Monthly Archives: January 2009

epic hugh

So after yesterday’s completely frivolous and shameless post (complete with a comment trail gone wild), I of course immediately, as in immediately, had to watch Australia. I initially made plans to watch it with Abby, basically for the express purpose of being able to grab each other’s sleeves and do some fierce tugging and muffled shrieking when the famous wet-and-shirtless-scene comes on, but I ended up watching it with Don, which is of course not the same but still ok, because he knew I had this huge crush on Hugh Jackman and gave me some obliging teasing nudges of his own during the movie, he he (Wow, that was a long sentence).

Well, the wet-and-shirtless scene definitely delivers, and I can totally understand Abby’s sentiments when she said that she’s willing to watch the movie again if only for that scene alone (dibidi na lang, Abby, para pwede i-slo mo, he he). Overall, I found the cinematography a bit odd (I imagine Australia to look a lot sunnier, not look like a Technicolor movie), but Hugh Jackman was certainly always lovingly framed. There were so many rearing-up-his-horse-and-manfully-looking-over-shoulders shots, one can do screen caps of them and put together a Marlboro calendar.  And then do a rhum calendar next, using the shirtless scenes. Mmmm.

But my favorite (obviously aside from the wet-and-shirtless) shot was the super close-up shot of Hugh Jackman’s newly-shaven face and that look he gave Nicole Kidman when he showed up at that ball.  Swoon.

Hugh Jackman ogling aside, however, I found the movie to be quite uneven, with high momentum scenes just popping up all over the place, driven by the film’s compulsion to propel itself forward in a grand and sweeping manner.  Abby told me that there’s one part where they thought the film was already ending, only it turned out to be just halfway, and when I was watching the film I was like – oh, this was what she was talking about.  It’s like they ended a storyline and then went straight to making the sequel, only that they decided to make the sequel a weighty war movie while the first one was a romantic-comedy adventure romp (Kinda like this blog post, which starts out with frivolous Hugh-gushing and then attempts to become a film review, he he…)

The movie is definitely ambitious, but this sort of thing has been done much better decades before by Gone with the Wind – a young nation in turmoil, racist mistakes that will haunt generations, a headstrong woman and her ruggedly handsome hero (and the Technicolor look, for that matter) – and you’d have to admit that Gone with the Wind is a much more complex story.  Anyway, if they ever remake Gone with the Wind I’d want Hugh Jackman as Rhett Butler.

But damn. I can’t find a photo of that wet-and-shirtless scene. Why oh why?


Ganito yon…

Isang Biyernes ng hapon, nag-uusap sa YM ang dalawang magkaibigan. Itago na lang natin sila sa pangalang “Abigail” at “Corina” (Ito ay partikular na kahilingan ni Abigail). Ganito ang naging takbo ng kanilang usapan…

abigail : napanood ko na australia … ganda!

corina: uy gusto ko din manood!

corina: shirtless hugh jackman… mmmm

abigail : ay, i was never fazed by hugh jackman’s “sexy” image …

abigail : until now! omg!!! Yummy, with a capital Y!!!!!!

corina: di mo sya gusto sa kate and leopold? kasama ko noon nanood si gee…we ended up watching it twice in a row, hindi kami makatayo =))

abigail : they really played it up din eh … he has this scene where he was soaping himself and then he washed himself off by pouring a bucket of water over himself …

abigail : SYET!!!!!

corina: potah!

corina: i wanna watch na!!!

abigail : if i wasn’t seated, i swear nalaglag na yung panty ko …

abigail : hahahahahaha!!!

abigail : sama ako!!!

corina: ha ha i can imagine!

abigail : i’ll watch it again, if only for that scene …

corina: ano nga ulit yung movie nya with ashley judd??

corina: may yummy din na scene dun lech

abigail : ashley judd? they were in a movie together?

abigail : i-google mo!

corina: wait wait imdb

corina: you should watch it!

abigail : i swear, mahal ko na siya …

abigail : hahaha!!!

corina: may scene na naka-boxers lang

abigail : my new facebook status nga is in reference to his character in the movie eh …

corina: winner din yung scene sa swordfish na naka-tapis lang ng towel habang nagg-golf outside his trailer

abigail : syet! i-pirata mo nga ako ng mga kopya niyan …

corina: hay, every hugh jackman movie, i watch out for the shirtless scenes

abigail : hahahaha!!!

abigail : manyak!!!

corina: sa kate and leopold conservative, peek lang, through his unbuttoned shirt..pwede na rin, ha ha ha!

corina: ulam na!

abigail : grabe ka … i never knew you were such an animal!

abigail : hahahaha!!!

corina: anubaa. hugh jackman to e

Naisip ni corina, grabe after all these years, kabisado pa rin pala nya ang mga shirtless scenes sa hugh jackman movies. Pag-ibig ito.


Spotted inside a jeepney in Quezon City, front seat area:

A closer look:

Some kinda may point sya, ano?

Okay, back to work! 🙂

a fork in the road

I’ve been playing Green Day’s Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) over and over for the past hour, which is not really good sign, because it means that I’m scared shitless but nevertheless trying to convince myself that everything will turn out fine.  It’s a new year, and while a huge part of me is awash with optimism and excitement and all that, there’s also that small, nagging part of me that’s, well, scared shitless.

But hey, there’s that line from the movie Bounce: “It’s not brave if you’re not scared.”


P.S.  Okay, in plain words, I basically go all Time-of-Your-Life-ish every time I switch jobs. This is just me feeling the pressure of having to prove myself and live up to expectations.

P.P.S. While I don’t exactly count Bounce as one of my all-time favorite movies, it is the source two classic lines: the one above, and “I want someone to say goodnight to, a last call of the day. I don’t have a last call of the day. Do you?” That line was just pure torture.  Emo!