LIFE IS ALL ABOUT MOMENTS

THE VOW (2012)
– 3 out of 5 stars

RACHEL MCADAMS!

I have this urge to shout her name whenever I see her on film. She’s just so radiant.

Leo: Life’s all about moments, of impact and how they changes our lives forever. But what if one day you could no longer remember any of them?

Channing Tatum and McAdams play Leo and Paige, a happily-married couple who face their biggest obstacle when Paige loses her memory in a car accident. She loses the memories of the past five years and her relationship with her husband. Faced with Paige’s strict parents and an ex-fiance (who’s become current fiance to Paige), Leo has to do everything to win his wife back.

I watched some of the interviews McAdams did while promoting the show so I know the ultimate ending – did Paige regain her memory? Well, it didn’t really spoil the show for me. Some parts of the show were quite slow-moving and at some point, you’re like “what’s wrong with them?!” But one thing the show managed to prove was that no matter, we will find ourselves, our calling, our purpose in life, or whatever you call it, eventually.

That was the one thing that I took from the movie.

And of course, the beauty of Rachel McAdams never fails to amaze me.

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CAB BACK IN TIME

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

I watched this because Rachel McAdams was in it and she was under-used because she plays some superficial fiancée to Owen Wilson’s character and I’m telling you she can do so much better than that. But she looked really beautiful! Parisian chic!

Paris really does look magical as midnight and I would love for a chance to walk in the rain (preferably light drizzle) over there. I liked it when Gil (Wilson) met Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dalí. The former for his wit and the latter because he could not stop talking about rhinoceroses.

PUT YOUR BLACKBERRY IN THE FREEZER!

MORNING GLORY (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

Morning Glory stars Rachel McAdams as Becky Fuller, an aspiring news producer who gets dismissed from her job due to budget cuts. She takes up the role of executive producer of DayBreak, a flailing morning show that suffers from poor ratings due to fierce competition from other networks. Add a reluctant veteran news journalist Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), who refuses to report anything that are not “real” news and goes against co-host Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) at every turn, Becky has her hands full trying to do her job and save the show.

Becky Fuller: Yes! I’m calling about the one-bedroom. Yes! I’m moving into town, I’ve got a new job! I’m extremely neat and tidy. In summer camp, the kids used to pay me to make their beds. (laughs) I’m sorry that was an over-share. No loud music. No kids. I don’t even have a boyfriend! Just me! I’ll take it! (jumps up and down) I’ll take it. I’ll take it. I’ll take it!

OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS MOVIE! And it’s not just because Rachel McAdams is in it. I liked how the story played out and the ending as well – especially the scene when Mike made his frittata! Rachel McAdams was a total Energizer bunny in the movie – it’s the first time I’ve ever seen her like that and I wouldn’t mind doing it again. She kinda bumbles her way around Adam (Patrick Wilson), her love interest, and I liked how she tried to mime because she was too nervous to speak. Her efforts to drive up ratings were hilarious like how weatherman Ernie had to do stunts while reporting the weather and the various animals involved when Colleen was on the show. The constant battle of words and ego between Mike and Colleen is another must-watch, like when they fight over who gets to say the last goodbye. Plus, there’s even a cameo of 50 Cent! Last but not least, I love Rachel McAdams’ wardrobe! Very classic and simple pieces of a working girl. 4 out of 5 stars!

Becky Fuller: Look, my radar for that kind of thing is so bad. I mean, I don’t know if a man’s interested in me until he’s naked. I mean, the pants come off and then I’m like “I guess you don’t really want to see my CD collection or talk about Kerouac.”

MTV.com: Rule The Office In ‘Morning Glory’ Style: The Working Girl’s Essentials

GIANT LOOKING GLASS

SHERLOCK HOLMES  (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

Well, before the clock strikes 12 and it’s New Year’s Eve, I’d better spit out my reviews before 2010 hits!

In this movie, Holmes has to solve the case of Lord Blackwood rising from the dead after his execution. London is thrown into terror as Blackwood dabbles in black magic and resumes his killing sprees. To add to his troubles, his former flame, Irene Adler, returns with a hidden agenda.

Admittedly, the prime reason I watched this was Rachel McAdams! It’s her third movie release this year and I’m happy for her! Well, first of all, I think this sleek version of a Sherlock Holmes who does boxing for a hobby is really cool! He’s more playful than what you envisioned from reading the books and the part where he finally solves the case (as always) is amazing. Little things that laymen (like you and I) don’t observe or just look past are actually vital clues. Even if we see them, we are unable to connect them in anyway. However, credit must be given to the bad guys – Lord Blackwood and gang. To be able to cheat death by hanging and mix science with their supposed black magic at that time (1891 AD) is no mean feat.

WAITING

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

I have to say Rachel McAdams is totally gorgeous!

Anyway, the story revolves around Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire. Henry has a genetic anomaly that makes him travel through time involuntarily, and he meets Clare on many of his travels. Clare thinks that he’s the one for her and looks forward to building a life with him. However, the relationship is faced with much trouble since he is unable to control his time travelling and Clare is left on her own at times when she needs him most.

The movie can be hilarious at parts; like when you see older Henry helping younger Henry out at his own wedding or whenever Henry tries to find clothes after time travelling. It’s also nice that Henry gets to meet his mother and daughter, both of whom he missed dearly. It’s like one of the few benefits of time travelling that presents itself after realizing that being a time traveler does not contribute towards one’s marriage. The scenes jump from past to present to future, but I didn’t get confused at all – which is a good thing. The ending was different from the book’s but it was much more optimistic though the tears still came down. Loved the movie!

TO THE WORLD~

STATE OF PLAY (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

It’s actually a pretty complicated story, about how the apparent suicide or murder of a congressman’s lead researcher/mistress leads to the unravelling of a corporate conspiracy. The lead reporter in the story happens to have had a turbulent relationship with the congressman in the past and as he tries to get behind the truth, their lives are all at risk.

Personally, I wanted to watch this movie because of Rachel McAdams! It’s been so long since I saw her onscreen and Singapore didn’t air both her movies produced last year, so this is the first one since Red Eye. But the story was intriguing and just when you thought everything was solved, another loophole appears and there you have it – the actual perpetuator acting as the victim. Sometimes, the means used to get the means to the end won’t go according to plan. Sounds complicated, right? Well, you wouldn’t understand unless you saw the movie.