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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
8 years ago via Flixster

Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman

The Review:

As to say, this movie is as 'Harry Potter' as always. The difference is, it's getting darker as the story grows. Let's talk about the actors, the screenplay, and the effect.

First as always, the actor and actress. All cast such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint has grown well, and develop their character well, and that level of performance, is the performance where no other young actor/actress could play (as Harry, Ron, and Hermione of course). Thankfully, Harry Potter has good supporting cast such Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, and Michael Gambon who did as good as they always did.

Next the screenplay. I have to say, it has massive difference with the novel, and again so much reduction. For example, in the novel, Harry shown by Dumbledore about 4 to 5 flashbacks, but in the movie, they shown only 3. They also add things that is not written in the novel, but thankfully those addition did not bring the movie to destruction. And the screenplay, successfully add the dark tone in it.

Finally, the effect. The previous installment's effect is good, but special effect here, is magnificent! As it shown in the trailer, when Dumbledore use his fire magic to wipe out the Inferis (animated corpse).

After all, still for those who has read and enjoy the novel, this movie might disappoint them, but in overall, this movie still one of the best blockbuster movie of 2009's summer. But still, should do better for the last two installment.

"Why is it, that whenever anything happens, it's always you three? "
-Minerva McGonagall [to Harry, Ron, & Hermione]-

In Bruges
In Bruges (2008)
8 years ago via Flixster

Directed By: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes

The Review:

Certainly, I have no exact words to express this movie. It's, really, another good satire which need a cool head to understand it. I have to say, things that were good from this movie are the actor's performance, the script, and the cinematography.

First, the performance. Colin Farrel give a great performance (which gave him a Golden Globe Trophy), as Ray, a young and depressed hitman. He is able to express his stress and he know when to match his dialog and his face well. Also Brendan Gleeson did well to assist Colin Farrel, although the word 'Assist' is not proper for him for he was another leading cast, but after all he is able to play a senior hit-man and a mentor of course. Last, is Ralph Fiennes, as good as always he did.

Then, the script, I have to say, its brilliantly written. It has a perfect combination: between mellow and funny. And the story flow smoothly. It's just, Wow!

Last, but not least is the cinematography. The cinematography captured not only great act from the actors/actress but also the magnificent view of Bruges, also, when it need, it shown Bruges as a desperate city as the character Ray view it. Plus, the score able to support this good cinematography well.

Finally, In Bruges simply a simple but unique story that shouldn't be missed, especially for those who like the dark comedy.

"Maybe that's what hell is, the entire rest of eternity spent in fucking Bruges."

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
8 years ago via Flixster

Directed By: Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

The Review:

Lot's CG, cars, robots, explosions, explosions and explosions. That's what this movie mainly about, plus Megan Fox. Let's talk the good, then followed by the bad and end this review with the ugly.

The good part of this movie is it's effect. I have to say that the effect especially the CG part is absolutely, as amazing as always. Michael Bay really know how to make extraordinary effect on his movie, and he add it always. Also the action as the additional part of the effect did something satisfying.

While the special effect singled out as the main and only good part of this movie, the rest of it took part as the bad and the ugly part of the movie. The bad one is the actors, well, I doesn't say that they did bad works here, but they simply did less than those robots, which leads us the ugly part of the movie.

The bad part of the movie is the story. Unlike the first movie where human character's proportion mixed well with the robot's proportion, this movie the robots take over the screen, and the story, the story is extremely cheap and crunchy. And the duration, it screened too long, could you imagine, watching movie with bad plot within two and a half hour? That simply waste of time.

Oh, before I forgot, the comedy here, did save some of this movie. Entertaining for kids, but not for critics.

The Effect: 5/5
The Story: 0/5

"It's a choice. It's an intensely personal decision. So much negativity. Who wants to live a life filled with hate?"

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3)
8 years ago via Flixster

Director: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah

First of all, I have to say, this movie is stunning! Based of Ice Age Franchise's track record, I couldn't expect anything spectacular, but the latest installment of Ice Age simply blow me away!

I have to say, this is the funniest Ice Age of all time (okay, compared to previous installment), but still, not the best. Well, it has weak point in the story, which I feel a little bit something not good. Might be because of it's just repeating the very same formula with the last two franchise, but, the joke and the comedy hit the target well, and is able to save this franchise from disaster.

Scratt, who is as entertaining as always, give his funniest and his best performance, thanks to the animator, and I believe, his story is much-much better than his in Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. Need a reason why? Power of love perhaps?

The score, is as decent as always. The animation? It's getting better, and the crew is able to create amazing view and movement, thanks to 3-D format.

Well, this stunning movie is the best and the most shocking guilty pleasure in summer 2009. Thank you Blue Sky!

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
8 years ago via Flixster

Director: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracy Ullman

The Review

Well, it's been a time since my last review, well, proceed. This movie is so Burton. It's dark, a little bit gloomy, and it's interesting plus funny. This is one of the animation that one should have seen, especially those who doesn't like cheerful things like we see in most of Pixar's Movie.

The story is not wonderful, but still a decent one. It run to fast, I think it would be better if the duration added, at least 10 or 15 more minutes. Beside of the script, the set and also the shot is wonderful and again I said, entertaining.

Danny Elfman's score provided this movie perfect tone and ambiance. Well done Burton! Keep it up!