BRIEF MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CASUAL MOVIEGOERS
Monday, December 31, 2007
The year 2007 also seems to be sort of an above-average year for the movies. True, there are much more stuff that worked and entertained than 2006's, but I don't remember seeing a single movie that knocked me over with a big wow, like what V for Vendetta and Borat did. Then again, I haven't seen the Judd Apatow comedies Knocked Up and Superbad yet, nor have I taken a glimpse at any of the Oscar baits of the year (Coen Bros' No Country for Old Men, Juno, There Will Be Blood, Away From Her, I'm Not There, Sean Penn's Into The Wild, etc.) Oh wait, there's Eye in the Sky from Johnnie To's crime movie factory, which did wow me, so it's not a total lost!
But 2008 looks to be one exciting year for movies. It's still smothered with sequels and remakes, but these sequels and remakes are far more interesting, because 1) there's a new Batman sequel from the guys who did Batman Begins, 2) there's Lost's J. J. Abrams doing a Star Trek reboot, 3) like McClane, action veterans Rambo and Indy are back for one last hurrah, 4) Rambo 4, Indy 4, Batman 2, Hellboy 2, Sin City 2, Craig's James Bond part 2, Harold and Kumar 2, Harry Potter 6 and X-files 2 aren't exactly sequels we're not excited about, and 5) there is also a pretty interesting line-up of originals and adaptations like Stephen Chow's sci-fi CJ7, giant monster flick Cloverfield, Iron Man, the Wachowski's Speed Racer, Valkyrie, Pixar's Wall*E and, err Dragonball (but it's produced by Stephen Chow!).
What else can a Big Movie Freak say but please, please don't f*** it up, 2008?
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Before I start, allow me to confess that I am not a big fan of fantastic four, but I will be as objective as possible.
I do have to admit that I have enjoyed the first installment of the Fanstastic Four, as I wasn't a die hard fan of the comic book, hence I took it as any other action movie, simple storyline of good versus bad, with the good guy being a brilliant doctor (Dr.Dean Richards : Ioan Gruffurdd
) pitching a high risk space project to a successful industrialist (Victor Von Doom : Julian Mcmahon), who happens to be his uni buddy, he agrees and ropes in his assistant (sue storm : Jessica Alba) and also ropes in Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) and of course, lets not forget Ben Grimm (Micheal Chicklis). They are up in space and a freak cosmic storm hits them, they are back home and they realise that they have superpowers.
In the meantime, while the Fantastic Four team is gelling, Victor Von Doom is facing real world corporate problems, looming bankruptcy and drought of financial backers.
The first movie was nice due to the special effects, Julian Mcmahon performance as Victor was not bad though the human torch, aka Cris Evans was rather over the top at times. Though I personally did not find Dr.Dean Richards performance as a nerd, entertaining at all.
With the Rise of the Silver surfer, It was actually much better compared to the first, especially in the beginning when you have planets being destroyed and a white light zooming through space. And Dr.Doom's return to movie, just when we though he was finished, was not too shabby either.
The downfall of the movie, in my opinion, is the ending of the movie. Especially when the silver surfer has a change of heart and decised to save earth by destroying himself and his master. I really found the Silver surfer character rather cool, as he is invincible and all powerful, totally focused in destroying planets for the singular purpose of serving his master and has no conscience or feeling so to speak, or thats how the movie made you believe at the start of the movie.
Another archillies heel of this movie is the sappy romantic moments between Dr.Dean Richards and Sue Storm, rather sad actually.
And I found the human torch entertaining when he was a torch, not as Jonny storm.
The sucky moments is when they unveiled their 'Dodge' flying 'Thingamagic', and when it splits into four pieces and drew the no.four in the sky, that just 'killed' the movies for me.
All in all, a rather average movie, suitable for those who either loves Jessica Alba or are die hard fans of Fantastic Four
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Sam Raimi has expressed interest in directing The Hobbit before, while people are suggesting directors like Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Terry Gilliam in the comment sections of other sites if Jackson is truly not back on the director's seat. Cuaron's an interesting idea, though, but I'm for Jackson all the way, because it makes sense, not because I'm a raving PJ fanboy. Honest.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The best solution, I think would be to delay the BMF list till after the Oscar nominees are announced (January 22, 2008). Let's make it a tentative February 2, so that I have some time to catch up on whatever's left that needs watching. It'll give me time to catch some of the Golden Horse winners too, which should have all been released on DVDs by then. If you haven't noticed, I'm a purist in terms of watching movies in their original language, and in Singapore you can only legally watch a Hong Kong movie in Cantonese when they're released on DVD with a Cantonese track included. It's likely that Stephen Chow's CJ7 won't make it into my 2007 list despite being released within the new window period, but I consider CJ7 to be a 2008 movie anyway, so it's no biggie.
Back to the Globes. What I like about the Golden Globes is that it has special categories that separate the dramas from the comedies and musicals. Not that it's trying to give fair playing ground to these genres or something, but to provide a spotlight for movies that may not make the limited five-nominee space for the Oscar best pic trophy. I'm eager to watch American Gangster, No Country for Old Men, Eastern Promises, Across the Universe, Juno, Sweeney Todd, Charlie Wilson's War, and ok, maybe Atonement. Though I haven't seen it, but from what I've heard about it Bee Movie doesn't seem like the type to deserve a nom, and Persepolis should have been in its place instead of competing against live-action flicks in the Best Foreign Film category, which will likely be won by either Lust, Caution or The Kite Runner, both really big critics and awards favourites. Unable to comment on the rest until I've seen the movies.
Anyway, enough of my ranting. Here's the link to the Globe noms, or go directly to the official Globe site here.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Ang Lee was also awarded the Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year trophy. Frankly, they should have given him this last year for Brokeback Mountain, which is a far more significant movie milestone than Lust, Caution could ever be.
See my truncated list, or go to the Golden Horse main site for the complete winner's list.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
DVD highlights for the month:
- Live Free or Die Hard (Unrated Edition) - the full R-rated version, yippee-ki-yay!
- The Jason Bourne Collection (The Bourne Identity/ The Bourne Supremacy/ The Bourne Ultimatum)
- Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) - the final, final, FINAL director's cut plus other not-so final versions in one package!
- Ocean's Thirteen (Widescreen Edition)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) - just for that awesome wizards fight scene!
- The Simpsons Movie (Widescreen Edition)
- James Bond Ultimate Collector's Set - from Dr. No to the new Casino Royale with Daniel Craig, sans the old Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again. Older Bonds' video are remastered, while a bonus disc is included for each movie. Gotta catch 'em all!
- The X-Files: The Ultimate Collection - cost-effective if you want to own the entire series and leave no stone unturned!
- Star Trek: The Next Generation - Complete Series - to boldly buy what no jock has bought before!
Big winners for these omissions include drug-themed thriller Protege, now getting nods for Best Director and Original Screenplay, while The Sun Also Rises director Kiang Wen and Kidnap star Rene Liu were added into the Best Director and Actress categories respectively.
Apparently, some guy is trying his luck to squeeze US$5 mil out of Microsoft's cash cow by suing Bill and co. and even the guys who put Master Chief together for making his console "crash, freeze or lock up".
Digital Journal article is here.
Singapore's Today Online article over here.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
- Sorry for the long hiatus. Been busy grappling with life issues, but am now back on track, first with the announcement of the nominees for Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards. Click here for the complete list.
- After getting snubbed by some major award bodies (e.g. Oscars) for being neither Hong Kong nor Taiwanese enough (huh?), Ang Lee's Lust, Caution finally gets its day, with eleven Golden Horse nominations including (not surprisingly) Best Feature Film and Best Director. Other than The Home Song Stories, I haven't heard of the other three Best Features. Also, zero Hong Kong films for best pic. Good time for other filmmakers to nab some statuettes before Johnnie To and Stephen Chow dominate the award show next year with Mad Detective and A Hope/CJ7 respectively.
- The big eye-catcher is our very own Gurmit Singh's Best Actor nomination for his performance in Just Follow Law. His movie also garnered a Best Original Screenplay nod, so I guess I'm watching the movie after all. Strangely, the hugely popular 881, which I thought would be the bigger Singapore highlight at the awards, was only acknowledged for its loud, garish costume designs. For a movie about the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival and with Hokkien/Teochew musical numbers, you would think it should do better at a Taiwanese film competition, of all places. Oh well, there is still the Best Foreign Film Oscar...
- Been itching to watch Eye in the Sky, and now its noms for Best Director, Supporting Actress and Film Score may finally make me get off my lazy butt and go rent the DVD.
- Aaron Kwok seems bent on taking over Anthony "the Chinese Meryl Streep" Wong's position as most prolific Golden Horse winner/nominee, nabbing another Best Actor nom three years straight. But he'll need all the luck in the world to win this one, because you don't need to be a detective to know who's more likely to win this year's award (hint: he won Best Actor for Infernal Affairs).
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Some things are really nice to have if you got extra $$$... But then again, usefulness will depend on what you intend to do with it... Mobile Porn anyone?
Nice website, but took awhile to load... BMF, u should learn how to do this flash animation crap... The Link...
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Just a bit of backstory for those who're unaware: similar to the Christian Bale Batman movie, Paramount is rebooting the Star Trek franchise, with Alias and Lost creator J. J. Abrams as director (he last helmed Mission: Impossible 3). Below is a pictorial match-up of the prequel's cast with their original counterparts. Apart from Karl Urban as "Bones", the rest are more or less confirmed for their respective roles.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Anyway, it is funny how companies think that they can get us to keep buying portable players even if we already own like three unused portables at home. Check this YouTube Zune 2 Demo. Link here.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Release date news from Variety Asia.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
- Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer: The Power Cosmic Edition (2-Disc)
- Grindhouse Presents, Death Proof: Extended and Unrated (2-Disc)
- Grindhouse Presents, Planet Terror: Extended and Unrated (2-Disc)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, 2-Disc Limited Edition
- Ratatouille (?)
- Spider-man 3, 2-Disc Special Edition
- Transformers, 2-Disc Special Edition
Will post more info on the discs' special features once they're available. So many DVDs, so little income. Sigh...
Saturday, September 22, 2007
"So it's kind of a PG-13 animated TV series, which is something that has never been done before and obviously doesn't fit in any of the conventional slots that these things fall into. In that, it's very different, and I think it's very exciting."
Friday, September 21, 2007
A whole bunch of “chips” just to drive this car! If I had the money, I would probably pay a “driver” to drive me around instead of the “Robot”. Excluding the chips & shits, I don’t see much room available for the passengers… The things people do when they have too much time & money… And to think that we are paying for this development eventually when we buy their products! - The Link
By the way, don’t expect Quake 4 on this machine, but I assure you Solitaire or FreeCell will be enjoyable-man!
I believe it is on sale at our local “Uncle Sim Lim” for a little above S$1,000. Great inve$tment, join the geeky side of life…
I really don’t have any idea why would someone need this? However, a small minority of the male population might be “fully grown” out of this… The Link
(in life, almost everything has two meanings)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
- The Godfather (the toll booth scene death - 100 bullets sprayed? - copied by Chow Yuen Fat in A Better Tomorrow)
- The Godfather II (Don Fanucci - killed by Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) )
- L. A. Confidential (Jack Vincennes - Kevin Spacey death)
- Unforgiven (Gene Hackman's death by Clint Eastwood)
- A Better Tomorrow II - Chow Yuen Fat vs. Sunglasses Assassin (the one who killed Leslie Cheung a.k.a. Ah Kit)