QCIM 21K Route

I will run 21K this Sunday, December 05, 2010 at the Quezon City International Marathon. The route map looks faaaaar. But it will be conquered. Never say never.


Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine is a Tom Waits song. And the title of a new film by Derek Cianfrance.

” Blue Valentine” is an intimate, shattering portrait of a disintegrating marriage.

On the far side of a once-passionate romance, Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) are married with a young daughter. Hoping to save their marriage, they steal away to a theme hotel. We then encounter them years earlier, when they met and fell in love-full of life and hope.

Moving fluidly between these two time periods, Blue Valentine unfolds like a cinematic duet whose refrain asks, where did their love go? Framing the film as a mystery whose answer lies scattered in time (and in character), filmmaker Derek Cianfrance constructs an elegant set of dualities: past and present, youth and adulthood, vitality and entropy. The rigor of his process is visible throughout the film. Eliminating artificial devices, he has only the truth of the characters to work with. Because Gosling and Williams bring amazing intensity and emotional honesty to their roles, the experience of connecting to these two souls becomes truly moving.

Blue Valentine trailer courtesy The Weinstein Company.

Donnie Darko

I heard about the movie Donnie Darko before because of the song “Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears. And because I cannot find it in legitimate DVD in Manila, or in the DBD version, I have no recourse but to torrent it.

No expectations before I start watching it. Until after 30 minutes, I was like, what the hell is happening? Is this like Sliding Doors? Or Fringe?

I read that the movie was a flop when it was released. I understand, knowing the cranial capacity of the US audience. But I am a late fan of this movie.

The concept of “Primary Universe” and “Tangent Universe” are too esoteric that you have to dig deeper (read: research) after you are done watching it.

Great acting from Jake Gyllenhaal, sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Jena Malone, and Noah Wyle. Seth Rogen is also in the movie. Not so famous, then.

Watch this film. It is included in Film 4’s 50 Films You Should See Before You Die.