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Weekend Movies #15

I have been on vacation the past week and six days into it, I've done nothing but watch movies. Not proud of the fact that I've been a complete couch potato (got up and left the house once to see Die Beautiful) but I'm quite pleased that I was able to tick off a couple of films off my list. For 2016, I've managed to watch 101 films (so far)! YAY! Another film that I saw that I ended up loving was A Man and A Woman (Gong Yoo was in it) -- it was heart wrenching and depressing, and I figured I would write a separate post about it because there's just so much I want to say about the film.

Anyway, here's my last Weekend Movies post for this year! (Reminder: will most likely contain spoilers!)

1. A Story of Yonosuke. This film warmed my heart and managed to pull its strings at the end. If I would describe it in one word, it would be poignant. It's sweet and sad at the same time. I was impressed by the way the story was told, with the interchanging of the present and glimpses of the past. Though at times it feels quite dragging, it slowly ropes you in the spider webs of stories surrounding the awkward Yokomichi Yonosuke and all the people around him which lives he has affected in one way or another.

2. Obvious Child. The only time I've ever seen Jenny Slate was in Parks and Recreation and she was damn irritating and funny there! I've plucked this film off a list from some movie blog I follow and I think it's safe to say that this has become a favorite. It tackled abortion so if you feel strongly against it, I suggest you skip the movie. Gaby Hoffman was in it too! But beneath the moral issues, the film was honest, enjoyable and full of wit.

3. BIGBANG MADE. A little backgrounder: I've been listening to a couple of K-pop artists the past month and BIGBANG was one of the groups that I kinda fell in love with. I know I have only scratched the surface of this whole K-pop movement (knowledge is limited to, aside from BB, 2NE1, BlackPink, and a teeny bit of Twice -- Jom, this is all your fault) but everything I've listened to has been more than enough already. Haha. (Imagine waking up in the morning and BB's song Let's Not Fall In Love is the first thing in your head!) I decided to look up a copy of this documentary of sorts of their BIGBANG MADE World Tour because I am knee deep in all of this (I've been reading forums and all that jazz), and YES, I enjoyed watching this. More than I probably should. Like, I've seen this thrice already. I'm not even a fan that long and I found myself laughing at most parts of it. I really, really appreciated every little thing in the documentary. My favorite would be the behind the scenes of their We Like 2 Party video. Everyone was just so happy and carefree. My biggest takeaway from all of this is learning so much about Korea's pop music industry, how it is to be an "idol" and the, let's face it, sexism and double standard that's very much evident. That and I found some amazing Korean indie musicians! YAY! How do I stop?

4. Die Beautiful. As of writing, this is the only MMFF film I've seen (I swear to watch more films next week when I return to Manila) and I was not even a bit disappointed. It showed the stereotypes of being gay at this day and age (I overheard another moviegoer reach the conclusion of, "Ah, may AIDS kaya namatay." even though we're not even half way through the movie, nakakatrigger swear) in a still quite conservative and patriarchal society. At the same time, it didn't fail to tackle issues on a more personal level like self-love and self-acceptance, making hard choices and the sacrifices. There were a lot of LOL moments, and I really loved the dynamic between Trisha (Paolo Ballesteros) and Barbs (Christian Bables)! Though I found myself realizing that a few scenes were stretched too long, ultimately, Die Beautiful is worth watching.

5. Hal. I don't want to comment too much about this animation because I might end up spoiling it for others. Haha. So in a nut shell, the film is about dealing and coping with death and the grief that comes with it, in a traditional Japanese setting that meets modern technology (yes, artificial intelligence). Give this movie a chance, it's quiet, sincere and surprising.

6. The World of Kanako. I decided to watch this film because of Nana Komatsu. I've seen her before at Kinkyori Ren Ai and was intrigued by her since then. The whole film is like a mishmash of Old Boy (yes, ultraviolence), Confessions (same gloomy vibe; same director), and Gone Girl (because that was another insane movie). The film is depressing, tragic and all kinds of fucked up and will leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Definitely not for everyone because of the level of violence and roller coaster cray in this film, but if you can handle that, it's one of those films that you're glad you've watched but will probably never repeat again (or maybe just one more to fully wrap your mind around it). Hahaha. (Also, filed under: Movies That Make Me Lose Hope in Humanity)