“We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”

Years before Bea Saw delivered her rousing speech on how respect is earned, not imposed and Douglas Nierras made Rainier Castillo weep while teaching him the values of hard work and dedication, Peter Weir and Andrew Niccol came out with this brilliant satire of reality television that doubled as a laser-sharp social commentary.

That perfect ending gets me every single time. 😢

I also realized after the nth viewing that that setup would never work in this age of social media because every single one of those extras would do everything to get their own fifteen minutes of fame.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published June 11, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE HOST (Andrew Niccol, 2013)


The only good thing about this movie was that it wasn’t Twilight. I expected more from the director of Gattaca and writer of The Truman Show.

It was just beyond awful. The clunky storytelling made everything unintentionally funny. No wonder it bombed in the US. Poor Saoirse Ronan.

The endless voiceovers that probably worked on paper failed to translate on film. At least the movie made me want to read the book.

I’m very curious to know what my Theology professor has to say about this soul transference thing. Now that would be interesting.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published April 8, 2013.)