“IT WASN’T ALWAYS MINE.”

book_thiefTHE BOOK THIEF (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) It is a beautiful tale of how one girl changed the lives of the people around her in Germany during WWII.
2) The beautiful friendship between Liesel and Max as well as Liesel and Rudy.
3) It managed to make me tear a little towards the end and that’s a rare feat considering I’m quite desensitized to feelings these days.

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MY JOLLY SAILOR BOLD

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

In this fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Jack Sparrow is back and this time, he’s searching for the Fountain of Youth. He’s onboard Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, with his former lover and Blackbeard’s long-lost daughter, Angelica (Penelope Cruz). However, they are not alone – Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and the Spaniards are also after the elusive fountain.

Jack Sparrow: You know that feeling you get when you’re standing in a high place… sudden urge to jump?… I don’t have it.

Well, the POTC series does feel different without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley but I guess I’m pretty satisfied as long as Johnny Depp’s in it! And I liked that he said “Savvy?”! There’s plenty of action, fighting and romance! I didn’t really like the “stirrings” between Jack Sparrow and Angelica but I dig the one between Philip and Syrena! I think Philip is the fittest missionary around – Hello, HE HAS ABS!

The mermaids were nothing like Ariel but more like Jaws so do not be deceived! The action and fighting is good but not as thrilling as those in the previous films. And I spotted another handsome guy – the Spaniard is played by Oscar Jaenada, who was the sniper in The Losers!

Stay till the end of the credits for an extra scene!

Skull & Glossbones
Best light gray ever, no bones about it.

Mermaid’s Tears
Few have seen this magical green.

Steady as She Rose
This gorgeous pink is your final destination.

Planks a Lot
Dive into style with this lustworthy purple!

Sparrow Me the Drama
This cool, collected pink means business!

Stranger Tides
Explore this uncharted sea of sage.

Silver Shatter
A shimmering sea of silver with a two-texture finish.

“BECAUSE I HAVE A VOICE!”

THE KING’S SPEECH (2010)
– 5 out of 5 stars

King George VI: If I am King, where is my power? Can I declare war? Form a government? Levy a tax? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority because they think that when I speak, I speak for them. But I can’t speak.

The King’s Speech is a biopic on Prince Albert, Duke of York (Colin Firth) who later becomes King George VI after the death of his father, King George V, and the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII. King George VI, who has suffered from a speech impediment all his life, meets Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian speech therapist, whose unorthodox and controversial methods of treatment put them off to a rough start. Eventually, the two of them form an unbreakable bond as Logue serves as a friend and part-time psychiatrist over the course of treatment. With the country at the brink of war and in need of a leader, King George VI would go on to overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that will inspire his people and unite them in battle.

Lionel Logue: I believe sucking smoke into your lungs will kill you.
King George VI: My physicians say it relaxes the throat.
Lionel Logue: They’re idiots.
King George VI: They’ve all been knighted.
Lionel Logue: Makes it official then.

I think it’s safe to say I was blown away by The King’s Speech. When it started with Prince Albert’s speech at Wembley Stadium, my eyes watered because you can see and feel how hard he tries to utter those words but it just wouldn’t come out. It was heartbreaking. The mood lightened up when Prince Albert meets Logue, whose unconventional methods (blasting classical music, jaw relaxing, rolling on the floor, singing and swearing among others) improves his condition. They soon become friends and confidants, which proves helpful as Logue helps find the root of Prince Albert’s stammer.

Lionel Logue: Do you know the “f” word?
King George VI: F-f-f-fornication.

One of my favourite scenes involves Logue provokes Prince Albert to start swearing, since his anger helps to fuel smooth enunciation, and the result is excellent. It also spreads a little to the titular speech at the end, when Logue mouths some swear words to ease the flow of speech.

Lionel Logue: Forget everything else… and just say it to me.

Both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush delivered truly brilliant performances. You can literally feel the frustration and desperation of Prince Albert each time he tries to speak. Whereas, the character of Lionel Logue is animated and quirky without being over the top. I liked those scenes whenever both of them appear onscreen together. Meanwhile, there were a few Harry Potter alumni in the cast: Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth, wife of Prince Albert aka Bellatrix Lestrange; Michael Gambon as King George V aka Dumbledore and Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill aka Peter Pettigrew/Scabbers.

King George VI: ‘Cos you’re b-bloody well paid to listen.
Lionel Logue: Bertie, I’m not a geisha girl.

Go watch it!

As at time of post, Colin Firth won Best Actor at the 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards and 68th Golden Globe Awards among others and the movie leads with 12 nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards.

SAVVY?

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END (2007)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

Finally watch POTC3 today. It’s totallyunlike me to catch it 10 days after the opening of such a fantastic movie.

Great action/effects, wonderful acting, more mysteries/questions unravelled and the story just gets more exciting? The scene with The Black Pearl and the crabs was simply amazing (unity is strength), Chow Yun-Fatt’s “Welcome to Singapore”, the Keith Richards cameo, the maelstrom, the treachery amongst the pirates, Calypso etc. Although the ending was sweet and all that, it was still kinda sad.

Plus, I have something to comment. Why does everybody leaves once the credits start showing? Are they giving out free popcorn outside the cinema?? If not, then STAY! I mean, it’s not like the papers didn’t say there would be a coda (definition: a conclusion or closing part) after the show. A true POTC fan would know there’s a coda? Unless they didn’t stay for the first two, then I’ve got nothing to say. Well, I don’t mean any offence to those who didn’t catch the coda. =/

JAR OF DIRT

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST (2006)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

It was thrilling but not as exciting as the first. Strangely, some parts reminded me of King Kong, especially the part on the cannibal island and the Kraken. Johnny Depp was still as charismatic and I must say there are many surprises in the story. There are even a necklace of toes, the cartwheel sequence and those ugly and scary creatures of the sea on the Flying Dutchman.

Watch out for the last part where a character from the first instalment makes a special appearance. Well, the movie ended with a really long commercial break that will last about one year? Not sure if my anticipation will last that long, but as long as it’s got to do with pirates, I’m in.“Aye aye Captain”