DEATH BY SILVER

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

Vampires! Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). >>>I’M SOLD.

The movie is fictionally set during the lifetime of Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) where vampires are slowly taking over America and Lincoln is a vampire hunter. The vampires are the monster-like kind – multiple rows of teeth, distorted facial features and some even have the ability to be invisible.

Personally, I liked the parts where Lincoln was training to become a hunter and the backstory of Henry (Dominic Cooper). According to this film, vampires are not allowed to kill vampires (their own kind) – what an interesting theory! Apparently all the other shows I’ve watched are bloodthirsty because they do kill one another. Benjamin Walker is really handy with that axe! I guess the fact that he is 6″3 helps too!

The final train scene was simply brilliant – as the audience, I’m wondering if it’s real or a trap or a trap that turned out to be real. In the end, I guess it’s good to keep some silverware at home – you never know when you might need them.

***Did you know Benjamin Walker is married to Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter)?

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IS THIS A TEST?

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) has always wanted to join the army but his small built and poor health has always deterred him. His lucky day arrives when he chances upon Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), who recruits Rogers into the “super-soldier” experiment and he ultimately becomes Captain America. His help is needed when by Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), leader of the Nazi’s experimental division HYDRA, plans to unleash their WMD on different parts of the world.

Hayley Atwell is stunning! Love the ’40s makeup and outfits. Plus, she shoots well! Chris Evans was just really hot with all his muscles and running and fighting. I really liked the scene where his character, Rogers, went towards the grenade when everyone else went away. It was also really cute that he misunderstood the term “fondue”. It was a really wholesome movie though there were some sad parts (Bucky!) and it has made me really psyched about The Avengers. I should really find time to watch Iron Man soon. Amanda Righetti from The Mentalist has a bit part this movie too!

STAY TILL AFTER THE CREDITS TO CATCH THE TEASER FOR THE AVENGERS, COMING YOUR WAY NEXT YEAR!

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIFE

AN EDUCATION (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

I’ve finally seen An Education! Bet it would be better on a large screen.

Set in the 1960s, it tells the story of Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan), a 16-year-old who is trying to get into Oxford on her father’s wishes. One rainy afternoon, she meets David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard), and her life changes forever. She is able to pursue her cultural interests – attending classical concerts, bid at auctions, have dinners at fancy restaurants and going to Paris. However, the truth about David hits her after she gives up her chance at getting to Oxford.

Peter Sarsgaard is so creepy! As the older guy trying to woo Jenny, he was very charming even with her parents? No wonder all of them fell for it. I guess anyone in Jenny’s shoes would find the opportunity to good to pass especially when her father dictates everything in her life and she gets to follow her life’s passions whenever David is around. Carey Mulligan plays Jenny really well – no wonder she got nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. I can feel her anguish when she realized everything she knew about David was a hoax and that her life was over because she gave up her chance at a degree. It shows how important it is for females to be able to stand on her own feet and not be over-reliant on men. Anyway, I’m so glad the ending happened the way it did. 4 and a half out of 5 stars.

Jenny Mellor: Action is character, my English teacher says. I think it means that if we never did anything, we wouldn’t be anybody.

TOUGH CHOICES

THE DUCHESS (2008)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Keira Knightley always looks so stunning in these non-contemporary costumes, whether it’s Atonement or Pride & Prejudice.

She plays Georgina Spencer (the ancestor of the late Princess Diana), who gets married to the most powerful man in London – the Duke of Devonshire. However, the Duke only has one word in his mind – HEIR. Thus, his attitude towards her is somewhat disgusting when she bore him two daughters. He treats his dogs better and sleeps around, and his zest for life is similar to a dog toy. Luckily, Georgina’s friendly personality and her astute fashion sense makes her a leading lady in society. He later sleeps with Bess, Georgina’s best friend, and she becomes a live-in mistress. Georgina also finds love in a young politician and the entire affair erupts into a scandal.

GIMME! GIMME! GIMME!

MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE (2008)
– 3 out of 5 stars  

“You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life…
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen…”

I saw Mamma Mia!! A feel-good movie though I must say, I didn’t feel comfortable when they first started singing Abba’s songs in the first 30 minutes of the movie. I couldn’t really link them up with the story but after a few songs, you roughly get the hang of it. The male cast singing sounded a little odd to me; since you don’t normally hear Pierce Brosnan (former Bond 007 agent), Colin Firth (Mr. Darcy) and Stellan Skarsgard (William ‘Bootstrap Bill’ Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean) singing Abba tunes. The photos of the cast in their younger days were hilarious, as is the ‘head banger’ term associated with Colin Firth. My favourite parts were when there was this ‘procession’ of womenfolk singing and dancing along to Dancing Queen, and the ‘mini-concert’ the cast had after the movie ended. OMG, they were all in spandex.