IMDb: A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.
Quoting from the book The Off-Hollywood Film Guide by Tom Weiner, the visuals in any film are its most important component. But you don’t need to know this beforehand to see how magnificently made the movie Kong: Skull Island is because watching the film will hand you that truth so naturally.
It’s a formidable giant of nonstop eye-candy, it has some of the best gradient moments I’ve ever seen on film, fast-paced, never short of thrills, and boasts cool 70’s music. Also loved how certain parts of the film poked fun at usual film tropes such as self-sacrificing characters and the use of mindless hypocritical spiels that could change the minds of enemies.
Although I loved Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of the 1930’s original film, I think this new version works more for me because they took out that beauty and the beast love angle and the Kong in New York part (which I never liked anyway cause it’s painful to watch and unnecessary for me).
Plus, man….you have got to catch that montage of Kong vs a rageful Samuel L. Jackson see eye to eye. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it now and have monster-movie fun. Long live the King!
FUN FACT: The Mother Longlegs spiders could be a homage to the giant spider with crab claws that was cut from the original 1933 King Kong movie. Also the Skull Crawlers could be a homage to the two legged lizard that climbs up the side of the mountain in the original movie.
IMDb: The film follows a mountain man on the run from authorities who survives the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes. He’s haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at sea only to discover that the dream is real: He is one man in two bodies.
IMDb: Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.
I watched this film out of sheer curiosity. The marketing was intense and promised raw sex in 3D. So there goes why I easily took the bait. I have nothing against a movie with too much sex as long as the story strongly calls for it. But no, everything in this movie feels ridiculously gratuitous, unnecessarily vulgar and exploitative. Script was laughable. It has more cheese than I could ever handle in a movie. No character was likable. The main lead is a whiny asshole who couldn’t face the consequences his actions took him, and that’s basically his attitude the whole 2 hours and 15 minutes runtime so good luck watching this, you who wouldn’t heed this warning. If you are looking for something sexy and sensual and still have a plausible story, watch Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers or Clement Virgo’s Lie with Me instead.
IMDb: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
It’s been 4 days already since its weekend opening, and so if you haven’t seen it by now, then, MAN, THAT SUCKS. Quoting Justin Bieber’s golden truth, BELIEVE. Believe the hype, believe the flood of rave reviews, believe Hugh Jackman. This is no Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or X-Men: Apocalypse. It is surely a legitimately good, insanely well-acted, edge-of-your-seat, character-driven superhero movie. One that’s worth seeing in the big screen simply because we don’t catch this kind too often.
The gritty and mature tone of which the whole film is set into was the best complement for Hugh Jackman’s incredible portrayal of the old and world-weary Wolverine. The supporting casts were equally interesting, un-flat and endearing. There’s Dafne Keen who was a live wire. Patrick Stewart as father-figure to Logan was both funny and heart-breaking. There’s Caliban, who also serves as family to Logan. Even Donald Pierce, portrayed very well by Boyd Holbrook, though a baddie, was surprisingly enjoyable. And the kids! There’s nothing more adorable than seeing Logan protect the kids with a burning fierceness.
Everything is intense. Everything is electrifying. The movie has depth and heart. There was astounding energy in my theater. So do yourself a favor, catch it on the big screen while you still can.