HAPPY HUNGER GAMES!

THE HUNGER GAMES (2012)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars 

This is possibly one of the most anticipated movies of the year and man, it didn’t disappoint. I mean, if a movie can make one cry and make one root for the underdogs and also go against the system, I’m definitely in.

For the uninitiated, The Hunger Games is based on a series of books by Suzanne Collins. In the country of Panem, one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts are offered as tributes to participate in the annual Hunger Games. Only one makes it out alive. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers when her sister, Primrose, was picked to be the female tribute for District 12.

Jennifer Lawrence makes one mean Katniss. I watched some of the behind-the-scenes footage and she did almost all her stunts! Wonderful! Especially when she had the bow and arrow. The most brutal and chilling scene had to be at the Cornucopia, where the Games begin. For those who haven’t seen it, just mentally prepare yourself although you can’t really. As the Games progresses, it’s not only survival of the fittest but also the slyest and the smartest.

I thought the other more prominent tribute was Rue from District 11. She made me cry and when Katniss did the three-finger salute, it stopped the tears momentarily because you knew that was the start of more to come. (BOOKS 2+3!) But like any book-to-movie adaptation, there isn’t enough spotlight on the other characters and so hopefully I can get my hands on the book fast enough so I can really understand the whole story in its entirety.

By now I’m sure you’ve heard – The Hunger Games opened with an astounding US$155 million – surpassing all the movies in the Twilight Saga!

China Glaze – The Colours of the Capitol Collection

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MY JOLLY SAILOR BOLD

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

In this fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Jack Sparrow is back and this time, he’s searching for the Fountain of Youth. He’s onboard Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, with his former lover and Blackbeard’s long-lost daughter, Angelica (Penelope Cruz). However, they are not alone – Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and the Spaniards are also after the elusive fountain.

Jack Sparrow: You know that feeling you get when you’re standing in a high place… sudden urge to jump?… I don’t have it.

Well, the POTC series does feel different without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley but I guess I’m pretty satisfied as long as Johnny Depp’s in it! And I liked that he said “Savvy?”! There’s plenty of action, fighting and romance! I didn’t really like the “stirrings” between Jack Sparrow and Angelica but I dig the one between Philip and Syrena! I think Philip is the fittest missionary around – Hello, HE HAS ABS!

The mermaids were nothing like Ariel but more like Jaws so do not be deceived! The action and fighting is good but not as thrilling as those in the previous films. And I spotted another handsome guy – the Spaniard is played by Oscar Jaenada, who was the sniper in The Losers!

Stay till the end of the credits for an extra scene!

Skull & Glossbones
Best light gray ever, no bones about it.

Mermaid’s Tears
Few have seen this magical green.

Steady as She Rose
This gorgeous pink is your final destination.

Planks a Lot
Dive into style with this lustworthy purple!

Sparrow Me the Drama
This cool, collected pink means business!

Stranger Tides
Explore this uncharted sea of sage.

Silver Shatter
A shimmering sea of silver with a two-texture finish.

SHOW ME HOW YOU BURLESQUE!

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

Burlesque is about Ali (Christina Aguilera), a small town Iowa girl who dreams of being a singer. She leaves for Los Angeles and stumbles across Burlesque, a club that is an inspired musical revue. Ali dreams of joining the crew and starts her path from the bar to the stage. She impresses Tess (Cher) with her voice and becomes Burlesque’s main attraction, restoring the club to its former glory.

Despite its lacklustre reviews, the movie is actually quite a nice watch. Christina Aguilera is amazing as usual, her voice is soulful and rich and I think she should stick to her Stripped and Back to Basics days because it works for her. Bionic just didn’t work out. She co-wrote four songs from the soundtrack and I liked the energetic “Show Me How You Burlesque”. There’s plenty of sequins and glitter in their costumes and it’s all bright bulbs and strobe lighting so the each time a song comes up, you can’t look away. Plus, there’s Cam Gigandet in a yummy role and OMG he wears eyeliner! Eric Dane aka McSteamy is McDoucheBag in this role so there’s not much to watch.

The OPI Burlesque Shimmers and Glitters Collection

As at time of post, Diane Warren won Best Original Song for “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” performed by Cher at the 68th Golden Globes Awards.