SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Ang Lee, 1995)

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Marianne: “Can he love her? Can the soul really be satisfied with such polite affections? To love is to burn, to be on fire. Like Juliet, or Guinevere, or Eloise.”

Mrs. Dashwood: “Well, they met rather pathetic ends, dear.”

Marianne: “Pathetic? To die for love? How can you say so? What could be more glorious?”

I am such a Marianne whenever it comes to life and love, with romantic sensibilities and emotions always overtaking reason and restraint. And the fact that her character was played by the brilliant Kate Winslet (faney alert!) was just the cherry on top.

This is definitely one of my all-time favorite films from one of my all-time favorite directors. The divine English cast (Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Elizabeth Spriggs, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, etc.) was such a treat to watch.

Thompson won an Oscar for this smart and funny adaptation and if you’re still doubting her acting/writing talent, just Google her 1996 Golden Globe Best Screenplay speech.

Rating: ★★★★★

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BABE (Chris Noonan, 1995)

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I always reference this classic film whenever someone would ask me why I do not eat lechon (or liempo, crispy pata, sisig, etc.) even if it’s far from the truth (I just don’t like the texture of pork). Besides, I love a good plate of bacon.

More than a lovely fable about every animal’s rightful place in the world, it’s an effective message on the values of respect, kindness, leadership, and even acceptance (Ferdinand the Duck wanted to be a rooster and Babe ended up as a sheepdog!).

I cried when Farmer Hoggett (aka Boss) bottle-fed Babe and started singing and dancing to cheer him up. I was obviously a mess by the time he delivered one of the most perfect lines to ever end a movie, “That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.” Indeed.

Rating: ★★★★★

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Clint Eastwood, 1995)

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When I first saw this movie, I wasn’t too drawn to the love story of these two old people. I guess experience (and age) plays a very big part in appreciating certain topics. What once was boring and tedious is now brilliantly-paced and well-directed. The icky feel of seeing people beyond their prime act like horny teenagers becomes more acceptable and understandable.

Here are two people discovering that love shouldn’t be selfish; that it goes above and beyond making oneself happy. Here is a real love story depicting real, relatable people excellently portrayed by Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.

One of the best stories about love that I’ve ever seen.

Rating: 5/5