Thanksgiving Special – THANK YOU for your support!

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Hello everyone! I want to wish you a blessed thanksgiving to all who are celebrating Thanksgiving today. In a couple of hours, I’ll be traveling about 35 miles north from my home to spend Thanksgiving with one of our old pals who’s coming home for the holidays from Arizona. He’s kindly invited my hubby Ivan and I to dinner at his aunt’s house, so I guess we’ll be having a turkey feast after all :D Y’see, Thanksgiving has become sort of an adopted tradition for Ivan and I as we don’t have this tradition in our home country Indonesia. So even though the place where I work give out a free frozen turkey every single year, I never ever cooked the bird before in my life and I wouldn’t even know where to begin, ahah.

In any case, I’ll be taking a few days’ blogging break but before I do that, I’d like to take the time to say my gratitude to those who’ve been kindly supporting my blog. Your readership and comments mean so much to me.

VERY SPECIAL THANKS to 25 most generous commenters!

Michael – It Rains You Get Wet
Mark – Three Rows Back
Cindy – Cindy Bruchman’s Blog
Kristin – All Eyes on Screen
Margaret – Cinematic’s Corner
Steven – Surrender to the Void

Fernando – Committed to Celluloid
Dan – Top 10 Films
Chris W – This is Madness!
Melissa – Snap Crackle Watch

Nostra – My Film Views
Josh – Cinematic Spectacle
Chris – Music and Song
Stu – Popcorn Nights
Mark – Marked Movies
Novia – Polychrome Interest
Natalie – Writer Loves Movies
Chris – Terry Malloy Pigeon Coop
Andrew – A Fistful of Films
Dan – Dan the Man Movie Reviews
Keith – Keith & Movies
Tom – Digital Shortbread
Jack – Lights Camera Reaction
Zoë – Sporadic Chronicle of a Beginner Blogger
Rodney – Fernby Films

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I also want to give a shout out to those who’ve liked my posts, as well as left comments from time to time:

Paula, TerrenceBrittani, Katy, Wendell, MikeAlex, CkckredJames, NielsTimIrene, JosephRob, Nathan, Elina, Eric, Abbi, MelissaMikey, Kim, Ronan, Iba, Paul S, Mariah, Jenna + AllieRyan, Dan and Sidekick Reviews Blog (sorry I don’t know your name!)
Also thankful to meet some new blog friends, especially another Indonesian blogger Paskalis, so welcome and hope to see you around here more :D

THANK YOU to all my awesome blog contributors!

Ted, Ashley, Josh, Kevin, Dave, Becky and Sarah

The blogging community is what keep me blogging the past five years. I mean yes, I LOVE movies, but it’s far more fun to share that love with others who love them as much as I do. I’m so blessed to have known you all and I don’t hesitate to call some of you my personal friend.


So once again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and weekend. Cheers!

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Everybody’s Chattin’ & Question of the Week: What’s your favorite BIG MONSTER movie(s)?

Happy Wednesday everybody! I’m going to hit two birds with one stone today in combining two post *series* in one. I’m just afraid I’ll miss doing a community-building post this month, but I want to pick your brain on the topic of the week: Big Monster :D

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Ok, so let’s start with some of my favorite posts from the past couple of weeks:

  • Apparently Chris never cries at movies, but these nine films almost made him tear up.
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    What is Jack Bauer doing in Pompeii??

    Mark reviewed Pompeii which I had a feeling is NOT worth your while.

  • One of my favorite Blog Series ever is Michael’s TMT (a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time). Check out his latest story on Escape from New York
  • On the TV front, Sidekick Reviews posted some thoughts on the latest Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Finale: Beginning of the End
  • Speaking of TV, Nostra discovered this TV Miniseries A Young Doctor’s Notebook I’ve never heard before, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm
  • Hildebrandt_LOTRI always like learning something new and from this week, Cindy posted about book/poster illustrators the great Hildebrandt Brothers
  • Natalie posted about The Derby Film Festival in Derbyshire, UK coming up later this month. It’s always great to participate in a local film event!
  • Last but not least, Brittani just spearheaded yet another blogathon on Favorite Movie Titles A-Z. I LOVE this idea! I can’t participate next week because of my Europe trip, so mine would be posted later in June when I return.

Now for Question of the Week!

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Well, it’s inspired by my first ever viewing of a Godzilla movie last night. Yep, I’ve NEVER seen any previous Godzilla movie before, not the Japanese nor the US versions. I don’t know, I guess I’m just generally not a fan of monster movies, though of course I made an exception once in a while and in the case of Pacific Rim, I actually LOVED every minute of it! This latest Godzilla movie is not bad, it’s entertaining though it started too slow in the beginning and the human drama is pretty run of the mill, I’d even say corny with cookie-cutter characters that wasted the talents of the great ensemble cast! I don’t know when I’ll get around to do a proper review but I’d say it’s more of a 3/5 movie for me, maybe 3.5 if I’m feeling generous. Certainly the special effects are fantastic though, I saw clips of even the 1998 version and it seems light years behind compared to this! I think the earlier versions are more fun to watch for pure nostalgia value as the effects are hilarious!


So my question to you is two-fold:

Are you a fan of BIG MONSTER movies and which one(s) is YOUR favorite?

The Sun is shining… a WordPress Family Award

It’s been a while since I participate in a blog award thing-y, but my good friend Michael from It Rains… You Get Wet kindly bestowed me this beautiful award recently. Hey, who doesn’t like awards? Plus, it gave me a chance to nominate my fellow bloggers, so why not spread the love :D

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One of the rules of this award… [with powers, comes responsibility as it were], is that I have to answer these 10 questions about myself, so here goes!

1. Favorite Actor

[who’s not a household name yet]

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Richard Armitage

The question is, why is he NOT a household name yet [sigh]

He’s my pick for the next Bond, Batman, Nathan Drake, futuristic Robin Hood… and pretty much any role that’d benefit from a deeply-masculine yet soulful hunk with acting chops to boot!

2. Favorite Food?

Oh, too many to name but I’d have to say Indonesian Fried Rice, complete with chicken satay, fried egg and shrimp crackers. YUM!

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3. Favorite non alcoholic drink?

Well I don’t drink so my indulgence is Starbucks’ iced chai or caramel macchiato, with whip cream on top. Yum!

4. Favorite Animal?

Oh that’s a toughie. I guess it’s a tie between cats and dogs, as I grew up with both growing up. I even had one of my kittens Jill (named after a character from an Aussie soap opera Return to Eden) that nursed on my Pekingese dog Floppy. She lost her mother and she thought Floppy was her mom!! I wish I had a photo of that.

5. Favorite number?

Hmmm, I don’t really have one but I like the number 7.

6. Favorite Color?

I’ve always been into cool colors, so blue, green, turquoise… but lately I’ve been obsessed with seafoam green!

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7. My Passion?

Well isn’t it obvious? :D Movies of course and writing/talking about ‘em. I’m also into Fashion and Travel, as you can see in my Pinterest boards.

8. Favorite Day of the Week?

I love Fridays for obvious reasons, but also because my hubby & I always go out to dinner on Friday nites, followed by home cinema movie-watching after :D

9. Favorite Flower?

I love non-traditional flowers, so anything but roses :D I guess if I have to pick just one, it’d be the Mokara Orchids as they’re so exotic and simply gorgeous! My late mom used to grow Orchids when I was growing up, so the flower always reminds me of her :D

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10. Favorite soundtrack from 2013?

Pacific Rim of course. Still obsessed with this one, it’s such a good workout music, too!

Award Rules:

  • wordpress-family-awardInclude the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  • Link to the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
    (use these or come up with your own).
  • Nominate 10 bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs,
    letting them know they have been nominated.

Blogs I’m passing this award to:

  1. Keith and the Movies
  2. Classicblanca
  3. The Focused Filmographer
  4. Cinematic Corner
  5. Inspired Ground
  6. The Warning Sign
  7. Tim’s Film Reviews
  8. Rorschach Reviews
  9. Movies and Song 365
  10. Whoa! This is Heavy!

I deliberately not nominating those that Michael have nominated, and yes I nominate others outside the WordPress platform as well. Sorry if I didn’t nominate you, but I can only pick 10 :D In any case, I understand if you guys choose not to do this post for whatever reason. I hope you would though, even if you pick at least five questions and answer them on this post.


Well, HAPPY FRIDAY everyone! What are YOUR movie-watching plans?

FlixChatter Announcement: Temporary Blogging Hiatus

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Hello everyone. I just want to make a quick announcement that I have to put the blog on temporary hiatus until the end of the month or early July. My brother in Jakarta passed away so I have to fly back to my home country for a week and a half. It took me three hours yesterday just to book the tickets, but I’m all set now.

I have a few posts ready but depending on how much time I have whilst I’m traveling – and the dubious Internet connection I’ll have there – it might be tough for me to do any kind of blogging. So pardon the lack of visit/comment in the next couple of weeks. I hope to resume blogging as as soon as I’m able to.

Before I go, I just want to say this: Cherish your family and friends and tell them you love them whenever you have the opportunity. I wasn’t able to say goodbye to my brother, I can only pray that he’s in the hands of the Lord Almighty where there’s no more pain.

Have a wonderful week, everyone. Blessings to you all.

Everybody’s Chattin’ … LAMMYs 2013 Edition

Happy Good Friday everybody!

It’s Easter this weekend which is a very meaningful time of the year for me and I’ve got a special collaborative post with my pals Terrence and Keith, so stay tuned for that folks :D

Well, in the spirit of giving, I thought I’d show my support to my fellow bloggers today. In case there’s a Lammy member out there that’s been living under a rock, y’all should know that LAMMY 2013 Awards has begun!!

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Thanks Andina @ Inspired-Ground.com for the lovely LAMMY 2013 banner!

Before I go on, I’d like to give a shout out to LAMMY 2013 admin guys: Joel and David have done a smashing job organizing this thing, so well done and thanks guys!! Nomination Voting is now open – March 21 until April 3 – so get voting or check out this LAMB post for more details.

A bunch of bloggers have been very creative in creating their For Your Consideration (FYC) posters. Here are some bloggers I’ll be rooting for:

Surely you know these awesome bloggers and their work. Certainly the movie blogosphere are for the better since they’ve started blogging! Some of them have only been blogging for a year or so, but they’ve accomplished so much in such a short time.

So Andina, Chris, Dan, Lady Sati, Mark, Keith, Bubbawheat, and Bonjour… consider yourself nominated :D

Now, just because they don’t have an FYC poster doesn’t mean they’re not on my mind when it comes to voting time. These bloggers are also on my regular daily rotation and more than deserving of multiple nominations!

Chris @ Movies & Song 365  | Castor @ Anomalous Material

 Eric @ The Warning Sign | Fogs @ Fogs Movie Reviews

John @ The Droid You’re Looking For | Josh @ Classicblanca

 Nostra @ My Film Views | 3Guys1Movie

Paula @ Paula’s Cinema Club | Terrence @ The Focused Filmographer

NewCommentI also want to take the time to say THANK YOU for those who’ve been such loyal supporters to this blog, either by sharing my posts via social media and/or dropping their comments on the posts. My eyes always lights up when the comment icon turns orange (you WordPress bloggers know exactly what I mean!) :D

Ok, now check out the FULL ELIGIBILITY LIST and get voting!

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Have a wonderful Easter weekend folks. Now, what’s your weekend viewing plans?

Award Season is upon us… 7×7 + Liebster Blog Awards that is

Hello, hello! It’s mid week and right smack dab in the middle of the Olympics. Turns out that Michael Phelps isn’t the only one decorated w/ medals :D


Thanks very much to Michael @ It Rains… You Get Wet and Raghav @ Ticker Talks Films , the co-founder of the weekly Twitter event #MTOS for tagging me with this award… and sorry it’s so long overdue! :)

The 7 x 7 Award highlights a blogger’s favourite pieces of work and is passed on to others so that they too can do the same as a way to promote posts and/or blogs.

As is the case with such awards, there are certain rules;

1.Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.

Hmmm, let’s see. Well, most of you already know I’m from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, but even some of my friends don’t know that I actually spent time in a Catholic boarding school from the age of 7 – 12. It’s a bit unusual for folks in my country and no, it’s not exactly the kind of elite boarding school like Hogwarts or Eton College, yeah I wish! It was a bittersweet experience to be sure, and though at the time I hated being there, now I’m thankful for the experience and I do believe it shaped me to be the person that I am today.

2. Link to one of the posts that I think best fits the following categories;

a. Most Beautiful Piece.

I LOVE rain scenes, and so my top ten list of Ten Indelible Rain/Wet Scenes is full of beautiful, atmospheric scenes :)

…or
b. Most Helpful Piece.

Well, I hope this is helpful to some people, but I’d like to think that this Gregory Peck birthday blog-a-thon of sort is helpful for those who aren’t well-versed about the variety of films he has done [about 50+ plus total!]. Thanks to my blog friends for their submissions of posts/reviews on the acting legend.


c. Most Popular Piece.

I think my Musings on Movie Crushes post is popular because ALL of us surely have one, so it’s fun to see people sharing which actor/actress have captured their hearts. Do share yours if you haven’t already, there’s no such thing as a late comment :)



d. Most Controversial Piece.

It’s not exactly ‘controversial’ in the sense that it gets people up in arms, but I think my post of What Critical Darling You Can’t Sing Praises Of sort of went against the grain as a lot of people love The Hurt Locker, but I thought it was just ok, certainly wasn’t Oscar-worthy. To this day I still don’t know what the fuss is about Jeremy Renner. Now that might push a lot of people’s buttons, too :)


e. Most Surprisingly Successful Piece.

This is an honest list that my pal Ted and I did relatively quickly last January. Well, it turns out a lot of people agreed with us :)


f. Most Underrated Piece.

For this one I’m going to pick one I did a couple of years ago since not many people read my blog then, but I’m hoping to do a follow up to this as most of the then up-and-coming actors have sort of ‘made it’ in Hollywood now.


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g. Most Pride-Worthy Piece.
Well, since last year I went with my first movie pitch for Castor’s Anomalous Material blog, I’m going with the last movie pitch I did. It took me quite a while to do but I’m pretty happy with it. It’s an Irish crime drama directed by Kenneth Branagh starring Gabriel Byrne, Tom Hiddleston and Richard Armitage.



3. Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.

Ok, I’m going to tag the five lovely ladies who kindly gave me the Liebster award, and not only because I’m returning the favor, I mean these are seriously kick-ass bloggers. Girl power! :D And to be fair, I’m tagging two other bloggers of the opposite sex, he..he..



Thanks to Lady Sati, Diana, Anna, Ruth and Iba for kindly granting me this lovely award.

The rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
  3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to
  4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
  5. Go to their page and tell them
  6. No tag backs.

Hmmm, this is the hardest part…

11 things about myself:

  1. Though my dad was in the film biz before I was born, I had only seen bits and pieces of one of his films, which co-incidentally is about an Indonesian Superman, ahah.
  2. I took piano lessons as a kid, maybe for about 3 years or so, but unlike Ruth from Down Under, I don’t know how to play it anymore :(
  3. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a screenwriter. In fact, in grade school when all the other kids wanted to be a doctor, lawyer, fireman,  etc., I was convinced that was what I wanted to do. Alas… who knows if my dream would ever come true.
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  4. I went to the same umbrella school that President Obama once attended when he briefly lived in Indonesia: St. Francis of Assisi. I only attended the Jr High part of the school, but it shared the same complex.
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  5. I have a Javanese-dialect accent [the island where the word Java for coffee comes from] when I speak Indonesian, I might’ve gotten that from my nanny growing up. I don’t speak the language fluently though, but my mother did.
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  6. My grandma was pretty strict growing up so I never could go clubbing until dawn like my friends did, yet I never had the desire to do it even as an adult. In fact, the few times I did go in college, I did not enjoy it at all.
  7. I grew up Catholic but now I attend a non-denominational Evangelical church in my neighborhood that has the most awesome Worship Band ever. I believe this Bible verse with all my heart and soul: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
  8. I might’ve shared this before but I don’t like chocolate, seafood or alcoholic beverage. I know those are a lot of people’s favorite things but I could do without those my entire life.
  9. I LOVE Zumba!! I’ve been taking the Latin-inspired cardio dance classes for about a year now and I’m addicted. I go three times a week, though now I’m also taking a cardio kick-boxing class just to mix things up.
  10. My love for British actors/movies might’ve stemmed from taking ESL classes from ‘native speakers’ from Britain. For some odd reasons, they only accepted Aussies and Brits in most of those schools, not Americans. I became friends with a few of them and I’ve always thought they were the coolest guys!
  11. I have a very high prescription that I’m practically blind. I guess it’s hereditary as most of my family members wear glasses.


Sati’s Questions:

1. What is your favorite movie scene?
Oh, there are sooo many! I picked twenty of them here and here, and I plan to do another post this year. Since I just did the Sense & Sensibility post though, I’d say the moment Brandon showed up in the movie all smitten for Marianne is one of my all time favorite scenes.
2. Your favorite performance?
Again, too many to list here but I’m going to go with the performance I saw in the last few months and that is Christian Bale as the Dark Knight. I think he shall remain to be my favorite Batman actor, just like Christopher Reeve will always be my favorite Superman.
3. Movie character that is most similar to you?
Hmm, this is a toughie. I really don’t know, but I tend to be kind of a dreamer and a bit of a loner, so I feel that there are some traits in Paul Dano’s character in Ruby Sparks that I identify with.
4. Favorite movie quote?
Again, since I just watched this recently, I really love this quote in Sense & Sensibility that explains why I LOVE Elinor so much:
“…It is bewitching in the idea of one’s happiness entirely depending on one person”
5. What is one movie where you would change actual director/actor/actress for someone else?
Well, I think I’d definitely cast someone other than Kristen Stewart in Snow White in the Huntsman, it’s automatically raise the level of enjoyment right of the bat. It’d be a lot better if a more capable director helmed it too.
6. What is the first film you saw?
Superman: The Movie. Which explains why I LOVE superhero movies to this day :)
7. Would you change any character’s fate? If so, whose and for what?
I wish Christian + Satine in Moulin Rouge and Joe Bradley + Anne in Roman Holiday lived happily ever after. But then again, the film probably wouldn’t be as compelling otherwise.
8. Your favorite track from movie soundtrack?
City of Lovers from Casino Royale.
9. What book would you like to see adapted for screen?
Amongst other books I’ve discussed here, I’d love to see Love Walked In as a romantic drama, which I think is in the works. I wholeheartedly hope they cast the right person for the protagonist though… and that Cary Grant look-alike!
10. Favorite guilty pleasure movie?
I’ve mentioned five of ‘em here, but I should mention a classic guilty pleasure. That’d be Duel in the Sun. I mean Gregory Peck as a sexy scoundrel? Yes please!! ;)
11. Favorite trailer?
This turns out to be the case of good trailer, not-so-good movie, but I really enjoy the trailer for the NINE musical with Daniel Day-Lewis. The Cloud Atlas trailer that’s recently released is gorgeous as well.


Diana’s Questions:

1. What’s the song that you keep listening these days (the repeat curse)?
Well, I listen to classical radio and fortunately they don’t play the same music over and over. But not too long ago I was obsessed with Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap, apparently the lead singer is Indonesian and from the same region as my husband!

2. The last film you saw in cinema? 3 words to describe it please.
Total Recall
–Sleek, bland, empty.

3. Childhood crush?
Christopher Reeve.

4. Think of a soundtrack of a movie and tell me the best song from it, one that you still listen, years after you’ve seen the film.
Come What May from Moulin Rouge is one I can never get tired of.

5. What’s that one genre of films that you usually don’t watch?
Horror.

6. If you could adapt a book into a movie or miniseries, what would it be and why?
I’ve answered this above. Since Hollywood seems hot on Biblical epics again all of a sudden, I’d love to see the story of King Solomon, Job or Ruth get a faithful adaptation, perhaps as a miniseries with a bigger budget and a great ensemble cast.

7. Tell me one actor/actress that you would be starstruck by (imagine you walk in a Starbucks and you see him/her 2 feet from you – possible reaction: eyes wide open, legs shaking, suddenly it’s hot in the room).
Well I have met such a person: Gerry Butler, and my reaction was pretty close to how you described it, ahah. Another actor I’d probably get weak in the knees for is Henry Cavill. That man is incredibly beautiful!!

8. If you could recommend a book to your readers, what would it be and why?
I haven’t read too many books unfortunately, but I really like Love Walked In, an unconventional love story.

9. How would you describe a perfect (or close to perfect) script? what are they key elements it should have?
Oh boy. I don’t know, I guess for me, I like a combination of suspense and heart-wrenching love story. I think the key element is unpredictability, which is a tricky one to pull off.

10. Favorite British actor/actress?
I think it’s obvious from the above answer, no? Let’s just say most of my favorite actors are British :D

11. What did you have for lunch?
I love it, a non movie-related question. I had a Subway sandwich.


Ruth’s Questions:

1. What is the first film you remember watching?
Same answer as above: Superman: The Movie.

2. If you could pick one film composer to score your life, who would it be?
I’ve been loving Patrick Doyle’s work, so he’d be my first choice!

3. On that note, how much of your music library contains film scores/soundtracks?
About 90% of them!

4. Do you have a prized film poster on your wall? 
No. I’ve been wanting to get the Roman Holiday poster though.

5. Film (as in 35 mm etc.) or digital? 
No preference to be honest, so long as it has a good story!

6. Favourite foreign language film?
Paris Je t’aime

7. Not including ‘director’ if you could have any type of role in creating a film, what would you like to do? (Writer, Producer, DOP, Sound Designer – even a production assistant if you like!)
Casting director, hands down!

8. Desert Island Flicks – pick 5. Go!
I’ve done a post of ‘em here.

9. If you could only choose to watch either dramas, or comedy films for the rest of your life (and this includes black comedies), which would you choose?
Oh boy, I hope I’d never have to choose, but I probably would go with comedies.

10. Favourite animated feature (or short, if you like)? 
I LOVE a lot of Pixar movies. My latest favorite is BRAVE.

11. First film festival you ever attended (or wish you attend. I’ve only gone to my first this year).
TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) back in 2005 and I’ve been covering for the local Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) for the past two years. I’d LOVE to go to Sundance or Cannes one day.


Anna’s Questions:

1. Any actors you show promise for?
The first time I saw Sophia Myles was in Jane Austen’s adaptation Mansfield Park many years ago. Though she only had a small part I thought she’s very talented, plus she looks like Kate Winslet. I’ve seen her in a few things since and was impressed with her acting. I hope she’d still get her big break in Hollywood in the coming years. 

2. Anyone you’re hoping makes a comeback soon?
Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser. I know they’re working in some stuff but I’m talking about a high-profile project with a decent director. I think they both are pretty underrated actors.

Name someone in Hollywood you find overrated.
I’ve already said it here and I’m going to say it again: Brad Pitt. I don’t feel the need to explain why.

What do you do apart from blogging and watching movies?
Um, well I have a full time job so that’s at least 40 hrs I spend at the office, ahah. Oh you mean in my spare time? Workout, spend time with hubby and friends, shopping, etc.

What TV shows do you watch?
None at the moment, still hoping to catch up on BBC’s Sherlock season 2 at some point.

Your most prized DVD?
My Gregory Peck collection :)

Do you watch movies in theaters more or at home?
On average I probably watch more stuff at home as it gets to be expensive to go to the cinema every week.

You have the chance to go back in time to see a film premiere. Which film would you see?
I’d love to travel back in time and go to ANY movie premiere of Gregory Peck, especially The Big Country so I might also run into Charlton Heston :)

Dog or cat person?
Both. I used to have a cat and a dog when I was growing up and my dog actually ‘nursed’ on my orphaned kitten even though she had no milk! Yeah I know, it was bizarre!

Whose movies have you seen the most of? (This can apply to actors and directors.)
Gerry Butler and Gregory Peck‘s, I haven’t counted exactly how many but probably two dozens of them. I’ve also seen about 20 of Christian Bale‘s movies.

Name your guilty pleasure.
Already covered in Sati’s question above. Now, I’ve never mentioned this before, but I quite like cheesy action flicks like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Eraser and Wesley Snipes’ Passenger 57 :)


Iba’s Questions:   

1. LOTR or Harry Potter?
Well I owned the Lord of the Rings box set but no plans on buying the Harry Potter set, so that tells you which one I love most.

2. What’s the longest you have waited in line for a movie?
It’d have to be Beowulf and Grendel as I waited in the rush lines for 3.5 hours in the rain at TIFF and was so worried I won’t be able to get in!! Fortunately I did get in and was able to meet Gerry Butler afterwards, so yeah it was well worth the wait!

3. Have you ever fallen asleep in a film? If so, which one?
I never fell asleep but I did dozed off a bit watching The Bishop’s Wife, the one with Cary Grant. I must’ve been very tired.

4. What was your first concert experience?
It might’ve been Tina Turner, I think I was in Jr High. It’s also the ONLY concert that I went with my extended family, including my grandma!

5. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Scotland!! I’d LOVE to spend a month exploring all the cities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paisley, the Highlands… see where I’m getting at? :)

6. Any hidden talent(s)?
Not exactly hidden but I used to create a comic-book of sort, well more like illustrated stories back in Jr. High. I might’ve made about 4-5 of them, they all have romances with suspense/thriller thrown in. It was quite popular that my classmates would take turns reading them.

7. Subtitles: Yea or Nay?
Yea. No problem with them whatsoever.

8. What book would you like to be seen made into a movie?
Already covered this above under Diana’s questions

9. What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Say a thank you prayer to the Lord Almighty.

10. Have you ever snuck into a film without paying for it?
Nope.

11. What is your favorite silent film?
I haven’t watched too many of them other than Laurel & Hardy and some Chaplin stuff, so I’d say The Artist.


Now the easy part… the nominations!

Well I guess not too easy as everyone seems to have been tagged for this award, but ah well, so they just have to answer more questions like I did, ahah.

  1. Josh @ Classicblanca
  2. Kristen @ Journeys in Classic Film
  3. Paula @ Paula’s Cinema Club
  4. Kristin @ All Eyes on Screen
  5. Samantha @ Banana Oil Movies
  6. Ronan @ Filmplicity
  7. Fernando @ Fernando Rafael Blog
  8. Mark @ Marked Movies
  9. Keith @ Keith and the Movies
  10. Alex @ Film Forager
  11. Raul @ The Movie Lounge

My 11 Questions:

  1. Who’s your favorite movie actor who’s currently starring in a TV show?
  2. Could you date someone who does not love movies?
  3. What makes you want to have a movie blog?
  4. Which director/actor collaboration you’d like to see [it has to be people who have never worked together before]
  5. What dish are you good at making?
  6. Any encounter with a celebrity you care to share?
  7. Since the Olympics is still going on, what’s your favorite movie set in London?
  8. Which is your favorite movie writer [could be a journalist, novelist, etc.]
  9. Which do you prefer: sweltering heat vs. cool, rainy days?
  10. Favorite outfit/costume from a movie?
  11. Which actor/actress you initially detest but then slowly warming up to [feel free to reverse the question, that is an actor you initially love but now can’t stand]


Sorry for the super long post! Thanks for reading guys, now you know a little [or a lot] more about yours truly :D

LAMMY AWARDS 2012 – For Your Consideration

Woo hoo! The LAMMY Awards are here! I think from the banner name above you should figure out what this is all about. Well, for us movie bloggers, particularly the 1275 [and counting] members of LAMB, this is a chance to honor our fellow bloggers and acknowledge the work they’ve put into blogging about movies. When I say ‘work’ of course I meant labor of love as we won’t be doing this if we don’t love it, right? :D

Last year I was thrilled to get enough votes to win the runner-up for Best New LAMB. The winner is the ever so deserving Cinematic Paradox, ran by the witty, 16-year-old New Zealander Stevee Taylor. She made an awesome FYC poster for this year, too!

Thanks to Dan and Joel who’ve kindly encouraged me to post my For Your Consideration campaign this year. So in that spirit, I’d be honored if you’d think of FlixChatter when you’re voting on these categories:

  • Best Design
  • Most Prolific
    (I post on average 5 days a week with a weekend break)
  • Best Movie Reviewer
  • Best Ratings System
  • Best Running Feature
    (Five for the Fifth and the 007Chatter Monthly Series)
Well, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to cast your vote on this year’s LAMMYs!

To those of you who have voted for me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May the best LAMB win! :D

Everybody’s Chattin’ … and the Bond casting poll update

HAPPY FRIDAY, all! 

Man, I just realized I haven’t done an Everybody’s Chattin’ post in ages. As you can tell, I’m not big on structure or keeping up w/ series like my blog friends [you know who you are :D] but I promise I’ll keep this post more regularly from now on.

Now, before I get on the links, I just want to update you with the results of the Bond casting poll from a week ago. My Twitter pals might already know this but the winner with 173 votes is… drum roll please…

Richard Armitage!

Well I know the Armitage Army is quite a fervent bunch ahah, but hey, just look at this guy, I wholeheartedly endorse this lean, 6’2″, green-eyed actor as the super spy. In fact, as I’m going to start watching BBC’s Spooks in between Sherlock to see more Richard in all kinds of Bondian action!

Ok, it’s Friday, so a bit of confession can’t hurt :)

Well, after watching some Spooks clips and The Hobbit behind the scenes & press conference videos, last night I had a dream I was part of The Hobbit set in New Zealand. It was during break and the couple of hundred of cast and crew are all sitting in this lush park of some sort. It was almost dark and we’re all sitting in clusters of people and somehow, in my group is Thorin himself [Richard is playing the leader of the dwarfs y’see] and Frodo [Elijah Woods] or someone who look like him. I honestly can’t remember the whole details, the only part I did remember is asking Richard how long he’s been on location. It was quite noisy with so many people around us and so he had to lean very close to me to hear what I was saying, tee-hee… he replied that it must have been around 10 months or so. In any case, it’s one of those dreams you really don’t want to wake up from. Oh man, to be amongst the cast of the most anticipated movies of all time AND sitting next to such a gorgeous creature! :D :D

Now time for the links!

  • Ryan over at the fantabulous The Matinee gets the spotlight on him as he’s being interviewed by Kid on the Front Row on his blogging history, podcasting, etc. A very insightful post on a truly inspirational blogger, check it out!
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  • I always love an unconventional movie lists, and recently Andrew from Encore’s Entertainment did a Nurse Appreciation post by listing some of his favorite nurses in movies.
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  • Tyler of Southern Vision has come up with a bunch of interesting art-house lists, this time he turned his attention to war films. Check out which films make his Top Ten.

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  • The Elephant Man is one of those films I’ve been meaning to see for a while, and Andina reminded me why in her excellent review of this David Lynch film.
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  • Ok, last but not least, the Ten Best Actor Relay Race that I did a couple of weeks ago is now in Sam Fragoso’s hands this week. Check out his blog Duke & the Movies to see which actor he took out and added in. The race is definitely getting more and more interesting, well done Nostra!

Oh, with The Avengers only a week away, my pal Terrence is gearing up for his Avengers Initiative, a week’s worth of Avengers-related posts from friends, including yours truly. You don’t want to miss all the fun!


Well, before you click away to these awesome posts, tell me what’s your viewing plans this weekend?

Everybody’s Chattin: Blog Series Edition

Welcome to the last day of January, folks!

Can’t believe one month in 2012 already gone by… but before we get into my birthday month of February, I thought I’d give a shout out to some of the notable blog series and new blogs I’ve been frequenting lately. Let’s get started shall we?

Trilogy Thursday
I LOVE this idea. Max @ Impassioned Cinema & Claire @ Cinematic Delights team up to discuss their favorite trilogy and they definitely started out with the best… Pixar’s TOY STORY!
Behind the Camera
Max also came up with a new series on his blog, highlighting a filmmaker of choice and he starts the series with one of my faves: Christopher Nolan, courtesy of Matt from Matt & the Motion Pictures
Duo Posts Series
Michael @ It Rains… You Get Wet has been posting a series of parallel reviews with another blogger, examining a noted book and its later film adaptation. The latest edition is on this noir classic The Maltese Falcon.
TDYLF Infographic
One of the most brilliant stuff you’ll find at John’s The Droid You’re Looking For blog is his meticulously-crafted infographics! As the Oscar’s soon approaching, check out his handy Breaking Down the Oscar chart featuring facts and figures about Hollywood’s most beloved statue!
Today’s Minnie Driver’s 42nd Birthday! I really think she’s such an underrated actress, hence my inclusion on this list. One of my favorite roles of hers is Bernadette ‘Benny’ Hogan in Circle of Friends, which happens to be one of my fave movies set in Ireland


Tuesday’s Overlooked Movies
These insightful posts are courtesy of Iba @ I Luv Cinema. Every week she reviews a movie she thinks more people should check out and it’s almost always something I hadn’t seen before. This week’s edition is Little Voice starring an all Brits cast including Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn.
Looking Back
My matey Scott @ Front Room Cinema has been doing well on one of his new year’s resolution to feature more classic cinemas. This time he’s got help from Sam @ Duke & The Movies in reviewing Jean Paul Belmondo’s trend-setting French New Wave film Breathless.
The Story Behind Film Studio Logos
The King of all great blog series Nostra @ My Film Views has recently launched a great one that gives us an insight into the brand history of Hollywood’s famous studios. The latest one he’s featuring is 20th Century Fox.
Robert Bresson Marathon
Tyler @ Southern Vision is at it again with his directors marathon… offering great insights into off-the-beaten path works mainstream moviegoers likely overlook. This time he starts with the review of Les anges du péché (1943).
Last but not least, I’d like to give a shout out to these new blogs I’ve been enjoying the past few months. Definitely check ‘em out if you haven’t already!

Paula’s Cinema Club
Aziza’s Picks
Duke & The Movies
Never Too Early Movie Predictions
Matt & The Motion Pictures
Splendid & Lovely
The Movie Lounge
All Eyes on Screen


Be sure to stay tuned for another classic flix guest review and the follow up to this favorite actors voice list later this week!

Everybody’s Chattin’ – End of Year Edition

Hello everyone, hope your weekend’s been great and you weren’t too caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping :D Well typically I have my weekend roundup by now but I’m a bit behind, but I figure since I was planning on having Everybody’s Chattin’ post for this weekend, this can go in lieu of that.

Hudson, Grant, Brando and Peck

I have no real reason to post this photo… I just wish I could be a fly on the wall in this room when this photo was taken [sigh]…


Anyway, for the end-of-year edition, I’m gonna highlight some of the series I like from my blog friends, just one of the things that keep me coming back to their fab blogs! There are also a couple of new blogs I’d like y’all to check out, so here goes:

First thing first…

  • Do you love classic films? Well then you want to check out one of FC’s awesome contributors, Paula G’s blog Paula’s Cinema Club for interviews, classic reviews, TCM Picks, etc. Now if only I can get her to blog more on Gregory Peck, ahah.
  • FC’s regular commenter Daveackackattack now has his own blog:
    I Have Seen The Sun – with his blog he hopes to share his passion for movies and share a world to you that I know and love so well. So expect dense posts with lots of visual aids, links, lists and tangential rambling about all things visually interesting.

Now, on to my favorite blog series:

  • Claire Packer‘s Favourites Friday – she features one movie on a given Friday and tells us why it’s one of her favorites!
  • Eric from The Warning Sign posted his ‘50 Movies I Need to See by the End of the Year‘ project last June. His latest ones were Sunset Boulevard and Mr Smith Goes to Washington. Check out the reviews here and wish him luck on the rest!
  • Nostra from My Film Views has been putting together The Many Faces series for some time and it’s always fun to check out who he’ll feature next. The latest one is Bruce Willis, one of my favorite action heroes!
  • My friend Michael from It Rains… You Get Wet has incredible memory… there is no way I could do this kind of series as I can’t even remember where I saw something even six months ago! Every one of his TMT (a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time) series, such as this Home Alone one, is a joy to read. He always includes pictures of the cinema along with his well-written reviews.
  • My pal Terrence aka ScarletSp1der‘s Time to Vote Tuesday he puts together every week. There’s still time to vote on your Favorite Holiday Movies and you can choose up to four!
  • As if you need more reasons to visit the massively entertaining Front Room Cinema, Scott keeps the Icon series going with FRC Fallen Icons. His first one was Wesley Snipes, and ever since I’m always curious to see who he or his staff will feature next!
  • Tyler from Southern Vision recently started a Profile series that’s highly informative for those not-so-well-versed on foreign films. The latest one he featured was Spanish auteur Luis Buñuel.
  • Ok, last but not least, ILuvCinema‘s got a brand spankin’ new look! Check our her newly-redesigned blog and visit her latest Tuesday Overlooked Film series while you’re at it.

So be sure to look for my Weekend Roundup sometime tomorrow … no cinema trip this weekend but you can bet on more Gregory Peck movie marathon, ha..ha..