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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Movie review of Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club - 8/10
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Writtend by Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack
Cast - Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

Plot Summary
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

I wanted to watch this movie solely because of the recent rave reviews, Matthew McConaughey has been getting for his acting. And boy they weren't wrong,Matthew McConaughey was fantastic. From romantic comedies where he is shirtless every 5 mins to really solid acting and losing weight for roles and all.
Based on a true story, the main actor has to be right for the role.From what I read this script has been lying around for quite sometime until it was recently picked up.And according to Roon Woodroof's sister, Matthew McConaughey personated him the best. From the swagger to the accent and all. I thoroughly enjoyed watching McConaugheyin every scene.The other actor who almost pretty much stole every scene he was in was none other than Jared Leto. Leto who has been absent from filming for awhile due to his band commitments as he is the lead vocalist for a metal band called Thirty seconds to Mars. I'm not much of a fan of his band and all but I have to say I always enjoyed his acting when I first watched him in An American Psycho. Leto as well lost alot of weight for his role and was in drag all the time. Apparently he remained in character even during off camera. The chemistry between this two was good and funny as well. Jennifer Garner was pretty OK as well.Nothing fantastic,nothing memorable just OK.
Jean-Marc Vallée did a decent job directing this.Pretty direct and simple. Camera works were good as they managed to capture the actor's emotion pretty well. Especially in scenes where there is banter among Leto's and McConaughey's characters. I also like the coloring and tone of the movie which suited to the storyline well. Script was brilliantly written.

All in all, Dallas Buyers Club is a pretty good movie, if you have an open mind and enjoy good acting.
It's gonna be tough but McConaughey might just nick the best actor for this one even though he is facing stiff competition from Christian Bale for American Hustle and Leonardo DiCaprio for Wolf of Wall Street. Hope he wins though. So do check this out.

Best Quotes
Ron Woodroof: I swear it, Ray, God sure was dressin' the wrong doll when he blessed you with a set of balls.

Ron Woodroof: Let me give y'all a little news flash. There ain't nothin' out there can kill fuckin' Ron Woodroof in 30 days.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Movie review of The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street - 8.5/10
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Writers - Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)
Cast -  Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler

Plot Summary
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

I have to say this movie is the definite return of Martin Scorsese. Wolf of Wall Street is so good that I can compare it to his other masterpiece, Goodfellas. Almost everything in this movie is near perfection. It may be 3 hours long but you will never feel the time as scene after scene, you as the viewer will get totally immersed into the life of Jordan Belfort.
Casting for this movie is really good. Leo Dicaprio has a very good chance of winning the best actor for the Oscars this time.The boy has definitely grown into a fine actor. From a shit movie called Titanic, to Django to this. Dicaprio has become one of those few actors, I will follow his movies no matter what. And his sidekick, Jonah Hill. I have nothing but praise for him.He really turned up a notch for this. There was this particular scene involving a goldfish,Jonah was so into his character that he wanted to do it for real just because there were other actors there going all out on their roles. There are so many scenes which you will either laugh or groan with Jonah Hill's character.Definitely another actor to look out for in the near future. Even Matthew McConaughey in those short scenes were memorable. That thing he does with his chest in one particular scene. I'm very sure alot of people who have watched this movie will do it. I sure as hell am guilty of doing that when I think of Wolf of Wall Street. And that was actually how Matthew McConaughey psyches himself up before he goes on camera. DiCaprio spotted it and asked him to include that in the movie. And playing Belfort's dad was none other than Rob Reiner ( director of When Harry met Sally and A few good men). I havent seen him in a while and here he is spewing profanities like crazy which is so unlike Rob Reiner.hahaha. Margot Robbie who plays Belfort's second wife was fantastic.She held out on her own against the male actors. She even did the accent very well plus she has a great pair of tits.
One of my favourite things about Wolf of Wall Street were the editing and camera works.Editing was fucking amazing and you can see the smooth flow between shots and all.Some of the camera works and editing were purposely done to be edgy,blurry and all but it was done because to make sure the viewer feels what it was like under the influence of drugs and what not. Direction was solid. I'm so happy Marty went back to stories which he tells it best and not some sappy bullshit.
I really loved the script alot. It was brash,vulgar and fucking funny. There are so many lines to use for parties and shit.
Another cool thing is that Leo DiCaprio and Scorsese used their own funds to produce this so there wont be any interference from movie bigwigs telling them to cut down the profanity or the excessive violence and sexual content so that the younger audience can watch and they can make money out of it. I say fuck the kids. A story should be told as it is.If you take out integral parts of the story due to nudity or profanity,you are compromising the story and if you still think that the story is not important, then you are a fucking idiot. So kudos to Leo and Marty for doing what they did for this movie.

Highly recommended that everyone should watch this movie. Everyone...
I have watched Wolf of Wall Street twice now and I can't wait for the blu ray to come out for this.

Best Quotes
Jordan Belfort: I am not gonna die sober!

Jordan Belfort: You want a beer, pal?
Donnie Azoff: What are you drinkin'?
Jordan Belfort: I got this non-alcoholic shit...
Donnie Azoff: What's that?
Jordan Belfort: It's like a non-alcoholic beer. It's got no... no alcohol.
Donnie Azoff: It's a beer?
Jordan Belfort: Yeah, with no alcohol.
Donnie Azoff: But, you drink enough and... you drink a lot and it'll get you fucked up?
Jordan Belfort: No, there's no alcohol. That's the fuckin' point.
Donnie Azoff: I'm not a scientist; I don't know what the fuck you're talking about. I can get you beer if you want fuckin' beer.
Jordan Belfort: I know, but I don't drink, remember? I don't drink anymore?
Donnie Azoff: What, you wanna go inside and blow some lines of baking powder, baking soda? Can't imagine ever not enjoying getting fucked up. I love it.
Jordan Belfort: Yeah...
Donnie Azoff: How's being sober?
Jordan Belfort: It fuckin' sucks.
Donnie Azoff: Boring, right?
Jordan Belfort: So boring. I'm gonna kill myself.

Naomi Lapaglia: Who's Venice?
Jordan Belfort: Who? Who?
Naomi Lapaglia: Who? Who? What are you, a fuckin' owl?

Recommended movies done by the director
Shutter Island