Friday, August 29, 2014

Soul Men 2008

 Released Year: 2008
Directed by Malcom D. Lee

Casted by:
Samuel L. Jackson as Louis Hinds
Bernie Mac as Floyd Henderson
Sharon Leal as Cleo Whitfield
Jennifer Coolidge as Rosalee
Two former backup soul singers, Louis Hinds and Floyd Henderson, who have not spoken to each other in 30 years, reluctantly agree to travel across the country together to a reunion concert to honor their recently deceased lead singer, Marcus Hooks. Cleo, a beautiful young woman in an abusive relationship, accompanies them as a new singer; she is believed to be Floyd's daughter but is really Louis'. A few problems come their way, involving Cleo's wanna-be gangsta rapper boyfriend, Lester, Floyd's fling with Rosaleeand a lot more leading up to their big performance at the Apollo Theater, and the duo reform a bond that they lost 30 years ago.
 L² Scored: 5/10 

L² Comment:
This is the last film Bernie Mac has existed before his passing in Aug 2008. The movie is very typical kinda black guy movie which talks about music and how their life. Overall is ok and the music is nice too... I love Jennifer Coolidge the most even though her appearance is kinda short...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Alien 3

 Released Year: 1992
Directed by David Fincher

Casted by:
Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley
Charles S. Dutton as Dillon
Charles Dance as Jonathan Clemens
Brian Glover as Harold Andrews
Ralph Brown as Aaron
Paul McGann as Golic
Danny Webb as Morse
The Colonial Marine spaceship Sulaco experiences an onboard fire and launches an escape pod containing Ellen Ripley along with Newt, Hicks and the damaged android Bishop. Two hatched Alien eggs somewhere on the Sulaco can be seen in the opening credits. All four are in cryonic stasis. During the launch, the ship's medical scans of the crew's cryotubes show an Alien facehugger attached to one of the crewmembers. The pod then crashes on Fiorina 'Fury' 161, a foundry facility and penal colony inhabited by all-male inmates with "double-Y" chromosome patterns, and histories of physical and sexual violence. After some inmates recover the pod and its passengers, an Alien facehugger is seen approaching the prison dog. Ripley is taken in and awakened by Clemens, the prison doctor, and is told she is the only survivor of the crash. Many of the ex-inmates, led by Dillon, have embraced an apocalyptic, millenarian version of Christianity. Ripley is warned by the prison warden, Harold Andrews, that her presence among them may have extremely disruptive effects.

Suspicious of what caused the escape pod to jettison and what killed her companions, Ripley requests that Clemens perform an autopsy on Newt. She fears that Newt may be carrying an Alien embryo in her body, though she does not share this information. Despite protests from the warden and his assistant, Aaron, the autopsy is conducted. No embryo is found in Newt's body, and Clemens proclaims she simply died in the crash. Meanwhile, Ripley's unusual behavior begins to frustrate the warden and is agitating the prisoners.

A funeral is performed for Newt and Hicks, during which their bodies are cremated in the facility's enormous furnace. In another section of the facility, the prison dog enters convulsions, and a larger than normal Alien bursts from its body. The Alien soon begins to attack members of the colony, killing several and returning outcast prisoner Golic to his former deranged state. To get answers, Ripley recovers and reactivates the damaged android Bishop, who confirms that there was an Alien on the Sulaco and it came with them to Fiorina in the escape pod. She then informs Andrews of her previous encounters with the Aliens and suggests everyone work together to hunt it down and kill it. Andrews does not believe her story and explains that the facility has no weapons. Their only hope of protection is the rescue ship being sent for Ripley by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation.

Back in the prison infirmary, while talking to Ripley about the situation, Clemens is killed by the Alien, but when it is about to attack Ripley, it suddenly pauses, then retreats, mysteriously sparing her life. She runs to the mess hall to warn the others, Andrews orders Aaron to take her back to the infirmary, but the alien suddenly ambushes and kills Andrews. Ripley rallies the inmates and proposes they pour highly flammable toxic waste, which is stored at the facility, into the ventilation system and ignite it to flush out the creature. An explosion is caused by the creature's premature intervention, resulting in several deaths. Using the medical equipment aboard the Sulaco escape pod, Ripley scans herself with Aaron's help, and discovers the embryo of an Alien Queen growing inside her. She also finds out that the Corporation truly wants the Queen embryo and the adult Alien, hoping to turn them into biological weapons. Deducing that the mature alien will not kill her because of the embryo she carries, Ripley begs Dillon to kill her; he agrees to do so only if she helps the inmates kill the adult creature first, and he then rallies his men into action. They form a plan to lure it into the foundry's molding facility and drown it in molten lead by trapping it by closing a series of doors. The bait-and-chase style plan results in the death of all the remaining prisoners except Morse and Dillon. Dillon is the last victim; he fearlessly remains in the mold to distract the Alien, allowing it to tear him apart, as Morse pours the molten lead onto both of them. The Alien, covered in molten metal, escapes the mold but is quickly killed by Ripley when she turns on fire sprinklers and sprays the beast with water, causing its exoskeleton to cool rapidly and shatter via thermal shock.

While Ripley battles the Alien, the Weyland-Yutani team arrives, including a man who looks identical to the Bishop android, claiming to be its creator. He tries to persuade Ripley to undergo surgery to remove the Queen embryo, which he claims will be destroyed. Ripley refuses and steps back onto a mobile platform, which Morse positions over the furnace. The company men shoot Morse in the leg, prompting Aaron to pick up a large wrench and strike Bishop II over the head with it. This reveals that Bishop II is human as his blood is red, not white like an androids. Aaron is shot dead, and Bishop II and his men show their true intentions, begging Ripley to let them have the "magnificent specimen". Ripley defies them by throwing herself into the gigantic furnace. Sensing danger the alien Queen erupts from Ripley's chest. Ripley holds on to the alien so it cannot escape the inferno, and they both fall into the fire to their deaths.

The facility is closed down and the last surviving inmate, Morse, is led away. A sound recording of Ripley (her final lines from the original Alien) is heard from the Sulaco escape pod, "This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo...signing off."
 L² Scored: 6/10 

L² Comment:
6 years after the 2nd movie, Sigourney is back in action for another Alien's movie series. This time, i have to admit, it is not as good as the first 2 movie, and kinda disappointed for me. The only part which excited me is when they tried to chase the alien down into a tunnel and try to kill it. The rest is just normal and very predictable...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


 Released Year: 1986
Directed by James Cameron

Casted by:
Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley
Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Jenette Goldstein as Private Jenette Vasquez
Carrie Henn as Rebecca "Newt" Jorden
Lance Henriksen as Bishop
Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the incident aboard Nostromo, is rescued and revived after drifting for 57 years in stasis. At an interview before a panel of executives from her employer, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, her testimony regarding the Alien is met with extreme skepticism as she has no physical evidence. Ripley loses her space-flight license as a result of her "questionable judgment" and learns that LV-426, the planet where her crew first encountered the Alien eggs, is now home to a terraforming colony.

Some time later, Ripley, now working as a cargo-loader, is visited by Weyland-Yutani representative Carter Burke and Lieutenant Gorman of the Colonial Marines, who inform her that contact has been lost with the colony on LV-426. The company decides to dispatch Burke and a unit of marines to investigate, and offers to restore Ripley's flight status and pick up her contract if she will accompany them as an advisor. Traumatized by her previous encounter with the Alien, Ripley initially refuses, but after recurring nightmares about the Alien and a promise from Burke that the team will not study any aliens they find but destroy them, she accepts. Aboard the warship Sulaco she is introduced to the Colonial Marines, including Sergeant Apone, Corporal Hicks, privates Vasquez and Hudson, and the android Bishop, toward whom Ripley is initially hostile due to her previous experience with the android Ash aboard the Nostromo.

The expedition descends to the surface of LV-426 via dropship, where they find the colony intact, but seemingly abandoned. Inside they find makeshift barricades and signs of a serious fight, but no bodies. Two living facehuggers are found in containment tanks in the medical lab. The only colonist found is a traumatized young girl nicknamed Newt. The marines determine that the colonists are clustered in the fusion powered atmosphere processing station, where they find a large Alien nest filled with the cocooned colonists. The Aliens then attack, capturing Apone and Dietrich and killing Frost, Drake, Crowe, and Wierzbowski. Ripley is able to rescue Hicks, Vasquez, and Hudson. With Gorman knocked unconscious during the rescue, Hicks assumes command and orders the dropship to recover the survivors, intending to return to the Sulaco and destroy the colony from orbit. A stowaway Alien kills the dropship pilots Ferro and Spunkmeyer in flight, causing the vessel to crash into the processing station. The surviving humans barricade themselves inside the colony complex.

Ripley discovers that it was Burke who ordered the colonists to investigate the derelict spaceship where the Nostromo crew first encountered the Alien eggs, and that he hopes to return Alien specimens to the company laboratories where he can profit from their use as biological weapons. She threatens to expose him, but Bishop soon informs the group of a greater danger: the damaged processing station has become volatile and will soon detonate with the force of a forty megaton thermonuclear weapon. He volunteers to crawl through several hundred meters of piping conduits to reach and use the colony's transmitter to pilot the Sulaco's remaining dropship to the surface by remote control so that the group can escape. Ripley and Newt fall asleep in the medical laboratory, awakening to find themselves locked in the room with the two facehuggers, which have been released from their tanks. Ripley then activates a fire alarm to alert the marines, who rescue them and kill the creatures. Ripley accuses Burke of attempting to smuggle implanted Alien embryos past Earth's quarantine inside her and Newt, and of planning to kill the rest of the marines in hypersleep during the return trip so that no one could contradict his version of events. The electricity is suddenly cut off and numerous Aliens attack through the ceiling. Hudson, Burke, Gorman, and Vasquez are killed while Newt is captured by the Aliens.

Ripley and an injured Hicks reach Bishop and the second dropship, but Ripley refuses to leave Newt behind. She rescues Newt from the hive in the processing station, where the two encounter the Alien queen and her egg chamber. Ripley destroys most of the eggs, enraging the queen, who escapes by tearing free from her ovipositor. Closely pursued by the queen, Ripley and Newt rendezvous with Bishop and Hicks on the dropship and escape moments before the colony is consumed by the nuclear blast. Back on the Sulaco, Ripley and Bishop's relief at their escape is interrupted when the Alien queen, stowed away on the dropship's landing gear, impales Bishop and tears him in two. Ripley battles the queen using an exosuit cargo-loader, before expelling it into space through an airlock. Ripley, Newt, Hicks and the still-functioning Bishop then enter hypersleep for the return to Earth.
  L² Scored: 10/10

L² Comment:
 I prefer this squeal if compare to the first movie, it involve more senses and the relationship between Ripley and Newt is way more better than Ripley with the cat in the first movie. And this time they met the Aliens' Queen which was giving birth to the eggs. Of coz the whole storyline and effects are much more better as well...  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Released Year: 1979
Directed by Ridley Scott

Casted by:
 Sigourney Weaver as Ripley
Veronica Cartwright as Lambert
Ian Holm as Ash
John Hurt as Kane
Yaphet Kotto as Parker
Tom Skerritt as Dallas
Harry Dean Stanton as Brett
The commercial towing spacecraft Nostromo, owned and operated by the Earth mega-corporation Weyland-Yutani, is on a return trip to Earth hauling a refinery and twenty million tons of mineral ore, with a seven-member crew in stasis. Detecting a transmission of unknown origin from a nearby planetoid, LV-426, the ship's computer, MU-TH-UR 6000 (or Mother) awakens the crew.

Acting on standing orders from their corporate employers, they set out to investigate the transmission's source, in effort to locate the possible alien life. The Nostromo lands on the planetoid. Upon landing, their ship is damaged. With the damage taking at least 25 hours to repair, Captain Dallas, Executive Officer Kane, and Navigator Lambert set out to investigate the transmission, leaving Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley to decipher the mysterious signal, Science Officer Ash to track the three explorers, and Engineers Brett and Parker behind on the ship to finish the repairs.

Dallas, Kane, and Lambert discover that the signal is coming from a derelict alien spacecraft. Inside they find the remains of a large alien creature whose ribcage appears to have been broken outward from the inside. Meanwhile, Ripley determines that the transmission is actually some type of warning rather than a distress signal. Kane discovers a vast chamber containing numerous eggs, and upon closer inspection, one of them releases a squidlike creature that attaches to his face. Rendered unconscious, Kane is carried back to the Nostromo. As acting senior officer aboard the ship, Ripley refuses to let the exploratory team aboard, citing the strict quarantine regulations. But acting on improper orders from Dallas, Ash violates quarantine protocol not to allow a possible infected crew member on the ship by opening the airlock. After an unsuccessful attempt by Ash to surgically remove the creature from Kane's face, which appears to be glued onto him, the crew discover that the creature's blood contains a highly corrosive acid. Seemingly, it is also feeding Kane 'oxygen' down his throat, which Ash states may be keeping him alive. The creature eventually detaches from Kane's face by itself and is later found dead. Ash insists that the alien corpse be returned to Earth for study. The Nostromo leaves the planetoid and resumes its trip to Earth.

Kane awakens from his ordeal with some memory loss, but no other apparent ill effects. During the crew's final dinner before re-entering stasis, he begins to choke and convulse in extreme pain until a small alien creature bursts from his chest, killing him instantly. The creature then escapes into the depths of ship. Kane's body is 'buried at sea' by ejection into deep space. Since killing it with conventional weapons could result in its acidic blood breaching the ship's hull, the crew attempts to locate and capture the creature by fashioning motion trackers, electric prods, and flamethrowers. However, the Alien has grown at an unprecedented rate and is now seven feet tall with incredible strength and agility. It attacks Brett and disappears with his body into an airshaft. Dallas enters the Nostromo's labyrinthine airshaft network, intending to force the Alien into an airlock, but it ambushes him. When the others find no trace of Dallas, Lambert realises that the alien is purely aggressive and intent on killing the entire crew, imploring the remaining crew members to escape in the ship's shuttle. Ripley, now in command, explains that the shuttle will not support four people, and recommends that they continue with Dallas's plan of cornering and flushing out the Alien.

Accessing the ship's central computer, Ripley discovers that Ash has been ordered to return the Alien to Weyland-Yutani even at the expense of the crew's lives. Ash then appears and when confronted, he attempts to suffocate Ripley, but Parker and Lambert intervene, decapitating and impaling Ash, revealing him to be an android programmed to act on orders from the company itself. Ripley theorizes that the company wants the Alien for its weapons division. Before they destroy his remains, Ash smugly predicts that the others will not survive the indestructible "perfect organism" that they are up against.

The three remaining crew members then agree to arm the Nostromo's self-destruct mechanism and escape in the shuttle. While gathering the required stasis coolant, Parker and Lambert are ambushed and killed by the Alien. Now alone, Ripley initiates the self-destruct sequence herself and heads for the shuttle with the crew's cat, but finds the Alien blocking her way. She retreats and unsuccessfully attempts to abort the self-destruct, then returns to find the Alien gone and narrowly escapes in the shuttle as the Nostromo and its enormous cargo is destroyed in a massive explosion.

As she prepares to enter stasis, Ripley discovers that the Alien has hidden aboard the shuttle. She puts on a spacesuit and opens the shuttle's main door, causing explosive decompression which forces the Alien into the shuttle's open doorway. She propels it out into space by shooting it with a grappling hook, but the gun catches in the closing door, tethering the Alien to the shuttle. As it attempts to crawl into one of the engines, Ripley activates them, blasting the Alien with white-hot plasma and sending it tumbling into deep space. She then records a final ship's log entry, places herself and the cat into stasis and resumes the voyage back home.
 L² Scored: 7/10 

L² Comment:
 The legendary Alien movie is not to be missed by anyone who is fancy about this movie franchise, am i right? The movie story is kinda simple and predictable, but at the 1979, its huge and definitely win the applause from everywhere. It also helps to build Sigourney Weaver's courier ~

Monday, August 25, 2014

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

 Released Year: 1984
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Casted by:
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Kate Capshaw as Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott
Jonathan Ke Quan as Short Round
Amrish Puri as Mola Ram
In 1935, Indiana Jones (or Indy) narrowly escapes the clutches of Lao Che, a crime boss in Shanghai. With his eleven-year old Chinese sidekick, Short Round (or Shorty), and the nightclub singer Willie Scott in tow, Indiana flees Shanghai on an airplane that, unknown to them, is owned by Lao. The pilots leave the plane to crash over the Himalayas, but the trio narrowly manage to escape on an inflatable boat and ride down the slopes into a raging river. They come to Mayapore, a desolate village in northern India, where the poor villagers believe them to have been sent by the Hindu god Shiva and enlist their help to retrieve the sacred Sivalinga stone stolen from their shrine, as well as the community's children, from evil forces in the nearby Pankot Palace. During the journey to Pankot, Indy hypothesizes that the stone may be one of the five fabled Sankara stones that promise fortune and glory.

The trio receive a warm welcome from the residents of Pankot Palace (which includes the young Maharajah Zalim Singh and his representative, Pankot Palace Prime Minister Chattar Lal) and are allowed to stay the night as their guests, during which they attend a lavish banquet attended by the Maharajah. The palace rebuffs Indy's questions about the villagers' claims and his theory that the ancient Thuggee cult is responsible for their troubles. Later that night, Indy is attacked by an assassin, leading Indy, Willie, and Shorty to believe that something is amiss. They discover a series of tunnels hidden behind a statue in Willie's room and set out to explore them, overcoming a number of booby-trapped rooms along the way.

The trio eventually reach an underground temple where the Thuggee worship the Hindu goddess Kali with human sacrifice. They discover that the Thuggee, led by their evil, bloodthirsty high priest Mola Ram, are in possession of three of the five Sankara stones, and have enslaved the children (as well as the Maharajah) to mine for the final two stones, which they hope will allow them to rule the world. As Indy tries to retrieve the stones, he, Willie, and Shorty are captured and separated. Indy is whipped and forced to drink a potion called the "Blood of Kali", which places him in a trance-like state called the "Black Sleep of Kali Ma". As a result, he begins to mindlessly serve Mola. Willie, meanwhile, is kept as a human sacrifice, while Shorty is put in the mines to labour alongside the enslaved children. Shorty breaks free and escapes back into the temple where he burns Indy with a torch, shocking him out of the trance. The Maharajah, who was also forcibly entranced by the "Blood of Kali", attempts to sabotage Indy with a voodoo doll. Shorty spars with the Maharajah, ultimately burning him to snap him out of the trance. The Maharajah then tells Short Round how to get out of the mines. While Mola escapes, Indy and Shorty rescue Willie, retrieve the three Sankara stones, and free the village children.

After a mine cart chase to escape the temple, the trio emerge above ground and are again cornered by Mola and his henchmen on a jungle canyon rope bridge on both ends over a gorge with a crocodile-infested river flowing within. Using a sword stolen from one of the Thuggee warriors, Indy cuts the rope bridge in half, leaving everyone to hang on for their lives. Indy utters an incantation which causes the stones to glow red hot. Two of the stones fall into the river, while the last falls into and burns Mola's hand. Indy catches the now-cool stone, while Mola falls into the river below, where he is devoured by crocodiles. The Thuggee across then attempt to shoot Indiana with arrows, until a company of British Indian Army riflemen from Pankot arrive, having been summoned by the palace maharajah. In the ensuing firefight, many of the Thuggee archers are killed and the remainder are surrounded and captured. Indy, Willie, and Shorty return victoriously to the village with the children and give the missing stone to the villagers.  
 L² Scored: 10/10

L² Comment:
 This is my most favorite Indiana Jones movies ever~ I used to watched this over and over a lot of times when I was a young boy. I even imagine i'm Shorty and having all the adventure with Indiana Jones :) hehe. Overall the story is good, better than the first movie, i love the way they film this film in Asia (Sri Lanka & India), and it makes the whole movie even better :P

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Under The Rose 大咸濕

 Released Year: 1992
Directed by 陳奧圖 Chan Ou Tu

Hosted by:
黃霑 Jim Wong
蔡欣倩 Chai Xin Qian
The movie introduce the place where Hongkees went for the sexual fun. The places involved Lai Yuan, Tsim Sha Chui, Kowloon city and so on...
L² Scored: 5.5/10

L² Comment
Its fun to know what has been happening from the earlier Hong Kong till 1992, the place where the guys spend while getting their desires meet :P

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014

 Released Year: 2014
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman

Casted by:
Megan Fox as April O'Neil
Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick
William Fichtner as Eric Sacks
Alan Ritchson as Raphael
Noel Fisher as Michelangelo
Jeremy Howard as Donatello
Pete Ploszek & Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo 
Tony Shalhoub as Splinter
Tohoru Masamune as The Shredder
Whoopi Goldberg as Bernadette Thompson
April O'Neil, a reporter for Channel 6 news in New York, has been researching a gang called the Foot Clan which has been terrorizing the city. She questions a dock worker about shipments of chemicals that may be linked to the Foot Clan. April eventually learns that something is being brought in by the docks. That night, she returns and sees the Foot Clan unloading cargo. April tries to record footage using her phone, but a shadowy figure arrives and takes out the Foot Soldiers one by one. She tells her coworkers and her boss, but no one believes her story.

The Foot Clan next attacks a subway station. April rushes to the scene, hoping to encounter the vigilante (or at least find evidence confirming his existence). She sees four figures this time, who disappear after defeating the Foot Clan. She follows them to a rooftop and tries to photograph them. The Turtles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael notice her and delete the camera's images, warning her not to divulge their existence. She asks them who they are as they leave, and they say, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

April runs home and opens a box filled with documents, pictures, and videos on "Project Renaissance", which involved her now-deceased father. She notices that the turtles she cared for from her father's laboratory fifteen years earlier seem similar to the Ninja Turtles. She recalls that her father was developing some type of mutagen. She continues researching and eventually realizes that the Ninja Turtles are the turtles from the laboratory.

Once again, she tries to convince her boss, Bernadette Thompson, that the Turtles are real. Bernadette becomes so infuriated that she fires April. April tries telling her cameraman boyfriend Vernon about them, but he does not believe her either. He does agree to take her to the old laboratory, though. There she finds her father's lab partner, Eric Sacks.

April tells him about the Ninja Turtles, showing him the photos. Sacks explains Project Renaissance: he and her father were cultivating the mutagen for its healing properties. Sacks theorizes that, when the laboratory was destroyed, the mutagen must have somehow caused the turtles to mutate into humanoids.

Meanwhile in the sewers, the Turtles tell their master, Splinter, that April has spotted them. Splinter orders them to find April and bring her to their lair, as she is now in great danger from the Foot Clan since she made contact with the Turtles.

The Turtles find April and blindfold her so she won't know their lair's location. They take her to Splinter, who explains how she saved their lives years before when she rescued them from the fire and released them into the sewers. April admits that she has told her father's associate about them, unaware that Sacks is actually allied with the Foot Clan's leader, The Shredder.

Meanwhile, Sacks relays the information to Shredder. Shredder and Sacks plan to spread a deadly virus throughout New York, causing a quarantine, in order to seize control by offering the mutagen as a cure. Shredder needs the Turtles to extract the mutagen from their blood.

He and his gang find Splinter and the Turtles in the sewers, and a battle ensues. Although they put up a great fight,they are unfortunately overwhelmed and Shredder captures Leo, Donnie and Mikey and leaves Splinter severely injured. Raphael is (so far) the only turtle left to survive the wreckage of their home while the Foot Clan presumes him to be dead in the riot. April (who has managed to hide during the melee) tries to dig Splinter out from under the rubble. Raphael emerges and helps. April then tries to tend to Splinter's wounds. Splinter instructs Raphael and April to save the other three Turtles before Shredder can extract the mutagen from them. April calls Vernon to give them a ride to the laboratory where the other three Turtles are being held.

When they arrive, April frees the Turtles, who join Raphael in fighting Shredder, but Shredder defeats them (again) and escapes. April, the Turtles, and Vernon escape down a snowy mountain with The Foot and Karai in pursuit,but they manage to get away. The Turtles plan to attack Shredder on the rooftop of Sacks' building before he is able to release the toxin, while April and Vernon search for the mutagen and battle Sacks inside the building,with Sacks being killed by the toxins. April finds the mutagen and heads onto the rooftop to give it to the Turtles. With April's help, the Turtles finally defeat Shredder, who falls off the roof. After the Turtles retreat to the sewers, Shredder inadvertently gets tub full of mutagen on his suit (This could possibly mean that Shredder could enter a mutation in the sequel).

That night, Vernon attempts to impress April with a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, but unfortunately fails when the Turtles come in with a vehicle of their own and accidentally blow it up with a missile launcher. The turtles then offer April a ride home but she kindly turns down the offer. The film ends with Mikey singing a love song to April, much to his brothers' chagrin.
L² Scored: 8.5/10

L² Comment
My ever first movie was Ninja Turtles which my aunt brought me to the cinema during 1990. I was excited that time, after so many years, TMNT is back on the big screen again. This time the 4 turtles look much more stronger than the comic, cartoon and previous movie :) 

I never expect Megan Fox will be April, for me, she's a bit too sexy in this movie hehe~ But no matter what, the storyline is good and the graphic thingy is good as well. Hopefully there will be other TMNT movie coming soon :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Great Yokai War / The Big Spook War ようかいだいせんそう 妖怪大戦争 2005

Released Year: 2005
Directed by 三池崇史 Takashi Miike

Casted by:
神木隆之介 Ryunosuke Kamiki as 稲生正 / 麒麟送子 Tadashi Ino
高橋真唯 Mai Takahashi as 川姫 Kawahime
近藤正臣 Masaomi Kondo as 猩猩 Shōjō
阿部貞夫 Sadao Abe as 川太郎 Kawataro
豊川悦司 Etsushi Toyokawa as 加藤保憲 Yasunori Kato
栗山千明 Chiaki Kuriyama as 刺鳥妖女阿木 Agi, The Bird-Catching Sprite
A young boy named Tadashi Ino moves to a small town after his parents' divorce. At a local festival, he is chosen to be that year's "Kirin Rider," a protector of all things good. He soon discovers that his new title is quite literal, as a nefarious spirit named Yasunori Kato appears. Originally a human who became a demon from the strength of his hatred for humans, Kato desires vengeance against their actions on the Yokai. To carry out his revenge, Kato allies himself with a Yokai named Agi while he summons a fiery spirit called Yomotsumono, composed of the resentment of the many things which mankind has discarded. With Yomotsumono's flames, Kato feeds it Yokai which are used as ingredients in creating violent junkyard Tsukumogami under his control that capture other Yokai to build their numbers while killing humans. One such Yokai, Sunekosuri, escaped and befriended Tadashi who attempts to obtain the Daitenguken from the mountain as part of being the Kirin Rider. However, he wimped out at the last second and with trickery by Shōjō, who picked Tadashi out, the boy overcame the test. Accompanied by Shōjō, Kawahime, and Kawataro, Tadashi makes his way to the DaiTengu who gives him a sword before being taken away by the Tsukumogami. In spite of Tadashi's attempts, the sword is broken as Agi takes Sunekosuri as her captive before the boy is knocked unconscious.

When the boy comes to his senses, he finds himself among Yokai as they discuss how to fix the sword, deciding to get the aid of the blacksmith Ippon-datara. But learning he was also captured, General Nurarihyon and his group leave; Kawataro restrains an Ittan-momen while praising Azukiarai, unaware that he only remained behind due to his foot getting numb. When Kato's industrial fortress takes flight towards Tokyo, Tadashi and company pursue it and arrive after the fortress ingested Tokyo's Shinjuku Capital Building, finding Ippon-datara who reforges the sword while avoiding to talk about how he escaped thanks to Sunekosuri who took his place in becoming a Tsukumogami. Donning new attire, Tadashi and company are outnumbered until they receive unlikely aid from thousands of Yokai who believe they are coming to a party; their festival brawl with Tsukumogami allows Tadashi and Kawahime to enter the fortress safely, followed by a Yokai-obsessed reporter named Sata whom Kawahime saved in the past.

Forced to slay the Tsukumogami that Sunekosuri became, restored to normal yet hanging on for dear life, Tadashi battles Agi in rage before she is called back by Kato to begin the final phase by joining with Yomotsumono. Despite Tadashi's attempts, Kato proves to be superior as Kawahime attempts to protect the boy, admitting to her hatred for humans for being abandoned when she first came into being, but will never resort to a human emotion - revenge. Unfazed, Kato takes the two out as Azukiarai awkwardly arrives and the villain calls Agi to join him. However, her love for him is a hindrance to the process, so Kato kills her instead before entering the oven to become one with Yomotsumono. However, due to Sata's actions, one of Azukiarai's Azuki beans ends up in the mix with Kato, causing a chain reaction of positive emotion that destroys Yomotsumono. After the Yokai take their leave, Tadashi and Sata find themselves on the street and the boy tells his first white lie to the reporter about Kawahime's feelings towards him. Years later, Tadashi is a grown man who lost the ability to see Yokai, even Sunekosuri who is at the end confronted by an Azuki-pupiled Kato.
L² Scored: 7.5/10

L² Comment:
I always love the Japanese's monsters, and it is so cool to watch them in the movie :) Love their story individually but as i know some of them are quite useless if they really existed in the human world~ lol... Overall the storyline is ok and i really enjoy it

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Noah 2014

 Released Year: 2014
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Casted by:
Russell Crowe as Noah
Jennifer Connelly as Naameh
Ray Winstone as Tubal-cain
Douglas Booth as Shem
Emma Watson as Ila
Logan Lerman as Ham
Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah
As a young boy, Noah witnesses his father, Lamech, killed by Tubal-cain. Many years later, Noah is living with his wife Naameh and their sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, but after seeing a flower grow instantly from the ground and haunted by vivid dreams of a great flood, Noah takes them to visit his grandfather, Methuselah.

On the way, they come upon a group of people recently killed, and adopt the lone survivor, a girl named Ila. Noah and his family are chased by Tubal-Cain's men, but seek refuge with the fallen angels known as the 'Watchers', confined on Earth as stone golems (nephilim) for helping humans banished from the Garden of Eden. Methuselah gives Noah a seed derived from Eden and tells Noah that he was chosen for a reason. Returning to his tent that night, Noah plants the seed into the ground. The Watchers arrive the next morning and angrily discuss how they shouldn't help Noah until they see water spouting up from spot that Noah planted the seed. An entire forest grows quickly and the Watchers state that they will help Noah do the Creator's bidding. These trees are cut by the Watchers to build Noah's Ark with the help of Noah's family.

After the arrival of birds to the Ark, Tubal-Cain arrives with his followers and confronts Noah about his purpose for building the Ark. Noah defies Tubal-Cain and remarks that there is no escape for the line of Cain. Tubal-Cain retreats and decides to build weapons to defeat the Watchers when the rain starts and the Ark must be taken. As the Ark nears completion, animals of various species enter the ark and are put to sleep by incense.

With Ila having become enamored of Shem, Noah goes to a nearby settlement to find wives for Ham and Japheth, but upon witnessing cannibalism by a starving mob, he abandons his effort. Thereafter Methuselah cures Ila of sterility. Ham, searching for a wife on his own behalf, acquires the refugee Na'el (Madison Davenport).

The rain starts falling and Tubal-Cain becomes angry that he wasn't chosen to be rescued. The followers of Tubal-Cain make a run for the Ark. In the meantime, Noah finds Ham in the forest and forces Ham to save himself and leave Na'el to die when she is caught in a metal trap set for an animal. All of Noah's family enter the Ark except Methuselah, who remains behind purposely in the forest awaiting the flood to deliver him from the Earth. As the deluge begins, the Watchers hold off Tubal-Cain and his followers as long as possible but in the end, sacrifice themselves to protect the Ark from the mob. Upon doing so, they ascend to Heaven after leaving their mortal stone form. As the flood drowns the remaining humans, an injured Tubal-Cain climbs onto the Ark and solicits Ham, playing on anger toward Noah for allowing Na'el to die. Ila becomes pregnant as rains stop, but Noah, against his wife's dissuasions, resolves that if the child is a girl, he will kill her to satisfy the Creator's wish to destroy humanity.

Months pass, and Ila and Shem build a small raft to escape Noah's resolve, but Noah burns it after discovering it. Afterwards, Ila gives birth to twin girls. Meanwhile, Tubal-Cain convinces Ham to help kill Noah, who is therefore attacked by Tubal-Cain, Ham, and Shem. As they fight, the Ark hits a mountain, and Ham kills Tubal-Cain. Noah seizes Ila's twins, but he spares them upon perceiving innocence. Upon exiting the ark, Noah goes into isolation in a nearby cave and starts to drink wine. Afterwards he is discovered by his sons, nude and drunk. Having reconciled, at the behest of Ila, with all but Ham (who departs alone), Noah blesses the family as the beginning of a new human race, and witness an immense rainbow.
 L² Scored: 7/10

L² Comment:
Noah's Ark is one of my favorite epic biblical genre kind of movie, its a bit long of this movie which involve the after of the whole incident which the ark has finally landed somewhere. Well, overall the story is ok for me, but i'm not sure about the part where Tubal-Cain went into the ark, anybody?