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Movie Review: The Covenant (2017)

If you like horror flicks, we suppose that you must have checked out The Covenant that starred Monica Engesser, Owen Conway and Clint James recently. Yeah, never mind if you don’t know ‘em actors, it’s a low-budget film anyway. Ohh.

So, should we assume then that the film was a bust? Well, maybe you should check out the trailer first if it interests you — then we could somehow say if it was really a failure.

The Synopsis. After the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, Sarah Doyle moves back to her childhood home with her estranged brother, Richard. It’s not long before Sarah begins to experience supernatural phenomena of a violent and hostile nature. Bewildered and desperate, Richard enlists the aid of a paranormal investigator who confirms that Sarah has become possessed by a powerful demon. Together, the three men will go to battle to save Sarah’s soul.

Like the synopsis? How ‘bout the trailer? Actually the acting, the story and all was kind of dry — and guess it does not really have anything to do with the budget (unless these actors are amateurs) but it’s simply the result of having too common a story in ‘being possessed by evil’ and stuff.

Bath tub nightmares. Creepy basement. Giving birth to ‘evil’.

Monica Engesser (a.k.a. Sarah Doyle)

The makeup of Monica (a.k.a. Sarah) was good enough though, but the crumbling of the house was pretty fake. It went down like faster than you could even crush cookies, like the melting of ice cream. Still, just wished exorcists were given other ways to fight demons other than using holy water or reciting ‘Our Father’ — for those with ‘weak faith’ would just try to memorize such and go to church for the sake of going to church, you know.

Anyhow, the end of the story seemed to indicate that there would be a sequel. Think it would be interesting to hear some news first on how they would operate on this before rushing to cinemas.

Movie Review: Going In Style (2017)

If you’re looking for a movie that emphasizes the value of family and friendships then this is one of ‘em movies. Going In Style. And altho the movie stars three elder statesmen, the story is actually funny and heart-warming.

The Synopsis. Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Like what you just saw? Guess, the oldies’ ‘slowness’ is what makes things funny; whilst their grip on life and values is what makes ’em admirable. Now for our lead characters, while Willie and Joe were cool, think Albert was the odd man out there. You know, his acting was kinda pale. But his side of the story gave us one thing, that having someone in life makes our existence more meaningful.

Anyway, tho life is led by our choices, these choices are sometimes presented in situations beyond our control — as if fate is teasing us, otherwise, simply calling us towards our life’s purpose.

From left: Morgan Freeman (a.k.a. Willie), Michael Caine (a.k.a. Joe) and Alan Arkin (a.k.a. Albert)

And that’s what happened to friends — Willie, Joe and Albert — good citizens who worked their way to retirement only to find out that they can not really expect anything from their pension funds. All because of their bank. With basic needs, illnesses and bills to pay at an old age — that’s stressful!

If it were you, what would you do?

This is not to defend or condemn what ‘em three friends did but they just did what they had to do. Get back at the bank. Still, we have to go with the right choices. And this is simply a reminder that life is unpredictable and so, we got to be ready for eventualities and yes, treasure our relationships. For at the end of the day, its these relationships that would help us pull through in life.

Lifelong partners’ Annie and Albert

Don’t be worried of growing old. That’s life. But be scared of karma. For while there are consequences to what we do, karma may not come in the form that you expect it would.

Hold on to virtues. Share your blessings. Value what really matters.

Movie Review: Before I Fall (2017)

We got another low budget film here in Before I Fall but this one did well though not as prominently as known Hollywood blockbusters. Anyhow, the film stars Zoey Deutch with a good story line to boot.

The Synopsis. Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) seems to have it all: popularity, a loving boyfriend (Kian Lawley) and a seemingly perfect future. Everything changes in the blink of an eye when she dies in a car crash but then magically wakes up to find herself reliving the same day over and over again. As Samantha tries to untangle the mystery of a life derailed, she must also unravel the secrets of the people closest to her and discover how the power of a single day can make a difference.

Understandably so, many of those who have seen the movie didn’t really like the ending. Sam died. Yes, after a day in her life that she had to relive over and over again, in the end, it was only her death that was needed to end the loop. Then again, it’s still one movie that’s worth watching.

A lot of lessons.

One. While youth is many times about adventure and fun, hey, you do not just bully someone just because you find ‘em different from you, or just for the fun of it. You want power? Bullying is not it but simply a sign of insecurity. Think about it.

Two. Life is temporary. This immortal truth has always stared us in the face time and again but still, most of us lives life as if we own our time. As if we own the world. Could it be what we call ‘youthful innocence’? Remember, not everything fun is good. Life has its consequences — and it doesn’t matter if you’re young and healthy, or rich and famous — life is still temporary.

Three. Mistakes can be made up for — but fate can not. If it’s your time, it’s your time. Regardless. Thus, it would be best for our souls to sincerely be good. Always. And this is not just about not harming others — but about helping whenever possible. Not just about ‘living life to the fullest’ but about living in accordance with God’s words.

If we do these then there would be nothing to regret about.

Zoey Deutch a.k.a. Sam

Four. Emotional support is actually what keeps us going — whether coming from family, friends or a partner — depending on whom you value. Since life is temporary, happiness and success is therefore about finding that inspiration. Have you ever thought that life could have been different if you have not met that one person?

In the end, we live for a purpose.

Movie Review: Free Fire (2017)

Just seen Free Fire recently, and well, it’s a low-budget British action-comedy film that starred Brie Larson and Armie Hammer — and which actually didn’t do well at the box office.

Is it because it’s ‘low-budget’? Well, budget could speak a lot about location settings, so does costumes and equipments used in filming among others — but the foundation is in the script. If the script is flexible enough and open to commercialization (without doing harm to the original story) then of course, it would be best to increase your budget for the box office.

Anyway, let’s first check out the movie trailer..

The Synopsis. Justine brokers a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who intend to sell them a stash of guns. But when shots fire during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.

The synopsis sounds good. Yes? Yes! But more than casting mostly international unknowns, the single location and dialogues made it kinda boring. Yeah. While to some the story may be funny, it’s in fact too ordinary — and having like all 13 of them get hit (as a result of a melee??) by gun shots contributed to boredom. Well, movie-goers are open to life’s reality as in not having matrix-like reflexes, then again the movie is not a slapstick either yet it’s like everyone is not so smart here. Does that then make it funny?

Perhaps that was also why it didn’t do well at the box office.

1 Timothy 6:10

In the end, the movie only showed that when money is involved, friendships and relationships would likely bear the brunt of its negativity — instead of an understanding that life is temporary.

And it truly is.

Movie Review: The Boss Baby (2017)

From boss dog (A Dog’s Purpose), we now go to The Boss Baby. So, the war on affection is really between babies and puppies, eyy?! Some proof that dogs are indeed a man’s best friend. But of course, this is just a story. After all, would you love your puppy more than you would love your very own child??

Anyway, this film did well in the box office — currently, almost double its budget — and so talks of a sequel became even louder.

Quite entertaining, uh?! A baby that wears a suit, carries a briefcase and could talk. Wow, wouldn’t you freak out if you knew of one that could really talk? Well, that seemed to be the case with Tim since he suddenly found himself fighting for his parents’ attention with the arrival of.. The Boss Baby.

As suggested, the story line was good — but notice that some of the jokes were pretty shallow. Loved that money throwing though.

Still the 3D animation was okay, like though in a suit, the boss baby still looked very much like a baby — with the family and most of the characters looking cool, too. And that speaks the same for the voice cast — as always, Steve Buscemi (a.k.a. Francis) was solid while Alec Baldwin (a.k.a. Boss Baby) was convincing!

Alec Baldwin a.k.a. The Boss Baby

And don’t forget the lessons.

Okay, some of ‘em could be hard to comprehend — yep, since such tips are basically for those who are in the ‘rat race’. So in reality, it’s not really applicable to everyone as success has a unique definition for all of us. However, if there’s one thing that we should take note of then it must be these lines by Tim, watch ’em..

Indeed, puppies are cute; however, babies are not only cute but funny! So, get ready for — The Bossier Baby!

Movie Review: Ghost In The Shell (2017)

So, t’is one of those films with a handful of criticisms. Tell ya. Scarlett Johansson (a.k.a. Major Killian) had the Media Action Network for Asian Americans accusing her of lying when she said she would never play a role outside her own race. Sounds ‘racist’.

But here she is — the lead character in the movie Ghost In The Shell — supposedly as Motoko Kusanagi. Hmm… Perhaps it’s one ‘major’ reason why the film has so far failed at the box office.

The story line was in fact okay (using a human brain in creating some cyborg for a soldier) despite claims that many facets in the original (which was rooted in Japan) was ignored when t’was made into a film. And true enough, there were significant cracks in it.

WHITEWASHING

Since the original is that of Japanese, Hollywood can’t always expect success like that of ‘The Ring’ which was also of Japanese origin. And so, in this case, they could have casted Lucy Liu or some other Asian star instead. See, the problem with whitewashing is simple — the character’s features.

Cool prosthetics

Scarlett is just ‘too white’, more than her skin color, it’s her features that is. Now, we’re not trying to be racists ourselves but there’s just what we call a ‘perfect fit’ for most everything. Got the point?

BLACK BOB CUT

T’is the most obvious feature that doesn’t suit Scarlett — the black bob cut hair. She just looks kinda fake in it, you know, the hair lacks that bounce. Well, unlike Charlize Theron when she did Aeon Flux, her black bob cut did really suit her. So then what’s the root?

Scarlett in a black bob cut hair

Scarlett appears to have a ‘bigger’ face, thus, it emphasizes her being of a ‘white race’ even more. That simple.

MIXED LANGUAGE

Chief Daisuke Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano) seems to be the only one talking in Japanese — and even to main characters at that! This then makes the film, his character — attention calling. While there are those who could understand and speak more than one language, however, in a film if a key character doesn’t communicate as to the language spoken to him then it sorta weakens that line.

HUMAN LASER FIGURES

Seeing those giant human laser figures beside ‘em buildings sends us questioning. How necessary are those laser beams anyway, wouldn’t the story survive without those giant figures? ‘Cause it just makes the movie look something like a joke.

Beautiful skyline

Anyway, on the positive note, the prosthetics in this film was real cool. Guess we’re better in robotics than making people look like beasts or ‘animals’. Hehe. Another positive would be the wonderful skyline of Hong Kong. Stacking close together, ‘em buildings certainly look at par with that of New York.

In the end, some of those who watched Ghost In The Shell must have only been curious of Scarlett Johansson’s naked-like outfit, huh? Well, put it in the bank.

Movie Review: The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Know what? One of those things that came to mind while watchin’ The Bye Bye Man was the character’s possible link to the mind of a serial killer. Know what I mean? It’s like, oh, so this is what killers could be thinkin’ of..

That some voice is actually telling them to kill people.

If that’s the case then we could almost ‘solve a crime’ before it even happens — like by just checking out the mental stability of a person! Hey, for one, this could be subtly done during employment or school admission screenings, or even for our driver’s license and passport applications, huh? There are psycho tests for these and surely, many are doing this. Of course, the ‘invasion of this and that’ could be questioned though, so things are done with care.

Okay, many critics actually find this film so bad that it’s more funny than scary — well, if only for the bloodied makeup of Kim (Jenna Kanell), the skinless hound or the hollowed face of the Bye Bye man, then we agree. These are part of ‘imagery’ that should have been corrected or improved since one major aspect of scariness is judged by our sense of sight. See??

The bloodied makeup of Kim
The Bye Bye Man who felt like he’s E.T.

The setting is okay. I mean, it doesn’t have to always be dark. And besides, creepiness only starts when you let things get into your head. But that’s where the ‘beauty’ of this film lies — by showing us how messed up we could be if we let our minds get out of control.

The mystery of the mind

As for the actors, hmm, guess they were just trying a little to hard that characters like Virgil (Elliot’s brother) and his daughter Alice looked OA. Yeah, even Elliot (Douglas Smith) did, too. Many times this is the problem with low budget films, actors want to make an impression for future projects that they tend to overdo things instead of letting loose and acting a little more naturally.

In the end, with hints of a sequel — Alice finding the coins from the nightstand and John (Elliot’s best friend) whispering ‘Bye Bye Man’ to Detective Shaw — do you think this would now be worth seein’? Ah, it could be worse unless they cast ‘bigger names’.

Cressida Bonas

Ey, did you know that Cressida Bonas (a.k.a. Sasha) was the ex of Prince Harry? Hehe. Just saying. Ciao!