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Last Night’s Movie Marathon

How To Train Your Dragon

Possibly the most adorable film of 2010, in my opinion. How adorable? I had a dopey smile on my face the whole time — when I wasn’t laughing or trying to hold back tears, that is. I wanted to make gifs of the whole movie. I actually tried to, but it took so long in Photoshop, that I had given it up… for now.

When it first opened in cinemas, I have to admit that I was not as interested in it as I was with other movies of the same genre, like “Toy Story 3” and “Despicable Me”. I ended up enjoying this more, maybe because it’s a little bit mature that those two. Of course its target demo is still children, but the main theme of the story is overcoming prejudice. Well, and accepting who you are.

The story is about a Viking boy, Hiccup, who was not your typical Viking. He was considered a bit of a joke amongst his village, more so because his father was the Chief and is Everything A Viking Is Supposed To Be*.

Sidebar – Everything A Viking Is Supposed To Be

  • Large
  • Strong
  • Tough
  • Always ready for battle/loves to battle
  • Willing to slay enemies without a thought

In their Viking village, dragons have always been a pests, and their main task is to kill as many of the dragons as they can. Status symbol can also be measured on what kind and how many dragons you have slain. Unfortunately for Hiccup, not only is his physique not suited for dragon-killing, he also finds out that he cannot — would not — kill a dragon. He discovered this when he managed to bring down one of the elusive Night Furies, but was unable to kill it. The dragon also, despite belief that a dragon would always kill on sight, did not hurt Hiccup when he set it free.

Hiccup and the dragon developed a friendship, and he named it Toothless. Through Toothless, he discovers that a lot of their preconceived notions about dragons are wrong. He knew it was going to be hard to prove this to the people though.

I’ve always been sold on the sarcastic, awkward boy character (e.g. Michael Cera) so I warmed up to Hiccup really fast. And I just wanted to take home Toothless, his expressions made me *squee*, even though I initially though he looked like a really large janitor fish with wings.

Anyway, I was about to spoil the ending, so I’ll stop and just let you watch it if you haven’t already.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

From the adorable 1st movie to this sexy one, I decided to watch this movie again in an effort to improve my almost non-existent Spanish. Thankfully, though the setting is Barcelona, they speak almost exclusively in Spanish and not Catalan. (I feel like undertaking both Spanish and Catalan will be too much for my current learning capacity.)

Of course, most of the Spanish I understood were still curse words and insults, which really wasn’t much of an improvement from the first time I watched this movie.

I love this movie because it isn’t one of those ‘deep’ films where in it becomes too dark, twisted, and somebody always has to die in the end. It still retains a certain lightheartedness, but it is unlike other romantic comedies that rely on comic situations and witty repartee. ┬áIt’s just a tale about two best friends off on a summer-long vacation to Barcelona. Here they meet Papa Winchester Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), a painter with an infamous divorce. Both girls were seduced by Juan Antonio, though the level-headed Vicky (Rebecca Hall) was more reluctant than the free-thinking Cristina (Scarlett Johansson). It barely began to become a love triangle when Juan Antonio’s ex-wife Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) reenters the picture.

I think this was the first movie where I started to like Penelope Cruz. I remember that used to hate her, but I’m not sure why. Anyway, this is a movie I don’t mind watching over and over again, mostly because of my huge girlcrush/ladyboner for ScarJo, and also because summering in a foreign country sounds like exactly the life I wish I had. In a way, even though the story of the two women are not entirely Disney happy-ever-after, I still would exchange a kidney for this experience.

There was a scene where Maria Elena accuses Cristina of chronic dissatisfaction and well, it kinda got to me. Maybe I’m like Cristina, not knowing what she wants, “certain only of what she didn’t want”.

Let me say it again: This movie is very sexy. Watch!

Now Reading: One Day by David Nicholls

I’m only on chapter four, so I can’t give you an accurate review of the book just yet– nor am I promising I will do a full review once I’m finished– but so far, this book has been very promising. It’s about two different people sharing one special day (actually, a one night stand), and their story of love and friendship is revealed through glimpses of the same day each year. Which is July 15. Now I farking sound like the back cover of the book, and I also managed to make it sound like a run-of-the-mill love story. So sorry, David Nicholls. The book is actually better than my synopsis; I love the humor and the style of the writing, and I predict a sobfest for me somewhere along the way.

This book is also going to have a movie soon, like already-in-post-production-status-in-IMDB soon, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as the lead characters, Em and Dex. I think these two are perfect for the roles, but then again, whenever I do a fantasy casting on a book (or musical, *coughWickedcough*), Anne Hathaway is always at the top of my list.

I’m also excited to see the transformations Jim and Anne will go through in this movie, as the book spans about two decades. Anne looks great even with short hair, no? It’s just a wig, though.

Back to the book, there is a quote there that I particularly liked, perhaps because I can relate to it so much:

“…you feel a little bit lost right now about what to do with your life, a bit rudderless and oarless and aimless, but that’s okay, that’s alright, because we’re all meant to be like that at twenty-four.”

I really hope this is true, because I don’t want to be left “rudderless and oarless” while the rest of my peers are already rowing towards a destination.