Filipino Classic Voted Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time! 

"Himala," a film about a faith healer who claims to have seen the Virgin Mary and then proceeds to heal sick people, has been voted the CNN APSA Viewers Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time, pushing Akira Kurosawa's classic "Seven Samurai" into second place.


This is exciting because I remember loving this movie, and I also was smitten by Nora Aunor, known as the "superstar" in Philippine Cinema, who played Elsa, the miraculous girl.

And it's also historical because "Himala" beat Kurosawa, who's one of the best directors in the history of cinema.

Directed by the late, great Ishmael Bernal and written by Ricky Lee, "Himala" is one of the most thought-provoking films I saw as a child.

You know what's funny? I was just recently hoping that "Himala" will be transferred to DVD so I could show it to my mom, and now, with all these accolades, it could soon happen!

Oh by the way, himala means miracle in Tagalog.

And yes, this is truly a miracle! Yay! :happy

Check out the full article here and when it comes out on DVD, try to watch it -- this is one of the BEST FILMS IN PHILIPPINE CINEMA!!!

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London Film Circle Critics Announce Nominees! 

As predicted, director Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" received the most nominations for the London Film Circle Critics' Awards.

The Mumbai-set flick was honored with six nominations including best director and best British director (hhhhmmm, I guess there's a difference?) for Boyle; best British film and British actor for Dev Patel; Simon Beaufoy for best writing; and Patel for Young British Performer of the year.

So guess what movie is going to sweep the Circle Critics?

BUT, the rest of the bunch, "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," "The Wrestler," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and "Wall-E" also received some nods.

Just how much and how many?

Click Read More to find out!

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Screen Actors Guild Loves "Doubt" -- See the SAG Awards Nominees 

The Screen Actors Guild awards gave "Doubt" five nominations, while "Milk" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" each received three.

For Best Acting Ensemble category, "Doubt," "Milk," "Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," and "Slumdog Millionaire" each received nods.

I agree with all the nominees except for one glaring thing -- Dev Patel for Best Supporting Actor for "Slumdog Millionaire?" I think his role should be under the Best Actor category! He carried that film from start to finish. Given, there was a "kid" version of him, but the flick wasn't about him as a child, but as a young man!

However, all the Best Actor nominees are deserving, and there might not be a room for Dev in there, so he was put in the supporting category.

Oh well, let's see who'll win when the winners are announced January 25th at the SAG awards ceremonies to be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Click Read More to see the complete list of nominees: Read More...

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"FROST/NIXON" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does the Film Deserve? 

When I first heard that director Ron Howard was planning a big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway play “Frost/Nixon,” doubts came to mind. How could a two-character study translate into the cinematic world? Wouldn’t the film be boring?

But all my doubts were erased upon viewing the film. Howard and company crafted a thrilling cinematic ride that is akin to watching a boxing championship. Read More...

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Finally, "The Dark Knight" Nabs Top Spot in Critics Award! 

As I've said before, I love "The Dark Knight." And I'm voting with my heart, that the Batman flick is THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR, not "so far," but OF THE YEAR!

So I was happy that the Austin Film Critics Association named "The Dark Knight" the best film of 2008, and not "Slumdog Millionaire."

I have nothing against "Slumdog" but I think too much hype can destroy its chances for the Oscars. Meanwhile, "The Dark Knight" is being overlooked for its comic book nature. But folks, strip all the latex costumes and comic book mythos off of the film and you'll get, an art-house movie about the eternal battle between good and evil!

PLUS, "The Dark Knight" is one of the few films this year that gets better with multiple viewings! One of them is "Wall-E" and the other? "Milk!"

AND, we are in synch with the rest of the winners! Sean Penn for best actor, Anne Hathaway ("Rachel Getting Married") for best actress, Christopher Nolan for best director and adapted screenplay with his brother Jonathan, PLUS, the Austin film critics ALSO love Taraji P. Henson from "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."


Click Read More to see the complete list of winners from my new BFFs, the Austin Film Critics :happy Read More...

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