THE IRISHMAN (Martin Scorsese, 2019)

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Surprisingly easier to sit through than Avengers: Endgame.

De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, and the rest of the cast were all spectacular.

Rating: ★★★★☆

MARRIAGE STORY (Noah Baumbach, 2019)

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It’s no Kramer vs Kramer (or evene dissolution of a marriage and the effects of divorce on family relationships.

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson were both fantastic.

These are real people with real people problems.

ut still a devastating look at the dissolution of a marriage and the effects of divorce on family relationships.

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson were both fantastic.

These are real people with real people problems.

Rating: ★★★★☆

KNIVES OUT (Rian Johnson, 2019)

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A very modern and clever murder-mystery that went beyond the whodunnit tropes and skewered topics such as social inequity, immigration policies, and… Hallmark movies starring The Wonder Years’ Danica McKellar?! (That last bit made my laugh echo in all four corners of the theater.)

Sure, any amateur Hercule Poirot could have guessed the ending pretty quick (plus I would have preferred less telling and more showing), but it was still a pretty enjoyable ride.

And what a wonderful ensemble!! (If I had to choose my faves though, I’d go for Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, and the hysterical Toni Collette.)

That entire donut speech alone probably deserved an Oscar nomination.

Rating: ★★★★☆

ZOMBIELAND (Ruben Fleischer, 2009)

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My favorite scene (aside from everything with Bill Murray in it) was when Jesse Eisenberg said that the best thing about Zombieland was that “There are no Facebook status updates”, and then a year later he played Mark Zuckerberg on The Social Network.

Rating: ★★★★☆

THE HOUSE BUNNY (Fred Wolf, 2008)

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Such a guilty pleasure!!

It’s even a treasure trove of my favorite quotes:

“The eyes are the nipples of the face.”

“Instead of the mahi-mahi, may I just get the one mahi because I’m not that hungry?”

“Kindness is just love with its work boots on.”

“Who knew steam can be hot? I wonder what they did when Marilyn Monroe did it. They probably added soothing botanicals to the steam rising from the manhole. I like that word. Manhole.”

Seriously though, Anna Faris deserved an Oscar nomination for her terrific performance in this movie.

It was also nice to see some of my faves like Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, and Katharine McPhee here. Where my Zetas at? Where my Zetas at? Where my, where my, where my Zetas at? ❤️

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published July 2, 2017.)

FORD V FERRARI (James Mangold, 2019)

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As someone who wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a carburetor and radiator (and had the best nap during The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this racing drama slash male ego-fest.

Best viewed in a theater with excellent sound system. I watched it in the ATMOS cinema of Ayala Malls Manila Bay (sponsor me please!!) and I braced for impact every single time a race car zoomed past the screen.

Terrific ensemble cast led by Matt Damon and Christian Bale (“The bloody door won’t close!!!”), with the latter probably headed for his nth Oscar nomination.

Rating: ★★★★☆

CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2019 SHORT FILMS

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LAST 2 3 4! (Genevieve Ofania, 2019) – ★★☆☆☆

Oh, it has already been broughten!!

Kung pep squad ang short film na ito sa UAAP Cheerdance Competiton, sigurado ako na ito ay Ateneo Blue Babble Batallion.

*****

SA AMONG AGWAT (Don Senoc, 2019) – ★★★★☆

Napanood ko na ito nung Cinemalaya. Maganda pa rin.

*****

ANG LUMUNOD SA ATIN (Sonia Marie Regalario, 2019) – ★★★☆☆

Pwedeng 90’s episode ng Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Syokoy. Gusto ko yung implication na nalulunod ang bata sa kanyang fantasy world kakanood ng mga paborito niyang pelikula tulad ng Ang Panday, E.T, at The Neverending Story. Hindi ko lang talaga ma-take yung isang eksena na suminghal ang nanay niya sabay sabi ng “Wala ka talaga pakialam sa pamilyang to eh. Sana ikaw na lang ang… (ultra-contrived dramatic pause).”

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THE SLUMS (Jan Andrei Cobey, 2019) – ★★★★☆

Satire kung satire. Dami kong tawa dito. Sobrang scathing criticism sa mga exploitative docus and news features romanticizing poverty (including subtitles na walang kinalaman sa totoong sinasabi ng mga interviewees). Walang nakaligtas kahit ang silver lining speech ni Catriona, delivered by the syokoy boy sa taas na naging baklang kanal dito.

“Kung mahirap po kayo, bakit po kayo mataba?” sabay focus sa cellphone. Hala grabe siya! Napaisip tuloy ako bigla kaninong side ba ako.

*****

SA GITNA NG LUNGSOD (Ivan Cortez, 2019) – ★★☆☆☆

Nagsusumigaw ang filter ng SERIOUS DRAMA!! Sana lang hindi chaka umarte si kuyang Martial Law victim.

*****

ANG GASGAS NA PLAKA NI LOLO BERT (Janina Gacosta, Cheska Marfori, 2019) – ★★★★☆

Lakas ng tama sa puso ng kwento na ‘to. Napakahusay pa nina Dido dela Paz at Soliman Cruz. Sobrang nagustuhan ko yung ambiguity ng desires and motivations nila habang more bonding sa love for music. Ganda!!