80. THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES (1996)
“There are two things a woman knows;
what she’s looking for and what she’ll settle for.”
Directed by: Barbra Streisand
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, George Segal, Mimi Rogers, Brenda Vaccaro, Elle Macpherson, Austin Pendleton and Lauren Bacall
Theme Song: I Finally Found Someone – Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams
Plotline: Rose Morgan (Barbra Streisand) and Gregory Larkin (Jeff Bridges) are two Columbia professors who decide to get married based only on their intellectual common ground.
This romantic comedy is a statement about beauty and sex. Ironically, Jeff Bridges is sooo oozing with sex appeal in this movie. The ooooh-so-oozing-with-sex-appeal Jeff Bridges plays as a Math professor who believes that sex has ruined his life so he places an ad in a newspaper that says, “Columbia University professor (male) seeks a woman interested in common goals and companionship. Must have Ph.D. and be over thirty-five. Physical appearance not important.”
So Rose fits in the category, they get married but contrary to Greg’s assumption, Rose wants to consummate their relationship. After his refusal to do ‘it’, Rose begins to diet, exercise and transforms herself into a swan eventually. The conflict arises. And a happily-ever-after ending follows.
Favorite scene: When Rose wants to have sex with Greg but he evades. And the lecture where Rose says there are three feminine archetypes: the Divine Whore, Medusa and Me. Funny.
79. THE GURU (2002)
“When he talks, women listen.”
Director: Daisy von Scherler
Starring: Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham, Marissa Tomei
Theme Song: Round Round – Sugababes
Plotline: A dance teacher from India comes to America to pursue a normal career but incidentally stumbles into a brief but high-profile career as a sex guru, a career based on a philosophy he learns from a pornographic actress.
This is a funny film. And Jimi Mistry is hot!!! I am not sure if this was theatrically released in the Philippines and if it did, I failed to notice. Three years ago, I saw a dvd copy in Lina’s rack, grabbed it and the rest was history: I officially drooled over Jimi Mistry!
Favorite scene: Jimi Mistry shows his ass over dinner.
78. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (2002)
“Love is here to stay… so is her family.”
Director: Joel Zwick
Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Mihael Constantine, Ian Gomez
Theme song: All My Only Dreams – The Greek Wedding Band/John Tsifliklis
Plotline: A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek man and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.
It’s everything Greek you can actually smell it while watching!
Favorite scene: When Ian goes inside her aunt’s travel agency, Toula stumbles and gets tangled by the headset cable. They start to talk. *sparks*
77. HUWAG MONG BUHAYIN ANG BANGKAY (1989)
“Huwag mong buhayin ang bang-kaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy…….
Huwag mong buhayin ang bang—-kaaaaaaaaaayyyyy…….”
Director: Mauro Gia Samonte
Starring: Jestoni Alarcon, Charito Solis, Rita Avila, Ricky Davao, Romnick Sarmenta, Ruben Rustia, Jennifer Sevilla
Plotline: A mother makes a pact with Satan to resurrect her dead son.
Disclaimer. The picture above is not Jestoni Alarcon’s decaying corpse in the movie. It’s actually a sexy photo of him back when he did ST films after his ‘…buhayin ang bangkay’ days. I must admit, Jestoni was hot, he’s still hot now as Marimar’s father. But he was way, way, way yummier as the pre-death pianist.
Alright. I was still a young kid when I saw ‘Huwag mong buhayin ang bangkay’ but I peed in bed everytime I dreamt of Jestoni’s gaze (with his prosthetics-filled face) while playing the piano. This film used to be occasionally shown on tv at night and I remembered Charito Solis, solemnly sitting on her rocking chair. She gave me chills whenever she tells Jestoni to play the piano. Creepy.
And oh, I remember Ruben Rustia as the devil and Ricky Davao (as the other son) was so thin back then.
Favorite scene: Charito Solis on her rocking chair while listening to resurrected Jestoni playing the piano.
N.B. Tonet, naaalala ko tuloy yung kwento mo kung paano tinawag ni Direk Joyce sina Rita Avila at Jestoni Alarcon sa set ng ‘Marimar’ para mag-reshoot ng scene. Yun pala, pagdating nila, sasabihin lang ni Direk, “Oh, Jestoni, Rita, ire-enact niyo nga ang scene niyo sa ‘Huwag mong buhayin ang bangkay’. Buwahahha.
76. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
“To enter the mind of a killer
she must challenge the mind of a madman”
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn
Quotable Quote: “A census taker once tried to test me, I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti” — Hannibal Lecter
Plotline: A young FBI cadette must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
I was quite young when I saw this film and I didn’t understand it. But I remembered I was so scared of Hannibal Lecter when he killed one police officer and skinned the face of another one before he escaped from his cell. What haunted me more was the image of Buffalo Bill dancing in front of the mirror wearing his victims’ skin, sewn together. And the dog, the cute dog barking so irritatingly.
When I watched it again in film school a few years ago, I realized the film would never be that successful without the brilliant performance of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Jodie is so Clarice Sterling that Julianne Moore was a lousy replacement in ‘Hannibal’.
Favorite scene: Clarice chases Buffalo Bill inside the house with a pistol in her shaking hand.
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