Z (Costa-Gavras) **** - Someone recommended that I blind-buy this during the Barnes & Noble Criterion DVD sale. I'm glad I did. It's an amazing film. It's intended to be a bold-faced indictment on the situation of the Greek government at that time but it's still very much relevant today. This film will thrill you, intrigue you and also has the power to get you mad, no matter what your politics are. Great performances by the cast, amazing editing and cinematography.
Itim (Mike de Leon) **** - The title
literally means "black" but the English language title is "Rites of May". This
is yet another great film from director Mike de Leon, who's already one of my
favorite directors EVER. This one's about a magazine photographer who visits his
invalid dad in his rural hometown and he connects with this young woman whose
older sister disappeared and thought dead years before. It's actually a horror
film of sorts, well, more like a drama with supernatural overtones. This is his
first feature and already a master at pulling off great performances and taking
time to build his story in a masterful way that pays off in the end (the big
reveal of what really connects the photographer and the young woman).
Puss in Boots (Chris Miller) *** - It's
no secret that I'm not a fan of the Shrek franchise but admittedly I do love the
Puss in Boots character and is the best part of Shrek 2. His spin-off movie proves to be the
best Shrek related thing I've ever seen
so far (or at least among those I bothered seeing). It's not a masterpiece, far
from it in fact, but it is very entertaining and the pandering snark which
pretty much ruins the Shrek franchise as
well as most of Dreamworks' early animated films is at a minimum.