WHAT MAKES A DRIVER

Rush2013RUSH (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Still having F1 fever? Then this is the movie you should watch.

James Hunt: The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel. It’s a wonderful way to live. It’s the only way to drive.

This is the story of the rivalry/friendship (blurry lines between these two, if you ask me) between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s.

Cue 70s hair! Hunt is more charismatic and knows his way amongst women (hello, Natalie Dormer!) while Lauda is more keen on the sport and improving his car to become a better driver. Their personal lives are also interesting to watch especially when you see how different Hunt and Lauda approach women.

Back then, F1 racing can be fatal and I guess it makes it more thrilling to watch. It’s even astonishing to see Lauda back in the race after suffering third-degree burns six weeks later. The movie climaxes at the 1976 Japan race where race conditions are not optimal and it tests the lengths these men would go to win the championship. Personally, it was a good watch and those engines really revved me up.

Niki Lauda: A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

LIPS RED AS BLOOD, HAIR BLACK AS NIGHT…

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (2012)
– 4 out of 5 stars

I don’t care what anybody says, I like Kristen Stewart! Anyway, most of the haters only hate her because of Twilight and as someone who has seen her work before Twilight (Speak, Into The Wild), I think she’s amazing and her green eyes are really hypnotizing!

This version of Snow White is definitely darker than the earlier Mirror, Mirror where everything seems to be dance-y and prance-y. Even the Queen is so much more wicked. She quite literally consumes souls to keep her youth. Another scary aspect of the film was the Queen’s brother. Seriously, I think anyone with that hairstyle is scary.

The darkness of magic prevailed in the film so the fairy land the dwarves led them to was really pretty. I liked the moss-covered tortoise most! The deviation from the fairytale is that Snow White starts a rebellion and I’ve got to agree with the Huntsman that K-Stew looks fetching in metal. Chris Hemsworth looks like a huntsman and his accent doesn’t hurt though he should probably deviate from roles which require him to throw things (i) hammer – Thor (ii) axe – Huntsman.

WE’RE A TIME BOMB.

THE AVENGERS (2012)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

By now, who hasn’t seen The Avengers?

So Nick Fury, director of SHIELD, assembles Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow to form the Avengers, in order to stop Loki from enslaving the human race.

Iron Man: If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.

The action scenes were to die for, especially when they were showing off and fighting among themselves. What can I say, I love havoc. I didn’t watch the Iron Man movies so I wasn’t introduced to Black Widow earlier but I was pretty impressed with ScarJo and her dexterity. Guess I should make time to watch those two Iron Man movies before they release the other Marvel movies. I didn’t like the aliens much which I attribute to their disgusting vertebrae structure.

Hulk: Puny God.

Funny scenes are aplenty, with each superhero trying to outsmart and outwit each other. Most of it came from the cocky billionaire philanthropist Iron Man and the Hulk – both created a good bromance considering both of them share a science background. Of course, my fangirl heart melts whenever they offer a helping hand to each other.

Needless to say, STAY FOR THE EXTRA SCENE after the first credits. You’ll get a glimpse of who’s the next villian now that Loki’s back at Asgard, hopefully with some TLC. For those living outside the US, don’t bother staying till the end of the credits for that Shawarma diner scene.

THOR, THE GOD OF THUNDER

THOR (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Thor (Chris Hemsworth), son of Odin, is the successor to the throne in Asgard. However, his rash and arrogant ways destroys the truce between Odin and Laufey, leader of the Frost Giants in Jotunheim. Odin strips Thor of his power and banishes him to Earth, so that he may learn humility and prove himself worthy of the throne.

OMG CHRIS HEMSWORTH IS SO HOT!

He put on 10kg of muscle to play Thor and I think it paid off really well. He looks good arrogant and was also funny when he brought his “ancient” ways into the modern world (ie. smashing his cup for another cup of coffee!). Norse mythology has always been interesting, so having hot people playing gods are a plus.

I liked Sif, the Goddesss of War, too. She’s the only female warrior fighting alongside Thor and she knows her weapons. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is just really creepy and I can see right through him, man. He appears to defend his brother but he’s actually stabbing him in the back!

There’s an uncredited cameo by Jeremy Renner (HOT!) as Hawkeye and Stan Lee as always in movie adaptations of Marvel Comics characters. This movie, and the upcoming Captain America (Chris Evans) is building up to the hype of 2012′s The Avengers! Stay till the end of the credits for a sneak peek of what’s to come in The Avengers!