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Daisy

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Goodness me, I’m still awake at this hour and tomorrow’s an early day for work. I’m really tired, work’s been cra-zey, to put it mildly. Sitting here, yawning my head off, the chilly wind easing in through the window…I should shower and fall into a state of rest like 2 hours ago. But I want to put this down while the thoughts and emotions evoked in me is still fresh and raw.

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A movie simply entitled Daisy.
I’m showered, spent it with my head in the clouds, I dug through some old things for last year’s diary and found the date I was looking for. 29th of June, year 2008.  That was the date I first heard about this movie. It has in all actual fact made a deep enough inpression because it was always stuck in my head. Whenever I wonder what movie I should watch, this movie came to mind. I supposed what piqued my curiosity more was that the person who told me about this movie had left the ending out. A wonderfully diverting evening it certainly has been.

So, this movie had intrigued me for more than almost a year and a half. I finally watched it earlier in the evening. I had lots of trouble downloading it, so I decided to just watch it on YouTube.
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Some points stuck in my head from the movie:
* Daisy: hidden love
* Coffee is mentioned so much in there.
* The public square in Amsterdam is a place in my dreams that I dream of visiting in the future.  

It’s an interesting love story, quite unlike most Korean love stories with a fair amount of sobbing and crying. The actress portrays emotions very strongly and aptly. Very good acting. I enjoyed most of the scenes, her loft, the grandpa’s shop, coffee in the square, the rolling fields with cows grazing and of course lilies blooming, the little wooden bridge, the high wooden beams of the room which is used to house the headquarters of the secret association, the rain falling, the classical music in the boat, the painting of the lilies of the field.

I have of course enjoyed the love story that was played out. Curiously, I did not take sides, I liked both the guys equally well in the story, just that they were on opposition teams, so to speak. I see how difficult a position the girl must’ve been in. However, she wanted the man who build the bridge for her, who cared enough to do that and to retrieve her art supplies, who delights her with flowers that she favors. That is a man who meets her need. She fell for the good guy so easily because she thought he was the man, when she really loved another all along. The good guy portrayed the dream, he was not the dream itself. Having said that, the bad guy/dream is every bit the attentive guy who cares for her and loves her. On the other hand, the good guy, who was invariably thrown into this because of the nature of his job, fell unexpectedly in love with her, took advantage of the situation yet, it was short lived. Tragic aint’ it?

Life has many unexpected turns and bends in the road. At times, a cut on the heel from a sharp stone, walk a little further and you come upon an unexpected pleasure, lilies in the field, in full bloom, it’s said that Solomon in all his glory was never clothed like the lilies of the field.

The photo posted is of the ending. I see now that it may have been difficult to explain the ending, it was very abstract. The ending however, was a play of colors on the main cast and the background was grayscale, very interesting use of camera skills, very subtly arresting the viewer’s attention, as it had mine.

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Why should a random movie mentioned in a conversation so long ago stay in my mind? Why whould I watch it after so long? Yes, intriguing isn’t it? What compels me to watch it now? What prompts me to write out these thoughts in my head, aroused and unsettled after watching it?

Hidden love…daisy.

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Bed of Roses (with or without thorns?)

 

What do you do in a dilemma? Do you face it head on or do you run and hide?
It’s mostly the decision making that causes the agony. Once it’s done, one just has to stick with it and move on. Like the saying “You’ve made your bed, so lie in it.” Would that be a bed of roses with or without thorns, hmm?

Decision making comprises of analysing the pros and cons, thinking it over, mulling over every possibility, weighing this against that, north against south, east against west.

The thing is, nobody is responsible for that life changing deicision you make except yourself. If you screw it up, well, too bad, it’s your life, don’t blame your parents, don’t blame your friends, don’t blame your boss, don’t blame your partner, don’t blame God. Having said all that, don’t we all wish there were some guidance to which path we choose?

The thing is, we are all given free will. And with that, comes responsibility. There’s no bored wizened looking uncle who would point his staff in the direction you should go, available. It’s purely your own decision. It’s enough to drive one crazy. Yes, sire. Well, God won’t choose for you,  and sometimes, I do wish He would, because after all He knows best which path’s going to be the roses and which path hides the painful thorns. But maybe, just maybe it works this way: We could learn something whichever way we choose. We could grow up, so to speak. And that journey’s worth much more to Him than merely choosing the better path.

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Chick Flick, definitely…and that would make the book Chick Lit? Lol…
What’s not to like about chick flick/lit, yeah? It makes for an amusing one and a half hours, minimal usage of brain cells, perfect for unwinding after a looong day at work, wringing all the juices out of your brain.
I’ve always liked to watch movies based on books, I like to see how far they digress. And yes, most of them does not stay faithful to the book, won’t be practical anyhow, P.S. I Love You is a perfectly good example.
Ah, well, back to this particular one at hand. Well, it runs an almost entirely different course from the book. Yes, Rebecca Bloomwood nee Becky applied for a post in a Financial Magazine, Suze the best friend, then there was Luke Brandon, love interest and Alicia B****Longlegs or so she was known in the book (and movie!), her horrendous addiction to shopping and Denny & George scarf.  But that was where the similarity ended.
Story line took a different turn altogether. Very interesting use of animation for the store mannequins. But if I were a kid, it scared the living daylights outta me.
 
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The part where Becky tried de-cluttering. Now, I’ve tried that one, but seriously, I’m quite a hoarder. Sigh, so it’s really kicking and screaming and protesting that I would do this, but at times it is so unavoidable.
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Drawing a breath of freedomI really like this picture of Isla Fisher. She's got this childish, innocent, wide-eyed look about her, especially that twirl during this scene. How can anyone stay angry at her? Fashion savvy

She’ll always look youngish, even at 50! I particularly enjoyed watching her in “Definitely Maybe”.

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Very high-street fashion, this promo pictures.

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The leading man, Hugh Dancy and Isla Fisher. Somehow I’ve always had these characters and how they would look like in my mind when I read a particular book and story.

Luke Brandon would’ve been more polished, refined, not so scruffy and having a five o’clock shadow. Now Rebecca would’ve been a little more sophisticated as well, blond maybe, not quite so bumbling, Isla is adorable I like her. But this was my picture in the head when I read the book.

However, like all Cinderella-ish movies, happy endings and smiles.

Pictures courtesy of:-

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The Law Abiding Citizen

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Caught this movie today. And, thumbs up! First movie I watched in the cinema since…hmm…ok, I don’t remember watching any movie in the cinema recently. Lol.

But this movie restored my confidence in thrillers! Lol, I jokingly said a friend, heck, of course I’m watching it for Gerard Butler…

That was a joke, well, he adds to the appeal of watching this movie. But I saw the thriller of it, and that’s it! I knew I wanted to watch this one. And it didn’t let me down!

I think the most interesting thing about this movie is that it keeps you guessing. How did he do that? Why is he saying this? Is he planning something already? How on earth did he pull that off? It had me sitting on tenterhooks, gripping the edges of my seat through out.

There was a part in the movie where I said, “I think she’s going to die.” and the explosion happened the very second I finished my sentence. “Well, I didn’t expect it to happen so soon, but hey, it did happen!” Lol

Altogether, an evening well-spent. It’s a movie that makes me think. Quite a lot of conversation on both parts, at some points you got to really listen well. But it’s all good, it’s mind-boggling to even imagine planning everything that he planned. The ending was well, as the rest of it, unpredictable. Can’t say I was disappointed with the ending though. I supposed it’s well justified in a way. Can’t say much, I think it’s such a subjective topic. Very open for discussion. Shan’t go there now, it’s like opening a whole new can of worms, ughh…

Found this grayscale photo of Gerard Butler in a promotional post for this movie. Very tastefully done, the photo, I mean. *grins

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