[Review] Carrie

I don’t exactly go to the movies all the time but there’s some budget allotted for me that I can use for leisure. Or so it seems.

Carrie, 2013, theater posterNow, this movie I was almost certain I didn’t want to watch. If only I had been more certain at the time.

First of all, the title isn’t anything interesting. The tag line is a bit interesting but I’ll be mentioning that again later.

Second, I never really watch horror movies and the poster was just screaming so. However, I was told that it’s not a horror movie at all (which is true) and Carrie‘s got powers. With that, I imagined The Covenant. Wrong. Well, mostly.

Before I go anywhere else, Carrie, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, is a movie set in the present time in your “typical” high school where the mean dark-haired girl, and her crowd, bullies the loner blond. Kinda like in the Taylor Swift video, You Belong With Me.

Remember that tag line I was talking about earlier?

In the poster it says, “You will know her name”. And that really doesn’t speak of the Carrie in the movie at all because everybody knew Carrie. So, the interesting-ness of the tag line evaporates almost immediately.

Story-wise I’d say… It’s a very long way to the prom. And you know that the more important bit happens there because that’s what the trailer told you. After almost an hour without it happening, you start really wondering about it and start thinking that there wouldn’t be much of a story if it drags on any longer.

In the end, you’ll be right because nothing much happens after the prom. Basically, it starts and ends there. (There is that thing about her first but that was just dragged on much longer than it should have. Like the rest of the prelude.)

The part where she saves her gym teacher from electrocution makes her rampage weak and simply all wrong because it could only mean that she was sane at the time and not taken over by rage. Which means, her act of killing all those people, and destroying just about everything in her path, was a rational and conscious act. And that totally makes her a villain, a very weak villain, instead of a victim – which is what she was supposed to be.

Oops. Sorry I didn’t add a spoiler warning. Not.

Mostly, throughout the movie, I could only ask myself, “Why did that have to be so predictable?”

Of course, that might just be me because I’ve seen enough movies and read enough books.

Truly, there isn’t much in it.

I should mention, there’s just a lot of blood; which I didn’t like at all. I don’t like blood and gore. It’s what made me not want to watch Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. I should have guessed at that, given the poster, but part of me was probably hoping that there wouldn’t be much besides those in her dress.

I wish I could say that the soundtrack was its redeeming factor but I couldn’t. Nothing about the soundtrack was memorable. I’m not a fan of the Twilight series (I still don’t get why people react so) but I have to admit that their soundtrack is kinda good.

I guess, this is a bad review of a movie. I hate writing something like this. But I can only write what I saw.

I can’t even do what I did with Sucker Punch trying to redeem the movie by the fact of Zack Snyder because Kimberly Peirce isn’t exactly familiar. At least, not to me. That was the first thing I noticed about the movie, by the way: the unfamiliar name of the director.

Perhaps, one redeeming factor of the movie for me would be the fact that I saw it for free, including snacks. Except for my time, I didn’t really have to pay for it so… All’s well, I guess.

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[Rediscovering Music] When I Look at You

The Last Song, Original Soundtrack, coverWhen Miley Cyrus‘s When I Look at You, from The Last Song soundtrack album played, I was like, “This kinda reminds you a better epoch in The Evolution of a Miley Cyrus.”

At the time, I probably picked this album up for this song. Of course, I do like the last track, Ronnie, but that’s besides the point.

Everybody needs inspiration
Everybody needs a song
A beautiful melody
When the nights are long

’cause there is no guarantee
That this life is easy

Yeah when my world is falling apart
When there’s no light
To break up the dark
That’s when I, I
I look at you

When the waves are flooding the shore
And I can’t find my way home any more
That’s when I, I
I look at you

When I look at you
I see forgiveness
I see the truth
You love me for who I am
Like the stars hold the moon
Right there where they belong
And I know I’m not alone

Yeah when my world is falling apart
When there’s no light
To break up the dark
That’s when I, I
I look at you

When the waves are flooding the shore
And I can’t find my way home any more
That’s when I, I
I look at you

You appear just like a dream to me
Just like kaleidoscope colors that cover me
All I need
Every breath that I breathe
Don’t you know you’re beautiful
Yeah yeah

When the waves are flooding the shore
And I can’t find my way home any more
That’s when I, I
I look at you

I look at you
You appear just like a dream to me

I haven’t been looking her up like I never did before but I’m totally curious about Liam Hemsworth right now.

[Rediscovering Music] Today My Life Begins

Bruno Mars, Today My Life Begins, coverToday I put my entire library in shuffle. And there’s beauty in it. It gives some old music, which has somehow been buried in all the new ones, a chance to play again and gives you the chance to hear old songs that had once inspired you. And, now that you’ve found them again, you know they will continue to inspire you.

Today’s find: Bruno Mars‘s Today My Life Begins. It’s just an excellent song for so many reasons. I just wish Bruno Mars could have gone this way, though.

Anyway, the words to the song:

I’ve been working hard so long
Seems like pain has been my only friend
My fragile heart’s been done so wrong
I wondered if I’d ever heal again

Oh just like all the seasons never stay the same
All around me I can feel a change (oh)

I will break these chains that bind me, happiness will find me
Leave the past behind me, today my life begins
A whole new world is waiting its mine for the taking
I know I can make it today my life begins

Yesterday has come and gone
And I’ve learn how to leave it where it is
And I see that I was wrong
For ever doubting I could win

Oh just like all the seasons never stay the same
All around me I can feel a change (oh)

I will break these chains that bind me happiness will find me
Leave that past behind me today my life begins
A whole new world is waiting its mine for the taking
I know I can make it today my life begins

Life’s too short to have regrets
So I’m learning now to leave it in the past and try to forget
Only have one life to live
So you better make the best of it

I will break these chains that bind me happiness will find me
Leave the past behind me today my life begins
A whole new world is waiting its mine for the taking
I know I can make it today my life begins

I will break these chains that bind me happiness will find me
Leave the past behind me today my life begins
A whole new world is waiting its mine for the taking
I know I can make it today my life begins

Another magnitude 7.x earthquake hits us

According to the PHIVOLCS, the strength of the earthquake that hit us yesterday was comparable to that of 30 atomic bombs.

It’s very strong. Lives and properties, including historic structures, were lost to that particular earthquake. While we live far from the epicenter, we live close enough to have felt it.

It’s at times like these when people remember God. But it can only be so sad because they’d remember him as a punisher. They’ll want to pray to Him to “appease” Him, so to speak. As if He is a wrathful one, like the gods of old.

So-called religious leaders will call to people to repent because “God is angry and He is punishing the wicked” echoing those times from eons ago when people would say “The gods are angry!” whenever something unusual and wrong happens.

Why can’t people just believe what science says? That the plates of the Earth move causing what we feel as earthquakes?

A lot of time, money and effort has been spent doing research on these things. People wanted to understand how these things happen and now we do.

Or even the Bible itself? Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 says,

 

“The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all.

“For man knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them.”

 

Wrong things can happen to anyone anytime. Even the writers of the Bible acknowledge that fact. King Solomon of Israel wrote this down for us.

Why can’t people know that?

God is capable of doing something so trivial. If He can create all the beautiful world we live in, He is more than capable of moving a small bit of it.

But He is a loving God. Why can’t people understand that?

Why do people always look for someone, anyone to blame?

[Reading] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, coverThis is the story of a man who ages backwards.

I saw the movie some time ago already. The idea was indeed curious and so I went ahead and watched it as soon as I could. And I liked it.

Yesterday, I was browsing through a second-hand books shop and I saw this particular cover. I liked it very much and ended up buying it. I just couldn’t let go of a cover that looked like it.

But that’s not the sole reason why I bought this book. It was what was written in the back.

Today, F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his novels, but in his lifetime, his fame stemmed from his prolific achievement as one of America’s most gifted story writers. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a witty and fantastical satire about aging, is one of his most memorable stories.

In 1860 Benjamin Button is born an old man and mysteriously begins aging backward. At the beginning of his life he is withered and worn, but as he continues to grow younger he embraces life — he goes to war, runs a business, falls in love, has children, goes to college and prep school, and, as his mind begins to devolve, he attends kindergarten and eventually returns to the care of his nurse.

This strange and haunting story embodies the sharp social insight that has made Fitzgerald one of the great voices in the history of American literature.

It’s so different from what I saw in the movie that I really wanted to read the original. I am yet to judge which one I’d like better. But don’t they always say, “The book was better.”?

Did you seen the movie? Have you read the book? What do you think of it?