Couch potatoes gonna couch potate (Your Movie Guide for the Holy Week)

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: Peter Jackson
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 to go!

***** 
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 this.

Inang Yaya (2006) Director: Pablo Biglang-awa/ Veronica Velasco
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
Another Studio Ghibli-Miyazaki product which you have to watch. I have my complete review here.

Heavenly Forest/ Tada Kimi Wo Aishiteru (2006) 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 Na-Sakonnakorn/Wasin Pokpong
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 their inspirations.”

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 (2007) 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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Friday, March 22, 2013

Couch potatoes gonna couch potate (Your Movie Guide for the Holy Week)

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: Peter Jackson
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 to go!

***** 
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 this.

Inang Yaya (2006) Director: Pablo Biglang-awa/ Veronica Velasco
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
Another Studio Ghibli-Miyazaki product which you have to watch. I have my complete review here.

Heavenly Forest/ Tada Kimi Wo Aishiteru (2006) 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 Na-Sakonnakorn/Wasin Pokpong
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 their inspirations.”

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 (2007) 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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