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Monday, March 02, 2009

Movie Digest # 054

Power Plant, Cinema 6, February 19, 8:00pm

Complete. That’s my first impression. It’s also story and character-driven, something that you can share the story with a friend on a long bus trip. Of all the Clint Eastwood films that I have seen, this one’s the most Christian. It is executed without spoonfeeding the audience with too much doctrine. The ending is unexpected.

Friends who might appreciate it: my landlady.

Power Plant, Cinema 6, February 19, 10:15pm

This is probably one of Woody Allen’s most visually progressive films. It’s glossy and the zoom-ins are pretty much noticeable. Well, there’s nothing to expect much from a Woody Allen film. The theme/concept hasn’t changed. Still talky and witty and dealing with joy and frailty of a relationship. The first half for me is enjoyable (thanks to Barcelona’s film-friendly spots like Parc Guell, Casa Batllo and the famous La Sagrada Familia). But when the plot thickens (read: introducing Penelope Cruz’ character), it feels like there’s so much to digest. The wisdom on ménage à trois is treated as a rare treat like visiting a relaxing European city.

Friends who might appreciate it: those who are familiar with Gaudi’s lizard.

Glorietta 4, Cinema 7, February 26, 8:00pm

I primarily watched this film because of director Tom Tykwer. He has always been fascinating in terms of cinematography, clear-cut pacing and the theme about circumstances. “The International” is no exception. All the trademarks are there. It’s just that the film is too Hollywood for me. There’s nothing more to dig or discuss about as compared to his other works. For an action film, it’s a bit talky but I didn’t mind. I was all attuned in all the scenes, thanks to the visual and the editing. The action sequence in Guggenheim Museum is something that I haven’t seen yet. I can’t believe that they ruined the place. Maybe there’s a statement there but for sure it has nothing to do with the film’s overall notion.

Friends who might appreciate it: those who can’t move on with “Perfume”.

Glorietta 4, Cinema 6, February 26, 10:15pm

For its genre (rom-com), it’s definitely well-made and well-directed. But if you’re expecting something fresh, this is not your film. It’s anchored to being “pakilig” which, I can say, is very effective based on the shrieks from the crowd. At one point, the audience even clapped in the “power hug” scene. Goosebumps!

Friends who might appreciate it: those who believe that love can give you ulcer.

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