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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by kaye

This is a homework assignment in honor of some list posted by The Times or something. I watched a plethora of films this year, from Juno to both Harold & Kumar films to City of God to The Dark Knight, and, being the easily amused person that I am, I fell in love with most of the films that I saw this year. These are my three favorite films which I watched in 2008. I considered other films for this list, such as Iron Man, The Dark Knight, The Darjeeling Limited, Twilight, 21, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, St. Elmo’s Fire and City of God, but the three films I listed here just somehow stood out from all the rest (besides, everyone‘s gonna do TDK or Twilight anyway). None of these films were actually made in 2008, by the way, but I saw them all this year and fell in love instantly:

ONE. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Directed/Written by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow
Genre: Drama

IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Wes Anderson’s 2001 dark comedy, The Royal Tenenbaums, explores the importance of family through its twisted plot, witty dialogue and unique portrayal of every single character in the dysfunctional Tenenbaum family.

TWO. American History X (1998)

Directed by: Tony Kaye
Written by: David McKenna
Starring: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong
Genre: Drama

IMDb rating: 8.6/10 (Top 250: #40)

The brash portrayal of racism in Tony Kaye’s American History X are further developed with the use of stark black and white coloring, slow-motion sequences and a dramatic musical score.

THREE. Across the Universe (2007)

Directed by: Julie Taymor
Written by: Dick Clement
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Anderson
Genre: Romance/Musical

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Across the Universe is easily one of my favorite films, ever, because of its use of special effects and a killer soundtrack to convey the prevalence of love against the chaos of the 1960s.

That’s all for now. I’m really looking forward to next year’s series of films. There are quite a few which I’ll be looking forward to, especially the next Harry Potter film. In the meantime, I have to continue fangirling over Edward Cullen (pictured way above).




Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 23, 2008 by kaye

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, trailer 4 actually.

It’s a shame I have to wait until January and Twilight is coming out this Wednesday. Harry Potter, is, in a nutshell, is yet another fantasy series that has helped define this generation’s youth. The series has experienced a mass cult following of millions of people around the world, fans of both the novels and the films alike.

The Harry Potter series follows the story of its eponymous protagonist and his adventures as a wizard during his school years at the Hogwarts School of WItchcraft and Wizardry. In this sixth installment, which will be released in July of next year, Harry Potter discovers an old Potions book formerly owned by an otherwise anonymous “Half-Blood Prince” and also learns more about the past of his enemy, Lord Voldemort. This film is expected to be darker than the previous five due to the dominance of dark magic in the novel. Whether or not one is an avid reader of the Harry Potter series, there is much common knowledge of what will take place in this film.

Due to the success of the five previous films, this sixth installment will be a surefire success, though its critical acclaim as a film in itself will remain a mystery until it hits theatres. I can’t wait.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is directed by David Yates, who also directed the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The fifth film included certain film elements that were not used by the direcotors of the first four films, Chris Columbus (1-2), Alfonso Cuarón (3) and Mike Newell (4). Yates’ world of Hogwarts is distinctly darker than the previous films, as the plot of Harry’s story gets even deeper, delving into the history of one of the darkest characters in fantasy fiction.