Shit. Totally forgot about this.
The Sessions (Ben Lewin) ***1/2 - I was
surprised by this film. The only reason I bothered to see this movie is that
it's the only film to get a major nomination that I still haven't seen. Having a
bit of an OCD about these things, I had to see this movie so I'd be set. I had
no interest in seeing this film because I thought the concept, despite the
promise of lots of sex and nudity AND the good reviews, the film sounds generic
and boring. But again, I was surprised by how sweet, funny and moving it is.
This is thanks to the terrific performances by John Hawkes and Helen Hunt (wonky
Year (Mike Leigh) ***1/2 - This is another surprise. It's probably one of
my favorite Mike Leigh films. Basically it's about the world's happiest, most
normal, most well-adjusted older couple and their sad, pathetic, lonely friends.
It features a fantastic ensemble of actors. But the one who shines the brightest
is Lesley Manville. I was somewhat annoyed by her character when she was first
introduced but by the end of the film, I truly wanted to hug her. It's really an
incredible feat of acting. One of the best films of 2010.
Aparisyon (Apparition) (Vincent
Sandoval) **** - An exquisitely directed and acted Filipino independent film
about nuns in a convent during the early '70s, just before Marcos declared
martial law. The film is almost shot like a slow-burn horror film in a way and I
can see the heavy influence of Black
Narcissus which is probably the best nun movie ever made and I must say,
*this* film is within striking distance of that which is, for me, VERY high
praise. Yet another Filipino filmmaker to watch out for. It goes to show that
Philippine cinema is still vibrant in the independent scene.