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HGWitchHuntersHANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

The fairy tale takes a darker twist here as Hansel and Gretel become witch hunters! Yup, they are no longer witch baits but bait witches in order to kill them. They are hired to look into the case of missing children and end up finding out more about their past.

Wow, H&G is much more violent and explicit than the trailer depicts but maybe that’s because I’ve never seen the red band trailer. The blood and gore really splatters in all sorts of glorious manner. Their weapons are really cool – I like Gretel’s double-pointed crossbow! The details of the story ties up and it kind of explains why Hansel and Gretel ended up at the candy hut. But the witches looks really scary – I don’t understand why their faces have to be all white with scary eyes.

Hansel: Whatever you do, don’t eat the fuckin’ candy.

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WE’RE A TIME BOMB.

THE AVENGERS (2012)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

By now, who hasn’t seen The Avengers?

So Nick Fury, director of SHIELD, assembles Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow to form the Avengers, in order to stop Loki from enslaving the human race.

Iron Man: If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.

The action scenes were to die for, especially when they were showing off and fighting among themselves. What can I say, I love havoc. I didn’t watch the Iron Man movies so I wasn’t introduced to Black Widow earlier but I was pretty impressed with ScarJo and her dexterity. Guess I should make time to watch those two Iron Man movies before they release the other Marvel movies. I didn’t like the aliens much which I attribute to their disgusting vertebrae structure.

Hulk: Puny God.

Funny scenes are aplenty, with each superhero trying to outsmart and outwit each other. Most of it came from the cocky billionaire philanthropist Iron Man and the Hulk – both created a good bromance considering both of them share a science background. Of course, my fangirl heart melts whenever they offer a helping hand to each other.

Needless to say, STAY FOR THE EXTRA SCENE after the first credits. You’ll get a glimpse of who’s the next villian now that Loki’s back at Asgard, hopefully with some TLC. For those living outside the US, don’t bother staying till the end of the credits for that Shawarma diner scene.

THOR, THE GOD OF THUNDER

THOR (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Thor (Chris Hemsworth), son of Odin, is the successor to the throne in Asgard. However, his rash and arrogant ways destroys the truce between Odin and Laufey, leader of the Frost Giants in Jotunheim. Odin strips Thor of his power and banishes him to Earth, so that he may learn humility and prove himself worthy of the throne.

OMG CHRIS HEMSWORTH IS SO HOT!

He put on 10kg of muscle to play Thor and I think it paid off really well. He looks good arrogant and was also funny when he brought his “ancient” ways into the modern world (ie. smashing his cup for another cup of coffee!). Norse mythology has always been interesting, so having hot people playing gods are a plus.

I liked Sif, the Goddesss of War, too. She’s the only female warrior fighting alongside Thor and she knows her weapons. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is just really creepy and I can see right through him, man. He appears to defend his brother but he’s actually stabbing him in the back!

There’s an uncredited cameo by Jeremy Renner (HOT!) as Hawkeye and Stan Lee as always in movie adaptations of Marvel Comics characters. This movie, and the upcoming Captain America (Chris Evans) is building up to the hype of 2012′s The Avengers! Stay till the end of the credits for a sneak peek of what’s to come in The Avengers!

THIS SIDE OR THE OTHER

THE TOWN (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Based on Chuck Hogan’s book, The Prince of Thieves, it revolves around a group of friends who grew up in Charlestown and rob banks for a living. While robbing the Cambridge Bank, they take bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall), as a hostage. Doug (Ben Affleck), the leader of the group, trails Claire to source out if she remembers anything from the robber, and a romance relationship begins. Meanwhile, the crew continue to take on more jobs even though Doug is reluctant and wants to get out of Charlestown for a fresh start. However, his ties with the town and Jem (Jeremy Renner) are much more complicated and he is unable to leave as FBI agent Crawley (Jon Hamm) closes in and wants to bring them down.

I thought the bank robbery scenes are fantastic and the fact that they use these nun masks as a disguise is creepy. But they are really meticulous in their preparation work before each robbery and they leave no stone unturned. Looks like watching CSI paid off for Doug and gang. As the movie progresses, you observe the dynamics of the Townies and you realize it is not easy to get in or out. Doug may not get out of Charlestown yet you hope that he gets out. Jeremy Renner impresses as Jem because he’s got that fierce loyalty in him yet he’s reckless and violent so you have no idea what his actions may bring about to the group. You find yourself rooting for these Townies instead. Even when it all fell apart, it was sad. Watch it.

DISARM IT THE WAY YOU DON’T DIE

THE HURT LOCKER (2009)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars 

Thank goodness for re-releases/re-runs!

I suppose after sweeping the BAFTAs and gathering nine nominations for the upcoming Oscars, the theatres (Cathay and Shaw Lido) decided to run The Hurt Locker again.

The movie revolves around three members of the Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad in Baghdad. Their job is to disarm handmade bombs (IED – Improvised Explosive Devices) for the safety of both the Iraqis and Americans.

Apparently, when one is injured in an explosion, they are sent to the “hurt locker”. Majority of them are dead and pulverized, with only their helmet and dog tags as remains. While watching, you can really sense the bravery and dedication of the squad whenever they are on a mission. It’s not just one bomb waiting for them, and if it is, it’s a very potent bomb. It’s quite shocking to see so many IEDs laid on the streets, just waiting for someone to trigger the explosion. It just shows howmany of them are equipped with bomb-making expertise and it’s plain scary. There was a scene where a 12-year-old boy was cut up and a bomb planted in his dead body? My goodness. Ain’t I glad to be safe and sound in Singapore…