Movie Review #5: The Sixth Sense (1999)

The_sixth_senseFilm Synopsis

Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole’s supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.

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DETAILS [Wikipedia]

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Produced by Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel

Screenplay M. Night Shyamalan

Music by James Newton Howard

Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto

Edited by Andrew Mondshein

Production Company: Hollywood Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company

Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures

Release Date: August 6, 1999

Cast

Bruce Willis as Dr. Malcolm Crowe

Haley Joel Osment as Cole Sear

Toni Collette as Lynn Sear

Olivia Williams as Anna Crowe

My Personal Thoughts

Okay… Ugh… Should I still post a review if I’ve already watched this movie for several times? YAY! I just can’t get over the fact that I am uncontrollably addicted to psychological thriller stories! This is actually a horror slash suspense themed movie but I am far more interested in the fact that it sort of talked about a child’s psychological and emotional well-being. It is not a secret that I have always been fascinated with the human behaviour but after I’ve watched this movie for the nth time, I realised that I want an in-depth knowledge about paediatric mental health. Yes, I am a mother of two precious and smart kids, and I would really like to pursue a career in Mental Health Nursing which focuses on the mental state of children. The main character, Cole, is a troubled child who was often mistaken as schizophrenic or in layman’s term “freak”. I watched how the mother cried her heart out because she feels sorry for her son, the way her soul ached when other kids were bullying him, and the pain in her eyes while staring at him looking so weird and most of the time frightened. It was excruciating for a mother to watch your child suffer that way. Dr. Malcolm Crowe is an excellent child psychologist who was able to help Cole amidst all obstacles. This is a very brilliant and amazing film and I love how everything played on perfectly. The effects are all fantastic and impressive, there were moments that I screamed because of fear but not to the point that the story ends there. There was more to it than just gripping scenes and scary musical background. The love story between Dr. Crowe and his estranged wife is also something to look forward to and to think about, I was clueless all throughout and even for the 3rd time of watching the film, my pulse still went tachycardic. I know.. I know.. How silly of me to still be surprised and affected but that’s just how astonishing this movie is and nothing compares! It was more than one decade ago but the epicness is just unfathomable! The plot twist? Of course, that was what we all talked about right? Kudos to the writer and to the whole team. The Sixth Sense is the epitome of a classic and jaw-dropping movie of all time! It is highly recommended if you haven’t seen this movie yet. But seriously, if you’re still unaware of the existence of this film, what the hell is wrong with you? LOL.

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~JaNnA

Movie Review #4: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Film Synopsis

Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI’s training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

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DETAILS [Wikipedia]

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Produced by Kenneth Utt, Edward Saxon, Ron Bozman

Screenplay by Ted Tally

Based on The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Music by Howard Shore

Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto

Edited by Craig McKay

Production Company: Strong Heart/Demme Production

Distributed by Orion Pictures

Release Date: February 14, 1991

CAST

Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling

Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Scott Glenn as Jack Crawford

Ted Levine as “Buffalo Bill”

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS

Okay, so I personally picked this movie during a random sleepover/pyjama party because of the reviews and high ratings on the internet (I love reading Rotten Tomatoes reviews). Dr. Hannibal Lecter is actually one of my favourite psychopath fictional characters of all time, aside from Norman Bates (of Psycho). I remember watching the TV series a couple of years ago. Moving on, this was aired 1991 so I did not really expect that much. Surprisingly, given the kind of technology that the world of entertainment has during that time, this movie still managed to give me goose bumps and left me in deep awe! I was also able to read one book about Dr. Lecter a few years ago, so I already have an idea as to how the story will evolve. I love and adore Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkin’s acting! It was superb! Hannibal Lecter made me cringe all throughout the story! He portrayed the character in a dignified and perfect way. I am so impressed! Watching this movie made me realise that I really want to pursue a career in Mental Health Nursing, I have always been fascinated with the human brain and people’s behaviour. I love reading and watching psychological thriller books and movies, not because I am MAD, but because it is always amazing and entertaining to know how troubled people behave and what are the reasons behind their personality disorders. This is undeniably a classic movie that deserves all positive feedback and praises from viewers!  The plot twist and turn out of events are all good and gripping! The characters are all perfect and fit for their roles. I can say that the effects are still not that left behind compared to the ones that film producers have today. Given the fact that it was more than two decades ago, this movie still and will always deserve the hype and a standing ovation! I have no plans of watching the sequels because according to my research, they are “no match” compared to this and I want to leave it that way, plus the fact that Jodie Foster did not play the lead role of Clarice Starling in the succeeding films. Overall, I only have one rant, maybe the sensitive topic about homophobia, transphobia, and sexism, other than the above-mentioned stuff, this movie definitely NAILED it. IT WAS JUST TOO AWESOME and I LOVE EVERY PART OF IT.

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~JaNnA

Movie Review #3: Baywatch (2017)

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Matt Brody is a former Olympic swimmer who wants to join an elite team of lifeguards led by the hulking Mitch Buchannon. Brody thinks he’s a shoo-in, but his casual attitude starts to instantly rub Mitch the wrong way. When drugs and a shady resort owner pose a threat to the bay, Mitch and Matt must put their differences aside to spring into action and save the day. [Wikipedia]

Release date: 1 June 2017 (Australia)
Director: Seth Gordon
Box office: 137.9 million USD
Producers: Dwayne Johnson, Ivan Reitman, Beau Flynn, more
Production companies: Paramount Pictures, The Montecito Picture Company, Contra Film, Cold Spring Pictures 

Cast

Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon
Zac Efron as Matt Brody
Priyanka Chopra as Victoria Leeds
Alexandra Daddario as Summer Quinn
Kelly Rohrbach as C. J. Parker
Jon Bass as Ronnie

 

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My Personal Thoughts

This movie is sexy, hilarious, and highly entertaining! There was never a dull moment! All throughout, I was laughing my ass out and I was constantly giggling. I even consumed all the popcorn halfway through the story. The characters are all perfect, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron undeniably nailed it! They are a perfect match for a fun-filled story. I was impressed with how the movie progresses, at first, I thought it would just be another piece of American Pie-ish movie which is just funny but nonsense. I was wrong! It all made sense and there’s a legit flow and major plot twists. My husband and I decided to watch this because aside from the fact that it’s Tuesday and there is a massive discount at Hoyts, I also happened to be a member so I get an additional discount for the movie of the week. All in all, we only scored our tickets for $11 aud/person and that is freaking awesome! It’s definitely one of the perks of being a premium member! Yay! I personally did not watch the Baywatch TV series aired in 1999 so I have no idea how the story goes. But it is about a group of people (about 6 of them to be exact) who watches over Emerald Bay and the people who are relaxing and having the time of their lives for a vacation. Some of them fell for each other, some are trying to win the heart of another crew, and some are just doing the best they can out of their chosen job. There were love interests present so I am expecting a sequel which most probably will include the appearance of some crew members of the original TV series. Pamela Anderson’s appearance here is quite short but I find it cool and appealing. Zac Efron is funny AF! OMG! I can’t believe that he can still act after High School Musical ( no offense for fans) but he exceeded my expectations and he is just so good at it. The producers obviously selected the best bombshells here, all three ladies are sexy and very bubbly. It is the perfect movie if you are looking for something to make you laugh, sit back, and enjoy. Lastly, the plot twist is common (honestly) but I loved and enjoyed every second of it nonetheless; it is definitely an action-packed movie with a dash of sexiness.

Overall, kudos to the whole team, and sequel please!

~JaNnA 💜

 

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Movie Review #1: Split (2017)

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Knate and I felt the need to watch any movie yesterday since he noticed that I am currently under a lot of pressure and stress because of UNI. And because it’s Tuesday, we scored our tickets for only $13 per person at Hoyts Cinema here in Belconnen. So we’ve decided to try a different genre this time contrary to what we always watch which are action and fantasy themed films. Although in my case, I’m used to reading books that are psychological/thriller/horror and I always enjoy exploring the different mental health illnesses that are currently existing. It’s hard to try a different one from your cup of tea because movies might make or break any viewer’s enthusiasm towards a certain theme. It was a consensual decision anyway, LOL, we’ve picked up Split.

Synopsis

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him – as well as everyone around him – as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

My Personal Thoughts

I undeniably loved and adored it! I’m pretty sure that my husband enjoyed it as well. The Dissociative Identity Disorder case was executed and given justice very well. I love how the team explored and dissected the different manifestations and symptoms of this mental health problem and the actor who portrayed 23 personalities did a very great job! The acting was superb and very realistic. The flow of the story is very well-done! The major twists and turn out of events brought me mini heart attacks and I really really commend the way this movie opened the eyes of its viewers. It basically did not just tackle “DID” but it also presented how a traumatic childhood can affect a person’a life not just for a while but for a lifetime. This is so far one of the best psych thriller that I’ve watched because usually majority of movies like these are either boring or does not have a stable plot line. If there’s one thing that I kind of disliked about it is the way the last identity evolved. I don’t know. I just find it odd and somewhat creepy. Anyway, I still can’t deny the fact that this film was screaming awesomeness!

Rating:

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

Social Awareness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

~JaNnA