“Do You Want To Play A Game?”

My sister and I have been recently watching the Saw. I know, I know, you’re thinking how sick bastards we are. I personally dislike violence and torture. I personally dislike the taste of ginger too, if you want a comparison. And yet, surprisingly, I managed to watch the SAW series without groaning in disappointment. I shall now tell you the reason why.

I’ve watched four of the films so far so please, no spoilers for the fifth to seventh film. This post will contain spoilers for the first three movies.  Continue reading

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LAC Review Ghibli and Disney

Film Fridays is where I review films and why you should watch them. This Friday, I invited my 8 and 13-year old cousins, L and A, to watch and review movies with me.

My Neighbor TotoroMY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)

SYNOPSIS: Two kids befriend a cute demon.

L: It was sad. It was dramatic. And the older sister kept leaving her younger sister. She was a useless older sister.

A: It has a connection to our lives in various situations like the older sister who wants to keep her reputation as good as possible. Totoro caught my attention because it is magical and I like how Totoro made the two sisters’ relationship better and encouraged them to be strong despite their mother’s sickness. And I think Studio Ghibli is great for thinking-up the cat bus.

C: One of my beloved childhood films. My Neighbour Totoro is a film that values family and the power of imagination. And I especially love the rural setting.

Wreck-it RalphWRECK-IT RALPH (2012)

SYNOPSIS: A villain doesn’t want to be a villain anymore.

L: It’s about games and teamwork. And you should try and try; practice makes perfect. And you shouldn’t cheat, you shouldn’t bully and wreck things that aren’t yours. And do not judge other people’s decisions. Don’t be reckless.

A: I learned that you shouldn’t be jealous of what someone else has because it could push you in doing things that you shouldn’t be doing and changes you into something you are not. It had me asking questions like do game characters could see us players and stuff and I like the concept of the film where game characters could travel through extensions and die in other games.

C: L and A pretty much described what the movie is and why you should try it out. I’d just add that it’s a really well thought-out movie starring your beloved retro games.

Muppets Most WantedMUPPETS MOST WANTED (2014)

SYNOPSIS: Kermit and the gang travel around the world. Trouble ensures when top-criminal Constantine breaks out of prison.

L: It has lots of romance. It was funny. I didn’t learn anything. It was a joke.

A: Why were the policemen were weak there? They got defeated by a puppet? Whaat? But it’s amazing that they convinced Celine Dion and Usher to join a film like that. And I like the songs. It’s quite catchy and it was so funny.

C: I admit, I watched this move two times and still laughed. A++ film. Deserves an Oscar.

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Where’s the Usher? Usher! Usher! I need an Usher!

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Yes, I am the usher.

 

RatatouilleRATATOUILLE (2007)

SYNOPSIS: An abnormally literate and rat-phobic rat befriends the awkward Linguini and together, they battle against culinary politics.

L: They don’t like rats. It’s weird and unrealistic. The rat was better at cooking than the humans. It’s really unrealistic. Children shouldn’t watch it.

A: I agree to the quote ‘Anyone Can Cook’ because teamwork + hardwork = excellence. I don’t understand how Remy could control Linguni with the strands of his hair. I tried it on myself and it didn’t work. How did they think of that??

C: Sigh. It was an amazing film. No words could describe how awesome it was. Everything was just perfect. It’s a film both kids and adults would love, with an inspiring message to remember. Just wow.

Psychos, Girls, Clubs, and Oranges

Film Friday is where I post short reviews of movies and why you should try them out! Today’s feature are the most messed-up films that I have ever watched. The cons are primarily about the said movie being messed-up. They are certainly un-family-friendly, unless you and your kids find watching sex and violence altogether an instructive experience, then we’re cool.

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AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000)

SYNOPSIS: Before becoming the dark knight, Bruce Wayne is bigshot businessman by day, a sadistic murderer by night.

Actually a pretty film to look at. In retrospect, all films in this list have good aesthetics. For American Psycho, we are brought to the heights of the American dream. Posh condos, trendy restaurants, slick designer suits and cream-colored business cards and for Patrick Bateman, his daily routine follows strict observance to his vanity from his morning necessities to his midnight flings. All is bright and shiny at day but we see hints of a more sinister nature as the film progresses. The violence is only subtly hinted and not like those disgusting gore-fest films, despite what the title implies, it has a message in mind. It was a crazy, humorous and thoughtful look of, not of human nature’s violent monstrosities, but our obsession to material things and ourselves and the shallowness of that culture. Plus, Christian Bale is just an amazing mad guy here and you’ll find yourself disgusted and fascinated at him, all at the same time.

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GONE GIRL (2014)

SYNOPSIS: Nick Dunn managed to lost his wife in their anniversary. People start to hate him for it.

Directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network), Gone Girl touches marriage and the media circus in a twisted sort of way. The film itself is grim-looking. It looks as if it’s about to get swallowed by shadows and interestingly, the effect is often used in showing Nick and Amy’s happier relationship as a couple. While I could ramble about its themes, all my praises go to the amazing portrayals of Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy respectively, who added much intensity to their roles. A film that could have been utterly ridiculous, with Fincher’s style and the perfect cast, the experience is overall, breath-taking and just whoa.

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FIGHT CLUB (1999)

SYNOPSIS: First rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about FIGHT CLUB. Second rule: You DO NOT talk about FIGHT CLUB. MAN RAAGEEE ARRRGGHH

Another David Fincher movie! If Gone Girl was intense in a quiet sort of way, Fight Club is your testosterone-filled, pumped-up action movie that will have you holding your breath most of the time. It stars Edward Norton as a weary-eyed white-collar who buys Ikea furniture and visits caregroups to fill up the empty hole in his heart. He later meets Brad Pitt and they develop this intimate relationship where they punch each other. The film touches materialism like American Psycho and has that gritty feel akin to Fincher’s style, but portrayed in extremes. I honestly thought the film was entirely ridiculous but I was hooked up to the end. 
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A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1972)

SYNOPSIS: A film that promotes our healthy youthful communities and their inspiring services to the country.

A Clockwork of Orange was a film I hated so much at first, and grew to love and appreciate later. The impact hit me after a few days and I ended up rambling mindlessly about it.

The film portrays a futuristic Britain and the daily flings of Alex and his droogs, from beating beggars to raping women. It was a very difficult film to stomach and often times I have to pause for breaks and get myself a drink of water. Despite its dark themes, the film displays vibrant colors and light pastels plus powerful imagery that heavily contrasts to the violence involved in the scenes. It has various commentary about society, media, religion and so much more to ponder about.

How about you guys? Any movies you’ve recently watched and enjoyed? Seen any of these sick shows? I could use more of them (laughs awkwardly).

Saving Matt Damon, Alaskian Weather Blues, A Mafia Drama, Sherception

Film Friday is where I post short reviews of movies and why you ought to try them out! I love watching films and talk about them on Facebook, so I decided to bring the hobby here. Not to mention I usually run out of stuff to post on weekends. This little meme of mine could fill up that hole since my sister and I tend to watch a lot of films.

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THE MARTIAN (2015)
SYNOPSIS: Man trapped in mars.

CONS: Another space movie.

PROS: Another space movie! The difference of The Martian from previous space movies is that it doesn’t make itself too heavy or complicated. It has a sense of humor, in short, and it was refreshing to see a space/adventure film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, in a depressing sort of way.

The MC is smart (all the characters are smart, in retrospect) and it was fun watching him talk to himself and plant a bunch of potatoes in Mars. The film still has its sadder moments but everything balances out that you’ll still feel good afterwards and that’s a huge plus for me in films I watch.

INSOMNIA (2002)
SYNOPSIS: A young woman is murdered. A reputable cop tries to solve the case. Bad things happen.

 Directed by Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight) and starring Al Pacino (The Godfather) and Robin Williams (it’s Robin Williams, people), it was certainly a movie I got to watch. I also recently watched a video about Robin William’s projection on camera so I had a good fun studying his movements in each take. In this film, his character is calm and meek and unlike other films of his I watched, he doesn’t move a lot and uses a quiet voice that makes you lean closer and listen to what he says. Many times, I find myself shaking my head and thinking, ‘How could this man possibly kill people? I could be this guy!’

Gripping psychological thriller with wonderful performances from the actors. It’s less of a murder mystery but more of the MC’s struggle on morality. Recommended if you liked Silence of the Lambs or Se7en, and if you like watching Robin Williams, then this is another film where he totally nails it.

THE GODFATHER (1972)
SYNOPSIS: Bloody mafias. Al Pacino as an anti-hero. More bloody mafias. It doesn’t really have a story.

CONS: Has a slow, casual pace that may not appeal to many. Polarizing film as the MC gradually spirals down into darkness.

PROS: The catchy dialogues, careful direction, quiet yet intense story. The film is mostly just people tossing dialogues back and forth but Coppola make even that interesting and worth it–no scene is wasted in this movie– each says a lot about the characters, their motivations, their culture but not without tossing a bit of irony like the wedding and baptism sequences. The silent moments are often the most powerful scenes of the movie.

Amazing performances from the actors, though the direction has a big hand into that. Coppola knew how use his people and mix the right tempos, giving us a surprisingly emotional thriller.

https://www.iposters.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/thumbnail/600x/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/0/3/0320SH_3.jpgSHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE (2015)

SYNOPSIS: A ghastly bride murders people.

CONS: Plot was needlessly complicated and the feminist message at the end was a bit overboard (shudders). Alienating. Lost the essence of the original books.

PROS:  It was fun! The characters are back, the dialogues are superb, the humor witty and meta, and the cinematography is quirky and visually interesting. Huge character developments for Sherlock, Watson and Mycroft and you’ll simply enjoy watching them banter each other with funny lines. I can’t say you could watch it as a stand-alone movie because of the references thrown here and there but it’s definitely a watch for those who followed the series.

How about you guys? Any movies you’ve recently watched and enjoyed?