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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 30   Leave a comment

DAY 30:  Your Favorite Film This Time Last Year (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Farris, 2006)

First of all, WHEW! I made it til the 30th day. Hahaha. So this will be my last post for my 30 Day Film Challenge. 🙂

Little Miss Sunshine is the little movie that could. As a matter of fact, it did. It successfully captured the hearts of both the young and the old. The Hoovers, as dysfunctional as they can be, is what defines a family. Whether you all have different perspectives in life, at the end of the day you still belong to a family. Michael Arndt’s very touching and truthful screenplay is one of the high points of the film. Plus, the ensemble as well who all delivered. Standouts were Steve Carell as the gay uncle and Toni Collette as the sane mom.

It was my favorite film this time last year, and still is my favorite film this year. I just think this movie is the perfect way to end this countdown on a high note. 🙂

NEXT UP: 100 DAY FILM CHALLENGE! But I’ll probably think about it first. 🙂

Posted July 20, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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DAY 29: Your Favorite Film As a Kid – Toy Story (Lee Unkrich, 1995)

This was an easy choice for me. By this time, I think I only saw two movies: Power Ranger the Movie and this one. And while I’ll always consider myself as Power Ranger Red, this one has left a bigger and longer impact on me. No arguments needed, I literally grew up with this movie franchise. And it never lost its magic even once. 🙂

Posted July 19, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 28   2 comments

DAY 28: The Most Obscure Film You’ve Ever Seen – Zyzzyx Rd (John Penney, 2006)

I know, I know. You were all thinking WTF. What the hell did I take to watch this film. Truth is, I don’t even think you know this film exists, and I can’t blame you. It stars then struggling actress Katherine Heigl, and by looking at the poster, you’ll know this ain’t good. That’s a fact though. This was cheap Z-movie (can’t even say B movie) from start to end. The reason why I “discovered” this was I was researching on the film that is the lowest box office hit of all time, and yes you’re looking at it now.

For a budget of two million, it earned 20 dollars for its whole run. Actually, it was shown for six days in a cinema somewhere in Texas, and earned 30 dollars. But one of the three people who watched it wanted a refund, so the total earnings went back to 20 bucks. However, the purpose of the film was mainly to complete a necessity requirement to eb a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

I’m not fabricating any story here. That’s as true as it gets. LOL. I was even surprised to see a torrent of this film because I didn’t even think they’ll spend more money on DVDs. Hahaha. Anyway, that’s new found information for you guys!

Posted July 18, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 27   Leave a comment

DAY 27: Your Favorite Independent Film – Once (John Carney, 2007)

This is one small movie that has one big impact. I chose this because the movie is really independent (for the love of God, it was shot using a video camera). But that didn’t hinder it from delivering what the message of the film was. It’s a film about love. But unlike any other stories about love, it was never afraid to show love that hurts. Or love that doesn’t have a happy ending. Or that love is experimental by nature. There’s this emotional aspect that the film conveys so much that it makes me fall in love with the film the more I watch it.

And oh, Falling Slowly is definitely one of the best movie soundtrack in the history of cinema. That’s how good it was. IMO, it’s even one of the best songs ever.  🙂

Posted July 17, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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Day 26: Your Favorite Foreign Language Film – Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

I love how simple the approach with this film is, but still manages to get through you every single time. Amelie probably lives her life to the fullest and enjoys every single moment of it. Tautou sells every scene she’s in and does it with so much fun and wit that it highly affects your enjoyment of the movie. Also, how beautiful was France in the film!?!??! If you’re not a fan yet, then you’ll probably fall in love with that place.

Jean Pierre-Jeunet’s screenplay and direction treats the film as it’s one big fantasy dream sequence. Far fetched? Yes. Possible? Yes as well. How I wish I’d have to live my life like Amelie, even just in a dream. 🙂

Posted July 16, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 25   Leave a comment

DAY 25: Your Favorite Documentary Film – The Cove (Louie Psihoyos, 2009)

For someone who’s not gaga over watching documentaries (I have seen a lot, though), I find it pretty fascinating if there’s a docu I’ve seen that leaves impact days after I’ve seen it. That’s how I felt after watching The Cove. It was truthful, raw, and heartbreaking all a the same time. I’m no animal lover, but I don’t think that’s the point they’re establishing. It’s more on robbing the right of these poor dolphins to live, and co-exist with other species.

When I visited Hong Kong three years ago, we made it a requirement that we should visit a dolphin show. We actually did, but now that I know how fishy (pun intended) everything works backstage; the enjoyment factor is already gone. I recommend you to see it just so you can witness the cruelties that man can think of, for the purpose of money and power.


Posted July 15, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 24   Leave a comment

DAY 24: Your Favorite Animated or Children’s Film – Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata, 1988)

I’ll say it in ten words: If you did not shed a tear, you are nuts!

Posted July 14, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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DAY 23: Your Favorite Thriller/Mystery Film – Mother (Bong Joon-Hoo, 2009)

Mother is not your typical mystery film. It gives you a weird introduction, presents you the mystery, and it will lead you to one conclusion right after the other only to find out that it will introduce you to another mystery. The movie is pretty long, but I don’t feel that it is different to sit through. The technical aspects of the film were spot on thus, it gives you this creepy atmosphere that is every inch effective.

The real star of the show though is Hye-ja Kim whose chilling performance is the whole foundation of the movie. Right from the opening scene of the film up until the last few moments, it was definitely her show. Definitely a must watch. I’ve recommended it to others already, and they enjoyed the film as well. 🙂


Posted July 13, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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DAY 22: Your Favorite Horror Film – Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)

I had trouble choosing a movie for this one because I was floored with so many films that can fit here. I had The Shining, The Exorcist, The Others, Rosemary’s Baby etc. However, I decided to go with Hitchcock’s classic, Psycho. The reason why this is my favorite horror film is because it manages to scare the hell out of me without divulging into the ghosts, witches, and other supernatural stuff. What’s scarier is the fact that it involves real people, and how unpredictable they are with their actions.

When Marione Crane decided to ran away taking the $40,000 from the bank, you know for sure that it ain’t gonna end well. Karma will bite her back in the ass. And it sure did. The shower scene of this movie is probably one of the most iconic (and parodied) scenes in movie history. I must say “that” scene still gives me the creeps til this day. And that musical score? Definitely effective.

Posted July 12, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 21   Leave a comment

DAY 21:  Your Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film – Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2006)

It really makes me wonder why this underrated gem wasn’t given the proper reception it richly deserves. The movie was intriguing from start to finish, and there are no boring scenes; all thanks to Cuaron’s very impressive direction. The script was nothing to be ashamed of as well, and all the action scenes did not look forced at all. As a matter of fact, you’ll have a visual orgasm especially with  captiovating cinematography done by Emmanuel Lubezki. That’s probably my favorite aspect of the film. I already imagined how good it would have felt if I saw it in the theaters.

Clive Owen was perfect for the role of the main protagonist while Julianne Moore, and Sir Michael Caine gave decent to noteworthy supporting turns as well. Notice how I did not say anything about what the film is at all? It’s because I want you to watch it yourselves with no expectations so you’ll have a genuine appreciation of what this film is about, and so that I won’t affect your movie watching experience of this film. 🙂

Posted July 11, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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