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Logan : Movie Review

Hugh Jackman has been Wolverine for over 17 years, and yet he found a way to deliver a new version of the character in quite possibly the best performance of his career and the best X-Men movie so far. A superhero movie of this caliber hasn’t been since the widely-acclaimed “Dark Knight Trilogy”.

Synopsis
Set in the future, a future where mutants are a rarity, Logan/ James Howlett (Hugh Jackman) spends his nights chauffeuring rich businessmen, drunk party-goers and hen parties around the neon lit casinos near the Texas-Mexico border, then getting drunk himself until he knocks out. During the day, he cares for a sickly Professor Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) with the help of an albino mutant tracker, Caliban (Stephen Merchant) in an abandoned junkyard on the Mexican side of the border.

Logan (Hugh Jackman), Laura (Dafne Keen), Prof X (Sir Patrick Stewart)

Logan (Hugh Jackman), Laura (Dafne Keen), Prof X (Sir Patrick Stewart)

The main plot begins when Logan is approached by a lady, who is accompanied by a young girl called Laura (Dafne Keen), for help yet being the anti-hero that he is, he consistently rejects her pleas until she offers him money, lots and lots of money. Enter Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), a cybernetic armed hired gun that is searching for the lady and the young girl and has no issues with killing anyone and anything that stands in his way. Pursued by the cybernetic hired gun Pierce , Logan, Laura and Professor X take off on an exodus across middle America in search of a fabled mutant utopia called Eden.

Donald Pierce aka The Baddie

Donald Pierce aka The Baddie

Part Western, part road movie. Unlike “The Wolverine” where Logan spent much of it powerless, in “Logan,” he has aged to the point where his super-healing powers ain’t what they used to be. He’s scarred, beaten, bruised and battered. When he’s cut, he bleeds awhile. A far cry from the calm and composed Prof X we’re used to seeing, he’s now suffering from possible dementia and is more reminiscent of that friendly yet crazy old uncle you’d find at your local hawker stall. While Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart are incredible actors, the standout performance comes from the lesser-known and much younger, Dafne Keen. Her portrayal as a little girl who only knows pain, unwanted by her “father” and knows close to nothing of the outside world is absolutely amazing. Her acting ability can clearly be seen in her moments of raw savagery throughout and her realization of who she is towards the end.

But where “The Wolverine” started strong and devolved into another ridiculously forgettable comic-book-movie smash-’em-up, “Logan” remains true to its vision. Great for people who love Classic Westerns, Superheroes, The Last of Us(video game) or just Good Movies in general.

Oh and some friendly advice to those that have yet to watch “Logan”, remember to bring a box of tissues because it’s a real tearjerker too.

Ratings: 9.5/10

“Joey, there’s no living with the killing. There’s no going back from one. Right or wrong, it’s a brand. A brand sticks. There’s no going back. Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her everything’s all right. And there aren’t any more guns in the valley.”
– Shane (1953)

To those that have watched it, here’s that iconic clip that served as pretty much the inspiration to the entire movie.

The LEGO® Batman Movie – REVIEW

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—LEGO® Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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Hilarious, Must Watch for Fans of Comedy, Batman, Lego and Movies (9/10)
The LEGO® Movie is one of the most surprising movies I’ve ever watched, I went in to that with very low expectations but I can happily admit that I was wrong because I loved it. One of the most lovable characters was the LEGO® Batman which I’m glad was picked up and given his own movie. Due to being a massive fan of Batman and growing up with LEGO® toys, I went in to The LEGO® Batman movie with high expectations. Thankfully, The LEGO® Batman Movie lived up to my expectations because it is hilarious. It’s genuinely a really good time for any movie goer and an even better time for someone who understands pop culture humour references.

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Get your stomachs ready because it will ache from all the laughing. I started laughing before I even finished laughing about the previous joke. I can’t stress this enough, this is a high energy movie. It’s literally joke after joke for the first thirty minutes but then it dips and turns into a bit of a downer BUT isn’t that much of an issue due to pushing towards the more serious, family values aspect of the story.
Oh and Batman raps about the awesomeness of Batman.

Hacksaw Ridge – REVIEW

Desmond Doss was a simple, pious boy from rural Virginia who overcame a multitude of obstacles to become a hero in World War II, despite having registered as a conscientious objector (non-violent, does not believe in taking a life). During the battle of Okinawa, He single-handedly moved 75 of his wounded comrades from the battlefield to safety.

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Already a contender for one of the best movies of this year. (9/10)
Without getting into the details and potentially spoiling the movie, this is truly a cinematic experience from the very first second. While the acting was great all around, this was perhaps Andrew Garfield’s best performance as an actor. Vince Vaughn provided plenty of laughs during the boot camp portion of the movie. The war is where this movie truly shines, the battle scenes are gory, intense and provides a realistic sense of fear. Director Mel Gibson lives up to his ability to direct “in-your-face-violence” type of action scenes by utilizing the cast, music and cinematography to create an atmosphere that provides the audience with a multitude of emotions throughout the war.

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Overall, it starts off rather slow, insert family drama here, becomes a romance, turns into a comedy (It’s funnier without the censors but to each his own), returns to the drama again, and then full-on in-your-face war-action, with everything working perfectly together to get you involved with the story (It eventually becomes so intense, you’d end up holding back the tears on a couple of occasions.) Just sit, avoid distractions, immerse yourself and enjoy!

The Martian – Review

RATING:8.5/10

The Gist of It:
A movie about the discovery of the red planet and how Mark Watney survived alone up there. Full with state of the art effects, the movie is nothing like Interstellar in terms of plot but it doesn’t mean the movie is bad. Some of your friends would say this movie is related to Interstellar, we can assure you it’s not.

Mark Watney played by Matt Damon, is a mechanical engineer who was left stranded on Mars during a manned mission. Of course he been left behind wasn’t actual the entire plan.
As they was wrapping up their mission due to an unscheduled storm, Mark was left behind and due to the situation the crew – played by Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara,Michael Peña and Sebastian Stan believed that Mark has been the person to die in Mars. This news was also transferred to Nasa Director, Teddy Sanders and he announced to do world how the life of a hero of Mars was taken away.
Coming out of the sand, Mark was a injure but nothing life threatening. He decides to survive his ill fated situation by using his out the world botanic skills and make contact.
The direction and screenplay is something we are astound as it’s as written by Andy Weir. Matt Damon ofcourse played the part beautifully with humor and emoticons. The Martian could be the space version of Tom Hank’s Castaway. As Mark constantly talking to himself and observing his surroundings.1
By the way, this movie gets even better with a fan made map of highway that Mark Watney walked. Check it out here:
http://www.cannonade.net/mars.php#map

Verdict

If you love Cast Away and Interstellar, The Martian should a must watch movie for you and one of the best movie so far this year. With its magical effects and out this world attention to detail, it’s a movie not to be missed.

Favourite Line: “Screw you Mars”

 

Wedding Ringer – Review

Nearly the end of January 2015 and a movie that everyone could watch – well if you’re 18 and above. Also gives a slight hint on how a The Bachelor’s party should be.

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No, this isn’t a Hang Over movie

 

Plot
When the wedding bell is just around the corner the main question on man’s mind would be who is gonna be your best man. Now, it’s either they have to many friends or non. Well Doug Harris(Josh Gad) has non and this how Jimmy Callaghan(Kevin Hart) comes into the picture. Jimmy offers best man service to those who are lack of him and according to him, this business is a gold mine.
However this time, Doug brought to Jimmy an impossible mission. Jimmy is to prepare not one, not two but 7 best men. What makes it more impossible is that Jimmy only has 10 days to prepare all of this. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting plays Gretchen Palmer the over excited brides to be and wants everything to be perfect which reminds us alot of Kate Hudson.

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A perfect wedding with the perfect best men?

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First of all, it’s not your typical wedding movie. It’s surely a breath of fresh air and we totally love it. The idea of a best men service is really unheard of and they really manage to pull it off. Director, Jeremy Garelick has it signature written all over it. The jokes are fresh and the scenes are mostly misleading like The Break-Up but ending is solid.

However, we did feel that movie a little focus on Doug’s character and at certain part the scene just left hanging. Kevin’s character is very solid thou and spot on. It doesn’t feel like he is trying to hard Adam Sandler in Growns Up and Growns Up 2.  Adam Sandler should definitely learn a thing or two from Kevin Hart.
It’s not the joke that you have to watch but funny scenes like the Gretchen’s grandmother being set on fire.

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For the TEAMMM!!!!!!

Rating 7.5/10
Some might not agree with our view of the movie but we feel that it deserve it. It’s highly entertaining with some problem that few can relate. By far one of Kevin Hart’s best movie beside Soul Plane.

Release date: 29th January 2015

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

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Review

Another summer blockbuster got release today(22/5/2014) and it was worth the wait. The continuation of X-Men’s series does follow the comic a little but with a twist of Bryan Singer. The full movie action which feature Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page and many more is about the X-Men fixing the future by changing the past.


Storyline

As the title says, the movie is about travelling the past. Based on the comic it was Bishop who travelled to past, but however in this movie it’s Wolverine who does the time travelling.
The movie begins with mutants fighting with the new age Sentinels – Sentinels with ability to adopt to any power thanks to Mystique’s DNA and the X-Men’s were losing. Iceman getting his head crush, while Blink getting pierce and many more. However Kitty and Bishop were busy running away which explains the going back to the past.
Bishop’s power was to absorb energy and manipulate – somewhat similar to Rouge’s power(based on the movie not comic) and Kitty’s power is to able to time travel.
Soon after, all of the X-Men’s meet at what seem to be an old Buddhist Monastery which includes Magneto. The initial idea was to send Prof. Xavier to past but however Kitty explains that his body wouldn’t be able to sustain that kind of pain. Which means only Wolverine was the only suitable candidate.

Bryan Singer, the director seems had put in a lot of thoughts into this as the X-Men movie series is totally going to be a reboot.

In past, Wolverine is back in his old body without the Admantium(which made us sad) but after the incident of X-Men: First Class. He quickly looks for Xavier and tries to convinces him to free Magneto. Of course Xavier totally ridicule the idea but join in later. Magneto was in lock down the Pentagon and the one who frees him was Quicksilver together with Xavier, Wolverine and The Beast. After re-explaining what has happen in future, Magneto also decide to help aswell but his own agenda in play.

During the reunion of Magneto and Mystique, he didn’t hesitate to kill her and of course Xavier stopped it from happening and in between Wolverine was having a fit attack. After escaping Magneto’s assassination attempt, Mystique continued with her own mission killing Dr Bolivar Trask. Trask is a scientist who fascinates with the human mutation that he start experimenting on them which angered Mystique.
Trask is also the scientist who created the Sentinel program to protect the humans from the mutants.
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After the incident of trying to kill Mystique when public, the current president at the time, Nixon decides to go ahead with the Sentinel program. Little do they know, Magneto has hijacked the Sentinel program – so instead of targeting mutant, Magneto could control it to attack on human.
During the launch of the program, Magneto controlled the Sentinel to attack on human. At the same time Wolverine,The Beast and Xavier were trying to stop Mystique from killing Trask.

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Plot: 8.5/10
Review:8.5/10

A must watch movie to all Marvel X-Men fans. Even thou the movie didn’t really follow the comic, but the bit and pieces do go back to it’s origin. Our only  nay, is the timeline. As the movie is about travelling back to the past, this crosses with X-Men Origin: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class. We still haven’t figured out how the timeline of the movie is been planned but we loved the movie storyline.
So should you watch it in 3D? Not much effect is in the 3D so might aswell save the money for some pop corn. By the way, do stay till the end credit as the movie will reveal on what is X-Men’s next instalment about.


Watch the first 5 minutes How To Train Your Dragon 2

It’s been 4 year since the last movie of How To Train Your Dragon and we have been expecting the sequel. In this sequel, Hiccup meet seems to meet his mother.
For now enjoy the 5 minutes of the movie and tell us if you don’t watch the movie. In our book, it’s a must watch movie this year.

The Lego Movie – Review

If you have seen Toy Story 1, 2 & 3 and loved them; you’re definitely gonna love The Lego Movie.

“Hi, I’m President Business, president of the Octan Corp. and the world,”says Will Ferrell as the ruler of Legoland.

The story is about Emmet, who is mistaken as the messiah of Legoland. Yes it’s like the Matrix but without the black suit parade.  The city of Brickksburg is controlled  by Lord Business  and everything there is expensive. Very much like our current situation but in a funny way. Emmet(voiced by Chris Pratt) is the alone all the time as he is always ignored by his longtime co-workers — because they completely ignore him.


Everything changes when one day  he accidentally stumbles upon ‘The Resistance Piece’ and is thought to be the Chosen one by a group of Lego characters called the MasterBuilders(very the Matrix). The adventure is join by Batman(voiced by Will Arnett), Gandalf(voiced by Todd Hansen), Han Solo(voiced by Keith Ferguson) and many.

A must not be missed movie for the year 2014.

Her – Review

A beautiful love story between the real and the unreal. The movie really questions the love of a real person and an unobtainable person – which in this movie is your mobile phone/operating system.

2 things that we loved about this movie:
1. The battery lifetime – It’s incredible! I didn’t even see him charge the phone even once.
2. The video games – I see PS5. Yup, that is the future of video games. If Sony can’t make something like that don’t bother calling it PlayStation.

Previously we have mention briefly about Her was truly unbelievable in this movie. His character was somewhat familiar to our common men’s, Theodore was your average love hungry man. What made this movie beautiful is how it’s able to hit the right notes without having the drama to add in. There was drama, but it didn’t cling on it like how your typical love story.

However it does questions on how one day OS will be apart of life or terms you should get married to your computer kinda situation.

A highly recommended movie indeed. Please, please get your tickets at TGV or GSC ASAP.
We do have to warn you this movie do have some XXX scenes.