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Problems with Inception

Well my problem with Inception is.

Trollish title. I was sick this past weekend and had a lot of time to kill around monday afternoon, when I was feeling slightly better. This allowed me to watch Doctor Zhivago a David Lean movie, which led to The Bridge on River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia. My main problem with most movies today not particularly Inception is the lack of composition, think of it this way. A super CGI film and the vistas still do not compare to the beauty of those three films,  those three film.

Thoughts on Sunshine (2007)

I’m declaring a temporary defeat. I suck at writing reviews. I take solace on my probably mistaken but comforting belief that the conversational and unstructured way of writing is more suited to a podcast or a conversation about a film rather than a formal review.

I’m procrastinating on watching Never Let Me Go. I still haven’t gotten over Atonement probably because it was the first time I watched a movie in Eastwood and I was practically alone in the movie house so I didn’t have to hold back the tears and the emotionalism that comes out whenever  something moves me, as a side note Keira Knightly’s  + british movie is slowly becoming equal to depressing for me.

Another aside I love this time of the year, award seasons is upon us and it means lots of screeners (sent to awards voters for them to see the films outside of academy/emmy/sag/golden globes showings.) This means I have True Grit 127 Hours,Never Let Me got, The Fighter (still haven’t finished this download), The Hunter and some other awards hopefuls on the to watch list.

Not really wanting to watch what would probably have my mind thinking non stop of f I decided to watch Sunshine by Danny Boyle. A film I didn’t catch when it was shown because I was graduating, getting fired from my first job , taking the EE board exams, or was in my first corporate job (I don’t remember but that was what was happening to me in 2007). I remember reading about this movie on ebert’s site and remembering how he liked it but not unequivocally.

I’d have to say that although this was pretty much classic

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Not finger-pointing

“I know what it is like to be a first-timer trying to get your film across the finish line,” he said. “In my day, you had to find a festival that would give you a cold audience. It’s important for filmmakers to find such an audience. It’s easy to fill up an auditorium with your friends—they may like [the film] because they like you. A cold audience gives you perspective; you will be told where the bad spots are.”

This is not a case of finger-pointing, Kidlat said. “I’m not downgrading the achievements of Cinemalaya stalwarts. I appreciate what they have done so far. However, the money mentality seems to [indicate] that it’s more efficient to put together the little leaguers with the big boys. Then you forget your mission.”

Thoughtfully, Kidlat asked, “What was your mission, Cinemalaya?”

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When Orange Calls for Black: The Racial and Sexual Impotence of ‘Get Hard.’ Plus: Al Pacino Is Great Again! «

Would love to watch good Al Pacino in a movie again. 🙂

But everybody here has that, especially Bening, who somehow finds a way to give the same clenched smile about 20 different meanings. It’s exciting to see a brilliant actor invent a character by thinking about what that woman does for work. Bening gets to reinvent customer service as a sterling personality trait. You get why she lowers her guard for this leathered, mildly obnoxious man, too: Pacino’s really enjoying himself.

Danny is miserable, but you can sense, immediately, that Pacino isn’t playing misery. The bottom that Danny has hit is spiritual. He needs to detox his soul. Pacino makes his way through this movie granting wishes and tossing out treats like a combination used-car salesman and leprechaun. It’s been years since he’s been this relaxed in a movie. You don’t care that he can’t make rock megastardom seem possible. Pacino makes himself seem plausible as a movie st

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The Top 10 Movies of 2014 «

Wesley Morris has Norte, the End of History as his film of 2014.

1. Norte, the End of History

Lav Diaz’s contemplation of life after someone else’s death taxis a runway for the first 35 of its 250 majestic minutes. Once it takes off, you can’t believe you’re flying. You don’t want to land. The story, set in the Philippines, of a man wrongly imprisoned for murder, the wife he’s left behind, and the moral rot of the real killer, is like a work of philosophical and spiritual origami — Dostoyevsky with human levitation and mood lighting. The movie roves wastelands; it climbs to heaven. With each passing scene, Diaz finds new ways of compounding the visual and emotional scope of the film, reaching a degree of artistry that provokes an involuntary response. When it ended the first time I saw it, I stood up, with tears in my eyes, and clapped. The second time, I just sat in my seat, awed by what Diaz had achieved, and perplexed as to how. On neither occasion did I feel like I had simply gone to a movie. I had answered the call of God.

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Taste the Rainbow: The Mouthwatering Colors of ‘Big Hero 6’ «

Coloring in animated movies has reached a place beyond conventional realness. It’s in a hyper-sensory realm. Merely watching Big Hero 6 feels inadequate. It does something synesthetic. It’s true that I didn’t see it in 3-D, but I’m not sure getting closer to the images would have kept me from trying to leap through the screen. This movie is so energetically fulgent and steroidally sweet that watching it is basically like losing your mind in the drug-store candy aisle. You want to lick the light and bite fake plastic and metal. (This must be what it’s like for kids to stand in front of a Jeff Koons.) I don’t know whether scientists have found a correlation between films that look like this and children’s addiction to them. But The Lego Movie looks like a galaxy of hard candy and happens to have grossed a zillion dollars. There are movies that treat you like a toddler and movies that reduce you to one. Big Hero 6 is the latter. You want to shove the whole thing in your mouth.

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