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Into The Woods

Posted: January 17, 2015 in Movies, Review

Onlookers,

(Spoiler Alert!)

It is a mesh-up of Brother Grimm fairy tales reintrepreted with a twist and incorporated catchy melodies. Reviews from people who have seen the musical, this movie in comparison seem to be apalling. But for a first-time viewer, this movie is a fun watch, until the supposedly twist.

“Into the woods” depicted a baker and his wife who longed for an offspring, and their only hope was to gather a witch’s beauty concoction :

1. A cow as white as milk (from Jack)
2. A cape as red as blood (from Little Red Ridinghood who is also a glutton)
3. A hair as yellow as corn (from Rapunzel)
4. A slipper as pure as gold (from Cinderella who can call upon birds; im confused with this ability with snow white πŸ™ˆ)

It was interesting when the story started off with 4 different stories which merged in the woods and i thought the plot was alright if it ended happily ever after (before the “earthquake”) but it dragged on with the wrath of a she-giant and an abrupt end of the witch. Parts of the movie also sent out negative messages of paedophilic vibes (from Johnny Depp’s Big Bad Wolf), adultery, stealing and finger pointing of faults.

In summary, act I is a fun watch, act 2 is somewhat a disaster. Kind of a waste of star quality casts.

2 of 5 FeneStarz

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Paddington (The movie)

Posted: December 14, 2014 in Movies, Review

Onlookers,

Unlike Brits, who love Paddington bear like Disney-lovers adore Pooh, I for one, only know Paddington bear, as a stuffed teddy sold in Harrods. Little do i know that there exist a whole array of other merchandises and these originated way back in 1958!

(Spoiler alert)

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With a signature red hat, blue coat and an insensible craving for marmalade, a young vocalizing bear traveled to London from Darkest Peru, after his home was destroyed by an earthquake. With all logics ignored, (i.e people are not even fascinated by a talking bear… Like it’s an everyday occurence 😳) the Brown family stumbled upon him at Paddington railway station, (which is what he is named after), and brought him home.

Paddington’s adventure began as he tried to adapt to the city life while finding an explorer called Montgomery Clyde, which his aunt and uncle once knew, as well as running away from a taxidermist played by the ever-so-talented Nicole Kidman.

It is a light family comedy movie, which probably says it all. It has a simple plot hence light. Paddington is easily amicable and will definitely be adored by children and adults. A number of scenes were hillarious! πŸ˜‚

Among the best ones were the orphanage depiction as a horror place, the fact that one of the Brown family can speak bear, and the tea party scene with the Buckingham Palace Guard.

Overall, it is a fun light watch, best to end a hectic day…

FeneStarz 3 of 5

Unpublished Movie Reviews

Posted: December 5, 2014 in Cinephile, Movies, Review

Onlooker,

A wise person once said, “No time is just an excuse. In doing what you are really passionate about, one must make time instead.”

I have tried doing most things faster (including eat), cut down on my cyber-game time, and minimize social media hours to make time for my studies. And now that i dont have to study anymore… I can catch up with other things in life! Hoorah! πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‹πŸŽ. That’s what you think… πŸ˜’ 24 hours never seem to be enough for everything but knowing that, one should still utilise it to the fullest.

There were a few movies that i have watched for the past month. Three simple words to describe them (to catch up on my reviews πŸ˜…) :

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Penguins of Madagascar : Amiable, Witty, Hilarious. FeneStarz 4 of 5

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Horns : Fallen Angel, Really??! 😳 (FeneStarz 1.5)

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The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 1 (Prefer 2nd Episode). FeneStarz 3 of 5

IMG_5605.PNGBig Hero 6 : Baymax is super-adorable! 😍😍😍FeneStarz 4 of 5

Interstellar

Posted: November 9, 2014 in Movies, Review

Onlookers,

I have mixed feeling about this movie. A part of it was dragging and too far-fetched. However, another side of it intrigued my imagination, which i think should be explored further to make the film more interesting.

It was nearing the end of the world where human being on earth struggle with famine and dust storms, and education was not important anymore since the world needs more farmers. Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey) and his daughter deciphered a mysterious code from the bookshelves (😳) which led them to NASA base facility which was conducting a mission to migrate to a new Earth. Cooper who was a trained astronaut was chosen to go to one of three prospect worlds which was recced beforehand. His adventures to space began until finally he was sucked into a black hole and subsequently all physics theory and mystery came to life (i couldnt understand some parts e.g.: time as a fifth dimension?). Instead of condemning it, i regard it as my own ignorance.

The movie lasted for almost 3 hours. It explored the time relativity whereby years past on earth while matthew mcconaughey and anne hathaway were still in their primes. (Its like an anti aging technique). The interesting part was that NASA sent 12 explorers to 12 different worlds… The movie only showed 3, one water filled… The second, ice cold. And the third was just a glimpse of probably mineral filled land. What if the other worlds were also habitable…it will surely be a wonderful sight 😊

I guess for people who understand physics and its theories would appreciate this film better.
FeneStarz 2.5 of 5

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Fury

Posted: November 5, 2014 in Movies, Review

Onlookers,

This is definitely the best war-themed movie since Saving Private Ryan.

(Spoiler Alert)

The movie setup was in Germany during World War II in 1945. It revolved around a five-man US Sherman tank crew (named Fury) led by Don Collier (played by Brad Pitt) who lost their gunner in battlefield only to be replaced by a rookie army clerk/typist. Together, they ventured through several clashes of war. Firstly, an ambush by adolescent German army, the mission to pick up stranded soldiers in an open field, capturing a small town, intercepting a German Tiger tank and protecting a crossroad (leading to Allied supplies) while confronting hundreds of SS army.

The scenes in the movie was realistic. Bodies crushed by the tank, heads shot, legs shot and severed, tanks blown up and soldiers on fire were to name a few. Most of the scenes kept the CGI on the minimum side to create this reality and it worked!

War scenes were superb especially during the final two clashes. Even characters development were excellent. Focus were adequate on the actual psychology and emotion of soldiers in the call of duty.

Its a must watch.

FeneStarz 4.5 of 5

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Northmen : A Viking Saga

Posted: November 4, 2014 in Movies, Review

Onlookers,

This movie was produced by a Swiss production house and was filmed in Switzerland, Germany and South Africa. I thought it was based on a novel (i guess the title saga invoked the idea) but it turned out otherwise. Someone may write a book based on this movie, perhaps.

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(Spoiler alert!) The storyline is straight forward. A bunch of rebel vikings, aka northmen fled their country aboard a ship, that wrecked during a storm and drifted them ashore to Scotland. Their arrival was met with the Scottish army, which they easily defeated and kidnapped the Scottish princess. Along the way, they met a monk who joined their adventure, and they headed towards a nearby viking town. They were relentlessly hunted by the King’s mercenary and put up a fight until finally they fled on another boat. With 5 left, they continued their journey to Danelagh in Part 2 i suppose…

Unfortunately, the cinematography was not as good as it should be. The usage of CGI was minimal in this movie that could be used to enhance the colours of the surrounding scenery. (The awe-inspiring vista such as found in The Lord of the Rings was lacking in this film). The potential was there, though.

There were a lot of casts but the characters development was not emphasized. The characters were as superficial as the plot. The fight scenes were gory, but predictable. A almost killed B, A got distracted by C killing D and B killed A. And this occured quite a number of times…it is frustrating!!!

FeneStarz 2 of 5 (too many flaws)

Would i buy the book (if its available)? Perhaps, because Im sure my imagination would be much better than the film.

Would i watch the sequel?
Depends on my mood. 50-50

Love, Rosie

Posted: October 28, 2014 in Cinephile, Movies, Review

Onlookers,

Epic love stories always begin with hardship and near misses of being together as shown in this movie. It depicted the love story of two main characters; Rosie, (Lily Collins – Mortal instruments) and Alex (Sam Claffin – hunger games catching fire) who are childhood friends. A baby and 3 broken marriages later only their path met and they lived happily ever after.

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It is one of a few love stories that i was dragged into watching πŸ˜…. In the romantic genre, I prefer Fault in our stars over this movie, but Teacher’s Diary superceded all of the above. Rosie and Alex’s lives were pathetic and all of that wouldnt happen if no adulteries were committed. Rosie would have done her hotel management degree in boston, and theyd live happily ever after.

It is a light watch; kept me smiling throughout half of the movie, and pitying their life journey for the other half. CD material.

FeneStarz 2.5 of 5.