Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DVD Shorts: Inception, Kick Ass, Scott Pilgrim,

Ok, I have reviewed all of these movies titled above. All of them I loved. All of them I've listed in my Best List. But I would keep these reviews short since I have bought and owned all of the DVDs. And some of them have been revised and rating. (These are reviewed in DVD form)


Christopher Nolan's dazzling and multi-layered masterpiece has turned one blockbuster like The Dark Knight the transformation to a work of art. The charisma follows with the rest of the cast including Leonardo Dicaprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page who extract secrets in a person's subconsciousness and at the last minute changed a very person's life when putting an idea in his subconsciousness. 
 Nolan is not an reincarnation of any cinematic pioneers, but earns a reputation as one of the best filmmakers there is. The screenplay written is the cleverest in story and in concept. Visually stunning Inception is a great movie to own.
 This may look like a tribute to The Matrix where a person goes into another universe, but nevertheless  is very original and may get an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Key Scene: Scene featuring the first dream involves a shootout and a freight train coming in. Good for people who have a surround sound system

Film Rating: 10/10

Extras: DVD contains four featurettes explaining the film's concepts. Shame that I didn't get the Blu Ray

Extras Rating (DVD): 6/10

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Warning_Spoiler Alert!

 Michael Cera plays a new character named Scott Pilgrim which unlike the same people he portrayed, is a slacker to many of his peers especially his band Sex Bo-Omb's drummer Kim Pine (wonderful Allison Pill). When he literally dates the girl of his dreams the hair-changing Ramona Flowers ( a non-stereotype Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he meets her Seven Evil Exes who are out to kick his teeth in unless he obviously and simply defeat them.
 The incredibles visuals involved are the sounds you hear, pop culture references including Seinfeld, bleeping and most importantly all of that are the things you see in a comic book and a video game, tightly held together to make this one movie all thanks to Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz).
 Most of the cast steal their scenes with Kieran Culkin as Scott's gay roomate, Ellen Wong as Scott's pretend-girlfriend and the Evil Exes (with Jason Schwartzman as the final Ex). But the highlight is Wright who empowers this movie to a visual orgy.
 It's a shame that Cera's and Winstead's chemistry was way too short as most of the movie are up close with the repetitive fights.
Scott Pilgrim wasn't great at the box office but will become an instant cult classic years to come.

Key Scene: The second last fight between Scott Pilgrim's band and the second last exes is empowering. Great with High Definition TVs

Film Rating: 8/10

Extras: DVD includes deleted scenes, outtakes, commentaries and galleries. Collector's Edition includes alternate footage, behind the scene footage, music promos and trailers

Extras Rating: 9/10

Kick Ass

Like Scott Pilgrim, Kick Ass was underappreciated from critics and the public alike given how the ultra-violence in this movie was performed by 11-year old Chloe Moretz as a real-life superhero.
 Based on a recent graphic novel from the artist of Wanted, Kick Ass asks the oh-so-old question: How come there's no superheros in real life? It was asked by a comic book geek Dave (Aaron Johnson) and when he experiments a wetsuit and batons as the no powers Kick Ass . He'd finally got the answer: because you get stabbed in the chest.  
 He then realizes that he's not the only one there is with father-daughter duo Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit Girl.
With a completely sharp screenplay that mixes the Tarantino-esque violence with a Coen-styled black comedy and some delightful performances that also see Nicolas Cage not to suck in this. A fanboy called it Kill Bill meets Spiderman. I have to agree.

Key Scene: The final scenes of this movie where Hit Girl and Kick Ass enters the mobster's lair makes it great for HDTV and Surround Sound

Film Rating: 9/10

Extras: Extended Edition contains The Making Of Kick Ass, The Art of Kick Ass and several featurettes including storyboards & designs and commentary.

Extras Rating: 8/10

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