THE LOBBY BOY

grandbudapesthotelTHE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) This is another whimsical tale from Wes Anderson.
2) Ralph Fiennes is not Voldemort.
3) Willem Dafoe is pretty scary when he does not talk.

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SIX BOOKS, A CAT AND A RECORD PLAYER

MOONRISE KINGDOM (2012)
4 and a half out of 5 stars

It’s been a long time since I laughed and cried in the same movie and Moonrise Kingdom has got to be one of my favourite movies this year.

Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop, two pen pals who made a secret pact to elope in the summer of 1965 on the island of New Penzance. They plan to reach a secluded cove and camp there. The elopement of the young lovers send the scouts camp and the girl’s parents into a frenzy as they try to find them before a hurricane makes its way towards the island.

Sam: I love you, but you have no idea what you’re talking about.
Suzy: I love you too.

I like that scene when the young couple find their secret cove and start to make declarations of love to each other and dance to fancy chanson on the record player. Gilman dances wildly while Hayward tries to be as sophisticated as young girls wanted to be at that age. The cat in the basket deserves some sort of prize for being cute throughout the movie.

Jared Gilman is such a precious human being! He’s really sweet and he really tries his best to fight for his and Suzy’s happiness even though his size really puts him at an disadvantage. The ending was really sweet even though I was afraid the climax at the church might end differently.

I liked the start and the end of the film where they played classical music from Benjamin Britten, where each instrument in the track was introduced by a child. Very lovely!

Sam: Why do you consider me your enemy?
Redford: Because your girlfriend stabbed me in the back with lefty scissors.
Sam: She’s my wife now.

ANGER MANAGEMENT

THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008)
– 3 out of 5 stars 

On Wednesday night, my sister and I won a pair of tickets to the preview of The Incredible Hulk. Joined the contest out of fun cos I didn’t really find the movie appealing when I saw the trailer.

But the movie was not bad, with lots of chasing, throwing and big angry things fighting it out in NYC. The Abomination was super-disgusting, which I guess was due to the fact he didn’t wear pants (the Hulk wore something), and his spine was ‘Eeew!’. The final showdown really got me on tenterhooks cos I’m like grabbing my bag very nervously. The people of NYC are being thrown like softballs and their cars are being used like masak-masak. Tsk tsk, wasting resources. Oh, there’s this extremely-publicised cameo of Tony Stark aka Ironman in the film.