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2010 Movies

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Random thoughts on movies released last 2010 that I was able to watch (and can remember):

Despicable Me was better than Megamind. After watching Despicable Me, I wanted to go out, buy a cat and name her Agnes. Don’t ask me why.

I regret not watching Guardians of Ga’hoole on 3D. Amazing graphics!

Going the Distance is the best laugh-at-loud chick flick of 2010. Justin  Drew forever!

I wasn’t able to watch 127 Hours in full. Great film but (spoiler alert!) the arm-cutting part was way too realistic for me that I had to look away (and I really think my tolerance for gore is better than most people). Loved the editing. This is truly Danny Boyle’s film.

Alice in Wonderland was a bit of a disappointment story-wise but I still love Tim Burton.

My husband and I still argue over Inception’s ending until now.

Can’t decide which one I love more: The Social Network or Black Swan. These two movies are probably the best of 2010, hands down.

PS: I got to see The King’s Speech. Must revise previous statement–it was the best movie of 2010, hands down. I think The Social Network and Black Swan were superb but I loved everything in The King’s Speech. A+ acting, direction and cinematography.

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A double dose of spy films

November 22, 2008 4 comments

I was finally able to watch Quantum of Solace earlier tonight at the Podium. Being a fan of the James Bond franchise, I obviously wanted to see the film for myself.

While the action sequences in Casino Royale blew me away, I thought Quantum delivered enough action to keep me satisfied. There was no “wow” factor for me on this movie with regards to the action. I still appreciate how realistic the sequences were–I felt every punch, kick and fall. The best sequence was probably when James and a bad guy fell through this glass roof. That was one heck of a scene to direct. Unfortunately, I already saw it in the trailer so I was already expecting it.

Olga Kurylenko is the most boring Bond girl ever. Granted that Denise Richards was laughable as a nuclear scientist, Olga as a Bolivian Secret Service agent did not sell. I was expecting more from her character after reading her interviews about how this particular Bond girl was different from the rest. Apart from the fight scene with the sleazy general, she was constantly being saved by James. She was no different from the other Bond girls who swooned after James and who used their feminine wiles to get what they want. Despite the “I’m-tough-don’t-mess-with-me-exterior”, she couldn’t seem to make a smart decision (nor survive!) without James backing her up. But she didn’t sleep with Bond–maybe that’s what she meant by “different”.

Funny that some fans were griping about the lack of gadgets while I didn’t even notice it. I’m still undecided whether that’s a good thing or not.

I still like Daniel Craig. Some people may think that he doesn’t really fit the Bond typecast but I like the rougher, tougher Bond. I’d pick him over Pierce Brosnan to win a fist fight any day.

I give claps to whoever did the sound design. It was just so good. The scoring’s also one the best I’ve heard in a while. As for the theme song, I still love Cornell’s “You Know My Name” but I was bowled over by the Jack White and Alicia Keys duet. It’s one of those things that you never expected to mix–a hard core rocker and an R&B diva. “Another Way To Die” is probably among the better Bond theme songs.

Another spy film that premiered this week was Burn After Reading. I was able to watch the premiere at Robinson’s Galleria for free last Monday (thanks Arlene!). How can a film go wrong when it’s directed by Academy award winning directors (Coen brothers) and stars John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Frances McDormand?

I just love character driven plots and Burn After Reading did not disappoint. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a movie that much. Pitt and Clooney were such a joy to watch–they were such believable idiots. Frances was just brilliant; she made her shallow, manipulative character endearing (which was tough!). I was also psyched to see Malkovich on the big screen again. His role as an angry and frustrated CIA agent seemed to be tailor made for him.

I want to watch this again to find out what I missed on the parts where I laughed too much. 🙂 I couldn’t say anything more without posting spoilers. But take my word for it–if you want to watch a film that offers something away from the norm, then this one’s for you. You just wouldn’t be able to predict what will happen next.

If made to choose between these two spy films, I’d choose Burn After Reading hands down. There’s never anything wrong with a good laugh plus it has more eye candy.

And you can never have too much of both.



Indy, a prince with an accent and a kick-ass Panda

June 13, 2008 1 comment

I already voiced out my excitement over the new Indy flick so when I suddenly found myself with free time on my hands, I immediately went to the cinema and got myself a ticket. I wanted to love it. I mean, I waited years for another Indy flick.

I was disappointed. In a nutshell, I thought Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was not a bad film but it wasn’t good either. I felt that the script was lousy and the Indiana Jones character I loved was missing in the film-Harrison Ford looked out of place; his dialogue cliche and forced. The only scene where I felt connected to the old Indy was the one with the huge snake–just a short glimpse and it left me wanting more. Talents like Cate Blanchett and Ray Winstone seemed wasted on the film. Shia LaBeouf gave a credible performance (I am now a fan of this guy after seeing him “survive” in this movie) minus the Tarzan-vine-swinging scene (which was just so BAD!). The graphics were inconsistent: some were really great while others were just terrible. And the aliens plot line? Puh-leeese! As a long-time fan, I felt betrayed. Granted The Last Crusade was a tough one to beat but I know they could have done better–starting with a better script.

I watched Prince Caspian on my own, surrounded by parents and their kids. It was a conscious decision to watch this rather than suffer through the roughly censored Sex and The City (will just wait for the DVD release). I loved the Narnia books and I thought the Disney adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe wasn’t bad. Good points first: the story was well adapted. I mean, the film was easier to understand than the book. The film was chronological while the book had scattered back stories all throughout. Most of the visual effects were stunning; especially the river scene. The kids looked believable with their weapons; their sword fighting skills improved a lot since the last film. And Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian looked hot. 🙂 Bad points: Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian just looked good. He’s just so…bland. And his accent started to annoy me as I got into the second hour of the film. The characters, except perhaps for Peter and the dwarf Trumpkin, were almost too two-dimesional. They were just plain good or evil. I found it hard to empathize with most of them. The saccharine goody-goody theme of most Disney films also got to me.

Just when I was about to give up hope on this summer’s Hollywood releases, I went with my boyfriend to watch Kungfu Panda a couple of days ago. It was money well spent. I laughed from start to finish. Yes, there were a lot of cliche, done-before stuff in the film but these were executed well. Dustin Hoffman as the kungfu master was just great (I kept remembering his capoeira scene from Meet the Fockers) and Jack Black never fails to crack me up. The story was great and the animation was superb; I especially loved the dream sequence. It was quite reminiscent of the Samurai Jack cartoon series in Cartoon Network. For everyone who just wants to relax and have fun, this is the best movie to go see.

Looking forward to The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight and Hancock. While waiting, I’ll go see the Katorse Shorts at Robinson’s Galleria–perfect for a break from Hollywood fare. 🙂

Katorse Shorts

June 13, 2008 2 comments

For too long, short films have remained the forgotten art form; a consistently underrated medium that has never been given the exposure it demands. Even with the emerging popularity of independent films in the Philippines, short films are still seen as “front acts” for full-length features or “sidebars” at local film festivals.

The Katorse Writers’ Group, a group of young writer-filmmakers who were part of Ricky Lee’s 14th Scriptwriting Workshop, addresses this problem by coming up with a full program of short films to be screened at Robinson’s Galleria Indie Sine.

On June 11-17, KATORSE SHORTS will showcase 7 short films with themes ranging from the romantic to the absurd to the tragic – a program that is meant to bring to the consciousness of Filipino audiences the short film as a form that can hold its own.

Katorseshorts line-up:

Ang Kapalaran ni Virgin Mario by Ogi Sugatan
Ambulancia by Richard Legaspi
Manyika by John Wong
Puwang by Anna Isabelle Matutina
Dead Letter by Grace Orbon
Lababo by Seymour Barros-Sanchez
Walong Linggo by Anna Isabelle Matutina

Watch the trailer:

For more information, please visit Sunshine’s blog.

This is a duplicate of this post. Spread the word. Support independent cinema. 🙂

 

a piece of irony

February 2, 2008 2 comments

Was surfing through movie trailers at the apple website when I saw Adam Sandler’s new movie “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan“.  Briefly, the movie is about an Israeli soldier (Sandler) who goes to the US to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a hairdresser.

The irony?  This particular Adam Sandler movie was posted right beside “Beaufort” which has been dubbed as “the first great Israeli war film”.

from apple website  

Gone Too Soon

January 23, 2008 1 comment

heath

Heath Ledger is dead. And he isn’t even 30 years old.

I’ve been a fan of Heath Ledger since I first saw him in A Knight’s Tale. I’ve been following his career closely ever since.  I think he was one of those talented actors who chose his roles carefully instead of just cashing in on his good looks.  It is such a shame that he was taken from us too soon.

I’ve been giddy with excitement when I found out that he was going to play The Joker in the Dark Knight’s sequel.  The movie trailer gave me goosebumps because he was just perfect–he gave the character a freaky, psychotic twist that tore away from the comical representations of the infamous villain.  I cannot believe that it would be his last movie.

He could have been great. He had so much talent and the world was taking notice. Rest in peace, Heath. We, your fans, will surely miss you.