THE WOLF PACK HEADS BACK

hangover3THE HANGOVER PART III (2013)
3 out of 5 stars

It’s the final part to the Hangover trilogy!

The Wolf Pack is trying to get Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to a rehabilitation facility when they are ambushed by Marshall (John Goodman), mob leader, who has a bone to pick with Chow (Ken Jeong). Marshall takes Doug (Justin Bartha) as collateral and gives them three days to find Chow.

Understandably, some people may have gotten tired of the drunk, hungover not-funny jokes in this sequel. Well, to me, the very first Hangover was the funniest ever – I don’t remember laughing that much during a movie. Some jokes really fell flat. Alan continues to befuddle people and pick on Stu (Ed Helms) and I don’t know what to think about his scene with Melissa McCarthy. But one funny aspect was them revisiting Las Vegas (where it all began!) and the movie started to pick up pace and humour.

STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS FOR AN EXTRA SCENE!

THE BLACKSMITH

MWTIFTHE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

This genre-mashup takes place in 19th century China, where various clans are fighting each other and among themselves to get their hands on a large shipment of gold from the governor. Revenge is thrown into the mix when the leader of the Lion Clan is murdered.

Jack Knife: I always bring a gun to a knife fight.

Lucy Liu was the main draw of the movie – she absolutely kicks ass in anything and she does not disappoint in here. When you watch a martial arts film like this, there’s bound to be lots of Asian faces and you get to see them work their kungfu! I was also impressed with Byron Mann (Arrow) and Rick Yune. I also spotted Osric Chau (Supernatural) as the blacksmith’s assistant – pity he didn’t have any lines! The brothel, Pink Blossom, also serves to be more than a location of Oriental beauties with Madam Blossom (Lucy Liu) in charge.

After watching this, I realized that rap goes really well with martial arts. Now, that’s an odd combination. With Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) serving as the key special effects makeup supervisor, you can be guaranteed lots of awesome body parts and juices spewing in their glory.

FIXED GEAR. NO BRAKES. CAN’T STOP.

PREMIUM RUSH (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

I daresay watching this gave me an adrenaline rush!

JGL plays Wilee, a bike messenger, who delivers an envelope that draws the attention of a dirty cop, Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon), that leads to a wild goose chase around New York City.

WILEE: Suck it, douchebag!

I bet all the bike messengers developed great bods while filming because cycling does wonders to your arms and thighs! Wow, I should actually use this piece of advice on myself. While I wondered what was in that super flat envelope that made everyone in NYC crazy, once you knew what was in it, I guess the stakes went up and not just because of what was it but what it meant to the sender. But the obstacles they endure to deliver the envelope was really A LOT.

I really pity the NYPD biker because JGL is so bad-ass he just couldn’t catch up. One scene that I loved was when they called up the “brotherhood”. I guess you don’t get away with it when you mess with one of their own. Plus, I thought it was really amazing to see what goes through the bike messenger’s mind especially when they are trapped in the road junctions and there’s just so many scenarios playing out and how many scenarios can be fatal.

KUDOS for using My Chemical Romance’s Na Na Na during one of the cycling sequences!

STAY DURING THE CREDITS for an extra scene where you see JGL recovering from a scene that sent him flying into the rear windshield of the taxi!

 

I WISH MONKEYS COULD SKYPE…

THE HANGOVER PART II (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

The Wolfpack is back; this time Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married in Thailand and their celebration goes awry when they find themselves in a rundown motel in Bangkok with no recollection of the previous night. And Stu’s future brother-in-law is missing!

This was hilarious at some parts but I still liked the original better. There are much more in-your-face moments that are either laugh out loud-funny or just plain crude (which later becomes laugh out loud-funny). Quite a bit of male nakedness and I’m so glad Ed Helms contributed to the soundtrack because his song is perfect, funny and totally accurate. Personally, I thought his experience was probably the worst. But Zach Galifiniakis’ Allen somehow steals the spotlight whenever the monkey is around. LOL!

STAY DURING THE CREDITS TO VIEW THE OUTRAGEOUS PHOTOS OF THEIR WILD NIGHT!

REALITY IS A PRISON

SUCKER PUNCH (2011)
– 2 and a half out of 5 stars 

Set in the 1960s, it tells the story of a girl, Babydoll (Emily Browning), who had been committed to a mental institution by her stepfather after the deaths of her mother and sister. She retreats into her fantasies to cope with her reality and at the same time, find a way to escape.

First, she imagines herself at a brothel, where she befriends four dancers – Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Amber (Jamie Chung) and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens). She convinces them that they can escape by collecting five items – a map, fire, a knife, a key and a fifth, unrevealed item that would require “great sacrifice”. While the girls are retrieving the items, Babydoll slips into another fantasy where the girls are fighting zombies, giants, dragons and robots.

Well, I have to say the movie isn’t for everyone because it’s kinda confusing and it didn’t really make much sense while I was watching it. It was only after reading the plot summary online that I finally understood what was going on. But the visual effects are really good, coming from the director of 300 and Watchmenand it translates into excellent poster art as well. I’m not sure if I like the twist at the end of the story, but I guess it’s part of what “sucker punch” means.