April 2013 | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Review: IRON MAN 3 (2013)

Uh... you don't have to bite my mask to see my face. All you have to do is ask...
Less of a superhero movie than a Tony Stark show in an action comedy mode, IRON MAN 3 is energetic but suffers from unnecessarily bloated screenplay while the comedy element borderlines into near parody.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Review: THE GRANDMASTER 一代宗師 (2013)

Wong Kar-Wai's 10 years-in-the-making of the so-called Ip Man biopic is exquisitely photographed and blessed with some dazzling fight choreography, but THE GRANDMASTER is mostly a scattershot mess of unfocused direction.

Review: GANGSTER SQUAD (2013)

Alright, this is the Handsome Squad.. I mean, Gangster Squad!
GANGSTER SQUAD has the hallmark of a classic 1940s period gangster drama, but the movie is nothing more than a hollow genre exercise.

Review: EVIL DEAD (2013)

Wow, I feel good... (followed by music)
A horror fan's wet dream in term of its graphic violence and excessive gore display, but EVIL DEAD suffers from weak script and mostly forgettable characters.

Review: CONSPIRATORS 同謀 (2013)

CONSPIRATORS has a fairly intriguing whodunit with a scene-stealing performance from Nick Cheung, but the movie suffers from an excessive shaky cam and laboured pace.

Review: DRUG WAR 毒戰 (2013)

A solid, if a tad overlong procedural crime drama anchored by two engaging performances (Sun Honglei, Louis Koo) and masterfully-crafted gunfight scenes.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Review: OBLIVION (2013)

 Uh... I think I just pee in my pants...
A gorgeously mounted sci-fi picture propelled by an intriguing first half with a neat twist, but gradually loses steam when the movie tries to explore further.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

COLD WAR Sweeps 9 Statuettes In 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards!

The highest-grossing local production in Hong Kong last year, police drama COLD WAR won big in the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards. The critically-acclaimed movie took home an incredible 9 awards out of its 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Longman Leung, Sunny Luk), Best Actor (Tony Leung Ka-Fai), Best Screenplay (Longman Leung, Sunny Luk) Best New Performer (Alex Tsui), Best Film Editing (Kwong Chi Leung, Wong Hoi), Best Original Film Score (Peter Kam), Best Sound Design (Kinson Tsang), and Best Visual Effects (Cecil Cheng).

For the full list of the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards winners, check it out below:

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Review: THE HOST (2013)

 Please kill me already. This movie sucks so bad I can barely breathe...
Awfully slow-moving, badly scripted and visually mundane, Andrew Niccol's THE HOST is a lifeless sci-fi/teen romance drama that goes nowhere.