One-Second Film Review: Sabine Bernardi’s German film Romeos (2011)

Director: Sabine Bernardi

Screenplay by: Sabine Bernardi

Starring: Rick Okon, Maximilian Befort, Liv Lisa Fries, Felix Brocke, and Silke Geertz

A wonderfully-made film about a young female-to-male transgender falling in love with a gay man. The film shows a love that transcends not only the body but also gender. Rick Okon is a splendid actor. He is able to show an FTM transgender’s frustrations with his body, family, and society. Wonderful, simply wonderful.


One-Second Film Review: Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables (2012)

Director: Tom Hooper

Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, and Cameron Mackintosh

Screenplay by: William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer (based on Les Miserables (musical) by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen


One-Second Film Review: Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me (2013)

Director: Louis Leterrier

Producers: Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci

Screenplay by: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, and Edward Ricourt

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman

What I love about this film are its surprising ending (unless you pick up the clues along the way), the spectacle, the unique mixture of thriller and magic/illusion, and the cast (despite poor characterization, since there’s no character build-up for each one, except for Ruffalo’s). There are also several questions left unanswered but since there will be a sequel, I hope that they’ll be answered on the next film.

Special Mention: The piercing I-am-smarter-than-you scene between Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. (Seriously, they’re like legends trying to out-bitch each other in an argument)


One-Second Film Review: Alan Brown’s Private Romeo (2011)

Director: Alan Brown

Producers: Agathe David-Weill, Kevin Ginty, Alan Brown, Alli Maxweel, Matt Janes, and Glen Trotiner

Screenplay by: Alan Brown (based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet)

Starring: Seth Numrich, Matt Doyle, and Hale Appleman

Unlike most American gay indie films that lack depth and proper direction, this film is surprisingly good. Great acting performances from all actors, especially Hale Appleman, who plays the military student who voices out Mercutio’s lines. Seth Numrich (as a sensitive and shy Romeo) and Matt Doyle (as an optimistic male Juliet) are also commendable in their roles as gay lovers hindered by a homophobic and macho institution. Several changes are made in this adaptation ofthe famous Shakespearean play to fit the theme and setting of the film. However, the verbatim use of Shakespearean dialogues may put off some viewers, but with this ensemble, that should not be a problem in the overall quality of the film.


One-Second Film Review: Tom Gustafson’s Were the World Mine (2008)

Director: Tom Gustafson

Producers: Tom Gustafson, Cory James Krueckeberg

Screenplay by: Tom Gustafson and Cory James Krueckeberg

Starring: Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane, Zelda Williams, Nathaniel David Becker, and Jill Larson


One-Second Film Review: Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale (2000)

Director: Kinji Fukasaku

Producers: Masao Sato, Masumi Okada, Teruo Kamaya, and Tetsu Kayama

Screenplay by: Kenta Fukasaku (based on Koushun Takami’s novel Battle Royale)

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando, Kou Shibasaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, and Takeshi Kitano


One-Second Film Review: Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (2013)

Director: Zack Snyder

Producers: Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, and Deborah Snyder

Screenplay by: David S. Goyer (based on Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s Superman)

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Avelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Russel Crowe

I don’t care what other people say. I think this is actually very close to the Superman I’ve read in the comics, albeit only a few reads. Before I saw this film, I was pessimistic about Henry Cavill as Superman, but this changed after I saw the film. He’s actually great! Some say that Superman wasn’t supposed to be a “murderer” and that his action near the end was very un-Superman. Well, who knows? This might lead to something far more complicated than it seems.

I can’t wait for the sequel! ^_^


One-Second Film Review: C. Jay Cox’s Latter Days (2003)

Director: C. Jay Cox

Producers: Jennifer Schaefer and Kirkland Tibbels

Screenplay by: C. Jay Cox

Starring: Steve Sandvoss, Wes Ramsey, Rebekah Johnson, Jacqueline Bisset, Amber Benson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Rob McElhenney


One-Second Film Review: Nathan Adloff’s Nate and Margaret (2012)

Director: Nathan Adloff

Screenplay by: Nathan Adloff and Justin D.M. Palmer

Starring: Natalie West, Tyler Ross, Conor McCahill, Gaby Hoffman, Charles Solomon Jr., Cliff Chamberlain, Danny Rhodes, Allison Latta, and Sadieh Rifai

What I like about this film is that it feels so real. It’s like you are watching the lives of ordinary people. The casting is perfect, and I specifically love Natalie West as Margaret, a 52-year old spinster who struggles to become a successful stand-up comedienne. The film is true to its theme: friendship. It does not need drama. No need for big or romantic dialogues. It only needs real people, and I guess that is where the film’s strength comes from. Besides, the film is titled Nate and Margaret, so why stray away from characterization when the characters themselves are the premise of the film?


One-Second Film Review: Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)


Director: Marc Webb

Producers: Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach

Screenplay by: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, and Steve Kloves (based on Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man)

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field


One-Second Film Review: Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike (2012)


Director: Steven Soderbergh

Producers: Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum, and Reid Carolin

Writer: Reid Carolin

Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Matt Bomer, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey

Surprisingly, this film has depth. I expected it to be a usual comedy with guys shaking their butts, but it turned out that this film is actually a good one. Matthew McConaughey gave a great performance as a greedy (although, still human) boss of the strip club. Moreover, I watched this for Channing Tatum (because of my female friends who raved for his dancing prowess before and after watching this film), but I got attracted more by Alex Pettyfer and his cute butt while watching this. LOL.


One-Second Film Review: Stephan Elliott’s The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Director: Stephan Elliott

Producer: Michael Hamlyn and Al Clark

Screenplay by: Stephan Elliott

Starring: Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Bill Hunter


One-Second Film Review: The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas (2012)

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski

Producers: Grant Hill, Stefan Arndt, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski

Screenplay by: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski (based on the novel by David Mitchell)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant


One-Second Film Review: Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society (1989)


Director: Peter Weir

Producers: Steven Haft, Paul Junger Wift, and Tony Thomas

Writer: Tom Schulman

Cast: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen, Norman Lloyd, Kurtwood Smith, Dylan Kussman, James Waterston, Allelon Ruggiero, Leon Pownall, Alexandra Powers, Kevin Cooney, Welker White, and Debra Mooney


One-Second Film Review: Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Producers: Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter

Screenplay by: Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are phenomenal. They deserve their Oscars. Period.