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!

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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!

Short Term 12 (2013)

The winner of the Grand Jury Narrative Feature Award and the Narrative Audience Award in SXSW 2013, an adaptation of the original 2008 short of the same name written by Destin Daniel Cretton, and a great movie I missed in 2013.

Short Term 12 is simply: the winner of  the Grand Jury Narrative Feature Award and the Narrative Audience Award in SXSW 2013, an adaptation of the original 2008 short of the same name written by Destin Daniel Cretton, and a great movie I missed in 2013. More… inside!

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

What makes 300: Rise of an Empire more than a banal sequel or prequel is: the fact that it’s not just a sequel or prequel—it’s both and mostly a sidequel. All praises go to the works of production design, costumes, well-choreographed action scenes and hyper-stylized Slo-Mo CGI—to proceed the original classic. Thanks to Snyder and Eva Green.

In 2006, the original 300 stunned the audiences with well-choreographed fighting scenes with massive CGI and hyper-stylized slow motion—along with comical looks of broad-breasted men who likes to bark. A simple sequel of it might bother. Luckily… What about Rise of an Empire?