When Faye Played Joan: Mommie Dearest (1981)

On paper, Mommie Dearest looked like an easy Oscar nomination for its leading lady Faye Dunaway. Fresh from a decade of career bests and a Best Actress trophy for Network (1976), Dunaway was on her A-game and was being recognized as one of Hollywood’s most well-rounded actresses. Unfortunately, the tides turned on her ad director Frank…

The Stylish Beat of the Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

When I think of style personified in modern film, the very underrated The Talented Mr. Ripley is one of the very first things that come to mind. The mentally perverted film by director Anthony Minghella is his very best work, in a career that includes a Best Picture winner (1996’s The English Patient). Matt Damon shines as the conniving,…

Harry Potter in Retrospect

Recently, I had the pleasure of re-visiting all eight Harry Potter films on Blu-Ray. After hours upon hours of dissecting each and every film, I’ve come to a conclusion that Harry Potter only gets better with age. It’s far and away the best young adult movie series ever made – surpassing the quality, production value, writing and…

The Sex Comedies of Doris Day and Rock Hudson

Despite what we know today about Rock Hudson, whenever he paired up with cutie crooner Doris Day, screen magic was always made. Their efforts in creating three witty sex comedies (in partnership with their third-party and always dependable supporting actor Tony Randall) are always a highlight when I think of the fluffy days of the…

The Late Coming and Rocky Road of David O. Russell

Director David O. Russell first made a splash in the film industry after his debut feature film Spanking the Monkey (1994) won him accolades at both the Independent Spirit Awards and Sundance Film Festival. The director was an instant darling to the art scene, and became somebody to watch. Years after, O. Russell found himself in numerous scandals…

Subtlety at Its Finest: The Nun’s Story (1959)

Hearing a title like The Nun’s Story (1959) could be a turn-off to some people. I, on the other hand, am almost obsessed with film nuns. They are always full of wisdom (like Peggy Wood’s under-appreciated Mother Superior in 1965’s The Sound of Music) or are used in dark and disturbing settings (see the 1947 cult classic Black Narcissus), and that…

Why “Whiplash” is Still the Best Movie of 2014, A Love Letter.

It’s no doubt that Whiplash is an awards player for Oscar Season 2014. It’s even strange for a movie lover not to be predicting J.K. Simmons (arguably Edward Norton for Birdman too) as the frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. But as the season unfolds, I’m praying that Supporting Actor isn’t only the category that we…

My 5 Favourite Marilyn’s: Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!

Happy birthday to the one and only ultimate Hollywood sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe who would have turned 88 years old today! What people tend to forget about Marilyn is that she wasn’t only an icon with a scandalous life, but she was one hell of a performer! From her small beginnings in glorified, ditzy cameo roles all…

My 5 Favourite Audrey’s: Happy Birthday Audrey Hepburn!

Happy birthday to one of the classiest ladies of old Hollywood, the loverly Audrey Hepburn. Today, she’d be 85 years old. I admit, there are still two very important Hepburn movies I need to see to complete her fierce filmography, but that’s not what we’re celebrating today. Today, we are celebrating a day a legend was born….

16 or so Holiday Movies That’ll Put You in the Christmas Spirit!

Merry Christmas ya filthy animal! is probably one of my favourite lines from a Christmas movie. If you don’t know where it’s from, its from the childhood classic “Home Alone” (1990), which definitely changed all of our childhood’s one way or another (I’m pretty sure you tried sabotaging someone with toys and other household items). But…

2013 in Film (So Far).

NOTE: I’m speaking the the Philippine context. So everything included on this list are films released or already seen in the Philippines, or in Manila more particularly. 2013 has been quite a juicy year for the motion picture industry, both Hollywood and locally. By far, the best of the year has been Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”, which has…