THE WRONG SHIH TZU

7psychopathsSEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (2012)
4 and a half out of 5 stars

It all started with Marty (Colin Farrell) trying to write a screenplay titled “Seven Psychopaths”. His best friend, Billy (Sam Rockwell) partners with Hans (Christopher Walken) to kidnap dogs (or is it “dognap”) and return them to their owners after a reward has been offered. All goes well until they kidnap a shih tzu belonging to Charlie Costello, a gangster who loves his dog a lot.

Billy: You can’t let the animals die in a movie… only the women.

The back stories of the seven psychopaths were very interesting and the one that intrigued and scared me the most was the one about the Quaker, who stalked his daughter’s killer for decades. How all the psychopaths’ stories weave together in the end was pretty marvelous.  Though Billy’s version of the screenplay does have lots of shootouts and gunfire. He does have an active imagination.

Zachariah, the psychopath with the rabbit is also interesting considering his back story and his love for the white animal. And who knew the sight of so many rabbits can be so pleasing in a violent movie!  Also, the film pokes fun of Colin Farrell’s Irish ancestry and his drinking problem. So glad to see Colin Farrell back in movies after his career slump after Alexander.

Zachariah: You didn’t think I was what? Serious? You think I’m not serious just because I carry a rabbit?

STAY DURING THE CREDITS FOR AN EXTRA SCENE!

THE PERFECT VERSION OF OURSELVES

LIMITLESS (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, it stars Bradley Cooper as Edward Morra, a down-and-out writer who has problems meeting deadlines and just got dumped by his girlfriend, Lindy (Abbie Cornish). He bumps into his former brother-in-law, Vernon, a dealer who offers Eddie some help in the form of a pill, NZT, which he claims helps to access 100% of the brain’s power. Eddie becomes a changed man; he learns new languages, finishes his book, becomes rich overnight after dabbling in the stock market. As the supply of NZT dwindles, he starts to experience the nasty side effects of NZT and finds himself being pursued by others who are after the same drug.

This is quite the thriller and I was kinda psyched when I saw Anna Friel’s name pop up when the film began, until she appeared. Oh well, it’s good to see the Pushing Daisies cast up and about (OMG. Lee Pace will be in Breaking Dawn!). So, the other moment where I got really excited was when Lindy was being pursued by this really creepy man. She could really kick some ass! Bradley Cooper was really cool; whether he was speaking in tongues or just doing algorithms but I guess it all worked until he spoke Mandarin. OMG, I think James Marsden did a better job in Hop.

REALITY IS A PRISON

SUCKER PUNCH (2011)
– 2 and a half out of 5 stars 

Set in the 1960s, it tells the story of a girl, Babydoll (Emily Browning), who had been committed to a mental institution by her stepfather after the deaths of her mother and sister. She retreats into her fantasies to cope with her reality and at the same time, find a way to escape.

First, she imagines herself at a brothel, where she befriends four dancers – Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Amber (Jamie Chung) and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens). She convinces them that they can escape by collecting five items – a map, fire, a knife, a key and a fifth, unrevealed item that would require “great sacrifice”. While the girls are retrieving the items, Babydoll slips into another fantasy where the girls are fighting zombies, giants, dragons and robots.

Well, I have to say the movie isn’t for everyone because it’s kinda confusing and it didn’t really make much sense while I was watching it. It was only after reading the plot summary online that I finally understood what was going on. But the visual effects are really good, coming from the director of 300 and Watchmenand it translates into excellent poster art as well. I’m not sure if I like the twist at the end of the story, but I guess it’s part of what “sucker punch” means.