Scud at the Movies: Part VII

Revolutionary Road. A decade or so after the phenomenon that was Titanic, Leonardo diCaprio and Kate Winslet star in Sam Mendes’ adaptation of Richard Yates’ novel Revolutionary Road. The two play a couple, Frank and April Wheeler, a who live “hopeless emptiness” existence in the suburbs. Even though both stars didn’t get Oscar nods for this film, don’t deter from watching diCaprio and Winslet verbally spar at each other. (The Oscars is not the lone barameter of great films anyway.) This is a depressing movie where the characters show a fake facade of happiness and contentment. Just my cup of tea. Watch this.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona. This is Woody Allen’s latest movie about two female friends Vicky and Cristina who spend a summer in Barcelona. There they meet and sleep with a Spanish artist played brilliantly by Javier Bardem. Penelope Cruz steals the show as Bardem’s mentally unstable ex-wife. This is a sensously hot film about love, life, and compromise. Watching Bardem, Johannson, and Cruz redefine “lust in the dark room” is an added bonus. Watch this.
Ploning. This is a beautifully photographed and immensely affecting tale of a man searching for a girl named Ploning in Cuyo, Palawan. The last few scenes (last act?) are a marvel. If you liked Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s Sa Pusod ng Dagat, to date the only impressive output from GMA Films , then this is the film for you. Watch this.
In Bruges. Two hitmen are trapped in a medieval town, called Bruges, in Belgium awaiting orders from their boss. Immensely enjoyable. The dialogue is often hilarious. Colin Farrel has never been better. Watch this.
Lakeview Terrace. Samuel L. Jackson star as a cop out to seek havoc to his new mixed-race couple neighbor played by Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington. This is just your average-type of movie. The kind you watch when there’s nothing else to do.

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