Mini Reviews #5: La Famille Belier and The Guest

La Famille Belier (2014) The Belier Family follows Paula Belier, the sixteen year old daughter who happens to be the only hearing member of the Belier family. Acting as the family’s interpreter for both their work and home life, Paula has become an indispensable member of the unit. But their lives get a little bit shaken…

Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

There is this bit of wisdom that I realized as I was sitting inside the theater, halfway through Captain American: Civil War (2016). Said nugget of wisdom was imparted on me by all-knowing 10-year old nephew who declared that the movie feels like it has all the bits and pieces of the other solo movies…

The 12 Genres of Christmas

It’s that time of the year again where we find ourselves amidst jingle bells and good cheer and Christmas movies! Now if you find that most Christmas films are too saccharine for your Scrooge-like taste, fear not for we have compiled a list that covers all, from sweet rom-coms to dark sci-fis! 1. Comedy Elf…

Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Unless you’ve found yourself hanging from a wampa’s cave for the most part of the year 2015, you’ve probably noticed the tremendous hype Disney and the fans themselves built over Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Incremental release of movie set and script tidbits, a Comic-Con Star Wars concert, and cosplays, and exhibits, and toys, and…

Star Wars: The Original Trilogy

 A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…. With that opening crawl, perhaps the most famous one in film history, one is introduced to the first film of the Star Wars Saga. It has become one of the most beloved franchises in film history and not to mention a property that’s worth more…

Star Wars: The Prequels

It is no secret that there has been and perhaps always will be hate and anger, enough to turn anyone to the dark side, directed at the Star Wars prequels. Now, it’s only a couple of days away from the nationwide release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so we thought why not open…

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

At one point in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the brainwashed, still suffering Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) tells the mockingjay Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence): “Our lives were never ours, they belong to Snow and our deaths do too. But if you kill him, Katniss, all those deaths, they mean something.” This is the fourth and…

Review: Spectre (2015)

If there is one thing I can count on James Bond movies to do, it’s to come out with all the razzmatazz it can muster. And Spectre‘s first act, much like Mr. Bond, comes dressed to impress. It’s Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico City, the streets are alive with music and…

Review: The Martian (2015)

I never would have guessed that I’d have a rollicking good time watching a movie about a man left for dead on Mars. Space Opera Lite is what I would call Ridley Scott’s The Martian (2015). And I mean that in the best way possible. NASA astronaut Mark Watney is left stranded on Mars after he…

Review: Sicario (2015)

At the very beginning of Sicario (2015), Denis Villeneuve opens his 3rd English-language film (following Prisoners and Enemy) with what could best be described as a tactical operation in response to a kidnapping charge. A large group of federal and local law enforcement officers, led by Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) swarms toward a house that, we later discover,…