I am quite a Guillermo del Toro fan since I watched “Pan’s Labyrinth” back in my college boarding house in 2010. He has a masterful way of telling a story, and despite his movies being fairy-tale like, you can pick up many real-life parallels in the characters and setting. One way or another, you might be even left to interpret your own understanding of the events in the movie.
As a fan, I got pretty excited when I first heard about “The Shape of Water.” Del Toro did not have any new movie that I heard of since “Crimson Peak,” and the good reviews also piqued my curiosity even more.
Unfortunately here in the Philippines, “The Shape of Water” is not widely released. It was no surprise though – most critically-acclaimed movies abroad are not exactly the types that get to be blockbuster hits in this country. Continue reading
Now first and foremost, this is intended as a reaction to the popular Netflix show, “Narcos,” and not some political pop culture-propaganda (yes, I made that term up) conjured to get attention or money from any group or whatnot.
So in other words, I watched “Narcos” and it made me realize a few things about the current war on drugs, because to be honest, you could really see a lot of similarities between what happened in 1980s Colombia and modern-day Philippines. Just not with narco-terrorism because Colombia really had it bad, but more on the issue about extra-judicial killings, American/DEA involvement, and corruption from the higher-ups. Continue reading
Being a working-law student (and a single mother) does not give me much time to keep up with all the new movies and TV shows that the entertainment industry keeps producing year after year.
However, that did not exactly stop me from watching shows that I AM REALLY INTERESTED IN. To which I mean, Netflix’s recent adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s book series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is one of the exceptions to that general rule.
I said “one of the exceptions” because I also keep up with “Game of Thrones” and “Narcos.” Yup. I will talk about that in a different post, but that is, if I actually get the time to do so. Continue reading
So here I am again, this is still the second time that I’m posting a book review in this blog. The first one is a review of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel.
This time, it will be a book from another favorite genre of mine: Historical Fiction.
My love for Historical Fiction obviously has its roots in my love for History – most specifically, the Medieval to Renaissance period.
Last December 2015, I got to spend Christmas alone. So it was the perfect time for me to line up a movie marathon that basically also doubles as an anti-thesis to that annual sh*tfest called the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
I picked a movie that was selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Well, the other reason why I picked this movie is because Emily Browning plays the lead role and she is like, my ultimate girl crush. If you aren’t familiar, she’s that girl from “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Suckerpunch” among others. Third but not the least reason is, the movie is also a musical project by Stuart Murdoch (from the music band Belle & Sebastian), more on that later.
This movie is God Help the Girl.
Begin Again is one of those movies that didn’t got big here in the Philippines (I don’t even remember seeing this open in the local theaters). As a result, I only knew this through YouTube’s recommended videos last January 2016 (almost 2 years since the film’s release).
The trailer is at best, ‘meh’. But as I scrolled through the comments, a lot of people left really good reviews. So I decided to check it out.
When it comes to stories, most of my preference since I was young veer to the weird and creepy. As a kid, I love to scare myself with stories about ghosts, demons, and other paranormal stuff. My dad always reminded me of that whenever I watch horror/thriller movies at home.
Yet as I got older, I switched my interests to the more “evil-human” side: the psychos, cold and calculating villains, the quiet neighbor who’s actually hiding literal skeletons in their closet, stuff like that.
I love my stories to be more in touch with reality nowadays, even if they are sick and disturbing. I used to read about serial killers in a popular website, Crime Library (that site’s gone now). It’s not because of the gruesome details, I’m just fascinated on why notorious killers kill. What makes them tick? The Crime Library site detailed such cases wonderfully.
And then came Gillian Flynn. Continue reading