MUMBAI LOVE: THE MOVIE (Benito Bautista, 2014)

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My notes on Mumbai Love: The Movie:

1. It was hard to take a love story seriously when the lead actor wore more eyeliner than the lead actress.

2. This was no different from a typical Star Cinema movie where the location played a mere backdrop for a travelogue montage.

3. I still think that Solenn Heussaff looked great onscreen and given the right project might actually be a fine actress.

4. And the trend of me not liking a movie with Miles Kanapi continued. I couldn’t blame her though since she was such a committed actress.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published January 24, 2014.)

I, FRANKENSTEIN (Stuart Beattie, 2014)

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My notes on I, Frankenstein:

1. Imagine (or not) Underworld with gargoyles vs. demons and with Frankenstein caught in the crossfire. I also didn’t know what he was doing there in the first place.

2. Aaron Eckhart seemed to be sleepwalking through this role. Dr. Frankenstein chose the body parts wisely, though. He was so ripped that I wondered if most of the cadavers used to create him were bodybuilders.

3. I know that Bill Nighy might look like an evil creature, but I couldn’t understand why he continues to accept these thankless vampire/demon/warlock roles. I hope he received a big fat paycheck for this.

4. Endless battles. What happened to the story? Pfft!

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published January 24, 2014.)

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING (Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein, 2012)

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In its first few minutes, Kate Beckinsale as Selene woke up from her cryogenically frozen state, broke her glass chamber, and stumbled out of it fully naked. If your mind was screaming Milla Jovovich as Alice in Resident Evil, then you were absolutely right.

A lot of the elements in this movie reminded me of the RE flicks and I wouldn’t have been surprised to see zombies invading the vampires vs. werewolves story. It was all style over substance with Kate in full leather costume slicing and dicing her opponents in slo-mo. It might not have lacked action sequences, but you’d get tired after seeing several blood gushes and chopped appendages. Ho-hum.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published January 24, 2012.)

NIGHTSHIFT (Yam Laranas, 2020)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Not bad considering na ang daming elements na isiniksik sa movie. May musings on life after death, may commentary on our overworked medical staff, may pa-quote kay Emily Dickinson at Peter Pan, may Greek chorus ng mga bangkay, may lumilipad na Dementors, may discussions on Rapture (yung Biblical, hindi gay bar) at blood moon, etc.

Ramdam ko yung bagot at fatigue bilang naka-double duty yung morgue assistant character played by Yam Concepcion (na magaling dito). Pero mas gusto ko malaman ang secret nya sa pagiging fresh (with permanent curled lashes) after a 24-hour shift.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

JOJO RABBIT (Taika Waititi, 2019)

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It’s Life is Beautiful by way of Wes Anderson.

Am I going to hell for having laughed so hard at this Holocaust comedy? Probably not, since it was obviously a satire.

The entire ensemble was fantastic (love the adorable Yorkie!), but Roman Griffin Davis was the absolute star of the show.

“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.”

Rating: ★★★★☆