REVIEW: Mayohan – Lovingly haunting, memorable to say the least

Some time ago, a good friend invited us to an indie film fest and I saw one of the best films I’ve seen after a long time.

I clearly recall Mayohan and the laughs and tears I shared with the company I was with at the time.  It was worth the trip, the trouble, the everything.  I wish I can find the director or the crew and just ask for a DVD copy of that film, just so I have a permanent marker of what I had experienced.

And of course, the music.

I honestly believe this music will be included in one of those big events in my life moments.  And I am so grateful to have a ton of those still ahead of me.

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REVIEW: The Descendants (2011)

The first thing that I found I had in common with Tita Maggie, is George Clooney.  I remember that day well.  We were in the kitchen and I was telling her why Grey’s Anatomy is a must see for her.  She then started crooning about ER and I said one person made that show great.  We simultaneously cooed, “George Clooney.”

That’s exactly what happened last Friday night.  After discovering I have completely lost my voice to fatigue, I made myself comfortable and started playing The Descendants.  Mr. Clooney played his part so well that my heart repeatedly broke.  And Hawaii never looked better.

The movie starts with a narration of Honolulu-based lawyer Matt King (Clooney).  He is the sole trustee of a prized piece of land on the island of Kaua’i.  His wife was in a motorboat accident that rendered her comatose.  Now, this “back up” parent has to learn to manage all the balls in the air:  his two daughters who are growing increasingly more difficult to deal with, his family who urges him to sell the Kaua’i property, and the citizens watching his every move.

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REVIEW: Like Crazy (2011)

Do you remember my post a few weeks back when I was still so energized to constantly update as I am now feeling quite disheartened with my lack of specialized writing skills when I posted all about the gory bits?  That came from 2011’s Before Sunrise/Before Sunset film, Like Crazy.

Like Crazy stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones as Jacob and Anna, who fell in love in college.  Anna, staying in the US on a student visa, impulsively decided to spend the summer with this hot new passionate exciting love and only went back to the UK for a family event.

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Choked up

Forgive my Harry Potter madness.  It has been over a decade and I never really thought the goodbye would be so emotional.  I keep looking for Harry Potter quotes, images, how these young actors grew right before our eyes, how I became so attached to the book, the character, the story.

I just now it’ll take another lifetime to have something like this again.  Our generation is so lucky to have witnessed something as magnificent as the magic of Harry Potter.  And Jo Rowling is an amazing writer.  And she made us all young again.

And it’s so hard to say goodbye.

I am both eager to watch the last installment and hesitant to walk in the movie house knowing that it is the last Harry Potter flick I’ll ever see.

Oh, be still my heart.

I am a bawling mess.

I logged in last night on Facebook and saw this clip from a cousin:

I am such a mess.  I just couldn’t stop crying the entire time I was watching the clip.  (Actually, I’m still crying as I am reposting it now.)  I wonder everyday since the end was announced if there will ever be another book like this.  Another book this magnificent and amazing and enchanting.  I wonder if there’ll be another character in the future that my kids will turn to when they’re lonely or lacking in imagination.  A character from the pages given by the wisdom and imaginings of one inspired person that will tell my kids to dream big, to believe in the impossible, to find the magic in them.

These are the books that will last generations.  I cannot wait to read them again before I watch the last 135 minutes of this wonderful journey.

I am so happy and grateful and blessed to be part of the generation that started reading again.  Thank you, J K Rowling, for the books that brought us back to our bookstores and libraries, and reunited us with youthful fantasies that we thought we lost.