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Thoughts on Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) is the sixth installment of the American action spy film based on the television series of the same name. Fallout is written, co-produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This is McQuarrie’s second film in the franchise following Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. As Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin reprise their roles, they are also joined by Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett. The first Mission: Impossible I watched was the second installment released in 2000. Since then, I watched every film …

I Kill Giants & Sucker Punch: Films That Combine Reality and Fantasy

Hearing the words reality and fantasy, literature and film comes to mind. Why, you ask? Well, both mediums serve as gateway just like when you read a book or watch a movie and you unlock a different world. Sometimes that world doesn’t make sense. But that, my friend is absolutely okay because it’s fantasy. Now you might think of J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. That is, in fact a great example of fantasy and a good film franchise. But what I want to share with you are two films that merges reality and fantasy just like The Fall (2006) and A Monster Calls (2016). Ready? I Kill Giants (2017) Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters. I Kill Giants (2017) is a film directed by Anders Walter with a screenplay by Joe Kelly, based on Kelly and Ken Niimura’s graphic novel of the same name. It stars Madison Wolfe, Imogen Poots, Sydney Wade, Rory Jackson and Zoe Saldana. Based on aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, “I Kill Giants” …

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Failed to Bite

The first installment of the Jurassic Park – I mean World franchise was a delight mainly because it’s been a long while. Having seen the entire Jurassic Park franchise in theatres when I was younger, I was indeed curious and excited to see what the new one has to offer. Keep in mind that that Jurassic World (2015) is no match to the heart and soul of Jurassic Park (1993) BUT we have to admit the first movie of new franchise was very entertaining. The dinosaurs were more terrifying, scenes were more intense and it was more graphic (*crunch); however, there’s something I noticed that’s making it hard for me see where the franchise will go. If you take a look at the events of the entire Jurassic Park franchise, you’ll see that Jurassic World is repeating what has been told already. But who knows where this film will go, right? Hmm… Now fast forward to three years after the events of the previous film where the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar has …

Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle is Simple and Pure

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island, the Oscar-nominated animated feature film recounts the milestones of a human being. Have you seen Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle? Though I am a fan of Studio Ghibli, I honestly, didn’t hear about The Red Turtle until I stumbled upon it on HBO Go, a TV Everywhere service offered by the American premium cable network HBO. I got real curious with the title so I hit play without checking the trailer or synopsis. I mean, why would you not? Studio Ghibli is involved, the very same studio that produced Grave of the Fireflies, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. But this time, they are not alone. The Red Turtle, a 2016 animated fantasy film directed and co-written by Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit was a co-production between Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch. I have to say that this collaboration which is also Dudok de Wit’s feature film debut is a treasure. You see, the story …

Lorenzo Vacirca (2008) – Animation Short Film

Lorenzo Vacirca is a little struggling man willing to take even the most absurd of jobs in the hope of seeing his dream come true: buy a Svamp car (the old Fiat 500.). When he finally manges to buy the car of his dreams, Lorenzo’s life suddenly turns into “Technicolor” but an unpredictable event will end up destroying it all. Lorenzo Vacirca (2008), an animation short and winner of the New Italian Cinema Events Award at the 55th Taormina Film Fest is a classic example of “simple approach but great impact.” I say this because the point of the story is simple. Do not be a slave to material things. Chasing and cherishing material possessions more than yourself is not a good way to live your life. Simple, right? But this animation short winner was able to present everyone’s reality. You see, our protagonist wants to have a car so he works hard, very hard to save up. In fact, he has more than one job a day. The problem with him is that he …