CLEAR YOUR INTERNET HISTORY, DUDES

donjonDON JON (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes and directs.
2) How “love at first sight” is bullshit.
3) How pretty girls who’ve got the “package” are bullshit. You can talk about vacuuming with me anytime you want. Guys who vacuum are sexy as hell.
4) Get an inside look at how guys think and work the crowd. Well, guys who quote the below…

Don Jon: There’s only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.

CLOSING THE LOOP

LOOPER (2012)
4 and a half out of 5 stars

Caught this amazing movie a while back and it still blows my mind.

Who would imagine that telekinesis would be possible in the future and that it was  so crass that only losers use it to pick girls up? Not to mention, time travelling.

JGL plays Joe, a looper, who is paid to kill guys that are sent back from the future. It’s a job that pays well and it’s all good until you realize that you have “closed your loop” – meaning you shot your older self. Then, you have 30 years to enjoy before your “untimely” death.

What happens when you don’t close your loop? Horrible things, as we have seen with Paul Dano’s Seth at the beginning of the movie. I hope he was sedated and not passed out from shock. The story gets interesting when Joe’s older self escapes being killed and Older Joe starts hunting for the now-young Rainmaker, the man behind organized crime in the future.

Watch it because it’s one of the most original ideas seen in movies in recent years and be amazed by JGL as well as his prosthetic nose bridge (so he looks like Bruce Willis).

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!

 

BEGINS, FALLS, RISES


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)
5 out of 5 stars

EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE.

The long-awaited conclusion to The Dark Knight Trilogy is finally here and running at 165 minutes, it does not disappoint and only serves to fascinate and blow your mind. Taking everything into consideration, congratulations Christopher Nolan, you have taken every mind for a good spin around Gotham.

Taking place eight years after the events from The Dark Knight, Gotham City is at peace until a new terrorist leader, Bane, surfaces. Batman aka Bruce Wayne resurfaces to protect the city he loves even as Gotham continues to brand Batman as an enemy of Gotham.

Well, most of the Inception alumni are back in this Christoper Nolan masterpiece and man, it’s so good to see them together. I really loved Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle here. There’s just so many layers to her character besides the obvious fact that she kicks ass fabulously and beautifully. Tom Hardy was brilliant as Bane and even though half of his face was covered, his eyes really tell a story of their own. I have to say his built kinda scares me though – his shoulders are just so broad. And it is good to see Cillian Murphy back!

It is in every sense, a fitting conclusion. GO WATCH IT!

 

THE ODDS

50/50 (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Loosely-based on the life of Will Reiser, friend of Seth Rogen, who also produced and starred in this movie. It shows a different perspective of cancer – mostly about the social aspects and dealing with it and not just the harsh parts about chemotherapy.

How ironic is that you often have to comfort others even though you’re devastated and broken down inside?

Adam Lerner: I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I recycle.

It shook me when Adam broke down in the car the night before his operation. Joseph Gordon-Levitt really did good here and Seth Rogen is honestly funny as his friend dealing with his buddy having cancer. I thought that bathroom scene was nice.

HANGING IN LIMBO

INCEPTION (2010)
– 5 out of 5 stars

Well, I guess the most talked-about film this summer is Inception. It’s not a sequel, not a reboot and it’s probably one of the most original films to come out for a long time.

Dom Cobb: What’s the most resilient parasite? An idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules. Which is why I have to steal it.

Inception revolves around Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), who specializes in the art of the extraction of ideas from people while in their dreams. The nature of his job puts him in a position against the law and he has a chance to right his wrongs with a “final job” that requires him to plant an idea in another’s mind via his subconscious – a very complex operation and it’s the complete opposite of what he does. Cobb gathers his team – a point man a.k.a. a right-hand man Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an architect Ariadne (Ellen Page) and a forger Eames (Tom Hardy). However, Cobb’s past won’t let him go – or is it the other way? – and his dead wife, Mal, appears in his dreams, constantly wrecking his plans (or killing people).

I think it takes some getting used to while watching the film because you have to figure out whether you’re in someone’s dream or reality. Somehow, the dream within a dream concept is really brilliant even though it rarely happens in reality. Then you get to the physics of the matter and you wonder how they control everything in their dream. Though you would know that there are things, like a full bladder, which you can’t control. I’m very impressed with the layering of the dreams.

My favourite character has to be Eames the forger. Apparently, he can morph into another person’s identity. He’s one of the funniest on the team, like when he pulls out the grenade launcher against Arthur’s seemingly miserable run-of-the-mill machine gun. But my favourite scene has to be the hotel scene where Arthur fights without gravity because the van is falling. The sentence probably doesn’t make much sense unless you watch the movie. Man, I gotta say Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks good fighting anti-gravity!

Ellen Page also does well in the movie. She’s the one that really probes into Cobb’s troubled past and helps the audience along because she’s the newest member of the team. I thought she kinda broke out of her mould – playing troubled teens. It’s also amazing how the “kick”, a reflex action that most experience in the midst of their dreams and becomes so vital and excellently captured on film. Sigh, somehow I feel I don’t do the movie justice with my review – there’s more in my mind than I can form into words. Please watch it for yourself. 5 out of 5 stars.

SPOILER:

And I thought I would just add something which I found very useful:
(Source: Cinema Blend)

THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

(500) Days of Summer recounts the duration of Tom and Summer’s relationship from the first moment they met. Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls in love with Summer (Zooey Deschanel) at first sight over their mutual interest in The Smiths, a band he was blasting in his headphones which Summer sings along. But it’s pretty obvious he’s more into the relationship that she is, as she said she doesn’t believe in love. Still, they grow closer together until they broke up in the middle of the 500 days and Tom tries to win her back.

Personally, I totally understand how Tom feels when he was in that lift with Summer. It’s a nice feeling to find someone with the same music interests as you, especially when you can’t seem to find anyone that listens to the stuff you listen. So you can’t really blame him when he gets a strong feeling that Summer is The One. It was uplifting to see him burst into dance after his first night with Summer to Hall & Oates’You Make My Dreams. I also liked the scene where they were in the karaoke – super fun!

As for Summer, she believes in being free and independent like the modern woman. But after meeting Tom, she starts believing in ‘destiny’ and carves out her future unlike what she embodied. Tom, too, makes his talent to good use by chasing his dreams and getting out of his comfort zone at the greeting card company. I guess you can say both of them matured through this relationship.

Videos:
Joseph & Zooey Cut A Rug During A Bank Heist
Joe & Zooey Portray Sid & Nancy Cinemash

Plus, the movie has a great soundtrack! Easy listening songs that brings you memories of the movie. Also, if you had observed carefully, Zooey Deschanel has really beautiful blue eyes that speak for themselves.

Here’s her with her sister, Emily Deschanel from BonesBoth have really beautiful eyes.

And if a double-decker bus crashes into us
to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die
and if a ten ton truck kills the both of us
to die by your side
well the pleasure, the privilege is mine