DON’T MESS WITH THE IBABE

Movie43MOVIE 43 (2013)
2 out of 5 stars

This is probably one of the weirdest (worst?) movie anthology I have ever since.

It is probably meant to be crude, so try not to be too offended by some of the stories in there. It is also best to take with a pinch of salt and laugh at everything. One of the reasons I wanted to watch it was Emma Stone but I wasn’t really taken by her story with Kieran Culkin as her ex-boyfriend. The opening story with Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet drew the most laughs along with the one starring real-life husband and wife, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. There are some really random advertisements in between the segments and I think the Tampax commercial is the funniest.

Watch it if you’re really bored and want to watch A-list stars do and say silly (explicit) stuff.

GIFTS AND CURSES


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2012)

4 and a half out of 5 stars

Yup, it seems too early for a reboot but it was a different approach to the beginnings of Spider-man (Andrew Garfield, who looks like he needs protection himself). There’s this mystery surrounding Peter’s father and his work in Oscorp,  Spidey makes his own web-shooter and his love interest is Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Pity I couldn’t find a nice poster to represent the Garfield ass. Oops.

While everyone knows what happens to Uncle Ben before Peter Parker became Spider-man, I’m sad to say I didn’t feel as sad as I did in the previous Spider-man movie – sorry Martin Sheen. However, I cried when the construction workers helped Spider-man when he was injured. The crew, led by Thomas Howell, deserves thumbs up all around.

Cringe-worthy parts include the one where many, many spiders start to fall on Peter Parker and the other scene where there were many, many lizards. While I’m slightly more familiar with The Lizard than the other villains we’ve been introduced to in the past (Sandman, Green Goblin etc.), I won’t say this Spider-man movie blows my mind. In my heart, Spider-man 2 is still my favourite Spider-man movie ever. Best soundtrack too.

STAY FOR AN EXTRA SCENE DURING THE CREDITS!

MINNY’S DELICIOUS PIES

THE HELP (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Emma Stone stars as Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Pheelan, an aspiring writer in the 1960s who decides to write a book from the point of the help – African-American maids who work for white families.

I’m really glad I managed to catch this show before the end of its run because I don’t think I can find time to finish this book-bricks of book-bricks. It really showcased the strength of these women; how much they had to endure under white supremacists, the pride they had to swallow and their sacrifices. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were brilliant as Aibileen and Minny (especially Minny’s chocolate pie!). The story of how Constantine left Skeeter’s household was really sad and particularly so because these maids were the ones who brought up their employer’s kids while their own kids were left under the care of others.

IT’S LIKE YOU’RE PHOTOSHOPPED!

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (2011) 
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

Jacob Palmer: I don’t know if I should help you or euthanize you.

Cast featuring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone? Of course I had to watch it.

Not to mention there’s Goslings’ “photoshopped” abs to ogle at. Seeing him in a comedy is a first and I love that he’s so smooth in this movie! One of the my favourite scenes was when Gosling takes Carell’s character shopping. The velcro-ed wallet was so old-school! And there’s that sauna scene.

It’s been a long time since I laughed so much, got charmed by the attractive cast and felt a fuzzy warm feeling at the end. One of the best romantic comedies in ages.

OOH, BURN!

EASY A (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

 Wow, let’s just say Easy A made it into my favourite films this year!

Emma Stone stars as Olive Penderghast, an average student in high school, who tells a lie about her virginity and becomes infamous (not the same as popular). Turns out Olive only has a kind heart and she’s only helping these boys advance socially in exchange for shopping coupons. But when the rumour mill spirals out of control, Olive needs to clean up her act so that she can have a shot at romance with her crush, Todd (Penn Badgley).

First of all, the movie is really funny! Like when they changed the school mascot from the Blue Devils to Woodchucks. Ouch! Olive’s parents are really cool and odd at the same time. It was also weird to see Cam Gigandet singing songs of faith while strumming the guitar. I’ve also added Natasha Bedingfield’s Pocketful Of Sunshine to my iPod! But most of all, I loved the ending. I loved that it made references to John Hughes movies and the ending incorporated those four movies Olive referenced to earlier in the film? WONDERFUL! I’m giving it half a star more because I’m totally biased!

Olive Penderghast: Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.

TALLAHASSEE: TIME TO NUT UP OR SHUT UP

ZOMBIELAND (2009)
– 5 out of 5 stars

Anyway, I’ve just seen Zombieland and it totally kicks ass! It takes place in a post-apocalyptic America where there’s a zombie virus and almost everyone has become those filthy flesh eaters. There are only a handful of humans left and one of them is Columbus, who probably survived due to his lack of human interaction and his book of rules. He meets Tallahassee who’s a mean zombie killer with a vulnerability for Twinkies. While on a Twinkie mission, they encounter Wichita and her sister, Little Rock, whom they join forces with after several misunderstandings. Together, they form a formidable group against the disgustingly undead. 

Seriously, of all the monsters, zombies are the worst! They enjoy human Happy Meals, suck human bone marrow and absolutely crave all of your human juices. Eewww! The initial onslaught of bloody insides are not the most comfortable opening scenes but you’ll start to laugh it off after a few minutes. Throughout the movie, I was greatly entertained by Columbus’ narration and his rules. Some of those mentioned in the movie are: –

Rule #1: Cardio
Rule #2: Double Tap
Rule #3: Beware of Bathrooms
Rule #4: Seatbelts
Rule #17: Don’t Be A Hero
Rule #18: Limber Up
Rule #22: When In Doubt, Know Your Way Out
Rule #31: Check the Back Seat
Rule #32: Enjoy The Little Things
(More rules can be found here.)

You can see these rules popping up on the screen, like mental lessons, especially Rule #2. The surprise cameo by a well-known actor almost steals the show and just adds more laughs to the zombie comedy. All was well until I got frightened by an old female zombie at the Haunted House. I screamed a little but luckily, my scream was drowned out by the gunshots that followed. Phew. The climax at the theme park was good and hilarious at the same time. I wouldn’t mind watching it again.

There’s news of a sequel in 3D! Plus, Jesse Eisenberg is kinda adorable in his own geeky, neurotic way. =)

BEWARE OF MANHOLES

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

I have to admit, the reason I wanted to watch The House Bunny is Tyson Ritter (frontman of All-American Rejects). But it turned out to be quite nice, I really enjoyed it. Shelley is kicked out of the Playboy Mansion and she decides to find refuge in a sorority house by being a housemother. Little does she know that college life and people are cruel and mean. Her only role as a housemother is to help the sorority gather 30 pledges (become popular) or else they will lose their house. Like most teen movies, these girls start out as dull- and dodgy-looking people who totally transformed into another being after their makeover. But at least there’s still a bit of reality kept since one of the girls still walks like she’s hunting in her dress and heels. Shelley sounds/looks really funny when she tries to remembers names, walk over manholes and her car doors are really noisy!