I Can’t Tell You I Love You (But I Do)

By Alexandria Brown

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I look at you as more than what you are to me currently. Because to me you are everything. Everything I’ve ever wanted but mostly because you treat me as though I matter. As if my opinions and everything I want is important to you too. And that’s what love is.

But I can’t tell you I love you.

I can’t tell you that every night before I go to sleep I think about you. I think about you when it’s dead at work and I’m just wishing I’m anywhere else. I think about you when I can’t get through the day without wanting to cry. You are home to me and just hearing your voice reminds me how that feels.

And when people ask me if I’m in love with you I tell them no. Because I don’t want to be the cause of losing you. Even though we mean so much to each other, it doesn’t mean that we need to be together. That’s when the lines of loving someone and being in love with someone are blurred. And my lines with you are so blurry. I can’t even tell you what’s going on in my mind and my heart because I don’t know.

Sometimes we’re meant to meet someone who takes our breath away but not get to be with that person. And it’s unfair. It’s so unfair that we are surrounded by their beauty but we can’t touch them. We can’t tell them how much they mean to us without giving away our secret. We can’t let them know that they’re the last thing we see at night and the first name we breathe as we wake up.

We can learn so much from each other but only if we keep it to the capacity that it’s at. And I’m not fully sure risking everything to tell you my feelings would be the smartest because I don’t feel as though we’re on the same page. And that’s OK. It’s OK to not be exactly at the same moments in life. It’s OK to not feel the same kind of attraction. But let me tell you something, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done to keep my mouth shut about this.

Because I can feel myself breaking. I feel my tongue waiting to betray me. To tell you that I am so completely into you. So completely enamoured by everything you are. And it has nothing to do with outward beauty and everything to do with the gorgeous soul that lies deep within you. And what’s crazy is you don’t see how stunning, how captivating, how incredibly amazing every piece of you is.

So our future looks like this. We keep things the way it is. Because even though I want to love you, I am nowhere near ready too. And while I’m taking my time to get ready to love you, you might meet someone else. You might meet them and love them more than you could ever love me. And they’ll love you just as much. Because you are that person. The person people fall for immediately.

But don’t ever feel sorry for me. Never feel like I’ve lost out because I’ve never gotten to love you in that way. Because the love that I’ve gotten from this is so much better. You have shown me that people like you exist and that makes me fair better off than most.

And if we ever did cross paths as lovers instead of friends, I know that I wouldn’t need anyone else.

You are the ultimate. You would be my ultimate. So maybe we’ll end up together or maybe we won’t but all I know is this; as long as you exist in my world, I’ll be happy. No matter what capacity.

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On Loop: Someday by Nina

 

Someday

(Click on the title to play the song)

Someday you’re gonna realize
One day you’ll see this through my eyes
By then I won’t even be there
I’ll be happy somewhere even if I cared

I know you don’t really see my worth
You think you’re the last guy on earth
Well I’ve got news for you
I know that I’m not that strong
But it won’t take long, won’t take long

Cause, someday someone’s gonna love me
The way I wanted you to need me
Someday someone’s gonna take your place
One day I’ll forget about you
You’ll see I won’t even miss you
Someday, someday

Right now I know you can’t tell
I’m down and I’m not doing well
But one day these tears, they will all run dry
I won’t have to cry sweet goodbye

Cause, someday someone’s gonna love me
The way I wanted you to need me
Someday someone’s gonna take your place
Oh, one day I’ll forget about you
You’ll see I won’t even miss you
Someday, I know someone’s gonna be there

Someday someone’s gonna love me
The way I wanted you to need me
Someday someone’s gonna take your place
One day I’ll forget about you
You’ll see I won’t even miss you
Someday, someday

This has been my go to song and my favorite song to listen to whenever I feel sad about not being appreciated by someone I like. 🙂

A song I listen to when I decided to let go and move on.

A song that somehow helps me to be strong.

Someday.

Movie Review: Finding Dory

I am entitled to be first in line in this film than the kids who went to watch this on Father’s Day. Like most people my age, I waited for a very long time thus I should be more prioritized than those children! LoL

Synopsis:

Dory sets on a journey with Marlin and Nemo to find her long lost parents which brought them to a marine institute. On their journey they met funny and quirky characters which helped Dory reunite with her parents.

 

Likes:

Everything about this film!! Hahah!!

Characters – of course, Dory is given to be the funniest character in Finding Nemo but in this film, I get to know her even more. She’s more than that. I also loved Hank the octopus (septipus), Becky, Destiny and a lot more.

Plot – even though it’s more on of finding Dory’s parents, at the end of the film you’ll understand why it’s Finding Dory. :’)

Humor – of course, it’s not gonna be such a huge hit if Dory’s antics won’t be funny but more than that, new characters brought more laughs in this film. I would love to have a Finding Hank or Finding Destiny sequel. LoL. Hank is just so funny.

 

Dislikes:

Pacing/Editing – there were just some scenes where I got bored for a few seconds, maybe because I wanted Dory and her parents to meet already. 😀

 

Over All Impression:

Finding Dory made me laugh, giggle, cry and laugh some more. Its humor is in its characters but its heart is in the story itself (like most Pixar films) and what sets it apart is its reach not just to kids but to everyone.

 

Eight tiaras out of ten.

Happy Mother’s Day!

I remember reading a funny anecdote before that kids are like dogs when they’re still babies up to the preteen stage: cuddly, needy, attention seeker, affectionate and playful; then during the teenage years they become cats: moody, sense of entitlement is too damn high, won’t even look at you when you call them and would sleep all day; and then when they hit adulthood they become dogs again.

When I was a kid, I always make my own card for every occasion for my parents but when I hit adolescent I stopped doing that and like most teenagers, became distant and kind of disconnected from them especially my Mom. I have to admit that I’ve always been very close to my Mom but there were times that I would really question her upbringing but like they say mothers know best.

The first few months of my independence was a bliss – no nagging, no irritating inquisitions and no one to tell me to wash the dishes or to clean my room. After that couple of months, I started missing my Mom’s cooking and basically her caring. I missed her terribly and I would sometimes like “see” her in a crowd or anywhere. I then decided to have her accompany me here in the big city and after a few years, we kind of migrated here in Manila (we’re originally from Bacolod).

Our relationship has changed tremendously compared to what we had during my teenage years. When I was a teenager, yes there were a lot of fights and we would often clash and would not speak to each other for months but during a truce, we talked and laughed and would bond regularly. Now, I may not share about personal things to her as much as she wanted me to but she knows that I’ve become this emotionally independent adult yet still her needy child. 🙂

I thought that it’s how I compartmentalize, I separate my work, personal, and domestic life. I am a different person when I’m at work, when I’m with my friends and when I’m with my family, that’s how I become after surviving adolescence. And my Mom respected that and I’m grateful for it. She would ask me from time to time if I’m okay or if I’m going through something at work and I would always answer none and she will respect that. No more prying. No more digging into. She knows if I’m going through something but she will respect if I won’t share, it’s her way of letting me know that she knows and that she also knows that I can handle it and that if ever I can’t that she’s there, always…to listen and help. It’s a mutual understanding and respect we have developed through the years.

Going back to the reason I asked her to move out here with me in Manila was selfish but deep down inside, I wanted her to be with me because I want to spoil her. It’s my way of giving back and making sure that she’s okay. I wanted to experience new things and go to new places with her. Her happiness is my happiness thus I always treat her or surprise her.

I remember when I asked her that we’re going to Baguio City (one of her dream destinations) the night before our departure as my birthday gift for her. She thought I was joking but when she realized that I was not, her reaction was epic. It was one of the best surprises I gave her.

Another surprise was when I told her that we are attending an office mate’s birthday party. I asked her to dress nicely and to go to my office. We were then picked up by my co-worker and went to an excursion to Eat Bulaga! (the longest and most popular noontime show) – she was able to take pictures with some of the hosts and even had a chance of getting hugged by Alden Richards. Hahah! Another surprise I like was when I bought her a smartphone. I gave it to her as a Christmas gift and her excitement was priceless. Finally she can play Candy Crush and can access Facebook which she always wanted to do.

These little surprises are nothing compared to the sacrifices she made for us and to the heartaches I gave her. And I would never be able to repay her love for me and my siblings, there’s just no amount nor value to what she gave us. It’s the least I can do to somehow show her how much I love her.

My siblings and I may not be as expressive as were but she knows how much we love her.

One thing I am very thankful for having her as my mother is that she was never disappointed in us. No matter how much failure we thought we had she was never disappointed. She was always proud of us.

Happy Mother’s Day Mama!!

Mama

F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

After watching the FRIENDS series for the nth time, I thought of what would’ve happened to them by now. So I came up with this sort of fan fiction of what became of my beloved friends on television.

Ross and Rachel – a year after Monica and Chandler moved out from their apartment, Ross proposed to Rachel (again) and three months later they got married in an intimate and simple wedding with Phoebe as the Maid of Honor – a decision Monica came up with because she won’t be able to take charge of the wedding as much as she wants to because of her mommy duties to her twins which Phoebe took excitedly. A year after their wedding, Rachel gave birth to their second child – a boy which they named Ross Jr. As Ross Jr grew up, it’s obvious that he took after Ross in all ways – from dinosaurs to playing musical instruments to creating his own comic book superhero. Emma, on the other hand, is Rachel’s mini me – Rachel’s little fashionista yet strong-willed and so smitten by her Uncle Joey. Emma wanted to become a television star just like her Uncle Joey.
Ross and Rachel both agreed for Rachel to stop working for her to take care of their kids. Eventually, Rachel got bored and decided to put up her own online shopping business which kept her busy apart from attending to her family.
They both ended up living next to Monica and Chandler.

Chandler and Monica – just after six months, Chandler got promoted as a Senior officer in the advertising company he’s working for and found it to be his real calling. Monica, took a leave of absence for a year to took care of their twins with the help of a nanny. After three years, Monica put up her own bakery and pastry shop which is just a ten minute drive from where their house which is also situated just in front of the twins’ preparatory school. Monica’s Bakery is popular in the community though Monica herself is not that popular among the parents of her twins’ classmates due to her being so competitive which she takes as a compliment.
Every weekend, she hosts a dinner for her friends (Ross and Rachel next door, Phoebe and Mike and Joey) and of course, it has become a tradition that Thanksgiving is always at “Monica’s” every year. Their twins grew up to be nothing like Monica nor Chandler (obviously) but more like Phoebe and Mike – quirky, weird yet surprisingly smart kids.

Phoebe and Mike – after two years, Phoebe gave birth to their twins – Jack and Russel (named after the dog that Phoebe ran over when she first visited her father’s house – she thought it was a Jack Russel breed). Mike is still playing at local pubs but he doesn’t have to really work after he got his inheritance from his parents along with the New York loft. He sold the loft after Jack and Russel’s first birthday and purchased a house in front of the Geller-Bing’s as a gift to Phoebe. He thought that Phoebe never liked the loft and felt out of place living in it.
Phoebe, became a full-time “soccer” mom which was her dream. She also volunteers at the children’s hospital as a singer and would often drop in Monica’s Bakery to do her gig there. Monica’s Bakery became their new hang out place.

Joey – After a string of girlfriends, Joey finally settled down with a childhood friend he reunited while doing his new TV series. They live in the city but would go over Monica’s and Chandler’s every weekend for the weekly dinner though Joey is a regular face at Monica’s Bakery every time he has no work. Him, Chandler, Ross and Mike would still get together for a Knicks game once in a while and would sometimes assemble Ikea furniture or attempt to build a tree house or a swing which Monica would always redo.
Joey kept his room in Monica and Chandler’s house and would often stay there when his wife is out of the country for her work as a professional make up artist. During his free time, he would often pick up Emma from school and would talk to her about his career choices over a tub of ice cream or boxes of pizza or both.

Secondary characters:

Janice – she would sometimes run by Monica and Chandler at the local supermarket. Though her and her husband didn’t end up buying the house next to Monica and Chandler, they got a house instead in a neighboring village. Every time they meet, she would always suggest and insist for a “family” reunion, a barbecue weekend or a fishing trip which the Geller-Bing would politely decline from giving reasons like doing a school project or attending a weekly bible study or busy with uploading Youtube videos.

Gunther – still works at the Central Perk hoping and anticipating Rachel’s visit every now and then for a cup of coffee.

Carol and Susan and Ben – They moved to California after Susan was offered a job there. Ben visits Ross every summer.

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I’ve watched Friends several times already and I would still laugh and cry and laugh more. They have become such an inspiration, as cheesy as it sounds, to me. Their ten year friendship that tackled relatable experiences – from relationships to career (or lack thereof) to childish tantrums and adult decisions to having fun and laughing it off with the persons you’re comfortable and happy with to misunderstandings to making up and valuing what’s important to just be with friends.

If there should ever be a reunion, I would be one of the millions who will surely be exalted. If there would be a reboot (with different cast), I would be offended. Hahah!

I didn’t see the original run as I was just a kid back then who would opt to watch cartoons and US TV series is unheard of from where I was from. The trend back tend was local soap operas and Tagalized telenovelas, I only started liking Friends when I chanced upon a channel showing reruns and after that one episode I was hooked.

I am actually seriously thinking of getting a tattoo with the Friends logo… LOL.

So no one told you life was gonna be this way
*clap, clap,clap, clap*

🙂

Princess’ Movie Review: Gods of Egypt

Gods of Egypt never appealed to me, from its trailers to its marketing, and the controversy it had didn’t help either but an overly enthusiastic friend wanted to see this movie, though he cancelled at the last minute, and I ended up watching this alone.

Synopsis:

Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), was about to be crowned as the King of all Egypt until his jealous uncle Set (Gerard Butler) killed his father and gouged his eyes out and took over Egypt. Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a thief helped Horus in exacting his revenge and in return Horus will bring his dead lover back to the living.

Likes:

  • Costume – the costumes were aesthetically appetizing, a bit lavish and not that Egypt-ish but I liked it.
  • Set Design – it was okay and prolly the only thing I liked aside from the costumes.

Dislikes:

  • Plot – full of cliché.
  • Script – cheesy.
  • Effects –  it’s so fake and very disappointing. The Good Dinosaur’s animation is even more realistic (e.g. water, trees, etc. definitely not the dinosaurs :p)
  • Accents – inconsistent and as fake as the effects.
  • Execution – I kept thinking how similar it was to John Carter and Conan the Barbarian.

Over all Impression:

I only stayed during the entirety of the movie to get my money’s worth and I still didn’t get it. I’m sorry but I was disappointed. I should’ve watched and spent two hours of my time on Kung Fu Panda 3 instead of wasting my money and time on this film. Gerard Butler could do better than this. 😦 Now I know why it flopped in the box office.

One tiara out of five.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Princess’ Movie Review: How To Be Single

Not really a fan of Dakota Johnson but I’m a big Rebel Wilson fan. This movie is not on my “2016 Movie List” but it’s a good way of passing the time while waiting for the movie I was really planning to watch.

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Synopsis:

Alice (Dakota Johnson), have never been independent in her whole life. After asking for a “break” (we call it “cool off” from where I was from) from their relationship, she moved to New York and worked as a paralegal where she met the happy-go-lucky, live-life-to-the-fullest, and very single Robin (Rebel Wilson). Then her single story started from experiencing a no strings attached sexual relationship to getting back with her boyfriend to meeting eligible bachelors until she found out what she really wanted.

Likes:

  • Chemistry – this is probably the first thing I noticed about the film. The ensemble, especially Dakota and Rebel, have great chemistry which made the film not painful to watch.
  • Humor – as always, Rebel’s improv skills are great which complemented Dakota’s timid and candid character.
  • Sub-plots – I liked how the story is not centered on Dakota’s story alone but also tells the stories of her sister, and the cute bartender.
  • Storyline – it’s very realistic, few cheesy movie clichés. It’s very relatable and I thought that it’s something that do happen in real life.

Dislikes:

  • Rebel’s character – yes, Dakota is the main character but I thought that Rebel should have more depth on her character aside from being the “best friend”. Maybe I just wanted to see more of her in the movie.

Over All Impression:

How To Be Single is a light, fun, romcom film. It has a few boring scenes but these were much compensated by humor and poignant moments. The characters are relatable, not complicated and it felt like they’re one of your friends. It’s kind of like a self-help book also because it actually made me realize some things, being single and all that. LoL. I’m glad I bought a ticket for this movie. 🙂

3 tiaras out of five.

Princess’ Movie Review: The Revenant

I’ve only become a Leo fan recently and probably I’m one of those who became really frustrated when he didn’t win any Oscars. When I heard that The Revenant is another “Oscar deserving” movie, boy, I was really excited!!

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Synopsis:

Glass (the great Leo), was left dead by one of his men, played by Tom Hardy, after being mauled by a not-so-cute bear. After he recuperated (almost) and survived many ordeals, which no ordinary person can survive from, he went after Tom Hardy’s character for revenge.

Likes:

  • Cinematography – I never thought that a serene and a magical landscape blanketed by prestine and pure snow with unbelievably wonderful  arboreal scenes can be a setting for deadly and gore-filled fight scenes.
  • CGI – the bear!! Enough said.
  • Actors – of course, there’s the great Leo with hot Hardy and that guy who got to kiss Jennifer Aniston in We’re The Millers – he was pretty good too.
  • Camera works – i loved it!! How it zoom in and out, how it made me feel the tension of the scenes, how it manage to capture the actors’ emotions. I love it!
  • Make up and prosthetics – ugh!! I cringed! No wonder why some audiences wasn’t able to finish the movie. Kudos!
  • Plot – it was not hard to understand. It was laid out meticulously so as not to divert the audience’s attention by figuring out what’s going on from what’s actually happening on the screen.
  • Execution – the director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, should he win the Best Director in Oscars won’t surprise me.

 

Dislikes:

  • Costumes – I don’t really dislike them but I don’t like them either. Maybe they’re made that way not to distract the audience.
  • Dialogue – the accents of some actors are a little bit inconsistent but maybe because in the movie they came from different states? I don’t know…

 

Over All Impression:

Devoid of cheesy scenes, The Revenant is a “no bathroom break moment” film. It will keep you glued on the edge of your seat with its well-executed climaxes, which is from start to finish, and would make you peek between your fingers over the suspenseful and “gore-filled” scenes. It has a perfect balance between amazing and beautiful scenery, and blood-curling, teeth-wrenching gore.

DiCaprio and Hardy didn’t play their character but became THEIR character. DiCaprio’s acting is not as calculated as it was before, delivering impeccable performance especially through his eyes. Hardy, on the other hand, is unmistakably one of Hollywood’s most versatile character actors.

I would love to see it again! With my friends this time. I would surely recommend it to them. A must watch – if you’re brave enough. :p
Four and a half tiaras out of five.

My Fave Authors

I’ve always loved to read ever since. I remember that I would always read out loud the signage and what not along the streets – from vulcanizing shops to whatever is for sale to campaign materials to vandalized walls. I enjoy reading. I love books.

As any other bookworm, story books and comics appealed to me with it’s colorful illustrations; then I moved on to Reader’s Digest and other magazines I can grab on; then I remember trying to attempt to read a novel which to me was boring and too advanced for my age – the novel was Lawrence Sander’s The First Deadly Sin.

I never finished it and I thought that I would never finish a novel. I even wondered how come grown ups find the time to read an inch (or two) thick of book which is ALL WORDS and NO PICTURES?

Then during high school, I saw our college neighbor devouring a novel and she highly recommended that I should read that same book when she’s done. It was the very first novel I finished reading and I felt proud and accomplished and realized that I can finish a book without pictures! The book was Sidney Sheldon’s Nothing Lasts Forever.

It was the turning point for me. I fell in love with Sidney Sheldon’s storytelling and became obsessed with him. However, his books were very rare from where I came from. Our public library don’t have novels and I can only borrow from that college friend and even she told me that Sheldon’s books are always checked out. She then introduced me to Daniel Steel. Remembrance was the first novel I read which was authored by Steel. It was a good book but I didn’t like how she kills the protagonist and later on found out that she has a penchant for doing that to her main characters.

Fast forward to college, I was one of the students who always checks out the maximum allowable number of books and did that every month. At this time, I have read all of Sheldon’s books – my all time favorite is If Tomorrow Comes (read this many times already).

Then I indulged myself on some other authors that surprisingly were good and didn’t even know that these were classics or bestsellers.

Because of this adventurous streak to try other authors, I have loved them. Robert Fulghum and Mitch Albom were also great authors. I would always scour second hand book shops for their books and almost always find a book or two authored by them.

One time, out of impulse I grabbed a book which at first didn’t appeal to me when I read it and didn’t even finish it until I saw my mother crying while reading it. I tried to reread the said book and found myself crying too. I became an instant fan of LaVyrle Spencer and that book was Family Blessings.

Then one time while cleaning my boarding house’s closet, I found piles of books, half of them eaten by termites and the other half – decrepit and looked very old. My roommate grabbed Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park first and I end up with a worn out, dusty novel. Upon reading the first page of the book, I never get to finish my cleaning. It was Jackie Collins’ Rockstar. I fell in love with her then and there.

After that several authors made it to my most fave list – Dan Brown through his The Da Vinci Code novel and Mary Higgins Clark with her Sheldon’ish writing style and Iris Johansen to Amy Tan.

My book shelves now have books from these authors along with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and one of her Robert Galbraith novels.

Here are my thoughts on each of the authors mentioned above:

  • Sidney Sheldon – he will always be my fave author. His storytelling is superb and his books are “unputdownable”. He would take you to exotic places, let you taste culinary masterpieces and share with you different cultures. He’s good with twists and empowers strong women characters.
    • Fave books – almost all of his books but what stood out to me were If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Doomsday and Tell Me Your Dreams (which I finished reading overnight).
  • Danielle Steel – as mentioned above, she likes to shock you by killing her or one of the main characters but her storytelling is something that will keep you glued on her books page after page.
    • Fave books – Remembrance and Sisters.
  • Robert Fulghum – he may not be a novelist but his books were full of wisdom. stories you would reflect upon and would make you step back and think.
    • Fave books: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Uh-Oh!.
  • Mitch Albom – he’s poignant and would make you shed a tear.
    • Fave books: Tuesdays with Morrie and For One More Day.
  • Dan Brown – I like how he researched his books based on facts(?) and injecting that on his fiction novels.
    • Fave books: Deception Point, The Da Vinci Code and Digital Fortress.
  • Amy Tan – her rich in Chinese culture novels coupled with true to life characters are on point!
    • Fave book: The Secret Hundred Senses (though her The Joy Luck Club is also good).
  • LaVyrle Spencer – the emotions on her books were real and well-written. Her characters were lovable and likable. The way she writes her novels would pierce me right through the heart. One thing why I love female authors more than male authors is that they describe human emotions really well.
    • Fave books: Morning Glory and That Camden Summer.
  • Iris Johansen – just like Spencer, the way she writes human emotions are real. I also like how strong her women characters are just like Sheldon’s. Though her novels are a bit formulaic.
    • Fave books: The Ugly Duckling and her Eve series (though I haven’t read all of it yet).
  • Mary Higgins Clark – I am currently obsessed with her. I bought, on impulse, ten of her books from a secondhand book shop and have been reading book after book after book. Some of her books were predictable but most of it would really surprise you. I thought at first that she has a formula in writing a suspense novel but after five or six books now, I realized that she doesn’t follow a formula. She’s indeed the queen of suspense.
    • Fave books: I can’t really say as of yet but I just finished her We’ll Meet Again and Before I say Goodbye.
  • Jackie Collins – again I love strong women characters and Collins’ Lucky Santangelo is just that. I also love how she tells stories about Hollywood glamor and what’s happening behind the scenes.
    • Fave books: Rockstar, Lucky Santangelo series and Hollywood Wives.

I am now trying out a new author Debbie Macomber and I thought that her and Spencer may be similar in writing style. I would also like to try John Grisham and Stephen King but their books are a little bit pricey for a secondhand book shop. LoL!

 

Princess’ Movie Review: The Boy (No Spoilers)

[Disclaimer: I thought of having a different way of reviewing movies I’ve seen because I am not a legit film critic or knowledgeable of the technical aspects of creating a movie. What I know is that I love watching films and that I know if a film is good or not. Anyway, this is going to be based on MY impression of the movie.]

Greta (Lauren Cohan), running away from a dark past, accepts a nanny job in a far-flung English mansion. The couple who hired her is going away for a holiday and trusted her to take care of their life-sized ceramic doll that they treat as their child who died from a fire 20 years ago. Greta thought it funny and peculiar but took the job nevertheless. Alone in the big mansion with the doll, scary and unexplainable occurrences happened that made her believed the doll is possessed by the couple’s dead kid. Her and Malcom (Rupert Evans), the cute delivery guy, accepted that fact and made peace with it until Greta’s abusive ex-boyfriend showed up on the mansion and after a heated argument, an unpredictable truth was revealed.

Likes:

  • The twist – I’m a huge horror movie buff and the twist on this movie is something that I didn’t expect to happen.
  • Actors – surprisingly both Lauren and Rupert deliver believable acting, not too over the top for my taste.
  • Plot – it’s something that I haven’t read nor seen before. I learned not to take horror movies superficially (Asian horror movies are so good at plot twists) so I kept on thinking of possible twist while watching the film and boy, I was surprised when it was finally revealed.

Dislikes:

  • Suspense – I expected to have a lot of scary moments, more unexplainable stuff and Greta to be tormented more by the “haunting” but it fell short on that.
  • Reactions – I didn’t like how Greta and Malcolm react when they learned that the doll was possessed.
  • Cliché – there are some moments that I find too cheesy and worn out.
  • Plot holes – I don’t know how to put this without spoiling the movie. :p

Over all impression:

  • It’s not a movie that I would recommend my friends to watch but it’s a movie that I thought was worth my time and my money. Would I watch it again in theaters? No. It’s not painfully bad but it’s not that good too.
  • Two out of five tiaras.