Midnight in Paris (2011)

It was not bad, but it was not remarkable either. Sorry.

It was too cheesy — all of the most iconic artists in the 20s come by at the same party at the same time? Really?

And too cliche — Of course the protagonist should be a struggling novelist who had an awesome hollywood scriptwriter career he was leaving behind. And the whole story set prior to a wedding to an exasperating wife and in-laws to-be. And all this was happening while he was getting all enamored by Paris and its cliches, including a time machine horse carriage.

Masyadong madaming cliche, pare.

Perhaps it’s not the film for me. Watch if you like.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atLg2wQQxvU

True Grit (2010)

Crisp like a true Coen Brothers movie.

This was a remade adaptation, but (as per wiki) it stayed more true to the novel adapted vs the first True Grit.

I must attribute the brilliant story to the novel writer, Charles Portis
and the brilliant story-telling to the film makers — It came alive and breathing and kicking in a beautiful fitting cinematography.

Also, the young child actor Mattie is a star.

It’s a cool film. Watch it.

Link to the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUiCu-zuAgM

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Yes, there was blood.
It would not be the type of film I would typically rave about, but I think it deserves a spot in my list of all-time favorite films. That’s how bloody good it is.

The setting (late 1800s-early 1900s, america, oil industry) reminded me of a subject from x years back: Econ 163 Game Theory, specifically the prisoner’s dilemma oil cartels case study. And it made me research about cartels again and Standard Oil. /geek

Back to the film!

I think more than anything, it was able to capture how capitalism breeds greed… And it showed fantastic personas who perfectly showcased this aspect of capitalism.

Some things I liked:

  • That the plot revolved around a flawed, dysfunctional main persona (Daniel Plainview) and his greed for power and money (capitalists are outright greedy)
  • And: Eli, the “prophet” who I think is greedy himself (preachers who are not outright greedy, but still are)
  • And again film captured this tug of war for power

And the awesomer things:

  • Acting. Like Daniel and Eli and everyone else are real.
  • Audio. It was eerie, and it fit the film perfectly.
  • Set design. Colors. Cinematography. Fucking! Breath-taking!
  • The way the story was laid down. You just know the flow was well thought out off. Ex: Daniel’s oil drill “pitch” speech for the townsfolk was done twice. You wouldn’t understand it the first time, but you will the second time, after the film giving context. Then you would appreciate the first one more. (Do I make sense Hehe)

It’s a cool film. Watch it.

Link to the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3THVbr4hlY