Some schools are already out for the summer and Palm Sunday and the Holy Week break are just around the corner. Flights out are getting pricier and Manila is on the eve of an annual exodus.
If you want to feed your mind in your down time, you might want to check these currently running films, themes and news items out:
1. HAIL, CAESAR! –Hail, Caesar! isn’t quite the sword and sandals film traditionally associated with this time of year. It’s a lightweight comedy by the sharp and brilliant Oscar award winning Coen Brothers. It follows a real life character—a 1950’s Hollywood fixer named EddieMannix (Josh Brolin) through several crazy scenarios including the abduction of the lead actor in Roman epic (Baird Whitlock played by George Clooney). You’ll get to see TildaSwinton play twins who are rival gossip columnists, Ralph Fiennes as an artsy fartsy director, and Channing Tatum as actor in a song and dance sailor film (I love him more as a comedian than a romantic lead, actually). You’ll also get a glimpse of the movie industry during the dawn of television and in the middle of the Cold War.
Hail, Caesar! screens exclusively in SM cinemas.
2. TRUMBO –Trumbo is a great companion piece to “Hail, Caesar!” for many reasons. It has a brilliant cast: Bryan Cranston (who I love immensely and who earned an Oscar nomination for his role here), Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Louis C. K., and Michael Stuhlbarg. It also tells a story set in Hollywood in the late 40’s and early 50’s—when producers and the powers that be were paranoid about communists in their midst.
3. GUILTY BY SUSPICION – Guilty by Suspicion is a 1991 film with Robert De Niro playing a fictitious Hollywood director whose life gets turned around by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. It is set in the middle of the McCarthy era communist witch hunt—so if you want to go three for three on a theme, this can be
your kicker.Though you’ll have to look for it.
4. Since these are intelligent films, and a break is coming up, why not also read up on some relevant current events. These real stories could inspire some interesting films too:
• The failed Telstra deal. Telstra is the Australian telecommunications giant that had plans to partner with San Miguel to bring in new infrastructure to create new possibilities in terms of broadband services and faster internet speeds.
• The huge money laundering deal that got found out. This one involves RCBC, the Bangladesh Bank, local casino resorts and about 100 million dollars. All it took was a misspelled word on the part of the hackers to alert the international banking authorities.
• Elections over here: Our Supreme Court ordered voter receipts—which would mean adding a few more steps to the voting process and consequently upgrades, possibly moving the election day by a month.
• Elections over there: I usually watch The Walking Dead for my Monday morning panic attack. I ended up in a bank with CNN on the television. The Trump coverage gave me the panic attack, I had to watch The Walking Dead to calm down.
See you all after next week to discuss Batman v Superman.