Sunday, May 28, 2017

Movie No. 30 (2017): TO THE FORE

To The Fore (2015)
Director: Dante Lam
Cast: Choi Si-won, Shawn Dou, Eddie Peng
In Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin), with English subtitles

The movie is a fictional close look at the professional riders race competition. It centers on the three characters and their respective motivations. The characterization, conflicts, and resolution are formulaic. The formula is not a totally bad thing since the movie has executed them smoothly. What I admire most about the movie are the breathtaking cinematography and seamless editing during scenes involving races.

Rating: 3.5/4.0

Date seen: April 17, 2017

Movie No. 29 (2017): UNDER THE SKIN

Under The Skin (2014)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Cast: Scarlett Johansson

The movie is too abstract for me. This head-scratching movie is science fiction but for me it doesn't matter. Almost everything made sense when I had to jump back to the start of the movie a few minutes before the conclusion. Almost; not totally. But, the experience of seeing the movie is more important.

Scarlett Johansson is great.

Rating: 3.5/4.0

Date seen: April 9, 2017

Movie No. 28 (2017): OUIJA, THE ORIGIN OF EVIL

Ouija: The Origin of Evil (2016)
Director: Mike Flanagan
Cast: Elizabeth Reaser, Henry Thomas, Annalise Baso

I didn't expect Ouija: The Origin of Evil to turn out to be a decent horror movie with real suspense. Both the narrative flow and characterization are engaging. There are no cheap thrills. 

Thumbs up.

Rating: 3.0/4.0

Date seen: April 8, 2017

Movie No. 27 (2017): THE RED TURTLE

The Red Turtle (a.k.a. La Tortue Rouge) (2016)
Director: Michael Dudok De Wit
Animated film

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature early this year.

The movie is about a man who gets washed away in an uninhabited remote island. Every time he tries to to leave the island, his makeshift raft gets destroyed by a mysterious sea creature, a red turtle. The turtle is indeed mysterious since it will become part of his accidental exile in the island.

The movie is practically without any dialogue. But, despite the absence of dialogue, the narrative is crystal clear and it is fluid. Not a single scene is wasted. The story is classic, magical, and unforgettable.

Rating: 4.0/4.0

Date seen: April 8, 2017