“IS ANYBODY SUPPOSED TO SMOKE?”

august_osage_countyAUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) I love a chance where I can see other families’ skeletons. Just when you think your family is fucked up, other people’s families are more fucked up.
2) The dinner after the funeral is worth a couple of Oscars, at least. So much drama!
3) Benedict Cumberbatch sings and plays the piano!
4) Kings of Leon sings the end-credits song ‘Last Mile Home’. Yayy!

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EMBRACE THE YEAR AHEAD

NEW YEAR’S EVE (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Another star-studded romantic comedy! In New York!

Funniest character would be Sofia Vergara! Her lines are the funniest! Lea Michele’s so pretty here! It’s so nice to hear her sing… and once again, her solo makes me want to cry. And the scene where I caught a fake belly – when Jessica Biel accidentally pinched her sponge pregnant belly. I wasn’t the only one who saw it because I heard gasps then laughters in the audience after that scene.

But I can’t really pick a favourite because none left any deep impact on me. The Josh Duhamel story was good at the start but the ending was weird, to me. The Abigail Breslin (she looks so grown-up now!) one started okay but the ending was off too. Though her classmate’s mother, who likes to lurk and spy on her daughter is creepily weird.

TALLAHASSEE: TIME TO NUT UP OR SHUT UP

ZOMBIELAND (2009)
– 5 out of 5 stars

Anyway, I’ve just seen Zombieland and it totally kicks ass! It takes place in a post-apocalyptic America where there’s a zombie virus and almost everyone has become those filthy flesh eaters. There are only a handful of humans left and one of them is Columbus, who probably survived due to his lack of human interaction and his book of rules. He meets Tallahassee who’s a mean zombie killer with a vulnerability for Twinkies. While on a Twinkie mission, they encounter Wichita and her sister, Little Rock, whom they join forces with after several misunderstandings. Together, they form a formidable group against the disgustingly undead. 

Seriously, of all the monsters, zombies are the worst! They enjoy human Happy Meals, suck human bone marrow and absolutely crave all of your human juices. Eewww! The initial onslaught of bloody insides are not the most comfortable opening scenes but you’ll start to laugh it off after a few minutes. Throughout the movie, I was greatly entertained by Columbus’ narration and his rules. Some of those mentioned in the movie are: –

Rule #1: Cardio
Rule #2: Double Tap
Rule #3: Beware of Bathrooms
Rule #4: Seatbelts
Rule #17: Don’t Be A Hero
Rule #18: Limber Up
Rule #22: When In Doubt, Know Your Way Out
Rule #31: Check the Back Seat
Rule #32: Enjoy The Little Things
(More rules can be found here.)

You can see these rules popping up on the screen, like mental lessons, especially Rule #2. The surprise cameo by a well-known actor almost steals the show and just adds more laughs to the zombie comedy. All was well until I got frightened by an old female zombie at the Haunted House. I screamed a little but luckily, my scream was drowned out by the gunshots that followed. Phew. The climax at the theme park was good and hilarious at the same time. I wouldn’t mind watching it again.

There’s news of a sequel in 3D! Plus, Jesse Eisenberg is kinda adorable in his own geeky, neurotic way. =)