Quick Review: Empire of the Sun (1987, Steven Spielberg)

RATING: 9/10 Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Niger Havers, Joe Pantoliano Screenplay: Tom Stoppard (Based on the novel by J.G. Ballard) Synopsis: Jim Graham (Christian Bale), a little English boy living in World War II China must now survive on his own when he unexpectedly gets separated from his parents during the Japanese occupation….

Quick Review: Wuthering Heights (1939, William Wyler)

RATING: 10/10 Director: William Wyler Cast: Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, David Niven, Flora Robson, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Hugh Williams Screenplay: Charles MacArthur & Ben Hecht (Based on the novel by Charolette Bronte) Synopsis: The tragic romance of Heathcliffe (Laurence Olivier) and Catharine Earnshaw (Merle Oberon) is told through the eyes of a servant in the estate of Wuthering Heights, where…

Quick Review: Far From Heaven (2002, Todd Haynes)

RATING: 7/10 Director: Todd Haynes Cast: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Patricia Clarkson, Dennis Haysbert, Viola Davis Screenplay: Todd Haynes Synopsis: Cathy Whitaker’s (Julianne Moore) life is turned upside down when she learns of her husbands homosexuality and starts developing feelings for an African-American man in 1950s America. Quick Thoughts: 1. It’s true, I’m always so nostalgic when it comes to…

Revisiting “Pleasantville” (1998): An Instant Modern Classic

I would consider Gary Ross’ “Pleasantville” as a modern day masterpiece. The director, now (who is more popularly known to today’s cinema fans as the one who did “The Hunger Games” last year), reached a career best back in 1998 (in my opinion one of the strongest years in modern day cinema) with this instant…

Quick Review: To Die For (1995, Gus van Sant)

RATING: 6/10 Director: Gus van Sant Cast: Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon, Casey Affleck, Illeana Douglas, Alison Folland Screenplay: Buck Henry (Based on the novel by Buck Henry) Synopsis: An aspiring news anchor, Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) would do anything to become a star, including hiring three small town teenagers to murder her husband. Quick Thoughts: 1. “To…

Gene Kelly: The Dancing Cavalier

If you haven’t heard of “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) or its movie star Gene Kelly, then you’re missing half of your life. Fact. Gene Kelly defines a certain era of Hollywood song and dance men with his all around acting, dancing, directing, producing and choreographing. He was the only musical man that did all…

Rita Hayworth on DVD, Gene Kelly in the Rain (and others too).

I’m currently at the Hong Kong International airport waiting for my flight back to Manila. One reason why I’m so excited to come home from this amazing vacation is because of my new DVDs. Which includes “Gilda” (1946), the Charles Vidor classic starring Rita Hayworth which is tickling my cinematic mind right now. Can’t wait…

A tribute to this guy…coming soon.

One of my favourite scenes in a movie musical. Can you guess who this is? Playing “Xocolat” in which 1951 movie? Another clue? Another shot from the movie: Still don’t know? Here’s one last shot (and one of my favourites):