10 YEARS (2012)
3 out of 5 stars
This film takes place at a high school reunion ten years after their graduation and revolves around this batch of students, some of which have evolved and some have not.
Reunions are such scary things – you want to go to find out how others are doing yet you are afraid of how people might view you. Are jerks still jerks? Are jokers still jokers? Are nerds still nerds?
There are a couple of stories interlocking here and the one that I liked most is the one with Reeves and Elise. Oh, I wished I was more like Elise – quiet but with an edge. I need to find that edge! I predicted that storyline from miles away and OMG that song – I was just waiting for “yellow shoes” to appear. The other interesting guy is Garrity, who brought his wife along, and reveals his hidden past. Wow that side is really unexpected but there are always surprises to be found.
The lead is Channing Tatum (biggest face on the poster) but his story was mildly interesting though it was nice to see him work with real-life wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Plus, Scott Porter (Hart of Dixie) sings in this too!
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars
Vampires! Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). >>>I’M SOLD.
The movie is fictionally set during the lifetime of Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) where vampires are slowly taking over America and Lincoln is a vampire hunter. The vampires are the monster-like kind – multiple rows of teeth, distorted facial features and some even have the ability to be invisible.
Personally, I liked the parts where Lincoln was training to become a hunter and the backstory of Henry (Dominic Cooper). According to this film, vampires are not allowed to kill vampires (their own kind) – what an interesting theory! Apparently all the other shows I’ve watched are bloodthirsty because they do kill one another. Benjamin Walker is really handy with that axe! I guess the fact that he is 6″3 helps too!
The final train scene was simply brilliant – as the audience, I’m wondering if it’s real or a trap or a trap that turned out to be real. In the end, I guess it’s good to keep some silverware at home – you never know when you might need them.
***Did you know Benjamin Walker is married to Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter)?
MAN ON A LEDGE (2012)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly, I really liked this so much so I was smiling when I came out of the cinema. I guess I just like it when the trailers doesn’t reveal too much about the movie – in a good way.
It’s all about Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington), who climbs onto the ledge of the top floor of the Roosevelt Hotel and literally stops traffic and gathers an audience in midtown Manhattan. He demands Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) as his negotiator to claim his innocence as his criminal past catches up.
Wow. I felt the movie was well-paced and there were enough OMG moments to make your heart skip a beat. That stupid helicopter!!! Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez are probably the hottest heist couple ever. Those passers-by were entertaining too – egging Cassidy to jump, jeering when he almost fell off the ledge and this homeless-looking guy who shares the sentiment that it is always the average guy who gets implicated, while the rich guys get away with everything. Go homeless-looking man!
The climax at the rooftop scene could probably tell you how it ends and you’d be forced to agree with the homeless-looking man. Unless you watch the movie, you would never know.
REAL STEEL (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars
I’m really glad I saw this during its last week of showing. Every boxing match is so exciting! I think if I saw this in the privacy of my own house, I would be punching the air and shouting.
And the moment Hugh Jackman starts to “box”, which is a moment of triumph for him and those around him, you just start to tear up and feel really proud that he’s still got that spark in him.
Dakota Goyo, the boy who plays Hugh Jackman’s son Max Kenton, is so adorable! He’s practically an adult trapped in a boy’s body. I love it when he dances with Atom! Robots do hip-hop!
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars
The Adjustment Bureau is a thriller loosely based on Phillip K. Dick’s short story, Adjustment Team. David Norris (Matt Damon) is an up-and-coming politician running for the US Senate who has a chance meeting with contemporary ballerina, Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). They are immediately attracted to each other and by a twist of fate, they soon meet again. However, he learns from a group of men known as the Adjustment Bureau, that his path has been adjusted and he will never meet Elise again. Years pass before they meet again, and David must find a way to convince Elise and himself that they will be able to out-run the Bureau and create a future for themselves.
David Norris: All I have are the choices I make and I choose her.
Wow, I feel Matt Damon and Emily Blunt shared amazing chemistry! From the first moment they were on screen together, there were sparks flying. Then you almost look forward to each scene that they appear together (and kinda rooting for them, too). The plot is more of a love story infused with a bit of science fiction, so I guess you either loved it or you don’t. I love it whenever the guys from the Bureau or Matt Damon uses those doors; it’s fantastic! It makes me want to have one of those fancy hats they wear. The ending wasn’t unexpected but the buildup towards it had me holding my breath and expecting a different ending. But I’m glad it ended the way it ended.
BONUS: Here’s a clip of Emily Blunt on Conan, with a “special appearance” by John Krasinski (her real-life husband!): Emily Blunt Gives Conan John Krasinski’s Hat
THE HURT LOCKER (2009)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
Thank goodness for re-releases/re-runs!
I suppose after sweeping the BAFTAs and gathering nine nominations for the upcoming Oscars, the theatres (Cathay and Shaw Lido) decided to run The Hurt Locker again.
The movie revolves around three members of the Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad in Baghdad. Their job is to disarm handmade bombs (IED – Improvised Explosive Devices) for the safety of both the Iraqis and Americans.
Apparently, when one is injured in an explosion, they are sent to the “hurt locker”. Majority of them are dead and pulverized, with only their helmet and dog tags as remains. While watching, you can really sense the bravery and dedication of the squad whenever they are on a mission. It’s not just one bomb waiting for them, and if it is, it’s a very potent bomb. It’s quite shocking to see so many IEDs laid on the streets, just waiting for someone to trigger the explosion. It just shows howmany of them are equipped with bomb-making expertise and it’s plain scary. There was a scene where a 12-year-old boy was cut up and a bomb planted in his dead body? My goodness. Ain’t I glad to be safe and sound in Singapore…
HALF NELSON (2006)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Caught the movie Half Nelson, which depicts the unusual friendship between teacher and student and how they help each other overcome their vices.
I learnt a little bit about history; how opposites come together to cause conflict and Dunne (Ryan Gosling) teaches it in a different way, something’s that way different from what normal History teachers do. The film’s a bit complicated to understand but since Ryan Gosling got nominated for an Oscar for this role, Life! gave it 5 out of 5 stars and the story seems interesting enough, I’m sure I had to watch it.