Friday, December 24, 2010

Movie review of Facing Ali

Facing Ali - 7/10
Directed by Pete McCormack
Cast - Joe Frazier,George Foreman,Leon Spinks,Sir Henry Cooper,George Chuvalo

Plot Summary
The life and career of Muhammad Ali (1942- ) as seen chronologically in archival footage: Ali as a fighter, a personality, a political lightening rod, and a man. Boxers who fought him describe what led up to major fights and the matches themselves; they also offer personal revelations about their own lives and how fighting him changed their lives.

A very interesting documentary about the guys who fought with arguably the greatest boxer of the world,Mohd Ali.I loved the cinematography and there were some really fantastic shots which really expressed the emotions portrayed by the boxers.You can actually feel the emotion that boxers like George Chuvalo,Joe Frazier,Ken Norton and Ernie Terrell portrayed during their interviews.Kudos to the director and the director of photography for they did a great job for Facing Ali.This wasn't scripted but there were lots of classic lines said by the boxers.One of my favourites was Joe Frazier.The only thing that was missing were interviews by the man himself.But the boxers did a fantastic job telling about Ali.And there are some good archival footages about Ali as well.

Sadly Facing Ali is only shown in Cathay Picturehouse.I would recommend you to watch this documentary if you are a fan of boxing or Mohd Ali or if you wanna know more about Ali as well.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Movie review of Tron Legacy

Tron Legacy - 7.5/10
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Cast - Jeff Bridges,Garett Hedlund,Olivia Wilde,Bruce Boxleitner,Micheal Sheen

Plot Summary
Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 20 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

Wow! Definitely one of the best movies for the later part of 2010.What a ride...The effects for Tron Legacy is just brilliant and fantastic.Don't even bother watching it in 3D,normal version is just fine enough.The pacing for the movie is pretty good in fact its pacing is as close as the prequel Tron(1982).There were a few references to the first Tron which were damn cool.Like the "big door" scene,the Journey song and certain classic Tron lines.
When I first watched Tron,it was the effects and of course the lightcycles that fascinated me.I did watch the prequel just recently again so I can have a recap.The story in the prequel was shit.but this time round,the story is so much better.Director did a fine job despite this being his first major movie.I loved the coloring of the film,very outstanding and a good contrast.Costumes for this movie are spectacular,my favorite were Kevin Flynn's illuminated "jedi" robe and Tron's suit.
I have to say this,Tron Legacy would not have been good if not for the soundtrack.Daft Punk was the fucking bomb! I simply love what Daft Punk did.The music created the mood for alot of scenes.You can see a cameo of them(masked DJs) in a scene as well.Fucking brilliant.
Acting was pretty ok.Garett Hedlund as Sam Flynn did a good job and so did Olivia Wilde even though she does look alittle weird and all..but it suits the movie well.The veteran Jeff Bridges was as cool as ever.Sometime he even made me feel like The Dude(Big Lebowski) was in the grid.haha.
I just love anything Micheal Sheen does and even in a small yet pivotal role,he will just make you remember his character,Castor.
And the character,Tron was just too fucking cool.He only has 2 fucking cool lines and never shows his face.I do not know but I'm hoping the actor is the same guy who was the headless horseman and Darth Maul.

Totally recommend this movie to be watched on a weekend.Even better,watch the prequel first then watch Tron Legacy.

Kevin Flynn: The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they traveled through the computer. Ships, motorcycles. With the circuits like freeways. I kept dreaming of a world I thought I'd never see. And then, one day... i got in.

: Change the scheme! Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you'd be so kind.

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Movie review of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - 3/10
Directed by Michael Apted
Cast - Ben Barnes,Georgie Henley,Skandar Keynes,Will Poulter

Plot Summary
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

I have always enjoyed watching fantasy movies and thinking the first Narnia movie was fantasy,I went to watch it.I did not realize much later that the entire Narnia series is actually Christian propaganda.Pretty much for disillusioned kids (and most adults).but still with an open mind,I watched the second and finally the third.There will probably be a fourth soon,but this time I'm gonna give it a pass.
Ni Narnia!!!
Acting for this movie is utter rubbish especially Georgie Henley who plays Lucy.Probably one of the upcoming WORST British actresses ever.I sincerely hope for the sake of the British Film Industry,that she never acts again..not even in porn.The "anger so called Darkside" look she gives about 5000 times in the movie was definitely enough for me.And then there was Will Poulter who plays a character called Eustance Scrubb.Now halfway through the movie,I did not know what the fucker's name was right until the credits came up because everyone in the movie kept shouting,"USELESS! USELESS!".and he looks more like a rat than Reepicheep the Rat who used to be voiced over by Edie Izzard but now Simon Pegg.
Special effects for the movie was pretty ok.And so was the editing.I did like some of the scene shots and the colouring for certain scenes though.But that's about it for this movie sadly.
And the whole end scene of Narnia, when Aslan comes(read the quotes)...sigh...
and the Christians wonder why everyone finds them annoying.
Feed them to the fucking lions!!! Hahahaha.

Other than that,I would only recommend you to watch this movie,if you are a fan of the Narnia series..or a christian.

Lucy Pevensie: Aslan, will we ever meet with you in our world?
Aslan: You shall.
Lucy Pevensie: How?
Aslan: Because there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.

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Gorillas in the mist
The world is not enough

Friday, December 17, 2010

Movie review of Faster

Faster - 5/10
Directed by George Tillman Jr
Cast - Dwayne Johnson,Billy Bob Thornton,Maggie Grace

Plot Summary
An ex-con sets out to avenge his brother's death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. During his campaign, however, he's tracked by a veteran cop and an egocentric hit man.

I've always enjoyed watching The Rock but now he prefers to be called by his real name which is Dwayne Johnson.Funny guy,good looking and probably is one of the few action movie stars left.The pacing for Faster is pretty fast.The action starts from the get go.The fight sequences are pretty good and quite violent.Direction was pretty standard.The editing will get confusing at first but you will get the gist of the movie about 15mins through.
Unfortunately I cant say much for the script.Some of the liners for this movie are bad.Dwayne doesn't say much either.I thought that was not good as his comedic timing is pretty good and they should have utilized it.
Surprisingly the casting for this movie was pretty good but most of them were pretty much like cameos.Tom Berenger and Karen Carpenter for an example.The egocentric hitman and his wife,in my opinion are a waste of time and they are in there just as fillers.Totally fucking stupid and redundant.
but among the main cast,the most disappointing actor was Billy Bob Thornton.Sadly Billy Bob is pretty much like his character in this movie.A washed up has been who is a sight for sore eyes for everyone.His acting was lazy and you can pretty much feel he doesn't want to act in this movie and he has to but because he is broke or obligated to do so or some shit like that.
Everything was going well for Faster,I was enjoying the movie...right till the end.The end was what pissed me off.I'm not gonna tell you why cos it is a spoiler and if you do indeed are definitely gonna go "what the fuck" first at the first twist.Then you will definitely shout a vulgarity right after the final twist.Mine was Cheebye Lah!

Watch Faster only if you are a Rock fan or if you really have nothing to do but watch this on a weekday.

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Men of Honour