DON’T MAKE A SOUND

WWZWORLD WAR Z (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Based on the novel by Max Brooks, Brad Pitt plays Gerry Lane, a former UN investigator who must find a way to stop a zombie-like pandemic that is happening across the world.

When I saw the trailer a few months back, I was really freaked out by the zombies. They are not the slow moving ones you see in The Walking Dead, but they leap, pounce and attack like wild animals! They can topple vehicles and scale walls. It’s easier to shoot them in the head when they are slow moving… Are you afraid yet?

The scenes in New York and Jerusalem were terrifying largely due to the number of people and zombies involved. I can’t help but want to yell at that stupid girl who started to sing into the microphone. So much for walls. I was holding my breath a lot during the scenes in the plane and in the lab. Somehow, you know something’s gonna happen when you leave your weapon of choice away from your reach. I know some didn’t like the ending but I thought it was a good ending because a zombie apocalypse just doesn’t get “solved” that easily.

CHANGING THE GAME

MONEYBALL (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Billy Beane: The problem we’re trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty of crap, and then there’s us. It’s an unfair game.

Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, former Major League player turned general manager of the Oakland Athletics, who hires Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a Yale economics graduate, to help make a winning team on a tight budget.

Don’t you just love underdogs? With some complicated statistics, Brand was able to calculate a tangible score for each player and their odds should they perform well. It was amazing, almost like when Eduardo Saverin wrote that algorithm that helped Mark Zuckerberg create Facebook (from The Social Network). I guess complicated algorithms amaze me, or maybe I’m easily amazed. I’m not into baseball neither do I understand the game, but watching how the Athletics’ slowly ascend to the finals was nerve wrecking, and that’s not including the super exciting game at the end of the movie.

One thing I “learnt” from the movie:

Matt Keough: Ugly girl friend means no confidence.

SO GOOD AT BEING BAD

MEGAMIND (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

I didn’t think to watch Megamind at first, but when it was #1 for two weeks in the USA, I guess that many Americans can’t be wrong.

The movie tells of Megamind (Will Ferrell), who is sent to Earth by his parents at only eight days old. However, his arrival was marred by another alien infant, later known as Metro Man (Brad Pitt), whose spaceship sends Megamind to a prison instead of a loving family. Metro Man becomes a superhero while Megamind becomes a supervillian, and so, their rivalry begins.

Megamind’s attempts to be evil can be hilarious because he keeps kidnapping Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey), a news reporter, to lure Metro Man out. Even Roxanne is unfazed by his attempts to scare her. Plus, Megamind defines unfathomable as… without fathom. Minion is rather cute as his sidekick and is the one with all the ideas even though he’s just an alien fish.

BASTERDS HAVE NAZI SCALPS ON DEBIT

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009)
–  4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from the official website: In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to the enemy as “the basterds”, Raine’s squad joins German actress and undercover Bridget von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan on her own… Employing pulp and propaganda in equal measure, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds weaves together the infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life stories of WWII.

The movie was fantastic! Though I won’t say it’s anyone’s cup of tea… The shocking part would be the scalping; it’s the first time I have seen scalping in action and so many scalp-ed heads. It’s funny at parts and you find yourself rooting for the Basterds as they are somehow smarter and still manage to instill fear into the Nazis with their “Bear Jew”. The scariest character would be Hans Landa, cos he seems to be able to smell anything remotely fishy that doesn’t reek of fish at all with his ultra keen senses. Beware. He ended up with “something he could not take off”, courtesy of Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), which the latter says is his finest work yet. Also, B.J. Novak aka Ryan from The Office stars as one of the Basterds! More scalping!

MIND CONTROL

BURN AFTER READING (2008)
– 3 out of 5 stars

I saw two movies over the week. Seriously, it’s not that I have lots of time or money but it’s just that the movies I want to watch are ALL coming out in the last quarter of 2008.

Burn After Reading, I guess, is some kind of movie that mocks the CIA and how they deal with their cases. After the staff at a gym discover what they thought to be classified information, a twisted case of blackmailing goes wrong and that is where all the trouble begins. But I think, the real gem of this movie is the moronic Brad Pitt! Everytime he appears, the audiences laughed. He has such funny facial expressions! The ending is totally weird, and it totally reveals how the CIA is thought to solve cases, or non-cases.