At least iba sa usual Pinoy fare. Kaso mukhang mas bagay siya na short film. Kung tutuusin di rin naman bago ang story nya sa typical revenge thrillers. Ramdam mo pa na malakas ang influence dito ng Gone Girl.
Sobrang bano talaga umarte ni Xian Lim. Yung atake sa role eh parang day 1 pa lang niya sa Baliw-Baliwan 101 course ng Star Magic Workshop. Dami ko tawa sa kanya. Dun sa eksena na umiiyak siya na parang bata napa-“Huy ginagawa mo?” talaga ako sa screen.
Okay naman si Cristine Reyes. Ang standout for me here was Rhen Escaño. Malakas ang star quality niya kaya pala nakuha siya na scissor sister sa Adan.
Maayos naman ang techs overall. Pero ang nagustuhan ko talaga dito ay yung use nung mala-Greek chorus kasi naalala ko ang Mighty Aphrodite ni Woody Allen.
Cate Blanchett as Blanche DuBois was both frighteningly real and terrifyingly relatable.
P.S. Sally Hawkins and Bobby Cannavale were so good, too.
(Originally published March 31, 2014.)
High camp soap opera about a married woman and her stepdaughter fighting over the love of one man (wink, wink). Ang kapal lang ni Allen, but I always end up liking even his most mediocre work.
In a less political year, (Drama) Queen Kate Winslet who has mastered the role of a lonely/bored/trapped/desperate housewife would have been nominated for an Oscar. And this was also Allen’s best-looking film to date, no?
(Originally published March 22, 2018.)
MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (Woody Allen, 2014) – ★★★☆☆
My notes on Magic in the Moonlight:
1. The French Riviera looked gorgeous. I loved the color palette of the movie. Every scene was picture-postcard perfect.
2. The font reminded so much of American Horror Story. Sadly, Jessica Lange didn’t show up.
3. Colin Firth played a snarkier version of Mr. Darcy. How could he make these British snobs still look lovable?
4. With all these generic predictions on what’s in store for 2015, this film about a possibly fraudulent clairvoyant just seemed so timely. Babagyo, lilindol, may artistang mamamatay, may artistang mabubuntis. Really? It’s like they have ESPN or something.
5. Emma Stone in 1920’s flapper dresses looked too cute. She had one scene where she was cross-eyed that really cracked me up. Naming my car after her was one of my best decisions in life ever.
6. “How can you eat so much? We just had lunch.” Story of my life right there.
7. Stanley (Firth) said that “one of the cardinal rules of magic is the magician must never repeat his trick because sooner or later one begins to notice the move and he’s caught”. It spoke so much about these Woody Allen comedies. As long as I was temporarily enchanted though, I wouldn’t be complaining.
8. Stone and Firth were great in this film but they were just not bagay. How could I root for their love story?
(Originally published January 3, 2018.)