Cars 2 (John Lasseter) **1/2 - The streak of PIXAR's animated masterpieces and near-masterpieces ends with this film. That's not to say this is a bad film. Far from it. It's a colorful, visually eye-popping and very entertaining and solid film but no more than that. I probably would've given this a slightly higher rating had this film been made by lesser animation studio but this is PIXAR. It's like your straight-A student showed up with his first "B" grade. It's still pretty good but a disappointment considering the high expectations. Young kids who are fans of the first film will find little to complain.
Dream (Kim Ki-Duk) *** - I'm actually a fan of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring so I was eager to check out more of Kim Ki-Duk's work. This is not as good as that film, IMO but still a very good one. A man discovers his dreaming is connected with a sleepwalking woman and unexpected consequences happen when they meet. I personally think if Takashi Miike directed an In the Mood For Love-type film, it would be similar to this. Despite the supernatural/thriller/horror elements, these take a backseat to the romance that develops between these two people. It doesn't always work but the film has great acting and is well-made.
Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington (Jade Castro) **** - To put it quite simply: It's one of the best films of the year. This a Filipino film. The title roughly translates to Zombie Gays 1: Scare Remington to Death. It's about a guy who as a little boy liked to mock gays, finds himself mocking the wrong gay and finds himself cursed to turn homo when he grows up. This coincides with a serial killer targeting gays in his hometown. This film is a refreshingly original, infectious comedy-horror flick which is, and I'm not exaggerating here, destined to turn into a Filipino cult comedy classic. It's wonderfully demented, wickedly funny and campy in the best sense of the word with twists and turns that defy explanation. This is really a must-see. Though I hesitate to recommend this to non Filipinos (or those unfamiliar with Filipino society) because in order to fully get and appreciate the film's humor, one must have at least a little knowledge of the gay Filipino subculture.