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The Deep Blue Sea (EUFF)

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A hauntingly depressing movie that does not flood nor overwhelm the emotions thanks to the fleeting undercurrent of hope and fiery passion that Rachel Weisz's amazingly outstanding, powerful and emotionally resonant performance brings to the show. Terence Davies skilully adapted Sir Terence Rattigan's play to the big screen but often there was an undeniable sense that this would have been better on a stage, although flashbacks were employed very well here. The words throughout was a beautiful play on the English language that the British excel in, and more so when they are spoken out and given life by the amazing cast gathered. First, and foremost, is Rachel Weisz. She definitely gave one of the best performances of the career, and retrospectively, one of the best of the year (2011/2012). It was a gross oversight that she was not recognised by the award bodies (except by the New York Film Critics) for over 90-arresting minutes she easily commanded the screen and our attention.…

The Great Gatsby

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The best things about this movie has nothing to do with the film itself per se: I feel like picking up F. Scott Fitzgerald's book again (the best lines were his words) and give it another go ahead, I miss Amy Winehouse, Florence Welch has a very haunting voice and I really got to watch R+J again. The show is a mess! From the beginning to the end, and I already came in with lowered expectations. No wonder it was taken out of last year's award season. Someone really need to curtail Baz Luhrmann's penchant for excessiveness! Luhrmann has notate a good movie ever since his Red Curtains Trilogy. He has an epic vision but his execution fails to fully encompass the grandeur and scope, and thus missing out on the heart;"Australia" failed because of that and now so does "Gatsby". The smaller intimate scenes (with only two or three characters) were actually much better executed, but also sometimes it felt as if I'm watching an extended music video/Vogue fashi…

Star Trek Into Darkness [IMAX][3D]

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An entertaining summer popcorn adventure flick that was unfortunately marred by its immense predictability and J. J. Abrams' ridiculous overuse of light flares, with the only great things about it were the incomparable Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Giacchino's epic/heroic, and slightly space jazzy, score. The plot as written by Abrams' frequent partners, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, were a master class in predictability, cliches and overwrought dramatics. The plot flows in a conventional straight line, with nary a side-step, as though the writers themselves were following a Writer's Manual 101. But, typical of these three, when it comes to serious talk/drama, the dialogue becomes clumsy and clunky, and also loopholes abound whenever it suits them, narrative continuity be damned. Although they did give the supporting cast some rather good quips. Other than his obscene obsession with light flares which are annoying at best, but downright distractin…

Evil Dead

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Whedon's and Goddard's "The Cabin in the Woods" has totally ruined all subsequent cabin-in-the-woods horror genre movie for me. And this has the added pressure of following up to Raimi's cult classic. The concept is still the same and perhaps the effects here are a bit more updated, but at least there are enough differences here to keep fans of the original interested. Although it did not reach the cult greatness of Raimi's film, this was still an entertaining B-grade horror movie that was not truly scary nor campy enough. It seemed to be wanting to be more, but had it embraced its real genre it would have been better. There were some good scenes, some good setup, but in the end it bordered on the latest trope of torture-porn, with gratuitous amount of blood and gore aimed at the modern ?youth audience (at least when Whedon/Goddard employed copious amount of blood - the elevator scene - it was done for humour). And it is also the ridiculousness of some of th…

Trance

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Trance had a very good concept, a great beginning and First Act, and ended off with a bang and a satisfying/gratifying payoff. However, it suffers from the it-would-had-been-a-better-short-film syndrome: the whole Second Act just came to a screeching stop. Writers Joe Ahearne and John Hodge just could not find enough interesting material to make it all engaging. The Intro and the First Act set up the main plot very nicely and quickly, and the intro was arresting and visually engaging, but then after that everything basically halts and everybody, audience, included is just waiting. Waiting...and waiting. Danny Boyle does a great job with the non-linear storytelling and the obfuscation to distract the audience attention. He uses some nifty angles, close-ups and edits to enhance the psychological aspect of this crime heist/psychological thriller. And if you pay close enough attention to the little acts that the cast do, the clues to the ending are abound, but also partially because of t…