Posts Tagged ‘movie’
Jan 24, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Official Trailer #1

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is another sequel to the latest revamp of Godzilla movies “Godzilla” (2014), “Godzilla King of Monsters” (2019) and a crossover with the latest King Kong revamp “Kong Skull Island” (2017). In this crossover, it seems Godzilla has turned evil and Kong is now the hero of the show.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” will hit theatres and HBO Max on March 26, 2021.

Jan 20, 2021
Yojimbo (1961) Review

Yojimbo (1961) Review

By Chongchen Saelee

“Yojimbo” is my second favorite Akira Kurosawa film after “Seven Samurai”. Yojimbo means bodyguard in Japanese. It may seem like star Toshiro Mifune is playing the same nameless archetype, but they are indeed two different characters. In “Yojimbo”, Mifune plays a nameless wandering ronin (a masterless samurai) who is pushing 40 years old and stone broke looking for odd jobs or killing men for rice and sake. He wanders into a small village where two rivals gangs are fighting for control over the silk and sake productions.

The movie opens with the nameless ronin wandering aimlessly, he even picks up a branch and tosses it and whichever direction it points to is where he’s going. Along the way, he spots a young man arguing with his father about wanting to become a “gambler” because they make money, drink sake and dress in nice silk. He wants to live it up and die young, not live at home and work on a farm eating porridge, against his father’s wishes. In movie storytelling, it’s a small useless scene… or is it?

After a sniveling crooked constable (the equivalent of the town sheriff) alerts him how to make some quick ryo (money in ancient Japan), he goes to meet up with a local big shot. When asked what his name is, being nameless, he peers out into an open field of mulberry grass and names himself after it as “Kuwabatake Sanjuro” or Sanjuro for short. (more…)

Nov 20, 2019
The Flash: A Body Horror Time Travel Crime Thriller (Fan Fiction)

The Screaming Horror Flash

The Flash: A Body Horror Time Travel Crime Thriller (Fan Fiction)
By Chongchen Saelee

My idea for how to do The Flash for the big screen. It would be a mix between Hellraiser, The Time Machine, and Altered States.

The basic premise is that Barry Allen is a crime scene investigator who can’t get over the death of his wife having found her skinned when he shows up by chance at a crime scene. So he makes a deal with The Devil in an attempt to bring his wife back to life. Of course, shit goes to hell when he’s working in the lab and is struck by red lightning, the building burns down, and his body disappears. Everyone assumes he’s dead. (more…)

Oct 12, 2016
Nikon D3200 DSLR 60FPS movie mode test

Using Nikon D3200 DSLR movie mode 60fps/720p. Intepreted footage at 10fps mapped to 23.97fps. Pretty much get it right in camera first, no additional interpolation like using After Effects Timewarp or Twixtor. Or get high-speed camera to begin with. (more…)

Mar 20, 2016
Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice Early Review! Warning: Spoilers!!!

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Early Review

Warning! Contains spoilers!

By Chongchen Saelee

Don’t get me wrong, I went into Batman V Superman blindly with low expectations and I think it was super. I thought “Man of Steel” was satisfactory, but it wasn’t anything that was epic or memorable, other than the fact it was the biggest and most interesting interpretation of the Superman lore to date. Given time, even these darker more realistic phases will pass, and descendants of comic book movie fans will see it as a sign of the times. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a thrilling piece of entertainment for now. (more…)

Jul 22, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Official Soundtrack Review!!!

May 16, 2014
Godzilla (2014) Tries Really Hard To Be An American Movie

By Chongchen Saelee

Gareth Edwards is a talented director if you’ve just learned that this is only his second major motion picture. But I being a heavy consumer of all-things American, I spotted too much of the same-o-same-o to really be too impressed. (more…)

Apr 26, 2014
Scarlett Johansson’s Vagina, Under The Skin, and Exploitation of Ugly Adam

By Chongchen Saelee

I think “Under The Skin” may be quite overrated. If you’ve seen “Life Force”, you’ll get the same kind of pomp and hardcore sci-fi. If you want more titilation, then watch the “Species” franchise. I don’t doubt “Under The Skin” having some cool artsy sequences, but it’s possible it can become blase, if it isn’t already. No one comes up with anything new anymore. The fact that you get presented with an eyeball in an extended camera pull back should be enough clue, it’s done to death. (more…)

Mar 29, 2014
Batman vs Superman Looking for Extras in Michigan

http://batman-news.com/2014/03/28/be-an-extra-in-batman-vs-superman-in-detroit-michigan/

Wow! Here’s my chance again to be in a major motion picture. I live right next to Michigan in Wisconsin. And my schedule is kinda open. Anyway, they’re looking for clean cut military and law enforcement types. Must be a dystopian Gotham City montage or something. I imagine something like Stephen King’s “The Mist” with a bunch of armed dudes running through the streets of Gotham. Batman is black smokey mist lingering in the shadows.

Well, if this casting call is real, good luck to all you aspiring actors!!!

Mar 23, 2014
How I Would Adapt Jonny Quest for Live Action Film

By Chongchen Saelee

Everyone who grew up on some incarnation of Jonny Quest loves the appeal of being the bad-ass boy of the hour. You don’t want to be Robin because he just can’t outweigh Batman as the sidekick. Jonny Quest, however, although technically still the sidekick to his scientist father and Rick Bannon, is actually the main focus and star of his own show. If you’re a young kid watching this, you don’t feel left out.

And I’m sure Hollywood knows this is a good property to adapt for live-action. They’ve tried it. At one point, “High School Musical” star Zak Efron was attached to play Jonny Quest, but then he became a man, so no more of that.

If Jonny Quest is just James Bond, Jr., I say do it like a Bond movie then. Very serious tone. No dumbing it down for kids like Roberto Rodriguez would do (even though his Spy Kids franchise is relatively successful). (more…)