“IS ANYBODY SUPPOSED TO SMOKE?”

august_osage_countyAUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) I love a chance where I can see other families’ skeletons. Just when you think your family is fucked up, other people’s families are more fucked up.
2) The dinner after the funeral is worth a couple of Oscars, at least. So much drama!
3) Benedict Cumberbatch sings and plays the piano!
4) Kings of Leon sings the end-credits song ‘Last Mile Home’. Yayy!

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WHAT WE THINK, WE BECOME

THE IRON LADY (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Meryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century. It is a biographical film that depicts her younger days as she listened to her father’s political speeches, her first start with politics and her eventual rise to power.

Margaret Thatcher: It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone.

Well, the only thing I could remember Margaret Thatcher from my history books was that she tried to removed the welfare state because people were becoming lazy to provide for themselves, or rather, dependent on the government. “Lazy” is a word I would use. Anyway, now I’ve learnt another fact about her – her blue suits! As a lover of the colour blue, I felt giddy with joy when her wardrobe showed suits with different suits of blue.

But it was a compelling story, I especially liked how she was the only female in the room and she had to raise her voice to get her point taken and how she always left the men speechless. She is proud of her background as a grocer’s daughter, afterall it’s where she was educated in politics, and always fires back at those who criticize her.

Must watch for those who love Meryl Streep, who also won an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for her performance.

NOT AS COMPLICATED

IT’S COMPLICATED (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Saw It’s Complicated recently and I must state that I only went to watch it cos John Krasinski (The Office) was starring in it. I’m not interested in menopausal people getting engaged in kinky business.

It’s a romantic comedy where two men fight for the attentions of a woman. One of them is her ex-husband, the other is her architect who has a slight crush on her. Somehow, the divorced couple re-ignited their passion for each other after a drunken night and things start to get seemingly complicated. Her ex-husband is married and she is now the Other Woman, yet she is also getting involved with her architect. Where does John Krasinski fit into all this? He’s the son-in-law who knows about the affair but can’t tell anyone lest chaos breaks out.

There are a couple of funny scenes, like the ones where they tried to smoke marijuana and when Alec Baldwin (the ex-husband) tries to surprise Meryl Streep and ends up blinding Steve Martin (the architect) with his you-know-what via webcam. Amazing how technology has progressed.

 

OUTWIT OUTSMART OUTFOX

FANTASTIC MR. FOX (2009)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars 

This movie is really fantastic!

The movie really starts when Mr. Fox moves his family to a tree opposite the businesses of Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Mr. Fox decides to raid their farms for livestock and precious apple cider but these mean businessmen are not to be messed with. Soon, the farmers discover there’s a fox in their midst and camp out near the foxes’ trees to kill Mr. Fox. Then the foxes and the possum, Kylie, start digging – and that’s my favourite part! They are really vigourous at digging! As the farmers use larger and more powerful tools to dig them out, they dig further underground to escape them. He’s a really smart and charming fox!

The stakes get higher when Mr. Fox’s nephew gets caught and the final battle is really AMAZING! All the underground animals use their talents according to their latin species name, and it turns out the badger is a demolition specialist! Watch out for fiery acorns!

You can go to the official website to play their game of Whackbat. Seriously, besides the main guy whacking the bat, I have no idea what the other players are doing.

DON’T MENTION IT

DOUBT (2008)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Doubt is set in the 1960s and revolves around a nun who tries to confront a priest after suspecting him of abusing the only black student in the school. In times of change, the priest aka Father Flynn tries to change some of the school’s strict traditions and is met with some fierce opposition in the form of Sister Aloysius. Some of the lighter moments involve the hoo-ha about ballpoint pens, sugar cubes, light bulbs and some of the quotes by Sister Aloysius herself. Great acting by Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

GIMME! GIMME! GIMME!

MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE (2008)
– 3 out of 5 stars  

“You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life…
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen…”

I saw Mamma Mia!! A feel-good movie though I must say, I didn’t feel comfortable when they first started singing Abba’s songs in the first 30 minutes of the movie. I couldn’t really link them up with the story but after a few songs, you roughly get the hang of it. The male cast singing sounded a little odd to me; since you don’t normally hear Pierce Brosnan (former Bond 007 agent), Colin Firth (Mr. Darcy) and Stellan Skarsgard (William ‘Bootstrap Bill’ Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean) singing Abba tunes. The photos of the cast in their younger days were hilarious, as is the ‘head banger’ term associated with Colin Firth. My favourite parts were when there was this ‘procession’ of womenfolk singing and dancing along to Dancing Queen, and the ‘mini-concert’ the cast had after the movie ended. OMG, they were all in spandex. 

BOSS FROM HELL

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (2006)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Walked around and decided to catch The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. 

Love those sarcastic tones, lovely fashion, sexy heels and how it tells the audience to be true to yourself. In fact, I kinda learnt that there is no such thing as “no choice”, just whether you have an easy choice or a difficult one. Admired Andrea’s courage and Miranda’s wit. Hopefully, I will be able to learn something from it. Well, I think this is gonna be my last movie for the time being. Thank god I caught it today!