STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (2013)
4 and a half out of 5 stars
When the Enterprise faces a force of terror from within their organization, Captain Kirk leads his crew to Kronos to capture the man responsible – John Harrison.
That’s just a really brief summary but I just want to shout out: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH! I didn’t catch the prequel to this so the main reason I’m watching this sequel is BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. His role here is kept under wraps but we do know he antagonizes Kirk and his crew so this villainous role must be juicy! He even does some hand-to-hand combat here which really enhances the biceps of BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. Throughout the movie, you will question his motives and actions but it is all worth it.
The script is well-written and the action scenes pack a punch. Even the bromance scenes between Kirk and Spock are everywhere. Maybe I read too much in between the lines. Spock’s Vulcan sensibilities are at its height because everyone including Kirk and Uhura have had enough of his “honesty”.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars
This is a story about Jack Frost, who helps the Guardians in their fight against Pitch Black, the Boogeyman, who aims to make children lose their belief in the Guardians and ultimately, lose the innocence of childhood.
Well, the Guardians are made up of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman. This concept relates more to children in Westernized countries because they celebrate Easter and Christmas in a big way. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was quite a nice film with cute bits like the elves with the bells and Baby Tooth!
It was full of laughs and I enjoyed the Sandman’s antics the most. I have probably heard the least about the Sandman and I am more familiar with the scarier versions of the Guardians, i.e. the evil Tooth Fairy. The Easter Bunny is quite adorable as well, even though it’s male. Dakota Goyo (Real Steel) voices Jamie and he sounds so hopeful – no wonder he has a meatier role in this.
STAY DURING THE CREDITS FOR AN EXTRA SCENE about the morning after. Watch the movie to understand!
THIS MEANS WAR (2012)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
This was seriously one of the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.
Sure, the premise was done many times before – two guys fighting over one lady. But when these two guys are spies and have the skill and equipment to outwit and outplay each other, it is good fun to watch.
The funniest scene would be when FDR (Chris Pine) tried to impress Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) with his knowledge of art and Tuck (Tom Hardy) feeds his fake information through his earpiece. It was really ROFL.
However, you’ll realize that in the end, FDR and Tuck are made for each other! The way they look at each other, the way they rely on each other during their missions – that is true bromance in action!
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Unstoppable stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pine as Frank Barnes and Will Colson, two men who showed exceptional courage in an attempt to stop a runaway train. They soon discover the runaway train is running at full speed and carries hazardous materials and another train carrying school children is its path. These two guys have to risk their lives and their jobs in order to save the day.
It’s a really thrilling show though it’s weird that throughout the movie, the thing that kept popping into my mind is that I know who can stop the train – SUPERMAN! There were a couple of attempts made and of course, the initial ones fail and I can’t help but think that Superman can raise his arms to stop the train. It’s really scary too because you can tell the trains are going very fast! I think I cried tears of joy at the end. 3 and a half out of 5 stars.
And as a bonus: a SNL spoof featuring Scarlett Johannson. It’s quite funny, especially the banter between the two guys involving trains (Thomas the Train and the invention of trains) as well as ScarJo’s comparison of everything to the Chrysler Building.
JUST MY LUCK (2006)
– 3 out of 5 stars
Well, the movie was OK, I guess. The opening credits were one of the most interesting ones I have seen, showcasing the different superstitions and lucky charms known around the world. Didn’t laugh a lot or out loud.
There were quite a bit of advertising for McFly, though I like the band and their songs, I thought it didn’t really fit into the movie? I liked the part at the ending, where the departing schedules changed rapidly because luck was exchanged rapidly… it was so fast that the board showed gibberish after a while.
One interesting thing happened though. I bought the tickets 2 minutes before the show started, and the ticketeer told me “So far, you’re the only one in there”. I didn’t mind and I was thinking “$8.00 can let you own the whole cinema”. Haha, but later this Malay guy came it to watch the movie and spoiled the whole experience. =(