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Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-Ho): Bong doesn't know how to disappoint. Not as technically polished as other Hollywood blockbusters, but his vision of a dystopian future is grossly menacing. If you can take the graphic violence, go see it in cinemas. It's an exhilarating ride! Watch out for Tilda Swinton's shape-shifting supporting turn. 4/5
Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt): Feeds into our fantasies of what we consider a perfect romance: mind-blowing sex and love that will sweep us off our feet. This sex-comedy's true star is not writer/director/star JGL but Scarlett Johansson, who shows us her many assets. 4/5
Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass): A dizzying, chaotic cat-and-mouse thriller that doesn't let up. Greengrass balances high-octane action with the human drama. Tom Hanks' great range at full display, especially at the highly charged climax.
Blackfish (Gabriela Cowperthwaite): A riveting docu on the state of killer whales performing in water parks like SeaWorld. Arguments are supported by both scientific data and emotional testimonials. 4/5
3-Iron (Kim Ki-Duk): This almost wordless love story is original, evocative, hypnotic, frustrating, and endlessly unpredictable. Not quite sure if I really get it, but what's important is that I felt it.
Blancanieves (Pablo Berger): A dark fairy tale that pays tribute to the Brothers Grimm original as it does to European silent cinema. Magnificent production values and score. Way better than The Artist.
Metro Manila (Sean Ellis): Despite the ridiculously cliched and melodramatic first half, the film suddenly turns into a morally ambiguous crime procedural with a climax that will leave you breathless. 4/5
Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron): An immersive experience. Must see in 3D. Tense, nerve-racking 91 minutes of jaw-dropping CGI, highly effective score, and memorable central performance. Sandra Bullock is locked for a nomination at the Oscars.
The East (Zal Batmanglij): An engrossing espionage thriller about a band of eco-terrorists targeting major corporations that are harming the environment. A film of conflicting ideals and principles. An intriguing look at capitalism vs. environmentalism.
On The Job (Erik Matti): Taut crime noir with parallel stories of hitmen and cops caught in a web of corruption and betrayal. Layered storytelling, gritty, and tightly paced. Matti is Philippine's answer to Johnnie To.
Byzantium (Neil Jordan): Nearly 20 years after Interview With The Vampire, Jordan revisits the vampire lore with just enough violence to please Tarantino fans and a tinge of romance to appeal to Twihards. Gemma Arterton is the sexiest vampire since Aaliyah (Queen of the Damned, 2002).
Most mature installment of the series. Surprisingly funny. Filled with sardonic banter and invigorating conversations. Now that the fairy tale is over, will Jesse and Celine experience the "nine-year itch"?
We're all aware how this ends, but we still watch with bated breath & clenched jaws. This is elevated by Kathryn Bigelow's deft direction, Mark Boal's absorbing screenplay, & Jessica Chastain's quiet intensity as Maya. One of the most important films of the year.
Les Miserables (Tom Hooper): For a musical with so much emotional bombast, I'm surprised I wasn't moved as much as I expected. Live singing & extreme closeups take some time getting used to. They worked best in intimate solos, but inappropriate in most cases. The film's strongest asset is the cast. Hathaway is a showstopper. Her emotive rendition of I Dreamed A Dream is the film's only real "moment". How I wish I can turn the volume off every time Crowe sings.
An intimate story of unconditional love and sacrifice, that also happens to be a showcase of Badjao culture. Thematically rich and visually arresting. Gorgeous seascape in every frame. Nora Aunor gives an understated, but magnetic central performance.
Before Sunset gives new depth to the love story of Celine and Jesse. A richer and more fulfilling experience than the original. Filled with natural dialogue and the right balance of idealism and pragmatism. Must see!
Small indie film that will go down in history as one of the best coming-of-age films. I was blown away by the level of sensitivity the author/director has for his characters. I was on the verge of crying from the second half onwards. Props to Lerman, Watson, and Miller.
V/H/S is a found footage anthology directed by six independent horror directors. It's actually a lot scarier when you don't know why things are happening. The scariest shorts are: Amateur Night (David Bruckner), about a one-night stand gone wrong; The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger (Joe Swanberg), about a couple talking via Skype while malevolent 'spirits' haunt the girl's room; and 10/31/98 (Radio Silence), which is a twist on the haunted house story with jaw-dropping special effects.
This Alien prequel boasts of dazzling 3D graphics, but the story doesn't come together like it's supposed to be (maybe that's intentional). It's more interested in setting up another franchise than answering questions about the Alien mythology.
A horror film made by horror fans for horror fans. If you thought you're getting a typical slasher flick, you thought wrong. Try not to read spoilers. It's best enjoyed if you know nothing about the plot.
I was in the mood to cry and JGL made me cry. I was in the mood to laugh and Seth Rogen made me laugh. His annoying character isn't too annoying this time. Noteworthy to mention Anjelica Huston and Anna Kendrick as well.
Palatable to general audiences, but lacks the extra oomph to make it compelling. Great ensemble cast featuring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Bryce Howard Dallas, Allison Janney, and Sissy Spacek.
This low-key indie sci-fi boasts of a perfect mix of pathos and mystery. The discovery of Earth Two serves as the backdrop for a painful love story. Mike Cahillâ(TM)s confident direction and Brit Marlingâ(TM)s convincing lead performance will take you to sci-fi wonderland.
I have a high tolerance for gore and grotesqueries. Let me watch Martyrs, Antichrist, Pink Flamingos, A Serbian Film, etc. and I won't even cover my eyes. Like every other horror fan, I'd be happy to watch films that push the envelope. But they are called films for a reason. There should be an accompanying narrative. That sets them apart from "false snuff films". Unfortunately, The Human Centipede 2 is nothing but a sloppily made false snuff film.