Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

And the Award goes to... Transformers: Dark of the Moon

As the year is ending, from this point on until January or February, I'm going to do my own awards that represents everything in film around 2011 and I have to say that this year has the worst crop of films in any single year in movie history. When the year had been saturated by sequels, remakes and reboots, you reckon it's in the darkest timeline of all time. And that's what it is. Pointing out movies that had made some interest this year and somewhat doesn't.



Friday, November 4, 2011

Review - Drive

You can say anything about a movie you think is bad, but justifying how bad it is by taking the studio producing the movie you saw, to court and handing out many excuses to get your money back that is more than what you pay for? You'll be damming PR for a trailer you believed was on an action movie and you'll be damming yourself if you lost the case. I boast about how much the Transformers movies were awful to a friend who is  hardcore about it, but I didn't want to sue Michael Bay or Steven Spielberg for making a shitty franchise. I just forget about it.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Review - Midnight In Paris

Before getting to this review, here's what I want to say first. I've only watched two films by Woody Allen. I haven't seen any of his masterpieces such as Annie Hall, Hannah and her Sisters, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Bullets over Broadway or Manhattan. So Midnight In Paris is the third film so far I've seen from him. This is written from a newbie's point of view and most of the review would greatly identify and analyse the trademarks of the iconic filmmaker.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Review: Crazy Stupid Love


Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

There are some ways to change the wave of something that is a medium. That's how the term 'game changer' is described. For a movie that would make efforts to go against the norms of a rom-com using that term is fair enough because they're going for something different. For Crazy Stupid Love, it's not really a rom-com where the characters would find their soul mate but more of a dramedy trying to get back together. And that's all it is.

Friday, October 7, 2011

TV Review: Community (season 2)

There are many sitcoms on TV that are watched by gazillions of people. The "reboot" of Two and A Half Men is one and so is The Big Bang Theory and they're both two shows made by the same creator, broadcast by the same old TV network that doesn't really care how funny are these shows as long as they have a laugh track. An interesting note about these shows are that they're mediocre or if you wish to exagerrate "terrible" by any half of the masses because most of the jokes aren't funny or many episodes had never had the courage of trying anything new and many are wondering why are they so popular in the first place.

Enter shows such as Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm and It's Always Sunny. They're all shows well known to many people who likes their television to be smart, sophisticated and stretchly made. But they're not watched by many people because unless you're in charge of Arrested Development, it's on cable and viewers are afraid to be charged a few dollars a month for watching a show that is profound and groundbreaking. Arrested Development won a few Emmys and have never gained an audience it deserves from the critical acclaim. So all of these shows have their own niches. They're never made to be niche, but they are forced to if network executives cannot understand the appeal of television with the beliefs that you're staring for hours of a show you've made no decision whether or not you'll watch.

There's a reason why Community exist. There need to be a sitcom with a great emphasis of the word 'meta' or in this case a show that rely on self-referential humor at all times.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Lion King (IN F****ING 3D!!!)

Imagine being in a crowd of hundreds who are talking about the same subject in their conversation. What if it were a movie that almost 99.1% of the crowd had already seen and you're the odd one out. Seeing bits of it yet you haven't seen it full does not count. So then you get time off to go see that movie so you're not going to fit in with the circle but other circles including film and whatsawhat. But you got the choice from your reaction to that movie: be with or get out of the circle. That's how I feel about seeing The Lion King in 3D at theatres for the first time ever in my life.

I assume that some people have not seen The Dark Knight and you don't really need to see Batman Begins to start going along with Batman. This is my observation when there are people that still haven't seen it. When you complain that one haven't seen the movie that you and everybody had already seen, two excuses to persuade him to see it would be how good it is and how much money it made at the box office.  It suits so well for The Lion King. It made $800 million (including the re-release) in revenue and won two Oscars. It was released when kids aren't born enough to watch and understand Pulp Fiction or craves at the life of Forrest Gump while not realising the redemption at Shawshank Prison. It was released in the year when cinema was redefined.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Scarface


Many movies about gangsters are always great. Look at The Godfather, its sequel, Goodfellas, American Gangster and that movie I can't remember its name but it's about Al Capone. They're all great movies that has a certain character you would wanted to be in real life and admire them for that even though all they do is kill people, rips them off their money from hefty operations of drugs and gambling and the betrayals they make within their circle. Scarface proves an exception to that genre.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Two and A Half Men Rant


Two and A Half Men has been a show that had been a rating bonanza for the CBS and all around the world. It's okay for you to enjoy the show as long as you think it is funny, but for me, I admit that I did watch the show for all of its eight seasons. And that confession is like one for not commiting yourself in a relationship. Or worst maybe it's when you're unable to witness charges of sex crimes.

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (season 1)


These days, cartoons are now becoming suited for people who are quote mature. Those of age 13 and over will going to watch a show more likely to have the words Seth Macfarlane on them: those will relate to the I-don't-give-a-shit dad with a hot wife, while laughing and enjoying the poor execution of political satire. While The Simpsons currently declines in quality in terms of writing and story, South Park still coming up the top, I'm here to review My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, apparently the reboot of the toys of the same name that came in with the direct-to-dvd movies and the original TV series in the early 1990s

Why am I reviewing a show that is targeting a narrow niche of 5-8 year old girls? Well because it is not only a show that is based on the toys from Hasbro, but because it is an Internet phenomena. MLP:FiM unexpectedly attracted teenage boys and adult men. And they call themselves 'bronies' (insert uncomfortable laugh). If you thought society has already gone way over its head, then think again. These guys have got good reasons why they enjoyed it so much which is what I'm gonna take note on here.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Community (season 1)

Every time I watch a TV show it's usually a sitcom because I wouldn't want to waste an hour or half an hour on a soap opera that had been running for eternities, reality shows where fame chasers grab the spot and legal dramas that still follow the formula and tries to grab you with cliffhangers in their promos. But hey I bought the first three seasons of Breaking Bad and the first season of Parks and Recreation. And there's a lot of catching up to do.

This is the first time I've seen a sitcom that doesn't relate to the usual-shmultzy high school sitcom. It doesn't poke fun at the misadventures the characters would experience nor does the show turn them into a whole and have a story per episode grouped together ala Glee who does all of the forms above.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

TV Shows catch up



  • 30 Rock
  • Archer
  • Arrested Development
  • Breaking Bad
  • Dexter
  • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  • Fringe
  • Game of Thrones
  • Mad Men
  • The Office (original)
  • Parks and Recreation
  • The Sopranos
  • True Blood
  • The Wire

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Movies You Should Watch Before You Leave School: Part II

I'm sorry if I haven't been doing much lately with my blog, but apparently I got to prepare for my finals and that is what I would be having in mind.

Due to the ongoing popularity with Part I , I've decided to do a second list on movies you have to watch before you head off to Uni, get a job or whatever future prospects you have. The list felt so original than other movies-you-must-see lists I've heard before. I am looking at you, the adoscelent, to watch movies that to me, are not trash, stand upon its time and will hopefully be put in some highly secured archive before the end of the world would actually happen.

And before I go into the list, these are the films I feel ashamed not to have watched.

Saving Private Ryan
The Usual Suspects
The Truman Show
City of God
Requiem For A Dream
Close Encounters of a Third Kind
Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi
Annie Hall or any Woody Allen film
Resevoir Dogs
Taxi Driver
Transpotting
Fargo
The Big Lebowski
Apocalypse Now
Let The Right One In
Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King.

Friday, August 5, 2011

America, Fuck Yeah! - Captain America: The First Avenger

B+ (7.6)


Captain America is not your average superhero film distributed from Marvel. It is also a war film set in World War II and thanks to its heavy pro-America tones, a propaganda film that is visually exhiliarating not interesting like The Battleship of Potemkin. It is one of the few warm-ups for next year's Avengers and of all the warm-ups I've seen, this is the best of the lot. Given how this will be the last warm-up, I'm officially ready for The Avengers. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

A- (8.5)


I've been both a Harry Potter fanatic and at the same time a cynic of the franchise. I've read the books when I was 12 and could never stop loving it. To any cynic who wants to know what's the appeal of it all, it's Harry Potter himself we're fascinated as he evolve from being a boy losing his parents from an evil wizard Voldemort to a young person getting back prepared than ever. But then there's the cynical side of me when it comes to the franchise. I felt that bringing David Yates into the helm isn't worth the piece of the pie. I felt disappointed with the last two films. Half-Blood Prince was disappointing because the plot is distracted to a romantically corny subplot while the first part of the Deathly Hallows was also corny and it felt confusing at points, despite having had read the novels.


This is the real deal from Yates as it is truly a real film about Harry Potter's ordeal (no pun intended). A decade ago we see HP's first two adventures with the ballsy Ron and clever Hermione that are both charming and fun where it secretly builds up pessimism to Potter. Up to now, The Prisoner of Azkaban shows the trio's true development as young adults as the tone of each film slowly reveals its change. Now Deathly Hallows (Pt.2) had matched everything fans of all types have been waiting for to impossibly high levels.


In Pt.2, we start off what was halfway of the Deathly Hallows where Voldemort holds the Elder Wand that doesn't belong to Dumbledore in where he finds it, but to Snape. This makes him more powerful; while Harry, Ron and Hermione must find the remaining Horcruxes, Voldemort's possessions and once they destroy the Horcruxes, he becomes weaker giving Harry a probable chance of defeating him. Also involved in the battle is Professor Snape who became headmaster of Hogwarts keeping it highly secured with Dementors and Deatheaters.


This is an epitome of a Harry Potter film. Every point crucial in the books are taken and is perfectly nailed to the wood. From Harry knowing how to destroy the Horcruxes once and for all to scenes where Harry realize the sacrifices he'd and should make to defeat Voldemort to many of the complex storylines that will take some time to decipher. In fact it has many storylines so multi-layered that you either have to watch the movies (especially Part I) and read the novels again to pull yourself into the magic. 


What I like about this adaptation is that it's more than the average adaptation of Potter. This has so much heart, it goes where no Potter film had ever gone before. In every sequence of action, you feel like watching a war movie. The final battle. In every character you'll know their story and their involvement with Harry's life especially Alan Rickman who in one flashback had me crying when we're revealed the true person his character Snape really is. We get Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall as a badass leading an army of Hogwarts students. And we get Neville Longbottom also a badass breaking out from his role as the shy, and completely awkward secondary character.


It's Alan Rickman who brings out soul to Professor Snape, a character more fascinating than Potter. As we see through flashbacks, he's the real hero of the series so far when outside he's a superior villain with so much fear. If more than anything Rickman should get an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Many of the performances are solid from a cast of veteran British actors such as Julie Walters and Ralph Fiennes, but the heart of it all Harry Potter played by Daniel Radcliffe is flawless and has its best moments. Although I wasn't impressed by Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy given that his character is so wimpy for the entire film


Director Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves had brought back my trust for ending the Potter franchise in the most epic style. Not one moment was a tease. I loved the visual flair placed by Yates and I thought the cinematography was gorgeous. Yates and Kloves justified how this movie is split into two parts by sticking into the complex plot and bringing the emotional drama that never hits the sentimental bottom.


Belonging into this generation that experienced 9/11 and spending the majority of our daily routine on the internet, the Harry Potter franchise is something I and everyone in this generation cherish and value. The Deathly Hallows ended an epic conflict between good and evil in spectacular form like Lord Of The Rings. The franchise had become the modern Star Wars of our time. Overall this movie is not just the masterpiece of the series and the best summer movie in terms of being a blockbuster, but also the best movie I've seen so far this year.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Transformers: Dark of The Moon (review)


C (4.3)


This will be a deadly honest review as I've seen this with a friend watching this film. Transformers: Dark of The Moon is exactly two and a half times better than Revenge Of The Fallen. It improved from fixing the problems from the first sequel of the franchise - some of it. However it's still bad.

In this installment, we found out the origin of the war between the two alien robot races: the Autobots and the Decepticons. And a cargo ship essential to winning the war had crashed into the moon and when NASA discovered it in the 60s, the US Government decided to make the famous moon landing to investigate the ship. Then they decided to cover it up to avoid being in a conspiracy. 

Now we get to explore Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf) who’s currently unemployed and has a new girlfriend Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who's obviously hot in here). He finds work from John Malcovich and he's caught up with the Autobots again after not only Optimus Prime discovered the cover up by the government, but revived his captain Sentinel Prime. At the same time the Decepticons return back to Earth coming from Carly's playboy boss Dylan (Patrick Dempsey) and of one of the Autobot's backstabbing just so they can blow up shit again.

Before seeing DOTM the critics have been bashing DOTM... because they wanted to hate this movie knowing that it will make almost a billion dollars at the box office and will make the audience dumb. The most scathing reviews came from Roger Ebert and Peter Travers. Watching this will destroy most of your brain cells and yet it will take brains to know that the entire franchise had never had one. 

Transformers: DOTM is the best of Michael Bay's trilogy. Unfortunately it's dumb and boring. Let's start up with the movie's positives. To hate Michael Bay is like hating a pedophile masquerading as a friendly guy from the neighborhood. But Bay delivers probably the best 3D sequences I've ever seen. The action is on the highest level of destruction there is and destroying Chicago is spectacular. Bay at least developed a coherent story compared with ROTF. The best performances of the film comes from Patrick Dempsey who's supposed to be the main villain if the entire movie had focused on its human characters, and Frances McDormand who plays the US Director of Intelligence since she's a top notch actress.

The biggest anger fueled by Michael Bay is that he's a crude, product-placing, sexist and exhaustingly clichéd director with no sense of flair. We have no idea what's going on with his mind during Revenge Of The Fallen and blaming the movie's poor critical performance on the Writer's Strike will not let him get away with it. There's too much to say on what was bad about ROTF but they did fixed only one problem: they changed screenwriters to develop the story of DOTM that added some common sense. 

Now let's go into the worst parts. I have never seen an action movie that can be so humorlessly wrong. The first ever shot of a human character that is Rosie Huntington Whiteley's character is pornographic. It still showed the sort of misogyny Bay tends to show to his actresses. The problem with Whiteley being in DOTM is that there's nothing interesting about her character that helps it to feel important. Shia Labeouf talks like if Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay without multiple layers of the dialogue, as it felt so clumsy and corny. We get shitloads of product placement and excruciating amounts of stupid humor. Exhibit A - Ken Jeong playing his usual one-note routine as the screeching and obnoxious Asian. Exhibit B - Alan Tudyk speaking in a Russian accent. Exhibit C – The parents, gremlins continuing their respective roles as being stupid for the entire movie.

I've seen a lot of movies and I cannot believe how many films had Michael Bay ripped off here. If you don't know where the robots were fighting, it's in the city of The Dark Knight and if you have deaf ears, the overwhelming score is the score from Inception. There are so many contrasts with Bay and Christopher Nolan and the salient difference is the change in IQ after seeing their films. DOTM is two and a half hours long so long that I’ve yawned 5x and checked my watch for about 6.

However the biggest flaw for this film and for the entire franchise is that it lacks a lot of heart. Unless you wipe the entire human race out of the movie, there’s nothing interesting about them as the films progress. And even with the 3D so effective and the spectacular action I was so bored and found nothing visually stimulating.

Those who enjoyed the previous adventures will not even care and it’s a Michael Bay film what do you expect? He may not be in the same league as David Fincher or Darren Arronofsky, so there’s no surprise that he’s a filmmaker filled with chaos.

Overall this is two and a half times better than Revenge of The Fallen, but Bay's direction and screenplay is so thin, that you'll realize the only problems fixed were minor and given that this is the best of the franchise meant that you're just watching an ordinary action movie. Prepare yourself for the biggest rollercoaster mayhem of the year! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The winners of the Anonymous Theatre 3000 Awards

I haven't got enough votes yet, but at least 5 votes have been counted. So here are the winners (and all of the nominees has more than one winner if there are ties within the votes):


- The voter's choice
- My choice 
- Both choices 

Most Overrated Film... by Audiences

  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (RT Audience: 74%) (Your vote, my vote)
  • Iron Man 2 (RT Audience: 80%)
  • True Grit (RT Audience: 86%)
  • Alice In Wonderland (RT Audience: 72%)
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (RT Audience: 87%)
Most Overrated Film... by Critics
  • True Grit 
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Iron Man 2
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King's Speech
Best Film-Wrecking Moment
  • A character screws up pronouncing Aang - The Last Airbender
  • The ending in - The Tourist
  • The moment where a movie is announced it'll be shot in 3D - every movie made in 3D
  • The word 'Focker' in every line of dialogue - Little Fockers
  • When the whole movie turns into a fantasy flick about stalking - When In Rome
Worst nominations in an award show
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - almost every nomination (People's Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards)
  • The Tourist - Best Film: Musical Comedy, Best Actor: Musical or Comedy, Best Actress: Musical or Comedy (Golden Globes)
  • Burlesque -Best Film: Musical Comedy (Golden Globes)
Worst Snubs in an awards show
  • Christopher Nolan - Inception, Best Director (Academy Awards)
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - Best Film, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Fight (MTV Movie Awards, Golden Globes, Academy Awards)
  • Andrew Garfield - The Social Network, Best Supporting Actor (Academy Awards)
Shyamalan-Bay Award for Worst Film
  • The Tourist
  • The Last Airbender
  • Grown Ups
  • Cop Out
  • Sex And The City 2
  • Vampires Suck
  • When In Rome
Most Underrated Film
  • Kick-Ass
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • Greenberg
  • Easy A
  • Animal Kingdom

Best Soundtrack

  • Black Swan - Clint Mansell
  • Inception - Hans Zimmer
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - Nigel Godrich, various artists
  • The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • Tron: Legacy - Daft Punk 
Best Cinematography
  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • Inception
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
Best Production Design/Art Direction
  • 127 Hours
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Inception
  • The Social Network
  • Tron: Legacy
Best Editing
  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • Inception
  • Kick-Ass
  • The Social Network
Best Visual Effects
  • Inception
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • Tron: Legacy
Best Screenplay
  • 127 Hours - Simon Beaufoy
  • Inception - Christopher Nolan
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - Edgar Wright
  • Toy Story 3 - Michael Arndt
  • The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin
Hero of the Year
  • Christopher Nolan
  • James Franco
  • Roger Ebert
  • Aaron Sorkin
  • Natalie Portman
Villain of the Year
  • Jason Friedberg + Aaron Seltzer
  • Will Smith's kids
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Miley Cyrus
  • M Night Shymalan
Best Scene-Stealer
  • Justin Timberlake - The Social Network
  • Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
  • Chloe Moretz - Kick-Ass
  • Tom Hardy - Inception
  • Rock - 127 Hours
  • Kieran Culkin - Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • Christian Bale - The Fighter
Most Breakthrough Performance
  • Hailee Stenfeld - True Grit
  • Chloe Moretz - Kick-Ass
  • Tom Hardy - Inception
  • Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
  • Greta Girwig - Greenberg
Best Supporting Actor
  • Geoffery Rush - The King's Speech
  • Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
  • Jeremy Renner - The Town
  • Rock - 127 Hours 
  • Christian Bale - The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress
  • Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
  • Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom
  • Chloe Moretz - Kick-Ass
  • Mila Kunis - Black Swan
  • Marion Cottilard - Inception
Best Movie Moment
  • Mark Zuckerberg's comeback towards the Winklevosses - The Social Network
  • Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis makes out - Black Swan
  • Gravity Fight Scene - Inception
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. Deadly Evel Exes - Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • The climax - Toy Story 3
  • James Franco cuts off his arm - 127 Hours
Best Actress 
  • Natalie Portman - Black Swan
  • Ellen Page - Inception
  • Jennifer Lawrence -Winter's Bone
  • Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
Best Actor
  • Colin Firth - The King's Speech
  • James Franco - 127 Hours
  • Jesse Einseberg - The Social Network
  • Leonardo Dicaprio - Inception
  • Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
Stanley Kubrick Award for Best Director
  • Darren Arronofsky - Black Swan
  • Danny Boyle - 127 Hours
  • David Fincher - The Social Network
  • Christopher Nolan - Inception
  • Edgar Wright - Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Best Picture
  • 127 Hours
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Black Swan
  • Greenberg
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • Kick-Ass
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
I would congratulate any of these films out in 2010 nominated for these awards. These awards are crafted pieces of arts that holds deeply to its value rather than being a film in for the money. The winner of each category are self-aware that these are films made for entertainment passive and active and will define the year of 2010 that is something positive apart from the biggest downs we've been offered

Friday, June 24, 2011

My official Best List of 2010 (six months late)

If you want to see the list I've made for my Top 10 list for 2010, here it is.

Apparently I felt like that list meant I've seen less movies than I had this year. The reason is because I'd had final exams at school and that delayed my time to watch the movies I'm interested in or like to see. And also because most of the films released last year was already released in Australia this year. So here's my official Best/Worst list of 2010 counting the five best and the five very worst films.


Honourable mentions/ #6 movies
Greenberg, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, The King's Speech, Green Zone, Animal Kingdom, The Fighter, Toy Story 3 (it's not the best Pixar has to offer us but its tolerable), The Town, Black Swan


2010 Watchlist
Easy A, Get Him To The Greek, Exit Through The Gift Shop, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I Love You Phillip Morris, Blue Valentine
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5. Kick Ass




It was a hard spot for me to decide. It was either Kick Ass or Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Scott Pilgrim was a visual wonderland hooking you into a the experience of comic books, indie music, 8 bit videogaming and clever pop culture references. Kick Ass gets 5th spot not because it doesn't have the distinct look of Scott Pilgrim, but because it's bloody hiliarious. Kick Ass is the story of a teenage comic book reader transforming himself into a DIY superhero whose only powers are wielding batons. But he'd faced deadly consequences and meets a daddy-daughter duo also a superhero vigilante and are better than him. What makes Kick Ass works is that this brings all of the great super films and mixed it with violent satire that's refreshing. With Aaron Johnson being this Peter Parker knockoff you should applaud, Chloe Moretz steals the show playing Hit-Girl a girl who takes an appetite for destruction for justice, you'll laugh until the film literally hurts. Moretz is a revelation and should be lauded for taking risks here, not panned because she's eleven. It's a graphic novel adaptation that should be graphic for the faint-hearted, but at the same time, poignant at heart.

4. Winter's Bone





Just a few days ago, I decided to pick this film up so I can finish all of the Best Picture nominees. Winter's Bone may be an average arthouse film that is only seen by few people, but for every film lover or person who loves critically acclaimed films, it's a must see. 

A tale of a young girl named Ree Dolly living in the Ozarks who's looking after her younger siblings because her mother is catatonic and her father's a methhead. When Ree discovers her dad hadn't shown up to his trial, she decides to search for him. During her journey she encounters ghastly people who brings mysteries surrounding her Dad including her uncle Teardrop and during that she face certain consequences from these people. 

This film is beautifully tragic and it's visually gritty considering the environment of the Ozarks malnourished with poverty and underground drug labs. Well-directed by Debra Granik who brings the importance of the themes of determination, poverty and family into this quiet yet richly detailed crime thriller. Winter's Bone is then lifted up by Jennifer Lawrence's powerful performance as the heroine of the story and more put forward is John Hawkes' fierce uncle.

3. 127 Hours



127 Hours brings in the greatest depth of a normal person I've ever seen. It's a kinetic and visual experience from Danny Boyle that is also beautifully edited. 127 Hours is the story of survival, a matter of life and death for real life adventurer Aron Ralston. As you should know, it's the biographical story of the guy while being stuck on a rock. It's James Franco bravuva and sensational performance that has me convinced it's one of the best performances I've ever seen in a film. He's brings a variety of emotions from cheerful to lonely. The climax (which should be obvious) brings tension that's gripping and determined. For those who assume this film is just seeing a guy cuts his arm off, please look at it further. It's a life story.

2. The Social Network



Many films are known for their subject matter just before and after they're nominated for bazillions of Oscars. Brokeback Mountain (a movie about a gay romance), Slumdog Millionaire (Indian guy on Millionaire), The Hurt Locker (movie about the Iraq War) and now we have The Social Network, a movie about Facebook. As much as people would assume that a Facebook movie is lame or boring, apparently it knocked the hell out of every professional critic. The subject matter doesn't deal with Facebook. More so, it matters on the human relationships regarding ordinary people who helped defined our time.

The Social Network focuses on Mark Zuckerberg, after being dumped by his girlfriend and from forming a revenge blog, decides to build Facebook, an online social network he thinks would refreshes the entire "social experience"to a new level. Since the inception of Facebook, he is brought to lawsuits and a loss of friendship with Eduardo Saverin.

The Social Network is a simple story of friendship, loyalty and betrayal according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Through Sorkin's stylish, witty screenplay, David Fincher's cold yet visceral direction and Trent Reznor's mesmerising score, these aspects manage to pull you in and for the better, make this film work to a higher level. Kudos to Jesse Eisenberg who plays the ironic characterization of Mark Zuckerberg and Andrew Garfield as the possibly flawless Eduardo Saverin who get screwed the most. It should've been Best Picture at the Oscars, but sooner or later, it will be a classic. 

1. Inception


Here's proof that the summer of 2010 was not a bummer. Inception is a blockbuster that shows its artistic value over its need to make profit. Inception is almost every reason you go to movies for a good time. It's entertaining, make you think and believe you're in something that has never been seen before. It adds new meaning of science fiction. Enough said, if you want more click here