My Oscars 2016 Predictions

Best actor: Bryan Cranston
Best actress: Brie Larson
Best picture: Spotlight
Best director: Alejandro Inarritu
Best supporting actor: Tom Hardy
Best supporting actress: Alicia Vikander
Best animated feature film: Inside Out
Best original screenplay: Straight Outta Compton
Best cinematography: Mad Max Fury Road
Best costume design: Cinderella
Best visual effects: Star Wars The Force Awakens
Best film editing: Mad Max Fury Road
Best adapted screenplay: The Martian
Best sound mixing: The Revenant
Best foreign language film: Son Of Saul
Best original score:The Hateful Eight
Best production design: Mad Max Fury Road


Big Trouble in Little China (1986) – Movie Review

Big Trouble in Little ChinaThere are so many classic movies out there and even less time in a day to watch every movie I want to see or was suggested I see for various reasons. This is one of the most iconic movies of the 80s and has a cult following across the world, so with recent news of the remake coming at me from all over the internet, I realized it was time to sit down and experience Big Trouble in Little China for myself for the very first time.
Before going into this movie, I heard only a few things about it – things like its cheesiness and inspiration for 2 Mortal Kombat game characters (who also appeared in the movie inspired by the game). Other than that my only expectation for the movie was good entertainment. Also, when it comes to these older movies, I tend not to watch the trailer simply because I want to be surprised by a movie. However, I’m not sure about what my readers like, and until you say otherwise, I’ll keep linking the trailers anyway because I like to see them when I write this stuff.

I love Kurt Russell, and until I saw this movie I thought I haven’t seen a bad movie he was in. His character is great, but the movie itself not so much. I just couldn’t get inside the story because there are too many supernatural elements working against the natural ones, which would be alright if natural elements had at least one supernatural element on their side, which they don’t. I hate to spoil the movie this way, but that’s the only way I can explain my reasoning.

If you’re not into martial arts you won’t like this movie because martial arts don’t help this movie one bit. What the movie has going for it are great sets, good CGI effects, good music, and cheesy one-liners. The overall concept and premise definitely deserve a remake though. I give Big Trouble in Little China 5/10. Remake can’t come soon enough.

My First 3D Movie – TRON: Legacy (2010)

TRON LegacyIt was a cold winter, and I think the movie arrived to my local theater in January, but I was excited to see the sequel that was 28 years in the making. I saw the original around the time the sequel was announced to be made, and I fell in love with this computer world called The Grid.

If you haven’t seen the original, I suggest watching it because it’s totally worth it. The technology, the effects are simply amazing. And the sequel doesn’t take long to get into the heart of the matter. You don’t have to see the original to watch the sequel, but you will have greater appreciation for the movie if you do so.

Flynn’s Arcade is similar to the place I used to go to as a kid, and I spent hours playing games with my friends; and often times my dad came looking for me because I didn’t come home straight after school. But at least he knew where he could find me because this was age before cell phones were a thing.

So, what’s the movie like? It’s another adventure into the unknown, a place that will leave you breathless and place where almost every imagination can come to life if there’s a program for it – and there just about is program for everything. Time moves faster there too because this is a world inside the computer, and don’t tell me you never imagined what it would be like to live there.

The soundtrack has a song for almost every scene, and at at times it can be distracting, but the visual effects make up for it. The characters are well-developed and all the important characters are well-explained. I give this movie 8/10. The third movie in this series is set to start shooting this fall.

My Favorite Movie of All Time – The Last Action Hero (1993)

The Last Action HeroI can see the cringing look you’re giving me reading that title. I don’t care about it. You know why? Because this is the first live action movie that I ever saw in cinema. I was only 6 or 7 years old when this movie came to my town. Back then there was no internet and movies took time to get here, so it may have been 1994 by the time I saw this movie – I don’t remember the exact circumstances around it. I only know I saw this poster all around town and it filled me with wonder and excitement as well as uncertainty of the unknown. I didn’t know who Arnold was at the time, and I certainly had no idea who Indiana Jones was yet, but this poster just screams Indiana Jones with a kid aboard. That kid is what caught my attention back then. That, and the fact that the guy who was holding him was probably saving the kid from certain but unknown doom; and he looked like he could pull it off too. This is the movie that made me get excited about new movies, and above all it’s simply magical. Magical in that it can draw me in and capture my attention in a way that makes me feel like I could be the kid he’s saving. And that’s what Arnie did for me, and that’s the reason he’s my favorite actor. Several years later, I found out that I share birthday with Arnie to the day, and that’s what sealed Arnie for me.

Back to the movie, and your concerns about it. I didn’t know what movie cameos or one-liners are back then, but “I’ll be back,” “Who says I’m fair,” “To be or not to be,” and “Could I speak to the drug dealer of the house, please” are some of my most memorable movie quotes. And watching Arnie as Hamlet made reading Hamlet 10 years later a lot more easier on the brain too.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, or you think the reviews are so bad that they make you not watch this movie, you are missing on a great action movie that is loads of fun and will experience a movie unlike ever before. Yes, this movie has its issues, like too many one liners, and over-developed story that kind of drags, with characters that are predictable and seen too many times before. I give it a solid 7 out of 10 because I am a fan. Get to da movie!

Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope (2015) Web Series

DBZ: Light of HopeWhen I was 12 years old Dragon Ball Z was my favorite cartoon, and I always hoped for a live action adaptation. Well, just like all the other fans of the series, I got kicked in the balls when Dragon Ball Evolution arrived, so when it finally arrived, I had so many expectations from it that, sadly few lived up to them; and movie overall was a huge disaster. However, I told myself I could always return to the originals; which I did. At least until I heard about one last chance for humanity called Light of Hope. And all my dreams and hopes came running back to the surface.

If you’re not fan of anime or never really got into it, it’s a strange but exciting world out that’s all yours to discover. Light of Hope was first announced in 2013, and later on the production company behind the fan-made series, Robot Underdog, released a first trailer, and I was amazed because this looked like something like my money would jump for joy if it came down to it. And the process took a few years to complete because these guys were doing it all on their own with their own money and equipment; securing the locations, shooting the scenes, the adding the special effects, editing – it took Robot Underdog 2 years if not more to complete the project. So when the pilot got released I was happy that it went viral. In just 7 short days, which seemed as long as 100 episodes of the original show – they had over 7 million views and it just kept growing from there.

What got me excited was that the story of this short series takes on an event from a movie made for the series that describes the events in alternative future timeline which prompts one of the characters to travel back in time to prevent those events from happening. This basically means this is a live action prequel based on a standalone anime movie that is tied to the original series.
This live action’s take on animation actually gives the original justice, and is definitely something Hollywood studios can learn from. You don’t need a lot of money to produce great piece of content, but you do need love, dedication, and hard work to create something a general audience will find appealing while do justice to the fans at the same time.

So having in mind this project is far from a major studio production, considering its short 13-minute length, Light of Hope lives up to its name and hype. Converting animation to live action is a tough task in itself, and when it comes to Japanese anime, it’s downright impossible because anime isn’t supposed to be live action. On a scale of 1-10, I give it a solid 8. I’ll ask you to hang around and see the clip through to the end. And don’t worry, Robot Underdog recently finished their crowdfunding campaign and they have already started working on script for episodes 2 and 3. I can’t wait to see what happens on the next exciting episode of DBZ Light of Hope.