IMDb: A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.by
I’ve been making progress now. I’m able to see more than 3 movies to feature in this blog before the month of January ended. I’ve gotten more active here too, and so I’ve made it my goal to continue this winning streak (!). Steadily. Charot.
So without further ramblings, here are the movies I saw (either online or in the cinema) in January:
- Sing (2016)
It’s a charming feel-good animation movie that’s certainly perfect to watch if you are quite curious to see cute anthropomorphic animals sing and perform some modern and classic hits. If that above gif can’t convince you on watching this, I don’t know what else can.
2. Assassin’s Creed (2016)
Saw this in the cinema and it certainly left me puzzled and unsatisfied. I’ve never played the game or familiarized myself with the game’s story line so there’s that, definitely clouded my judgment. HOWEVER I was not familiar with the Warcraft video games and novels either but I sure did enjoy the movie. Immensely. Nevertheless, AC’s stunt work is great as well as its visual effects.
3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Surprisingly, I enjoyed this Star Wars standalone film more than The Force Awakens for several reasons: First, Mads Mikkelsen stars in it. The Chirrut Îmwe – Baze Malbus tandem was brilliant, funny and adorable af for me. I loooooooove K-2SO and I’m so glad he is no C-3PO who I find annoying. And most importantly, there’s extra love for this film because of the ethnic diversity of the casts in there. It’s amazing to see Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, and Riz Ahmed take on important roles in a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Nevertheless, both films are extremely enjoyable for me especially for the fact that the character leads are kick-ass females.
4. Perfect Blue (1997)
I got a little bit lost and confused in the ending and so I had to google about it. I ended up learning about Folie à deux (or shared psychosis), “a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief and hallucinations are transmitted from one individual to another”, thanks to Wikipedia.
5. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
I am super stoked about the upcoming Scarlett Johansson live-action version (mostly because I’m a ScarJo stan and waiting is such agony) and so to quell the embers of over-excitement, why not watch the original first?
6. The Cat Returns (2002)
A new favorite, this goes second on my animation list next to Howl’s Moving Castle. ?
7. The Graduate (1967)
I don’t know why I let time pass by before I watched this classic gem. But I guess there’s good reason to it. It’s so easy to connect with the mentally adrift, lost and confused Benjamin Braddock now that I’m out of college myself. Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of him was funny as hell. Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson was phenomenal, with a face and voice that’s distinctly unforgettable. Also worth-noting were the impressive camera-work, hilarious but mordant script and the heavy use of the sonically-endearing Simon and Garfunkel music.
8. The Godfather (1972)
The energy translated in the film was unbelievable, I’ve never seen such fine performances given not only by the lead roles but also by the minor characters (loved loved loved Luca Brasi and Clemenza). If you’ve never seen it yet, then this cinematic masterpiece (regardless of the gazillion times movie critics have said so) is truly worth your free time.
9. La La Land (2016)
Expected to get the usual feel-good cutesy-patootsie musical when Maneung and I decided to catch this on the big screen and so……………..To put it mildly, I was an emotional wreck in and out of the cinema. Maneung had to take some minutes to emotionally recuperate from it before going back to work.
10. Whisper of the Heart (1995)
It’s not on my top Studio Ghibli favorites but still worth a watch. Because of course it’s a Ghibli movie. If you are fond of the Studio’s other movie The Cat Returns, then you’ll be glad to see a cameo from a beloved character.
11. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
That Fredo-Michael scene was stupefying, it’s one of the most powerful scenes I’ve ever seen. Also, young Robert De Niro is sooo damn fiiiine.
12. The Great Wall (2016)
Though the look/feel/story of it is nothing more than that of your typical Hollywood blockbuster film, the impressive visual spectacle from the acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower) deserves to be enjoyed on the big screen. Honorable mentions: that glorious scene on the gif, the GORGEOUS costumes and Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal being cute together.
So there you go, those are the movies for January. Catch you again on the next one. Btw, how about you, what are the movies you saw in January? Would love to see you share about them. 🙂
Check out a clip of Diego Luna’s latest movie ‘Mr. Pig,’ world premiering at the Sundance Film Festival 2016. The film stars Danny Glover and Maya Rudolf, and tells the multi-layered story of a dying farmer who steals across the U.S.-Mexico border with an undocumented pig in order to give him a life he could never have in the United States.by
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Casts: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green
Movie synopsis: Paris, spring 1968. While most students take the lead in the May ‘revolution’, a French poet’s twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet and ‘adopt’ modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. A sexual threesome shakes their rapport, yet only the outside reality will break it up. [via IMDb]
* Jules et Jim
Director: François Truffaut
Casts: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre
Movie synopsis: Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. [via IMDb]
* Y Tu Mamá También
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Casts: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna
Movie synopsis: In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. [via IMDb]
* Castillos de Cartón
Director: Salvador García Ruiz
Casts: Adriana Ugarte, Biel Duran, Nilo Mur
Movie synopsis: An art student surprises his classmate and fellow artist by keeping the portrait he has painted of her when she believed she would own it after it was completed. The surprising turn of events continues into a seductive love triangle between her, him and a third student. [via IMDb]
* Gloomy Sunday
Director: Rolf Schübel
Casts: Joachim Król, Erika Marozsán, Stefano Dionisi
Movie synopsis: Budapest in the thirties. The restaurant owner Laszlo hires the pianist András to play in his restaurant. Both men fall in love with the beautiful waitress Ilona who inspires András to his only composition. His song of Gloomy Sunday is, at first, loved and then feared, for its melancholic melody triggers off a chain of suicides. The fragile balance of the erotic ménage à trois is sent off kilter when the German Hans goes and falls in love with Ilona as well. [via IMDb]
* Douches Froides (Cold Showers)
Director: Antony Cordier
Casts: Johan Libéreau, Salomé Stévenin, Florence Thomassin, Jean-Philippe Écoffey
Movie synopsis: The story of three teenagers: a beautiful girl, Vanessa, and two boys, Mickael and Clement, one rich, one poor. The story of Mickael – judo fanatic and doomed lover – and his parents, both convinced that the sky will one day come crashing down on their heads, and both more than able to cope when it does. Blackly comic, brutally funny, heartbreaking, truthful. A tragi-comedy about happiness and hardship, sex, luck and catastrophe. [via IMDb]
* Les chansons d’amour (Love Songs)
Director: Christophe Honoré
Casts: Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Chiara Mastroianni
Movie synopsis: A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris. [via IMDb]
* El Sexo de los ángeles
Director: Xavier Villaverde
Casts: Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Álvaro Cervantes, Llorenç González
Movie synopsis: Struggling martial artist and dancer Bruno loves his girlfriend Carla, but when he meets fellow dancer Rai, serious sparks begin to fly, opening the couple up to new possibilities. A new generation navigates sexual fluidity, torn affections, and open relationships in this steamy love triangle. But once Bruno’s clandestine encounters with Rai are revealed, a confused and hurt Carla kicks him out. But she simply doesn’t want to give up on her love. Eventually she agrees that Bruno can date them both as long as he keeps his life with Rai relatively separate. [via IMDb]
* Prada: Candy (Short Film)
Director: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Casts: Peter Gadiot, Rodolphe Pauly, Léa Seydoux