THE WOLF PACK HEADS BACK

hangover3THE HANGOVER PART III (2013)
3 out of 5 stars

It’s the final part to the Hangover trilogy!

The Wolf Pack is trying to get Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to a rehabilitation facility when they are ambushed by Marshall (John Goodman), mob leader, who has a bone to pick with Chow (Ken Jeong). Marshall takes Doug (Justin Bartha) as collateral and gives them three days to find Chow.

Understandably, some people may have gotten tired of the drunk, hungover not-funny jokes in this sequel. Well, to me, the very first Hangover was the funniest ever – I don’t remember laughing that much during a movie. Some jokes really fell flat. Alan continues to befuddle people and pick on Stu (Ed Helms) and I don’t know what to think about his scene with Melissa McCarthy. But one funny aspect was them revisiting Las Vegas (where it all began!) and the movie started to pick up pace and humour.

STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS FOR AN EXTRA SCENE!

DESTINY AT THE PINES

PBTPinesTHE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (2012)
3 out of 5 stars

Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a motorcycle stunt rider who discovers he has a son with a lover from the past and tries to earn more to provide for them. He decides to rob banks with a partner but his decision will change his life forever.

Isn’t this such a coincidence? I mean, after People magazine named Bradley Cooper the Sexiest Man Alive in 2o11 much to the chagrin and fury of everyone (mine included) who adores Ryan Gosling – here they are in the same movie! The way this story plays out doesn’t do the title justice – spoiler: somebody dies!

While the ladies enjoy Gosling’s wonder physique covered in his not-so-aesthetic tattoos (some of the fonts were really weird), the guys can ogle Eva Mendes.

Ultimately, I think the show is about karma. You do a bad deed and you do nothing about it… it will come back and bite you. Since the movie takes place over a period of 15 years (or more), it is rather draggy and often I wonder when is the movie going to end. But I like the car chases where Ryan Gosling’s character tries to out-run the cops – full of adrenaline rush! Can’t say the same for the rest of the movie though.

Robin: If you ride like lightning, you’re going to crash like thunder.

AIM FOR EXCELSIOR

SilverLiningsPlaybookSILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012)
5 out of 5 stars

I have been waiting to catch this ever since I saw the trailer and it took so long for the movie to be shown in Singapore theatres. Nonetheless, it is here and I suggest everyone go watch it!

Tiffany: I was a big slut, but I’m not any more. There’s always going to be a part of me that’s sloppy and dirty, but I like that. With all the other parts of myself. Can you say the same about yourself fucker? Can you forgive? Are you any good at that?

Pat (Bradley Cooper) did eight months in an institution after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and desperately wants to reconcile with his ex-wife. He tries to keep his condition in check and things become more challenging when he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow with issues of her own.

Tiffany: I do this! Time after time after time! I do all this shit for other people! And then I wake up and I’m empty! I have nothing!

This is an unconventional romantic comedy and I loved it! Jennifer Lawrence really killed it in that diner scene. That maniacal laugh! I would say Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper brought out the best in each other. While Pat was trying to his best to win his ex-wife back, he doesn’t even realize the effects of Tiffany’s presence. One of my favourite scenes was at the dance competition where both parties unknowingly held each other’s hands!

Jennifer Lawrence was really amazing as Tiffany. She made me laugh and she made me cry. She makes it okay for people to have flaws as long as they accept them and that they make others accept them too. She warns people not to judge a book by its cover too quickly. Probably the most perfect imperfect human being on film I have seen. Also, it was so good to see Julia Stiles back on the big screen again! I remember a time not so long ago when she was the face of many coming-of-age films.

Pat: The only way to beat my crazy was by doing something even crazier. Thank you. I love you. I knew it from the moment I saw you. I’m sorry it took me so long to catch up.

I WISH MONKEYS COULD SKYPE…

THE HANGOVER PART II (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

The Wolfpack is back; this time Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married in Thailand and their celebration goes awry when they find themselves in a rundown motel in Bangkok with no recollection of the previous night. And Stu’s future brother-in-law is missing!

This was hilarious at some parts but I still liked the original better. There are much more in-your-face moments that are either laugh out loud-funny or just plain crude (which later becomes laugh out loud-funny). Quite a bit of male nakedness and I’m so glad Ed Helms contributed to the soundtrack because his song is perfect, funny and totally accurate. Personally, I thought his experience was probably the worst. But Zach Galifiniakis’ Allen somehow steals the spotlight whenever the monkey is around. LOL!

STAY DURING THE CREDITS TO VIEW THE OUTRAGEOUS PHOTOS OF THEIR WILD NIGHT!

THE PERFECT VERSION OF OURSELVES

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

Based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, it stars Bradley Cooper as Edward Morra, a down-and-out writer who has problems meeting deadlines and just got dumped by his girlfriend, Lindy (Abbie Cornish). He bumps into his former brother-in-law, Vernon, a dealer who offers Eddie some help in the form of a pill, NZT, which he claims helps to access 100% of the brain’s power. Eddie becomes a changed man; he learns new languages, finishes his book, becomes rich overnight after dabbling in the stock market. As the supply of NZT dwindles, he starts to experience the nasty side effects of NZT and finds himself being pursued by others who are after the same drug.

This is quite the thriller and I was kinda psyched when I saw Anna Friel’s name pop up when the film began, until she appeared. Oh well, it’s good to see the Pushing Daisies cast up and about (OMG. Lee Pace will be in Breaking Dawn!). So, the other moment where I got really excited was when Lindy was being pursued by this really creepy man. She could really kick some ass! Bradley Cooper was really cool; whether he was speaking in tongues or just doing algorithms but I guess it all worked until he spoke Mandarin. OMG, I think James Marsden did a better job in Hop.

ALPHA MIKE FOXTROT

THE A-TEAM (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Finally caught The A-Team and it’s GOOD! Lots of action, guns and explosives-good.

It’s about a group of soldiers who engages in outrageous plans and always manages to achieve their end. The A-Teams comprises of Colonel Hannibal Smith, Faceman, B.A. Baracus and Mad Murdock. One mission to retrieve the counterfeit money plates ends badly when their commanding officer was killed and the plates were stolen by another operative. They were put behind bars until someone from the CIA helps Hannibal bust out of prison, and Hannibal subsequently busts the rest of the team out of their respective prisons. They have to get the plates back while going against their both sides of the law.

Firstly, I think A.M.F. never sounded better as an acronym. The amazing thing is, no matter how crazy Hannibal’s plans are, they work. The lighter side of the team usually revolves around B.A. and Murdock; B.A. does not trust Murdock’s piloting skills and they have to put him under each time they take flight. The funniest and craziest character is definitely Murdock. Flying/steering with a tank is definitely odd, but the final showdown was quite a coup – I didn’t expect the cup trick to be applied to the containers! On a slightly shallow note, Jessica Biel is awesome – even when on a mission, she still tots around in her 3-inch heels and can still hold a gun steady! 3 and a half out of 5 stars.

Colonel John ‘Hannibal’ Smith: Give me an hour, I’m good. Give me a day, I’m great. Give me six months and I’m unbeatable.

LOVE CANNOT BE PLANNED

VALENTINE’S DAY (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

I saw Valentine’s Day and I think it’s slightly better than New York, I Love You!

It’s another anthology of love stories, people connected in one way or another – friends, colleagues, lovers, strangers etc. Except that this movie happens all in a day – Valentine’s Day. There are many familiar faces – Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Jessica Alba, etc. Only thing is happy beginnings didn’t turn out to be happy endings, while not-so-happy beginnings turn out happier.

There is the mini-competition between McDreamy (Dempsey) and McSteamy (Dane) – I choose McSteamy cos McDreamy still plays a boring doctor who does the worst thing ever! There’s the bimbotic Taylor Swift who dots every sentences with “like…” and dances like a crazy girl. The story revolving around the other teenage couple – Emma Roberts and Carter Jenkins – were super funny! They were planning to have sex during lunch and it all goes wrong when Stone’s mother comes back and sees him – almost naked! Anne Hathaway is very interesting with the use of weird accents and the creative use of rubber bands – *snap* while part-timing as a adult phone entertainer. Jennifer Garner totally rocks as a waitress (chopped pig’s testicles, anyone?) and with the baseball bat! 


And here’s my favourite quote from the movie/trailer:

Reporter: So, how do you guys feel about each other?
Felicia: Oh my gosh, I totally love him!
Willy: And I’m crazy about her.
Felicia: See, I even wrote his number in my hand.
Reporter: There you have it, young love. Full of promise, full of hope, ignorant of reality.

LOVE AND LIFE IN NYC

NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Caught New York, I Love You some time back, but I didn’t feel much love at all.

Like its predecessor Paris Je t’aime, it is an anthology film that joins several love stories in New York. Featuring stars like Orlando Bloom, Natalie Portman, Shia LeBeouf, Ethan Hawke, Hayden Christensen, Anton Yelchin, Bradley Cooper, Maggie Q and Shu Qi – it is an ensemble you would want to see onscreen. The Ethan Hwake/Maggie Q segment made me blush cos Ethan Hawke was speaking really awkward stuff. Some other segments just made me feel more ‘lust’ than ‘love’.

I only liked two stories, which were directed by Brett Ratner and Joshua Marston. Brett Ratner directed this segment about a guy’s prom night after being ditched by his girlfriend (a 10-second appearance by Blake Lively). It ended up being the best night of his life – with his useful belt. Joshua Marston directed the segment where an old couple celebrates their 60th anniversary and rediscovers love for each other. Awww…

Anyway, I liked Paris Je t’aime better. Each segment brought out the theme better and there’s Gaspard Ulliel! I can still remember he charmed me the moment his messy hair, grey singlet, lit cigarette appeared onscreen. Not to mention he speaks smouldering French. Oohlala.

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

THE HANGOVER (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

This has got to be the funniest movie of the year~! I practically laughed from start till finish!

The story goes like this: two days before Doug and Tracy’s wedding, his bestmen (Phil, Stu and future brother-in-law, Alan) bring Doug along for a stag party in Las Vegas, promising him a night he won’t forget. However, they woke up the morning after with the worst hangover they have ever had. Then the laughs start when they start to retrace their footsteps by objects they find in their pockets, wrists, and whatever is left in their suite: TIGER! BABY! Doug missing! Stu’s missing tooth!

Every single reaction they have is funny! Especially Alan, who doesn’t seem to know any EQ at all. He tried to do a blood sacrifice during the toasting session (Eeew!) and forcing the sunglasses on the baby, calling it Carlos and making him do funny things with his fingers. Stu (The Office’s Andy Bernard), being the more cautious and uptight fellow, is very concerned about his missing tooth and the frequent calls from his girlfriend who aims to control his every single move. The best thing is, he gets more than he bargained for when he arrives at The Best Little Chapel, complete with commemorative mugs and caps.

I think the funniest parts should be those scenes that involve the tiger! I can’t stop laughing!!! Look out for the parts when Alan has those mathematical formulas floating around him, OMG he’s a Blackjack Master!! His hair parting is damn funny! I guess the smarter people are the weirder ones…

Plus, Stu also sang a song about their Vegas predicament! That was so Andy Bernard, always singing weird stuff. The song (titled: Stu’s Song) is featured in the soundtrack too!

Watch the credits roll and you will find hilarious extras from the night before.

RULE VS. EXCEPTION

HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

CHICK FLICK!

It’s something like a chick flick but not quite. Guess you have to check out its websiteand click on the ‘Top 10 Chick Flick Cliches Not Found In The Movie’ – it’s absolutely hilarious! Basically it’s about the interconnected lives of these people who meets/met/want to meet their love and are decoding the signs that the opposite sex gives. I really love the scene where Neil (Ben Affleck) appears in Beth’s (Jennifer Aniston) dad’s home to help her with the housework after their breakup since Neil didn’t want to marry her after seven years together. It was so touching! The other guys in the house were really useless TV bums. Lucky for Neil and Beth, their ending was nice!