#486: Astroboy

February 23, 2011

I honestly did not understand this movie no matter how many times I watch it. Why? Simply because I always, ALWAYS end up falling asleep in the part wherein Astroboy becomes Astroboy (you know, that part when his father changed him into a cyborg in the hopes of retrieving his beloved son). But yes, I did understand though that Freddie Highmore provided the voice for Astroboy and that his father’s voice lent by Nicolas Cage. Feel free to enlighten me about this movie. I have no time to rewatch it. Plus, it’s not allowed for the challenge. ;P

The Titus Brandsma Experience

February 19, 2011 is the date for my very first Titus Brandsma film showing experience. Don’t ask me where it’s located, all I know is that it’s like a congregation that does a little film showing once in every month of the year. They showcase about four films depending on the month’s theme for free. Since last month was all about love, these were the following movies I was able to watch. And it honestly helped me with the 500 Movie Challenge that I’m currently doing (since I’m they’ll be showing 4 movies in one day, yay!). unfortunately, I was not able to finish Marilou Diaz – Abaya’s Tanikala which could be exciting to add on this list but I guess I’ll just look for a copy of it next time. Anyway. I’m excited to attend the next session on the 19th. Hihi!

In case you are interested (and are in the Philippines, in Metro Manila to be exact) to join this monthly screening, please do send me an email at underthefiretree@gmail.com

#491: Oasis (S.K., 2002)

Oasis is an unconventional love story about a midly mentally disabled thirty-something man who was just released after being accused of manslaughtering a man, and a woman with severe cerebral palsy. This film happens to be Lee Chang-Dong’s third feature film which stars Sol Kyung-Gu and Moon So-ri.

All I can remember (my apologies) is that the main lead characters are both oblivious to societies rules. One, being a man who’s a little mentally disabled and one who never conforms to what society expects him to be, turns out to be someone who’s capable of loving another individual. The female lead on the other hand also gave out a stupendous performance as a person with cerebral palsy. The parts wherein she would just stare at Hong Jong Du and suddenly we’re brought into her part of the story wherein she imagines that she’s able to just act like a normal person around him. The climactic parts of the film were alright. The ending however was.. clean.

#490: Walang Pag-ibig Sa Bunga

A short film by one of my Cinephile friends in Facebook, Epoy Deyto‘s winning entry in the UP Short Films last year. It was about 10 minutes long and it was made in sotanghon noodles, a puso ng saging walking around via stop motion, and a clear depiction of love in its simplest, cutest way.

Nope I wasn’t high when we all saw this in Titus. I was, in fact, eating Pancit Bihon. ;)

#489: I Girasoli (Sunflower)

One word: Heartbreaking

Vittorio De Sica is one to blame for making me cry. Most of his films that I’ve seen (including this one, obviously) include The Bicycle Thief wherein not only did I cried buckets full of tears, but felt that deep human emotion that you can possibly, and narrow it down to, for a lack of a better word, call as Pity.

This movie is about love lost, love found, but love that one can never have again. Just watch it and you’ll probably feel angry at gwapables Marcello Mastroianni OR feel pity (or feel something else..?) at Sofia Loren.

#475: Whatever Happened To Baby Jane

In this 26th day of The Five Hundred Movie/Film Challenge, I’ve decided to skip from #491 to #475 which actually is where I’m at in the said challenge. I will try to publish #491 to #476 though after I finish my thoughts on #475.

I don’t know why I’m explaining but I just feel like I owe you, yes you, whoever you are who happens to read this. And I owe this slight change to my fellow challengers.

Anyway, today is a rather gloomy day. I woke up late and finished some of my laundry and went ahead to catch up with my movies.

March 6, 2011

Directed by Robert Aldrich

Based on the novel by Henry Farrel

Cinematography by Lukas Heller

This suspense-psychological thriller is based on novel with the same name written by Henry Farrel which stars of Hollywood’s two greatest actresses of all time, Betty Davis(The Man Who Played God) and Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) and Victor Buono’s breakthrough film.  The movie opens in 1917 wherein Baby Jane Hudson performs on stage along with her father (played by Dave Willock) who plays the piano and wrote all the songs Baby Jane sings. Like most child stars, Jane is a spoiled brat who gets everything that she wants with the help ofher doting father and by bullying her sister, Blanche. The movie jumps to 1935 and both sisters are actresses. Only this time, Blanche is all the more popular and glamorous while Jane ends up closing her career as a drunkard brat.

One night after a party, the movie shows one woman at the front of a gate, the other woman at the car, revving up the engine and speeding towards the gate. I assumed that the other woman at the car must’ve planned on killing the other who was at the gate.

At present time, Blanche (Crawford) and Jane (Davis) are now aged and are both living alone in their Hollywood mansion. Blanche is now crippled from the automobile accident and is usually stuck in her bedroom. Jane on the other hand abuses the fact that Blanche can only depend on her due to her disability.

The funny thing is that Baby Jane or Jane Hudson seriously reminds me of how I think of child stars.. today: spoiled, viciously cruel, and very schizophrenic.

Anyway, my favorite parts of this movie was that part wherein Betty Davis had to pretend she was Blanche to call out on the doctor and tell them that Blanche (I mean she) was just having a fit and that there Jane wasn’t really crazy at all.

In the end, they reveal the real story as to what really happened to these two sisters during the automobile accident and one of them dies due to hunger and dehydration and one dances around a crowd of people thinking that they were there to watch her twirl while carrying an ice cream for her and her dying sister.

T5MC #492: Winter Passing

I’ve missed out on a lot of days to publish all of my blogs but rest assured I have kept a list in my physical journal of all the movies I’ve watched since day one of The 500 Movie Challenge. I’m so glad that some of my Cinephile friends have joined in the challenge, too.

Speaking of which, if you (whoever you are) are interested in joining, please do refer to this page: https://underthefiretree24.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/the-500-movie-challenge/

February 17, 2011

I’ve already seen this last year but at the moment I have no other option but to select from my VCD collections since I have no time to argue with Coby the DVD player.  I’ve seen this movie though through cable a couple of years back but since I was so young and so naive then to understand why Zooey Deschanel, who was already my idol then, had to have a love scene in this movie.

But anyway, I’m a woman now and I’ve gone past that stage. And besides, the love scenes weren’t that important anyways. This 2005 indie drama film is Adam Rapp’s directorial debut about an actress Reese Holden(Deschanel) who’s been offered a small fortune by a publisher (Amy Madigan) only for her to go back to Michigan and locate the “lost love letters” her father, a reclusive novelist Don Holden (Ed Harris), had exchanged with her mother who’s also a novelist within the height of their careers.

Reese returns back to Michigan despite her feud with her father to retrieve the letters. However, she finds that her childhood home is now being occupied by two strangers played by Will Ferrell and Amelia Warner. Ferrell plays the strange Christian musician Corbit (whom Deschanel had already starred with a few years back in Elf). His performance made me forget that he was once or maybe several times.. funny. Warner plays Shelley, Don Holden’s former student whom Reese at one point accuses of sleeping with her father.

The setting made me feel like I was indeed watching a depressing, small budget movie. But I like how it made me feel that way. There were however little details that I still couldn’t put my finger into like when Reese threw her kitten in the lake.