Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Split


Summary: Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others....

Rating: 9/10

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Finally got down to watch Split after getting the clear Blu-ray copy.

Absolutely amazing, suspenseful and your mind reeling as to which personality out of the 23 will pop up next, and whether or not The Beast will actually show up and wondering how he will look like (though I was expecting him to look like how the drawings we're portrayed of him).

Once I've looked it up, these are the names of all the personalities of this guy, whom he nicknamed them all as The Horde:

Kevin (the original personality)
Dennis
Patricia
Hedwig
Barry
Jade
Orwell
Heinrich
Norma
Goddard
Bernice
Polly
Luke
Rakel
Felicia
Ansel
Jelin
Kat
B.T
Samuel
Mary Reynolds
Ian
Mr. Pritchard
The Beast


And the ending!! OMFG the ending!! A lot of people talk about the shocking twist, and rumours about the next sequel called Glass, but seeing Dunn and hearing the familiar Unbreakable music at the end was an absolute OMFG moment!!

Now I can't wait to see the upcoming movie Glass and the face-off between Dunn and The Horde!!

M. Night Shyamalan had definitely made a comeback with this amazing movie, after his moderate success in returning to his roots with his horror movie The Visit, and the King of Plot Twists has delivered his best twist yet! Highly recommended to watch, but for those who didn't watch Unbreakable, check that out first so that you will understand the significance of the twist ending.

Keanu


Summary: Recently dumped by his girlfriend, slacker Rell (Jordan Peele) finds some happiness when a cute kitten winds up on his doorstep. After a heartless thief steals the cat, Rell recruits his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) to help him retrieve it. They soon learn that a thug named Cheddar (Method Man) has the animal, and he'll only give it back if the two men agree to work for him. Armed with guns and a gangster attitude, it doesn't take long for the hapless duo to land in big trouble.

Rating: 8/10

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Absolute hilarity at its best, these YouTubers Key and Peele have moved up in the world since their skit days on YouTube delivering hilarious, albeit slightly offensive, jokes. To be honest, I've never really actually watched their channel coz maybe their kind of humour is not really my cup of tea, especially if I were to watch them all in one sitting, but in a comedy movie like this, it definitely works. There are some cringy moments there, but overall it's hilarious and action-packed, especially when a nerd and a slacker tries to pull off being one of the rumoured bad-ass assassins of all time, which ironically, is played by them as well, so they're playing dual roles in this LOL

Plus, the kitten is just SO FUCKING CUTE~!!!

If you're not too offended by vulgar language and love an action-packed scene and a little bit of senseless but fun humour in it, give this a shot. It's really worth it

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tale As Old As Time...


Summary: Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.

Rating: 9.5/10

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Beauty and the Beast (2017) is filled with nostalgia and song and dance, and while there are mini plot deviations from the animated movie, (and some extra original songs not in the animated movie) to keep it slightly fresh and original, it's about 95% true to the original animated movie. At least they had a legitimate way to explain what everyone in the fandom forums are complaining about: How the hell does no one ever notice that their prince has disappeared from the face of the earth and no ruling authority to govern their city, or how is it no one else have ever ended up accidentally stumble into his castle and find out about The Beast?

Emma Watson was PERFECT as Belle, and Luke Evans definitely played his role as Gaston pretty well. Everyone else were more or less well casted, though I didn't expect a French accent from Ewan McGregor. Ian McKellen was a perfect Cogsworth though, with his grumpy, uptight attitude LOL And I totally didn't expect Dan Stevens, who played Legion in the Marvel TV series of the same name, to be The Beast. He's actually quite good-looking, and nailed the prince look just like his animated counterpart.

I have NO idea why the gay moment is blown such out of proportion when it's barely noticeable, and I don't exactly see what the hell is all the problem. It's just a bit of a touchy-feely dance between two bromance-looking men and not even any single dreaded man-kissing or man-sex scene. In fact it pretty much goes over a child's head if they see it, and if you don't bring it up and don't say anything, no one would even notice or know it's there. Seriously, what the hell is the big deal all about? Some people just don't respect the forward times and the sexual diversity of others.

All in all, I give it a 9.5/10, but mostly it's because of my nostalgia feels. Now I feel like rewatching the animated movie to get more nostalgia feels! :D

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kong: Skull Island


Summary: This film fully immerses audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island

Rating: 7.5/10

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Watched Kong: Skull Island last night. Pretty good for a reboot, the fight scenes and atmosphere and special effects are awesome. The pacing and scene transition might need a little work, but then again maybe the director did this with the mindset that everyone is familiar with the King Kong storyline.

Love this version of King Kong, although still can't help but compare it with the Peter Jackson version. I mean, come on, you can't exactly beat the awesome Peter Jackson version where King Kong fought THREE goddamn T-rex as well as the heartwarming chemistry between King Kong and his girl. LOL

But either way, it was an awesome shot at a reboot and definitely a great way to kickstart a monster universe series. Can't wait for the upcoming Kong vs Godzilla, which apparently is confirmed THE Godzilla from the 2014 version (the one with Bryan Cranston and our boy from Kick-Ass). Awesome sauce!

P/S: My hubby and I were the only ones who knew there was a stinger in the end credits and we were the only ones left in the cinema waiting for the credits to finish rolling to watch the stinger, so we're the only ones that day who knows what's happening! Yeah! THIS is what you call hardcore movie buffs! \m/

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Groundhog Day


Summary: One of the acknowledged classics of American comedy, "Groundhog Day" concerns TV weatherman Phil Connors, who is forced to live the same Feb. 2 over and over again until he gains some karmic -- and comic -- insight into his life.

Rating: 8/10

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One of the classics and one of my favourites from Bill Murray about a arrogant dude who got stuck in a loop in a small town, forever living Groundhog Day over and over again until he finds his humility and learned to live with it one same day at a time.

First time I watched this movie was when it came out in Astro when I was in college. It's probably my sorta first stuck-in-time-loop movie (I may have watched others when I was younger, but I digress) that actually made it into my personal classic favourites, and it is one of Bill Murray's better performances since Ghostbusters.

The main mystery about this movie is that the reason why he got stuck on Groundhog's Day was never explained, and the spell/method to break the curse was never mentioned or shown. According to a declassified draft script of the movie, it had something to do with Phil pissing off a girl he used to date the day before he left to the small town for Groundhog Day, and it turns out that she had some kind of magical powers and cursed him to end up in that time loop. But then it was cut out of the finalized script to maintain the mystery of the story, and also personally, I think divine intervention is slightly less cheesy than the typical piss-off-the-wrong-person-and-get-cursed cliche. 


I read also a random trivia from Cracked.com that some expert calculated that based on the things the dude did in the movie and the time it takes to master them, he might have relived Groundhogs Day for at least 1,000 years! LOL But you can be the judge of that ;p


Storyline itself is solid and pretty hilarious in the right places, although there are a few moments that made me cringe, but overall it's a pretty enjoyable movie and definitely something you don't mind rewatching again from time to time, best watched during Christmas or New Year coz of the winter festive theme in it.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hannibal


Did a TV series marathon binge this year (some of them a rewatch) and of all the series I've binged so far, Hannibal is the BEST TV series I've ever had the pleasure to binge.

The conversation is very sophisticated, the cinematography is brilliant, the story plot is very intelligent, the food displayed throughout the series looks so delicious and the gory scenes are OH SO DELIGHTFULLY GORY. It's one of those gory displays where you know it's terrible, it's horrible and it'll probably make you lose your appetite in more ways than one, but you JUST CAN'T LOOK AWAY! I'm not usually affected by gore, coz I literally watched the entire SAW franchise, but some scenes actually made me go UGH~!

I absolutely love the dishes Hannibal cooks, they look so delicious, But because it's the famous Hannibal we're talking about here, I can't help cringing either whenever I watch him eat or when he serves it to other people during any of his dinner functions coz YOU'RE EATING PEOPLE, GUYS!! PEOPLE!! Though a deep dark part of me can't help wanting to eat it too just to taste what they're tasting...

Not to mention the bromance between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham. They absolutely complete each other. There are no words I can describe how compatible they are throughout the series, how much they almost mirrored the relationship between Hannibal and Clarice. Both of them had the chemistry that is so amazing, you'd swear they're couples in real life (though throughout the series I kept shipping them LOL) My kokoro exploded from the feels just looking at them and their interactions. The bromance! THE BROMANCE~~!!

Mads Mikkelsen is the absolute star in the show. He has the voice and the aura to portray an authentic feeling of an intelligent, functioning psychopath, and having the looks for it (those cheekbones, damn!) certainly helped too. I dare say, he plays a much, much better Hannibal Lecter than Anthony Hopkins, though no offense to the legendary actor, of course.

It's such a shame that this show is cancelled despite the excellent ratings, but ultimately, I think it's perhaps a little too artsy and too sophisticated for the HBO palate and thus they decided to end it. At least it ended on a high note and an interesting open-ended ending that allows the fans to speculate and expand on it in their own little fandom world.

I won't spoil too much for you, but suffice to say, Hannibal is pretty much TV Series Binge of the Year for me. Highly recommended series, but please watch when you are not tired and are about to nod off or you might miss the juicy bits LOL

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sausage Party



Summary: Life is good for all the food items that occupy the shelves at the local supermarket. Frank (Seth Rogen) the sausage, Brenda (Kristen Wiig) the hot dog bun, Teresa Taco and Sammy Bagel Jr. (Edward Norton) can't wait to go home with a happy customer. Soon, their world comes crashing down as poor Frank learns the horrifying truth that he will eventually become a meal. After warning his pals about their similar fate, the panicked perishables devise a plan to escape from their human enemies.

Rating: 8/10

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WTF DID I JUST WATCH?!

Basically what was going through my mind when I watched the entire movie.

The movie itself with the storyline and plot is pretty decent, and it does have a pretty decent morality and message underneath all that jazz, especially when it's voiced by a great ensemble cast. I am no stranger to stories about sentient beings or inanimate objects and stuff since I watched those kind of shows when I was a kid, but bring that into the adult scene takes it to a whole new level. And when you insert sexual innuendo and vulgar jokes into it, it just went from "Woah" to "WTF" levels.

I've seen some R-rated cartoons in my time, but never have I watched anything as remotely vulgar as this. In fact, it was SO vulgar that I can only call this a Seth Rogen level of vulgar. Yeah, I pretty much made up a vocabulary verb using a name. My brain has been fubbernucked so hard that I realized that I have just been Seth Rogen-ed. You usually don't associate sentient inanimate objects to adult themes, but Seth Rogen definitely pushed that envelope and made me see food no one has ever seen or imagined before. It would probably go over a kid's head, but as an adult, you KNOW what all these means and you just can't help but cringe at the vulgarity of it. So many, SO MANY sexual innuendo-s and double entendre that I can't EVEN--!!

But weirdly, at the same time, you just can't look away. It's so vulgar and offensive in its shock value and yet you just can't look away. In fact, after I finish typing this, I probably wanna go watch it again because I just can't get it out of my mind. It's one of those movies that it's so bad, it's good, and you can't help wanting to go back for more and discover what you have missed out the first time. That's how fubbernucked my brain is right now. Seth Rogen definitely had outdone himself with this one.

If you're easily offended with sexual, vulgar and offensive content, this may not be the movie for you, but for those who have an open (perverted) mind, go right ahead and watch it again and again because in a weird way, it's actually worth it