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

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Review: OVERHEARD 3 竊聽風雲3 (2014)

OVERHEARD 3 has its fair share of good acting and engaging moments, but not enough to offset its overstuffed and overlong direction.

Review: MALEFICENT (2014)

Angelina Jolie's pitch-perfect performance and appealing visuals can't save this shallow and uneven re-imagining of SLEEPING BEAUTY.

Retrospective: Top 10 Live-Action Fairy Tale Movies


Disney's highly-anticipated reimagining of the iconic SLEEPING BEAUTY in Angelina Jolie-starred MALEFICENT had been widely touted as one of the can't-miss summer movies of 2014. Well, before I get to the review of the movie which is due later on Thursday, check out my personal picks for "Top 10 Live-Action Fairy Tale Movies" right below:


Friday, 23 May 2014

Review: EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)

Review: EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)
Tom Cruise gives a robustly entertaining performance in this familiar but fun sci-fi blockbuster.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Retrospective: Top 5 Time Loop Movies

Retrospective: Top 5 Time Loop Movies

Imagine one day you wake up tomorrow and surprised to find out that you're stuck on the same day as yesterday. You go through the motion and no matter what you do, you still end up in the same day over and over again. This scenario is commonly known as "time loop", a popular plot device often seen in sci-fi genre or to a certain extent, comedy and thriller genre as well. Such movie that uses the similar plot device is Doug Liman's highly anticipated sci-fi blockbuster called EDGE OF TOMORROW, which starred Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

To celebrate for the upcoming movie due on May 29, here are my personal picks for "Top 5 Time Loop Movies" throughout the decades:

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Review: SOME VELVET MORNING (2013)

Review: SOME VELVET MORNING (2013)
Despite some tedious moments, Neil LaBute's battle-of-the-sexes chamber piece is blessed with two lively performances from Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve, as well as the brilliantly offbeat twist.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Retrospective: From X-MEN (2000) To THE WOLVERINE (2013)


On May 22, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will finally hit cinemas everywhere. Combining the cast from the older X-MEN movies and the current reboot version of 2011's X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST has been self-styled by director Bryan Singer himself as inbetweequel - a Hollywood term that might end up as trendy as the word "reboot" in the coming future.

And while awaiting for the release, let's take a look back at the previous X-MEN movies that have been around since its first big-screen adventure in 2000.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Retrospective: The Evolution Of Batman's Costumes


After director Zack Snyder has finally unveiled the first official image of Ben Affleck in costume as Batman alongside his new Batmobile for the yet-untitled MAN OF STEEL sequel from his Twitter account, the response from the fans worldwide are naturally mixed. Personally, I kinda like the new Batsuit which evokes the brooding style of Frank Miller's Batman comics.

With the new Batman costume already revealed, let's take a look back at five different actors who have donned the Batsuit on the big screen over the decades beginning with Michael Keaton in 1989's BATMAN.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Review: GODZILLA (2014)

Despite the uneven cast and some questionable direction, this new GODZILLA is scary and spectacular enough as a solid reboot.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Review: ABERDEEN 香港仔 (2014)

While a bit melodramatic, ABERDEEN is well-acted and beautifully understated family dramedy.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Retrospective: 5 Reasons Why Roland Emmerich's GODZILLA Turned Disastrous!


With an estimated budget of US$160 million, Gareth Edwards' highly-anticipated reboot of GODZILLA is certainly a huge gamble for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. This is especially true after the first big-budget attempt of the beloved Japanese kaiju franchise ended up both as critical and financial disaster back in 1998 (even though it does make money in the international box office). However, all the trailers and previews that have been heavily promoted thus far looks more promising than the 1998 version.

So, in the meantime, while we await for the release of GODZILLA this coming May 15, let's take a look back why the previous GODZILLA in 1998 failed to meet its huge expectation. Here are my five reasons below: