3 Reviews: Arakimentari, MirrorMask, Perhaps Love

Arakimentari (2004)
dir. Travis Klose

I wasn’t familiar at all with Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki’s work, but I’d easily file this DVD under the ‘inspiration‘ bin, though it would be unsurprisingly off-putting for most people. Araki seems to be widely known in Japan, since he actively shoots for art galleries, and porn publications, and is most famous for his bondage pictures. This documentary aptly chronicles this photographer’s life and work, with interviews from Takeshi Kitano and Bjork.

MirrorMask (2005)
dir. Dave McKean

Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman’s first movie offspring seems to be emphasized as a project with an underbudget, which is a pity for any fantasy film in our overly saturated digital age. This feature debut comes off as a worthy view, and this is from a non-fan of Gaiman, McKean, or anything recent that’s magical and British (HINT: There really is no need for a hint, right?). Strong performances (most notably from Stephanie Leonidas, aptly named Helena; because, as mentioned everywhere else, she’s a Helena Bonham-Carter deadringer), clever visuals, and a loosely fairy-tale based plot (The Prince and The Pauper) renders this film delightfully accessible to any viewer.

Perhaps Love (2005)

dir. Peter Chan

May puso, may napapakitang galing, pero maraming eksenang mukhang pinilit lang isingit. Syempre, aangat ang pangalang Moulin Rouge kapag binabanggit ang pelikulang ito, sa trailer pa lang. Salamat na lang at di naman sya Intsik na bersyon ng obra ni Baz Luhrmann. Alisin natin ang mga eksenang may kantahan, di ko makikitang magkakaroon ng lamat ang kalahatan nito. Sa huli, di ko makakaila na nabusog ang mata ko, namangha sa pag-trato ng mga biswal na elemento, pero pagdating sa pagsadula ng kwento, mas nangibabaw ang intensyon ng mga gumawa ng pelikula na iyabang ang kaya. Madaming posibilidad ang pelikula, pero di ito nagawan ng paraan ng i-develop ng mahusay.

2 thoughts on “3 Reviews: Arakimentari, MirrorMask, Perhaps Love”

  1. She is nga. Do a Google image search, buddy. She also starred in that movie Yes, where the dialogue was done in Shakesperean measures/rhythms/kunganumanyun.

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