INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013)
4 out of 5 stars
WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Oscar Isaac sings with a lot of soul. It is not the first time I heard him sing (that was in 10 Years) and each time he just blows me away.
2) Garrett Hedlund is in it! OMG please cast him in every country/folk movie and make him sing!
3) Carey Mulligan sings with Justin Timberlake and Oscar Isaac.
4) That ginger cat.
TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (2012)
4 and a half out of 5 stars
An ageing baseball scout, Gus Lobel, goes on a recruiting trip with his daughter, Mickey, when his vision starts to fail him.
Gus Lobel: Being comfortable is overrated.
I really liked the movie after watching it even though I’m not a fan of baseball or Clint Eastwood. Maybe because there aren’t many father-daughter bonding films around (if there are others, please let me know!) and I liked how the story of this father-daughter pairing goes. Amy Adams is very charming as usual and I liked how she’s tough and independent, whether it was at work or helping her father watch the players. The only time she was vulnerable was when she dealt with abandonment issues.
The final scene where Mickey “redeems” herself with her father and Johnny was screaming with girl power because Mickey knows the game better than some underhanded type-everything-in-my-computer guy (Matthew Lillard – when did he like playing such assholes? First in The Descendants, now here?).
The movie probably wowed me more because I don’t know the game and maybe because I like Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake, though it doesn’t mean I like both of them together. They banter well, but just don’t have that romantic spark to me.
IN TIME (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Part of the reason I watched this because it stars:
Justin Timberlake. Matt Bomer. Cillian Murphy. Alex Pettyfer.
In the year 2161, time is everything – it pays for your meals, your rides and you earn it by contributing to the society once your clock starts ticking down from the age of 25. Like everywhere else, there is inequality and Will Salas (Timberlake) discovers this the hard way when he gets wanted by the Timekeepers. Amanda Seyfried’s really pretty in her role here, most probably because she “comes from time” – because time is money. I liked how Will and Sylvia (Seyfriend) becomes the modern day Bonnie and Clyde!
BAD TEACHER (2011)
– 3 out of 5 stars
Cameron Diaz plays a teacher who is working for the bonus to get a boob job in order to get the attention of Scott (Justin Timberlake), a wealthy substitute teacher. Lots of weed-related jokes and that dry humping scene was kinda eew. Kaitlyn Dever from Justified and Noah Munck from iCarly play kids in Diaz’s class and I just loved that dodgeball scene (“Twilight, look at me”). Now you know you got to hit the ball THROUGH the object of your affection.
But I gotta say, Cameron Diaz looks real good for the age (she’s 39 this year) and set everything on fire with that car wash scene.
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis having benefits equals benefits for the audience. They have such hot bodies! Though the premise is similar to No Strings Attached that starred Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, this one just packs more chemistry between the leads. Woody Harrelson (Tommy) was hilarious as the guy trying to make JT switch sides.
Tommy: Everybody want a shortcut in life, my guidebook is simple: YOU WANNA LOSE WEIGHT? Stop eating, fatty! YOU WANNA MAKE MONEY? Work you ass off, lazy! YOU WANNA BE HAPPY? Find someone you like and never let ‘em go!
A big plus: they used Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks during the end credits!
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
Adapted from The Accidental Billionaire by Ben Mezrich, The Social Network tells the story of how Facebook was founded.
In 2003, after Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg was dumped by his girlfriend, he creates a website that rates the attractiveness of Harvard female undergraduates. The site gathered 22,000 hits within a few hours before the server crashed. Zuckerberg caught the attention of the Winklevoss twins, who approached him to help them with their site, The Harvard Connection. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg enlists the financial help of his friend Eduardo Saverin when he comes up with the idea of “thefacebook”, an exclusive social networking site for Harvard students. The site becomes a hit and even attracts the attention of Napster co-founder, Sean Parker.
Told from different points of view, you get to decide who you believe to be right or wrong, and if every event happened for a reason. Like that animal cruelty story that busted Saverin and the party which got Parker busted for cocaine possession. The story is also interlaced with the two lawsuits involving the Winklevoss twins and Saverin.
Relationships are build as easily as they are broken and I think it helps to be smart with your words because you never know when it might be used against you. But you’ve got to admire the genius of Zuckerberg, who in the presence of existing social networking sites like Friendster and Myspace, manages to create one that attracts these youngsters with exclusivity and relationship statuses. And the algorithm that Saverin came up with in minutes! Goodness, these people are geniuses! But in the end, what everyone is concerned with is their ambition, social status and money. Zuckerberg is the world’s youngest millionaire, but you’ve got to ask if he did all these to be somebody or to prove something to somebody. Great show, though you have to be mentally prepared because they speak really fast.