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I have had to travel quite a bit recently, and will do so for a while, so I had the pleasure of watching quite a few recent releases on SIA.

 

I won't try and comment on the PQ or AQ since it was through a puny airline headset.

 

Legend:

 

I can see potential for surround effects and demo material, but the plot was quite lame and the ending was as controversial as the press said. Actually no, it was quite zzz....

 

Plot - paper thin, and wooden acting for someone who is capable of more -- 2.5 / 5

Action - a little but I guess it wasn't the main thing -- 3/5

Chick factor - looow -- 1 /5

Rent buy or forget it -- worth a rent since I saw Omega Man

 

 

There will be blood:

 

This was supposed to be a wonderful show of acting, but somehow it didn't hit the spot at all. Not slick enough....

 

Plot - its about an oilman -- 2.5/5

Action - huh? -- 1/5

Chick factor -- 0

Rent buy or forget it  - rent once for the hype and laugh over it

 

No country for old men:

 

Again didn't do it, the whole evil man was only good to show Javiar's acting which was good, and Josh Brolin put in a credible performance too, but the plot was too twist and dark for me.

 

Plot -- 3.5/5

Action -- 3/5

Chick factor -- 0

Rent - maybe

 

Kungfu Dunk:

 

Holding my nose.... good for Jay fans.... enough said. A pretty boy show

 

Plot - thinner than paper --my highlight was Eric Tsang actually  2/5

Action - considering he cannot fight for real, and the amount of CGI, Jay should stick to driving movies.... 2/5

Chick factor - ok, finally some eye candy around. 4/5 for the SYT type

Rent - maybe

 

Glorious Team Batista:

 

A japanese production, medical mystery. Went in with little expecation but it had suspense, humor and a decent chick factor.

Plot:

Better if you dig Japanese but not bad -- 4/5

Action - 0

Chick factor - not bad! 4/5

Good for a rent or like me a fan, I will buy one

 

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Accuracy of Death

 

nice heart warming movie spilt into 3 parts with 3 diff twist , the last twist being the best, original , overall good flow but pace a bit slow

 

Plot - its abt death and its intended victims , "to proceed or not to proceed"  -- 3.8/5

Action - none thankfully  -- 5/5

Chick factor -- 4/5 fugiki as beautiful as an angel and even the robot droid is pretty

Acting - terrific performance  by takashi , the first young lady and the last old lady .

Rent buy or forget it - watch the movie and then buy the dvd and the movie soundtrack

 

 

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Jumper

 

Another movie of little value or entertainment I saw on the way home...

"darth vader" out of his role is pretty good as a spoilt brat with the ability to jump space, like the guy with the tail from X men. But that chap has much more character and charisma.

 

Here I actually wished the jumper would get caught. His British friend's accent sound more like a Singaporean pretending to have studied in Oxford too. Obviously he steals and doesn't use it for good, and Samuel Jackson looks like he sleep-walked through a role he had to do to pay the bills. And he looks like a fish out of the water without muttering M...F... every few seconds or having snakes coming out of his pants.

 

Plot -- zzz 1.5/5 even though the concept could have been pretty good

Action -- 2.5 / 5 again potential wasted

Chick factor - not bad, but just eye candy and no character development 3/5

Rent buy or forget it -- forget it

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Golden Compass

 

This comes straight from the studio's cookbook on how to milk success from a formula-

 

Take a few famous stars, get another book with a medieval, LOTR / Narnia type story line, mix in lots of CGI creatures, add cute new faces and some fight scenes and stir.

 

Sadly it doesn't always turn out well and this is a prime example. Religious crap not withstanding (I think a simple non-reference to deamons would have done them lots of good), it isn't a good plot and you cannot rescue it with megastars and CGI.

 

Plot - confusing, and the girl can be quite irritating -- 2/5

Action - action kunkies may like it, but LOTR has it beaten hands down - 2.5/5

Chick Factor -- huh obasan maybe but Nicole Kidman is no longer a chick, hire a real chick to pull in the testosterone crowd... 2/5

I would stay away, not even a rental

 

Juno

 

AH FINALLLY I stayed awake, watched this and wanted to do it again to appreciate the little nuances.

 

Teenage pregnancy is well handled, niether endorsing or condemning it here. Ellen Page is a real star, but everyone chips in to make this a hit.

 

Plot - pretty decent 4/5

Action - zip

Chick Factor - She is a cutie daughter kind of girl but not hot -- 3/5

I would rent it at least, but its not worth USD 28 for the BR disc, although the soundtrack is worth getting.

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Beowolf

 

This movie caused much less excitement and fracas than the new bro here...

 

The idea was interesting, and the use of CGI in a cartoon like fashion like Sky Commander and Captain Tomorrow was novel, but again I was never fully absorbed, although I did finish the movie.

 

Plot : simple and pretty straight forward, yet it didn't leave much impression on me, in a way say LOTR or even Princess Bride did. A tall order you may say, but they came first and will always be a benchmark as is Willow and Lady Hawke. 3/5

 

Action: the CGI didn't gel enough to impress and even on a 12" monitor on a plane, the CGI looked plastic 3/5

 

Chick Factor: A Jolie was alright but the younger maiden and the queen were IMO finer in comparison. 3.5/5

 

Rent or buy: If I hadn't seen it, I might rent it.

 

Overall 3.5/5

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Juno

 

This is one of my favourite movies of the year! I've seen this 3 times, and I'll still get the Blu Ray. Ellen Page is brilliant. The screenplay is awesome, and the musical references in the movie (The Melvins, etc) was were those that I can totally relate to.

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Darjeeling Limited

 

Im always a Wes Anderson (Royal Tenenbaums, Bottle Rocket ) fan & I love a quirky comedy. Darjeeling was no exception. To me, it was good. Music score in that film - brilliant!!!!!!

Plot - "spiritual trip" for 3 brothers to exotic India

Chick factor (is it important?) - ok there's a semi nude of Natalie Portman though.

 

The Kingdom

Somehow, i rather enjoy political esp Arab-American, conflict films, though not many. the other i can think of is Munich. The Kingdom may be fictional, but it potray the moderate & extreme Muslim in their infidel-hating world.

Plot - Jamie Foxx & his FBI team was sent to the iddle East to investigate a racial fuel bombing of an american facility. Very believable story.

 

No country for Old men

Javier Bardem - SOLID!!!!!

Its a damn good movie & I truly enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

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The most memorable movie i watched recently should be "Teeth"

I dont know if u guys watch this movie b4...but after watching this it will make u be more careful with yr ahem....

 

Plot=Zero/10 cuz i dunno wat is the producer thinking inside his mind when he wanted to make this movie

Action=7/10 lots of interesting action in it

Chick Factor=7/10 If i not wrong the lead actress is a SWT

Rent or Buy=Rent better

After Effect/Shock=9/10 U watch u will understand wat i mean...

 

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One Missed Call

 

Simple storyline about a phone call predicting people's death in the near future but good plot and thrilling. Keeps you rooted to your sofa seat. Highly recommended. :D

 

The Invasion

 

Recommends all NOT TO SEE IT. Starring Daniel Craig (aka 007) & Nicoe Kidman.

About a gel that causes people to vomit into one another's mouth & become a zombie minus the special effects.

Only consolation is Nicole Kidman looked DAMN good with some see thru clothings >:(

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Movie Reviews on the way to Berlin

 

Smooth long flight, so there is time to check out the recent show and so more reviews on recent productions written. Sadly more misses than hits.

 

 

Empress and the Warriors (Donnie Yen, Kelly Chen and Leon Lai)

 

Firstly, Leon has put on weight! Secondly you see how HKG productions work, one successful periodic drama / action flick leads to plenty of copies. There is little original work coming out.

 

And when they do it, there is scant regard on historical accuracy and much less attention to detail on the props.  Jousting on horses? The armour is Yan / Zhao? And the type of Chinese characters…

 

IF they make it up with a good story line or action, well I guess that’s better, but Donnie has no one to spar with and there is plenty of slow motion action, blood but little chance for him to display his awesome skills.

 

Snooze job…

 

Plot: classic tale of deceit, ambition, lifted from Gladiator and too many other movies. – 2.5/5

Action: Leon Lai and Kelly Chen have no street cred for action and it shows. – 2.5/5

Chick Factor: Kelly is still eye candy but she is not alone in the HKG movie scene, she faces competition from Gillian Chung and many other younger people these days. – 3.5/5

 

Rent / buy/ forget it: save this to rent on a day when nothing else is available at the local video store, or if you need sleeping pills.

 

Fool’s Gold

 

The recipe for this Dirk Pitt style / Indiana Jones type adventure is to take Matthew Mc C out of Sahara, throw in his love interest Kate Hudson from 30 days to lose a Man and add a poorer sidekick – same guy who lost his hearing in Black Hawk Down and was eaten up by Aliens in AVP I, then mix with a sometimes successful director.

 

Plot: cut and paste treasure hunt story which has the hero, which seems to be the only bright spark, sleep walking through a movie which doesn’t add anything new to the genre. That squeaky ditsy girl really doesn’t add anything positive. And Donald Sutherland probably took the job just to get his paycheck with a partially existent accent. Even our local fake English sound more convincing. 2.5/5

 

Action: some decent scenes here, but nothing inspiring. – 3/5

 

Chick Factor: Kate Hudson is a younger Goldie Hawn and she does bring some sparkle, but the chemistry to the two main actors is akin to re-using an old tissue paper to blot the nose. 3/5

 

Rent / buy/ forget it: save this to rent on a day when nothing else is available at the local video store.

 

 

 

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Oldboy (on Bluray)

 

Quite an unusual storyline for this Korean horror/suspense flick, partially inspired by SAW but with a more interesting plot. Shall not give much away except that the plot involved sex taboo. Comes in DTS-MA 7.1, initialy just wanted to try out the sound on the PS3 but ended up watching the whole show instead.

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10 000 BC

 

Roland Emmerich is well known for his large spectacle shows, with big props, like ID 4, Godzilla etc.

 

Here I felt he was trying for a more human angle, albeit with some action, and still pretty huge props thrown in too. Man goes to get his girl who gets kidnapped by strange people on horses who then turn out to be Pyramid builders... huh?

 

Quite a looooong stretch of the imagination even for a holiday summer block buster...

 

Plot: this was never the director's strongpoint and you have to truly switch off all kinds of reality / conherence concepts for this to work. The accent of the people is odd, the alternation between Neaderthal and new age speak is quite painful and the best times occur during moments of no-dialogue... 2.5 / 5

 

Action: There is quite a bit of this, but not as smooth or exciting as his better made ones 3/5

 

Chick factor: ok, one redeeming factor... the girl looks good, but one girl won't save the whole show 3/5

 

Rent, buy or forget it: I would rent this on a really boring evening when there isn't much else to get. For rental companies, don't get too many copies of this...

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More flights and more movies....

 

Vantage point:

 

This was quite a twist on the who-dun-it genre, with some 24 Jack Bauer stuff throw in...

 

The main issue I had was there were too many playbacks and instead of six, 4 might be enough, or make them shorter.

 

Plot - editing was tight, and finding out the conclusion and do the good guys win was quite exciting - 4/5

 

Action - quite a few booms, but I think the gem will be how the sound engineers work in the atmosphere, and ambient noises rather than mere explosions. 3.5/5

 

Chick factor - low, didn't see much babe appeal 2/5

 

Rent, buy or Forget it - A definite rent, and if you don't mind repeats where you know the plot, you can buy it. Beside it will take more than one sitting to understand the nuances of the plot.

 

 

Definitely, Maybe

 

This is a quite a twist on the romance bit and leads you through a few twists and turns the protagonist's life. I half wanted to dislike it for the amorous and almost free-love nature of the sleeping about bit, with scant regard for the institution of marriage, but this is reflective of America and perhaps other societies too. The lead actors and even the daugther Maya, do very well, with good synergy to weave a story that is part fiction and all life. Clever flashbacks and painting it as a story remind me of the technique employed in Princess Bride, but this is more dark and it isn't an action movie.

 

Plot: good chick flick I guess, but it will definitely lead to lots of discussion if you bring your partner, or you can quietly watch it on a plane and deny all knowledge of it if you are the red-neck bloke.. or feel free to share your thoughts with another lady --- 4/5

 

Action - zip

 

Chick Factor - plenty of eye candyIsla Fisher is a mix of innocent sweet and overpowering sensuality -- 4/5

 

Rent or Buy or forget it: depends on your stand on morals, and whether you have objections to romantic flicks, but worth a rent at least.  4/5

 

 

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For the Love of the Game

 

Its been a while, but this one caught me by surprise on how much feel good factor I could get out of a Kevin Costner movie.

 

Its quite by the book, throw in a baseball game (Costner's third movie on this), add the human factor and some romance, and pile on the perfect game and you have the recipe for a nice movie.

 

Plot: its simple, using flashbacks to good effect, with a decent supporting cast working well together, and decent chemistry between the actors. Kelly Preston still looks fine and gives a good account of herself. 4/5

 

Action: this mainly a talkie, and the baseball scenes add some excitement, but its no Die Hard 3/5

 

Chick Factor: grand dame Kelly Preston is fine wine and I would be happy to seen on a date with her 3.5 / 5

 

Rent Buy or forget it: I went ahead and got the HD DVD of this show, enough said.

 

Made before Spiderman, Sam Raimi proves to be a diverse talent producing such efforts in between the bubble gum comic book productions. 4/5

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Jumper

 

Another movie of little value or entertainment I saw on the way home...

"darth vader" out of his role is pretty good as a spoilt brat with the ability to jump space, like the guy with the tail from X men. But that chap has much more character and charisma.

 

Here I actually wished the jumper would get caught. His British friend's accent sound more like a Singaporean pretending to have studied in Oxford too. Obviously he steals and doesn't use it for good, and Samuel Jackson looks like he sleep-walked through a role he had to do to pay the bills. And he looks like a fish out of the water without muttering M...F... every few seconds or having snakes coming out of his pants.

 

Plot -- zzz 1.5/5 even though the concept could have been pretty good

Action -- 2.5 / 5 again potential wasted

Chick factor - not bad, but just eye candy and no character development 3/5

Rent buy or forget it -- forget it

 

I was giving "the young Darth Vader" another chance but after watching I was cursing and swearing. I was prepared to watch Awake also starring the same actor and decided to skip it.  >:(

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The Condemned

 

MTV meets WWF meets Survivor meets Lost, throw in a few muscle men, a couple of eye candy sorts and add the WWF sanctioned hero. Mix in lots of action, explosions and killing. Add gore and blood generously. Stir in up in close quarter filming, high definition filming and decent sound engineering. Viola! A hit!

 

Plot: actually it works better than a few other similar WWF efforts. This is still better than Marine and the idea of a longer ranger fighting off the bad guys and surviving til the end to return to the weeping obligatory chick seems almost believable. Of course the SAS chappie loses to the ex Delta Force guy, and the bad buy get its in the end. Jerry Bruckheimer couldn't do better. 3.5/5

 

Action: heaps of it, and the DD EX soundtrack or lossless Blu Ray is of reference quality. 4/5

 

Chick factor: ok there is a bit of eye candy, but somehow the gore makes looking at the ladies difficult 3.5/5

 

I would say this is a decent rental at least and if you don't mind the gore, the explosions are good for a demo.

 

 

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Shinobi

 

Anyone for Ninja movies?

Actually this one is more than the usual chop chop flick. There is an element of a Romeo and Juliet story, mixed with anime bits and decent fighting scenes. Those who follow Japanese Manga will appreciate the details put into this production and those who are looking for a window into Japanese action movies can do a lot worse.

 

Plot : classic boy meets girl who belongs to the enemy plus showdown at Ok Corral with mystical Ninja powers mixed into a story which is pretty well edited. 4/5

 

Action: not the Jet Li stuff and there is CGI, but nonetheless a commendable effort 3.5/5

 

Chick factor: the fair porcelein smooth complexion of the typical Japanese lady does it for me 4/5

 

Rent buy or forget it: The BR version comes with a Tru HD soundtrack and the colors of autumn blaze out of your screen. For 11 USD from amazon, you can easily own this and decide if this genre is your thing.

 

 

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30 Days of Night

 

Plot: Classic theme, killers (vampires in this cases) preying on a bunch of trapped people, and they slowly die off. How they beat the vampires and survive is the usual stroy. The twist is that the towns remains dark for 30 full days. 3/5

 

Action: the usual shocks are there, but the final confrontation is novel, and the Blu Ray disc is a fine demo piece, with lots of ambient sounds and awesome bass. It confirms my suspicion that many times, the best test of a good HT system is in the use of surrounds coupled with a few good bass scenes from the soundtrack rather than explosion. 4/5

 

Chick factor: not great with just one fire marshal 2.5/5

 

Rent buy or forget it: at least a rental for the bass scenes

 

 

Sunshine

 

Plot: Another Solaris meets Oddessy 2001 kind of show, with a plot akin to the Core and even Armageddon. But how they put the suspense together is not bad. 3.5/5

 

Action: Its more of a thriller and you enjoy the good use of bass in the moments of suspense to heighten the mood 3/5

 

Chick factor - poor 1.5/5

 

Rent buy or forget it: worth a rental for good plot design and the bass demo scenes.

 

 

 

 

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30 Days of Night

 

Plot: Classic theme, killers (vampires in this cases) preying on a bunch of trapped people, and they slowly die off. How they beat the vampires and survive is the usual stroy. The twist is that the towns remains dark for 30 full days. 3/5

 

Action: the usual shocks are there, but the final confrontation is novel, and the Blu Ray disc is a fine demo piece, with lots of ambient sounds and awesome bass. It confirms my suspicion that many times, the best test of a good HT system is in the use of surrounds coupled with a few good bass scenes from the soundtrack rather than explosion. 4/5

 

Chick factor: not great with just one fire marshal 2.5/5

 

Rent buy or forget it: at least a rental for the bass scenes

 

 

Sunshine

 

Plot: Another Solaris meets Oddessy 2001 kind of show, with a plot akin to the Core and even Armageddon. But how they put the suspense together is not bad. 3.5/5

 

Action: Its more of a thriller and you enjoy the good use of bass in the moments of suspense to heighten the mood 3/5

 

Chick factor - poor 1.5/5

 

Rent buy or forget it: worth a rental for good plot design and the bass demo scenes.

 

 

 

 

 

Regarding Sunshine (BluRay version)...

 

Never expect the Sun look so beautiful up close ;)...the Chick factor i must agree is Weak :P...Chris Evans of Fantastic four fame was reali good for his role ...Lots of suspense and reali beautiful CG....DTS MA soundtrack was so-so if u ask me only Bass is Fierce...The Golden Spacesuit reminded me of that Gundam robot with the one eye in the middle somehow...The whole movie feel like Apollo 13 if u watch it.....

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