Posted on 6/17/11 09:49 PM
It's wonderful to start the summer with great movie like Super 8. It's one of the most entertaining movie I've seen in years. Like many people said, this is like an homage to Spielberg movie, which fine by me anyway. I surely hope to see more collaboration between Abrams and Spielberg in the future.
Posted on 5/02/11 07:15 PM
6. Matrix Reloaded
9. Matrix Revolutions
The Best actor :
The Best Actress
The Best Director :
I know it's probably a little late to put the best movie I have seen last year. But since it's MY journal, so I can do anything I want :) Finding Nemo was great. I think it's the best animated ever. I bet I will still like it when I am 40. To me the movie will be a legendary, well to me at least.
I don't know how many times I saw that, maybe hundred of times? But still like to see that over and over again.
Great animation (the sea looked so real and beautiful), great dubbing, great stories and great characters too.
My favorite character is Dory, the most positive fish on ocean, and Bruce the vegetarian shark :)
My favourite quote :
"Keep swimming" (Dory)
"Umm, it's half full to me" (Dory)
"Mine Mine Mine" (The Seagulls)
"Fish gotta swim, birds gotta eat" (Nigel)
Catch Me If You Can
Never like Leonardo before, but he really suit in this movie, although I think he was still far from Oscar award.
I bet the movie won't be too funny, if it wasn't directed by Steven Spielberg.
Kill Bill Vol 1
Amazing movies! I love the way Tarrantino introduce the character. So unique! The blood was too much, but I know that one of the reason why it's so fun to see this movie. The most memorable scene is when The Bride tried to move her toes.
The scariest movie I ever seen. I don't even brave to tell here what's the most memorable scene I have seen there...
My fav quotes : seven days (Samara)
I think every one should see this, so they will know the worse thing that could happen when you're unfaithful to your partner. Gere was amazing in this one.
Great special effects. And I just love Carrie An Moss!!!
Not the best movie musical, but it was quite entertaining.
All I want to see is how he turned into that green giant! But it's toooo long to wait. When he finally did, I already fell asleep.
Because Trinity died... not fair.
Posted on 1/31/11 07:53 PM
I have a thing in movie like this. This one seemed like a mix between Single White Female with Fight Club, with a little touch of Persona even Mulholland Dr. Does anyone also ever seen L'Appartement? If not, then maybe you should. Come to think about it, 3 Women by Robert Altman had almost the same formula. Even though the Black Swan setting is in US, but you cannot help to feeling European thriller atmosphere; minimal dialog and more focused on expression, camera movement, and in this case... the ballet itself. Natalie Portman (we knew there was something about her when we first saw her on The Professional) is Nina Sayers, a dancer who got chosen for a once in a lifetime role in The Swan Lake. The ballet director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) thinks she was perfect as the innocent white swan, but not so much for the evil twin, the black swan. The whole movie is about Nina trying to prove that she could play both role, then here comes Lily, another girl that Nina fears after the same role. She was also talented and more confident than Nina, the kind of girl that fits as the black swan. The differences between this movie and the others that I wrote earlier, the twist isn't the strongest side of this movie. It is more focused on the main characters. Natalie Portman gives a solid performance and maybe the best on her career yet, with the result of Oscar nomination, and maybe she could win it as well. The other cast gave a great performance, more especially by Barbara Hershey as Erica Sayers, Nina's mother.
Posted on 11/23/10 06:54 PM
WARNING: Spoilers ahead!
I love it. This is the first time that I actually started "to care" with Harry Potter character himself. Not that I ever hated him or something, but usually he seemed kinda boring to me, and I was more interested with his friends Hermione and Ron, even his enemy: Draco Malfoy.
I'll tell you later why I changed my mind.
The beginning of the movie was quite different. We actually saw Hermione first doing memory charms to her parents. This was never happened in the movie, only Hermione mentioned it briefly (correct me if I'm wrong), but I am so glad that they added this scene. This one of the scene that touched me so much. The part where her images start to disappear from the picture frames it's so incredibly moving. Emma Watson has really matured as an actress.
Though, I wish they'd show just a bit more Dursley family (especially the part that Dudley Dursley now is a changed person). They have been an opening "trademark" in the book and some of the movies, so it was a bit unfair that we have to say goodbye to them the way they did in this movie.
Snape oh Snape. I was hoping to see him more in this movie (after the disappointment in the previous movie where he appeared less, though the story should be about him). Though, I must admit the way he apparate at the gate of Malfoy Manor WAS brilliant, another favorite scene.
Did you notice how he looked at the woman (the Muggle Studies teacher) who asked him for help. That was priceless (especially if you know who Snape really was)
Lord Voldemort has become extremely scarier than the last time I saw him (great job, Ralph Fiennes!), I love the scene when he wanted to borrow Lucius Malfoy. Both actors (Fiennes and Jason Isaacs) gave their best performance here.
I love the Seven Potters part. I've been waiting to see how they did the scene and I am satisfy with the result. Though, the movie gets darker (after Prisoner of Azkaban), they still managed to keep the humors that made the book and the movie entertaining. Though, I start to think: Maybe to have the others drank polyjuice potions so they can transform into Potter wasn't that good idea at all. Why not they're all actually transform to someone else unknown instead?
The death of Hedwig was really sad, but again just like the Dursley, there wasn't any proper goodbye. Harry seemed to forget too quick that he just lost the bird that sacrifice her life for him.
However, the movie just got better so I could forgive those 'small stuff'. The three young actors (Daniel, Emma, and Rupert) were really grown as actors and improved so much, especially Emma Watson. I like the conflict between them, especially where Hermione had to choose between Harry or Ron (not romantically). Who will ever guess that the always goofy Ronald Weasley could show more different sides.
The argument between Ronald and Harry made me realize there was something about Daniel Radcliffe. He such a great actor, then when he tried to cheer Hermione by asking him to dance by the song "O Children", then I knew Harry Potter (the character) just became one of my favorite characters now (Snape still on the top of the list).
Another favorite part of course The SilverDoe, because as a fan of the books, I know the back story and the explanation of it, and it's gonna be great to see it translates into the screen on part 2 (I hope so).
Nagini really scared the hell out of me, that's the best special effects in the movie (Anaconda looked like a terrible joke compared to this one). I will never forget the scene with Bathilda Bagshot. It shocked me so much, due the fact I completely forgotten what happened in the book.
It was quite strange to watch Harry Potter without seeing Hogwarts at all. The school always the main setting of the other six movies. It's great to see a glimpse of Neville and the other students as well.
One thing that was hard for me to forgive, the fact they skipped the Kreacher's Tale. If you see the movie when Harry asked the house elf to find Mundugus, it wasn't that easy in the book. It took a long time. Also, the chapter in the book was the one that makes me have a huge sympathy with Kreacher, that was my second favorite chapters in the book, and they totally skipped it.
I hope they won't skip, or 'shorten' the Prince Tale in the next movie. Eight months to go.
Posted on 9/28/10 02:55 PM
Michelle Monaghan REALLY does a great job, I wish she would take more roles like this and hopefully, she'll get better script next time. I always loved movies about real life, for Wendy and Lucy, the movie didnt even have plot twist or trying to be overrated dramatic, but surely more interested to watch. Apart from the GREAT acting by Monaghan, heres my problem with the movie: from the way Dianne act (Monaghan) act, we sort of assumed that there must be the reason that she left her only son to be with the father. Yes, she mentioned a good reason, but not believable enough, I wasnt convinced by it and I WISH they would just leave it ambiguous, or find MORE convincing back stories because it seemed she wasnt the kind of person who would leave her own baby. Sure, she wasnt a typical good mother, but in my opinion she wasnt that bad either (even though they tried to make her saying all those awful things to her son, we know she didnt really mean that). Whats up with the baseball scene as well. After trying to shadow her nice personality so bad, they tried to use the scene so the audience could forgive her, but I think without that scene, audience already knew that she wasnt that bad at all. So, I didnt understand why the writers were too afraid in dealing with her character, it seemed they try to create a negative person, but then change their mind too quickly, makes her not really believable, almost turn her over into some kind of soap characters. By the time, she played baseball with her kid, I started to lose interest (such a shame for a movie that started with such a good premise and acting). If youre looking for something real, go watch Rachel Getting Married or Wendy and Lucy instead.
Posted on 9/18/10 08:26 AM
I remember enjoyed this movie long time ago, so I decided to watch it again hoping to have the same experience. I wish I didn't so I could keep the good memory, but things changed unfortunately.
Samantha Mathis as Miranda Presley, a woman from New York who moved to Nashville hoping to get her big break as country singer. I understood why she kept getting rejected, she didn't seem that talented. She wasn't bad, but she wasn't great either and that goes to the rest of the characters (Dermot Mulroney and Sandra Bullock), at least Bullock's character has an excuse! The only thing that I could enjoy a bit was River Phoenix as James Wright.
When I first watch the movie, I thought James supposed to act 'drunk' and careless, the way Phoenix portrayed and at that time I thought it was kinda cool. Of course now I couldn't help noticed that maybe the actor already dealing with drug problem that made him acted that way. Even Roger Ebert noticing that.
Of course, this one is also love story, or should I say love triangle? Still, not really enough conflict nor any development characters, and not too convincing as a story about people chasing the dream.
So, I guess this would be the last time for me to ever view this one ever again.
Posted on 9/14/10 07:35 PM
I wouldn't say this as a great chick flick movie. Just because it has two female main characters doesn't mean it's in that category, right? I would say this is a great action/drama movie. The action part isn't over the top, like all the recent movies in this genre. It's something that actually you CAN believe in. It's rare to find great acting in action movie, but in this one you could see the best from Geena Davies and Susan Sarandon, so that's a good bonus. The dialog is brilliantly written, with the result of Oscar in the hand of Callie Khouri. I wish there were more movies like this.
Posted on 9/14/10 06:56 PM
I've never been a fan of this so-called 'Teen' movies, I saw Pretty and Pink and The Breakfast Club, but those weren't impressed me at all, so I can say that I didn't really care so much for John Hughes.
However, I find myself watching this movie several times already. Yes, the movie is typical John Hughes, with cheesy dialog and situation, but I find myself enjoying this much more than any of his movies. Maybe because of that interesting and cute Watts (played by Mary Stuart Masterson), or the handsome Eric Stoltz, who usually I didn't pay attention to, or the simplicity of the movie? I guess the only things in the movie that I really care is Watts, her drum and Stolz! and that's good enough.
Posted on 9/14/10 06:39 PM
I've been waiting to watch this movie for very long time. I remembered watching it twice many years ago and it terrified me both times. This is what suspense all about. Its strange that the movie had low rating and forgettable while to me this is one of the most thrilling psychological thriller ever that you cant anymore nowadays. Some people with certain phobia will find this movie disturbing. I wont spoiled exactly what kind of phobia, because I didnt like giving away the best part. Sharon Stone was amazing in this one. We could see that she actually had lots of potential, and her performance was better than some Oscar winners. She starred as Angela Anderson, a very damaged young woman, who had traumatize past that even though she didnt remember but still affected her psychologically. Her most terrifying moment started when some guy tried to rape her at the elevator. Unfortunately, thats not the end of her bad luck. Not only he got away, she had to deal with new traumatic event, while still dealing with her past. The supporting cast also did great job, most of them were unknown (to me), and the twist near the end helped the movie to be in the same level with other classic thriller/suspense. There were no cheesy, Hollywood type of ending. To me, it ended perfectly. I hope one day, they will release this on DVD, so many people would have a changed to see this one by themselves. If you're a fan of the movie like The Vanishing (the original one), you'll probably will like this one as well
Posted on 7/29/10 12:43 PM
TOY story 3 maybe is one of the movies I couldn?t wait to see this year (maybe second after Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows). I like part one and two, I like Tom Hanks and I like Pixar. So, that were probably the reasons why I didn?t want to miss this one.
Last year, I re-watched part one and two on the theater in 3D. That was great experience because I thought I have lost the chance to ever view those on big screen especially for part two, which for some reason I missed when it was played on theater. I didn?t know why I missed that because I remember enjoyed part one a lot. Maybe due to me having almost no money at that time (hey, I was only a jobless student after all).
I?ve been dreaming of seeing part three on imax. Well, I kept wondering when Pixar finally released something on imax. I always thought they?re going to be the first animation company to do so, but for some reason they didn?t.
When I saw Wall-E then later Up, I kept thinking how those movies will be looked great on imax 3D.
Last year, I was impressed with everything about Up. The movie was perfect. I even root for that to win the best picture for academy award. They didn?t win, but I wasn?t that disappointed, I still have a hope that one day soon they will definitely will win.
Unfortunately, I missed seeing Pixar first ever feature on imax due to my four months trip to Indonesia. I was disappointed because this should be a historic moment for a pixar fan like me.
Strangely, I declined to watch it 3D. It?s not like I agree with Roger Ebert view on that topic, but since I already missed that on the biggest screen on theater, I didn?t want to make this experience even smaller. The 3D technology seemed to make the screen looked smaller, so I thought that viewing that on regular screen was better than 3D.
Now, let?s talk about the movie. So, Andy is growing up and about to leave for college. What about the toys then? They?re still the same, they didn?t grow up, and they?re purpose were still the same, to be played by children. The problem is, Andy is no longer a children.
In part two, Jessie (the cowgirl toy) shared her sad story being abandoned by Emily, the owner who grew up. Now, it seemed like Emily situation all over again.
Without spoiling the story too much, Woody and the gang ended up at Sunnyside daycare. It seemed like this was probably the best ending for those toys, but we know it wouldn?t because then there would be no story.
So, yes just like the previous movies, there would be villains in this one. Unfortunately, the villain character on this movie seemed repetitive from the part two, again I won?t spoil that one because I still think this is a must movie see.
Was I disappointed? Not at all. I still enjoyed the movie and would not mind seeing it again. Of course there were some touchy moments (though ?Up? still tops the list on that subject).
Of course there were some funny moments a la Pixar that until now still couldn?t be beaten by Dreamworks and any other animation out there. Some of my favorite were the ones with Buzz Lightyear (though he?s never been my favorite character, or with Barbie and Ken (Michael Keaton did an awesome job).
Overall, the story quite predictable and there weren?t really surprising moment. However, the geniuses behind the movie knew how to please the audience, so you didn?t really care about the predictable plot and such and you still walk away of theater satisfy just like I did.