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Argo (2012)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Generally, there are three themes that tend to be favored by award community and film critics, the winning themes are about humanity ("Schindler's List" {1993}, "The Shawshank Redemption {1994}, "Slumdog Millionaire" {2008}, etc.), patriotism ("Saving Private Ryan" {1998}, "Black Hawk Down" {2001}, "Lincoln" {2012}, etc.) and the world of cinema itself ("Cinema Paradiso" {1998}, "Hugo" {2011}, "The Artist" {2011}, etc.). Well, thiz movie has all three of them. Producer, Director and Actor Ben Affleck is smart enough to realize it and takes advantage of that. Ben Affleck is Tony Mendez, a CIA agent who is responsible for covert operation to extract six American embassy employees out of the rage of Iran revolutionary by pretending to be Canadian film crew. It seems that Ben Affleck has done a tremendous job as the Director. He starts with an effective prologue to provide sufficient information and every time the scene heats up, particularly when the scene of American embassy is invaded, he cleverly adds relaxing piano instrumental music to cool things down and doesn't try to provoke audience into infuriated reactions. Thiz is his third feature films behind the camera after "Gone Baby Gone" (2007) and "The Town" (2010). For the acting, Ben Afflecks looks cool, calm and confident. John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Victor Garber give brief but consistent performances and the last but definitely not least, Alan Arkin creates a powerful and believable emotion as fearless Hollywood Producer. I also have to put some credit to the Production Designer Sharon Seymour who successfully makes everything look like 1980s such as costume, hairstyle, glasses, car, furniture, television, telephone, everything! How they put attention to detail is undoubtedly amazing. Personally, for me, the power of thiz movie is in the last half hour. Thiz is a good example of what you can get when great script and great editing are perfectly combined. My heart nearly stopped while watching thiz final scene which takes place in Iran airport. They use almost all aspects to create tensions from ticket, telephone, soldier, bus, you name it and they have done it. When it's over, there will be some satisfying and gratifying feelings. In the closing scene, when the camera pans over the toys of Star Wars, Planet of the Apes and other sci-fi movies one by one. It simply wants to remind us that they are not only inspirational icons in our pop culture, but also they have ever saved lives. Great movie, great story, great moviemaker!

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John Carter
John Carter (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

To be honest, I really didn?t anticipate thiz movie until about three months ago, the trailer came out and had shown a whole new world of upcoming adventure. ?Conan the Barbarian? (1982) meets ?Avatar? (2009) with ?Star Wars? (1977-2005) background. Wow! And apparently thiz movie has filled the great expectations. His name is Virginia? Errr, I mean John Carter! John Carter (Taylor Kitsch ) is a most wanted soldier in Civil War era who has found himself being transported to planet Mars in which he suddenly emerges in the midst of battle between the two warring clans and later falls in love with Princess of Helium, Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). It?s exactly 100 years after the novel was first published, ?John Carter of Mars? has finally brought up to the silver screen. The novel was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs who is best known for his original creation of the jungle hero Tarzan. For the first half hour, the movie tells how John Carter settles his conflicts on earth. But after that, how he finds himself waking up in Barsoom (or better known as Mars), where he can jump so high and exciting adventure is awaiting ahead. The two hours duration has gone pretty quick when you are glued since the first scene. The storyline flows confidently without any obstacles. I think it?s more because of thiz movie is directed by Andrew Stanton who has a bunch of experience as a screenwriter. Andrew Stanton is also known as one of the fathers of animation studio Pixar. In fact, thiz movie is his first live-action directing after ?Finding Nemo? (2003) and ?WALL-E? (2008). I don?t know what is really going on here, but recently some of those Pixar?s Directors have been come out to do the live action movies. Just like last year, Stanton?s colleague Brad Bird had directed Tom Cruise?s ?Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol? (2011). There?s kind of excitement by watching thiz adventure in which we don?t know where the story will lead us. Taylor Kitsch is a perfect choice for John Carter. He has some kind of aura and charisma to represent thiz hero figure. Thiz movie definitely will be a crucial stepping stone for Kitsch. Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris can do both, she can be elegant like a lady and next she can be tough like a warrior. The 12-foot-tall creatures are voiced by many famous Actors such as Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church and Mark Strong. I heard that thiz saga has thirteen books in total. Thiz means there is a possibility thiz adventure will be extended again. In that case, I can be sure that I?ll be there when JC saves the mars again!

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The Secret World of Arrietty
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I just simply love it! Welcome to the world of Studio Ghibli! If you are familiar with thiz famous studio in Japan, by any chance you must have seen "My Neighbor Totoro" (1988), "Princess of Mononoke" (1997), "Spirited Away" (2001) or my favorite "Ponyo" (2008). Hayao Miyazaki is the mastermind behind those respectable masterpieces. Thiz time he hands over the directing to his experienced Key Animator, Hiromasa Yonebayashi. 14-year-old Arrietty, mother and father are four-inch-tall people who live in another family residence. The family fulfill their daily needs like bread, sugar, tissue and others by borrowing them. There is a heart-kinded boy named Shou, just moves in to the house and something is going to change forever. The Voice Actors are Mirai Shida (Arrietty), Tomokazu Miura (Pod, the father), Shinobu Ohtake (Homily, the mother) and RyŻnosuke Kamiki (Shou). In UK version, the character Arrietty is voiced by Saoirse Ronan. Our mood has been set up to feel the tenderness from the very first moment, the car driving to the house is beautifully described with uplifting music, it reminds me of the opening scene in "Spirited Away". The classic hand-drawn animation is at its best. Thiz movie is just like all the other Studio Ghibli productions, it's filled with beauty, elegance and plenty of lovable characters. The details is unbelievably accurate, the sunshine, the rain, the wind blowing, everything is well-crafted. Thiz movie is not an ordinary animation but it's actually a drama in animated form with more mature standpoint. There are a lot of hearts there. See all over every scene, we will have experience very friendly and down to earth feelings. You will easily find sensitive humanity theme behind it. If nowadays most people go with Pixar. Myself, I'm always looking forward for Studio Ghibli productions. I saw you, Arrietty! And I'm kind of loved it!

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The Muppets
The Muppets (2011)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

No, it's not Sunday morning. But "it's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights". Here they are! Kermit and the whole gang are back! The Muppets are carrying one last show to raise money. In order to maintain their studio before the evil oil tycoon shatters it down. There is only one problem. Have they been forgotten? With the real world reflects just like the story in thiz movie, since the very first stage of movie-making process, thiz movie was way underrated. People keep asking, did thiz movie will actually work? Anyway, look how well the movie is doing now. The Stars sparkle all over the place. The famous frog Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Scooter, Animal and other members of The Muppets, can bring the hilarious atmosphere instantly, including the new introduced character, Walter. Jason Segel proves out to be surprisingly talented with his energetic singing and dancing. "Enchanted" (2007) princess Amy Adams is a brilliant choice for her role, she is an unarguable Disney princess figure in human form. The bad guy looks cynical and funny at the same time, played very very well by Chris Cooper. Not to mention, it's featuring endless Celebrity Guests such as Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Ken Jeong, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris, John Krasinski and even Dave Grohl from "Foo Fighters". James Bobin made his directorial debut through thiz movie. The songs are part of thiz musical extravaganza. The singles like "Life's a Happy Song", "Me Party" or "Man or Muppet" are one of the best moments. The ending scene is effective (Spoiler Alert!). When is told that they have finally got the appreciation and applause from millions of people outside the studio. It's simply to say, we could have happy tears along. It's not just about the Muppets anymore. But it's also about every one of us who have grown up with these guys. Whether we realize it or not, in that very moment, we had a sort of feeling, it's like we looked back the years we had been through and we suddenly realized how much we had already changed. The innocent world that we once had is exist. The Creator Jim Henson must be proud of what they have done. Thanks, guys. Thanks for bringing us the third greatest gift of all, which is the laughter! When they do, they've got the whole wide world in the palm of their hand.

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Hugo (2011)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

When I first heard about Martin Scorsese was doing a family adventure film, I said to myself I have to check thiz out! As we knew, Scorsese is a Director who is widely known for most of his gangster and violent films like: "Casino" (1995), "The Departed" (2006) and "Shutter Island" (2010). Since the opening sequence, we are spoiled with such fantastic panoramic scenery. Dynamic camera movements effectively draw you into the story in a split second, where we follow the daily life of an orphan named Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) in 1930s France. Hugo lives inside the tower clock of a crowded train station. By his curiosity, Hugo has been trying to fix an automaton in human form which his father (played by Jude Law) left him. Not long after, it takes him to Papa Georges (Ben Kingsley) with his toy booth. The premise is about the mystery behind it. Asa Butterfield, the boy who played in "The Boy in Striped Pajamas" in 2008, seems to be a proper choice for Hugo. His blue sad eyes tell everything. Ben Kingsley also delivers a firm and attractive performance. Only after about an hour, the things become more clearly. Apparently, thiz movie tells about the magical world of movie making. I have to underline thiz: the whole package is visually stunning! I was amazed by its remarkable setting, the exquisite cinematography and the exotic lighting schemes. Everything at its best, everyone can tell. The story is filled with various unique characters played by well-known Actors: there was the adventuress Isabelle (ChloŽ Grace Moretz) who is Papa Georges's goddaughter, the grumpy station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), the flower girl Lisette (Emily Mortimer), the kind-hearted librarian Monsieur Labisse (Christopher Lee) and still many more to mention. But if you want to be objective, most of these characters can be pushed away easily without too much ruining the main plot. I mean everyone! They are only here to become unimportant extras. Except for the station inspector, he is the only antagonist, we still need him! The character played comically well by Sacha Baron Cohen. Without him, there will be no chasing scene and nail-biting suspense. Clearly, the main frame of the story is not that complicated at all. It's kind of flat and anticlimax. To tell you the truth, I didn't have 'The Wow Factor' for the ending. Well, I have never read the book ("The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick) before. So I cannot tell whether disadvantage of the story derived from basic material. However, thiz is an award winning book, it won Caldecott Medal in 2008. In that case, if is true that is the whole story. What we can say... Scorsese has already done one hell of a job. Hugo said, "Movie had the power to capture dream" and Scorsese had definitely captured one perfectly. What a wonderful world of a Huge Cabaret!

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