Fangirl Corner: Humphrey Bogart

Fangirl Corner

This week on my Fangirl Corner, I will be featuring one of Hollywood’s greatest icons.

If you don’t know who he is, then I will presume that you have not lived your life to the fullest yet. Calling his movies “the best” is an understatement. The movies he made is on the top of Hollywood’s greatest films. But let me break it down for you. Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of Sierra Madre. Ever heard of it? Well presuming that you are still utterly clueless, his name is Humphrey Bogart.

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Being a film geek, I should have known of Bogart earlier. I boasted that I have a ridiculous amount of knowledge about film and that I knew of the classics. Yet, how can one say that she knows of the classics when one doesn’t even know who Humphrey Bogart is? I must be shunned. Nevertheless, I am now in lieu with the classics and I know what I am talking about.

I first encountered Humphrey Bogart whilst reading Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Leonard Peacock had a Bogart-fanatic neighbor called Walt, who I presumed grew up while Bogart shined on the big screen. They had this conversation that sounded so true and realistic, then Leonard said that it just consisted of Humphrey Bogart quotes. Leonard left Walt a hat; A Bogart hat. I kept on wondering what was so special about Humphrey Bogart that made Leonard, a teen of my age, appreciate and idolize his work.

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It intrigued me so much that I decided to download the classics. Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Singin’ In The Rain, 12 Angry Men, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Gone With The Wind. Of course I started binge-watching with Casablanca because it has Bogart in it. I was hesitant of course, since I am sailing in uncharted waters, and I don’t know what I am getting myself into. Much like when I am told to read this book or watch that series or anime.

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To not further bore you, I did enjoy Casablanca quite a lot. It did not bother me that it was in black and white or the fact that the screen’s aspect ration is 4:3. It was perfect that way. I was so engrossed with the story because I recognized the quotes from Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. That’s what Walt was saying. That’s what Leonard was saying. But they never narrated how the quote sounded more genuine when Bogart said it. The film was so beautiful. It hit me right down to the core that I ignored the rest of the movies I wanted to see after it.

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I immediately got The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. More quotes from Walt and Leonard’s conversation sprung from my head. So these are the real Hollywood movies. Wow. Now I know why people are so cynical about movies. These guys made the bar too high up that no one could ever surpass it. Despite creating a crack on my dreams to become the director who made the greatest movie ever, Humphrey Bogart’s movies made me want to excel more. That man single handedly made my cinematic experience more vibrant than it already is.

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And here I am a year later with an extensive Humphrey Bogart film collection and a brain with more knowledge about the golden age of cinema.

(Of course I did watch Singin’ In The Rain and 12 Angry Men. But that’s a whole other story.)

See? I told you I could like anything. If Humphrey Bogart captured this fangirl’s heart, then it means his works are admirable and definitely worth watching over and over again. Here’s looking at you, kid. Give the classic film noir a chance. Who knows? Maybe you’ll stumble into your next favorite movie.

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I still have tons of stuff to do but hey, Humphrey Bogart is worth my writing time and he inspires me so much that I had to get this post out of my system. And since this is a Fangirl Corner, expect more admiration posts for the classic film actors.

Brb

How I Feel About Superhero Trailers for 2016 Part 1

 

Deadpool? X-Men: Apocalypse? Suicide Squad? I’m shivering right down to my core.

You gotta love Comic-Con for all of the surprises they got. I mean it is legit the coolest con (with the exception of book cons, anime cons, film fests… Yes, I am a poor sap with no money because I love just absolutely everything. Hence the title.) But dang, I just couldn’t wait for 2016 (said every nerd ever with *insert year here*) for all of these movies. I mean first off, I am not exactly a big fan of superhero adaptations because some of it can be disastrous but now these two companies are just going at it on full bombing us with Marvel Phase III and whatever DC calls it. So hold on to your seats because this one is gonna be long and I will tackle all of those movies and why YOU SHOULD WATCH IT.

To be honest, I don’t watch Marvel except for Spider-Man and X-Men. I also watched The Avengers but I just don’t feel like watching the rest yet. Yes, I haven’t watched the two Thors because I have an issue with the cinematography. I haven’t watched the Iron Man trilogy because reasons. And also both Captain America’s. AND the Hulk’s (to be fair, I almost got tempted with the Edward Norton one because I just love Edward Norton.) BUT, before Marvel fans come at me, I also committed a crime with DC. I didn’t watch the modern reboots of Superman because my mother raised me to love Christopher Reeve. I don’t watch Batman except for the Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson one and the Christian Bale/Heath Ledger one. BECAUSE. For years, I’ve been like “Come on, DC. Freakin’ Batman and Superman are not the only ones in your universe.” To be fair though, I watched the cartoon version of Justice League which I think was called Superfriends. HAH. I actually liked it more than the modern Justice League. And I also read comics. WHICH GIVES ME MORE POWER.

So how can I relate with all those superhero movies that they will be releasing? Let’s get it on. Saving Marvel for later because I’m going to hype over DC first. Because you have no idea how much feels I have right now.

For one, everyone and I mean everyone will have to watch Suicide Squad because of all the characters they are bringing to life. When they said the news in 2014, I was kinda screaming because they had me at Margot Robbie. I saw her in About Time and The Wolf of Wall Street so I knew who she was. Then she was casted as Harley Quinn. DEAR GODS THEY ARE TAKING HARLEY QUINN TO THE BIG SCREEN. AMEN.

Look at that pretty sugar puddin’. Then you add the Jared Leto Joker, which I believe is a full on Joker reincarnation. It is just right for goodness sake. I am rooting for it. Because I want to. I am giving it a chance and it’s because I just trust Jared Leto. He’s a credible actor and I know how he acts. And plus, going Joker even off the screen is a bit creepy. Heck, even a cast member is scared of him when he has the Joker make-up on. Isn’t that credible enough? JUST GET OVER IT and accept that the Joker here to stay in the form of Jared Leto. Or else I will hurt you.

 

Then you add all of these supervillains. And Viola Davis. I am going to faint. I am just going to let this picture do the talking for you. Although, out of all those people, I don’t trust Boomerang. Yes, he’s the one you have to look out for. So stop all the hate and wait for the movie to come out. If it turns into something golden, I will keep an eye out for those sites who bashed this movie. And trust me, you don’t want to see a raging fangirl in action.

And if that’s still not enough, here’s a link to the Suicide Squad trailer. Just take note, they had an on-set psychiatrist on the set. That is how mental it is. I just can’t wait for it. Showing on August 5, 2016 (USA).

With all of that said, I will continue my hype with Batman V. Superman.

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Psyched. I know, I know. I should give this one a chance. But I am so sorry. That bat suit is just not working for me. I will give it a try. I will watch it. Because Wonder Woman’s in it. Finally, another superhero. DC IS NOT ALL ABOUT BATMAN AND SUPERMAN. All the love DC. All the love.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, then why did you know it on my blog? Whyyy? Just kidding, here’s the link to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

That’s the end of part 1. Basically, it’s just a summation on how enthusiastic I am for Suicide Squad and how I just feel meh about Batman v. Superman. Tune for Part 2 because it has all my love for X-Men.

What superhero movie are you pumped about for 2016? Comment below and I will talk to you guys later.

Movie Review: (500) Days of Summer (2009)

 

It has been raining since Monday here in the Philippines. But it kinda stopped as I was typing this lol. Aye, the perks of living in an island near the Pacific. One minute it’s too hot and the next minute, it’s like a water world. I should know. I live near a river. But on that note, I am beginning to love the rain. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, and everyone is just lazy because it’s cold. The rainy season is very lovable because it’s a day where you can curl up and read a book OR watch a movie. I never hesitate on a good movie, especially if it’s a chick flick. But not those chick flicks with the overused cliches, no. I love a good chick flick that brings out the feels in me. And that is, (500) Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

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Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom rediscovers his true passions in life.

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Both of them have different perceptions about love because Tom believes in faith while Summer does not. Tom believes that he will never truly be happy until the day he met “the one”. Summer, on the other hand, believes that it is a fantasy. Tom thought that Summer was “the one”. Yet Summer was not even looking for anything serious. It is a story of boy meets girl. But it is not a love story. The film’s sequence is not in chronological order and it shows the different days of Tom’s life that revolved around Summer during the 500 days. Tom wants to get her back because wants the good days he had with her. But little did Tom know, it’s not that easy.

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When someone talks about this movie, I just cannot help but smile and reflect on how many times I have watched this movie. When I just can’t choose a movie, I always end up picking this one. I don’t know what magic it has with it but heck, I don’t care. It knows what I feel and I am watching it again so that I don’t feel bad about my indecisive nature (and believe me, I have like a hundred movies). It just gives the feels a lot. I laugh, I cry, I get mad, I get irritated, like when I watch it it’s always the first time. I laugh at Tom’s awkwardness. I cry as Tom tries to get over Summer. I get mad at Summer. I get irritated by her as much as Tom does. Tom is like the representation of all of the hopeless romantics (like myself) and I always root for romantics. But Summer… I would rather not say anything but I love how she grew in the story. I guess I would call it my downside point of this movie.

Tom and Summer learned something from each other that they both expressed better in other relationships. Especially Tom, who rooted for from the start.

What more can I say without spoiling the movie? The cast was superb and brilliant. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the perfect Tom. He just nailed the role and he did it with finesse and class. I actually asked my friends about this and they said that if they found a Tom like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, they will never let him slip through their fingers. Zooey Deschanel did a wonderful job, too. Even though I didn’t like Summer, I loved Zooey. Her portrayal was sweet and heartfelt. She gave Summer the feeling of summer, warm and sunny like a dash of cool air. She was the perfect Summer, the one who you can say got away. (I made a joke. Because she kinda looks like Katy Pe- *shot*). Shoutout to Chloe Grace-Moretz who may I say is the most agreeable sister ever. Most of the quotes I got on this movie is from her winning delivery.

The writing style and the narrative was certainly fresh and innovative, which is why I consider this movie as an inspiration if I would work on something someday. No wonder these guys were hired to work for “The Fault in Our Stars”. Their minds are very talented and it was certainly a success for them. Kudos, and I hope to see more projects from them in the near future. Seriously, they are good. If they can get audiences hooked like that, they can always guarantee an audience in any movie that they will release.

Now the soundtrack is just hypnotizing. It was bubbly and realistically fit on the situations in the movie. Believe me, it did for me. It just fits like glue and it really released the vibrant summer feeling for this movie. Buy the soundtrack you guys. That is real music right there.

Overall, it is a brilliant movie. Hands down to everyone from the cast to the crew.

Rating: 8.1/10