Category Archives: Movies

Vanilla Sky (2001).

February 11, 2018

IMDb: A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.

 

I am trying to watch Penelope Cruz’s filmography and this is the second consecutive film of hers  since the new year that I didn’t really like/enjoy with burning passion. Cheesy script, cheesy moments, a lot of dragging parts, and not so long after Julie Gianni crashed the car and sent it over a bridge did I realize I was already losing interest in the story. in fact, I found that the only sympathetic character there is here was Julie Gianni. The beautiful Cameron Diaz played the jilted lover-gone-mad so vibrantly, I felt soooo bad for her everytime she’s on screen I got a little bit melancholic. Her eyes speak ha pain! Sigh…the crazy things you do for love.

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Teorema (1968).

February 4, 2018

IMDb: A strange visitor in a wealthy family. He seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter and finally the father before leaving a few days after. After he’s gone, none of them can continue living as they did. Who was that visitor ? Could he be God ?

 

 

The whole time I was watching this movie, it felt like being so close to God. Thank you, Pasolini. ✨

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The Love Witch (2016).

February 2, 2018

IMDb: A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her.

 

I figured it was just proper to start February with this movie, plus having the super blue blood moon also was a delightful timing. And oh, speaking of delightful, consuming a string of Lana del Rey videos after watching it was the cherry on top of the whole experience. 🍒

 

Movie-fact worth noting: Director Anna Biller did just about everything: from directing, writing, much of the set decorations and costumes, actors’ make-up, down to the editing of the whole movie. Impressive feat!

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Call Me by Your Name (2017).

January 25, 2018

IMDb: In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

 

My heart is still broken since this movie broke it last night. I can’t get it off my mind. It is such a powerful portrait of love and heartbreak, I ended up an absolute mess come its last scene. I feel sorry for everyone who was affected by it, too. Lol. I feel you.

As for the direction and everything, I just want to live inside a Luca Guadagnino movie. And Elio’s parents are the cutest!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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Sex and Lucia/ Lucía y el sexo (2001).

January 22, 2018

IMDb: Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.

 

Movies that are complex, compelling, and visually attractive all at once are so recherché that finding one I had to take some moment to catch myself and breathe properly. Lol! Funny but true. This movie goes straight to my list of favorites. 💕

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Thelma (2017).

January 21, 2018

IMDb: A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who’s in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge as seizures with devastating results.

 

 

What a beautiful and beguiling piece of art….the first minutes of this film is one of the most distinctive and arresting I’ve seen.

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L’Eclisse (1962).

January 15, 2018

IMDb: A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man’s materialistic nature.

 

Save for the use of blackface and racism, this film is awe-inspiring. It’s shot gorgeously. Features attractive modern architecture, beautiful interiors, inspired furniture, stylish shots of serene spaces….left me speechless.

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Coco (2017).

January 13, 2018

IMDb: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

 

 

One of the best Pixar movies out there. Visually stunning —- the colors just made me extremely happy, its narrative very well-thought-out, very engaging and heart-warming, with elements that are centered on traditions easily relatable to me. Left me crying in the cinema. 🙂

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The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman/ La noche de Walpurgis (1971).

January 12, 2018

IMDb: Elvira is travelling through the French countryside with her friend Genevieve, searching for the lost tomb of a medieval murderess and possible vampire, Countess Wandessa. They find a likely site in the castle of Waldemar Daninsky, who invites the women to stay as long as they like. As Waldemar shows Elvira the tomb that supposedly houses the countess, she accidentally causes the vampire to come back to life, hungrier than ever. Daninsky has a hidden secret of his own, but will it be enough to save the two girls from becoming Wandessa’s next victims?

 

 

Well….I live for old Euro (and Pinoy!!!) horror films. This movie piqued my curiosity when I saw the 2nd gif above while on the web one day. I loved it. It’s the kind of horror film I could watch over and over again because it’s not the jump-scare kind of horror. It’s very atmospheric and moody. I was completely enchanted by the slow-mo effect done on the lady vampires scenes. Wickedly dreamy, cool and chic, and haunting all at once.

Also, this is my first Paul Naschy movie. I’ve come to learn that Naschy is considered by many as Spain’s finest maker of horror movies. Quoting Amando de Ossorio, another great Spanish horror film director:  “The boom of the European horror film was because of Naschy and we have to recognize that.”

This movie, in particular, achieved worldwide success during the year it was screened, and is believed to be the one to jump-start the Spanish fantasy-horror boom.

 

If you want to learn more about this movie, here’s a spectacular and very informative review to consume: atthemansionofmadness//The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman

 

Amazing article about Naschy: The unseen movies of legendary horror filmmaker Paul Naschy

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