REAL VERSUS RECALL

TOTAL RECALL (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

A remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Colin Farrell plays Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who starts to question his identity after his visit to Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories.

OMG it’s so good to see Colin Farrell back in form!

You should expect lots of action sequences as it’s directed by Len Wiseman –  Kate Beckinsale’s husband and creator/producer for the Underworld series. I liked the car chase sequence which is unlike any car chases you’ve seen before. Talk about gravity-defying! Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel are really kick-ass in this and they even fight each other! Personally, I prefer Beckinsale’s fighting style – which is so ruthless yet so beautiful.

Since it is set in the future, there are some forms of technology that is oh-so-cool. Like the handphone – literally – as the phone is embedded in your palm. You will never forget to bring it out but it makes it really easy for people to track you. Nasty thing to get rid of too.

EMBRACE THE YEAR AHEAD

NEW YEAR’S EVE (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Another star-studded romantic comedy! In New York!

Funniest character would be Sofia Vergara! Her lines are the funniest! Lea Michele’s so pretty here! It’s so nice to hear her sing… and once again, her solo makes me want to cry. And the scene where I caught a fake belly – when Jessica Biel accidentally pinched her sponge pregnant belly. I wasn’t the only one who saw it because I heard gasps then laughters in the audience after that scene.

But I can’t really pick a favourite because none left any deep impact on me. The Josh Duhamel story was good at the start but the ending was weird, to me. The Abigail Breslin (she looks so grown-up now!) one started okay but the ending was off too. Though her classmate’s mother, who likes to lurk and spy on her daughter is creepily weird.

LOVE CANNOT BE PLANNED

VALENTINE’S DAY (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

I saw Valentine’s Day and I think it’s slightly better than New York, I Love You!

It’s another anthology of love stories, people connected in one way or another – friends, colleagues, lovers, strangers etc. Except that this movie happens all in a day – Valentine’s Day. There are many familiar faces – Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Jessica Alba, etc. Only thing is happy beginnings didn’t turn out to be happy endings, while not-so-happy beginnings turn out happier.

There is the mini-competition between McDreamy (Dempsey) and McSteamy (Dane) – I choose McSteamy cos McDreamy still plays a boring doctor who does the worst thing ever! There’s the bimbotic Taylor Swift who dots every sentences with “like…” and dances like a crazy girl. The story revolving around the other teenage couple – Emma Roberts and Carter Jenkins – were super funny! They were planning to have sex during lunch and it all goes wrong when Stone’s mother comes back and sees him – almost naked! Anne Hathaway is very interesting with the use of weird accents and the creative use of rubber bands – *snap* while part-timing as a adult phone entertainer. Jennifer Garner totally rocks as a waitress (chopped pig’s testicles, anyone?) and with the baseball bat! 


And here’s my favourite quote from the movie/trailer:

Reporter: So, how do you guys feel about each other?
Felicia: Oh my gosh, I totally love him!
Willy: And I’m crazy about her.
Felicia: See, I even wrote his number in my hand.
Reporter: There you have it, young love. Full of promise, full of hope, ignorant of reality.