Love in the Time of Cholera
Actually, I was quite disappointed as I type this entry, I felt so late, 'uncool,' and betrayed no one ever mentioned me that one of my favorite love story was adapted on screen, "Love in the Time of Cholera" written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, my ultimate favorite (his "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is for me the best book of all time).
Adding insult to injury, Javier Bardem, my Oscar bet for Supporting Actor (for 'No Country for Old Men,' he won) played Florentino Ariza. Even more, it was directed by Mike Newell (Monalisa Smile, Goblet of Fire), another favorite. Here's an IMDB Plot Synopsis:
A chronicle which takes in the fifty-year period straddling the 19th and 20th centuries. We are privy to the feelings of the central character, Fiorentino Ariza. He cannot help staring at the lovely but shy Fermina Daza The film is framed by the accidental death from a fall out of a mango tree by the 80-year-old Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt), married for a half century to the 72-year-old Fermina Daza Visited on the day of the funeral by Florentino Ariza she is enraged at the gall of a man who professes his lifetime love for her, at which point director Newell flashes back to the early courtship and proceeds through some fifty-two years of their lives.
Cholera was shown in the US November 2007, I hope it will be released here soon. Not a fat chance though.
Other movies I'm excited to watch this year are very close to my heart, either way back in time or just recently.
How Starbucks Saved My Life
Last year I was given a book by a friend as a birthday gift and read it overnight. "How Starbucks Saved My Life" by Michael Gates Gill, an autobiography written so simply and realistic you can see yourself on it at some point.
Hachiko: A Dog's Story
Speaking of sorts close to my heart, dogs. Last month, I blogged about our dear 'Chow' having to cross the rainbow bridge due to old age.
Growing up in company of dogs, tens/hundreds of them, its been in our nature to treat them as people. When we were choosing back then on what breed to take as a pet, Akita Inu is one of the many breeds we lay down as an option. We ended up with Chow, a Chow Chow (siyempre lol). But further years found ourselves in company of many other breeds, I myself gained invaluable insights and knowledge on raising dogs. I was particularly humbled by Hachikō's Story (Dog Fancy Magazine 1998), the dog who waited for his master Ueno's return on a train station in Tokyo for ten years, not knowing Ueno died since.
In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesamurō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life, Hachikō saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. Even after Ueno's death in May 1925, Hachikō returned every day to the station to wait for him, and did so for the next 10 years. Hachikō became a national sensation. His faithfulness to his master's memory impressed the people of Japan as a spirit of family loyalty all should strive to achieve. Teachers and parents used Hachikō's vigil as an example for children to follow. -Wikipedia
So it is my utmost joy hearing that his story will be adapted for screenplay. I am hoping though that the film won't be too 'Americanzed', Professor Ueno will be portrayed by Richard Gere (err). Production began September 2007, financed by Inferno Entertainment. "Gere will play a college professor who takes in a dog he finds abandoned. Both man and hound find their lives changed forever as they form an unbreakable bond."
Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad
I've read about Waris Dirie years ago and I'm quite convinced that it is her who brought up the issue of Female Genital Mutilation in an international level. It takes some guts and courage to expose and oppose thousand-years of tradition and cultural belief, and her tell-all biography gave that magnificent impact to the developing world in which international organizations like the UN started to do something.
I bought the paperback version of the book after reading the summarized article on Reader's Digest, at the back is a quote from Elton John saying "Waris's story is one of remarkable courage. From the deserts of Somalia to the world of high fashion, she battles against oppression and emerges a real champion. She is the most beautiful inspiration to anyone." Later on I discovered that Elton John bought the movie rights for her story.
I need accurate showing dates pronto!