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.

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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!