I am not much of a movie buff but I do like investing time on good films. College has actually taught me how to appreciate more of our local film industry. Here are some of the films that I had the privilege to watch this year.
Honor thy Father directed by Erik Matti
I have only watched few of Matti’s works but I always knew he makes some bad ass films. I have watched the second Mano Po some time when I was young (my family loves Mano Po, I think), Exodus, Tiktik and On the Job. I loved everything about On the Job from its cast to its cinematography. Its plot and story line were the main reasons why it became a champion film to me, so I was very excited to watch Honor thy Father because it is not every year that you’d get to see a Matti film shown in Elbi.
With On the Job, Piolo and Gerald along with veteran Joel Torre starred the film, and in all honesty I admit that I had prejudiced the two young actors in their roles. I had thoughts that they still might act their way to the heart of the mainstream cinema but they proved me wrong. With Honor thy Father, however, I was comfortable and even excited about how John Lloyd would fulfill his role.
I loved how this film took me into a different dimension. Made me cringe and thump my feet in my seat. I did not cry on how it ended but going home after watching it, I felt sinking into pools of invisible water only to realize that my heart felt heavier than the usual.
Rules: tag six movies you can watch at anytime and tag five people.
Hmm, this definitely took a bit of consideration. For those of you that don’t know, I am a movie buff! I adore film, especially vintage ones!
1. Casablanca, 1942
Probably my favourite movie of all time and easily one of the greatest films ever made. Storytelling at it’s finest, there’s intrigue, humour, drama, and of course, romance. If you haven’t seen this film yet then you should definitely consider checking it out.
2. Jaws, 1977
Absolutely love this film! No matter how many times I watch it, I get sucked in every single time. Spielberg is truly gifted at what he does and all of his film inspire me so much.
3. Some Like It Hot, 1959
Truly one of the funniest films ever! The writing is absolutely brilliant and it contains some surprising undertones and double entendres for the 1950s.
4. Footlight Parade, 1933
Fabulous film from the early 1930s aka the ‘precode’ era. Witty, wacky, fast paced musical starring James Cagney (one of my faves ). Love this film.
5. American Grafitti, 1973
Poignant, wonderful film! I adore everything about it from the 1950s theme to the fascinating characters.
6. The Wizard of Oz, 1939
I watch this film practically anytime it’s on. Whimsical, colourful, fun with Dorothy, Toto, and friends. What’s not to love?! Fun fact: 1939 is considered to be the pinnacle year of films. More legendary films were produced that year than any other.