Posts Tagged ‘movielist’

Movie List, Feb 2010

February 28, 2010

Feb 2010
Recommended Movies

A Single Man (2009)
Avatar (2009)
Whale Rider (2003)


Movie List, Jan 2010

January 31, 2010

Jan 2010
Recommended Movies

Bakjwi (Thirst, 2009)
Bright Star (2009)
Brothers (2009)
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Ded Na si Lolo (Grandpa’s Dead, 2009)
It’s Complicated (2009)
La Pianiste (The Piano Teacher, 2001)
The Lovely Bones (2009)
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Up In the Air (2009)

Movie List, Dec 2009

December 31, 2009

Dec 2009
Recommended Movies

An Education (2009)
Anvil!  The Story of Anvil (2008)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Invictus (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
Taken (2009)
The Blind Side (2009)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
The Messenger (2009)
The Young Victoria (2009)
Tin shui wai dik yat yu ye (The Way We are, 2008)
Un Prophete (A Prophet, 2009)
Where the Wild Things are (2009)

  • To the filmmakers of today:  Your movies are nice and all, but you’ve got to lay off the shaking cameras.  You’re giving me a headache.
  • In these movies, one or two elements failed to make the movie recommendable:  2012 (2009), This is It (2009), All About Steve (2009), The Proposal (2009).

Movie List, Nov 2009

November 30, 2009

Nov 2009
Recommended Movies

500 Days of Summer (2009)
Away We Go (2009)
Black Dynamite (2009)
Broken Embraces (2009)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Chéri (2009)
Flow:  For Love of Water (2008)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Julie and Julia (2009)
Moon (2009)
Pontypool (2008)
Precious:  Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (2009)
Shorts (2009)
The Damned United (2009)
Zombieland (2009)

  • In The Answer Man (2009), you will find well-known, established actors like Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham and Nora Dunn.  You will also be delighted by the presence of indie heartthrobs Olivia Thirlby and Kat Dennings.  What you will waste your time in is a dragging plot with no new lesson pondered or question answered.
  • Paranormal Activity (2009) is, in my guess, supposed to be scary.  It’s not.  It also does not offer any value art-wise or literature-wise.
  • Everything about Post-Grad (2009) is mediocre.  That is all you really need to know.
  • The main theme for My Sister’s Keeper (2009) is really compelling, something that may not have already been done before.  Parents engineer a child to save the life of another child.  The younger one grows up and decides she no longer wants to give her body parts for the other child.  A legal battle ensues.  On the onset this sounds a lot like a courtroom-family drama, but this particular movie focuses on the family part too much and uses the courtroom just once for a dramatic climax.  With the combination of all the known movie clichés, a unique dilemma turns into a painfully overwrought drama.  There is an interesting twist in the end, but after you have been subjected to the dragging parts that make up the whole movie, it no longer matters.
  • Fish Tank is elaborately-plotted, brilliantly acted, loaded with intelligent provocations and leaves questions lingering for its viewers to ponder for many days on end.  However, there is nothing pretty and happy about this movie, except perhaps its main character, played by the talented and beautiful Katie Jarvis.  One might argue about the most effective media of sending socially relevant messages across, that it is perhaps more affecting to read about the dismal conditions that raise the kids of today in newspapers or books or watch them in documentaries, where facts are presented as they are, than have them hidden under fictional characters and situations.  If you prefer the truth journalistically delivered to you, rather than watch some person’s imagination of it in feature films, this is not the movie for you.


Movie List, Oct 2009

October 31, 2009

Oct 2009
Recommended Movies

Food, Inc. (2008)
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Mary and Max (2009)
Up (2009)
Whatever Works (2009)

  • The Ugly Truth (2009) breaks no limits on repetition.  It’s another scalding encounter with Katherine Heigl, which makes it only a matter of time before people brand her another fetching actress who never appears in anything more resounding than nails scratching on a chalkboard.
  • The Echo (2008) is the convoluted, extra-clichéd schizophrenic twin sister of Yam Laranas’s original scare machine, Sigaw (2004).  Did you really expect that Jesse Bradford would render an enhanced version of Richard Gutierrez’s robotic acting?  Please.


Movie List, Sep 2009

September 30, 2009

Sep 2009
Recommended Movies

Deja Vu (2006)
District 9 (2009)
Paris, je t’aime (2006)
Phoebe in Wonderland (2007)
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
The September Issue (2009)
True Romance (1993)

  • Sasha Baron Cohen did it again in Bruno (2009).  And by “did it again” I meant “botched together another shitly plotted sump of crudely offensive practical jokes and called it a movie”.


Movie List, Aug 2009

August 31, 2009

Aug 2009
Recommended Movies

Coco Chanel (2008)
In the Loop (2008)
Julia (2008)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)

Some rants:

  • Gigantic (2008) is obviously the work of an amateur.  Suffice it to say, however, that judging from the cineastic presentation of this movie, we can expect the filmmaker’s craft to improve on his next work.  Or the one after that.
  • I Love You Man (2009) is entertaining but easily forgettable.
  • Knowing (2009) is a decent thriller, if you’re 8 years old.  My guess is either its cameramen have serious thrill issues, or the director’s caught a serious case of Shaken Camera Syndrome, which for some reason seems to be all the rage in today’s cinema.


Movie List, Jul 2009

July 30, 2009

Jul 2009
Recommended Movies

Angels & Demons (2009)
Bart Got a Room (2008)
Duplicity (2009)
L’Appartement (The Apartment, 1996)
The Hangover (2009)
The Soloist (2009)

Jul 2009
Recommended TV Shows

Better Off Ted Season 1 (2009)
Leverage Season 1 (2008)
Samantha Who? Seasons 1-2 (2007)
United States of Tara Season 1 (2009)

Some rants:

  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) is Devil Wears Prada made in audio hell.  Watch at your own risk.
  • The concept for Kings (2009) was adorably ambitious, but approaching the end of its unsuccessful season, it just sounded like an overly naggy soap opera.  Not the biggest loss that it was canned.
  • And 17 Again (2009) is formulaic as expected, but how about that Zac Efron huh?


Movie List, Jun 2009

June 30, 2009

Jun 2009
Recommended Movies

Secretary (2002)
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

Jun 2009
Recommended TV Shows

Law and Order SVU Season 10 (1999)
The Big Bang Theory Seasons 1-2 (2007)
Ugly Betty Season 3 (2006)

  • Drag Me to Hell (2009) is filled with loud noise and bad CGI.  Really more laughable than scary.

Movie List, May 2009

May 31, 2009

May 2009
Recommended Movies

Mediterraneo (1991)
Okuribito (Departures, 2008)
State and Main (2000)
The Caller (2008)
The International (2009)
The Prestige (2006)
Youth Without Youth (2007)

May 2009
Recommended TV Shows

Dollhouse Season 1 (2009)
Fringe Season 1 (2008)
Pushing Daisies Season 2 (2007)

Also, this may be 36 years too late, but Soylent Green is people. PEOPLE!!!

Some rants:

  • The Uninvited (2009) – watchable, but pointless.
  • Push (2009) – painful to watch.
  • O Brother, Where art Thou? (2001) – It’s the motherlode of aesthetic value and great music, but it’s totally boring, stay away from it.
  • Sleeper (1973) – LOLfest, this is proof that Woody Allen’s humor can be hit and miss.
  • Chasing Amy (1997) – Young, pretentious Kevin Smith on screenplay. Cheesy romantic lines alert.