A FRANKENHOMIE

hoteltransylvania-1HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

Hotel Transylvania is a hotel owned by Dracula exclusively for monsters and certainly not for humans. On the eve of his daughter’s 118th birthday, a human being, Jonathan, stumbles into the hotel and these monsters would never be the same again.

Jonathan: Are these monster gonna kill me? 
Dracula: Not as long as they think you’re a monster. 
Jonathan: That’s kinda racist.

This was really funny and it reminded me a little of Monsters, Inc. where the monsters are actually afraid of humans! They think humans still wave pitchforks and torches to kill creatures of the night. So they are surprised to see Jonathan a.k.a. Johnnystein, who is so laidback and fun to be with.

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One of my favourites is the table-surfing scene. That was really cool and if I weren’t afraid of flying tables, I would want to play it too! And they got the parts about the contact lenses right as well. That bit was featured in the trailers and it’s true – us, contact lens wearers poke and touch our eyeballs all the time. Yucks!

Dracula: I do not say “blah blah blah”!

The part about the Zing! is kind of sweet too. Too think monsters believe in true love! The last scene where the monsters are all singing was nice too – Andy Samberg is rapping!

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TO BE RIGHT OR TO BE HAPPY?

CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

Written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, the story revolves around a newly divorced couple Celeste and Jesse who remain best friends. Their closeness annoys their mutual friends and leads them to believe that Celeste and Jesse are not over each other. But things become rocky when they start dating other people…

I’m not one to speak about relationships but it is how I envisioned it. When a relationship fails, some will hold on to it, some will let go while some will pretend to let go but are secretly holding on to it. It’s hard to let go but when you finally do, there’s a new beginning somewhere for you. I used to root for ex-es to get back together until quite recently, when I realized that it isn’t that bad for people to be apart.

SWEAR ON YOUR IPAD

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis having benefits equals benefits for the audience. They have such hot bodies! Though the premise is similar to No Strings Attached that starred Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, this one just packs more chemistry between the leads. Woody Harrelson (Tommy) was hilarious as the guy trying to make JT switch sides.

Tommy: Everybody want a shortcut in life, my guidebook is simple: YOU WANNA LOSE WEIGHT? Stop eating, fatty! YOU WANNA MAKE MONEY? Work you ass off, lazy! YOU WANNA BE HAPPY? Find someone you like and never let ‘em go!

A big plus: they used Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks during the end credits!

RAINING SUNSHINE

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (2009)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars 

This is a wonderful movie!

The story is about Flint Lockwood, a scientist-wannabe who has been experimenting all his life but has brought nothing but trouble to his townsfolk of Swallow Falls. His spray-on shoes that never came off, the rat-birds and his Monkey Thought Translator that only has one-word effects on his lab partner/friend, Steve the monkey.

When the town’s only way of survival (sardines) threatens to destroy the town’s spirit, Flint invents a machine that converts water into food but inadvertently spoils the Mayor’s campaign to bring tourists back to Swallow Falls. The entire towns hates him till it started raining cheeseburgers! Flint then creates a device that allows the people to order their food and the tourists are now coming into the newly renamed town of Chewandswallow. However, the food is starting to mutate and gets bigger than one can chew and it’s up to Flint and his odd gang to save the town!

Ooh, Steve is so cute! His repetitive one-word answers are so funny! “Hungry! Hungry! Hungry!”, “Excited! Excited!”, “Gummy bears!”, “Moustache…”… The final battle between Steve and his favourite food is like the mini-climax of the ending. Also, the policeman is really funny cos his chest hair tingles whenever he senses trouble! Go watch it!

DUDE VON DUDENSTEIN

I LOVE YOU, MAN (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Saw the latest bromantic comedy, I Love You, Man.

It’s about this man, Peter Klaven, who’s about to get married but realizes he does not have a best man because he has always been the girl-friend kind of guy. He engages the help of his brother (who happens to be gay) and goes on a series of man-dates with wild and hilarious encounters, which includes a guy sticking his tongue down his throat. Eww! Then he meets Sydney Fife, a charming guy’s guy whom he instantly bonds with. The interesting bits of the show starts when Peter first tries to ask Sydney out – the way he hesitates makes you think that he was leaving a voice message for a girl! Also, he starts developing all these hilarious weird phrases he’s never even used before in his life – eg. “I will see you there, or I will see you on another time!”,“Totally… totes magotes”. As the two men get closer, the relationship between Peter and his girlfriend suffers. The two guys spent “some time away from each other” and the best thing is, Sydney still did turn up for Peter’s wedding and they two re-affirm their platonic friendship to each other.

MUSICAL SOULMATE

NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST (2008)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is about two individuals who meet while finding a secret show for their favourite band, “Where’s Fluffy?”. Nick is nursing his broken heart after being dumped and cheated on by Tris, and he burns mixtapes (up to volume 12) for her one month after even though she has started dating around. Norah goes to the same school as Tris and frequently picks up the mixtapes Tris dumps. When they hear about their favourite band, Where’s Fluffy, having a secret show, they stay up all night to find it and their paths cross. Nick’s friends see the potential in Norah and matchmakes them together, while helping her to send her extremely-drunk buddy Caroline back home.

The whole movie is just about that magical night of how Nick and Norah get to know each other better and find their musical soulmates. It’s extremely hilarious especially with Nick and his Yugo (that yellow car in the poster). His “this is not a cab”, “this is not a toy” defenses against his Yugo is so funny! Caroline’s drunken escapade is another funny thing, especially the mini story of their disgusting piece of chewing gum. Nick’s gay friends are so cool! Especially Lethario who headbutts Tal at the end of the film. Yay, indie music rocks!