WHAT MAKES A DRIVER

Rush2013RUSH (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Still having F1 fever? Then this is the movie you should watch.

James Hunt: The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel. It’s a wonderful way to live. It’s the only way to drive.

This is the story of the rivalry/friendship (blurry lines between these two, if you ask me) between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s.

Cue 70s hair! Hunt is more charismatic and knows his way amongst women (hello, Natalie Dormer!) while Lauda is more keen on the sport and improving his car to become a better driver. Their personal lives are also interesting to watch especially when you see how different Hunt and Lauda approach women.

Back then, F1 racing can be fatal and I guess it makes it more thrilling to watch. It’s even astonishing to see Lauda back in the race after suffering third-degree burns six weeks later. The movie climaxes at the 1976 Japan race where race conditions are not optimal and it tests the lengths these men would go to win the championship. Personally, it was a good watch and those engines really revved me up.

Niki Lauda: A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

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ABRACADABRA!

BurtWonderstoneTHE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton (Steve Carell and Steve Buscem) have been performing magic in Las Vegas for many years. Their sales are hurting due to stale performances and an up-and-coming street magician known as Steve Gray (Jim Carrey).

The reviews haven’t been kind but if there’s one thing I’ve taught myself – if you like it, watch it!

First of all, don’t their name sound magical? And I kinda love Steve Carell’s wig – it seems to have a life on its own. His character even wears spanx! I was giggling away when they performed to Abracadabra because it is so cheesy but the song is just so catchy! Jim Carrey may be have been the “new face of magic” but his aptly titled programme “Brain Rapist” describes his acts to a ‘T’. What I liked about this movie is that it brought the feeling of wonder and excitement that one experiences with magic. It’s all trickery but what matters is the execution and I felt Alan Arkin’s character really brought a nice touch to the movie. The final trick was pretty funny though I wished they didn’t show us HOW they did it so we can preserve that little bit of magic.

YOU COME FROM TIME

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

Part of the reason I watched this because it stars:
Justin Timberlake. Matt Bomer. Cillian Murphy. Alex Pettyfer.

In the year 2161, time is everything – it pays for your meals, your rides and you earn it by contributing to the society once your clock starts ticking down from the age of 25. Like everywhere else, there is inequality and Will Salas (Timberlake) discovers this the hard way when he gets wanted by the Timekeepers. Amanda Seyfried’s really pretty in her role here, most probably because she “comes from time” – because time is money. I liked how Will and Sylvia (Seyfriend) becomes the modern day Bonnie and Clyde!

GET INTO THE GRID

TRON: LEGACY (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars

I would say Tron: Legacy is one of the most anticipated films of this year, especially with all the super cool posters that they have – and the lightcycle!

Kevin Flynn, CEO of ENCOM, disappeared in 1989 leaving behind his son, Sam. Twenty years later, Alan, an old friend of Kevin’s, visits Sam when he receives a page from Kevin’s arcade. Sam goes to the arcade and accidentally sends himself to The Grid. Sam is sent to battle at the arena and meets Clu, a program set in the image of his father. Help arrives in the form of Quorra, who tells Sam that his father was trapped in this world and reunites father and son as they race to get to the Portal before Sam, too, gets trapped in The Grid.

Wow, I saw this in 3D and I thought the effects were pretty decent. I liked the lightcycles especially cos they left a trail of light in their path, and just the plain act of mounting the lightcycle is so cool! The equivalent for death in The Grid is deresolution, which essentially is being smashed into millions of pixels – not pretty. Olivia Wilde as Quorra is another kick-ass babe in the digital world. Turns out she has a secret identity of her own. And there’s Garrett Hedlund – oh, it’s been so long since I’ve seen him on the big screen!

The soundtrack, scored by Daft Punk, is fantastic and reminds you of The Grid even when you’re not watching the movie. They make a cameo in the club, where Castor (Michael Sheen) orders them to “Change the scheme! Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls, if you’d be so kind.”