GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)

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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 many of the scenes. Unlike Vol. 1 that’s so memorable because it feels natural.

It’s still a helluva fun ride, that what matters.

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.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)

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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 how to work those Vader bits (including the dad joke that got me choked).

Donnie Yen’s Chirrut steals the spotlight for me. He’s probably the most well-written and performed character in Rogue One. And also K-2SO, the second snarkiest robot after TARS from Interstellar.

Last but not least, the honorable mention: The CGI faces. Smooth.

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.

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.

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.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014)

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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.