Thursday, November 6, 2014

Movie review of Horns

Horns - 5/10
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Written by Keith Bunin (screenplay), Joe Hill (novel)
Cast - Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Heather Graham, David Morse

Plot Summary
In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.

I think this is the first time I'm watching a movie which Daniel Radcliffe is not harry potter. Got to say this though, his post potter acting is not too bad despite a few hiccups. I did like how he acted in horns but his accent was alittle too forced for me. The rest of the cast had minimal impact in the movie. Veterans like heather graham and David Morse were good but just not enough screen time for them. Script was alright, nothing fantastic. I understand that this was from a book and usually book to movie screen plays doesn't cover everything even important points of the book. I have not read the book so I cant fully judge how the story is.I liked how the movie started. It got a little dull in the middle and sadly the end was abit too predictable. And that's why I'm just giving horns a 5/10. It's forgettable and I probably won't watch this again. I do like the make up and costume however. The devil look and horns reminded me of Tim curry's devil in Legend but at a smaller scale of course.

Not really worth watching on a weekend. Probably on a weekday if you have nothing else to watch.

Recommended movies done by the director
High tension
The Hills have eyes
Piranha 3D

Friday, October 24, 2014

Movie review of Fury

Fury - 8/10
Directed by David Ayer
Written by David Ayer
Cast - Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal

Plot Summary

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

It has really been a long time since I wrote a movie review. Well basically because I was busy with work and all and also there weren't much good movies to watch as well. It has been awhile since I watched a movie in the cinema so when I found out that Fury was out in the nearby cinema, I had to watch it and it was the perfect movie to watch cause it pretty much got my groove back. There are some actors I will always follow and rarely their movies are shit. Brad Pitt is one such actor. I have pretty much watched almost all of his movies except for Terrence Malick's Tree of Life because watching grass grow is more exciting than watching any of Malick's movies. Fuck him.

The colouring for Fury is really consistent and I loved the sound design. you can hear from left to right, the different sounds used which are specific and integral for certain war scenes. Casting I have to say is fantastic. The chemistry between Pitt's character and his men was believable. Script was really good and quote worthy as well. Michael Pena was hilarious. That whole house/breakfast scene was pivotal for the movie because it kinda shows what are each of the men like. You have Pitt as the leader, Lerman as the newbie and being bullied upon. Pena as the comedian. Bernthal as the brute/bully and then you have LaBeouf. I never was a fan of Shia LaBeouf cause half the fuck time in the first three transformer movies, he is either shouting OPTIMUS! or he is mumbling. In Fury however he does tend to mumble his lines abit but his acting was overall decent and he cries alot....practically almost every scene you will see a teardrop.

The war and tank fight sequences were amazing. Really solid editing on that part. And you will get to see a genuine Nazi Tiger tank which is the only fully functioning tank in the world. Like I said the tank fight scene is pretty awesome and keeps you at the edge of your seat.

All in all I have to say Fury is worth watching twice even on the weekends. For the WW2 buffs, you will love it. Enjoy.


Wardaddy: Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.

Norman Ellison: Best job I've ever had.

Recommended movies done by the director
End of watch
Harsh Times
Street Kings

* Possible Spoiler Alert
I'm not too sure if anyone will get this but I kinda feel that Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf's characters are lovers. There are quite a few scenes where I feel there is something going on between the two of them. I could be wrong but that's what my gaydar tells me. Whatever it is, Fury is a fantastic movie to watch.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Movie review of Transformers: Age of extinction

Transformers: Age of extinction - 2/10
Directed by Michael Bay
Written by Ehren Kruger
Cast -  Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz

Plot Summary
A mechanic and his family join the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world.

This is the fourth transformer movie by Michael Bay. If there is anything that has taught me when watching a Michael bay movie is that you have to throw logic, acting, script and continuity out of the fucking window. Even then also you will end up getting pissed off by a director who likes explosions and loud noises. That's how bad it is.
Casting was quite sad. There's Mark Wahlberg whom I was just starting to like his choices of movies does this garbage which goes back to his Marky mark days. It was bad enough when all Shia Lebouf had to do was shout optimus or bumblebee through out the fucking movie. This time round Marky mark doesn't do much shouting but is a complete douchebag who happens to be an inventor in a barn. HAHAHAHA. I can't make this shit up. And then there's his 17 year old daughter who wears very skimpy shorts. There's even a shot of her ass which is kinda sad. Here's the best part. She has an Irish boyfriend who has an Australian fucking accent and is a rally car driver of sort and they have been having sex and he says its legal in Texas because of a romeo and juliet law which he happens to keep with him. WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT? Did Bay just made underage sex OK? It's amazing the shit he gets away with. No idea why Stanley Tucci is in this. He was like a Steve Jobs kinda character but worse. And then there are the transformers. The fuck is up with Optimus Prime and the Autobots. half the fuck time they are fighting among each other and then prime is either getting stuck in some shit, dying or pissed at humans. The whole movie he wasn't flying and suddenly at the end of the movie the fucker flies. yup he fucking flies!!! The only good thing about the whole movie is Lockdown, a bounty hunter of sorts. he had a pretty cool entry and all right until his face turns into a fucking cannon that looks like a penis. And then there was Galvatron who turns out to be a complete pussy comes in halfway through the movie and then disappears towards the end. And the script is just plain horrible and cringe worthy. I can't believe all these actors saying some really stupid lines and not feel really dumb saying it. And then there were the Dinobots. Quite possibly the highlight of this movie and they only appear at the end of the movie. They don't talk and Grimlock's name never gets mentioned. Sigh...

Age of Extinction is almost 3 hours long. There are so many unnecessary scenes like the whole fucking Hong Kong scene should have been cut. The ideal time for a Michael bay movie should be 1.5 hours. Anything more than that just makes me want to punch the fucker.
As usual Michael Bay has made another movie filled with explosions and blatant product advertisements. This time round the product placements are so obvious that it makes it seem that there are commercials within the movie itself. And now that piece of shit gave nostrils to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and oh they aren't mutants but aliens.
Fuck you Michael Bay. Seriously Fuck you...

Recommended movies done by the director
Bad Boys
Con Air

Monday, June 16, 2014

Movie review of X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past - 7/10
Directed by Bryan Singer
Written by Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Cast - Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence

Plot Summary
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

I really enjoyed watching Xmen First Class and felt Matthew Vaughn did a great job directing it. It was a surprise to me that for Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer directed instead. Singer did a good job on the first 2 Xmen movies but sadly the last one (Last Stand) was directed by an imbecile instead. After watching DOFP, I have to admit it was a pretty enjoyable movie despite a few flaws here and there.
Casting for DOFP was pretty good. you get to see the old cast as well as the new ones as well and it was nice seeing a few cameos as well. As usual, they had to let Wolverine take the main lead but he wasn't so bad this time round.McAvoy and Fassbender were just as fantastic as young Professor X and Magneto from first class. As much as I enjoy watching Jennifer Lawrence and I find her a pretty good actress, to me she just doesn't cut it as Mystique. Maybe its cause she looks too nice whereas the Rebecca Romijn looked perfect as Mystique as she had that evil yet sexy look about her. The one character to me that stole the show was Quicksilver. His scenes were funny and memorable. Even with that ridiculous fake wig, he was great. Good thing is he wasn't featured throughout the whole movie but just enough.
Direction was pretty good and I like the flow of how the movie went. Editing was smooth as well and CGI was good and not too much as the focus was more on the story instead. I still did not like the new sentinels look as they looked like that fire breathing thing from Thor only in black this time. The older sentinels looked way much better. One of the flaw was what happened to the other sentinels when one got destroyed by Magneto? And that look patrick Stewart gives when he talks to Hugh Jackman at the end. He looked like he just came in his pants. And my favourite line which I kept saying was when Magneto leaves at the end. Goodbye, old friend. That was just too cool.

DOFP was a good and enjoyable ride and the after credit scene which shows the new villain for the next X men movie is gonna be epic.

Best quotes
Logan: [to young Magneto] So, you always were an asshole.

Pietro Maximoff: [to Erik] They say you can manipulate metal. My mom used to know a guy who could do that.

Erik Lehnsherr: We have fifteen seconds before the door open, and then guards will come through that door.
Pietro Maximoff: Should be fun. I'm holding you so you won't get whiplash.
Erik Lehnsherr: What?
Pietro Maximoff: Whip... lash.

Erik Lehnsherr: They'll come after me. You know that.
Professor Charles Xavier: I know.
Erik Lehnsherr: Goodbye, old friend.
Professor Charles Xavier: Goodbye, Eric.

Recommended movies done by the director
X men
X men 2
Usual Suspects

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Movie review of Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor - 6/10
Directed by Peter Berg
Written by Peter Berg, Marcus Luttrell
Cast - Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana

Plot Summary
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

Peter Berg has done a few good movies which I have enjoyed watching.And some horrible ones also which I have watched as well.Last one he did was Battleship,I prefer to call it Battleshit cause that was horrendous.Lone Survivor on the other hand was not so bad even though there was an excessive amount of American patriotism.
Casting for this movie was ok, I guess as the main focus is more on the main character which is played by Mark Wahlberg. I am beginning to enjoy Mark Walberg's performances as of late.Fella has definitely improved so much in terms of acting and all.The good thing to which Peter Berg did was, he did not make the actors as the pivotal focus of the movie,instead he made the story as the main focus and of course the copious amount of patriotism.One Actor whom I always liked is Ben Foster.I'm just waiting for his big break perhaps a role as an ultimate villain or something cause he really looks like one.Kitsch and Hirsch were there basically as fodder.
Direction wise, What Peter Berg did was, he made a movie which can pretty much be used as a recruitment video for the Navy seals.From the starting credits, you will see clips of soldiers training and all that,if that is your kinda shit,then you will enjoy the movie. There was one particular scene which i was awed for the first ten seconds... soldiers falling off a cliff, the way they were falling was dramatic and unbelievable, and just when I was about to wonder how could they manage to be alive from that fall. They started falling off a second cliff again, and that was when it started to become funny. Because the whole time, you feel these soldiers are just falling off rocky cliffs only.And they really took a long fucking time reaching bottom. And then I start to notice that they have been shot at about 5000 times ( I'm exaggerating of course) and they are still alive.. barely but still can kill bad guys. It may be true though cause the movie portrays the navy seals as very tough and not easy to die. That's when the whole patriotism bullshit kicks in full speed. And every time I see a scene which has full blown American patriotism,I remember that South Park's Team America song... America....fuck yeah. Hahaha. I did however liked how the movie ended even though it was a typical Hollywood end.

All in all,Lone Survivor does have its moments but its a forgettable movie. If you really enjoy military movies,then you will find this enjoyable.If you are not,then give it a miss. Watch it on a weekday at best.

Best Quotes
Shane Patton: Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards.

Marcus Luttrell: Hey, Mikey. I'm about ready to punch that time card.
Michael Murphy: Do it.

Shane Patton: I'm a lover, I'm a fighter, I'm a UDT Navy SEAL diver. I'll wine, dine, intertwine, and sneak out the back door when the refueling is done. So if you're feeling froggy, then you better jump, because this frogman's been there, done that and is going back for more.

Recommended movies done by the director
Very Bad Things
The Kingdom
Friday night lights