Sunday, August 10, 2014

001 & 002

Draft Day

Served with more politics and less game play. And I knew that. I expected that, but the politics moved slow. No urgency. There were no panic scrambling and smart moves. Moreover, it seemed to be filled with cardboard characters. Unmemorable. I had very little empathy for anybody. The personal relations fell flat paired with uninspired back stories.

1.5 of 5

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Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespearean tragedies beg me to stab my eyes. His comedies, on the other hand, are quite enjoyable. They are comedies with a flare for over-the-top drama. Shakespeare did manage to find a clever way to dumb down its characters. 

It is one of the Shakespearean works that nicely translates on screen. (together with A Midsummer Night's Dream. you didn't like it? you can go read other blogs.) I thought the muted texture outdated the modern setting which complemented the original Shakespearean play's time frame.

Whedon's familiar faces helped with the good rapport and banter. Whedon also managed to lessen the amount of characters in order to make it less fussy and busy.

4.5 of 5

Friday, August 1, 2014

The 100-Movie Challenge

It's self-imposed because it's been repeatedly told to me that I've got time. It's August and I've got five months to go (before, you know, the year ends), but there's plenty of time.

The original idea was to do books. Fifty-five of them in 5 months. With e-books, it is possible. I don't want to do e-books, but I also don't have access to a decent bookstore here.

TV shows? Hardly a challenge anymore.

Movies. I ended up with movies.

The list is self-made. It's still incomplete. And if you've got any suggestions, you can leave them here. Or tweet me?

I do enjoy my dramas, but good lords, send me some comedy. Send me something horrible and tasteless just for the fun of it, so I can bitch and moan about it.


There is a strong aversion to thriller/suspense because sleep has already been erratic, I don't want it to give up on me completely. However, if I'm, er, brave enough, I'll squeeze in Oculus and Magic Magic.

I've covered most of 2013 and 2014, so how about some from several years ago? Oh, and there's a 98% chance I'm going to say "no" to Avengers, Hunger Games, and Divergent. Give me something similar to... Bright StarInto the Wild, Milk, or Persepolis? Oh, god. Bright Star.

And here's the tentative list:

  1. The Wind Rises (dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Animation, 2013)
  2. Ilo Ilo (dir. Anthony Chen, Drama, 2013)
  3. Metro Manila (dir. Sean Ellis, Crime Drama, 2013)
  4. Draft Day (dir. Ivan Reitman,  Sports Drama, 2014)
  5. Stranger by the Lake (dir. Alain Guiraudie, Drama, 2013)
  6. From Up on Poppy Hill (dir. Goro Miyazaki, Animation, 2011)
  7. Grave of the Fireflies (dir. Isao Takahata, Animation, 1988)
  8. The Last Day on Mars (dir. Ruairi Robinson, Sci-Fi, 2013)
  9. Need for Speed (dir. Scott Waugh, Action, 2014)
  10. How I Live Now (dir. Kevin Macdonald, Romance, 2013)
  11. The Motel Life (dir. Alan and Gabe Polsky, Drama, 2012)
  12. Afternoon Delight (dir. Jill Soloway, Comedy/Drama, 2013)
  13. Yves Saint Laurent (dir. Jalil Lespert, Biography, 2014)
  14. The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (dir. Frederik Bond, Comedy/Drama, 2013)
  15. Michael Kohlhaas (dir. Arnaud des Pallières, History/Drama, 2013)
  16. A Thousand Times Good Night (dir. Erik Poppe, Drama, 2013)
  17. The Grand Budapest Hotel (dir.. Wes Anderson, Comedy, 2014)
  18. Prince Avalanche (dir. David Gordon Green, Comedy/Drama, 2013)
  19. Moon Man (dir. Stephan Schesch, Animation, 2012)
  20. Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Joss Whedon, Comedy/Drama, 2012) 
  21. Super (dir. James Gunn, Comedy, 2011)
  22. Chef (dir. Jon Favreau, Comedy, 2014)
  23. The Zero Theorem (dir. Terry Gilliam, Sci-Fi, 2013)
  24. Fruitvale Station (dir. Ryan Coogler, Biography, 2013)
  25. Venus in Fur (dir. Roman Polanski, Drama, 2013)
  26. Neighbors/Bad Neighbors (
  27. Frances Ha (dir. Noah Baumbach, Comedy/Drama, 2012)
  28. The Losers (dir. Sylvain White, Action, 2010)
  29. Hide Your Smiling Faces (dir. Daniel Patrick Carbone, Drama, 2014)
  30. Celeste and Jesse Forever (dir. Lee Toland Krieger, Romance/Comedy, 2012)
Frank (Lenny Abrahamson, 2014), Laggies (Lynn Shelton, 2014), Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, 2014), and Jersey Boys (Clint Eastwood, 2014) aren't available online yet, so they're not officially on the list.