Monthly Archives: February 2011

Updates (2-28-11)

For one thing, I’m glad to update this blog after that 6-Word Review of Kinatay. Also, for upcoming articles, watch out for an essay about movies which are most likely to win the coveted “Best PictureOscar. As for movie reviews, well, to be honest, I haven’t watched a movie in the big screen since The Rite. And since that film is no longer playing in cinemas in the Philippines, I doubt it would be of any use to review that film still. But then we’ll never know.

Oh, and as a cheat, I might include a short review of The King’s Speech in the “Best Picture Essay”…Hmm, better yet, let’s make a 6 WORD REVIEW RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! How’s that for a slice of fried gold?

A 6-Word Review of The King’s Speech

“A Beautiful Mind” with a king.

’nuff said…


The 83rd Oscars (impressions and other rants)

Okay, so the verdict.

Best Picture: The King’s Speech

Best Director: Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)

Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler (The King’s Speech)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)

Best Actor: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)

Best Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

Best Musical Score: Nine Inch Nails and Atticus Ross (The Social Network)

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3

Who should’ve won?

David Fincher (Best Director for The Social Network): I kinda agree with what Dr. Paul Dumol said regarding The King’s Speech, that the director didn’t have to do much for it. It already had a simple enough story, really great actors, etc. It’s pretty much like what Ron Howard did for A Beautiful Mind; the script practically did the director’s job for him.

Now, what David Fincher did for The Social Network is nothing short of amazing. Aaron Sorkin’s script is a very dialogue-heavy script which would be boring in the hands of a mediocre director. Fincher was able to turn the script’s inherent weakness around, making a very talkie film into a visually interesting movie about the founding of Facebook.


Inception (Best Picture): This is probably Hollywood’s most original film in recent years. ‘Nuff said.

Oh, and I kinda find it funnny that Nine Inch Nails won the Oscar for Best Original Score together with Atticus Ross. Just saying. Though I was hoping that Hans Zimmer should have won the Oscar instead. But well, you can’t have everything in this world.

So, the figures…

Inception: winner of four Academy Awards for the following: Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Sound Editing, and Best Cinematography

The Social Network: winner of three Academy Awards for the following: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score

The King’s Speech: winner of four Academy Awards for the following: Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay

Oh, could somebody please fire the Academy member who’s responsible for Nolan being snubbed at the Oscars?