Archive for July, 2014

30
Jul
14

Begin Again Movie Review

Plot: “Songwriting duo and couple Gretta (Keira Knightley) and Dave (Adam Levine) decided to seek their fortune in NYC. When Dave is signed by a major label, temptation proves too powerful for him to resist and the couple call it quits. Crestfallen, Gretta fights to get back on her feet until one night, while performing in the East Village, she catches the attention of Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a once-respected music executive who’s since fallen on hard times. Enchanted by Gretta’s powerful voice and skillful songwriting, Dan convinces her to join him in a collaboration that will transform them both over the course of one unforgettable summer.”

This movie falls under the label of “another great summer movie getting looked over because everyone is seeing the blockbusters instead”. This movie is a hidden gem. It was so enjoyable with a great cast and wonderful music! Also, the city of New York is the other character of this film. If you love music and NYC, this movie is for you.

It was refreshing to see Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) and Keira Knightly (Pirates of the Caribbean) playing roles in this heart felt non blockbusterish indy type of feel good movie. The soundtrack and original songs in this movie were catchy and emotional to each of the scenes they were attached too. You probably won’t be able to catch this film in the theater cause it’s on it’s way to video soon, but at least, please catch it when it does!

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30
Jul
14

Lucy Movie Review

Plot: Lucy is an American woman living and studying in Taipei, Taiwan. She is tricked into working as a drug mule by her new boyfriend for his employer, a Korean gangster and drug lord named Mr. Jang. Lucy delivers a briefcase to Mr. Jang’s hotel room that contains a highly valuable synthetic superdrug called CPH4 that can increase the user’s brain function capacity.

The movie stars Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked and Choi Min-sik. I’ll tell you, it was refreshing to see director Luc Besson in action again, doing what he does best… Action with style! Although this movie isn’t action packed, when the movie does call for it it really pops with Luc’s directing style.

This movie has received mixed reviews and I’ll tell you why. As Scarlett’s character Lucy accidentally “absorbs” an overdose of this experimental synthetic drug and she is on her way to using up to %100 of her brain. The first half of the film you see her trying to learn, cope and get a hold of her new ability. So the plot has stylistically filled action and drama and a great performance done by Scarlett. Her reactions are priceless. Then second half of the film you see her start to perfect her new ability. However since no one knows what it’s like when a person can use 50 to 100% of their brains ability, the movie movies into a science fiction direction that may throw movie goers off especially with the way the final sequence ends.

Luc Besson is best know for his science fiction film Fifth Element and his action dramas The Professional and La Femme Nakita. In my option, he crosses over the two genres quite well in Lucy, while some fans probably felt otherwise. The movie takes fictional liberties on what happens when you can use all of your brain power. I though this movie was unique and very enjoyable. I loved the casting too. The stand out character for me was the Paris Police officer played by Amr Waked. This Egyptian born actors performance was fun to watch.

Also, this movie had great location shoots. My favorite were the scenes filmed in Tai Pei Taiwan. My advice about seeing Lucy who is someone that’s mind and brain opens up with new powerful opportunities, is to have an open and clear mind when entering the theater to see it.

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13
Jul
14

I want my Apes in human clothes! Haha! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

I want my Apes in human clothes! Haha! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review.

First off, I was a little disappointed with the first Ape movie of the new franchise called Rise of the Planet of the Apes starring James Franco. However I was very impressed with the effects and the motion capture acting by By Andy Serkis and the rest of the ape cast. The direction that this new Ape series was taking. wasn’t what I wanted to see to be honest. I didn’t find these new apes intimidating, scary, or terrifying. What does freak me out is apes in human clothing in more of a humanoid motion and less swinging from trees. I guess the original movie series really struck a cord in my heart and scared me. It scared me more than Jaws.

With the new movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes I was very curious on what the direction the story was gonna take. I did enjoy this movie a lot more than the first one. The main reason is the drama and evolution of the ape characters and their power shift of control over the humans, and themselves. Again, most of the credit needs to go to the special effects team and the motion capture actors like Andy Serkis and the rest of the ape cast. The overall look of the film with the post apocalyptic feel was also very intriguing.

I recommend the movie. It was emotional, well paced and suspenseful. I saw it in 3D, and felt it didn’t need to be and didn’t translate we’ll enough in 3D to pay extra for this effect. Although overall enjoyable it’s not gonna find a place in my video library. If there’s a third one, I’d be very curious to see the direction it takes. Hopefully I’ll see apes in clothes, hee hee! :-)

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07
Jul
14

Snowpeircer Movie Review

Snowpeircer Movie Review

Synopsis: The Host and Mother Korean director Bong Joon-ho makes his English-language debut with this dystopian sci-fi thriller set in the aftermath of a failed global-warming experiment that ushered in the dawn of a new Ice Age. As a perpetual-motion engine keeps a super-powered locomotive speeding around the planet, the impoverished lower classes occupy the rear cars while the privileged upper classes are pampered in the front. The fragile balance of power between the two begins to shift, however an enigmatic message sparks a revolt that cannot be quelled.

I never saw a movie trailer for this film until I looked it up online after I saw a mention of the movie in print. That was less than a week before I saw the film, which was two days ago.

No one was talking about this film! The starring cast includes Chris Evans (Captain America himself), Jamie Bell (Jumper and Turn tv series, Oscar winners Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer (The Help), Ed Harris, John Hurt (Harry Potter’s Ollivander) and Korean film stars Kang-Ho Song (Shiri, The Host) and Ah- sing Ho (The Host). The director is the acclaimed Korean visionary Joon- Ho Bong.

The cast caught my attention first. Wow! Apparently many of the main cast members were clambering to work with Joon. The story is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. The look of this film is fantastic. The acting , script, special effects and music each shine on their own but also work well together into an awesome sci-fi thriller with twist and turns, pun intended:-)

The film kept me riveted and was not predictable. It had some great plot twists, and some surprising humor to balance out the intensity of the overall emotional ride you go through. The movie was great to see on the big screen cause of it’s very detailed look and awesome cinema photography. I had to take a piss halfway through this movie, but held it in cause I didn’t want to miss a scene:-)

I recommend seeing this movie on the big screen. However it’s in limited release so most of you will have to catch it on video. This movie was a pleasant surprise to me. It’s one of my favorite movies this year. It’s on my must see list!!! So uh… SEE IT!!!!

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06
Jul
14

Earth To Echo Movie Review

Earth To Echo Movie Review

This movie has an E.T. and Goonies vibe. If you’ve seen the trailers you know it’s about some young teenagers that come across an alien robot that is trying to find its way home.

There is a lot more to the script than this of course. But I don’t wanna spoil it here. Yes, the story is familiar and is updated with the times of technology, which plays a role in the film. I did enjoy the film even though parts were predictable. What I liked most about the film was not the alien robot, in fact it was the friendship bond between the main characters and how this adventure affects them. This is where it is will remind you of the Goonies. But in this film, it hits home more in reality.

Kids will enjoy it, and the kid in you. I recommend a matinee or wait for video.

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