Looking for something warm in an otherwise cold valentine (char)

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Wednesday was full of windang and warla moments, hence the decision to watch a feel-good movie just to cap off the night on a better note. I’ve always thought of watching Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies after seeing its charming trailer but no one’s available to accompany me. Of course, I could always choose to watch it alone, being the semi-wallflower me. But then again, in hopes of sharing future pop culture references and quotable quotes from the movie, I deem it better to watch it with a friend. So when Kuya Paulie asked me to accompany him, I said yes right away. Ate Anna tagged along. Haha.

As said, the movie banks on its charms and supposed unique storyline. It’s branded as a zom-rom-com (i.e. zombie romantic comedy for those who don’t know yet) based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name. The story begins with a narration from the movie’s central character, R (Nicholas Hoult)—a highly unusual zombie. He walks the audience through—from the epidemic that wiped almost all of mankind, driving the uninfected to live holed up in a walled community while the undead are left roaming outside their stronghold to the ruins of that once glorious world. He doesn’t anything from the life he lived before becoming undead. The only thing he remembers was that his name begins with R. He’s tired and bored of everything so one day, together with his undead best friend, M, and a band of other zombies they set of to look for food. They found their prey in an abandoned laboratory—a gang of teenagers looking for supplies in the zombie side of the world. In a matter of seconds, the zombies ate their fill of flesh; and in that same moment, R gets an unusual feeling after seeing one girl firing madly at them—Julie (Teresa Palmer). The rest of the movie follows how R saves Julie from his fellow zombies and how they might actually find a cure for the undead.

The movie’s plot definitely takes to heart Rihanna’s We Found Love in a Hopeless Place. The idea of falling in love with a vampire (read: Bella and Edward) and eventually transforming yourself into one just so you’d be together forever was already unbelievable, let alone developing warm, fuzzy feelings for the undead. It just doesn’t stand. But of course, Warm Bodies’ witty plot gives us something to think about. I can’t help but feel for R—he’s lonely and he needs a more ~responsive company. Everything around him is bleak and grey and the only hope he found was a breathing and sentient human being. Immediately, he shares his world to her and eventually changes into something better—something he thought only the living can feel.

While there are clear allusions to William Shakespeare’s immortal love story of Romeo and Juliet, I think what made Warm Bodies a better movie was the fact that it did not bank on cheeseball moments and cliché lines. We would always know that it’s a love story whose characters are bound to get their dose of happy endings by the time the credits roll. And of course, in times of dire need, love would always be the ready answer. But I thought the film’s relatively fresher delivery in terms of storytelling and script gives it an edge over other fictional love stories of the same genre.

I also felt that the feet-thumping soundtrack adds some spark to the movie. It doesn’t overbear but careful, it’s going to be your LSS for the rest of the week. Hahaha. Or that’s just me. Anyhoo, my favorite song/s from the movie was Delta Spirit’s Yamaha, Bon Iver’s Hinnom, TX, John Waite’s Missing You, Bruce Springsteen’s Hungry Heart and of course, M83’s Midnight City. You might want to listen to them, so I’ll be posting the videos here too.


Delta Spirit- Yamaha


Bon Iver- Hinnom, TX


John Waite- Missing You


Bruce Springsteen- Hungry Heart


M83- Midnight City

There’s a lot to love in Warm Bodies. Or maybe I just like R too much. Hahaha!

They’re still in theaters, so you might want to catch it for your post-Valentine cheber. Hahaha!

Happy weekend everyone! J

Who wouldn't love this guy? (Photo cred: ScreenRant)

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Looking for something warm in an otherwise cold valentine (char)

From www.collider.com


Wednesday was full of windang and warla moments, hence the decision to watch a feel-good movie just to cap off the night on a better note. I’ve always thought of watching Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies after seeing its charming trailer but no one’s available to accompany me. Of course, I could always choose to watch it alone, being the semi-wallflower me. But then again, in hopes of sharing future pop culture references and quotable quotes from the movie, I deem it better to watch it with a friend. So when Kuya Paulie asked me to accompany him, I said yes right away. Ate Anna tagged along. Haha.

As said, the movie banks on its charms and supposed unique storyline. It’s branded as a zom-rom-com (i.e. zombie romantic comedy for those who don’t know yet) based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name. The story begins with a narration from the movie’s central character, R (Nicholas Hoult)—a highly unusual zombie. He walks the audience through—from the epidemic that wiped almost all of mankind, driving the uninfected to live holed up in a walled community while the undead are left roaming outside their stronghold to the ruins of that once glorious world. He doesn’t anything from the life he lived before becoming undead. The only thing he remembers was that his name begins with R. He’s tired and bored of everything so one day, together with his undead best friend, M, and a band of other zombies they set of to look for food. They found their prey in an abandoned laboratory—a gang of teenagers looking for supplies in the zombie side of the world. In a matter of seconds, the zombies ate their fill of flesh; and in that same moment, R gets an unusual feeling after seeing one girl firing madly at them—Julie (Teresa Palmer). The rest of the movie follows how R saves Julie from his fellow zombies and how they might actually find a cure for the undead.

The movie’s plot definitely takes to heart Rihanna’s We Found Love in a Hopeless Place. The idea of falling in love with a vampire (read: Bella and Edward) and eventually transforming yourself into one just so you’d be together forever was already unbelievable, let alone developing warm, fuzzy feelings for the undead. It just doesn’t stand. But of course, Warm Bodies’ witty plot gives us something to think about. I can’t help but feel for R—he’s lonely and he needs a more ~responsive company. Everything around him is bleak and grey and the only hope he found was a breathing and sentient human being. Immediately, he shares his world to her and eventually changes into something better—something he thought only the living can feel.

While there are clear allusions to William Shakespeare’s immortal love story of Romeo and Juliet, I think what made Warm Bodies a better movie was the fact that it did not bank on cheeseball moments and cliché lines. We would always know that it’s a love story whose characters are bound to get their dose of happy endings by the time the credits roll. And of course, in times of dire need, love would always be the ready answer. But I thought the film’s relatively fresher delivery in terms of storytelling and script gives it an edge over other fictional love stories of the same genre.

I also felt that the feet-thumping soundtrack adds some spark to the movie. It doesn’t overbear but careful, it’s going to be your LSS for the rest of the week. Hahaha. Or that’s just me. Anyhoo, my favorite song/s from the movie was Delta Spirit’s Yamaha, Bon Iver’s Hinnom, TX, John Waite’s Missing You, Bruce Springsteen’s Hungry Heart and of course, M83’s Midnight City. You might want to listen to them, so I’ll be posting the videos here too.


Delta Spirit- Yamaha


Bon Iver- Hinnom, TX


John Waite- Missing You


Bruce Springsteen- Hungry Heart


M83- Midnight City

There’s a lot to love in Warm Bodies. Or maybe I just like R too much. Hahaha!

They’re still in theaters, so you might want to catch it for your post-Valentine cheber. Hahaha!

Happy weekend everyone! J

Who wouldn't love this guy? (Photo cred: ScreenRant)

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