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31 Days of #AAPIFilmz (Pt. I)








Before Midnight
(2013, Richard Linklater)

Grade: A
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Sorry, I am literally fumbling through my words for the entirety of this 7 minute review! I am truly at a loss of words for the second to last film of the Fast franchise! It was undoubtedly the best film in the series that shelled out the hardest punches in terms of car chases, action scenes, girl on girl fighting, and the storyline. If you don't believe how excited I am, just watch my review, I am going ape-shit! I am truly sad that Sung Kang won't be returning as Han in the final installment but hopefully they can surpass this film and go out with a BANG!
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Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini)

Signora Vaccari: I was nine when my sister took me to Milan to meet Signora Calzetti. She examined me and asked if I wanted to work for her. I said I would, if the pay was good. My first client, a stout man named Vaccari, looked me over carefully. At once, I showed him my pussy, which I thought was very special. He covered his eyes: "Out of the question. I'm not interested in your vagina, cover it up." He covered me, making me lie down, and said "All these little whores know is to flaunt their vaginas. Now I shall have to recover from that disgusting sight."
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I had absolutely no expectations for Star Trek Into Darkness in terms of it being one of this year's biggest blockbuster. It wasn't on my MUST LIST or anything but another summer spectacle that was worth seeing. Little did I know that it would be one of the best summer films of this year! With such intricate story construction, character dynamic, and a compelling villain, I was blown away to pieces. It was truly one of the best films I've seen with a villain worthy enough to match and challenge not only Captain Kirk but ourselves. DEFINITELY A MUST WATCH NOW!
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Midnight in Paris (2011, Woody Allen)

Paul: Nostalgia is denial - denial of the painful present... the name for this denial is golden age thinking - the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in - its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.
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(2013, Noah Baumbach)

Grade: A
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Never Let Me Go (2010, Mark Romanek)

Kathy: It's been two weeks since I lost him. I've been given my notice now. My first donation is in a month's time. I come here and imagine that this is the spot where everything I've lost since my childhood has washed out. I tell myself, if that were true, and I waited long enough, then a tiny figure would appear on the horizon across the field, and gradually get larger until I'd see it was Tommy. He'd wave and maybe call. I don't let the fantasy go beyond that. I can't let it. I remind myself I was lucky to have had any time with him at all. What I'm not sure about is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we've lived through, or feel we've had enough time.
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(2013, Baz Luhrmann)

Grade: B+

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Days of Being Wild (1990, Wong Kar-wai)

Yuddy: What day's today?
Su Lizhen: 16th.
Yuddy: 16th... April the 16th. At one minute before 3pm on April the 16th, 1960, you're together with me. Because of you, I'll remember that one minute. From now on, we're friends for one minute. This is a fact, you can't deny. It's done. 
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I seriously suggest you to subscribe to my youtube channel considering sometimes I forget to upload it onto my blog and then the videos already like 3 or 4 days late like it is now! I usually try to state that when I watch a film, I'm watching it as the target audience as it is usually for them and they are the main critics of that genre. So, it's weird when people are weirded out that I adored Pain & Gain. Yes, I'm not pumping with testosterone but I get in that (weird) Michael Bay misogynistic, monster-pumping, action-loving, mindset and enjoy it! Even if I didn't get into that mindset, this film was undeniably entertaining. Bay is all about pure Entertainment. Pain & Gain is his rare gem like Bad Boys (1995) that humanizes Bay as a person who actually has a humor instead of this money-hungry filmmaker who only does out-of-this-world big budget action films. So go out and have fun with this one cause after this, I doubt he's going to do anything this genuinely wacky and fun!
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