MOVIE REVIEW: The Banker


IMDB: In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.

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Based on true story, these 2 black men decided to fight the racial ceiling the society around them built.

Growing up, Garrett was taught not to dream big and that there are limitations to what they can achieve and what black men deserves – a life of servitude. Refusing to believe that his life is limited to what has been told to him, he educated himself. He listened to how white men runs their business, listened to conversations, eavesdrop on businessmen & observed how successful people thinks and acts.

Let’s give it to Garrett huh! He dreams the impossible and is firm on his principles. I also admire his tenacity to break the racial ceiling and for not giving up even when there were a lot of closed doors on the way. Remember what Steve Jobs said? People who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. If you’ve watched the film, the first building owner laughed at his idea, bankers and even Joe at first thought that his idea ridiculous. But it was his strong desire and firm belief that made it all happen.

Both Bernard and Joe fought against  this prejudice that only white men can be successful, only white men can own a building, only white men can live on posh neighborhoods, only white men can book an appointment, only white men can be granted a loan and the likes.

With this notion in mind, they hire a white man, Matt to be the face of their business so they can get their foot in the door in what once was an area they cannot enter. The relationship was going great. Matt learns a lot about the business while Bernard and Joe gathers wealth with the help of Matt. Although, relationship turns sour in the end when they were caught.

I do understand the ambition of Matt to become a business owner himself, I do. Everyone wants that. However, I also do think that he’s not ripe enough to run the business on his own which proved to be true when he failed to review the contracts.

It’s sick. right? How awfully poisoned the society was before with regards to color discrimination. It’s infuriating to be called dumb just because of the color of your skin. Remember Matt’s comment when he was being investigated? (I’m sure the janitor will not understand). Sickening, I know.

Apart from that, the film also shone the light on business and wealth building. We all learned this in class. Capital is king and it was repeated all through out the movie, and is actually one of the first things that Bernard discussed with Joe (having the capital). Additionally, it’s also admirable that Bernard and Joe is not only fighting the racism for their own good but they also want to uplift the whole black community by giving them loans as an opportunity for them to better their lives and achieve what they call the American Dream.

It’s sad that they are seen as con-artists or law breakers when they in fact are not doing anything illegal. They just made it appear that Matt, the white man is the head of the business and is running on his own while the two black men, the real brains of the business were forced to hide behind mops and wheels.

It’s a good movie to watch! Recommend me some? ❤

MOVIE REVIEW: State of Play


IMDB: When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.

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I’m going to warn you that this will be a spoiler:

Sonia Baker, the head researcher of congressman was killed by an unidentified man. The congressman and his team is investigating a company, Pointcorp that is said to gain billions if the contract was finalized. During a hearing, the congressman was seen crying about the death of Sonia Baker, who is apparently — his mistress. Cal, an old friend of the congressman and Della are both journalists who started investigating the case.

What really happened? Pointcorp planted Sonia Baker in the congressman’s team to be a spy and tell them everything. But months after her assignment, she fell in love and she stopped giving information to Pointcorp. Since then, they have been harassing her and calling her nonstop. So the congressman became jealous and hired an assassin who he once saved his life to monitor, follow and report to him. Apparently, this assassin hated pointcorp and killed Sonia Baker without the congressman’s authorization.

One part of the movie tackles journalism. I think it’s important to have independent newspapers that seeks to know the truth, investigate on an issue may it be politicians or the government.

I love how there are twists as the story unfolds. Any movie recommendations for me? ❤

MOVIE REVIEW: Netflix Movies


Recently, I joined the bandwagon in maximizing Netflix membership by first …. watching several Netflix originals. I’m not going to bore you with details or spoil it for you (though most them I’m sure you’ve watched already).

To all the boys I’ve loved before

4/5 since the lead star is an asian girl (credits to crazy rich asians for letting me notice this one detail). & Hell—ooo Noah! ❤

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3/5 Story is a bit too simple and predictable. It’s supposed to be a 2/5 but then again, throw in some cute boy and an additional star appears. 😀 Haha. I’ve said this time and again — I want a guy bestfriend too!

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3/5 Sure, it tackles how teenage or high school life sucks for nerdy and geeky kids which, I think should be taken seriously. People or kids should be aware that their actions have certain consequences. Bullying has a negative side effect to the victim that one can carry until one is an adult. It damages your self esteem, ego, self confidence and self value.

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Sierra Burgess is a loser

4/5 Noah Centineo ladies & gentlemen!! ❤ But this deserves a 4/5 since the lead is all brains — and poetry-intelligence is on a different level of intelligence. ❤

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When we first met

3/5 What a twissttt! This tells me that we should not focus on what we want so much. Because sometimes, there’s something really better God has planned for you. Simple. Let it be. ❤

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Set it up

4/5 Love the story line and did I mention Charlie’s Angel Lucy Liu is back? ❤ Love herrrrr. and the You are slob (all the negative things) but I still love you point is absolutely adorbs! ❤ ❤

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Irreplaceable you

2/5 This is just plain sad. 😦 I will not be in any universe be able to do what the girlfriend was trying to do here. and I don’t even want to think about it too.

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Bright

3/5 Intriguing and very futuristic! Though I wasn’t able to finish this one because I fell asleep. I wouldn’t mind finishing this tho.

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Like Father

3/5 Love the lead actress and the story line but the movie is a bit dragging. It’s a type of movie you wouldn’t watch over and over again.

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Alex Strangelove

3/5 The coming out story of a confused kid. They should make more of this. I like the generic story behind the movie but the movie itself, the scenes  was not that interesting.

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I’ll keep you posted for more. 🙂

MOVIE REVIEW: HOPE SPRINGS


I stumbled upon an article about failed marriages and there it reveals links on the movies that characterizes failed marriages — so, intrigued. I downloaded this movie.

 

Instantly, it made me rethink of getting married. My first thought: How can a man loves you so much at once, then suddenly get stuck and left no trace of affection? It pains me just thinking about it.

A few realizations:

  • It’s no secret that women like to give hints but not explicitly saying it to their partners. It’s no secret either that men, most of the time doesn’t have a clue. COMMUNICATE. I, for one would tell my SO that it’s okay for him to stay at home during our date days but deep down, all I’m wishing is for him to visit me, take me out and still spend the day with me because he wants to, because he can’t wait to see me and because he wants to be with me too even though I already told him that it’s okay. Most of the time, women say one thing but mean another. Ladies, speak up. The only obvious reason is your partner wouldn’t know if you don’t tell him. Men, get to know your partners, know when they’re being serious and look for the subtle hints.
  • Determine your love language. It’s important to express your love the way your partner prefers it for a better chance of appreciation. May it be physical touch, vocal such as compliments, quality time, etc.
  • BE OPEN.  This goes hand in hand with communicating with your partner. If there’s a specific act that you want to try in the bedroom, a fantasy or a secret, tell it to your partner. If you disapprove, at least try then tell your partner the reason behind.
  • TOUCH EACH OTHER.  Just touch. Remember you once couldn’t keep your hands off of each other. A simple holding hands, a kiss on the cheek, a hug while washing the dishes or a hugging your husband from the back while he reads his newspaper will go long way.
  • APPRECIATE EACH OTHER. When your wife prepares you a meal, appreciate it. She allotted her time preparing the food. It’s no like she had nothing better to do. When your husband provides for your family, appreciate it. There are a lot of men who are not responsible enough to provide for their families. When your wife cleans up after your laundry, prepares your clothes the next day, fixes the bed in the morning, appreciate her. She does this because she loves you and she wants to be a good for you. When your husband picks you up at work and drives you to work every morning, appreciate him. He woke up early too. He drove you to your workplace even though it’s out of his way. You get the picture. Appreciate your SO, before it’s too late. Appreciate the little things before you miss out on them. You will never really notice the small things they do not until you have a messy house and a disrupted life already. 
  • IT TAKES TWO.   You are in a marriage for a reason. It is because you both have each other for everything. It means you both committed to a lifetime together. You both have to put an effort into the relationship. It takes work. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns.

 

Love, like I said. I promise to always try. I promise not to give up on us. I promise to be like Kay who will do everything to make our marriage work. I promise not to run when things get tough. I love you.

MOVIE REVIEW: LITTLE MANHATTAN


I know, it’a bit 10 years late or so but whatever. I ended my subscription to Netflix last week and they told me I have until 5th of November to use what I paid for. Thus, I chanced upon this movie in Trending Now.

IMDB summarizes it in one line: A 10-year-old and an 11-year-old find love in New York City.

Some of you would say it’s a teenager movie, it’s too chick flick and all, But I, I loved it. Yes, it was a light movie — but it completely reminds you and takes you back those good ol’ days when you thought that it would be the end of the world, when you thought that there’s no one greater person than her/him at 15 years old. What the heck right? But this movie captures every single small detail.

PROCESS:

  1. When Rosemary is stopping by at his house for a karate practice, he had his hair cut. He was also practicing in the mirror, ‘Hey, pretty lady!’ ‘Hi Rosemary!’ and all. – Wouldn’t it be nice if men actually prepares for your date?
  2. When they planned to meet up again. Gabe thought: ‘Best 3 words in the dictionary: ‘See you tomorrow’. – When someone is extremely excited to be with you. And you cannot wait for that time comes. Waiting is gruesome and excruciating even if the date is just tomorrow. It couldn’t come any sooner. Right?
  3. When Gabe was literally waiting by the phone.
  4. When they went to the concert. Gabe was mentally tortured whether to hold her hand or not. And he thought: ”Never had I been so keenly aware of the ability of palm to manufacture sweat, but I was determined to hold that girl’s hand for every single second.” – When being with that person makes you overly nervous and happy at the same time. And was just that too sweet? I was determined to hold that girl’s hand every single second. 
  5. When they were roaming around NYC and she had her arms wrapped around him. He thought: ‘With that girl’s arms around me… there was nothing I couldn’t do’ – We could only wish to have that same effect, if he feels the same way when we do it to them. 
  6. When gabe was looking forward to every single one of his karate classes, even if he was no good at it just because he’ll see rosemary.
  7. When Gabe was intentionally riding across his borders, outside of his neighborhood just to see her – because he couldn’t wait for 2 more days. – Let’s admit it. We’ve all done this! Secretly going to their ‘block’ so we can intentionally – unintentionally bump into them. Guilty! 

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There’s so much – it’s a time travel. And gabe also had a lot of realizations too;

  • Love is an ugly, terrible business practiced by fools. It’ll trample your heart and leave you bleeding on the floor. And what does it really get you in the end? Nothing but a few incredible memories that you can’t ever shake. The truth is, there’s gonna be other girls out there. I mean, I hope. But I’m never gonna get another first love. That one is always gonna be her.
  • Suddenly, I knew what I had to do. Love isn’t about ridiculous little words. Love is about grand gestures. Love is about airplanes pulling banners over stadiums, proposals on jumbo-trons, giant words in sky writing. Love is about going that extra mile even if it hurts, letting it all hang out there. Love is about finding courage inside of you that you didn’t even know was there
  • Maybe not everything is supposed to last forever. Certain things are like… like… skywriting. Like, like, like a really beautiful thing that lasts for a couple moments and then… You know?
  • As I held onto Rosemary Telesco for dear life, we both knew the truth. She was going off to camp and eventually, private school. We were on different roads, she and me. Two ships that passed in Sheep Meadow.
  • Never had I felt so alive! I had a date with Rosemary!
  • I couldn’t escape them, all the little things I left unsaid, I was drowning in them.

MOVIE REVIEW: THE PERFECT MATCH


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I don’t know what it is with girls trying to change a man. Or rather, the ego or the feel-good vibes of a playboy changing for just one girl. Right?

I, for one – am not aiming for that. I don’t go around looking for a playboy. But hey, it certainly would feel darn good if I’m his exception — if I turn out to be his trigger, his cannon ball, his khaleesi or simply his dream girl.

“Charlie is a playboy who’s convinced that relationships are dead even though his sister, a therapist, tries to tell him otherwise. His best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he’s bound to fall in love. Charlie takes the bet because he believes that he’s immune to love, until he meets the beautiful and mysterious Eva. Charlie coaxes Eva into a casual affair but soon finds out that she has turned the tables on him, after realizing he wants a bit more from their relationship.”

I just love how she’s dressed in all the scenes! CLASS – SEXY – FINESSE

Chick Flick, 100%. But it’s comedic – romantic – light movie.

 

MOVIE REVIEW: DEAR ELEANOR


TWO THINGS:

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  1. I WANT A ROADTRIP. I want to loung on the pool, sing on stage, go on a audition, meet someone interesting (ex-convict who turns out to be pretty cool), go to new places and just drive.
  2. I WANT TO MEET ELEANOR ROOSEVELT. The movie just made me more curious on the actual details and memos on her life.

 

It’s a light movie. Though this is not something that I would watch over and over again.