Movies and Life

Terry Pratchett from the Moving Pictures once said,  “The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”  I totally agree with what he has said.
Life as a movie
 Life is such a mystery that you really wouldn’t know exactly what scene is going to happen next,  or what will happen to you in the coming days and months.  But once you have started to watch it,  little by little or scene by scene,  or by the lines they utter,  we will be able to somewhat know the ending of the story.
Life is really like a movie.  There is a start, a middle part, and an ending.   There are a lot of scenes or happenings in it— happy moments, sad moments,  action-filled events,  romance or love,  comedy,  horror and so on and so forth.   That is life,  full of moments to ponder and reflect on.
Life has a lot of options for all of us.  If we strive more,  life will be better in the long run.   If we have a very good foundation in our younger years with our families or guardians in the area of values formation,  most probably,  we will have a good,  if not,  better life choices.   We would probably choose to have a better education to prepare for our future.  We will choose to obey rules and regulations because our parents or guardians raised us to be obedient and follow the elders.  We were taught what are the right things to do or identify the right from wrong.
It is very true nowadays,  that if you have no education,  life is harder.   It is very difficult to land a very good and high paying jobs if you no college degree.   But if we have better education,  or shall I say we have graduated for at least a college education,  there will be a lot of job opportunities open for us.  We can choose better and high paying jobs.
Just like the movies,  we can somewhat predict what is going to happen next or at the end of the movie as we go through it from the start.  The scenes from the start and from the middle have a lot of sense at the end of the story.  The end of the movie has really had something to do with the scenes at the start and in the middle.  My point here is,  our future has really something to do with the things that we do in the past.   It is really true that we will really sow what we reap.   The fruit of what we sow will really be the one that we can harvest in the future.   If we sow an apple seed,  then we will, of course, harvest an apple fruit.   If we sow bad things in our lives,  then we will harvest bad things as well.
Let’s live life to the fullest as we chose the positive things life has to offer.   Let us start right and end right.   But it is still not yet too late.   If we have done something wrong at the early stage of our lives,  then we can still move forward.   We can still fix our lives and do better.   Just like the movies,  if the part 1 is not that good,  then,  we can still improve it in part 2 of the movie.   We still can have a better sequel to the movie.   That is life.   We all have a lot of choices.   And it is better to choose the right one even if it is hard to do,  because, in the end,  we will reap a good reward.   Rather than choose the easiest way or the wrong way, or we call it advance gratification,  but in the end, we will suffer the consequences of our wrong choices in the past.
Wow!  Movies are really exciting to watch,  just like life,  it is very exciting to live life to the fullest and do what is right.   I want to have a very good and beautiful ending of my movie.  How about you? Do you want to watch it?

The Laughing Dead

The much-anticipated movie “Coco” is a Disney and Pixar animation directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina is now showing in some countries and will be shown to most countries by the last week of November. But even at this moment, it is now making a buzz in the one specific country, the Philippines, as a number of its animators are of Filipino blood and origin.

Coco movie

From the title itself, one may easily say it could be another “Moana” Story because of the coconuts. However, the trailers revealed that it wasn’t about the Samoans but rather, the creators aim to bring its audience into the colorful side of Mexican traditions. Then again, it got its audience giggling thinking perhaps, it is a sequel from the movie “The Book of Life” directed by Jorge R. Gutiérrez.

Both movies revolve around a journey of a living person into the world of the dead in a quest for something during the day of the dead or Día de Los Muertos in Mexico. However, one can never tell how each story unfolds. Some may say there is nothing new in this story as they all come with the same concept. But no, Coco offers a new and different quest for a boy, Miguel, to follow his passion for singing and playing guitar. This passion is a skeleton in his closet because of their family’s mysterious generations ban on music. Something very strange and heartbreaking hinders Miguel from following his dreams and be well known in the music industry just like Ernesto de la Cruz, his most respected music artist.

What seems to be an unbreakable rule, Miguel tossed his fate from a family of a shoemaker to follow his passion in music by accidentally setting himself up into a series of mysterious events in a journey to the world of the dead. In the journey, Miguel together with his living dog meets Hector, a charismatic cheater who needs a living person like Miguel to visit the land of the living and they went off to journey in search of answer about the music ban of Miguel’s family history. Miguel who have a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet his great ancestors who happen to understand the reason behind the music ban.

A passion for a family decision from his great great grandfather who is a musician, choose to leave his family leaving Miguel’s great-great-grandmother Mamá  Imelda to raise his great-grandmother, Mamá  Coco, alone. The thrill doesn’t end upon unearthing the reason behind music ban as Miguel and his dog should be able to return to the land of the living before the sun rises since this marks the end of Día de Los Muertos.

Will Miguel be able to return to the land of the living or locked up in the land of the dead? Will he be able to follow his dreams or altogether be a skeleton in the closet trapped behind unsuccessful journey?

Set your calendars for your family, friends, and loved ones and enjoy the awesome and amazing world of the dead with “Coco”. For those who are wary of going to the movies though, you can always have the option to rent it out online and watch it at the comfort of your home. Stay well!

Millennial Movie Marathons

A long holiday is fast approaching and perhaps you may be thinking about how you will spend your extra time during your vacation. Before, people either stay at home and watch old movies shown on television or go out and watch a movie on cinema. Now, the internet offers a vast list of movie choices you will be pleased to watch especially with companies broadcasting TV series like NetFlix. Even the word movie marathon is common to those who chose to rather stay at home and watch movies rather than going out.

It’s amazing how our film industry evolved through time. From the time of Charlie Chaplin (the earliest in my recollection though I was not born during its eminence) until today or whatever it has become now, where awesome CG makes the films seem so real. It is truly awe-inspiring and I can say we’ve gone really far.

But one thing that strikes me, again and again, is what we know today as the K-pop. It is a Korean-based fever which includes Korean Drama Series. Korean film industry invests on technology and celebrities who generate huge impact to viewers. But seriously, what is it with the Korean movie style that makes it so popular all over the world?

Kpop and Korean Series in Rent Movie Blog

One thing that makes the Korean film famous is the quality of their cinematography. They maintain high standard quality films using high-definition video cameras and audio technologies. Apart from this, Koreans mastered different kinds of shooting techniques which of course enhance the final output by making the pictures more dramatic. The Korean movies also have unexpected twists in the story that makes it unforgettable to its viewers. Their passion to promote their country’s culture and tourism is very much evident in their movies. Famous movie scenes were promoted and become additional attractions in Korea.

Other than Korean Movies, Indie films or Independent Films also started to make a name in the society. Unlike regular movies, Indie films are usually produced by independent entertainment companies and often have lower budget compared to major studio outfits. In fact, you may not believe but maybe one of your favorite movies is actually an Indie Film. Take for example the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which garnered $100 Million dollars in the United States in the year 1990  and considered the most successful Indie film. More successful Indie films are  Castle Rock, The Shawshank Redemption and The Mask which one may actually believe to come from a major studio.

Old Indie Films

Nowadays, animated films also capture an ample number of viewers all over the world because of the artistry and animation techniques which makes it more interesting and entertaining to watch like Kubo and the Two Strings which is from the US.

For this yuletide season, are you ready to join the marathon of watching movies? Come on, why not?