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…

LA LA LAND (2016)

A charming romance dedicated to the dreamers fighting to follow their passion while paying nostalgic homage to Hollywood musicals of the Golden Age and the forgotten grace of classic jazz. If you appreciate the beauty of filmmaking, La La Land is worth seeing for its mezmerising display of lights & colors, camera movement, set design,…

ARRIVAL (2016)

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…

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (2016)

Visually gloomy yet artistically pretty. Nocturnal Animals is an enigmatic dark tale of love and revenge with structurally intriguing narrative.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)

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…

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…