MOVIE REVIEW: DREAMGIRLS (Bill Condon, 2006)

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Favorite part ko nung sinabihan si Effie (Jennifer Hudson) ni Curtis (Jamie Foxx) na wala siyang star quality unlike Deena (Beyonce, as a second-rate singer nyahahaha!) tapos ang tanong niya: “Am I not enough? May kulang ba sa akin? May mali ba sa akin? Pangit ba ako? Pangit ba ang katawan ko? Kapalit-palit ba ako?”

Pero halimaw talaga si J.Hud kapag kumakanta, no? Parang nagiging ibang tao na makakalimutan mo na natalo niya for acting sina Adriana Barraza for Babel at Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal sa Oscars that year. Yung mapapaniwala ka talaga sa sumpa niya na, “You’re gonna love me”.

Grabe din ang choreography ng mga musical numbers dito, lalo na yung mga swaying arm movements at dramatic poses. Papasok ka na straight sa sinehan tapos after ng Move, Dreamgirls Theme, at One Night Only, lalabas ka na ready sumalang sa RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

MOVIE REVIEW: THE GIFT (Sam Raimi, 2000)

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If there was one thing that Being John Malkovich taught me, it was never to get inside other people’s crazy heads. I wouldn’t wish to be a psychic even if it could guarantee a possible win at the lotto (besides, it was mentioned here that this gift didn’t work for personal gains). It’d just be too scary (and dangerous) to know everyone’s dirty little secrets.

Queen Cate Blanchett was magnificent as always. I also liked Giovanni Ribisi doing his usual cuckoo bit, but the biggest surprise in this psychological thriller was Keanu Reeves (finally) delivering a decent performance.

As the biggest fan of Dawson’s Creek, I remember watching this for the first time and being appalled when Katie Holmes (aka virginal Joey Potter) made buyangyang her boobies, while the rest of the guys thanked Raimi for the gratuitous nudity.

Also, the bimpo made me cry. I’m a hopeless emotional mess.

Rating: ★★★★☆