30 DAYS OF NIGHT (David Slade, 2007)

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You’re a certified Batang 90’s if you still remember that infamous Three Days of Darkness hoax that seemed like a clever collaborative marketing ploy for supermarkets, candlemakers, and Eveready. This was way before Google and Facebook fact-checks so if Noli de Castro reports on TV Patrol that we needed to cover up/tint our windows and never go out of our homes for the said deadly days, we had to believe and follow him, right?

After the massive panic-buying and constant praying (and the urge not to look out while Jesus supposedly walked the earth), it didn’t happen. One would think that people would be less gullible now in this information age, but not much has changed.

What did this have to do with the movie? Nothing really. It was just a more interesting story to tell.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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28 WEEKS LATER (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 2007)

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Unpopular opinion: I really liked this fast and furious (very much like its rage-infected zombies) sequel better than Danny Boyle’s critically-adored 28 Days Later.

I was hoping for a 28 Months Later with an Asian setting, but we already got the equally-enjoyable Train to Busan.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published November 11, 2018.)

27 DRESSES (Anne Fletcher, 2008)

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Wedding planner. Cynical photographer. Exposé on the perennial bridesmaid. Crush fell for another girl. Wait, it’s definitely Got 2 Believe!!

Still, Katherine Heigl (when she used to be really likable) and James Marsden were all cute and charming together and made the most out of every possible rom-com cliché.

I couldn’t relate to Bennie and the Jets (way before my time), but that final scene with the row of 27 dresses made me tear up a bit just like a guest in an actual wedding.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

13 GOING ON 30 (Gary Winick, 2004)

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In retrospect, it was actually a bit creepy watching a grown man kiss a teen trapped in a woman’s body.

Still, this was a great showcase for Jennifer Garner. Her performance reminded me so much of Jamie Lee Curtis’ in Freaky Friday and a little bit of Tom Hanks’ in Big. She was incredibly charming here that I wondered why her career as a rom-com leading lady never really took off.

The young Jen was played by Christa B. Allen. Yup, Charlotte Grayson of Revenge. 😳

Loved the Liz Phair song!!

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“Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you
Why can’t I speak whenever I talk about you
It’s inevitable, it’s a fact that we’re gonna get down to it
So tell me
Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you..”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published July 3, 2017.)

12 MONKEYS (Terry Gilliam, 1995)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Paano nga kaya kung meron somebody from the future na mag-time travel back to 2019 looking for answers kung bakit na-wipe out ang majority ng human population because of a deadly mutated virus? Siguro dapat ilista ko na ang pangalan ng mga unggoy na nagpalaganap ng anti-vaccine movement.

Bruce Willis Serious Actor >>> Bruce Willis Action Hero Slash Movie Star

And ang galing lang nung sinabi ni James Cole (Willis) yung “All I see are dead people” na very similar sa linya ni Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) sa The Sixth Sense.

Burning questions:

1. After the chase and shootout that happened in the airport, paano pa rin nakalipad ang plane ni Dr. Peters (David Morse) who was carrying the virus?

2. Anong effect ng death ni future James sa space-time continuum (lalo na at na-witness yung event ng younger version of himself)? Also, if his death happened in the past, then part siya ng history at alam ng future scientists that sent him back to… what, fulfill his destiny? So naka-loop (ooh, another Willis film reference) lang ba ang buhay niya?

Ang sakit sa ulo huhu.

Rating: ★★★★☆