Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
“HORSEPLAY” 盜馬記 PRESS REVIEW
Here’s a mumbo-jumbo of the plot:
Ha Mui (KELLY CHEN) is a pretty TV host, trying to make good.
She is hot on the trail of a notorious thief and reliable sources direct her to London.
She sees the trip serving as the prologue to a fantastic scoop on relics smuggling ,and as a boost to impress her bosses.
And chances would have it, she comes face-to-face with the infamous thief who goes by the name of Nine-Tailed Fox (TONY LEUNG KA-FAI) during her investigations.
This foxy guy provides some comic relief, and outwardly he appears cheeky and playful.
Nay, not everything is what it seems.
Next, enter the bumbling nerd of a detective Cheung Ho (EKIN CHENG).
He arrives in London to “protect” the multi-million TANG DYNASTY POTTERY HORSE from being stolen.
And midway through it all, you’ll find he is more a hindrance than a help.
Everyone has his own hidden agenda.
We have a top-notch Hong Kong cast. Plus exciting locales such as London and Prague.
The plot of the movie may have been inspired by a TVB recent drama series TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES 2 which give the wrong idea that pilots and cabin crew are always frolicking on the streets of London during stopovers.
Please take note that Hong Kong is an island with an overall population of 7 million, the commoners dwelling in cramped public housings.
Not everybody can afford to travel, so the substitute is in the form of a travel movie which shows you the splendor of exotic locales.
The three veteran actors here are baby boomers.
Try sorting them in a potpourri of sorts and transport them to LONDON and PRAGUE. And be prepared for a mayhem of comedic escapades.
Every thing seems so surreal, just like stepping off a fashion spread.
You’ll wonder at KELLY CHEN who’s wearing the same red color evening gown for most part of the movie.
You tell yourself that it it’s her royal sacrifice, pursuing the nine-tailed fox, she has no time to go back to change. Believe this,chum.
What writer-director LEE CHI NGAI Lee succeeds is swarming us with breathtaking panoramic views of London and Prague.
Script-wise however, is another matter where he relies an overload of slapstick gags.
It is silly to watch the alluring female assassin (MANDY LIEU) trying to “finish off” the Nine-tailed Fox with a pen-like needle over and over again but fails in her attempts.
The squealing ERIC TSANG and the funny man WONG CHO-LAM are tag-along stars.
You hope that the riotous film ‘HORSEPLAY” ignites like a fire-cracker.
Well, almost, with your help.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
“POSSESSED” THAI FILM REVIEW
Having worked in Thailand before and still am, it’s pretty clear to me, as with my Thai colleagues that this is one movie that will grip you by the horns.
Or it might not.
For sure, it will provide you with some chilly, scary moments.
Along with an accompaniment of mindless gags.
Hence we should pronounce this as a Ghost Comedy.
Now, the rural population of THAILAND is around 46 million and these country folks love this brand of comedies. Good to laugh, they chime.
Smart director Pakphum Wongjinda knows where to place his sentiments in a win-win situation.
He has also gleefully calculated the inflow of dollars and cents.
The drab Plot:
“A group of college students pick a remote Chinese cemetery as a filming locale for their
senior-year short movie project.
The filming script is planned to be a weepy romance that will tear at your heartstrings.
Quite by coincidence the shoot dates happen to fall during the Chinese Ghost Festival.
But the real terror erupts when Ji (Apittha “Mean” Klaiudom), a depressed female colleague, who has just joined the crew gets possessed by a stray spirit.
The horrifying spirit wants the crew to help it to accomplish something…
Or else death will befall everyone.”
It is silly to even compare this movie with PEE MAK, the blockbuster which stars MARIO MAURER.
PEE MAK is helmed by a very renowned director and MARIO is a Thailand superstar.
The ensemble cast of POSSESSED are relatively unknown.
No matter, as the 46 million people comprising the rural populace were to buy the DVD version, the sales will still reap a tidy amount, even if this film should flop at the cinema.
Is this movie deliciously demented?
Not on your life, but if you like Thai horror comedies, check this one out.
Rating: 2 out of 5.
Monday, March 17, 2014
“MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN”
ANIMATED FILM REVIEW
Truth be told:
You can grade me as an old school enthusiast, but no matter.
I try not to be a fan of the present day animated films where the focus rests largely on CGI instead of plot.
This one, however, is an exception: I am bowled over by “MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN”.
It may be in 3D but the use of CGI is wisely balanced.
The movie is funny, wacky, cute, offering a wisp of spring, is irresistible, and a lot more …..
Truly we roar at the unintended antics of the comic duo MR.PEABODY, his son SHERMAN and their helpless escapades.
The “feel-good” energy is set to dispense anybody’s blues away.
Let’s take a quick run through the story:
Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is a smart talking dog who won the legal right to adopt Sherman (Max Charles), an orphaned baby.