So it was one of those Saturday nights when I had nowhere to go and decided I’d watch “Black Swan”. There was me, Irish housemate, single English housemate with ballet/dancing background dying to watch “Black Swan”, English couple, one half of which is the woman with the PhD and is published, the other half of which […]Read More Black Swan review : so what was the hype all about again?
So, a former housemate of mine introduced me to “127 Hours” with the idea that it is about a guy who cuts off his arm when he is trapped in a boulder in a canyon for five days. I didn’t think much of it, but I did copy his copy of it. I had heard […]Read More 127 Hours – a study in existential transformation in the most unlikely of places
So last night, whilst talking to my housemates (a Chinese Canadian guy and a new British Chinese guy – yep, it’s two guys, a gay person and a house) we were talking about homesickness and what whether we have comfort films (like comfort food) that help get us through those dark times. Housemate number 1 […]Read More What’s your comfort film?
Back from a long absence! So I’ve been just reading (speculative fiction anthology edited by Ursula K. Le Guin, book by Terry Pratchett), or hunting for books to read (Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – which was already sold at the bookshop where I normally go to for good bargains. I have […]Read More Retro-review: All Over Me
So I came across this blog post “17 Things I’ve learned about life from watching movies and TV“(good post, check it out). The blog post inspired me so much I’d like to do my own, except it’s the top things I’ve learned from watching lesbian movies. 1. Character. The leads will always be extreme opposites. […]Read More 12 things I’ve learned from watching lesbian films
This is escapism I know, but one needs something to cope with all the madness and chaos that is the Philippines. So here are the movies I’ve watched in three lines or less: 1. 17 AGAIN: Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry) – or as we like to call him, Chandler: I want to be 17 again. […]Read More Movies! in 3 lines or less!
6:00 pm – Watching “Valley of Flowers” and “Martyrs” simultaneously. Common denominator: Mylene Jampanoi. 🙂 Though liked “The Chinese Botanist’s Daughter”, did not really like it enough to keep watching it again, but did like Mylene Jampanoi and Xiao Ran Li. 8:00 pm – “Valley of Flowers” looks like a classic Asian B-movie film,but I […]Read More Thursday: Discovering “Martyrs” with two more days to go in London…
I have a confession to make: I watched this film only because it had Sheetal Sheth in it. And the reason I watched it was because I was wilfing on the ‘net and I saw her interviews and I was struck with how articulate and passionate she was about things (which was in contrast to […]Read More Retro-mad film review: Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (US, 2006)
Came across this very succinct evaluation of 2009’s summer blockbusters on newsweek.com entitled “How much are the summer movies really worth? We do the math” (enticingly sub-titled “The real recession begins”). Funniest most useful movie review soundbite I’ve ever come across, that dissects how much a movie really costs. List includes: 1. Wolverine – valued […]Read More Newsweek’s Summer Blockbusters 2009 stakeout: You do the math
Directed by Christine Jeffs, written by Megan Holley The story: The Lorkowski family is falling apart. Father Joe Lorkowski (Alan Arkin) is a fly-by-night businessman who sells things from shrimp to dodgy kids’ goodies. Daughter Norah (Emily Blunt) is living with him and has just gotten fired from her job. At the center of it […]Read More Indie film retro-review: Sunshine Cleaning (US, 2008)