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Musings of a Non-Film Reviewer. I pay, I watch, I comment.

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Foreign – 2002

MAID IN MANHATTAN (Wayne Wang, 2002)

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A Republican senator falling for a Latina maid would be even more of a fantasy now compared to when this fairy tale originally came out fifteen years ago. I’d be less surprised to see a movie with Jennifer Lopez as another Boy Next Door-ish cougar to Tyler Posey, who actually played her very young Bread-listening son here.

Poor Frances Conroy and the late Natasha Richardson were wasted as secondary caricatures, but even moreso the Actor Commonly Known as Voldemort. It was a bit uncomfortable to watch the dignified Ralph Fiennes trying his best Hugh Grant impression, made worse by his complete lack of chemistry with J.Lo. They obviously needed a dose of love potion from the Weasleys.

To be fair though, this movie (along with Miss Congeniality) had one of the most memorable makeover reveals in current cinema outside of the Anne Hathaway Universe (The Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Diaries, Les Miserables, err…). A radiant J.Lo in a pink strapless chiffon gown with a million dollar Harry Winston wreath necklace would be a maid’s ultimate dream. Well that and of course Gelli de Belen and her unlimited bikini collection in Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin (Camiguin).

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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PANIC ROOM (David Fincher, 2002)

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I miss Jodie Foster. Even with Angelina Jolie kicking ass in her movies, I think that Foster is still the toughest heroine in Hollywood.

In this engrossing suspense/thriller, she plays a game of cat-and-mouse with bumbling intruders taking over her new house. The first half of the movie is great but when the characters start doing things they shouldn’t be doing (especially growing a heart), it quickly loses its momentum.

A pre-Twilight Kristen Stewart also stars and you start to wonder what happened with her potentials.

Rating: 3/5

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