CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?

Please tell me the truth.

I want the answer.

The truth will set you free.

We are always looking for the truth, whether we like it or not.  We think that this will eradicate our suspicions, our troubled mind, jumbled feelings, to the point that we believed the truth will straighten out everything to rightness.

The question is, can you handle the truth, the circumstances after knowing the truth? Can you accept it? Like it will strip all the lies you believed in and clean out all intoxicated madness you are feeling?  Are you ready to believe it and never be confused again? Are you going to forgive?

Let us be reminded,  to know the truth is not always to put you in a situation where you can acknowledge everything in one time.  It’s more than widening your mind and heart.  But when you attain it, then it will set you free or else you will be wrecked into pieces-again.

Here’s my favorite scene from my favorite movie “A few good men.”

Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee (Tom Cruise): I think I’m entitled to them.
Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee: I want the truth!
Jessep: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
We use words like honor, code, loyalty…we use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use ’em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!

Kaffee: Did you order the code red?
Jessep: (quietly) I did the job you sent me to do.
Kaffee: Did you order the code red?
Jessep: You’re goddamn right I did!!

BEAST OF NO NATION

Beasts of No Nation signifies a  ruthless tale of child soldiers in Africa.  When you have seen children fighting with weapons while their lives have broken by the trials of WAR, your heart will cry out for sympathy and anguish.

This film is an emotionally open-eye experience. There are some sensitive scenes that left my mouth open, literally. A solid piece of film which teams up with effective actors and blunts of political and moral issues that every country has experienced.

I hope every one of us understands through this film how really fortunate we are.  I don’t think this is all about being racist, porn violence or morbid, it’s just that somewhere out there, this cruelty happened to our young children, in any kind of “war” that corrupted their innocence and humanity.

Verdict: 8/10

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“If I am sun, I will be finding another place to be shining where people are not using my light to be doing terrible terrible thing.”

Agu

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SPLIT

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I enjoyed the movie despite some negative reviews. I liked the performance of James McAvoy, it was fun and admirable to watch he turns into different roles with clarity.

What I like more about this movie is that it leaves my son thinking, referring to google and discussing about dissociative identity disorder.  Yes, there are some sensitive topics, but it’s bearable.

This movie will help us realize the true madness of mental health problem and the need to help them.

Verdict: 8/10

JASON BOURNE (Movie)

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We know his name and he resurfaced as Jason Borne, who tried to break the silent about his past and revealing about his origins.

For me, this Bourne movie is not as strongly constructed as I expected to be. Though the action scenes are quite real enough, I feel like something is missing, maybe because most of the action consists mainly of chases which makes the person beside me whining of falling to sleep.

Well, I just hope it was a fury road, but it wasn’t enough.

Verdict: 8/10

Alice Through the Looking Glass

“When the day becomes the night and the sky becomes the sea, When the clock strikes heavy and there’s no time for tea. And in our darkest hour, before my final rhyme, she will come back home to Wonderland and turn back the hands of time.”- Mad Hatter

This movie isn’t as bad as the critics say. It was still good to be back in wonderland. As what Absolem told; “you’ve been gone too long, Alice. There are matters which might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected. Hurry.”

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Verdict: 8/10

Miracles from Heaven

What MIRACLES do we need in our life right now?

Christy Beam mentioned this quote from Albert Einstein: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

I know we have our own perception of what a miracle is, for me, it must be first determined from our own experiences.  When God tested our Faith, sometimes He left us nothing so we can find Him as our everything.  This is a difficult road to take of how much trust we can rely on Him to work things out, or by losing our faith in the process.

I am not a very religious person, but I do believe in miracles. As the movie highlighted, “Miracles are goodness from strangers to dear friends who are there for us no matter what. Miracles are love. Miracles are God and God’s forgiveness.” I think we should just stop and look around, we will see them anywhere and everywhere.

I like this movie, well, I always like this kind of movie where it brings out the significant details about Life, Faith and Family. I don’t need to deliberate more about believing miracles, you know, “They’ll get there when they get there.”

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Verdict: 10/10

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DEADPOOL

Deadpool: You’re probably thinking “This is a superhero movie, but that guy in the suit just turned that other guy into a fucking kebab.” Surprise, this is a different kind of superhero story.

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It was fun watching this movie. I forgot I was mad at the person watching beside me, I kept on beating him with an excitement.

 

THE REVENANT (Movie)

“As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe… keep breathing.”

The movie is all about the love of a father to his half Pawnee son (Hawk)whose mother was taken away by other white men, and eventually died in the hands of John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) who disgusts Native Americans more than anything else in his life.

The Revenant,  Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) who has returned supposedly from the dead made a stunning but harrowing survival to revenge the death of his son, tracking down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) who betrayed and abandoned him.

Watching the movie for almost 3 hours, I couldn’t stop thinking “what’s next? What’s next?” Just couldn’t believe someone will survive with those tormenting moments, I must have died since the start.

Some reviews commented of disappointment of the movie . “There’s no ‘there’ there. Long Brutal. No clear Eco message. Violent and pointless. Revenge in the wilderness.”

But for me, It was brutally beautiful.  In reality, are you going to revenge the one that you love? or trust revenge in God’s hand & not yours?

If you want an answer, then watch the movie!

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DIRTY HARRY (1971 – movie)

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“In the year 1971, San Francisco faces the terror of a maniac known as Scorpio- who snipes at innocent victims and demands ransom through notes left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Harry Callahan (known as Dirty Harry by his peers through his reputation handling of homicidal cases) is assigned to the case along with his newest partner Inspector Chico Gonzalez to track down Scorpio and stop him. Using humiliation and cat and mouse type of games against Callahan, Scorpio is put to the test with the cop with a dirty attitude.”

“Dirty” is Harry was known as a knight in shining armor who tried to wipe clean the scummy world he lives in. He’s given all the dirty jobs and fiercely dedicated to stop at nothing to get his job done. Definitely, Harry is an ultimate badass cop, but cares more about justice than he does about the rules.

This movie is both timeless and of its time.  A very good illustration of the cops and destroyers genre and a hero in a desperate case.  This film mirrors our society and unambiguously everyone’s aim for justice and change. No doubt about it.

Is there any remake of this movie? Well, there is only one Dirty Harry and he will always be Clint Eastwood.

Verdict: 10/10

THE WEDDING RINGER (MOVIE)

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There are a number of scenes which will give you a “laugh-out-loud” moment. The movie is all about a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring a best man for him on his wedding and 7 groomsmen as well. Maybe this is not the best comedy of the year, but It’s hard not to like it because it made me laugh constantly.

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GROUNDHOG DAY (1993 MOVIE)

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Groundhog Day is a day celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

A TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania (Phil) wakes up the next morning with the strangest sense of  living the same day over again. No matter what he does, he’s stuck in February 2, 1992.

The movie was great. It is well-written, well-acted, and very positive and moving. Though some of the scenes deals with depression and undertakes a series of suicide attempts, seduces women, steals money, drives recklessly, and gets thrown in jail, but at the end Phil (Bill Murray) endeavors to improve himself and became a better person.

It makes sense that the day is not a redo; it’s a “one more” chance.

Better watch it!

If I Stay ( Gayle Forman’s 2009 novel)

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This can be a heartbreaking story, but it’s also hopeful.

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This movie, made me cry and it helped me see all of the good in my own life that I should cherish, because you will never know when it could all change.

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“Please stay Mia, you are my home” – Adam

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“The you who are tonight is the same you I was in love with yesterday, the same you I’ll be in love with tomorrow.”

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“If I stay, If I live, It’s up to me.”- Mia

RUNNER MAZE (Movie)

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“Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.  When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.”

I haven’t read the books so I was hoping for a satisfying sequel.  Generally, I like it. I was entertained but I think the kids will love it more.

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THE BEST OF ME – MOVIE

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“I don’t have much to offer, but I promise you can have the best of me .”

“Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, “The Best of Me” tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.”

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“You might not understand, but I gave you the best of me, and after you left, nothing was ever the same.”