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Into The Woods – Review

Even if musicals aren’t exactly your cup of tea, Disney’s Into The Woods will keep you in your seat with it’s witty humour peppered throughout this wildly entertaining adaptation.

OPENS TODAY (15/1/2015)

The Woods is a magical place but not as magical as Malaysian public restrooms.

The Woods is a magical place but not as magical as Malaysian public restrooms.

Adapted to film from the Broadway musical of the same name, Into The Woods maintains much of it’s core as an entertaining & somewhat educational story. Intertwining a number of the ever-popular Grimm fairy tales into one, Into The Woods emphasizes on the misconceptions of each fairy tale character as they were all previously considered to be relatively flawless. Exciting throughout the 1st & 2nd acts of the movie, it started to feel a little lethargic in the 3rd act. Nonetheless, definitely worth a watch for both adults & the kids.

Johnny Depp is the Big Bad.. Pedo.. Wolf, I mean Wolf.

Johnny Depp is the Big Bad.. Pedo.. Wolf, I mean Wolf.

Plot

Into The Woods starts off with a rather catchy song that introduces the main characters in their current predicaments & why they’re all going into “The Woods”. The story that ties all of them together is about the Baker (James Corden) & his wife (Emily Blunt) who are unable to conceive a child due to a hereditary curse. Fortunately, a glimmer of hope appears in the form of a Witch (Meryl Streep) who can remove the curse as long as they bring her a couple of items from The Woods(White Cow -Jack & The Beanstalk, Red Hood -Red Riding Hood, Golden Shoe -Cinderella, Yellow Hair -Rapunzel). Along the way, he meets all the other characters trying to solve their own issues which includes the goody two shoes Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), unfairly treated Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), thief with a heart of gold Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and Stockholm syndrome Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)

A world where hot women gets married with  round men because of their heart.

A world where hot women gets married with round men because of their heart.

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A modern take on these classic stories allows for modern moral values. Ranging from indecisiveness (Cinderella wants to be a princess but not really but she does but not really but maybe but maybe not but alright, princess it is but wait, no..) to child sex offenders ( As charmingly taught in the phrase “Nice isn’t always Good” by the annoying Red Riding Hood), especially important for the younger generation.

Both the Princes were hilarious, especially Prince Charming (Chris Pine) who is both good & pardon my language, a douche bag. Then we have the annoying Red Riding Hood, I don’t condone violence of any sort but Red Riding Hood makes me feel otherwise. James Corden & Emily Blunt steal the show for me even if most would be raving about Meryl Streep, which don’t get me wrong, it was good; just that it’s expected to be good so hardly any sort of surprise performance there.

Music is good but what did you expect? It’s a musical, of course it’s good.

The best scene in the entire movie,  The Princes Song.

The best scene in the entire movie,
The Princes’ Song.

Rating 6/10
Overall, fun for all ages. Educational & Entertaining. The month of January in the cinema industry is usually known for it’s, let’s be blunt, rubbish movies *cough* Taken 3 *cough* but I am glad to say that this is an exception. Highly Recommended that you take your siblings, significant others, kids, relatives, young, old & watch it as there won’t be many like it for a month or two.

-Dev

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

EDGE OF TOMORROW – Contest(ENDED)

Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “Collateral,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow,” under the direction of Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”).

The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission.  Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt).  And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

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The international cast also includes Bill Paxton (“Aliens,” HBO’s “Big Love”), Brendan Gleeson (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”), Noah Taylor (“Lawless”), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle”), Dragomir Mrsic (“Snabba Cash II”), Charlotte Riley (“World Without End”), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood”), Franz Drameh (“Attack the Block”), Masayoshi Haneda (“Emperor”) and Tony Way (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”).

Liman is directing “Edge of Tomorrow” from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.  Erwin Stoff produces, along with Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Gregory Jacobs and Jason Hoffs.  The executive producers are Doug Liman, David Bartis, Joby Harold, Hidemi Fukuhara and Bruce Berman, with Tim Lewis and Kim Winther serving as co-producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Oliver Scholl (“Jumper,” “Independence Day”), editor James Herbert (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), costume designer Kate Hawley (“Pacific Rim”), and Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”).  The music is by Christophe Beck (“Frozen”).

“Edge of Tomorrow” is the first motion picture to be shot at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, In association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a 3 Arts Production, in association with Viz Productions, LLC, a Doug Liman Film, “Edge of Tomorrow.”  The film will be distributed in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow.
The movie is to be released in on 29th  May 2014 in cinemas nation wide. For more info on the movie, visit https://www.facebook.com/WarnerBrosMalaysia.

 

Movie Prizes

Men's Black T-Shirt

Sueded Performance Fabric HatSilver Weave Notebook

Grand Prize

1 x EDGE OF TOMORROW   Men’s Black T-shirt
1 x EDGE OF TOMORROW  Sueded Fabric Hat
1 x EDGE OF TOMORROW   Silver Weave Notebook
4 x EDGE OF TOMORROW movie tickets

1st Prize

1 x EDGE OF TOMORROW   Men’s Black T-shirt
1 x EDGE OF TOMORROW   Silver Weave Notebook
4 x EDGE OF TOMORROW movie tickets

2nd Prize

1 x EDGE OF TOMORROW  Sueded Fabric Hat
1 x EDGE OF TOMORROW   Silver Weave Notebook
2 x EDGE OF TOMORROW movie tickets

3rd Prize

1 x EDGE OF TOMORROW   Silver Weave Notebook
2 x EDGE OF TOMORROW movie tickets

Movie Questions:

1)    In Edge of Tomorrow, this actor was nominated for Oscar for his performance in Born On The Fourth of July, Jerry McGuire and Magnolia, plays Major William Cage. He is also known for his starring role in the Mission Impossible films. Name the actor.

2)    True or False? The screenplay for EDGE OF TOMORROW is based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

3)   If given a chance, what game would like to live in and why. Tell us in 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 Warner Bros. Pictures 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. Contest end date: 5th June 2014. Winners will be announce on 6th June 2014 on Screenbite.my

CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!
Grand Prizes Winner–>> Daphne –>>

Skyrim, an open world where you are Dragonborn !!!

 

And if i don’t win anything … FUS RO DAH !!!

First Prizes Winner–>>Zodie mohamed Hanafiah–>>

Arkham City, I would be BATMAN nuff said ;)

Second Prizes Winner–>>Rick–>>

Gather. Build. Invent. Train. Invade. Destroy. Kill. Repeat all that in Command & Conquer Red Alert.

Third Prizes Winners–>>Jason–>>

Counterstrike, so we could kill all those campers!!!


Edge of Tomorrow – Trailer

What if every time you die, you re-live back to the day before. Your life is like a video game, every time you die re-spawn.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop – forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again – and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski. And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.