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2009 Movies

Some of them I’ve put in one line “reviews” in Flixster right after I came back from the theater, some I have not. To separate from the ones I just wrote I put those “first-impression” Flixster ones in double quotes . The movies highlighted in color are ones I think anyone should watch or they would regret it.

2009 movies watched in theater:

  • District 9
    • What a piece of work.
  • Avatar
    • By the third weekend I’d already seen it twice. I think that says plenty enough. There were scenes that gave me goose bumps; the music had so much to do with it (just like with Titanic). The whole experience affects you so much you forget your surroundings and totally immerse in it. And just like Titanic, it is such an extraordinary experience you honestly don’t care if it has the most original plot line. That brings about my personal philosophy of movie going: don’t read reviews or watch trailers before going; know as little as possible. The best thing about seeing a movie like these on opening weekend is you don’t have to hear all the people talking about it and end up going in with all the hype building up your expectations (for inevitable disappointment). Go in with a blank canvas and the only experience you will have is your own. That is so important.
  • Up in the Air
    • A movie that makes you savor for a long long time afterward, like sipping a good cup of tea.
  • (500) Days of Summer
    • “The genre of romantic comedy needs more movies like this.”
  • Ponyo
    • The beauty of it was breathtaking.
  • Michael Jackson’s This Is It
  • An Education
    • There is no shortcut in life. -Jenny
  • Up
  • Away We Go
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
    • Because I’ve read and loved the book, I went in fully prepared to be disappointed, and an hour and half later, I wasn’t.

DVDs watched in 2009:

  • Tropic Thunder
  • My Neighbor Totoro

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


What would you do if you cannot speak, cannot move, cannot feel, the only thing you are capable of doing is blink, and think?

Enter The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

I was searching for the best word to summarize this movie. Beautiful. Inspiring. Touching.

Then I found it.


It was an extraordinary story and an extraordinary cinematic experience.

Do yourself a favor, see this movie, and celebrate the even more extraordinary, the human spirit.

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Just saw it last weekend. What a delight! Cher was fabulous. The whole family was hilarious (thanks to an Oscar winning script). And I’ve never seen Nicholas Cage look so young.

I don’t like spoiling movies for other people, so let me just say this is one of the best comedies I’ve seen in a long, long time. A timeless classic. It lightens up your spirit and warms your heart.

Why aren’t they making movies like this any more?

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Summer 2007 Movies

I normally don’t watch many summer movies because most of them are usually stupid, or bad. This year under the influence of the husband I went out and saw quite a few. It was no doubt one of the better summers. Along with other films I saw earlier and later this year, here are my rankings, from best to worst (some are really hard to compare with each other but):

  • Atonement
  • Lust, Caution
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Ratatouille
  • Waitress
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • Juno
  • Once
  • I Am Legend
  • Sicko
  • Transformers
  • Knocked Up
  • Ocean’s Thirteen
  • Shrek 3

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Lust, Caution

Lust Caution

The moment I stepped out of the theater after watching Ang Lee’s latest film, “Lust, Caution”, I didn’t believe it’d be possible for me to write a post about it. Words seem so powerless when trying to describe such a powerful cinematic experience.

Yet, the essence of this story was so simple, so haunting that I couldn’t let it go without putting something down. After all, that is why I keep a journal, to record things that’s worth recording.

If you, like most other people, have not seen this film (even in NYC there are only 2 theaters that are showing it), please stop reading. This post is solely intended for people who have watched it and is not a review or intro of any sort. If after watching it you are interested in what I have to say, come back and find this post. I’d love to hear what you think of the film and what you think of my point of view.

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Re-watching Hitch

Was channel surfing Saturday night and one of them was showing Hitch. I’ve watched the movie twice before and really liked it. One of the better movies in its genre. It’s also one of those movies that once you started, it kind of grabs you and makes you not want to leave until it ends.

The beginning of the movie was a bang, very intriguing. The dance-teaching scene was hilarious. Both Kevin James and Will Smith gave stellar performance. There were lots of memorable scenes and some moments were even touching (which is very hard to accomplish in a comedy). Yes it has its “Hollywood bits” but I think overall it’s a really well written, entertaining movie and very, very well acted.

A dialogue from the movie to end this post:

Sara: … relationships are for people that are just waiting for something to come along.
Max (Sara’s boss): Ah, spoken like a true cynic.
Sara: I’m not a cynic, I’m a realist!
Max: Or a realist masquerading as a cynic who is secretly an optimist.



Wonderful, wonderful movie. I recommended to everyone that will listen to me. A couple of them actually went and saw it. They now are recommending to others.