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Yesterday, I think I reluctantly returned this DVD which was lent to me. I realized, a bit too late, that I should have watched it one more time or burned a copy for myself.

This film which centers on a young Buddhist monk’s journey towards enlightenment, might remind you of Herman Hesse’s novel, Siddhartha. I loved this film and it’s slow, tranquil pace which featured breath-taking views of the Himalayas. One review even referred to its cinematography as zen-ematography — slow, silent and lingering shots of nature dominated much of the movie. Samsara even offers quite a different take on Buddhism, perhaps even religion in general, and for a change gives voice to the women who are left behind by men on spiritual journeys in hopes of trying to find themselves.

Best to watch this film with a friend, as the simply mind-blowing end would make you want to talk with somebody. I’m glad I got a reply (even at quite a late hour) when I sent a text message to somebody who had seen it. Just writing about it makes me want to watch it again.

A brief synopsis at Rotten Tomatoes and several interesting reviews here.

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Mercury. Quicksilver. Liquid silver. While enchanting to behold — shimmery, shiny and “magically” disappearing when held between your fingers — it can be deadly too.

Read more about the mercury problem and what the Philippine health care sector is doing to address it as the PCIJ’s iReport concludes its Power and Poisons series.

 

It’s been several months since my last trip to Salon.com and I was a bit disappointed that the featured articles weren’t very interesting. There is one on Go green this holiday season — timely — but I feel there are too many articles like this going around, posing as being Earth-friendly and yet trying to convince you to keep buying stuff. In keeping with the true, green spirit of the season, one would be better off with this Greener and Simpler Christmas article by the EcoWaste Coalition.

From Salon I checked out another favorite, Slate.com and got a bit overwhelmed. Literally, too much info. If you want to know, though, why Shrek’s “better out than in” motto doesn’t hold true anymore, check out Hold the Fart and Global Farting. Peta scores, while as carnivores, can we simply not care or are (tasty) alternatives in sight?

Does Santa give away books too? Or just toys? Or maybe Santa makes an exception for those who ask for any — or all — of the Harry Potter series. The final installment in the Harry Potter series may be on top of many Christmas lists this year specially since it has been included in the NY Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. I am not sure if the book is notable because it’s the last (finally!hehe), since the paper’s accompanying review, isn’t very encouraging. Curlytop and I, however, are thinking if this popular fantasy series should be a must in our children’s library collection. Hmm, maybe not this year.

Back to the NY Times list, it makes for literally a good read since it doesn’t just contain titles but reviews too of every book included. The list, btw, includes this year’s notable fiction and non-fiction books.

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Definitely a “feel better” movie.

Watching this film from my “sickcouch” really did make me feel better. I even started wondering if this version of the film is even half as engaging as the book it was adapted from, which I regret not having read yet (having read, instead, Sense and Sensibility). Finally I can understand why Meg Ryan’s Kathleen Kelly character was so hooked to this classic tale. I just loved the subtleties and all the attempts at restraint in this movie especially between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. I do agree when Kathleen Kelly said you could get lost in the words. How often do you hear a man profess of love, which he feels most ardently? (as Mr. Darcy did) But maybe it’s just me. And my peculiar penchant for stories like these. Or maybe I am just simply quite a sucker for romance.

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While this Woody Allen movie sure got a beating from critics, Curlytop and I simply enjoyed this movie for what it is – a mindless, funny piece of entertainment. Seriously, critics can be really harsh sometimes. Woody Allen’s stuttering, mumbling humor still works for me.

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This may be one of those films that you watch till the end if only to find out if the male and female leads end up having sex. The film maker knows this and, with much cunning, keeps you glued through witty conversation, lots of sexual tension, unexpected revelations, and before you know it, you’ve arrived at the bizarre end. It’s quite a ride, and a relief too when it’s over — what was that all about?

Steve Buscemi plays the lead and directs the movie. His team-up with Sienna Miller is reminiscent of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s in Lost in Translation — there’s an equal amount of unease and anticipation if the two end up making out.

Here’s a review — Interview, and an article on Steve Buscemi — The Sundance Kid.

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