Lincoln (2012)

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Lincoln is a story about …. Sir Abraham Lincoln. duh! Well, to be specific it focuses on the journey of his fight for the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery.

When I was watching this year Oscar, I honestly had the impression that Lincoln is there because it’s a patriotic movie. Chances are it’s going to be very American. Nah.. I’m not going to watch it. Then somehow one day, I’m just bored and ran out of things to watch. Okay so let’s watch it. It turned out amazing. Daniel Day-Lewis has some incredible acting. Very deserving of his Oscar. For even simple scene like when Sir. Abraham Lincoln is quiet and look thoughtful, Daniel Day-Lewis managed to project it so well that you can feel the emotional ride in his mind and the responsibility he shouldered as a father of a family and a father of a nation. My most favorite part of the movie has to be part where Mr and Mrs Lincoln was quarreling in the house because Mr Lincoln couldn’t stop their eldest son, Robert (played by JGL) from joining the army. It was such a powerful acting from both Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field that it just moved me to tears and leave an emotional mark in my memory. When a few minute scene can make you remember a movie for a long time, that movie is a great movie.

If you’re not in the mood for serious and heavily emotional movie, don’t watch it or you’d find it so-so or no good.

Lincoln (2012)

Django Unchained (2012)

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8/10

Django Unchained is about a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx), whose fate is freed by Dr. King Schultz (Christopher Waltz) in his pursuit of his targets. Through his journey, Django learned a great deal from Dr. King which includes weaponry skill and art of conversing. Eventually, they partner up as duo bounty hunters. After they completed a series of jobs together, Dr. King would assist Django to locate his wife. That is where Leonardo DiCaprio and Sumuel L. Jackson come in to play as Mr. Candie and Stephen the epic boss.

Django Unchained is an amazing movie especially for a person who doesn’t like the Western Texas Cowboy genre. I’ve never like any movie with western Texas cowboy setting, not even Brokeback Mountain. This is probably the first. I love the acting of all the main characters in the film. Christopher Walt did such a great job in portraying Dr. King’s intellectual humor and sophistication. And there is my favorite cast, Leonardo DiCaprio,  who literally made me love a villain. As good as he was, I find that Leo was so much into character and very much in control of it and put in improvisation to improve his character. He really radiates Mr. Candie’s presence and eminently cunning and ruthless nature of the man.

I was engrossed in the movie that I didn’t even realized that the movie was almost 3 hrs long. Usually, for an average rated movie, I’d start feeling bored and finding it draggy once it passes the 2 hr mark. That’s definitely not the case with Django. Another masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino. One of the best movies of the year.

Django Unchained (2012)

Cloud Atlas (2012)

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6/10

Cloud Atlas is about…. errr… everything is connected somehow? I’m also not sure what it is exactly about after sitting through the show. But this is what IMDB says:

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

So I guess every different scenes, settings, scenarios that happened in the movie supposed to be connected and make sense to you somehow at the end. But well it didn’t to me. Maybe I’m not that smart nor sophisticated enough. This is probably one the movies that my personal rating is quite far off from IMDB average rating. I have watched enough movies to know that when it starts showing different unrelated scene, they all suppose to be connected and start making sense somehow as the story goes. But Cloud Atlas didn’t do that for me, I was still puzzled even after the show ended. The movie does show the connection somehow but the problem is that after I saw connection I was like okay so that’s how the scenes are linked so what does that all mean actually, besides the fact that they’re connected across ages, space and time? Well, not much for me. So I was left feeling like I’ve wasted a whole 3 hrs.

So all in all, I’d say this show is not recommended unless you’re able to see the profound meaning behind all these connection for yourself. Otherwise, you’d be left wondering the exact same thing I did. “What the hell was all that about?”

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

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8/10

I think this movie doesn’t need much introduction. It’s the second installment of cutely awesome Despicable Me. Despicable Me 2 is the continuation from the first. It picks up where it left off where Gru became the girl adopted parent and stopped being a villain after his one last heist in the first movie. However, as fate has it, in this movie, he was called on to save the world. And the story goes…

For me, the story line isn’t as good as the first there’re are a lot more laughter and adorable moments. Somehow, I feel that Despicable Me 2 was made to serve the audience’s craving for more minions and Agnes on screen, which is absolutely what I was hoping for as well. I think this is one the movies that the story line is not that important. I was just looking forward to cuteness and some adorable comedy. On top of that, the atmosphere felt great inside the cinema with everyone chuckling and laughing whenever they see minions and Agnes. Definitely very very adorable movie to watch.

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

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7/10

Rise of the Guardians is about a boy named Jack revived and give power of frost by the moon but he was unable to decipher the meaning of his revival and his power. Not being able to find his purpose, Jack lost his way and turn into a bad character. And that sets up the whole story of how Jack Frost adventure to find his way and purpose of life which ultimately make him one of the guardians.

I’ve been waiting to watch this movie for so long. I like it. I think the effects and anime is good. The plot line is unique and to my liking. A fairy tale full of epic action sequence not a bad combination at all. Any hate-it? Well, not really, I pretty much enjoyed it. It maybe not be the best movie, but it’s one of the movies that I’m going to remember for a long time for it’s refreshing story line. Highly recommended.

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Dark Shadows (2012)

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5/10

Dark Shadows is about Bernabas Collins, heir to the Collins family, was cursed and turned into Vampire by a witch then buried alive. Some century later he was freed by some construction worker. He then make his return to Collins family which is currently in an impending doom. He then work to restore his family name in this modern era and also to battle his past nemesis.

In my opinion, Dark Shadows is a very poor effort from Tim Burton. I didn’t know whether it’s supposed to be funny or a Gothic humor. It’s kinda neither here nor there. And Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Dr. Julia Hoffman, also doesn’t seem to play any significant role in the movie as she usually does. To me, she seems to be in the movie because it’s Tim Burton directing and he somehow has to cast Johnny Depp and her.

All in all, I didn’t like the movie. The plot is mundane and predictable in every way.

Dark Shadows (2012)

Les Misérables (2012)

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Les Misérables is a musical film that originate from a very famous musical play, which I’ve never seen. The movie is basically about a man named Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who was a prisoner and then later released but to serve a parole. Yet he broke his parole but as luck have it, he was blessed with a second chance to relive his life. He give reinvent himself with a new identity for a new life. It was not too long that his hunter, inspector Javier (Russell Crowe), meet him and once again hunt him down to put him back in prison. During that time, Jean Valjean  also found a new purpose and peace in life by adopting a daughter named Cosette through a promise with her dying mother after suffering a horrible fate. The chase goes…

I’m definitely not into this kind of musical film. I still remember how I dislike Sweeney Todd. I couldn’t even finish the movie because of all the horrible singing. Well, apparently it’s just horrible to me. Anyway, I had similar experience with Les Misérables. It’s just that this time it’s not so because there are actually a few good songs that I like and some extraordinary performance from Anne Hathaway. I literally cry at the scene where Anne Hathaway was subjected to abuse which she then sang the I Dream The Dream piece.

All in all, I believe it’s a great movie, unless you are really not into this kind of musical film like me which you might find it quite boring. So yes, it’s subjective.

Les Misérables (2012)