NovAge Ultimate Lift Set

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As promised, this time is my review about the premium skincare by ORIFLAME, NovAge Ultimate Lift.

So, ORIFLAME selalu bikin inovasi-inovasi baru dalam produknya. Bukan cuma sekadar ngikutin tren, tapi juga ngikutin perkembangan teknologi and, of course, kebutuhan dari para konsumennya.
Dan grup premium skincare NovAge ini masterpiece ORIFLAME terbaru yang di-launching akhir tahun lalu. Kenapa premium? Karena si NovAge ini dibikin pake teknologi terbaru ORIFLAME yang nama patennya Phytocell, jadi kandungan formula anti-aging-nya paling banyak dari grup lainnya. And… Harganya pun jadi ikutan premium lah ya…
Total ada 4 set: Bright Sublime (buat nyamarin freckles & warna kulit yang gak rata), True Perfection (untuk yang kulitnya kasar, kusam, & berpori besar), Ecollagen (ngatasin kulit berkerut), dan Ultimate Lift (buat nambah kekencangan kulit).

Actually, I should be using the Bright Sublime Set. Yep, me got freckles on me face. Ada temen cowok yang bilang, it’s kinda cute. Well, so do I! Tapi yang bilang kalo freckles itu nantinya gak bagus, lebih banyak… *sigh*
Lagian, Ultimate Lift Set gw itu hadiah. Jadi… “Ga boleh protes. Pake aja,” kata yang ngasi kado. Yawis, off I went bersama si kado ini…

The whole set NovAge Ultimate Lift Set terdiri dari 6 item: cleansing milk, toning lotion, eye cream, concentrate serum, day cream SPF 15, & overnight cream.
Setelah kulit wajah dibersihin (pake makeup cleanser kalo abis pake makeup), bersihin lagi pakai cleansing milk-nya, trus diolesin toning lotion.
Trus, pake eye cream di seputar mata (kelopak dan bawah mata), disusul serum-nya. Ada yang kasi tips, eye cream diolesinnya pakai jari manis supaya nggak ketekan terlalu kuat. Abis itu, tepuk-tepuk ringan biar cepet terserap dan biarin dulu barang 1 menit, baru pakai serum-nya. Pemakaian serum juga sama, nggak boleh ditekan terlalu kuat, trus ditepuk-tepuk dan biarin selama 1 menit, sebelum ditiban day cream ato overnight cream.
Ribet ya? Gapapa lah, demi kulit mulus cantik! Huehehehehe…

Eye cream-nya harus gw akuin emang MANTEBH abhezz!! Gw anggota geek squad & waktu jaman kuliah terkenal sebagai Vampire Queen saking jagonya begadang (still am). Dengan bodohnya, kami para geek & otaku menganggap ‘semakin parah kantung matamu, semakin tinggi level ke-geeky-anmu’. Jadi, udah ber-freckles, gw berkantung mata pula. Me? Paid no attention. But my Mom? She HATES it. Tapi semenjak gw pake krim mata Ultimate Lift ini, kantung mata gw pelan-pelan menghilang lho! Until now, I’m still feeling conflicted between finally ridding of it and grieving over it…
The point is, after using NovAge Ultimate Lift for roughly 5 months (since November-ish), I’m loosing the under eye bags and the freckles (not yet gone 100% but it’s going), and I got clearer skin as bonus! ^__^
Sementara yang paling berkesan buat nyokap gw adalah ketika pakai serum-nya, she felt like tiny little ants crawling all over her face; not the crawling feeling like she’s having an allergic reaction, but as if those ‘ants’ are actually pulling her skin tighter!

Overall, Mom and I are very SATISFIED and highly impressed with this product! Nyokap gw dah kenal produk-produk ORIFLAME since like 20 years ago, jadi beliau selalu bilang kalo ORIFLAME emang bagus. But this officiated it! Tambah lagi, if we use it with just the right amount, the whole set could last until 4-6 months! Worth it banget deh!

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Buat yang ngasi gw kado Ultimate Lift Set-nya, berniat ngasi lagi gak? Punya gw dah mo abis nih… Hihihi…
See you guys on my next review, hopefully next week. ^^

The ONE Eye Shadow Smokey

So, I’m starting a new section: THE MAKEUP SECTION!!!

Why???
Karena gw join LAGI jadi member ORIFLAME. Yes, you’ve read it right: LAGI. Duluuuu banget, abis lulus dari UI gw sempet jadi member karena gak enak diajak temen. Klise banget ya? Ternyata gw suka sama produknya dan lanjut beli…
I forgot when I started leaving it. Gw cuma inget, the last time I ordered was in Bandung around tahun 2001-2002. Waktu itu untuk order masi analog dan manual, kudu datang ke kantor cabangnya langsung dan ngantri. Gw inget banget tuh, aje gilee buanget kalo ke kantornya sekitar awal ato akhir bulan.

Now, long story short, last year my cousin suruh gw join jadi member. Awalnya sih cuma sebagai support untuk dia aja sih: bikin FB Page, bikin FB Ads, desain iklan, dan macam-macam teknis berbau tech lainnya.
Lha, pada dasarnya gw pun suka dandan, walo bukan yang tipe medhok gitu, akhirnya gw malah ikut nyemplung dalam bisnisnya deh…
Dari situ lah gw didorong seorang teman untuk bikin review produk-produk ORIFLAME yang gw pake sendiri di blog gw. “Sayang amat, hari gene punya blog gak digunain. Banyak manfaatnya lho. Satu, buat nambah customer ato nyari member baru. Dua, kalo visitor review lu banyak, kan ntar lu ditawarin pasang Ad Sense. Kan dapet duit tuh,” begitu kata teman gw itu.
Jalannya masih panjang sih, but… Good idea!

Dan ceritanya stop di situ yah. Segera mulai review-nya. Hihihi…

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Item pertama dari produk ORIFLAME yang gw pake dan mo gw review saat ini adalaaaaaah: The ONE Eye Shadow Smokey!
Saking sukanya sama benda ini, gw sampe punya DUA! Hohohoho…
Nih, penampakan bendanya.

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Basically, this is a crayon-form eye shadow. Ada 3 (tiga) varian warna: Jet Black, Glitter Black, & Glitter Grey. Gw punya yang Jet Black & Glitter Black.
Very easy to use, bahannya lembut & enak dipakai, no need sharpening, gak mbleber kena keringat, awet sampe hampir 12 jam pula (selama gak dikucek keras-keras ya).
Karena gw pake untuk ngantor sehari-hari, biasanya gw aplikasikan sampai sebatas setengah kelopak mata aja, gak sampe full ke tulang mata ato di bawah mata.
Gw biasanya dandan di kantor sekitar jam 8.30 pagi. Sore sebelum pulang itu sudah mulai pudar (secara gw suka keringatan), tapi masi visible enough for others to see. Jadi, kalo gw mo pegi ke mana lagi sepulang kerja, suka gw tebelin lagi.

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Menurut informasi penggunaannya, sebenarnya bisa dibaurin sampe ke tulang mata dan ujung alis pakai kuas. Tapi secara gw belum ahli, sutralah ya…
WHAT? I like wearing makeup, doesn’t mean I’m a master in applying it! At least, not yet. Hihihihi…

Now I gotta warn you, I dunno seberapa sering gw bakal isi bagian review ini, tapi I’m targeting at least seminggu sekali lah ya…
On my next entry, I’m gonna review the skin care product I’ve been using. And lemmi tell you this: it. is. AMAZING!

So, further questions about the item, bisa di bagian komen di bawah.
Atau kepingin tanya-tanya tentang bisnisnya juga boleh buanged.
Or if you would like a more personal chat about it, just drop a line at my FB account.

Juvenile…………

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a friend recommended to me “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
a sitcom about idiotic detectives and their gay up-tight captain of the (fictional) 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn
well, yeah, got me some laughs. several REALLY good
especially Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg)–who is described as genius, but immature, juvenile, and never takes things seriously–and his shenanigans

but then, the more i watched it, the more i realized that i’m not THAT impressed anymore!
why is that???
coz i’ve been loving mystery, thriller, procedural, & adventure series since a loooooong time ago, great serials like CSI, Law and Order, NYPD Blues, 21 Jump Street, Super Force, Dennis Booker, Wiseguy, The X-Files, Viper, Knight Rider, MacGver, Dark Justice, Street Justice, Renegade, Cold Case, Bones, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0 2010, Lie to Me, Numb3rs……..
okay, i’m over doing it, but well, you get the gits of it

what more, because i’ve seen TONY DINOZZO of NCIS and all of HIS shenanigans for 11 frikkin’ seasons!!!
oh, the things he’d done! *ROFL*
watching Peralta is like watching a mild case of DiNozzo on the move!
Peralta & Capt. Holt? imagine DiNozzo & Gibbs!
Jeffords, Diaz, Santiago, Boyle, & Gina? try Ziva, McGee, Ducky, Abby, Palmer, & Bishop!

so, sorry guys….
as i said, not impressed anymore……..

The Three Faces of SHERLOCK HOLMES……………

yes, i’ve heard and read about him and his faithful partner, John Watson. since i was young
and yet all this time, i’ve read none of the original books. or watched any earlier version of the movies
until it was brought to the silver screen by Guy Ritchie with Robert Downey, Jr. a.k.a. RDJ as Holmes
then a friend introduced me to Sherlock by BBC
and another friend showed me Elementary by CBS

to make it simple, the conclusion is I’m SHER-LOCKED *sorry! can’t help it!* XDDD

and to think about it, it’s actually FUN to see all three Sherlocks!
completely different in ways, but all equally interesting in others!
in the end, i can’t choose which is my favorite, ‘coz i LOVE it ALL!!!

1. “SHERLOCK HOLMES” by Guy Ritchie

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taking up the original background of time, this version’s main attraction to me was…………… RDJ! of course! oh, and Jude Law! RDJ as the bratty know-it-all Sherlock? you bet, i’m sold!
and he kicked asses! all those fighting scenes with the slo-mo thingy? LOVE it!
the bromance bantering with Jude Law’s John Watson? priceless! totally hilarious!
Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler, Kelly Reilly as Mary Morstan, and Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes? unsual ensemble, which worked brilliantly!
and last but not least…………. the bromance between Holmes & Watson? LOVELY!!! the quarrels, the arguments, the worry, the anger, the jealousy, the exasperation, the desperation……..
ah, those two beautiful boys……….. well, over all, i went overdrive each time i saw the movies, can’t stay objective anymore, so i think i’m gonna stop here…… LOL

2. “SHERLOCK” by BBC

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it took months for me to actually noticed this one after my friend force-copied it to my portable HD. after skimming through all 3 episodes, i deemed it watchable for future watching and set it aside, completely forgetting it. then, my usual TV series hit the hiatus period, leaving me kinda’ high & dry. i remembered about the 90-minute 3 episodes and immediately put up a marathon for all three in one shot
this version adopts the original cases and blend it into modern time. there’s Mrs. Hudson & Inspector Lestrade, even the apartment 221B Baker Street is there!
Benedict Cumbercatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as military retiree Dr. John Watson. opposite characters who clicked into each other so fast it was so fun to watch Sherlock being a jackass and John hitting him back with deadpan answers. the witty back and forth was highly amusing! so was their chemistry, such as the way the two finish each other’s line or when they broke into a fit of giggles while Sherlock was only covered by a flimsy sheet! LOL
the only small detail (small???) i didn’t approve of, was Lara Pulver as Irene Adler. yes, the bitchiness and the cunningness thing works on her, but…. i dunno, i just think that Rachel McAdam’s were waaaaay more impressive. i like her switching between being sweet, seductive, and afraid felt effortless. while Pulver’s is plain………. bitchy
now, if i remember Guy Ritchie’s mostly in forms of scenes, images, and feeling, i memorize BBC’s version in form of dialogues, mostly thanks to tumblr
“i do not have friends. i only have one.”
the bromance fanarts roaming over tumblr only fuel up all the cute feeling i have for them. aaaaaaaaaaww…….

3. “ELEMENTARY” by CBS

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one of CBS’ last years’ new series and have been going strong so far. i was skeptic in the beginning: modern version of Sherlock Holmes, located in New York, and an Asian female Watson?? really, people??? and then, i saw the 1st episode and it caught my attention. ‘coz surprisingly, it WORKED!
Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller), a recovering drug addict, had been banished by his father from London to New York after a case went bad, which costed him Adler and his relationship with Lestrade. while Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) is an ex-surgeon, then hired as Holmes’ sober companion. in NY, Holmes continues his consulting-for-free services to NYPD, teaming him with Captain Toby Gregson (Aidan Quinn) and Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill). long story short, from a live-in sober companion, Joan eventually moves up as Holmes’ partner and protégé
oh, this version of Sherlock Holmes is SO refreshing! Holmes was a drug addict, he has perfectly sculpted and tattooed body, treats sex as a necessity, a pretty much tech geek, but equivalently brash, irritating, and annoying to his other two counterparts. though he has more capability to show empathy. a little bit ^^;;
and i LOVE most of Joan Watson’s wardrobe:  Japanese-Korean-ish style but with less colors. her mini dresses or mini skirts or shorts combined with stockings and ankle boots….. oh, my favorite!
but what i find more likable are the character developments and the minute changes of Holmes & Watson’s relationship. how they adapt into each other’s personality and quirks (mostly by Watson), how Holmes supports Watson’s intention of being his true partner and him trusting her deductions. Holmes gave Watson’s family a different POV over her decision of becoming a sober companion and Joan lied to his father about her staying by his side
well, so far there’s no indication of sexual tension between the two and i hope it’ll stay that way…………..

tell me, people
which is your favorite???

“Kirschblüten – Hanami” (2008)

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Rudi and Trudi Angermeier had been happily married. Rudi was a retired hard-ass provider of the family and now terminally ill, Trudi was a devoted mother who dedicated her life for her husband and three kids. the couple decided to surprise their children in Berlin with a visit. but it didn’t end too well. Klaus, the eldest son, and Karolin, their gay daughter, were too busy to entertain them.

before, Rudi had discovered his wife’s fascination over Mt. Fuji and Butoh, a Japanese dance. but as he felt the dance too radical, he’d forbidden Trudi to make anything of her interest.

disappointed by Klaus & Karolin’s indifference, Rudi and Trudi felt like they didn’t know their children anymore and so went to the sea. there Trudi suddenly died, leaving Rudi devastated. not to mention, a bit looney. he slept with Trudi’s clothes or beloved kimono stretched out by his side.

Rudi realized then that he had been holding back his wife’s happiness, putting her in a cage just like the wildcat in the zoo that she used to like. he packed his things, along with the tosca-colored cardigan Trudi had been wearing during her last days and her kimono, and went to Tokyo to live with his youngest, Karl.

left to fend himself in a completely new country which he had no idea about the language while Karl worked, Rudi spent his days walking around wearing his wife’s clothes under his coat, explaining to Karl later that he felt like he was memorizing and showing the scenery to his beloved Trudi.

until one day Rudi met Yu, an 18-year-old Japanese girl who was dancing Butoh in a park. although their English were equally bad, they formed a bond almost instantly due to sharing the same feeling of losing someone dear. Yu was an orphan who lived by herself in a rundown tent in a different part of Tokyo. and Karl despised her relationship with Rudi.

again Rudi packed his things and his wife’s, then took Yu to meet the famous Mt. Fuji. the two shared a room in an inn by a lake on the foot or Mt. Fuji. Yu told him that Mr. Fuji was shy and likes to hide behind the clouds and fog, so every day Rudi checked to see if Mt. Fuji had decided to grace him with his presence.

so engrossed to his wish of seeing Mt. Fuji, his condition deteriorated. until one early morning, he found the sky had cleared and he could see Mt. Fuji in its full glory. grabbing his dead wife’s kimono, Rudi went to the lakeside. wearing the kimono and makeup, he danced the Butoh. and suddenly Trudi was there, dancing along with him, taking him with her.

later after finding that Rudi had passed, Yu went through the old man’s belongings and came across an envelope with her name written on it. turned out, Rudi had brought along all of his priced possessions and money, and he left all of his money to Yu.

Karl had his father’s body cremated before bringing the ashes back to Germany to be buried along with his mother. there Klaus and Karolin expressed their disbelief of how Rudi died: in a hotel room with an 18-year-old girl. but then, Karolin’s partner declared that, perhaps that was what Rudi had wanted and at the end, he was happy.

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Kirschblüten – Hanami” is a 2008 German film directed by Doris Dörrie.

i was researching for something at work when i found this………. gem of a movie. the title means Cherry Blossom. and it was a German movie. not my usual  thing to watch. but after reading the synopsis, i fell in love! downloaded it the moment i arrived home.

oh, the movie felt a bit dragging. but the depth of the dialogues and selections of background scenery kept me holding on.
and the story! astounding! an old man obsessed over a traditional Japanese dance through his dead wife and an 18-year-old practically stranger!

also it kinda’ hit a little bit too close to home *sigh*
how i understand how Rudi must’ve felt upon his wife’s departure. or how Trudi must’ve felt, being held back doing something she’d loved by something she had equally loved. the guilt felt by Klaus, Karolin, and Karl for not being able to take care of their parents properly until the day they’s died.

when i told my mother about this movie, she said, “i was worried about that, too. whether you guys are gonna set us aside for being too busy with your own stuffs to do. but, that’s life.”
gawd, i hope not, Mommy…………………………….

R.E.D. (2010)

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R.E.D. was Retired: Extremely Dangerous.

Francis “Frank” Moses was a Marine retiree and ex-CIA. He lived in a quiet neighborhood in a two-storied house doing nothing. The only thing he looked forward was the day he received his pension check only to tear it up so he could call the officer of his pension company, Sarah Ross.

Until one day a small unit of fully-armed men swarmed his house. Frank effectively got rid of the intruders, who demolished his house, and went to get Sarah.

After gathering info, Frank realized that he and Sarah was targeted because of an ultra secret black op he did in Guatemala back in his days as a CIA operative. During his journey of finding the truth, Frank met his old buddies: Joe Matheson, a black perverted ex-spy living in a retirement home; Marvin Boggs, a paranoid weapon expert holed up beneath the swamps of Florida; Ivan Simanov, an ex-KGB agent; and Victoria, a lady was ex-MI6 sniper and assassin.

At the end of their digging, Sarah got captured by CIA’s newest rising star, William Cooper. Frank than realized what she meant to him, so he embarked on a mission completely new for him.

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geez, last night was the 3rd time I saw that movie. and i still love it!!!

watched it in the movies with a friend my age and we enjoyed it immensely. as so did the group of people sitting behind us. we laughed, we cheered, we even clapped hands! but then, there was this other group of people much younger than us, who at the end of the movie grumbled, “what the hell were those old guys doing? stupid movie…”
my friend and i looked at each other and laughed.
well, back to the movie itself………….

yeah, yeah, yeah, it was a ‘90s-styled action movie with no particular deep story or characterization, funny scenes, lots of bangs and booms, corny dialogues, some hand-to-hand combat moves, cheesy happy ending… oh, let’s not forget the almost useless chick who needed saving!
OH! and of course, there’s Bruce Willis!
and i love every minute of it! *LOL*

gotta admit, i almost had multiple orgasms every time i watched it!
what??? it’s Bruce Willis, shooting guns and hitting people, and at one point, he was wearing a GODDAM *pause* MILITARY *pause* UNIFORM! *hosh hosh hosh hosh hosh*
*breeeeeaath, Nanat, breeeeeeeeeeeaaaaattth*

and the long list of famous people involved in it?? seriously, dude, how could somebody NOT like this movie?
besides Bruce Willis, they got Karl Urban, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Hellen Mirren, Richard Dreyfuss, and THE late Ernest Borgnine!
okay………….. *calming down. again*

now, memorable scenes:

– frightened in the beginning, thinking that she was kidnapped by Frank, Sarah ended up getting excited every time they’re gonna see some action. “Awesome!” she said *LOL*

– Frank vs Cooper:
Frank: “Kordesky trained you?”
Cooper: “yeah.”
Frank: “well, i trained Kordesky.” (proceeded to dislocate Cooper’s shoulder)

– Frank talked about Sarah to Victoria:
Frank: “makes me think that i could actually… have a life. a real life.”
Victoria: “you’re all hard on the outside, but you are… you are gooey on the inside. gooey.”

– Victoria was out in the woods, scouting the area with a sniper rifle ready, and Sarah at her side
Sarah: “Frank said you wanted me with you.”
Victoria: “yes, i thought it might be nice to have a bit of girl time together. get to know each other. and i just wanted to tell you that, in all the years i’ve known Francis, i’ve never seen him like this. so, if you break his heart, i will kill you. and bury your body in the woods.”
Sarah: (smiling) “wow.” (losing the smile) “okay.”
Victoria: (going back to her rifle) “oh, this is gonna be fun.”

– Exiting the ballroom, Victoria blocked the door with her necklace, went down the escalator, beat a guard unconscious using her purse, met Marvin, changed her heels into combat boots brought by Marvin, and shot the VP’s car entourage using a DAMN big gun in her dress…….. *LOL*

– in CIA interrogation room
Sarah: (to Cooper with eyes glistening) “wow. you’re asking me for help? that is so lame. he’s gonna eat you for lunch.”

– all the dead guys were dead and Cooper watched as Frank’s gang gathered. Frank gave Sarah a kiss, then walked to Cooper.
Frank: “thanks.” (gesturing to the VP) “this gonna be a problem?”
Cooper: “nah, i got it… Grandpa.”

– in the car, Ivan behind the wheels.
Marvin: (smirking incredulously) “you gave a favor to him?”
Ivan: “just a tiny little nuclear problem in Moldova.”
Sarah: (perking up, then looked to Frank with anticipation) “can we go?”
Frank: (sighing exasperatedly and giving in) “yes, we can go.”

by the way, i kinda’ understand how they must’ve felt after seeing my dad. how sometimes they got antsy and restless by the inactivity…. *LOL*
and in the end, the small dedicated group consisted of trained killers from different organizations in the end wanted one simple thing. Love. yes, how cheesy……… *eyeroll*

by the way again, they’re releasing R.E.D. 2 this summer…………… *getting ready to faint*

Chocolat (2000)

Rating: ★★★
Category: Movies
Genre: Drama

tired of your usual kinds of movies? too much violence? too much romance? too much pretty faces? too much complications? basically, tired of everything normally Hollywood?
try Chocolat, a movie adapted from a novel written by a British, rewritten by an American, directed by a Swedish, shot mostly at France, and brought to life by actors and actress from many different countries

the story flew without meaningful ripples, making the climax seems un-climax-y. the old French town posing as background gave off peaceful vibes. the delicious chocolates scattering the scenes *slurp* colored the movie with bits of magic. the mixed-up accents might be quite disturbing, though

chocolate may seem harmless, but in truth, one should beware of its real powers
it was 1959. Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol) arrived to the small devoted town in France, opening a chocolatier right across the town’s church. unmarried and unusual in every ways, Vianne soon found that the town’s people were against her, all encouraged by the mayor, Comte Paul de Reynaud (Alfred Molina)
unfortunately, much to the mayor’s dismay, a small amount of people discovered themselves in Vianne’s tiny shop instead; a family of three generations estranged to each other, a woman who finally had the guts to leave her abusive husband, a couple whose marriage crumbling due to the lack of ‘juice’, an old man who gradually reached for a long love, and an Irish river gypsy who then became Vianne’s anchor, as her to him

you see? no sparkling hot sex. no bombastic explosions. no fantastic kungfu moves. no cheesy romantic lines. no breathtaking sceneries. no bad guys. no amazing special effects. no nothing
it’s just Chocolat

WANTED (2008)

Rating: ★★★★
Category: Movies
Genre: Action & Adventure

Wesley Allan Gibson (James McAvoy) was an accountant suffering from panic attacks who lived with his girlfriend in a lousy messed-up apartment. A nobody. Well, basically, a loser. Until one day a stunningly beautiful woman came to him

The woman, Fox (Angelina Jolie), turned out to a be a highly-trained assassin, member of a sect called “The Fraternity” claiming to have the right of eliminating threats to the society. And their leader Sloan (Morgan Freeman), told Wesley that he was the the son of their strongest member killed by a rouge, Cross (Thomas Kretschmann)

As Wesley for the first time in his life pushed himself to the brink, training himself in shootings & guns, using knives, and withstanding beatings in a mere six weeks just to hunt down Cross, he finally stood face to face the man he believed killed his father. Too bad, the truth he got was devastating

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less than five minutes from the start, we’ve got a thrilling nose-dive already. damn, this movie really pumped my adrenaline hard!

storyline — nothing new. kinda’ cliche but still the ending was a kick-ass! ^^
acting — hey, it was an action movie. screw the acting part (wakakakakak)
action — HELL YEAH!!! geez! that ‘curve bullet’ thing was probably the biggest bullshit ever, but, hell, the idea was just crazily brilliant! the brutal training Wesley went through, the last knife battle, the car chases (somersaulting cars?? these people were way outta their right minds!), and Sloan’s death scene………

you action movie junkies will NOT regret watching this!
man, i am DEFINITELY buying the original DVD later………………………

Onmyoji (2001) (Japanese Dorama)

Rating: ★★★★★
Category: Movies
Genre: Cult


a mystical cult movie based on Shinto teachings emphasizing in the ways of Onmyoudo
adapted from manga series with the same title by Yumemakura Baku, who also took part as script writer, and directed by Takita Yojiro

cast:
Nomura Masai as Abe no Seimei
Ito Hideaki as Minamoto no Hiromasa
Sanada Hiroyuki as Doson
Koizumi Kyoko as Aone
Imai Eriko as Mitsumushi
Natsukawa Yui as Fujiwara no Sukehime

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it was during the Heian Period (794 to 1185), an era where human lived side by side with demons and the golden era of Onmyoji priests

even though the palace had Doson as Head of Onmyoji, reputation of the feared Abe no Seimei (Nomura Mansai) exceeded him
by the hands of fate, Seimei then met Minamoto no Hiromasa, the court’s nobleman who was a master in archery and sword, also a highly acknowledged flutist

using a 150-year-old angry spirit from a betrayed prince, Doson (Sanada Hiroyuki) created chaos one by one in order to claim the throne as his own
but Seimei and his ‘sidekick’ Hiromasa, with help from a mysterious woman name Aone (Koizumi Kyoko), stood between him and his wretched dream

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Onmyoudou is a Chinese-influenced traditional Japanese esoteric cosmology, mixing natural science and occultism based on two Chinese theories, Five Elements and Yin-Yang Theory
Onmyouji or Onmyoji are Onmyoudou’s professional practitioners

Abe no Seimei

brought up brilliantly by Nomura Masai, a famous kyogen (a branch of Noh, Japanese traditional play) actor, which explains the flexibility he showed during dancing. many claimed him as the most closest and memorable image of Abe no Seimei
rumored to be born from a fox-demon mother and had the abilities to summon demons since child, Seimei was well respected by his mysterious high-level skills, and feared. often portrayed as slender, sharp, elegant and beautiful, Seimei here
also had a mischievous smile and witty, he loves playing pranks to his buddy, the naive Hiromasa. nobody knew his exact age
in the end of the movie, we could see a beautiful dance performed by Nomura as a bonus. graceful and yet powerful. just love it ^__^

Minamoto no Hiromasa

performed by the stunning Ito Hideaki
tall, strong, cheerful, and beautiful, Hiromasa was pictured as a proud archery and sword master. other stories also mentioned him as a genius musician and poet, but here he played a flute. his naive nature was often used by Seimei for his pranks using little magic tricks which kept on amazing Hiromasa
though half of his dialogs consist of ‘oooh’, ‘ah’, and ‘are?’, he’s still cute. too bad his first love turned out to be the Mikado’s (Emperor) concubine……… ^^;

Seimei & Hiromasa

in this movie, both Seimei and Hiromasa was part of a prophecy which called them ‘the guardians of the city’. the two met by an incident inside the palace involving a butterfly which later became Seimei’s servant called Mitsumushi (Imai Eriko). in the beginning, Hiromasa felt very uncomfortable being around Onmyoji, especially Seimei, and both address each other respectively
as their friendship develop, they talked in a much more casual ways. these two gorgeous men also created a bond of trust, they didn’t hesitate relying lives to others. though Seimei always appeared to be cool, he couldn’t help crying when he found his dear friend dying
that event gave Hiromasa a hilarious counter-attack against Seimei’s pranks later on. but Seimei didn’t always played pranks, for he often used difficult words too which he knew exactly that his (probably) younger partner got no idea what the hell it means……………….. ^^;

psssstttt…..
by the way, since i kinda like shounen-ai and yaoi stories, watching this movie about two handsome gorgeous guys being close friends caused my imagination running wild………..
huehehehehehehehehehe *drools*

Nomura Masai

Ito Hideaki