AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (2013)
4 out of 5 stars
WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) I love a chance where I can see other families’ skeletons. Just when you think your family is fucked up, other people’s families are more fucked up.
2) The dinner after the funeral is worth a couple of Oscars, at least. So much drama!
3) Benedict Cumberbatch sings and plays the piano!
4) Kings of Leon sings the end-credits song ‘Last Mile Home’. Yayy!
MIRROR MIRROR (2012)
– 2 and a half out of 5 stars
This is one of two adaptations of Snow White coming out this year, and obviously, this is the lighter adaptation.
Armie Hammer is super dashing as the Prince and I can tell why the Queen (Julia Roberts) is at lost for words whenever he appears shirtless. The dwarves are more brutal and they really have character, even though some of them are smitten with Snow White. The ending was slightly different though I predicted it as soon as I saw the necklace (SPOILER?).
Like any Tarsem film, the colours are amazing and so are the costumes. One thing I didn’t get was the music video playing during the end credits. A little too Bollywood for my style.
LARRY CROWNE (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Larry Crowne gets fired from his company because his lack of a college degree has made him “unpromotable” despite his good performance and seniority. He enrols at the local community college to get a degree. In the process, he learns useful skills and reinvents himself.
One thing I could identify with Larry Crowne was that we both really love highlighting! There’s a scene where he highlighted the entire page of words but it happens, because when you don’t know something, everything seems important. Hell, I even got scolded during Secondary 2 for highlighting the entire page in different colours, as if it was that teacher’s business. Thinking about it now, I can think of at least 50 rebuttals.
The “courtship” between Larry Crowne and Mercedes Taibot (Julia Roberts) seems to be something out of those ’90s romantic comedies but that could be because Larry Crowne is a pretty old-fashioned guy. With Talia, he made friends who ride bikes together and she helped to rev up his outfits (cool haircut, shades, tuck out shirts) such that it revealed a younger him and his inner self. I really liked his final presentation speech because it made me cry.
EAT PRAY LOVE (2010)
– 3 out of 5 stars
This movie is based on the 2006 memoir of Elizabeth Gilbert, who took a trip round the world after her divorce and her discoveries. Liz travels to Italy, India and Bali on a journey of self discovery.
Personally, I enjoyed the part where Liz was in Italy. She learns the language and I loved the part where she learns to gesture with her hands, like an authentic Italian. OMG I’m totally craving for pasta and pizza now. At India, the pace is slightly slower and it is only towards the end of her stay that it was getting interesting. Bali was interesting because of Ketut, the medicine man, and his cute English. Simple advice given in the simplest form of communication. I also liked what Liz did to help her friend, the traditional Balinese healer. However, what I didn’t get what the appeal of Javier Bardem and why he said the rambutan tastes like when the orange made love with the guava.
Watching the movie does make you want to make something out of your life though. Like you don’t have to wait for your life to be over in order to start doing something or to start learning to cook amazing pasta.
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.