In honor of the 86th Academy Awards (which will air in a few hours), here is a vector portrait of Jennifer Lawrence. I’m rooting for her to win the best actress in a supporting role.
Task for tonight. I’m really excited to finish this.
Following the success of The Fighter (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012), David O. Russel again offers the audience a well-crafted masterpiece.
American Hustle is based on an Abscam scandal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It tells the story of a con man, Irving Rosenfield(Christian Bale), who is married to his neurotic wife, Rosalyn Rosenfield(Jennifer Lawrence), and is also living a high life with his partner in crime and lover, Sydney Prosser(Amy Adams). Irving and Sydney is forced to work for an FBI agent, Richie DiMaso(Bradley Cooper), to help catch the corrupt politicians. Carmine Polito(Jeremy Renner), the ambitious mayor of New Jersey who is in in need of financing for the renovation in Atlantic City, is one of the few targets of DiMaso.
The powerhouse cast undoubtedly gave color to the film, with each of them having their own moment to shine: Bale, who initially took some pounds for his role, is really fascinating; Adams captures the audience with her appeal and beauty; Cooper does a terrific acting and is really interesting; Lawrence, whom we could see in just a few scenes, steals the audience with her tremendous charm and wit;and Renner,a new-comer to Russel’s films, boldly adds spice to the his character.
The storytelling of American Hustle is deep, well-written and stylish with a fair touch of humor. The cast are delightful to watch even though the running time is long because each character is developed well.
All topped up with fabulous music from the 70s, American Hustle brings the audience into a retro era where cleavages, cocaine, pompadour, curls and comb-overs are huge things. Russel, together with his team, did a great job formulating a film that one would describe as character-driven, elaborate and sophisticated.
American Hustle is thought-provoking at some point that the audience wouldn’t imagine the ending of the film. Russel engulfs the audience into the messy 70s world and it’s unarguably convincing.
With its surprising twists, American Hustle is entertaining and outrageous overall. It’s a film that teaches its audience to be who they want to be and finding a way to thrive and survive.
American Hustle is one of the best films of 2013.
"The art of survival is a story that never ends" -Irving Rosenfield
Capturing Genuine Love.
This is a photoshoot that I did for my best friend, Lace Marquez & her boyfriend, Genki Ortile. They’ve been together for more than a year already. Although I wasn’t always there to witness their ongoing journey, I could tell that what they have is real; and I’m really happy for them.
You know it’s real when you see love and spark beyond their smiles in photographs.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
People can do anything they want but sometimes they have to sacrifice what they want for their loved ones. They are limited to doing what they think is important for them rather than doing what they do best. While people are afraid of voicing out what they want to do, they are somehow wasting time. Time is a limited resource. Do not shy away from taking an opportunity.
Four years ago, my parents advised me to take a practical degree program. Because they think that money would be easier and it would lead me to a brighter and secured future, they told me to take BS Accountancy. So I threw away my dream of pursuing a career in arts. Bearing in mind that I must make my parents proud, I entered UST with the hope of becoming a CPA and probably pursue law after.
Before, I did not think that my journey in AMV would be really difficult. I was confident that it would be a smooth sail because I know that I was not an average student in my earlier years in school. Apparently, I was wrong. I have experienced a lot of trials and failures in my ongoing journey. All of them made me feel that I was not meant to take BSA, specifically when I failed Acc 2A&B. That’s how my hope of becoming a CPA has shattered. Almost nothing remained; Even my faith almost reached rock bottom. My parents gave me the opportunity to shift to the program that I want but I did not take it. I do not want to waste money and mostly, I do not want to disappoint my parents.
With a strong heart and faith, I faced AMV again, taking the path of BSMA. I tried hard not to fail again and managed to get through third year without any deficiencies and with relatively fair grades.
Yet, the trials never stopped. I was tested again. I failed Law 5 and thought I failed AdvAcc too. I knew it before the grades were released in MyUSTe so I wrote my parents a letter to let them know and went out because I could not stand seeing them disappointed in me again. To my surprise, things turned out well when I got home. They were not mad. I guess my parents saw my struggle. Their statement was music to my ears – They told me I could pursue a degree in Multimedia Arts after I finish BSMA. Everything is not too late after all. I could still follow my heart.
Life offers no guarantees. It can be cruel. It can throw everything at you and break you but you have to try your best not to let it. Do not waste your time feeling sorry for yourself. Instead, get up, be strong and face every failure life has to offer and always, always learn from it.
Everyone will spend time figuring things out. So if you know your passion and what you do best, do not be afraid to take chances. You have to stop thinking that it might not make you successful.
Atty. Llamado once said this equation to our class: Happy + success = talent + paid. Life is meaningless if you do not do what makes you happy. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Chase your dream and live off your passion because if you are hardworking and you really enjoy what you do, wealth and success will come after.
Stoned for hours by Emma. Lolwhut. Here’s a vector portrait of Emma Stone that’s still in process.
Bride for Rent is about a rich guy, Rocco(Xian Lim), who got himself a mountain of debt in one drunken night; and the only way he could pay off his debt is to get his trust fund from his grandmother(Pilita Corales). He then finds out that he couldn’t get his trust fund unless he’s married. Desperately wanting to pay off his debt, he hires Rocky(Kim Chiu) to pretend to be his wife.
Star Cinema has done it again: giving its audience a familiar and predictable story. However, they have proven that they could give the audience cliche plot without failing. Star Cinema managed to present an excellent film with a great production, of course with the help of Director Mae Czarina Cruz. Although the script may be a little bit superficial, it is not really disappointing at all. It is also a film that proves that they don’t need massive product endorsements to make it work, just its bankable actors and the offer-it-all trailer.
It is undeniable that Kim Chiu and Xian Lim looks good together on screen. However, Kim Chiu stole the whole film leaving Xian Lim steps behind. There is something lacking with Xian Lim’s acting but you can see that he is trying and improving. We may have seen Kim Chiu like this in her last film, Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo, but she kicks in this time with an extraordinary approach and did it just right. She is adorable, charming and crazy, in a really appealing way.
Bride for Rent is surprisingly good and entertaining. It is humorous with a touch of gentleness and really endearing. It is also filled with lessons not just about love and family, but life itself.
Bride for Rent doesn’t fail to make its audience feel good and moved after the film.
Not being able to watch the 1947 film adaptation of James Thurber’s short story, I found Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty beautiful and heartfelt.
This film is about Walter Mitty, a negative assets manager of Life Magazine, who escapes his monotonous life through heroic & adventurous daydreams from time to time. As Life Magazine faces downsizing, Mitty finds himself in an epic adventure to track the famous photographer, Sean O’Connell for the missing negative that will be used as the final cover of Life magazine.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is visually appealing and has stunning cinematography. Most sequences are delivered to the audience with stylish graphics, making them have the urge to pay so much attention to the film. Visually speaking, the overall presentation is strikingly good.
However, the pace of the film feels long. This made some parts of the film dry and dull, that the audience painstakingly wait for the climax. The film seems to be too straightforward that I’ve predicted the outcome of events. It is also ambitious in a sense that it didn’t reach its full potential to fully develop the character of Walter Mitty and his story.
Although, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty struggles to be humorous at some parts and feels like some scenes are overly done and has some shortcomings with the storyline, it is genuinely close to the heart and charming; A thought-provoking and inspiring film.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is surprisingly enjoyable & moving and will leave a smile on its audience when the credits start to roll out.