“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!

WHO IS JOHN HARRISON?

STID-1STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (2013)
4 and a half out of 5 stars

When the Enterprise faces a force of terror from within their organization, Captain Kirk leads his crew to Kronos to capture the man responsible – John Harrison.

That’s just a really brief summary but I just want to shout out: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH! I didn’t catch the prequel to this so the main reason I’m watching this sequel is BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. His role here is kept under wraps but we do know he antagonizes Kirk and his crew so this villainous  role must be juicy! He even does some hand-to-hand combat here which really enhances the biceps of BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. Throughout the movie, you will question his motives and actions but it is all worth it.

The script is well-written and the action scenes pack a punch. Even the bromance scenes between Kirk and Spock are everywhere. Maybe I read too much in between the lines. Spock’s Vulcan sensibilities are at its height because everyone including Kirk and Uhura have had enough of his “honesty”.

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JOURNEY TO LONELY MOUNTAIN

HobbitUJ1THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2012)
5 out of 5 stars

WOW! I LOVE THIS MOVIE!

This is part one of a trilogy of movies based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit. Set sixty years before the events in Lord of the Rings, it tells of how Gandalf convinced Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, to journey with thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon.

First of all, I am new to Middle Earth.

I have never watched any LOTR movies, though I most likely would after watching this. It could be the action scenes, the lush scenery, the humour, the riddles or the hot dwarves. Yes, you read it right. HOT DWARVES. Personally, I prefer Kili (Aidan Turner). Doesn’t he just look hot? Everything he does is magical (wiping mud off his boots, throwing plates, shooting arrows, staring at horses, looking stunned, etc.) and his scenes with brother, Fili, are very bromantic. For those who prefer the masculine feel, there’s Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the leader of the dwarves and the bravest of them all.

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Story-wise, it is very compelling too. The journey is perilous and the Orcs constantly chasing them. There are goblins and giant spiders and Gollum. The moment Gollum appears, there’s a shift in the air. He’s creepy and the air feels creepy too. I liked the riddles part most, because I was guessing along as well! I managed to guess two riddles correctly!

Gollum: If Baggins loses, we eats it whole.

And I was freaking out when I saw the names of Lee Pace and Benedict Cumberbatch appearing on the same slide! Too bad I only saw five seconds of Lee Pace and almost none of Benedict Cumberbatch but I hope that the next two movies will feature more of them!

And Aidan Turner too!

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SPY VS. SPY VS. SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH! TOM HARDY! GARY OLDMAN! COLIN FIRTH!

Alright, I’m done with my screaming. This is such so British I love it!

Gary Oldman plays George Smiley, a retired MI6 agent who’s been tasked to find a mole among them. He engages the help of Peter Guillam (Cumberbatch) to finish what his old friend left behind – clues to the mole. Things get even more complicated after Ricki Tarr (Hardy) barely returns from his mission.

Actually, I have no idea how to describe the story to you all but it’s definitely intriguing. It’s set in the 1970s, meaning that the spy techniques used are really  old school – tapes, recordings from bugs hidden in lamps, undercover spies who are in danger of dying and getting tortured. Plus, it’s British!

The acting is real good – Gary Oldman barely speaks or smiles and yet his face says a thousand words. One of the sadder scenes was when Guillam sent away his partner after Smiley told him clear his unfinished business. And I gotta tell you, be prepared to see grown men cry.