DESPICABLE ME 2 (2013)
4 out of 5 stars
The sequel to the 2010 movie has created more crazies because everyone’s crazy about minions now. Anyway, in this sequel, Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to deal with a new criminal who has stolen a chemical compound that makes living things into indestructible monsters. Gru must work with Lucy, from the AVL, to find the chemical before it lands in the wrong hands.
Aren’t the minions super adorable? I believe the star of Despicable Me was Agnes, with her “it’s-so-fluffy-I’m-gonna-die!” love for stuffed unicorns. Agnes is still fiercely protective of her unicorns but the star of the show is now the brightly coloured minions! They are super cute as laboratory assistants, getaway drivers, housemaids and firemen. I can’t wait for the Minions movie next year!
Boy: How come you’re so fat?
Gru: Because my house is made out of candy, and sometimes, I eat instead of facing my problems!
– 4 out of 5 stars
Kristen Wigg stars as Annie Walker, a single woman in her 30s who has recently lost her job, savings and boyfriend when her bakery failed to take off. Her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), announces her engagement and makes Annie her maid of honour. Though broke and lovelorn, Annie tries to make it a wonderful occasion for Lillian and things get tougher when she has to fend off Lillian’s new BFF, Helen, who’s vying for the role of maid of honour.
This is one of the funniest movies I have seen this year! Almost every moment is a laugh-out-loud moment. Personally, I thought the funniest parts were during the bridesmaids’ dress fitting, the airplane scene and when Annie was trying to get Officer Nathan Rhodes’s (the charming Chris O’Dowd) attention by driving “recklessly”. Totally ship Nathan and Annie… and the raccoons are adorable!
The rivalry between Helen (Rose Byrne) and Annie was evident from the start when they toasted Lillian. The staring thing was weird and I hated how Helen hypocritical can be. The bridal shower was the last straw and I can empathize with Annie, though her actions were a little too strong (but funny). I mean, when one is really angry, the f-bombs will definitely come out. Come on, she’s literally at the lowest point of her life and it gets worst? Give her a guy with a packet of carrots!
There’s also Jon Hamm, who plays a jerk version of himself and Wigg is really lucky to have him in it even though he can be such an ass. Melissa McCarthy (Sookie from Gilmore Girls) plays Megan, who doesn’t mince her words and actions. She brings out most of the gags and steals every scene – OMG that toilet sink! Ellie Kemper from The Office also stars as one of the bridesmaids. And surprise surprise, she used to be Jon Hamm’s student when he was teaching drama!
Annie: What kind of a name is ‘Stove’ anyway? What, are you like a kitchen appliance or something?
Flight Attendant Steve: No. My name is Steve and I’m a man.
Annie: You are a flight attendant.
– 4 out of 5 stars
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings, two Brits visiting the 2009 San Diego Comic Con who decide to take a roadtrip through the sites of major extraterrestrial importance. However, they meet Paul, an alien, who wants to return home and their lives will never be the same again.
OMG this movie is super funny – I kept laughing throughout its entirety! Most of it had something to do with their inner (and outer) geek and of course Paul, who is as unconventional as an alien could be. He smokes weed, moons people, swears like a sailor – and he doesn’t like to probe you. Seth Rogen with his stoner voice and goofy laughter is perfect for Paul. The agents after them were really funny too! Especially Jason Bateman’s Lorenzo Zoil, who actually tasted the liquid (it’s pee!) on the ground. Eeew! While Agent Haggard (Bill Hader) likes to snap pictures of useless items, Agent O’Reilly (Joe Lo Truglio) was trying to find out what spaceman balls look like… OMG that scene in the comic shop was one of the highlights! Caution though, cos there’s lots of swearing in this film but it was all done in good fun.
Graeme Willy: You are an alien!
Paul: To you I am, yes.
Graeme Willy: Are you gonna probe us?
Paul: Why does everyone always assume that? What am I doing? Am I harvesting farts? How much can I learn from an ass?
Last but not least, the universally-asked question: “Who the hell is Adam Shadowchild?”
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Managed to catch How To Train Your Dragon after almost a month since it opened because I have been hearing good things about it.
Based on a children’s storybook by Cressida Cowell, the story takes place in a Viking village where the adult Vikings are dragon slayers because their livestock are constantly being raided by dragons. Hiccup is the son of the Viking Chief and longs to become a dragon slayer. During a dragon raid, he manages to shoot a Night Fury, the rarest dragon that even his father has not seen. The next day, he goes to find the Night Fury in an attempt to kill it but realizes he cannot bear to. He sets it free.
Meanwhile, Hiccup enrolls in dragon training with the other village youths and makes time to visit the Night Fury, which he eventually names Toothless (such an adorable name!). He realizes Toothless is missing a part of his tail and makes an articificial tail wing for it. The two of them begin to forge a bond and Toothless realizes that the Vikings have a wrong perception of dragons. Apparently, they like being tickled, enjoy chasing mirror reflections, are afraid of eels and eat fish. The climax of the movie takes place when the Vikings discover the dragons’ nest and attempt to wipe them out.
OMG! Toothless is so cute, especially when it makes its goo-goo eyes. The story may seem predictable but I think the ending was quite touching and surprising. Love the bond between Toothless and Hiccup because I think it’s harder for the dragon to trust the human, especially when Hiccup has to navigate the dragon using the artificial wing. I didn’t catch it in 3D but I heard the flying scenes rival that of Avatar’s.
WHIP IT (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Yayy! I caught Whip It!
First I need to mention that I heard Kings Of Leon’s Knocked Up during the opening credits! OMG! I can recognize that bass line anywhere! That got me pretty much stoked and anticipating the movie and the songs it features (MGMT’s Kids, Kaiser Chiefs’ I Predict A Riot, etc.).
Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) is a small town girl stuck in her mother’s dream of beauty pageants. One day, she discovers the world of roller derby and she makes the cut for the Hurl Scouts, despite not having any experience. She falls in love for the first time and has to find a way to juggle her parents and her best friend in order not to let herself and the people around her down.
The Manson Sisters, Rosa Sparks, Bloody Holly, Babe Ruthless, Maggie Mayhem, Smashley Simpson and coach, Razor.
I think one of the first things that attract you is the names these roller derby girls have? Bliss becomes Babe Ruthless after she learns that in a contact sport like roller derby, she has to make contact (get rough) and be ruthless. Other names include Iron Maven (Juliette Lewis) and Eva Destruction (Ari Graynor).
It’s nice to see Bliss finally finding her own ground after going against her parents and boyfriend. The final game was really exciting because the Hurl Scouts executed their strategies and even did a double-leg whip! I think one of the warm fuzzy feelings emerge when Bliss’ parents finally accepted what their daughter was good at and not force their dreams on her.
Check out: Whip It!: Clip – 23 Seconds | TotalFilm.com for a quick introduction to the rules of roller derby.
KNOCKED UP (2007)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Knocked Up is more realistic as it plays on the danger of one night stands and how drinking REALLY mars your vision, considering how pretty Alison (Katherine Heigl) hooks up with average guy Ben (Seth Cohen) under the influence of alcohol.
The story picks up when she discovers she’s pregnant and contacts Ben, requesting for help and support during the remaining seven months of her pregnancy. However, Ben seems to need more help than her; he does not have any income/savings and he smokes pot and watch porn with his friends daily. I guess the main draw of the film is seeing how Ben matures from a no-brainer to serious Joe, and does his best to win Alison back after disappointing the hormonally-imbalanced her too many a time. It also talks about the ‘sacrifices’ each gender has to make after they get married or have a child. In this case, it’s all fast-forwarded since the pregnancy is unexpected. The delivery scene is hilarious too, though I must say parts of it were rather explicit. The ‘crowning’ image shown (3 times within a minute) is similar but clearer than what was shown during Science class is secondary school. At the end of the movie, you’ll start to think that Ben is really a good guy after all, well at least better than most of the friends he hangs out with.
I liked the movie. I like Knocked Up‘s soundtrack too. Nice and relaxing tunes. Their website is cute too – using pregnancy test kits to signify ‘loading in process’.