Films

thoughts on the latest films I have seen


Django Unchained

The latest film by Quentin Tarantino. A western inspired film that casts amazing characters like Samuel L Jackson, Leonardo Di Capri,  Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz. The film is quite unnerving and portrays abusive and racist scenes. However I loved the way Tarantino shot this film without the glamorous VFX but old western. Cinematography was spot on and it had good pacing throughout. I especially loved Leonardo Di Capri and Christoph Waltz characters in this film as they have really sold their personalities to me.
Soundtrack is also very good and has a mixture of different kinds of music that still fits into various scenes.
My Rating : 10/10

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Wreck-It Ralph

A film that involves most of the famous gaming characters we know ! Animation was top notch and story had a good pace to it. This film definitely entertains me even during my sleep-deprived days. Everyone must watch this as it has humour in every corner :)
My Rating : 9.5/10


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Looper

A film directed by Rian Johnson in 2012. It is based around the idea of time travel however it is very different to films that talks around that area. Instead this film is focused on the character's stories and how they adapt in this sort of world. I think this was one of my favourite movies of 2012 and the fact that Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays as the younger version of Bruce Willis. I must say the person who did the prosthetic/make-up did a good job. I loved the cinematography and the progression of the story. It doesn't feel like those over the top effects to show off how time travel works. But instead it opts for a much more old mechanical era feel. The invisible effects involved was implemented nicely as it did not put me off track of the main focus of the characters and story.
My Rating : 9/10

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The Impossible

A film based on the event of the 2004 south-east Asia tsunami. It follows a true story of a family that managed to survive the disaster. I haven't experienced such a film like this to be so tense and real. It actually felt like I was there with them and that I was going through the experience. It had strong direction and I really liked the way the movie panned out. Some scenes were pretty gory and really puts you on the edge that nothing else matters apart from life itself. It is a must see film as it is also based on a real story of a family. It seems pretty far-fetched how a whole family can survive such an event.
My Rating : 9/10

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Rurouni Kenshin

A film based on a manga/anime series that is popular in asia. I have not heard of this up until there was a hype about the film. Just seeing and hearing friends talk about this like some kind of 'must-see' movie.
I thought the film was made very well in terms in cinematography however it lacked everywhere else such as story. It definitely had anime traits and I don't usually like over the top anime stuff but this is probably one of the best adaptation of anime into a live-action film yet. I didn't enjoy the story and the pacing went off in a tangent with not much climax...
My Rating : 6/10


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Amelie

Amélie is a film about romance set in France. Cinematography is great and has a fuzzy feeling to the whole feel of the story. It's one of those films that is quirky yet funny. A must see :)
My Rating : 8/10

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Les Misérables

Yesterday I saw the film Les Miserables and it was brilliant ! At first it felt weird because I have never been to a film musical. I wasn't used to it but the film just got better and better. I had no expectations however Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway really pulled it off. This will undoubtedly be one of the top films to be remembered over time. No wonder they have been nominated for Oscars :)
My Rating : 10/10

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Infernal Affairs

A famous Hong Kong film about a cop who joins the triad and a triad joining cop. Both sides try to outsmart each other knowing that they have a spy in their midst. "The Departed" is a remake of this film because it had an exciting plot.
It's a good thriller film. Go watch it if you haven't :)
My Rating : 8/10


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Life of Pi

Creature animation was beautiful. Rhythm & Hues was the studio that made all the animals digitally. I could not find any problems or hitches with the creatures which made me enjoy the film even more. Apart from that I did not like the film overall with the story. It was a much more religious than I expected and it ended with a wish-washed tie up. I would just give credit on the visuals of this film...the hype around it made it worst and the trailer gave away all the good parts of the film.
My Rating : 7/10


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Argo

I just recently saw the winners of the Golden Globe Awards 2013 and I'm glad Argo won a few.
This film was directed by Ben Affleck who was also an actor in the story. The story is about a CIA agent who makes a fake movie so that they can rescue Canadians in Iran. It's actually based off a true story which is the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Affleck really directed this film well and depicted the tension that the Americans were going through.
My Rating : 10/10  9/10 (After much consideration and talking with my friend, it should be 9/10 as the depiction of Iranians was over the top.)


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50/50

This film is about a man's journey with cancer(That man being JGL). It's a good twist because it involves comedy with a genre that is doom and gloom. Seth Rogen being Seth Rogen always brings his type of humour in any situation...Sex, booze and drugs. But this film shows a very real situation of how cancer can affect someone's live and how people react to it. A particular scene shows a work "party" thrown by Seth Rogen to pity/remember JGL's life. All the colleagues don't know how to react or they say a lot of obvious things about cancer which JGL does not want to hear.
I've seen this film twice and I'd recommend it :)
My Rating : 8/10