MOVIE REVIEW: STRONGER (David Gordon Green, 2017)


Based on the true story of Jeff Bauman (a double amputee victim of the Boston Marathon bombing), this biopic was meant to be inspirational but it didn’t go beyond its generic message of “What doesn’t kill you makes you…”.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published March 24, 2018.)




My notes on Nightcrawler:

1. No matter how gaunt and dirty Jake Gyllenhaal looked in this movie with those sunken cheeks and unwashed long hair, I was still fixated on those piercing blue eyes.

If this acting thing doesn’t work out, he can always be a hypnotist.

2. I loved the brutal attack on how the media usually covered accidents and capitalized on these tragedies instead of lending a helping hand to victims. In the same way, viewers were held liable for eating up this kind of schadenfreude.

Everyone’s so media-obsessed nowadays that we’ve crossed the line on what can be considered pure entertainment or even news.

As one character put it so eloquently, “Think of our newscast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut.”

3. One season of The Apprentice had two teams: Book Smart and Street Smart. Which one do you think would be more successful in life?

4. Lou Bloom was the real meaning of epal, shoving his camera in places that cameras should never be shoved. I guess the end justified the means.

5. I would always remember Rene Russo in that slinky, see-through Michael Kors gown in The Thomas Crown Affair. She was equally good in this film, playing a gritty and ballsy news director and the Mrs. Robinson to Gyllenhaal’s Bloom.

6. Lou spent his days alone ironing his clothes, laughing by himself while watching television, and watering his plants. I hope I just didn’t see my future.

7. If you think that the police arrives late only in our local movies, think again.

8. Why didn’t anybody notice the cameras during the restaurant raid? Aren’t the police supposed to scan the area first?

9. Much had been said about Gyllenhaal’s Oscar snub. Where do I sign the petition?

10. Conquer your False Evidence Appearing Reals.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published February 10, 2015.)



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: ★★☆☆☆