HACKSAW RIDGE [2016]

“In peace, a son buries his father. In war, a father buries his son.”

What I admire about war films is it’s never about the war itself. It’s always about the humanity, patriotism, courage — and this time, Mel Gibson’s directorial comeback (it’s been 10 years!) proven to be a solid victory with its portrayal of faith put as the spotlight.

Desmond Doss played by Andrew Garfield (who gives his finest performance) wrestles with his belief not to bear arms in the violence of war, and yet ultimately saves 75 lives.

Hacksaw Ridge is a remarkable visual narrative of inner struggle when man’s religious conscience conflicted with his duty and the safety of his band of brothers. Will he stand on his ground?

An honest illustration of the brutality of war and the unyielding faith of a man.

DOCTOR STRANGE [2016]

I’m not too familiar with the character as much as the other superheroes, but I’m glad they bring him into the MCU because Doctor Strange is a breath of fresh air in a trend where everything exploded and destroyed all the time.

I’m usually not crazy about films that rely too heavily on digital fx. However, this one is a necessity that will not only gratify your viewing pleasure, but eventually becomes a cinematic sorcery that brings art to life. It’s like being inside the world of M.C. Escher’s painting “Relativity”. Surrealism at its best! A wild acid trip you can experience without taking any recreational shrooms. THIS is what CGI made for.

Now let’s put aside the visual orgasm for a moment, and talk about the humor and pop culture references. I love the Hannibal’s mouth & body restraint and Sherlock’s popped collar easter eggs! I initially thought he was a frigid character, turns out Stephen is strangely amusing.

Most important of all, the silver-haired Benadryl Cumbersmaug without a doubt is something to drool over.

THE MAN FROM EARTH [2007]

A young professor claims he’s a Cro-Magnon who survived 14,000 years of living in front of his fellow academics ranging from a biologist, anthropologist, archaeologist, historian, Christian literary scholar, and psychiatrist. Their impromptu farewell party turns into a Q & A of history, philosophy, logic, science, and religion that makes them question his validity and sanity.

Ain’t that an amazing premise??!

Ok, this intellectual sci-fi comes from a really really well-written screenplay. I also like that it’s a one room setting, so the focus is centered on their discussion. Though the production value, directing, and acting aren’t in the best quality, this film deserves a view by the script only.

THE GIFT (2015)

 

“You see what happens when you poison other people’s minds with ideas?”

It may look it starts off like an ordinary stalker thriller, but not until halfway of the film you realize you’re wrong. And when you finally think you know what’s going on, you’re wrong again. The Gift will keep surprising you with its multiple twists and turns that you can’t figure the truth until the last very line.

This is what thriller supposed to feel like.

INTERSTELLAR (2014)

Never had I thought Interstellar came with a prerequisite. While the gist of the story is pretty much straightforward and simple (yes, it is), the screenplay weighs too heavily on scientific terms and theories. It isn’t providing answers, just evoking more questions (typical Nolan). It is great to have rocket science in a movie, but general audience would surely have difficulties comprehending wtf is going on. It will certainly make a lot of sense if you know basic astrophysics because Interstellar is mind-bending in a singularity level.