THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (2012)
4 out of 5 stars
Before I watched this movie, I was only aware that Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller were in the movie. But when I saw the movie, WOW, even the adult cast were spectacular. Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Melanie Lynskey, Joan Cusack and other young stars like Nina Dobrev and Mae Whitman.
Based on the book by Stephen Chbosky (who also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie), it revolves around Charlie, who is taken under the wing of two seniors (Watson and Miller) and truly experiences life and love. It is heartbreaking to watch Charlie deal with the world yet it seems brave of him at the same time because of what happened to his favourite Aunt and his best friend. Sam and Patrick are just the people he needs to get out of his shell.
I have to say Ezra Miller has a magnetic screen presence. Every scene he’s appeared in and I’m instantly attracted to him, like moths to a light. While you can’t help but root for Charlie and Sam, I’m a little partial towards Patrick’s storyline because that cafeteria scene is super saddening. I mean, if you wouldn’t admit it, please don’t rub salt on the wound!
DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (2010)
– 2 and a half out of 5 stars
Dinner For Schmucks is loosely based on the French film Le Dîner de cons. In order to secure his promotion, Tim Conrad has to bring a person with “talent” to a dinner organized by his boss. He meets Barry by accident and decides to bring him to the dinner. However, Barry’s appearance turns Tim’s life upside down.
Barry is a really interesting character because he’s into mice taxidermy and arranges them into elaborate dioramas, such as the “Mousa Lisa”. However, he can be really irritating at times because he doesn’t think much. It’s not the funniest show with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in it but the final dinner scene is rather hilarious and the taxidermied mice are pretty cute.
I LOVE YOU, MAN (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Saw the latest bromantic comedy, I Love You, Man.
It’s about this man, Peter Klaven, who’s about to get married but realizes he does not have a best man because he has always been the girl-friend kind of guy. He engages the help of his brother (who happens to be gay) and goes on a series of man-dates with wild and hilarious encounters, which includes a guy sticking his tongue down his throat. Eww! Then he meets Sydney Fife, a charming guy’s guy whom he instantly bonds with. The interesting bits of the show starts when Peter first tries to ask Sydney out – the way he hesitates makes you think that he was leaving a voice message for a girl! Also, he starts developing all these hilarious weird phrases he’s never even used before in his life – eg. “I will see you there, or I will see you on another time!”,“Totally… totes magotes”. As the two men get closer, the relationship between Peter and his girlfriend suffers. The two guys spent “some time away from each other” and the best thing is, Sydney still did turn up for Peter’s wedding and they two re-affirm their platonic friendship to each other.
ROLE MODELS (2008)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
The plot begins when two energy drink salesmen (Danny and Wheeler) crash their vehicle at a school and end up serving 150 hours of community service in place of a 30 day jailterm. They end up at Sturdy Wings, an institute set up to help those kids who grow up without any form of guidance. Danny ends up with Augie, who’s obsessed with medieval role playing while Wheeler ends up with potty-mouthed Ronnie. From then, you can see how the world’s worst role models attempt to guide their kids and become real friends with them. I really love the finale where they have the “Battle Royale” and they form their own “country” (“Kiss-My-Anthia”) and dress up as members of KISS!
KNOCKED UP (2007)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Knocked Up is more realistic as it plays on the danger of one night stands and how drinking REALLY mars your vision, considering how pretty Alison (Katherine Heigl) hooks up with average guy Ben (Seth Cohen) under the influence of alcohol.
The story picks up when she discovers she’s pregnant and contacts Ben, requesting for help and support during the remaining seven months of her pregnancy. However, Ben seems to need more help than her; he does not have any income/savings and he smokes pot and watch porn with his friends daily. I guess the main draw of the film is seeing how Ben matures from a no-brainer to serious Joe, and does his best to win Alison back after disappointing the hormonally-imbalanced her too many a time. It also talks about the ‘sacrifices’ each gender has to make after they get married or have a child. In this case, it’s all fast-forwarded since the pregnancy is unexpected. The delivery scene is hilarious too, though I must say parts of it were rather explicit. The ‘crowning’ image shown (3 times within a minute) is similar but clearer than what was shown during Science class is secondary school. At the end of the movie, you’ll start to think that Ben is really a good guy after all, well at least better than most of the friends he hangs out with.
I liked the movie. I like Knocked Up‘s soundtrack too. Nice and relaxing tunes. Their website is cute too – using pregnancy test kits to signify ‘loading in process’.