I am yet again participating in another Pinoy Exchange Movie Challenge. Last year was fun but due to inevitable circumstances, I was unable to finish it but I’m sure glad that I still made it into the top 10! Go me! I was able to review 54 movies in total
Here’s my list
THE 30-DAY MOVIE CHALLENGE
Day 01 – The best movie you saw during the last year – Man Of Steel (04.05.2014)
Day 02 – The last movie you watched – Divergent (04.06.2014)
Day 03 – Your favorite action/adventure movie – Life Of Pi (04.07.2014)
Day 04 – Your favorite horror movie – Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (04.08.2014)
Day 05 – Your favorite drama movie – Scent Of A Woman (04.10.2014)
Day 06 – Your favorite comedy movie – Nine Months (04.11.2014)
Day 07 – Your favorite animated movie – How To Train Your Dragon (04.12.2014)
Day 08 – A movie of your favorite actor – Revolutionary Road (04.13.2014)
Day 09 – A movie of your favorite actress – Julie and Julia (04.14.2014)
Day 10 – A movie of your favorite director – Brokeback Mountain (04.15.2014)
Day 11 – Your favorite classic movie – Schindler’s List (04.16.2014)
Day 12 – Your favorite Documentary – Imelda (04.17.2014)
Day 13 – Your favorite movie from your childhood – Richie Rich (04.18.2014)
Day 14 – Your favorite quote from any movie – A Walk In The Clouds (04.19.2014)
Day 15 – Your favorite character from any movie – Billy Elliot (04.22.2014)
THE LEVEL UP MOVIE CHALLENGE: MOVIE OF THE MONTH
(4) Movies Nominated In The Academy
1. Dallas Buyers Club (05.10.2014)
2. Babel (05.13.2014)
3. The Kids Are All Right (05.14.2014)
4. Hugo (05.15.2014)
(4) Non-English Movies
1. For A Lost Soldier (05.07.2014
2. A Serbian Film (05.08.2014)
3. Ang Lalake Sa Parola (05.09.2014)
4. Zombadings: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington (05.11.2014)
(4) Animated Films
1. Rango (05.16.2014)
2. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole (05.17.2014)
3. Ice Age 4 Continental Drift (05.19.2014)
4. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (05.20.2014)
(4) Movies Released Before 2000
1. The Cure (05.21.2014)
2. Addicted To Love (05.22.2014)
3. Mad Love (05.23.2014)
4. School Ties (05.24.2014)
Movie Of The Month
1. March – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (04.21.2014)
2. April – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (05.06.2014)
3. May – Maleficent (05.29.2014)
Four (4) movies released in 2014
1. The Fault In Our Stars (06.04.2014)
1. A – Amelia (04.23.2014)
2. B – Bend It Like Beckham (04.25.2014)
3. C – Coach (04.26.2014)
4. D – Dear John (04.27.2014)
5. F – Forever Young (05.12.2014)
6. V – Vanishing On The 7th Street (04.28.2014)
7. T – There Be Dragons (04.29.2014)
8. W – What To Expect When You’re Expecting (05.03.2014)
9. K – King And The Clown (05.05.2014)
10. P – Prometheus (05.26.2014)
11. H – Her (05.27.2014)
12. L – Little Manhattan (05.28.2014)
13. R – Ruby Sparks (05.30.2014)
14. I – In Time (05.31.2014)
15. E – Eat Pray Love (06.02.2014)
16. S – Salt (06.03.2014)
17. G – Gravity (06.05.2014)
18. # – 12 Years A Slave (06.06.2014)
19. O – Oz The Great And Powerful (06.07.2014)
Official Movie Challenge Final Tally: Yay! Came in at 6th place!!!
1. JobyBryant24 – 100
2. LulaLu__ – 97
3. genre914 – 71
4. dementedkid – 60
5. mykel14 – 57
6. paddylast – 54
7. bitter_ocampo – 50
8. Hiroshi08 – 38
9. ScareYouOften – 37
10. _Zei_Emu_ – 35
This year’s challenge will be a lot trickier this time but easier if I may say so.
For the 2015 Pinoyexchange Movie Challenge PExers can choose to complete any of the 3 challenges. However, an Ultimate PEx Movie Challenger Pin and a special prize will be issued to those who will complete all 3 challenges at the end of the year. – PinoyExchange
The three challenges includes the Pex Movie Goals, Crowd Reports and Local Movie Challenge. I’ll try to participate as early as this week but ofcourse as for my blog, it’ll just be my regular reviews. I have a lot of saved reviews from the flicks I’ve seen from last year and I’m all so excited to share it with you guys!!!!
Bend It Like Beckham is a fusion of culture and the world’s most popular sport – football. It centers on Jesmindar “Jess” from a traditional Indian family whose dream is to play football and not be subjected to the whims of her family. Then came Jules, a girl she met at the park who invited her to join their football club. Jess secretly tried out for the club and successfully secured a position.
With all these developments, Jess was caught in choosing between a life that her family designed for her or a future that she would undertake (including defying her family and her culture) in order to do what she truly loved.
Indeed, the film takes a rather brave and fresh approach on the subject of cultural differences, old family values and even a slight touch of racism. It was neatly presented in the film – a relatable presentation in so many levels and equally likeable.
It was also very nice to note that in the progress of Jess’s football journey (and falling in love) – that things that were deemed to be some sort of barrier became almost non-existent at the film’s conclusion. This was a film that inspires, one that breaks barrier and ultimately bend rules.
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Archie Panjabi, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Shanznay Lewis, Anupam Kher, Shaheen Khan
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Starred by the two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, the film was based on the true story of Amelia Earhart – the most legendary American aviatrix.
Here, we see a promising film that didn’t live up to its hype. Not even the trio of Swank, Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor could salvage the it. For one, the predicament of the story is well – very much shallow and predictable that made Amelia un-relatable. Second, the film was borderline heinous. And for a film about aviation – it feels like I’m watching a slow-motion period film that does not require speaking lines at all because it was so bad.
In all fairness to Swan, I still think that she gave a pretty decent performance here but it wasn’t enough to carry the film altogether. The costume and production design was rather nice but really, nothing will matter if you don’t have a good story to tell – and to think that Amelia Earhart was considered a heroine of some sort – the film was, as they say an utter and complete failure.
Movie Title: Amelia
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere,Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston
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Coach centers on Nick (Hugh Dancy) who took up a job (a first in his life) to get his girlfriend back. He landed a job as the coach of a fledgling high school football team. There he learned the value of money, responsibility (growing up) and finding love in the process.
I love how this film isn’t incredibly written but was adequately acted. I also love the cool vibe of it. A single guy who needs to learn a lesson or two about life, with three varied friends. An actress for an ex-girlfriend, wooing a doctor and teaching football and a great deal of lessons to some kids.
Overall, Coach is a feel good film that doesn’t need an intelligent analysis. It has a simple storyline and linear sequences that complimented its simplicity. Here, there was enough drama, comedy and some believable candor.
Director: Will Frears
Starring: Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Gutierrez, Liane Balaban, Mamie Gummer, Michael Chernus, Benjamin Walker, Gillian Jacobs, David Zayas, Bill Camp
Movie Title: Coach
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Surely, one of the most fascinating people in the Philippines has got to be the former first lady herself, Imelda Marcos. I was able to catch this through the invitation of a fellow film reviewer way back in 2004. The film Imelda was directed by Ramona S. Diaz who followed Imelda Marcos for a month and was able to interview from children, Imee and Bongbong (Ferdinand Marcos. Jr.)
The documentary was quite interesting. For one, it feels like invading the former first lady’s innermost thoughts. It’s funny at some point because for some reason, her responses kinda seemed scripted – but for the most parts – it’s rather surprising to see her being so blunt in answering a lot of controversial questions especially about the “human rights violations” that transpired during the Marcos regime. It was also interesting to note that her view in dressing up was to actually provide positivity to “her” people. Can I just also say how the archives used in the film brought something back – like how prestigious the Philippines was during her time as the first lady. I mean, seriously – no offense meant about being shallow and all about the prestige or similar thought but at that time, Imelda was representing the Philippines in such a light that we almost feel like a superpower nation but alas, history would speak for itself.
Director: Ramona S. Diaz
Starring: Imelda Marcos, Imee Marcos, Ferdinand Maros, Jr.
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30 Days Movie Challenge – Day 12: Your favorite Documentary
“Just because I talk with an accent doesn’t mean I think with an accent.” – Alberto Aragon
From director Alfonso Arau, A Walk In The Clouds stars Keanu Reeves as Paul Sutton, who after the war returns to San Francisco to reunite with his wife Betty (Debra Messing) expecting a warm reception from her. It turns out that most of the letters that he sent her were unopened which causes a little misunderstanding but he still decided to forgive her thus continuing his plan to engage in a new career. Betty however, convinced him to go back to his former career of selling chocolates so he set forth to sell chocolates in Sacramento. On his way to Sacramento, he met Victoria Aragon who’s on her way home from college after getting herself pregnant by her professor. Coming from a very traditional family, Victoria’s in a very serious trouble until Paul offered to help her by posing as her husband to meet his family, especially her very strict father.
Alberto Aragon wasn’t happy about this but he eventually conceded realizing that Paul “really” loved his daughter. Knowing that it was all a lie, both Paul and Victoria had to end it even after realizing that they’ve come to truly love each other.
I am supposed to write a review about this film in a different category but I decided that Senor Alberto Aragon’s quotation “Just because I talk with an accent doesn’t mean I think with an accent” aptly speaks volume and I just loved it because I feel that at some point it applies to me having worked in the BPO industry where I was criticized here and there about my accent.
Anyway, this film is probably Keanu Reeves’ second best movie (in my opinion) after The Matrix (start the LOL-ing now). He provided here a subtle approach to his role as a vulnerable and well-grounded man of honor complimenting the performance of his leading lady, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón. I also appreciated the beautiful vineyard scenery that feels like I’m being transported in a beautiful dream – what a beautiful cinematography! The scoring was also superb coming from Maurice Jarre who also did the the scores of Lawrence Of Arabia, Messenger Of God and Ghost. The story of the film was that of a sweet romantic one – a couple who found themselves in a beautiful place where they could just be in love forever – much like what the audience (moi) feels like – walking in the clouds.
Movie Year: 1995
Movie Genre: Drama
Movie Rating: 9/10
Director: Alfonso Arau
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Anthony Quinn, Angelica Aragon, Debra Messing, Giancarlo Giannini, Freddy Rodriguez
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Set in the 60’s, the film takes us to the journey of Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger), two country boys hired to herd sheep through the summer at the Brokeback Mountain. There, they discovered some kind of connection that ultimately awaken something about themselves. As their lives goes on after their Brokeback Mountain stint, the two men realized that truly, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Over time, despite having individual families – they still see each other knowing that what they had is something that is far more important than any forces in their lives.
With the screenplay written by one of my favorite authors, (Larry McMurtry who wrote it along with Diana Ossana) my attachment with this film goes beyond being a fan of the story. The mood of the movie was as melancholic as its characters accompanied by its absolutely haunting musical score. The subtle approach of Ang Lee in delivering a controversial yet heavy emotional narrative allows its audience to weep with the character – such instance happen when the distraught Ennis Del Mar broke down while hugging Jack’s bloodied clothing. That for me was the highlight of the film. This film was short of a stunning portrayal of love loss and eternal questions of what-if. Ang Lee truly is a master of his craft.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Randy Quaid, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Linda Cadellini, Anna Faris, David Harbour, Roberta Maxwell, Peter McRobbie, Kate Mara
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Nine Months is the story of Samuel Faulkner (Hugh Grant,) a child psychologist who’s gotten her girlfriend (Julianne Moore) pregnant that turns his life into oblivion. Fearing the responsibility and the thought of raising a family, Sam gets advises from different people that led to one thing – he’s got to face the inevitable. Soon enough, he finally realized that it’s not just about him – but also his girlfriend, his child and the responsibility that comes with it. This was the first movie that I’ve seen from Hugh Grant and I was like less than ten then. Hugh Grant’s just extremely funny here and extremely charismatic as well. The story isn’t that much to chew on as it’s just clearly a flat out story but I guess the main selling point here is its actors. The actors esp Hugh Grant and Robin Williams are just hilarious. I guess, when the film makes you laugh – either the “good laugh” or the “ridiculous laugh” – there’s still a part of you that enjoys it. Nine Months was my childhood favorite, though not extremely good, watching it over and over – it takes me back to that place. If the movie ain’t worth a thing, I don’t think it would have that effect.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold, Joan Cusack, Jeff Goldblum, Robin Williams
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30 Days Movie Challenge – Day 6 Your favorite comedy film