DON’T MESS WITH THE IBABE

Movie43MOVIE 43 (2013)
2 out of 5 stars

This is probably one of the weirdest (worst?) movie anthology I have ever since.

It is probably meant to be crude, so try not to be too offended by some of the stories in there. It is also best to take with a pinch of salt and laugh at everything. One of the reasons I wanted to watch it was Emma Stone but I wasn’t really taken by her story with Kieran Culkin as her ex-boyfriend. The opening story with Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet drew the most laughs along with the one starring real-life husband and wife, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. There are some really random advertisements in between the segments and I think the Tampax commercial is the funniest.

Watch it if you’re really bored and want to watch A-list stars do and say silly (explicit) stuff.

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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.

ALIEN BAD NEWS MAGNET

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is back with a new girlfriend, Carly (VS model Rosie Huntington-Whitley) and more Transformers action. When discoveries from the 1969 expedition to the Moon bring about new hopes of rebuilding Cybertron, Earth is in danger!

I think I prefer Megan Fox as Shia’s love interest, she seems more relateable and believable… Rosie is hot, yes, but I don’t think she was very convincing when she confronted Megatron. Plus, she didn’t look very comfortable with the robots.

 As with any Transformers movie, it is so very sad to see “good” robots die/lose parts! But it always seem that the “bad” robots wreaks the most havoc because they have flashier skills (ie. Shockwave). Quoting Epps (Tyrese Gibson), “why do the bad robots always get the cool shit?!”

I thought there was a brief bromance moment when Megatron helped Optimus Prime in the big fight but I could still be in the cloud of X-Men: First Class. Bumblebee is still as adorable, and I really liked that scene where he transformed while Sam was still in the car – LaBeouf’s express was hilarious! Plus, Patrick Dempsey is a bad guy! WHY??? But he was quite good at playing bad actually and he seemed to enjoy it. Plus, him fighting LaBeouf is good fun!

SHE’S MAKING A POOP FACE

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (2010)
– 3 out of 5 stars

 Life As We Know It is a romantic comedy that revolves around Holly and Eric aka Messer, who are the best friends of Allison and Peter respectively, and becomes the legal guardian of their daughter, Sophie, when their parents were in a fatal car accident. Holly and Messer share a mutual dislike for each other. After the accident, they start to bond over Sophie and develop feelings for each other.

It’s a typical rom-com and some of the funnier bits (like how Messer shoved Sophie to stall her) are already in the trailers so I guess you just want to see how Holly and Messer work it out. The caseworker is one scene stealer because she can really read between the lines whenever Holly and Messer try to lie their way through while trying to imply that they have a conducive environment for Sophie. Oh, and I liked how Katherine Heigl smacked that brownie out of the caseworker’s hands. Sophie is adorable too, and she’s played by real-life triplets!

ACROSS THE NEW DIVIDE

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

I saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen! It’s great!

The movie starts with lots of action, with the remaining Autobots working with the military as part of a top secret section – Nest Ops. Together, they hunt down the remaining Decepticons still hiding on Earth. It’s been two years since the first movie – where the Autobots and Sam defeated the Decepticons – and Sam is ready for college. Dealing with the usual teenage anxieties in college, he starts having visions of strange symbols which he later discovers leads to an alternate energy source brought to Earth by a species of Autobots, the Primes, millions of years ago. The Decepticons, led by their leader-in-hiding, the Fallen, tries to get hold of Sam to find the location of the energy source, in a bid to rebuild the Decepticon race.

Where do I start?

Alice or that hot girl who tried to seduce Sam in college is super scary! There’s definitely more than meets the eye with that kinda girl. I liked how they resurrected this ancient Decepticon, a BlackBird jet aka Jetfire, with all the rusty parts and they even teleported! Though they were initially fearful of Jetfire, they later found out he switched sides to be an Autobot. It’s all about choice! The ending that included the sacrifice of Jetfire was really touching. Never thought you could tear up in a movie full of robots, right? Oh, the mini Decepticon probe that Mikaela caught is super cute too! Upon hearing that robots can switch sides, he tugged on her leg, like some little puppy! The twin Autobots (ice cream truck) were good too; loved the surprise they did after one of them got sucked in the destructive Decepticons.

Plus, I’ve only just realized that Optimus Prime is a type of Autobot, I thought Prime was just a name – now I know it’s a species. Strange how it’s always the Decepticons doing the cool stuff, like morphing together to form a LARGE machine, or just morphing from hundreds tiny steel balls to form an even larger Decepticon. Amazing.

There’s a great soundtrack too! With Linkin Park, The All-American Rejects, Nickelback and Green Day, to name a few… new thing to obsess on! =)

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

TRANSFORMERS (2007)
– 5 out of 5 stars

I watched Transformers! I’ve been waiting for this day since I saw their fantastic trailer months ago.

The movie was totally kickass, okay?! The effects are mindblowing and the machines are so cool! I love it when Bumblebee helps Sam to woo Mikaela through songs and when he assimilated into this slick car when Mikaela commented that he was transforming into ‘a piece of junk’. The Autobots were damn funny when they were trying to hide from Sam’s parents at his house, imagine big mighty Autobots hiding under a small house? The battle scenes were great too! Especially when there was this Scorpion (Decepticon) attacking them. It’s like seeing what they can do in their full glory – which is attacking. And I’m kinda surprised to see Prison Break’s Sucre in it! He’s still speaking Spanish so I don’t really understand what he’s talking about. Sam, played by Shia LeBeouf, is totally panicky and geeky. His cover was blown when one of the Autobots detected his don’t-know-what level and concluded that “he wants to mate with the female”. Oh well.

The movie’s so good, you’ve got to watch it. It’s so worth my $9!