. Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Love Actually is one of my favorite holiday movies of all time, and this adorable, excessively romantic kid is my number one reason why. Let’s face it. The cute puppy love is the reason for many people to glue their eyes on the screen for 135 minutes. He is such a scene-stealer! My favorite scene?

“Okay, Dad. Let’s do it. Let’s go get the shit kicked out of us by love.”

Nuff said.

 

So who are YOUR scene-stealers, folks? 🙂

P.S. Thank you for the awesome blogathon, Ruth!

Top 10 Movie Rain Scenes

Who doesn’t love rain? Whether in real life or movies, rain makes everything ten times more dramatic, wouldn’t you agree?  That’s why I became so excited when I read this awesome post on Flixchatter. This brilliant Wet Blog-a-thon was created by Andrew, complete with the cute banner.  I know I’m late in participating, but it’s always better late than never, right? 😛

Interestingly enough, the rain is pouring now as I’m writing this post. So, without further ado, I give you…

TOP 10 FAVOURITE MOVIE RAIN SCENES

#10. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

This particular scene is the reason why I fell  head over heels with the movie. Everything was so beautifully crafted, from the moment Elizabeth ran across the bridge until she was left alone to her thoughts after the big argument with Mr.Darcy. It was a dazzling scene that left me breathless.

 

#9. Jurrasic Park

I remember quivering inside my blanket as the thudding sound of Tyrannosaurus Rex’s footsteps filled the air. The pure look of terror on the children faces when they tried to stay so still as they were face to face with the gigantic creature. Good Lord! I would’ve died there and then!

 

#.8 The Matrix Revolutions

As I saw Neo and Agent Smith standing face to face, surrounded by the menacing Smiths, I realized that this was it. The final battle between The Chosen One and The Rouge Agent. And just when you thought you’d take a moment to take a deep breath, Bam!

 

#7. Thor

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I like this movie. And the scene where Thor reunited with his Mjolnir for the first time since he’s banished brought chills down my spine! Unfortunately I couldn’t find that particular scene, but I got the second best thing: the trailer. I’m pretty sure you know which rain scene I was talking about 😉

 

#6. Crazy, Stupid Love

Rain+ Ryan Gosling’s fantastic abs + adorable Emma Stone = perfect! And with that Dirty Dancing lift, too! Legen-wait-for-it-Dary!

 

#5. Beauty and The Beast

I remember crying my eyes out during the final scene, where Beast was dying and Belle was begging for him to stay alive. It was so heart-wrenching, I almost wailed in agony! Sorry I couldn’t find the shorter video for this 🙂

 

#4. Inception

When Cobb and the others fell asleep on the plane,  I was preparing myself for some slow, yet suspenseful dream. But then, BAM! From the very beginning of the movie, everyone was already soaking wet! And without a moment to process anything, everything suddenly became completely wrong. Oh, and a friggin TRAIN appeared out of nowhere! Mind. Blown.

 

#3. Step Up 2: The Streets

I can’t express how much I LOVE this scene! The final dance gave me never-ending goosebumps! I’m so glad they brought Adam G. Sevani back on Step Up 3D, because that is one talented curly-haired kid!

 

#2. Lord of The Rings: The Two Tower

This is pretty much on EVERYONE’S list, isn’t it? And why wouldn’t it be? This is a battle scene unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I thought the scenes would be all blurry and messy with the heavy rain, but Jackson managed to pull it off so effortlessly. Job well done, sir.

 

#1. The Lion King

My favourite Disney movie of all time takes the first spot on this list for this…this…scene that is nothing sort of brilliant! Disney did an amazing job in depicting a start of a new life by using the rain to wash away the Wildebeest skull (which, i think, is a symbol of Simba’s guilt for his father’s death) and put out the raging fire. And I can’t express how much I LOVE the score! Without a doubt one of the best movie scores I’ve ever heard. Hans Zimmer, sir. You are pure genius!

 

There you go. My Top 10 favourite rain scenes. I’d love to read people’s version of the list, especially Novroz and Vampibots 🙂

Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve made a list of my favorite things. And what better theme to choose now than the list of my favorite 2011 movies, right? 🙂

 

I’ve been thinking about creating this special list since Christmas, but never really had time to make one until a few days ago. Have to be honest, Novroz and Ruth are the two people who really encouraged me to post this because they have created a fabulous 2011 fav.movies. And now, it’s my turn!

 

First, here are the complete list of movies I’ve watched in 2011.

 

  1. The Green Hornet
  2. Source Code
  3. Red Riding Hood
  4. I Am Number Four
  5. Beastly
  6. The King’s Speech
  7. Waiting for Forever
  8. Gnomeo & Juliet
  9. Rango
  10. Tangled
  11. X Men First Class
  12. Thor
  13. Pirates of The Carribean 4
  14. Kung Fu Panda 2
  15. Just Go With It
  16. Super 8
  17. No Strings Attached
  18. Paul
  19. Captain America: The First Avenger
  20. The Three Musketeers
  21. Crazy Stupid Love
  22. Real Steel
  23. The Adventures of Tintin
  24. The Art of Getting By
  25. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2
  26. Transformers 3: Dark of The Moon
  27. The Hangover 2
  28. Rise of The Planet of The Apes
  29. Mission Possible: Ghost Protocol
  30. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

Granted, they are not in any particular orders because I watched most of them on DVD, so I can’t make a list based on their release dates 🙂 And now here it is!

 

My Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2011

 

#5. The Hangover Part II

I was obsessed with the first movie, so it was obvious how excited I was when I heard of a sequel. Had to wait for a long time until the movie was finally released in theaters, but the wait was totally worth it! All the surprises, the funny twists,  and that adorable monkey! Golly! Without a doubt one of the most hilarious movies of the year!

 

#4. Rise of The Planet of The Apes

I watched this movie as a part of my back-to-back movie marathon with my mom, with the first movie being The Hangover Part II :). This movie is a pleasant surprise! Have to admit, I was really against the idea of this particular prequel. I even cringed when I saw the trailer. But the buzz surrounding this movie was so huge, I couldn’t help getting curious. And boy oh boy, what a movie experience it was! Andy Serkis definitely deserves an oscar nod. That chilling scene where Caesar finally said No alone was oscar-worthy!

 

#3. Crazy, Stupid Love

The minute I saw the casts for this movie, I immediately put it in my must-watch list. I mean, Steve Carell joined forces with my guy-crush Ryan Gosling and my girl-crush Emma Stone?? That’s the dream, right there! 😛 The movie itself is funny, touching, and sweet. And seriously, the twist near the end was so unexpected, I literally gawped for the whole five minutes!

 

#2. X Men: First Class

I can’t express how much I’m obsessed with this movie! James McAvoy was drool-able at its finest! Michael Fassbender was one sexy bad-ass (pardon my French), and the bromance between Professor X and Magneto was unbelievably real! I love every little thing about this movie: the score, the brilliant plot, the perfect casting, the whole Cold-War atmosphere, the cameos of Wolverine and (grown up) Mystique, the whole enchilada! And can we please talk about that awesome scene where X and Magneto tried to gather all the young mutants?? Such a brilliant job from the editing department, that is!

 

#1. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2

The final movie. The end of an era. The very end of a story that pretty much made my childhood.

I went to Singapore with my younger brother just so we could watch this movie on IMAX because we worried we wouldn’t be able to watch it in Jakarta, considering the situation at the time. And for me personally, it was totally worth it. Granted, the ending in Hogwart’s Express didn’t really ‘hit’ me as hard as I thought it would be, but over all, it was a movie experience a loyal Potter fan would never forget. I couldn’t help but shed a tear when the light went on and the ending credit started to roll because it really meant I had to say goodbye. This movie is such a sweet and grand way to part with one of the most significant part of your childhood. And for that reason alone, it deserves a number one spot.

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So there you have it, my Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2011. Some honorable mentions are:

– The Green Hornet (I personally think this movie is underrated. Seth Rogan was kinda hot in this movie :P)

– Thor

– Captain America: The First Avenger (Now I reaaally can’t wait to watch The Avengers in 2012!)

– Disney’s Tangled a.k.a Rapunzel (the little girl in me screamed with delight 🙂 )

– Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (a nice surprise to find this an extremely enjoyable movie, considering how disappointing the third one was)

– Real Steel (an overall fun movie experience, the kind where you just can’t help but cheer for the protagonist)

 

There are some movies released in 2011 that I didn’t get to watch. Here are the quick list of those I REALLY wish I had seen:

 

1. Drive
2. Happy Feet 2
3. Puss in Boots
4. Arthur Christmas
5. Rio
6. Unknown
7. Johnny English Reborn
8. Jane Eyre
9. Limitless
10. Hanna
11. Your Highness
12. Bad teacher
13. Horrible Bosses
14. Cowboys & Aliens
15. 30 Minutes or Less
16. One Day
17. Like Crazy
18. 50/50
19. What’s your number

 

Hopefully next year, I’ll get the chance to see even MORE movies.

Movie Blog-A-Thon: Houdini’s Magic Ticket

A few days ago I found a really cool blog-a-thon in rtm‘s blog, and I decided to join because it seems so fun. Since it’s going to be a long post, I’ve decided to skip the introduction and rules. However, you can see them here.

So here we go!

What character would you most like to be sat next to on a plane?

The first thought that came to mind was: It has to be someone extremely silly, goofy, and funny without being a tiny bit annoying. I mean, can you imagine sitting for hours next to someone grumpy or sappy? Yeah, neither can I. And just like that, my thought went straight to a scene in Date Night, where Claire Foster is trying to create background stories for costumers in the restaurant. I wouldn’t mind playing that game on the plane! Plus, she’s the kind of person who’d just speak up her witty opinion in a straight face, which make it more hilarious! Case in point: “Why is it so bright out here? It’s supposed to be dark and seedy. Give a 40 year old stripper-slash-mom a break.”

What character would you most want to enjoy a passionate romance with?

This is a tough one, simply because I’m a sucker for romantic movies, so I have tons of candidates for this particular pick. The nominees include Noah (The Notebook), Jack Dawson (Titanic), and Robbie Turner (Atonement), to name a few. In the end, I would be lying to myself if I didn’t pick Mr.Darcy, the hall-of-fame prince charming of romance. Here’s a guy who has loved a woman most ardently despite the fact that she has wounded his pride by refusing his proposal. Here’s a guy who is willing to find a man he despise for the sake of his true love’s happiness. And here’s man who walked all the way to his beloved by foot, at dawn, and proposed with:

“If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”

If that’s not passionate, I don’t know what is!

If you were a cop who would you want as your partner?

Ha! This is an easy one! Without a doubt, I’m going to pick Gracie Hart any time, any day! Fun, fearless, and fierce! There would never be a boring day at the office 🙂

What animated feature would you love to walk around in?

I have been obsessed with Neverland ever since I saw the Disney’s version of Peter Pan. I am -and I think will always be -a kid at heart, so the thought of being in a place where you won’t grow up is everything! Where else would you be able to roam around the woods with the lost boys in the morning and fight pirates at night?

What movie gadget would you love to try out (or steal)?

I forgot the name of it, but I really would love to use that memory-eraser thingy they have in Men in Black. Just imagine: when you’re PO’d at someone, you can just say the things you wanna say in his/her face in a brutal way that’s almost cruel, then make them forget everything you’ve just said by a click of a button. That’s genius!

What film’s plot would you alter and how would you do it?

With all my heart and soul, I HATE Source Code’s ending. Yes, I may sound harsh, but I am just utterly and completely disappointed with the ending! The guy (Mr.what’s-his-name) should have died and the movie should have ended when the time stood still at the exact moment when the two main characters kissed! That would have been a billion times more emotional! But nooo…. they chose to put the guy in a different body for the rest of his life instead, as if that would have been any better! I think we should move on before I rant any further..

What one film would you most want to be transported into, simply to be a part of that world?

I adore every part, corner, and inch of the musical world that is The Sound of Music. What I would give to roam freely and belt a song or two on top of the breathtaking hill, take a plunge into the lake behind the Von Trapp’s house, or simply perform a whimsical puppet show in the guest room. Aaaah…what a tough life they have.

The world I would NOT want to be transported into:

Any world where zombies run around freely is a no-no for me. If I have to pick, the last place I want to be transported into would be that city/area/region in I Am Legend. Just imagine being alone in that place of horror!

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So there you go! What would you do if you have such a golden ticket? 🙂

Characters Came to Life

About a week ago –or probably two, I can’t really recall –Novroz gave me a link for her latest Top 5 post. As always, the theme intrigued me. Granted, it took a while for me to finally get to it, but I finally finished my list. So here it is. My Top 5 favorite book characters in movies:

5. Prof. Dumbledore -Richard Harris

Albus Dumbledore

 

To me, he is the perfect Dumbledore. The wise voice, the gentle and fatherly smile, and the secret look behind those moon-framed glasses, everything was flawless. When Richard Harries died, I was heartbroken. And even though Michael Gambon replaced him as Dumbledore since the 3rd movie, I’ve never pictured anyone but Harris as Dumbledore when I re-read my Harry Potter books.

 

 

4. Silas -Paul Bettany

Silas

 

Just like Novroz, I was in awe when I first saw Bettany’s performance in The Da Vinci Code. He completely embodied Silas. In fact, he did even more than bringing the interesting to life. His performance in this movie is brilliant, it was almost uncomfortable to watch. He was that good!

 

 

 

 

3. Peter Pan -Jeremy Sumpter

Wendy Darling and Peter Pan

First of all, a quick shoutout for the movie, Peter Pan. I believe this is one of the best family movies of ALL time! The movie was a wholesome experience, and it interpreted the novel perfectly. Too bad it was released in the same time as Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings, so the two mega franchise overpowered it.

Okay, on to Sumpter. To me, he is Peter Pan. That sneaky and adorable smile, the boyish charm, that quirky laugh, everything he did in the movie was SO Peter Pan. And I loved the way he portrayed the lovable character’s emotional conflicts concerning Wendy! God, I would watch the movie over and over again and never get bored.

I wonder, whatever happened to Sumpter? Anyone?

note: the reason why I chose the picture with rachel hurd-wood on it is because the girl needs a shoutout. she did a marvelous job portraying Wendy. but in the end, peter won the title.

 

2. Mr.Darcy -Matthew Macfadyen

Fitzwilliam Darcy

Okay, let me guide you through this, because it’s going to be quite complicated. I was first introduced with Mr.Darcy not by Jane Austen, but by a certain movie. Indeed, it was Bridget Jones’ Diary. That movie made me fall in love both with Collin Firth and the name ‘Darcy’. So one day, when I saw a novel titled “Me and Mr Darcy” by Alexandra Potter, I bought it without any hesitation. The romantic comedy novel dealt with the heroine’s fascination and obsession of Jane Austen’s Mr.Darcy, who’s obviously nothing but a fictional character. So when she one day stepped into a parallel universe by accident and met the real Mr.Darcy –like, the legitimate, man in spandex, horseback riding, gentleman Darcy- she went completely gaga over him. And I did too. I was so intrigued by this Mr.Darcy! I got more and more crazy and decided to get my hands on the real deal, as in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. And I swallowed every single page of the novel in a swoon, like any hopeless romantics would. So when I heard that there was going to be a movie adaptation in 2006, I went ballistic. I bought the DVD and watched it alone,in my room.

And there he was, Matthew Macfadyen, as the PERFECT Mr.Darcy. His built, his voice, his arrogant charm, everything was Fitzwilliam Darcy! He portrayed Darcy’s emotional conflicts and passion so brilliantly, especially during the proposal scene(s)! Since then, every time I read a novel about Mr.Darcy (such as Amanda Grange’s Mr.Darcy’s Diary), I always picture Macfadyen in mind. I could no longer see him without seeing Darcy. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not for an actor, but it’s certainly a good thing for me!

1. Prof. Snape -Alan Rickman

Severus Snape

Genius. An absolute genius.

I have nothing but long yet deserving praises for this unbelievably talented actor. Every little thing he does on screen is Snape. The little smirk, the bitter look, that raspy voice, the nose, the hair, every single thing! I’ve seen some behind the scene clips of Harry Potter, and Rickman was anything but the character! He smiled, he joked around with the casts and crews, yet when the cameras role, he just…clicked on the switch and turn into Snape in a blink of an eye! That’s nothing sort of brilliant!

And I am not the only one on this matter. Even JK Rowling herself thinks that Rickman portrayed Severus Snape’s character with perfection. Rumor has it that she was so happy with his performance that she ended up telling him the ending of Harry Potter (or at least the secret about Snape) waaaaay before the 7th novel was published! So Rickman, being the genius actor that he is, had to keep it a secret to every one and pretend like he knew nothing of his character’s story development! I mean, how amazing is that??

Alan Rickman, I salute you.

 

 

So there you have it. My Top 5 Favorite book characters came to life. Care to share your version? 🙂

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