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

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


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


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)

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.


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: