Monday, February 23, 2009

Disney's Princess Magazine is now monthly!

My daughter Keirra has been a fan of Summit Media's Disney's Princess Magazine even before she attended preschool. Disney's Princess Magazine used to come out every other month and she'd always ask me why her older brother would get K-Zone every month while she'd get DP only half the time. Well, starting 2009, DP comes out monthly instead of bi-monthly -- good news for little girls!

Keirra gets to model in the March 2009 issue's DIY feature too!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire (Movie Review)

I heard about Slumdog Millionaire from a friend, and it turns out it has garnered a whopping ten (10) Academy Awards nominations which only leads me to expect that it's either:

a. so artistic that normal people can't get it
b. so deep that normal people can't get it
c. boring as hell

Well... the good news is, it's actually none of the above.

Slumdog Millionaire is about a young man named Jamal Malik. Jamal is on the verge of winning 20 million rupees from the Indian version of the TV quiz show "Who wants to be a Millionaire?". Since no one has ever gotten that far in the show's history, Jamal is suspected of cheating somehow and is apprehended by the police.

At the precint, the police interrogate Jamal but are unable to get anything out of him even after many forms of brutality and torture. Out of genuine curiosity, the inspector then asks Jamal to tell his side of the story -- and the slumdog's story unfolds.

As if it were written in the stars, almost every question Jamal is asked on the show corresponds to an event that took place in his past. Jamal is not educated, neither is he a genius. In fact, he comes from a very poor family. He and his brother Salim were orphaned early on and so they were forced to make ends meet by engaging in all sorts of monkey business. They have seen much, having been captured by a syndicate which would earn money by having children beg on the streets. In the end though, Jamal and Salim would always somehow escape their dreary fate and then move on to the next challenge life would pose for them.

Slumdog Millionaire is on top of everything, a love story. Jamal meets his true love in childhood, a fellow orphan named Latika. But Jamal and Latika get separated and united so many times that it became impossible to tell what would happen next at a certain point. It is precisely because of love that Jamal finds himself in the seat opposite the host of "Who wants to be a Millionaire?".

Slumdog Millionaire is a powerful film which will keep you glued to your seat since it keeps you asking questions. You just can't wait to find out how or why. When the end credits rolled, the cast started to dance in true Bollywood fashion and I couldn't help but chuckle even after being immersed in such a serious film.

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Movie Review)

I honestly didn't think I'd like this movie. I mean, I've heard a lot about the book... but the title seemed so shallow. So what if someone loves shopping? Little did I know that the Shopaholic being described here is akin to the malling version of an alcoholic. It's really, truly an addiction.

Rebecca Bloomwood is a shopaholic in every sense of the word. She can't resist buying beautiful things... clothes, shoes, bags, accessories... whatever's on the mannequin or store window is a must-have. These things call out to her. She has visions of mannequins extolling the virtues of the scarf on sale... the gloves... the boots... whatever it is that's on display. Rebecca's addiction is so bad that she's neck-deep in debt and all her credit cards are maxed out.

As fate would have it, Rebecca lands a job in a finance magazine which belongs to the same publishing company as the fashion magazine she dreams of working for. Rebecca is a huge success in her new position -- but her shopping addiction and piling debts threaten to jeopardize her career and her chance for true love.

Funny in most parts and just plain entertaining, Confessions of a Shopaholic is reminiscent of another favorite movie of mine which is The Devil Wears Prada. Isla Fisher is just perfect as Rebecca Bloomwood. Her wide-eyed innocent look fits Rebecca's frank yet comical manner to a T.

Retail therapy rocks... I loved every minute of it. I remember how good it felt when I bought a pair Ferragamo shoes which was 10% off from Rustans and two pairs of Armani jeans from Linea when I broke up with my first boyfriend back in my college days, hehe...

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