Film Reviews

Sunday, 16 February 2014 06:04

Predator - Explosive, Testosterone Filled Action Extravaganza

Written by Churchill Guevarra
Muscle and firepower lifted ‘Predator’ to heights that surpassed the potential of its plot. It relied on straightforward storytelling that involved explosive action sequences and mechanical but entertaining one-liners from the "ex-gubernator" and his strapping band of legionnaires. It’s the ultimate predatory battle royal—the ‘Hunger Games’ if you will on steroids.
Sunday, 16 February 2014 02:11

The Silence of the Lambs - Psychological Thriller for High-minded Audience

Written by Churchill Guevarra
A psychological thriller for the high-minded audience with brilliant acting performances to boot; ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is a timeless masterpiece that gives a vivid and sometimes embellished glimpse of the mind of a profoundly disturbed serial killer. Who better understands a twisted psyche better than a more brilliant counterpart? And when everything else is hopeless, why not turn to a serial killer for a much needed guidance?
Sunday, 09 February 2014 10:12

Thunderball - A Timeless Fireball of Espionage Entertainment

Written by Churchill Guevarra
James Bond’s popularity reached fever pitch with the release of ‘Thunderball’—a colossal action extravaganza encapsulated in a tiny piece of paradise here on earth. It’s the best of both worlds; larger than life characters and flamboyant visual expositions against picture perfect sceneries.
Saturday, 08 February 2014 02:55

Ju-on: The Grudge - A Bone-chilling Minimalist Ghost Story

Written by Churchill Guevarra
Revenge is a dish best served cold and with an infantile specter spouting creepy animal noises, dishing out the grudge platter and deliberately preying on innocent lives in cold blood; the aftermath couldn’t be any more terrifying.  Ju-on is a perverse yet minimalist horror film with a really meandering storyline. But don’t worry, the scares are riveting and the musical score sets them up perfectly. Ju-on is as raw as it gets and it creates/communicates the language of fear through imagery and sound, better than its fancier, more elaborate counterparts.
Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:53

Zero Dark Thirty - Harrowing Movie about the Casualties of the War on Terror

Written by Churchill Guevarra
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is a no holds barred movie about CIA’s historic manhunt of the most wanted man in recent history; dissected and stripped off unnecessary professional jargon to be more palatable for the masses. The story—unless you've been living under a rock-- is all too familiar but the character portrayal in this film was glaringly poignant and its execution was delivered with surgical precision.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 01:10

The Big Year - A Harmless Comedy with Caged Potential

Written by Churchill Guevarra
‘The Big Year’ is a mild and offense-free comedy that though noticeably glossy and loaded with potential, still almost looks and feels like a nature documentary. That isn’t a bad thing really but if you have a film that boasts an impressive cast led by comedians Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson and features breathtaking landscapes and wildlife (mostly birds) that are always picture-ready, you’d be expecting more than a mediocre output.
Saturday, 25 January 2014 22:28

Matchstick Men - A Guiltless Con Movie

Written by Churchill Guevarra
It’s a well-crafted con movie with a serious case of obsessive compulsive disorder. It’s nothing really revolutionary but its greatest accomplishment is a well-concealed plot twist in the end that feels like a stab in the back. ‘Matchstick Men’ is a film that was bolstered by the fraud schemes contrived by Nicholas Cage’s and Sam Rockwell’s con characters (Roy Waller and Frank Mercer) on a regular basis but more than anything, it was a case study of a man who’s remorseful of his actions and the decisions he made in his life. It’s a character-driven movie and director Ridley Scott surely knew how to tone down his flashy tendencies, step aside and make this work.
Sunday, 19 January 2014 11:44

The School of Rock - Musical Extravaganza for the Ages

Written by Churchill Guevarra
It’s one of the few musical comedies out there that really has a lot of things to offer. From a pudgy, washed up, man-child lead who definitely knows how to rock to the awe-inspiring, precociously talented kids; carefree storyline to electrifying music; you name it, ‘School of Rock’ has got it all covered. It’s how musical comedies should be--cathartic, infectious and inspirational.
Saturday, 18 January 2014 07:23

Premium Rush - A Lean Mean Action Film

Written by Churchill Guevarra
‘Premium Rush’ is an easy-to-digest fast-paced story about a bike messenger in New York who seemed to have a knack for putting his life on the line just for the heck of it. He uses no brakes because he’s too cool for that and barely stops for a moment to smell the flowers or take a breather or in his case, a smooch from his equally adrenaline-addicted messenger girlfriend. That’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character Wilee, and that’s all you need to know about this movie because the story revolves around him and he takes it for a ride in the most perilously exhilarating way possible.
Sunday, 12 January 2014 04:39

Kick-Ass - Stylized Juvenile Violence

Written by Churchill Guevarra
It pains me to say that I only watched the movie 'Kick-Ass' just recently because as soon as I checked it out, I got instantly hooked by its utter disregard for censorship, formula and norm—just like what a good exploitation film should be. I’m an exploitation film buff and I would've loved to watch this vigilante masterpiece in a movie theater somewhere where I could observe other people’s reactions to the stylized bloodbath and profanities that the movie was so willing to dish out every chance it got.
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