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

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A movie like this brings out the regular viewer in me.

I’m lost in all the metaphors and symbolisms and I really can’t appreciate whatever the movie is relaying. I usually have a soft spot for anything subtitled but this one barely piqued my interest.

And is that a sex scene with a catfish?

Rating: 2/5

THE BACK-UP PLAN (Alan Poul, 2010)

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I’m saddened by the fact that this supposed romantic-comedy is actually offensive to women and mothers.

The main character played by Jennifer Lopez is a dimwit that didn’t learn anything from What to Expect When You’re Expecting (yes, she’s seen reading the book in one scene). Let’s see, here’s a woman desperately wanting a child so she undergoes artificial insemination. After the procedure, she walks in a funny manner squeezing both legs (to probably prevent the sperm from falling out of her vagina). And then she comes out of the clinic and dances under the rain. Where’s the logic in that? While pregnant, she dives into a dumpster to get back her security pillow. Oh, and she dives face first in a cab.

I thought she wanted to have a baby? Why is she not even taking care of herself? And please don’t get me started on all the poop jokes. Offensive, I tell you.

Rating: 1/5

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: 2/5

IN YOUR EYES (Mac Alejandre, 2010)

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The movie, the characters, and the storyline were all completely despicable. It was hard to root for anyone in this awful movie because the characters probably weren’t written to make clear judgements.

Don’t get me started on the horrendous non-acting of Richard Gutierrez. Stupid decisions were made, improbable outcomes happened, and then the movie had the gall to fast-forward two years later where the characters simply forgot everything that happened and lived happily ever after. “Hey, you made out with my sister but that’s okay since we all have green cards now. Let’s fix our relationship and forget everything. Call me maybe?”

You would definitely want to take a long cold shower to remove this much filth from your mind.

Rating: 1/5

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

TANGLED (Nathan Greno, Byron Howard, 2010)

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I initially wasn’t a fan of this Rapunzel retelling but another viewing made me really like it. It hewed closely to the typical Disney classic and even the songs were good and not annoying.

Inasmuch as I love 3D animation, nothing can still beat the traditional 2D. Oh, and don’t get me started on the lantern scene.

Rating: 4/5

BLACK SWAN (Darren Aronofsky, 2010)

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I have to admit that I wasn’t too impressed when I initially saw this movie. I just didn’t buy the whole psychological thriller meets high camp meets horror movie. I wasn’t even rooting for Natalie Portman to win the Best Actress Oscar.

Repeated viewings definitely changed my perception. I now love every minute of this film, every detail that went in each scene, and of course the excellent performance of Portman.

It was indeed perfect.

Rating: 5/5

RPG METANOIA (Luis Suarez, 2010)

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RPG Metanoia had this great montage set to APO’s Bawat Bata with the kids playing piko & sipa & tumbang preso. Made me miss my childhood.

The animation could have been more fluid and the kids’ voices more distinct but it’s just pure nitpicking.

This Pinoy cartoon is still very impressive.

Solid effort for the country’s first CGI movie. Entertaining for kids and adults, gamers or not.

Rating: 4/5