Three flix picks for Easter… or any other time of the year
Ruth Maramis | 27 Mar 2013
Just want to wish everyone a blessed Easter. Even those who aren’t believers might opt to watch some Christian-themed films this time of year, such as The Ten Commandments (should be on by now on one of the major network TV), King of Kings, Ben-Hur, The Passion of the Christ, or the animated feature The Prince of Egypt for the whole family.
Musings on Asian directors… why do so few thrive in Hollywood?
Ruth Maramis | 18 Mar 2013
I had just seen STOKER on Tuesday night, which inspires me to write about this post. Now, a lot of you know I was born in South East Asia but I moved to the US to go to college and has been staying here since. I feel like I need to preface this article by saying that I am actually guilty of not being familiar with Asian cinema even though my brother was into Kung Fu movies at the time (particularly the Sin Tiaw Hiap Lu series).
Side by Side
Ruth Maramis | 6 Sep 2012
This is an insightful and thoughtful documentary produced and narrated by none other than Keanu Reeves. I’ve always thought that Keanu is one of those actors who are far more intelligent than meets the eye, and despite his stoic style, I quite like him as an actor and enjoyed a lot of his movies. Here he collaborated with Christopher Kenneally who previously worked with him as production manager in Henry’s Crime to direct the film. I think Keanu is the perfect person to conduct all the interviews, not only has he worked with a variety of directors in over 50 films, he’s also got that friendly, laid-back personality that would help make all the directors feel at ease discussing this hot-button issue. It’s nice to see Christopher and Keanu’s passionate curiosity on this topic as they asked some honest questions on both sides of the spectrum.
My Movie Influence: Sense & Sensibility
Ruth Maramis | 10 Aug 2012
Many people have their own movies they think highly, praised and probably started seeing things differently after watching them. I’ve shared mine and I always wanted to know what others have. I asked other people which movie they think to have the best influence on them. What other possibility is there but Sense and Sensibility (1995)?
Ranking Christopher Nolan's films
Ruth Maramis | 2 Aug 2012
As part of my Inception-countdown series, I ranked five of Christopher Nolan's movies. Well, now he's got two more under his belt, making his total of feature-length film to seven.
Five Favorite Scores from 2012 Olympics Musical Director David Arnold
Ruth Maramis | 1 Aug 2012
So have you been following the the Summer Olympics? It's interesting how a lot of film folks are involved in the opening/closing ceremony. British directors Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry were tasked to conceptualize the Games' opening ceremony. Now serving as the musical director is renowned British composer David Arnold. So I thought it'd be fitting that for this week's music break, I shine the spotlight on Mr. Arnold and five of my favorite scores from his collection.
Ruth Maramis | 1 Aug 2012
A novelist struggling with writer’s block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.
The Dark Knight Rises
Ruth Maramis | 24 Jul 2012
In an era where seemingly every Summer we get a superhero cinematic event, Christopher Nolan still manages to kick it up a notch with The Dark Knight Rises. Really, even without the ruckus over death treats over negative reviews and the tragic event that happened in Aurora, CO, during a midnight screening, the hype over the final chapter to Nolan’s Batman saga is still a colossal one. The over-exposure is really quite overwhelming, to the point where I have to make extra effort to tune it out and be as fresh as possible.
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