Category: Movies


I am not fond of movie reviews so I’ll just write about my personal impressions about movies that have come out here in my city for the past two weeks.

Mad Max: Fury Road

I vaguely remember the Mad Max movies in the 1980s as being starred by Mel Gibson and I have heard it was a cult classic. I’ve seen the trailer a few times for Mad Max: Fury Road and doubted myself to be able to appreciate a post-apocalyptic theme. But I was floored from start to finish with MM:FF as everything was in constant motion while delivering a storyline as consistently moving. I love the play of duality being shown in the movie – the arid desert they travel through during the day and the soft bluish moonlit atmosphere at night, the patriarch-ruled Citadel and how women came out of hiding to fight as well. Nothing about the movie was as barren as the desert they traversed in.

Pitch Perfect 2

I had planned to watch PP2 first before MM:FF but it ended up the other way around and because as an afterthought I considered MM:FF to be a real cinematic gem, I had to postpone watching Pitch Perfect 2 for 4 days even though I had been looking forward to watching PP2 for months.

I was a Glee fan and it wasn’t hard to love the sequel to Pitch Perfect. I ROTFL’ed throughout the whole movie as that is what it’s supposed to accomplish.

Spy

It’s no secret I love Jason Statham’s movies even though I’ve seen few where he’s ill-fittingly starred in. On the other hand, I like to see actors not being typecasted too much so Spy was refreshing to watch because Statham’s role is toned down from the usual action star types we see him in. It was my first time to see a Melissa McCarthy movie and I first thought it was an interesting combination. Three days after watching the movie I still find myself secretly laughing at funny scenes from the said movie. Very entertaining!

Tomorrowland

Without reading too much into the movie subject, I knew Tomorrowland would appeal to the never-give-up daydreamer character in me. I watched this in Dolby ATMOS (my first time to watch in this technology) and I could say my money was worth it, although sometimes I get this feeling that the science of Tomorrowland was too much to squeeze in a two-hour movie. It made me miss Disney World, too.

Until next movie-viewing!

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There are three points I need to point out before I start on my little review of the inspiring movie Life of Pi.

Before you proceed, please be warned that this article contains spoilers. Do not read if you haven’t watched the movie nor read the book.

I was able to watch Life of Pi last Friday night. I would have to say that I am writing as someone who has watched the movie and haven’t read the book, not the other way around. Now that I have seen the movie I will check out the book for sure.

Thirdly, my penchant for Bollywood movies largely influences how I see the movie adaptation of Life of Pi so I might be a bit biased. Oh, and also my Vedic chart tells my animal symbol is a Tiger, which gives away my animal reflection as pointed out in the book/movie.

I did not have any idea what Life of Pi was all about when I first watched its movie trailer last year. Even after watching the movie trailer in a number of movies I went to see, I was adamant I wanted to be totally surprised.

So it was unexpected for me to see that the movie tackled thought-provoking issues we continually are faced with regarding religion and our own beliefs. When we were little we didn’t really have much choice when it comes to religion. We assume the religion handed down to us by our family by virtue of being born in that family. As we get older our free will gets more profound as we either follow the same religion or choose a different spiritual path which is more suited to our temperament. The Indian boy Pi was exposed to Hinduism, Christianity and Islam and his innocuous mind made him follow one religion ritual after another. It was amusingly innocently charming.

As a human being like all of us, he expressed a yearning for a meaning in his life during his teens. There was a girl he liked but due to his father’s decision to find a greener pasture, he had to reluctantly say goodbye. It was during their trip to Canada via a Japanese-owned ship that changed Pi’s life forever.

I am amazed at his courage, unwavering faith and positive attitude amidst the death of his family, loss, and being stranded with a fierce carnivorous tiger with whom he has to learn to co-exist if he were to survive another day.

How does one ever co-exist with a creature one fears and come out alive on top of it all? The safe answer I could say is that they saw and reflected themselves in each other. When you are faced in a situation where you have to co-exist with fear, you discover different facets of yourself. Some scenes tugged at my heart and I still get teary-eyed every time I recall them. I am sure I would cry even more if I read the book.

I would recommend you watch this movie if you haven’t. It is worth 127 minutes of your life. Not to mention the visuals were spectacular and I wished I had watched it in 3D.

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