WE LOVE TO PARTY!

blingringTHE BLING RING (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Sofia Coppola directs and writes.
2) EVERYONE is obsessed with celebrities and luxury goods – I’m in love with the opening credits: BRANDED HIGH-END LUXURY GOODS! ALL THE BLING! ALL THE SHADES! EVERYTHING! I had the strongest urge to strut down the streets with my shades on.
3) Getting home-schooled has never been more interesting when your topics include Angelina Jolie.
4) You want to know how these teenagers try to squirm their way out of their situation and how your best friend can stab you in the face (figuratively).

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THE SLUT AND THE FALCON

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

Before I watched this movie, I was only aware that Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller were in the movie. But when I saw the movie, WOW, even the adult cast were spectacular. Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Melanie Lynskey, Joan Cusack and other young stars like Nina Dobrev and Mae Whitman.

Based on the book by Stephen Chbosky (who also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie), it revolves around Charlie, who is taken under the wing of two seniors (Watson and Miller) and truly experiences life and love. It is heartbreaking to watch Charlie deal with the world yet it seems brave of him at the same time because of what happened to his favourite Aunt and his best friend. Sam and Patrick are just the people he needs to get out of his shell.

I have to say Ezra Miller has a magnetic screen presence. Every scene he’s appeared in and I’m instantly attracted to him, like moths to a light. While you can’t help but root for Charlie and Sam, I’m a little partial towards Patrick’s storyline because that cafeteria scene is super saddening. I mean, if you wouldn’t admit it, please don’t rub salt on the wound!

THE BOY WHO HAD LILY’S EYES

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART II (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

The movie starts without warning and picks up from Part I where Voldemort takes the Elder Wand from Dumbledore’s grave. Harry, Ron and Hermione are still on their quest to locate and destroy the Horcruxes and they dive deeper into the Hallows (Resurrection Stone, Cloak of Invisibility and the Elder Wand) as well. The adventure starts from Gringotts and ends at Hogwarts.

Minerva McGonagall: I’ve always wanted to use that spell!

Well, I say you gotta brace yourself for this one because LOTS MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE. That’s gonna be people whom Harry care about and who care about Harry; characters that fight till the end even though they know they have a slim chance of defeating the Dark Lord and his Deatheaters, characters that remain in the Order and Dumbledore’s Army even though officially, these groups no longer exist.

Severus Snape: Look… at… me…

Like all the other HP movies, there are certain parts that didn’t quite follow the book. For example, Neville became a HERO in the book (and in my heart, especially after Book 5, when I found out that the prophecy reveals that he had a shot at being the titular character and he’s such an underdog!) but his role was reduced somehow, but I’m so glad he did what he did at the end. You know, the thing with the Sword. Harry didn’t fix his you-know-what before snapping it. The Snape flashback scene was a little disappointing because an entire chapter was reduced to a two minute so-so presentation and they skipped Dumbledore’s past (I really wanted to see Jamie Campbell Bower as Grindelwald). Some of the pivotal scenes take place at different locations, for example, at the boathouse.

Harry Potter: You’ll stay with me?
Sirius Black: Until the very end.

Source: holymotherofhnng

I watched this in 3D and I can’t really judge if the 3D is amazing but I can tell you it didn’t suck. Anyway, I started tearing up the moment Harry entered Hogwarts ground so I was generating my own kind of 3D. Not to mention, every time some act of loyalty, courage, love, friendship, Neville Longbottom or Maggie Smith appears, my own brand of 3D kicks into place. Surprisingly, there were quite many funny (Voldemort laughing), light-hearted moments in the movie – even by Maggie Smith! There’s the kiss between Ron and Hermione to look out for and also many spontaneous actions (mostly declarations of love) fueled by adrenaline and the ominous thought that they are all going to die.

Molly Weasley: Not my daughter, you bitch!

I felt really sad when it ended but yet, slightly triumphant and glad because everything was restored to its proper order and the epilogue, that gives us a glimpse 19 years after the big event that rocked the magical community, was weird to watch but ends it nicely.

After TEN YEARS of cinematic magic, it ends, but it will continue to live in my heart (and my DVD collection).

 

(In my heart, body and soul: it’s a 5) 

EVERYONE GO WATCH THE LATEST AND FINAL HARRY POTTER MOVIE NOW!

THESE ARE DARK TIMES

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART I (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Finally the wait is over – the first part of the final instalment of Harry Potter is here! But the most frustrating thing is that you have to wait till July 2011 to catch the finalfinal part. Seriously, when Part I ended, I was thinking to myself: I can definitely sit in the theatre for another three hours. But obviously, people like to make common folk salivate at the eight-month wait.

As most of you would have read, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I, would revolve around Harry, Ron and Hermione completing the task given to them by Dumbledore. That is to find and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes (items that contain bits of Voldemort’s soul) so that Voldemort can be destroyed once and for all. However, with the Death Eaters taking over Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic, Harry’s task just got harder… and that includes being Undesirable Number One.

While searching for the Horcruxes, they come across the tale of the Deathly Hallows (the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak) through Xenophilius Lovegood. Harry then learns that Voldemort wants the Elder Wand so as to be able to defeat Harry in their final duel.

One of the highlights would be seeing how the Order of the Phoenix tries to safely transport Harry out of Privet Drive with the use of Polyjuice Potion. The funniest transformation would be Fleur Delacour, who told Bill (her husband-to-be) not to look at her cos she’s hideous. Ron is still the funniest, taking most of the humour alongside the Weasley twins. Another highlight would be their trip to the Ministry where Harry walks funny and Ron gets lucky. The part that freaked me out most was when they returned to Godric’s Hollow – Harry’s birthplace (cos I was really spooked out when I read that chapter). And the escape from Malfoy Mansion made me cry!

Dobby: Dobby didn’t mean to kill anyone. Dobby only meant to maim or seriously injure.

Well, I think there’s enough spoilers here for those who haven’t read the book and I’m not going to spoil it further by NOT telling you when it ends (though it must be floating in the Internet, somewhere). 3 and a half out of 5 stars.

Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to Part II! I can’t wait to see Neville Longbottom finally standing up to fulfill his potential! Of course, Part II would bring about more death of beloved characters but it would unravel more about the Hallows and Horcruxes!

[SPOILER]
And here are some interesting tweets regarding the movie:

@ImperialRoseZay Dear people who moan about the RIP Dobby TT because it’s a spoiler: Snape dies in the next one. Yours sincerely, the people who read books.

@Lord_Voldemort7 Careful twitter, the TTs are loaded with spoilers. For instance, I now know that the people who bitch about the TTs don’t read. Spoiler!

THE ASTRONOMY TOWER

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (2009)
–  3 and a half out of 5 stars

Well well, I caught Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! Since it didn’t open during the holiday period, there were less pesky school children when I saw it. =P
Anyway, I was kinda anticipating the movie cos the trailer was pretty emotionally charged and I managed to read the book again a few weeks before. But as usual, due to time constraints, the movie is different from the book. In certain aspects, the end is the same but the means to achieving it is different. One of the more obvious points would be the complicated love triangles that have started evolving among all the raging-hormone-carriers in Hogwarts. It felt quite like a chick flick when I thought there was too much secretive glances and hidden meanings in their conversations and gestures.

There’s a new Potions teacher, Professor Slughorn, who was formerly teaching at Hogwarts. Apparently, Professor Dumbledore’s decision to hire him lies in the fact that he holds a crucial memory that can help destroy Voldemort. Later, we know it as the ‘horcrux’ which is “an object in which a Dark wizard or witch has hidden a fragment of his or her soul for the purpose of attaining immortality” (source: HPwikia).

What I missed most from the book was the fight at the end of the story, where NevilleLongbottom and Luna Lovegood were the only ones from the DA (Dumbledore’s Army – Book 5) to respond to fight off the Death Eaters. OMG, I can literally feel the loyalty and commitment of those two seeping through the pages when I read it. But they had only bit roles in this instalment which was quite wasted, actually.

Enjoyable movie though.

THE LIGHT AND THE DARK

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Overall, it’s not bad as a film but having read the book, I think too many parts were left out – a tad disappointing.

When I read the book, the character that struck me the most wasNeville Longbottom because he really showed his maturity and he could finally protect himself and his friends with decent spells/skills and also came to terms to acknowledging his parents’ fate at St Mungo’s Hospital. But I thought the film didn’t portray it as well as it should have been.

There are also many loopholes here and there which I think non-readers might not understand. However, I thought the final battle scene at the Department of Mysteries was quite nice. Shattering orbs, flying glass pieces and great wand effects kinda saved the movie, afterall, the climax of the story was there. Another good part was seeing ultra-bitch Umbridge being dragged away – it’s retribution. A bit too chop-chop.