Diary ng Panget

Diary ng Panget

Diary ng Panget

Diary ng Panget
Directed by Andoy Ranay
2014

Panget means Ugly in Filipino.  And that is the best adjective to describe the film.  It was ugly.  This is that moment when the film title feels very apt to describe the film.  Ugly.  Ugh.  I have nothing more to say.  F

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Directed by Bryan Singer
2014

If the film proved anything it is that Singer really knows what to do with them X-Men.  After one dismal X-Men film after another, Singer went back on-board to direct the new film in the franchise.  What he did was to create a worthy X-Men film.

It is very easy to see the problems of the film.  Especially Kitty Pride having that power to bring back someone in time.  It was just brushed over thinking that these people evolve some more to gain more abilities.  The film also has striking resemblance to the best X-Men film so far (X2: X-Men United).  Those said, I still love the film.  I am a big fan of the Comic Book and it was such a treat to see their stories put to screen.  I loved the Sentinels.  The hopelessness and the doom.  Which brings me to another problem.  There are lotsa characters in the Comic Book and yet they resorted to  just a few of the famous characters.  Some X-Men deserve their chance to be seen, methinks.  As for the actors, they were all good.  It was McAvoy however who was best in show.

Nevertheless, the film was and is still a very entertaining, very well made superhero film.  B

Boyhood

Boyhood

Boyhood

Boyhood
Directed by Richard Linklater
2014

There have been lots of talks surrounding about how the film was made, be it a gimmick or not.  Sometimes gimmicks work, but for the case of the film, it worked really well.  But I can hardly call it a gimmick at all.  It was a story of growing up.  So for a span of over a decade, the filmmaker decided to shoot every year, took snapshots of the life of the protagonist and created a collage of a film.  It was a collage of emotions, ministories, glimpses.  I love how it hid some stories yet you can piece together the stories.

It was not also about some parts being more effective than the others,  We are seeing life unfold in front of our eyes.  Moments in our lives are not always explosively engaging.  Sometimes life is mundane, sometimes it is exciting.  it was a triumph in storytelling and a triumph for Richard Linklater as a director and a filmmaker.

Whille Ellar Coltrane gave a serviceable lead turn, it was the parents who anchored the film.  Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke gave perfect performances that deserves accolades.  But I have to give it to Arquette who gave a career high work.

Towards the end of the epic film, I was engrossed.  I did not feel the film pass by, I was going along with it.  I was floored.  I was left in awe with the mastery that I have seen.  A+