Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tube Travel Tuesday: The List Goes On

And we're back to virtual traveling through the tube (though in real life we're currently on a six-hour drive from Gold Coast to Port Macquarie)! Today, five more travel bloggers share flicks that don't blatantly state "Hi, I'm a travel film", but inspired them to explore the world anyway.

After that long weekend vacay burning a hole in your pocket, grab a copy of each so staying in this coming weekend won't be so bad.

3 Idiots

Josiah of Lakas Ng Trip:

"One of the 3 bestfriends suddenly disappeared after graduation in an engineering college. When the other two got a lead on where their friend was, one emergency landed a plane and the other left his home with only a shirt and his underwear. They then found a not-so-good friend from college where their journey begins around the breathetaking sceneries of India only to find their friend.

The story is done with intermittent flashbacks on the present day and their wacky adventures in college where they learned a lot about life, pursuing their dreams and how they can be the best at what they do.

This movie made me realize that travels should not always be planned. Sometimes you just need to stop what you are doing, go out and do the things you want. There are a lot of flashbacks in your life that will happen during travels and those will make you realize if what you did in the past episodes of your life was good or bad."

Sin Nombre

Dennis of Nomadic Pinoy:

"Released in 2009, Sin Nombre is a very gritty, emotionally-charged movie tackling "greener pastures" for two different Latino characters who meet by chance on a rail journey to the United States. The girl (Sayra), prodded on by her estranged father, goes north to escape poverty in Honduras while the boy (El Casper) is trying to escape from the shackles of gang violence in Mexico.

Captivating cinematography brings the audience up close to the dangers that illegal immigrants from Central America face as they embark on a hopeful journey to a better life in the States. This voyage honestly mirrors that desperation and melancholy so many people face which oftentimes and painfully so, end up in defeat.

This kind of journey may not be everyone's cup of tea but Sin Nombre effectively depict hopes and dreams as a long road full of potholes. So raw, so sad, yet so beautiful."


And another fave of Dennis:

"This was the movie (besides Slumdog Millionaire) that got me wishing for a plane ticket to India. It's hilarious, candid and a great peek at the cultural rift between the West and East. When an entire call center department in Seattle was outsourced to India, Todd Anderson (played by Josh Hamilton) was sent to train his Indian replacement at a remote location. The cultural shock he encountered on arrival in Mumbai - like hiring a taxi and catching a train - was just a prelude to the many experiences that many other travelers to developing countries encounter. Todd's naivete on so many things outside America becomes apparent even as he tries to Americanize the accents of the Indian call center agents. In no time, the Indian characters all around him - especially the outspoken co-worker Asha and his friendly replacement Puro - made him more at ease with the customs while at the same time gaining a traction on the very reason why he was sent there in the first place."

View From The Top

Lloyd of The Lost Boy:

"View from the Top's plot is amusingly simple. Here is a small town girl Donna (Gwyneth Paltrow) who wants a job away from her hometown. When her boyfriend breaks up with her through a birthday card and she quits her job, she got inspired by a TV interview with Sally Weston (Candice Bergen), a retired star flight attendant. Donna packed her bags and started her dreams up in the air as a flight attendant at Sierra Airlines, a regional carrier. She knows she has bigger dreams, so she went to Royalty Airlines. The road was tough though, as she was conflicted between her career and romance, but nothing stopped her from achieving her dream of flying to "Paris, first class, international."

With REALLY bad reviews, people have dismissed this as an offensively horribly movie, but this movie inspires me. I also want to be a flight attendant for the travel opportunities, and flying simply amazed me. I just know that my dreams are up there and in different places around the world."


Kara of Travel Up:

"The French film Amelie inspired me to look at everything - both in travel and life in general - in a more positive light.

Set in a beautiful red and green-tinted Montmartre, Paris, the film is a about how a highly imaginative but shy waitress changes the lives of people around her, while struggling with her own isolation. The movie brings together a cast of interesting characters, including Nino, a young man who Amelie is drawn to because he strangely collects discarded photographs from passport photo booths and pieces them together.

Amelie finds joy in simple pleasures and concocts complicated plans in order to help the people around her. Through her schemes, she helps her father pursue his dream of going around the world, gives closure to a neighbor who thought her husband abandoned her years ago, and plays practical jokes on a bullying neighbor to make him question his sanity.

I love the idea of a world where ordinary things can be extraordinary - how discarded photographs can be one's treasures, and a garden gnome can travel the world. I've always been a pessimist and an introvert and there was a time that I dreaded talking to people I didn't know. In a way, this movie inspired me to go beyond my comfort zone, take more risks and open up more. Now when I travel, I relish the experience, focus on the positive highlights and just let go."

Cast Away

Dane of Tramping Philippines:

"Its a movie about a fed ex superior that unfortunately got his plane struck down by a storm. He eventually washed up the shore of an uninhabited island and discovered that there's no one else there to help him survive other than, of course, himself

It got me sort of inspired by the way he tries to survive without the technology of our present time. The things he do I try to emulate while we're on the mountains. For example, I actually dont bring lighters and matches during climbs, instead I have a flint. And I start to create fire using nothing but ol mother nature himself. haha. Its pretty weird but learning survival stuffs kinda helpful as a climber and actually helped me realize how some things can be made through natural materials."

How about you? What movie/documentary made you pack your bags and go?


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journeyingjames said...
November 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM

parang i want to watch sin nombre and amelie.
ang girlie ng choice mo lloyd ha. hahaha

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 1, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Hahaha! I'm actually interested with View From The Top. Wanna check out Gwyneth's acting. And well, once I dreamed of becoming a flight attendant as well.

Vikki said...
November 1, 2011 at 9:30 AM

3 Idiots and Sin Nombre seem very interesting. I also wanna see Outsourced just to see how our counterparts in India are doing it. Haha.

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...
November 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

wow, nice one Gay. I have no idea with the other films except Cast Away haha. i am on travel since yesterday here in Vinzons and the car has dvd monitors so i brought complete volumes of 24 and Lost that i brought from Malaysia. i got addicted to these two shows that i am excited to watch them when i am on a long road trip.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Vikkie, 3 Idiots is hilarious!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 1, 2011 at 9:54 AM

At Mhe-Anne, I am such a huge fan of Lost! But I haven't seen the last 3 episodes :(

Pinoy Adventurista said...
November 1, 2011 at 9:55 AM

hmmm...? this makes me think about my favorite travel movie... meron indie film... hehehe!!! pero 1st movie that came to my mind is Vince Vaughn's "Return to Paradise"... very old film.... :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 1, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Mervz, maybe you can share yours on the next Tube Travel Tuesday... whenever it resumes :)

Ed said...
November 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM

saya rin ng Outsourced - totally relate ng mga nagkocall center. sayang nga lang yung tv series version ay kinancel. :(
noon, pinangarap ko din magtrabaho sa eroplano or sa barko. basta makapagtravel. maganda nito is libre na yung travel. :D

monette | fliptravels said...
November 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM

hahahaha! outsourced talaga! may spin off na cia na series kaso tinanggal agad. enjoy to! >_<

Josiah said...
November 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Thanks Gaye for including my entry. Ang napanood ko palang ay 3 idiots at cast-away. At dahil sa entry na ito, papanoorin ko na yun iba. :)

Kara / Travel Up said...
November 1, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Thanks for including me in the list :) I haven't seen the last season of Lost too! It got so confusing with all the flashbacks, flash forwards and flash sideways :p Will check out Sin Nombre and 3 Idiots. They sound interesting!

Lea said...
November 2, 2011 at 4:14 AM

Outsourced is really funny. :) Try watching it and you'll get hooked. haha..

Anonymous said...
November 2, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Namiss ko tong segment na to Gaye hehe! Ang daming nagagandahan sa 3 Idiots pero di ko siya matapos-tapos. Amelie was a feast for the eyes pero ang haba, nosebleed sa French hehe. Castaway's salvation was Tom Hanks' superb acting and View from the Top was kind of a guilty pleasure for me. Ewan kung baket hehe.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 2, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Ed, apir lahat ng call center agents :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 2, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Josiah, thanks for sharing your fave flick!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 2, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Kara, haha! Yeah, it got pretty confusing with all that time traveling... But really got interesting too.

lakbay philippines said...
November 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM

3 idiots has profoundly changed my outlook of indian movies. hehehe though it's only less than 5 indian movies i've seen lolz.

outsourced was very cool which i being a ex-callcenter agent could relate very much. the series was hilarious too, though it was an adaptation of the story of the film.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 2, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I got another fave Indian movie, which I'll prolly feature someday too :)

Anonymous said...
November 2, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I've seen the above mentioned movies except for Sin Nombre and Outsourced. Will check them out!

Andami magagandang Indian movies.DCH,KANK,KKKG,TZP to name a few.

Rizalenio said...
November 3, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Natawa ako sa synopsis ng outsourced, sounds funny. I want to watch it. I'll try to download sin nombre and 3 idiots. Recent movie that made me want to travel is Gulliver's Travel. :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 3, 2011 at 3:40 AM

Hi Lito! I think I've just seen parts of Gulliver's Travel. Will look for a copy of that too.

Anonymous said...
November 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM

watched 3 idiots a few weeks ago.. maganda! :)

i wish i watched it before starting college.. hehehe

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Haha! I'm pretty curious why ;p

micki said...
November 3, 2011 at 7:34 PM

i have to say the movies listed above are interesting and worth watching.. id love to travel someday!!! :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 3, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Hope you do Micki, it's totally life changing :)

germz said...
November 4, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Hello po, i love reading your travel blog. just the right mixture having a story behind every post and not just mere infos about the place. mine is also about travel but im still starting so if it is okay i would like to invite you for a guest post? i would truly appreciate it. thank you very much.

joniphilippines said...
November 5, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Sin Nombre is an epic!

(btw, nakakalula po 'tong blog nyo, parang nagba-vitamins, fully loaded!!)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 6, 2011 at 4:59 AM

Hahaha! Thanks Joni!

bridge said...
November 6, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Slumdog Millionaire for me! The scene where the two boys fell from the train all covered in dust, revealing the lovely Taj Majal is one of the best magical moments in film =)
I also loved The Motorcycle Diaries. For me it is one of the definitive movies about traveling. Also, most movies set in New York! (like Sex and the City part 1 and the TV series) These movies made me want to travel and live in New York right smack where all the action is!

Mitch said...
November 8, 2011 at 10:34 PM

U know what, I just watched it 2 weeks ago - 3 idiots! and count me in, I'm the 4th one hehehe, I cried and laughed at the same time.. grabe! That was really great story and I want to watch it all over again and again and again.. Lakas ng trip! :)

michymichymoo said...
November 18, 2011 at 8:48 AM

This is one of my favorite movies. :) Love it!

Reiza said...
July 17, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Great, great idea! I'm a huge cinephile and this is a good guide. Practically watched every film on this list except for "Outsourced." Should grab a copy now. Looking forward to more "Tube Travel Tuesdays."

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