GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)

I like how the 2nd installment is very character-driven, very personal. I feel that GotG does better character development than most superheroes movies. It’s a lot funnier than the first one too. Predictable one-liners, but they give me giggles just fine. One thing though, the soundtracks are great but they feel forced to fit into…

KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

Kong Skull Island is glorious! I love the “banana for scale” dramatic shots. He’s as huge as those pillars in Halong Bay! If you’ve seen the posters, it’s pretty much what the visual style looks like on film. I personally like it. Unlike Pacific Rim or Godzilla that I think is too dark you barely…

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)

Rogue One: Another Daddy Issue Story Rogue One’s time frame is too far from Revenge of the Sith to be called Episode 3.5. The entire movie is merely the extended version of A New Hope’s opening scene. This is the most menacing Vader has ever looked in the franchise. Full-on badassery! Gareth Edwards certainly knows…

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016)

For a spin-off, Fantastic Beasts seems pretty detached to the Potterverse. Apart from essentially connected to Grindelwald, it is a(mericanized) whole new whimsical world with its own terms and rules. The storyline feels underdeveloped and crammed up, which is rather disappointing considering JKR writes the screenplay herself. She supposedly has plenty of time to tell…

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….

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…

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…

CHEAP THRILLS (2014)

Two cash-deprived friends offered by filthy rich strangers to perform a grisly home entertainment. Cheap Thrills is gruesome as well as comical. A spanking fresh dark comedy.

SIGHTSEERS (2012)

Is it horror? Is it thriller? Nooo.. it’s British dark comedy! This is the weirdest love story and most dysfunctional couple in the history of British film-making (or ever). Yup, it’s definitely fresh.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (2013)

As the first generation of the fellowship continues their unexpected journey to the Lonely Mountain of Erebor, this part deux from The Hobbit trilogy is easily a much fast-paced, action-packed, barrel of fun sailing up the river than its predecessor. I went to the cinema filled with families and kids, and they very much enjoyed…

THE WOLVERINE (2013)

While you get to take a closer look at his inner conflict and see the human inside the beast better than the Origins, The Wolverine suffers from tedious villains and supporting characters. I could care less about these people.

BATTLESHIP (2012)

Despite the bashing, Battleship as sci-fi action flick is definitely delivered without a hitch. It’s pure entertainment as it should be. Special FX junkies be prepared for the feast. Also, I suspect Michael Bay secretly directed Battleship under the pseudonym Peter Berg.