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: 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

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

MOVIE REVIEW: 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

MOVIE REVIEW: 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