Since I bought new DVD player (to replace the broken one), I have been on movie spree. I watched at least 3movies a week. Because of the unfortunate case in my country (Read: Bye Bye Imported Movies), I have no other means to watch movies but DVD. I really hope the problem will be solved really soon.
I decided to make a button for this post because I know that as long as I keep on blogging I will continue writing Monday Movies to wrap up movies I have watched recently. The button is my dearest nephew holding the TV remote….it is really difficult to take the remote away from him
Let’s move on with the movies!
Last week, I watched 4 movies; 1 zombie movie,1 re-watch movie, 1 animation movie and 1 war movie. I don’t want to write long introduction, here are my thought on each movie I saw last week.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Director : Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Staring : Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Mackintosh Muggleton, Imogen Poots, Idris Elba.
I have this movie since last year but I couldn’t make myself watching it till last week. The reason is quite simple, I am not a zombie person and I tend to compare movies.
After watching it, at first, I wanted to make a battle movie between 28 Weeks Later with 28 days later (just like what I did with Shaun of the Dead VS Zombieland)…but I changed my mind.
I really like 28 days Later because the story is not 100% about Zombie, it was into human reaction toward that kind of situation. 28 Weeks Later is 100% zombie movie, the story really revolves around people being chased by zombie. You can read the full story here.
It is more thrilling than 28 Days later but the flaws are too many compare to 28 Days later. I enjoy watching it, but I don’t think it is something I will watch again. The story is just not appealing to me.
Sherlock : A Study In Pink (2010)
I really really really love this miniseries. The second season apt to come out somewhere this year. I am so excited about it.
I don’t want to say anything more about this series as I already wrote my review earlier this year, here”s the excerpt:
The minute I saw Sherlock I knew straight away that HE IS A BETTER SHERLOCK than anyone I have ever seen. In fact, he is the most perfect Sherlock Holmes that represents how I imagine Sherlock whenever I read the book. He is annoying, obnoxious, a pain in the butt, rude, self-absorbed, cold, & arrogant smart ass. He ignores women. And last but not least, he is annoying…ow, I’ve said that already! However pain in the butt he is…I LOVE THAT MAN!!!
I missed that Sherlock and decided to watch it again (for the 4th time).
Rating: still just like before
Kaze o Mita Shounen – 風を見た少年 (2000)
Director: Kazuki Omori
Staring: Yuki Adachi, Aki Maeda, Nari Natsuki, Keiko toda, Takashi Naitou
Kaze o Mita Shounen means The Boy Who Saw The Wind. It is based on a novel by C.J Nicol
The story was about a boy named Amon who had the power to see the wind. He could even ride on it. That power belonged to the Ancient Wind People. His father used his power to create new kind of energy. When he found out that Golden Snake Empire wanted to use that power as mass destruction weapon, he burned down his own laboratory.
Amon was captured and both his parents were killed. He met the Golden Eagle who taught him how to fly and ran away from his capturer. But he could not escape the hand of Golden Snake Empire which had spread the war everywhere.
I really like the story and the ending. It’s a war movie, so it bounds to have an ending which is not 100% happy (I never like a war or thriller movie that ends with complete happiness). The animation was drawn beautifully. I enjoyed watching every scene from this animation.
Watashi Wa Kai Ni Naritai – 私は貝になりたい (2008)
Director: Katsuo Fukuzawa
Staring: Masahiro Nakai, Yukie Nakama and Yuki Shibamoto
I bought this movie for just a simple reason…Nakama Yukie is in it. She is one of my favorite actress (I even teamed her up with Cillian Murphy in Sunset Mystery – my first Hollywood Fantasy Pitch)
This movie is based on a novel by Tetsutarô Katô. The first movie was made on 1959,this one is a remake. Watashi wa Kai ni naritai means I want to be a selfish.
The story took place during the Pacific War, 1944. A simple barber was ordered to join the war as a private despite the fact that he was limping. He was forced to execute a war prisoner without trial. Once the war was over, he was arrested as a war criminal. The story revolved around his life in prison waiting for his death sentence to be proceeded.
The cinematography of this movie is STUNNING!! We can see the beauty of Japan’s scenery. The scoring is also brilliant,not surprising due to the fact that Joe Hisashi was the composer for this movie.
However, I felt a bit annoyed with the main actor…his performance was too much, he tended to exaggerate things. But, overall I really like the basic idea of the story. War suffered not only the people of the country being invaded but also the people of the country which was doing the invasion.
If reincarnation exist, I want to be born again as a selfish, deep down under the sea, far from any war.
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