Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I love watching movies. And I also love looking for flaws. And I'd go, "Why this.. Why that? That's rubbish!". All talk. Nothing I can do about them, really.

Yeah, yeah. Everyone's a critic.

So anyway, I was blog hopping the other day and I came across this meme, Tuesday Couch Potatoes. And being a certified couch potato and a movie-lover, I wanted to join. Tuesday Couch Potatoes, as the name implies, is a weekly meme for movies held every Tuesday by our friend, Kikamz. And for this week, TCP will feature films released by Dreamworks! Yay! Aside from Disney-Pixar and Sony Entertainment, I consider Dreamworks Animation SKG as one of the best film studios ever, in the history of movie-making.

Dreamworks Animation SKG is also known as Dreamworks Pictures, Dreamworks Studios and DW studios. It was founded in the year 1994 by Jeffrey Katzenberg, after being fired from the Walt Disney Company. With the help of Steven Spielberg and David Geffen (forming the trademark SKG in the Dreamworks logo), they formed their own Hollywood film studio on October 12, 1994. In 1998, Dreamworks then released its very own full-length animated feature, Ants. And after that, victory is just a mere step away.

Dreamworks is a complete success in producing quality movies, especially animated films. In 1996, the film studio teamed up with Pacific Data Images (now known as PDI/Dreamworks), making it a very tough competitor of Pixar and Disney in creating animated features. It's kinda ironic, just thinking that Jeffrey Katzenberg was once an employee of the Walt Disney Company, and now he had founded a film studio, big enough to rival and question Disney's royalty in the animated film business.

In February 2006, the 3 founders sold the film studio to Viacom, parent of Paramount Pictures. In June 2008, Dreamworks signed a deal with the Reliance ADA Group, allowing the film studio to produce films as an independent production company. Dreamworks films are distributed worldwide by Paramount, but it remained independent of Viacom/Paramount.

Okay. Enough of that. Let's talk about the movies.

I have several favorites movies produced by Dreamworks. But here is my top5 list and my most favorite is Saving Private Ryan. But allow me to tell you about the other four.. ☺

  1. The Last Castle - This movie was released on October 19, 2001. A drama film directed by Rod Lurie, starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini. It tells the story Lieutenant General Eugene Irving's (Redford) stay at the maximum security military prison. Also, of the struggle between the inmates and the warden, Colonel Winter (Gandolfini). This movie did not do good in the box office and with the low gross of the film, it surely is a failure. However, I still like the film. Watching this movie, I find myself cursing at the warden, Colonel Winter. The movie had my hands rolling into fists, had the wheels of my brain rolling (the movie is very heavy on imagery and symbolism, no subtlety at all) and had me crying at the end. I'd have to admit though. Mark Rufallo's portrayal of the icy and distant Yates wasn't very good. 
  2. Transformers - This movie is a co-production with Paramount Pictures and Hasbro. This science fiction live-action film is directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, a teenager caught in the battle between two robot alien lifeforms, the good Autobots and the evil Decepticons. A very good story, a good looking cast, amazing special effects, awesome cars.. and of course, BUMBLEBEE. Really. Do I need to say more? 
  3. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - This animated movie was released on May 24, 2002. It tells the story of the young mustang stallion, Spirit. In world history, the battle between the white Americans and the native Indian tribes are told, depicting the horrific events that took place. But no one has ever portrayed the stories in the eye of the horses. In the movie, the horse do not talk unlike other animated films. Instead, their thoughts and feelings are expressed through amazing songs (by Bryan Adams), excellent blend of hand-drawn and computer animation, and occasional narration by Academy Award winner, Matt Damon. And so, aside from the fact that Matt Damon (excuse me, just wiping my drool, for a sec.. hehe) did that excellent voice-over, this movie will have you crying, and laughing and marveling at the superb quality of the film, itself. 
  4. Kung Fu Panda - This is an animated film, produced by Dreamworks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It tells the story of the main protagonist, Po (voiced by Jack Black) who dreams of becoming a kung fu warrior like his heroes, the Furious Five: Tigress, Mantis, Viper, Crane and Monkey (voiced by Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and Jackie Chan, respectively.) It is a movie that delivers the message of finding the inner warrior and believing in yourself. Though hope is lost, good always triumphs over evil. It is a very enjoyable and funny movie, and I urge you to go see this (if you still haven't seen this). As Po's witty trademark phrase always goes, "There's no charge for awesomeness!". Oh yes, indeed. That is so true. 

"In the Last Great Invasion of the Last Great War,
The Greatest Danger for Eight Men was Saving...

Saving Private Ryan - This is my MOST FAVORITE Dreamworks movie. This film is a co-production with Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Mutual Film Company. Before, I was not into war films, but now, Oh Yeah! This movie is just excellent - great plot, powerful actors, amazing special effects and the production - I just cannot set it aside. This actually is one of my all-time favorite movies. It is an American war film set in World War II and directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie is about a group of soldiers headed by Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) , sent into the French countryside to find and rescue a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), whose brothers have been killed in combat. The opening scene, the first 30-minutes really is one of the finest moments in the film. It is a soldier's-eye view of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. The technique of film-making is excellent and it can truly generate a lot of reactions from the viewers. No doubt, that 30-minutes movie sequence is the most violent and most gory depiction of war I've ever seen on screen. The movie shows that war is brutally vicious. No mercy. Though I know that the rest of film is excellent, but that D-Day attack on Ohama beach is one that you'll find difficult to forget.

Allow me to share some unforgettable quotes and conversations from the movie..

Private Reiben: Oh, that's brilliant, bumpkin. Hey, so, Captain, what about you? I mean, you don't gripe at all?
Captain Miller: I don't gripe to you, Reiben. I'm a captain. There's a chain of command. Gripes go up, not down. Always up. You gripe to me, I gripe to my superior officer, so on, so on, and so on. I don't gripe to you. I don't gripe in front of you. You should know that as a Ranger.
Private Reiben: I'm sorry, sir, but uh... let's say you weren't a captain, or maybe I was a major. What would you say then?
Captain Miller: Well, in that case... I'd say, "This is an excellent mission, sir, with an extremely valuable objective, sir, worthy of my best efforts, sir. Moreover... I feel heartfelt sorrow for the mother of Private James Ryan and am willing to lay down my life and the lives of my men - especially you, Reiben - to ease her suffering."
Mellish: [chuckles] He's good.

Private Reiben: You wanna explain the math of this to me? I mean, where's the sense of riskin' the lives of the eight of us to save one guy?
Captain Miller: Twenty degrees. Anybody wanna answer that?
Medic Wade: Reiben, think about the poor bastard's mother.
Private Reiben: Hey, Doc, I got a mother, all right? I mean, you got a mother. Sarge's got a mother. I mean, shit, I bet even the captain's got a mother.
[he turns and looks at Miller, who has a bemused expression on his face]
Private Reiben: Well, maybe not the captain, but the rest of us got mothers.

Captain Miller: You see, when... when you end up killing one your men, you see, you tell yourself it happened so you could save the lives of two or three or ten others. Maybe a hundred others. Do you know how many men I've lost under my command?
Sergeant Horvath: How many?
Captain Miller: Ninety-four. But that means I've saved the lives of ten times that many, doesn't it? Maybe even 20, right? Twenty times as many? And that's how simple it is. That's how you... that's how you rationalize making the choice between the mission and the man.

Private Ryan: Hell, these guys deserve to go home as much as I do. They've fought just as hard.
Captain Miller: Is that what I'm supposed to tell your mother when she gets another folded American flag?
Private Ryan: You can tell her that when you found me, I was with the only brothers I had left. And that there was no way I was deserting them. I think she'd understand that.

Captain Miller: This Ryan better be worth it. He'd better go home and cure some disease or invent a longer-lasting lightbulb or something. 'Cause the truth is, I wouldn't trade 10 Ryans for one Vecchio or one Caparzo.
Sergeant Horvath: Amen.

Captain Miller: Sometimes I wonder if I've changed so much, my wife is even gonna recognize me whenever it is I get back to her, and how I'll ever be able to, tell about days like today. Ahh, Ryan. I don't know anything about Ryan, I don't care. The man means nothing to me; he's just a name. But if, you know, if going to Rem"al, and finding him so he can go home, if that earns me the right to get back to my wife, well then, then that's my mission.

Sergeant Horvath: I don't know. Part of me thinks the kid's right. He asks what he's done to deserve this. He wants to stay here, fine. Let's leave him and go home. But then another part of me thinks, what if by some miracle we stay, then actually make it out of here. Someday we might look back on this and decide that saving Private Ryan was the one decent thing we were able to pull out of this whole godawful, shitty mess. Like you said, Captain, maybe we do that, we all earn the right to go home.

Saving Private Ryan is a powerful piece of work, and Steven Speilberg really did deliver two of the most gripping ang powerful motion pictures (with Schindler's List). This memorable and powerful movie is not one to be missed. And if you're brave enough to see the movie's schocking but spectacular images, curious enough to see how it'll generate those powerful emotions within you, and interested enough to understand the simplicity of the story and the complexity of the choices in battle/war, then this is THE movie to watch.

"When is one's life more important than another? Where is the sense in risking eight lives just to save one?". You just have to see for yourselves if this question did have an answer in the end.


* Conversations, quotes and taglines from IMDB
* Images are from Google


  1. Kung Fu Panda - is one of the fave movie ko from this Hollywood film studio

  2. The movies you just mentioned above were my favorite movies too hehehe...aba teka magkano ba ibinayad sayo ng dreamworks dito? lolz!

  3. 2, 4, 5, yan mga napanood ko na yan... pero sounds interesting yung di ko pa napapanoon... thanks for sharing...

    buti nalang nasabi mo na it is related sa Couch Potato thing ang post mo kundi aakalain ko din na may bayad sayo and Dreamworks. nyhaahahahaha ! :D

  4. dami kong natutunan dito. ang galing kasing galing ng mga movies na nabangit.ano related to sa dreamworks? alam na alam mo ang mga kaganapan.

  5. Haha...pareho tayo ng peborit. I really love Saving Private Ryan. Dahil sa movie na ito eh hinanap ko yung TV Series na Band of Brothers.

  6. @Ishmael: Apir tayo! I really really love Saving Private Ryan. Oo nga, madami ding mga movie reviews na ang sabi eh, hindi raw maganda.. kesyo ganito, ganyan. Pero okay lang din.. opinyon nila yun eh. And eto opinyon ko, ano. angal sila? Haha.. (defensive?)

    Ang kuya ko ang super addict sa mga war films. And Saving Private Ryan is the first ever war film na napanood ko.. at syempre, tumatak talaga siya sa aking brain. Really can't forget that movie, lalo na't sina Tom Hanks at Matt Damon ang mga bida.

    At apir ulit tayo! Hehe.. Dahil na rin sa movie nato, eh pinanood ko na rin ang Band of Brothers. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, among others.. it's a 10-part television (narrative) series na inilabas sa HBO noong.. I'm not really sure kung kelan.. maybe 2001? or 2002? Grabe ang experinces ng Easy Company during the WWII.

    Okay. enough na.. Shutting up now. Hehehe.. I so LOVE talking about what I love. Kapag magkaharap tayo, I'd be talking non-stop.. and I'd be like, "Okay, you can stop me anytime".. hehehe.

    Thanks for dropping by, Ishmael. =)

  7. Hi Leah! I've only seen Kung Fu Panda and Transformers...

    I still can't get over: "Mom, how about him?"

    Sauce y'all!

    Take care Leah!

    Show Me Your Look Today

  8. Nice!!! all about movies :D...i love to watch movies as well...from what you have listed,yung Saving Private Ryan talaga maganda kaso indi ko napanood ang ending ng movie..namatay ba si Ryan dun?hmmm...lol
    I also like transformers...My father in law is a great fan of bubblebee...weee!!!

  9. Transformers is my favorite, the robots are cool.and the effects is great

  10. yay,.. i never really thought pixar, dream works and disney were different.. hhahaha... never!

    i just thought that any animated movies made me feel well.. i hate too dramatic movies and love romantic ones.. i guess that's how i will categorize it.. hahaha

    hi leah.. i'm starving...!

    i love kung fu panda... that's all i can say i can relate to at your list.. i know transformers and saving private ryan.. but i really don't have enough passion to watch.. hahaha

  11. I love Kung Fu Panda din,yung Saving Private Ryan, one time ko lang yata napanood, yung Spirit naman, bits and pieces, I liek Transformers as well, yung Last Castle parang di ko napanood ah..Hmm..


  12. @Axl: Kung Fu Panda is one funny movie.. and meron pang lesson. A good movie for children and adults, alike. =)

    @Jag: Hahaha! Libre lang po to.. Hindi kasi nila nakayanan ang aking professional fee, si nilibre ko na lang. LOL..

    @Zeb: Hehe. Buti na lang pala at meron akong explanation.. Siguro nga dapat eh, hindi ko na sila nilibre ano? Tsk! Next time.. Hehe..

    @DR: Yep. Those are great movies. Paborito ko silang 5. Actually, dapat top10 ang ilalagay ko.. pero tinamad na ako, so top5 na lang. hehe. Yes, all of them are Dreamworks films.. At syempre, alam na alam ko ang mga kaganapan dyan. Paborito eh. hihi.. =)

  13. @Michael: Haha.. Ganun ba? Get over it na.. Salamat sa dalaw.

    @Anne: Namatay ba si Ryan? Hehehe.. Sikweeetttt!!! Hihi..

    @Mommyles: Yes, robots are totally cool! Especially Bumblebee! Definitely Bumblebee! =)

    @Rah: Hihi.. Finding Nemo is included in my top10. Naiyak ako sa movie na yun.. I love Dory in that movie. =)

    @Kamil: Hehe.. Yeah, they're different film outfits. Yung Disney, naging magkasama sila ng Pixar.. Yung Dreamworks naman, PDI.. Magkakompetensya. =) Hehe.. okay lang yun. Syempre, kanya-kanyang paborito yun.. Addict lang talaga ako sa SPR kasi ang ganda ng story tsaka andun si Matt Damon. Aaahhh!!! =)

  14. @MommyLiz: Paborito ng lahat ang Kung Fu Panda. Hehehe.. Hmm.. you should watch The Last Castle. Andami nga lang negative reviews, and it's a box office failure.. pero I really do like the movie. =) Salamat po sa pagdalaw.

  15. napanood ko ang saving private ryan nuon cant help but to feel sad to those soldiers who died at war. Haist

  16. How about the movie UP? :D I liked that movie. :D It's funny and very touching at the same time. :D

    You know what, Saving Private Ryan is one of my favourites too, not my ULTIMATE one, but it's in my list.

    The Last Castle, "looks" promising. I'm hoping it's on netflix now so I could watch it. :D

  17. wow! that was a long list!! i love KUNG FU Panda.. I love the part when the master said 'THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS'..

  18. what i love is Kung Fu Panda, i love how did Jack Black make it so funny. The face expression of the character is just so adorable...

  19. Spirit is my all time favorite animation. Di ko mapagpapalit sa kahit anong part ng transformers ang emotions portrayed ni Spirit without any verbal conversation. Hey, salamat sa info mam, di ko akalaing taga Disney pala ang K ng SKG :D