MOULIN ROUGE! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)

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I’m definitely Toulouse-Lautrec hanging from a high beam screaming the cheesiest, yet incredibly magical line: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” (Truth! Beauty! Freedom! And above all, Love!)

(I still can’t believe that Luhrmann was snubbed of a Director nom. To quote the hilarious Whoopi Goldberg in her Oscar 2002 opening monologue, “I guess Moulin Rouge just directed itself!”)

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published June 27, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER (Simon West, 2001)

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It was fun to see a live action woman with a 36DD not toppling over while walking or doing an aerial ballet. Still, Angelina Jolie should never have messed with the Illuminati.

Also, a pre-James Bond Daniel Craig already practicing for his iconic role with gratuitous nude (shower!) scenes.

+1 for U2’s Elevation during the end credits.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published May 8, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: I AM SAM (Jessie Nelson, 2001)

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In the hilarious and incredibly politically-incorrect Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey, Jr. in full blackface said, “Never go full retard. Ask Sean Penn in I Am Sam. He went full retard and went home empty handed” and this movie was never the same again.

On a related note, a young Dakota Fanning was spectacular here and her name would also never be the same again after entering the Pinoy gay lexicon.

Loved, loved, loved the mostly Beatles soundtrack.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published April 27, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: MONSTERS, INC. (Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, David Silverman, 2001)

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I recently learned that Boo’s real name is Mary (also the name of the little girl that voiced her).

Disneyland should come up with a ride similar to that door chase sequence.

And that final frame gets me every single time. 😭

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published September 6, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: FRAILTY (Bill Paxton, 2001)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

If you were chosen by God to be His servant warrior in ridding the world of all evil, would you be willing to undertake the said task? As the rightful God’s Hand on earth, you would have the power to differentiate humans from demons (in sinful human form) just by mere touch. It would be your obligation to kill these wicked ones like a modern day, merciless, axe-wielding Abraham. Still up for it?

In this religious thriller, a father of two sons (played by the late Bill Paxton) believed that he was the Chosen One and converted himself into a vigilante without any hesitation. For the majority of this film, the audience was left guessing if he was suffering from hallucinations conjured by a mental disorder or if his visions from God were real. Even with a big reveal in its third act, it still presented a conundrum on whether or not he was really serving a vengeful God (who could say if it was also an unforgiving demon presenting itself as God?).

Matthew McConaughey as the narrator slash suspicious witness also delivered a great performance reminiscent of his future role in True Detective. It worked really well with the overall gothic feel.

Definitely one of the underrated films of the early 2000s.

Rating: ★★★★☆

MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINING DAY (Antoine Fuqua, 2001)

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Politics aside, I still couldn’t believe Denzel Washington won an Oscar for this one-note character. Even worse, he beat the excellent performance of Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind.

I didn’t expect much from an Antoine Fuqua movie except graphic violence and that one got covered. I felt very much like Ethan Hawke’s character experiencing the worst ride-along ever.

Like any typical day, nothing was completely memorable except for Eva Mendes’ full frontal nudity and a horrendous bit by Macy Gray (probably playing herself).

Rating: 2/5