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.

COLD IN JULY (2014)

It started off with a promising premise, until the plot went all over the place. It’s like the writer couldn’t make up his mind, then completely rebuilt the story at the last minute.  I know it’s supposed to be a ‘plot twist’ some sort. Well, it gets twisted severely it breaks the story. I’m sorry, a cold shoulder is all I can give. Even with strong performances such as from Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson weren’t enough to bring back Summer this July.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014)

X-Men : Days of Future Past (2014)

I do not have any complaints. This hardly ever happened.
Days of Future Past exceeds my expectation. And trust me, expectation was pretty high considering the marketing hype.

First off, I might have underestimated Quicksilver. But oh boy, with not much of screen time, Evan Peters nailing it pretty damn good. In fact, I can say many of the greatest bits have Quicksilver in it. He is a scene stealer. Even when Wolverine, Professor X, Magneto are ALL in the room.

I remember McAvoy saying Days of Future Past is better than The Avengers, well they both are VERY different. No brainer all-out badassery with lots of cool stuff? You go for The Avengers. If you wanna see something that has more depth, character-driven, and sentiment, Days Of Future Past is the one to go to.

It is safe to say, Days of Future Past is the strongest installment of the X-Men franchise. I can’t be any happier if it ends here. It’s a perfect closure. Almost too good to be true. But then again, we’ll be getting X-Men : Apocalypse, in which I am most definitely excited for.