Friday, May 31, 2013

The Only 5 Good Things About The Twilight Saga

Twilight is the Justin Bieber of the movie world; you don't really have to get to know 'em to hate them. While certain things they say about Bieber are kind of unwarranted, I daresay Twilight deserves every insult thrown its way. For starters, Stephenie Meyer is a hack writer. The books are borderline unreadable (believe me, I tried), they go on forever without anything ever really happening, and even in movie form they're a big steaming pile of shit (yeap, I tried going through those as well).

Although I have to admit, I put a lot more effort into watching the movies.

And yes, watching the Twilight movies require effort on my part, just to sit there and watch 'em. In fact, the feeling is similar to the one I get when I (try to) watch musicals and Hindi movies.

Here's the thing, though. I've said it before, and I'll say it again; the first Twilight movie wasn't that bad. As a movie, it wasn't. But that's the thing, because it was somewhat enjoyable even to a hater like me, imagine how well it was received by casual movie-goers and of course, the Twihards. Because of that first movie, they decided to make more, and the story about a centenarian vampire stalking a teenage girl went down in history as one of the most successful romantic movies ever.

Well, it's here to stay. So we might as well find something to like about it. To date, I haven't seen anything after New Moon [2009], so I don't know if there are any hidden gems I may have missed. But as of right now, here are the five only good things about Twilight I can think of.

Spoiler: Four of them are songs.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

KIL [2013]

Director: Nik Amir Mustapha
Writer(s): Nik Amir Mustapha, Rewan Ishak, Khairulzaman Dzulkifly
Starring: Redza Minhat, Cristina Suzanne Stockstill, Hasnul Rahmat, Harun Salim Bachik
Genre: Drama
Rating: General
Verdict: "It's more hypnotic than poignant, but if it succeeds in getting you under its spell, you'd barely notice its pace, which could be trying for some..."

Akil (Redza Minhat) couldn't make up his mind which is more painful; to live, or to die. He puts up a front whenever he could, but try as he might to live a normal life, memories haunt him relentlessly. Not long after his latest attempt to kill himself, he chances upon an agency that specialises in a different brand of euthanasia; they kill suicidal people who couldn't get the job done themselves, just like Akil - he is now ready to die. What he does not count on, however, is for Zara (Cristina Suzanne) to come into his life and reignite a spark that had long faded away. He starts to warm up to the idea of giving life another chance, but it might just be too late.

What to Expect
1. A feel-good movie about a suicidal man
2. Think Garden State meets Seven Pounds
3. Hypnotic
4. Made with meticulous care
5. *Arguably trying pace

What NOT to Expect
1. An art film
2. A textbook and in-your-face MPDG
A tad shy from perfect

Sunday, May 12, 2013

"Man of Steel" Poster Explained

This made me laugh out loud for real.

Speaking of which, are you excited for Man of Steel? When I first heard of it, I was just excited to know that the Russell Crowe's gonna be in it, starring as Superman's father. Then I doubted it a little when Zack Snyder signed on as director, but I quickly caught myself and remembered that Snyder's eye for visuals might just be what's needed to breathe new life in the franchise.

It's not like he wrote the screenplay, so it's all good. Here's the third trailer, in case you haven't seen it yet. I think it's the best one yet, and now I'm really stoked to see it. Man of Steel, in (Malaysian) cinemas June 13th!

P/S: Planet MamüVies is not dead, unlike Planet Krypton.
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