MOVIE REVIEW: THE KINGMAKER (Lauren Greenfield, 2019)

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When Imelda Marcos mentioned that “Perception is real, and the truth is not”, it couldn’t have been more true in her case. If I didn’t know any better, I would have fallen for her allure as a wonderful First Lady of the Philippines. She was extremely charismatic here, beautiful (moreso in her prime), very well-spoken, and sounded smart with her empty platitudes on beauty and mothering.

But the cloud of disillusionment completely dissipated with the testimonies of the Martial Law victims, the unanswered questions on the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth, and their family’s connection to President Duterte’s ascent to power.

Although I felt that this documentary faltered a bit towards the end when it lost focus on its engrossing (emphasis on gross, per Dilawans) subject matter, I really liked the fact that it took a seemingly neutral stand on Imelda the person (or the icon, depending on one’s political views). Let the people (or audience) think and decide if we need to forget the atrocities of the past or say never again. In the end, people really get the government that they deserve.

Rating: ★★★★☆

MOVIE REVIEW: LITTLE WOMEN (Greta Gerwig, 2019)

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Huge fan of the non-linear structure, although I secretly wished that Gerwig fully messed with the original text and gave us the full-blown lesbo Jo that we deserved. This version was so good that it almost made me forget how much I really liked the 1994 version with Winona Ryder.

Am I the only Laurie hater here? No amount of Timothée Chalamet’s babyfaced charm can make me like his character. Hello, gusto niya tuhugin ang magkakapatid no eek!

Why did I keep imagining Teddie, Bobbie, Alex, and Gabbie as the March sisters, though?

Rating: ★★★★★

MOVIE REVIEW: BOMBSHELL (Jay Roach, 2019)

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Really surprised that this wasn’t an Adam McKay film.

I felt bothered that the old lady seated next to me kept giggling when Roger Ailes (a terrific John Lithgow) asked ambitious associate producer Kayla (well-deserved Oscar nominee Margot Robbie) to hike her skirt up higher. A fellow woman was getting sexually harassed right before her and her initial reaction was that of amusement.

But the very fact that I let out a chuckle when Ailes verbally accosted Fox News host Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) with the line “Nobody wants to watch a middle-aged woman sweat her way through menopause” only meant that I was part of this huge problem.

We just live in a sick world and we’re oftentimes complicit to the horrors happening around us.

Rating: ★★★★☆

MOVIE REVIEW: KIM JI-YOUNG, BORN 1982 (Kim Do-young, 2019)

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Further proof that: 1) it’s so difficult to be a woman in our current misogynistic and patriarchal society, 2) we need more open discussions regarding mental health, and 3) South Korean cinema is in full bloom.

Jung Yu-mi and Kim Mi-kyeong were so good here. Sinipon ako sa mag-nanay na ‘to.

Nung sinabi ni Gong Yoo na magbakasyon sila sa Busan, ang lakas talaga ng sigaw ko na “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!”.

Rating: ★★★★☆