BE FIRST, BE SMARTER OR CHEAT

MARGIN CALL (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

One of the more underrated movies of 2011, Margin Call features quite a spectacular cast – Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, Simon Baker, Zachary Quinto and Penn Badgley (the last three are considered eye candy as well).

Will Emerson: Well, that was fucking hideous.
Sam Rogers: It’s gonna get worse before it gets better.

The movie goes along at a steady and calm speed, even though you know what’s going to happen (the BIG financial crisis). They calmly analyze, they calmly hold meetings and they calmly process the matter. There is little or no shouting at all. Well, there’s sobbing, courtesy of Badgley but that’s another matter altogether. I was really impressed with Demi Moore’s role in the film as some high-powered career woman because she was the only woman among all the men! Bravo!

Somehow, watching such movies helps to tinkle my memories of what’s left of my finance education. And I was really amused by the fact that they all have the same reaction to the “big revelation”… which is saying “fuck me” aloud. Imagine the good-looking cast saying it together, in one big gif. Oh well, that’s just my Tumblr-self speaking out loud.

With Oscar season round the corner, Cathay Cineplexes are re-releasing the movie! Go catch it before its run really ends.

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OOH, BURN!

EASY A (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

 Wow, let’s just say Easy A made it into my favourite films this year!

Emma Stone stars as Olive Penderghast, an average student in high school, who tells a lie about her virginity and becomes infamous (not the same as popular). Turns out Olive only has a kind heart and she’s only helping these boys advance socially in exchange for shopping coupons. But when the rumour mill spirals out of control, Olive needs to clean up her act so that she can have a shot at romance with her crush, Todd (Penn Badgley).

First of all, the movie is really funny! Like when they changed the school mascot from the Blue Devils to Woodchucks. Ouch! Olive’s parents are really cool and odd at the same time. It was also weird to see Cam Gigandet singing songs of faith while strumming the guitar. I’ve also added Natasha Bedingfield’s Pocketful Of Sunshine to my iPod! But most of all, I loved the ending. I loved that it made references to John Hughes movies and the ending incorporated those four movies Olive referenced to earlier in the film? WONDERFUL! I’m giving it half a star more because I’m totally biased!

Olive Penderghast: Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.

PILE OF GUILT

JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE (2006)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Super funny movie. Especially at the basketball match, when cutie Jesse Metcalfe goes all feminine (“Ouch, my nipples hurt!” and “What about me?! What about my emotional needs?!”) Man, I laughed like no one’s business inside, luckily there aren’t people I know in there. At least I think there aren’t.

The girls are also very hot! Love Sophia Bush a.k.a. Beth, who doesn’t eat anything with a face. Not to mention Brittany Snow a.k.a. Kate, who has killer abs! Oh my goodness! How did she get those?? Makes me feel kinda guilty for eating fried chicken earlier…