Thursday, July 22, 2010

Flu, Pistachio Ice Cream and Movie Marathon!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

What does flu, pistachio ice cream and movie marathon have in common? Yes! Me, me-sick,me-time this week. Influenza or simply called flu hits me. It's an infection that gives me fever, chills, cough, body aches, and dizzy spell (not really headaches). It is a drag and makes me not apt to go out to work following my usual schedule, but I am not really sick so as to be bedridden. So I thought I would use the time at home to do some work on the net (to keep me productive) while doing a lot of fun things I do not usually have time to do - watch movies!

With all the time on my hand, I got into a real movie marathon. True to the word marathon, I watched three to four movies in a row, leaving only a few minutes for restroom breaks. The four movies are either part of a sequel or revolves on a common theme. Everyone was gone so I comfortably sat myself in the living room, with no one but the tv and a gallon of pistachio ice cream!

Pistachios are my favorite nuts,and with Selecta coming out with the limited edition of pistachio and cashew ice cream flavor, I can't let it pass. So I make sure I have a gallon per day of Pistachio ice cream while it is still available. Pistachios are more than just delicious, they’re also seriously nutritious, so snacking on it while having a flu is good and keep me on the road to good health. It is a hearty nut too just like the movies which are all for the heart - love themes!

Monday was the Twilight series. I am not a fan of the movie and the book, so I have not jumped on the bandwagon until I watched "Eclipse"last Saturday as a birthday gift for my friend Tess. I kinda like the movie so I thought of watching the first sequel Twilight and the New Moon on DVD. It has another DVD entirely on the sneak preview and special features about the film so I got hooked.

Tuesday is an unusual dating and engagement love story movie themes:

1) The Proposal
It is a romantic comedy film starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Margaret (Sandra Bullock) is a workaholic, tyrannical book editor who suddenly finds her career in jeopardy as she faces deportation back to Canada. Her solution is to simply fake an engagement to her unsuspecting assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), who in turn blackmails her for a promotion. However, when Margaret is forced to head to Alaska with Andrew to visit his family in an effort to make their story believable to the deportation officers, they soon realize that their plan may not be so simple after all.

(2)50 First Dates
-Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) lives an enviable life in a Hawaiian paradise, spending every night with a beautiful tourist in search of an island fling. It is a sweet life with no strings attached, until he meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore). He and Lucy hit it off from the get go, but the next day she acts like she does not know him. Has his karma come around to kick him in the butt or what? Actually, Lucy has short-term memory loss, so every night all memory of her day is erased. But a man in love will go to any lengths to win over the girl of his dreams, and if that means having to find imaginative ways of doing it over again every day, then Henrys up for the challenge.

(3)Miss You Like Crazy,(tagalog movie)
-John Lloyd plays the character of Alan Alvarez, a young urban professional who, despite coming from a middle class family, is a mainstay in the high society scene, courtesy of his girlfriend played by Maricar Reyes. Bea, on the other hand, plays the character of Mia Samonte, a typical young breadwinner who decided to work abroad to support her family. Bea’s unusual habit of writing on stones to express her feelings plays an instrumental part in making Alan and Mia’s paths meet.Time is meaningless when you are in love is the wisdom of this movie

(4) Love Happens
-Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart star in this romantic drama. When self-help author Dr. Burke Ryan (Eckhart) arrives in Seattle to teach a sold-out seminar, he unexpectedly meets florist Eloise Chandler (Aniston), the one person who might be able to help him help himself. But will two people who may have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love a chance? If they can, they’ll find that sometimes, when you least expect it…love happens.

Wednesday is action movies of my favorite actors -Tom Cruise and John Travolta which I missed on the big screen: (1) Valkyrie, and (2) From Paris With Love.

Thursday is Wedding Movies - movies with wedding as part of the story line:

(1) When I Met You (tagalog movie starring KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez)
-Jenny, a mall promdizer,hitches a ride on a seaplane with struggling pilot Benjie, to attend a wedding in Palawan. On the way to the wedding, Benjie and Jenny find themselves not getting along. But when the aircraft crashes in an isolated island, the two are forced to deal with each other. They become friends and their friendship deepens despite their romantic trappings, the two are confronted with their growing love for each other.

(2)Made of Honor
-Tom (Patrick Dempsey)loves his life, until he realizes he also loves his best friend Hannah.But when Hannah gets engaged to a dashing Scotsman and asks Tom to be her maid of honor,Tom faces hostile bridesmaids,bridal showers,and bad hair days,all in an effort to pull off the perfect wedding and steal the bride.He's a maid of honor with a plan.

(3) When In Rome
-When Beth,an unlucky-in-love New York curator (Kristen Bell),takes a whirlwind trip to Rome for her sister's wedding, an unexpected crush takes her by surprise. Quickly let down she defiantly plucks coins from the Fontana de Amore,magically igniting the passions of some comically unsuitable suitors. As a charming reporter 9josh Duhamel) becomes zeaously smitten,Beth is skeptical that he is the real deal.

(4) Bride Wars
- Liv (Kate Hudson)and Emma (Anne Hathaway),best friends since childhood, are always there for each other, through good times and bad. Even their respective bridal engagements happen within hours. Together they plan their weddings, each to take place at New York's ultimate bridal destination, the Plaza Hotel.But a clerical error and subsequent clash in wedding dates pits the two brides against each other in a competition that quickly escalates into all-out war.

So,while bad things happen to us like getting sick, it should not be bad and boring after all, but an opportunity for us to enjoy the sweet things of life - ice cream and movies!

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