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Crazy Rich Asians
  • A fun romcom with little surprises
  • Singapore looks like a great destination for tourism
  • Explores mother/daughter, rich/poor relationship.
  • The movie has a mandarin version of "Yellow" which is a song by Coldplay
  • A sequel is on the way..
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Mandy
  • Beautifully shot with lots of colors flying around depicting the mood of each scene
  • Good performances but nothing special
  • Catchy soundtrack
  • Extremely slow-paced might turn out to be boring for some
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Ready Player One
  • Mindblowing CGI
  • Insane number of easter eggs from movies and video games
  • Great soundtrack
  • Fast-paced and just fun to watch
  • If you are expecting a great plot then this is not your movie
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Castlevania: 2x07 For Love

This is one of the best TV show episodes I have ever watched. A masterpiece in every sense!

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Castlevania

Season 1 was a great introduction to the series.
Season 2 was a fantastic addition to the show. Episode 7 from Season 2 was just stupendously awesome and will make every Castlevania fan scream!
Can't wait for Season 3.

One final request: please release the OST ASAP!

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World War Z 2

Seems this movie is no longer coming out

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Green Book

A fantastic movie that will stimulate all your emotions. Fantastic chemistry between the cast is a big plus.

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Shock Corridor

Great idea for a plot but the it suffers from poor execution. I'd skip this one.

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You Were Never Really Here

Extremely powerful and well shot+edited. However, this movie is not for everyone as it is not a point a to b type when it comes to story telling.

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Cowboy Bebop: 1x05 Ballad of Fallen Angels

One of the best episodes so far

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Westworld: 1x03 The Stray

Lauren: These talks... I don't know if they help or... Do you ever wish you could forget?

Bernard Lowe: This pain... it's all I have left of him.

This show just keeps getting better and better.

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Batman Ninja

Like:
- Awesome anime art with mind blowing scenery
- Ninja + Dark Knight + Gotham villains + surprises :)
- Great music which adds extra adrenaline to the ongoing action
- Joker and Harley are hilarious as always
- By no means can you try to predict what sort of actions will take next. You'll easily notice the Japanese influence as you progress.
- A new take on DC Comic presentation

Dislike:
- The plot might be the weakest link but I still managed to find some fun in it

Plot Complexity:
Easy

Flow: (Act 1, 2, 3)
Great flow

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mother!

Like:
- Artistic and Beautiful Cinematography
- Creepy and disturbing sequence of events
- Solid character performances
- Heavily based on metaphors and symbolism which allows open ended discussions

Dislike:
- Might turn out many viewers due to its complexity

Plot Complexity:
Complex

Flow: (Act 1, 2, 3)
Great flow

Movie Facts:
Throughout the entire movie, no one's name is ever mentioned and not a single character is ever referred to by any name, the way they are listed in the end credits is by their given role in the story.

SoundTrack:
Fact: There is no musical score for the film, and not a single bit of music appears in the film whatsoever until the end credits, where "The End of the World" plays covered by singer Patti Smith.

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The Shape of Water
Contagion

Even with such an awesome cast, the movie was no where as good.

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Like:
- Gorgeous Cinematography and transitional effects. One moment the movie goes into black and white and the next is silhouettes conducting sword combat.
- Spectacular set designs and visuals
- Unforgettable OST that will sit on my playlist for quite sometime
- Movie is divided into numerous Acts making it a treat to follow (Another QT signature)
- Unexpected comedy at certain places which is always a big welcome
- Sword fights and choreography at its finest
- Character development is handled perfectly
- Music, Art, and Film combined into a classic
- Now I need to watch Vol 2

Dislike:
- Might be too gory for some but this is QT’s trademark

Plot Complexity:
Easy

Flow:
Fast and there is never a dull moment

Movie Facts:
- Extremely gory and violent (QT Trademark)
- Listed in IMDB top 250

Awards/Oscars:
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe

Best Movie Quote:
Revenge is a dish best served cold

Rewatchable:
Yes it is just a masterpiece in action

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Manchester by the Sea

Like:
- Depression is the name of this movie and it translates it perfectly
- Great acting and dialog
- Movie jumps between different timelines revealing events that shape character emotions
- Sound design and music were good but nothing exceptional.
- Casey Affleck did win an Oscar for his role and I do agree that his depiction of the character he played was spot on.
- A real-life depiction of how man handle’s life in the aftermath of a tragedy

Dislike:
- It feels a bit dull in very few sections

Plot Complexity:
Medium with a good flow

Movie Facts:
- The town was called Manchester until 1989, when resident Edward Corley led a highly controversial campaign to formally change its name to Manchester-by-the-Sea. The action was passed by the state legislature that year.
- Shot in 32 days.

Awards/Oscars:
Won 2 Oscars

Rewatchable:
I can classify this movie as a great movie that I will only watch once.

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High Noon

I haven't covered much ground when it comes to Western movies but I can easily say that it was blast watching it.

I expected a little more from the ending but don't let that hold you back.

The tension building was amazing and the movie actually flows in real-time. So every 1 minute = 1 minute in the movie.
Highly recommended !

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

An awesome movie with great dialog and comedy. Now go watch snatch :)

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Blade Runner 2049
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Shout by Elie
2017-09-30T11:43:54+01:00— updated 2017-10-07T05:38:45+01:00

For all those who want to get in the mood of Blade Runner, you should watch these 3:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgsS3nhRRzQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ9Os8cP_gg

and the awesome anime version by Shinichiro Watanabe:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrZk9sSgRyQ

Can't wait for release !

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Pan's Labyrinth
  • Del Toro considers the movie as a spiritual successor to his earlier film The Devil's Backbone
  • Stellar performances by the cast namely Lopez and Baquero
  • Stunning visuals and beautiful cinematography filled with magic and unique creatures
  • Fantasy creatures like you've never seen before
  • Winner of 3 oscars which I believe says enough
  • Beautiful Score by Javier Navarrete
  • Captivating flow and story which intertwines amazingly well

Other notes:
Not for kids due to violence

Plot Complexity:
Medium

Best Movie Quote:
You're getting older, and you'll see that life isn't like your fairy tales. The world is a cruel place. And you'll learn that, even if it hurts.

Post Credits:
None

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Dunkirk

Pros:
+ Dunkirk depicts and reveals the scale of the event on all levels: Land, air, and sea
+ Glorious cinematography (by Hoyte Van Hoytema) and editing (by Lee Smith) adding significantly to the experience
+ Electrifying soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
+ Loud and fulfilling sound effects from the diving Stukas to the distant machine gun shots
+ Your heart will keep pounding due to the blend of senses emitted by the visuals and audio
+ Great cast and chemistry through actions (Dialog is limited)
+ Nolan throws the audience right in the middle of WAR.
+ The whole movie focusses on the event itself instead of on a couple of soldiers. Hence, the lack of strong character development which I thought was awesome and a wise choice by Nolan

Cons:
- Music at times might feel too loud thus covering the dialog

Dunkirk must be experienced in IMAX!

Plot Complexity:
Easy

Best Movie Quote:
Men my age dictate this war. Why should we be allowed to send our children to fight it?

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Life of Pi
  • Surreal visuals and CGI (The 3D effects are worth it for a change)
  • Captivating story and flow
  • Poetic, Emotional and Spiritual depth
  • The movie will make you hunt for more information
  • One of the best movies of 2012
  • One of Ang Lee’s finest works

Random Facts:
- Based on Yann Martel’s Booker-prize winning novel

Plot Complexity:
Medium to Hard

Memorable Quote:
- Believing in everything is the same as believing in nothing
- I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Like:
+ Unique horror movie and very thrilling
+ Let's your imagination run wild
+ Great setting and mystery elements
+ Very heavy on the gore. Keep in mind this is an autopsy
+ Excellent acting and performance from the cast (Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch)

Dislike:
- Ending felt a bit rushed and could have been closed much better

Plot Complexity:
Easy to comprehend

Random Fact:
- The first English movie by André Øvredal

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Nocturnal Animals

Director:
Tom Ford: other well known movies include "A Single Man"

  • A movie with one of the strangest and most bizarre openings but yet carries a powerful message once understood
  • Superb performances from all the cast with a couple of unforgettable thrilling scenes
  • Beautiful Cinematography and music
  • Contains a sequence that's one of the most discomfortingly suspenseful in quite sometime
  • A movie that will stick with you and will let you dig further into the symbolisms

Articles to read after watching:
http://www.thisisbarry.com/single-post/2017/03/29/Nocturnal-Animals-2016-Movie-Plot-Ending-Explained

Plot Complexity:
Medium to Hard

Best Movie Quote:
When you love someone you have to be careful with it, you might never get it again.

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Singin' in the Rain

Whether you like musicals or not, Singin' in the Rain is a musical classic that should be enjoyed by everyone

Here is my quick review:
[Like]
+ Beautiful and Memorable Choreography: Keep an eye out to the Magical "Singin' in the Rain" and the Acrobatic "Make them Laugh" section
+ Superb performance and chemistry between the cast (Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Jean Hagen)
+ Music and score are pure ear candy
+ Brings forward the idea of when Hollywood was transitioning from Silent Movies to Talkies
+ Considered by many as the best Hollywood musical of all time
+ Comedy also adds to the magic of the screenplay. (The microphone scene is priceless)
[Dislike]
- Lina's voice ;)

Plot Complexity:
Easy to comprehend

Best Movie Quote:
Lina. She can't act, she can't sing, she can't dance. A triple threat.

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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is a movie that will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions. One of the best movies of 2016. Simply mind blowing !

Here is my quick review:
[Like]
+ Stunning performances by all actors
+ Out of this world art and cinematography
+ Lots of drama and moral discussion
+ Captivating and deeply moving plot with a perfect flow
+ The movie leaves a long lasting impression.
[Dislike]
- Sorry but I couldn't find any

Plot Complexity:
Medium

Best Movie Quote:
Because humans are complicated beasts. You believe comforting lies, while knowing full well the painful truth that makes those lies necessary. In the end, Conor, it is not important what you think. It is only important what you do.

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Star Wars

This is my first Star Wars experience and yes I plan to run the complete franchise marathon !

Here is my quick review:

[Like]
+ Outstanding Technical Achievement which set the bar high for special effects
+ Music and score are pure ear candy
+ Loveable characters: Darth Vader, C3PO and R2 are always fun to watch
+ Captivating plot and perfect flow

[Dislike]
- Lack of emotional display from some characters (Spoilers Below):
- Luke's Uncle and Aunt disintegrated and not even a tear is shed
- A full planet blows up and no one cares
- Obi Wan perishes and Luke seems more attached to him than his Uncle and Aunt

Plot Complexity:
Easy to comprehend

Best Movie Quote:
Darth Vader: The Force is strong with this one.

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X-Men: Apocalypse

Not the best X-Men movie but still worth a watch

Beautiful CG

Light on the story but still enjoyful

Villian voiceover was pretty rad

Some characters didn't reveal their full potential

Quick Silver sequences were stunning and a blast to watch

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Suicide Squad
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Shout by Elie
2017-03-05T14:56:43+00:00— updated 2017-03-07T10:21:23+00:00

  • Fun movie for what it is: a superhero comic movie
  • Don't expect a mind blowing plot
  • All the squad combined cannot even scratch Superman so I am not sure how the writers decided to depict this in the movie
  • The comedy side of the movie was good. It made me laugh several times
  • Pretty good VFX
  • A mix of outstanding characters (Harley Quinn - Deadshot - Amanda Waller) and underdeveloped characters (Croc, Joker and Diablo)
  • Croc was a major disappointment. Croc should have been a complete badass character with tons of muscles and almost invincible.
  • The OST aided the movie in many sections
  • Joker's role in the whole movie was a joke.
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