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Director John Woo's first venture into Hollywood was not without its
obstacles. With Van Damme being one of Hollywood's bright action stars
back in the early 90s, it is pretty much certain that Woo lacked what
he received in his later works control. The film for most of it,
seems uneven, especially when there are scenes you can clearly see as
Woo's footprints all over it and there are others that are just plain
awful. Still, if you ignore the bad acting from Van Damme, poor pacing,
poor editing, there is still fun to be had. Namely the majority of the
shooting sequences, a wonderful villainous turn by future "The Mummy"
star Lance Henriksen and a few pigeons to boost, Hard Target is
really not that bad
Neo rates it 6/10.
Whatever it is that made Natalie Portman's No String Attached worked
out fine, the same cannot be said about Friends with Benefits. The
movie just does not cut it and the chemistry is just not there. Not to
say the least, I am no admirer of Justin Timberlake's acting talent and
apart from Social Network; the lad has zero acting ability and should
take some acting classes. Despite being picture perfect, Mila Kunis
does not add much to her role apart from being beautiful for beautiful
sake. At the end of the day, Friends with Benefits does not work
because it doesn't walk the talk. From the start the movie pokes fun at
romantic comedies and the clichés of love, only to go back into the
Hollywood syndrome by the film ending credits. Basically, this film
does not convince me and pretty much an unnecessary affair
Neo rates it 4/10.
If you watch Beach Spike as a film, it will be so terrible that you
just want to smash the TV screen in front of you. However, Beach Spike
is not a film, but rather a showcase for the "le-mo" bouncing up and
down in their bikini and on a beach playing volleyball. While the film
first few volleyball match seems to satisfy the eager awaiting candy
coated eyes of the drooling audiences. The same cannot be said about
the final showdown. Rather than focusing on key body parts, the camera
cuts and edits and fade away. For the expecting audience, this is
clearly bad filmmaking at its worst. Therefore coming into this film,
it is best to not view this as a film, but rather a chance to get to
know the likes of Chrissie Chau, Theresa Fu and Jessica C. Apart from
that, fans of Lam Suet can rejoice. Otherwise, stay away.
Neo rates it 2/10.
Welcome to the Rileys is a film that takes human emotions seriously. It
spend a lot of time with the characters, concentrating on small
details, the things they do and the way they live and interact. It is
in all essence about how different people deal with problems in life in
their own ways. What impresses me here is certainly how well Kristen
Stewart played her role. Stewart is undoubtedly talented, but here she
is full of raw emotions, real and ultimately flawed. Not an easy role
to play, but she pulled it off beautifully. James Gandolfini gives a
conflictingly good performance and as does Melissa Leo. All in all,
Welcome to the Rileys takes you on a journey and keeps you there. Maybe
not affecting, but a good film nonetheless
Neo rates it 7.5/10.
Surprisingly Love in Space works and despite using all the clichés,
corny love quotes and cheesy confessions of love. It works because the
film never takes itself too seriously, nor does it try to be profound.
It is a simple Fruit Chan's production that shows couples getting
together and nothing more. Indeed, chemistry between co-stars is a must
and the casting is undoubtedly a success. Aaron Kwok and Rene Liu
convinces as a corny space couple, Eason Chan and the talented Guey Lun
Mei shows honest emotions and surprising Angelababy impresses for the
first time. With some parts of the film being shot in Sydney, one must
question why isn't more films shot in this beautiful city. Despite all
the cheesiness and corniness, the film somehow reminded me to treasure
someone more. All in all, Love in Space works and it makes me happy
Neo rates it 7.5/10.
This is probably as real and realistic as its gets in terms of making
movies about night clubbing in the infamous LKF. It helps with all
three actresses being hot (namely Dada, Jeana and Shinga). Then again,
with such a trio of sexual powers exposing in every scenes, it is
difficult not to enjoy the process. In fact this movie is actually a
direct influence from a Taiwanese movie called "9pm to 5am", but the
Hong Kong factor adds an extra dimension. Although nothing really is
said about anything, LKF works because it is not about anything, but
the ride, the process and the fun to go with it. It is sexy, carefree
and pretty much oozing hotness everywhere. It's been a long time, since
a pure Hong Kong film that talks, live and breathe the Hong Kong
lifestyle and LKF serves out exactly that
Neo rates it 7/10.
Since 2001, I have not missed a single Jet Li film in the cinemas. His
latest is a spin-off/remake of the HK's 90s classic Green Snake. It is
one of those films where you need to suspend your beliefs and just
enjoy the cheesiness of the CGI created imaginary world. Although there
will never be a better duo of snakes beauty in Joey Wong and Maggie
Cheung, the replacement duo in Eva Huang and Charlene Choi does well.
Sadly the biggest acting fraud in the 21st Century comes in the form of
TVB's favourite Raymond Lam. The lad simply cannot act and his attempts
at acting are quite frankly awful to say the least. Despite all the
cheesiness and mo-lei-tau playback of the early 90s, the film somehow
works out. Along with an assured performance from monk-like Jet Li and
some creative directing from Ching Siu-tung. The Sorcerer and the White
Snake isn't bad and could have been a lot worse
Neo rates it 6.25/10.
Crazy Stupid Love works because it put a lot of focus on characters,
casting the right people and pure cynical-ism in the mix. Steve Carell
is outstanding as the tormented soul turned player/father and Emma
Stone steals scenes like she always does. As for Ryan Gosling, he is
almost unrecognisable as a ladies' man. One of the best pick up line
involves responding to a female target with "boring and impress me".
Still, this film isn't about picking up, but rather about life and more
defined the process of life in general. Unlike most films, the ending
here does not really matter, but rather the long process of getting
there. A good film with good acting and probably something to say in
the process as well
Neo rates it 7.5/10.
As much I love movies, I actually never thought, I would watch a 60s
classic. In saying so, The Graduate isn't your usual cliché fair; in
fact it is something special. Apart from launching Dustin Hoffman's
career, The Graduate provides a cynical view on love, relationships and
life. In doing so, it feels more like a Woody Allen movie and without a
doubt for the next 40-50 years it has inspired, referred or referenced
by many other films. I remember in 500 Days of Summer, there is a quote
"Tom completely mis-read The Graduate". Years ago, I will probably
have mis-read this film as well, perhaps it is timely I waited till
now. Regardless, this is truly a wonderful film and a magnificent
soundtrack to boot
Neo rates it 9/10.
A wise person name Johnny Wong once eluded this film as inspired by
Chow Yun Fat's classic father-son drama All About Ah Long. Wise words
indeed. Then again, Hugh Jackman hardly ever puts a foot wrong in terms
of movie selections. Here, Jackman is at his best in this father-son
drama disguised in a robotic "Rocky" boxing plot line. It is a movie
that is filled with clichés and more clichés. If you seen Rocky and
numerous underdog boxing movies, Red Steel is exactly that. Saying true
and simple and with an extreme focus on the father-son relationship,
Real Steel is ultimately touching, moving, teary and fun to watch. It
is one of those movies that lifts you, inspire you despite its obvious
flaws. On an end note "let's keep this as a secret"
Neo rates it 8/10.
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