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Veteran director Martin Scorsese recently criticised review aggregator websites for pushing the idea that "every image is there to be instantly judged and dismissed without giving audiences time to see it." Do reviews online reduce value of cine
 
Judgement is fast in the social media age and film-makers should get used to it. [ 10 ] ** [32.26%]
Reviewing a movie should be left to experts. [ 5 ] ** [16.13%]
Viewers take their own decisions irrespective of quick reviews. [ 16 ] ** [51.61%]
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post May 3 2019, 08:43 AM

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Fighting with my family - Talent and heart won over the "sport" movie cliche.

Stephen Merchant is the main reason for me to take a chance on this rather heart-warming wrestling dramedy cum autobiography of a supposed WWE star. Initially thought this gonna be a silly comedy but the character arc drama took center stage. I have zero inclination in the world of WWE, couldn't be bother with the Rock is in it. On the other hand Nick Frost and Cersei pretty much enough to keep me watching. Dysfunctional family dynamics provide a steady streams of comedy nugget that mirrors the struggling and triumphant messaging. Given, it's your cliche sport movie genre. MVP is Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden able to sell convincingly as the brother and sister. If this pop up on netflix, no harm taking a look at it or you are a fan of the wrestler she's playing. Florence Pugh could be the next big thing as she does have a charismatic screen presence and can be a feisty firecracker. Next she is to appear on Ari Aster's Midsommar and MCU Black Widow.
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post May 10 2019, 01:20 PM

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The Wandering Earth - The corniest, jingoistic and goofiest movie on Netflix.

This one has the same scientific inaccuracy as Armageddon. Loud and stupid to the max with over the top shenanigans. The only good thing I can say is this movie quite possibly the first legit sci-fi effort ever done by China. The production design and certain cgi on par with hollywood. Watch this to have a good laugh at the ridiculous premise and how it progress...

Yeah they effing "Dragon Ball" the ending. rclxub.gif

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post May 11 2019, 06:58 PM

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Dogman - Great character actor with modest narrative payoff.

Matteo Garrone, the premier Italian director follow-up since Tale of Tales. A kindhearted weakling succumbed to attraction of a brute bully. The toxic relationship pretty much gonna ends on a miserable note. The script divert our empathy towards Marcello who runs a modest pet grooming store. And yet Simone the town's deplorable gangster bully kept using him as doormat. It slowly simmer into a tale of vengeance.

From storyline viewpoint, it's wishy washy as the payoff doesn't remotely felt cathartic enough. For performance, Marcello Fonte is amazing as the weakling protagonist. His earnest interaction with his surroundings is a joy to watch.

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post Jun 3 2019, 02:55 PM

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The Perfection - The most WTF movie you can watch now on Netflix.

Okay, if you want to melt your brain and curse like a sailor at your TV....this is the perfect movie for you. It harkens back to the early career of Takashi Miike or Sono Sion of bat-shit crazy storytelling. Essentially it's a three mini movies roll into one, first act is a jealousy cum horror bits, then the big twist drop midway to reset what you have just watched as a reasonable explanation to what the hell is going on. Then another twist in the final act where you just lose your shit at what you are watching. For better or worse it's a minimum one time watch for the outrageous plotline.

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post Jun 15 2019, 09:50 AM

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I Am Mother - It's OK, not your typical stinker from Netflix.

Watch this to burn up some free time. It's your usual evil robot vs humanity but elevated with good production design and performance. Some attempt to give it a little twist to the formula.
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post Jun 17 2019, 11:09 AM

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Captive State - An incomplete movie.

This movie is like a nice packaging with crappy content. Interesting world building, nice production design and even good actors in it. The pacing and structure very problematic. They completely ignore the first act set-up and pivot to a group of characters that you are not invested on. Then the disappointing ending that leaves everything unresolved. You still know nothing about the alien.
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post Jun 22 2019, 05:28 PM

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Parasite - Frontrunner of my best movie of the year.

It's the quirky dark comedy that does a sharp tonal shift in the last act. The brilliance is how crafty when the twist happened and the ending gave a great context to the argument of class disparity that prevalent in our society. You simply couldn't predict how it went with the terrifying final act. Song Kang Ho again draw you in with his douchebag/goofy performance. You will laugh at the shenanigans and deeply ingrained by the ending messaging. Bong Joon Ho is at top form and this movie harkens back to The Host of depicting amazing family dynamic. Not sure is this out yet in KL but do not miss out this amazing film.
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post Jun 26 2019, 04:38 PM

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The Truth Beneath - It's as demented as Oldboy.

It's a few years old movie. The main selling point is the script co-written by Park Chan Wook. As expected the story is full of twist and turn. Everything is not as it seems on the surface, each passing moment the mystery unravel itself to keep sucking you in. Each red herring deepen the complexity of the puzzle. The conclusion had your brain melted when you find out who is behind all the suffering. The protagonist mother perfectly portrayed by Son Ye Jin who has that crazy range of emotions. It's the closest thing you can find next to Park Chan Wook's Vengeance Trilogy. Also, the graphic scenes pretty much up there.

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post Jul 10 2019, 07:33 AM

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Crawl - A great B-horror flick.

Was surprised how tight and fun of this under marketed gem. Granted it doesn't have the smartest plot line but intense pacing throughout a very lean 90-mins runtime. Like Dredd, you thought it's a stinker but actually all balls out edge of your seat material. Give this sleeper movie of the year a shot.
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post Jul 14 2019, 02:37 PM

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Polar - Bloody with lotsa skins to show.

Was a fan of Jonas Ackerlund back when he was one of the hotshot MV director. He is head and shoulder with the likes of Tarsem Singh, David Fincher, Mark Romanek, etc.. Would have not watched this if it wasn't directed by him.

As expected, his kinetic visual flair and colourful character design still as commanding as before. Mads Mikkelsen playing the alpha assassin on his last assignment. Without skipping the usual assassin movie trope, a dramatic betrayal is in play and going soft on a girl he met recently. Not the worst Netflix offering with enough action to keep you energized and plentiful of nudity plus violence. Overall this reminded me of Joe Carnahan's Smoking Aces that laced with early 2000s action flavor. Not as cheesy as the 80s era but full on "grunginess" of a decade ago.
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post Jul 15 2019, 07:42 AM

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Point Blank- A bygone era of action thriller.

A remake of a french action movie. Remember back in the days when Bruce Willis still putting out decent action flicks, this movie echoes a lot of 16 Blocks. The chemistry between the two leads is tight and the main drive for you to keep watching. As usual high degree of belief suspension requires when comes to this type of movie. It's a lot better than I expected. It has no reason to be decent but it does.
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post Aug 8 2019, 09:05 AM

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Hobbs & Shaw - The dumb just got dumber.
This franchise has reached the inept moronic plot line and action noise of Bayformer. It is as comparable to an episode of GI Joe pandering to its own audacity. The action thrills can only carry your investment in the characters until they veer off into repetition and whatever justify the next action set-piece. The only good thing about H&S is not even H&S, Princess Margaret is the mvp. Her debut almost as good as Ilsa Faust in MI. Well another disposable sequel that I don't care by tomorrow.
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post Aug 22 2019, 07:54 AM

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Ready or Not - Bloody dark comedy.

Like Crawl, this is another hidden gem that are not getting huge marketing push. As a matter of fact, it's a damn fun movie. Went in with zero expectation but thoroughly surprised. It's a full package of debauchery and effing hilarious moments. It's up there with the earlier stuff of Edgar Wright. The Margot Robbie look-a-like is amazing and pretty sure casting agents will come knocking her door right now. A superb supporting character roster that are memorable. Don't miss out on this highly enjoyable movie.
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post Sep 7 2019, 08:33 AM

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Anna - So-so spy thriller.

Hollywood buried this release as Luc Besson embroiled in #metoo allegation. Initially thought this is your mindless Jane Wick action flick, but they spice up the spy craft element in a more grounded reality. You have clashing of execution where hyper action scenarios weigh down by bureaucratic politics. As usual blatant double, triple betrayal derails the entire movie. The lead actress not bad but the movie on a whole, not so. It's not any different from Atomic Blonde.
Good Boys - Small boys dropping f-bombs.

Think this is the second comedy modelled after Superbad this year. On a whole pretty funny with enough drive to keep watching. Substance is a bit lacking but it does its job to keep you engage. Booksmart is a better movie than this as it does a better job at portraying character growth and coming of age theme.

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post Sep 22 2019, 06:24 AM

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Ad Astra - Big setting, small storyline.
A very Terrence Mallick-ish movie about "the sins of the father" theme. While everyone drew comparison to Interstellar, for me this is Solaris meets Apocalypse Now with a dash of Tree of Life. There are some gorgeous space cinematography with one of those brooding acting of Brad Pitt to keep the narrative intact. It may not cement its position as one of the finest, bare minimum a one time watch if you can sit through the slow burn and the resolution of inner demon being explored in the storyline. Good but not great.
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post Oct 18 2019, 08:08 AM

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The Art of Self-Defense - Napoleon Dynamite with Karate.

If you are ok with deadpan delivery and lo-fi look, there's enough enjoyable materials and off-beat storyline to anchor everything together. While the dojo quirky antics pretty much provide comedy values but it got dark during the third act. Immogen Poots and J Eisenberg gave enjoyable performance.
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post Oct 19 2019, 07:29 AM

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The Laundromat - Playful but weak pay-off.

It's Steven Sorderberg attempt at "Big Shot-esque" spin on the Panama Papers. While it's enjoyable to watch Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas giving larger than life portrayals of the corrupted mastermind. It didn't delve any deeper into the scams they are running. It's all very surface level. The three side stories to illustrate the damaging effect of the crime felt uneventful and disjointed. It's so-so only.

 

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