Friday, 26 April 2013


Marvel's comic book super hero Iron Man returns to the big screen in Iron Man 3 after two successful films in 2008 and 2010. Robert Downney Jr. returns as Tony Stark / Iron Man alongside Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes / War Machine. Together, they battle villain Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin and Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian. This film is helmed by Shane Black who directed Downey in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).

When Shane Black was signed to direct Iron Man, I was skeptical he would be able to handle a big budget feature film as it would be only his second feature film. Last year, I doubted Joss Whedon directing The Avengers (also his second feature film) and he proofed me wrong. This year, Shane Black did it to me, again.

Iron Man 3 sees Tony Stark / Iron Man in peril. He is stripped of all his fancy technology and left to fend for himself. As he investigates the intentions of the villains, he operates with almost nothing and his ingenuity is dependent on the bare minimum. Of course, he has some help from Pepper Potts and James Rhodes.

Written by Shane Black and Drew Pearce, the film's script was pretty solid. There were enough jokes and witty remarks like the first two films. In fact, there are even better than the first two films. The introduction of a supporting role, not from the comic books, who becomes an unexpected ally to Stark was pretty smart.

A very good ensemble. The heroes were at their best. The villains even better. I especially liked Guy Pearce in this film who was pretty bad-ass. Ben Kingsley's gives an unforgettable performance. More screen time is given to Gwyneth Paltrow and Jon Favreau (who plays Stark's driver/bodyguard Happy Hogan).

The action scenes are pretty amazing. Fight scenes were cool. I especially liked the new way of how the Suit of Armor gets attached to Tony Stark. I expected the film to rely heavily on visual effects but it didn't. Despite Industrial Light & Magic not being involved like the previous films, the visual effects were very satiscatory.

The film started off slow. Lots of dialogue and no action scenes. I guess this was critical in trying to establish the characters for the audience, especially to those who are not familiar with the Iron Man franchise. The film is 'quiet' in the middle. However, the film builds up to a spectacular finale which got many in the audience cheering.

It is a total departure from the previous Jon Favreau's film. Iron Man 3 is more darker as it deals with depression, defeat and despair. Thanks to a well-written script with good insertion of jokes and wit, the film was not boring.

More dialogue scenes compared to action scenes. There is nothing wrong with this as both were executed well. If you are one of those people who expects action scenes from start to finish in the film, you will be disappointed.

There is more characterization in this film. We get to see more Tony Stark. The human factor type of storyline.

Once again, Marvel has given us a well-made super hero film. Don't forget to stay till AFTER the end credits for a bonus scene. Recommended for family.

8 out of 10

Tuesday, 23 April 2013


I have been asked this question many times. The following is the BEST answer:

Film - is an anachronism dating from the days when movies were actually made on film. When film itself became technologically outdated and movies began to be made on tape, the word 'film' stuck. 

Now that movies are made on digital electronic media, they are still called films - though 'film' actually hasn't been used in many years. For all practical purposes, however - they mean the same.

- adapted from someone on Yahoo Answers.


If you are familiar with Twitter, you know that it is a timeline feed. It would be difficult for me to search again for my previous tweets.

However, a Twitter friend of mine @qu5h , managed to compile my movie review tweets of The Dark Knight Rises last year and used it as a guide for his own movie review. I am very humbled by this.

Click here to read it.

photo credit: Messenjahmatt



Date: 23rd April 2013. My birthday.

Old in age but new to this blogging world.

As the name of the blog suggest, this blog is gonna be about reviewing movies, specifically movies which I have watched in the cinemas. Local and international movies. If I have the time, I will review movies which I have watched on DVD.

Watching movies has been a long time passion and I am sure it is for many too. I have always liked indulging in conversations about movie trivias, dialogue, scene deconstruction, filming techniques, etc. My friends who know me since my teenage years dubbed me somewhat of a 'Movie Guy'.

During this coming age of social media, I admit to being a victim of its prowess. I embraced it (like the majority) and currently active on Twitter. On Twitter, I share a lot of my interest, particularly movies. Every time after I watch a movie, I would do movie review tweets and share my experience. Lately, I have been recommended to start a blog and share/discuss more about the movies I watch, hence the creation of what you are reading now.

Since this blog is inspired by the movie reviews I tweet on Twitter, I will maintain the same 'feel' as to what I share:-

- No movie spoilers that might ruin the cinema-going experience for audiences.
- Movie ratings being scored from a scale from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)

At least now I have more than the limited 140 characters imposed by Twitter.