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September Film Favorites

it is absolutely inspiring to see documentaries with such passion that almost always i get choked up just thinking about it. since i can remember, disney has consistently captured the true essence of adventure and beauty (ie: beauty and the beast, little mermaid, lion king.) but what we dont know is the story of how the multi-million dollar animation company came to be.


firstshowing says: Waking Sleeping Beauty is directed by Disney producer Don Hahn and features a behind-the-scenes look at Disney Animation during that 10 year period and what they had to go through to make movies. Beyond that, it has a fascinating look at the power struggle between then-Disney execs Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Eisner and Roy E. Disney (who passed away recently.) This is, hands down, a must see documentary for anyone that loves Disney or anyone that wants to see a honest and intimate look at the world of Disney Animation. Disney is bringing Waking Sleeping Beauty to limited theaters starting on March 26th this spring. See it!
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3-D will rapidly be coming to a home theaters near you! yeah you heard that right. even as soon as the summer, directv will have three 3-d channels up and running. and whats more amazing is that you will be able to even watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup between South Africa and Mexico on June 11. im almost terrified how fast technology is evolving. soon, we'll even have head encased head-sets for our video games!

you can buy models from all the major manufacturers as soon as the beginning of the summer. you will have to buy 3-d glasses which will have an "active shutter," which essentially means that it will flicker over each eye so only one is inputting the visual information at a time. and you wont be able to see the flickering because its liiiterally too fast for your brain to process.

dont get one just yet considering that it is still being developed and new. and what im most excited about this is seeing the world cup in 3-d. i think thats like my ultimate dream fulfilled. also theyre planning on continuing this trend with major sports games. itll be EPIC!
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with the help of a few of my friends, i have compiled the best romantic films of our generation just in the nick of valentine's day. some of these films are not all fairy tales but the subject of love is so prominent that it is forever embedded in our brains even after just one viewing.

because... beauty and the beast is a timeless classic and you honestly cant deny this oscar nominated love story that goes beyond the our first impressions.

because... like my friend linda says, the notebook is like crack. you honestly cant get enough of it. this is the quintessential chick flick of the once real-life couple goslin and mcadams that oozes with such passion that makes you want to cry mounds just thinking about how their love didnt endure.

because... breakfast in tiffany displays the girl we all want to be and the man who would not give up on her...


because... it makes you question if women and men can really be just friends. and all you really need is time for people to be brought farther and closer together from each other.


because... im a cynic at heart and itll take a bad boy to melt it to goo.


cause like harold and maude, love is ageless.


because... the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind shows that true love is prominently destined even with the jumbling of fate.


because... we all impatiently wait for our other half and also secretly stalk our crushes even if we will never admit it in a million years.


because sometimes not even love can keep two people together.


because... zooey deschanel and joesph gordon-levitt is so effing cute together. and because we all know that our first love never lasts.


because... it tests the boundaries of manhood and turbulences of friendships.

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you were one fucking great fashion designer whose talents truly couldnt be paralleled. thank you for your inhibited and boundless imagination that help expand the fashion world by a milestone.

rip.
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the prospect of musicians scoring films didnt sound promising to me. maybe its cause ive been inundating my ears in the orchestra ballads of a single man and 2046. but after reading an article that indie french band phoenix was scoring sophia coppola's next film, somewhere, i was actually ecstatic. not only are her films formulated with such perfection but her impeccable choice of music is even better. although, it is not completely surprising considering that she has a child and another one on the way with the front man, thomas mars. but nonetheless, im sure it'll be amazing and i cant wait!

somewhere is a dramedy directed sofia coppola (lost in translations, the virgin suicides) and starring stephen dorff and elle fanning. it is expected to come out this year. !!!!!!!

p.s. i hear that daft punk is scoring tron legacy!!!! itll be one ammmmmmmmazing ride!!!
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i know this is old but i cant get over it, its so beautiful. with the sun piercing through the drowsy and constipated clouds, i feel like dancing in my underwear to this song knowingly that the rays have promptly laid his hand on my shoulder to tell me that its ok to smile today.

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this is my friend michelle cho. this is her song, a story. its very quirky and has cute lyrics so give it a go!



this is a story
about a man
he bumped into a woman
the other day

he said i'm sorry
ma'am i'm in a hurry
I am terribly late to work

she said no worries
but I think you might
have me mistaken
I'm actually a man

entirely embarrassed
from head to toe
he said, I'm sorry I have to
I have to go home

and he never,
no he never
said sorry
ever again.

this is a story
about a man
he never bumped into
anybody ever again.

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the vanity fair, march 2010 issue is all about film! its so amazing. as usual, annie leibovitz photographs the oscar nominated films and the visionaries who had the balls to create them.




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when in rome was worse than expected. the same director that directed the beautifully heartfelt simon birch completely tears when in rome to shreds. yes yes its all about the money but come on, there shouldve been some effort put into this. and the producers shouldve known better to have done a chick flick written by two guys. even the 2002 mary-kate and ashley flick by the same name is better than this mess. im starting to think that they cant make a decent chick flick anymore. D
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the edge of darkness is an adaptation of the 1985 BBC television series of the same name. it stars Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone. it is directed by Martin Campbell who did 2006's casino royale and green latern out in 2011. ( i got confused with that and the green hornet which michel gondry is going to direct, weeiiiiird..)

the edge of darkness follows a detective (gibson) investigating the murder of his activist daughter, while uncovering political conspiracies and cover-ups along the way.

this seemingly typical vengeance film turned out to be more than i bargained for. it was not only unexpectedly thoughtful and endearing but with that it took 30-plus minutes out of my life. great story, great resolution, not so great pacing. i felt the sigh release from the audiences' sour breath knowing that the film wasnt over just yet. they tried to make a dramatic unraveling with a not so dramatic twist. it had substance, it just needed to be presented to the audience quicker before they got lost in the mist of the one-liners and action scenes. B-
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i thought this would be very apt considering sundance just ended and its almost valentines day to introduce blue valentine. los angeles times has named their top seven films from sundance which includes the love story between a married couple (gosling & williams) and chronicles the evolution of their love within multiple time periods.

los angeles times says:

"Blue Valentine" -- The only movie with any
stars on this list; in fact, it's the only scripted feature made for more than a tiny budget that's on this list. But it's here for good reason. There's an almost hypnotic quality to how Derek Cianfrance shot his marital drama, and how stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play the couple carrying out that drama. Even when they're fighting like De La Hoya and Pacquiao, you can't take your eyes off their interaction, so intense and believable it's almost chemical.

and by the photographs, i can see what he means. i hope this turns out to be what im expecting it to be. and what im expecting is a timeless love story about the first true love in our lives which like polaroids slowly develop to capture the only momentary innocence and happiness in our persistently evolving lives...

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