Inspired by Ruth’s Weekend Viewings, I decided to make my own Monday Movies.
I usually wrote my collection of movies in different titles, such as British Invasion for all British movies, Random Hollywood for all Hollywood movies, Mesmerizing Nihon for all Japanese movies, Across The World for movies from different countries….too many titles, isn’t it?
Monday movies will be all those combine in one. It won’t be a weekly post or monthly post, it is something I will write whenever I have too many movies I want to review.
Here are the movies I watched recently:
Director: Andrew Lau
Staring: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Sonny Chiba, Kristy Yang, And Michael Tse
I watched this movie few weeks ago because I haven’t watched any Hong Kong movies in a while, I think the last one I watched was a movie by Jackie Chan. When I saw The Storm Riders DVD and read the summary, I thought it would be a fun movie because it was based on Chinese Graphic novel.
The story was basically about revenge. A powerful lord named Conqueror (Sonny Chiba) had his life foretold by a monk that he would become unbeatable if he had 2 young boys named Cloud and Wind under his care. The monk didn’t tell him what would happen 10 years after he had Wind (Ekin Cheng) and Cloud (Aaron Kwok). He searched for the boys everywhere. He killed their parents and trained them to be his successor. When they grew up, both of them fell in love with Conqueror’s daughter, Charity (Kristin Yang). Charity loved Cloud more than Wind. When Charity was killed, the revenge against Conqueror began.
For me, the story was simple and predictable, but it was still enjoyable. I like seeing the two different characters of Wind and Cloud as I haven’t seen both actors n along time, Aaron Kwok was still as handsome as I remembered. Too bad the fighting scene was not as good as most Hong Kong movie, it used too many visual effect and somehow made it not real. The acting was also considered as okay, nothing special. Overall, I enjoy watching it but wouldn’t say it was a great movie.
Director: Edgar Wright (one of my few favorite directors)
Staring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Anna Kendrick
The story was basically about Love. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) was a rocker who fell in love with a girl named Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) To get the girl of his dream, he had to defeat her 7 evil exes. Those exes were summoned by her latest ex. A very simple story, right?
What makes me love this movie is not because of the story at all, I really like the comedy and the exaggerate fighting between Scott and Romona’s exes. The fighting scenes ware made like video games fighting scenes but in a funnier way. The conversations are also very funny and Scott’s flat tone gives extra funniness to the conversation. The fighting scene that makes me laugh so hard was when Scott was fighting the first ex.
Although I like Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, but I am not going to claim this movie as Wright’s best because Shaun of The Dead is still his best for me…however, it is nice to know that my friend, Yana, started watching Shaun and Hot Fuzz after watching this, Scoot Pilgrim makes more people become Wright’s fans 🙂
Director : Robert Zemeckis
Starring : Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Wright Penn, John Malkovich, Brendan Gleeson, Alison Lohman
I saw this movie on TV few days ago with a lot of editing on naked body 😉 . When I first saw the trailer, I was indifferent…not too eager to see it or to avoid it, I was biding my time on seeing it. When the TV played it, I grab at the opportunity right away. The story was based on old poem. King Hrothgar (Anthony Hopkins) was looking for anyone who could defeat a monster named Grendel. Beowulf (Ray Winstone) and his team came to the rescue. He easily defeated Grendel. When Grendel’s mom killed Beowulf’s men, the king told him about her. He went to kill her, but what he found was not a scary monster. Beowulf told the king that he had killed Grendel’s mom but the king knew better. Before he died, he said ‘it is no longer my curse, it is yours now’. Beowulf became King after King Hrothgar killed himself. Little did he know that his curse would haunt him for the rest of his life.
I really like the action and the animation on Beowulf, although sometime the animated character’s expression could not be shown as much as real human. It was full of thrill, I was very tired when I watched the movie but the action and the story could keep me glued. The actors that lent their voices are mostly my favorite (Anthony Hopkins, Robin Wright Penn, John Malkovich, and Brendan Gleeson), I could easily guessed their voices, but I thought Beowulf was Russel Crow.
Beowulf is an annoyingly arrogant man who likes to talk big. Tho he is the main character in the story but he isn’t my favorite character in this movie. I like the loyal Wiglaf more. After watching Beowulf, I couldn’t help to come to this conclusion “men are so easy to be lured with sex”, their head is controlled by their d*ck. 😉
So…what have you watched recently?