Friday, July 24, 2009

Alice in Wonderland teaser trailer!

And it looks awesome! For a teaser, it's pretty long, and shows quite a bit of the movie (as in, not the same thing *cough*LastAirbender*cough*). A bit too much emphasis on the Mad Hatter here, although that could be because Johnny Depp is a big star / totally thick with Tim Burton. I hope that won't be the case in the movie.

[Isn't Tweedledee and Tweedledum ADORABLE?! xD Creepy, yes, but...]

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Descent (2005)

Really like their caving experience. I mean something new as compare to the other movies horror movies I watched. But though nice, I hate the ending. Wish it could end in some bizarre twist.

Still a 6.01 for this.

Freddy vs Jason (2003)

Lots and lots of blood oozing here and there. Overall I like how Mr Yu started the movie by introducing Freddy's life. Soon after, i don't really get the momentum of it.

Maybe a 5.01

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

[<----This part was quite cool, actually.]

As initially rumored, the movie does focus more on the relationship aspects of the book, rather than delving into Voldemort's past. Surprisingly, I wasn't groaning throughout the entire movie. Most of the movie's funny moments come from their relationship squabbles, however unnecessary they were.

The special effects are really lovely, as usual, plus they brough back Quidditch! Not a full game, but still a lot more than the previous two combined (seriously, you put the Quidditch World Cup in a movie and don't even show PART of the match?!), so I'm pretty satisfied with that. Plus, the Millenium-Bridge-go-boom part was way cool. If you look carefully, you can see that there are absolutely no pedestrians (even though they are close-up shots of them running away ON the bridge) when it collapses.

I also liked the fact that Tom Felton was given more screen-time to flesh out Draco's inner turmoil. Draco wasn't mentioned a lot in the book, but I'm glad to see more of him in the movie. Makes for interesting scenes, especially the ones with the Vanishing Cabinet.

One thing, though, was the ending. It felt rushed, and very, very anti-climactic, especially since it was one of the most unbelievable events to have happened in book history (in my humble opinion). To have Alan Rickman deliver his last lines (of the movie) in his usual expressionless Snape sneer.... bah. We are supposed to see Snape lose his temper and self-control. We are supposed to see anger. We are supposed to hear the lines, "I am the Half-Blood Prince," delivered VERY MUCH LESS nonchalance than was done in the movie. I mean, we go through 2.5 hours in the theatre just for THAT?

And the movie version is supposed to be dramatized. Jeez.

The presence of the Death Eaters at the end was pointless. I mean, what's the use of having Fenrir Greyback and some others, if they're only going to walk around looking menacing and throwing occasional zingers, and the only person to do any REAL damage (Dining Hall and Hagrid's House sans Hagrid ONLY) is Bellatrix Lestrange? Seriously, Hagrid is CONVENIENTLY AWAY FROM HIS HOUSE when the Death Eaters attack?

I can't believe the book is more realistic than the movie.

And where on earth is Dumbledore's funeral?! They only pay tribute to the guy by holding up lighted wands?! What the hell?! I'd exchange the time spent on relationship quibbles for that. The funeral would've made a great prelude to the seventh instalment, where it'll probably focus on Harry getting all pissy 'cuz Dumby died.

[It almost looks like Dumby '<' Diggory as per Goblet of Fire.

6.5/10. Not as crappy as the previous two, the movie was fun and funny, but the ending was a let-down.

[I miss Christian Coulson :P]

Friday, July 17, 2009

Babysitter Wanted (2008)

Was liking it at first then it starts turning something not so nice. I hate the fact they made this movie turns out to be a something not so logic about the boy. Just watched it though, I didn't say it sucks all the way.

A 4 2/3

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Last Airbender cast photos!

Courtesy of the Racebending Community on LiveJournal, I come bearing these:

[For clarity's sake, I'll just put their character names below their pics.]





[Click here for larger headshots, where you can see a bit of their costumes.]

We now have a closer shot of Zuko, compared to my earlier post.
YOU CALL THAT A SCAR?!! That's Gerard Butler Phantom of the Opera burn scarring, you lousy-ass make-up people! MovieZuko must have serious, SERIOUS self-esteem issues to wanna redeem his honor with a scar like that. I mean, he still looks good. LIKE GERARD BUTLER DID!!

Secondly, they better color in Aang's tattoo. Geez, the thing is supposed to be bright blue, man. It's supposed to be difficult to go incognito. With this, all it takes is a little foundation.

Normally, I find Jackson Rathbone quite youthful-looking, but in the above pics, the age gap between Sokka and Katara is, well, 10 years +, obvious. Oh well, I guess the kids need a babysitter, or worse, a responsible adult. *pukesinmouth*
Plus, I miss the blue on their costume, but that's secondary :P

And a promo poster-shot (larger one here):

And you know what? The poster shot actually looks GOOD! It looks COOL, which is MISLEADING, since the production team is messing up EVERY SINGLE THING THAT'S GOOD from the ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES!!

It's like the remix of your favourite song. It always sucks.

I'm so pissed right now.

Btw, can someone tell me who the frick that Earthbender is?
End-of-levelmovie Boss.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Revisiting... Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

Based on the German novel Das Parfum by Patrick Süskind, Perfume is the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a young man with an EXTREMELY keen sense of smell, who, by a cruel twist of fate, is born without a smell of his own.

[Now, THAT is what I call irony.]

He becomes obsessed with bottling beauty, or rather, preserving its scent. While apprenticed to a aging perfumer, Grenouille finds out that the perfect perfume is rumored to have thirteen chords (essences) instead of the usual twelve. Dark and slightly eerie, the storyline draws us into the Grenouille's obsession as he begins his journey, by way of murdering thirteen virtuous women solely to fulfill that task.

The cinematography for the movie is just beautiful, and the art direction is simply glorious, as we are shown Grenouille's world, especially from his point of view. Ben Whishaw does an amazing job as our anti-hero. Appearance-wise, he is certainly not ugly nor misshapen as depicted in the book, but Whishaw plays Grenouille to perfection, misunderstood and overlooked in life. I really cannot imagine any other actor taking on the role. Rachel Hurd-Wood has really blossomed out beautifully (I remember thinking she wasn't that pretty in the lousy Peter Pan), and Alan Rickman plays her father, the awesome guy who can pretty much predict Grenouille's next move. Even though she does die.

For those of you who've read (and loved) the novel, you really must watch this movie. And from a fellow purist, there are some minor changes, but I feel that they only made the story more intriguing, and certainly more macabre.


Green Lantern cast!

And it is no other than Ryan Reynolds.

According to Reuters, Reynolds and his people entered into negotiations with the studio on Friday. The article also mentions the other actors that went in screen testing, namely Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto, and... Justin Timberlake?

Out of the latter three names I just mentioned, I was banking on Brad Cooper. Even Jared Leto is too pretty. Whatever happened to Nathan Fillion?

If the deal goes through, (and if I'm not mistaken) Reynolds would be the first actor to play both DC and Marvel characters (Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, and of course, Deadpool) on-screen.

[He's hot and awesome. *swoon*]

Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with Green Lantern lore, so I can't provide any speculation on my part as to who Reynolds will be playing in the movie. The Google says that it will be the famous Hal Jordan, although over on Punch Drunk Critics, they reckon it might be the younger Kyle Rayner.

I'd love to see the universe explode if there's a Marvel / DC movie crossover. As of now, I'll just have to rely on YouTube ;)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Copycat (1995)

I really like this. Was in fact one of my favorite one when I was in my teens. He has that innocent yet convincing smart look, while she has the body and the all so talented doc look in her. I like how the plot goes in this movie.

A 6 1/2.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Drag Me To Hell (2009)


Drag Me To Hell currently has a 93% freshness in Rotten Tomatoes.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie. I just don't see what the big deal is.

Sure, it marks Sam Raimi's return to his Evil Dead roots, after many, many movies not involving true horror in any way (being producer doesn't count). And yeah, the movie's fun to watch, and the ending is good. But based on the reviews in general, I find it overhyped.

DMTH is about Christine, a loan officer who finds herself at the wrong end of a curse when she refuses to grant an extension to an old gypsy lady just to impress her boss for a promotion. Now, she has three days, three days of torment from the Lamia (a goat spirit), before being literally dragged to hell on the very last day.

First of all, I must say that her boyfriend Clay is a seriously, seriously decent guy. Like the too-good-to-be-true kind. I mean, after all her episodes (he doesn't believe her) and his severely-disapproving parents, he's still supportive and tries to help her.

That out of the way, Justin Long looks way too young to be a Professor.

[Men have a tendency to look younger than they really are. It's the opposite for women. I'm so jealous.]

In true Evil Dead style (although not that excessive), Alison Lohman has insects, bile, head guts, the occasional arm and other nasty things thrown at her and/or into her mouth. Though not a often, some bits are VERY cringe-worthy, so steel yourself against said onslaught.

Loved the ending. The beginning of the movie shows us a Spanish kid falling victim to the curse, but doesn't actually show us what happened (shadowplay, really). I guess that's why I found the ending really satisfying.

7/10. Where's Ted RaimiWaldo?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Alice in Wonderland character shots!

Clickie here for pics of Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the Red Queen!

Also, apparently the movie is NOT an adaptation on Lewis Carroll's classic, but is more of a sequel. It tells of Alice following thea white rabbit down the hole, and stumbling into Wonderland, where pretty much everyone can recognise her, but she can't recognise them.

Sounds like the entire movie will be a revisiting of sorts. Strangely, I'm actually more interested than I was before.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sam Jackson no action in Iron 2?

[Sorry for the lack of updates, work's been killer.]

According to, Nick Fury won't be pulling any punches with the villains in Iron Man 2; instead, he'll just be talking. And stuff. Yeah.

But no worries, Jackson says that he's looking forward to expanding more on Fury (in terms of action) in The Avengers.

Now, THAT's one movie that I cannot wait for.