THE WRONG SHIH TZU

7psychopathsSEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (2012)
4 and a half out of 5 stars

It all started with Marty (Colin Farrell) trying to write a screenplay titled “Seven Psychopaths”. His best friend, Billy (Sam Rockwell) partners with Hans (Christopher Walken) to kidnap dogs (or is it “dognap”) and return them to their owners after a reward has been offered. All goes well until they kidnap a shih tzu belonging to Charlie Costello, a gangster who loves his dog a lot.

Billy: You can’t let the animals die in a movie… only the women.

The back stories of the seven psychopaths were very interesting and the one that intrigued and scared me the most was the one about the Quaker, who stalked his daughter’s killer for decades. How all the psychopaths’ stories weave together in the end was pretty marvelous.  Though Billy’s version of the screenplay does have lots of shootouts and gunfire. He does have an active imagination.

Zachariah, the psychopath with the rabbit is also interesting considering his back story and his love for the white animal. And who knew the sight of so many rabbits can be so pleasing in a violent movie!  Also, the film pokes fun of Colin Farrell’s Irish ancestry and his drinking problem. So glad to see Colin Farrell back in movies after his career slump after Alexander.

Zachariah: You didn’t think I was what? Serious? You think I’m not serious just because I carry a rabbit?

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TOTAL RECALL (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

A remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Colin Farrell plays Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who starts to question his identity after his visit to Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories.

OMG it’s so good to see Colin Farrell back in form!

You should expect lots of action sequences as it’s directed by Len Wiseman –  Kate Beckinsale’s husband and creator/producer for the Underworld series. I liked the car chase sequence which is unlike any car chases you’ve seen before. Talk about gravity-defying! Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel are really kick-ass in this and they even fight each other! Personally, I prefer Beckinsale’s fighting style – which is so ruthless yet so beautiful.

Since it is set in the future, there are some forms of technology that is oh-so-cool. Like the handphone – literally – as the phone is embedded in your palm. You will never forget to bring it out but it makes it really easy for people to track you. Nasty thing to get rid of too.

PETER VINCENT TO THE RESCUE

FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

This movie scared the shit out of me. Colin Farrell is very hot as the vampire in the day but at night, those fangs and distorted facial features is just not hot. This vampire is the real deal; afraid of holy water and crosses, loves the fear in his victims and cannot enter the house unless invited. But being an old-school vampire, he morphs into something-like-a-bat in his true form.

But half the time, I was semi-crushing on David Tennant, who plays stylized vampire hunter Peter Vincent with the fake sideburns, eyeliner and leather pants. He steals every scene he’s in and even when he’s about to die, he still has his sense of humour. Totally crazy about him! Anton Yelchin totally kicked ass in the final scene (his suit!), just as those creatures from the soil popped up was so scary! This just shows remakes aren’t always horrible.

MEN SEEKING MEN

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

Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) are three friends who believe they have the worst bosses anyone could possibly have. They hatch a plan to kill their bosses and things start to go wrong after they take the advice from someone in the “most dangerous bar”.

Bobby Pellitt: You can fire Professor Xavier.
Kurt: You mean Hank.
Bobby Pellitt: Creeps me out, rolling around all day in his special, little secret chair.

There’s simply too many hilarious moments in this movie to count. The part where Jamix Foxx describes how he got his name, Motherfucker Jones? The part where Jason Sudeikis places the entire bathroom up his ass? The part where Charlie Day gets high on coke, sings “That’s Not My Name” and his tiny jabs?

Also, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston played characters that were way off! Farrell looks weird (hello, combover!) and his comments about a colleague in a wheelchair was outrageous! Aniston was just talking dirty all the time and it’s a bit disconcerting to hear but it’s even more shocking to watch her when she tries to seduce Dale. And it’s so cute because Charlie Day’s voice gets really squeaky when he’s nervous!

Some other familiar faces were John Francis Daley (Sweets from Bones), Ioan Gruffudd and Julie Bowen (Modern Family). Gruffud’s cameo was the funniest! WET WORK!

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