Purple Mask: the cocktail, the play and the movie


In 1905, a play called "The Scarlet Pimpernel" opened in England to negative reviews. The novel, based on the play, was published soon after and was a success. "The Scarlet Pimpernel" is a story about an aristocratic dandy, Sir Percy Blakeney, who led a … [Read more...]

Goodbye, Hollywood. For now.

Speedy and I have been watching quite a lot of movies lately. And we're intentionally staying away from anything and everything produced in Hollywood. Too many Hollywood movies and I've started feeling getting dumbed down already. So we're exploring. … [Read more...]

Source Code: two thumbs up

Our last three movie adventures were disasters -- The Green Hornet, Red Riding Hood and The Adjustment Bureau. The Green Hornet was so bad I wanted to walk out; Red Riding Hood was plain disappointing. The Adjustment Bureau was almost good but I hated the … [Read more...]

The Green Hornet: never mind

Alex had her birthday last week. But because she and Sam stay at the condo near their school on weekdays, we didn't have a chance to celebrate as a family until last night. We had dinner at a Japanese restaurant then saw a movie. The Green Hornet on 3D. I … [Read more...]

Why I like Javier Bardem

Yesterday's news was full of tidbits about the newborn baby boy of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. I knew Penelope Cruz as Tom Cruise's ex; before No Country For Old Men, I didn't know who Javier Bardem was. After seeing Vicky Cristina Barcelona, my … [Read more...]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1


Very rarely does a book get translated into a movie and survive the translation. More often than not, a lot of substance flies out the window to comply with cinematic requirements including the length of run time. Then, there's the actual and more serious … [Read more...]

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

The first time I saw the trailer many months ago, I knew I was going to see Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. How could I not? I love the 1987 original, and the same director and lead star were doing the sequel. The release of Money Never Sleeps was … [Read more...]