A Musical for the Silver Screen

I have often wondered how my life would have been now if I have chosen a different degree four years ago. Would I be satisfied with what I have finished? Would I be happy? Would I be regretful for not choosing this and those, doing this and that, going here and there… the list goes on and on. These questions are probably those that a student graduating from high school would have to consider. And, these are the same difficult questions a college graduate would have to find the answers to… or probably would never find the answers to.

Such thoughts provoked by High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the third and final installment to the hugely successful television movie series.

The graduating cast of High School Musical.
The graduating cast of High School Musical.

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My Three Servings of Pie

Just within the month, I thought of trying to watch the hugely popular original American Pie trilogy once again. In the past, I have failed to get through the said movies, even just through the first installment. Let’s just say I was too young for it back then and felt offended by it.

While typing this entry, I assumed you have already watched the trilogy (including the spin-offs) so you are then more acquainted with it than I am. What an embarrassment for me.

Nevertheless, go on and read how my reactions to the movies in this trilogy by clicking the “Continue reading” link.

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200 Cigarettes

200 Cigarettes is a 1999 comedy-drama film set at the New Year’s eve of 1981. It is one of those films with multiple characters with multiple life-stories intertwined with each other. It stars Ben Affleck, Elvis Costello, Kate Hudson, Jay Mohr, Christina Ricci, Paul Rudd, Martha Plimpton, Casey Affleck, Courtney Love, Dave Chappelle, Janeane Garofalo, Guillermo Díaz, Gaby Hoffmann, Catherine Kellner, Brian McCardie, Nicole Parker and Angela Featherstone. Numerous paintings done by Sally Davies are shown all throughout the movie.

The movie poster featuring the whole cast. The woman covering her face in the lower right-hand corner is Monica.
The movie poster featuring the whole cast. The woman covering her face in the lower right-hand corner is Monica.

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Witnessing Something Truly Majestic

The third video I saw was The Bucket List, staring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

"True friendship never dies." Now that is something truly majestic!

Its story focuses on two men with differences surpassing those of their economic status. Their distinguishing similarity (aside from a common hospital room) is their illness: terminal cancer. In the course of their denial, both compose a “bucket list:” a list of things they would love to do before “kicking the bucket” (an expression for dying). With a fully financed trip by hospital entrepreneur Edward Cole (Nicholson), he and Carter Chambers (Freeman) live their dreams, and in the process open each other’s locked doors for a more fulfilling life.

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Lightspeed Disappoints

The next film I rented was entitled Stan Lee’s Lightspeed. If you remember, Stan Lee was the creator of superhero favorites: Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, and Daredevil. I rented it thinking it was an unknown superhero along the lines of those previously stated. And with Stan Lee’s name with it, I thought it was a great superhero movie. I mean, superhero movies have the premise of a devastating past, a revolting present, and a hope-filled future. This time, I was wrong.

Lightspeed, at first look, makes you think that it was filmed in the 1980’s, with cinematography matching that of Superman: The Movie (1978). But if you’ll look again, the culture (i.e.: houses, buildings, cars, etc) resemble what we have today. And so, I checked the Internet to find out when this film was actually shot: 2006. 😮

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