MOVIE REVIEW: DREAMGIRLS (Bill Condon, 2006)

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Favorite part ko nung sinabihan si Effie (Jennifer Hudson) ni Curtis (Jamie Foxx) na wala siyang star quality unlike Deena (Beyonce, as a second-rate singer nyahahaha!) tapos ang tanong niya: “Am I not enough? May kulang ba sa akin? May mali ba sa akin? Pangit ba ako? Pangit ba ang katawan ko? Kapalit-palit ba ako?”

Pero halimaw talaga si J.Hud kapag kumakanta, no? Parang nagiging ibang tao na makakalimutan mo na natalo niya for acting sina Adriana Barraza for Babel at Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal sa Oscars that year. Yung mapapaniwala ka talaga sa sumpa niya na, “You’re gonna love me”.

Grabe din ang choreography ng mga musical numbers dito, lalo na yung mga swaying arm movements at dramatic poses. Papasok ka na straight sa sinehan tapos after ng Move, Dreamgirls Theme, at One Night Only, lalabas ka na ready sumalang sa RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

MOVIE REVIEW: THE DEPARTED (Martin Scorsese, 2006)

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Bloated compared to the incredibly tight Infernal Affairs, but by no means inferior to the original. Great screenplay, amazing cast, masterful direction.

I remember being slightly #TeamBabel that year and this rewatch got me torn all over again.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published April 26, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE PRESTIGE (Christopher Nolan, 2006)

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This movie played very much like a magic trick with its three stages: The Pledge, The Turn, and The Prestige. The less one knew about how it worked, the better the results were.

Behind this entire spectacle was Nolan, probably more known for his work on The Dark Knight and Inception. I preferred his little gems (this and Memento) since they created so much impact from such a seemingly simple premise.

Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Michael Caine all provided amazing turns in their respective roles.

Some might feel that this film was too gimmicky and a cheat, but hey, wasn’t that how magic worked?

Rating: ★★★★★