THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (2012)
4 out of 5 stars
Before I watched this movie, I was only aware that Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller were in the movie. But when I saw the movie, WOW, even the adult cast were spectacular. Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Melanie Lynskey, Joan Cusack and other young stars like Nina Dobrev and Mae Whitman.
Based on the book by Stephen Chbosky (who also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie), it revolves around Charlie, who is taken under the wing of two seniors (Watson and Miller) and truly experiences life and love. It is heartbreaking to watch Charlie deal with the world yet it seems brave of him at the same time because of what happened to his favourite Aunt and his best friend. Sam and Patrick are just the people he needs to get out of his shell.
I have to say Ezra Miller has a magnetic screen presence. Every scene he’s appeared in and I’m instantly attracted to him, like moths to a light. While you can’t help but root for Charlie and Sam, I’m a little partial towards Patrick’s storyline because that cafeteria scene is super saddening. I mean, if you wouldn’t admit it, please don’t rub salt on the wound!
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Arthur (James McAvoy) has to deliver the last of Santa’s gift in order to uphold the spirit of Christmas. Will he make it in time? … Now you know Santa isn’t the one breaking and entering, going down chimneys, doing Mission: Impossible gymnastics to give you your Christmas presents. He’s probably not the one checking the Naughty/Nice list.
James McAvoy as another animated character? No problem! OMG I just love his voice! Even his blinking LED-slippers are adorable. Plus, it’s so amazing that the gas from the Aurora Borealis is used to power the sleigh! Bryony the wrapping elf is obsessed about wrapping and using only “three pieces of tape”.
Betcha didn’t know the lead characters are voiced by Harry Potter alumni.
Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn) voices the current Santa, Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) voices Grand-Santa and Imeda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) voices Margaret Claus, Santa’s wife.
MARS NEEDS MOMS (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Mars Needs Moms is based on the book by Berkeley Breathed; where a boy, Milo, learns to better appreciate his mother after she was abducted by Martians who intend to harness her “mom-ness” for their young. Together with Gribble, Milo has until sunrise to save his mother before he loses his mother for good.
Well, this movie took me by surprise! I wasn’t sure if I would watch it but I heard that it made some people cry so I went to watch it. I just love the chance to cry.
Milo: Mars needs botox!
Anyway, the Martians take some time getting used too and their “hair” or whatever it is on their heads reminds me of spider legs. The male Martians are cuter because they are the crazy ones hugging and celebrating for no good reason. It’s no wonder Mars is a matriarchal society. Ki is a pretty cool Martian, though her English is stucked in the 70s. Gribble is such an adorable guy! I liked it whenever Ki and Gribble are in the same scene – Gribble can “change colour”!
Personally, I thought the ending was not bad so colour me shocked when I heard that the movie bombed in the US! Maybe the cast weren’t star-studded enough, unfamilar territory (Mars) or maybe Milo was too whiny.
TOY STORY 3 (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Wow, I saw Toy Story 3 and it’s really very nice!
To be honest, I’ve never seen Toy Story 1 & 2 and probably wasn’t interested in this franchise at all. But the good reviews (verbally and online) makes it too good to pass up, so here I am!
The toys’ owner, Andy, is entering college and he must decide between keeping his toys in the attic or discarding them. A turn of events lands the toys in the donation box to Sunnyside Children’s Daycare Centre. The toys think they are in paradise because they will no longer be obsolete and they enjoyed a nice welcome from the toys there – their leader, Lotso the strawberry-scented bear and his minions. The children turn out to be ’tiny terrors’ who lick, suck, dismantle and dip toys in paint while Lotso and his minions aren’t as kind as they appear to be. Soon, they hatch an escape plan to get back to Andy before he leaves for college.
Somehow, I don’t think I played with my toys the way Andy did – the opening sequence is out-of-this-world but totally possible with the creative minds of young children. It’s always heartwarming to see how these toys stand up and protect one another, perhaps even better than us, humans, do. Certain parts of the story induce tears and at times, I’m inclined to make a swear word involving “bear”. Barbie does a good job of showing girl power as compared to “girls’ toy” Ken. The Potatoheads are also adorable, with their easy-to-fix body parts, which is especially useful for an escape.
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Woohoo! I caught Confessions of A Shopaholic!
It’s very funny and has many LOL moments, just like the book. As mentioned, it combines the first two books of the Shopaholic series (Confessions of A Shopaholicand Shopaholic Abroad/Shopaholic Takes Manhattan) so the movie might seem a little incoherent and rushed at times. Isla Fisher stars as Rebecca Bloomwood, a shopaholic who communicates with mannequins, has a piling debt of $16K and a stalkerish debt collector in the form of Derek Smeath. Watching and reading how she tries to escape from his clutches is simply hilarious! There’s also Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy), her boss and romantic interest, who’s delightfully British. =) Seeing how Bloomwood gets out of her sticky situations might seem unrealistic (like the Shopaholic series) but it’s just how life presents chances to her and how she manages to twists it to her advantage.