Friday, February 20, 2015

My 10 Favourite Moments from 2014 Movies

Okay, so I know we're already into February 2015 and 2014 movies are something of the past but since I have spent my time on this list, I thought why not just released it anyway. I might be stretching this just a tiny bit but if you could just bare with me for just one more post regarding 2014 movies, I would be very grateful.

So here goes, my simple list of 10 favourite moments from 2014 movies that I've watched in no particular order.

Oh, I almost forgot! Before that, let me remind you that since these moments/scenes are directly dig into the plot of the movies, so there will be spoilers all over this list. If you want to avoid spoilers for any of 2014 movies that you haven't watch, please considered yourself warned!

Now let's begin. :-)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

What to watch? ~ 2015 movies: February

Welcome to the first edition of "What to watch" for 2015! I'm going to continue doing this monthly post of my most anticipated movies just like I did last year. 2015 is expected to be a good year for Hollywood as a lot of highly anticipated movies are coming our way, some which are from well-known and loved franchises by audiences. So which movies I'm most looking forward to in February?

Oh, and before that, I apologize for the late post since it's already more than a week into February.

Side note: The release date for most (if not all) of these movies that I'm going to list are going to follow the release date for United States. The same goes for all the other movies in upcoming "What to watch" posts for the rest of 2015.

1) Jupiter Ascending

This movie was supposed to be released in 2014, but it was delayed to this year. I was disappointed when I learned that news before because I love this type of epic sci-fi movie and I really want to watch this. The trailers look absolutely beautiful with cool special effects, and it seemed to have quite a nice story too. I didn't expect to see Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis (two main protagonists for this movie) in a science fiction movie though so I was kind of surprised at first, but after watching the trailers, I'm convinced that I will love their characters. The Wachowskis duo (the directors of this movie) impressed me with Cloud Atlas before (which topped my Top 10 favourite movies of 2013) so I hope they will impressed me again with this offering. Also starring Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton, Douglas Booth, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Doona Bae, Jupiter Ascending had opened in cinemas on Feb. 6, 2015.

2) Shaun the Sheep Movie

My niece adored Shaun the Sheep stop-motion animated TV series, and since I accompanied her a lot, I grew to love the TV show as well. It was a fun show to watch and since I love the TV show, I might enjoy the movie version of it as well, right? I'm not sure if it will be in a more grand scale compared to its TV counterpart (I don't see any much different from the movie trailers except for the different settings) but if it has the same warmth and joy that the TV show has, then I'm sure I will have a good time in the cinema. The movie already had a good start, it received critical acclaim with a lot of critics gave it positive reviews. Directed by Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, the movie had been released in United Kingdom on Feb. 6, 2015.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Seventh Son ~ review

Seventh Son is a fantasy movie based on the book, The Spook's Apprentice, by Joseph Delaney. Starred Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams and Djimon Hounsou, this Sergei Bodrov-directed film is another attempt by movie studios to make a movie franchise out of a book series. I'm assuming here, of course, since The Spook's Apprentice is the first book in the The Wardstone Chronicles series, which so far already has more than 10 books, the studio might want to consider a continuity in the movie as well, right? If everything goes well, then I bet they would make a sequel or two out of it. But is this movie even good enough to warrant a sequel?

Before we go any further, let me warn you that this review might have few spoilers. I would try my best to avoid major spoilers regarding the plot but if you consider even the slightest hint on the plot, characters or anything at all to be spoilers, then I would suggest you leave this post and read another one. You've been warned! For those who wish to continue with my review, you may proceed. ;-)

Friday, January 30, 2015

My 2014 Top 10 Films ~ No. 5 - No. 1

Hello there! Welcome to the second part of my top 10 movies of 2014. This is where finally I'm revealing my top 5 films of the year. If you missed out the films I've listed at number 10 to 6, you might want to check Part 1 of the post. To continue to my top 5, read on below.

5 - Gone Girl

I went to see this movie because there were a lot of talks about the twist that was featured in it, and it got me curious. What the twist is about? And who killed the wife? After watching it, I must say that I like the movie a lot, more than I expect I would. To be honest, when the twist was finally revealed, I was satisfied with it and thought that it was the end of the movie, I was even ready to walk out of the cinema. Little did I know that it wasn't the end, and I still got almost half of the movie left. Eventhough the movie felt long to me, it was worth a journey to take, and the part after the twist was revealed was even more crazy and satisfying to watch. I have to admit, my jaw dropped a few times during this part of the movie. It was seriously insane! - in a good kind of way of course. I really like Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike performances in this movie, they were really great. The rest of the cast were good too, especially the main supporting cast which include Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris. Gone Girl had been received well among critics, and it has been commercially successful too, garnered more than $350 million worldwide.

Image source from Gone Girl official website.

4 - Interstellar

I love movies about space exploration, how humans venture into the unknown and try to solve the mysteries of the universe, or simply trying to find another planet for humans to live. That is why I love Prometheus, the 2012 Ridley Scott's movie eventhough the plot was a bit confusing. But Interstellar is more than just a sci-fi movie about space exploration, it is also a movie about relationship between a father and his daughter. There were quite a few touching moments between the main character Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, and his daughter Murphy played by Mackenzie Foy as young Murph (she's really amazing in this film, by the way) and Jessica Chastain as adult Murph. Not just that, they were some emotional scenes between other characters too. It's amazing to think that I could love Interstellar as a drama as much as I love it as a science fiction movie. And talking about science fiction, this film doesn't disappoint in that regard as well. Christopher Nolan, the director and co-writer of the movie, as well as the crews that involved in it, want to achieved a sci-fi movie as close to reality that they could, meaning that they want to portray the science aspect of it as accurate as possible. That was quite a huge goal to achieve given the ambitious story they were trying to tell. I'm no scientist, but as an average moviegoer, I'm happy with the result; it tried to explain to me all this science theories but at the same time it doesn't forget the development and emotional weight of the characters. Quite a brilliant movie, I might add.

Image source from Interstellar official website.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

My 2014 Top 20 Songs from K-pop Girl Groups ~ No. 5 - No. 1

We're almost at the top! Welcome to the fourth and final part of my top 20 favourite songs from K-pop girl groups for the year 2014. If you missed any of the previous posts for this chart, you can click here for Part 1 (no. 20 - 16), Part 2 (no. 15 - 11) or Part 3 (no. 10 - 6). Now it's time to wrap this up!

5 ~ Stellar: Marionette

Group: Stellar
Track: Marionette
Members: Gayoung, Minhee, Hyoeun, Junyool
Watch Marionette MV here!

When the music video for this song was released back in February 2014, it caused quite a controversy with it's sexy, 19+ concept. Yes, the music video is age-restricted in YouTube. While there are many other groups that use sexy concept for their music video as well, maybe Stellar went a bit too far with their clothing (or lack of it), scenes and choreography. I have to admit, there are few scenes in the music video that I feel were unnecessary, while the choreography was a bit awkward with its "scratching" and "grabbing" moves. It's a shame that the music video took all the attention away from the song because the song itself is great. It's catchy and has a good beat to it, and the lyrics are quite good too, talking about being used and dragged around by someone like a "marionette". It's not fair to blame it all on the girls, since the concept idea might not even come from them. I hope that in 2015, they will release more good songs like Marionette but tune down a bit on the sexiness. They are already beautiful, so I don't think we need them to flaunt more than they need to.

4 ~ AOA: Miniskirt

Group: AOA
Track: Miniskirt
Members: Choa, Jimin, Yuna, Mina, Chanmi, Hyejeong, Seolhyun
Watch Miniskirt MV here!

I've mentioned that there are other groups that use sexy concept for their music videos too, right? Well, AOA is one of them. But they are quite popular, so I guess their level of sexiness is acceptable to the mainstream audience. As for me, I'm all about the songs. No matter how flattering or sexy they are, if the song is not good, then it's a no for me. Luckily Miniskirt is a great song, hence it landed on number four in my list. Miniskirt is a song about how a girl dress to impress a guy but the guy didn't even notice her. I've looked up the lyrics translation and one of the line is somewhat translated like this, "I'm so sexy, even if I don't show skin". It's a bit ironic if you asked me since the girls show quite a lot of skin in the music video. Nevertheless, I love AOA (my favourite member is Choa by the way) and I love Miniskirt too. I wish they continue to gain success with their careers and become one of the most fearsome girl groups in the K-pop music industry, because with the momentum that they are having now, I can totally see that happen.