ang tamad ko mag update. pasensya na.
(Eddie Romero, 1981) 5/5. may aswang, halimaw, diyos at diyosa, pero
ang pinakamagandang bagay tungkol dito, hindi ito "Si Agimat, Si Enteng
Kabisote, at si Ako". Sobrang lakas ng imagination at wit ni Eddie
Romero para makasulat ng ganitong materyal. Pasok pa rin yung humor niya
kahit ngayon. ang kinaganda nito, hindi lang basta fantasy comedy,
reflective din siya sa human condition na kahit ngayon, napapanahon pa
A New Life (Philippe Grandieux, 2002) 3/5
Tabu (Miguel Gomez, 2012) 5/5. sabi ko naman sa inyo, di pa tapos ang 2012 list ko. haha
Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012) 4/5
4:44 - Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrera, 2011) 5/5
United Red Army (Koji Wakamatsu, 2007) 5/5
Rurouni Kenshin (Keishi Ohtomo, 2012) 3/5
Basura (Dominic Lim, 2012) 3.5/5. was just supposed to be 3, till the
last scenes, when Kapitan Basura proves himself right: that you can't
change the world just by "changing" your self, you need to have a
Nawawala (Marie Jamora, 2012) 3/5. things that I like about this: APO
Hiking Society's Ano Ang Ibig Mong Sabihin, Ely & Raimund's Minsan,
Marc Abaya, and Kelvin Yu. nothing else. I like MNL 143's song choices
more than this one.
Michael (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1924) 5/5. ang landi lang din ni Michael.
Gimme Shelter(Albert Maysles|David Maysles|Charlotte Zwerin, 1970) 2/5
Egg (Mamoru Oshii, 1985) 5/5. rewatch after 5 years. better when
projected, I wonder how will it be in 35mm projection...
The Way of the Dragon (Bruce Lee, 1972) 5/5. rewatch.
(Ki-duk Kim, 2012) 4/5. not yet comfortable with Kim's choice of
treatment (compared to his other films), but I think that's how it
Years At Sea (Ben Rivers, 2011) 5/5. last one I remember seeing, forgot
my list. But really, Rivers really know how to turn anything into
amazing. Kung sa bahay ko nangyari yun... aba, masaya. XD
Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 2012) 3/5
Argo (Ben Affleck, 2012) 4/5
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Johnnie To|Ka-fai Wai, 2011) 4/5
Fireworks (Takeshi Kitano, 1997) 5/5
Kaizokuban Bootleg Film (Masahiro Kobayashi, 1999) 5/5
Anacbanua (Christopher Gozum, 2009) 5/5
Dagim (Joaquin Pedro Valdes, 2010) 3/5
Limang Dipang Tao (Eseng Cruz, 2012) 3/5
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russel. 2012) 4/5
Life of Pi (Ang Lee, 2012) 2/5
Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012) 1/5
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012) 3/5
Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012) 4/5
Les Miserables (Tom Hooper, 2012) 1/5
A Grin Without a Cat (Chris Marker, 2008 edit) 5/5
Plata Mata (Peque Gallaga, 1982) I watched it before sa isang vhs rip
or betamax-rip na bootleg pa dati, kulay orange siya buong screen. haha.
nung nagkaroon ng dvd, di naman ako nakabili. heto na yung restoration,
obviously, mas maganda ang pagkakarestore dito kesa sa Himala, mukhang
mas naalagaan (o hindi gaano nagamit?) yung prints neto. mukhang mas
nadalian silang i-restore. pero, di pa rin ganun kaganda ang feel sa DCP
(ever). sana nagprint na lang sila ulit ng 35mm. hehe. 4/5 para sa
Drifter (Seijun Suzuki, 1966) 5/5. dahil puyat ako madalas nitong mga
huling araw, dalawa lang ang napanuod ko for this week. nakakatuwa tong
pelikulang to, habang yung mga kasabayan niya mula sa ibang "New Wave"
scenes sa buong mundo ay nagbablack-and-white, naglalaro naman sa kulay
si Suzuki. mainam yung paggamit ng kulay dito, hindi lang basta shot in
color, kundi nagkwento rin sa pamamagitan ng kulay.
(Terrence Malick, 1973) 4/5. himalang di ko kailangan ng subtitle dito
kahit southern yung accent nila. haha. simple lang at madaling i-take.
ok na remake ng Bonnie and Clyde. mas ok kesa Natural Born Killers (na
gusto ko rin naman)
The Last Bolshevik (Chris Marker, 1992) 5/5
Romancing on Thin Air (Johnnie To, 2012) 5/5
Isn't Anyone Alive? (Gakuryu Ishii, 2012) 5/5
For Love's Sake (Takashi Miike, 2012) 5/5
A Letter To Momo (Hiroyuki Okiura, 2011) 4/5
Muybridge's Strings (Koji Yamamura, 2011) 5/5
Grandmaster (Kar-wai Wong, 2013) not really fair to rate something that
is obviously butchered, so, no scores for now until we get to see the
4hour cut (if we ever get to see it), but, yeah, the train scene and the
ending are grand, and it is also very Wong. Haven't seen the past
action works of Wong, but upon seeing great action scenes here, it is
something for action fans to look forward too. This butcher cut is, at
least, way better than anything Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino
(Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2006) 4/5. Got this similar feel as Barren Illusion.
I understand how the treatment turn "asian horror" fans off, but when
it comes down to it, nothing's more scary than a ghost that seems to be
as real as the main character.
Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, 2012) 4/5. rather a different directon
for Hosoda, a very different film from his past works. for the first
time, I think, Hosoda extends his exploration to humanity. Charming, and
yeah, made me teary for seconds.
Scotch Pilgrim (Raya Martin, 2013) 5/5. Lo-res magic.
The Aswang Chronicles (Erik Matti, 2012) 4/5. nakalimutan ko na yung
reklamo at angal ng mga tao tungkol dito, pero naaalala ko, yung mga
nagchachampion ng hollywood, super puna sa "technical" aspects neto (as
if may alam talaga sila), at yung mga art film snobs, nag isnab talaga.
halos wala na naman akong maiangal dito. kung susumahin, isa ito sa mga
almost fully-realized na pelikula last year (save for the product
placements and other compromises, pero, compared sa maraming entries ng
"grant-giving" bodies dito, di hamak na may kontrol ang filmmakers
dito), (pero, di pa rin ito lisensya para kay Matti na libakin ang ilan
sa mga output ng mga nasabing "grant-giving" bodies nang hindi man lang
nasisilayan). Anyways, wala namang masyadong off, marami nga lang
talagang potential targets ang mga hollywood-lovers na di man lang
ma-gets ang point netong pelikulang ito. Solid din. Solb. Alam ko na rin
ang weapon ko sa aswang invasion: BOY BAWANG.
Papers 1 - Battles Without Honour and Humanity (Kinji Fukasaku, 1973)
5/5. isang pelikulang binuhat mula at patungo sa chaos. chaotic ang
portrayal nito sa post-war Japan. sa parang halos mahigit isang buwan
kong di panunuod ng pelikula, parang nakalimutan ko na kung kelan ako
huling nakanuod ng pelikulang ganito ka-spontaneous. parang di staged
yung action scenes, sobrang gulo. masaya yung action scenes, pero dahil
sa intensyon ng gumawa nito, hindi ka mangingiti. depressing din, at
yung ending, Panalo.
Aparisyon (Vincent Sandoval, 2012) 5/5.
Cesar Asar (Roxlee | Monlee, 1998) 4/5
Green (Joni Gutierrez, 2013) 3/5
The Great Smoke (Roxlee, 1984) 5/5
Juan Gapang (Roxlee, 1988) 5/5
Outrage (Takeshi Kitano, 2010) 4/5
build up kaya medyo unexpected ang action sequences at violence. ang
husay lang. great homage to the Yakuza Films of 60's and 70's
Outrage: Beyond (Takeshi Kitano, 2012) 5/5
5 years after the first Outrage film, mas modern treatment, mas matibay
yung plot. patunay to na hindi kailangang flashy ang gunfight scenes
para gumanda ang pelikula.
To The Wonder (Terence Malick, 2012) 5/5
dahil sobrang lapit ng interval neto sa Tree of Life kaya tinuturing to
na "companion piece", pero, hinde, kung sa gusto lang ikwento ni
Malick, at sa gusto niyang iparating, masyadong malayo. mas nagustuhan
ko to sa Tree of Life. siguro dahil sa mas imperfect siya? at dahil
unexpectedly erotic din, haha. kung ako din naman si Neil, si Marina rin
ang pipiliin ko over Jane (dahil mas hot pa rin si Marina kay Jane
kahit walang boobs XD)
Salawahan (Ishmael Bernal, 1979) 5/5
solid, sobrang nakakatawa. sana lang, yung mga sumunod at susunod pa na
gagawa ng rom-coms (or sex-coms) dito, panuorin to. sobrang dami nilang
Graceland (Ron Morales, 2/5)
Di ko alam kung pano magreact dito, ok naman sa pagkakagawa, pero, parang hanggang dun lang siya.
African Queen (John Huston, 1951) 4/5. sakit ng ulo ko sa pinaghalong tawa at puyat. haha
A Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo (Higuchi Shinji, 2012 | commissioned by Hideaki Anno and Studio Ghibli) 5/5
heto yung first 10 mins sa blu-ray rip ng Evangelion 3.33. hehe. grabe lang, panalo na rin kahit walang subtitle.
Librarian (Jochelle Montañano, 2013) 4/5. ang ganda. sobrang laking
improvement sa lahat ng aspeto, sana di na niya i-hire uli yung
cinematographer niya dito. haha.
Useful Life (Federico Veiroj, 2010) 4/5 - to end a sad fate with a
glimpse of hope thru love. oh god. I miss this kind of cinema
Inventory (Miguel Gomes, 2000) 5/5 - di ko alam talaga kung anong
nangyayari sa umpisa, pero, yung patapos na, yung biglang ganon, grabe
lang. Genius talaga si Miguel Gomes.
The Soul of the Bone (Cao Guimaraes, 2004) 5/5 - sabihin sa sarili: bawal malungkot, bawal malungkot.
Night Inside (Pablo Lamar, 2009) 5/5 - advise sa mga babae, wag pipili ng sobrang laki.
Tomorrow in Palermo! (Daniele Cipri and Franco Maresco, 1999) 4/5 -
self aware na fail na na-achieve ang purpose ng pelikula, pero para
pagtripan ang isang tao ng ganito, sobra lang. hagalpak.
In Memory (Daniele Cipri and Franco Maresco, 1996) 4/5 - di ko pa rin alam kung ano to, pero ang ganda lang. XD
(Erik Matti, 2012) 3/5. obviously way better than Palitan, problema
lang, nasobrahan naman sa tv5 teleserye acting. at saka, si Max
Eigenmann ba talaga yun???????
Where Chimneys Are Seen (Heinosuke Gosho, 1953) 5/5
lighter take on post-war Japan and the effect of THE bomb. weird how
this feels so japanese. had glimpses of Akutagawa influences (rashomon,
that is), the idea of seeing things where they are coming from, was fun and insightful.
Noite Vazia (Walter Hugo Khouri, 1964) 4/5.
started off as a boys night out bar hopping turned to be a topsy-turvy
discussion on gender and sexuality. got bits of surreal moments too,
loved the rain scene.
The Terrorizers (Edward Yang, 1986) 4/5.
not a good first impression of Edward Yang for me. Was saving two of
his films on my hard drive for a long time, hoping those would save what
I just saw in this. though, this is actually not that bad. it's just
that, I know it should've been better.
HunterXHunter: Phantom Troupe (Yuzo Sato, 2013) 3/5. hmm, I wish Togashi has intervented on the creative process.
The Last Dark (Naoyoshi Shiotani, 2012) 5/5. among all franchise
animation that I've seen recently, this is probably the best one. Also,
might be CLAMP's best recent work. This turned the Kisaragi Saya
universe to a whole new level. However thin
Shiotani's portfolio might be, I find this a great work, though,
sometimes, the mix of 2D & 3D CG might get awkward. Production I.G's
better for last year than Madhouse.
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (Hideaki Anno | Kazuya Tsurumaki | Masayuki | Mahiro Maeda, 2012) - 5/5
really read reviews about this one, I'm afraid of what fans might have
reacted on this, but I really did find it confusing at first, like
how Shinji is confused on the very first parts, and it gets clearer.
The span of time from the last film to this one is enough to make you
forget and makes you want to revisit, but as we go along with this film,
you'd get it. It's actually pretty consistent: it is set 14 years after
the third impact (14 years after the End of Evangelion film), and when I
thought about it, this film is actually done more or less 14 years
after Death of Evangelion. Everything is the same as how it was on End
of Eva: the Red sea, the spears being stabbed on Lilith, and lots of
skulls. I really find the last scenes disturbing. Seems like, we're all
Shinji Ikari again. But, as the real world goes, nothing really changes
much from the characters: Shinji is still a pussy, Asuka is still a
Bitch, Gendo is still planning the extinction of mankind. I don't really
know if fans would get to like this one, but with Anno sitting as chief
director, for sure, this film is not fucking at you.
Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh, 2013) 4/5.
Probably, the best thing to come out of the mainstream recently. Seems like, Soderbergh is on for some great retirement party.
Upstream Color (Shane Carruth, 2013) 5/5
it's not that I'm fucked up, I get the film though, still, it's
fantastic. I never really thought works like these is still possible on
the Quentin Tarantino age. It's just that, I hope Carruth never really
answered questions about this one, spoils the fun, and it's fun is with
it's mysteries. It's not really in the level of David Lynch complexity
that you'd never really get it at all, it's actually more light than
that. Go see this, don't read anything about it, and have fun.
Bullet Ballet (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1998) 5/5
addition to the gangster sub-genre. Intense and gritty all-over. also,
best acting from Tsukamoto that I've seen. Man knows how to look cool,
to be cool, and still make a great film. A great marriage of machines,
black and white cinematography, and the underworld.
Mekong Hotel (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2012) 5/5
guitar track sets your mood, relaxes you, makes you unprepared for the
things to come. Joe is really one of cinemas greatest surprises. Really
something that stands out from most vampire films, which seems to be the
fashion for most filmmakers nowadays. I love how the near end goes: a
scene of two men comfortably and casually talking about ex-boyfriends.