Friday, October 25, 2013
Memandangkan saya sudah amat jarang menonton layar perak. Hanya sedikit masa di rumah sahaja dapat diluangkan untuk menonton, itupun selepas selesai urusan keluarga.
Banyak juga filem sudah ditonton sejak beberapa minggu yang lepas tapi kurang masa untuk menaip ulasan di blog ini. Terima kasih abang Reza kerana masih beri peluang kepada saya untuk menumpang. Love you long time.
World War Z adalah gegambar bergerak dibintangi Brad Pitt atas arahan Marc Foster yang sebelum ini mengarah Quantom of Solace, sebuah aksi James Bond. Filem-filem arahan beliau yang lain saya tak pernah tengok atau mungkin sudah lupa isi kandungannya (contoh: Stranger than Fiction).
Filem ini yang disadur dari buku yang bertajuk sama tulisan Max Brooks, dikatakan tidaklah mengikut bulat-bulat ceritanya. Cuma mengambil semangat dan serpihan-serpihan yang boleh dijadikan episod permulaan (bakal ada sambungan bukan?).
Mudahnya, filem ini dipenuhi dengan aksi-aksi pantas. Mayat-mayat hidup yang pantas dan menakutkan, gerak kerja kamera yang baik (walaupun kebanyakkan aksi adalah gabungan imej perkomputeran), dan lakonan Brad Pitt yang matang (sebab dia memang dah tua tapi tetap cool).
Watak Brad sebagai Gerry Lane, bekas penyiasat untuk PBB perlu mencari asal-usul atau akar-umbi dari mana wabak Z ini datang. Beliau bergerak dari atas kapal ke Korea, kemudian ke Israel dan seterusnya singgah di Wales di mana tempat permulaan manusia untuk benar-benar melawan wabak tersebut.
Saya bayangkan filem ini seperti Batman Begins, apabila watak utama perlu keluar dari kepompong keselesaan meninggalkan yang disayangi untuk mencari pemulih kepada keadaan yang sedang berlaku di tempat asalnya. Oh, mungkin saya silap. Tempat yang Gerry pergi pun hadapi masalah yang sama.
123 minit yang saya tempuh untuk cerita ini terasa singkat. Tahniah untuk tuan pengarah sebab memuatkan semua yang sesuai dan tidak menjadikan setiap babak meleret dan bosan. Bagi saya hanya babak terakhir sahaja sedikit meleret itupun sebab Gerry Lane bermonolog sendiri.
Saya akan tunggu sambungan filem ini walaupun mungkin kena tunggu DVDnya juga.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Continuing the Halloween theme I managed to track down the pretty much sought after Crystal Lake Memories : The Complete History of Friday the 13th...the documentary was 6 hrs plus long! Goodness! ...took me 4 days to finish it up but it was all worth it.
I consider Friday the 13th (along with Halloween and Scream) my top horror franchise regardless of the fact that the flicks are panned by the critics..Baahambug! So far there's 12 ..yes 12! Friday the 13th flick. Here's a a quick rundown of how I rate my Friday the 13th flicks from Awesome to Poo
1. Friday the 13th : The Final Chapter
2. Friday the 13th (1980)
3. Friday the 13th : Jason Lives!
4. Freddy VS Jason
5. Jason X (yes haters!..I love Jason X)
6. Friday the 13th (2009)
7. Friday the 13th 2
8. Friday the 13th 3D
9. Jason Goes to Hell
10. Friday the 13th : New Blood
11. Friday the 13th : A New Beginning
12. Friday the 13th : Jason Takes Manhattan
Each chapter? is feature like 40 min - 1 hr in the documentary. Each chapter gave insights or the behind the story of the makings of each Friday flick..some I already knew about but most I have no idea bout like the directors and stuntman cause honestly I mostly focus on the kills and actors in this flick.
Oh forgot to mention that even Friday the 13th the series was featured in this documentary as well. This is the only Friday stuff that I have not seen and I guess I gotta pick it up someday...someday. Now I was also pleased that they showed some of the deleted scene (poor quality though) that was never revealed, unfortunately according to the director, we never see the light of a director's cut of The New Blood which supposedly to have lots of great on screen kills ( Paramount burned the footage..according to em lah )
Near the end the actors lamented that it'll be cool to make a 13th Friday the 13th flick where they bring back all the surviving final girls and guys to duke it out with Jason...I would be so down with that idea..would love to see my fav Friday final gal Trish Jarvis from Final Chapter go against Jason again..don't know if that'll happen though cause I read few months back they're gonna do a Friday the 13th 2 (remake) ..but whatever as long as they keep making these Friday movies...I'LL BE THERE
|Trish and Tommy Jarvis (played by Corey Feldman!)|
Second documentary is My Amityville Horror (2012)
|True story or not, that house does look scary|
The original one however scared the crap out of me when I saw it around 7 I guess, that demon pig and red eyes image were imbedded in my brain forever. Okay so back to the documentary, Daniel Lutz recounts back the horror that happen in the house which to this day he believes did happen. You see, a lot of people were skeptic bout the family's experience ..people believe that the Lutz were just in it for the money.
Familiar?...well she's the Parapsychologist in which The Conjuring 2013 was based on. Her husband and herself were one of the investigators. According to them the house was truly haunted...brrr. I guess the Warrens were legit paranormal investigators...overall this documentary was just okay cause he did not really talk much bout the house and the horror abound it but more on the dad...which yeeeeeeeeesh
Posted by thanezra at 9:24 AM
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
It's Halloween month baby!...unlike last year in which I have ample time to watch movie daily..(yes daily) this year am not gonna do a weekly horror movie pick..not time ma. Fortunately .. this week, with the long weekend and all (oh Happy EID Qurban) ... I managed to catch...Insidious 2 (weee!) , V/H/S 2 and The Purge..so of to the movies.
The other movie I've been waiting for this year. Continuing right after the events of the first flick..Elise is still dead (awwww) but all is fine with the Lambert family..they got their kid back...unfortunately an entity hitched a ride back to the real world..ooweewwuuuuweeeeee
Let me start with;
I preferred the first one..no surprise there cause it's really hard to surpass the 1st flick for any franchise (or a 2-part flick) The lady in black is less scary this time around..in #1 I was shit scared with that ghost...then the other ghosts that linger around the Lamberts..yep nothing much..the only truly scary parts are when you don't see these ghost but can tell that they are around the dark corners..but when they show their ugly mugs..meh.
I also did not like the addition of the time traveling concept..hello this is not Back to the Future 2 where it is slightly connected with the events of the first movie. Plus, this is a horror movie...however there are an aspect or two that I like bout this concept, will get to that later.
The Further world, I did not like this mambo jumbo world in the first one, which I felt dragged the film down a lil. This world is still featured in #2 and yeah..me still no likey. And lastly 3rd act felt a bit meh
Now the good, Patrick Wilson is the man! There's this one scene where his face expression change from a sickly man to a somewhat devilish grin was so awesome it brought me chills!..I was scared! Patrick..you rule man!
The ghostbuster dudes in the first movie that provided few laughs are back, and they are funnier! Love em. They provided much needed relief during those tension moments. The new medium was just okay..I still love Elise.
Now back to the time traveling aspect, I don't like it but..it is cool cause it felt like the movie was planned to have a sequel from the get go, just like say....How I Meet Your Mother... :)
Overall it is still a good flick, just not as good as the first and The Conjuring ; 7/10
I'm gonna make this short cause I have no time now all of sudden.
Once a year Americans are allowed to commit heinous crimes w/o being convicted, this day is called The Purge, and it was sanction by the government
The Purge has a great premise, great idea ... an idea where movie fan can talk bout "what if..this was real" ... "is this politically correct" ...however I was not rooting for the family in trouble here..especially the kids...my friend and I who watched this flick thought the same thing.."just sacrifice the kids and make a run for it!" ..the villain was cool...he looked / sounded menacing. His team was also awesome. And then we have the 3rd act which sucked so hard...the makers tried to add in a twist but yeeeesh..the twist sucke!
5 shorts in 1 film..all flicks are kinda like those found footage film which stories ranges from ghost to aliens! ..yes aliens!
I liked the 1st one better (big surprise) ..the zombie and alien story kinda suck. The ghost and cult story (cult flick is Indonesian made!) was good. I wanna focus on the Alien flick..it sucked..the hand held cam was shaking everywhere to the point of annoyance ...honestly there's no redeeming qualities from this short alien flick.
As for the Indon cult flick...wow!...gory...weird..gut wrenching you got it!..The only problem I had was the demon that appear at the end..ha yeah that's it gotta leave
Posted by thanezra at 4:50 PM
Monday, October 07, 2013
Ok a fast one, 2 ++ since my last update..yikes!..here's an short update of the movies I saw circa last month till now..some of em are actually short updates of mine via twitter.
Posted by thanezra at 9:45 AM
Friday, August 16, 2013
Lazy day in office, so let's just write bout something shall we (speaking to self)
Lets change it up to comics shall we? But still in relation to movies. 2nd thing (but can be 1st..depends..I can't decide) I'm passionate bout is comics..been collecting since a wee bit (7 me thinks) ..now comics are a tad expensive..and I'm trying to cut down on the titles I follow.
Thankfully I solely follow X-men related titles..Avengers? Me no likey..EXCEPT till recently (last Dec to be exact) I collected Avengers Arena. I know it goes against my strong believes that Avengers sux hard. Howeverrrrr...the name Avengers is just a title..this title compile a list of fan favorite from different teams in the Marvel Universe...taking teams from Runaways (never read but I heard it's good) , Avengers Academy , X-men Academy and Capt Britain Academy (newly introduced)
These mutant kids were brought together by Arcade (from the covers of X-men and Avengers) who before this is hardly a major villain. The kids are gathered on some mysterious island and are forced to off each other or die on the island ..sounds familiar no? Yep it's Battle Royale baby! ..even the cover of issue #1 pays homage to the legendary flick...see for yourself... I.....L-O-V-E IT ...maybe one day when I have the money I'm gonna frame it..who knows maybe one of those Great Britain kids (mostly first appearance here) will become a popular Avengers / X-men
The 2nd issue cover is amazing as well, it got me guessing awhile..I at first thought it was Apocalypse Now (boleh?) ..and after doing a bit of googling..it's a cover from Lord of the Flies ..it's a book cover though..not the flick.. issue 3 and 5 continues with the movie cover theme..with issue 3 being The Hunger Games (pretty obvious) and issue 5 with The Clockwork Orange.
|Lord of the Flies Homage|
|Kid Briton posing as Malcolm McDowell|
Issue 4 is a tricky one..I didn't find any mentioning of it paying homage to a movie flick..I could've sworn I've seen this cover somewhere..maybe you guys know? I was about to say Raging Bull but ooops that's not it. Have a looksie..
So that's it for today..comic cover that translate from movie posters...there are a lot more..another more interesting movie covers translated to comics is during the Necrosha run..they covered all the famous Vampire flicks posters..alas I didn't buy the issues..I only bought the Paperback version. I leave you with the Necrosha run cover..(not all)
|Loving this one, John Carpenter's Vampires!|
Posted by thanezra at 5:49 PM
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Firstly..Happy EID to all who celebrates this wonderful month. Secondly, again since 2010 the tradition of watching a movie on first of Syawal is still going strong. This year the pick was Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters!..it was that or Smurfs 2 .. but Smurfs 2? heh...never gonna happen.
Unfortunately unlike Lightning Thief which I kinda dig, the followup to the first flick pretty much sucked. I'd say the whole story line fails to grasp any interest from me. It went too fast from one scene to another. The journey was lame and way too easy! Whenever the lead encounter any problem it was resolve pretty much at the snap of a finger. I don't get the sense of any real danger from the journey / quest the leads were in. Which says a lot cause the monsters/demons/god they encounter were hard hitters. It's Cronos! for crying out loud! Speaking of which...the end battle SUCKED so hard!
Plot holes! A LOT! I asked a lot of question going out the cinema, and some of the leads actions were weird and stupid ,I wonder why they are still alive. FX apart from the Horse thingy it was nothing worth screaming about..it's also most definitely not worth the extra $$ paid for 3D.
Cast was ok I guess, Logan Lerman is a good actor I have no issues with the chap. Alexandra Daddario caught my eye in Lighting Thief..now...she looks awfully scrawny, me also no likey the highlights. The newbies Douglas Smith (Tyson the Cyclops) and Leven Rambin (Clarisse) were a not bad addition . I told my friends Tyson looked a lot like a young Brendan Fraser and guess what..he was cast as "year old Brendan Fraser" in Blast from the Past. As for Clarisse, I liked her character..she got spunk. (chic was in Hunger Games and wrongfully canceled Scoundrels) The others were just okay, nothing noteworthy.
...except, now here comes the good. Nathan Fillion! Dude was cast as Hermes (not the brand). My friend heard me gasp when I saw him appeared cause honestly I did not know he was in this flick. His scene was the best scene in the entire movie, it was funny and true to what Fillion normally cast as (character wise) ..the insert joke about "a canceled 1 season - cult favorite show" was a hoot! to those that understand it. (i.e Firefly) Also not to just shine the spotlight on Fillion, Hermes talking staff was equally funny. Watch out for this scene.
With all that said..I still dig the mythology behind Percy. The demi-god, weird characters, Cyclops..etc..I still love watching stories about these..well things. But the lacking of a strong story and everything tied up neatly (and so easy) near the end really turned me off at times. Luckily there was Mr Fillion to lighten the mood (eventhough it's really just a 5 - 10 minute scene) which is why I give it a so-so 5/10
Posted by thanezra at 4:27 PM
Monday, July 29, 2013
Well hello there world! How have you been?
Been awhile I know, time is a factor...but not today! I have a horror flick to review, which I think is a good genre AND flick itself to jumpstart this blog since hey, I started this blog cause of my love of horror flick.
Anyway I saw James Wan's flick The Conjuring earlier. So far the dude has never failed me, all his flick rules, even the lesser liked ones (Dead Silence). Saw it with horror fan Lyn and Fadz who were equally excited to watch this flick.
Flick's bout this very adorable family who moved into a pretty run down (where you guys find this house!) house in the country. Life's all fine and dandy for the family until strange things started happening, knocks around the house, door shuts and opens by itself, clocks stops at 3:07 (witchin hour yikes!) etc..and then...well, more shits happen.
So the flick? Bloody scary! Last movie I got really spooked was Insidious (another James Wan flick yay!) ..and maybe a little bit by Sinister 2012. It started out good with the haunted doll story told by these two roommates (yes more dolls, dude got a hard-on for dolls I suppose) then creepily the title pops up..yes I find the title card scene quite eerie..brought me chills. I guess it was the creepy score plus the word "based on true events" that appeared hauntingly before the tittle...whatever it is I got real chills there and then.
Story flow was good, minor scares at the beginning until the demon made it known it means business. I can honestly say that near every night time scenes, something scary is bound to happen. The ghost/demon ? Plenty of em, which is why I like James Wan, he gives you a bevy of em all equally scary looking (I notice I'm using scary a lot) but the big bad..WOAH! Bitch have seen better days, it's also cool that the director never really gives how the whole ghost/demon looks like..it's usually glimpse or very fast cuts or ghost in dark corners which really is spooky cause you don't know what to expect.
Fadz asked me earlier which scene scared me the most, now I got time to think...it's definitely the peeking underneath the bed scene..that scene was brrrrrrrrrr! Kudos also to the kid that played that part Joey King (also in White House Down) When the kid was peeking to see what the heck was pulling her..I was like no no no! and started looking up ( I do that when I'm genuinely scared..less scary cat looking LOL)...
What else..the characters! Nice! . I was rooting for the whole lot, their backstory was heartwarming and honestly while I was watching I thought "if anyone dies I'm gonna be soooooooooo pissed"..but do they die? Now that you gotta go and watch it youself. Oh it also helps that the youngest kid looks like a young Drew Barrymore (cute!). Oh another Oh!, Lili Tomlin deserves recognition (preferably a nomination) specially for the last few final moments of the movie.
So overall..solid flick..I give it a 9 and thus far is my fav movie of the year (It was Star Trek II before, just so you know) now I can't wait for Insidious Chapter 2, I dunno how James Wan is gonna upstage this.
P/S: thank you for the great time Lyn and Fadz, and the very delightful people of Wangsa Maju who watched the flick along with me..you guys were FUHNY! "NO NO IT'S LYING!..DON'T BELIEVE HER! NO NO! " screamed a fellow random movie go-er in the cinema (translated it's originally in Bahasa)
Posted by thanezra at 2:09 AM