BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017)

Truly adore Blade Runner 2049 so much more than Blade Runner (1982). I was never engaged with the first Blade Runner, just solely admiring the visual and production design. But this time, I was fully engaged for the whole slow-burning-almost-3-hour movie. I found the story a lot easier to follow and compherend than first one….

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…

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….

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…

UNDER THE SKIN (2014)

UNDER THE SKIN is unsettling in a veeeeeeery weird way. If you’re into artsy, peculiar, out of this world (no pun intended) sci-fi horror, you should check it out and be utterly mystified. ScarJo’s performance is wowzer! And the scores perfectly blend with the cold, dark, and empty ambience. Chilling. PS: You might need a…

MALEFICENT (2014)

Remember, this is made by Disney. So you shouldn’t be surprised if they tone it down since it appears they target younger audience unlike SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN that decided to go to a darker path. As a result, MALEFICENT becomes a much heartwarming tale than it’s supposed to be, but I LOVED it….

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…

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.

A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING (2012)

A Fantastic Fear of Everything looks like something made for a quirky visual art project. .. or something from Lemony Snicket book directed by Michel Gondry.