Sundays On HBO

Feb. 14, 2011 at 12:51 AM. Late posting due to some laundry duties ^^

I just hung around the house last sunday and since my dvd player is still not cooperating much with all the Criterion collection dvds that we currently have unwatched, I resorted to my first love: television.

By the way, I spoke with fellow cinephile, film auditoire Adrian Mendizabal and he and I are collaborating on the 500 Movie Challenge. Since I already started, he and another cinephile friend of ours will begin tonight. I’ll be posting the revisions later..

Meanwhile… Since I did spend my sunday night (and valentines day) watching cable tv, here are three movies I saw over the weekend via HBO.

#496: Mona Lisa Smile (February 13, 2011)

 I initially drafted a huge paragraph about how I first saw this movie in HBO and how I loved the costumes and the characters but then again, as I look back to it now at this very minute, I feel like I’m lying to myself.

This movie is obviously not about the famous painting whose smile still remains a huge mystery to almost everybody. Although at some point in the movie they made a reference of this painting since the main character played by Julia Roberts is an art professor at Wellesley College, an all girls university in the 1950s. If you’ve listened carefully to your history professor, you might be aware that back in the fifties, women were only allowed to do several purposes and duties. Watch this film to know what those are and get back to me to see if it fits your description of the world in the 1950s. What I didn’t like about watching this though was the amount of characters my eyes could follow, and I remember thinking how much I didn’t like Maggie Gyllenhall when I first saw this movie.. I like her now though.

Anyway, this movie is a goody good movie. For art lovers as well as writers who are currently under writer’s block and wants to be better than Kirsten Dunst’s role.

#494: Hachiko


I’m in the search for Akita dogs because of this movie. All I ever said while watching this was one big “Awwww.. such a cutie!” to the point that I realized all I ever said was that. And of course, I cried during the part when his master played by a handsome Richard Gere died and Hachi just kept coming back to the train station, hoping that his master will come back. It’s a nice film, simple and tons of emotions.

# 494: It’s Complicated

 I never expected to like this film. When I say like, I mean it in a sincere manner. I didn’t like the trailer but I was quite amused and satisfied to it’s story. About divorcees with benefits. It stars Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep, and Steve Martin who amazingly was not the main comic in this movie. Also stars John Krasinsky, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson and a lot of Meryl Streep’s cooking.