So, you’re staying home this coming Holy
Week? Here’s my own movie list, in case you may also want to use it.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) Director: David Gelb
Jiro, known to many as the world’s greatest
sushi chef, gets to star in his own documentary film about his lifelong passion—making
the best sushi in town. The movie features the 3-starred Michelin chef in his
small, inauspicious store in one of Tokyo’s subway stations. It also provides a
glimpse of Jiro’s relationship with his worthy heir, his eldest son Yoshikazu who
is unable to live up to his potential under his father’s shadow.
Kuya Paulie already finished watching this
movie so I guess it’s high time I do too. After all, I recommended this to him
(of course, in support to his Feeling Foodie Project).
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
(2001-2003) + The Hobbit (2012) Director:
Four movies with almost three hours screening
time each. How productive can I get? Ah, but I have to finish these this coming
long weekend or I’ll suck at pop culture references. Haha!
Amour (2012) Director: Michael Haneke
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Amour is the
story of a couple—Georges and Anna—in their eighties. “They are cultivated,
retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad
with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is
severely tested.” Hmmm, curiosity strikes. Plus, this movie won the Academy
Award for Foreign Language Film. Might as well see it for myself.
A Scanner Darkly (2006) Director: Richard Linklater
Again, here’s what RT has to say about the
movie’s plot: “The war on drugs has been lost, and when a reluctant undercover
cop is ordered to spy on those he is closest to, the toll that the mission
takes on his sanity is too great to comprehend in director Richard Linklater's
rotoscoped take on Philip K. Dick's classic novel. With stratospheric concern over
national security prompting paranoid government officials to begin spying on
citizens, trust is a luxury and everyone is a suspected criminal until proven
otherwise. Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) is a narcotics officer who is issued
an order to spy on his friends and report back to headquarters. In addition to
being a cop, though, Arctor is also an addict. His drug of choice is a
ubiquitous street drug called Substance D, a drug known well for producing
split personalities in its users.”
The movie has drugs, crime and a battle
between the different psyches of the lead character—quite interesting. Plus, its
animation was also intriguing to look at and later on experiment with. I’m good
Here’s another list of movies I watched and
am highly recommending because it’ll either tug at your precious hearts or
burst you into tears. Hehe.
Magnifico (2003) Director: Maryo delos Reyes
One of the more highly-acclaimed Filipino
films, Magnifico is the story of a young boy who earnestly helps his parents save
up money to bury his grandmother who’s dying of cancer. The lead character’s
innocence and sincerity would positively change the lives of the many people
around him and up until the movie’s end, Magnifico pushes us to rethink our
choices and priorities in life. Char. Hehe. No, seriously, you should watch
Inang Yaya (2006) Director: Pablo Biglang-awa/ Veronica
This movie’s quite underrated because, just
like Magnifico, it was produced independently. It’s a story of a nanny (yaya in
Filipino) who has to choose between her daughter, Ruby or Louise, the girl she
takes care of. What I like about this film was its simplicity. It doesn’t
overbear, it’s just right on spot. It’s also quite a tearjerker, so you may
want to watch this separate from Magnifico. Hehe.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Director: Isao Takahata
IMDB succinctly describes the film’s plot: “A
tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in
Japan during World War II.” The movie’s quite long but the simple hand-drawn animation
and the cute Setsuko are enough to get you glued on the screen. By the way,
animation’s done by Studio Ghibli, so points for that too.
Spirited Away (2001) Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Heavenly Forest/ Tada Kimi Wo Aishiteru
Director: Takehiko Shinjo
It’s a love story friends. But don’t worry,
it’s not as cheesy as you think it may be, because for one, it’s Japanese,
quite different from the Filipino concept of romantic love. Hehe. This is of
course not to put a negative bias on Filipino romantic films, they’re just
simply different. A separate blog post may suffice.
Anyhoo, Tada Kimi “focuses on the
relationship that evolves between a photographer named Makoto, and two of his
female university classmates, Shizuru and Miyuki.” That’s lifted from Wiki.
Watch it to verify. Chos.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2010) Director: Puttipong Pormsaka
If you don’t like to cry over love stories,
take this Thai movie as your alternate. It has Mario Maurer, people. Hehehe.
Wiki has this to say about the movie’s plot: “The story depicts love in the eye
of young people who first experience it and how it affects their lives and
I totally love this movie I watched it three
times. Hahaha! The first time I did, I watched it alone. And then with the
family; finally, with friends who doubt my rave review about the film. Haha! I
love this movie because it really shows you puppy love and all the things that
make you crazy about it. I know because I had elementary crushes too! Hahaha!
Anyway, just watch it and have fun!
Like Stars on Earth/Taare Zameen Par
Director: Aamir Khan
This movie is a Bollywood product. Don’t
fret. It’s a great family movie. Here’s my full review.
3 Idiots (2009) Director: Rajkumar Hirani
From IMDB: “Two friends are searching for
their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the
memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the
rest of the world called them "idiots".” For graduating students, I
think this is one movie you shouldn’t miss. It’s both funny and heartwarming.
Go, download it now!
There you go. I have more to recommend, but I
thought you might also want to use the remaining days of the Holy Week for
reflection because that’s the reason why we had this days off. Hehe. Or for
other forms of recreation. Couch potatoes gonna couch potate, remember. Hahaha!
Enjoy the weekend, people!
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