- 6/10. About what I expected, but the only thing different from a cliche underdog sports story and this, was that Invictus lacked urgency and emotion. I remember being on holiday, watching some of the '95 Rugby World Cup Final, and while I didn't expect the film to hold a candle to the universal feel-good feeling of the real-life event itself, I just thought it was flat. Some will find this more inspiring than others and the acting first-rate, but I didn't find it to be quite as inspiring in spite of the decent acting. I also felt kind of indifferent about the rugby scenes, but then again, if I wanted to watch some real rugby, I'll flip the channel to Setanta Sports, thank you very much.Avatar
- 8.5/10. Extra point for seeing it on IMAX 3D. It's as visually stunning as advertised though the IMAX experience kicks it up a notch or two, as it genuinely feels like an escapist film in every sense of the word. The storytelling is decent enough for a big-budget, CGI-intensive film, but the scale and grandeur of which it's told is worth it. I'll need to see it at least twice in the IMAX. A must for my home theater when it comes out on Blu-Ray.A Bittersweet Life
- 7/10. This is a Korean gangster film that came out about 4-5 years ago and it's also one of the infrequent films you'll find from South Korea that has its shoot-em-up scenes (it's tough to buy guns in South Korea and in fact, Japan too). As a John Woo fan like myself, this is right up your alley. It's deeper than your usual crime flick, but it's straightforward enough to follow on face value, in contrast with other artsy Korean films that ooze with twists and symbolic value. There are a couple of particular action scenes where you'd need to suspend your disbelief a bit, but the film as a whole is satisfying enough to overlook those moments.