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Movies that Can Help You Get Through Pre-Christmas Gloominess

Surely– I have exerted enough effort to fight the wintry dejection of this year’s Christmas season. Typhoon Sendong has hit Mindanao so badly leaving 440 people dead. Philippine politics is still gyrating on too many an intrigue and controversy that watching or listening to news has become annoyingly stressful. Here’s to me living an independent and (singular) life. It isn’t surprising to me at all that the best companion I have in this abnormal Philippine weather is the line-up of movies I’m about to share with you.

Being John Malkovich

Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter who brought us into the psychedelic forgetfulness of Joel Barrish and Clementine Kruczynski  in the movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, has once again captured the more complicated aspect of love and passion in Being John Malkovich. John Cusack played the role of Craig Schwartz, a puppeteer. He discovered a nook that enables him to immerse into the life of John Malkovich for 15 minutes. Hence, all the characters’ disillusionment – which I think is the only thing that love can’t cure.

Meet Me in St. Louis

The much spirited Smith family festively danced and sang a long gone charm and majesty of the past century. It was Gone with the Wind minus the love affair of Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable and the desolation brought by civil war; it is on the contrary a very endearing musical film. I was beguiled by Judy Garland’s performance of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. It was rather an uplifting and nostalgic experience to watch a family that celebrates life together.

Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

And who is Lilia Cuntapay? Lilia Cuntapay has just recently won the award for best actress in the 2011 Cinema One Originals. Before she bumped into her first major lead role, Lilia Cuntapay was recognizably known to the Philippine audience as an extra for aswang (ghoul) or mangkukulam (witch) roles in the horror film, Shake, Rattle and Roll. The film documents the life of Lilia Cuntapay as she struggles to write her speech in hopes of getting the award for best actress. The film is still a work in progress now that the production crew is working on including Lilia Cuntapay’s speech when she received her award for best actress in the 2011 Cinema One Originals.

Fight Club and Blue Velvet

The two Davids of  American cinema, Davind Lynch and David Fincher, with their signature styles coupled with engaging and grim dialogues: “Losing all hope was freedom,” “If I didn’t say anything people will always assume the worst,” “Her lie reflected my lie,” “The things you own end up owning you,” had me all covered up like boredom isn’t of this world.

New Year’s Eve and Mission Impossible

Well, movies, however bad they were made or how ridiculous they may seem to be are created to entertain us. Have a friend around, a popcorn lodged all over your mouth, a few laughs and reminiscing — like how good it feels to have that someone you love snuggle and smother you — and enjoy the yearning breeze of the Christmas season.

I’m not going to mind that perhaps wanting so much to enjoy and to be merry this Christmas renders many affectations too, like pretending to be happy and complete, pretending that we’re okay despite our distance from our loved ones or the sad fact that they aren’t coming back; I’d say let all the loneliness sink in but give yourself a stack of good movies to watch.

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