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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 23   Leave a comment

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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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 22   Leave a comment

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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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 20   Leave a comment

DAY 20: Your Favorite Romantic Film – Love Story (Arthur Hiller, 1970)

Love means never having to say you’re sorry.

Yeah so it can be as formulaic and dated as it can be, but it was sure damn effective. This is probably the root of all love stories that gave us a premise that love can survive even after one of the lovers die. It was romantic, yet it was tragic. It showed us that love can be of many layers. It wasn’t only a love story between a man and a woman. It was a story of love that exists among many kinds of people. I know I sound as if I’m an encyclopedia vendor trying my hell best to sell the movie for you but actually I don’t. What I’m getting at is that it gets through you.

It’s easy to dismiss this film but when my cousin recommended me to watch it, I look it up and found that it won 5 Golden Globes, and got Oscar nominations for the two lead stars (and a supporting actor), the director, screenplay, original score, and Best Picture. So I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in liking this one. 🙂

Posted July 10, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 19   Leave a comment

DAY 19:- Your Favorite Action Film – The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)

My actual answer is the whole LOTR trilogy but I think that will count as cheating so I just chose my favorite from the series. While I acknowledge the fact that it’s the last one that got all the accolades and probably is the most fitting way to end this saga, I still prefer the first one as we get introduced to the wonderful world of hobbits. The first one gets to achieve the perfect balance that I think the second one lacked, and the third one exceeded. This is the most grounded among the three I guess. Though I feel that the trilogy in its entirety is one of the best outputs film the silver screen has ever produced. 🙂

I’ll also commend it as it broke down the genre bias the Academy has over fantasy films.

Posted July 9, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 18   4 comments

DAY 18: Your Favorite Comedy Film – Election (Alexander Payne, 1999)

Based on Tom Perotta’s novel of the same title, Election is a humorous look in the crazy world of.. yupyougotitright elections! The school’s student council is open for nominations and some students signed up for the role of president. Whatever their motives differs from one’s perspective. We have Tracy Flick, the best student in school though best probably means most studious. Then you’ve got sports jock Paul running as a huge contradiction to Flick, with history teacher Jim McAllister on his back.

The dark humorous approach Payne did in this film is what makes this film weird, albeit memorable. The cliche moments were over the top yet it blends well with the overall atmosphere of the film. Reese Witherspoon’s Tracy Flick (probably one of my all time personal heroes) is the original, and strongly written version of Glee’s Rachel Berry. One of the film’s stronger aspects is its screenplay, creatively written by Payne together with Jim Taylor.

This is probably one of my favorite films ever as it gives us a glimpse of the dirty world of politics. I’ve used this as an inspiration when I wrote the script for my Hum2 class in college when we dealt with Arts and Politics. Election gets to mix humor and reality, something that rarely happens in the field of comedy. This won’t probably appeal to every one, but to those who did well then, congratulations! 🙂

Posted July 8, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 17   2 comments

DAY 17: Your Favorite Drama Film – The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998)

One of the most intriguing and original movies I have seen in recent years, Truman Show was a good predecessor to the current reality series obsession we have about observing the life of others 24/7. In this film, Jim Carrey plays the title role whose life was under scrutiny by others ever since he was born. Can you just imagine the amount of attention he received especially during the most crucial moments of his life?

Anyway, my favorite scene here was near the end when he was talking, to the fake sun and/or moon and when he started to realize that he’s been living his whole life on a big TV set. How Carrey failed to grab an Oscar nod for this is beyond ridiculous. The screenplay, direction, the acting, and probably the art direction (which is my favorite) is in top notch form. Definitely one of my all time bests!

Posted July 7, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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