JUSTICE FOREVER

kickass2KICK-ASS 2 (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Yeah! Finally got to watch this movie that I’ve been anticipating since I watched the trailers. My favourite line has to be:

Hit Girl: Act like a bitch, get slapped like a bitch.

Kick Ass is back and he’s joining up with a group of similar-minded vigilantes to fight crime in New York City. Meanwhile, Red Mist is intent on revenge against Kick Ass for his father’s death and reincarnates himself as The Motherfucker along with his group of super villains.

They are still humans but they dress up as costumed superheroes to fight for justice and for revenge – depending which side you’re on. There are new characters like Colonel Stars and Stripes, Night Bitch and Dr. Gravity. Personally, I find the costumed couple pretty hilarious because everyone knows the power of a loaded handbag or a charged-up baseball bat.

Sometimes, I get a little teary-eyed while watching. Maybe it’s because these so-called superheroes are just teenagers who are trying to make a difference but people around them get hurt instead. Maybe it’s because they willingly give themselves to protect their city. It also begins the age-old question if we are allowed to take justice in own hands. Personally, I still prefer the first movie because there are more fighting scenes with Hit Girl though this one is not bad. Go adrenaline rush!

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

DON’T MESS WITH THE IBABE

Movie43MOVIE 43 (2013)
2 out of 5 stars

This is probably one of the weirdest (worst?) movie anthology I have ever since.

It is probably meant to be crude, so try not to be too offended by some of the stories in there. It is also best to take with a pinch of salt and laugh at everything. One of the reasons I wanted to watch it was Emma Stone but I wasn’t really taken by her story with Kieran Culkin as her ex-boyfriend. The opening story with Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet drew the most laughs along with the one starring real-life husband and wife, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. There are some really random advertisements in between the segments and I think the Tampax commercial is the funniest.

Watch it if you’re really bored and want to watch A-list stars do and say silly (explicit) stuff.

HEART-SHAPED KEY

HUGO (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

The story revolves around Hugo (Asa Butterfield) who lives in the railway station and maintains the clocks on behalf of his uncle. After being caught for stealing, he’s forced to work at a toy shop and he discovers a secret that links the owner of the toy shop with the automaton his late father was trying to fix.

How Hugo managed to unlock the secret to the automaton actually led to another secret. Watching Le Voyage dans la lune was an eye-opener, because you got to watch what went on behind the scenes, the special effects back in those days and how they made films in colour.

What a wonderful experience!

EAT SOME NOW, SAVE SOME FOR LATER

LET ME IN (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Let Me In is based on the Swedish film, Let The Right One In. Set in New Mexico, 1983, it tells the story of how Owen, an outcast at school, met Abby, a vampire, who looks like she’s 12 year-old – just like him.

It seemed like a natural progression for Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz) to befriend Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Both are outcasts in their own sense. Owen is the target of bullying in school, has no friends and whose parents are undergoing a divorce. Abby can only appear at night and prefers not to make any friends to keep suspicion away. Then, Abby teaches Owen to stand up for himself while Owen starts to find new ways to interact with Abby (puzzles, morse code, candies and playing at the arcade).

Abby: (touching Owen’s bandaged cheek) What happened there?
Owen: Some kids from school.
Abby: I’ll help you.
Owen: But you’re a girl.
Abby: I’m a lot stronger than you think I am.

Personally, I would say Abby’s first kill made me squirm in my seat. Too much Twilight (sparkling, seemingly-harmless vampires) can do that to you. But I’ve started watching The Vampire Diaries lately and I would say I’m getting used to blood, fangs and death. Thus, subsequent Abby-kills didn’t make me squirm so much – plus, it’s always good to keep a good ear out for the score because it warned me when someone is about to expire. This is also the first movie I’ve seen that tells me what happens to vampires when they’re not invited. However, I seriously felt that the bullying was much more terrifying that the murders. The final scene in the swimming pool was pretty horrifying! Richard Jenkins stars as Abby’s guardian/blood-hunter whose methods of gathering blood is chilling and I’ll probably never look at a garbage bag the same way again. There’s also Elias Koteas, who stars as the detective investigating the string of murders in the town. He’s the guy who wanted to “wipe the floor with your ass” in Some Kind Of Wonderful! Pity about his “ending” though.

WITH NO POWER COMES NO RESPONSIBILITY

KICK-ASS (2010)
– 5 out of 5 stars

Hello! I’m fresh from watching Kick-Ass and it’s really kick ass!

The film revolves around comic book-loving teenager, Dave Lizewski, who wonders why no one has ever became a real superhero and fight the blatant crime that’s been all over their neighbourhood. He orders a scuba diving suit online and decides to become Kick-Ass. He fails miserably (got his ass kicked) – after getting beaten, stabbed and knocked down – but is “reborn” when his accident left him with damaged nerve endings and metal bone holders. Apparently, they help him withstand pain better. He later meets Big Daddy and Hit Girl, who rescue him when one of his missions go wrong. Unknown to Kick-Ass, all these henchmen are under the payroll of the local crime syndicate leader, Frank D’Amico, who decides to hunt the superhero down. At last, a superhero showdown between the good and the evil.

First of all, Hit Girl is AMAZING! Played by Chloë Grace Moretz, last seen in (500) Days Of Summer and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, she steals the show. She can handle her weapons well – the butterfly knife, guns, knives, etc. She can even kick walls and deliver great kicks!

She was awesome during her first scenes when she rescues Kick-Ass, rescue Big Daddy and the final scenes where she was gonna take out Frank D’Amico. She took on a warehouse full of armed men! That’s plenty of gusto for an 11 year old!

She’s currently 13 years old but she shot it at 11. That’s uber cool. What was I doing when I was 11? Playing block catching. There seems to be lots of controversy regarding her use of “coarse language” – it’s rated M18 in Singapore – like the C-word, F-words and whatever words I wouldn’t type here but could say it in the next second. Oops. But really, I think they don’t really know what’s happening in schools these days. I think I have heard worst.

Anyway, the funnier parts of the film occur when these not-so-super superheroes get into action. Like when Kick-Ass and Red Mist meet in the dark alley; both are actually just teenagers but they are trying to put on their toughest front. The relationship between Big Daddy and Hit Girl is actually kinda cool, if you can get around the fact that she does not have a childhood revolving around dolls and all things pink, cute and fluffy. Those things do not help you when you get bullied in school.

I thought it was really empowering to stand up against crime like that. Of course, all this is just fiction and comics and all, but it was really enjoyable to watch. Slightly bloody at first, especially after Hit Girl appears, but hey, she’s like my idol now. (I’ll watch it again if time permits!)

ZOO-WEE MAMA!

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid follows the adventures of Greg Heffley, a wisecracking pre-teen who has to survive middle school – the most horrific place any pre-teen can be.

His adorable best friend, Rowley, is so cute! Greg tries to make Rowley more presentable by spray-painting his pink bicycle black, removing cute t-shirts, and teaching him to carry his backpack on one strap. (“It’s much cooler this way”) Rowley gave a reply which involves something like “Why carry it on one strap when it was built on two straps?” – PRICELESS! I bet everyone has tried to carry it one strap before. One of the most poignant moments came when Greg tries to have a sleepover at Fregley’s places but ends up being chased by Fregley with a booger in his hand!

But the movie seems a little dull at moments because some of the events are better expressed in the book (which is so hard to get in libraries, it’s easier to browse it in Popular bookstores) as sharp one-liners and cartoons. The movie’s official websitehas a couple of games, including Wimp Yourself and the Cheese Touch game.

THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

(500) Days of Summer recounts the duration of Tom and Summer’s relationship from the first moment they met. Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls in love with Summer (Zooey Deschanel) at first sight over their mutual interest in The Smiths, a band he was blasting in his headphones which Summer sings along. But it’s pretty obvious he’s more into the relationship that she is, as she said she doesn’t believe in love. Still, they grow closer together until they broke up in the middle of the 500 days and Tom tries to win her back.

Personally, I totally understand how Tom feels when he was in that lift with Summer. It’s a nice feeling to find someone with the same music interests as you, especially when you can’t seem to find anyone that listens to the stuff you listen. So you can’t really blame him when he gets a strong feeling that Summer is The One. It was uplifting to see him burst into dance after his first night with Summer to Hall & Oates’You Make My Dreams. I also liked the scene where they were in the karaoke – super fun!

As for Summer, she believes in being free and independent like the modern woman. But after meeting Tom, she starts believing in ‘destiny’ and carves out her future unlike what she embodied. Tom, too, makes his talent to good use by chasing his dreams and getting out of his comfort zone at the greeting card company. I guess you can say both of them matured through this relationship.

Videos:
Joseph & Zooey Cut A Rug During A Bank Heist
Joe & Zooey Portray Sid & Nancy Cinemash

Plus, the movie has a great soundtrack! Easy listening songs that brings you memories of the movie. Also, if you had observed carefully, Zooey Deschanel has really beautiful blue eyes that speak for themselves.

Here’s her with her sister, Emily Deschanel from BonesBoth have really beautiful eyes.

And if a double-decker bus crashes into us
to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die
and if a ten ton truck kills the both of us
to die by your side
well the pleasure, the privilege is mine