I wish I could write about every play, movie musical or television show, magazine, novel, comic book, short story, poem or song that have touched my heart, but...
Anyways, my old blog went pfft, but there's no use crying over spilt milk.
So here's to a fresh start. Cheers!
When movies are based on books, I feel sad for the screenwriter because most of the time the people who read the book would say, "I like the book better." I myself am very, very guilty of this, but when I put myself in the writer for the screen adaptation's shoes, I understand that not all the elements could be included. There are a few screenplays that are even better than the book and there's this very rare case when book and the movie are on equal footing. This is one of them.
Zodiac is very faithful to the book. Yes, it is still very impossible to include everything, but all the important elements of the book are included here. The events were checked by the screenwriter, meaning, it is also as accurate as accurate could be.
With a great story, powerhouse cast, great screenplay and magnificent direction, how could this movie go wrong? What am I saying? There are movies with the same elements, but still don't go well with their box office results. This movie is not only filled with all those elements, it also earned a lot and I mean a LOT.
Jake Gyllenhaal made us try to understand why Robert Graysmith's obsession about the case was important to him. Chloë Sevigny made us feel Melanie's frustration and why she had to leave Robert and take their children along with them.
Mark Ruffalo was Toschi, Robert Downey, Jr. was Avery, Anthony Edwards was Armstrong, Dermot Mulroney was Lee, so on and so forth.
Of course, the murders were quite scary(so I didn't know if I should write about this or not), but what scared me most was when Robert Graysmith was at the basement. I was so immersed that I thought I was a neighbor watching from another basement. Hey, that may sound crazy and impossible so it is probably better to describe my feeling like I was hiding in one of the closets or something, because that was how real the scene seemed to me. When I realized that I was just a member of the audience I started shouting at Jake Gyllenhaal, telling him to run. Well, he listened, but the door was locked. Of course, at the back of my mind I knew he was going to be able to escape somehow because he was able to write the book, but still...
Every scene was convincing. Every actor was...I mean IS, important.
Scary, thrilling and nail-biting this movie may be, it is worth watching again and again.
For others, this case is an unsolved mystery, but I think, even if the DNA of the suspect did not match with the postage stamp, I am with Graysmith here. The killer just had an accomplice and the case was solved. If you don't know anything about the case, buy Robert Graysmith's book and/or watch the movie.
The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas, a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined - a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all - a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. Initial release: August 15, 2014 (USA) Director: Phillip NoyceAdapted from: The GiverStory by: Lois LowryScreenplay: Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide "Always in the dream, it seemed as if there were a destination: a something--he could not grasp what-that lay beyond the place where the thickness of snow brought the sled to a stop. He wa…
DIRECTED BY: Jerrold Tarog CAST: Paulo Avelino, Lovi Poe, Benjamin Alves, Liesl Batucan, Carla Martinez, Nico Antonio, Cai Cortez, Chinggoy Alonzo, Ria Garcia, Gee Canlas, Bong Cabrera, Nonie Buencamino and TJ Trinidad
CREDITS: Director - Jerrold Tarog Screenplay - Ramon Ukit Executive Producer - Joey Abacan Producers - Daphne O. Chiu, Jerrold Tarog Cinematography - Mackie Galvez Production Design - Ericson Navarro Music - Jerrold Tarog Sound Design - Roger TJ Ladro Editor - Pats R.Ranyo (image source URL from PEP) Jerrold Tarog and Lovi Poe SANA DATI is a beautifully weaved story about love, the choices we make, letting go and so much more. I never saw any trailer of this film, but when my friend and neighbor, Jean Reyes(Tarog's classmate in UPLB), invited me to watch a Cinemalaya Directors' Showcase entry in Greenbelt 3 last night(July 31, 2013), but did not know the title of the film(she just found out that this was megged by Tarog when we were already inside the cinema), I sil…
It took me a while before finally writing this blog entry. I couldn't start. Yes, some parts may have been fictionalized for cinematic purposes, but the story is real as real can be. This movie, based on true events, proves that truth is really stranger than fiction. Doctors and other people have testified that this story is real and it's not because some people are just trying to be famous. Anna did suffer and experienced different kinds of miracles, including the kindness of other people, strangers at that.
After watching this film I couldn't stop crying. Mostly, because of tears of joy, but it was also because I could empathize and sympathize with the plight of the Beam family.
No matter how strong one's faith is, there will be times when he or she could question that faith. There may be a handful of people who neve…