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Just an opinion, feel free to disagree, I know you'll
*NOTE: In the event you find any part of this review rude and/or offensive in tone and/or language, here's an apology, sorry.
Allow me to say: unless you find something illogical, unreasonable, unfair, etc, don't disagree and/or criticize what other people said, everyone has the right to feel and think differently.
I think by now you should know that I didn't quite think about all perspectives before reviewing this movie but I've to say: to me, watching a movie, depth and meaning are more significant than entertainment. And you can expect me saying, movies like The Hobbit, LOTR, The Dark Knight trilogy, The Avengers, have absolute entertainment, I can't disagree. However, as hard as I tried, I couldn't find a lesson to learn from such movies when it comes to life, humanity, kindness, etc. If you take in consideration for the mere theme of good vs. evil, I'm sorry, I can't and I don't wanna buy that. How many movies are based simply on good vs. evil? It doesn't stand out, take for an example a movie like "Forrest Gump", I believe that as much as you wanna disagree with me, you just can't lie to yourself by denying that it wasn't inspiring. Movies, to me, depth and meaning are more valuable than entertainment. This also sort of answered a question I first asked myself many years ago: why does the Oscars rarely honors movies as such (other than LOTR) with Best Picture? Oh yes, they lack depth and meaning, no wonder "Forrest Gump" won Best Picture.
But like I said, I'm no one to defy and/or offend (etc) anyone just because I disagree with him/her/them, but I've the right to express my views. So, disagree with me, dislike this review, I'm perfectly fine. I just hope that at least we all go through each other's words while holding on to our own views and opinions. Have a nice day!
Just when one thought that "After "Alien" & "Aliens", Sci-Fi goes generally downhill", there's "Gravity"
"In space, no one can hear you scream." In the past, this ALAWAYS symbolizes "Alien" for me, arguably the best Sci-Fi film ever. Next came "Aliens", the movie which puts James Cameron at the A category. However, after these 2, I thought "What a pity, Sci-Fi is such an amazing genre, but from here, it's going generally downhill."
Then came the year 2013.
Somewhere around late August or so, I came across this ad with the trailer, an upcoming Sci-Fi film called "Gravity", starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. I thought "Hey, even if this won't be a great Sci-Fi, it'll still be a box office hit."
THEN, I watched the trailer and as god be my witness it was one of the fastest 2 minutes of my life and goosebumps went all over my body. I thought "God, please bring back the awesomeness space movies used to have."
FINALLY, I was lucky enough to catch a sneak preview in my country yesterday night. Boy, did I regret!?
Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, with Ed Harris. I dare not say that this is as good as or better than "Alien" and/or "Aliens", but I won't be surprised to see "Gravity" at next year's Academy Awards.
Essentially, if you're a Sci-Fi cinemaniac, and you enjoyed "Alien" and/or "Aliens", welcome back to space with zero "Gravity"!!!
That Girl in Pinafore (2013)
Retrospective; touching; hilarious, possibly the best Singapore film ever!
First, I know that not many reviewers do this but I see the importance: the following views and opinions you're about to read does not represent anyone else's except mine, no generalization is intended, hence when you see "generally", what I mean is actually "basically" or "essentially".
Cut to the chase: acting was really fine, brings out the correct emotions at the correct times, what else can decent audience need?
Directing was very good, clear cut, precise, professional.
Music and songs: honestly, if only the music and songs can be nominated for Oscars, they were just FLAWLESS, unfortunately the music and songs aren't newly created, so no chance for awards, which I'm TRULY sad for.
Writing: 99 out of 100, story was amazing, although the theme of forbidden love was used for long but this film brings it to a new level; dialogs are right on, exactly how Singaporeans will speak, giving a sense of familiarity while watching. The one and ONLY issue here is the result of the competition the main characters took part in, it didn't come clear to us whether they won or just achieved 2nd prize.
Generally speaking, if only had the writer(s) be more clear about the result of the competition, this film would be FLAWLESS and perfect. One last personal thought: I'd actually nominate it for best foreign language film at the Oscars, this film deserves its high box office and it surely deserves awards.
Lives Up to its Name!
*NOTE: I seldom write reviews, so pardon my expressions and language.
"Weeds", on the surface, shows a story of a twice-widowed woman's life as a drug dealer in a suburban town and the problems she deals with during the long journey.
However, "Weeds", in a way, shows more than that. It also covers the possible inefficiency of the U.S. law and order; some mild and brief political corruption and racism; also brief and mild homosexuality issues and a little bit of religions' discrimination. All of which are portrayed in a mild way and also has an impact on the audiences that these issues are getting more severe and that they should be effectively dealt with and resolved appropriately.
Meanwhile, I don't know if it's the directors or the writers, but "Weeds" lives up to its name. I only came across the existence of this TV-series about less than a month ago, but I've already watched the first 3 seasons. Why? It's addictive, just like weeds, just like drugs. When I first watched the pilot episode, I was hooked to the show and I know that this hook will continue to hold me in suspense whenever I finished an episode UNTIL I complete the entire series.
Now you might be asking: why do I give it a 9/10 instead of 10/10? Here's why: the show lacks that one element in which I don't know how to describe. That one element that distinguishes itself apart from those rated above 8.0. (E.g: The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, House M.D., etc)
Anyways, in conclusion, this show covers many aspects of life, the screenplays are well-done, the acting performances are memorably good, the show's addictive like weeds and the impact of the show is huge and indescribable.
Overall, strictly, a 9/10; leniently, 10/10. Worth a watch as long as you can suit yourself into the subject matters mentioned in the beginning and you can take mature content. (i.e.: profanities, sexuality, drug usage and some violence.)
"I just thank god we live in a country where we can still put people like you in jail."
On 9th March 1928, Christine Collins lost her only son and went on a long and difficult journey to find him.
In September 1973, Ed Horman lost his only son and went on a long and difficult journey to find him.
Within 50 years, 2 similar incidents happened in America, how's that even possible!?
"Missing" was released in 1982 while "Changeling" was released in 2008. I watched both of them yesterday. After watching these 2 movies, my condolences for the Hormans and Mrs. Collins were indescribably strong; and my anger for the corruptions within the various governments can't be described using words. Even until now, I'm still so angry and "amazed" by how pathetically corrupted the law and government can be.
No doubt that "Missing" was, is and will still be one of the most powerful and influential political thrillers ever! As usual, Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek gave stunning performances. The movie kept me in suspense until the very end. Despite the movie's length, the perfectly crafted dialogue and incidents kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire 2 hours.
This Oscar-winning movie remained as one of Hollywood's best thrillers. 10/10, worth- watching as long as you're not easily bored.
"And I have the envelope, the Oscar for Best Picture goes to "
Despite the movie's length, this can be said as Clint Eastwood's 2nd best movie of 2000s following "Million Dollar Baby". After watching this masterpiece, I was left speechless although there were a million thoughts and feelings in me about the movie.
I personally think that it's either Angelina won a 2nd Oscar for her role in this movie or her only Oscar is for this role. Despite her age, she played a single-mother: Christine Collins, so well that I would spend $663942719372489 to fly to US and give her an Oscar straight away.
As usual, Clint have us another masterpiece of his. Only this time round, more influential, to me at least. Why? Because it's based on true events of 1920s' L.A. "Chsngeling" was a true story filled with immorality, cruelty, vengeance, corruption, tragedy, tears, blood, justice and finally, the great love of any family on Earth.
Although I feel that there are many parts of this movie that are way too cruel, or rather difficult to watch, I was satisfied with how the writer ended the movie. Yes, we didn't know whether Christine and Walter reunite, but the ending gave us something: hope.
If "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" weren't released in 2008, I truly think that this would've won Best Picture, at least get nominated and Clint Eastwood might also have at least been nominated for Best Director.
In conclusion, if you're a person who can stand tragic dramas and if you're a righteous person, you would love this movie. Go watch, it's worth it and you won't regret! Just bare the length of this movie in mind.
No DOUBT this is a great movie.
After I watched this movie, I realized that you don't need police or detectives or criminals in a movie to make it a Mystery-genre movie. Instead, this movie used a priest and 2 nuns to bring out the genre mystery.
Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, this movie MIGHT have been worse if it weren't the 2 of them. For the first time in my life, I have goose bumps after watching a religious-drama movie or rather a movie with no twist ending or impressive speeches. Or I should say a movie with a simple plot but jaw-dropping and undeniably brilliant acting.
I'm glad at least Meryl and Philip were nominated for Oscar for their great performances.
In the last scene, the shivers were sent down my spine when Meryl said "I have doubts. I have such doubts." and cried miserably. I personally feel that this is her best performance of her career in the 2000s.
10/10, worth watching as long as you're not strict and picky at movies.