The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

The Raid 2 is simply the greatest, the most complex, a standing ovation worth martial art movie ever made. It has topped the expectation and become a real “face breaking, ass kicking, neck twisting, hammer hitting, bone shattering film I have ever experienced.”

Immediately following the original classic The Raid: Redemption a.k.a Serbuan Maut at its very core, The Raid 2: Berandal ends up establishing itself as a helluva sequel and a more complex expansion to its predeccessor. More bone shattering inside!

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BLOGATHON: Spin-Off

BlOGATHON: Spin-Off: picking up a minor character from any film who you would love to see have a leading role.

Know what fate is? Building a bridge of chance for someone you love.”  — My Sassy Girl, 2001

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Memories of Murders / 살인의 추억 (2003)

The director of The Host (2006) and Snowpiercer (2013), Bong Joon-ho, makes a real smooth yet frustrating investigation movie based on an actual case of serial murders in South Korea as he lets the audiences get frustrated and desperate to follow the effort of local detectives (played by Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung) with their views of things to solve this case.

Against the grassy farmland under South Korean typical heat, this dramatization of the first serial murder case in South Korea begins—without any sense of optimistic. Continue reading “Memories of Murders / 살인의 추억 (2003)”

In Fear (2013)

Shot in sequence without telling the casts about the script—leaving de Caestecker and Englert as a couple puzzled and trapped in a maze of woods and roads. With only 3 characters, a car and an old-school plot, Lovering’s In Fear brings old-school suspense into the modern cinema.

One thing to know before watching Jeremy Lovering’s In Fear is: the unique approach conducted to produce this film. Lovering shot everything in sequence without telling the casts about the script—leaving them puzzled and engulfed by real fear on-screen and off-screen. More fears inside!

The Garden of Words / Kotonoha no Niwa / 言の葉の庭 (2013)

The Garden of Words briefly wraps up all Makoto Shinkai’s earmarks, with gorgeous Malickian pictures and heart-wrenching story told mostly in monologues, in a 45-minute tale of a 15-year-old boy who falls for a much older woman. Will they rain stop?

Clocking in at 46 minutes, The Garden of Words briefly wraps up all Makoto Shinkai’s earmarks, with gorgeous Malickian pictures and heart-wrenching story told mostly in monologues. It’s raining outside. Come inside!