ARRIVAL (2016)

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I waited so long for this to arrive here only to be let down that it didn’t feel as “profound” as everyone said. At least to my experience.

With its own complexity, Arrival is a cerebral science fiction unlike the generic alien encounter stories out there. Sadly, the profoundness is too subtle for me to perceive just like in most Villeneuve works (Prisoners, Enemy). I can only comprehend the ideas on the surface, not the deep whatever philosophical concept Villeneuve trying to convey.

That being said, the movie was great and I was just lost in translation.

THE GIFT (2015)

 

“You see what happens when you poison other people’s minds with ideas?”

It may look it starts off like an ordinary stalker thriller, but not until halfway of the film you realize you’re wrong. And when you finally think you know what’s going on, you’re wrong again. The Gift will keep surprising you with its multiple twists and turns that you can’t figure the truth until the last very line.

This is what thriller supposed to feel like.

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 general audience would surely have difficulties comprehending wtf is going on. It will certainly make a lot of sense if you know basic astrophysics because Interstellar is mind-bending in a singularity level.

ANNABELLE (2014)

Turns out Annabelle feels closer to Insidious than The Conjuring. What I love from this franchise is that it’s one of the few horrors that takes cinematography seriously! The camera work that is crucial to this scare jump-type of horror movie is just as effective as its predecessors.

Basically, Annabelle uses the same scare formula but with more horror clichés, unfortunately (or is it deliberately paying homage to classic and modern horror?). And it is more entertaining than scary, to be honest.

Watching Annabelle is like taking one of those haunted carnival rides or scary mazes at the county fair. It is heart-pumping fun!

Oh, one more important thing: I’m SO GLAD they didn’t go Chucky on Annabelle. Good call. Thank you for doing the right thing.

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.

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.