Supernova [Movie Review]


Title: Supernova
Director: Ishan Modi
Starring: Topaz Winters
Writer: Topaz Winters
Release Date: March 2017 (Singapore)


“It is so easy to believe that I’m made entirely of empty space. Loneliness is familiar – it’s blue and flushed, like remembering. It’s a mother tongue. It comes so easily to me. I disappear into myself and I find solar systems, galaxies. I understand more than I ever could when I’m surrounded by others.”

A film exploring the loveliness in loneliness & the infinite wonder we find when we allow ourselves to bloom into the empty. A soft sense of purpose, how it sings within & around itself: this is so, this is so, this is so.

My Review:

Supernova is a short film written by a good friend of mine, Topaz Winters. It’s a three-minute film exploring loneliness and the world and people around us.

Despite the film being short, I got sucked into it. I seemed to have blinked and it was over.

The narration was spot on and brings you right into the story as you watch the protagonist gaze around her, question herself, and try to figure things out.

The writing was poetic. I found it to be very true to life and it was easy to follow along with.

The words, sound, and music, were smooth and easy to hear in the background. The camera and direction were great as well. You forget you’re watching a movie.

Everyone should give this film a watch. It’s quick, poetic yet out of this world, and has a great message.

Favorite Quote:

“I crave the company of others as much as they overwhlem me.” –Topaz Winters, Supernova

Have you watched the film? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

Professor Layton Movie Review Rachel Poli
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Title: Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva
Starring: Yo Oizumi, Maki Horikita

Summary (from IMDB):

Layton and Luke are caught up in an adventure, when a masked figure steals an entire opera house and forces those in attendance to play a high-stakes game. The winner will receive eternal life, but it could mean death for the losers.

My Review:

Okay, I’m kind of cheating this month with my movie review. No, this movie is not about writing. Yes, this movie is based upon a video game series.

However, being a mystery writer I felt as though this movie would be fairly appropriate.

Professor Layton and his assistant, Luke, find themselves in trouble when a masked man takes over an opera house not allowing anyone to leave until they solve his riddles and he gets what he wants. Of course, no one knows his true motive and if you fail his riddles… Well, that could mean death.

Some of the riddles were easy to guess, some not so much. There was one that I was sure I was right and then Layton had to ahead and be smart and prove me wrong. It reminds me of when I’m writing my mystery series and I wonder if any readers will guess what’s going on or not.

The end of the movie is a complete twist, one that I had not seen coming. Yet when I knew the truth, everything else the movie made perfect sense. It really was a great mystery.

It’s a cartoon, it’s silly, but it was well worth the watch for me.

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva gets  4 out of 5 stars.

Would I recommend? Yes.

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Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers Movie Review

Title: Freedom Writers
Starring: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey
Rating: PG-13

Summary (from IMDB):

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

My Review:

Based on true events and the book, The Freedom Writers Diary, this movie is inspiring and powerful. This movie shows just how writing can make a huge difference.

Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) is in over her head her first year of teaching. She has a classroom full of interracial freshman who are all against each other. She teaches them to love and respect each other no matter their color or race.

She gives them each a journal to write in every single day. She encourages them to write the stories of their lives and helps them realize that they do matter, they can make a difference whether it’s in their own life, a friend’s, or the world.

Erin taught them way more than English. She taught them history, how to be themselves, and how to really live in this world without being afraid. Because of her, they all were able to graduate high school and some of those students were the first to graduate in their families.

And it all started with a journal.

Freedom Writers gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Would I recommend? Yes.

Julie and Julia

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Title: Julie and Julia
Starring: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams
Rating: PG-13

Summary (from back of DVD):

A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in Julie and Julia, the true stories of how Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) life and cookbook inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days and introduce a new generation to the magic of French cooking.

My Review:

I’ve seen this movie a couple of times. I love Meryl Streep, I love Amy Adams. Julia (Streep) was a fun character to follow. Julie (Adams) was an inspiring character, though she could be a bit annoying at times.

What I love about this movie is that while it’s about cooking it’s also about blogging and writing.

I don’t cook often, though it’s always been something I’m interested in. I think the idea of a cooking blog is an awesome idea.

Though what I love about this movie is that Julie had a dream to be a writer. She didn’t know how to get there, she didn’t know how to make a name for herself. So she started off with a blog and a challenge to herself. A challenge to cook for the world.

Meanwhile we get scenes with Julia, who also has dreams of being a writer, but she wants to publish cookbooks. She works with her friends to create a French cookbook and tries to get it published.

Julie found her dreams through Julia’s dreams, which is a cool connection.

If you’re ever feeling down about your own dreams or your own blog, go ahead and watch this movie. It will certainly lift your spirits.

Julie and Julia gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Would I recommend? Yes.

Dead Poet’s Society

Dead Poet's Society movie review

Title: Dead Poet’s Society
Starring: Robin Williams
Rating: PG

Summary (from back of DVD):

In an age defined by crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, he not only broke the mold… he reinvented it. Academy Award winner Robin Williams delivers and extraordinary performance in one of the most compelling motion pictures of all time.

Williams stars as English professor John Keating, a passionate iconoclast who changes his students’ lives forever when he challenges them to live life to the fullest and “Carpe Diem” — seize the day! Keating’s unconventional approach meets with irrepressible enthusiasm from his students, but the faculty at staid, exclusive Welton Academy prep school is, to put it mildly, not amused.

My Review:

I have heard many great things about this movie. When I finally sat down to watch it, I was impressed, but not as much as I thought it would.

Robin Williams is fantastic in more ways that one and they couldn’t have picked a better actor to play the role of John Keating.

The movie is, as everyone says, inspirational. Williams has some great quotable lines in this movie that everyone should listen to.

The students all have a huge amount of pressure on them from their other teachers as well as their parents. This one needs to be a doctor, that one needs to get straight As and get into the absolute best college there is known to man. One student wants to be an actor, but his father just simply won’t allow it. None of the students want to do what their parents tell them to, but they obey anyway. Otherwise there are other consequences.

Their professor, John Keating, breaks them out of their shell and gets them to do what they want to do. He gets them to do what makes them happy.

The best part? He does all this through poetry.

I will admit the ending disappointed me, but I think it was mainly because I wanted more. I had high expectations for this movie because everyone speaks so highly of it. While is was good and very inspirational, I didn’t fully understand why people fell in love with the movie. I think it’s because the ending was bittersweet. If it ended differently, I might think differently.

Either way, it was a great movie.

Dead Poet’s Society gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Would I recommend? Yes.