As I was watching Crash Landing on You, I became curious to see Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin’s first collaboration, a film called The Negotiation to see how well they jived together in the […]
After seeing the intense first film, 47 Meters Down, the sequel, 47 Meters Down Uncaged, ups the ante by having not two, but four girls go against a great white shark without a shark cage […]
I am sufficiently confused and curious and I have a good mind to watch it when Servant comes out on November 28. I think it has right the right amount of crazy to keep me satisfied. Fingers crossed.
Before I proceeded to review the trailer of 20th Century Fox’s Underwater, I had to review the clip twice to see if my initial impression was correct. My initial thoughts hinted at a monster lurking […]
All in all, I was impressed by the way Parasite unpeeled its layers. It made use of classic filmmaking techniques to deliver an amazing piece of cinema that served up something new. A twist within a twist. Scary, exciting, entertaining and unpredictable, it had everything going for it – a great story, a strong cast, on point execution. The rest is gravy.
I was inspired to come up with my own special for Mothers’ Day Week. But because moms are super special, I decided to honor these memorable movie moms in pairs so I can give them the full attention that they deserve. After all, moms are badas*es so we shouldn’t scrimp on the tribute, espcially for these movie mothers who have entertained us tremendously with their performances.
Searching was anything but flashy. It was simple. It was subtle. It was creative. It was brave. It had a clear direction in mind, and it was to tell this intense thriller that relied on substance than style (although I was a big fan of this filmmaking technique as well). It tackled important topics like grief and connections and in all of these, it managed to keep audiences well involved in every aspect of the story and blow them away with the ending. If that isn’t a successful filmmaking, I don’t know what is.
As a standalone, Split was understandably open ended mainly because it was setting up for the conclusion to the trilogy. However, I think that it succeeded in the sense that it managed to estsblish a connection between the audience and the Horde and in doing so, got them involved enough in the story to want to know what does happen to the Beast in the third movie. It makes audiences look forward to seeing McAvoy crush his portrayal of 24 different personalities once again and with this, I think M. Night Shyamalan accomplished his goal of generating more interest in the franchise which he started 16 years ago.
All in all, Unbreakable would have been good standalone movie should M. Night Shyamalan have decided that he would not pursue the development of a trilogy. Although the title clearly referred to Bruce Willis’ David Dunn, it was just as much as Mr. Glass’ movie as well as his arch-rival’s. While I was a fan of the comic book parallels, I think the coolness quotient of the film plumetted when Shyamalan simply stuck the epilogue on a still shot of Willis and Jackson in the final frames of the movie. However, after seeing Unbreakable, I wonder if the succeeding movies were not just attempts to cash in on the franchise because the message of both Glass and Unbreakble were absolutely identical if not for the addition of Kevin Wendell Crumb’s 23 personalities including one superhuman beast. Just saying.
All in all, Glass was a perfect antihero despite all of the evil things he has done to accomplish his goals, Shyamalan managed to create a character that had a twisted sense of humanity that audiences can still relate to which is kind of remarkable. The Unbreakable saga takes a while to tell its story, but after 19 years, it did manage to end with a solid conclusion that reconciles audiences with the characters and all that they represent. And that’s a thumbs up in my book.