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Argo
Argo(2012)

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)

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

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 Ryűnosuke 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)

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
Hugo(2011)

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 (ChloŰ 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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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
½

"The Rider's gonna come out. And when he does, he'll destroy whoever's got it coming". Yeahh, you rite! It destroys everything in its path! From now on, whenever you hear the words "Ghost Rider", the first thing that comes to your mind it will be a veryy baddd movie! They definitely don't have enough good basic material to build a reasonable movie in the first place, thiz is for the second time! The first "Ghost Rider" in 2007 was one of the ugliest superhero movies ever made. Anyway, I have my respect for the Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Generally, I like their works especially the stylish camera angle and color structure. A little bit rough, energetic and sometimes comical, with fast moving scenes exactly like they had shown in "Crank" (2006) and "Gamer" (2009). But that's certainly not enough. Thiz time, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), the alter-ego of Ghost Rider has to protect a child from the devil in human form upon the demand of a monk named Moreau (Idris Elba). The storyline is obviously weak in all aspects. They tell a simple story in long and boring 90+ minutes. Furthermore, the setting is told in Europe. Hello... where is the Europe? I don't see Europe! All I see is desert and rocky mountains in the middle of nowhere. After all, the Ghost Rider's character is originally dark and mysterious. That atmosphere is clearly not shown here. They are using too much sick humor and too much clear blue sky, if you know what I mean. It crossed my mind, it could be totally different if they hire the Director who knows how to make a convincing shade of dark gothic like Tim Burton or Guillermo del Toro. The next thing is Nicolas Cage. I don't know what really happened to Cage, he is obviously trying to look cool with his cheesy one-liner dialogue. Moreover, in some scenes when Blaze struggled to hold back the devil inside him to come out, he creates a very strange and amusing expression. The rest of the Casts delivering B-Class performance such as: Idris Elba, Violante Placido, Johnny Whitworth, Christopher Lambert, even the child Fergus Riordan. the Devil once said to Johnny Blaze, "You were the worst frickin' deal I ever made". well, I have my complaint too, I just want my money back!

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The Descendants

First of all, I have to warn you, thiz movie is not for everyone. I imagine if you are forty-something people or someone who recently has relaxing mood, thiz movie could be a surprising one. Me myself, incidentally was in the second category. I went to watch thiz movie with nothing to expect. But you know what? Thiz movie came to slap on my face. Big time! Wow? The Cast performances, the landscape, the instrumental music are undoubtedly splendid. The narrative is unusual but gripping. Set in Hawaii, Matt King (George Clooney) a lawyer and land baron is just grieving for his wife, who lies in a coma. Now, King has to reunite his dysfunctional family back together again in thiz difficult situation. His alienated relationship with the two daughters is about to change. Not to mention, He discovers that his wife was having an affair with someone at the time of her accident. At a glimpse, the story is quite complicate to interpret, but simultaneously it has been well executed. The Director is Alexander Payne, the man behind ?About Schmidt (2002) and ?Sideways? (2004). The teen daughter is played by Shailene Woodley and the younger daughter is played by Amara Miller. Both can bring their characters proportionally. These two characters are central to the story. The success of building the atmosphere depends on these two performers. The other Supporting Casts: Nick Krause, Matthew Lilliard, Beau Bridges and others were also in fine condition. Nevertheless, the man who raises thiz drama to another higher level, no one other than George Clooney himself! One more time, he can carry his ?One Man Show? brilliantly. Look at his expression and body language in the middle of several awkward situations. How he has to approach his trouble daughter. How he has to react when he finds out his wife?s affair. How he has to confront the man who has an affair with his wife. It?s so interesting to watch his reaction to deal with the difficult circumstances. The most unforgettable scene would be when he had just found out his wife affair from his daughter. King spontaneously runs to his relative?s house to ask more about the affair. The run is long and by feet, that little step of Clooney will be one of most iconic moments of his career as an Actor. His facial expression is definitely unforgettable.

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Underworld: Awakening

What did you expect when you were buying the ticket? To see Kate Beckinsale back in tight latex outfit? You got it! To see ferocious werewolf comes to alive in latest Special Effects? You got it! Or to feast your eyes with more absurd gunfighting Actions? You got it too! Concisely, if you are a true fan of thiz saga, you will not have a problem to watch thiz installment one more time. It?s another exact extension from the previous movies. But if you ask me, thiz movie is one of long excruciating experiences I have ever had. I mean please to be frankly honest, in every character of every scene in thiz movie, you may have some feelings about how many times you have ever seen these elements in other movies. They take a little from here and a little from that and then they put it together in one screen. It?s a boring copycat. Everything seems so cliche. ?My Heart is not cold, it?s broken?. The Duo Directors who are responsible for all of thiz, Mňns Mňrlind and Bj÷rn Stein. Previously, they are well-known for ?Shelter? (2010). Beckinsale?s performance as Selene has two angles and an opposite side. On one side, she looks cool in some time. On the other side, she seems so frail and delicate. Meanwhile, the supporting Casts like: Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James and India Eisley give typical mediocre performance. Selene the vampire knight has been fighting the lycans (werewolf) since the first ?Underworld? (2003), ?Underworld: Evolution? (2006) include one prequel ?Underworld: Rise of the Lycans? (2009). The mastermind behind thiz saga is Len Wiseman, the real-life husband of Kate Beckinsale. Here is an interesting fact. In 2002, there was another couple had met and now they had become husband and wife as well. They are Milla Jovovich (Actress) and Paul W.S. Anderson (Director). They also made four installments of their own so far. It?s called ?Resident Evil?. I have a bad hunch about thiz franchise itself. There is no doubt. This ?Underworld? franchise has become a successful gold mine for the filmmakers. They will keep awakening thiz franchise as long as money keeps coming. Making matters worse, the vampires do live long! It?s very clear. You don?t need the brain when you got the gain.

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The Tourist
The Tourist(2010)
½

What did you do? When Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie finally met in one screen? You get in line for a ticket! Mysterious story, city of Venice and promising Director as well, everything looks just fine, what could go wrong? But what you are about to experience is no other than ?being a tourist and get misguided?. The movie based on Luc Besson and Sophie Marceau movie titled ?Anthony Zimmer? in 2004. An American tourist Frank is approached by a mysterious girl Elise in a train (who can deny beautiful girl like Angelina Jolie anyway, do you?) on journey to Venice, Italy. In the beginning, Elise has hidden intention to use Frank as a decoy from the hunt of police and Russian mafia. Now everyone thinks Franks is her long-lost fugitive lover, an intelligent thief Alexander Pearce. Actually, the basic material is very promising, with some twists and turns in development. But in the process, they could not get a precise romantic atmosphere done right. The interaction between the two is stiff and awkward. Frankly says, there is no chemistry here. In spite of Johnny Depp is my No. 1 favorite Actor nowadays (I have all of his movies, all!) but unfortunately in thiz movie he looks too childish next to Jolie. You can see there is still a little bit ?Capt. Jack Sparrow? in Depp?s character. He looks charming, but most of the time he becomes so uncomfortably clumsy and lazy. On the other side, for me Jolie more looks like ?a supermodel walking in her runaway catwalk?. Yes, with the smile like that, and her sharp eye gaze, beautifully elegant dresses, who can resist the whole eye candy package. But I have to say, it could be the most boring appearance of Angelina Jolie of all-time. What she does here just keep smiling all the time, without doing exploration for her character. Jolie is doing what I called ?Robotic Performance?. Too much smile, too much pride, and too much eyelashes. A better performance comes from Paul Bettany as Inspector John. The other Supporting Casts are Timothy Dalton, Rufus Sewell and the memorable one, Reginald Shaw who is very convincing as Berkoff, Russian mobster boss. The Director of thiz movie is Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. I found myself more enjoying his latest creation, one of respectable German movies in 2006, ?The Lives of Others?. It is supposed to be ?ravishing?, but rather than that, it is happened to be ?ravenous?. In the end, if you came to the theater to see some good looking faces. Well? You were part of the plan.

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The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)
½

The first time I saw Christian Bale was in Steven Spielberg?s war epic ?Empire of the Sun? (1987). He was an innocent child with red ruddy face. Now, he is going through transition to become a great Character Actor, always bumped into great movies with great scripts (I observed, the other was Leo DiCaprio). Have you ever heard about Micky Ward? He was former WBU World Champion in 1980?s period. Thiz is the real life compelling story about early years of his career. Talking about Ward will not be completed without talking about the man behind him, his personal trainer and half-blood brother, former Welterweight Champion Dicky Eklund. Eklund?s most notable fight was against Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978. I found that Boxing movies always made a deep impression about human struggle. It is perfect metaphor for any of us. You could feel the deepness and intensity, like in: Robert DeNiro?s ?Raging Bull? (1980), Denzel Washington?s ?The Hurricane? (1999), Russel Crowe?s ?Cinderella Man? (2005) and American Hero Icon ?Rocky? (1976-2006). Micky Ward played by Mark Wahlberg. At a glance, Wahlberg is a perfect choice for boxer figure, but once again Mark Wahlberg is still Mark Wahlberg, although he was not so bad in his acting, we can still see the typical Mark Walhberg. In point of fact, the most interesting part that attracts us in thiz film is Christian Bale?s transformation as Dicky Eklund. If you know Eklund in person, then you know how Eklund?s attitude looked like, how he talks, the body language and his indifferent demeanor. Bale made a phenomenal impression to portray that figure completely. A good acting is not only coming from the appearance, but how you can create a precise ?soul? to fill the character. And Bale made it! After all these years, he reminds me, how much he has been dealing with each of his roles so seriously. For me, he is the next Daniel Day Lewis. The next thing that catches my attention is Amy Adams. Have you ever seen her in ?Enchanted? (2007)? Adams made a sturdy and sexy performance all at once as Ward?s dauntless girlfriend. I kept asking myself, where that princess Giselle?s character has gone? The best bold performance actually comes from Melissa Leo for the mother figure. There was a scene in a living room, when Leo talked furiously to her family. In that moment, I really feel she actually talks to me, the amazing gesture to portray a real situation surprisingly comes from that small role. Again, the movie used a lot of Hand-Shake Cameras method to drag you into the middle of situation. Notably, I love how every time they pull us into ?Boxing Ring Scene?. Suddenly, it looks like, we has been watching those 90?s TV boxing matches, the picture contrast and camera angles have suddenly changed dramatically. The movie direction comes from not-too-very-active Director, David O. Russel. He usually only made one film for every two or three years. Some of his Directing Credits were ?I Heart Huckabees? (2004) and my favorite ?Three Kings? (1999). Substantively, you could see Eklund was using Ward to redeem his past mistakes. Eklund needed Ward. Even more, His entire family needed Ward. I really understand, Ward was becoming their asset, hope and dream. But the truth is Ward also needed them. The movie reminds us, everybody needs everybody. You don?t need time machine to change your past. But you can actually change it now in a present time.

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The King's Speech

Giving a public speech has always been difficult thing to do for most of people. Not everyone could deliver it well, you could simply change your job if it didn?t suit you, but what if you are a King and everybody waiting and expect something from you. King George VI is the father of Queen Elizabeth II. Thiz is the story about early years of his reign in 1920-1940s. For his difficulty of public speaking, to heal his stammer, he hired an Australian Speech Therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) through some unorthodox techniques. Later, in addition to that process they bound to some manhood relationships and find greater meaning in life. The movie directed by Tom Hooper who is known for a movie about the famous Football Club, Leeds United in ?The Damned United? (2009). In thiz film, he used many unusual styles. The cinematography is interesting, in one moment he?s putting the face of the characters precise in middle of the screen, leaving significant unusual distance. In another moment, he puts the object precisely in the lower left of the screen. Most of the time, everything looks even different, he provides three dimensional view with his concave perspective. It is eccentric but works quite well. Those techniques emphasize the honesty and integrity through its story-telling. But the element that makes thiz movie works really well, it?s Colin Firth who is transforming his body and soul to be Duke of York or better known as King George VI. I can feel his effort and weakness clearly in his complex character. No doubt is one of Firth?s best performances of all-time. The other great role that deserves to be mentioned is Helena Bonham Carter as his wife, Queen Elizabeth. Thiz is one of the rare times I find that she could be so ?normal?, after her previous roles that were mostly gothic. Guy Pearce is quite convincing too as his older brother who was forced to abdicate, Edward VIII. The small but interesting role also comes from Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill. Last time, the Director Tom Hooper lifted incredible story about football, he didn?t get much attention although it was a great movie as well. Now with the same quality of work, plus extraordinary performance from Colin Firth, he surely will get more attention than before. That?s the difference when you take the story between football and real monarchy. It needs a great speech to be a great leader, but it needs a great Heart to be a great King.



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The Green Hornet

Do you know the instrumental song ?Flight of the Bumblebee? played by the pianist Maksim Mrvica a couple years ago? The song quietly appeared in some movies, from ?Kill Bill: Vol. 1? (2003) to ?The Karate Kid? (2010), but the most recognized when it was used by ?The Green Hornet? for its title theme since the first time the series was aired in 1930s as Radio Program. The movie directed by former Video Music Director, Michel Gondry, his most recognized work is ?Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? (2004), but I don?t know why he turned into Comedy Director since ?Be Kind Rewind? (2008) which is funny but standard. But the real person who is really in charged in thiz newest remake is the comedian Seth Rogen. In his vision, he tries to present a good action and hilarious moment all at once. The Green Hornet is Britt Reid, the newspaper tycoon. He was accompanied by his loyal sidekick Kato (Jay Chou). The Green Hornet is declared as an outlaw, in order to gain the trust and access to the underground criminal activities, by means of their true motive which is fighting crimes. You can see during the entire film, Britt Reid did nothing special for his fighting crime efforts. All things did by Kato himself, from kung fu expert, gadget creator, driver and even a coffee maker for Reid. The good thing is we still can find ourself laughing by seeing their chemistry. For me, Kato?s figure is the savior of thiz movie, Jay Chou is definitely a scene stealer. On the other hand, I still couldn?t figure out, why the top star like Cameron Diaz is involved in thiz film? She is truly unnecessary. The fun part for me is by seeing Christoph Waltz repeats his role (after ?Inglourious Basterds? (2009)) as a cruel but funny bad guy at the same time as Chudnofsky who is prefer to be called ?Blood-nofsky? later. There are two things that you might not notice in thiz movie. In the opening scene, Chudnofsky meets one cocky mobster played by James Franco (once again, most of you certainly do not think he was James Franco, wasn?t it?, after his famous roles in ?Spider-Man? (2002) and ?127 Hours? (2010)). But what makes it most enjoyable is the cleverly funny dialogue delivered by both of them. And the second ?interes-thing? is: do you realize there was Edward Furlong in thiz movie? (he was young John Connor in ?Terminator 2: Judgement Day? (1991)) in thiz movie? Furlong is one of Chudnofsky crews who called Tupper. If you are expecting thiz movie to be a mature Superheroes movie like ?The Dark Knight? (2008) or even ?Iron Man? (2008), you will be disappointed. There are too much cheesy scenes and you know there are also too much unreal situations, like when Bloodnofsky wants The Green Hornet to be killed, instead searching all over the town for reasonable Green Hornet?s figures, they end up killing all men that wear green outfit, is that ridiculous? The only way to enjoy thiz movie is don?t expect it as Action movies, but expect it as a Comedy, then you will have a fun ride. And one more thing, no matter how bad and childish thiz movie has been, but when it comes to Great Car like ?Black Beauty? and other cool gadgets, any one could be blurred with the real quality of the film. All boys will love it! Let me summarize it for you, it was a cartoonic pleasure. Let?s roll, Kato!

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I Saw the Devil

I challenge you how many times do you have to cover your eyes with your hand during thiz film? The movie is so fertile, it makes ?The Last House on the Left? (2009) and ?I Spit on Your Grave? (2010) look like plastic trees. The violence level will shock you to the edge of your seat. A secret agent found his fiancee brutally murdered by the hand of a serial psychopath killer. With all the power he has, the agent hunts down the killer and avenge him through the mercilessly pains he could possibly do. The power of thiz movie is not coming from its story which is predictable but still it leaves you a little twist in the ending, but how The Director describes it so well and brilliant gritty. The fact is Korea Media Rating Board has forced The Director (Jee-Woon Kim) to cut and edit of violent contents in thiz film. Although after the re-editing, in some scenes still will mark something in your mind, especially the killing scenes and violence against women. It?s not a recommended for viewers with the weak of heart. Kim is known for his previous works, such as: ?A Tale of Two Sisters? (2003) and ?The Good, The Bad, The Weird? (2008). In thiz revenge-thriller, the image is colorful with precise lighting and stunning cinematography. The throbbing score works along harmoniously through every scene. However, the focus of this movie undoubtedly is on two main characters. Both bring a depth of emotion in their character development. As NIS agent, Byung-Hun Lee (who is known as Storm Shadow in ?G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra? (2009)) gives a resolute and complex character, on one side he performs the vengeance without platitude, and on the other side we could see his brittle emotion. As the killer, Min-Sik Choi (who is known as ?Oldboy? (2003)) provides a convincing crazy psychopath character that is not afraid of anything. It?s a perfect role for Choi. Nothing will prepare you for some atrocious scenes. In the end, after seeing thiz film entirely, something will make you realize, who the real Devil is? Is it the killer? Or is it the man who takes revenge to him? Since both of them bring unmerciful heat to their actions. Although they come from different direction and motive, finally they met in the middle anyway, they are the same. It?s a good contemplation. Every person has The Devil inside them, the difference is: how far we can tame it?


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No Strings Attached
½

There are only two reasons you go to watch thiz movie. First bcoz of "Black Swan" (2010), you want to see Natalie Portman! Or else, you're one of those who think Ashton Kutcher is cute! The story follows Adam (Kutcher) and Emma (Portman) who are friends since childhood. Somehow they promise to use each other for physical reason which is sex! It's exactly what Anne Hathaway did with Jake Gyllenhaal recently in "Love and Other Drugs" (2010). They want sex, but in the process to that they find something more special. Kutcher has fun and easy-going character (where he did just well most of the time). On the other hand, Portman gives a balancing to their interaction. It's good, not bad at all for sure, but it's like using big Bazooka to kill a little bird, completely waste of talent. There are some memorable appearances, especially from Lake Bell (Lucy), Mindy Kaling (Shira) and Kevin Kline as Adam's dad who likes to date his son ex-girlfriends. The movie comes from the Director who is the father of "Ghostbusters" (1984) and Arnie's "Kindergarten Cop" (1990). The fun factor is still on the air for about half hour of the beginning, we could still feel the excitement and freshness, afterwards the movie becomes a never-ending boredom. In my note, what happened to modern Rom-Coms nowadays, it's almost impossible, making movie without raising Gay Issues. For example in thiz movie, one of Portman's best friends is gay, and so with one of Kutcher's best friends also has gay parents. Another factor that occurs to most of modern Rom-Coms lately is the use of vulgar words and irreverent dialogue, it's totally unbearable, including thiz one. By the way, if you came to see Portman being naked in the first place. Well, instead of that, you get Kutcher being naked! Yuck! It's pretty ugly for the one who expects more. One good evidence of the situation that describes you fell when no strings attached.

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Drive Angry
Drive Angry(2011)

Drive me angry, definitely a C-Class movie. Not even a single memorable moment. Milton (Nicolas Cage) is a father who escapes from hell to avenge his daughter?s death and urges to save the only baby granddaughter, meanwhile the Accountant from hell is assigned to retrieve Milton. I wish I don?t have to review thiz movie, bcoz bad words gonna break loose either. Trapped inside the Cage again, we?re tired of your experimental Hot-Shot wannabe since ?Ghost Rider? (2007). Amber Heard is expected to be the Hot Chick element but on the contrary she has become unsexy and extremely boring. The villain, Billy Burke is expected to be fierce and memorable, but instead of that he delivers emptiness. The only appearance that's a rather sizable is coming from William Fichtner as the Accountant with his charismatic and eccentric character. The story itself is never clear since the first time. The action sequences are amusing, always shaking all the time and not focus. I didn?t even know what is really going on at that time. Yeah, it?s a terrible cinematography. It?s coming from the Director who almost every time putting anything that smells clichÚ and not original into his films, such as: ?Dracula 2000? (2000) and the remake ?My Bloody Valentine? (2009). It is intended to be made as Cult Movie or something different, but eventually it becomes a big blunder. ?Gimme one good reason I shouldn?t shoot you in the face?, well I know you?re driving,.. But your driving is sucks.

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Battle: Los Angeles

If we are going to talk about Alien movies, the truth is that no one could make Alien movie 100% genuine anymore. Most of us will immediately compare it with ?Independence Day? (1996) for Alien Invasion and Spielberg?s ?E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial? (1982) for more Friendly Alien. Yep, it?s only two. In summary, the rest is follower. Thiz movie is closer to the first one. From the first minute it?s very clear we will only see through a single perspective. A staff Sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) was given an assignment to assist 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon. Their objective is deploying to City of Los Angeles and defends from alien aggression. I could easily say the movie effectively dragging us into middle of specific situation, where we will be able to experience what it feels like to be one of those U.S. Marines in that war zone. Thiz experience is just like when we were playing one of those video games like ?Counter Strike?, "Half-Life" and "Call of Duty". We are forced to take a role in it, to be anxious and worrying when Alien sneaking nearby, or think along what should be the best strategies to evacuate a group of civilians, and finally how to find their weaknesses and use it to fight back. Like all the Alien movies, thiz new form of Alien also has a weakness. In ?Independence Day? they defeat it by installing the computer virus into their mothership, meanwhile in ?Mars Attacks!? (1996) they destroy it with the song! Find out yourself, what is the weakness in thiz version of Alien. The Director is Jonathan Liebesman (known for ?Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning? (2006)) and the rest of the Casts are: Ramon Rodriguez, Michelle Rodriguez, Ne-Yo, Bridget Moynahan and many more. The Director seems to be very skillful in using Hand-Held camera techniques, no matter how shaky the picture is, we could still see it comfortably. The only disappointment is that in the movie trailer showed alien arrivals caused mass panic from some of the famous cities all over the world, and we also saw a dynamic ?breaking news? style which is make us thinking that thiz movie is a worldwide apocalyptic movies. It doesn?t happen that way, you are just about to follow a platoon of soldiers. The focus is simply smaller.

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Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch(2011)

Thiz is my most anticipated movie for thiz year. And ended up exactly as I expected, it?s a mega visual feast that I have ever seen since ?The Matrix? (1999). In the hand of Zack Snyder (Director), everything has been set to a new level in height and adrenaline rush, I?m talking about the visualisation aspect here. When ?300? (2006) was booming, people keep questioning: whether Snyder was only able to assemble 300 muscly and brawny men to do those macho things? Well, now for the answer he brings us five sexy and deadly ladies to fight against Giant Samurai and Vicious Dragon in alternative World War II! Actually, the story centers on a girl named Baby Doll (Emily Browning) who is accused as a rebel and placed into mental institution. In that place, she meets Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), Amber (Jamie Chung). Together, they?re setting up an escape plan through some reality and fantasy experiences. To accomplish the mission, they have to collect five items which are: a map, fire, a knife, a key and one last mysterious element. Emily Browning is perfectly cast as Baby Doll, her character is so innocent and unpredictably lethal at the same time. Other Casts worth mentioning here are: Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac, Jon Hamm and the most unforgettable appearance, Scott Glenn as the Wise Man. I love the opening scene so much when it tells how Baby Doll was slandered by her abusive stepfather, the sequence tells so amazingly dramatic, dark comical and elegant. The camera movement is dynamic, the transition from one point to another is effective, and the music was superbly fit. Love every minute of it. For the ending, you might feel a little bit disappointed if you expect something more, but for me it was perfect! The ending put us in a floating situation and makes you keep wondering around even when you were walking out of theater. I always enjoy the movie which can dive into a blurred reality and explain cleverly what is the connection between the reality world. Commonly, thiz kind of movie always utters some new hidden philosophy. Just remember, ?If you don?t stand for something, you?ll fall for anything?.

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I Am Number Four
½

If you think you can make another version of ?Twilight? (2008) just by combining two good-looking teen idols in one screen, figuring out whether thiz will work? You?re completely messed up. Alex Pettyfer is John Smith, a mysterious boy who possesses extraterrestrial power in his hand. With his protector Henri (Timothy Olyphant), they look like father and son, but beneath it all they are aliens in human form, sought by a group of evil alien who are called Mogadorian. Meanwhile, in his escapee, Alex meets and falls in love with an ordinary and beautiful girl named Sarah (Played by Glee?s sensation, Dianna Agron). Initially, I thought it will be some kind of ?A Romance with Actions?. Instead of that, it turns out to be ?Pure Action with a Romantic background?. The chemistry between Alex and Sarah actually went pretty smoothly, but the proportion is too brief and not as intense as it should. The Director is D. J. Caruso who is well-known for "Disturbia" (2007) and "Eagle Eye" (2008). After two or three scenes at the beginning, the movie?s atmosphere reminds me of one of those ?Smallville? TV series (2001-2011) which is including: the setting, the characters and the conflict. Most of the Action scenes are good enough to watch, though no further explanation about what is really happenning. I previously thought the Number Six character who is described as a sexy and energetic girl will be the scene stealer (played by my favorite rising star, Teresa Palmer). As a matter of fact, her character is too minor and there is the impression she is just a mere sweetener. At the end, the movie is closed by a situation which is opening a possibility of potential sequel. In summary, thiz is not a movie that you want to spend 100 minutes of your precious time. Unless, you are 16-year-old teen who are attracted to thiz kind of movie, then you should go to see it before your friends watch it first. For me, it?s definitely not a number one.

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127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

The movie is based on an autobiography book "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" (2004) by Aron Ralston, and you can see the movie title is "127 Hours". Without tell you any further, you can conclude yourself, he will survive after all, rite? The golden question will be: How did he survive? British Director, Danny Boyle is one of my favorites Directors of all-time, as I noted he is always good with the number on his movie's titles, such as: "28 Days Later.." (2002) and "Millions" (2004). After telling a great story in India through "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), he takes us back to United States. The incident that occurred in Blue john Canyon (the Utah desert) where solitary mountaineer Aron Ralston was falling into canyon and being trapped under a boulder. Aron played by James Franco. The movie starts with a great mood and spirit, with stylish split screen and exhilarating music as well. As long as I remember, Boyle always could make an enjoyable adventure experience with his proper music attached to every scene he made, and he did it thiz time either. James Franco takes on responsibility for his one-man-show very well. My favorite act is when he imitates the host of Morning Live Show and pretends to interview himself. He is very convincing by delivering nail-biting and captivating performances all at once, just like what Ryan Reynold did recently when he was being "Buried" (2010). Once again, Boyle shows his capability of capturing human despair by mixing hallucination scenes and flashback sequences. Overall, it was 8 minutes of great music and 1 hour 27 minutes of pure thrills. In the end, I can assure you the situation that Aron experienced is not simple as you think. When you were being trapped like him, it's just okay if you know you are going to survive in 127 Hours ahead, maybe you can manage something to get through of that. But the real situation is not that simple, Aron didn't know for how long he would be stuck in there or even whether or not he was going to survive at that moment. Last time, Danny Boyle introduced us the exotic of Phi Phi Leh Island (near Phuket , Thailand) through "The Beach" (2000), after that movie, thousands of people thronged that place. Thiz time, Boyle shows us the beautifulness of Utah Canyon, I 'm pretty sure people will go there as well. Can't wait what place he will take us next time. Just remember, before you go please tell someone where are you going to ^_^


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Fast Five
Fast Five(2011)
½

Race Cars speeding along the street of Rio De Jainero, All Casts come together all at once, the rooftop chasing and ultimate gun-shooting, what more can you ask for? Here comes the fifth installment of "The Fast and the Furious" (2001) franchise, thiz is actually the bridging story between "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (2006) and is a direct connection to the ending scenes of "Fast & Furious" (2009), when Dom (Vin Diesel) sentenced to 25 years in federal prison and Brian's gang (Paul Walker) attempting to free him again. Justin Lin directs thiz sequel with identical pace and tone from previous movies. Just like the previous 'F & F' movies, it's all about high-speed car racing, hot and sexy babes and some of cat and mouse's criminal activities. Well, to tell you the truth, thiz time is more like a Heist movie than Car Race movie. We find very less of eye-catching Race Cars, the movie put aside many glamour factors, to do otherwise they step on the gas pedal to full throttle into pure Action. Frankly said, I didn't know for sure, who were the real 'Fast Five' in thiz movie. Certainly, the focus is still on two central characters, Dom and Brian. The rest is Dom's sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), the big-mouth Roman (Tyrese Gibson), the high-tech Tej (Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges), the big-muscle Vince (Matt Schulze), the beautiful driver Gal (Gisele Harabo) and the charismatic Sung Kang (Han Lue) from "Tokyo Drift". One thing for sure, there are more than five people. Thiz time they got a well-matched opponent, the ambitious Federal Agent Luke Hobbs played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson! Thiz seems to be a great selection. The Rock delivers a strong and believable tough guy performance, I'm beginning to think thiz WWE's sensation could be a great serious Actor as well. On the other hand, Vin Diesel performs one round of WWE's wrestling scene with the The Rock, it's pretty entertaining to see two giant muscle brutally clash with each other in bare hand fight. It comes to my mind, if Vin Diesel will also be one hell of good wrestler in WWE's ring? With all the hype and enthusiasm around, thiz is clearly not the last F & F movie to be made, they will be back to do their things again. Thiz implicit confirmation was exposed in one of Hobb's famous lines, "We'll find 'em, we take 'em as a team and we bring 'em back. And above all else, we don't ever, ever let them get into cars (again)."

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Source Code
Source Code(2011)
½

"I took your advice... it is a very good advice", is the first words that you will hear over and over again. I always love the good movie which could generate debate and controversy among viewers. Considering all of the twists and turns, thiz is one of those. The opening scene brings us to Capt. Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in a train. Afterwards, in front of him, a beautiful girl named Christina (Michelle Monaghan) talks to him, some detailed events, such as: the soda water splashes to his shoes, the train conductor checks up his ticket and some more, and ends up exactly 8 minutes later when the train is exploded! And then again Stevens wakes up in a capsule in the name of Beleaguered Castle, where he meets project administrator Lt. Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) along with the creator Dr. Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright). That is the first piece of our puzzle, afterwards we will be gathering piece by piece of the mystery that takes us to the new masterpiece. Gyllenhaal shows his star quality here, he can deliver the leading role very well, his confusion and integrated expression successfully brings us up and down through the story. Farmiga brings her potential talent to the maximum by delivering her investigating expression, and she looks gorgeous like always. And finally Monaghan is a good sweetener for the story. But once again the power of thiz movie is coming from the well-built story itself, promising at the first, mind-blowing for the end. It is a pure classic thriller with futuristic details, brought up by rising-up Director Duncan Jones who directed highly respected thriller " Moon" (2009). Although there are some same repeating scenes over and over again, the storyline is actually very dynamic. After three quarters of the film, we still do not have a clue where is thiz movie going to take us. The most interesting part of thiz movie is: well, you know thiz movie brought up Quantum Theory to explain things that happened. It easily reminds us of the famous 90s TV Series "Quantum Leap" (1989-1993), where Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) was always told to wake up in different body in every episode. Guess what? Bakula appears as a Cameo in thiz movie, althought it is only his voice as Stevens father when he speaks over the phone. And Guess what again? Some things will never change, Bakula starts the conversation with his famous line,"Oh, Boy!..". If you did not even realize that, I think you should see it all over again. Would you think is it gonna be "a very good advice"?!

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Real Steel
Real Steel(2011)

How to make boxing can be accepted by young children? In thiz case, the answer is ?Real Steel?. The Director Shawn Levy cleverly turns the rough boxing matches into fun, passionate and enjoyable family adventure by presenting attractive and super-cool Robot figures. Levy is well-known for ?Cheaper by the Dozen? (2003) and ?Night at the Museum? (2006). For me, he seems to know how to roll the dice of excitement. Besides being effective in constructing believable and powerful Robot-fights, thiz movie has heart-warming story of father and son relationship. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a former professional boxer who turns out to be Robot-fight promoter, just met his 11-year-old son he never knew before, Max (Dakota Goyo). Instead of Charlie teaches life lessons to his son, Max. On the contrary Max has been inspiring his father how to win World Robot Boxing, but more than that is about how to win life. There are some encouraging and gratifying scenes. One of them is when Max and his Robot, Atom show their dance moves. On the other side, I can almost say thiz is probably the most humane character that ever played by Hugh ?Wolverine? Jackman. While the father?s character looks troubled and typical anti-hero, but it?s relatively effective to gain sympathy. Spoiler Alert! The final scene reminds us of first ?Rocky? (1976) where the hero didn?t have to win the match, but he certainly won the heart of audience. Max shows his big heart by saying ?It sounds pretty good to me?. The Robot with the heart? Awesome!

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Man on a Ledge
½

Five! Well, since the five early minutes, thiz movie has already set up the sharp action pace. It doesn't waste your time any longer. It takes you directly to the center of the story. How a desperate man steps out on a ledge of Manhattan Hotel to commit suicide. Why, what and who are told by flashback storytelling. Four! There are four key characters. First, Sam Worthington is the man on a ledge himself. Yes, we still hear his Australian accent, but it doesn't matter. He delivers a good and believable presence. We have been sweating along every time he moves around on the thin edge of the building. Elizabeth Banks is the police negotiator who interferes in thiz circumstance. Jamie "Tintin" Bell is the brother who conducts a heist on next building, with his girlfriend Angie (Genesis Rodriguez). And Ed Harris is a powerful multi-billionaire who has a covert secret purpose. It reminds me of those simple movies that keep you entertain until the last minute, e.g. "Phone Booth" (2002), "Cellular" (2004), "Red Eye" (2005), you named it! I always love thiz kind of movie. Three! Yeah, there are three possibilities to end thiz situation. One, finally he doesn't jump and the end. Two, he jump and the end, or there will be unthinkable surprise for the ending, one way or another. And yes, you know in your heart it won't end so easily, there are lots of twists and turns waiting for you. You bet! The mystery will keep you guessing until the end. The movie is presented by first-time Director Asger Leth. Two! There are two reasons to watch thiz movie. First is Sam Worthington. Two years ago, I told everyone that someday thiz man will be a great iconic Star. And hey look now. It is the future! He sells the movie only by his name! People will easily cherish him, "Woo hoo, the man from 'Avatar' (2009)". The second, if you have watched the trailer, I'm sure it would tickle your curiosity about what will happen next. One! Jump! Jump to thiz movie immediately, thiz one is the movie that you want to see.

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The Artist
The Artist(2011)
½

Speechless... is one word to describe thiz movie. It has been proven that you don't need expensive Actors or famous Director to make a terrific movie. The movie is presented like an old time silent movie, it is black and white, almost no conversation and even was shot in the 1.33 : 1 aspect ratio. It takes place in 1927, when George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) was the king of silent movies. An unexpected encounter with the young and lovely rising star Peppy Miller (BÚrÚnice Bejo) takes him to the mutual delight adventure in film industry. Every Actor plays its role perfectly, main or supporting. Jean Dujardin performs a superb and flawless acting. His charisma is unquestionable central element. He got the eye gaze, the eyebrow raised, the eyelash flutter, the dancing, everything that knocks down the game entirely. His opposite love interest, BÚrÚnice Bejo creates an equal presence. Maybe she's not the most gorgeous blonde girl figures, but she is positively charming in every way. Other roles which are played by John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller and James Cromwell as a loyal butler and even the dog are proportionally fit as they need to be. The plot is perfectly told. Although it is a black and white silent movie, every minute you spend it doesn't make you bore at all. The selection of Musical Scores is vital. Music is the life of thiz movie. It flows up and down dynamically during the mood changing in every scene. The man behind the curtain is Michel Hazanavicius, the under radar and unknown Director takes the risk to do something completely different and it seems to be perfectly pay off. I have to say that the conflict issue is brilliant! It is a solid winning theme. If you are an Actor or someone who has been involved in thiz industry, you will surely appreciate the message behind thiz movie. It is a Golden Gate that bridging the intergenerational gap. Silence is Golden, my friend!

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Burlesque
Burlesque(2010)
½

Raise the curtain! Before heading to watch thiz movie, I already had my own imagination about what the story would look like, I thought maybe it revolved around a countryside girl who was about to try her luck to chase her dream in a big city (eventually the city is Los Angeles and the girl is Ali, played by Christina Aguilera), maybe she would start from a cloistered but extraordinary nite club (apparently it is named: Burlesque), maybe she would have a tough beginning for her career and there would be such a mentor for her (I talk about Cher), maybe she was going to meet her love interest, a pretty boy with an attitude (I talk about Cam Gigandet), or maybe she would be forced to quarrel with her envious evil colleague as well (I talk about Kristen Bell). And for the ending I don't have to explain, I give it to you to figure it out yourself, I am pretty sure that you have already know the ending as well, and you are right! In the tradition of "Coyote Ugly" (2000) and Rob Marshall's movies, such as "Chicago" (2002) and "Nine" (2009), here it comes a new breed of the genre. The movie is second Directing effort (after "Glass House: The Good Mother (2006)) by Child Star Actor from "The Goonies" (1985), Steve Antin. Thiz Ali's character is obviously made for Aguilera, it's like let a fish swimming freely into the sea. It flows naturally. Cher is an Iconic Legend who makes a one dimensional impression, there is no specific chemistry with other Casts, she seems to be talking to herself. Cam Gigandet, after seeing his macho performance in "Never Back Down" (2008), thiz time he plays more easy-going and fun role. But the worst of the worst is Kristen Bell who delivers a horrible nightmare performance, it's not convincing at all as Ali's competitor. Better performances come from Stanley Tucci, Eric Dane and Allan Cumming. Forget about the Casts, the film once again is an Aguilera's playground. Her powerful voice covers up all of the flaws. The opening song "Something's Got a Hold on Me" is my favorite with gratifying 70's Rock 'n' Roll Tune. With all those fabulous songs, it occurred to me, why there isn't any duet song from these two World-Class Performers. Anyway, the dancing and cabaret performances are splendid. Aguilera's performance is very hypnotic and spectacular. But it came to my mind, who doesn't want to pay small nite club's cheap ticket in which there is Aguilera's performance. Hello?? It is Christina Aguilera on the stage! The story is predictable and the conflict is clichÚ. It doesn't look like a movie after all. By the way, I didn't come home from a movie. I have just come home from Christina Aguilera's concert. And I am happy! ^_^

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The Town
The Town(2010)
½

If you think Ben Affleck is a great Actor, you should take a better look at "Good Will Hunting" (1997). If you think Ben is a great Screenwriter, you should see more thoroughly in "The Town". In thiz last movie, he also directed it. For me, Ben is the third talented Actor-Director in the past decade, beside Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson. Thiz is his second long feature after respectable "Gone Baby Gone" in 2007. The Town is Charleston-Boston, where everybody knows everybody. It revolves around the bank thief Doug (Ben Affleck), his partner in crime James (Jeremy Renner), along with their former hostage Claire (Rebecca Hall) who will be having a love affair with Doug later, and a FBI agent Adam (John Hamm). All of them got tangled into cat and mouse situation. First half of the movie, it is introducing the characters and situations. Then the second half, it flips over nicely and everything is mounted up very well. I think Ben is success with his directing method bcoz he does not exaggerate things up, he just let every thing flows naturally. Yes, he is playing save here. The factors that empower thiz movie are simply a good script and consistent Actor performances. Ben himself shows a very calm and convincing performance. As well Rebecca Hall as his love interest, Hall delivers a precise fragile and lovable character. Jeremy Renner is deathly awesome with his street-gang attitude. Most of the supporting Casts deserve honorable mentions as well. Blake Lively as Doug's former-girlfriend and single parent, I have never seen Lively blends into thiz kind of troubled character. Chris Cooper as Doug's behind-the-cell father, it only took one scene but it is surely memorable. And the last but not least for me, it is Pete Postlethwaite as Fergie the flower man who is the brain of the crime. There is strange feeling by only hearing his intimidate and unique accent. In the end, we realize it is The Town that could change people, and the people are just victims. It is harder to change the system than the person itself. But to change the system, it should start by changing the person as well. And thiz will be a never ending circle. It is totally out of our control. But we can control something, for me it is waiting for another Ben's next project. I will see him again, on thiz side or the other.

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Shutter Island

"Shutter Island" is a great vessel for Leonardo DiCaprio to explore his acting skill. It's quite a performance. Maybe It's not the finest, but I think thiz is one of his best performance so far. DiCaprio collaborates the fourth time with Martin Scorsese, the last three are: "Gangs of New York" (2002), "The Aviator" (2004), and "The Departed" (2006). Scorsese himself is a well-grounded drama Director. His previous memorable classics are: "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Raging Bull" (1980), and "Goodfellas" (1990). It's about Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio), an US Marshall comes to the island to investigates some mysterious case. The Island is the prison facility for mental illness. Thiz movie supported by high-caliber Casts, such as: Ben Kingsley, Mark Rufallo, Mark Von Sydow, Jackie Earle Haley, plus Michelle Williams. The screenplay on thiz movie is grandeur. Scorsese with his experiences arranged every scene effectively. The exploration is classic, we even could seen 'Hitchcock' atmosphere here. The movie scores also help a lot to build such an intensive tension. The great example was on the opening scene, when Daniels and his partner arrived on the island for the first time. When they observe the surroundings preserves by maximum securities, the gates open one by one. It's just a usual scene, but the scores multiply it into ten times thrill. The twist ending is meant to be shocking. But unfortunately, I already see it where the story will go in the middle of the movie. When a conversation between Daniels and Rachel (Patricia Clarkson) on the scene in the cave. Daniels said angrily, "I am an US Marshall, No one can stop me!". (Spoiler Alert!) That's the time I clearly knew he was the patient. In the end, if we got a movie that every scene put in for a reason. That's the time when you already got an effective and flawless movie. Scorsese scores again!

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2012
2012(2009)
½

2012 like I predicted before, It will be a controversial movie. If we talked about the end of the world, issue about some religions was avoidable. Thiz movie itself started with a major box office world-wide. People came to the theaters wanted to know how the world ends. Thiz is totally just theme-victory. The Director is Roland Emmerich, who I called The Master of Apocalypse. Before 2012, Emmerich often brings the topic about the end of the world, such as: "Independence Day", "The Day After Tomorrow", "10.000 BC", and "Godzilla". The movie starred by: John Cusack who finally got his big budget movie, also by: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover, Etc. As we know the genre like thiz will be a spectacular special effect exhibition. The most powerful scene is when John Cusack character's driving his car and family chase by earthquake. The great thing about thiz movie is some of the scenes stick out the humanity issue quite well. At the reverse, 2012 was lack of strong environmental issue, which I surprised about. Before I saw thiz film, I think will be more environmental issues. The involvement of the characters is similar with "Independence Day" before. 2012 is just a great description about the world's end. Nobody knows when it happens, except our Creator.

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500 Days of Summer
½

The title on thiz movie, Summer eventually is the girl's name. The truth is no one escaped from love, either Tom and Summer. I think thiz is the best modern romantic drama since "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004). The couple played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. We see Gordon-Levitt recently in "GI. Joe: Rise of Cobra (2009). The Director is Marc Webb. The chemistry of Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel was very well. The characters seem so easy-going and believable. The movie fills with good music as well, to describe the high and low of love. The movie simply brings us into the mood of love easily, where sometimes fill with laugh and joy, and the other times with hesitation and sadness. In several of scenes, they keep asking each other, "where this relationship goes to?". If you love somebody that just happens and you can tell her anytime, anywhere, don't care where the place it is. Maybe do not that simple, but we know even love doesn't last forever, but commitment does. The ending is far from idealistic, but more close to reality. Like I said many times before, if you want to make a great love story, you cannot have the couple stay together in the ending. You can see thiz element from "Romeo and Juliet" to "The Titanic" and other similar love stories. The essential of love is the moments we ever had.

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300
300(2007)

The storyline is simple, but the visual and action is a revolutionary breakthrough. It's very rare to found a movie that could deliver such a new acceptable method. Last time, we amazed by "Matrix" on 1999. Apparently, the method of process making will be followed by other movies. 300 based on noir comic by Frank Miller. Miller's creations like usual always fill by darkness realism, blood, and beautiful battle-artwork. Miller also known as mastermind of "Sin City" and Batman's "The Dark knight". The movie directed by Zack Snyder. Snyder is successful combines his imagination with nowadays special effects technology. The result is amazing, the movie is like one painted screen by professional painter. The lighting and shadowing are mesmerizing. Stars by middle class performer, such as: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, etc. The plot, actually I think is based on recent issue. It's about Rome Spartans defends on a Persian's aggression. Indirectly, it reflects on 9-11 incident. But also thiz could be just a coincidence. The ending (Spoiler Alert!), King Leonidas and his 300 warriors die in the battle. But I very much understand the essence. The essence is the struggling, which is more divine than the victory itself. The movie like thiz always has a similar end, exp: "Braveheart" (1995), "Gladiator" (2000), etc. Principally those movies emphasize what we most remembered from a hero was his struggling.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

There were four legendary slash icons in 80's (as I remembered): Jason Voorhees (Friday The 13th), Michael Myers (Halloween), Chucky (Child's Play) and the deathly-claws Freddy Krueger. On glimpse of the trailer, I expected thiz new reboot feature will be revealing the history and origin of mysterious Freddy's figure. Far from the expectation, thiz flick totally becoming the nightmare itself. If you have ever seen previous Freddy's movies then you really can skip thiz one. Thiz is ninth movie that bring Freddy back to his series-killing (1984-2003), since Johnny Depp's first appearance. The movie is directing debut by Samuel Bayer who best known as Music Video Director. Robert Englund who played as Freddy back to back on previous movies, now replaced by Jackie Earle Haley. Haley seems to be suitable choice to fill thiz character. Although on the physical appearance, Englund is taller than him. Other Casts are: Rooney Mara, Thomas Dekker, Katie Cassidy, etc. The storyline on thiz newest version was terrible. There was no creativity to bring something fresh. Everything was rip-off from previous movies. It's always about a group of teens slashed one by one until the end. Freddy's figure himself didn't reveal something new here (Spoiler Alert!), as we knew he was child molester who burned alive as his punishment. There is well known element from thiz franchise, the victims knew they could not fall asleep but in the end they always didn't realize already in Freddy's nightmare. Thiz scene which I talked about it was repeatedly told over and over again (although with various conditions). It's very exhausting to spend your time for these monotone events. You could probably fall asleep even before thiz nightmare starts yet.

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Aftershocks (Tangshan dadizhen)

I'm curious to see it bcoz I think thiz will be a great disaster movie. But in the end, I realize it is one miraculous human Drama! It's not the special effect that makes thiz movie special, but the story itself which is so powerful. It brought up from a novel that was written by Zhang Ling. It's telling about life of simple family with twin children, one boy and one daughter. 1976 Tangshan earthquake has killed the father, and the wife has to choose one of her children, when both of them were unfortunately trapped under concrete slab, moving the slab will simply kill one of her children. The mother who is under necessity chooses to save the boy in emergency situation. What she doesn't know later the girl is still alive and being adopted by other generous couple. Is thiz family going to reunite again? The cinematography in the opening scene and over about 15 minutes in the beginning is quietly astounding, but the rest later is just ordinary. Once again, the power of thiz movie is in the story. The brief performance by Zifeng Zhang as the daughter (when a little girl) is believable and memorable (like what we saw on poster). The grown up girl played by JIngchu Zhang also performs impressively. The mother figure is delivered successfully by Fan Xu, who is also a real life wife of the Director Xiaogang Feng. Feng is also known as an Actor in "Kung Fu Hustle" (2004) and many more. His directing credits include "The Banquet" (2006). Other Casts are: Daoming Chen, Chen Li, Yi Lu, etc. "Aftershock" is one crafted heart-wrenching tragedy based on a real event. It is also a great memorial to 240.000 victims. 1976 Tangshan earthquake really draws our attention more than ever. I think in these last couple years, China brings a lot of effort to build new image of their country throughout world cinema. And they seem to be successful so far, like what we saw in previous patriotic and historical movies like "Sunrise over Tiananmen Square" (2008), "City of Life and Death" (2009), "The Founding of a Republic" (2009) and many more. They are writing their history.

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Alice in Wonderland
½

Finally, I saw "Alice in Wonderland", the movie that I've been waiting for such a long time. The tale about nineteen years old Alice following the white rabbit, to find her destiny back in Wonderland that now ruled by Red Queen. The movie directed by Tim Burton, the man specialty in eye candy and delight visualization. Thiz movie is the seventh collaboration with Johnny Depp as his main Cast, after "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), "Ed Wood" (1994), "Sleepy Hollow" (1999), "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" (2005), "Corpse Bride" (2005), and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007). His other masterpiece features are: "Beetle Juice" (1988), "Batman" (1989) and "Big Fish" (2003). Thiz movie supported by various Casts like: Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, and Mia Wasikowska as Alice. The most powerful performance in thiz movie is 'Big Head' Red Queen character, which played amazingly wicked and funny at the same time by Helena Bonham Carter (is about the same character on Lord Farquaad in first "Shrek" (2001)). Bonham Carter's performance exceeds Depp's appearance. Her existence saves the movie for overall. Beside that I didn't feel any emotions on thiz film, everything was flat. Actually, thiz movie did not supported by good script. It might, the worse script that came to Tim Burton's desk in these past twenty years of his career, despite the visualization is A-class. The story is an alternate version of Alice's originally written by Lewis Caroll's. thiz version didn't carry such a thrill and interesting plots. In the final scene (Spoiler Alert!), give Alice a sword and knight armor to slay a dragon? It's definitely not a good option. The change is too radical, soft and tender Alice that builds from the beginning, suddenly take an incisive turn over. The flip over so hard that possibly had become its own boomerang itself.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

I watched thiz movie with no expectations. I think all of the things that they wanted to show us already appeared in the first movie. So the sequel (which named: The Squeakquel) is only a repetitions on what we saw before. The movie still cast by: Jason Lee and David Cross. The Alvin Character is voiced by Justin Long. The former Director Tim Hill (who also directed "Garfield", 2004) replaced by Betty Thomas. It's very clear, The movie-makers intend to refresh things up by the appearance of new characters, The Chippetes (the girl's version of The Chipmunks). Members of The Chippetes are: Brittany (Christina Applegate), Jeanette (Anna Faris), Eleanor (Amy Poehler). We certain knew the trio as creditable Drama-Comediennes. I think in some ways, the movie is less musical than the first one. The Chippetes performance looks like based on the nowadays Hip Hop's style. If we looked at the human characters, Zachary Levi who seems to have more proportion than Jason Lee, both of them didn't make us stunned by their performance. Their role definitely could be replaced easily by other Casts. In the end, I just said thiz kind of movie definitely just for fun.

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August Rush
August Rush(2007)
½

When first time, I watch "August Rush", I just watch it, coz it's musical (Recently, I watched many musical, biopic, and war movies). In the end of movie, I realize thiz movie is so full-hearted. The Story is so simple but strong, I always appreciate simple movie that can "talk" a lot. It's a story about a boy to find his origin and meaning of his presence. Told beautifully in movie, The plot had some flashback and back to the present sequence. But don't worry, you will not confused by its method. The Wonder boy, Freddie Highmore, performs like usual with his innocence charisma. I Think Highmore is definitely lucky to always have a great movie he involves with. Another Actor that I appreciate very much in thiz movie is Jonathan Rhys Myers. Myers so likeable in thiz feature, His Role as a rock star gives him a cool-look. About the ending (Spoiler-Alert!), The movie ends with the scene: the father and mother just had been met for years, and they finally holding hands, They just saw their boy in front of them too, performs as conductor in orchestra concert. The boy even not knowing their parents see him. And the movie just ends that way. I'm very much understand that is the perfect ending, coz that scene describes with beautiful and elegant way. It shows the meaning of "hope" could be better from now on, is so strong. Superb.

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Avatar
Avatar(2009)

Ten years after "Titanic", People are waiting for James Cameron's next project. "Avatar" is Cameron's ambitious project to explore the special effect better than ever. From his filmography, such as: "Aliens" (1986), "Terminator" (1984), "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" (1991), "True Lies" (1994), and "Titanic", we should not doubt Cameron's resume. In 1997, "Titanic" won 11 Oscars, to be equal with "Ben-Hur" (1959) as all-time best achievement in Academy Awards. Casts of "Avatar" are: Sam Worthington, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, and Sigourney Weaver (who already became Fighter-woman Icon in Cameron's "Aliens"). Thiz movie has an unique story that reflects the originality of the script. While we were watching "Avatar", made us didn't realized that 90% of the movie is actually animation. The technology itself has reached the new level of breakthrough. They definitely already set up the bar so high to be challenge in the coming years. The stunning moment that I like to watch over and over again is the night scene of forest landmark. The forest describe fills with unique plants shine and glow on surroundings. There's something mystique and beautiful about that scene. The great thing I like about "Avatar" is that the theme about environmental issue is very strong. Overall, in my opinion, Thiz movie also had a tremendous hidden-philosophy inside about human's need, environmental, and human's heart. Like I said before, "Open your eyes, The dream's over.. Close your eyes, It's still a dream". The Blue-man rocks!

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Rot fai faa... Maha na ter (Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story)
½

A simple love story brought from Thailand. It's easy-watching and close to most Asian viewers. Mei li (Sirin Horwang) is a thirty-something woman who suddenly feels so lonely in her life after her friend's marriage. In that brief moment, coincidentally she found someone that later became so special. We know Thailand is one of the horror makers. The reason we're watching thiz movie, if we want to feel different kind of atmospheres. The movie directed by Adisorn Tresirikasem. Actually thiz movie is kind of girly but entertaining enough for all viewers. The drama is light and funny. Some of the scenes were hilarious bcoz they made it so comical, even in some parts were over-comical. I'm not saying thiz romantic comedy is special. The chemistry between two main characters was sufficient enough to bring some romantic mood. The man's character, Theeradej Wongpuapan was cold and stiff. It's not the best performance. The girl's character brought by Sirin Horwang was better. It's a precise performance. Occasionally she can act comical very well. There's excited cat and mouse game played by both of them and quite effective. In one of the ending scenes, (Spoiler Alert!) the girl received a box from the man's character. When she opened the box, it contains memorable things that the girl accidentally broke from their early experiences. Each of those broken things (like: camera, sunglasses, etc) reminded every moment that they ever spend together. It's right, I think, how we will appreciate our true love, if our heart have never been broken? ^_^

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Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)
½

The little girl in "Leon: The Professional" (1994) had grown up now. Natalie Portman is at her peak performance so far. Team up with heavy-caliber Director Darren Aronofsky, they made a beautiful story but horrifying at the same time. Aronofsky is invincible, especially when he explored human desperation, like in his previous films "Requiem for a Dream" (2000), "The Fountain" (2006) and "The Wrestler" (2008). For about 100 minutes of the movie, I felt like I was experiencing the theater performance, not just like a common movie. It filled with beautiful images and great orchestra. Nina (Portman) is a chosen ballerina to fulfil her dual roles all at once, to be irresistible innocence White Swan and also to become seductive evil Black Swan. Slowly but sure, the darker side of Black Swan absorbs her real life. I love the brilliant Cinematography. Aronofsky seemed to use two techniques of camera work. One was for The Long Shot, he used steady conventional method. And the second for The Close-up, he used Hand-held Camera. I had ever said that Hand-held Camera is modern technique in today's cinematic world. Not only for Action, but recently for Drama as well, Hand-shake Camera is able to effectively drag you into the middle of ongoing situation, if you are not using Hand-held Camera, you are 'out of date' now. The Cast is amazingly fit. Vincent Cassel is fit for provocative and ambitious Ballet Instructor. Mila Kunis is fit for seductive and ambitious Nina's colleague. Barbara Hershey is fit for authoritarian and ambitious mother. And even a brief but impressive appearance by Winona Ryder as anxious and ambitious competitor. Yeah, it is all about ambition and you can see it in each character, all of them have their own ambition. However, the star of all stars above is Portman herself. She shows her darker side successfully, you could literally feel her pain, pressure and paranoia situation. The movie becomes more mysterious with some unusual sex scenes. For the last half hour of film duration, she drives us into beautiful but ironic condition, sometimes absurdity become the part of it. Those last scenes are extremely horrified, with broken fingernail, peeling skin and fractured bone for the elements. I almost could categorize thiz movie as a Horror movie. The movie emphasizes in every beautifulness of ballet, there is dark side that we never know before. Finally, I just want to say, "It was perfect".

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Clash of the Titans
½

Thiz movie is remake from the original version in 1981 which still using stop-motion techniques. Now on CGI era, "Clash of The Titans" resurrects back to live. Perseus used to play by Harry Hamlin, now replaced by Sam Worthington. The Director is Louis Leterrier, the creator of "Transporter" (2002) and "Incredible Hulk" (2008). I noted there were three enormous actions in thiz movie: Giant Scorpions Battle, Medusa Hunt and Furious Kraken scene. The special effects worked well. But in the close-up fight scenes, the camera didn't focus and too fast, we didn't really see what was really going on. The dialogues were a little bit lame and lack of interlude jokes. However, I like The Gods Gathering on Olympus as describe on thiz film. It is better and way beyond of what we saw earlier thiz year on "Percy Jackson and The Olympians" which also based on Greek mythology. My school teacher used to say, "Sometimes what we saw in movie-trailer is what we saw in entire movie". It really happened on thiz movie. Worthington was not on his best, compare to his latest performances in "Terminator Salvation" (2009) and ground-breaking "Avatar" (2009). There is emptiness during his appearance on thiz movie. Anyhow, I think we will see many of upcoming Worthington's appearances. Thiz man could be new Schwarzenegger. It looks like we got a new 'Titan' in Hollywood.

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Daybreakers
Daybreakers(2010)

'What if...'. I think Hollywood's movies always begin with 'What if...'. Thiz time, what if all humans on thiz planet already became vampires. They drink blood for their daily meal. The crisis starts when blood resources dwindled. The real flesh and blood human are near extinction. Thiz alternate world directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. Ethan Hawke played as Edward, the hematologist tried to discover synthetic blood. The premise is good but the execution is on question mark. Thirty minutes in the beginning of the movie was excited but downhill until the end. The actions were on B-Class level. The direction and editing were out of date, it looked like 80's or 90's movies. Beside Hawke, the other Casts are: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, etc. Hawke was not on his bests. His moral interests which helping human or defending his own kinds could have been develop more intense. Dafoe just fills 'The Rock N' Roll' character in thiz flick, although he's bringing a good comical and fun character. It's Neill who gave a better vampire appeal as cold-hearted CEO. There's something bother me in thiz flick. There's too much smoking scenes. During thiz two decades (since 90's), Hollywood's movies have been reducing the smoking scenes. Personally, I strongly oppose these smoking scenes to bring back to the screens. Tell me, not all of us already turn out be vampires. And tell me, not all of vampires named Edward.

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Devil
Devil(2010)
½

No matter how hard you guess who is The Devil? (if only you haven't heard the spoiler before), I bet you won't get the right answer. When there were only five alternatives to choose from. The five were: The Mechanic (Logan Marshall-Green), Young Woman (Bojana Novakovic), Old Woman (Jenny O'Hara), The Salesman (Geoffrey Arend) and Security Guard (Bokeem Woodbine), thiz guy really reminds me of Samuel L. Jackson's figure. Thiz situation also involves a police detective (Chris Messina). It was great what M. Night Shyamalan did to thiz movie, the script was solid, a plenty of deceiving aspects here, every time we got a clue on who was the murderer, the plot was turning around again to the other direction. It is classic! Just like Hercule Poirot's case, people gathered around in a house, lights off, someone died and we have to figure out who is the murder between them. But only thiz time it is not a house, it is an elevator. I have to say The Opening Title is extremely awesome, I like how they created the tension with the upside-down skyscraper landscape and thrilling score.The movie directed by John Erick Dowdle. Dowdle is known for "Quarantine" (2008) which is a re-make from Spanish semi-reality Horror "[Rec]" (2007). Dowdle apparently has potential ability to dig every necessary element for directing his Actors properly. Every of these mediocre Actors did their job very well indeed, don't need Robert De Niro in that elevator, however the most powerful factor in thiz film is the script itself. And the script is able to conclude nicely in the ending, the thing that didn't happen to Shyamalan's previous feature "The Happening" (2008). It is nice to see Shyamalan back to his game again, which is an effective smart thriller. His best work is still "The Sixth Sense" (1999). Only if he doesn't fall back again into his pop experimental flick like 'The Last Air Blunder' not long ago,.. upps, I mean "The Last Airbender" (2010), we may be able to see a new 'Hitchcock' reborn, can't wait for another Night's Chronicles.

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Eat Pray Love

If you like to travel, I think you probably will love thiz movie. It's a real life experience of Elizabeth M. Gilbert who is in self-discovery by travelling to Italy, India and Bali (no one mentions Indonesia?!) in 2006. Eat at Italy, pray at India and finds love at paradise island Bali. Her book "Eat, Pray, Love" was on New York Times Best Seller list for 110 weeks. The movie directed by Ryan Murphy who is the Creator of "Nip/Tuck", "Popular" and musical phenomenal "Glee". His famous directing credit is "Running with Scissors" in 2006. Julia Roberts did her typical Rom-Com Queen's role for thousand of time. Three lovers around her Liz character are played by fine Actors such as: Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup, and Spider-Man's best friend, James Franco. Bardem brings a relaxing and warm aura into his character. Another brief and believable performance comes from Richard Jenkins as a devastated man in India. There are some surprising performances by Indonesian Actors like: The toothless medicine man, Ketut (played by Hadi Subiyanto), Nyomo (I Gusti Ayu Puspawati), the little Tutti (Anakia Lapae) and senior Actress, Christine Hakim. Subiyanto portrays a memorable and key character, although with limited English. In the half hour at the beginning of thiz chick flick, the plot is kind of boring and flat, but after that we find plenty of funny moments and the story-telling goes better. At the end, I came to the conclusion that Liz Gilbert's character was kind of confused and too much worried about herself, she left everything she had for irrational reasons. Thiz movie has been telling us, "Each city and person has one word to describe it". Well, my word is 'selfishness'. One thing is for sure, the real exoticsm of Bali is more beautiful than it appears. I won't tell you, you have to visit Bali and check it out yourself.

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
½

Thiz movie is phenomenal. A lot of movie-critics pout and sneer at thiz romantic flick. But on thiz review, I want to stay neutral and trying to be objective. If you want to be fair, whoever The Director or The Casts, will be getting a hard time to fill viewer's great expectation since everyone pays full attention on thiz franchise. The original content wrote by a woman novelist, Stephenie Meyer. Twilight Saga schedules for quadrilogy. I think thiz third constellation is better than the second one, "New Moon" (2009). But the first one "Twilight" (2008) is still the best bcoz its mysterious atmosphere and great introduction by former Director, Catherine Hardwicke. Thiz time, The Director is David Slade ("30 Days of Night" (2007)). Thiz sequel has good paces on story-telling. Although some people said the sequences was a little bit slow and boring. But I think if you want to get some precise romantic scenes, thiz is the only way to do it. Slade successfully captures the emotions for some moments with his 'Close-up' cinematography. If we look at the main Casts, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Isabella Swan (Kristen Stewart) do not show much improvement than before. The better performance belongs to Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) with his deep gaze. The surprising best performance comes from the supporting Cast, Dakota Fanning as Jane, one of the Volturi members. With her accent tone and body language, Fanning made an incredible vampire's aura. The blood-thirsty Jasper's character (Jackson Rathbone) annoyed me a little bit. His character evolved too much. In two earlier prequels he's almost invisible, but on thiz third one, he has changed dramatically to become vampire warrior. I observe, Thiz is an odd movie, where girls love it, boys hate it. I hope they didn't come to the theater just to see some good-looking faces (I'm saying thiz, it's not bcoz I'm a 'Twilighater'). In the other hand, if you look inside, no matter how corny the movie is, it will be still a story to tell (I'm saying thiz, it's not bcoz my close-one is 'Twilighter'). The formula is repeated very well, Shirtless Werewolf plus Very-cool Vampire plus Girl who can't even make up her mind, equal to Movie that totally 'twilight' us.

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
½

Did you ever fall in love so deeply and then you just broke up with her/him? That's the feeling you got from watching thiz film. The feeling about how you fall in love with her, and later you realize that time would never come back again. Starred by Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Mark Rufallo, and Kirsten Dunst. Directed by French Director, Michel Gondry. Gondry is one of the directors who always brings some absurd stories as his features (such as: "The Science of Sleep" (2006), that also I like very much). The story is about how you dreams your past and you can actually feel it as just happens at the present time. Sometimes it happens based on what you remember. Thiz is interesting part, in one of the scene, the two characters (Carrey and Winslet) had interaction with each other but they surrounded by people who had plain/blank face, coz the Carey character don't remember how the people look like, so the scene describes it people with plain/blank face. Director was so lucky to got Carey and Winslet in appropriate time, Carey just desperately wants some serious drama beside his role always known as comedian, and Winslet wants to prove her truly acting skill after "Titanic" (1997). Thiz Movie maybe not contains an extraordinary storyline, but can effectively reflects very well the description about how the event occurred.

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Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)
½

Tyler Durden, I expect will be one of the most memorable character in cult-classic movies. Fight Club directed by David Fincher who always made a gloomy and mysterious effect on his every movie. The most important roles in thiz movie held by Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. Norton played the main character, which the name was not mentioned until the end of films. Pitt played as Tyler Durden, the bad boy's character. The other Casts are Helena Bonham Carter and Meatloaf, as we knew him as musician. The Plots was arranged well. We could see what really happen from the beginning till the end from the innocent eye of the narrator. The movie begins with a slow intro. In the early of the story, he was told as insomniac. But after a few incidents, he found himself liked to have some imaginary visions, in that time Tyler Durden was appeared. Afterwards, Durden's character collaborates with the Norton's character roller-coasting all over the rest of film. The story is getting excited dramatically. Brad Pitt played as wild profound character. One of his quotes was so powerful, "The No.1 rule about fight club, is do not talk about fight club,.. The No.2 rule about fight club is...You do not talk about fight club!". Maybe thiz is one of the best Pitt's performances after "Twelve Monkeys". The twist of ending in thiz film could be one of the best in a decade. People will realize what the meaning of the film entirely. The Movie made an amazing description about how people could change, even they didn't realize it.

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From Paris with Love
½

Watching old-John Travolta was running, hopping, and climbing was very refreshing. It looks like he's trying to be 'Bourne'. Thiz criminal-thriller was directed by Pierre Morel. The man known as creditable Cinematographer, behind "The Transporter" (2002), Something's Gotta Give" (2003), and "Unleashed" (2005). In my point of view, Morel's action scene is always excessive and hard to believe to happen in real situation, although is still entertaining. His directing credits are "District 13" (2004) and "Taken" (2008), which loved by most critics. Thiz side kick-action-adventure, Travolta accompanied by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who once again showed his skill by speaking Chinese language fluently in one of the scenes. The script had some potential to develop to be more interesting and interspaces with some funny scenes. The story is about an US ambassador's assistant (Rhys Meyers) tasked to escort a special agent (Travolta) in some mysterious mission. Later, this mission also involve with Rhys Meyers character fiancÚ (Kasia Smutniak). The surprise character on thiz movie spotlights on Smutniak who just made her Hollywood's debut. In my notes, thiz movie had some weaknesses on story-telling, by spoiling too much on its surprising elements. I already had a feeling where thiz story would goes to, even on the early scenes. The elements were too obvious to notice, (Spoiler Alert!) Bcoz the character played by unknown artist and shared too much screen (even on the beginning scenes). In one of the scenes, when Smutniak character were waving goodbye to her fiancÚ (Rhys Meyers), where the scene is too 'underline' and the duration is too long, I already known definitely she will be the bad guy. Or just simply, if you sensitive enough, you could already found out on the title itself!

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale
½

"Hachiko" based on the real story which actually happened in 1925 at Shibuya, Tokyo. There's a dog named Hachiko, devotedly waiting his master return to train station every day. Unfortunately, one day his master died and never showed up again. But Hachiko kept waiting on the same spot every day. The story is widely spread and very well-known in Japan. The Director is Lasse Hallstr÷m. Hallstr÷m made many modest but effective dramas, including his classics: "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" (1993), "The Cider House Rules" (1999), "Chocolat" (2000). The movie tried to capture how the event occurs, while the setting and characters adjusted to United States background. Richard Gere played as Prof. Wilson. As his wife and daughter were Joan Allen and Sarah Roemer. Gere humbly performs his character. The storyline also fills with simplicity. The plots try to build sympathy from the beginning (it told lost little Hachiko coincidentally founded by his master), and mount up in the end of the movie. The movie confidently told the story about what happened after his master death, when one hour elapsed which there's about thirty minutes left (Total duration is about 90 minutes). I think the movie will easily effects on you, especially if you are dog lover or ever take care or raise a dog. Thiz is totally just a powerful story behind the real event. The movie luckily enough had some good materials to make you cry.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

I had almost forgot that I was watching one of the Harry Potter's movies. It was wickedly magnificent and I felt like in different universe compare to its predecessors. The last grand epic is still directed by David Yates who was unknown Director before he was involved in the 5th film "Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix". Actually, Yates has already tried to implement thiz kind of atmosphere into the 6th film "Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince" which is dark, gloomy, and more realistic approach. But back then, it didn't support by attractive storyline. Thiz is the finale of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world when everything is about to end. The villain Voldermort (upss,.. I mean You-Know-Who) is getting stronger than ever. Harry Potter and his two loyal friends have to find hidden Horcruxes in order to destroy The Dark Lord himself forevermore. The movie starts with the doom element and dark impression everywhere. Then it boosts up just like the previous sequels with significant Special Effects Extravaganza when The Chasing Scene has occured. After that, the pace is slowing again. The story as we knew it, it is centered on Harry, Ron and Hermione. Thiz chapter explores the unrevealed relationship further and the result is something different. I think I can see what happens here. Yates tries to lock them up alone in the same room, and then see what happens next. For the first time in thiz franchise, Yates shows us, Harry Potter's movie is not just always about Special Effects exhibition, but also about the depth of its characters. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is doing everything he can to show his emotional maturity. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) improves his acting better than ever. Emma Watson (Hermione) has been grown up to be a beautiful and gorgeous girl. She obviously has the most promising career in the future. The heavy-caliber Supporting Casts are also in solid performances: Alan Rickman as Prof. Snape, Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, and even Ralph Fiennes as You-Know-Who. Yates himself explores every possible technique he can find to thiz latest project, through flash back sequences, racking focus, bird's eye angle, hand-shake camera and everything, even graphic animation when he reels of "The Tale of Three Brothers". The animation is artistic, enjoyable and mind-blowing. I ever hoped that Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth" (2008) and Hell Boy" (2007)) would be The Director of thiz last phenomenal epic. With his resume it will be perfect! But that never happened. Each of us has been growing with thiz franchise. The franchise itself certainly manifests being more than just the movies, but it is also becoming the part of our culture in thiz generation. It is "Wingardium Leviosa" to the highest level, "Expelliarmus" all the bad factors, and it surely won't be "Obliviate" for a long time. It will be "Lumos" brightly till the end. Can't wait to see that flat-nosed monster being defeated at the end!

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Hear Me
Hear Me(2009)
½

How do you express the feelings of your heart to your loved one? Thiz movie teaches us how to get through all the boundaries and speaks only from your heart. I went to see thiz movie without any expectation. But surprisingly it became a spell-binding movie. Thiz Taiwanese Romantic Comedy is debut film from the first-timer Director, Fen-fen Cheng. It's about a simple delivery boy, Tian-kuo (Eddie Peng) who falls in love with hearing impaired girl named Yang Yang (Ivy Chen). Without any difficulty, both of them can communicate so well, although using sign language. The Cast selection is not just good looking, but they deliver some dazzling performances as well. The story also revolves around Yang Yang's sister, Xiao Peng (Michelle Chen), who is pursuing her dream as professional swimmer. Meanwhile, the comical interaction between Tian-kuo and his parents is one of the most interesting parts. Most of the time, the scenes is filled with mute dialogue and silentness. I was amazed at how everytime I saw thiz unique couple talk to each other with their sign language, how their hand movements and face expressions interact much more than our daily language. It is definitely not only a shallow love drama, but it is also about dreams and aspirations in overall. There are some melancholic and heart-touching scenes, particularly in one of the scenes when Yang Yang and her sister remind each other among their desperation. The movie confidently teaches us, how we should appreciate every single hard work that has been done by someone, where every penny has its worth and value. A beautiful drama speaks loud and clear beyond words. The sound of love has been perfectly captured. I hear you ^_^

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How to Train Your Dragon

Honestly, it's very hard for me to criticize animated films. Coz all camera angles, character's expressions, body languages, and etc. are fully controllable by the maker. Thiz kind of movie also depends on whole divisions (the credit not just on director). Thiz movie made by Dream Works Team and directed by Disney's "Lilo and Stitch" (2002) creators, Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. The characters voiced by: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill and America Ferrera. A Viking boy, named Hiccup learned how to be a warrior, instead of vanquished a dragon, they became friend. The dragon character which named Toothless appeared uniquely but likeable. Yes, it's entertaining but still on standard formula. The story relied on what I called 'Sport Formula', where zero to hero elements implied. The main character mostly described as nerd type and later becoming a savior for his surroundings. Plus the commonly ending by diiquieting moment, when we're waiting was Hiccup will going to survive and closed by cheer and applause. Although the flying scene is still thrill and excited. Yes, it's another CGI animation. Yes, it's another feel-good movie.

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Inception
Inception(2010)
½

An Idea. A single idea from the human mind can do anything. That's what Christopher Nolan (Director) wants to resuscitate us. I'm amazed by Nolan who could always tell such a complicated story so smooth. He has already proved his capability on his previous works, such as: "Batman Begins" (2005), "The Dark Knight" (2008), and sophisticated magician's tale in "The Prestige" (2006). But I prefer to compare thiz one with his earlier masterpiece "Memento" (2000). What he was good at, not just a great story-teller (I think he's the best in our generation) but he always made a brilliant twist and turn in every ending of his stories. "Inception" contains multi layer story-telling which tremendously executed well, precise what we saw on "Memento". "Inception" is simply a bigger scale of "Memento". The story tells how Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team could invade to people's minds through their dream, and Cobb's job is to steal it, or plant a new one. The supporting Casts were amazing, fills with the heavy-caliber Actors such as: Michael Caine, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Ken Watanabe and others. In my notes, Dicaprio wasn't better than his performance on "Shutter Island" (2010, early thiz year), but definitely also not a bad one either. Once again, he's success with his script selections and delivers some constant performances. Ellen Page and Cillian Murphy, both of them had just showed their extraordinary performances on "Peacock" (2010). I have to say Murphy brings one of the best performances for overall. But the best appearance is belongs to Marion Cottilard as Cobb's vulnerable wife. The side-story about the dark past of Cobb and his wife draws my attention. The chemistry and that background story were one of the interesting parts from thiz movie. I could easily say, 'The Folding City' and 'Revolving Room' scenes will be one of the memorable moments in cinematic history. Thiz time, Nolan takes us to his dream, where an idea becomes seed of possibility. A great opening, a nice built concept for the main plot and deceitful twist of ending, it's all we needed for new level of ingenious movie. Simply, experience your life through Dream.

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Inglourious Basterds
½

It's very surprising to me, Quentin Tarantino (QT) picks warfare genre for his next project, although according to many sources, thiz script already bury very long time on Tarantino's desk. QT is authentically inspirational and eccentric Director in the same time. His previous best works were: "Pulp Fiction" (1994) and "Kill Bill" (2007). Seem to me, he always finds something new to put on every film of his. The story is about a group of soldiers led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), who known as "The Basterds". They had mission to terminate every Nazi with their fiercely-sadistic way. It's also about a jewish girl (Melanie Laurent), unfortunately was the only survivor when Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) killed her entire family. Afterwards, she ran a cinema that incidentally rented by Nazi for their important occasion. She has a revenge-plan to demolish whole cinema with all Gestapo and Nazi superior inside. Simply, QT never focuses on 'one-man-show'. With his unique directing, QT takes us to his world where anything could be different. From first chapter, we already serve by thoughtful and memorable dialogue. I think the power of QT's movie is on the dialogue, unpredicted plots, sometimes comical, and fills with memorable characters in each of his movie. If you free-minded enough then you can enjoy QT's movies. Like Col. Hans Landa said (when he's on the farmer house on early scene), "I ask your permission to switch to English for the remainder of the conversation..". Well, let's enjoy QT's 'language'.

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Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

Donnie Yen is back with some killer moves! Ip Man (Yip Man) is well known as Bruce Lee's martial arts master. Although, it based on true character, but not based on true story or event (sorry for Ip Man's fans, to let you down by knowing thiz). Real Ip man was a quiet and peaceful person during his lifetime. His profession mostly was a policeman. He never fought aggressively against Japan Occupation and never challenge western boxer into the match. Ip Man purely was a practitioner of Wing Chun. Wing Chun is martial arts discipline involves short-range attack and defense. I heard that Wing Chun invented by Shaolin Nun and later has evolved to become Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee. Despite all of those facts, thiz was a great sequel. The movie directed by Wilson Yip Wai Shun, the man behind "Dragon Tiger Gate" (2006) and "Flash Point" (2007). Compare to the first one, thiz sequel contains simpler plots. The story was typical and clichÚ. It told after Japan Occupation, Ip man and family exiled to Hongkong. He opened martial arts school over there, having conflicts with other martial arts institutions, and stand up for his pride. The movie beautifully described what happened during that period of time. The cinematography was astounding, even on the fight scenes. Everything's just in proportion. The fight choreography handled by an experienced choreographer, Sammo Hung Kam Bo (also appears as Actor). It well directed, although without using wire techniques. Camera angles and sound effects were supporting each other. It seemed to me in the fight scenes, they used 'Matrix Fight Scene Formula' (like we've seen in "Matrix" (1999)), when the fight began, the score was beating in the same time. And when the fight puts to rest for a moment, the score also adjusted into the slow beat. In the final fight, the western boxer named Twister (Darren Shahlavi) finally defeated by Ip Man, all spectators was cheering after his victory. That scene was powerful. In that moment, it gives you goosebumps, we could feel the same euphoria like we have seen in "Rocky" (1976). There are three China's Martial Arts Icons of all-time, the late Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li. The interesting part was all of them ever played on the movie entitled "Fist of Fury". The first "Fist of Fury" (1972) originally played by Bruce Lee, on that same movie young Jackie Chan was involved as one of the Stunt Extras. In 1994, Jet Li was starred on new version entitled "Fist of Legend". Although, Donnie Yen himself ever starred on TV series version in 1995, he will back again on "Fist of Fury: The Legend of Chen Zhen" (2010). Thiz time is really his recognition to be next generation of Martial Arts Icon.

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Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)
½

There's something exciting every time we watch Iron Man. Complete action-packed, great characters interest, and interludes with effective humors. Tony Starks is an eccentric, self-centered (even sometimes looks childish) but genius multi-billionaire who builds Iron Man suit. Thiz time, he faced health issue and ready to confront another threads from his business rival, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) and mysterious Whiplash (Mickey Rourke). In the first Iron Man two years ago, I said to everyone that Tony Starks was too humanist on the movie, that's wrong. Starks should be appears more cocky to fill his original character (If you asked me thiz kind of stuff, well, comics was my world. I remembered my dad bought me first Iron Man's issue from overseas). But on thiz sequel, Iron Man character really fills my expectations. Robert Downey Jr. acted amazingly well, continues his first exhilarating performance. The most powerful element in Iron Man's movies is definitely Downey Jr. Mickey Rourke is our other attention after his Oscar-nominated "The Wrestler" (2008). He's playing save on his villain-character and it looked well. On the fight scene, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow was surprisingly kick-ass. I didn't know was the camera angle or the fight choreography which made it worked, but Johansson really left behind her girly image. Unfortunately, I don't like Nick Fury's character (Samuel L. Jackson) which reconstructs from Fury's original character. Other Casts were: Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, etc. The movie directed by an actor who luckily thrived on thiz franchise, Jon Favreau. Some of his Directing credits were "Zathura: A Space Adventure" (2005) and the comedy "Elf" (2003). It's almost very difficult to say thiz movie is not a good one. Apparently it is an excellent and entertaining movie for everyone. Can't wait for another Starks Expo!

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Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass(2010)
½

When you're child, have you ever wanted to be a superhero? I thought all the kids who were born in 80's and up ever thought about that, at least once. Thiz movie was very confident since the beginning, they advertise it rapidly and the posters were very intriguing too. It's about Dave (Aaron Johnson), unpopular and nerdy boy at school who wants to be a superhero even without super power. He tried to save the world with alter-ego named kick-ass, on the contrary he got his ass kicked. Meanwhile, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and her eleven-year-old daughter named Hit-Girl (ChloŰ Grace Moretz) who has been the real superheroes were fighting the crime againts drug dealer's mob, Frank D'Amico (Mark strong). Frank attempted to put his son, Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) as undercover superhero named Red Mist, his intentions was to trap Kick-Ass. Mark Strong once again succesfully brought an interesting villain character. Recently, He had been bad guy for "RocknRolla" (2008), "The Young Victoria" (2009), "Sherlock Holmes" (2009), "Robin Hood" (2010) and upcoming "Green Lantern" (2011) and previously many more. He could deliver different bad guy characters with his aura and I admired him for that. I officially gave him 'Bad Guy of The Year' award (if I could). Other casts, Johnson was standard and Cage's performance was just what we needed. It's ChloŰ Grace Moretz who surprised us with believeable and easy-going performance. Outside of her Hit-Girl's fight scene which was awesome (we knew probably substituted by stunt double) but she's also good in drama. The Director is Matthew Vaughn who directed "Stardust" (2004) and respectable "Layer Cake" (2007). Actually on thiz movie, the conversation was rude (considered it as family movie) and the fight scene was bloody brutal, but we have to admit the story was original and effectively hilarious. The movie was brave enough to challenge the mainstream and it worked well in some moments. In my point of view, when we dare enough to laugh on ourself for our own stupidity or feebleness, that's the time we showed the big heart of us.

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Letters to Juliet
½

The tagline is: what if you had a second chance to find true love? It all begins like Taylor Swift's song "Love Story", "We were both young, when I first saw you". There is a place in Verona where broken-hearted women wrote their letters and attached it on the wall. Those letters will be replied by a group called 'Juliet's Secretaries'. By her curiosity, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) got involved into the group, while she was on vacation with her fiancÚ, Victor (Gael GarcÝa Bernal). Sophie accidentally found an unanswered letter, and tried to reply it back after 50 years. The letters which wrote by a woman named Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), takes them to a quest to find Claire's first love, Lorenzo Bartolini. Young Bartolini once asked Claire to run away with him. Thiz part is when the song says, "Romeo takes me somewhere we can be alone, I'll be waiting all there's left to do is run". But young Claire never showed up. Meanwhile, Claire's grandson, Charlie (Christopher Egan) comes along to join their road trip adventure. Later, Sophie and Charlie have found their self actually they also have special feeling with each other. Amanda Seyfried had always been my personal favorite Actress since I first saw her in "Mamma Mia!" (2008). But I have to admit her acting didn't show particular improvement yet. Seyfried's chemistry with Egan as her love interest is extremely poor. It seems Egan doesn't know what to do with his role. Gael GarcÝa Bernal who I respected him as an extraordinary Actor in Indie movies (such as: "Y tu Mamß TambiÚn" (2001), "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004) and others), also made one dimensional performance with his monotone behavior. Vanessa Redgrave shows better performance as Claire, although it is not so special either. A good story to tell, but missed almost all aspects in directing, the man who's responsibility for that is Gary Winick (also directed "Charlotte's Web" (2006) and "Bride Wars" (2009)). In Fact, the emotions are barely flat throughout the entire movie. Despite its obvious inadequacies, there's one heartwarming moment, when at last Claire met Charlie again. Their reunion healed their long lost love, the believability was effective. That's the time we came to the end of the song, "You'll never have to be alone, I love you and that's all I really know". Fabulous letter but didn't get delivered.

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Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!(2008)
½

It's another musical movie, the songs are tribute for ABBA, the popular pop band in 70's and 80's. There is simple story about a girl that wants his father presence in her wedding day. The problem is she didn't know who her father is. She has been raised by her mother alone. According to his mother's diary, there are three possibilities represent with three persons that could be her father. The thing is she finally invites all three of them. You just can't imagine what could be happens next. The Movie starred by a lot of senior artists, such as: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, etc. Apparently there is another rising star that performs lovely, Amanda Seyfried. She brought her role with some compassion and easy-going character. The ABBA's hits, like "Honey", "Dancing Queen", "Mamma Mia!" sang by all the Actor/Actress itself. The songs on my opinion are successfully refreshed. On top of that, I think musical movie is more acceptable nowadays. It begins to sound familiar because the music is now more based on pop-rock trends. Contrary with musical movie that made from 50's to 60's, which based on classic orchestra. The movie in overall is so fresh and full of joy, but in few scenes shows over-acting. Before I watched thiz movie, I thought it was teen movie, but after I watched it I went to the conclusion the movie is for middle-age viewers or maybe for family.

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My Name Is Khan
½

ItÔ(TM)s time to make a movie to balance the general point of view. Thiz movie tried to answer that someone didnÔ(TM)t measure by his religion, but more about his good deeds. The story applied some Ô~Forrest GumpÔ(TM) elements into it. It seems worked well. The film starred by India superstars, Shahrukh Khan along with Kajol and directed by their friend, Karan Johar. Despite of Johar is a known-well Director in India, but his works were very rare. There are only four movies include his first pop-phenomenal ÔKuch Kuch Hota HaiÔ? (1998). All of JoharÔ(TM)s movies were appearing Khan and Kajol. The following were ÔKabhi Khushi Kabhie GamÔ? in 2001 and ÔKabhi Alvida Naa KehnaÔ? in 2006 (although Kajol only appeared on small role-uncredited). On thiz movie, KhanÔ(TM)s performance tried to reach Dustin Hoffman character in ÔRain ManÔ? (1988). But like all Bollywood movies, I think some moments were over-acted. Khan who suffered AspergerÔ(TM)s syndrome, made him difficult to interact with others. However, he gifted by special abilities (In some ways, heÔ(TM)s smart). Entire film is about his life journey, meet his love of the lifetime and what happens after 9-11Ô(TM)s incident. The story had many layers on what happened next, the conflicts were good. But the ending was too simple and easily solved. The cinematography was awesome. If we want to be honest, thiz movie delivers some clear explicit messages. It made thiz movie a little bit side-weighed. The title and character itself which pointed to Khan is very acceptable. The movie anticipated to be neutral by put the main Cast real name into it.

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My Sister's Keeper
½

Thiz is a wake-up call movie! It's a tearing-down movie. Oh, it made us realize how precious every moment in our life. How's lucky we would be, rather than complaining tiny meaningless things. It well directed by Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes was a second class Actor that became more talented in directing movies. He is the man behind "The Notebook" (2004). His deep comprehension about human heart is really useful on thiz movie. The story is about Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) that sick from leukemia since baby. Her dependence from her other sister, Anna (Abigail Breslin) was transpiring for years bcoz of their medical-match. The illness became a major burden and also a hidden-blessing in the same time to unite the family stronger than ever. All Casts properly fill their shoes. I always said to myself since "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006) that Abigail Breslin was a great young Actress. With the age like that, we could see the quality of young Jodie Foster was reborn like on her first appearance in "Taxi Driver" (1976). Cameron Diaz's not just good-looking but always made an impressive performance when she involved in indie or small movie like thiz, last time I remembered thiz quality on "Being John Malkovich" (1999). Diaz successfully brought a firm mother's character. The father also played convincingly by Jason Patric. The scene-stealer performance's made by Thomas Dekker as Kate's boyfriend. The narration, muted dialogue, slow motion scene, the score and soundtracks really blend us into our deepest sympathy. There are so many touching-heart scenes in thiz movie. The one's that really tearing me down is the scene of the last wish of Kate. She simply wants go to the beach, her dad granted her wish. Her mom and dad argue hard to let her doing it considering her critical health. But later her mom's coming to join anyway. Her mom hugs her dad, Kate claps her hands. The scene describes beautifully when Kate enjoys her last moment with her family on the evening wave in the beach with background song "Feels Like Home" by Edwina Hayes. It's simple and powerful scene. It really stabs and takes out all of emotions from our heart.

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

"New Moon" is the second constellation of Twilight Saga. Which written by Stephenie Meyer. Meyer is typically feminine-romance novelist. The movie casts by the regular Actors from the prequel, such as: Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart. Plus brand New-Casts, like: Taylor Lautner and Michael Sheen. Pattison played a role of a vampire that falling in love with a girl named Bella (Stewart). We saw Pattison few years ago for the character as Harry's competitor in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005). The former Director of "Twilight" (2008), Catherine Hardwicke was replaced by Paul Weitz. Hardwicke's version of "Twilight" was more gentle and success to build a romance between characters and backgrounds. The contrary, Weitz didn't get into the right track to create such emotions. In the beginning, I think whoever the Director of this second movie should had more chance to create attractive plots, considering the conflict will be more intense based on original contents. The other lack of thiz movie is on the action sequences. Maybe the actions supported by more special effects, but the actions is too short and didn't create memorable thrills. We remembered the first "Twilight", the scene that Edward came to saved Bella from a bunch of bad guys, or the fight-scene on a baseball field. The only scene that I like on thiz movie is when Bella had a dream about her grandmother on a beautiful forest. In that scene, suddenly Edward appeared and Bella realized later, that is not her grandmother, but it is herself getting older in Edwards's Arms.

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New York, I Love You

Thiz movie is an anthology about different kind of love stories in the setting of New York. It is also a reincarnation of 2006's France movie, "Paris J'taime". A full All-Star Casts and directed by many well-known Directors. The movie contains about eleven segments (which I approximately counted). Each Segment has unique style and combines in one atmosphere. I know it is very hard to criticize thiz kind of film where each segment could be the weakness or the strength of whole film itself. So these are my evaluation based on impression that left to me. Mira Nair's segment tells about a glimpse of love, played by Natalie Portman. Portman also made her directing debut in one of the segments, which it revolves around a little girl and a man spend some time at the park, Later We knew that man was her father. Portman's direction only tried to describe the situation. Shekhar Kapur's segment is the most thoughtful scene. We should take time to muse wisdom inside. It is about love, tragedy, and the meaning of life. The roles played by Julie Christie, Shia LaBeouf, and John Hurt. The script made by the late Anthony Minghella. Yvan Attal and Allen Hughes segments were more about passion and lust. Attal's segment it starred by Ethan Hawke and Maggie Q. It underlined love seduction. Hughes part is more about sex and the hesitation that comes along after one night stand relation, played by Bradley Cooper and Drea de Matteo. The Brett Ratner's segment is probably the most easy-watching part. It is about unique prom night story. This Part played by Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby, and James caan. I think Thirlby gives a delightful performance here. Ratner's direction is on pop-standart level. And finally, the most hilarious part is about an old-couple. The dialogue is so tickling. Thiz segment is directed by Joshua Marston. The other segments for me just come through without any deep impression. Other Casts are: Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Andy Garcia, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Shu Qi, and many. In overall, "New York, I Love You" could not gives maximum freshness that what we have seen in "Paris J'taime" before. However, the transition of various New York's landscape between one segment and with the others is very smooth enough. Thiz movie maybe is not a specific movie about lovers, but more about love in universal way.

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Knight & Day
Knight & Day(2010)

Yes, Tom Cruise is a knight in shining armor. Yes, Cameron Diaz is still looking fresh in daylight. If you're looking a movie to have fun with, thiz movie is definitely the one. It's a typical Hollywood's popcorn movie. The storyline is predictable, the sequence is easy-watching, the comedy is corny, the action is absurd and they rely much on charisma of two main Casts, who in thiz case are Cruise and Diaz. Thiz is their second rendevouz. In "Vanilla Sky" (2001), the atmosphere was gloomy and serious, so people kept thinking how about to put them in another situation. We knew Cruise was an extreme adrenaline junkie in a real life with his motorcycle collection and extreme sports fan. Thiz movie is absolutely the perfect vessel for him to do what he always desires to do, for me thiz will be his trilogy extension of "Mission: Impossible" (1996-2006). Diaz is charming as always and could merge into any kind of character. The most important thing, she looks like to have fun with her character, for me thiz will be her dwilogy extension of "Charlie's Angels" (2000-2003). I have to say, even without any addition, 'The Star-Power' of these two main Casts were very powerful. The Director is James Mangold, a talented drama Director ("Girl, Interrupted" (1999), "Identity" (2003), "Walk the Line" (2005), etc.), who tries his luck in action movie like thiz. In the other hand, some people say, "movie is for fun". In that case, thiz movie was extremely effective and entertaining. The movie will make you forget how things happen, if you are one of the viewers that emphasizes fun factor as your needs. Well, just buy a ticket, buckle up, and enjoy the ride. At least, thiz one will be one-ride roller coaster's fun and that's it!

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Nine
Nine(2009)

"Page one.. page one...". Thiz is totally Hot babes Exhibition. The story centered on Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis), the movie director that experienced mystification between his profession and love affairs around all women he knew in life. Directed by Rob Marshall, known well as "Chicago" (2002) Director which also so musical. Thiz movie casts perfectly by various Actresses, such as: Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Stacy Ferguson (member of Pop Band, "Black Eyed Peas"), even the senior ones like Judi Dench and Sophia Loren. But I think the best performance is on Marion Cotillard (as Guido's wife). Like I though before, the movie will be sort of Broadway's Parade. The Dance Choreography shows nothing's new, we already seen it on "Chicago". The stage setting is also a minus, almost throughout the movie we saw the same stage that Guido's play use. The story is rare of conflict. Marshall brings character introduction all over the movie from beginning to the end. We see some kind of 'American Idol' contest on every actress. If the way it is, I think the winner would be on Kate Hudson section which is joyful and glamour. It cross on my mind, thiz movie is just a form of Marshall's narcissism. It's very obvious to me, the movie intents to reveal the mysterious-world of women. We can friend with her, kiss her, dance with her, even marry her, but no matter we did, the middle name of a woman it always remains as 'mystery'.

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Ninja Assassin
½

The main Cast of "Ninja Assassin" is Rain, the pop-superstar from South Korea. I had a doubt before watching thiz movie, that Rain could perform convincing in thiz kind of genre. The movie directed by James Mc Teigue, and supported by Wachowski Brothers ("The Matrix", 1999). Mc Teigue, we remembered him on his last film, "V for Vendetta" (2005). In this newest feature, Mc Teigue improved with more actions and straight-to-the-point plots. The Actions however had a few weaknesses. The fight-scene is too fast and not focus, despite the special effect already in right measurement. The only thing that I like on thiz movies, is for the first time Ninja's aura was revealed better on Hollywood movie. The Rain's performance was not stable. In one scene he could be an unmerciful Ninja, but on the other scene he shows softer character. I remembered in one scene, when Raizo (Rain's character), was being watched on interrogation room. One police said, "He's not seems like a Ninja to me,..It's more like a boy-band member". Don't blame him, he is: a boy-band.

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

The Director is Chris Columbus, who I called 'The Family Man', most of his works always contains family value. His previous works include: "Home Alone" (1990), "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993), "Bicentennial Man" (1999), Two early "Harry Potter" series (2001-2002), and "Rent" (2005), which I loved about. In thiz latest movie, he adapted the first series of Rick Riordan's novel. The story told about a common teenager just found out that he is the offspring of Poseidon, one of the Greek's Gods (they called it: Demigod). Now is time for Percy to stop the war between the Gods, who demanding the Zeus's lost Lightning Bolt. Percy stars by Logan Lerman. Lerman performs adequately on his character. Almost all the mythical characters appear in thiz movie. The other Casts are: Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, and Uma Thurman. The script itself applied a little bit shallow and corny. Obviously, there are some weaknesses that I found disturbing. First, all The Customes on thiz movie is so ordinary and lack of innovation. I believe we already seen it, even on "Hercules" TV episodes. Some of the settings also terribly executed, the training camp set (the place that Percy and other Demigods train) is clearly not in high concept. It seems to be, Columbus didn't support by fine Production Designer Team for thiz time. In overall, thiz movie is so far from building a great franchise like Harry Potter. The fact, There are some copy-paste elements on thiz story, like: trio friends bond, the chosen one, magical gadgets, wicked step family, etc. America wants to have their own "Harry Potter"? They must try harder.

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Piranha 3-D
Piranha 3-D(2010)
½

I didn't know what I had to think when I was leaving the theater, after watching thiz movie. It's just like has been watching two different movies all at once, one is about hungry killer fish, and the other one is about naked sexy girls. From the beginning, I didn't expect much on thiz no-need remake. But the result, the movie has not only felt into B-class movie, but thiz one is definitely what I call C-class movie. There is nothing new and every single aspect is lack of creativity. It is all about gore and nudity with mediocre Actors attached, such as: Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, Steven R. McQueen and "My Secret Identity" (1988-1991) Star's, Jerry O'Connell, plus cameo appearances from: Eli Roth and Richard Dreyfuss. Nobody shines on thiz movie, especially O'Connell who is extremely annoying. The movie directed by Gore Specialist and French Director, Alexandre Aja ("Mirrors" (2008) and the remake of "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006)). The story is completely awful. I didn't see anything, except some groups of people were partying and eventually eating by fish. It's so terrible, everything was rip-off from thiz kind of legendary movies, like: "Jaws" quadrilogy (1975-1987) and even the original "Piranha" (1978). Don't take your children to watch thiz one. But like I said before,"We need bad movie (like thiz), to make good movie looks good".

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Predators
Predators(2010)
½

"Predator" (1987) has been one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's memorable movies. Now, they try to extend the narrative into a new chapter from thiz franchise, in "Predators", with 'S' which is expected to be multiplying (I guess). But what I see from thiz newest alternative is just a movie with a repetitive formula and setting. The formula is still a typical mysterious introduction to the creatures what we called 'Predators' and how a group of soldiers die one by one, until the last one. The setting is still tropical jungle, exactly what we saw on Schwarzenegger's version. Thiz one is officially the third Predator's movies since the first one in 1987 and "Predator 2" in 1990, plus two spin-off when Predators clash with the Aliens (another iconic Hollywood's creatures) in "AVP" (2004) and "AVP 2: Requiem" (2007). Unfortunately, I almost can say thiz one could easily fall into B-Class movie with B-Class Actors attached, such as: Alice Braga, Topher Grace, and others. The only exception (of course) is on Adrien Brody's performance, his attempt to be action hero must put as a great credit itself. Brody seems to be successful to build his body and delivers some brawny hero's attitude, with his voice and tone characteristic. The other brief but convincing appearance made by Laurence Fishburne. I simply watched thiz movie bcoz I wanted to see what could Nimrod Antal (Director) did for his next project, since his latest "Vacancy" (2008) created an intriguing and effective thriller. In thiz Predator's movie, Antal didn't make a new innovation. In fact, he took many rip-off elements from the first original one. If they're keep doing thiz without any modernity has been made, I think they might had been killing 'Predators' itself.

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Our hero named Prince Dastan (also means 'hero' in Persian) was a street rambler adopted by King Sharaman to live among royalty in his kingdom. And now with a mystical dagger and accompanies by enchanted Princess Tamina, he has to clear his name and finds the truth while he is being accused as King's murderer. Since 1989, we already knew "Prince of Persia" as famous video game created by Jordan Mechner, finally brought up into the screen. In thiz flick, the chemistry between Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) resemblance to Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley character in "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy (2003-2007), which also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney's. They fight and they love each other. For refreshing element, Alfred Molina delivered some funny and comical character as Sheik Amar. Ben Kingsley played the part of Dastan's mysterious uncle Nizam with stiff and cold performance. All actions (sword fights, horse pursuit, arrows war, etc.) were typical action sequences in thiz kind of adventure, except the jumping scene which already have been specific characteristic of "Prince of Persia". With slow motion and precise camera angles, thiz scene seems to work well. The Film Director is Mike Newell, who directed "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), "Donnie Brasco" (1997), "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003) and the fourth Harpot "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005). My critics for Newell's directing is: the story telling and editing are too fast. As a consequence, character development doesn't maximize. The ending is meant to be twisted. But in second thought, if he had a magical time-machine dagger, any problem will easily be solved, suddenly everything is not impossible at all. In my perception, the story telling could have been better. The plots still have many holes, with the time travel element they should be able to make thiz story more interesting. As Prince Dastan character said, "Difficult, not impossible".

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Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

Thiz movie known as the most talked about movie. The movie that acquired a lot of good reviews from most critics. You must see it yourself then you understand why. Starred by many well-known Actors, such as: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis and many. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, the eccentric Director. The plot is unusual, but very interesting in a strange way. The Script made by Tarantino himself. Very confusing plot around the movie. Move forward and backward along the movie. These elements that made people appreciate it. You must see over and over to understand the idea. However, actually the plot is an ordinary plot just like other ordinary movie but the editing made it great for overall. The other factor that make thiz movie unforgettable is the dialogues. The dialogues are mostly long but colorful, rude but exciting. Thiz movie costs by limited budget, but still a lot of well-known stars involved. Thiz proofs that The Actors know there's something different on the script to offer. The other memorable scene you will never forget is when Travolta and Truman dancing. The dancing is cult. People remember Travolta for musical movies, such as "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) and "Grease" (1978). When we see him appear at movie again for such a long time and we see him dancing by his present figure, something magical happens. That's the fun part. If you like independent movie, Totally you must see this movie.

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Resident Evil: Afterlife
½

I can mention at least 10 similarities between thiz film and "Matrix" (1999)! Gun-fighting vs. a group of tactical team in hallway, smashing into building window and firing back while it falls (with slow motion too!), bullet time technique when the villain Albert Wesker is avoiding the bullet, and even the villain character (Wesker himself) is Agent Smith look-alike! (the way he talked and expressed), and many more. Terrible rip-off! Thiz game adaptation is a sequel from three early movies: "Resident Evil" (2002), "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" (2004), and "Resident Evil: Extinction" (2007). Paul W. S. Anderson takes back his command as Director since the first franchise. In my observation, Anderson is another 'Michael Bay' type of mindless popcorn Director, who always delivers mind-blowing action with extra excessive situation and seems fully unrealistic, like what he showed on "Mortal Kombat" (1995), "AVP: Alien Vs. Predator" (2004) and "Death Race" (2008).The brainless main plot follows Alice (Milla Jovovich) continue to fight against Umbrella Corporation, which is turning the world into zombieland. Like the tag line on the poster says, "She's back and she's bringing a few of her friends", thiz movie is appearing all the original characters of game version, such as: Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller), and Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) although only appears as cameo in ending. There's no character development in thiz movie, everything is flat. It is 97 minutes movie with a bunch of slow-motion sequences. One thing is for sure, in the movie like thiz you do not even have to worry during the film, the main character won't die in any circumstances. Prepare yourself for another carousel ride!

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Robin Hood
Robin Hood(2010)

A new breed of Robin Hood from The Father of "Alien" (1979), Ridley Scott. Robin Hood as we knew before was decorous outlaw and great archer with tight pants, to rob the rich and gave it to the poor. I know Scott wants his version of Robin Hood to be different. He was described with different haircut and beard. In fact, Russell Crowe performed the character precisely with his previous character in "Gladiator" (2000), only different in outfit (pay attention on his attitude and body language). Cate Blanchett as Marion was not in bad performance. Blanchett, I monitored always gave extraordinary performances in almost all her films. I think for her to involve in thiz epic was a waste of talent. The famous eternal-villain of Robin Hood (as we knew), Sherrif of Nottingham (Matthew MacFayden) was not in focus by limiting his proportion on thiz film. In his stead was two-face traitor named Godfrey played by Mark Strong. In my opinion, he played the best performance in overall, along with William Hurt as King John's chancellor. Mark Strong had been built a great villain image during these couple of years, a fine Gary Oldman's substitute who also best known as convincing villain. The movie actually attached with unique and tremendous score. The final battle on thiz movie, I described it as 'Omaha Beach's Attack' in medieval version. It's like what we saw on opening battle in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), only with arrows and swords. The last four movies directed by Scott brought Crowe as his main character (include thiz one). It's also the fifth since their successful collaboration in "Gladiator". Crowe never shows a lame performance. But once again thiz is really a copy-paste from Scott's "Gladiator", same Crowe's acting, it's also about a warrior comes home after patriotic battle and a rebellion toward greed king and same conflicts too. Last time we saw Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991), we brought home some memorable moments and its soundtrack still echoes until now. If public can accept thiz movie as a fair and fine movie, don't blame them (Scott and Crowe) if they back again to offer you another typical ones with same Scott's directing and same Crowe's acting either, maybe other time with their version of Batman or James bond or whatever. Should we let them do it easily?

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Salt
Salt(2010)
½

"The more we run, the more they chase". It's what happenned to Evelyn Salt. Since Mat Damon's "Bourne Identity" (2002) which is using more advance believability approach in runaway espionage's tale, now everybody wants to be 'Bourne' by running, jumping, shooting, fighting, car-chase, motorcycle-chase, you-name-it and it all happenned in one action-packed. Couple examples which using the similar patterns are: John Travolta's "From Paris with Love" (2009), Tom Cruise's "Knight and Day" (2010), Ashton Kutcher's"Killers" (2010) and now it is Jolie's turn. The story follows Evelyn Salt (Jolie) who has been instant-accused as a Russian's spy who may be able to jeopardizing the national security. The Director is Phillip Noyce, the man behind "The Bone Collector" in 1999 (also with Jolie). The camera angle is dynamic, especially in action sequences. Yes, the movie is full of twists and turns, even sometimes the story just go by itself without proper explanations, leaving too many questions and missing links. That is the uniqueness of the plots! The story is intriguing. It is successful to make us stay put in our seat by expecting what is going to happen next. To let Jolie fuses into action adventure like thiz is like releasing the fish into water, it is what she does best. Jolie is still the focus, shines among her mysterious partner (Liev Schreiber) and plain-straight boss (Chiwetel Eijiofor). If someone complains about how absurd thiz narratives has become, it's simply arguable and it all happens to every modern action movies. One thing for sure, Jolie is back with some kiss-ass moves, to show us she is definitely one of the most comfortable action heroines in our time. Thiz "Salt" is happened to be sweet more than you think it is.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
½

What is the password? Umm,.. Whatever! That is the attitude of 23-year-old Scott Pilgrim. By watching thiz film, amazingly I feel like back to become teenager again, with my skate board under my feet and baseball cap on my head. It tells about Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) who has a new girlfriend, Ramona Flower (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Now, he must defeat seven Ramona's evil ex-boyfriends in video game style duels. Meanwhile, Scott is also playing in a band called Sex Bob-omb with his friends. The movie directed by Edgar Wright who brought us "Shaun of The Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). He is always able to make any comedy to be smart one. On thiz latest feature, there are some unique and hilarious characters, such as: Scott's gay roommate Wallace (Kieran Culkin), the annoying Scott's ex-girlfriend Knives (Ellen Wong) and Ramona's Indian silly ex-boyfriend Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha). Even more, the movie is surrounded by refreshing Cameo appearances from Anna Kendricks, Jason Schwartzman, Chris Evans, Thomas Jane and our last Superman, Brandon Routh. Michael Cera seems to be a perfect choice for Scott Pilgrim, he does not even have to act so hard for being Scott's character. Mary Elizabeth Winstead delivers some cool punk-girl character successfully. The movie apparently based on the first three series of six black-and-white comic strips by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The Art Direction is so different and attractive. They use comical fonts to emphasize the sound and the fighting scene is one of my main attentions. The fight scenes are mind-blowing with those graphics and animations, yeah it looks ridiculous sometimes, but surely well-choreographed. Once again, the only way to comprehend thiz movie is by letting yourself being young again. Just to recall how we enjoy adolescence by just living in our own world. Once in awhile, all of us were Scott Pilgrim and only us Vs. The World. Welcome back to MTV's generation. For me, thiz movie deserves to receive 1Up and 1000 Combos!

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Sherlock Holmes
½

Before thiz newest version, there are about 200 movies that brought Sherlock into wide-screen and more than 70 Actors played as thiz famous character. Sherlock Holmes is a well-known detective on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels (Which first time published on 1887). Sherlock on thiz movie is Robert "Iron Man" Downey Jr., Accompanied by his fellow side-kick Dr. John Watson (played by Jude Law). The Other Casts are Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong. Downey Jr. seem doesn't care how to perform Sherlock authentically, otherwise he just act with his style and just have fun on his version of Sherlock. As we knew, Sherlock is discreet, calm, and charismatic person. But in the end, I think viewers also agree to put beside the original Sherlock for a while, bcoz thiz version is enjoyable. In the overall, The movie was very good enough and very funny with a good fresh concept. The Director is Guy Ritchie. Ritchie known as Indie-Director, which is his best works are "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998) and "Snatch" (2000). The plots in thiz movie is excited on the beginning, a little lame on the middle of film, and closed with just customary ending. After watching thiz movie, maybe its cross on our mind, Downey Jr. on his version of Sherlock resembles with Will Smith performance on "Wild Wild West" (1999). But we must to admit that thiz movie have some plus poins compare with Smith's "Wild Wild West". Both of the movies show us a new style on the legendary figures. Here he comes, The Funky Sherlock!

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Shrek Forever After
½

What reason do you go to see Shrek? For me, I expect cheerful atmospheres all around, That simple. In thiz fourth installment of Shrek, everything becomes darker and gloomy. I think the key that made Shrek franchise succesfull all the time is Andrew Adamson. Adamson is The Director of two early ones, Shrek (2001) and "Shrek 2" (2004). And he also contributes writing credit in "Shrek The Third" (2007). Thiz time to continue thiz three years occasion without his involvement, Shrek was into nightmare. The directing was handed to Mike Mitchell. Mitchell known as Director of "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" (1999) and "Sky High" (2005), which are not animation. The story tries to reset everything from the beginning. It tells Shrek (Mike Myers) travels to the past and faces the new alternate universe, which Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) is a warrior, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) now is a fat lazy cat, and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) doesn't even know Shrek. All happened bcoz of Bad intentions from new villain named Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) who wanted to rule Far Far Away Kingdom. Thiz character has not developed well. The funny scene was only when he eventually changed his silly wig. It was not comparable to Lord Farquaad's character in the first one. I think all of movie critics will hardly appraise thiz sequel as a good one. If we see Shrek series in overall, it was already downhill since the first. The first Shrek was amazingly great, the second one was still impressive, and we thought "Shrek The Third" was a real forever after. Thiz one, I described it as no-need extension. However, Shrek's movies always fill with joyful soundtracks. If only they have fresh ideas for thiz franchise to continue, but if don't, just left behind thiz franchise for a while. They didn't realize, they might have been killing thiz franchise forever after. One thing for sure, thiz one is really a 'Cat-tastrophe' and 'ri-Donkey-lous'.

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Skyline
Skyline(2010)

What can I say, 9 for the trailer and 4 for the movie. I have to give the intriguing trailer a big round of applause. If you have seen the trailer before, I can guarantee you will be so bloody curious to watch the movie itself (exactly what happened to "Clash of The Titans" earlier thiz year). They were editing the trailer so well. But the fact is: Something so wrong is going on. Next Thing I can say, A-Class Special Effects collide with C-Class Actors. The movie directed by Special Effects experts, Colin and Greg Strause, who also directed "AVPR: Aliens VS. Predator-Requiem" (2007). The premise is mysterious at the beginning, one night at 4:27 A.M. strange blue beams appear on the City of Los Angeles. It is the first initial of the extraterrestrial invasion. The storyline only follows one point of view (just like "Cloverfield", 2008), the movie focuses on a group of certain people and what happens next to them. They are Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison, David Zayas and others. There is a scene that I think it is a rip-off from "War of the Worlds" (2005), when Terry meets a stranger and the alien is sneaking around to hunt them furtively with its long and creepy tentacles. The last thing I can say, The Sky is wreck and The Line is flat. Approaching the end of the movie, the story-telling is getting more and more poignantly absurd. For example (Spoiler Alert!), the octopus look-alike alien which could chase and destroy jet aircraft and even sophisticated Stealth fighter jet, can be defeated by bare-hand and an axe. Strause brothers are really getting on my nerves, while they underestimate our intelligence with their absurd story. There are several of them. However there is something that maybe you won't realize. Everyone and most critics thought that thiz movie was a monstrous failure, but what you didn't realize that thiz movie made with budget of ONLY $10 million (estimated). To be certain, they made up some real money here. The tagline on thiz movie is "Don't look up", well, don't even look at the film itself. Next time if aliens invade the theaters like thiz again, I would rather go home and sleep on my bed. Don't waste 92 minutes of your life.

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Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle is one of my favorite Directors. His film always reflects adventure and humanity. In his latest feature "Slumdog Millionaire", Boyle accomplished the best work of his career. The movie tells the story about a boy cruise the rough-life in India. As we knew, the poverty has been one of the problems that we faced in the third-world like India. This picture won 8 Oscars, including prime category in: Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay. Its Begins at present time, Jamal Malik (The main character) was caught into police custody. He accused being cheated in "Who wants to be millionaire" quiz show. Jamal's Capability answering all the questions made them astonished. The story starts when the Police Inspector interrogates Jamal about what happen before. Jamal's childhood was told by her mother's dead tragically in a riot. Young Jamal begins to live in the street later. He was accompanied by his brother, Salim and a girl named Latika. Later we know that his motive to participate in this quiz is to find Latika. The story adorn with friendship, betrayal and love. The plots in overall is not naive, also tells us that life isn't always fair. Fact about this movie was so ironic. Some of The Supporting Casts still had been living in the slum, somewhere in Bombay. But they're getting full time education now. I heard that the movie maker wants to keep the money in trusted fund, so when they turn 16 or 17 they will get their salary which about 100.000 dollars each. In my opinion, the only way to won "Who wants to be a millionaire" quiz was just like this story. Maybe I couldn't had all the knowledge in the world, but if you asked me about something I experience in life,..Yes, I can answer.

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Step Up 3
Step Up 3(2010)
½

I feel like I just got home from a live concert, a good one! It gives you non-stop dance action since the opening credits roll. There are three important things that make thiz movie looks awesome: brilliant choreography, explosive music and terrific funky costume. About the predecessor itself, the rising star Channing Tatum took the first step in "Step Up" in 2006 which it was kind of conservative and boring. In 2008, Briana Evigan made a remarkable and memorable image via "Step Up 2: The Streets". Previous character the skinny and curly kid Robert Alexander III or we simply call him: Moose is swing back into action with Luke (Rick Malambri) and Briana Evigan's look-alike, Natalie (Sharni Vinson). Together, they team-up with other passionate dancers including The Robotic Dance Master, Vladd (Chadd Smith) along with stunning harmonious Freestylers The Santiago Twins (Martin and Facundo Lombard) and others. They called themselves "Pirates", in order to compete on World Dance Jam contest. The Director is John M. Chu who has also directed the 2nd incredible movie. Let me summarize it for you, the storyline and conflict are zero and the dance experience is top-notch! It's just like watching music video clips, we actually put aside the story and just enjoying the visual delight and great music, that's it! That's how we can take benefit from thiz kind of genre. The Dance scenes look wonderful, not just the choreography but also the camera movement and additional effect as well, like: splashing water, powder mist, illuminated neon costume etc. They try to push beyond the boundaries in new creativity of dance revolution. I never talked about technical factor on my review before, but I had to say thiz one could be the best 3D experience since "Avatar" (2009). I want to watch over and over again, we could almost think they're not coming from thiz planet! Maybe Luke is right, they are 'BFAB', simply Born From A BoomBox!

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StreetDance 3D

I always like musical movies, but what I didn't realize there was one category I didn't notice before, it was Dance Movies. "StreetDance" is one perfect example of today's Dance Movies. The story seems to be another repetition from other similar genres. It is all about rebellion against establishment of formal institutions and it is also about how are we, new next generation's going to express our self. It's all the elements that we saw since "Footloose" (1984) until the modern breath-taking movie in "Step Up 2: The Streets" (2008), in which I think is still the best presentation of our time. The modern Dance Movie is also always about traditional art-school dancer vs. free-style street dancer, where is on thiz movie is: Street Dancers vs. Ballet Dancers. It is about Carly (Nichola Burley) with her dance crew (later named as 'Breaking Point"), have to mix together with several Ballet Dancers from the Royal Dance School in exchange for rehearsal place. Burley can deliver her character smooth enough, to take us into energizing mood with her unique british accent and some enthralling dancing moves. Thiz movie really put Burley into spotlight since the last time I saw her on psychological thriller in "Donkey Punch" (2008). Other Casts are: Charlotte Rampling, Richard Winsor, and featuring real dance crew like: George Sampson, as well as Britain's Got Talent stars: Diversity and Flawless. It is very exciting to observe what's the recent street dance style evolves outside of dance studios. The movie directed surprisingly well by duo first-timers Directors, Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini. It is delightful and enjoyable movie, fascinating choreography mixes with heart-throbbing Hip Hop music. "We Dance On", said N-Dubz.

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Tangled
Tangled(2010)
½

A friend of mine asked me, "Is thiz movie worth-watching?" I said, "Go and find out for yourself. It is Disney anyway". Not every year, Disney introduces us to their new princess. It is going to be a magical time of your life, get ready to be part of the history. Do you remember how wonderful is Snow White, Cinderella, princess Aurora the Sleeping Beauty, Ariel the Little Mermaid, beautiful Belle and The Beast, Aladdin's princess Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, up to last year's Princess Tiana and her Frog"? It is the time! For long-haired Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) to get out from her hidden tower, to leave vicious mother Gothel and has some adventures with her prince, errr.. I mean runaway bandit, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi). It is also for the first time, princess Rapunzel will face the unfriendly outside world, but don't worry, she got her frying pan to protect herself and accompanies by very cool chameleon, Pascal and the white horse with dog's capability, Maximus. The song "When Will My Life Begin" reflects that adventure spirit. The Directors are Nathan Greno and Byron Howard. Both of them had ever worked together in dog's tale "Bolt" (2008). But I think the person that deserves the posthumous achievement to bring thiz German fairy tale comes alive is no other than Alan Menken. Menken is the regular Disney's genius composer who can always provide delightful classic elements into every piece of his magical music or score. The storyline is so smooth and dynamic. Yeah it is predictable, but at least you could enjoy the joyful comedy, it is always fun to watch how Rapunzel and silly Flynn Rider tease each other. And although without dialogue, the animal characters, the chameleon Pascal and the horse Maximus are also doing an exhilarating slick slapstick performance. For visual excitement, the picture has been beautifully rendered to another level, you will be amazed by how realistic each texture and detail it has been made, the hair, the grass bit by bit. The most powerful scene is 'The Floating Lanterns Night Scene', when finally Rapunzel and Flynn were in the boat right outside the castle, waiting for the glow flying lanterns to be released. In that romantic moment, you could feel the pure sincerity and so much loves between them, through their innocence face expressions and breathtaking interaction with the background song "I See the Light". That scene simply gives you goosebumps and could easily bring tears in your eyes. It is very rarely, there is a movie that could touch my heart. Thiz one is definitely the one. Usually if someone asks me, "Who is your favorite Disney's Princess?". Most of the time, I'd answer, "Cinderella!". But after thiz movie, maybe I would give a different answer. By the way, I always love the girl with the long hair ^_^ It is certainly Disney knows best!

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The A-Team
The A-Team(2010)

I'm impressed how they made thiz newest version worked. In the beginning, I was very pessimistic about thiz "A-Team" will fall into B-Class movie. The original image from authentic TV's version in 1980's was very strong. The challenge was extremely hard, but they did it anyway. The A-Team consists of four war veterans with their own special skills and unique styles. The leader and the brain is Col. 'Hannibal' Smith (Liam Neeson), the other members are: playboy and con man Lt. Templeton 'Facemen' Peck, the muscle and mechanic Sgt. B.A. Baracus, the loony and pilot Capt. H.M. Murdock. Neeson had always been a great Actor. There's no trouble for him to replace the late George Peppard's charisma. The iconic B.A Baracus (originally played by Mr. T) whom seems will difficult to replace, played convincingly by Quinton Jackson. Bradley Cooper also looked like had fun with his role as 'Facemen'. And the last but not least, with his mimic and expression, Sharlto Copley made a new reincarnation of precise Murdoch's character. Previously, Copley was widely-recognized by his breakthrough performance in "District 9" (2009). Plus Jessica Biel and Patrick Wilson fill the supporting roles. Joe Carnahan (The Director of "Smokin' Aces" in 2006) seems to be success to maintain the fun factors from one scene to another. The story easily flows since the early scene. The action scenes were very fun to watch, actually most of the actions were very absurd, but it was still acceptable to thiz kind of popcorn movie. I fully appreciate that the film makers work so hard to keep its originality. Thiz film is a really a perfect copycat from the original, which make us realize maybe the time has changed, but "The A-Team" is still the same. Everybody loves it when a plan comes together.

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Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)

Tremendous Rock 'n' Roll atmosphere I've ever seen since "Almost Famous" (2000). It feels like break free all rules and doing what we always desire to do. The power of thiz movie is on its soundtracks, entire movie fills with great passion and vintage Rock 'n' Roll music all around. In 1960's, Rock 'n' Roll music was limited to play. BBC played less than 45 minutes Rock and Pop music a day. But 25 million people (almost half of Britain) were listening silently to the Pirate Radio which its station in a boat anchored in North Sea. There are a lot of unique and powerful characters played by talented Casts. Personally for me, there are three important characters in thiz movie, fun and exhilarating Dave (Philip Seymour Hoffman), easy-going and free-minded boss Quentin (Bill Nighy) along with cool and charismatic Gavin (Rhys Ifans). The other Casts also deliver some fantastic performances, like: Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Chris O'Dowd and others, plus Guest Star performances by Gemma Arterton and Emma Thompson. Recently Branagh himself has known as Director for upcoming "Thor" (2011). The involvement of different characters in thiz movie is effective and succesfully balanced, which is one of the specialties of Richard Curtis as The Director. Although Curtis has just known in "Love Actually" (2003), his Writing Credits were superb like we had seen it on "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), "Notting Hill" (1999), "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001) and some "Mr. Beans" TV episodes (1990-1995). One of the best scenes on thiz movie (which is my favorite) is the scene when Carl (Tom Sturridge) saves his father, Bob (Ralph Brown) in sinking ship, beautiful underwater scene with Steven Cat's song "The Father and Son". The comedy, drama, and even the outfits and settings were astounding. It's really described how that era was occurred, the time when 'Flower Generation' and golden age of Rock 'n' Roll music lived. If I knew there was so much fun in there in that period of time, I simply will go there and have some great time. Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Music!

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The Box
The Box(2009)
½

Lewis family finds a box on the porch of their house. It's an ordinary box with a button. Later, mysterious old man comes to tell them how the box works. If they push the button, someone on somewhere will die, and they received one million dollars. They have 24 hours to decide. Norma and Arthur Lewis starred by Cameron Diaz and James Marsden. The mysterious old man played by Frank Langella, that we recently see him act impressively in "Frost/Nixon" (2008). The Director is Richard Kelly. The Director of "Donnie Darko" (2001) whose received many good reviews from movie critics. Personally, I didn't enjoy "Donnie Darko" that much. The most interesting in thiz movie is our curiosity about what is really happens. Too see this kind of movie, we had to put aside our logic for a while. Because anything we see in thiz movie is very absurd. Thiz story had been told in one of the episode of "Twilight Zone" series in 1980's era. The film has setting in 1976. I think the Creative Designer Team already done their job very well. Everything we see is truly 70's. The music was also thrilling, like we had been watching 70's horror movie. In the end, there will always be dilemma in our life: "Is there something we already done? Or, something that we didn't do?".

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Dear John
Dear John(2010)

Nicholas Sparks is the mastermind of incredibly-moving "The Notebook" (2004). Lasse Hallstr÷m tried to bring another novel he wrote. Recently, we watched other Hallstr÷m's direction in heartwarming "Hachiko: A Dog's Story" (2009). Both of them made thiz romantic drama worth it to be waited. But in the implementation, something is out of track. The story was about Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) who accidentally met John (Channing Tatum) in one fine summer on the beach. Those memorable two weeks based their continuance into long distance relationship, when john sent away to his military mission. The Director, Hallstr÷m tried to capture it with simplicity. In fact, almost all of Hallstr÷m's movies fill with simplicity. Seem to me his simplicity made the drama came out effectively and naturally. Richard Jenkins made a brief but incredible small role as John's father. Seyfried always appears likeable, her character was gratifying. She could be able represent up and down of all emotions very well. Once again, he showed his singing talent here. I already fell in love with her since first time I saw her on "Mamma Mia!" (2008). Inversely Tatum performance is awful. His character was vacuous and awkward. I doubt his acting skill at all. As the result, the chemistry is on serious gap. But once again, Nicholas Sparks's novels always worth it to be tell. Thiz is fifth Sparks's adapted movie, since Kevin Costner's "Message in a Bottle" (1999), Mandy Moore's "A Walk to Remember" (2002), Rachel McAdams's "The Notebook" (2004), Richard Gere's "Nights in Rodanthe" (2008) and also upcoming Miley Cyrus's "The Last Song" (2010). His stories were always about long term and everlasting love. We could spend one fine evening with anybody or even a nice memorable summer, it could come and go. But it's the person who always stands beside us in all these times who is truly the one.

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Where the Wild Things Are

Everybody has a childhood fantasy. Thiz film reminds us how to be a child, where we can escape into our own world. It comes from a Maurice Sendak's famous fable, the story told about a little boy who one night had a conflict with his mom. He ran away from home. On his solitude, he lived on his own fantasy, interacted with the characters he made up, and found himself the meaning of life. The movie directed by Eccentric Music Video Director, Spike Jonze. Jonze directed many famous musicians like: Bj÷rk, Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim, etc., which my favorite is Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice". His honorable directing credits are "Being john Malkovich" (1999) and Adaptation (2002). Thiz movie take us to a child's point of view, which is simple and na´ve. I always like Jonze's hand-held camera technique. It's very dynamic and effective to describe the surrealism on every of his movies. The boy perfectly casts by Max Records. The boy's monster friends voiced by many well-known Actors, like: James Gandolfini, Forest Whitaker, Paul Dano, Chris Cooper, etc. and the other Casts are Mark Rufallo and Catherine Keener as his mom. In the beginning, I had hesitancy that the monsters will be appeared too scary based on original concept. But after I watched it, actually the monsters were very loveable and funny. The best scene I like the most is 'throwing dirt' scene. The scores and soundtracks were also very supporting every scene on thiz movie. In overall, It's not a perfect movie for children, but it's a must-seen thoughtful movie for all of us as an adult.

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Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)
½

Watchmen could be the best superhero movie ever adapted successfully from comic books, even could be better than "The Dark Knight" (2008). The Director is Zack Snyder, the man behind the extraordinary "300" (2006). He also directed the simple but effective horror, "Dawn of the Dead" in 2004. Snyder is a young Director that his track-record never flaw until now. The cinematography on thiz film is still stunning, every scene made with a great detail. The Watchmen's original material comes from graphic comic written by Alan Moore. Every character in Watchmen is very unique. The most unique character maybe is Dr. Manhattan, who played by Billy Crudup. The other Casts are: Malin Akerman, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino , and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Watchmen told a story about a group of super heroes dealing with the society on alternate world in 1985. One side, they needed to maintain peace, and the other side, they had put in distance because of their oddity .The soundtracks support well to give a precise atmosphere during thiz film. The conflict along the plots was in order and proportional. Malin Akerman's physical appearance as Silk Spectre II, in my opinion is the best presentation of superhero character. The posture and shape what superhero should looks like appears perfectly. The climax on this movie was also very fair, where we could blurred by who is the bad guys or good guys. Thiz shows us the movie was far mature that seem to be.

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

If you asked me: what were they thinking to resurrect 23 year old movie for a sequel? Well, let me tell you, it's all about money! Just like every successful film that has sequel to follow later, a well-experienced "Platoon" (1986) Director, Oliver Stone eventually settles his first sequel. Michael Douglas replays one of his lifetime famous performances as Gordon Gekko, like what he did in 1987. It tells the notorious corporate raider Gekko has finally got out of prison where he redeemed his sin on illegal insider trading. The film also focuses on Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf), the young ambitious trader who is the fiancÚ of Gekko's daughter, Winnie (Carrey Mulligan). There are several Cameo appearances, include main character from the first one, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). Douglas himself seems to be lack of space to repeat his charisma as seen on its predecessor, the script could not reserve enough space to describe his 'zero to hero' situation smoothly, Douglas is just fine. Carey Mulligan once again shows her capability as one of the most promising Actresses in thiz generation. Two corporate tycoons were stirring conflict among Jake character played by Josh Brolin and Frank Langella, recently they had something in common, both of them portrayed President's character in 2008, Langella convincingly played as Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon" and Brolin acted the other-side of George W. Bush in short-titled movie "W." (also directed by Stone). Oliver Stone is a Director who always improvises with different methods. At thiz movie, he used a lot of attractive graphics and split-screen techniques like we had ever seen in his previous works, "Natural Born Killer" (1994) and "U Turn" (1997), which I like it so much. But, something is disturbing me, the promising storyline during almost the entire film crashes down in the end. The plots rush into solution too quickly. I know any single deathly rumor can kill any market stock instantly in thiz wide-open market. But hey, at least you give something detail to make it real. It's an awful ending. Even while the ending tries to consolidate everything with centerpiece of human relationship. At the end, if someone tells you, "It's not about the money, it's about anything else", no matter how will you debate on a topic, trust me it's not true! Even Gekko once said, "money is a b!tch that never sleeps".

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Up in the Air

It's a simple and spontaneous movie, but it turns out to be deep and inspirational one. The movie directed by Jason Reitman, the young Director and the son of Ivan Reitman. Ivan Reitman known-well as a Producer and acclaimed Director, through his fun and pop corn movies such as: "Ghostbusters" (1984), "Kindergarten Cop" (1990), and "Evolution" (2001). Flip over with his father, Jason Reitman known-well in these recent years as thoughtful and serious but enjoyable dramas like: "Thank You for Smoking" (2005) and "Juno" (2007). The trio Casts in thiz movie fill the characters properly. George Clooney once again shows his talent on 'the one man show', Clooney is one of the Actors could delivers such character with his aura. Vera Farmiga appears a little bit sexy, charming, and loveable. It's a fantastic flirtatious appearance. Anna Kendricks emerges annoying but acquired sympathy in the end, just fit well on her character. The unique story is about Ryan Bingham (Clooney) who is a frequent flyer across the states. His job is to fire people, representing his boss that didn't bold enough to do it himself. Maybe for many people, thiz is a life drama movie. But personally for me, thiz is a great romantic movie with the most of scenes contain with tremendous chemistry between Clooney and Farmiga. It has been a long time I didn't have such a feeling since "Lost in Translation" (2003). In the end, The movie was convincing us that we need a partner in life. It's ironically played by 'life-time bachelor' Clooney (in the real life-at least until now). Yup, maybe that's true, "Everybody needs a co-pilot".

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Unstoppable
Unstoppable(2010)
½

Denzel again! Tony Scott again! And Train again? Tony Scott (Director) must be so curious about thiz Train thing. Just last year, Scott urged Denzel Washington into the train robbery for "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3", with John Travolta. Now, he brought up a true event in 2001, when unmanned raging train that carrying tons of toxic chemical sliding wildly out of control without air brake and it is totally unstoppable. I have to say, thiz movie is in a very good story-telling. It reminds me of how old-time action movies pump up our adrenaline where the event is occurring only in a few hours long, like in: "Die Hard" (1988) or "Speed" (1994). Tony Scott who is the brother of Ridley Scott (also Director) always knows how to make a precise recipe of good Action Movies. If you want to search for drama, Ridley is the man. But if you want to experience some good actions, you find Tony, like what he did in "Top Gun" (1986) and my favorite "True Romance" (1993). It starts slow with problematic introduction, and then, as the Train goes faster, the tension goes greater as well. Scott pins down a suitable direction for each of its technical aspects. The sounds are so rich and realistic, you can actually feel the threaten train is chugging and rushing in front of your seat. And the hand -shake camera simply drags you into the center of situation, and forces you to think along how to solve the complication. The camera work and movement is really effective and outstanding. In the same direction, all Casts are in good shape. Everyone can deliver a believable working-class presentation. The costume and make-up support that completely. It seems to me, it is a piece of cake for Denzel, to merge into thiz kind of movie. And our Star Trek's new Capt. Kirk, Chris Pine can eventually bring balance into their interaction. Rosario Dawson also shows significant existence of her supporting role. Maybe the story has been exaggerated and dramatized to make it more interesting. Like it or not, Scott has created one great vessel of effective high-octane action with his own way. Like on the movie, the train company's executive once said, "It is my train! It is my decision!".

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Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

My personal favorite scene in thiz movie is the opening scene, where young Kevin Flynn was telling his son the story of inside The Grid, the digital frontier that expected to become true someday. In that scene, you could see for the first time the figure of young Jeff Bridges was created, the camera angle tried to distract our view by spinning the face direction. Only then when he stood in front of the room's door, finally you would be able to see his face in full image. That was awesome. 61-year-old Jeff Bridges just looked like when he was starring in "Blown Away" (1994). Afterwards, the story revolves around the grown-up Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) receives a new clue about the disappearance of his father twenty years ago. His investigation ends up dragging himself into cyber-universe of his father computer system creation. Thiz is a sequel from the original movie, "Tron" in 1982. The Director is unknown Joseph Konsinski, thiz is his first feature film for big screen. I can see some weaknesses around the plot and unnecessary dialogue, particularly in the middle of the movie. However, the high concept of how they build a whole new neon-futuristic universe is fascinating, especially the bike and the car which are very dashing and impressive. I think all Casts look cool, but only in styles, not acting. The sexy skin-tight costumes on Quorra (Olivia Wilde) and Gem (Beau Garrett) are totally jaw-dropping. Michael Sheen transforms into some sort of David Bowie's character as Zuse, the charismatic night-club owner, but it is still brief and empty element is attached to the story for overall. Some of the action scenes are boosted with great fusion of electronica tracks by Daft Punk. Do you notice that those French electronic DJ have also appeared in thiz movie? Where are they? In case, if you have missed it, they are the duo masked DJ at Zuse's Club. I know that thiz movie is left with tons of unanswered questions, but personally I also enjoy a new whole concept of philosophies (just like in "The Matrix" (1999)). There are so many stuffs to think about. Why do we have to chase for the perfection? While it has already there, right in front of us all thiz time. Since the long a time ago, I was concerned that many of young people in thiz generation were wasting hundred of hours by playing video games, while there were so many things more worth doing. Kevin Flynn is right! "The only way to win thiz game is not to play it". These whole things are not just about User Vs. Program, Tron Vs. Clue, Blue Vs. Orange, or The Evil-side Vs. The Good-side. The movie simply reminds us, the biggest enemy is none others than ourself.

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Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

I always believe "Toy Story" in 1995 is the first brick of Pixar's grandiose castle. 15 years go by, Pixar's getting more creative and stronger, not just in technology innovation but also in story. Now for carrying their important Icon in "Toy Story 3", of course they will bring out the best of them. Two earlier prequels (include "Toy Story 2" in 1999) directed by John Lasseter. But on thiz reunion, The Director is Lee Unkrich, the former Co-Director from "Monster, Inc." (2001) and my best Pixar's choice of all-time "Finding Nemo" (2003). It tells 17 years old Andy will be heading to college, now all his toys are in jeopardy. They are facing dilemma, will be given away to charity or being dump in attic. The familiar characters almost share in equal proportion, whether the cowboys Woody (Tom Hanks) and Jessie (Joan Cusack), the space ranger Buzz (Tim Allen), the fussy Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, the dumb dinosaur Rex, the follower Slinky Dog, the pinky piggy Hamm and three little green Aliens, plus introducing new foe, strawberry-scented huggin' bear called Lotso and his fierce gang. In overall, thiz movie filled with well-arranged story and fun dialogue. From the opening, the adventure already comes with explosive action scene and follows along three-quarter of film. The story-telling was very fast, there's almost no breathing room. I almost thought thiz movie was just similar to the prequels before. But something's happened, the ending shocked me. The power of thiz movie is on its 15 minutes ending (Spoiler Alert!), where Andy passed all his toys to neighbor's kid, Bonnie. He introduced one by one his toys and played with her. That heartwarming scene was so touching. The ending has made thiz toy's a winner. Once again, Pixar takes us to another level with its winning-theme, to infinity and beyond.

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The Wolfman
The Wolfman(2010)

It's about time to bring werewolf back to the screen. With nowadays technologies, "The Wolfman" is a good vessel to explore how far special effects and make-ups would go. The movie itself already appropriately taken care by former special effects expert, Joe Johnston. Johnston involved on three early "Star Wars" trilogy as Special Effect Art Director. His box office's movies as a Director are "Jumanji" (1995) and "Jurassic Park III" (2001). The movie starred by Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, and Hugo Weaving. Although Del Toro acted well in thiz flick, I personally think it's very lamentable to use Del Toro on such a movie. Del Toro as we knew was a discreet Actor in serious drama. What are we really waiting on thiz movie is 'the transformation' scene, when Del Toro becomes a werewolf. Rick Baker's make-up already supports well. The plots were on customary level. The twist ending did not too surprising. Maybe we could blame Johnston a little bit, bcoz he hasn't been a good drama Director. If we see thoroughly there's a lot of nuances are similar to Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" (1999). Despite of "Sleepy Hollow" was happened to be more attractive in some ways. The werewolf had been a great horror icon since Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, So It's definitely the time for another moon to rise, to wake up that howling again.

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
½

Did you ever watch Mickey Mouse's "Fantasia" in 2000? Thiz is meant to be the live action version. Mickey Mouse character replaced by nerd character specialist, Jay Baruchel (as Dave). And the master played by Nicolas Cage (as Balthazar). The scene from "Fantasia", when the apprentice works his imperfect spell to command all brooms and mops to do some cleaning jobs is the only homage to original version, along with its original score theme. Despite of that goodness, you're about to see an hour and half of 'Cartoon'. The jokes are still funny but the story is completely predictable and fully anticipated. Everyone seems to be drawn into giant vortex of comic character, without exception: Nic Cage, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell and Monica Bellucci. The only fresh appearance is made by new gorgeous face, Teresa Palmer as Dave's girlfriend. The magical battle is seeming to use some iconic images in New York (which the movie took place), like Bronze Charging Bull in front of Wall Street, and the Giant Iron Eagle which is perching on one of the famous buildings. The Director Jon Turteltaub has been tangled into CGI festival, which puts aside a lot of factors in story and characters development. Thiz "National Treasure" (2004) is not a "Phenomenon" (1996), the movie could still be running "While You Were Sleeping" (1995). I shortly described it as Special Effects exhibition which is trapped inside the cage. It's NOT the coolest job ever.

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The Social Network

"I just wished that nobody made a movie of me while I was alive", Mark Zuckerberg has ever said so. But it was unbearable, they made it anyway. The next question is: who on earth is Zuckerberg? The Movie based on the 2009's book by Ben Mezrich "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genious and Betrayal". Yup, the movie is about people behind the birth of Facebook, the most massive social network in our generation. In the first half of movie depicts how Zuckerberg is blogging and programming and finally ends up with launching 'The Facebook' from his Harvard dormitory room. Someone told me, thiz movie was all about suing. Well, I think she is right. Substantively, the second half of movie is emphasizing who is the real creator of Facebook through some legal processes. Anyone can sue anyone, the question is whether he'd win. There are three important characters in thiz movie. First, Jesse Eisenberg played as Zuckerberg, fully equipped with his slipper. Personally, I think Eisenberg sometimes talks too fast and delivers a stiff mien. His performance is just apparently adequate. The second, The Pop Star Justin Timberlake brings a precise adept and dominant charisma into his character as Napster's founder, Sean Parker. The last but not the least, actually it is the best performance for overall, comes from our next Spider-Man's (2012), Andrew Garfield. Garfield gives a complete emotional package for his character, a friend and new enemy as well, Edurado Saverin. Subjectively, the book "Accidental Billionaires" was advised by Eduardo Saverin himself, without any involvement from Zuckerberg's side. So the point of view is fittingly one-sided. The ending of the movie itself is stagnant and flat which I'm kind of surprised. Thiz movie comes from one of my favorite Directors, David Fincher. Almost half of Fincher's masterpieces have a smart and twist ending, just like what we found in "Se7en" (1995), "The Game" (1997), and one of my favorite movies of all-time, "Fight Club" (1999). But on second though, I think it's already maximized anyway, considering thiz is a biography. In the end, if you asked me: why Zuckerberg and his Facebook? Why not Bill Gates? Or anyone else? I think I can see something here. One vital element that they didn't get and Zuckerberg had it. It was controversy. Controversy makes things more attractive. In these days of technologies era, whoever has the ability to conquer the internet, it's simply being God himself.

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The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)
½

"The Matrix" is the best action movie ever made in my list. When Matrix released on its time, thiz movie gives many breakthrough on cinema world. Directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, who just recently popular in thiz movie. They just known previously as small budget film Director, "Bound" (1996). Later, the movie has two more sequels "Matrix Reloaded" and "Matrix Revolution" in 2003. Stars of thiz movie almost classify as B-Class Casts, except Keanu Reeves, but still the outcome is beyond the expectations. Each of the characters like: Neo (Keanu Reeves), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) , even the villains Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) already become a legendary icon in the industries. One of the fervencies of thiz movie is on the action scene. The fight scene is something new and different, which follows by other movies later. Behind that extraordinary fight scene is well-known Martial Arts Choreographer, Yuen Woo Ping. Woo Ping is the man behind "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "Kill Bill" (2003)," The Forbidden Kingdom" (2008), even Jackie Chan's classic action "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" (1978). His experiences in a lot of Asian movies made him effective. The movie definitely exceed beyond our imagination. In fact, many people did not understand entirely the story of "The Matrix", there's still many blank spot to question about. The Content of the movie fills with great philosophies inside. It seems to me Wachowski Brothers discovered successfully how to make a brilliant concept from some of religions. The essence is not that simple as appear to be, Actually we will always have something new, every time we watch it.

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The Lovely Bones
½

"The Lovely Bones" based on a best-selling novel written by Alice Sebold. The story about a girl named Susie who has been murdered and her vacillation between earth and heaven. If you watched the trailer, the movie offers tremendous images of heaven. But, after I watched it, substantively I didn't find surprising element on that description. The heaven's images have similarity on what we seen in "What Dreams May Come" (1998). But in the other hand, I think the movie was successfully delivered the drama in a romantic and beautifully way. The essence of the story is simple, but we can feel clearly sorrow and confusion around the characters. The narration and glimpse of the Susie's past in the beginning of film brings us sufficient mood to build sympathy. The Scene was involving Suzie and her boyfriend, Brian (Jack Kebel) is a scene-stealer on thiz movie. Thiz is a recent movie directed by Peter Jackson, one of the greatest Directors in our era ("Lord of the Rings" Trilogy (2001-2003) and "King Kong" (2005)). Susie Salmon played by Saoirse Ronan. Ronan made her promising debut on great drama "Atonement" in 2007. Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz played as her parents and Susan Sarandon as her grandmother. The villains played convincingly by Stanley Tucci. I think Saoirse Ronan has a potential skill to become a great Actress in the future, even greater than Dakota Fanning.

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The Karate Kid
½

Finally and at least for me, thiz is the best Jackie Chan's acting of all time, especially in Hollywood movies. Commonly, he always performed comical elements into his characters. But on thiz one, he turned successfully into deep and serious character. I think Jackie also realize he can't depend on his martial arts forever (since "Shinjuku Incident" (2009)), considering his age which is 56 thiz year. Yes, it's still using the same formula. It's what we saw on "Karate Kid" quadrilogy (1984-1994). In the other hand, the Casts are amazing, to put Will Smith's son, Jaden Smith to become the disciple and Jackie Chan as the master. It's spectacularly ingenious combination. Beside of that, the setting in China was exotic and wonderful. They kept the famous title, but actually it's all about Kung Fu. I didn't understand why most of critics underestimated thiz movie. What I observe, everything is already maximized. The plot was the same, but the atmosphere was renew and absolutely refreshing. The movie is not just fills with great action scenes but also thoughtful life philosophies inside. "Life will knock us down,.. But we can choose to get back up" is definitely will be one of the memorable quotes. It's not Jaden Smith's best performance, but what amazed me is how his attitude and body language looks similar to his father on some moments. The scene stealers are two chinese kids around Dre's character (Smith). First one is a girl who becomes Dre's lovely friend, Meiying (Wenwen Han) and Cheng (Zhenwei Wang) as Dre's furious foe who appears with firm performance. I will watch closely what development may comes to thiz potential young Action Actor in coming years. The film directed by Harald Zwart, The Dutch Director, nothing's special on him. In fact, many of his directing was corny and typical children movies, such as: "Agent Cody Banks" (2003) and "The Pink Panther 2" (2009). In thiz case, it's exactly what we need to make thiz new "Karate Kid". In thiz movie, the story telling has detailed chronology. As a consequence, the film duration is practically a little bit long. But every scene, every character, and every action was fantastic. It won't bore us at all. Bcoz "everything is Kung Fu!"

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Wow!... I had to watch it three times to got the idea from thiz movie (substantively, It's very very rare there's movie that I couldn't understand straightaway). If you haven't seen it and would like to watch it, my suggestion is you better read the synopsis first. Thiz is ultimate Gilliam's movie! Terry Gilliam, we knew him as a visionary and also peculiar Director at the same time. His previous movies including the sensational "Twelve Monkeys" (1995) and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998). Even on thiz time, Gilliam arranged all scenes on awkward perspectives. He didn't seem to care if the audience will understood or not, he just kept put all his scenes and told it boldly without proper explanations, moreover some of the dialogues were extremely poetic. A long time ago, Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) who was the man behind the travelling show, bargained with Mr. Nick (Tom Waits) for his immortality with youth to married the girl he liked. On the exchange, he must giveaway his daughter, Valentina (Lily Cole) on the age of sixteen. Now the time is near, how he saves back her soul from the devil. Lily Cole's performance was surprisingly adorable and represented all the emotions very well. The most interesting part was thiz movie starred by the late Heath Ledger. By the time of his tragic death, thiz movie was not finished yet. So Gilliam creatively replaced Ledger's character with three other actors all at once (Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrel). In the end actually, I like thiz movie, bcoz Gilliam is brave enough to keep his unique characteristic and makes all directions are unpredictable. But I also had a doubt about his survival on the coming years. How talented Director like him didn't break the box office yet? Or maybe he isn't interested to do it so. Like Ledger's character said, "The Imaginarium does not cost a thing, we're not here for the money"?!

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The Hurt Locker

I think hand-held camera is a modern technique in nowadays cinema. Thiz movie was using a lot of those shaky-camera techniques. The picture painted by no specific tone. All we saw just what we saw through our naked eyes. I knew that maybe they just wanted to capture things as realistic as they could get. But is that effective? Personally for me, I don't like it at all. The conventional movie makers had been trying to brush their picture into some kind of atmosphere. There's the art. If we let everybody treats the movie like thiz. I think anyone could make thiz kind of movie as long as they had their expensive digital camera. The movie played by second-class Actors which the most proportion went to two characters (Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie). Their performances were adequate. The other Casts were: Brian Geraghthy, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, etc. The story itself contains no main-plot. We're just watching case by case about what is happening. The only thing that I respect on thiz movie is how the action scenes go. Previous warfare movies relied on big battle scenes with 'Big Boom Bang', like we saw on "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "Black Hawk Down" (2001). But thiz movie was using 'The Horror Formula' (That's what I called). The scenes had been trying to create the tension by waiting something to happen next. Some of scenes were successfully pace our adrenaline. The movie directed by Kathryn Bigelow, The Director of "Point Break" (1991) and "K-19: The Widowmaker" (2002). Overall, it's not a great warfare movie ever made compare to legendary "Apocalypse Now" (1979) or "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). Although I'm fully support a woman Director to direct thiz kind of genre.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Novelist, Stieg Larsson died in 2004, where none of his "Millennium" trilogy has been published yet. There was a tragic story that I found behind the making of those books. When Larsson was 15 years old, he witnessed the gang rape of a young girl. He never forgave himself for failing to help that poor girl at that time. The girl name was Lisbeth. Thiz movie is the first adaptation of those trilogy books. Sometimes, I found myself enjoying so much pleasure by watching European movies like thiz Scandinavian movie. The movie fills with splendid Cinematoraphy. I had ever thought that High Definition (HD) Camera would not be able to accomplishing thiz kind of remarkable views. I was wrong, many nowadays Director are still able to create a great nuance with precise treatment through their HD Cameras, sometimes even better. The movie directed by Niels Arden Oplev. The story tells about the troubled journalist Mikael Blomkvist has to work side by side with a genius punk-goth Hacker, Lisbeth Salander in order to solve a mystery about a missing young girl named Harriet, for the event that had been occurred 40 years ago, as the demand of a billionaire industrialist, Henrik Vanger. I have to mention that Sven-Bertil Taube has made a solid performance as Henrik Vanger. Michael Niqvist is very convincing to create his dual-side character as Mikael Blomkvist. And surely, the most memorable performance is belongs to Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander. I realize that those characters are so difficult to play (especially the two main characters, Blomkvist and Salander) bcoz of their complicated backgrounds. I simply called thiz movie as: Classic thriller with Modern contents. Classic which is making us pay attention to clue by clue to get closer to the hidden villain. It is what Classic thrillers do. Modern which is flooding with audacious elements, such as: The anti-hero characters, ironical sexual abuse scene, unusual moral conflict and many more. I heard that next year, they are remaking thiz movie into Hollywood version. My opinion is: don't expect too much, although The Director will be David Fincher, who is capable to translate dark tone into intriguing crime thrillers like thiz, he has already proved that through "se7en" (1995), "Fight Club" (1999), and "The Zodiac" (2005). The newest James Bond, Daniel Craig will be cast as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara ("The Social Network" (2010)) will be playing as Lisbeth. I think no matter how hard they will try. Thiz Swedish movie has already set up the bar so high and seems undefeated at thiz time.

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The Expendables

Would you like to see three of Planet Hollywood's former owners gather around in one scene? Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone make a brief reunion on thiz ultimate action movie. Stallone brings all the brawny heroes into one action-packed., not just the legendary ones like: Mickey Rourke and Dolph Lundgren, but also across generations with solid performances by: Jason Statham, Steve Austin, Randy Couture and even Martial Arts Superstar, Jet Li. Stallone (which is also The Director) puts all of them into one battle pool. Every one of them has their own characteristic and you can see the sparkle in their interactions. Stallone gives a precise mentor performance. Although Jet Li involves into awful choreographed fight, but he delivers some fresh and effective humor. Dolph Lundgren shows how good he is with his bad boy attitude. But still, the best performance belongs to the baldy Jason Statham with his cool and unmerciful expression. The story is way too simple and it has felt like the plots is only a vessel to their own playground. It's what 80's Action Heroes always do. Is it out of date? Not completely. The battle scenes still fill in today's demanding which is gory and brutal. To us which are Action Movie fans, I'm pretty sure that we have been longing for thiz kind of classic stuff, where the dialogue is brainless but it looks cool, where only one guy can beat all the bad guys but it still looks awesome, and finally there is always a scene where the Action Hero is jumping out of a mega explosion behind him as an ending. It is simply a classic! But it still rocks our world. Mr. Stallone, you remind us what we just needed! By the way, do you realize what does it take to become a great Action Icon? Beside huge brawny body and some killing moves? Pay attention to their speaking characteristics and tones. Stallone (Italia), Schwarzenegger (Austria), Lundgren (Swedia), Jet Li (China) and Statham (England). To become a solid Action Icon, they also need: a unique accent!

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The Dark Knight

It has been two years after the prequel "Batman Begins". "The Dark Knight" is the sixth film that brought Batman into widescreen since Tim Burton's "Batman" (1989). The Director is Christopher Nolan who well-known as a unique indie film creator in "Memento". The movie received as box office record of all-time, It has been earned more than one billion dollars in worldwide and has been break through "Titanic" Record on 1998. The Movie based on Frank Miller's version of Batman, which is more mature and close to reality. The Stories and settings adapt well what is on Miller's description. Christian Bale Cast as Bruce Wayne, Thiz role seems to be the big leap of his career since his appearance as a kid in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun" (1987). The sequel starred by regular Cast, like: James Cain, Morgan Freeman, and Maggie Gylenhall who substitute Katie Holmes's Character on the prequel before. And as villains, Heath Ledger gave his last performance wildly well according to most critics. He even won as best Supporting Actor in Academy Awards. The other villain is Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face. Otherwise, if Joker's character want to be appear originally well as its comic, in my opinion the dream cast would be Adrien Brody or Jim Carrey. The Script was nicely arranged by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. The subplot is dynamic and unpredictable. The Action is on the right track, full of 'Bat' equipment and vehicle's chase showdown. It's good to be watch is simple and explosive in the same time. If we want to be fair, we also must give credit to Tim Burton's "Batman" which is already set up impressive tones for other next Batman's movies or even other superhero movies later. Burton already succeeded to give a new acceptable point of view for this kind of genre. The tone is dark, mysterious, and full of realism.

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The Book of Eli

The Last Bible on earth! Thiz topic expected to be controversial. But rather than that, people don't take it too seriously. In post-apocalyptic future, Eli (Denzel Washington) protected a book by walking to the west, somewhere he believed the book will preserve forever. The book that held up destiny for all human remained. Actually the story was smoothly told by Allen and Albert Hughes who directed "From Hell" (2001). The story starts slowly in the beginning. And later successfully make us stay on our sit by holding up the curiosity about what happens next. The book which is the core of thiz movie, in my opinion didn't suppose to reveal too obviously pointed to The Holy Bible. I think we already know by itself with all the conversations and dialogues all over the movie. If the book doesn't mention about what book is that, it will creates a great mysterious elements. The twist-ending sparks a little by revealing why the book could not read by anybody except eli. Washington performed another side of his characters. Thiz modern 'Sidney Poitier' always amazed us. Gary Oldman once again did what his best to do by playing a convincing fierce-villain. Mila Kunis performance could replace by anyone. The movie reminds me of other gloomy post-apocalyptic flicks like "Mad Max" trilogy (1979-1985) or "Waterworld" (1995). But the settings were too simple. There were no big scenes we could remember, even looked like classic-cowboy movies. There were only some refreshing scenes involved an elderly couple who one of them played by Michael 'Dumbledore' Gambon. There's so many post-apocalyptic movies had been made. Thiz time is about the last shampoo remained on earth. It's not an expected movie but just ring my bell a little bit.

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