grub + travels + perspectives

Weekend Movies #10

1. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. Sometimes, it really pays to watch a film without knowing what it's about. I won't talk much more about the storyline so I won't spoil it for people who'd take interest to watch it. Things I love about the film: a refreshing perspective, beautiful cinematography, Rinko Kikuchi and the overall haunting effect. Things I do not like about the film: none, really. Some people may find the silence too dragging at times, I think. But I'm pretty sure this will ignite your curiosity and the film will stay with you longer than you expected. (µ)

2. Locke. I've been quite smitten with Tom Hardy since Mad Max so I've decided to watch his other films (other than Inception and The Dark Knight Rises). The minimalist aspect of the film really highlighted Hardy's acting chops, which just proves why he's one of the best actors today. I just thought his accent in this film was a bit funny at first. Literally a one-man show and Hardy gave a great performance. Reminded me a lot of Ryan Reynolds' Buried.  (µ)

3. The Snow White Murder Case. I tried looking for another Japanese film that is along the likes of Confessions and found The Snow White Murder Case. It focused on the role of social media in a high profile murder mystery case. I still think it pales in comparison to the former but it's still worth the watch. It gives us a peek on the manipulation and fabrication of the truth and how people really have different ways of seeing the story. I got bored watching it the first time but I get to enjoy it more after giving it another go. The conclusion was a bit of a let down for me though. (µ)

4. Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I can't decide if I should tell you to watch this hungry or full. Either way, I guess, you'd have a renewed appreciation for sushi after watching it. I honestly thought I would be bored with this documentary but I was really charmed by it. The film has got the elegance to it that I never expected. It gave viewers an in depth look at the meticulous and beautiful art of making sushi, the Michelin stars, and Jiro's passion, obsession for excellence and his legacy of serving nothing but perfect sushi everyday. (µ)

5. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. I'm sure at one point in your life, you've heard about Scientology. There's so much mystery about this "religion" because of the lack of available information for the public. The bigger mystery is that more and more from Hollywood seem to be joining this group: Laura Prepon, Jason Dohring, Giovanni Ribisi, Elizabeth Moss, Juliette Lewis and so much more. This was a fearless summation of everything that's wrong with the "church" as told by it's former members. If you think about it, this may be a one sided tell-all since most of the testimonies come only from ex-members but then again, nobody from Scientology wanted to comment about it but instead was just trying to stop the documentary from being screened. This is a must watch. There's so much horrifying revelations!

6. Knights of Badassdom. Peter Dinklage and Summer Glau was in the film so I thought, "Why not?" But when I saw Ryan Kwanten as one of the lead characters, I kinda knew that this was going to be a shitty movie. And hey, what do you know? I'm right. (µ)