Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods manage to pull off from the seemingly stereotypical horror movie plots where a bunch of teenagers on a getaway are led to a haunted place and gets gradually mutilated . I thought I would be watching another of these typecast movies but it captured off a momentum of being funny, strange and scary and the story lift off on climactic scenes and special effects. I was caught off guard by the climax of the story especially where the imprisoned classical monsters were released and brought havoc to the rest of the reality TV crews. The quality of the film combining meta and satire made this movie worth watching and I totally give this my recommendation.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Warm Bodies

Not only the poster suggests a romantic plot but the title gives somewhat a sultry theme about the film until I saw the protagonist and a couple of brain dead folks walking in a apocalyptic scene that made me realize the film's different take on its love story. My first impression of the first scene was a flashback until I saw the zombie protagonist listening to the song "Missing You". A brain eating person turned lover, something unusual but still gives as a fictional depiction of the power of love. Just as you thought only werewolves and vampires fall in love but even brain dead persons do too and zombies bodies turned warmed on a heart beat. Unfortunately it did not prevent the apocalypse that was with World War Z.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Jack The Giant Slayer

Based on the fairy tales, "Jack the Giant Killer" and       "Jack and the Beanstalk", the film take most of its entertainment from its digital effects but did not manage to take off from its bland story line. The movie is more of the typical happy ever after fairy tales where a peasant boy rescues a princess from monsters and becomes her hero. The story is indeed too predictable and classically based on fairy tales without taking the risk of diverting its plot. Nonetheless, the movie is filled with digital effects that will surely lift off the imagination of kids. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Human Centipede

Talking about brute force on a film, this movie ante up the disgusts in motion pictures. From the films opening, I knew I'm up to spectating gruesome scenes because the cinematography was shot entirely in black and white and the scenes were of that of a horror film apart from its laconic atmosphere. The films portrayal of the protagonist displays perfectly that of a psychotic child with a history of childhood molestation. Despite the film's repulsive state, it did not manage to ante up my expectations but rather ended up obnoxious.

Friday, June 7, 2013

3 Idiots

The almost three hours length adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel, "Five Point Someone" did not fail to depict it on screen. Although at some point it almost gets boring it still manages to enthrall me with its fascinating and funny antics that kept me glued on the screen. The second best bollywood movie I saw so far after "Slumdog Millionaire". The 3 idiots tells the story of three engineering students, Farhan, Raju and Ranho and their journey from college towards searching the identity of their lost friend. A Bollywood movie worth reminiscing your college years and reviving old friends.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Marley (2012)

The first third world pop star to rise and revolutionize the way music has evolved from the roots of Jamaica to the evolution of reggae music, Bob Marley has certainly spoken the language of music to the world. The dreadlocks, Rastafarian belief and red, yellow and green bonnet are but Bobs legacy apart from the sociopolitical impact of the reggae superstar. An iconic image that did not only brought good easy listening reggae music to our ears but reached out freedom, equality and peace through his music.

Marley is a comprehensive documentary on the main exponent of reggae music, Nesta Robert "Bob" Marley. A documentary film that displays in full picture Bob Marley's life and the legacies that he left behind. The documentary features rare concert footage and interview excerpts. A highly watchable documentary film telling us to go in our roots and cultivate music to harvest fruits of peace and love.

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Last Temptation of Christ

Creepy and discomforting at the same time, The Last Temptation of Christ far outweighs disturbing movies I've seen so far. Probably could be attributed to the departure from the common depiction of a religious image I have known since birth. I could understand the outrage of Christian religious sects over what could be a mockery of our savior much similar to the upset that the Arab community had over the cheesy portrayal of their messiah in the internet world.

I was unaware yet of the film's legacy of controversy and the movie preluded harmlessly but the twist at the end became somewhat unbearable seeing a divine image in an unfamiliar depiction. But like the open-minded person that I am, I soon see the trails of where and what the film is trying to come up. Though it could be said that the film was a product of freedom of speech, it is still not recommended for general public viewing but must be limited to select individuals who can classify fiction from faith.

I wonder if Martin Scorsese took great lengths in deciding to adapt a controversial novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. I thought there could be no other controversial films than The Vinci Code until I saw The Last Temptation of Christ. The Temptation of Christ includes his struggle with various forms of temptation including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust but it is the last temptation of escaping death, being married and raising a family, and the ensuing disaster that would have consequently encompassed mankind that transformed the film from being a typical religious film to one that has continued to be banned in Chile, the Philippines and Singapore.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Top Biographical Films

1. Chaplin
2. Milk
3. The Pianist
4. A Beautiful Mind
5. Schindler's List
6. Catch Me If You Can
 7. Ted Bundy
 8. Capote
 9. Lincoln
 10. Malcolm X
 11. Raging Bull
 12. The People vs. Larry Flynt
 13. Ray
 14. The Social Network
 15. The Last Emperor


Stereotypical rendition of a man in search of revenge, Oldboy is a story of a man put into confinement of another man in vengeance and released to fulfill the oldboys destiny as manipulated by the avenger. The movie really gets confusing from the start but it all culminates at the end, which however is a bit disturbing. This may probably be the high points in the film since it gave the viewers room to think what is exactly happening and why it happened though at some scenes it really gets tough to sit still because of some gory scenes like  Oldboy eating a live octopus and when he extract his enemy's tooth using the hammer's claw. But the surprising part is at the end. It surprised me because I never expected it and felt disturbed upon realizing the extent of Lee Woo-jin's revenge.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ted Bundy

If you are tired of watching films with fictional serial killers where the protagonists lived a double life and the spectators never knowing if such a ruthless killer exists in real life then I would recommend watching Ted Bundy. Ted Bundy dramatizes the later life of Ted Bundy as a serial killer when he became notorious for executing 30 homicides between 1974-1978 in the seven states of US. His victims where mostly young female victims fallen prey to his charismatic attitude.

A psychopath in sheep's clothing, Ted Bundy lived a double life hiding his crime sprees from his wife and daughter whom was totally anonymous of his evil activities until he was identified and caught by an escaped victim. His description in Wikipedia describes him as a serial killer, kidnapper, rapist and necrophile, descriptions that other notorious criminals would envy. The film may have overly concentrated on his crime sprees and failed to at least give details to his life before being a serial killer.

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