Celebrity Crush of the Moment: Rosamund Pike


Because I am in love with her versatility.

Just this afternoon I watched ‘Wrath of the Titans‘ with a friend and saw that Rosamund Pike plays Andromeda, and if my memory serves me right Andromeda is the princess whom Perseus saved, and had a crush on him in the first Titans movie. She then becomes queen and transforms the character for me from damsel-in-distress to a total badass warrior.

I first encountered Rosamund Pike’s work in one of my treasured films, Pride and Prejudice. There she played Elizabeth Bennet’s elder sister, Jane Bennet (she marries the charming Mr. Bingley).

The stark contrast between the two characters she played totally astounded me. I mean, P&P is generally aimed at women and Titans at men, so the two works are as different as they come — one is a satire for Austenian society, the other a Greek epic. Jane is an introvert who is sometimes overshadowed by Elizabeth, while Queen Andromeda led an army against Kronos.

Suffice to say, I’m left thinking that Rosamund Pike is one helluva BAMF* to transform herself like that. Of course, I’ve seen her in action before in one of those James Bond movies… I think it was the one with Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry? Can’t be sure right now.

So yeah. She’s definitely becoming one of those actors/actresses that I would blindly watch their movie for, despite not knowing anything about it beforehand. She’s cool.

Over and out.

*For those who are unfamiliar with internet slang, BAMF is an acronym for something I’m too shy to fully type out. Try Googling it? :P


Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2010)

Despite being Asian myself, I’m not particularly into the whole ‘Asian experience’ such as the K-pop music, the eccentric fashion or the television dramas. I tried watching Hana Yori Dango a couple of months ago, but that plan went kerplunk down the I-couldn’t-be-bothered-with-this drain. I couldn’t stand the acting, which might be why I didn’t watch that much TV back when I was still in the Philippines… huh.

But whatever, Asian movies are a different matter. Though I might have only seen a few (I could count in one hand the number of Asian movies I’ve seen — that I remember — in my entire lifetime), I’d like to think that my experience with movies that are distinctively Asian are pretty good. I mean, there was Memoirs of a Geisha and Secret and 3 Idiots and… well, that’s pretty much it.

I found all these movies to be moving in one way or another, and I admire how the events happen and how the characters handled them. Suffice to say, I was surprised by the ending. They weren’t a distinctive beginning, middle and then. There were flashbacks and all that. It was a breath of fresh air for the Western-influences teen in me. So I suppose that’s why I decided to give Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac a chance

…and after watching the movie, I don’t know if I should be glad that I watched it or not. To be honest, it was nothing special (I thought it was because I saw that Emma Roberts was in the cast; she has a small role). Still, I found the movie to be toosuperficial. I mean, the main character Naomi’s fall and following amnesia didn’t even take first place as a plot point! Wanna know what did?

Her boyfriend. Or I should say boyfriends.

There’s her boyfriend before the fall Ace Zuckerman, who was the typical teenager. His worries revolved around his passion for the game tennis. And sex. Then there’s the moody woe-is-me boyfriend Yuji Miwa, who is really depressed because his brother died. While I can’t fault him for his behavior, I really did not understand what Naomi sees in him. From the outside perspective, I could totally see that he was not ready for her. Yes, there was the passion and the affection and the spark of chemistry was there. But emotions-wise? He needed to sort himself out first. It was bittersweet when they eventually broke up, though.

Lastly there’s Mirai Hazegawa, who has been in the friend zone for quite some time I presume. He’s been patient with Naomi and he could be really considerate if he wanted to be. However, there was this vibe that I felt from him… that he was being too selfish or something, which is really unfair of me to say because had been nothing but the typical best friend throughout the movie. Anyway, I stand by my opinion that while he and Naomi have history and friends and could be a really good couple, I didn’t see any passion. But whatever. The best friend gets the girl in the end, doesn’t he?

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac may have ended the lucky string of good Asian movies that I had going on, but I’ve not lost hope. I enjoyed watching it and I suppose I could go back to it again if I feel like it. I’m not gonna shun it like I shun The Last Airbender *shudder* The movie was meant to be a coming of age drama, but I really had not sympathy for Naomi. Sorry. I don’t want to be un-nice but that’s just the way I feel.

Over and out.

Let’s Talk Movies

Specifically, the last two movies I’ve seen in the cinema. What I’ve noticed about the two is that they’re both remakes of old films — and by old, I mean before my time and I do not wish to offend anyone by this. *wink*

I watched The Three Musketeers last week (or was it the week before?) in 3D, keeping with my unconscious habit of only watching cinematic films in three-dimensional. I swear I looked strange with my Harry Potter 3D glasses, but oh well. A fan is a fan, right? Nevertheless, I found this modern remake of the classic story enjoyable. My friend and I exchanged whispers about her new-found crush on Logan Lerman, while in my mind I noted how off-putting he looked with long hair.

By the end of the movie, a part of me felt like I’ve wasted my time watching it. I’ve never seen any of the old versions before, but I’m sure one if not all of them covered all the necessary plot points in the novel they were based from. So, apart from profit and the supposed creative bankruptcy, what was the point of this film remake?

My answer? To cater to the younger people.

Like I said before, I’ve never seen any of the old versions of The Three Musketeers, and I doubt the average teen wouldn’t have either. I’m not saying there aren’t teenagers out there who like the classics, because I like the classics well enough. However, modern technology has spoiled me and from a personal standpoint, I’d rather watch a modern version of a film first and then watch the older. Not only would the special effects be better (though that’s not saying much for 2011’s Musketeers), but modern films feature my celebrity crushes. It’s a shallow reason but hey, it’s the truth. I mean, one of the main reasons I watched The Three Musketeers was because of Matthew Macfadyen — Mr. Darcy, anyone??

As for Footloose, I’ve seen the older version before although my memory of it is very weak. I find this modern version easier to relate to in a way, with the upholding of morals and the sins ‘sexy dancing’ these days represent. However, the constant referral to the laws banning public dancing came off to me as thin-veiled innuendos for sex.

I think I prefer the old version, because the dialogue in this new one seemed forced and robotic to me. The dancing was good — inspiring, even. I particularly enjoyed the line dancing, though I couldn’t help but LOL at the warehouse scene. Sorry.

Oh, and I happen to think that Miles Teller completely stole the show.

He's hott in a dorky kind of way ^_^

Watching Footloose rekindled the fire — not in my heart — but beneath my feet. Why? Well, not only did it remind me how much I enjoyed the mandatory ballroom dancing lessons I took for PE two years ago, but it made me super hyper and I couldn’t stop pretending to be a line-dancer for hours. It was like I was walking on hot coals >_<