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The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
Thanks bad reviewers, I got to actually enjoy this movie.
I watched this movie with low expectation. And the first ten minutes did confirm the bad reviews I read beforehand. But starting when Vin Diesel investigated his friends' office, the pacing of the movie got very enjoyable.
I didn't think much about the lack of originality or the mishmash thrown around the entire festive (as other reviewers pointed out), it was designed to collaborate anyway.
I enjoyed the casts very much, especially Rose Leslie as the good witch. Been fangirl-ing her since the GoT series. Despite the awkward chemistry between her and Vin -- honestly Vin looked like a pervert bodyguard during the "I-heart-you" scene -- the duo played professionally well.
So... if you're interested to see this movie, just lower your expectation, and enjoy the ride.
If you go in a cinema just to nitpick, what a waste of money. Unless you're being paid to nitpick, I'd say thanks again.
Didn't expect would be so good.
Watched it last night. At first, I thought it would be another colossal Korean movie, but after a few minutes, I was intrinsically interested with the directing, editing, scoring, and how the story evolving.
The characters, all have their magnetic personalities that trapped me into liking almost each of them. Especially the little girl, her acting is impressive. And the king, don't let me start. Even the antagonistic Queen.. she's magnetically impressive as well.
Heck, even the quiet killer, and the clash with his old buddy, seemed interwoven sweetly.
I have been a kung-fu movie fan since decades ago, but I must say, this one Korean movie is a great masterpiece that I have never seen before during my fan-girling all Chinese, Hongkong, or Japanese movies.
OK, except for HERO. I think they almost have the same depth of quality.
Does this movie really deserve a 28% in ROTTEN****S??
Saw the review of this movie a few days ago, brutally scored in Rottentoma***s for 28%. I used to rely on their rate-o-metre for any movie in the past, but when I read their meta-critics, somehow deep inside I know I didn't agree. So after watching the movie this morning with hub, I must say I'm glad I listened to my gut. The hell with the so called expert critics, a good movie is always a good movie.
So the story revolves somewhere in Johannesburg again. Nostalgic of the District 9 scouting ground. What really made this movie alive are not Dev Patel or Hugh Jackman, or even Sigourney Weaver, nu-uh, just the 2 new comers : Ninja and Yolandi Visser -- and of course America and the good ole Sharlto Copley (personally, this guy is an awesome actor).
The story is simple yet it has the vibrant entertaining spirit that is so thick of Blomkamp's style. Very reminiscent of District 9. The gore, meshed up scene by scene that were interwoven melodiously, it was a full-on entertaining piece.
(And to read how most "movie-experts" were jumbled by the story I could just feel sorry that they didn't get the entertaining piece except by tearing apart a good movie.)
Earlier scenes were somewhat paced by boring introduction of the weapon company, and we hit the boredom button at its peak when focusing to Dev Patel's character and his rivalry with Hugh Jackman.
Jump to next scene where Yolandi, Ninja, and America were busy dealing with the mob boss and we were transported to the real deal.
Their silly ideas and what follows to the abduction of Patel and Chappie were the ones that made the movie starting to flow non-stop to a next-level ending.
A creation who creates his creator and transfer consciousness from one medium to another?
And making so in a OH SO ELOQUENT movie? Does this movie really deserve a 28% in ROTTEN****S??
I don't think so.
This is a very good movie, been long since I found an interesting movie these days. Way better than the ordinary common Hollywood pieces... oh wait, those stuff that most critics adored, no? Just saying.
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Personally, i love this movie.
I just watched this movie after having it on the watch list for a couple of months. Been wanting to know what interests me in the first place ever since I watched the trailer.
Was it the quirky idea of cute little trolls hiding in a box? Or was it the idea of trolls afraid of humans and only came out during the evening? Or simply because the animation, and because the movie-trailer editing was fascinating? Ah, I'm quite certain that mostly because the casts are those bunch of creative artists whose previous works I deeply adored.
The first thing that I found extremely different was the dialog. Then the characters. I am smitten with the Winnifred character, so ironically adorable. Then the comedy. (Oh how I love the idea of a "wealthy girl in danger" -- such cynical dark humor. Not everybody's cup of tea, obviously, but it definitely suits mine.) Lastly, the moral of this story. (This is actually the most significant part of this movie that made me infatuated. So much reminders delivered by the movie makers to adults and teenagers with a flair of hilarity and flawless depth -- actually, scratch that, there's a lot of flaws in this movie but the flaws what made this movie having so much to enjoy about.) And lastly, it has a touch of philosophical end. (with an exquisite mention of the meta- related worlds).
Not a BOOMbastic twist
Watched the movie a coupla hours ago, was dissatisfied due to the end of credits scene (after the twin scene) was totally not worth the wait. Just watch it on youtube.
The Captain was as handsome as usual. Chris Evans is such a purrfect cast. The whole story though, a bit of a drag. No surprise factor except a spectacular action-vaganza.
Expect to be very entertained for the fast moving vehicles, fighting moves whether on the ground or in the sky, and waiting for the bomb to not explode.
The characters who made me interested are the Winter Soldier and Falcon. Other characters, are simply garnishes. Not really meaningful, especially that female Shield agent played by Colbie Smoulder. Why is she so underused? Her appearance is never as funny as Coulson, and yet she portrays an important position. Only made an appearance not as much as the total of my fingers.
The twist was ... a big spoiler if I say it here, but it was not a BOOMbastic twist. Not a breeze of fresh air at all. As a matter of fact, it was an old story made into the play. And this made the story goes stale.
But my crappy critic is nothing compared to the entertaining visual effects, acting, and flow of the movie that I am willing to give it an 8/10.
I must say I am glad I never read or heard various stories about Noah in various religion. Only one version: Noah is a prophet of God, who got the task to build an ark, rescued the animals, with his family, and let the rest of the world drowned. That's it.
So far it doesn't conflicted with this movie version of Noah. The other bonus characters are pure entertainment. Why the fuss to compare it with any story that various religion has about Noah? Every religion claims that their version is always right.
Well, I'm glad I'm not stuck with any version, which is why I give this movie a solid 8/10. The directing was good, the actors especially the oldies were great, I wasn't really impressed by Ila and Shem's performances. But they were better than Ham.
And I love the imagination, how Aronofsky depicted every single aspect of this movie. Felt really touched with the romantic longing the fallen angels had with their Creator.
I might want to watch this movie again. So yeah, I recommend it for people with no chain to the stories that they were taught in their religion.
This is just a movie (inspired by various stories from various religion) about a man named Noah and his Creator.
The After (2014)
Maybe some plot for each character not very bright and unique, but the overall flow of the episode didn't make me feel bored at once. Grabbed my attention better than other new TV serial currently on air (*cough Resurrection *cough).
So we are going to be entertained by a group of Piscean who some are a bit more than a mere dumbass.
Like most audience who felt compelled to note how idiotic of the French woman to insist on going back to the house just to grab her mobile phone, I did think that kind of a turn should have been replaced by another better twist. But well, looks like the director was in a hurry to stun us with his blue-skinned-red-eyed-alien being.
Anyway, a plot of apocalypse, and the aftermath, and the survivor's character growth during all those times... in addition, the mysterious cause and blue-skinned alien. That is a lot to offer.
I can't wait.
This might be as good as Believe.
It was an OK movie
I think Brolin's act was good. And Olsen's was not bad. Samuel Jackson was entertaining enough, as well as old Moltisanti.
Then because it was a remake, I think the director wanted to make it a bit different from the original. So some main factors were changed. Like the reason the antagonist prisoned Ducett for 20 years.
And some little factors were erased. To make the length of the movie more compact. Like how obnoxious Ducett's younger version was. And how bad the treatment that the antagonist's sister had when she still lives.
Then again, there was a big cultural difference between Korea and US, and that perhaps what made the changes in the movie necessary? I dunno.
What I do know is that this movie, is not bad. So to the haters who can not be objective, they shouldn't be heard.
Alfonso Cuaron directed this pilot episode
I bet he was having so much fun he didn't really take the fighting scenes seriously. He did wonder with the character development, because I can feel I'm falling in like with this serial characters.
But the fight scene between Tate and the female assassin in the hospital, that was funny.. Just watch and see the moment where Bo injected her behind.
And then when Tate again fight the assassin in the warehouse, while Bo was screaming to Winter & Channing to help him, she paused a bit for Tate to seriously faced the punches of the assassin, and then, as if she was cued by the director to start yelling, we heard Bo's voice screaming again, until she finally released her banshee-like shriek.
The pause moment was focused for Tate to fight the female assassin.
It felt like watching an unfinished edited-TV show.
Even if it was directed by Cuaron.
That certain moment was not good.
But overall the story and episode and character development showed promise.
I hope this will be another good TV show.
House M.D.: Everybody Dies (2012)
A nice twist for the ending
I think the whole episode was almost dead boring, especially the many talks House had with various past characters (I squeed when Jennifer Morrison/Cameron showed up), but after the funeral speech Wilson had, it turned to the better ending.
So I liked it, although I'm gonna rate this episode 2/10.
House is a great serial, much much better written and executed than most other TV serials (by this, yes, I mean especially you, Dexter!)
For the last season, I really enjoyed the performance from Chase and Park, they both were ridiculously funny, I also liked how being with House several years, Chase finally rise up to his position.
A good leader creates another leader, not a follower! (Except for Taub)