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My Review: Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

It has been so long since the last time I write a movie review, isn’t it? LOL
But for this movie, I’m dying because of a BABY GROOT!

I already watch this movie twice. LOL
After this, I’ll tell you what really blow my mind!

Marvel Studios made a statement regarding the future of the “Guardians” franchise, which said Avengers: Infinity War (2018) will take place four years after this film, which in turn takes place in 2014, three months after Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). This film is part of Chapter Three of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Guardians of the Galaxy will return in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
You need to pay attention for every Easter eggs from this movie.

Eh.. before i continue, i’m happy to say that it’s great having your sister watching your back. I’m so glad that Gamora and Nebula finally found their bond. LOL. It’s some kind of love-and-hate relationship. But at least, Nebula is being honest, that she only want a sister after all.

And did you know that this movie is the first MCU sequel to use a number rather than a subtitle (in this case, Vol. 2) since Iron Man 3 (2013). All other sequels since Iron Man 3 (2013) have used a subtitle, such as Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). The only other sequel to use a number rather than a subtitle is Iron Man 2 (2010).

About the Star Lord’s father, director James Gunn described making Ego Star-Lord’s father as a continuation of exploring the personal side of the Guardians: “If a raccoon could talk and shoot a machine gun, how could that be? Answering that question ended up being the entire foundation of the first film. There’s a sadness in these characters. Rocket was an animal experimented upon and torn apart. Groot has far more in common with Frankenstein’s monster than with Bugs Bunny. Ego is an even more ridiculous character. But if a planet was alive, how could that be? And how could it father a child? Nova Prime said about Peter’s father in the first film that he is something ancient and unknown, and being a cosmic being, alone for eons, is even more lonely than being the universe’s sole talking raccoon.”
And when Kraglin (Sean Gunn) sends a ship to Ego’s planet to rescue the Guardians of the Galaxy, as the ship approaches the planet from outer space, the surface of Ego’s planet resembles a giant face. This is a nod for the Ego’s original appearance in the Marvel Comics.

About Star Lord’s mother, Laura Haddock who plays the character Meredith Quill, Peter Quill’s mother, also appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) as a fan of Captain America. Coincidence? LOL

How can a planet be a person? It is really blow my mind!
Ego came as a great father first, looks promising, but then everyone realize that he is a total jerk!

It’s funny when you see anytime Drax catches Groot dancing, Groot will freeze. According to James Gunn, the reason why Groot always freezes when Drax catches him dancing is because he knows Drax disapproves of it. This is reinforced when Drax explains that he was attracted to his late wife because she steadfastly did not dance.

The sad part of this movie is when at the end, Yondu, died, sacrificing himself to help Peter. Now everyone will remember him as Guardian of the Galaxy’s Mary Poppins. And as the Ravager ships light up the sky with fireworks at Yondu’s funeral, his burning ashes form a trail that eventually reshape into his trademark arrow trail.

At Yondu’s funeral are his old friends and fellow Ravagers, which were Charlie-27, Starhawk, Martinex and Aleta. In the Marvel comics, all four and Yondu were former members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Also appearing were Krugarr, an alien sorcerer, who, in the comics, was from another timeline and was the disciple of Doctor Strange, and Mainframe, an alien female robot, who, in the comics, was a male and an android related to the Vision.
And FYI, the maroon and white ribbon over Yondu’s eye at the end of the movie is the United States Army Good Conduct Medal.

This film features five mid and post-credit scenes. One of the end credit scenes shows the Sovereign creating a cocoon of sorts for a new being named “Adam.” It is assumed that this refers to the character Adam Warlock.
“I am Groot” appears 8 times during the credits before changing to an actual credit, symbolizing the 8 main heroes of the film: Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Groot, Nebula, Yondu, and Mantis. As the final credit rolls, David Hasselhoff says, “We are ALL Groot!”

SPOILER ALERT: There are 5 scenes in the closing credits:

    • Kraglin is seen practicing on controlling Yondu’s arrow. Which in the end stabbing Drax and Kraglin running away.
    • Starhawk gathers his old Ravager team together. And that was so sweet. LOL
    • Ayesha introduces a super-evolved Sovereign, Adam Warlock. This leads into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
    • Teenage Groot argues with Star-Lord. You know how it feels to be your father after you have your own child –or something like that.In one of the mid-credits scenes, Quill has an argument with Teenage Groot, and appears to understand when Groot calls him boring. This is the first time that any of the Guardians other than Rocket has been able to understand Groot’s speech, and lends credence to the theory that Groot can be understood if one spends enough time in his company.
    • Marvel founder, Stan Lee, has a talk with the Watchers again, you can see this scene is a continuation from previous scene when Rocket and Yondu jumping 700 clicks to go to Ego’s planet.Stan Lee’s cameo character, an informant for the Watchers explains that in his experiences on Earth, he was a Federal Express employee. This is a direct reference to a past MCU film, Captain America: Civil War which was released in 2016. The MCU timeline also places the events of the film as 2016 as well. However, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes place in 2014, just two months after the first film. So the Watcher Informant would have no way of telling them of a job he had on Earth if it never happened in the chronological timeline.

      However, this error can be argued by saying that he could be referencing to a past event, and not his direct cameo in Civil War. This can only be solved by relying on the possibility that if the Stan Lee cameos in all MCU films are the same person, it would have to be that the Informant would have to continuously switch jobs (he is seen as, for example, a Smithsonian Security Guard in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and a Bartender in Ant-Man) throughout the MCU timeline.

The characters seen listening to Stan Lee are an ancient space race called The Watchers. The camera pans to one of them, who may be Uatu, a Watcher who first appeared in the Fantastic Four comics. In the original Marvel Comics, Uatu lives on the Blue Area of the Moon, watching all events concerning planet Earth, as well as other parts of the universe, and it is possible to visit him to ask information.

That’s all from me..
I hope you can tell me more if you find something more interesting from that movie.
Let’s hope the next movie will continue to be this awesome. Yeah!

We. Are. Groot.


My Review : Before I Wake (2016)

I just watch “Before I Wake” (originally titled Somnia) and i feel terribly sad.
This movie is really a family movie and less i feel this as a horror movie.
Just like The Babadook (if you remember this movie 😛 ) and Lights Out.

Mike Flanagan had repeatedly objected to the film marketed as a “horror movie” and instead referred to it as a “fable” or a “supernatural drama”. And I agree with that statement. Because this movie is beautiful rather than scary or horrific.
This movie is magical.

Cody’s (Jacob Tremblay) acting is really sincere and it feels beautiful.

I just realize that none of the butterflies that appear early in the film have antennae after a friend of mine (yes i’m watching this movie with someone. A friend) tell me to pay attention to the detail. And sure it’s quite unique after near the end of the movie, Jessie (the mother) found the purple butterfly from Cody’s mother box. It has no antennae.
But then after a classmate draws antennae on Cody’s picture of a butterfly, however, all of the butterflies and moths in the film have antennae.
It’s a very small detail that shows how Cody’s dreams are not only childlike, but easily influenced by others.

This movie truly tells the fragile story of Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane), two healing parents who take in Cody (Jacob Tremblay), a child who has severe sleep issues due to the trauma he went through with his previous family. Jessie and Mark have also themselves lost a child, putting them in a similarly damaged place. It’s kind of this bizarre, touching shared survivors story. It’s a little surprising to see the conversation that the film opens up in the areas of trauma, being a victim, and PTSD in a very real, effective way.
It’s these small touches of empathy that push Flanagan’s film-making to a higher level. It’s a great way to make the audience feel helpless, which can be a crucial asset in horror.
This movie does a great job at making you root for Cody right from the very beginning. It’s genuinely touching when Cody experiences moments of being comfortable and expresses joy in his new surroundings. You really want to see him to be okay, while hoping that his new parents won’t have to undergo another loss, too.
At some part of this movie, it makes us (the audience) think it is uncertain whether the film’s events are happening for real or it’s all inside the characters’ head.
Like when the first time Jessie and Mark’s only son (Sean) who passed away re-appear at the second night Cody was on their home.
It’s not scary at all. But…

Well, the idea of cranked man eat Cody’s mother is also childlike.
Cody’s memory of his sick mother is really sad and somehow develop the cranked man.
The combination about the fact that Cody’s mother is died because of cancer and he was alone in this world make him fragile.
With his gift, he make the cranked man is real.
The last whisper from her mother, that she will never leave him is turned to be something scary for him.
It’s true that children’s imagination is pure and you know, it’s disappear as time passed by.
We can’t remember the whole story of our young-self completely.

I’m relieved that this movie is happy ending. LOL
It’s a must-watch movie.
This one of three movies directed by Mike Flanagan to be released in 2016, the others being Hush and Ouija: Origin Of Evil.
I already watch Ouija, and this. Can’t wait for Hush.

 

 

 

 


My Review : Ouija – Origin Of Evil (2016)

2 years after the first movie, Ouija (2014), on Halloween (again), Ouija : Origin of Evil is on theaters now.
This movie is cool. Although there is not much “jump scares” in the movie, but it still left an eerie atmosphere even after you leave the cinema.

 

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But still, i notice something odd about this movie’s background.
I do some research after watch this movie last night because i think i remember something.
If I’m not mistaken, in the first film, when Laine and Pete research Debbie’s house online, the articles they find about the Zander family are dated 1952. And this “prequel” takes place in 1967, the different is fifteen years!

This “prequel” takes place in Debbie’s house used in the first film, only 50 years earlier. Lin Shaye’s character from the first film, Paulina Zander, is played by Annalise Basso in this film as a teenager, and the stitch-mouthed ghost “Doris” from the original is portrayed as a living girl by Lulu Wilson while her mother is now played by Elizabeth Reaser. All of the actors portraying these ghosts previously (Sierra Huermann, Sunny May Allison, and Claudia Katz) were recast except for Lin Shaye.

Back to the movie.
I’m pretty sure we’re not suppose to play with people’s feeling. Especially those that are of a broken heart.
Or anything about the death people.
Well…
But then this ouija board come to the ‘set’ and something happen.
From my prespective, I believe that Doris is not possessed.
And yes, contrary to expectations, Doris isn’t necessarily possessed in the film, at least not in the traditional sense. After she complains of a sharp pain in her neck, the spirits bend her backwards and enter her body, using it as a conduit. She was killed after that scene as they broke her back. Throughout the rest of the film it is just her possessed corpse housing the spirits.
Creepy right? LOL

The death of Mikey is portrayed on Ouija (2014), when Debbie is dead. Hanging herself with the string of display lamps for her bed room. Remember?
It’s creepy enough to watch someone hanging himself/herself and watch them died slowly by their eyes.
Doris once said to Mikey about his death when she said to him, “Do you know what it feels like to be strangled to death?”
😀
She describe every little thing in detail! Cool.

Mike Flanagan is really put an effort to this movie!!
You know that movies today is shot digitally, and so this movie. But director and editor Mike Flanagan, in order to add a retro feel to the film, added some nice touches in post-production to give the appearance of a movie shot on film. For example, every 20 minutes or so the “black dot” appears in the upper right corner of the frame, which used to signal a change of reels for film projected, and the first shots immediately following those pretend reel changes are jittery and inconsequential, as if allowing the story to “settle in” to the next reel. The frame composition that Flanagan uses, harkens back to the deep-focus filmmakers of old incorporated into their films.
It makes you feel like you really watch an old movie.

Annalise Basso and Kate Siegel reunite with Mike Flanagan, whom they worked with when they appeared in Oculus (2014), with Siegel also appearing in Hush (2016). And so you can see an easter egg, the mirror from Oculus can be seen in the basement corner.

This really bothered me when I tried to recall are there someone who really said “good bye” after they play with ouija boards in this movie?
Because there are 3 simple rules before play ouija board:
The three rules are:
– Never play alone
– Never play in a graveyard
– Always say Goodbye
But no one seems said “GOOD BYE”…

The first movie, Ouija (2014) had 4,4 stars rating from IMDB but this “prequel” movie had 6,7 stars rating from IMDB.

So this is an improvement. LOL
Satisfied?


My Review : Doctor Strange (2016) #MajorSpoilerAlert

I just watch Doctor Strange and now I’m happy to say that i’m satisfied. 😀

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..L to R: The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Jay Maidment..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE..L to R: The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Jay Maidment..©2016 Marvel.

I’m satisfied with Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting and everyone in this movie!!

And for some people who didn’t know about Doctor Strange yet,
attention and take a note!
Actually, Doctor Strange has been making magic for over 53 years!. He is not a new comer or some people said, “He is a new thing from Marvel.”
So shut your mouth and read this bellow information!
According to Stan Lee, Stephen Vincent Strange first appeared in the July 1963 issue of the aptly titled Marvel Comics anthology “Strange Tales.” Spawned from an idea by legend Steve Ditko, Doctor Strange started out as a “5-page filler,” and returned for subsequent issues before receiving his own origin story in December of 1963.

It’s true that this is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie about magic. And yet, everyone love it. (at least i know i love it)

And for those people who are not understand about Marvel, and claimed to never see Doctor Strange before,
you need to know that although this will be his first outing in a solo movie, Doctor Strange has been teased in earlier movies:

-Thor (2011): The Orb of Agamotto can be seen among the treasures in Odin’s treasure chamber.

-Thor: The Dark World (2013): The Crossroads is among the various phrases written on Selvig’s chalkboard. The Crossroads is an other-dimensional reality that has a prominent role in the “Doctor Strange” comics.

-Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Jasper Sitwell mentions Stephen Strange as one of the high-risk targets that HYDRA keeps under surveillance.

According to IMDb’s page about this movie, whilst in his car before the crash, Strange is talking on the phone about a possible patient. He is as an Air Force pilot who broke his back whilst wearing experimental armor. This is describing Captain James Rhodes (War Machine) and his injuries sustained in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

And also, fyi…
Benedict Cumberbatch is the sixth Sherlock Holmes actor to appear in a Marvel feature. The first was Sir Christopher Lee who played Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991), and was the enemy in Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979). Second, Jeremy Brett played Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984) and was in The Incredible Hulk: Of Guilt, Models and Murder (1978). Third, Robert Downey Jr. played Sherlock Holmes in the Guy Ritchie film series, and appeared as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And also Sir Ian McKellen played Holmes in Mr. Holmes (2015), and appeared as Erik Lensherr/Magneto in the X-Men film series.

But, if you look more into this movie, you’ll see each “Doctor Strange” feature has starred a Star Trek actor: Michael Ansara, who was the Klingon Kang in Star Trek (1966), voiced the Ancient One (in an uncredited role) in Dr. Strange (1978). Jeffrey Combs, who has played various Star Trek roles, was Doctor Strange in Doctor Mordrid (1992) (a version with names changed). George Takei, who was Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek (1966), was Wong in Spider-Man: Sins of the Fathers Chapter 1: Doctor Strange (1996). Paul Nakauchi appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Homecoming (1993) and was Wong in Doctor Strange (2007). Kevin Michael Richardson, who voiced several aliens in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), was Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange (2007). And Benedict Cumberbatch, who was Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), stars in this film as Dr Strange.

So, it’s fun to know that this is actually a very big movie. LOL

For you who have watched this movie, you’ll notice there’s a scene where Doctor Strange is given the wi-fi password of “Shamballa”. This is a homage to the famous Doctor Strange storyline “Into Shamballa”… Well, the more you know.. 😀

There is a unique thing about The Eye of Agamoto, the Time Gem. It is actually one of the Infinity Gems. Yes.. for real!
Chronologically it is the fifth Infinity Gem to appear, after the Space Gem (the Tesseract from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)), the Reality Gem (the Aether from Thor: The Dark World(2013)), the Power Gem (the Orb from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)) and the Mind Gem (Loki’s scepter/Vision’s power source from The Avengers (2012)) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)).

And it’s literally can turn back the time, and that’s why using it is against the “Natural Law”. Master Mordo really hate the fact that Strange using what’s forbidden to balancing the world. According to the comic, Master Mordo maybe will become a main villain in the sequel.
So, it explain much at the very last on this movie, master Mordo walked away and leave Strange alone. And the fact that Kaecilius is nothing but a small villain makes me thrill for the sequel.

Before I continue talking about this movie, Marvel Comic fans are well aware of the relationship between Strange and the Scarlet Witch. The powerful, hex-throwing mutant, who is also known as Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), becomes Strange’s apprentice in the MCU’s print universe. This has certain fans prepped for a Scarlet Witch appearance in the Doctor Strange, or a potential meet-up between teacher and student in Avengers: Infinity War. LOL It’s hard to be the witch because two of Infinity gems love her.

Tilda Swinton never stop to amaze me with her acting.
Well, in the comic, the Ancient One is a male. But in this movie, the Ancient One is rather just a title because Tilda is a female.
I love her acting, but i wonder why she always have this kind of character. She is like being nice in the beginning and start to make a plot twist near the end.
On Constantine (2005), when she play as Gabriel. We know Gabriel is good Angel. Once a good Angel. And on that movie, she is like being the devil in the end. Also in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), she played as White Witch who is very nice in the beginning, but killing everyone from the middle until the very end. She made another appearance in the sequel movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008).
She is a great actor afterall. Mostly i like her stoic face and her posture. Very cool!

Doctor Strange movie is really superb but i dislike the scene when Strange and Dormammu talk in the other dimenssion. The place look very strange. Colorful, but strange. Or it really is supposed to be like that? idk.
And for those people who has trypophobia, you should skip this scene. It’s really disturbing.

Overall, this movie is enjoyable since it has many hillarious scenes, like Deadpool’s movie.
When i watch it, i didn’t feel boring at all. Mostly i laugh, because Strange is very funny.
Trust me.
It’s really worth 115 minutes of your life!
The proof that Strange is rather crazy or has a strange mind, is on the scene when he tried to make Wong laugh at the library. Or when he came to Dormammu and do the “bargain” thing.
That’s hillarious!

Last, a friendly reminder, it’s a marvel movie.
You should find Stan Lee (and praise him!) LOL, and also, don’t leave the seat after the movie.
Wait for “after credit” scene.

Please don’t kill me..
I write #MajorSpoilerAlert on the title.
LOL

😀