TAKE SHELTER (2011)

Take Shelter is a slow-burned gripping drama thriller delivered remarkably by Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain with their captivating acting combined with Jeff Nichols’ profound direction. Emotionally impelling with intricate twist.

ANOTHER EARTH (2011)

Though the technical work might look amateur-ish, the screenplay is out of this world. Endearing. “The only way to save his sanity is to fall in love with this sound. So he closes his eyes and he goes into his imagination, and then he opens them. He doesn’t hear ticking anymore. He hears music. And…

SHAME (2011)

If you want to know how dedicated Fassbender is as an actor, watch the fascinating Fassy huge surprises in the first 7 mins of Shame *ahem*. Joke aside, despite of its obscene, full frontal x-rated display, Shame is a captivating emotional journey of afflictive dependency. Fassy really puts his finest attempt out there to convey…

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)

“Paris in the morning is beautiful. Paris in the afternoon is charming. Paris in the evening is enchanting. But Paris after midnight is magic.” Woody Allen knows exactly how to sell the melancholy side of Paris. I guarantee you’ll be loving Paris more just by seeing the very first minute of it. Midnight in Paris…

THE DESCENDANTS (2011)

‎”Paradise can go fuck itself.” The Descendants surprised me by its often comedic manner. The adapted screenplay is pretty much solid and well-written (loving the voice-over narration and the hysterical remarks!). However, The Descendants is a little bit overrated with all the awards hype. I do enjoy Clooney’s performance in this side of drama, but…

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011)

Rooney Mara is the soul of this film. Her mind-blowing and committed performance is probably the only thing that stands out (alongside the uber cool opening title sequence) in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

THE ARTIST (2011)

Even though the story is simple and predictable, I was overwhelmed by how much of emotion The Artist bring with less sound and hardly dialogue. The acting, music, and visual are surprisingly believable. It’s a whole new cinematic experience to watch a silent movie in this era where everything is all about extravagant visual and…

HUGO (2011)

“It was the kindest magic trick ever I’ve seen.” Hugo finds its way to our heart through courage, good faith, lost passion and broken dream. A well-executed, heartfelt, and honest storytelling.

THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)

“Lord, why? Where were You? Did You know what happened? Do You care?” I do understand why most people see this film as boring as feck. It probably is. However, from my personal point of view, I see extraordinary cinematography. It’s like watching National Geographic about Universe. It’s beautifully drawn, oddly poetic, unfathomably philosophic. The…

LIFE IN A DAY (2011)

Everything is captured beautifully in this 90 minutes of heart-warming and sometimes heavy-hearted life sequences from people around the world on love, fear, gratitude, antipathy, in one day from their own point of view. This film feels so honest, humane, and most of all it shows how real a life can be.

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (2011)

Aside from the gruesome blood-bath of bone crushing, head decapitating, intestines spilling, Hobo With A Shotgun surprisingly delivers the act of kindness, honesty & bravery. It’s a slap in the government’s face and a mockery, when it’s depicted in the movie that the corrupted law enforcement failed to bring justice to the fucked up neighborhood…