Friday, June 21, 2013

8 Questions I Have About "Man of Steel"

P/S: This entry contains spoilers after the jump

Superman's making a big comeback. Well, I consider it a comeback because finally it's not a Superman movie where the spotlessly-clean-cut, ridiculously-impervious-to-damage superhero is not stuck with the Sisyphean task of foiling Lex Luthor's real estate scams. So yeah, Man of Steel ended up being exactly what people thought it was gonna be when they heard Christopher Nolan was involved.

Now, as he did with the Batman franchise, Nolan's looking to super-breathe new life into Superman. Granted, he was not as involved as he was with the former, but still he played a key role together with his long-time collaborator David S. Goyer. Big names. High expectations. I guess in retrospect, it's not really a wonder why I walked away feeling like Man of Steel tried to top the bloated-as-it-is The Dark Knight Rises [2012].

So I guess that pretty much answered the question of whether or not I liked Man of Steel. I'm not gonna review it. Because I can't. Sure, the visuals were nothing short of great, as one would expect from Zack Snyder. The story, however, didn't make a lick of sense. I must stress that as indifferent as I can be about Superman, I had no intention of trashing the movie when I took my seat.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Another Formula to Making (Local) Box Office Successes

Featured on their Facebook page, this comic by the folks at MM Vectoristic is a funny take on the public's opinion of local movies, or at least that part of the demography that I can identify with. Also, it kinda complements this old entry of mine.

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"Tak perlu fikir banyak. Ada hantu, atau ada motor, atau ada kedua-duanya sekali. Cukup."
This is somewhat unrelated, but I feel like getting this out there anyway; I just want to say that if you're the type to say something along the lines of "Filem-filem tempatan semua bodoh la..." or "It's just my policy... I don't watch local movies.", then you better be damn sure that you're also not a fan of Scary MovieAmerican Pie or any of its ilk.

Because those are equally bad.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tokak [2013]

Director: Sabree Fadzil
Writer: Isha MJ@Baei
Starring: Faiz Raja Lawak, Abon, Julia Ziegler, Sabree Fadzil... Aw, who cares.
Genre: Nonsense
Rating: General
Verdict: "It's baffling just how bad it is, you'd be inclined to think that Tokak is just a byproduct of a scam..."

A lady screams. The story then rewinds to a lousily-written exposition, along with one out-of-place breaking the fourth wall before it gets back to the smoke-machined resort where a bunch of nothing happens for a while. A P. Ramlee impressionist farts in rapid succession while Abon's character speaks in his exaggerated Javanese accent. The killing starts soon after in the most generic way possible, where no amount tension or horror can be felt. Mr. Farts farts several more times. A pseudo-ustaz comes in because bustin' makes him feel good, and bad CGI ensues. After they killed enough characters, the movie ends. By then, even the production team have no idea what the hell they're doing, so they decide to just flat out spoil it by making the whole story available for people to read.

What to Expect
1. A cheap movie (despite its RM1.5 million price tag)
2. Cheap laughs, cheap horror
3. A somewhat amusing P. Ramlee impressionist (marred by fart jokes)
4. Bad CGI (though I'm pretty lax in this aspect)
5. The Ghostbuster Imam stock character

What NOT to Expect
1. Entertainment
2. Horror
3. Comedy
4. A coherent story
Avoid like the plague

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Overcompensating, much?

My feelings about this new Hobbit trilogy can be summed up like this; the legend of Bilbo is appropriately short just like the hobbit he is. But Peter Jackson, who loves to overdo everything, couldn't resist but strive for that level of epicness set by Return of the King back in 2003 (Good God, that was ten years ago!). If you ask me, the Lord of the Rings trilogy bowed out at the right time, i.e. at the height of its fame. Which was a good thing.

I went to see The Unexpected Journey [2012] purely out of curiosity, but also with an open mind. I didn't think it was a horrible movie, it was just really dull. Well, at least Jackson didn't lie about it. Sure, he didn't come out and say it, but it was pretty apparent that it wasn't because The Hobbit is a story that needed to be told, he's just all geeked out about shooting whole movies using those 3D cameras.

Well, here's the trailer for the next one. I probably won't go see it. I'll never say never, but I might only watch it if there's nothing else showing at the time.

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