2014 | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Top 10 Best Movies of 2014


A brand new year of 2015 is approaching and likewise, I have selected and compiled a list of Top 10 Best Movies for 2014 that I already watched throughout the year.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

TGV Cinemas Rallying Support From Patrons To Help Flood Victims In The East Coast


TGV Cinemas, one of Malaysia's leading exhibitors and multiplex cinema operators, is currently organising a rally in support of aiding the flood victims in the East Coast area. Patrons are invited to help the flood victims by donating the following items as below:

a) Dry and ready-to-eat foods such as biscuits (halal only) and canned foods like sardines (halal only).
b) Baby supplies such as baby food, disposable diapers and milk powder.
c) Mineral water.
d) Sanitary pads.

Patrons can drop their donation items at the designated areas provided at all TGV Cinemas location in the Peninsular Malaysia only from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. Please ensure all donation items are labelled, packed and sealed with masking tape.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Review: FOXCATCHER (2014)

A trio of great performances -- Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo -- are at the top of their games in this flawed but quietly devastating psychological drama.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Review: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB (2014)

The third and allegedly final instalment of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM series is mostly a dull entry that should have stayed closed until further notice.

Review: THE GOLDEN ERA 黄金时代 (2014)

Ann Hui's three-hour biopic of Chinese writer Xiao Hong is beautifully mounted, but lacks emotional impact and a solid storyline.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Review: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (2014)

This big budget sword-and-sandal fantasy epic is both campy and cheesy, but still packed a decent entertainment value.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Tech Review: ASUS PADFONE S

3.5 stars
ASUS PADFONE S is a decent premium smartphone in a budget-friendly price.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

From KL Sentral to KLCC: The Journey of Paddington in Malaysia

1. Coming out from the KLIA Express, Paddington has finally
arrived from KLIA to KL Sentral waving to the people.
Photo by Ezli Qamari

Review: PADDINGTON (2014)

This big-screen debut of PADDINGTON embraces its charmingly simple approach blessed with a superb cast and wonderful visual flair.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Review: GONE GIRL (2014)

GONE GIRL is a cinematic masterpiece of disturbingly twisted mystery and dark social satire which qualifies as one of David Fincher's finest movies to date.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Review: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (2014)

3 stars
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY offers nothing new, but enjoyable enough as a family entertainment.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

5 New Things Discovered In STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Teaser Trailer


The long-awaited first teaser trailer for JJ Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has finally arrived, and I have to admit I'm really excited about it. Here's the teaser below:


So what is new that are found in the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS teaser trailer? Here are the five new things appeared in the teaser trailer via screenshots below:

Friday, 28 November 2014

Review: DUMB AND DUMBER TO (2014)

2 stars
Other than the nostalgia factor and a playful cast, DUMB AND DUMBER TO is largely unfunny and creatively bankrupt sequel that should have gone back to the drawing board.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Review: RISE OF THE LEGEND 黃飛鴻之英雄有夢 (2014)

2 stars
RISE OF THE LEGEND is only partially entertaining, but pretty much a failed attempt to resurrect the cinematic reincarnation of the Wong Fei-Hung for a new generation.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Monday, 24 November 2014

Review: PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (2014)

4 stars
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR may have been formulaic, but the animated feature is fast-paced, funny and zippy enough to make this a must-see family entertainment where both adults and kids can enjoy.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Retrospective: 5 Greatest Mike Nichols Movies

Retrospective: 5 Greatest Mike Nichols Movies

Legendary German-born American director Mike Nichols, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83, was certainly one of the most influential filmmakers in Hollywood. Throughout his long and illustrious career since his acclaimed debut in 1966's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, he was one of the few peoples to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. Best known for character-driven comedies and dramas, he has directed some of the most highly-regarded motion pictures for each decade and to honour his legacy, here is my personal list of five greatest Mike Nichols movies in a chronological order:

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 (2014)

3 stars
Blessed with strong performances and a welcome change of pace that focuses more onto political drama, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 is fairly intense but needlessly overlong.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Short Film Review: BEAUTY SLEEP (2014)

BEAUTY SLEEP
3 stars
A technical triumph of sight and sound, BEAUTY SLEEP is creepy enough for an experimental short film that deals with twisted nightmare, even though it doesn't dig deep beyond its surface.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Review: THE DROP (2014)

2.5 stars
Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini deliver great performances in Michaël R. Roskam's gritty, but overly sluggish crime drama.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Review: DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2 单身男女2 (2014)

3 stars
Although it doesn't have the inventiveness of the first movie, DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2 is decent and entertaining enough for an otherwise needless sequel.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Review: JOHN WICK (2014)

JOHN WICK succeeds as Keanu Reeves' comeback vehicle while the action packed a wallop, but little else matters.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Review: INTERSTELLAR (2014)

4 stars
INTERSTELLAR is flawed, but captivating enough as a visionary sci-fi epic and a strong character-driven drama.

Tech Review: ASUS TRANSFORMER BOOK T100

4 stars
4 stars
It's far from perfect, but ASUS TRANSFORMER BOOK T100 is awesome, yet value-for-money detachable tablet/laptop hybrid device.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Retrospective: The Chronology Of Christopher Nolan's Movies

Retrospective: The Chronology Of Christopher Nolan's Movies

Born in London on 30 July 1970, Christopher Nolan is already a wunderkind in his early age when he made two short films -- TARANTELLA (1989) and LARCENY (1996) -- while he was still studying at University College London (UCL). His third short film, DOODLEBUG (1997) which starred Jeremy Theobald as a man attempting to squash a bug with a shoe in his dingy apartment, but doesn't realize he actually do worse than he thought, is a brilliant masterpiece that showcased his unique talent as a filmmaker (you can watch his short film right here). A year later, he made his feature debut with FOLLOWING and subsequently made a name for himself from becoming an indie sensation to one of the most influential and successful Hollywood filmmakers of today's generation. Even though some of his movies are met with criticism, it's hard to deny that his works are more consistent than most directors nowadays.

In conjunction with Nolan's upcoming sci-fi epic INTERSTELLAR (opens this Thursday on November 6), here is the retrospective of the remarkable director's works throughout his 14-year period directing eight feature movies:

Friday, 31 October 2014

Retrospective: Top 10 Scariest Movie Scenes

Retrospective: Top 10 Scariest Movie Scenes

Today is Halloween, and one of the best ways to celebrate the moment is watching horror movies. Here's the compilation of 10 scariest movie scenes ever seen in the history of horror cinema:

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Review: NIGHTCRAWLER (2014)

4 stars
4 stars
Dan Gilroy's debut feature on NIGHTCRAWLER is largely taut and engaging thriller boosted with Jake Gyllenhaal's career-high performance.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Short Film Review: TIME TO KILL (2014)

While this short film doesn't quite reaches to its fullest potential, TIME TO KILL is a decent and well-acted offbeat comedy.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Review: KUNG FU JUNGLE 一个人的武林 (2014)

A flawed but entertaining mix of thrilling police procedural and old-fashioned martial arts genre disguised as a contemporary action drama, KUNG FU JUNGLE is one of Donnie Yen's most satisfying movies to date.