– 4 out of 5 stars

This was a really cool movie! I liked it better than I expected, and it’s not just because Taylor Kitsch was inside.

Based on the Hasbro board game, an fleet of alien ships crashes into the seas of the Hawaiian islands during a naval exercise. These aliens turn out to be aggressive and the three ships trapped within the alien-constructed forcefield have to fight for the survival of the planet.

Alex Hopper: You’re gonna die, I’m gonna die, we’re all gonna die… Just not today.

Naval combat never looked so cool! At first the movie focused on what a slacker Alex Hopper (Kitsch) was and how he wasn’t utilizing his full potential. So it was really exciting to see him transform into the Captain when his ship, the USS John Paul Jones, was the last one standing. I liked it when Hopper and Nagata get together, from the start when the floor was “slippery” to the end when they fired shots at the alien ship.

Cora Raikes: Mahalo motherfucker.

Meanwhile, on the island, the aliens are taking over the satellite communications and we’re introduced to a wimpy NASA scientist, who provided lots of laughs as the geeky character. The ending was the one that blew my mind because there’s nothing hotter than veteran officers getting serious. Watch it to love it!



– 4 out of 5 stars

This movie revolves around two sisters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), during the events of Justine’s wedding and the impending collision of Earth and another planet, Melancholia a.k.a. the end of the world.

Justine: That I know things. And when I say we’re alone, we’re alone. Life is only on earth, and not for long.

Those slow-motion shots in the opening sequence really grabs you the moment you start, and the music doesn’t help either (Wagner’s prelude to Tristan and Isolde). Each time the music plays in the movie, it sets a really ominous tone and it kinda freaks me out.

These two sisters are as different as chalk and cheese and while Justine suffers from depression, Claire has a case of over-anxiety. It’s interesting to watch how they deal with the end of the world and I guess you never really know until that moment approaches. As the story unfolds, you start to notice the bits that were featured in the opening and also signs that Melancholia is drawing near.

Kirsten Dunst won Best Actress at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.