1. Brideshead Revisited
In one word: Lush
The Nashman Rating: Semi-erect penis.
I had high expectations for this one, most especially since I was present during filming (naks. totoo naman, i is just stating a fact, at talagang hinanap ko si Anna Madeley dahil may crush ako sa kanya since I saw her in Aftersun). All I can say is that at 2 hours, it's never going to be as good as the 80s 13-hour masterpiece. Para kay Ashley na hindi alam ang synopsis, it's about a young atheist commoner who goes up to Oxbarrio Uni and gets entangled with a family of seriously fucked-up-in-the-head Catholics. I can also relate to Charles Ryder for many reasons, one being sinong mag-aakala na ang isang hamak na dugyot na yagit mula sa mean slums of Baguio, igid ti karayan, na tulad ko would one day find himself hobnobbing with the aristocracy (take note Ashley, your 'royal' friend from the Culiat does not count as 'aristocracy' at pwidi ba, kahit i-name drop niya ako na 'friend' niya, puleeez, he is just an acquaintance.)
A big disappointment was that Aloysius wasn't given the screen time he deserves. Aloysius is based on Betjeman's teddy named Archibald who I was fortunate to meet last year. (O ha, hindi naman pagyayabang yang, I is again just stating a fact that HRO Karl Willem and PA/PR Gromit met Archibald)
Anyways, go see this film mainly for the cinematography.
..he was fricking huge.
2. Burn After Reading
In one word: Enjoyable
The Nashman Rating: Stiff Penis
The Coen brothers are like french new wave director Eric Rohmer - they all reuse the same actors. It's an ensemble of big movie stars movie where everyone is fucking everyone. George Clooney kills Brad Pitt and we are all shocked the same way we were shocked in Psycho and Pulp Fiction when one of the big stars dies unexpectedly.
Clooney kills Brad Pitt who is hiding in the closet.
3. Linha de Passe
In one word: Jaw-dropping
The Nashman Rating: I ejaculated loads of cum.
Set in Sao Paolo, 4 brothers living in difficult circumstances. This being Brasil, it has football, some sex, and christian evangelical nutters. All I can say is the movie is a serious and brilliant mind fuck. I wish Philippine cinema had something nearly as good as this. Poverty and crime are not romanticised and things are not simply black or white. I'm tempted to give away the ending but since I highly recommend this, I won't.
4. Quantum of Solace
In one word: Jarring
The Nashman Rating: Stiff Penis gushing with pre-cum
I just saw this film one hour ago. Craig's Bond divides. Half want the Old invincible Bond who can surf without getting his suit creased while half love the Jason Bourne Bond. This Bond drives a normal Aston Martin with no modifications. Yes, an off the shelf Aston with no cruise missiles on the side. The windows aren't even bullet proof. In fact, the only gadget he has is a fricking cell phone and it's not even the new Google G1 which I played with yesterday (it's got a keypad and cheaper than an iPhone but after spending 20 minutes checking out the features, I could not justify paying £39 a month for it). This is the last time we see the Aston. For the rest of the film Bond et al drive Fords and Beetles.
I agree with Jay Leno completely, there is no way that the villains driving Alfa Romeos in the opening sequence could keep pace with an Aston, but they miraculously do, and the Aston is trashed in the first 8 minutes.
Then follows the title sequence which is a bit of sleeper as instead of silhouettes of nubile girls, we get Craig instead. And much as I like White and Keyes, their song is never going to match up with the soaring brass band of Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger. In fact, the title sequence and the theme song are a bit boring.
So Bond delivers the baddie (the guy at the end of Casino Royale) to M in Siena but Quantum (the evile villain organisation) has a mole which happens to be M's bodyguard and M is shot. Bond and the mole do parkour over the rooftops of Siena ending in the death of the mole. M of course is not dead and we all know that.
Back to HQ, the bright people of MI6 know nothing and discuss their leads with a humongous iphone - as in a glass table with touch and pinch functionality. This is about the only high tech gadget we ever see. Bond's phone makes an appearance and it's a Sony Ericsson. And here we find out that Vesper's boyfriend is not dead.
Fly off to south america for the first encounter with Bolivian secret service agent Olga, herself on a revenge mission. We also meet the baddie, Dominic Greene. The villain is a normal person with no facial disfigurement or fetish for exotic flesh eating animals. Yes, he is a a boss of a water company, a fricking water company. Managers at Maynilad better watch out. He doesn't even want to hold the world ransom for billions, he just wants to control the utilities of Bolivia by colluding with a corrupt general about to stage a coup. The general killed Olga's family, hence her vendetta.
Gratuitous boat violence follows before we are back in Europe where Bond uses his Sony Ericsson to photograph members of Quantum who are meeting at the opera. This is the only time Bond wears black tie. It's designed by Tom Ford which is a bummer because the Savile Row tailors are having a hard time at the moment and the least the franchise could have done is to support British tailoring.
Anyways, Bond leaves a trail of dead people and eventually he gets cut-off (ie, they cancel his credit card) and so, surprise, Bond goes back to Italy to ask Mathis for help. They join forces and fly to Bolivia where Bond is arrested at the airport by Gemma who is wearing nothing but a raincoat! (Seriously!). They have sex but don't show it and all we see is the post coital action.
Then to a fundraising party by the villain and we meet Olga again. Dominic is surprised to see her alive and just as he is about to push her over the balcony, Bond arrives to save her. They leave the party but are stopped by police. Unbeknownst to Bond, Mathis has been mugged and planted on the boot of his car. Mathis is shot by the corrupt police and we see Bond admitting he was wrong in Casino Royale before Mathis dies.
Wonderful airborne sequence between a DC3 and a Marchetta over the Atacama desert (standing in as a Bolivian desert). Exciting bits.
At this point, it's pretty straightforward to the climax but not before we see Gemma dead, covered in oil. Back to the desert for the denouement. Olga kills the general, Bond gets Dominic who tells him about Quantum.
Then we are in Russia. We finally see Vesper's boyfriend. He is alive but now with a Canadian secret service agent who Bond spares and lets go.
We then realise Vesper isn't good after all and she really did double cross Bond! So all this 'revenge' was for nothing. Tadaa.
I hope I did not give away anything.
Craig became annoyed with the butiki on the wall.