It’s been a while since I found myself writing a post for my blog, having my writing derailed (pun well intended) by both school and a chaotic social life or lack thereof, but after watching the film based off Agatha Christie’s famous novel, I feel nothing but compelled to write my thoughts on the film.
If you have not watched the 1974 film which this is basically a remake of, I will not spoil the ending and I will try my best to make this as spoiler-free as possible as the story might have existed for a long time but it remains one of my favorite murder mystery narratives of all time. But the question remains: Does the 2017 retelling of the story become the definitive one for modern audiences?
I would agree to an extent… why? Well, I shall now present my case.
I love short stories. Because it tells stories in small, quick bursts that allow a person to quickly get a hold of what a story wants to confront. Be it a romance, a story about two quarreling lovers, or a future dystopia – short stories can create a premise and quickly fill it in, confronting a major social or political issue, or to reach out and pull some heart strings.
However, personally, I’ve (poorly) written some of my own short stories, dealing with darker premises and so, it delighted me quickly when I finally started watching Black Mirror on Netflix. After hearing a lot of good things about it, I dug out some free time and got to watching. And I instantly fell in love with it for its almost r/writingprompts style of storytelling.
So, without further ado, let’s just talk about it for a while and review the entire first season without spoiling anything much.
Indie films have always taken a weird spot in my heart, always appears with great concepts for the film but lacking in its budget and sometimes failing in its execution. The last time I talked about an indie film on this blog was actually a few months back when I reviewed Personal Shopper. And that was a prime example of this perception of mine.
But when executed well, where the filmmaker is able to grasp the core idea of its concept using the limited budget an indie film usually is stuck with, it creates a beautiful story that can be excellent and refreshing to see.
Unfortunately, Circle is a film that tried but just comes up short and we can take a look into why.
Disclaimer: SPOILERS AHEAD!
I should have heeded the warnings of reviews that were out at the time. But I decided to ignore them, and see for myself if it was as bad as they say it is. I thought that no matter how bad the reviews claim Death Note (2017) was, it would have some redeemable parts.
I was horribly wrong.
That video is probably close enough to describe how I felt towards the Netflix film. It is neither a good adaptation of the manga or anime of the same name nor a good movie on its own merits. If you want a more in-depth review, then read on, brave reader.
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This past week, I’d gotten the honor to catch the cult classic road trip film, Thelma & Louise at the recent Films At The Fort event (which BTW is an awesome annual event at Fort Canning) and the idea of writing a review came about.
However, that idea was canned almost immediately. Why? Because the film’s writing helped develop our lead characters so well in an environment where we are screaming for stronger female leads. The movie gives us strong justifications for their actions, explain their surprisingly human motivations, and *gasp* create strong female characters the audience could get behind.
And in a world where Ghostbusters (2017) exists, let’s take the time to discuss why I feel Hollywood can take a page out of Thelma & Louise‘s playbook in creating strong female characters. Let’s take a look!
There’s a fear among the people of the world. It started from our ever-growing population and the needs that comes with it. We started to ask: “how do we feed all of the people?” and “is there enough food in the world?”. Scientists stepped up and gave us food enhanced with the power of science.
Then we all started to question: “is this food safe?”, “does it harm the natural environment that it grows in?”, “does it have side effects?” and much more. Soon, we all wanted to eat naturally grown food again. But today, we’re not here to discuss the idea of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) but the movie that is based on a concept on that idea of consumption of GMOs.
Okja is a film that takes the idea of a GM pig and the story of a farm girl who hasn’t seen much outside of her own backyard (a huge one, btw!) and creates a bittersweet tale about the two and the trials they go through. Is it any good? Let’s dive in and find out.
Journey to the West, or 西游记 in Mandarin, is an extremely popular folktale. It has a long history of being adapted for both TV and movies and has even been an inspiration for several video games such as 2003’s Between Good and Evil and 2010’s Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. And since it has stayed within the public domain for such a long time, the character Sun Wukong, the Great Sage That Equals Heaven, has also been appearing in video games unrelated to the stories such as Dota 2, League of Legends, and even in Warriors Orochi, a spin-off series that mixes the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors franchises.
The point is that the story has seen so many remakes that it’s pretty much ‘remade’ every few years or so due to its popularity and Sun Wukong has appeared all over popular media. Is Wu Kong (2017) a good retelling of the well-known story? Let’s find out.
I was contemplating writing a review for Spider-Man: Homecoming just days after watching the film but it’s already garnered the praise that it deserves (awesome movie BTW!).
But there’s a battle that’s not being shown that is actually going on for a while now, and while that fight does include Spider-Man, it’s not him facing off anyone from his rogue gallery but instead, it’s a fight between Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland. And in this opinion piece, it’s time to share my pick and justify why!
This will be my first foray into reviewing games. I have covered video games in one of my older opinion pieces but it was barely scratching the surface and revolved around the storytelling tools that video games could have through its gameplay mechanics.
For this review, I’ll be covering a game I recently played a full play-through of in light of its sequel being announced, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and is the first in its series, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. So let’s dive right in.
DISCLAIMER: Spoilers ahead!
And so it begins… the first film in Universal Studio’s Dark Universe franchise, the 2017’s The Mummy, a remake of the 1999 film that starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. While the original was a strange but somewhat effective mix of horror, comedy, adventure and corny one-liners, the 2017 remake kind of tries to do the same but takes its own twists.
It’s been a while since I last saw Tom Cruise star in a bad film, but I guess no actor or actress will be able to escape from having a few bad films under his or her belt. Remakes tend to do much more poorly than its original and it did not help that it was released during the week Wonder Woman was also released. But let’s dive in to see what it’s about, shall we?
Disclaimer: SPOILERS AHEAD!!