Would You Like a Comedy-Horror or an Action-Horror?

So far, horror has never been my favorite genre! Currently working at PuPrum, I’ve made it a habit to explore more about Cambodian movies, although inclined to scary elements. The last two I watched were: Girl is Like That (សំខាន់អូនស្អាត) and Dead Vacations (វិស្សមកាលមរណៈ). I personally found them just above average. You may wonder why? Let’s find out below…

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Girl is Like That – When you got on the first part of this horror-comedy, you’d feel like you follow a series of funny scenes of a group of students. So I had a hard time digesting the core story till I got to the big picture. Its ending turned out interesting with two unexpected twists. The first one is on who really died in the final murder. The second one is on the intention of the lead actress on the lead actor. The production seemed to also launch a great attempt to cast few celebrities in it. Guess what, they perform somehow better than their Cambodian colleagues I’ve ever seen! This proves Cambodia still counts lots of talents out there who need tapping into.

Dead Vacations – I’m not sure if the actors performed poorly or the director didn’t spend enough time polishing their acting. The production purposely cast leading big movie stars like Tep Rindaro and Chan Daraty. Yet, their parts didn’t go well with those of their juniors! Some dialogs sounded redundant with the obvious images or unnecessary repetition from previous actors. This seemed to go hand in hand with limited editing and sound effects. Would you need to hear Pin Peat music while showing an actress already seated in a praying room? I guess you would, if it was outdoors! This horror-adventure implies, though, meaningful morales about antique preservation and adventurous friendship.

Ratings: 06.5/10 and 06/10

Three Legends of Tarzan

After all the cartoon with kids, like Finding Dory, surprisingly, my sister wanted to try watching “Legend of Tarzan” on a boring Saturday. When I thought the story may track back the character’s origin, the actual content turns out beyond expectations. And you would feel more compelled to see it through.

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Love and Protection – Sometimes, it is hard to justify one killing. Was it for protection or revenge? In this sequel – if I may call it so, Tarzan killed an indigenous kid for harming his gorilla mother. The boy had killed her for his “practice”. So his father tricks the civilized Tarzan all the way back to him just for his retribution. Here, do I need to remind you of the cycle of evil Karma? I almost always know it is difficult to tolerate a murderer for putting down our loved one’s life. Yet, if a revenge takes place, the chain would never be broken.

Best of Both Worlds – This stage of life seems to challenge Tarzan against his past, for the current lifestyle he’s enjoying. Yet, he does not fail forget his roots and returns “home” for the best of his native families. I’d say not only is his blood noble, so is his heroism for those Congolese slaves. So will you remember your origins after you become somebody everyone looks up to? Will you make both worlds better places?

Active Companion – The other best part of this action movie is the sense of independence of his wife, Jane. In most scenes, she proves to be playing an active role, compared to a passive doll in traditional plots. Still, she finds herself attached to Tarzan, thanks to his sense of protection and sacrifice. So I personally think if a story adds a dynamic female character, it will carry more weight in its content.

Rating: 09/10

Warcraft with three blueprints of leadership

After the action-comedy animation, Ninja Turtles sequel, let’s switch our attention to fantasy-action Warcraft. This time, I enjoyed the movie, with the generous vouchers from Major Cineplex by Cellcard, the exclusive cinema for Pram Ang. As my nephew Rain happened to follow this cartoon on mobile before, I made some sense for me to see it with him. I needed to thank the G-rating, which I somehow suspected! As expected, I came out with a few interesting tips about leadership.

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Leadership by love – This is probably the most popular style of leadership, exercised by Durotan. He is the leader of an orc clan who fights against the fel magic-corrupted orc Gul’Dan. His main reason fort this fight and quasi-possible alliance with the human army is to protect his kind from perishing of evil wills. His personal reason is his own family, especially his newborn son. If one needs respecting, then, love others as much as they do, just like Durotan!

Leadership by loyalty – Maybe I should call this “followership”. Yet, Anduin seems to be second-in-command, after the King of Azeroth Himself. He dares to do everything to protect Him, even if this latter is killed in the battle with the orcs. The King’s security seems to prevail over his own. This makes sense why all the human forces follow him in turn. Following is not that bad after all, if one knows “what”, not “who”, exactly they follow!

Leadership by power – If one doesn’t know how to love or follow, Gul’dan might be a perfect example of such leadership. He seems to defeat Durotan magically, but not physically or legitimately. Most orcs obey to  him for his dark power and lethal threats. Believe it or not, such human command is also found in Cambodia, where fear has remained engrained in our head and even heart for the last three decades.

Rating: 07/10