Sunday, July 28, 2013

This Might Just Be The Best Sweded Trailer I've Ever Seen

Just in case you've never seen Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind [2008], "sweded" is this internet thing inspired by the movie where fans make cheap spoof remakes of a film or its trailer. Them folks at this YouTube channel have plenty of these, but so far my favourite has got to be Pacific Rim. I completely love the movie, and this trailer is just brilliant in its own way.

Especially when you realise that it's a shot-for-shot remake of the actual trailer. If you haven't seen it, or don't remember it, I'd recommend that you watch this first, then try to figure out how they're gonna remake the shots. Make sure that you watch 'em both until the end. It's really funny.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Wolverine [2013]

Director: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ken Yamamura, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Haruhiko Yamanouchi, Hiroyuki Sanada
Genre: Neo-noir/Superhero/Action
Rating: Teen
Verdict: "For the most part eschews visual effects in favour of giving this superhero story the Neo-noir treatment..."

Taking place sometime after the events of X-Men 3: The Last Stand [2006], Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is on his own again, haunted by memories only eternal life can give. He continues to live in a state of constant disorientation as his mind keeps going back and forth between past events and present time. One day, a man whose life he once saved seeks him out. Despite his misgivings, Logan travels to Japan to meet him and before long, he finds out the hard way that the man's intentions are not entirely altruistic. Unbeknownst to Logan, he is now caught in the middle of a bizarre corporate espionage.

What to Expect
1. A neo-noir feel to the movie
2. A very human superhero story
3. Masterful film-making
4. Memorable performances
5. A superhero movie of a much smaller scale
6. Unusual pacing for a superhero movie

What NOT to Expect
1. Wolverine being impervious to injuries
2. An origin story
3. Disaster porn
4. CGI porn
A superhero movie that refreshingly doesn't feel like one.

Friday, July 26, 2013

8 Reasons Why Local Movies "Suck"

An interview I tuned in to the other day reminded me of this entry, which had long been in draft form. It would have been published sooner, but at the time it seemed like such a huge statement to make, and I felt like I needed to observe and sniff around a little more. Otherwise everything I write here's gonna sound like something I pulled completely out of my ass.

Perhaps I shouldn't tell this joke...
However, that is not to say that everything I listed down here are facts. They're based on my observation, sure. But still, these are merely my opinion and therefore open for debate.

Now for the record, despite what I wrote up there as the title, I don't think local movies suck, hence the quotation marks. It’s just too general a thing to say. Not to mention it’s plain false and grossly unfair. I wrote it only in reference to the sizeable part of local movie-goers who either;

a) Have never seen a local movie (save for P.Ramlee)
b) Have sworn off local movies
c) Makes it their policy to not see local movies
d) Watch movies for the special effects

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CARGO: A Heartfelt Zombie Short Film

Released quite a while back, Cargo tells a simple story about a father who tries to protect his infant daughter during the zombie apocalypse.

While we're on the subject of zombies, the long awaited KL Zombi will finally see release on August 29th, 2013.
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