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MUST WATCH MOVIES (2014)

Happy New Year.

Now that you’ve heard it for the millionth time today since it’s New Year’s Eve, you’re probably getting ready for a wild night out or perhaps a cozy night in, either way you’ve still got time to breeze through this list of must watch movies. I’m secretly hoping that you haven’t watched any of these yet so that I’d get some credit for introducing them to you.

So before you get drunk, dance on the bar, lose your phone, get naked or get arrested, here’s a couple of movies in no order whatsoever that you’d probably wanna check out so you won’t feel left out when it pops up during a conversation tonight with that pretty girl.
(or guy, handsome guy, not pretty guy -wait, no.. well, let’s just go with whatever you turns you on, alright).

I love you, I fear you.

I love you, I fear you.

Gone Girl 9/10
A wicked satire of how fear works within the confines of a relationship. I found Gone Girl to be rather illogical at times but I have to admit, it kept me wondering what would happen next and not just that, it kept me WANTING to know what would happen next.

Dev's Bucket list : Fall in love with a French woman.

Dev’s Bucket list : Fall in love with a French woman.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (7/10)
If like me, you share a fondness towards French & Indian culture, food and acting quality then this is the movie for you. On the other hand, it’s 2014’s foodie movie alongside a personal favourite of mine, Jon Favreau’s Chef.

Alright, alright, alright.

Alright, alright, alright.

Interstellar (7/10)
Interstellar is full of moral ambition, breathtaking visuals and award-winning acting ability. However, it is presented in a rather pedestrian manner due to Nolan’s rightly placed lack of confidence in the intelligence of his audience. Over-hyped by the masses, above-average for the critics.

You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy.

You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy.

The Babadook (8/10)
The horror genre has been plagued by a multitude of generic plots and failed attempts at milking franchises (*cough* Annabelle) but The Babadook brings a fresh perspective that is usually seen in thrillers. By the end of this haunting tale about a grieving mother and her child, you’d be wondering who you should fear more, the monster in the dark or yourself?

Keep Calm and Reset.

Keep Calm and Reset.

The Edge of Tomorrow (8/10)
Exceptionally entertaining, consistently humorous and all-around great visuals that makes you feel like you’re watching a 2-hour video game, which in my book, is fantastic. Tom Cruise remains lovable even when we should feel the exact opposite for his character.

What a bunch of A-holes.

What a bunch of A-holes.

Guardians of the Galaxy (10/10)
Not much can be said about this comic adaptation that you haven’t already heard or read somewhere else besides it successfully introducing a generally unknown team of dysfunctional superheroes and turning Guardians of the Galaxy into a household name alongside the likes of Batman, Superman & the X-Men. Another new addition to the A-list acting fraternity is the charmingly hilarious Chris Pratt who makes Star-Lord his own in similar fashion to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine & Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
All in all, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is my pick for 2014’s Best Movie.

You know what I hate about myself? I know what people taste like. I know babies taste the best.

You know what I hate about myself? I know what people taste like. I know babies taste the best.

Snowpiercer (7/10)
Much like the Edge of Tomorrow, this too plays out like a video game but instead has a darker, grittier appeal to it that promises to be highly entertaining, fast-paced and morally-provoking.

There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant... oh, fuck it.

There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, fuck it.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (9/10)
Wes Anderson retains his rather eccentric but highly entertaining direction style in The Grand Budapest Hotel to present the oddball adventures of the European hotel’s concierge and it’s lobby boy. Artsy backdrops and quirky characters makes The Grand Budapest Hotel a strong contender for 2014’s Movie of the Year.

The sky looks beautiful. Maybe I should fall off the roof more often.

The sky looks beautiful.
Maybe I should fall off the roof more often.

Boyhood (9/10)
A cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word. Filmed over the course of 12 years to not just tell a coming of age story but to truly revolutionize the genre. Richard Linklater’s ability to capture natural human chemistry is as much of a gift to the cinematic art form as this movie.
(P.S: Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise is one of the best romance movies ever made.)

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME AND I'M BATMAN!

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME AND I’M BATMAN!

The LEGO Movie (7/10)
Retaining the same qualities that made LEGO the brand powerhouse that it is, The LEGO Movie is contemporary, inventive & most importantly, fun for all ages. Backed by loads of stars, The LEGO Movie is most definitely 2014’s surprise of the year. Oh and… I’M BATMAN.

My Name is Jeff

My Name is Jeff

22 Jump Street (8/10)
From the same guys that brought you The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street is EXACTLY the same as it’s prequel. With that fact in mind, it laughs at itself making this one of the best comedies that’s been released in quite some time. Not to mention, spawning the hilarious internet meme/ catch phrase, “My Name is Jeff”.

My motto is if you want to win the lottery you've got to make money to get a ticket.

My motto is if you want to win the lottery you’ve got to make money to get a ticket.

Nightcrawler (7/10)
If you were captivated by the brutal depths of the human psyche seen in American Psycho & Taxi Driver, you’d enjoy Jake Gyllenhaal’s disturbingly brilliant portrayal of an enthusiastic young man beginning a career in the morally abject world of crime journalism.

I feel like Birdman would make this list if it wasn’t being released in Malaysia NEXT YEAR ON JANUARY 15TH. sigh.

Bonus. Worst Movie of 2014?

Kill. Me. Now.

Kill. Me. Now.

Pre-pubescent rubbish known as The Interview. You’d probably enjoy this movie if you were smoking up but let’s be honest, we’d laugh at the word “skittles” if we were high. I love James Franco but I’m afraid even Green Hornet is better than this which is no way a compliment to that Seth Rogen disaster. Props to the advertising/marketing team though, the movie would be nothing if it weren’t for you guys. (2/10)

I’d like to point out that most of my favourites for this year aren’t on the list mainly because they’re either too artsy, too indie or French. If your interests are along those lines, hit me up in the comment section below and I’d be glad to provide you with a bunch of names to quench your creative thirst.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and regardless of how well 2014 was for you, have a better year in 2015.

-Dev

TAKEN 3 – Contest(ENDED)

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered.  Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

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In Taken, which became a global box-office sensation, distinguished actor and multi-award winner Liam Neeson, became the cinema’s newest and perhaps most unexpected action hero.  At the same time, the gravity he brings to the role of Bryan Mills provides added depth to the film series, which constantly flirts with the codes of the genre.  In a manner that’s original for a thriller, Bryan is as much defined by his love for his family as he is for his lethal skillset.

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The character’s unique qualities helped propel Taken to box-office glory, as it became of the one of the surprise hits of 2008.  A few years later, Neeson, producer-screenwriter Luc Besson, and screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen returned for Taken 2, with Olivier Megaton taking the directorial reins.  Once again, audiences cheered Neeson as an overprotective father whose skills – forged through years of covert ops – continue to be put to the test long after his retirement from the CIA.
Scheduled for release beginning January 8th, 2015, the film will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film. For more info on the movie, visit https://www.facebook.com/foxmovies.my.

Movie Prizes

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Grand Prize

1 x TAKEN 3  Exclusive T-shirt
1 x TAKEN 3  Gun USB
1 x TAKEN 3  Passport Notebook
2 x TAKEN 3  Movie Passes

1st Prize

1 x TAKEN 3  Beanie Hat
1 x TAKEN 3  Gun USB
1 x TAKEN 3  Passport Notebook
2 x TAKEN 3  Movie Passes

2nd Prize

1 x TAKEN 3  Bullet Pin Badge
1 x TAKEN 3  Bullet Coaster
2 x TAKEN 3  Movie Passes

Movie Questions:

1. What is Liam Nesson’s character’s name?

2. What was the car used by Liam Nesson’s character to crash into the plane?

3. You want to watch Taken 3 because………(not more than 15 words)

T&C:
1. This contest is for Malaysian citizens only.
2. Winners selection is finalised by the judges at Screenbite and Twentieth Century Fox Film Malaysia.
3. Only entries with full details required will be entertained.
4. Winners will be contacted personally via email.
5. Prizes will be sent to the address in the entry email.
6. Screenbite reserves the right to amend these rules at any time at its sole and absolute discretion.
7. Screenbite reserves the right to substitute or replace any prize with one of equal retail value. No complaints will be entertained on such matters.
8. Contest end date: 18th January 2015. Winner will be announced  on 23rd January 2015 on Screenbite.my.

 

WINNERS

Grand Prize

Nasrul Fareed Bin Nordin – I want to see his action to kill the person who killed her wife brutally.

 

1st Prize

Junaidah Ibrahim – Watching a valor striker, a protector, a savior, the guardian of humanity from deadliest evildoer.

 

2nd Prize

Sunny Loh – It will complete my Taken Trilogy;
The Drama, action and bursting energy!

The “Black” James Bond

During the chaotic hack of Sony Pictures, there one particular email that caught our attention; Idris Elba replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond. Earlier this year, there was some rumors about this but this was just on the surface but this kinda confirms it.
But however not all were pleased this news, one in particular is the flamboyant Rush Limbaugh. Rush last week lashed out on this talk show that a black bond just is not traditional.

” He was white and Scottish, period.  That is who James Bond is.  But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland.  But that’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out,” said the radio announcer.

He continue with view on the news by saying,”That’s right.  We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond is white.  Bond was never black.  Ian Fleming never created a black Brit to play James Bond.  The character was always white. He was always Scottish.  He always drank vodka shaken not stirred and all that.”

Of course Idris Elba were not that pleased but however the Briton replied to Rush’s criticism with a slight dash of sarcastic tweet – “Isn’t 007 supposed to [be] handsome?”

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Entourage – Trailer

Finally our years of planning, the awaited Entourage the movie is out. The trailer of the long awaited movie is finally out. The rumor cast of the movie so far are  Emily Ratajkowski, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mark Wahlberg.

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We wish you all supporters of Screenbite a Merry Wondering full Christmas and Happy New Year 2015. Please listen to the loving minions singing a Christmas song. 🙂

Get Hard – Trailer

Get Hard, a comedy flick by 2 of funny guy; Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart

When millionaire hedge fund manager James King (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.

The Night at the Museum : The Secret of the Tomb – Review

Bring your little ones along to catch this in cinemas on the 25th of December 2014!

Bring your little ones along to catch this in cinemas on the 25th of December 2014!

There’s only 2 reasons you can possibly have to watch this. 1.You wish to see Robin Williams’ last on-screen role before his passing OR 2.You are accompanying a child to watch it.

The “The Secret of the Tomb” is the 3rd installment of the “Night at the Museum” series. Rated as a PG-13 movie, “The Secret of the Tomb” remains a light-hearted family comedy suitable for all ages (especially toddlers). Besides boasting a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, “The Secret of the Tomb” is also filled with CGI-effects that would leave your child in awe.

Plot Synopsis

Larry & his historical friends.

Larry & his historical friends.

Our favourite museum night guard, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) & his beloved group of walking, talking museum friends are back for another adventure and this time around, they’re going to London. Things don’t go as planned during the opening of New York’s Planetarium as the museum pieces start to lose control of themselves during their opening entertainment show for the people of New York, which we soon discover is because of the Magical Egyptian Tablet that has brought all the museum pieces to life is slowly deteriorating.

Running away from... Trixy.

Running away from… Trixy.

Larry & the gang are then forced to travel to the London museum as he finds out that Ahkmenra’s father may know know how to help them. As he enters the British Museum of Natural History, the magic of the tablet begins to give life to the museum leading to a whole new set of problems. With a little help from some ‘new’ friends, they must race against the clock to repair the magic tablet before Larry loses his museum friends forever.

De-views
(De-views are my personal views in a completely honest manner, purely my own preferences and no one elses.)

Ben Stiller plays a 2nd role as a neanderthal called Laaa, a well acted comedic role that is similar to his hilarious characters in Zoolander, Starsky & Hutch & Tropic Thunder(They’re all absolutely hilarious movies by the way). The funniest scene in an otherwise mildly entertaining comedy has to be the guest appearances of Hugh Jackman & Alice Eve. A rather emotional speech by Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) towards the end of the movie will definitely resonate with the audience in relation to his passing in August.

Larry's neanderthal twin, Laaa

Larry’s neanderthal twin, Laaa

All in all, Night at the Museum : The Secret of the Tomb is a, dare I say, failed attempt to replicate the success of it’s very first installment. Filled with reused & cheesy jokes that would probably be humorous to children under the age of 13. Unfortunately, it looks like there’s a possibility of continued attempts of milking this franchise as you’d soon see at the end of the movie. Not exactly sure where the lightly implied homosexuality between the roman general and the cowboy fit into the target audience of children but I suppose that’s for the grown-ups accompanying the child. I cannot stress this enough, this is a movie for children not adults. Oh wait, maybe a date movie. MAYBE.
Either way, I’ll rate this movie as an adult so it’s a 3 out of 10.

Oh and not forgetting the dearly departed, Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Your spark of life will always be missed.

Your spark of life will always be missed.

– Dev

2 New TGV Cinemas

TGV Cinemas, one of Malaysia’s leading exhibitor and multiplex cinema operators, will be welcoming movie lovers not one but two TGV cinemas today.
The locations are AEON Bukit Mertajam in Penang and Permaisuri Imperial City Mall (PICM) Miri in Sarawak, which is the first of many TGV cinemas to come into East Malaysia. TGV Cinemas Bukit Mertajam has seven halls with a seating capacity of 840, while TGV PICM has eight halls with 1,191 seating capacity, which include 72 of TGV’s Beanie seats.

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“This is precisely why our new locations are located either in central business district areas, housing areas or neighbourhood retail malls. Each one represents a strategic location whereby friends, colleagues and family patronage and spend time together,” said the Chief Executive Officer of TGV Cinemas, Gerald V Dibbayawan.
Yesterday, TGV Cinemas organised an open house at TGV Cinemas PICM and Aeon Bukit Mertajam as part of their opening promo movie goers received popcorn sets out and free screenings of blockbuster movies. The movies are Transformers: Age of Extinction, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar and Maleficent.

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The promo doesn’t end there as TGV Cinemas will also be organising the 30 Days of Goodies in all their new locations whereby each day, customers can claim a free goodie from TGV Cinemas such as movie passes, popcorn and drink vouchers as well as movie premiums.

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“This is just the beginning. In time, we be sharing more of our other unique features like our special event screenings such as our TGV Family Screening sessions, which are becoming increasingly popular amongst young families and TGV Halls of Horror. Moreover, we also look forward to sharing our innovative concession offerings like our Popcorn Royale which is our signature popcorn, innovative popcorn flavours such as cheezy corn, roasted chicken, kimchi and curry,” elaborated Dibbayawan.
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For more details about TGV Cinemas, their new cinemas and the opening activities, please visit www.tgv.com.my or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instragram.

 

You shall not pass!

Ian McKellen appeared on Sesame Street this week to teach the word “Resist” and we was assisted by Cookie Monsters. Watch how Ian explains to Cookie Monster using example from his character from The Hobbit.

The read fro the review of the movie, click here.

Pixels – Trailer

When intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults.  President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.  Monaghan plays the team’s unique weapons specialist.

 The action-comedy is directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the original short film of the same name by Patrick Jean.