I’m a web designer by day and a movie blogger by night at FlixChatter. I’ve started blogging about three years ago, pretty much on a whim as I was working on a blog for a client. My love for movies spans across all kinds of genres (except horror). From Jane Austen costume-dramas, lush fantasy epics to sfx-laden, full-throttle action, my taste in movies can be quite perplexing.
My late dad was in the film biz in the 70s in my home country Indonesia, so I must’ve inherited his love for writing and movies. But it was my late mother who first introduced Hollywood classics when I was about 12. She brought Gone with the Wind, The Sound of Music, and My Fair Lady VHS tapes from her European vacation. If I were to name just five favorite movies, it’d be: Batman Begins, Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday, Sense & Sensibility and Return to Me.
Superman and me
Ruth Maramis | 24 May 2013
I have been a fan of Superman all my life. It’s perhaps not a surprise to most of you if you’ve been following my blog for some time. A throng of superheroes have come and gone in the last three decades since I saw Superman: The Movie for the first time. In fact, the number of comic-based films have quadruppled in the last ten years and there’s no end in sight, but for me, the Kryptonian hero shall always be my favorite.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
Ruth Maramis | 21 May 2013
For some reason this Irish-French-Belgian animated feature eluded me, even though it was one of the Best Animated Feature nominees in 2010. It definitely deserves such kudos!
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Ruth Maramis | 21 May 2013
A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.
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.
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