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: ★★★★☆

BILLY MADISON (Tamra Davis, 1995)

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“Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

“Ok, a simple ‘wrong’ would have done just fine, but yeah…”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

P.S. O’Doyle rules!!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published September 11, 2018.)

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: ★★★★★

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