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Film Review: Love, Simon (2018)

Synopsis: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

I am absolutely delighted by this movie adaptation! The book didn’t do much for me but this one just made me appreciate it more in a way. Nick Robinson was very charming and funny as the closeted High School teenager blackmailed by a fellow student!

I also love Duhamel. It thought he’d be awkward as the ‘awkward’ dad but he’s incredibly charming here. Jennifer Garner was her usual amazing self and she and Nick had the best scene in the movie methinks. Their heart to heart talk is so beautiful it made me tear-up right then and there.

I loved that Berlanti did not demonized Martin’s (the creepy blackmailer) character here but I was maybe hoping that one of the most intense scenes would be Simon confronting Martin about HIM taking away his right to come out in his own terms.

Super sulit! I wished more people would watch it. Too bad, it’ll be affected by the Infinity War but if you’re looking for an alternative watch, then you should really check this out.

Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Keiyan Lonsdale, Miles Heizer, Logan Miller, Talitha Bateman, Tony Hale, Natasha Rothwell, Drew Starkey, Clarke Moore, Joey Pollari, Mackenzie Lintz

Love, Simon was based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. (Read my review HERE)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Love, Simon opens in Philippine cinemas on May 9, 2018 courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

Review: The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (2012)

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The Odd Life Of Timothy Green is a magical story of a boy who mysteriously showed up in the doorstep of a loving couple (Jennifer Garner & Joel Edgerton) who have been trying to get pregnant but couldn’t get a break. As if an answer to their prayers, Timothy showed up and brought something in their small town – the realization about the wonderful gift of life itself.

The film obviously poses the big H-O-W question but does it really matter? The tenderness of the story was a valid enough reason to disregard the utterly unrealistic and unexplainable apperance of the sweet, good-spirited Timothy. What transpired in the film was how Timothy’s existence proved to be some sort of a miracle to the people around him.

No extraordinary performances here but you’ve got to adore CJ Adams (Timothy) here. It struck you sometimes how an actor could easily lure you to watch their work regardless of its merit. Sometimes it all boils down to a great casting agent.

‘twas a feel good film that’s perhaps forgettable but while on it, you find yourself warming to it, being moved by it and oddly, smiling widely from ear to ear.

Director: Peter Hedges

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Dianne Wiest, Odeya Rush, CJ Adams, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, David Morse, Common, Shohreh Aghdashloo, M. Emmet Walsh, Lois Smith

 Rating: 7.5/10

Review: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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The film stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, suffering from AIDS and tried a way to improve his health by taking unapproved pharmaceutical drugs and illegally smuggled them for his fellow AIDS patient. The Dallas Buyers Club was the buyer’s club that Woodroof established with the help of  unlikely partners which became highly successful amongst AIDS patients.

This film clad in the ever so colorful life of homosexuals and people affected by AIDS established a strong balance of fact and fiction during the years when the combat against the disease was still unrecognized and was ostracized by the society.

Prior to watching this, the buzz about McConaughey’s performance was already loud and clear that he’s set to head in this year’s Oscar with no other rivals to get in the way. After finally getting the chance to watch it, I have to believe it myself. McConaughey’s rendition here as the homophobic Texan who became the unlikely hero of the gay community was flawless – it’s like the male Sophieluminescent, one of a kind and truly singular.

Jare Leto who played the pre-op transgender Rayon was equally exceptional providing tenderness to McConaughey’s obnoxious yet effective approach to Woodroof.

Dallas Buyers Club is a biopic that lends its ears and opens its heart to the audience especially to the ones suffering from the disease for it supplemented a straightforward approach and presented what’s really happening back then and even now which keeps people fighting for their rights and fighting for their lives.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Michael O’Neill, Denis O’Hare, Griffin Dunne, John Tabler, Jane McNeil, James DuMont, Bradford Cox, Kevin Rankin, Lawrence Turner, Matthew Thompson, Adam Dunn, Scott Takeda, Deneen Tyler, Donna Duplantier

Rating: 7.5/10

*Dallas Buyers Club  received six Academy Award nominations, including the Best Picture category.