ALL THAT SPARKLES NEED MORE SPARKLES

BehindTheCandelabraBEHIND THE CANDELABRA (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

This is story of Liberace and his lover, Scott Thorson, based on his autobiographical novel.

I don’t know much about Liberace but I’ve certainly heard of him and his extravagant costumes. I did not know he was a pianist, only that he was a performer. This movie really opened my eyes because Michael Douglas has still got it. Audiences got a glimpse of this piano-playing skills and his va-va-voom house. Every item in his house is either an antique, golden, marble-like or it sparkles. Every item just screams luxury and indulgence! Personally, after watching this, I feel rather dull and unadorned because I’m not much of an accessories person. Overheard at the cinema, “I feel like buying rings after watching this”. True story.

What’s interesting is how he lured and seduced Scott Thorson into becoming his secret lover. First it’s the pool, then the Jacuzzi then it’s the bed. It’s all nice till Liberace requested Thorson to be a younger version of himself and engages a plastic surgeon to transform his looks. Even Rob Lowe transformed his looks to play the plastic surgeon. Creepy looks! This is like a forewarning for face lifts. Interesting movie to watch though it gets sad towards the end when their relationship gets ugly.

STAY THROUGHOUT THE CREDITS FOR SCENES OF PIANO TRINKETS!

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MINIATURE PONIES ARE THE LEAST OF YOUR CONCERNS

promisedlandPROMISED LAND (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

The movie introduces “fracking” to its audience through Steve Butler (Matt Damon), a representative at a natural gas company that specializes in obtaining natural gas trapped underground. His job entails persuading landowners to sign over their drilling rights to the company at a price. His plan to win over the town comes to a halt when a former teacher raises safety issues regarding fracking and an environmentalist, Dustin Noble (John Krasinski) starts a campaign to oppose fracking in the town.

Well, the movie certainly opened my eyes to “fracking” and I have to say it doesn’t paint it very favourably. Every method to obtain energy has its pros and cons. From this movie, it seems that the pros only include obtaining the energy and the profits it will bring. The environmental effects are more long-lasting and devastating. It tries to be a serious film but isn’t close to being a documentary yet.

TWENTY SECONDS OF COURAGE

WE BOUGHT A ZOO (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

COLIN FORD!

For those not in the know, Colin Ford plays the young Sam Winchester on Supernatural! Even though he’s kinda emo and has lots of teenage angst in the show, he’s still so handsome! And I like it that his love interest is Elle Fanning! She’s so pretty! Somehow I prefer her to her sister, Dakota. Maybe I watched Dakota shrieked too many times on War of the Worlds.

Rosie Mee: What about the Easter Bunny?

Setting up a zoo isn’t easy or cheap and Benjamin Mee must have earned loads as a reporter. The animals are all interesting – I didn’t know tigers chuffed. Rosie, the daughter, is really adorable and really helps to bond the men of her family at times! Matt Damon is so fatherly in this show, you can’t hardly imagine him as Jason Bourne.

One of the more heartwarming family-oriented movies I’ve seen recently.

RISK EVERYTHING

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

The Adjustment Bureau is a thriller loosely based on Phillip K. Dick’s short story, Adjustment Team. David Norris (Matt Damon) is an up-and-coming politician running for the US Senate who has a chance meeting with contemporary ballerina, Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). They are immediately attracted to each other and by a twist of fate, they soon meet again. However, he learns from a group of men known as the Adjustment Bureau, that his path has been adjusted and he will never meet Elise again. Years pass before they meet again, and David must find a way to convince Elise and himself that they will be able to out-run the Bureau and create a future for themselves.

David Norris: All I have are the choices I make and I choose her.

Wow, I feel Matt Damon and Emily Blunt shared amazing chemistry! From the first moment they were on screen together, there were sparks flying. Then you almost look forward to each scene that they appear together (and kinda rooting for them, too). The plot is more of a love story infused with a bit of science fiction, so I guess you either loved it or you don’t. I love it whenever the guys from the Bureau or Matt Damon uses those doors; it’s fantastic! It makes me want to have one of those fancy hats they wear. The ending wasn’t unexpected but the buildup towards it had me holding my breath and expecting a different ending. But I’m glad it ended the way it ended.

BONUS: Here’s a clip of Emily Blunt on Conan, with a “special appearance” by John Krasinski (her real-life husband!): Emily Blunt Gives Conan John Krasinski’s Hat

YOU MUST PAY FOR EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD

TRUE GRIT (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

Mattie Ross: You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free except the grace of God.

True Grit tells the story of how 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) brought Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who shot her father, to justice through sheer determination. She hires US Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to find the coward who has gone into hiding in the Indian territory. They meet Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), who joins them because he’s been tracking Chaney for months and intends to bring him back to Texas where he’s wanted for the murder of another man.

Well, I’ve been wanting to catch this since the trailer came out and it did not disappoint. It’s the first Western I’ve caught on the big screen and the accent can be hard to understand at first, but it was a good experience. You can say I’m pretty fascinated with the guns and the accent. Plus, Hailee Steinfeld is amazing! Mattie is tough and holds her own among the men and shows true courage even when faced with danger. I can’t believe she’s only 14 – she got to ride a horse and shoot people! Jeff Bridges really brought out his character with his deep, gravelly voice and I liked the scene where he had a shoot-out with Matt Damon! And of course, it was weird seeing Matt Damon with that much moustache.

Rooster Cogburn: Ground’s too hard. Them men wanted a decent burial, they should have got themselves killed in summer.

One thing though: no one warned me about the fingers. But it’s all right, my threshold level is much higher after 127 Hours and Winter’s Bone. Thought it didn’t win anything out of its 10 nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards, I think the film speaks for itself.

ANSWER YES OR NO

HEREAFTER (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Hereafter tells three parallel stories about three people affected by death and the afterlife. George (Matt Damon) used to be a psychic who could communicate with the dead; Marie (Cécile de France) is a journalist who survived the tsunami and Marcus, who lost his elder twin brother, Jason, in a car accident.

The initial reaction I had when I saw the trailer came from The Mentalist, because Patrick Jane always asserts that “There’s no such thing as psychics.”Standing on the side of the film, I would think they applies to those bogus psychics Marcus visits in order to speak to his dead brother. (Some are obviously fakes but I guess when you’re desperate, anything goes.) So, I would say it’s very heartwarming and touching when Marcus finally “speaks” to Jason through George. I would say it has a nice ending, especially for George, because he literally avoids contact with anybody (including handshakes) because a single touch can trigger his gift/curse. You also identify with Marie, because she’s in search for some understanding of her near-death experience when no one else would bother, and even question her sanity.  It makes you wonder what’s there after death.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

THE DEPARTED (2006)
– 4 out of 5 stars

OMG, I still remember how I didn’t manage to catch this movie once my ‘A’ Levels ended!

Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover within the mob and the state police, and the state police’s aim is to bring down Frank Costello – the mob boss. However, it becomes clear that there’s a rat in their midst and both sides want to bring down the rats; the action starts from there. Every minute is really exciting and the moment comes when both rats come face to face.