Sucker Punch (2011) – DVD – Review

PG-13 | 1h 50min | Action, Fantasy | 25 March 2011 (USA)

This looks like an amazing movie to watch. Honestly, why did I wanted to watch this movie? Well, because of the attractive cast of course. Just wanted to admire the beauty and strength. I watched this movie expecting to be a mindless violence and girls using their sexual spells to get what they want.

When I read the reviews, I found there were lots of negative comments mentioning that Sucker Punch was a legal version of sexual fantasy. I am not sure what movie they saw, but it wasn’t all about explicit content in this movie. It was more serious than that. 

This movie was not about fulfilling a boy’s fantasy seeing girls in short skirts and holding big guns and a really cool sword. Baby Doll is sexually objectified by her stepfather and the guards. She uses her ability to provoke men to become thoughtless and lose sense of their surrounding. That’s Baby Dolls of using sexual objectivity as a weapon to be capable to capture any man’s attention. At first, I was confused what was she trying to do, but afterward it makes sense after in-depth analysis.

The movie was not about women in lingerie holding weapons. It was about freedom and fighting for the others freedom. Also, there was a lot of psychological elements which was interesting to analyze. But it certainly seductive. Sucker Punch (2011) is a film recommended for audience who appreciate the story besides of hot girls in short skirts and holding weapons. Watch it with an open mind. Sucker Punch is available on Amazon here and FandangoNow here.

Con Air (1997)

Con Air 1997 Nicolas Cage

R | 1h 55min | Action, Crime, Thriller | 6 June 1997 (USA)

I became a big fan of Nicolas Cage after watching Con Air (1997). There is something that he has which I admire. I don’t know what is it, but it could be the character that he is playing. I was shock that Con Air (1997) received a 6.8/10 IMDb and 54% Rotten Tomatoes.

Nicolas Cage is Cameron Poe, a US Ranger who is sent to prison for accidentally killing a thug while protecting his wife. After 8 years, he is freed and takes a ride home on a prison plane with other prisoners called The Jailbird.

On board are a bunch of psychos including a men on death row for murder, robbery, kidnapping and extortion. A man inside for killing his cheating wife’s family and dog, a pimp and drug-dealer, a pilot who knows about hijacking and finally a serial killer for killing more than two handful of people. As you can see, with such a crazy bunch  on board, any mistake will lead to disaster. As soon as the plane is in the air, the psychos have taken over, the guards are killed or trapped and have changed the destination from prison to South America.

That’s when the action begin. Poe, one of the few good guys using his self-defense skills beating one bad guy at a time. It’s up to Poe to sneakily round up the psychos until US Marshall Larkin (John Cusack) and the others can rescue him. This is the best part of the movie. When Nicolas Cage gets shot on his bicep and continues walking as if it did not affected him,  is the most memorable part of the movie. It is the funniest part of the movie that had me laughing. The fights on the plane are action packed which makes the movie great to watch.

Another good scene is the end sequence when Poe finally sees his wife and his daughter after a brutal plane ride. It was very sweet and full of love after Poe had been through 8 years in prison. Con Air is Nicolas Cage at his best as an action hero. Highly recommended. Con Air (1997) is available on Amazon here.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Where the first magical world begins

PG | 2h 32min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 16 November 2001 (USA)

“Abracadabra!”

Now, you are under my spell. Okay, time to chat about movies. When I first saw this movie I was 12 years old, around the same age as the characters. I was attending a boarding school at that time watching the movie on television at my dorm. I grew up in a catholic school where  I heard rumors that it was taboo to watch this film. That’s because the film involved the use of witchcraft which some believed were considered demonic practices. The movie caught my attention like nothing before. From flying brooms, to having a rough childhood, entering through a wall into an exclusive VIP wizard train and how cool is that? There’s so much magic in this film. I became so obsessed in anything that had to do with Harry Potter, and I never knew it was from a book adaptation. I did not read any of the Harry Potter books prior to watching the movie, but once I found the first book at a library I started to read it. That’s how I became obsessed with reading Harry Potter. Does that mean I am being possessed by demons?


It’s hard to believe, Harry Potter influenced me in a positive way, because without the magic of Harry Potter, I wouldn’t have any interest in reading books or reading in general. Thanks to Harry Potter, I finished reading the first book on my own which was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. From then on, I really understand the value of reading and now I can read on my own without relying on school to force me read something I have no interest in. I must give thanks to J.K.Rowling for her creativity, if it wasn’t for her books, I might never read a book in my life. No kidding.

Enough with my embarrassing story, you guys only want to hear me trash talk movies. I just wanted to let you guys know how much of an influence this movie had on me. Also, for anyone out there to relate with me for having a weird influence. Never knew Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone can have such an impact which led me to the right path. 

Over a decade later after the first Harry Potter film, I am still a fan of the wizardly world of J.K. Rowling. I wonder what is Rowling’s routine when she writes a story. Does she listen to anything magical that leads to writing magical stories? I would like to find out. Definitely an amazing film. I am glad that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  was part of my childhood.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is available to Buy, Rent or Watch online. Purchase the movie from Amazon here or FandangoNow here.

I Am Legend (2007) – Nightmare

PG-13 | 1h 41min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 December 2007 (USA)

I Am Legend is one of the few dramatic films where Will Smith is part of. He is usually on action and comedy films, but for this one, we get to see the serious side of Smith. No more joking around like Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

From the trailer, I thought it will be a film similar to Resident Evil  franchise, where Will Smith will show off his athleticism and kill zombies, but he will be fighting them alone. He got his powered rifle, his German shepherd Sam, and he’s out hunting deer during sunlight, in a deserted city with weeds and rusty cars everywhere. Smith is playing Robert Neville, the last man alive in New York and maybe the entire planet. I Am Legend  is about a deadly virus that has wiped out everyone, except a few like Neville who are immune to the virus. How about Sam?

Neville has to hunt and explore the city during the day, but by sunset, he shuts the windows and doors in his Washington Square townhouse. At night the crazy flesh-eating zombie vampires come out and make scary noises who cannot tolerate daylight. Neville, broadcasting everyday to see if there are still other humans out there, and he is finding a cure for the virus. The problem is that he needs to capture a zombie to perform experiment. Sounds awesomely scary. 

I Am Legend is a surprisingly great film. I felt the suspense in one of the crucial flashbacks when Neville saw his wife and child as they were evacuated from the city. The loneliness Neville has to go through for all these years being the one-man alive. The city landscape became a ghost town, everyday living in fear and desperately in search of other humans. The main character Robert Neville, he is the protagonist for a reason. He is a doctor and physically fit to run and kill zombies. What if the protagonist was a lazy and cowardly person like me? I would like to see how that will play out.

What do these zombies eat? I mean, there are no humans around and they are roaming all night in groups. Do they ever starve to death? If they can’t starve, what’s the point of finding flesh to eat? Maybe I am over questioning the biology of zombies.  Well, it’s a sad movie following a solitary man and his only interaction with German shepherd. Enough with sobbing, now watch I Am Legend  on Amazon through this link and Fandango here.

TRANSFORMERS 5 New Trailer (2017) The Last Knight

Another Transformers movies. Wow, it’s already number 5.

The full trailer fifth Transformers movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, looks awesome, and looks like it may do well in theaters and ratings, as well as becoming the number one movie of the summer?. Not! Well, good luck going against Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  Movie industries are relying on CGI to bring cool explosions and special effects into their movies. So, they can fulfill the cool movie criteria of box office hit.

Looks like there is another battle in Transformers: The Last Knight,  where Optimus Prime becomes evil and kills Bumblebee. (Nooo..) Am I high or what?! Optimus Prime is on the dark side? That’s what I saw in the trailer. What do you guys think?

We are going to see Mark Wahlberg return to the Transformers after Age of Extinction. And, a new face Isabela Moner starring alongside with Mark. I believe Isabela is put in this film to attract younger female audiences. I heard from someone that most films are popular if it can successfully attract lots of teenagers. They can’t control their desire and want to satisfy their pleasure with instant gratification which they are still not wise enough to control. Or maybe, to help expand Isabela’s popularity with the help of Mark Wahlberg’s fame.

Transformers: The Last Knight is in theaters on June 23, 2017. Movie Tickets are not available yet on Fandango, but you can sign up to receive notification once tickets are available in this link. Meanwhile, sign up for a chance to save up to 60% on Movie Tickets and Concessions purchase on Dealflick here.

Hellboy (2004) – Old Times

Ron Perlman is perfect as Hellboy. His sense of humor and executing one-liners with ease, battling monsters through underground sets and city streets, and giving a comedic performance as well as a very emotional one that makes you just love the Hellboy character. Also, a great performance considering the heavy makeup he had to wear. (Covering his entire body in red costume.) Despite Hellboy being of demonic heritage, Hellboy’s character has nothing to do with the devil, but of a superhero. What a misleading name do you think?

I have never read ‘Hellboy’ comic book, but Hellboy seems to have no problem when he encounters obstacles. That could be due to his carefree personality which he sees the bright side of trouble. Another interesting fact I realize is Hellboy’s aging process. How awesome would it be to age so well like Hellboy?, if humans can live for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

Overall, I had fun watching ‘Hellboy’. Even though the movie was not as popular as the other superhero movies, Hellboy stood out because of his comedic personality, which I don’t think other superheroes can match.

Hellboy is available to Buy, Rent or Watch online. Click on the link to watch Hellboy on Amazon here. Purchase it before it goes out of stock.

The Social Network (2010)

PG-13 | 2h | Biography, Drama | 1 October 2010 (USA)

The Social Network is a made up story about Mark Zuckerberg and the people he encountered which leads to the creation of Facebook. The truth is about friends measuring their worth due to money and betrayal. Because of this, it’s no surprise that friends end up arguing and leaving each other. Sounds like a passive civil war.

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What makes The Social Network a great film is the dialogues between the characters. For some may sound logical and boring, but when you carefully decipher the dialogue, there is additional meanings implied in it. The film is filled with dialogues that make every conversation crucial and interesting which many present films lack in that aspect because they are afraid of not selling tickets. It would be no surprise if the film won an Oscar because there are some many underlying meaning in the film that is Oscar worthy. It’s definitely a challenge to create a great film without including action sequences, explosions and teenage love. I am sure The Social Network achieved greatness without those generic elements. I would have to say I really admire director David Fincher’s work because he did a great job with this film. The Social Network  is entertaining and refreshing compared to most of the best selling films.  Honestly, I did not have any expectation prior to watching this film. I guess geeky film can be entertaining after all.

Jesse Eisenberg did a great job delivering lines with ease. His best movie character to date. Also, co-star Andrew Garfield did an amazing job bringing in the emotional side of the film. Justin Timberlake should receive the most improved award in this film. His acting improved so much compared to his earlier films. Can’t judge him too much, he is know for his music.  Surprisingly, Armie Hammer played two characters as twins in the film. I was like wow, really?!. Hammer succeeded in distinguishing the characters really well.

The Social Network is definitely part of the Oscar Award conversation. I mean it does not rely on the generic elements of a box office hit film. The film succeeds in captivating the audience with nerdy conversation. (I am only joking) Highly recommend it. Watch The Social Network on Amazon through this link.