INCEPTION (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

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I dreamed a dream in time gone by…I dreamed a dream in time gone by…I dreamed a dream in time gone by…I dreamed a dream in time gone by…Now life has killed the dream I dreamed. (In my chosen reality, this film is further proof that art and commercialism are not mutually exclusive.)

Marion Cotillard and that Edith Piaf song! ❤️

I have this strange fascination of ambiguous endings and the one used here with the spinning totem was just perfect. Chase your reality!

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published July 4, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: ATHLETE A (Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen, 2020)

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Even in our country where people predominantly still think that women get what they deserve (and that they had it coming) because of how they dress, it’s no wonder that sexual abuse victims would rather keep silent than kick the shit out of the real villains.

This Spotlight-like documentary that chronicled the disgusting cover-up made by USA Gymnastics to protect a pedophile in their organization was an incredibly tough watch. I used to really love gymnastics, probably the only Olympic event that I eagerly anticipated. I was one of the millions that cheered when Kerri Strug made that historic vault despite of an injured ankle. Finally knowing all the behind the scenes that led up to that moment broke my heart even more.

When all of the victims bravely stood and spoke before their abuser and called him out for being the monster that he was, I just couldn’t control my emotions. We really need to protect our kids. We really need to end victim-blaming. And most importantly, we really need to stop enabling these deplorables.

Your move, Viva Management.

Rating: ★★★★☆

MOVIE REVIEW: WASHINGTON SQUARE (Agnieszka Holland, 1997)

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Even with a wonderfully talented cast that included Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, and Dame Maggie Smith, it was still no match with the brilliant ensemble of Ikaw Pa Lang ang Minahal (Queen Maricel 4ever!).

I really liked the glaring differences with its Pinoy counterpart, though (the absolute lack of melodrama and camp, a less caricaturish and more caring Doctor, a restrained yet equally bittersweet ending).

Your adaptation’s next, Miss de Havilland.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published June 10, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: EDGE OF TOMORROW (Doug Liman, 2014)

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A few notes on Edge of Tomorrow:

1. Tom Cruise, when in pain, will always be funny.

2. Emily Blunt, in full Squall mode, kicks ass.

3. Doug Liman continues to bring on excellently-staged, jaw-dropping action sequences reminiscent of The Bourne Identity.

4. The film is equal parts Groundhog Day, Source Code, War of the Worlds, and Michael Bay.

5. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your popcorn.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published June 9, 2014.)

MOVIE REVIEW: ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (David Mirkin, 1997)

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So all this time I actually thought that Michele used the word “(a) potsai” (I know it’s not a real word, but she didn’t really invent Post-its as well, right?) to describe her magical glue. It turned out to be “epoxide”.

I’m rewatching all of my favorite films with subtitles moving forward.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published June 9, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (Lynne Ramsay, 2017)

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If I were ever shot and close to dying, I’d definitely not be singing Charlene’s I’ve Never Been to Me. I would most probably choke on my own blood from laughing so hard by the time I reach that cooing spoken word part (“Hey, you know what paradise is? It’s a lie…”). Nyahahaha!!

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published June 9, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: WONDER WOMAN (Patty Jenkins, 2017)

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Gal Gadot wasn’t a particularly good actress, but very much like Priyanka Chopra or even Kristine Hermosa, she was just too damn gorgeous and charismatic that it was hard not to fall for her.

Cover Girl should come up with a Diana Prince line of make-up that can keep one’s face soot- and dirt-free for 24 hours regardless of any situation (kahit putukan ka pa sa mukha).

I was doubtful that Chris Pine was above average as he claimed if he could cover himself up with just one hand.

The movie itself was oftentimes cheesy in the “love is all we really need” mold, but it was surprisingly entertaining (those action scenes were so good) and sometimes, just like love, that was all that really mattered, right?

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published June 4, 2017.)