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Doctor Strange
30 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Pretty good! I actually made a comic about some of my fun thoughts on the Doctor Strange movie. I hope to see what you think about it :D

http://www.bunsterandhariet.com/2016/11/doctor-strange-movie-comic.html

Frozen
Frozen (2013)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This would be an awful pun I know, but Frozen was just downright cool!! ^_^ It is everything you could ask for in a princess flick these days. Thank god Disney moved on from the damsel in distress themes! There's more to being a princess than being pretty, demure and shy... you could be, I don't know, like a normal girl who just wants to have fun and be free!

http://www.micirox.com/2013/12/frozen-is-just-downright-cool.html

This reminded me so much of Tangled (duh! >_<) but with a much richer cast. I mean have you met the simply adorable Olaf?! He is a snowman that can melt anyone's heart I swear! And Sven, the amazing telepathy talking reindeer! haha Yeah, that was pretty funny. And I don't know about you, but I'm glad that the eternal snow curse wasn't cast by an evil witch from Narnia or something, there's much more story behind this... where seemingly bad people aren't always bad, and seemingly good people aren't always good. Appearances can be... snow deep! Yeah I didn't exactly get that either XD

Anyhow, I'm really glad the creators of Tangled came up with an original story this time, I mean, I bet this gave them so much more freedom in tinkering with the characters and story line in general, and I'm happy to say they did this right! That along with the breathtaking scenery and BEAUTIFUL score, you got a timeless Disney flick right there.

It's something I'd watch over again, that's for dang sure ;)

90% - Daringly original in its genre. Or highly entertaining with uber story-line. touching! awesome! repeatable!

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Amid recent acts of terrorism that has been happening to the United States, I cannot help but surmise that writers wanted a plot that is not only relevant but will also strike a chord to the American people.

Terrorism. What comes to mind when you hear the word? Wars, 9/11, bombs, Muslims-- I bet you even have a mindset in your head of what a terrorist is supposed to look like. Well, The Mandarin was portrayed in the television as a man in long robes, a beard, having an army of rebels located in dry regions of the world, and a rigid heartless expression. What you don't realize is that a terrorist could be anyone, can come from anywhere, and doesn't have to look like Osama bin Laden.

http://www.blockbusterdiva.com/2013/04/iron-man-3-musings-on-terrorism-and.html

He could be an idealistic and seemingly harmless smart chap right from where you live, and from countless superhero stories (or even everyday life) you should know that the bad guy is not always who they should be, and even the purest of intentions can be corrupted by greed and desperation.

One would like to believe that the war is only happening in places such as Iran or Pakistan, but actually it can be much, much closer to home. As long as there are people who are being oppressed and treated wrongly, no one is safe anywhere.

Iron Man as a Symbol
Then I came to thinking, Iron Man can symbolize what is happening to America at the moment. He thought he was powerful, invincible, and in control, but little by little he comes to the realization that he is also very vulnerable.

"A famous man once said, we create our own demons. Never mind who the famous man is."

He has made some decisions that has made some people mad, and unfortunately in this case, things that happen in the past did not just remain in the past-- it bit him in the butt, hard. He took on the world when maybe it was best to take a step back.

A lesson on Humility
The great thing about Iron Man is amidst all the gadgets and glamor, he's not too proud as to not admit when he does make a mistake. He gets knocked back to reality and does his best to make amends.

As much as I like seeing Iron Man being self-assured and cocky, I also like moments when he becomes almost human. (In this movie, it was when Jarvis flew him off to rural Tennessee to escape from an aerial attack to his Malibu Mansion.) Not surrounded by his high status world he gets to see how the other end lives, kick serious butt, and find himself in the process.

He realizes that he isn't defined by what he has or what he has built-- Strip away the suit and everything else he has, and he still is as he declared in the very first movie, "I am Iron Man".

In the end
Iron Man learned that he too has limits and there are times when he has to take a step back to see better and to find a better course of action. Decisions out of anger or revenge can blindside you into going into wars, with consequences you might not be prepared to deal with later on.

90% --Highly entertaining with uber story-line. Touching! Awesome! Repeatable!

P.S. On a lighter note, Robert Downey Jr. is the man! You can't watch Iron Man 3 without coming out with that conclusion!

Iron Man Trivia
Kevin Feige described the film as "a full-on Tony Stark-centric movie... He's stripped of everything, he's backed up against a wall, and he's gotta use his intelligence to get out of it." -- And I hate to spoil it for you, but what the heck, he gets out of every damn situation awesomely every time ;)

Robert Downey Jr. pushed to get Gwyneth Paltrow to wear a suit since the second film, and Kevin Feige approved: "We are bored by the damsel in distress. But sometimes we need our hero to be desperate enough in fighting for something other than just his own life. So, there is fun to be had with 'Is Pepper in danger or is Pepper the savior?' over the course of this movie."--As self-absorbed as Tony Stark is, I don't think he'd object to having a woman on top ;)

Alice in Wonderland
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

For a better looking review: http://clickonportal.blogspot.com/2010/03/alice-is-wonderland-of-virtual.html

Alice is a Wonderland of Visual Fascination!

6 Things I believed (loved) in Alice in Wonderland:

1. The Virtual Reality
Top notch, one of the best IMAX presentations I've seen, and I've seen a lot. Everyone and everything comes to life on screen with the best CGI quality. It's a virtual feast/treat and young and old will be delighted. It pops out wicked and will make you feel that you really are in the Wonderland, living it like Alice. Of course, seeing it in 3D/ normal cinemas would be okay, but seeing it in IMAX would be a hundred times better.

2. Johnny Depp
Yep, he was Mad as a Hatter. Depp never fails to amuse us with his quirky characters that are both familiar but unique at the same time. Familiar in that they are all unforgettable, wacky, and loony, unique as he plays different roles altogether. Of course, it was not just Depp that made this trip memorable. Anne Hathaway played a superb White Queen- delightful, lovable, principled, sweet, caring, and flawless in her own way. Alice looked more blooming when she was younger, now she looked a bit paler, perhaps her father's death in the beginning sucked the joy out of her. In any case, she played a wonderful Alice (pun intended)- pretty, charming, down to earth, and she channels much "muchness" (you'll see). The Knave of Hearts or the Queen of Heart's personal black knight was also endearing and wickedly devious, you'll simply love/hate his evil persona, guts, and wavering loyalty. Last but not the least is the Red Queen, who was hilarious with her bulging big head and she is a heartless lunatic you would love to hate. If you can't be loved then why not be feared? The terrific cast definitely brought the house down!

3. The Creatures
The Cheshire Cat was just adorable: frequently vanishing, and leaving his beautiful smiling turquoise eyes popping out into life on screen. A wickedly delightful and perceptive character that you would simply love. The White Mouse is very brave and doesn't trust easily, but he will be with you at the side of truth. The Bloodhound tells a sob tale of following the Red Queen as his wife and kids are held hostage. Of course, it is with the White Queen where his true loyalties lie. The White Rabbit with the waistcoat was what got Alice in this wonderful mess in the first place, and he was the one who frequently made sure that Alice was not at the right size (She was either too small or too tall). He always carried with him a clock on a chain which ticked tocked and told Alice that she was late. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are so alike but couldn't be so different at the same time. Sure they look, talk, and act the same, but their opinions couldn't be more different. One says east, the other says west. I personally think one was smarter than the other though. And finally there is the all knowing but confusing Absalom, the wise blue caterpillar with the monocle who blows smoke. He has a small but substantial role in building Alice and the story.

4. Tim Burton
You just know that you cannot fail with a Tim Burton-Johnny Depp tandem. Add Helena Bonham Carter into the mix and you got yourself a masterpiece. Their works together never fail to amaze, and it is always filled with fascination only a Burton mind can come up with, and of course what comes out is an out of this world journey and a quirky Depp. You must know them from famous films such as Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and expect more tandems in the future. Burton seems to be extremely picky when it comes to people he works with and likes to work repeatedly with a select few that he doesn't disagree with. He has a vision for perfection. The right cast definitely aggravates him less and makes his directing/producing job a whole lot easier.

5. The Wonderland (This really is the fifth thing Alice believed in.)
You will be in awe with the place and fall right in love the moment Alice enters the mini door to this bright magical land where creatures spoke and plants bloomed colorful and humongous. It is no wonder Alice thought everything she saw was a dream, there was no way this could be real. The amount of imagination put into this was just out of this world. The art direction was truly professionally executed with enough brilliance to last a lifetime. Truly awe-inspiring!

6. The Seamless Adaptation
This definitely beats the Disney version hands down. It had more story and life put into it, not to mention colors, that made the dream come into reality. It is a dream where you would want to be in forever, which is why it's a wonder Alice wanted to wake up. (Well of course bad guys were after her, but you get the picture.) The storyline was well crafted as the script and characters were beautifully engineered into this cinematic masterpiece, and it would be a crime if it does not win an award. It had just the right amount of renditions to make the story come more to life and be more engaging. Tim Burton made the characters more lovable and ruthless, which gave way to fantastic character development and contrast.

Wow, just wow. You just have to know that I loved this flick. It had everything to bring back that kid in you, and remind us of how we once thought that the world was fascinating, and how with enough imagination, it still is.

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."- George Bernard Shaw

In this case, it was the unreasonable woman. Everyone tried their best to adapt in the cruel world they lived in, but Alice gave them hope and made them realize that they can do something to create a better Wonderland for everyone.

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90% - It is rich in content, originality, and style!

FAVE QUOTE:
Alice: This is Impossible.
Mad Hatter: Only if you believe it is. ;)

Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I actually placed this commentary on Youtube, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_ROlbR7w1s

So generally how love stories become blockbuster hits nowadays is to pair a normal human girl with a supernatural being-- never mind that in this case he comes in the form of a corpse. Hey, whatever works right? And I think the reason why guys would be a little more accepting of this scenario than Twilight is because a.) he doesn't sparkle, and b.) they're placed in the middle of a war torn Zombie Apocalypse. I think it also helps that the narration comes from our guy R, who's anything but the typical flawless leading guy you see in movies. He's expressionless, awkward, a bit gross, and to top it all off he's a Zombie that happens to eats human brains. Oddly enough, a Zombie guy point of view is quite refreshing.

But apparently he's not your typical average Zombie. He's sentimental, very conscious of his lack of social abilities, and introspective as he strives to find meaning in his mundane day to day existence. And find it he did when one day he goes on a routine human eating spree with his Zombie friends, and there meets the girl who makes everything run on slow motion and switch on romantic background music.

This is where Warm Bodies remind me a bit of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, where the seemingly hideous and frightening Zombie takes the beautiful girl in his castle, I mean, private airplane, and during their time together she realizes that the Zombie is not that scary after all. I think this can be the best parts of the movie when you see R being funny, endearing, and even cute. It's comical the thoughts that run through his head sometimes. But all good things must come to an end when she goes back and we see R being miserable again, like on the inside, because he pretty much looks the same either way.

But in actuality, something in him is actually really changing, along with his other Zombie friends. So he went to the human zone, throwing all caution out the window to tell the one girl who actually makes him feel alive! (And in this case, that's both figuratively and literally speaking.) Then get this, we actually get the rare opportunity to see the guy having the make-over this time, which kinda made him hot but gay at the same time.

Of course that plan didn't work, so this is where the fighting is supposed to start. Though there's just some running, scuffling, and yeah maybe a little fighting that could have been better, but the important thing is that people see that the Zombies are the good guys now. And just when everyone is safe in numbers jumbled together and helping each other out, our two leads happen to end up all by themselves and cornered by Bonies, great. All hope is not lost as they see a door, that open to a very high ledge, but what could they do but take the leap, Zombie first.

Now I think this is the part where I thought it really did end up like Beauty and the Beast. Like she thought he was dead (well here, like deader than dead) but actually he wasn't, so they kissed and he got shot and bled. Then they were surprised because he is now more human than he himself ever remembers. They find out that love might actually be the cure. Aww, now where have we not heard of that storyline before? A little corny, but I guess that's the way it has to be.

Overall I think the premise of having a funny Zombie Romeo in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse is quite new and maybe even cute. I thought the cinematography was also cool, especially in the beginning with R introducing himself and waiting in the airport. Then it's good how they were able to paint a pretty realistic scenario of how a Zombie infestation would look like, along with some startling scenes that you shouldn't take away from Zombie movies. And of course there's the music, which was awesome, aptly setting the tone for any cheesy moment.

For some reason though, I didn't think the ending had much of an impact which kinda killed the movie for me, it just ended too smoothy. Everything just got resolved all of a sudden. He got shot, he bled, and then suddenly Julie's military dad was okay with it. Zombies assimilate and the walls come down, THE END. A little too perfect from all the disaster they were coming from. Well, I guess I don't really know how I would end it myself, but with that I give this flick a 70%.


70% - Might just reach 80%, but there's just something missing. Minor flaws and set backs. A little predictable but still pretty watchable and something you might talk about a bit after.