Saila Reyes

Writer. Filmmaker. Photographer.

I'm a lover of all things dark comedy and action movies are my comfort food. When told that everyone in LA is a screenwriter, I don't mind, since I firmly believe that I'm different because I'm actually good. Or highly delusional. Both kind of work.
Posts I Like

BRONSON (2008)

This film is magnificent. Tom Hardy is unstoppable, and the direction is bold, beautiful, absolutely entertaining in the most twisted of ways. Watching a violent criminal shouldn’t bring anyone half as much joy as it did me. On another note, I’ve been on a low-budget research kick as of late, and BRONSON just smashes any notion that you can’t do exactly what you want for next to nothing.

Currently on Netflix, and if your queue looks anything like mine, it’s probably been in yours for years, but really, you should actually watch it.

Life is pretty simple. You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, other quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is doing something else.
Da Vinci (among others cited, regardless, awesome)

OBVIOUS CHILD

This opens wide tomorrow, and if you haven’t seen it already, this movie’s the only thing you should be doing with your Friday night. Romantic comedies don’t have to be cliches - they can be smart, funny, real - we’ve been getting fed a lot of over-processed saccharine junk, and OBVIOUS CHILD takes us right back to the good stuff. Characters, stories, real conflict, real emotions. You know, the things that made romantic comedies so great in the first place. The things that make storytelling great.

See it!

I can’t believe it took me this long to find this guy. And please excuse my double dose of his music, but damn, is he excellent. Too good not to share.

To Be Alone (live in Kilkenny) - Hozier

Take Me To Church - Hozier

"The song serves simultaneously as a message about human rights, a commentary about Hozier’s upbringing in what he calls a "cultural landscape that is blatantly homophobic," and a strong statement about the institutional homophobia in Putin’s Russia."  - NY Mag interview with Hozier

You know when you come across a song and you know it’s going to wind up on every soundtrack ever before you have a chance to put it in your movie?

Yeah. That’s going to happen here and I don’t care. Still going in.

This is worth a watch. Playing with the limits of your medium, and then expanding upon them is something anyone, in any field, can draw from.

vimeo:

David Sena paints with fireworks. Find out how and why.

You will never make it … “It” doesn’t exist for an artist.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s commencement speech at Juilliard.

THE IMMIGRANT

The performances in this are nothing short of incredible, but what else can you expect from the likes of Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix. And even though there were moments in which it felt like the narrative was taking its own sweet time, the film was beautiful, and I’m glad to have seen it in the theater.

Fassbender & McAvoy Doing Impressions:

Love all these men, so much.