Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 2h 7min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 21 November 2012 (USA)

Life of Pi is based on the book by Yann Martel. I read the book before the movie had came out, but unfortunately, I had no idea what I have just read. The only thing I remembered was about a young man and a tiger on a boat. 

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From the trailers, the movie did look beautiful. It also looked interesting to know a little about the origins of the main character. Ang Lee, the director of Life of Pi and some other really good movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. It looks like Lee had done the ambitious by making this movie.
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I saw the movie on DVD because when the movie first came out in theater, I really wanted to see the movie, but did not had the chance to. The movie came out when I was in high school. At that time I did not have any friends and did not want to watch it alone in theater. 

Life of Pi is a story about Piscine Patel or “Pi”, who tells a story to a writer (Rafe Spall) who wanted to know how the origins of his life were like. So, Pi tells his story about him as a teenager (Suraj Sharma), who grew up in India, was introduced to various religion as a child, and his family owned a zoo.

When his family decided to sell the zoo, they wanted to move all the way to Canada by ship. The saddest part was when a shipwreck had occurred, Pi had survived and the rest of his family did not made it because they were asleep. He was castaway on a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. However, when three of the animals died, Pi and Richard Parker started having a connection with each other on the boat.

The acting of the two actors who played the different versions of Pi. Suraj Sharma played Pi as a teenager, and he delivered a great performance. His innocence, religious curiosities, and emotions were all believable. Irrfan Khan also delivered a great performance playing Pi as an adult, it was interesting hearing his story about Pi’s struggle to survive.

Ang Lee did an excellent job in directing Life of Pi. The character development and vulnerability of the the character Pi was felt after watching the film. Especially the part when it was the last time Pi saw Richard Parker without saying goodbye and looking back at him. Very emotional moment. After seeing Life of Pi, I really wanted to watch some of his other movies.

Life of Pi is a magical experience that deserves to win multiple awards. Definitely a timeless film for other major filmmakers to reference and learn from. The story telling and the visual are breathtaking. Highly recommended. You can watch Life of Pi on Amazon here or FandangoNow here. 

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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.

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.

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.

Jurassic Park (1993) – Relive the Classic

One of the most frequently talked about film in my life. However, I have never watched any of the Jurassic Park film. When I was a kid, I was always terrified of real life dinosaur films . I don’t know why, but the movie seems scary. And yet, here we are in the 21st century, over 20 years later, and I don’t understand the hype of the film. Almost everyone has seen it and most people love it. Why?

One thing I look forward to in ‘Jurassic Park’ is the special effects of the 90s. I know we all love to joke about the primitive CGI. Haha. Alright, time to put this movie on my ‘Watchlist’. Maybe I will understand why everyone love ‘Jurassic Park’.

What do you guys think? Let’s talk about movies in the comment below.

If you want to watch this movie, I highly recommend you purchase online through Amazon at this link. It’s currently on sale here only through Amazon.

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Home Alone (1990)

PG | 1h 43min | Comedy, Family | 16 November 1990 (USA)

Home Alone is one of my favorite movies growing up. I can’t believe it was made before I was alive. I am sure Home Alone is one of the most popular 90s movies and its success led Macaulay Culkin to become superstar.

The plot is interesting and unique where a child is home alone and need to fend off thieves from breaking-in  the house and be kidnapped.  Sounds like a fictional story, but that’s why I like the plot because I can relate to the child. Growing up I was always home alone and I needed to fend off criminals from breaking-in my house. In my life, my house was broken into for about three times to be exact. And, that’s not a pleasant experience. That’s why I really enjoyed watching Home Alone  because I can relate and maybe learn some house defense tips.  

I felt I was under the Christmas magic of Home Alone whenever I watched the film as a kid, it helped me cope with my fear of being home alone. In fact, the movie has Christmas decorations, lights and snow which creates the feeling of Christmas spirit. Besides, this movie made me felt excited in testing out ways protecting my home. 

Kevin McCallister is a very smart kid. He is able to anticipate the intentions of the bad guys and prepares them lots of  traps. He succeeds in making their lives miserable and giving them what they deserve. That’s some kid we don’t want to mess with.

The movie has lots of funny moments. The funniest part is when Kevin fools the Pizza boy  with the gangster film , but why scare the Pizza boy. There is no need to scare the hell out of him – he was just delivering pizza. Sounds like an effective burglary alarm for my house. Time to crank up the volume with FBI Most Wanted

Overall, Home Alone is definitely an entertaining film.  A movie I can relate when I was growing up. I am glad this film took the fear of staying home alone. Now, I can plan my homemade burglary alarms around my house and have fun with it. That’s it for my embarrassing childhood story. Home Alone is now available on Amazon through this link and FandangoNow here.
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