The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe i’m a big cs lewis fan so i was worried about disney botching up another children’s favorite, and twisting it to some non-religious diluted over generalized movie as not to offend other people of different religions. overall, i give the movie a good solid 4 stars out of 5 because it did mainly stick to the story, with a few exceptions and add ins. but despite the additions, it didn’t really subtract, detract, or distract from the symbolism and intent. the eye candy was nice, as was most of the characters that were computer animated- esp. the very detailed Aslan, and my second favorite- Mr. Tumnus. The real characters were also well casted, esp. Tilda Swanson as the White Witch. She really brought an icy cold feel to her character, with an appearance that made you want to watch her, and be enthralled and angered at the same time. She was well suited for the role, conveying such power. The one casted character that i wasn’t too happy with, and who i thought was so irritating, although i don’t remember her being that vexing in the novel, was the […]
Lost In Translation supposedly one of the best movies of 2003, but for Lost In Translation, i was lost in boredom. ok ok ok ok…i’ve seen worse movies that literally made me go to sleep so i do give this movie some credit for allowing me to stay awake, but i don’t see why it’s credited for such acclaim. For one thing, I thought Scarlett Johansson was dull…call me stupid, but i didn’t really understand her character, with the exception that she was a Yale graduate who was bored and neglected by her newly married husband. I did however like Bill Murray, but maybe becuase he’s a veteran at his craft. That still doesn’t compensate for the movie’s lack of get up and go. I did however enjoy the reminders of what Japan’s known for…how traditional and modern it is, and how it works that way…there’s a harmony and flow of both the old and new world. The movie was poetic in that aspect…but again, again, that doesn’t compensate for the movie’s supple borefest. I just didn’t get it…and what the heck was with that whispering thing at the end…am i supposed to be jealous and itching the rest of […]
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I liked it mainly for the direction, 2nd for the storyline, 3rd for the eyecandy, and 4th for the cast. Tim Burton, as we all well know, is an eccentric fellow who’s had more than a normal imagination as a kid, and now has mixed the darker elements with those that are innocently childlike imaginings. In this particular movie, i really got a kick out of the direction, the simple staging, and of course the oddity of Willy Wonka. He seemed almost robotic, nonhuman, almost Edwardish Scissorhandish, with innocent intent and utterly so misunderstood, rich with a silent working past. The storyline as we all know is a contest for 5 lucky children to be admitted to the very secretive and greatest chocolate factory. During the tour, the children’s true colors are revealed, and by the end, so is Willy Wonka’s true motive for the contest. It’s so childlike, so obvious, but one of those feel good movies because the child who wins in the end is obviously everyone’s favorite humble underdog who genuinely deserves more than the others. The eye candy is wonderfun, candy everywhere. The factory is witty, and the characters themselves seem […]
Persuasion an adaptation from jane austen’s novel Persuasion. summary: there’s a history in those stares between Captain Frederick and Miss Anne Elliot. As most century pieces, there’s a whole bunch of elusive glances and subplots that the audience has to infer and discover. this time, it’s the romantic past of anne and frederick, who has once been engaged when she was 19 years old. their engagement was terminated due to Lady Russell’s persuasion to Anne not to marry someone who had no connections, disadvantageous for her family. Frederick, devestated, leaves for the navy, only to come back again as a visitor to his sister and her husband, who is also in the navy. They rent the mansion of the Elliots because of Anne’s father’s rich habits that left him with overwhelming debts. During Frederick’s visit, women flock for his attention while others for Anne’s. Anne is bookish, a passive revolutionary who is composed and rational, real and substancial compared to the other female counterparts who live only to become wives who become bitter wives afterwards. Frederick’s attempts to gain Anne’s attention is thwarted when Mr. Elliot, a relative of Anne, tries to gain her affections. His efforts are terminated when […]
The Wedding Date starring Debra Messing from Will & Grace, and her leading man Dermot Mulroney [from movies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding]. as much as i like Debra messing, who acts comparably to Lucy Ricardo, she was terrible without all that dialogue that she gets to work with in Will & Grace. Her movements are confusing and doesn’t convey well. Mulroney’s character is no better. He’s dry, stoic, and contradicting. You only get a glimpse of his history from a mentioned article and he doesn’t really live up to it except for some here and there one liners that he gives for advice on love. But most of all, i had the biggest problem about the development of the story. the transition from a business deal to genuine romance was so abrupt and unreasonable that i didn’t have any time to get swept off emotionally as should a love story should be able to fluidly do. it was pretty blah and i was disappointed, yet expected it nonetheless…i will however give half a point to the soundtrack, which was mostly sung by the vocal sweet crooner himself- michael buble…
A Very Long Engagement This movie was director by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the same man who directed Amelie. Audrey Tautou also starred both movies and did brilliantly in the two (although i did prefer Amelie’s character more). The movie is set during WWI, with the premise of two young lovers having been separated because the young man was drafted as a soldier. Trying desperately to get back to his fiance, he had himself injured so that he would be sent home, only to find himself in deeper trouble. He became a prisoner of his own army due to treason/self mutilation and had to experience the tortures and unfairness of bureaucracy. In turn, Tautou’s character, a cripple, does her end and does some searching of her own to find her lover. The story weaves in and out with a rich array of interesting characters, all woven together to build a tight story and a surprising ending. The detail in this movie is just like that of Amelie although the tone and color palate of this movie is more rustic and dark than that of Amelie. This is more serious and mysterious, but still very entertaining and pleasurable confusing and curious as […]
Sahara it was better than i had expected. granted, it was a movie i wouldn’t have gone to see at the big screen, but for a dvd night, it wasn’t all that bad. i could actually see myself recommending it to my siblings when we get together during the weekends. the reason why this movie did somewhat well for me was it’s subtle humor between Matthew McConaughey and that other guy who’s the sidekick on all other movies…what’s his name (googled: Steve Zahn). Also, Penelope Cruz (not particularly one of my favorite heroines or actresses) wasn’t as annoying as i thought she’d be. The movie was exciting, exciting in the sense that it brought you everywhere, from devestation to hidden civilization, to the beautiful sand mountains… it also had elements of folklore, conspiracy, mutiny. It was a good ride, esp. during the scenes where the heroes always had to come up with an innovative way to escape the enemy. So, the journey, i gave 2.5-3 out of 5. It was alright, but still something i would pay adult price ticket for at the theater line.