GET YOUR HANDS OFF MY JORDANS!

whitehousedownWHITE HOUSE DOWN (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

John Cale (Channing Tatum), hoping to impress his his daughter, Emily, brings her for a tour at the White House during this interview for the Secret Service. However, a bomb detonates and father and daughter are separated while the White House is overtaken by a paramilitary group. It is up to John to save his daughter and the President (Jamie Foxx) when this turns out to be an inside job.

How many movies can you make about the White House? See: Olympus Has Fallen. Anyway, I didn’t catch that so I won’t be able to tell you which one is better though both Gerard Butler and Channing Tatum are plausible bodyguards/action heroes.

There’s never a dull moment and if you’re not worried about Channing Tatum, you’re worried about Joey King, who plays Emily. She is a prime example of our generation – using technology even though we are in mortal danger. Her final act really saved the day. That was a really smart move! Tatum and Foxx are quite a good team and even though they are being chased by big bad guys with big bad guns, they still have time to joke about and make sarcastic remarks. Lance Reddick from Fringe also stars along with Jason Clarke, last seen in Zero Dark Thirty and Gatsby.

President Sawyer: There’s some knives in the kitchen.
John Cale: Great. You can make me a sandwich.

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THE DUSTER

HYSTERIA (2011)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

This is a movie that chronicles the invention of the vibrator.

It is definitely an eye opener because in those days, the women were thought to be suffering from hysteria and the doctors did what they had to do to “cure” it. To be crude, those doctors provided handjobs (OMG I cannot believe I typed that out).

Well, the main reason for watching this was Hugh Dancy – doesn’t he look dashing? There were funny moments in the film too, such as when Dancy’s right hand was overworked due to the alarming number of appointments. He must be really good with his hands! Maggie Gyllenhaal was really charming as Charlotte Dalrymple, a feminist ahead of her time and she looks stunning in her black gown!

When it came to testing the vibrator, the men all wore goggles! That was really hilarious because it looked as if they were embarking on something dangerous but really, it was because electricity was considered a novelty in those times.

STAY FOR THE CREDITS as there are photos of vibrators through the ages. 

HELLO BEAUTIFUL…

THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Harvey Dent: The night before the dawn is the darkest.

And I totally agree, cos that was what Elvin Ng said during Star Awards last year. Anyway that’s not really important now, what’s important is that I finally watched The Dark Knight! I have been looking forward to this movie for TWO WEEKS! Mad crowds of people rushing and buying up all the tickets left me walking back home empty-handed (without ticket stubs). But I think the movie’s not bad.

The movie is obviously darker than it’s prequel, Batman Begins, but I guess that’s mostly due to The Joker’s love for terror, explosives and knives. The Joker was really terrifying, with his gimmicks and how he plots to turn people against one another, against humanity. He shows the ugly sides of people and basks in the glory that people are indeed ugly. I guess Heath Ledger brought out The Joker well and it’s kinda sad that he has passed on. And, I have to comment, he has pretty great legs in that uniform! As for the other villian, Two-Faced aka Harvey Dent, his face was really scarier than The Joker’s. I can’t imagine seeing someone in the eye thatliterally. Dubbed as ‘The White Knight’ of Gotham, he’s Batman’s hope of retiring but a terrible accident throws that all away and he turns evil, and decides to leave things to chance. ‘Things’ such as people’s lives. Its scary to see how people can change so drastically.

Last but not least, it’s the Batman! OMG, Christian Bale is so well-built! He plays a conflicted superhero who thinks that Dent makes a better symbol of justice than Batman is and when The Joker blames the current state of disarray in Gotham on Batman, he’s in an even more difficult position. How he sacrifices his namesake in the ending was really touching cos he’d rather protect the reputation of another, who had the most influence in changing the future of Gotham. 4 out of 5 stars! I have to add, I feel rather proud of Singaporean, Chin Han’s, appearance in the movie. After all, how many Singaporeans do you see in an international film with such a great cast? As for the other guy with the scandals, he’s just “Security Guard at Desk #2”. Tsk tsk.

PARIS I LOVE YOU

PARIS JE T’AIME (2006)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Next, I saw Paris Je T’aime, which is a series of 18 five-minute short stories. Some of them are memorable, some forgettable, some just plain sad while some are just plain funny. Some that I liked were the ones: the story of this cleaner and his crush on a medical student, of which a mistake brings them together yet apart again; the cross-cultural attraction between the Muslim girl and French guy; the Oscar Wilde ghost thing – teaching a couple to love again; the love scene between the vampire and the tourist– ouch!

Well, it’s kinda late now so, good night!

THE BREAKDOWN PT II

MONSTER HOUSE (2006)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

My prelims are O-V-E-R! Finally.

Anyway, I went to E-N-J-O-Y after the whole exam. Left everything behind and went straight to GV TM. Having some renovations over there but it’s still as cold.

Went to watch Monster House, a surprisingly good animated movie. The story was rather scary at some parts and I was grabbing my bag! It’s also funny at the same time, especially Chowder. Puberty takes the “centre stage” as the lead DJ seems to be going through it and enjoys it very much, especially at the crane. The story is touching at some parts and the scary element, humour and effects mix very well together. Plus, I got some special ticket and I saw the movie at only $5.00! Great!