ONE HELL OF A NIGHT

beforemidnightBEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013)
5 out of 5 stars

Oh my god, I’m in love with this movie. Can they just make one every nine years?

After meeting on a train 18 years ago, Jesse and Celine are now married with twin girls. What happens now? Are they still the same people from the train or have love and ideas given way to practicality?

It’s been a few years since I saw the first two movies and their chemistry never fails to amaze me. Like the other two movies, it’s just Jesse and Celine talking and discussing about any topic that comes to their minds. It’s kind of cute and funny in a way that Celine pretends to be a bimbo who is interested in Jesse because he’s a writer. I almost cannot bear to watch when things turn slightly sour. Every couple has their moments, I guess.

I probably don’t do much justice with this review so do yourself a favour, watch Before Sunrise, Before Sunset then Before Midnight. It will be the best experience you will ever have.

ADD BLOOD TO YOUR SUGAR AND COFFEE

DAYBREAKERS (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Daybreakers is AWESOME!

It happens in the alternate future of 2019, where a plague has turned almost everyone into vampires. The remaining humans are hunted down to farm blood for the largest blood supply corporation, Bromley Marks. As the population of human decreases, so does their blood supply and it pushes the corporation to develop blood substitutes when they are faced with an impending worldwide blood shortage. They discover that long periods of blood deprivation causes them to lose their humanity and transform into “subsiders” – winged, bat-liked monsters.

Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a haematologist at Bromley Marks, who has been working to develop a blood substitute. After chancing upon a covert group of humans, he gains their trust and is being let on a secret – there is a cure to vampirism. Edward meets with Elvis (Willem Dafoe), who was a vampire but is now human. As the vampire population are slowly transforming into subsiders, the remaining humans race against time to save them.

I think I have unknowingly developed a liking for movies where insides spill out (like Zombieland). There was a feeding scene where this guy was torn from limb to limb and bitten almost everywhere so they could get their yummylicious blood. Splish. Splash. Spluck. Then as they became humans, another group of vampires turn up for dinner and the entire feeding frenzy starts all over. Imagine the amount of sticky-icky blood all over.

I must admit that the subsiders are pretty horrific, cos they are literally skin and bones with wings and very sharp teeth. These vampires are the real deal – they burn in the sun (they don’t sparkle – sorry Edward Cullen) and they die when you stake it through the heart. Plus, the remaining humans all carry crossbows – I want one too!

Last but not least, 39 year-old Ethan Hawke is still so handsome! HAHA! Though I last saw him in New York, I Love You, it’s been a long time since I saw him (like Gattaca, a 1997 film I saw while in TPJC!). I want to watch Before Sunrise and Before Sunset!

LOVE AND LIFE IN NYC

NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Caught New York, I Love You some time back, but I didn’t feel much love at all.

Like its predecessor Paris Je t’aime, it is an anthology film that joins several love stories in New York. Featuring stars like Orlando Bloom, Natalie Portman, Shia LeBeouf, Ethan Hawke, Hayden Christensen, Anton Yelchin, Bradley Cooper, Maggie Q and Shu Qi – it is an ensemble you would want to see onscreen. The Ethan Hwake/Maggie Q segment made me blush cos Ethan Hawke was speaking really awkward stuff. Some other segments just made me feel more ‘lust’ than ‘love’.

I only liked two stories, which were directed by Brett Ratner and Joshua Marston. Brett Ratner directed this segment about a guy’s prom night after being ditched by his girlfriend (a 10-second appearance by Blake Lively). It ended up being the best night of his life – with his useful belt. Joshua Marston directed the segment where an old couple celebrates their 60th anniversary and rediscovers love for each other. Awww…

Anyway, I liked Paris Je t’aime better. Each segment brought out the theme better and there’s Gaspard Ulliel! I can still remember he charmed me the moment his messy hair, grey singlet, lit cigarette appeared onscreen. Not to mention he speaks smouldering French. Oohlala.