08 November 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - THOR: RAGNAROK

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Thor: Ragnarok
THOR: RAGNAROK
Year of Release: 2017
Date Watched: 07 November 2017
JR's Rating:  (9.0 out of 10, Excellent)
"Thor May Be The Strongest Avenger After All"

POSITIVES
➕ Hulk vs. Thor
➕ Hela, the God of Death
➕ Short-Haired Chris Hemsworth
➕ Futuristic Sakaar
➕ Valkyrior
➕ Amazing Theme
NEGATIVES
➖ Jeff Goldblum
➖ Off-Beat Jokes





Ragnarok is the fulfillment of a long-awaited prophecy on the demise of planet Asgard after Hela, the God of Death, returns after a long imprisonment by their father Odin. While Thor manages to fight alongside Loki upon her return, Hela destroys Thor's hammer and even pushed them on a different planet where Hulk reigns supreme. No worries though, Thor legitimately earns the title of strongest Avenger alive in this movie. To make things straight, I haven't watched any Thor film (exception with the Avengers movies) prior to this one and hella, Thor: Ragnarok made Thor not just a damn amazing superhero but rather a hella amazing god. Thor: Ragnarok never failed with its several symbolic biblical references (i.e. Exodus of Asgard's People, David vs. Goliath) while remaining true to the storylines of Planet Hulk and Ragnarok. Thor: Ragnarok may not be this year's best superhero movie (that belongs to Wonder Woman) but it is distinctive as the best Marvel film of the year (sorry Spidey). Though some jokes were really off-beat with some of its more serious scenes, I just can't help but feel compassion for Thor in his struggle in this film. I fell in love with Sakaar as it reminded me a bit of the futuristic L.A. in Blade Runner (most especially when Thor gets introduced about the planet) but still maintaining its own unique vibe. While the the portrayal of the Grandmaster seem also off of this movie, the Valkyrior, Korg and most especially the majestic Surtur are played greatly and on beat. The theme in the film is so damn hella good as it works perfectly in the film. While the battle of Hulk and Thor is a must see in this film, the battle between Hela and Surtur is more ambitious defining truly the idea of Ragnarok. By the way, I love two more things about this film, one is how Asgard is referred to as the people not a place and the other, the short-haired Chris Hemsworth, I mean Thor. What a transition it really is. Things started really good when Thor bore that short hair.

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Time Published: 08 November 2017 (9:00 PM)

05 November 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - JIGSAW

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Jigsaw
JIGSAW
Year of Release: 2017
Date Watched: 04 November 2017
JR's Rating:  (7.0 out of 10, Alright)
"Jigsaw Lives"

POSITIVES
➕ John Kramer Returns (or does he?)
➕ 10 Years Ago Twist
➕ Motorcycle Spiral Trap
➕ Silo Sand Trap
➕ Good Way to Reestablish Franchise
NEGATIVES
➖ Inconsistent & Forced with Saw Timeline
➖ Hanging Trap
➖ Frustrating Victims



People who knows me really understands my love for the SAW movie franchise. This year's Jigsaw may be the hope of new life fans have been looking for from the almost dead decade-long horror franchise. Jigsaw is set ten years after Jigsaw's death where his traps are set to life once again to a new generation of its flawed victims. Five people are set in a grizly and horrific decision between life and death. The big question however is, is Jigsaw still alive or another copycat is on the lose? The answer: Jigsaw lives. Re-establishing itself with a new villain with a connection to the Jigsaw killer himself, John Kramer, Jigsaw's legacy continues with a brand new perpetuator set to let others experience Jigsaw's own brand of justice. Such individuals tested on this film are those being favored by a flawed justice system. Is it me or is it the film out of the Saw timeline. While the new film does effectively with its new traps such as the Spiral and Silo Traps, it seems to me that the story is far off from the original 7 sequels forcing itself way into the franchise to form a link with the original. Nevertheless, this film provides an avenue to reestablish the franchise with a new "Jigsaw" set to test individuals for future movies. It's really a good idea to bank on a new title for possible sequels to provide due respect for the original which may not anymore link with the "Saw" continuity. The movie's victims are for me lacking of background as how I perceived the old movies of the franchise thereby lacking that sense of empathy or anger to each of Jigsaw's victims now. All-in-all, Jigsaw is an okay movie, worth the watch to any Saw fanatic, not worth the watch for those who don't have a background about the Jigsaw killer. The truth will set you free.

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Time Published: 05 November 2017 (9:00 PM)

04 November 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

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The Silence of the Lambs
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
Year of Release: 1991
Date Watched: *watched too many times already
JR's Rating: 🔟9️⃣ (10 out of 10, Perfect Masterpiece)
"Serial Killer of the Sea"

⭐️ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ⭐️

POSITIVES
➕ Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter
➕ Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling
➕ All Dialogues between Clarice & Dr. Lecter
➕ Buffalo Bill Dance Scene
➕ "Fava beans and a nice chianti..."
➕ "It rubs the lotion on its skin..."
➕ Terrifying Jailbreak Scene
➕ Pitch Black Death of Buffalo Bill
NEGATIVES
- none -









The Silence of the Lambs remains a personal favorite, a highly recommended must watch for all movie aficionados. As an introduction, The Silence of the Lambs is the only horror film in history to have earned the Best Picture title in the Academy Awards. That idea made me really want to watch this film before; the Academy never failed me with this horrific masterpiece. The Silence of the Lambs accounts the dialogues between Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in pursuit of the capture of another serial killer known by the name Buffalo Bill, who kills women for their skin as his source of pleasure. Hannibal Lecter is a cannibal with a doctorate degree, while Clarice Starling is an FBI Trainee. Clarice develops a satisfying connection with Hannibal after relaying her own horrific experience, the screaming of the lambs. The movie is full of intense yet memorable sequences and dialogues as masterfully transpired by their actors most especially by Jodie Foster (1992 Best Actress, Academy) and Anthony Hopkins (1992 Best Actor, Academy). All their quotable dialogues are worth listening to as they really form a connection to the audience as well. Who wouldn't remember Hannibal's "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti." While Hannibal may be a main character in this movie, Buffalo Bill is the real villain who manages to be the only threat in this film. Every scene involving Buffalo Bill are aesthetically frightening and really anger-inducing. Still, Hannibal's escape stands out as the movie's most innovative yet maintaining to still be the scariest. I really felt with the film, feeling legitimate emotions of sadness, anger, frustration and satisfaction with each scene correspondingly. The Silence of the Lambs stands as one of the best films (not just in horror) to be created in the history of cinema. All good things indeed come to those who wait.

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Time Published: 04 November 2017 (9:00 PM)