THE READER (Stephen Daldry, 2008)

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“I don’t think we really need another film about the Holocaust, do we? It’s, like, how many have there been? You know, we get it, it was grim, move on. No, I’m doing it because I’ve noticed that if you do a film about the Holocaust, guaranteed an Oscar.

I’ve been nominated four times, never won. And the whole world is going, ‘Why hasn’t Winslet won one?’

That’s why I’m doing it. Schindler’s bloody List. The Pianist. Oscars coming out of their arse.”

– Extras S01E03 (“Kate Winslet”)

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published September 5, 2017.)

QUEZON’S GAME (Matthew Rosen, 2018)

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So I was today years old when I learned that Balintawak was renamed as Quezon City after our country’s second President. I obviously slept through my History classes, which was what I almost did while watching this oh-so-standard biopic.

This untold story of our local Schindler’s List was admirable enough, but probably would have worked better as a documentary. How many more times would historical films be set in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar?

Susan Africa trope: a person dying of tuberculosis always owned a white handerkerchief where he/she would conveniently cough up a gallon of blood.

During the end credits, one of the Jewish survivors’ descendants spoke about Filipinos being non-racist. Uh, to Jewish people probably because they never really interacted much with them. Try the blacks, or Indians, or Chinese.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆