Which Cartoon Character Would You Like to be For a Day?

We all love cartoons or at least, we loved them at some point in our lives. They made us smile and, on other occasions, did the exact opposite. But one thing they all had in common was that they entertained us. We are a generation of entertainment enthusiasts that are defined by these characters. So much so that at some point, we actually wanted to be these characters. We wanted to live like them, at least for a day.

Here is my question to you….”Which Cartoon character would you like to be for a day?”

And with that in mind, let me share my choices, here are 5 cartoon characters that I would love to be for one day if I had the chance…

5) Dexter (Dexter’s Laboratory)

Mad Scientists, I tell you
Mad Scientists, I tell you

The show Dexter’s Laboratory revolves around a boy/scientist who has a lab hidden behind his bookshelf. He constantly tries to create new inventions only to fail due to some of his careless mistakes , over-excitement and his meddling sister, Dee Dee.

Why Do I Want To Be Him For One Day?

  • I would love to speak in a sort-of German accent (that’s what I think it is btw)
  • I have always had this crazy dream of being a scientist who does mad stuff
  • Part of the reason why I laughed watching this was seeing Dexter fail, again and again and I have this weird thing where I always laugh at myself for failing over and over again.
  • I would start adding extra securities so that Dee Dee (his sister) would never jeopardize anything (seriously, how does she get through all of that?)

4) Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls)

That is cute
That is cute

Gravity Falls is one of my new favorite shows. I love it for showing us siblings how to actually get along with each other for once (Me and my sis get along amazingly btw). I love the humour, the stories, the characters and just how crazy and offbeat it is. The show revolves around two siblings Mabel and Dipper who have gone to live with their uncle in the mysterious “Gravity Falls”, where weird adventures are waiting for them.

Why Do I want to be Mabel?

  • Because she is off beat and crazy
  • She learns how to live life, never wasting a minute of it. I would love to experience that (Also, she never comes off as whimsical despite all that)
  • She’s positive and expressive about her feelings (I am kind of like that too)

3) Johnny Bravo (Johnny Bravo)

The King of Selfies
The King of Selfies

Johnny Bravo is a show about a guy’s (Johnny Bravo) daily life and his whacky adventures. So…..

Why Do I want to be Johnny Bravo?

  • He has one hell of a body (I am not gay, but even I can tell)
  • I would love to do more useful stuff with that rather than get girls (Seriously, there is so much you can do)
  • I always wanted to know what blonde hair looks like on a guy
  • He is so full of himself, so am I (in a sarcastic way)!

2) Spike

The Truce Hurts
The Truce Hurts

Tom and Jerry basically defined my childhood. It tickled my funny bone all the time. It defined slapstick comedy for me and I am sure it has for many others as well. The show revolves around the love/hate relationship between a cat and a mouse. So, you might be surprised with who I want to be. So, let’s ask the question:

Why Do I want to be Spike the Dog?

  • Because Spike is more laid back, most of the time
  • I would love to be the strongest in the trio (the trio that consists of cat, dog and mouse)
  • Also, I would just get to view the chases and on a few occasions, get to be a part of them (which is win-win for me). This allows me not to get hurt all the time
  • I would get to sleep a lot

1) Toph Beifong

She is a badass allright
She is a badass allright

Toph Beifong is one of the most badass characters in cartoon history. I love her and the show. Avatar: The Last Airbender revolves around people who can manipulate/bend one of the 4 major elements (Air, Water, Earth, Fire), known as benders.Toph is an Earthbender, which leads us to the question.

Why Do I Want to Be Toph?

  • I would love to experience being a master at something (Toph is an Earthbending master)
  • Also, I could do a lot of creative stuff with Earthbending, and it is my favorite of the four
  • I’d love to be a badass for one day
  • Like Spike, Toph is also laid back at times (I like that)

Honorable Mention: Bugs Bunny

Gee, What's Up Doc
Gee, What’s Up Doc

I honestly couldn’t find that many reasons to be Bugs Bunny for one day. I mean, I am not a fan of carrots and I do not like to be on either end of a gun. But, man I would love to say “Gee, What’s up Doc?” at least once. So, I guess that deserves an honorable mention.

Well, that’s all folks. I got nothing else to say. Which Cartoon character would you love to be for one day? answer the poll then the comment section is all yours.

Which Cartoon character would you like to be for one day?

  • 0
    Dexter
  • 0
    Mabel Pines
  • 0
    Johnny Bravo
  • 0
    Spike The Dog
  • You
    Toph Beifong
  • I want to write my own post about it
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When Should We Use The Word ‘Overrated’?

Whenever we are asked to critique any show, movie or anything in general, we readily give reasons for the judgement we pass on them. Justifications for all the opinions we value so dearly. I mean, it’s all subjective, right?! Well, recently I’ve started noticing people who are continually referring to the word ‘overrated’ as a principal (mostly) reason for disliking something. The OED (my personal Bible) tells me that ‘overrated’ means: rated or valued too highly. Perfect. So far so good. I know what it means. So do you. So does almost everybody. Then why do so many people never explain what they think of a movie after labelling it overrated?

its okay...its okay
its okay…its okay

Personally, I don’t have a problem with whether its meaning is twisted. It’s not. What bothers me is that it’s being made into a convenient escape route. It’s basically a method to flee and not think about what the real issue is. Okay. Let me try to give you an example to show you why I’m bothering to write an entire article about this. Here goes.

“Hey, what do you think about that Boyhood movie?” I asked my friend. All the while, there are reasons buzzing in MY head about why I didn’t like the movie that much and think it’s overrated. Bland main character. Unrelatable situations. Unoriginal plot (Remember, personal opinion. Don’t jump me.)

“It’s overrated.”

“You bet! Why do you think it’s overrated though?”

“Huh?”

Comprende? It gets a little infuriating at times.

Nice man...Nice
Nice man…Nice

What I’m trying to say here and asking you to do (Heck, I’m pleading!) is to think harder. I’m asking you. Each and every one of you, as individuals, to really catch yourself each time you use the ‘O-word’ as the heart and soul of an opinion and think, “Is there another less hazy (cloudy, vague, bloody OPAQUE. I could go on) way to rationalise why I have a problem with this so-and-so?” Ultimately, I’m asking you to force yourself to contemplate on why you reason the way you do. This might be seen as something that has arisen thanks to petty incidents but I think it makes a difference. We live in a world where movies are a kick starter for conversations. Let’s ask ourselves, do we really want to spend time on a conversation that is boring and uninteresting? No. We love debating about what we love, it makes us love what we love even more. We are in a community where we write about movies after all.

Basically, try not to use the O-Word.

Have a cookie
Have a cookie

5 Performances in Movies That Were Criminally UNDERRATED

You know that saying “Work hard, and success will follow you” Well, from their performances, these actors clearly worked hard, but not many people seemed to recognize them for it. So, here I am trying to do them justice. Here are 5 performances that were really good but went unnoticed either due to the fact that they were upstaged by a better performer and were overlooked, or the movie itself went unnoticed. Regardless, here are my favorite performances that were heavily underrated.

5) Miles Teller as Andrew Neiman (Whiplash)

Keep Drummin' Man
Keep Drummin’ Man

Miles Teller’s performance as a boy who is struggling to prove his passion to others is one that requires a great deal of motivation to be shown on screen. Miles Teller was up for the job. Whenever people talk about Whiplash, J.K Simmons gets all the love and while he was great, the main thing he had to do throughout the film was to be a stern and ruthless teacher. Miles Teller, on the other hand, had to portray a guy who didn’t know how to express his love for what he does. This sometimes led his character to express a variety of emotions. He was either frustrated, depressed, furious, overjoyed or even cocky. Sure, J.K Simmons did a lot of that too, but it was Andrew’s journey that we were a part of. We saw it from his view and damn it, I rooted for him the most. Also, he played the drums, man.

4) Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face (The Dark Knight)

Harvey Dent (above) and Two-Face (below)
Harvey Dent (above) and Two-Face (below)

Aaron Eckhart’s performance was one of the few that I would consider not only underrated, but overlooked as well. It almost went unnoticed. Heath Ledger as The Joker was awesome and yes, he was my favorite part of the film too. But that’s not to say that Eckhart’s performance doesn’t deserve our praise as well.. In fact, I would argue that Aaron Eckhart deserved to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars that year.

Regardless, what Aaron Eckhart brought to the table was giving us the Harvey Dent we never got to see before. You see, unlike Joker, there were no good versions of Harvey Dent in any of the other Batman movies prior to The Dark Knight. Eckhart brought the charm, intelligence and confidence to Harvey Dent and he brought the ruthless, tragic and psychotic traits to Two-Face. To see someone pull off both these roles was an absolute treat. In fact, the one issue I had with The Dark Knight is that Two-Face wasn’t featured much in the movie.

3) Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell (Moon)

You Still Won't Give me an Oscar
You Still Won’t Give me an Oscar

Sam Rockwell is one of the most underrated actors, period. His performance in this movie is one of the best lead performances I have ever seen from an actor. Also, apart from Kevin Spacey’s GERTY (the computer), he is the only one on screen for most of the movie. What makes his performance so special to me is that he was able to capture the characters loneliness very well. Besides, giving a performance where you are on screen for most of the film is an achievement in and of itself.

2) Logan Lerman as Charlie Kelmeckis (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

That's a good suit
That’s a good suit

Let me start off by saying that I am not the biggest fan of Logan Lerman. I didn’t think he was that good of an actor before seeing this film. So, when I found out that he starred in this movie, I went into it with very low expectations. Thank God, I was so wrong.

Logan Lerman gave one of the most memorable coming-of-age performances in recent times. The fact that his performance in the film was overlooked due to Ezra Miller’s performance kind of got me agitated (Ezra Miller was awesome though). What Logan Lerman did so well with his performance was hiding a part of himself. Throughout the entire film, he does a great job of hinting at something that happened to his character, which ultimately factors in to the emotional climax of the movie. Not only that, he was able to portray a shy and misunderstood high schooler quite well. It was something I related to and I am sure others did too. Which is why I think that his performance was underrated.

1) Jim Carrey as Joel Barish (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

You are Jim Carrey, aren't you???
You are Jim Carrey, aren’t you???

Where should I start? This is Jim Carrey like we have never seen before. I mean it. When I first saw this movie, I just couldn’t find myself accepting that the guy who I was seeing on screen was JIM CARREY. That’s a testament to what a great actor he can really be. Unlike any of his other performances such as Ace Ventura or Liar Liar, where he does a lot exaggerated facial expressions (which I love), he was more subdued.

You barely see the Jim Carrey we know and love. What we see is a man who is alone, shy and afraid of socializing with others. This was the kind of performance I had always wanted to see from Jim Carrey, and I got it. Kate Winslet got a lot of well-deserved praise for this movie. Given that this was the role for me that broke Carrey’s typecasting, the fact that he didn’t receive a nomination did get me on my nerves just a little bit.

So guys, there is my list, what did you think? Was it any good or do you think that there are many more underrated performances? Use the comment section to wage war on me. But before you do so, can you tell me…

12 Interesting Things You Never Knew About 12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men is one of my all-time favorite films. It is well written, well acted, well directed and overall, it’s a great movie. Hell, I have even written a review of it. I can never stop thinking about it. I can never forget it, which is why I went all over the Internet to search for some insane trivia regarding one of my personal favorites. These are some interesting facts that happened behind the camera – and in front of it. These aren’t plot holes or mistakes in the movie, either. Instead, these are the little things that either made the movie even better than it already was or just reminded us why we loved the film in the first place. So, with all that said, here are 12 interesting things you should know about 12 Angry Men.

12.) A Sense of Claustrophobia

There are a lot of closeups like these
There are a lot of closeups like these

At the beginning of the film, the cameras are all positioned above eye level and mounted with wide-angle lenses to give the appearance of greater distance between the subjects. As the film progresses, the cameras slip down to eye level. By the end of the film, nearly all of it is shot below eye level in close-up frames and with telephoto lenses to increase the encroaching sense of claustrophobia.

11.) Tiresome Rehearsals

I can see why he is pissed
I can see why he is pissed

Sidney Lumet had the actors all stay in the same room for hours on end and recite their lines over and over, without taping them. This was to give them a real taste of what it would be like to be cooped up in a room with the same people for an extended amount of time.

10.) None of the crew members who worked on12 Angry Men are alive today

With Sidney Lumet’s passing in 2011, none of the crew members, including actors, – even the uncredited ones such as the judge and extras – cinematographer, editor and writer are with us today. But movies can live on forever, and we still remember 12 Angry Men to this day.

9.) A Lot of Lines and No Time

This was probably their reaction to the time left
This was probably their reaction to the time left

Because the painstaking rehearsals for the film lasted an exhausting two weeks, filming had to be completed in an unprecedented 21 days!

8.) A Reference to Another Movie?

Lee J. Cobb’s character insults Juror #12 by calling him “The Boy in the Gray Flannel Suit.” One year before the release of 12 Angry Men (1957), Cobb starred in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), which also featured Joseph Sweeney (juror #9).

7.) This Was Sidney Lumet’s First Feature Film as a Director

You were truly a great director
You were truly a great director

Yes, this was actually Sidney Lumet’s debut as a director. He had worked on television before and directed episodes of shows like Mama (1949-57) andDanger (1950-55). He also worked on off-Broadway productions. But, seeing as television and film were two completely different industries at the time, I’d say Sidney Lumet did a pretty fantastic job while transitioning from TV to film.

6.) Smart Film, Smart Shooting

Because of the demands of the film’s low budget, if the lighting was set-up for a shot that took place from one particular angle, all the shots from that same angle had to be filmed then and there. This meant that different sides of the same conversation were sometimes shot several weeks apart. This must have been really tiring for the actors, but it was a smart way to shoot given the setback.

5.) George Voskovec and Joseph Sweeney Were the Only Returning Cast Members from the Teleplay

Joseph Sweeney
Joseph Sweeney
George Voskovec
George Voskovec

When first broadcasted as a teleplay on TV’s ‘Studio One,’ on the 20th of September 1954, the jurors were Norman Fell, John Beal, Franchot Tone, Walter Abel, Lee Philips, Bart Burns, Paul Hartman, Robert Cummings, Joseph Sweeney, Edward Arnold, George Voskovec, Will West. Joseph Sweeney (Juror #9) and George Voskovec (Juror #11) were the only two actors to reprise their roles for the film.

4.) Juror #10 Never Utters s Single Word After He Is Told to Shut Up and Listen

See the guy standing near the table looking around
See the guy standing near the table looking around

When Juror #10 concludes his ethnic-centerd rant – in which all other jurors either leave the table or notably disagree with him – he is then told to sit down and not to talk again. Indeed, from that moment on until the end of the film, he does not utter a single word.

3.) Juror #7 Looks at His Watch a Total of 28 Times Throughout the Movie

Yeah, this is an interesting fact, because Juror #7 wants to attend a ball game and wants the discussion to end as quickly as possible. This is perfectly in tune with his character, because he is an impatient guy.

2.) It Is the Second Most Screened Film for Secondary Schools in the UK

Yes, there is a lot of love for this movie in the UK, and it is, in fact, screened at schools so that students can learn team dynamics and how to resolve conflicts. I know I would play this if I were a principal of a school.

1.) The Number 3

Lee J. Cobb was AWESOME
Lee J. Cobb was AWESOME

Throughout the movie, number three appears several times, or at least something that has to do with the number does:

  • the first three minutes of the movie are the only ones that do not take place in the jury room
  • The court room where the trial happens is in room 228: 2+2+8 = 12. 1+2 = 3also, 12 is a multiple of 3
  • Juror #8 states that he has three children
  • At a point, Juror #7 orders another juror to “shut up” under the pretext that as jurors, they have a salary of three dollars a day
  • At another point, Juror #6 comments that he spent three dayspainting a house
  • Juror #4 explains that the crime happened three months before the trial
  • Finally, Juror #3 is the one who confronts Juror #8 against the innocence of the accused throughout the movie.

So, that’s it. Did you guys find anything else interesting about this movie? If you have, unleash all your geeky knowledge in the comment section below, because this is one movie worth talking about.

That’s it for me! Hope you have a great weekend. Cheers!

3 Reasons Kill Bill Could Have Been AWESOME as an Anime Feature!

We all love Kill Bill, it is a great and highly stylized revenge flick. It has some signature Tarantino dialogue and a lot of cool action sequences filled with gore and violence. But have you guys ever wondered what this movie would be like if it were animated? I know I have, for quite a while actually.

For years, I always kept thinking to myself, “What if Kill Bill was an anime? Or at least followed the same artistic style? That would have been AMAZING.” I genuinely think that. There are just so many things they could have done with that. Now, I am not saying that what we got was bad at all. But for a guy who is a huge fan of the animation, I like to dream about such things. Its food for thought, you know. So, here are 3 reasons why I think Kill Bill would have been quite interesting if it were animated.

3) Kill Bill Is Highly Stylized, So Is Anime

The Two Have Similar Vibes
The Two Have Similar Vibes

Even though most anime (T.V Shows or Movies) are based on human characters or human designs, one cannot disagree on the fact that Anime is incredibly stylized. Whether it is the hair, the nose, the movement of the sword or even the over-the-top nature of the fight scenes. Anime has style. The over the top nature of the fight scenes, the revenge-based storyline and the world that Kill Bill has created makes it an interesting choice for an anime. In fact, there was even an animated scene in the film that follows the same art form as that of an anime.

This scene, which appears near the middle of the film provides a backstory of one of our antagonists. It is incredibly bloody, dark, stylized and exaggerated. It works perfectly and sets the stage for our antagonist and was my favorite bit in the entire film.

2) Kill Bill Has A Lot of Dialogue, Anime Does Too!!

If there is one thing that anime is known for, it is the use of exposition. Anime uses a lot of dialogue in their scenes. Seeing that Tarantino is a pretty damn good writer and the fact that Kill Bill has a lot of his well-written dialogue, I think it would have been great to see Tarantino’s writing skills in his balls-out glory. Yes, even though I am tired of exposition in Anime, I would have loved to see me some Tarantino.

1) The World of Kill Bill Is Perfect For An Anime-Based Film

God, that is one hell of a poster
God, that is one hell of a poster

When it really comes down to it, the world and the setting is perfect for an anime. It has roots of the Japanese culture that is present in it, particularly with The Bride’s storyline that involves her training. It clearly has a lot of Samurai stuff related to it, particularly with the swords and the final duel in Kill Bill Vol. 1.

Also, the movie just has those perfect niches that anime does pretty well. You have the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, the legendary sword maker Hottori Hanzo and the woman who wants to learn martial arts from a legendary master. I mean, all of this would be perfect for an anime. I say this because there are many anime that follow similar storylines and plot devices (Hunter X Hunter and Naruto are good examples). To see a movie like Kill Bill use these niches perfectly, would be amazing. Not only that, Anime loves revenge tales. Hell, one of the most popular anime, Attack on Titan, is a pretty good example (Eren hates Titans, wants revenge). Due to live action, there are a lot of limitations to what you can achieve on screen. But with animation, the designs and over-the-top nature would be captured perfectly. Not only that, it could also open people’s eyes to the fact that animation can be a lot more that family films.

So, there it is guys. I had a blast writing this, its been a while since I have felt that. But, I want to ask you guys, do you think the medium of animation could do Kill Bill justice? The comment section is yours and yours alone.

5 Questionable Scenes in GREAT Movies

We all have movies that we love and cherish, we love them unconditionally and praise them for however long we want to without ever considering its flaws. Because let’s face it guys, no film is perfect- it is all subjective. With all that said here are 5 not-so-good scenes in really good or at least decent movies.

ALSO..

SPOILER ALERT

5) They Track Down John Doe By Looking Through Library Records

That's all it took????
That’s all it took????

As much as I LOVE Se7en and the impact it had on the world of suspense thrillers, I could never find myself accepting this scene. A major problem with detective movies these days is trying to find a smart way to track down the villain and unfortunately, this movie faced the same problem as well. The scene I’m referring to is when our detectives are researching old library records. They are hoping to find information about a man named John Doe who constantly checks out books about the seven deadly sins. This leads to them finding out the mans’ hideout. I mean, seriously?! This guy could have been a wacko who likes researching sadistic stuff, I am interested in reading about such stuff as well (What?! I find such stuff interesting). My point is, it could have been anybody. The fact that the most notorious serial killer ever, who is smart and calculative, would end up being caught in one of the most odd and bizarre coincidences? Its just that I find that that hard to believe. It felt like a gigantic cop out in what was an otherwise well-directed, well-written and well acted film.

4) Fingerprints Off A Bullet?! (The Dark Knight)

The Dark Knight is one of the best superhero films we have ever seen, I think there are a lot of us who agree on that. But I don’t necessarily think the same applies for this particular scene. The scene involves Batman/Bruce Wayne scanning a bullet from one of the Joker’s crime scenes for fingerprints. The movie then follows a montage of him trying to recreate the scene. This eventually leads him to an apartment building, where a former patient of Arkham lives. Suspecting that the Joker is up to something, Bruce rushes to the place only to find police officers whose uniforms have been taken. Implying that some thugs (who probably work for the Joker) are pretending to be police officers in the march that is going on right next to the building. Okay, so my question is “What was the point?”. Here is why this scene does not work.

  • Bruce finds out about this, then what. When chaos ensues, he doesn’t try to do anything. He does not go down to the march to find the Joker and stop him.
  • What did the fingerprint help him achieve? He didn’t even get one step closer to the Joker.
  • Why was he even recreating the scene in the first place? You don’t get fingerprints while doing that.

You see what I am sayin’. It doesn’t really add up. I probably wouldn’t have complained about this scene had they not spent a good chunk of their time on it (it goes on for at least 10 minutes). Anyways, I still love the movie.

3) Cap deactivates the bomb in the last second (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Captain America 2 is one of my favorite Marvel movies to have come out yet. I thought it was a breath of fresh air in a wave of superhero films that were so big and bombastic and out of the world like Man of Steel and Guardians of the Galaxy. It was great to see something that was more grounded than most Marvel films. What I loved is that it really focused on Captain America as a character, his feelings, his emotions and not on the cool superhero-ey things he could do. It was surprisingly more character driven than I thought. Which is why the last act of the movie did feel a tad bit underwhelming (because it went big and bombastic). But it wasn’t until the scene where Captain America fights the Winter Soldier on the ship while trying to deactivate it before it launches all missiles and guns in many marked places. What bothered me about the scene was that it actually fell for the stupid “You have 2 seconds left to save the world” cliche. In a movie this well done, a scene like that feels incredibly cheap and generic. Again, I still love the movie, but I did find this scene a little agonizing for me.

2) Everyone dies (The Departed)

The Departed is one of the few films from Martin Scorsese that I LOVED (I admire Scorsese and his movies, it is just that I like them, don’t love them). So when I reached the conclusion of this movie, I remember watching it with my cousin and we both seemed to be loving it and once we reached the conclusion, we both were left puzzled and confused. Okay, so Leo dies (Wow! I did not see that coming). Then, Barrigan (the second mole in the unit) gets shot by Damon’s character (Okay?!). Then Matt Damon’s character get’s shot in the head (wait, what?!). I remember my cousin telling me “Bhai, sab logo ko goli mardiya director ne” (Brother, the director shot everyone).

Seriously, it’s so rushed and doesn’t give us enough time to contemplate what was going on (All of this happens in the last 20 minutes of the movie). When you are making a film that relies on so much tension and suspense, you rely on those aspects to make it more engaging. What worked about The Departed throughout was that it was a cat and mouse game that had no predictable outcome. The last 20 minutes ended up giving a little too much of a payoff and a little less build-up. When you have all these characters just killing each other, with no set up whatsoever, it doesn’t always work. I understand that it was done for shock value, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do it over and over again to a point where it becomes almost laughable and that is what the last 20 minutes of this movie did.

1) “Let Keating Fry” (Dead Poet’s Society)

Dead Poet’s Society is a film that I have a love/hate relationship with. I do like the movie and damn it, I love Robin Williams (he is the reason I like it btw). However, I found that whenever the film cut away from him to focus on the students, I could care less about their problems because I found them to be incredibly exaggerated. I mean seriously, is this school a frickin’ prison or something?! But the scene that really got me incredibly angry and distasteful was the scene where Mr. Blondie (I am not bothering to write his name, I am sorry) reveals that he was the rat and he complained to the authorities of the school that Keating was apparently responsible for a certain incident that took place. It’s a scene that is implausible, awfully written and doesn’t even bother to explain why he has such a distaste towards Keating, the dialogue that comes out of his mouth is just cheesy (“Let Kating Fry?!” seriously???). It felt like a scene taken out of a B-movie. I don’t like it and I seriously don’t understand why this scene even made it to the final cut and that is why it is the worst scene in a good movie I have ever seen.

So, there it is guys. My list of terrible scenes in good movies. What did you guys think? Do you have reasonable counter arguments? Also..

Predestination Review: A Time Travel Movie Done Right

Time Travel flicks have always been a hit or miss for a guy like me. Whenever I think of a time travel movie, I think about it way too much and I get into the details of it. Sometimes, time travel works very well (Back To The Future) and on other occasions it feels like a complete waste of time (Almanac). When I heard about Predestination, I did not know what to think. On one hand, I thought that this was a movie that was going to be too confusing for me (like Primer) and on the other hand, I thought this movie could actually be a well thought out and well-constructed film. Thank God it was the latter (for the most part).

YAY!!!!!!!

Predestination is a film directed by the Spierig Brothers that came out in early 2015 in the United States. It stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor, was based on a short story “-All You Zombies-“ by Robert A. Heinlein and was written by Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan and Michael Spierig. To tell you any details of the plot would be disastrous but let me keep it vague, the film follows the story of a Barman (Ethan Hawke) who is actually a time-traveler who works for an agency that prevents catastrophes from happening.

You with me so far?

Okay, right off the bat, Predestination is one hell of a movie. It is one of the few time travel movies that work very well. It is not incredibly hard to follow, it just rewards those who listen to what’s going on. What this film does so well is that it makes you think about it a lot, even after it is over. Few films can have such a major impact on a guy like me. It is a smart film, to say the least.

Well, if you must pry..

The Storyline and the performances are fantastic. I know that from what I lead you to believe, the storyline isn’t all that great, but trust me, you will be glad I didn’t say anything at all once you see the movie. The film is pretty much divided into two halves, the first half focuses on Sarah Snook’s character and her story. The second half focuses more on Ethan Hawke’s character and the way these two stories conclude once we reach the end of the film was ingenious to me. The ideas it brings up are original, the time-travel aspects are genuinely well thought out and the underlying themes of loneliness and tragedy is very well explored.

Let’s talk about the performances. Sarah Snook gave quite frankly, one of the best performances I have seen in film this year (I know this came out in 2014, but it got wider release in 2015). She does a great job of bringing in a sense of loss and pain to her character, something that even Ethan Hawke does very well with his character. Overall, it is a pretty well acted film.

She was AMAZING!!!

Having said all of this, I do have a few issues with the film. Particularly with the fact that some twists become quite obvious due to a lot of set up. The pacing can also be a little off at times due to the slightly convoluted nature of the story, but that didn’t affect much of the viewing experience for me as I was a too engrossed in the story.

Now, GO see the movie

Guys, I know this an incredibly vague and short review but I made it so for a reason and due to the nature of the story, it is a hard film to review. Predestination is a film that you have to experience without any spoilers what so ever. It is a film that you should check out, if you ever get the time to because at the very least, it is an interesting movie. The story is well thought out, the performances (particularly Sarah Snook) are great, the themes are very well explored. Even though the pacing is a bit off and some of the twists come in a little too late, the film never gets uninteresting and I love it for that. I give Predestination an 8.6/10

Final Rating: 8.6/10