CLEAR YOUR INTERNET HISTORY, DUDES

donjonDON JON (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes and directs.
2) How “love at first sight” is bullshit.
3) How pretty girls who’ve got the “package” are bullshit. You can talk about vacuuming with me anytime you want. Guys who vacuum are sexy as hell.
4) Get an inside look at how guys think and work the crowd. Well, guys who quote the below…

Don Jon: There’s only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.

THE QUARTER QUELL

thg-catchingfireTHE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013)
5 out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Jennifer Lawrence is amazing as Katniss Everdeen. There’s something about her acting that makes me violent (damn you, President Snow) and want to cry at the same time.
2) Sam Claflin is hot as Finnick Odair.
3) Jena Malone is fucking amazing as Johanna Mason.
4) This second instalment is darker and more political (aren’t they all?) and twist at the end will leave your jaw dropping.

WE LOVE TO PARTY!

blingringTHE BLING RING (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Sofia Coppola directs and writes.
2) EVERYONE is obsessed with celebrities and luxury goods – I’m in love with the opening credits: BRANDED HIGH-END LUXURY GOODS! ALL THE BLING! ALL THE SHADES! EVERYTHING! I had the strongest urge to strut down the streets with my shades on.
3) Getting home-schooled has never been more interesting when your topics include Angelina Jolie.
4) You want to know how these teenagers try to squirm their way out of their situation and how your best friend can stab you in the face (figuratively).

TOUCH THEM AND YOU DIE

violetanddaisy

VIOLET & DAISY (2011)
3 out of 5 stars

So, Violet and Daisy are teenage assassins with the most angelic faces. They accept jobs, kill people and exit with their fancy bicycles and lollipops. They even pop into the store to buy new clothes with their pay. No one would ever suspect them of being cold-hearted criminals. However, their world is turned upside down when a job changes their lives in the most unexpected ways.

First of all, I want to state that Alexis Bledel is THIRTEEN YEARS older than Saoirse Ronan! OMG she doesn’t seem to age a day since Gilmore Girls. The main selling point is these two girls can actually kill and get away with murder. So what happens when they are offered a chance to act their age and receive the love and care they were denied that led them to this path? Sadly, not much of the girls’ past were revealed and not enough of the girls’ in action were shown. I would have loved to see them take down more bad guys.

DO SO LA SI FA!

zoneprositeZONE PRO SITE: THE MOVEABLE FEAST 总铺师:移动大厨 (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Caught this movie on a whim and it really surprised me with its laughs and heart. Well, two other reasons include all the delectable food featured and Tony Yang! I just wished they could air the movie in its original Hokkien language because some of the dubbing did Tony Yang’s voice a great injustice!

Anyway, this movie revolves around the dying culture of ‘ban doh’ (辦桌) which describes mobile chefs who whip up dinner banquets featuring traditional Taiwanese dishes. Xiao Wan (Lin Mei Hsiu) hopes to recreates her father’s dishes to fulfill an old couple’s wish of a traditional banquet and take part in the ‘ban doh’ competition. There is quite a nice backstory about the legends of ‘ban doh’ and also a running gag about this lady and her legendary fried bee hoon.

Nothing makes a girl happier than laughter, food and hotties. Plus, the song that Tony Yang keeps singing is damn funny!

STAY DURING THE CREDITS FOR HILARIOUS OUTTAKES and a cameo by Rhydian Vaughan!

WHAT MAKES A DRIVER

Rush2013RUSH (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Still having F1 fever? Then this is the movie you should watch.

James Hunt: The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel. It’s a wonderful way to live. It’s the only way to drive.

This is the story of the rivalry/friendship (blurry lines between these two, if you ask me) between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s.

Cue 70s hair! Hunt is more charismatic and knows his way amongst women (hello, Natalie Dormer!) while Lauda is more keen on the sport and improving his car to become a better driver. Their personal lives are also interesting to watch especially when you see how different Hunt and Lauda approach women.

Back then, F1 racing can be fatal and I guess it makes it more thrilling to watch. It’s even astonishing to see Lauda back in the race after suffering third-degree burns six weeks later. The movie climaxes at the 1976 Japan race where race conditions are not optimal and it tests the lengths these men would go to win the championship. Personally, it was a good watch and those engines really revved me up.

Niki Lauda: A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

ROBOTS, BLANKS AND SHELLS

theworldsendTHE WORLD’S END (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Finally, the Cornetto trilogy comes to an end!

Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead made cop movies and zombie movies hilarious and now, The World’s End does the same to science fiction movies.

Gary King (Pegg), an alcoholic, resolves to track down his friends from high school to complete their epic pub crawl of 12 pubs back in their hometown of Newton Haven. Halfway through their pub crawl, they realize something is off about their town and set their way to make things right and leave the town in one piece and at the same time, drink a pint at each pub to complete their journey.

To me, the bromance of Pegg and Frost have always been the core of these films and it is proven here again. It is also fresh to see Martin Freeman not being so serious and W.T.F.-ing all the time. The way these guys smash aliens and fight them makes it very entertaining. Aliens have never been destroyed that comically before, right? I say, British humour is in a class of its own.