Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Review: Jolly-cheered by fans upon early screenings, but immediately lambasted by critics as soon as review embargo was lifted, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has taken a steep road to start. For a movie with a life-time burden, Batman v Superman (BvS) somehow ‘bites more than they can chew.’

Since the beginning, BvS has been projected as a multi-tasking story. Setting up the greatest superhero battle in history for a kick-starter of DC Extended Universe (counterpart of Marvel Cinematic Universe) is obviously the one. More, it was announced as a continuation of Zack Snyder’s ground-flatting Man of Steel (2013) with Batman 2.0, which is not Christopher Nolan’s. In addition, BvS also becomes a vault to contain and/or introduce other Justice League members before they unite in 2017.  Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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Allegiant (2016) – Review

Review: Allegiant is basically a letdown to Divergent franchise, even generally to young adult dystopian adaptations. It fails shortly to prove that a 2-part finale is worth to every series; instead, it proves that it’s a worn-off one. Had Allegiant taken liberty to explore more plot possibilities, the series might still have a decent penultimate.

Taking off sharp from the event on Insurgent, Allegiant follows series’ protagonist, Tris (Shaylene Woodley), with her fellow insurgents as they attempt to escape from wall-bordered Chicago into the outside world. As it turns out, the world on the other side of the wall is a Mad Max-esque wasteland—sorta biochemical-laden desert, in which they’re found by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare led by David (Jeff Daniels), who has an agenda about humanity.  Continue reading Allegiant (2016) – Review

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) – Review

Review: When there’s seemingly no more major story worth a non-spin-off full feature, helmers of Kung Fu Panda 2 bring the story into a new light in Kung Fu Panda 3. It’s less formulaic and, at the same time, less grand in scale than its predecessors. However, it pumps out a lot of fun energy effectively in close out the unstructured trilogy.

Inter-tangling 3 different story arcs into one solid episode, Kung Fu Panda 3 sees Po (Jack Black), now a panda Dragon Warrior, deals with 1) his new status as a master after appointed by Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), 2) the return of his long-lost father, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston), and 3) the emergence of a lethal nemesis from Spirit Realm, Kai (J.K. Simmons). Only Po’s quest of qi mastery binds those three arcs into a sweet conclusion of Po’s legacy. Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) – Review

Best of 2015: Films

With all the glam and hype, 2015 is a very exquisite movie year. Unlike previous years, which saw the rise of young adult novel adaptations and superhero movies, 2015 saw a completely different constellation. From the rise of espionage movies (from highest score for MI5 to the lowest for Mortdecai), the return of dormant classic franchises (from a 30-year cryo-sleeping Mad Max to 3-year long 007), to blockbuster record breakers (from Jurassic World to The Force Awakens), 2015 deserves my personal 3.5 star as a mega-entertaining year.  Continue reading Best of 2015: Films

Best of 2015: Performances

Similar to the same list in 2014, I do not fancy classification in acting department. No leading and supporting, although – without question – they’re essential; no male and female, the way Chris Rock put amen to it during his Oscar opening monologue. Among hundreds of splendid, vigorous performances in 2015, I narrowed it down to 15 actors and actresses for their body of works.  Continue reading Best of 2015: Performances

Best of 2015: Scenes & Posters

Needless to say, 2015 is full of cinematic beauty radiated in thousand minutes we saw. This list is dedicated to the most radiant of them all – to some minutes which might not be able to Best Picture a movie, but might steal some best celebrated moments in cinema. Since it’s a list of specific scenes, spoiler might be your worst enemy. Please read, on your own risk, Sinekdoks’ Best Scenes of 2015 with bonus best posters.  Continue reading Best of 2015: Scenes & Posters