INCEPTION (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

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I dreamed a dream in time gone by…I dreamed a dream in time gone by…I dreamed a dream in time gone by…I dreamed a dream in time gone by…Now life has killed the dream I dreamed. (In my chosen reality, this film is further proof that art and commercialism are not mutually exclusive.)

Marion Cotillard and that Edith Piaf song! ❤️

I have this strange fascination of ambiguous endings and the one used here with the spinning totem was just perfect. Chase your reality!

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published July 4, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: 127 HOURS (Danny Boyle, 2010)

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If I were ever trapped between a rock and a hard place, I probably wouldn’t even survive the first hour because: 1) I have an extremely low tolerance for pain, 2) I couldn’t even drink McDo’s milk tea, let alone my own urine, and 3) I fainted twice during the last twenty minutes of this film.

I’ll reserve all my adventures inside my bedroom thank you.

Rating: ★★★★★

MOVIE REVIEW: LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (Greg Berlanti, 2010)

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Any movie that places a kid in danger to elicit laughs will get no love from me.

In this flick, the baby gets dropped, shoved, placed near an exhaust fan, abandoned on a couch, fed junk, bounced around, and any other uncomfortable situation you can think of. I kept groaning, not laughing.

And that didn’t even include the requisite rom-com scene involving a race to the airport to profess one’s love. More groans.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

MOVIE REVIEW: UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)

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A movie like this brings out the regular/mainstream viewer in me. I got lost in all the metaphors and symbolisms and I really couldn’t appreciate whatever the movie was relaying.

I usually have a soft spot for anything subtitled but this one barely piqued my interest. And was that a sex scene with a catfish?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published March 6, 2012.)

MOVIE REVIEW: EASY A (Will Gluck, 2010)

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Emma Stone is a star and in a cast where everyone seemed to fit their roles to a tee (Amanda Bynes as the Bible-thumping beeyotch, Thomas Haden Church as the professor of reason, Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as the coolest parents on Earth), she still managed to outshine everyone. It might be hard to believe that someone as lovely (and hot!) was considered a loser at school but she played the part perfectly that you’d end up sympathizing with her character.

Credit to the smart screenplay as well for making this the funniest teen movie since Mean Girls. So happy Emma dropped out of Sucker Punch for this.

Rating: ★★★★☆

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BACK-UP PLAN (Alan Poul, 2010)

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I felt sad that this supposed rom-rom was actually offensive to women and mothers. The main character played by Jennifer Lopez was a dimwit that didn’t learn anything from What to Expect When You’re Expecting (yes, she was seen reading the book in one scene).

Imagine a woman who desperately wanted a child so she opted for artificial insemination. After the procedure, she walked in a funny manner by squeezing both of her legs (to probably prevent the sperm from falling out of her vagina?). And then she came out of the clinic and danced under the rain. Where was the logic in that?

While pregnant, she dove into a dumpster to get back her security pillow. Oh, and she also jumped face first in a cab. I thought that she wanted to have a baby? Why was she not even taking good care of herself?

And please don’t get me started on all the poop jokes. Offensive, I tell you.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

MOVIE REVIEW: PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (Mike Newell, 2010)

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What sands? I just kept wishing that I had Jake Gyllenhaal’s abs. He was supposed to play a Persian prince and from there I couldn’t stop giggling. The movie did feel like a videogame with its excessive special effects but the story seemed to have been lost in translation. Even Gemma Arterton seemed to have been made of 16-bit icons. I’ve seen better acting from Aeris Gainsborough. Overall, the movie was one big, bloated mess that should have stayed in a console.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

MOVIE REVIEW: EAT PRAY LOVE (Ryan Murphy, 2010)

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I considered this movie as one of the worst of 2010. After another viewing, I realized that it wasn’t so bad after all and it did have its genuine warmth and charm.

The movie rested solely on the shoulders of Julia Roberts and she succeeded in making a whiny, selfish, self-centered woman somewhat relatable and sympathetic.

I especially enjoyed the “Eat” part with all the dining, drinking, and laughing. I just added “Italy Food Trip” to my growing bucket list.

Rating: 3/5