Friday, May 12, 2017

You Mean The World To Me



Malaysia 2017

Details IMDB
Seen 11 May 2017


Ratings from other sources

IMDB 8.7/10











My impressions

A past that still haunts. The present is the conduit in coming to terms with that past. The hurt, agony, despair. All the turmoil of growing up.

The innocence shattered by an incident. An unforgettable moment. Unspoken.

But it needs to find that outlet to let go of that past. To come to terms with what happened. Or else it will linger and fester, destroying oneself from within.


Cathartic.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2


USA 2017

Details IMDB
Seen 28 April 2017


Ratings from other sources

IMDB 8.1/10












My impressions

The fun continues with Peter meeting his so-called father. And what a fun ride indeed for everyone.

Here is a film that does not take itself seriously and that is the beauty of this franchise. References to past popular culture is strewn everywhere. The one liners are delightful. The out of this world super heroes is cute. It helps that the actors themselves look as if they are enjoying their outing and this puts the audience at ease.


Without any prompting, a delight.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fast & Furious 8


USA 2017

Details IMDB
Seen 25 April 2017


Ratings from other sources

IMDB 7.2/10









My impressions

Continuing the usual hectic fast pace of the previous episodes, we get more of the same adrenaline rush. Watching the story unfold with the good guys using their latest gadgets, those who are in tune with the franchise will find this latest offering their cup of tea.

This time around, Dom, the main man has to do the bidding of the bad guys. To the detriment of his friends. Why and how he manages to get out of that situation is the gist of the story.

Cat and mouse run-ins throughout.




Monday, April 03, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

USA 2017

Details IMDB
Seen 2 April 2017


Ratings from other sources

IMDB 7.8/10












My impressions

I guess almost everyone knows the tale and for me the animated version remains the standard.

This is a good effort despite its shortcomings. The story line still tugs at your heart strings at the appropriate moments. You root for the hero and wish those who have evil intentions will get their just dues.

As a lot depended on the songs, the lyrics convey a lot. The actors may not be natural singers but had enough gumption to carry it through.

A satisfying trip to the cinema.





Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kong: Skull Island



USA 2017

Details IMDB
Seen 18 March 2017


Ratings from other sources

IMDB 7.1/10











My impressions

This might be another version of the classic King Kong tale but all versions seem to have a similar thread. We are reminded repeatedly how inhuman man is when it comes to the other species that inhabit this planet of ours.

The delicate equilibrium that should be maintained is almost always upset by the man’s ambitions and machinations. We are incorrigible. It is always us first at the expense of the others who share this place called home.

This time around, we hope the perpetrators will learn their lesson.


It might remain just a hope.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Adiwiraku


Malaysia 2017

Details
Seen 10 March 2017














My impressions

A dedicated teacher faces obstacles in trying to mould students from a rural school in an English choral speaking competition. Each student has their own characteristic, no doubt coloured by their own family background and surroundings. A mix of personalities. Full of potential but hindered in their progress by circumstances.

A dedicated teacher is also a rare find. The teaching profession has had such a bashing that it is a thankless job. Sacrifices must be made. The actions of a single teacher can only do so much.

Having an education is still a luxury for some. But that thirst for knowledge is always there. They have the heart and determination to succeed if the appropriate help and encouragement comes along. If not, they will be just another statistic of the failures.


The reality of rural schools in Malaysia.


Thursday, March 09, 2017

Logan

USA 2017

Details IMDB
Seen 8 March 2017


Ratings from other sources

IMDB 8.7/10










My impressions

Logan, our mutant super hero is not the same as in previous instalments. He is old, keeping his emotions pent up within himself and dedicating himself to the Professor. But a girl disrupts that routine.

A tale of loyalty and family relationships. Sacrifices and how human all of us are, even mutants. Even though a minority, they are still a part of humanity.

A new generation must decide what is best for themselves. They will always be those who want to exploit them. The question remains on how to retain that human spirit whilst opposing those with evil intentions.


A satisfying watch.