THE LEGO MOVIE (2014)
4 out of 5 stars
WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!
2) There are hilarious punchlines coming out the mouths of these Lego figurines!
3) Who knew Liam Neeson can be both good cop and bad cop?
4) The one-sided friendship between Superman and Green Lantern.
Vitruvius: All of this is true because it rhymes.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)
5 out of 5 stars
WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Leonardo DiCaprio is fucking awesome! Give the man an Oscar already!
2) The word “fuck” is used 506 time throughout the movie.
3) We love watching filthy rich people waste money on sex, drugs and excess. We laugh at them yet we secretly want to be them.
4) Did I say Leonardo DiCaprio is fucking awesome?!
21 JUMP STREET (2012)
– 4 out of 5 stars
This has got to be one of the funniest films this year!
Based on the TV series that made Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill star as two cops who go undercover in a high school to stop a new but fatal synthetic drug.
Here they are, young cops looking for car chases and explosions and all they’ve got to worry about are parties, being cool and whether they should be one-strapping or double-strapping their haversacks. One of the highlights was when Schmidt and Jenko took the drugs and were high as hell. What follows was really crazy, like Channing Tatum clashing into the gongs. The other highlight has to be the Prom and look out for a cameo by Johnny Depp – or if you were well-trained to his cheekbones, you’d have spotted him way before the others.
– 4 out of 5 stars
Billy Beane: The problem we’re trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty of crap, and then there’s us. It’s an unfair game.
Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, former Major League player turned general manager of the Oakland Athletics, who hires Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a Yale economics graduate, to help make a winning team on a tight budget.
Don’t you just love underdogs? With some complicated statistics, Brand was able to calculate a tangible score for each player and their odds should they perform well. It was amazing, almost like when Eduardo Saverin wrote that algorithm that helped Mark Zuckerberg create Facebook (from The Social Network). I guess complicated algorithms amaze me, or maybe I’m easily amazed. I’m not into baseball neither do I understand the game, but watching how the Athletics’ slowly ascend to the finals was nerve wrecking, and that’s not including the super exciting game at the end of the movie.
One thing I “learnt” from the movie:
Matt Keough: Ugly girl friend means no confidence.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Managed to catch How To Train Your Dragon after almost a month since it opened because I have been hearing good things about it.
Based on a children’s storybook by Cressida Cowell, the story takes place in a Viking village where the adult Vikings are dragon slayers because their livestock are constantly being raided by dragons. Hiccup is the son of the Viking Chief and longs to become a dragon slayer. During a dragon raid, he manages to shoot a Night Fury, the rarest dragon that even his father has not seen. The next day, he goes to find the Night Fury in an attempt to kill it but realizes he cannot bear to. He sets it free.
Meanwhile, Hiccup enrolls in dragon training with the other village youths and makes time to visit the Night Fury, which he eventually names Toothless (such an adorable name!). He realizes Toothless is missing a part of his tail and makes an articificial tail wing for it. The two of them begin to forge a bond and Toothless realizes that the Vikings have a wrong perception of dragons. Apparently, they like being tickled, enjoy chasing mirror reflections, are afraid of eels and eat fish. The climax of the movie takes place when the Vikings discover the dragons’ nest and attempt to wipe them out.
OMG! Toothless is so cute, especially when it makes its goo-goo eyes. The story may seem predictable but I think the ending was quite touching and surprising. Love the bond between Toothless and Hiccup because I think it’s harder for the dragon to trust the human, especially when Hiccup has to navigate the dragon using the artificial wing. I didn’t catch it in 3D but I heard the flying scenes rival that of Avatar’s.
FUNNY PEOPLE (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars
Funny People, though directed by Judd Apatow, is not really funny at all.
It’s about a celebrity comedian George Simmons, who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. When he goes back to do stand-up comedy again, he notices Ira, a struggling stand-up comedian, and decides to hire him as his personal assistant. George notifies Ira of his illness and Ira tries to help him re-connect with the people he cast aside – his comedian friends, family and ex-fiance, Laura.
The funny parts are the processes, I think. Like when they visit George’s doctor with the very thick accent, they start making fun of him and even the doctor starts joking with him. The scene where Ira cries and spills snot all over their lunch. The part where Eminem disses Ray Ramano of Everybody Loves Raymond fame (“And I thought everybody loved you…”). Eric Bana is also hilarious with his thick Australian accent. I liked the part where his wife, Laura, fakes his accent in a horrible way and tries to quarrel with him – even he doesn’t get what she’s talking about.
Otherwise, the movie also makes jokes on the real-life situations of the actors. Like how Seth Rogen lost his charm after he lost the extra pounds, or how Jonah Hill looks like the XXXL-version of himself. Oops. But at the end of the day, it’s all about becoming a better person.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
As the prequel’s slogan goes – where history comes to life – this time it’s no different! The exhibits at the Museum of Natural History are being shipped to the Federel Archives in lieu of revamping the museum. However, Larry (Ben Stiller), now a successful inventor, knows better when the magical Egyptian tablet is shipped over as well. Now, the largest museum comes to life!
The bad guy is Kahmunrah, a pharaoh mummy, who plans to dominate the world in his second chance to live. He is so funny defending his outfit (tunic) which the others insists it’s a dress, and watch his attitude towards Darth Vader!
Kahmunrah: Is that you breathing? Because I can’t hear myself think! There’s too much going on here; you’re asthmatic, you’re a robot. And why the cape? Are we going to the opera? I don’t think so.
Too bad the Force was not with Darth at that moment.
I loved the part where they jumped into the portrait, where Larry left his mobile phone in that era. Bet you didn’t know the sailor that picked up his phone was Joey Motorola. Larry’s sidekick is the fiesty Amelia Earhart, who uses cool ’30s phrases like “jimmy-jacked” and “moxie”. Oh, did I mention the Jonas Brothers are in the movie too?! They are the singing cupids (not cute at all but still recognizable). I also enjoyed the various appearances of the cast of The Office. Overall, the movie provided really good, hearty laughs.