Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"47 Ronin" Looks Borderline Sacrilegious

... and I'm not even Japanese.

I have no idea what this creature's supposed to be.
Movie: 47 Ronin
Release Date: December 24th, 2013
Director: Carl Rinsch
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada

I don't know what made them think they need to spice up the already-interesting story of the Forty-seven Ronin with witches and CGI monsters. Seriously, the last time I was so baffled by a movie trailer was the one for Pecah. Sure, you could argue that straightforward adaptations have been done may times over in the past, but to my knowledge it has never been made at a scale as big as this.

Of course, it's too soon to make up my mind about it. After all, there's Keanu Reeves, whom I have a soft spot for. Also, there's Hiroyuki Sanada, Hollywood's go-to Japanese actor beside Ken Watanabe. Looks like there's Rinko Kikuchi as well, whom I've liked since Babel [2006], and quite recently became a household name after starring as the leading lady in the über-awesome Pacific Rim [2013].

Friday, August 16, 2013

Why the New RoboCop Will Pale in Comparison to the Original

This comic strip pretty much says it all.

Some might say it's way too early to say anything about the new RoboCop. After all, we won't be seeing it until sometime next year. However, I disagree. I had some thoughts about it back in 2011, but I didn't really dwell on it. Until last night.

So yeah, I learned that a guy named Joel Kinnaman's playing the title character, it's gonna be PG-13, and RoboCop rides a superbike now. Of course, I will go see it with an open mind. I just hope it won't turn out to be something in the vein of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [2009].

Thursday, August 15, 2013

What If the Star Wars Prequels Were Good?

The more I know, the more I realise how much the Star Wars prequels suck.

But no worries, this is not another entry blasting George Lucas for being so goddamn lazy. Instead, let's play a little "I wonder what could have been", and explore the infinite possibilities when you play around with Star Wars. Below are videos from a YouTube channel called Belated Media, and while anything would be an improvement to the prequels, this dude actually has some really interesting ideas.

Interesting enough that I actually would like to see them get made. Yes, I know it's a long shot (if not downright impossible). But like I said, let's just play along, shall we?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lemak Kampung Santan [2013]

Director: Hans Isaac
Starring: Hans Isaac, Neelofa, Harun Salim Bachik, Natasha Hudson, Awie, Khir Rahman
Genre: Drama (?), comedy (?), romance (?)
Rating: General
Verdict: "Tonally all over the place, devoid of any style whatsoever, and seems torn over what it really wants to be..."

Owner of a succesful construction firm, Ridzuan (Hans Isaac) sees an opportunity to take his firm to new heights when he takes on a project for a resort to be built in a rural area. Initially, he's completely indifferent about the people already living there, in a village called Kampung Santan. But in a twist of fate, he stumbles into the village and consequently into the lives of its inhabitants. One inhabitant in particular; a woman named Tiqa (Neelofa).

What to Expect
1. A promising start
2. A story as vague as the title (and poster)
3. Tonally all over the place
4. Less-than-satisfactory script
5. Mediocre execution

What NOT to Expect
1. To be blown away
2. Believable romance
If you have nothing to do. Not even a wife or a husband.
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