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The Shape of Water & Wish Upon – Trailer (2017)

There are 2 movies that i can’t wait to watch ASAP.
I’m not into horror movie, but i think i can watch this one. LOL

  1. The Shape of Water (2017) –  AdventureDramaFantasy

    An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
  2. Wish Upon (2017) –  FantasyHorrorThriller

    Twelve years after discovering her mother’s suicide, Clare is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her hoarder father, and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her dad comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can’t help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she’s always wanted and everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish.

 

For the first movie, The Shape of Water, i found similarity between the “secret classified experiment” with Abe Sapien from Hellboy (2014).
Both are directed by Guillermo del Toro. And that might be the reason.
This movie is supposed to be ‘lighter’ than Hellboy and as sweet as Pan’s Labyrinth. 

Can’t wait to watch this on December 2017. 

 

How sweet is this pic btw. 😀
Once I had a fav super hero called “Deni si Manusia Ikan” and it was a comic strip on a child magazine called Bobo. LOL
And now, we’ve had mer-man from DC, and Abe Sapien.

And for the second movie, Wish Upon.
Fact that this is the 4th Horror movie which will feature Joey King. She acted in Wan’s The Conjuring and Quarantine and is rumored to be set to co-star in an upcoming Slenderman film adaption.

This movie is already on cinema (in Indonesia) from today.
So I think I’m going to watch it today, since i’ve got nothing to do all day long. LOL
Wait for the review.
Cheers!


My Review: Spider-Man Homecoming (2017)

I’m a bit excited for this movie, so i spend time last night to watch it. alone. (yes, you’re right).
(ps. don’t judge me).

 

First of all, I want to say, Tom Holland’s acting is a bit deficient if i may compare him to two previous Spider-Man.
But, his “jump” is more exciting, so it gave him a plus.
Tom Holland is the youngest actor (at 19) to be cast as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. His predecessors, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, were 25 and 26, respectively, when they were cast.

As for the story, i still prefer “the Amazing Spider-Man” more than this one. idk why.
And the appearance of capt. America, Happy, Pepper and Stark wasn’t changed anything. LOL
there is still this feeling of something is missing.

What else makes me feel excited about this “Spider-Man” are first, this the first Spider-Man film where Spider-Man has his iconic web wings from the comics (yes, FINALLY). And, second, of course the eye of the Spider-Man suit. It kinda reminds me of Deadpool at first, but it’s okay.

Prior to the Spider-Man deal, certain characters such as Georges Batroc, Christine Everhart, Ben Urich, Wilson Fisk, Mister Hyde, and Frank Castle have already shown up in the MCU prior to the webslinger’s arrival. In Ant-Man (2015), when Luis is recanting Falcon’s search for Ant-Man, a woman had mentioned “we got a guy who jumps, a guy who swings, and a guy who climb up the walls”, which is the first MCU reference to Spider-Man.

Easter Eggs:

  • Aunt May’s car number plate is AMF-1562. AMF is Amazing Fantasy, 15 is the issue number, and 62 is 1962, the year Spider-Man first appeared.
  • When Spider-Man is observing the robbery of the Bank ATM. On the building wall behind him the word “Bagley” is spray painted in large letters. This is in reference to long time Amazing Spider-Man and Ultimate Spider-Man comic book artist Mark Bagley.
  • When driving his date to the Homecoming dance, Flash Thompson mentions that he (paraphrasing) “knows fresh branzino, and that was not fresh.” When Gwen Stacy invites Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker to meet her family in “The Amazing Spiderman,” her family prepares branzino for dinner.

As you maybe already recognize that the main villain of every first Spider-Man movie of different franchises (Tobey’s, Andrew’s and Tom’s) have the costume/suit green or the skin of green color (Green Goblin, Lizard, Vulture). The three of them are cool in a different way, and captured emotion in different fantasy.

For this movie only, I am glad that Peter’s girl is not Liz. And MJ is revealed near the end.
I think Zendaya is cool and pretty in a weird way. LOL. There’s a rumor after they’re finish the shoot process that, Zendaya and Tom are in love. LOL

I think this movie is light and i like it.. Compare to Wonder Woman (which is DC), that is a bit heavy.

Oh and in the mid credits scene, which shows Adrian Toomes talking to Mac Gargan in prison, a scorpion can be seen tatooed on Gargan’s neck, hinting at his future as Scorpion. Furthermore, a prison guard mentions that Toomes’ family is there to visit just after Toomes refuses to give up Spider-Man’s identity. Previous portrayals of Scorpion have often targeted family members of individuals with information on Spider-Man, most notably J. Jonah Jameson. Mentioning Toomes’ family in earshot of Gargan may be alluding to a future hostage situation.

Happy says he’s been carrying around Tony’s engagement ring since 2008. That’s when the first Iron Man movie came out and it’s also the beginning of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), and also despite prominent billing, Gwyneth Paltrow only appears in one scene. It’s her first appearance in MCU since Iron Man 3 (2013) after which her contract expired.

I mentioned about Deadpool before.
This is why…

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming is released this month and the sequel to Deadpool would do just the same in 2018, so in the meantime, the irreverent character tries to play a joke on Spider-Man.

This piece is artwork is created by graphic artist BossLogic, who a few days ago was also commissioned to make a sketch of Michael Shannon in the role of Cable for Deadpool 2.

Can’t wait to see Deadpool too. LOL

 

 


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.