i was in college when i first discovered my interest with movies: and up to this very moment, that same movie still marks a lot of things in me. i remember after that screening, i found myself, digging among video shop boxes, stall along streets and even in what i deemed to be as my fantasy land---quiapo. eventually, i developed the eye for a good movie (ehem!), atleast for my taste.
for years, i have been diligently collecting movies, most of which are foreign ones that have either an alternative or art genre. probably, if i haven't been that kind of lending these to friends(?), i already have a whole closet of vcds and dvds that you may mistake me for a pirated dvd seller.
just recently, as i was browsing some blog sites, i found this interesting blog. in one of yoshke's post, he posted his 50 all time favorite films which i really enjoyed. thus, being the gaya-gaya and competitive me, i have decide to list down my top 100 favorite films.
100. perfumed nightmares (1977)
it stars the same writer and director eric de guia or popularly known in the artist circle as kidlat tahimik. it tells the story of a young lad who wandered life from stowing away from his rural village in the cordillera mountains and went to manila and paris. then went back to his home after realizing how lonely his dreams were.
i say:if you have atleast three hours and a good attention span to spare, you might want to check this film. this is one of the earliest "indie" film, we have in the country, that will definitely challenge and escalate your imagination and indie point level to the sky.
99. jeux d'enfant (child's play: love me if you dare, 2003)
a story of two misunderstood kids who found themselves at each other's side through a "simple" game of dare until they grew up. eventually, they have realized the things they were betting were already their hearts.
i say:twistedly insane! probably, if i have a friend like this, i would just keep our friendship as a long distance one. in addition, no more carousel for me.
98. sleeping dictionary (2003)
a story of an englishman, who took over his father's work and rendered the service of sarawak native, who sleeps with him and teach him the native language. until the two eventually began defining what a forbidden love is.
i say:one of the sexiest and informative films i have seen. never saw jessica alba this appealing and sexy. it was so effortless.
97. lost in translation (2003)
a man struggling loneliness, alienation and complete culture change in a busy city of japan.i say:despite, its good story and portrayals, i will still not recommend this to someone who is living alone in the metro, during a gloomy and idle sunday afternoon.
96. beyond borders (2003)
(action, drama, romance)
the movie depicts the life of an international aid worker and how she struggle helping other peoples' lives and her own.
i say:inspiring! my breath just stopped for a full 30 seconds, while watching a toddler innocently playing a thrown grenade.
95. invisible circus (2001)
a struggle of a woman in understanding her sister's mysterious death.
i say: the first film that made me love the versatility of the hollywood actress and supermodel, cameron diaz.
94. ikiru (1952)
it tells the monotonous and unfulfilling life of a bureaucrat and how it changed after learning he has stomach cancer.
i say: if you feel that you have already living the time of your life, try watching this film and tell me that again.
93. the laramie project (2002)
The film narrates the story of the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, who was brutally murdered by two men who mistakenly perceived the victim as sexually seducing them.
i say:one of the most monumental event in human history that gave way to the issues of gender awareness and equity around the world.before mounting the event to a film, it was first seen as plays, books and even gave inspiration for the hbo tv hit, angels in america.
92. tortilla soup (2001)
depicts the story of a mexican american chef and his three daughters. despite the chef's loss to taste, he still continued to cook lavishing meals for his family. while her daughters search for something that will fill their losing sense of fulfillment.
i say:you'll forget the word diet after watching this. but definitely you'll love the word family more.
91. iron ladies (2000)
a true story of a successful volleyball players in thailand, which was all composed of homosexuals. how they strived to dominate the sport, despite the discrimination and ridicule being thrown to them.
i say: funny, witty and inspiring.