ShadowHunters – Looks Like….

Episode 5 is out. I’ve watched and re-watched 3 and 4 just to see if there’s anything good to say. I’ve had to read about 8 reviews before I could justify sitting down and actually writing about the episodes, because I couldn’t believe that I hated a show so much, and felt so disappointed by it.

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Fantastic Four (2015) – Review, Opinion

Fox’s 10-year-old middle finger to Marvel and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And the waiting begins.’

The first sentence probably sums up the movie. I still can’t believe I had my mom and brother watch this with me. Sigh. This is probably up there with my Jupiter Ascending movie review.

Okay, this is worse. 

First, there’s the behind-the-scenes insanity between the director Josh Trank and the guys in Fox. The filming and re-filming of scenes, the obvious hair issues, the weird background for Victor, and a basically poop-dumped-on script that might have been good if Fox would just shut up and let Trank do what he was paid to do – DIRECT.
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Star Wars – The Force Awakens Review (Spoilers!)

‘Great action, great emotional scenes, well-done easter eggs and fan service. Solid acting, solid script and solid casting. There was CGI used, but tastefully, and I could tell that JJ Abrams really went for sets as much as possible when it came to shooting the show.’

Okay, so this review will be without any idea of the story in episode 4, 5, 6, some of 2 and 3…which basically comes up with basically no idea of the story.

All I know is that Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are fraternal twins. There’s some sort of tension between Leia and Han Solo, who’s a international smuggler. Luke and Leia are children of Padme and Anakin, and both kids have the Force. The Force acts as a combination of telekinesis, mind control, telepathy and some other stuff I haven’t seen. Anakin is Darth Vader, and turns out to be the Chosen One, and proves so by sacrificing his life to save everyone else.

This movie occurs about 30 years after Episode 6??? I don’t know, somebody please clue me in.

Okay so here’s spoiler alert.

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Crimson Peak – Review, Opinions, Suggested Audience

A beginner’s guide to creepy houses, amazing detail, stunning cinematography, gore-ous CGI ghosts, and a haunting if cliched story. 

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I started this, like all things in my life, as a passion project, in the most inopportune time possible – high stress + bad grades. It’s been hard going, but thank you for being here with me, reading my articles:D I hope you have learned a lot from them:)

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Let’s get on with the review, shall we?

Edith Cushing (played by Mia Wasikowska), a naive young writer who can see ghosts, falls deeply in love with the dashing but mysterious Thomas Sharpe, an impoverished baronet, marries him and goes with him to live in Allerdale Hall, also known as Crimson Peak.

One thing you can’t fault Guillermo del Toro, the director of this film, is his attention to detail and amazing cinematography. The titular location, Crimson Peak, is a compelling and haunting land in England, also called Allerdale Hall. I mean, just look at this.

It’s stunning, isn’t it? It’s even more beautiful on screen. The movie definitely has that working for it, but that’s not all a movie needs (see: SuckerPunch). There needs to be a coherent and interesting plot.

Many critics say that the storyline is cliched, and the tension built throughout the film is wasted, which I can agree somewhat. I was a little disappointed when it was revealed, because the tension made my mental story spinning (basically trying to figure out what was going on) go a little crazy. 

(Plot Spoiler: So this is the first movie I’ve watched that is about sibling incest.

In fact, I feel that some of the plot lines that I came up with was more disturbing than the actual storyline. I have to admit, I am not a fan of horror shows, and this definitely is one, on a very low scale – I’m also an easy scarer (jump scares being one). This is probably the first show I genuinely chose to watch and freaked me out. I’m definitely never going to watch The Shining – although I have read the movie synopsis and plot. Not reading the book either.

But for a beginner, this is a good place to start with horror shows. It’s scary without being overtly disturbing – not being able to feel safe after you walk out the theatre being the standard – cinematically stunning, and great acting, especially with Jessica Chastain, who played Lucille Sharpe. (When she goes bat-shit after having killed her brother, Thomas, she really goes coo-coo.)

And, of course, I have to compare this with Pacific Rim, and Pan’s Labyrinth

All three are great movies, in their own way. They all share the same attention to detail that is so quintessential Guillermo, and a fantasy that takes you away from the world outside the theatre door. The first film that everyone will compare Crimson to is Pan’s Labyrinth, so let’s do that here, because I did that too:)

I can’t compare Pacific Rim with Crimson Peak, because other than the attention to detail, the two movies are completely different.

Pan’s Labyrinth is a Guillermo masterpiece. For some, it’s hard to believe that the person who created the Pale Man in the his lair created Crimson Peak, but I feel that these are two different movies by the same man. Pan’s was created and situated in a time and place where there is little to hope and dream of, and is a story both of a girl trying to find happiness and place to belong, as well as show another universe that could exist just off a corner.

Crimson Peak is Guillermo’s first intro into gothic romance horror. Gothic romances don’t exactly have the best reputation amongst audiences as a good storyline. There are good stories, but they usually involved fairly cliched plots compared to what we have in the media now – Scandal, Awake, How to Get Away with Murder, The Blacklist, Elementary, Silver Linings Playbook, etc.

For people who are just starting to watch movies, or moviegoers looking for a taste of decadent gothic romance, this is a movie to watch. I don’t recommend buying this however, as this sort of visual delight should be caught on the silver screen.

Enjoy the movie!

The Man from U.N.C.L.E – Review

Hi everyone:P It’s movie review time!

So today’s discussion/review is The Man from U.N.C.L.E. It’s directed by Guy Ritchie, who directed both Sherlock Holmes movies (that starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law). This movie stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki. Hugh Grant does come in later in the movie, but the plot doesn’t cover him much so I’m not talking about him.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E is set in the 60s, when a nuclear bomb is being built and the Russian Intelligence  and CIA work together to stop a global catastrophe. It’s a very standard storyline, and little to no surprise in the plot. I had a few surprises, but that’s because I’m not so well versed with the Cold War. The characters are fun to meet. 

Napoleon Solo, A.K.A Superman, A.K.A Henry Smoking Cavill

Illya Kuryakin, A.K.A Prince Alcott, A.K.A Winklevoss Twins, A.K,A Armie Abbs Hammer

Yes, I know the captions were excessive, but I had fun writing them.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E is actually a tv series in the 60s. I didn’t have time to watch it before doing this review, and I don’t want to compare it to the original. I’m sure several websites have already done so. The story is simple, but that’s because it was conceived in the 60s. A lot has changed since then. But the dynamics of the characters, acting and sets is impressive.

But first of all, I need to talk about the characters. As you can probably tell, I love the two main leads, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, or Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. There is just this chemistry between them, the CIA ex-thief (Solo) and KGB agent (Kuryakin). The way they act between each other, it’s like two disagreeable brothers bickering who is better. Armie manages a Russian accent that doesn’t entirely devolve his speech into indiscernible growling, and remains entirely appealing throughout the movie.

Gaby Teller, A.K.A the A.I. in Ex-Machina, A.K.A Alicia Vikander

Armie’s chemistry with Alicia Vikander’s character, Gaby, is another interesting point. But first, watch the trailer.

This was the only thing I watched before getting into the cinema. I, and my mom, expected a romance between Solo and Teller (Cavill and Vikander). I was pleasantly surprised by Teller and Kuryakin’s romance/tension instead. It was beautifully played out by the two actors, and endlessly enjoyable. ( SPOILER: There’s the whole ‘almost-kiss’ thing between them, where they would well, almost kiss, and then something happens that breaks the moment.

The cinematography is excellent, very much in the sleek and humour-filled style of both Sherlock films, but with a 60s twist. (SPOILER: The scene where the two agents talk about high fashion….:DDDDDD)

All in all, a good movie for beginner moviegoers with little to no experience with 60s spy movies. It’s somewhat enjoyable for more experienced moviegoers, but the plotline is definitely simple. However, it’s the scenes between each plotpoint that are worth watching it. Can’t say much about Elizabeth Debicki, since this is the first film I have seen her in, only that she played a servicable, if powerful and scheming, villainess.

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The Intern – Review

 Okay, so this has been awhile since I wrote a movie review. 

The Intern stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Adam DeVine (of Pitch Perfect fame.)
There has been a lot of puns about Devil Makes Prada (Andy the next Miranda, etc). In this case, those puns, for people who haven’t watched it, fall very, very short.

Miranda Priestly did not neccessarily care for her husbands – she wanted a good father figure for her twin daughters. She wasn’t upset when her husband asked for a divorce, and she wasn’t a workaholic – she was just impossible to deal with.

Anne Hathaway’s character – Jules Ostin – is the head of a up-and-rising company, a mother of a young girl and wife to a stay-at-home dad. She’s a control freak and perfectionist – wants to do everything from taking calls to handling shipment issues and marketing plans. She’s young, high-strung – but that’s because she started the company – About The Fit – on her own and is now struggling to keep up to the change. In the beginning, you see her being late to two meetings (one at 4:10, and another at 4:25). She’s also the last person to leave the office, whereas Miranda has a stipulated time of leaving to be with her twins.

Now let’s get back to the review of the actual movie.

The Intern is about a 70-year-old man named Ben Whittaker who becomes the intern at Jules Ostin’s upcoming e-commerce fashion company. Ben is taken as an intern, under Jules Ostin.

This movie is along the same lines of Silver Linings Playbook, minus the craziness the characters exhibit. Ben Whittaker, played by veteran actor Robert De Niro, is an optimistic, smart and observant, silver-haired widower who is not afraid to get down and dirty to get the work done. It’s definitely a slower paced movie than The Avengers, but it’s a people movie, rather than an action movie.

This movie also couldn’t come at a better time, as seniors around the world are getting re-hired to do work that they love, and keep busy. The cinematography in this movie is superb, highlighting the different mindset between older generations and the present generations. There’s one scene, when people are getting settled into their cubicles, where the young people are taking out their laptops, speakers, handphones etc, while Ben takes out this vintage briefcase – *heart eyes* – and when he opens it up, everything is in its place. He pulls out a notebook, an old-fashioned calculator, a traditional pen, and sets them carefully on the table.

There’s also another scene, which is shown in the trailer, where Jules and Ben bond over Ben’s registering for a Facebook account. It’s very sweet, and there’s no romance in this – the romance is entirely with Matt, Jules’ husband. Jules and Ben are more like best friends then anything else – he even helps keep her hair out of her face when she pukes! The friendship here is very organic and natural – two smart people who end up being partner-in-crimes.

The Intern is like a better version of Valentine’s Day (2010). That movie, in my opinion, suffered from the fact that there was too much happening in one movie, and also the Cheese Factor. It’s movies like these that make me hate romance movies. A lot of the movies recently have had very forced chemistry, but not so with The Intern. There is a breathing space for characters to interact and connect. The comedy here is also very organic – no spoilers here, you need to see it to laugh it.

There’s really nothing bad about The Intern that I can say about it. It’s a breath of fresh air from the ‘next-next-next’ mentality the world exists in, and gives us time to slow down, and look over the fence for a bit. And the fact is, experience never gets old. 

Anyone who thinks otherwise, shame on you.


Hotel Transylvania 2 – Review & Opinion

Adam Sandler’s latest kiddie movie served…

Sequel to Hotel Transylvania, it serves surprising laughs, lesser cheese and a new cutie to be in love with.

For those who haven’t watched the first movie, hotel manager Dracula (Adam Sandler) is making arrangements for his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday, when Jonathan (Andy Samberg), a human, finds his way into Hotel Transylvania. Shenanigans occur, Mavis and Jonathan fall in love, and Dracula busts some moves.

The movie was definitely cheesy, and has the trademark Adam Sandler slapstick, on the verge of being insulting humour here. But it’s good fun, and the final 15 minutes are worth the earlier 70 or so minutes (I’m eyeballing the number here.)

Hotel Transylvania 2 starts off just after the end of the last movie, when Mavis and Jonathan get married, and the inlaws arrive. 

Pictured – Mark (far left), Linda (left), Mavis (right), Jonathan (far right)

Linda is the typical harping mother-in-law, picking on Mavis in little ways (spoiler: She makes Mavis’ side of Jonathan’s room look like a caricature of Halloween.) It’s very funny, and in the end it was resolved.

Just thinking about him makes me laugh. If you’ve seen the trailer, then you know some of the funnies to come. Here’s for those who haven’t sunk their teeth into the movie yet. (See that? *v-v*)

Then, of course, there’s the guy who’s the center of everything. Dennis (Denisovich, to Dracula), Mavis and Jonathon’s five-year-old son. Cute, young, and loves Kakie the Cake Monster. He is one reason you should stay for the entirety for the film. The humour is not bad, but it’s nothing that will have you laughing your head off after you leave the theater. Mavis, being the overprotective mom (which she inherited from Dracula – see the first movie.), shelters Dennis and tries to ‘protect’ him, as he looks nothing like his vampire grandfather and mother. 

There’s not much bad things about this movie, except maybe if you are not sure about Adam Sandler movies. For those skeptics, this is the much more scaled down humour compared to the first movie. If having kids talking annoys you, then you might want to catch Sicario instead. Heard that it’s a good movie. Watch this if you want to know what’s next for Mavis and Jonathon, or if you have kids. Anyone else, I’ll give this a pass.

Jurassic World Movie Review – Spoilers included

Okay, first of all, I’m not an extreme Jurassic World fan. I’ve only watched the 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park movie, which was playing on Fox Movie On Demand and starred Vince Vaughn and Julianne Moore. I watched the Jurassic World movie on its opening day in Singapore. It was really hard to get seats for the movie, but we (my family and I) got them and watched the movie.

I know it’s been awhile. I’ve just haven’t had much time for anything other than schoolwork lately, and the stress of doing this review well was also affecting me. I mean, c’mon, it’s Jurassic World. Any hyped up movie will definitely stress newbie bloggers out. I am definitely a newbie blogger, with only four months of semi-regular postings under my belt, and I am definitely stressed. I still have an Avengers movie review somewhere. Need to get to that pronto. I also don’t actually have a ratings list, so if you want to know what I feel overall, just scroll to the end paragraph. 

I particularly like this poster, because it shows the actual main characters of the story.

This is a surprisingly feministic film. I feel that both Claire and the Indominus Rex have a consistent story arc – Claire becomes more in touch with her humanity, Indominus Rex explores the world outside of her confined area and thrives in the outside world. The rest of the characters are a little ham-handed, and a fair bit of a sausage fest. From the casting list, there’s only about four female characters (Claire, Karen, Zara and Vivian.) Karen was very ham-handedly written. I feel like the line ‘if something chases you, run’ was almost written for the trailer, rather than a scene. It just seems awkward.

Zara seemed like a one-beat character, as the nanny that the teenagers run away from. Though I was happy Katie McGrath was on the silver screen, it was saddening to see the character she was given. I mean, I can see that she tried, but despite the one note that she was to be married, I feel that there wasn’t enough meat to her character to make us care, though I cringed at her death scene, which apparently wasn’t even what was initially conceptualised, as it would have been a park ranger, then a photographer. I just feel that she could’ve done more, like help Lowery man the fort. 

Vivian is just…sigh. She was the damsel in distress. There’s nothing else about it. Basically does nothing, although kudos to her for trying to alert the tourists about the escape of the Indominus Rex. And a tiny sliver of a moment when Lowery tries to kiss her and she tells him she has a boyfriend.

Well, Claire is pretty obviously my favourite. Cool, detached and almost robotically efficient, she was the epitome of a corporate mouthpiece. I almost hated her in the beginning, because she looked all perfect and everything, and I was almost afraid of her after the scene where she just smiled as she explained that the Indominus Rex ate her own sister.

But then she met her nephews, and had that talk with her sister (okay, her sister overacted, but Claire’s reactions were pretty spot on and natural. That’s how my mom and her sister talks sometimes.) and she slowly starts to get reconnected with her emotions. I actually like her and Owen (played by Chris Pratt), though I found some of the lines a mini cheese fest, like ‘Let’s stay together…for survival’.

I personally buy the fact that the dinosaurs look the way they do, partially because the movie actually addresses the issue and makes sense. It’s kind of horrifying, the parallel between making dinosaurs ‘bigger’, ‘more teeth’, ‘scarier’, and the current Hollywood market. Directors, especially those helming the superhero movies over-saturating the media since 2009 onwards, have to keep upping the boom factor, or people will ‘become less interested’. Maybe the action movie buffs. I doubt the fans will be very happy if the boom factor becomes the only deciding factor to watch the movie. Exhibition Infinito – The entire Transformers series under Michael Bay. Though to be honest, the guy doesn’t have much talent other than coming up with ways to make things go boom.

The CGI is also pretty cool. There’s this video here that pretty much sums up the two movies. I haven’t watch the 1993 Jurassic Park because 1. I’m born in ’96. 2. I didn’t know it existed until I watched WatchMojo. I’m no CGI connoisseur, but the CGI should be fairly convincing for the common layman. People have issues with the trailer CGI from 2015 to 1993, but I think it’s because most of the 1993 movie dinosaurs were actually there, with less than half of the movie dinosaurs being CGI.

Jurassic World’s CGI PROBLEMS Revealed! Why 1993 Jurassic Park Old Effects are MORE REALISTIC

It’s definitely not going to get an Oscar, it’s probably not the worst Jurassic movie out, and it’s definitely a good time if you like monster movies, dinosaurs, cool action and funny dialogue. I recommend bringing children who are over 12, because the violence can be frightening to younger children. Definitely an introduction to your kids of the Jurassic Park, if you can’t show them the 1993 version. 

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