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.

UNDER THE SKIN (2014)

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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 Scottish translator.

MALEFICENT (2014)

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. I understand why audience dislike this version as it deviates way further from the original story. A total reconstruction, as a matter of fact. But this version feels closer to real life than fairy bullshit tale of yore.

They give MALEFICENT a back story why she does what she does. Villains become a villain isn’t always because they’re heartless pure evil from birth. There’s always a why, and you’ll feel sorry for her. (we’ve actually seen several kids flicks that root in the same idea)

And most importantly, once again, Disney did it right with the “true love” thingy since FROZEN. I tip my hat to that.

Overall, the idea works really well for me, probably have some minor issues. Story could’ve been developed better. There wasn’t enough oomph.

One thing for sure, you just can’t look away from DAT GLORIOUS FACE THAT IS ANGELINA JOLIE. Dayum woman looks smokin’ as hell. She owns it. No one can steal her thunder with that face and dashing performance.

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.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (2013)

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 it. Being labeled as a snooze-fest flick from general audience, The Desolation of Smaug proved that it managed to capture the whole 161 minutes of our attention.┬áIf it were a book, this second installment is definitely a page-turner (Oh wait– it is a book). I didn’t even feel it was near the end until I found myself yelling at the screen “DAMN YOU, CLIFFHANGER!”.

PS: Keep your eyes peeled in the very very beginning of the film. You wouldn’t want to miss anyone.