The Theory of Everything (2014) – DVD – A Masterpiece

PG-13 | 2h 3min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 26 November 2014 (USA)

The performance was simply amazing. This has to be an Oscar quality film. With so many violence, sex and explosion in movies each year, it’s refreshing to see a film that values good storytelling, strong character development, and a meaningful theme. The Theory of Everything may lack the typical mainstream top box office qualities, but it makes up for it with its incredibly beautiful and bittersweet uplifting story.

Adapted from Jane Hawking’s memoirs of her life with her husband Stephen Hawking, the film does a great job showing their accomplishments and struggles together following Hawking’s diagnosis at age 21 of a debilitating motor-neuron disease (ALS), which doctors predicted would kill him in two years, in which they were wrong. The Theory of Everything is neither entirely biographical nor strictly a love story, it’s something that gives a somewhat deeper portrait of its subjects than most films based on the lives of real people usually show.

I found myself impressed by The Theory of Everything for many reasons. In a period where movies are focused on being a box office hit, a film about life struggles and character development are worth to watch to see life in a new perspective. Especially when Hawking continues fighting for over 50 years after his diagnosis, to defy all odds. What a sad life? I feel bad for Hawking all along the movie. I feel it will be an important film not only as an entertainment sense, but also for bringing to the public consciousness the inner life of one of modern era’s greatest mind.

With that being said, The Theory of Everything is for those who appreciate the character-driven story line. For those used to quick cuts and continuous action, the powerfully character-driven story line and lengthy close-ups with stretches of little to no dialogue may make it seem overlong, but if you appreciate a well-crafted film that gets you to think and feel as only a good film can, then don’t hesitate to appreciate it for all it has to offer. The Theory of Everything is available on Amazon here and FandangoNow here.


Maleficent (2014) – DVD – Wickedly Evil

PG | 1h 37min | Action, Adventure, Family | 30 May 2014 (USA)

What a magical and cheesy fairy tale. An amazing adaptation of a Walt Disney’s 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie delivered an amazing performance as Maleficent.

Maleficent begins with a story of a fairy in her magical kingdom meeting a boy and they became friends throughout their childhood. At the age of sixteen, the fairy received her first kiss. As they get older, Maleficent sees that men are planning to invade her kingdom. Maleficent defends her kingdom fiercely and prevented anyone from entering. Her love visited her one night with the intention to kill Maleficent. I was like what? Why do you plan to kill your first love? But instead, he chopped her wings and brought them to the king; so,  he can be crowned king. As a result, Maleficent feels betrayed and begins her plan of vengeance.

There are many loopholes in the movie, but I understand is only a fairy tale. Fairy tale is supposed to be happy and magically making nonsense makes sense. I would like to apologize ahead of time before I decide to reveal the loopholes. One scene when Aurora is with her three godmothers. I don’t get how Aurora manages to hang out with Maleficent all day without have her three godmothers worry at all. Also, where did the prince come from? Entering the forest and meets Aurora. There are more questions about some of the characters and scenes, but I would reveal these two for now.

This film is visually appealing and different from the other Disney films. The love story is more complicated than the usual love at first sight and happily ever after. Instead it’s about love, betrayal, revenge and forgiveness. A complex inner journey  the protagonist must face and recover from a trauma of being betrayed by her first love for power. And how at first, Maleficent wanted to take revenge by cursing Aurora, but afterwards, she decides to revoke the curse and ends up unsuccessful. Now, she is looking for ways to break her own curse that she placed on Aurora. Wow, what a profound message the movie is trying to portray.

Overall, Maleficent is an amazing Disney movie. I watched in on DVD and it is surprisingly good. The beginning of the film feels like is rushes, but the second half of the film is where the fun begins. Highly recommend it for Disney fans. Maleficent is available to watch on Amazon here and FandangoNow here.

Deadpool (2016) – Best Superhero Movie ?

R | 1h 48min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 12 February 2016 (USA)

Laugh Out Loud!! This has to be the funniest superhero movie ever. I did not expected Ryan Reynolds to be this funny. Was he always this hilarious? He gave a fantastic performance as Deadpool. Reynold had made Deadpool one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Deadpool is a unique superhero similar to Wolverine’s ability to heal itself which made him even cooler. I would like to see a match Wolverine vs Deadpool or a crossover. That would be epic. With so many of popular superheroes being made into a live-action movie, would Deadpool be able to become part of the popularity?

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Deadpool began in a fight scene where Wade as Deadpool caused a scene on a highway looking for Ajax (Ed Skrein). We saw some of his extraordinary abilities such as recovering from a bullet shot and slashing bad guys into pieces all while being funny. Also, the slow motion was pretty smooth. Until the part when Deadpool used his two swords to stab the thug and carried him up with both of his swords, that’s when the flashback began to tell us how he became Deadpool. Without revealing too much of the synopsis, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) had a happy life with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), but later discovered he has cancer. Vanessa was worried about Wade and looking for ways to help him. Until one day, Wade decided to abandon Vanessa to try out the experiment to cure his cancer. As a result, the cancer was gone and he has incredible power, but his face was distorted. Now, he has to wear a hood to cover his face because it is horrifying to look. That’s why Wade/Deadpool was desperately looking for Ajax to find a cure for his face. 

For me, Deadpool is an amazing adventure and comedy film where a person can laugh at almost every scene while seeing the character in bloody action. My favorite part is when Vanessa and Wade went to check his diagnosis with the doctor about his cancer. Wade was speaking in his head about how every time he looks at Vanessa’s face as if it was his first time. Meanwhile, Vanessa was asking questions after questions about ways to cure his cancer. I thought that was hilarious. The story and action are well-balanced without the generic box office hit elements. It’s not often a movie of this quality can be so entertaining. Especially when it’s about a superhero character. 

Deadpool is a crazy and hilarious movie. From what I heard it is just as loud, violent, and crazy funny as the first film. Highly recommended to all hero fans all over the world. The quick wit jokes were smooth and effortless. Deadpool is available to watch on Amazon here or FandangoNow here

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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.

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.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

R | 2h 17min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 3 July 1991 (USA)

I don’t remember how many times I have watched Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Despite watching the movie underage multiple times, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of my all-time favorite movies. The begins many years after the original that finds Linda Hamilton who played as Sarah Connor a patient in a mental hospital and her teenage son John played by Edward Furlong who is living with foster parents. John’s world changed with the arrival of a terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger who is the face of the movie whose been sent from the future to protect the future leader of the resistance from a deadly liquid cyborg known as the T-1000 played really well by Robert Patrick which is one of the most suspense villain I have ever experienced. 

The entire cast did an excellent job in their roles especially Schwarzenegger who is famous for the Terminator. Also, Robert Patrick as a villain, he may be mute most of the time but Patrick makes the best of his villain role in the movie.  I am surprised this movie is directed by James Cameron because he has directed many amazing films besides Titanic  and Avatar. Terminator 2: Judgement Day has it all with non stop action, the suspense, thrills, and some amount of humor makes for an enjoyable movie to watch. 

Overall, Terminator 2 is one of the best sci-fi action movies ever made with plenty of other elements well mixed. Definitely recommend checking this classic out. “Hasta la vista, baby.” Terminator 2: Judgement Day is now available on Amazon through this link.

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Back to the Future (1985) – Back to the Classics

Hands down, Back To The Future (1985) is my all time favorite movie. I do not remember how many times I have watched this when I was younger, it was a movie that made me felt good. Really enjoyed the electric guitar instrumental, especially when Marty goes back in time to do an impromptu performance.

Really enjoyed the action and suspense of this movie.  This film has been my childhood lifesaver because I was a hermit and stayed at home all day watching random movies. I believe this is easily one of the best movies ever made. Not much more to say. The movie has almost no flaws at all, and will not disappoint anybody who views it. A true classic that will entertain anyone even to this day because it can travel in time. Hahaha. Overall a truly entertaining, memorable and amazing movie with very few flaws. Back To The Future is one of the few films that I highly recommend to anyone.

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