NIGHT OUT WITH THE B-FACES

BacheloretteMovieBACHELORETTE (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

This movie is about a group of friends from high school who have to attend the wedding of Becky (Rebel Wilson) and cannot stop bitching about it because they were not the first to get married and they think Becky is the least attractive of them all. Havoc ensues during Becky’s bachelorette party when Regan (Dunst), Katie (Fisher) and Gena (Caplan) accidentally rips Becky’s dress and they have one night to fix it.

Katie: Silver lining! We’re going to get to throw a bachelorette party. We’re going to get to dress up and be cool. It’s going to be just like prom!

This was really funny and it’s possibly due to the fact that Kirsten Dunst uses the phrase “fuck” A LOT. I mean, in real life, people use the phrase all the time too. Like when she was making a call and the girls were squawking at the back, she mouths “shut the fuck up” and everyone is silent. Talk about it being the universal language. Another thing to note is the “journey” of the wedding dress. Double eew at the strippers’ club!

I think my favourite character is Gena (Lizzy Caplan) probably because she’s the coolest girl who acts like she doesn’t care about anything but she really does and her past with Clyde is so OMG. That is my favourite kind of “ship” ever. I also like Dunst’s character of Regan because she strives for perfection in a way not so different from most of us. Overall, I think it’s a good show though brides would prefer less hoo-ho from the night before their wedding.

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678 BEANS

MELANCHOLIA (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

This movie revolves around two sisters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), during the events of Justine’s wedding and the impending collision of Earth and another planet, Melancholia a.k.a. the end of the world.

Justine: That I know things. And when I say we’re alone, we’re alone. Life is only on earth, and not for long.

Those slow-motion shots in the opening sequence really grabs you the moment you start, and the music doesn’t help either (Wagner’s prelude to Tristan and Isolde). Each time the music plays in the movie, it sets a really ominous tone and it kinda freaks me out.

These two sisters are as different as chalk and cheese and while Justine suffers from depression, Claire has a case of over-anxiety. It’s interesting to watch how they deal with the end of the world and I guess you never really know until that moment approaches. As the story unfolds, you start to notice the bits that were featured in the opening and also signs that Melancholia is drawing near.

Kirsten Dunst won Best Actress at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

THE BLONDE WIG

ALL GOOD THINGS (2010)
– 3 out of 5 stars 

All Good Things was inspired by the life of Robert Durst, an heir to New York’s real estate tycoon and the disappearance of his wife, Kathleen McCormack.

Ryan Gosling plays David Marks, who meets Katie (Kirsten Dunst) and marries her after a few years. David reluctantly joins the family business and provides Katie with the material comforts they can afford. Things take a turn for the worst when David and Katie disagree on the issue of kids and they start leading separate lives. David becomes more violent and possessive, the Marks’ family skeletons are revealed and Katie disappears without a trace. Twenty years on, David’s best friend is found dead and the case of his wife’s disappearance is re-opened.

I have to admit that the main reason I watched this was Ryan Gosling – it’s been so long since I saw him on the big screen! Can’t wait for Blue Valentine to open in Singapore! Anyway, the story here is rather compelling but I think it wasn’t suspenseful enough for the big screen. Still, the leads hold up the movie and Ryan Gosling even dresses up in drag! But the things he does is in drag is scary and chilling and involves a saw!

LIFE AS IT IS…

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (2000)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

It’s the directorial debut of Sofia Coppola and I think it’s actually not bad for a first-time director. It’s rather haunting actually, as even after watching the movie and having read the book a few years back, I do not really understand why the five Lisbon daughters committed suicide. I am truly puzzled. Oh, and I love the song, Playground Love, featured on their soundtrack. Plus this is a truly classic quote;

Doctor attends to Cecilia after her first suicide attempt.
Doctor: You haven’t seen enough of life to give up right now. 
Cecilia:
Obviously, Doctor, you haven’t been a 13-year-old girl.

PROCESSING…

SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007)
–  3 and a half out of 5 stars

Saw Spider-man 3 on Wednesday. 

Anyway, the movie, I think, focuses more on the “human” aspect than the “superhero”aspect; talking about forgiveness and making choices. Spider-man is like so full of himself (“Everybody loves me”), likes to show off his skills and behaves like a celebrity. This time, his enemies include Green Goblin the Second, the Sandman and Venom. The Green Goblin was so funny? I mean how can a villian almost lose his life because he bumped his head on a spiderweb? And the first thing that came to my mind when I saw Sandman was “what a waste”. I mean, Singapore and other countries face a shortage of sand and Sandman uses it like nobody’s business? Later, I heard from my sister that they utilized corn instead – cheaper and in abundance. As for Venom, I think his weakness is similar as DareDevil’s although it attacks them in different ways. Topher Grace is like damn evil looking in that suit and probably in need of a dentist too.

Back to movie-business, the effects are good though the movie started slow enough to make the guy beside me doze off for quite a while. The movie delivers a few laughs, what’s with the vibrating table at the Daily Bugle to the French restaurant scene. Peter Parker is funny when he’s under Venom’s influence; combing his fringe down, flirting and dancing in the streets. Like he’s another person altogether. Personally, I think Venom is the most watchable villain, since he’s evil, slimy and black. He looks worst (more menacing) in the movie than the cartoon, maybe it’s more realistic, that’s why? But I liked the ending; all misunderstandings cleared and good triumphs over evil once again.