The first movie review from Tokyo

If you are a frequent reader of this blogs, you probably know I am a regular moviegoer. I went to see movies almost every weekend when I was in San Francisco. I haven’t seen movies at all since moved back here in Tokyo. I have been too busy to go to theater last month. Another reason that I haven’t is tickets are really expensive in Japan. The regular price for each person is 1,800 yen (= 21 dollars)!! I usually paid 6 dollars for each movie in the morning. If I went there in the evening, it was only 10 dollars. So, movie tickets are expensive more than two times of California.

Inception

8.3/10

I know Inception is very popular in the U.S. It is popular also in Japan. Not only by its great plot, but by the fact Japanese actor, Ken Watanabe, stars in it. And I found today some of Japanese places, such as Kyoto, were used as the location for the movie.

Ellen Page played important part of the story. She is still young, 23 years old, and looks like a college student, but acts like very matured one. I made sure that she is really talented actress.

The plot is pretty tricky, complicated and elaborated. If you do not pay attention, it is easy to be lost. This is the movie which you might want to see more than twice and you will find new things every time. When DVD is released, I want to see it again. (The problem is that I do not have TV in my room…)

(The picture is from IMDb.)

Results of my predictions for Oscars

I tried to predict who will win Academy Awards for each category a couple of days ago. And they finished the ceremony just before. The results are on their website. As you see below, my prediction got right only 5 out of 18 opportunities… Okay, here is my excuse. I saw eight movies out of ten nominees for best picture film, however I did not see “The Hurt Locker” which got six oscars including a best picture award tonight.

And you know what I did? I made “The Hurt Locker” my first order in Netflix queue. After seeing the movie, I can tell it is appropriate for the oscars. 🙂

Best Picture: Avatar

Actor in a Leading Role: George Clooney

Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz x

Actress in a Leading Role: Gabourey Sidibe

Actress in a Supporting Role: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Animated Feature Film: – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Art Direction: Avatar x

Cinematography: Avatar x

Costume Design: Nine

Directing: Avatar

Documentary Feature: – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Documentary Short: – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Film Editing: Avatar

Foreign Language Film: – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Makeup: The Young Victoria

Music (Original Score): Avatar

Music (Original Song): Crazy Heart x

Short Film: – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Short Film (Live Action): – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Sound Editing: Inglorious Basterds

Sound Mixing: Avatar

Visual Effects: Avatar x

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): District 9

Writing (Original Screenplay): Inglorious Basterds

Movies in March and the air

Shutter Island

8.0/10

Leonard DiCaprio stars this mysterious movie, which was directed by Martin Scorsese and was based on a written novel. The trailer of this was pretty impressive, so I decided to see once it starts. I felt like this was a sort of difficult to understand for me, but understood the trick, approaching end of the story. I could see twice to have fun more from this mentally thrilling movie.

The Boys Are Back

8.3/10

I watched several movies in the flight to Japan and from there back home last week. This Australian movie was best one among those. The theme was love between a father and his children. His wife died in disease, although she was still young. The father tried to grow up kids in great nature Australia.

By the way, I am working for Australian company, so I have a lot of Aussie colleagues even in San Francisco office. I still have difficulty with Australian accent, but I probably recognize the difference it from British accent now. And the father in this movie reminds me our CEO in Sydney because of his appearance and way of speaking.

The picture is from IMDb.

Predicting Oscars

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I saw many movies last several months. And this Sunday, there is annual big movie festival – Academy Awards ceremony. I feel like a kind of person myself should do this, prediction Oscars. I have not seen all movies, but I saw most of the nominated movies. Actually, I saw eight movies out of ten nominated as best picture. So, I probably have right to predict Oscars.

Here is my prediction. Prediction is prediction, not saying my favorite.

Best Picture: Avatar

Actor in a Leading Role: George Clooney

Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz

Actress in a Leading Role: Gabourey Sidibe

Actress in a Supporting Role: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Animated Feature Film: – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Art Direction: Avatar

Cinematography: Avatar

Costume Design: Nine

Directing: Avatar

Documentary Feature: – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Documentary Short: – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Film Editing: Avatar

Foreign Language Film: – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Makeup: The Young Victoria

Music (Original Score): Avatar

Music (Original Song): Crazy Heart

Short Film: – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Short Film (Live Action): – (I did not see five nominated movies in this category at all.)

Sound Editing: Inglorious Basterds

Sound Mixing: Avatar

Visual Effects: Avatar

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): District 9

Writing (Original Screenplay): Inglorious Basterds

So, Avatar will get eight Oscars and be most notable film in this year obviously. This is the prediction which is really easy to predict. 🙂

Personally, my favorite movie that I want to see again now is Star Trek or The Hungover or The Road. Or Inglorious Basterds by any chance. They are contradicting with my reviews on this blog, aren’t they? I know. The impression and reviews for movies often changes over time. 🙂

Movies in October 4

My quick review and score

Saw VI

7.7/10

Yes, it is Halloween today. So I saw Saw, which is horror movie series. I did not see any previous works of Saw, however, I enjoyed the Saw VI. I should say I enjoyed scary feeling. The first 10 minutes made me really bad feeling. I could hardly see the screen. Can you see that?

New York, I love you

8.1/10

I like music and pictures of this movie. It was not so impressive, but I can see this again. That is why this has good score of my review. And another reason is that I like Ethan Hawke who acts in one of the stories.

The picture is from IMDb.

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Movies in September 3

It was the first time for me to see a movie by digital projection. I can tell the difference of quality. I prefer by far digital projection to conventional one. And it is totally same price.

My quick review and score

The Informant!

8.1/10

I like this movie. Matt Damon played a person who is honest, nice and loves his family. He ain’t a bad guy, however the character was a little bit stupid. I noticed the personality in the middle of the story. It got more interesting and funny in the latter half of the movie. You can laugh and feel pleasant after seeing this work

(The picture from IMDb)

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Movies in September 2

I walked to Metreon to see the following two movies this afternoon.  I chose the movies that have had big sales so far. Both were interesting, fortunately. I am writing up my reviews here, but please see details as a movie website linked to.

My quick review and score

I Can Do Bad All by Myself

5.9/10

At first, you cannot seriously count on my review because I couldn’t understand most of lines in this movie. Perry speaks with southern accents and too fast for me, so it was difficult to follow what they spoke. Especially, I didn’t understand the scene when other audience made big laughter. The story was not bad and it reminded me importance of taking care of kids who don’t have enough opportunity to do something.

Surrogates

8.0/10

This is a typical story such as human being vs machine. A bit unique thing was the machines are operated by human beings themselves. Those human machines are played by models like fashion models, I guess. They all looked very beautiful, but not warm. That’s the theme of this movie. So the story was simple. However, visual effects were a kind of amazing. It was worth seeing in a big screen at a theater.

(The picture from IMDb)

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