Third Quadrimestral Finds
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Directed by: Jason Moore
Albeit cliche and formulaic, the fresh and excellent performances of the cast gives this film a big leap over other films of the same genre.
Directed by: Todd Graff
With an unexpected turn of events, this film steers away from the usual teen flicks, rather, opening you to a world of music, friendship, and love like never seen before. Great Ska music, though, aside from the great performances of the cast, and the skillful work of the director.
Directed by: Larry Charles
Bill Maher travels around the world to inquire about God and about religion. Funny and offensive, this film is thought-provoking especially those of confused belief.
Directed by: John Patrick Shanley
The stellar performances of Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman as two religious arguing over accusations of pedophilia gave the film a definitely higher caliber. Moreover, the story itself is quite intriguing, causing the viewer to be focused on the film more.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
directed by: Danny Boyle
I was hesitant to watch this film first because: A) I have watched certain portions of this film already, B) I have read the book already, C) I was not interested that much, and D) It’s Jai Ho! But since it garnered the Best Picture, and gained positive reviews, I made my final choice to watch it.
Slumdog Millionaire tells the tale of an Indian slumdog named Jamal Malik who joined the hit game show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire to find his long lost love interest, Latika. It was suspicious how a man without Education answered every question right. They thought he cheated, but in every question, he explained how he answered them.
One set back though is that the flashbacks were climactic in a way that it wasn’t believable already. I can’t stop comparing it to the book (by Vikas Swarup) where it was loosely adapted wherein it offers to its readers an anticlimactic turn of events. I like the book more, though. The movie is loosely adapted from it since even the name of the main character is changed. My bias goes to the book.
Over-all, the movie is spectacular. We get a taste of Indian culture and society. The director was great, so as the scriptwriter. Good casting, believable performances. No wonder it was the Best Picture of 2008.