Sunday, 22 April 2012
Ever since Dain Said's highly-anticipated sophomore effort BUNOHAN (known internationally as RETURN TO MURDER) has made fascinating round in last year's prestigious Toronto Film Festival, this locally-made movie had been earning high praise from reputable top critics especially Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. And here it is -- let me just say BUNOHAN is simply a unique effort unlike most locally-made movie you often seen in the cinema. It's a kind of genre-defying movie that is deeply poetic and not the kind of a typical kickboxing movie you might expect at the first place (thanks to the misleading trailer campaign). Mind you, BUNOHAN is strictly an arthouse effort that is hardly mainstream and might bore off many casual viewers who are particularly impatient with meditative plot structure. It's certainly admirable, but not nearly enough to rank this as one of the best Malaysian movies ever made. More on that later.
Shot in 2009 but later shelved for three years due to MGM's bankruptcy, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is finally here after being picked up by Lionsgate. And I must say, not since Wes Craven's SCREAM has a horror genre so wickedly subversive and so twisted as this long-delayed shocker. This is the kind of movie where the less you know about the detail, the better. Written and produced by none others than TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Joss Whedon and directed by first-timer Drew Goddard (writer of TV's Lost), THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is no doubt one of the most original horror movies ever seen in years. But as original as this movie is so playfully displayed here, it's a shame that it's also a heavily uneven effort frequently ruined by preposterous outcome. More on that later.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Despite mediocre reviews and shoddy 3D post-conversion work, CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010) managed to overcame the negative publicity by earning a whopping $493 million worldwide -- more than enough reason to warrant an inevitable sequel. However the sequel, WRATH OF THE TITANS, suffers more-of-the-same weaknesses -- cardboard characters, weak plot and erratic pacing. But at least, the special effects are improved considerably and the climactic ending against the main villain (this time it's Kronos, instead of Kraken) is more exciting than the first movie.