LOADS OF BAT PUNS

LEGOMOVIETHE LEGO MOVIE (2014)
4 out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!
2) There are hilarious punchlines coming out the mouths of these Lego figurines!
3) Who knew Liam Neeson can be both good cop and bad cop?
4) The one-sided friendship between Superman and Green Lantern.

Vitruvius: All of this is true because it rhymes.

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EYEING THE BIG PICTURE

nowyouseemeNOW YOU SEE ME (2013)
4 and a half out of 5 stars

Four magicians collectively known as the Four Horsemen pull of a bank heist in the midst of their show and draws the attention of the FBI agent, an Interpol detective and a former magician who earns his keep by revealing other magicians’ tricks.

First of all, JESSE EISENBERG! OMG I just love it when he rattles off like nobody’s business. There were a group of girls screaming for Dave Franco but I’m not really into him. Sure, his fight scene with Mark Ruffalo has got to be one of the most unusual and original ones I’ve seen. Flash paper, a slicing deck of cards, mirrors and all sorts of magical apparatus were used in this fight.

It is perhaps a little hasty to give it such a high score but my mind was really blown after watching this movie. On hindsight, it seems a little all-over-the-place and the conclusion may be a little hasty because I figured it completely during the end credits. What I liked what how they used simple magic tricks on a large scale (you have to watch to understand what I’m talking about). The whole thing may be a little mind-boggling but when was the last time your mind was boggled?

ARE YOU AN EFFECTIVE TEAM?

oblivionOBLIVION (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Based on Joseph Kosinski’s graphic novel of the same name, Oblivion takes place in the year 2077 after an alien attack on the moon making the Earth inhabitable. Tech 49, Jack Harper, and his wife, Victoria, are stationed on Earth to repair the drones that keep the Tet safe from attacks at night. Jack experiences flashes of memory and he starts to question his purpose on Earth when he chances upon a spacecraft crash.

This is pretty good science fiction material and I liked it the movie picks up speed the moment Jack Harper enters the high radiation zone. Somehow I could guess what would happen when they showed this blurry figure. Oh well, I must have seen too many sci-fi movies! Pity about Victoria. I guess the moral of the story is not to believe everything your superiors tell you. The ending was surprisingly good ending. Though I wished these protagonists of sci-fi apocalypse movies could be less good at reproduction because they seem to be doing it really well?! It must be part of their “job description”.

Jack Harper: Everybody dies, Sally. The thing is, to die well.

I’M GETTING THE PIG!

RED (2010)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

RED stands for Retired and Extremely Dangerous. Based on a comic book series, it begins when former CIA agent, Frank Moses, is attacked in his own home. He brings along his love interest, Sarah, and gathers his buddies (Joe, Marvin and Victoria) – all retirees with lots of class and automatic weapons.

It’s like even though they look like normal retirees on the outside: hanging out at the retirement home, arranging flowers but it seems they always keep themselves armed. It’s a very funny movie, especially those parts where John Malkovich appears. He’s over-sensitive to technology, buzzing overhead helicopters or strange women who might be following them but he’s got the best weapon in the movie: the pig! Plus, Helen Mirren is really good with the guns! Non-stop firing! And Mrs. Kim (Emily Kuroda) from Gilmore Girls has a bit role in it!

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.

JUST HOLD ON

WANTED (2008)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Didn’t have time prior this to blog about Wanted, the other movie I caught over the weekend.

It stars James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie and starts with a pretty long introduction of how sucky Wesley Gibson’s (McAvoy) life is. But the movie progresses with how he trains to be part of The Fraternity, the coolest thing to ever happen to him. What I really love about the awesome movie is the effects; especially when Wesley finally toughens up to go against his irritating supervisor and his asshole of a best friend. Love the keyboard. Of course, I love the ending too – amazing though I still can’t comprehend how does such a gun works.