Monday, September 29, 2008

Movie Review of Bangkok Dangerous

Bangkok Dangerous - 5.5/10
Directed by Pang Brothers
Cast - Nicholas Cage, Charlie Yeung,Shahkrit Yamnarm,Panward Hemmanee

Plot Summary
A hit man who's in Bangkok to pull off a series of jobs falls for a local woman and bonds with his errand boy.

Review
The Pang brothers did an awesome horror movie called The Eye which was scary.They even made it into a trilogy and the last being a horror comedy which in my opinion was actually funny as hell.Re-cycle was interesting with good graphic.To be honest I have not watched the original Thai version but I'm pretty sure it would be better than the Hollywood version.Nicholas Cage is the hero in this movie.This guy has his ups but more downs and this is one of his many downs.His toupee has more reactions than him.The supporting cast wasn't so bad.but I wished there was a much more convincing villain for this movie.The Thai actresses were not so bad as well.One is mute which I guess is a good thing because you wouldn't be hearing any English in very thick Thai accent cause you definitely need subtitles for that.
The direction for this movie was rather mediocre,according to the Pang brothers standards.They have an eye for camera works and direction in the other movies but this one was rather disappointing.Editing was also so so in this movie.Pretty much this is a shit movie if you are not into these kinda genres.But if you like all those assassin movies,then go ahead give it a try.Just don't get let down,by Nicholas Cage's acting or his ridiculous looking toupee.

Highly unlikely this is available in the cinemas right now but worth renting the DVD and watching.

Best Quote
Kap Koon Kap

Recommended movies by the directors
The Eye
Re-cycle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Movie Review of Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! - 6.5/10
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Cast - Meryl Streep,Pierce Brosnan,Colin Firth,Stellan Skarsgard,Amanda Seyfried

Plot Summary
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA.

Review
You will only enjoy this movie if you like musicals or you are a fan of the band ABBA or both.I was never really big into musicals.The only other musical movies I enjoyed were Grease and Sweeny Todd but I fucking love ABBA! I grew up listening to them,so when I heard they are making another movie based on ABBA songs,I was game on watching it.something different yet interesting this time was the actors actually sang the songs.By the way,not only is Meryl Streep an excellent actress,after this movie,she is a heck of a singer too.She had a great voice and so did Amanda Seyfried.But Amanda on the other hand is a great singer but she cant act for shit.She has a really stupid look which she kept doing it all the fuck time.Its the "I really wanna take a shit but I wanna hold it in for as long as I can" look.
The director didn't do a very good job at all.The cameraworks were pretty awful as well,The colours were all wrong.Worse was the editing.But seriously...fuck all that.you have to watch it for the songs of course which will defintely keep yr feet tapping and you will also be whispering along as well.The cool thing is whenever a song breaks out,there will be subtitles.And every ABBA hit that comes out,it'll definitely bring back memories which is another cool thing about this movie.
Kudos to all the actors and actresses who fearlessly sang the songs, even Pierce Brosnan who cant sing for shit,tried his level best.But the star of the movie is no one but Meryl Streep.

Worth watching on a weekend.

Best Quote
Rosie: [to Tanya] Typical you wait 20 years for a father and then three show up at once.

Sophie: You took my mother's guitar!
Harry Bright: Borrowed. I got it for her. Cost me ten quid and my Johnny Rotten T-shirt. See? DS: Donna Sheridan. HB: Head Banger.

Recommended movies by the director
None

Friday, September 19, 2008

Movie Review of Clone Wars


Clone Wars - 5/10
Directed by Dave Filoni
Voice over Cast - Matt Lander,Ashley Eckstein,Ian Abercombie,Samuel L Jackson,Christopher Lee

Plot Summary
As the Clone Wars sweep through the galaxy, the heroic Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order and restore peace.

Review
I am and will always be a Star Wars fan.Nowadays there are 2 types of Star Wars fans. There are those who are only devoted to the original and there are those who like both trilogies.I am a fan of the later.I grew up watching the originals.Of course nothing will beat the original,and you can watch it several times till you memorize several classic lines(till today I still use some of the classic lines).Episodes 1,2,3 were ok...nothing fantastic but i just felt the casting would have been a little more better.but still I enjoyed watching them.Now on to the Clone Wars.This is totally animated this time which is a first in the Star Wars History.For good or for bad,there were many firsts for this movie.The first 'Star Wars' film not to be released by 20th Century Fox. This will also be the first "Star Wars" film that won't have Frank Oz providing the voice of Yoda. This is the first 'Star Wars' film not to contain a version of the phrase "I've got a bad feeling about this". Lastly this was the one that got me really disappointed.The first Star Wars film to not have an introductory text-scroll during the title sequence. Instead the premise of the story is set up by an announcer's voice-over describing background scenes.I was totally going "what the fuck!!" when this happened.even the classic theme was warped.That was just damn sad.
Storyline for Clone Wars was good.I liked the plot to my surprise.What I didn't like was the twist which I was thinking to myself,that I would like to stab the director with a lightsaber for approving this.Ziro the Hutt.Uncle of Jabba the Hutt who is a tranny.I know that this movie was aimed for kids but there was no need for a transexual hutt.(Jabba is one of my favourite characters).
The young padawan who is with Anakin Skywalker is the kind of character that is supposed to attract the kids but it is fucking annoying to the adults.Like for an example, Jar Jar Bings.So is Ashoka Tano.
As for the animation wise,It looks pretty cool during the fight scenes and all,even the flying sequences as well.but it looks weird when there are close ups on the characters itself.
Sadly another first for this movie is,it never opened number one at the box office opening weekend.
Don't even bother waiting for the dvd release,just wait for cable.

Best Quote
[during their duel, Kenobi blocks a killing strike from Ventriss and mocks her] Obi-Wan Kenobi: You'll have to do better than that, my darling.

Recommended movies by the director
none

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Movie Review of Babylon A.D


Babylon A.D - 4.5/10
Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
Cast - Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh

Plot Summary
Veteran-turned-mercenary Thoorop takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to America. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah.

Review
This movie is a best of for all of Vin Diesel's action movies.First you will see Vin Diesel as Riddick in Pitch Black then you will see xXx as well.there will be glimpses of Fast and Furious and at the end,the Pacifier also.there's nothing really fantastic about this movie.Only fans of Vin Diesel will like this show.the movie is pretty much mindless entertainment,you wont be seeing outstanding acting or shit like that.
But even for mindless entertaining movies,you need at least decent cinematography and camera works at least.
which is one thing what I didn't like about this movie.it's pretty obvious the director is very inexperienced.The camera works were pretty bad and at times unnecessary.If the cameraman had kept the camera works simple,the movie would be better.for example, the fight scenes,all you can see is a flurry of lights which gets a bit irritating after awhile.
The special effects were pretty ok.the editing was not really that good.
But all in all if you like movies like pitch black,chronicles of Riddick,transporter,transporter 2(I think you know where I am going with this),then I would definitely recommend you watching this in a cinema.

Best Quote
Toorop: [narration] Save the planet. What for? Life's simple. Kill or be killed. A survivors' code. My code. And it all sounds great until the day you find yourself confronted by a choice. A choice to make a difference or to walk away and save yourself. I learned something that day. Too bad it was the day I died.

Recommended movies by the director
Gothika (which I think is a fuckall show but that's the only one I know)

Movie Review of Death Race


Death Race - 4.5/10
Directed by Paul W.S Anderson
Cast - Jason Statham,Tyrese Gibson,Ian Mcshane,Joan Allen,Natalie Martinez

Plot Summary
Ex-con Jensen Ames (Statham) is forced by the warden of a notorious prison (Allen) to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

Review
If you like playing games like Twisted Metal and Destruction Derby,then you will definitely love watching this movie.A remake from the 1975 Paul Bartel movie acted by David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone.this is a fresh take done by Paul W.S Anderson.Unfortunately this is the fella who fucked up the first Alien vs Predator,pussifying 2 classic icons of sci fi horror.
Out of sheer boredom(and there was nothing else to watch),I watched this movie on a weekend at the cinema.I knew what I was getting myself into but I had nothing else to watch and i do enjoy the occasional Jason Statham movie(except Crank which I think the director,scriptwriter,producer and everyone involved in that movie should have all their testicles removed with a wooden spoon and fed to them with loads of Tabasco sauce and feces from a baby that has drunk spoilt milk).
The camera works and cinematography is pretty decent.you get to see quite few interesting kill scenes.and the car scenes were cool.I guess car movie fans will enjoy watching this movie.Casting is pretty ok as well.you have Statham as the protagonist.I even notice he has developed a certain style of speaking for all his action movies,its a cross between mumbling and grumbling with an English accent of course.you got your bad guy turn good guy in Tyrese Gibson who cant act for shit but has a great body.then you have seasoned heavyweights like Ian Mcshane and Joan Allen who are just in this movie for the money and don't really have to bother acting too well.Natalie Martinez is a hot Latino chick but she ain't nothing compared to the goddess like my Salma Hayek.including her character is kinda funny.they use women prisoners to help navigate the male drivers.but we all know its just eye candy for this male testosterone filled movie.
Probably just worth watching on a weekday in the cinema or just wait to rent the dvd.


Best Quote
Jensen: So what about the other drivers?
Machine-Gun Joe: It's kill or be killed.
Jensen: I can see the appeal.

Recommended movies done by the director
Resident Evil
Mortal Kombat
Event Horizon
Soldier