2013

January-February

1. A Dangerous Liaison: A Revelatory New Biography of Simone De Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre – Carole Seymour-Jones (Or how abusive and screwed-up famous influential celebrated people are. Devour their personal lives like the overrated celebrities they are.)
2. Thy Womb – Brillante Mendoza (Nora Aunor gonna flip all yo acting tables.)
3. John Dies at the End – Don Coscarelli, Jr. (Someone looks like Conor Oberst here.)
4. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino (Everyone was awesome.)
5. The Wonder Years Season 6 – Neal Marlens and Carol Black, Bob Brush (I realized that this is the voice I have too.)
6. Desaparesidos – Lualhati Bautista (Bad ending. Author didn’t actually resolve the heart-wrenching issues she presented. She tried to drown it out with bombastic activist speeches. I guess that’s all one can do as a soldier fighting in wars?)
7. Never Let Me Go – Mark Romanek (There was a tree in the end. Probably a symbol.)
8. Golden Slumber – Yoshihiro Nakamura (And then my life changed. And then I find out there’s still some good things in the world. And I found out something new can still come and I can still love it.)
9. Occupation 101 – Sufyan Omeish and Abdallah Omeish (Imperialism still sucks though.)
10. Les Miserables – Tom Hooper (A conversation between me and my student: That must be one special piece of bread, I said. It must have been his bread, he said.)
11. Fish Story – Yoshihiro Nakamura (My love for Nakamura continues to grow. I have the fish tattooed on me now. :) )
12. Timer – Jac Schaeffer (Love still sucks.)
13. Watermark – Joseph Brodsky (Brood kung brood.)
14. 21 Jump Street – Phil Lord and Chris Miller
15. Pitch Perfect – Jason Moore (Continuing the tradition of Bring It On.)

March-April

1. Gun ‘n Rose – Clarence Fok Yiu-Leung (Andy Lau being dorky is always a precious find.)
2. Meshes of the Afternoon – Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid
3. The Floating City – Pamela Ball (Hawaii. Imperialism sucks again.)
4. Before Sunrise – Richard Linklater (Kids.)
5. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway (LOL. Stupid crybaby protagonist.)
6. Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide Season 1, Season 2 – Scott Fellows (One of the best underrated kid shows of all time. Better than overrated Community.)
7. 5ex – Julian Pascual
8. It Takes a Man and a Woman – Cathy Garcia-Molina (Dear Philippine Cinema, we don’t need wedding endings, I swear. Please. Stop.)
9. Yes or No – Sarasawadee Wongsompetch (Cute lesbian love story minus the dying equals good lesbian movie!)
10. Honey and Clover Season 2 – Tatsuyuki Nagai (If you want something to break your heart.)
11. Women and Madness – Phyllis Chesler (Well, hello, all my mommy issues.)
12. Dark Hours – Conchitina Cruz

May-June

1. Hello f(x) – Y-Star (And thus proved my obsession.)
2. The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker – Yoshihiro Nakamura (As if Nakamura and Beatles don’t already break my heart. Bob Dylan has to join the club too.)
3. The Infernal Affairs Trilogy – Andrew Lau and Alan Mak (Just to remind that HK films still win at all things.)
4. The Great Gatsby – Baz Luhrmann (Come on. It was really stupid and just… a really bad adaptation. Design and Leo couldn’t save it.)
5. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (I have no idea why this is supposedly better than the rom-com flicks it produced. There are witty moments though.)
6. The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real – Margery Williams
7. Parks and Recreation Season 5 – Greg Daniels and Michael Schur (Still the only American series worth watching nowadays.)
8. Weirdo – Donald Glover
9. Recuerdo – Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo (A more relatable story about middle to upper class people.)
10. Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide Season 3 – Scott Fellows
11. 1984 – George Orwell (The protagonist was so annoying I was glad Big Brother won.)
12. Once Upon A Time Season 2 – Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (I think we just spent a lot of time hating the “good guys” at this point and cringing at the way the “bad guys” were becoming stupider.)

July-August

1. Love Me or Leave Me – Charles Vidor (What I thought was gonna be a simple romantic movie of the 1950’s turned out to be much more. This usually happens with me and old films.)
2. Cowboy Bebop – Shinichiro Watanabe (Unconventional families to make your heart fall into pieces. In space.)
3. St. Elmo’s Fire – Joel Schumacher (Rich kids problems. I thought it was fun.)
4. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie – Shinichiro Watanabe
5. Oro, Plata, Mata – Peque Gallaga (It was… okay. And long. LOL.)
6. Kick-Ass – Matthew Vaughn
7. Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979-1985 – Adrienne Rich (Spirit guide.)
8. A Boy and His Samurai – Yoshihiro Nakamura (Because Nakamura can do simple conventional stories too. But he couldn’t just help but squeeze in a Samurai fight scene before the end.)
9. Moonlight Express – Daniel Lee (Because HK films can be just as bad as Filipino ones.)
10. Lovers of 6 Years – Park Hyun-Jin (Because plates breaking is always a metaphor.)
11. The Wackness – Jonathan Levine (Because Josh from Drake and Josh is hot can act and break your heart. Also, it’s the 90’s and a coming of age story. So, yes.)
12. Chips – Yoshihiro Nakamura (Hands down best scene in the history of film when the protagonist cried because of chips.)
13. Tokyo! – Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho (Maybe I should be a chair too.)
14. Cold Fish – Sion Sono (Pointless and annoying.)
15. The Conjuring – James Wan (At first I was: nice cinematography and references. The next I was: this is stupid.)
16. Grave of the Fireflies – Isao Takahata
17. It’s Not You, It’s Me – Matt Spicer (Gillian Jacobs and Topher Grace. Must be a film specifically made for me!)
18. For Me and My Gal – Busby Berkeley (Gene Kelly and smirks. Where are your undies now.)

September – October

1. Dr. Seuss & Co. Go To War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of America’s Leading Comic Artists – Andre Schiffrin (Racism. It’s really scary.)
2. Under the Dome – Stephen King (A disappointing ending but it was a good ride and a fast read.)
3. On the Job – Erik Matti (An inferior Infernal Affairs but oh well.)
4. Repo Man – Alex Cox (Because cult.)
5. Singin’ in the Rain – Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen (Thank you for introducing me to Donald O’Connor.)
6. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Goro Taniguchi (If you want to waste your time and watch something pretentious and fetishizes lesbians, go ahead.)
7. The Testament of Gideon Mack – James Robertson (Happiness is a false god. Finally something I may want to reread.)
8. On The Town – Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen (Thank you for introducing me to Betty Garrett.)
9. f(x) Koala – 이광호, 정성준, 박상인 (Continuing my 2013 obsession that made me think life is not yet over.)
10. Amazing f(x) – 양성수, 이봉욱, 김병호
11. The Pit and the Pendulum – Sohn Young-Sung (Because there are stupid pretentious Korean films too.)
12. Four Sisters and a Wedding – Cathy Garcia-Molina (Minus the sisters ganging up on the whore, it was pretty rom-com subversive.)
13. Les Girls – George Cukor
14. Mga Agos sa Disyerto – Efren R. Abueg, Dominador B. Mirasol, Rogelio L. Ordonez, Edgardo M. Reyes, Rogelio R. Sikat (This is Philippine literature canon. So. That sucks for us. And I’m not even talking about the facepalm-inducing sexism.)
15. Like Someone in Love – Abbas Kiarostami (Meh.)

November – December

1. Thor: The Dark World – Alan Taylor (Perfunctory sex.)
2. The Maker – Christopher Kezelos
3. The Heirs – Kang Shin-Hyo
4. Frozen – Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (In the end, I’m always such an Anna.)
5. Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2 – James Wan (America, give it up. Bad Asian horror movies are still ten times better than your silly sound effects.)
6. Strawberry Panic – Masayuki Sakoi (I hope this is not the best yuri anime can offer me cause it was so boring I’d pause through every episode doing something else. Men making lesbian anime, wonder who thought of that. *cough*patriarchy*cough*)

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