Movie Reviews

WONDER WOMAN MOVIE LOSES ITS DIRECTOR

WONDER WOMAN MOVIE LOSES ITS DIRECTOR

Apr 14, 2015

“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together,” said the studio in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter. It was announced last November that Warner Bros. had brought on MacLaren, a TV veteran whose credits include Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, to develop and direct their Wonder Woman solo movie starring Gal Gadot. more of this...

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014)

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014)

Apr 13, 2015

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, Michael Keaton was one of the greatest, most sought after actor after his portrayal as Batman in both Tim Burton’s movies in 1989 and 1992. However, his decision to quit acting as Batman although being offered $!5 million for the third sequel shook the media industry. $15 million was a lot back then and it was absurd for someone, like us to just reject the contract. So when Keaton is set to cast in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, it was quite amusing news as technically, Keaton and Birdman’s protagonist, Riggan Thomson were almost like a reflection on a mirror. Really. Riggan Thomson is a once upon a time actor who is famously known for his portrayal as Birdman, a flying comic book superhero in costumes. (Having a bit of déjà vu feeling? Keaton was once famous for being Batman too) However, he seemed to lose his tune in the acting industry and his career plummeted. Desperate, he decided to rebuild himself by directing a Broadway play using his own hard earned money. The play adapted from Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love was not only directed by Riggan, but he too starred in with another Hollywood star sitting on the same boat as he was – to seek respectability. When his actor was no longer available after being knocked out by a flying mysterious object ( most probably sabotage), Riggan has no choice but to bring in Mike Shiner (Edward Norton), a Hollywood actor who has been fired during a shooting for another movie.  Then, we have Riggan’s daughter, Sam (Emma Stone) who has just being released from drug rehab, Riggan’s supposedly pregnant lover, Laura (Andrea Riseborough) and his ex-wife, Sylvia (Amy Ryan). Not to forget Zach Galifianakis’s portrayal as Riggan’s show producer. With the addition of all these characters, one would certainly expect the common conflict between all the characters. Do expect some cliché conflicts to happen throughout the movie. Birdman’s most iconic scene where Keaton has to run through Times Square half naked was the only scene which was hilarious.   Director by Mexican film producer, Alejandro González Iñárritu,...

Time (2006) – Kim Ki Duk

Time (2006) – Kim Ki Duk

Feb 23, 2015

When it comes to plastic surgery, some of us feel the need to blame society or even worse make a case of moral justice out of it. It’s a sensitive matter that intertwines spiritual and emotional aspects of our own existence. But, plastic surgery is not always about the ego or the desire to fit one’s ideals. With the passing of time it became an industry, not to be judged by the personal needs of the individuals that make use of it. Plastic surgery is about choice and accepting your own body, some people even go to the extent of saying that it’s the art of creating yourself.  It’s true we live in a society that makes us strive for perfection in terms of appearance. Some blame the media for that, some the fashion industry, but that’s not what really matters.   In all this craze we forget about our emotional side, our insides, metaphorically said. It’s the psychological causes and effects that must be taken into account when considering plastic surgery.   These represent the prime motives of the South Korean director Kim Ki Duk’s movie Time. A movie that’s not just a bad love story, or a pretended documentary on plastic surgery. Kim Ki Duk creates a statement that has its roots in his own society, South Korea having the best plastic surgeons in the world as some analysts may say. Although artsy and at times full of symbolism in close connection to the director’s own cultural references, Time manages to create a full-blown picture of the psychology behind a very particular case of why an individual wants plastic surgery.   Starting with the story of a failed modern love relationship, the plot itself leaves the spectator quite baffled. At first we meet the two partners, before and having a blunt break up alongside the reasons behind it – this manages somehow to represent the key point in the movie. The woman, See-hee, clearly unstable from a psychological standpoint, and having deep issues about her face in correlation with the relationship with her lover, decides to have plastic surgery. That’s the moment that marks the unleashing of the drama, following her lover,...

Boyhood – Review

Boyhood – Review

Feb 17, 2015

Thank God for Boyhood. Or more precisely, thank God for Richard Linklater. Boyhood is the story of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his life along with his sister (Lorelei Linklater) and his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke). When we meet Mason he is 5 and when we leave him he is 18. It is not just Mason that grows, each character is introduced as adolescent. Not just Mason’s older sister, but also the dead-beat “musician” dad who likes bowling and french fries, the needy mother who clings to a series of bad husbands.From the first day of elementary school, to the first day of college, Boyhood is a photo album of a life spectacular in it’s banality.   Linklater was the mastermind behind this completely innovative way to shoot a film about growing up. Over the course of 12 years, he gathered the same cast and shot moments of a life, a little bit each year. Richard Linklater devised a childishly simple plan to get at the hearts of an audience and deliver more moments of profound honesty to a film then has been done, maybe ever. And he did it by not following the rules.   Boyhood is far from fault-free. There are points where the dialogue can get clumsy and too leading (i.e. “life doesn’t give you bumpers!”). Many of the supporting characters are broad and seem out of place amongst the much more nuanced main characters.  The second half of the film seems to support a floating first half, and overall, its grandiose 3-hour length seems to suggest a certain universal quality that can come off as preachy, instead of sweet. But this technique shows potential, and more than that, it shows sensitivity to honesty.   More to the point, Boyhood is not a perfect film, but instead is an incredibly important film. It falls into the category of those films that first experimented with sound and color because those filmmaking pioneers also refused to follow the rules, they took what seemed like a gimmick and revolutionized cinematic storytelling.   This 12-year “gimmick” works for this story of Boyhood, for many reasons. We, as the audience get to check in...

The Great Gatsby Movie Review

The Great Gatsby Movie Review

Feb 15, 2015

by Brian Boon   The Great Gatsby is a romance film directed by Australian director, BazLurhmann. It is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. Fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald might be a little pleased to have BazLurhmann, the man who has produced critically acclaimed romance movies to produce an adaptation of the classic book.  Moreover, the line up for casts is truly impressive especially with the presence of A-list actors, Leonardo Dicaprio and Tobey. The anticipation for the movie increases with the news of Bollywood’s legend, Amitabh Bachchan will be included in the cast. The film was released in cinemas on 10th of May 2013.   Let’s move a few steps back in time. The Great Gatsby has a long winding history from the early days where it was first created in the hands of F. Scott Fitzgerald to its last appearance in cinemas in the year 1974.  The book was  labelled as a failure after its poor sales in its first publication. It just managed to sell a barely 20,000 in the first year which made Fitzgerald believed that he was a total failure until his death. After World War II, the book was given recognition as one of the Great American Novel. Soon after that, several films followed and as if it was cursed, all of the films were below par. The last one in 1974 was directed horribly and audience were having a hard time to keep their eyes open. The 1974 version starring Robert Redford was unfortunately too boring and sparkled a debate among the public over the worthiness of the Great American Novel. Since then, The Great Gatsby was never mentioned in the entertainment world.   It was a real surprise to see BazLurhmann taking the challenge of adapting the book for his latest film. The Great Gatsby is not an easy story to be adapted perfectly for cinema goers. Most of the cinema goers prefer action, blockbuster movies rather than an adaptation of a classic book. Many of us were left in wonder over Lurhmann’s decision. Will he be another M. Night Shyamalan? Lurhmann must not only be able to retain the classic feel of...