GET PITCH-SLAPPED

PITCH PERFECT (2012)
4 and a half out of 5 stars

Gail (Elizabeth Banks): Nothing makes a woman feel more like a girl than a man who sings like a boy.

I watched Pitch Perfect today and I loved every minute of it! First of all, there were very subtle Supernatural references – 1. Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son, and 2. Brock Kelly. Are you kidding me? Every time I hear that Kansas song, I could almost sit down and cry. Though Brock Kelly appeared less than a minute but his eyes, his hair and his lips are so mesmerizing! Second of all, references to The Breakfast Club. OMG, this reminds me of Easy A from last year, or is it the year before? I was overpowered by tweens while watching this therefore I think it is safe for me to say none of them ever heard of the movie. Boohoo to them. It probably explains why I shushed them when they started talking when the characters were watching TBC. So rude! Just so you know, I cried during the finals’ when I heard the TBCsong!

Oh, how I wish there was someone to watch 80’s movies with me!!!

Lilly: I think I have an idea…
Fat Amy: Excuse me bitch, there’s no need to shout.

Then, there were really cute characters. Rebel Wilson steals the show as Fat Amy. Everything she does is hilarious! Horizontal running, mermaid dancing and all her one-liners. Then, there’s Anna Kendrick who plays Beca who’s really good with deejaying and Brittany Snow whom we haven’t seen on the big screens for a long time. Last but not least, SKYLAR ASTIN who plays Jesse! First, he stole hearts air-guitaring to that Kansas’ song and then he stole hearts the moment he started singing, talking and breathing. Right now, I’m trying to get a hold of movies starring Skylar Astin but there’s not many so I’m really looking forward to 21 and Over, which also stars Justin Chon and Miles Teller!

Jesse: You’re one of the acappella girls. I’m one of those acappella boys, and we’re gonna have aca-children. It’s inevitable.

STAY FOR AN EXTRA SCENE DURING THE CREDITS and if you, like me, really like to stay till the end of the credits so you can see all the songs featured in the movie, there’s an extra BEATBOXING VOCAL CLIP at the end of credit roll.

HOPE YOU ALL LOVE THE MOVIE LIKE I DID!

*****
Saw this for a second time and I’m really into the songs featured in the movie. Maybe it’s the second viewing, but I actually paid more attention to the sounds they made with their mouths, like the “zum zum’s” and “twang’s”. Whole new appreciation for a capella music right now!

And Skylar Astin looks really hot when he sang “Right Round”. What was he thinking, moving his hands the way he did? Plus the jacket swish during the Riff-Off.

OOOH! Can’t wait for the DVD to be out!
*****

THE REAL ZOMBIES

PARANORMAN (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

Norman is an outcast at school because he can see and talk to ghosts – which are all over his town of Blithe Hollow. During the rehearsal of a school play re-enacting the execution of the town witch 300 years ago, Norman experiences a vision of the past and learns from his dead uncle that he is the only who can perform the ritual that can stop the witch from raising the dead and destroying the town.

To be honest, I was kinda scared when the zombies came out. I mean, even Norman, a fan of zombies – he watches zombie movies, has zombie toys, posters and bedsheets – was afraid, what about me? But it turned out to be quite funny especially when his buddy, Neil, was around. When the zombies were out, their reactions were even funnier!

STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS for an extra scene for the making of Norman!

BIG BABIES

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING (2012)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Jennifer Lopez in another pregancy-related film after The Back-up Plan. Oops. While that film had Alex O’Loughlin’s gratuitous abs, we are treated to Matthew Morrison and Joe Manganiello over here.

It’s much more hilarious here because those Daddy-Nannies are so weird. Super prams! And it’s so cool that they have a cool and hot friend in Manganiello – OMG I’M TOTALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING HIM AND OTHER HOT MEN IN MAGIC MIKE!

The women add in a dash of reality – though some more than others. Just look at Elizabeth Banks and Brooklyn Decker. I’m not sure if anyone dares to walk in six-inch heels whilst pregnant though I guess supermodels belong to a completely different species.

Most relate-able would be the couple played by Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford. They are so young and cute together! And it’s always good to see Chace Crawford outside of Gossip Girl – his role as Nate Archibald is practically a pretty vase in the series these days. He should stick to playing characters without trust funds, like in here, where he actually does more than just smile and make out with cougars.

THE ODDS

50/50 (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Loosely-based on the life of Will Reiser, friend of Seth Rogen, who also produced and starred in this movie. It shows a different perspective of cancer – mostly about the social aspects and dealing with it and not just the harsh parts about chemotherapy.

How ironic is that you often have to comfort others even though you’re devastated and broken down inside?

Adam Lerner: I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I recycle.

It shook me when Adam broke down in the car the night before his operation. Joseph Gordon-Levitt really did good here and Seth Rogen is honestly funny as his friend dealing with his buddy having cancer. I thought that bathroom scene was nice.

THEY GOT MARRIED… FINALLY

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART I (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

(This post is long overdue – but indulge me)

The movie finally opened on November 24, 2011!

It’s been a long time waiting and it’s still only half of the final instalment. And yes… Edward and Bella finally get married and have sex!

Unfortunately, most of the sex scenes and birthing scene were tamed down to fit into the PG-13 rating. It was too tamed down for me cos everything seems to be in flashes and before you know it, poof, Renesmee Carlie Cullen is born.

Charlie Swan: I know Edward will be a good husband. I know this, because I’m a cop. Cops know things. And I know how to hunt someone down to the end of the earth… I also know how to use a gun.

WEDDING OF THE YEAR!

But the most WOW! part of the entire movie was THE WEDDING. OMG! The gown was just amazingly beautiful! The decor was breathtaking too. All the trees and draping flowers were just beautiful. Though nothing can draw attention away from the bride and Charlie Swan is possibly the best movie father this year…

Bella Swan: Don’t let me fall, Dad.
Charlie Swan: Never

One more thing I loved was the toiletries bag that Bella brought on her honeymoon! Sometimes you have to admit that style comes with money… Cullen money.

Jacob gets a meatier role because he has assumed his role as an Alpha to protect Bella and her unborn child. He’s finally become a man! And let’s not talk about what happens in Part II after he has imprinted. Awkward.

Obviously I can’t wait to see Part II where our dear Bella finally becomes invincible and even fairer with yellow/red eyes. Her special vampire ability. Her hunting skills. I hope they show the scene where she beats Emmett at arm wrestling! Plus, Lee Pace will be in it!

CHOICE

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

YAYYY!

I caught The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on its opening day yesterday – 1 July 2010!

I think it’s much nicer than The Twilight Saga: New Moon! Considering that I’m no longer that Twi-crazy as I was when Twilight first came out two years ago and I was busy devouring the books back then, I think I’m making a rather rational opinion here.

In Eclipse, missing people and mysterious killings hit Seattle while Victoria is still in her quest for revenge. Bella is in danger but this time, she has the protection of the Cullens and the Wolf Pack. She also makes an important decision regarding her mortality and has to choose between her love for Edward and friendship for Jacob.

Jacob Black: Let’s face it, I’m hotter than you.

It was pretty obvious I was sitting in a cinema full of Team Jacobs cos when Jacob appeared (with his shirt on), there were cat calls and wolf calls from behind. Whereas for Edward, there was just giggling. Even Bella doesn’t giggle. There was rousing support for the dialogue between Edward and Bella since people who have read Eclipse would know that one of the most highly anticipated scenes occurred in the tent before the fight began. Almost everyone laughed when Jacob said to Edward in his face, “I’M HOTTER THAN YOU.” Likewise, the laughters were there when Edward grunted “Doesn’t he have a shirt?” when shirtless Jacob comes onscreen. One of the funniest part has to come from Bella when she tries to punch Jacob in the face when he tried to kiss her, I guess Team Switzerland didn’t suck as much before, seeing she couldn’t cause any physical hurt to both guys.

Jacob Black: I kissed Bella, and she broke her hand punching my face.

And I don’t think I have ever supported Team Jacob as much as I was watching Eclipse. It all started in New Moon but I was wondering why Jacob didn’t fight for his chance to be with Bella once Edward was back. In Eclipse, you can see him really putting much effort to stop Bella from becoming a vampire and to let her see there she has a choice – keep her heart beating and be with him. But for the record, I’m Team Edward. Like what Jacob says, Bella can love both Edward and Jacob, just like you can be Team Edward and Team Jacob at the same time.

Edward Cullen: Bella, would you please stop trying to take your clothes off?

The opening sequence is enough to draw you in on the vampire army of newborns, but I guess it got waylaid by the requisite meadow scene Edward and Bella shares. Each time Riley or other newborns come onscreen, the tension is there and the fight at the end was definitely action-packed. Lots of decapitation – that’s how you ‘kill’ a vampire – before burning them. Don’t tell me you don’t remember how Alice came from the back and ripped James’ head out of his socket back in Twilight. This time, it will be much more obvious cos they come with visual and sound effects.

Eclipse also sees the introduction of Leah and Seth Clearwater into the Wolf Pack. Both will have much more significant roles in Breaking Dawn but it was nice to see Leah because she’s the only female in the Wolf Pack. There is also the back story on Rosalie and Jasper so that should be interesting. Though it was sped up and you couldn’t enjoy how Jasper felt when he finally met Alice at the bar. The scene between Bella and Charlie is so funny, just like how any birds and the bees talk would end up. Charlie’s reaction to Bella’s exclamation is priceless! Oh, and look out for the scene when Edward proposes – there was applause in the audience!

EW.com – ‘Eclipse’ audience reaction: Team Jacob seems to have gained momentum

HOW MUCH DOES YOUR LIFE WEIGH?

UP IN THE AIR (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Yup, this shall be one of the first Oscar-nominated movies I’ll be watching. Up In The Air tells the story of Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a corporate downsizer and his travels. He practically lives his life in the airport and he enjoys his job which allows him to stay away from home and to accumulate frequent flyer miles. He meets Alex (Vera Farmiga) on one of his trips and realizes that she is also a frequent flyer like him. Just when things are going well for him, a young upstart, Natalie (Anna Kendrick), introduces video conferencing-downsizing and threatens his life on the road. One of the highlights was seeing how George Clooney fires these people and really makes them see the “light” and leave the company in a relatively peaceful exit. Zach Galifianakis plays an employee who has been let go with humourous results – smashing things, pouring bleach into the coffee and shredding (possibly important) office documents. Anna Kendrick is unlike the bimbotic Jessica she plays in the Twilight movies, and really shines as an overachieving graduate who sets targets and long lists for herself. That’s probably what most young adults are doing these days and gets put down because the real world isn’t like how we envisioned it to be. But I didn’t really like the ending because I was really hoping Ryan would find his own happy ending. 4 out of 5 stars.

Ryan Bingham: [on getting through airport security] Never get behind old people. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left. Bingo, Asians. They pack light, travel efficiently, and they have a thing for slip on shoes. Gotta love ’em. Natalie Keener: That’s racist. Ryan Bingham: I’m like my mother, I stereotype. It’s faster.

Ryan Bingham: [closing monologue] The stars will wheel forth from their daytime hiding places; and one of those lights, slightly brighter than the rest, will be my wingtip passing over.