BIG THINGS HAVE SMALL BEGINNINGS

PROMETHEUS (2012)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Alien-prequel or not, the film centers on a crew aboard the spaceship, Prometheus, seeking the creators of mankind on Earth. However, like every other outer space-related movie, such ventures often lead to devastating consequences.

The main reason I watched this was Michael Fassbender! He is simply fascinating as the android David – whether he’s going about his daily chores alone while the rest of the crew are in stasis, or when he goes around touching things that should be left alone. He clearly has a large agenda because he’s not in the least apologetic about the consequences of his actions. He is the safest and the most dangerous person/android you can bring onboard a spaceship because he really has “itchy hands”.

I was quite prepared about aliens-gone-wrong in this film (unlike Sunshine which flipped my expectations 360 degrees halfway through the movie) and those aliens were grotesque! It’s clear that they morph into a scarier version of the organism they take over but those “worms” were simply DISGUSTING! And there were certain moments whereby you, as the audience, know that they shouldn’t do something but the characters do it anyway – like opening your door just because the missing crew’s camera was “looking in”? HELLO?! It most definitely isn’t the same crew anymore!

Noomi Rapace has officially become a kick-ass heroine after what she did – DIY C-section – you have to see for yourself to believe it. I find the fact that the machine was catered to males only suspicious because this means David and Weyland of Weyland Corp himself has been planning what David has done. CONSPIRACY!

PAINFUL EXPERIENCES

A DANGEROUS METHOD (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

Based on the screenplay, The Talking Cure, the movie describes the turbulent relationships between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), initially a patient of Jung and later a physician and one of the first female psychoanalysts.

First thought when Keira Knightley appeared onscreen and whenever she was describing her ailment – her jaw deserves an award! I don’t know how she does it but she manages to evoke that face and I don’t know if I should empathize or just feel awkward because she’s actually experiencing a whole other thing altogether. What I didn’t expect was that Sabina turned out to be just as capable as the the men in her time when she studied her way to become one of the first female psychoanalysts!

Well, Michael Fassbender looks really good even with his spectacles and cheeky moustache. What can I say, if he looks good, he looks good in anything.

SHE DOESN’T NEED WEAPONS

HAYWIRE (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Gina Carano stars as Mallory Kane, a covert operative who has been crossed and betrayed after a rescue mission gone wrong. Now a wanted criminal, she has to use her abilities and skills to exact revenge on those who have set her up.

Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to mess with Gina Carano after watching this. Carano is former MMA fighter and everytime she gets into a fight, I feel sorry for the guys.  She bounces off walls, likes to use her super-muscular thighs as her weapon and she can really hit you where it hurts. I watched this mainly because of Michael Fassbender and even though I know his character doesn’t survive the movie, those few minutes are absolutely worth it! His end wasn’t pretty, but those few minutes where they dressed up as a couple – BEST!

The characters and storyline can get messy if you do not pay attention and some parts can be a bit slow-moving. I know because I heard someone snoring in the theatre! So rude -tsk!

MUTANT AND PROUD

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

Set in 1962, it tells us the origin of the X-Men and the Brotherhood of the Mutants, led by Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr otherwise known as Professor X and Magneto. The introduction of mutants in the ’60s threatens to bring another war as the US faces another with the Cuban missile crisis.

OMG I LOVE X-MEN: FIRST CLASS!

I mean, I liked the previous X-Men movies but I think MICHAEL FASSBENDER totally charmed my socks off! As if they were still there after watching Jane Eyre… Anyway, James McAvoy is really charming too!

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are the new faces of the latest bromance. I ship it! Woohoo!

There’s the lighter side of Prof. X – he walks, flirts and scores with women because he can totally read their minds. There’s the vulnerable side of Magneto, because his power was manifested through the darkest moments of his past and his mission was powered mainly by revenge. Can I just add that Michael Fassbender did a really good job playing Erik/Magneto? I mean, I don’t even blame the guy for doing what he did even though I didn’t quite agree with his character in the previous X-Men movies. I liked Jennifer Lawrence too! Her character gives you a lot to think about in terms of mutants versus humans and mutants who have to hide versus mutants who don’t – and that caused her to make a life-changing decision. And of course, how allies Charles and Erik became enemies due to their diverging views on mutants and humans.

Other mutants/characters include Mystique/Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast/Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult), White Frost/Emma Frost (January Jones), Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), Havok/Alex Summers (Lucas Till), Banshee/Sean Cassidy, Angel, Azazel, Riptide and Darwin.

Look out for the special cameos during the movie itself. The first one is PRICELESS!

AT THORNFIELD HALL

JANE EYRE (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender star as Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester in this 2011 film adaptation of the Charlotte Brontë classic.

Mr. Brocklehurst: And what is hell? Can you tell me that?
Jane Eyre: A pit full of fire.
Mr. Brocklehurst: And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there forever?
Jane Eyre: No sir.
Mr. Brocklehurst: What must you do to avoid it?
Jane Eyre: I must keep in good health and not die.

I’ve only read the comic book version of Jane Eyre and after watching the movie, I’m gonna find some time to devour the actual book! I’m extremely enamoured by their way of speech, especially how everything sounds like poetry out of their mouths. I’ve included my favourite line from the movie at the end of this post. OMG the moment I heard it, my knees went weak. The girl beside me was like controlling herself not to scream out in happiness. LOL. Yup, period dramas really set my heart racing.

I thought Mia Wasikowska did a pretty good job playing Jane Eyre. Not to mention, Michael Fassbender was hot in an old English way. And I have a really odd question – did people in those times kissed quite like they did?

4 out of 5 stars

I’d probably die without regrets if someone said something similar to me:

Edward Fairfax Rochester: I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you—especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly.

BASTERDS HAVE NAZI SCALPS ON DEBIT

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009)
–  4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from the official website: In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to the enemy as “the basterds”, Raine’s squad joins German actress and undercover Bridget von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan on her own… Employing pulp and propaganda in equal measure, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds weaves together the infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life stories of WWII.

The movie was fantastic! Though I won’t say it’s anyone’s cup of tea… The shocking part would be the scalping; it’s the first time I have seen scalping in action and so many scalp-ed heads. It’s funny at parts and you find yourself rooting for the Basterds as they are somehow smarter and still manage to instill fear into the Nazis with their “Bear Jew”. The scariest character would be Hans Landa, cos he seems to be able to smell anything remotely fishy that doesn’t reek of fish at all with his ultra keen senses. Beware. He ended up with “something he could not take off”, courtesy of Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), which the latter says is his finest work yet. Also, B.J. Novak aka Ryan from The Office stars as one of the Basterds! More scalping!