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…

HACKSAW RIDGE [2016]

“In peace, a son buries his father. In war, a father buries his son.” What I admire about war films is it’s never about the war itself. It’s always about the humanity, patriotism, courage — and this time, Mel Gibson’s directorial comeback (it’s been 10 years!) proven to be a solid victory with its portrayal…

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 GOOD NEIGHBOR [2016]

This tragic thriller makes me so angry and sad at the same time. By the end of the film, you’ll wonder who the real antagonist is. It’ll be one of those stories to teach juveniles not to kid around with a seemingly “fun prank”.

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…

DEATHGASM [2015]

A fun blood-splattered young adult horror comedy. Deathgasm is the heavy metal rendition of Evil Dead and Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive/Braindead.

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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….