ROBOTS, BLANKS AND SHELLS

theworldsendTHE WORLD’S END (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Finally, the Cornetto trilogy comes to an end!

Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead made cop movies and zombie movies hilarious and now, The World’s End does the same to science fiction movies.

Gary King (Pegg), an alcoholic, resolves to track down his friends from high school to complete their epic pub crawl of 12 pubs back in their hometown of Newton Haven. Halfway through their pub crawl, they realize something is off about their town and set their way to make things right and leave the town in one piece and at the same time, drink a pint at each pub to complete their journey.

To me, the bromance of Pegg and Frost have always been the core of these films and it is proven here again. It is also fresh to see Martin Freeman not being so serious and W.T.F.-ing all the time. The way these guys smash aliens and fight them makes it very entertaining. Aliens have never been destroyed that comically before, right? I say, British humour is in a class of its own.

A YEAR TO MAKE IT WORK

IGiveItAYear1I GIVE IT A YEAR (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

This is an unconventional British romantic comedy focusing on Nat and Josh (Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall), as an unlikely couple who decides to get married after a year of courtship. But their family and friends aren’t so optimistic about their union hence the title.

In the movie, there’s a saying that if a newly married couple can make it through their first year of married life, their marriage can survive. Will it be the case for Nat and Josh? As much as I would like to see people from different worlds getting together, how much should one tolerate the other? Will one’s bad habits become one’s quirks, or will it ever?

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud funny moments like the scene where they are playing charades trying to guess “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” and where Guy (Simon Baker) tries to woo Nat with live pigeons. Oh, not a good idea. Hot guys often come up with not-so-good ideas. Their therapist/marriage counselor is pretty pessimistic about relationships and I’m not sure if visiting her is such a good idea. The ending unfolds pretty quickly and just when you think it’s going to end up this way, it ends up the other way. It is an alternative rom-com for sceptics and romantics.

SIMON BAKER!

SIMON BAKER!

RICHARD PARKER

lifeofPILIFE OF PI (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

Based on the book by Yann Martel, it tells the tale of Pi, who gets shipwrecked and stranded in the Pacific Ocean for 227 days with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

It is an extraordinary story and half the time I was really afraid of the tiger. But to be honest, I felt the hyena was scarier than the tiger. I guess that was the only time Pi was glad Richard Parker was on the lifeboat. Mostly, we experienced the wonders of nature through Pi – the flying fish, the bioluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) plankton, a mysterious island or a horrible storm that ultimately tamed Richard Parker.

The tiger was really magnificent and even though I did not watch it in 3D, I could still see its whiskers very clearly. The movie deals with spirituality and it shows through Pi’s many religions at an early age and the focus on the tiger’s eyes because Pi believes that animals have souls too. Personally, I liked the part with the flying fish because they finally had food! Pi even fights for his food against Richard Parker! One point for Pi!

One amusing moment has to be the “abundance” of food for Richard Parker when they arrive at the island. Poor meerkats though.

Watch for the amazing visual spectacle!

BIG THINGS HAVE SMALL BEGINNINGS

PROMETHEUS (2012)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Alien-prequel or not, the film centers on a crew aboard the spaceship, Prometheus, seeking the creators of mankind on Earth. However, like every other outer space-related movie, such ventures often lead to devastating consequences.

The main reason I watched this was Michael Fassbender! He is simply fascinating as the android David – whether he’s going about his daily chores alone while the rest of the crew are in stasis, or when he goes around touching things that should be left alone. He clearly has a large agenda because he’s not in the least apologetic about the consequences of his actions. He is the safest and the most dangerous person/android you can bring onboard a spaceship because he really has “itchy hands”.

I was quite prepared about aliens-gone-wrong in this film (unlike Sunshine which flipped my expectations 360 degrees halfway through the movie) and those aliens were grotesque! It’s clear that they morph into a scarier version of the organism they take over but those “worms” were simply DISGUSTING! And there were certain moments whereby you, as the audience, know that they shouldn’t do something but the characters do it anyway – like opening your door just because the missing crew’s camera was “looking in”? HELLO?! It most definitely isn’t the same crew anymore!

Noomi Rapace has officially become a kick-ass heroine after what she did – DIY C-section – you have to see for yourself to believe it. I find the fact that the machine was catered to males only suspicious because this means David and Weyland of Weyland Corp himself has been planning what David has done. CONSPIRACY!

ST. SWITHIN’S DAY

ONE DAY (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

The book made me cry and so did the movie.

I really liked Jim Sturgess’ performance in here… he made me cry (!) and makes me want to watch all the other movies he’s been in. And even though I’ve read many reviews saying Anne Hathaway’s English accent sucked, I still liked her as Emma. In fact, when I was reading the book, she came to mind quite often. But I’ve got to say I liked the book better because it’s been a long time since I read a book that made me cry. For those who are not into reading though, the movie would be good enough.

Lovin’ all the scenes on 15 July 1988. So much hope, so much promise.