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Movie Review: Rings (2017)

If you’ve seen the first of this series, then you would understand and perhaps appreciate the trilogy more. Well, we’re talking about no other than the Rings, our featured film for the day.

Here are some facts. This series was inspired by Koji Suzuki’s novel-turned-movie more than a decade ago. Yep, the original was from Japan — which was real scary good.

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You know, imagine a dead girl (in a long sleepwear and her face covered with her long hair) crawling out of your TV screen and trying to kill you?! Whew!

Here’s the third installment..

Hmm.. It’s not that the lead stars are unknown, that certainly has nothing to with the plot of the story which is kinda rehashed. I mean, what else could you probably ‘story-tell’ with a video-ghost killer?

If such a curse (whoever watches the video would die in seven days) won’t end and would just be passed on to the next viewer and so on — then doesn’t it sound like tiring? Evil has to have an end to give people, in this case, viewers some hope. Right?

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Still, the film is earning though. With a budget of only $25 million, it has now grossed $67.3 million at the box office. Not bad. Probably many of ’em are even curious ‘first time viewers’, so..

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But hopefully, if they still plan to continue the series as the movie suggests, then how about a little more creativity? A rebirth of some kind, yeah, to the next level!

Movie Review: Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

Well, the much awaited sequel to the blockbuster movie ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is finally in theatres. And yes with stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan back, and this time, Fifty Shades Darker!

Incidentally, they ‘purposely’ made it a Valentine presentation much to the delight of traditional Valentine couples — ’em thrill seekers that is. Hey, t’is no ordinary movie — it’s for adults only, okay?

The Synopsis. When a wounded Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) tries to entice a cautious Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle them, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

Hmm… There were actually censorship and opposition campaigns to its predecessor ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as it threads the line of eroticism and pornography, or at least ‘strong sexual content’. Yet in this one, the sequel, opposition seemed to have just mellowed.

Why? They still did the same things — tie ’em up, tie ’em down and tease anywhere kinda stuff.

The Cast
The Cast

Our take is.. While ‘sexuality per se’ is human, it’s different when put into a film. You know, it gets to influence a lot of people. It stirs up the imagination of the unstable. And it urges those that lacks self-control. Thus, such things should be private. On the other hand, those that are more responsible awkwardly tries to smile-off not just the ‘heated encounters’ between Ana and Christian, but just about anything they find unusual — even the shallowest of scenes! Funny. Could they have simply ‘heated up’ themselves?? And ohh, thinking of imitating ’em!?

Seriously, since you know it’s just a film, you know that just about everything that’s happening on screen are unreal or done just to tease you (for the box office); so, why get carried away?

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More than nudity and provocation, the story plays a big part here.

Ey, with these kinds of films, many could get confused with love and lust! Can’t simply use ‘the expression of love’ when in a relationship, you know. See, deep expressions come with responsibility. Can’t use your body just to know a person. Character and habits of adults are formed from childhood experiences — even the film shows it — so, you should have a clue right there and there.

Remember, love is not ‘trial and error’. It’s a commitment. Meaning, when there’s an issue, ‘fix not separate’.

Movie Review: The BFG (2016)

It’s been months since The BFG was shown in theaters yet we really only watched it now, so the review. Perhaps more than the feedbacks, the film’s poster had something to do with our interest. Weeeell, t’was kinda outdated (like, it even looked like E.T. of the 80’s) that made us lose interest right off. Besides, the 3D wasn’t really that convincing too, you know. And most everything’s just sort of dark, especially the setting.

But guess the acronym BFG did the trick; and t’was a holiday and so we watched..

Oh by the way, since we have not really read nor researched Roald Dahl’s novel, at first we thought BFG must have meant ‘best friend goblin’, right? Haha! After all, BFG looked more like a goblin than a ‘big friendly giant’. Yeah, that’s what we meant by an unconvincing 3D.

So indeed, being a first-timer of the story, we could then give you a more unbiased feedback. Makes sense? So..

The Synopsis. Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and the other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

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The Cast

Okay, to continue.. Notice the steps of the BFG? It hardly touches the ground, so there’s some error in there. Also, whenever any of the giants (including BFG) walk or move for that matter — shouldn’t the ground tremble, even a little?

And why didn’t Sophie even suggest a name for the BFG? Calling by the acronym is okay when they first met as that’s what the giant wanted of his name; but later on, Sophie could have suggested something else even for friendship’s sake. Right? Hey, they sound like they’re in a corporate environment by referring through acronyms!

The story line is quite light. Perhaps too ‘friendly’ for your own good, and so ending up a little dull for that matter. There should have been some scene or narration as to why giants exist — not just saying ‘giant country’. ‘Cause why are there even bigger giants than BFG? This is like two species. See?

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Well, it’s indeed tough being an orphan. With no family behind you, life’s no adventure but a jungle where if you get mixed with the ‘wrong crowd’ — things become a ‘dog-eat-dog’ kinda world. And so, yes with no family, this is an area where Sophie’s friendship with the BFG should have been more emphasized — like, regular visits. That’d be encouraging especially for those with no families.

Dream. With a good heart and patience, one day you’ll see it through.

Movie Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

The title may not be appealing to some as it sounds a little ‘sickly’ — probably because of the word ‘home’ — then again, Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has even been compared to films like Harry Potter among others. Interesting. But for us, it’s really in fact more like The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and The X-Men..

You know, entities with extra-ordinary powers shunned by society and like ‘trapped in a time loop’! Well, t’is actually about a boy who after his family’s tragedy follows clues from his grandfather’s old photos that leads him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island.. And so, the adventure begins.

This novel is just somethin’, eh!

A girl lighter than air. An invisible boy. A girl who could grow plants and trees in a jippy. A child who is as strong as an ox. A boy who spits out bees. Another boy having the ability to extend another’s life by borrowing another creature’s heart. And more. Wow! No wonder it’s been a best seller off the shelves!

Hey, one would even think that he might have already seen all the ‘power’ there is in ‘group’ super beings, but no, there’s more in this. And to think that they’re not even superheroes!

The Peculiars
The Peculiars

Certainly, very entertaining for kids and adults alike. Perks up the imagination — more so that these ‘peculiars’ live in a time loop (created by Miss Peregrine) where they have to relive the same day forever. Plus a cave that’s like a time worm between 1943 and 2016!

SOME OBSERVATIONS

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If you even need a rope to control your flight or destination, then it makes less of a superhero — and that’s okay.

Anyway, when there is power, there’s an opposing power to it. Dr. Golan, a wight trying to gain more power. This then adds purpose to the ‘Peculiars’ which showcases their abilities in trying to stop the ‘bad supernaturals’. Yeah, while their abilities are unique, guess too much fantasy made some of the effects a little poor; and we’re talking about the battle at the carnival between the invisible monsters and the skeletons. In that instance, the 3D wasn’t that good anymore.

Also, there’s this scene that makes things close to, if not, boring. Really. Since you could practically control everything. Like when the ‘Peculiars’ were like watching some film at the yard — in where just before the bomb could blow up, all Miss Peregrine did was to use her ‘stopwatch’ and so causing the bomb and the planes to return. T’was like just being a show-off. Haha! No real purpose in that.

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The invisible Peculiar playing with the ‘bee spitting’ boy

And yes, just curious. Why can’t Jacob see the invisible Peculiar? Yet, he could see hollowgasts! If his ability is limited to the ‘bad’ guys, then at least the producers should have made a scene where the invisible Peculiar shows himself to the group. Makes sense?!

Still, all because t’is a fantasy especially made for kids, most movie-goers don’t really mind a purposeful story line (unless it’s too bad) save for being entertained by special powers. Yup, we like Emma’s clearing of the underwater for breathing space, and the ‘pulling out of the sunken ship’ to the surface for sail though. Those were cool!

So surely, get ready for a sequel!

Movie Review: Harry Potter’s Love Triangle

Would you rather prefer Harry over Ron for Hermione Granger? Why? Because Hermione’s always there for Harry?

Ah just recently, J.K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter felt that it’s how it should have ended as Ron and Hermione’s personalities are completely incompatible.. and only to end up retracting on what she said days later.

Anyway, let’s answer the issues and possibilities.

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As Rowling even said, Ron has to work on his self-esteem while Hermione needs to be less critical for their relationship to work. How do we see this? Hermione could only be appreciative of her partner if he is actually better than she is, otherwise, the relationship is going to be a failure. This is probably why Rowling saw that counseling could help strengthen their “togetherness.”

Wait. If that’s the case, Ron and Hermione could last together but they would not really be happy. This means, if Harry and Hermione crosses their paths in a “conducive” scenario, she could end up expressing her desires.. and who knows what could happen next regardless if they only saw each other as friends.

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Now about Harry and Ginny, Ron Weasley’s sister.

So, what makes many think they are not good for each other? That they are not compatible? That their relationship came out of the blue? That Ginny is Harry’s best friend’s sister? Come on. If you’ve been in love, you should know that love works in mysterious ways.. or Rowling’s pen that is.

Among the many reasons, only two are worth answering here; but we’ll leave the incompatibility to your imagination and take on the “best friend’s sister” issue instead.

Okay.. best friend’s sister? That code is only good if you guys simply want fun. Like, of course I don’t want my sister to be used then dumped after my friend gets bored. See? But if your best friend is a real “good” guy per se, you’d certainly want your sister to be with familiar and safe hands. Makes sense?!

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In the end, though it would really be nice to see Harry and Hermione ending up with each other, it’s not about who goes to who.. it’s about Rowling. She just seems to be trying to create some buzz.

And more importantly, it’s about the “misalignment” of the novel to the movie. Rowling should have just focused on what she really wanted to create, and insisted on not commercializing the characters’ relationship with each other instead presenting the real Ginny, the real everybody in the film as to what her novel says.