THE LOBBY BOY

grandbudapesthotelTHE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) This is another whimsical tale from Wes Anderson.
2) Ralph Fiennes is not Voldemort.
3) Willem Dafoe is pretty scary when he does not talk.

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BECOMING A GENTLEMAN

greatexpectations2012GREAT EXPECTATIONS (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, the story revolves around Pip, an orphan, whose quality of life improves when he receives a sum of money from an anonymous benefactor.

I would jump at any chance to watch a classic brought to screen and this is no exception. Though I have only briefly read the book during primary school, I still remember bits and pieces of the story. While reading up this adaptation, I’ve heard many rave reviews about the BBC adaptation and hopefully I have the chance to watch it one day.

Holliday Grainger is delightful as Estella. She is really beautiful and I almost didn’t believe her when she said she had no heart. Jeremy Irvine is really handsome and the younger Pip really resembles him (played by Toby Irvine – his younger brother!). I suppose he did an acceptable job and my favourite scene is quoted below. Overall though, I didn’t feel my heart flutter as much as it should have.

Pip: You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen – on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become accquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. To the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But in this separation, I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm. Let me feel now what sharp distress I may.

FROM ONE SON TO ANOTHER

WRATH OF THE TITANS (2012)
– 3 out of 5 stars

In this sequel to the 2010 film, the gods are losing their powers as the people are less devoted to their faith. As a result, the walls of Tartarus (the Underwrold) are breaking and monsters are creating havoc in the mortal world. Perseus is called upon to save his father, Zeus, when he is captured and drained of his powers to release Kronos.

Well, Sam Worthington’s hair really could use a trim. And Rosamund Pike can do exclaim in a manly fashion. There were plenty of  action scenes and they were quite packed since it’s only 99 minutes long. I fancied those scenes of Perseus with Pegasus – oh, the bond between them is adorable, especially when Perseus commented that Pegasus used to fly better.

THE BOY WHO HAD LILY’S EYES

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART II (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

The movie starts without warning and picks up from Part I where Voldemort takes the Elder Wand from Dumbledore’s grave. Harry, Ron and Hermione are still on their quest to locate and destroy the Horcruxes and they dive deeper into the Hallows (Resurrection Stone, Cloak of Invisibility and the Elder Wand) as well. The adventure starts from Gringotts and ends at Hogwarts.

Minerva McGonagall: I’ve always wanted to use that spell!

Well, I say you gotta brace yourself for this one because LOTS MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE. That’s gonna be people whom Harry care about and who care about Harry; characters that fight till the end even though they know they have a slim chance of defeating the Dark Lord and his Deatheaters, characters that remain in the Order and Dumbledore’s Army even though officially, these groups no longer exist.

Severus Snape: Look… at… me…

Like all the other HP movies, there are certain parts that didn’t quite follow the book. For example, Neville became a HERO in the book (and in my heart, especially after Book 5, when I found out that the prophecy reveals that he had a shot at being the titular character and he’s such an underdog!) but his role was reduced somehow, but I’m so glad he did what he did at the end. You know, the thing with the Sword. Harry didn’t fix his you-know-what before snapping it. The Snape flashback scene was a little disappointing because an entire chapter was reduced to a two minute so-so presentation and they skipped Dumbledore’s past (I really wanted to see Jamie Campbell Bower as Grindelwald). Some of the pivotal scenes take place at different locations, for example, at the boathouse.

Harry Potter: You’ll stay with me?
Sirius Black: Until the very end.

Source: holymotherofhnng

I watched this in 3D and I can’t really judge if the 3D is amazing but I can tell you it didn’t suck. Anyway, I started tearing up the moment Harry entered Hogwarts ground so I was generating my own kind of 3D. Not to mention, every time some act of loyalty, courage, love, friendship, Neville Longbottom or Maggie Smith appears, my own brand of 3D kicks into place. Surprisingly, there were quite many funny (Voldemort laughing), light-hearted moments in the movie – even by Maggie Smith! There’s the kiss between Ron and Hermione to look out for and also many spontaneous actions (mostly declarations of love) fueled by adrenaline and the ominous thought that they are all going to die.

Molly Weasley: Not my daughter, you bitch!

I felt really sad when it ended but yet, slightly triumphant and glad because everything was restored to its proper order and the epilogue, that gives us a glimpse 19 years after the big event that rocked the magical community, was weird to watch but ends it nicely.

After TEN YEARS of cinematic magic, it ends, but it will continue to live in my heart (and my DVD collection).

 

(In my heart, body and soul: it’s a 5) 

EVERYONE GO WATCH THE LATEST AND FINAL HARRY POTTER MOVIE NOW!

THESE ARE DARK TIMES

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART I (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Finally the wait is over – the first part of the final instalment of Harry Potter is here! But the most frustrating thing is that you have to wait till July 2011 to catch the finalfinal part. Seriously, when Part I ended, I was thinking to myself: I can definitely sit in the theatre for another three hours. But obviously, people like to make common folk salivate at the eight-month wait.

As most of you would have read, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I, would revolve around Harry, Ron and Hermione completing the task given to them by Dumbledore. That is to find and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes (items that contain bits of Voldemort’s soul) so that Voldemort can be destroyed once and for all. However, with the Death Eaters taking over Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic, Harry’s task just got harder… and that includes being Undesirable Number One.

While searching for the Horcruxes, they come across the tale of the Deathly Hallows (the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak) through Xenophilius Lovegood. Harry then learns that Voldemort wants the Elder Wand so as to be able to defeat Harry in their final duel.

One of the highlights would be seeing how the Order of the Phoenix tries to safely transport Harry out of Privet Drive with the use of Polyjuice Potion. The funniest transformation would be Fleur Delacour, who told Bill (her husband-to-be) not to look at her cos she’s hideous. Ron is still the funniest, taking most of the humour alongside the Weasley twins. Another highlight would be their trip to the Ministry where Harry walks funny and Ron gets lucky. The part that freaked me out most was when they returned to Godric’s Hollow – Harry’s birthplace (cos I was really spooked out when I read that chapter). And the escape from Malfoy Mansion made me cry!

Dobby: Dobby didn’t mean to kill anyone. Dobby only meant to maim or seriously injure.

Well, I think there’s enough spoilers here for those who haven’t read the book and I’m not going to spoil it further by NOT telling you when it ends (though it must be floating in the Internet, somewhere). 3 and a half out of 5 stars.

Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to Part II! I can’t wait to see Neville Longbottom finally standing up to fulfill his potential! Of course, Part II would bring about more death of beloved characters but it would unravel more about the Hallows and Horcruxes!

[SPOILER]
And here are some interesting tweets regarding the movie:

@ImperialRoseZay Dear people who moan about the RIP Dobby TT because it’s a spoiler: Snape dies in the next one. Yours sincerely, the people who read books.

@Lord_Voldemort7 Careful twitter, the TTs are loaded with spoilers. For instance, I now know that the people who bitch about the TTs don’t read. Spoiler!

MAKE A STAND

CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

So, I caught Clash Of The Titans on its opening day – April 1, 2010 – and I thought its trailers were much better.

This is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name and follows the adventures of Perseus, a demigod raised as a fisherman. The people of Argos have stopped praying to the Gods and are relying on their King instead, who have declared war against the Gods when they destroyed the statue of Zeus. Hades (God of the Underworld) arrives and kills the soldiers involved and demand that they sacrifice their daughter, Andromeda, or the Kraken will be released in 10 days.

Perseus, whose family was killed by Hades, leads a group of soldiers from Argo, to try to defeat the Kraken. Guided by Io, his spiritual guide, they set off to seek the Stygian Witches who will tell them how to defeat the Kraken – a supposedly impossible task of getting the head of Medusa. Along the way, they meet with obstacles like Calibos, giant scorpions (a truly heart-in-mouth moment) while coming across Pegasus, the Djinn and of course, Medusa.

It’s very action-packed and you can feel the adrenaline each time the soldiers and Perseus are being attacked. Especially the scorpions! They are HUGE. But at 106 minutes, it doesn’t feel long enough to be an epic and it felt sort of rushed at the ending. Sam Worthington is quite hot and I think some of us will be quite tempted to catch him in an upskirt moment because there are just (almost) so many of them. Gemma Arterton (Io) and Alexa Davalos (Andromeda) are very pretty! Anyway, I caught it in 2D (instead of 3D) because I’ve heard the 3D was only so-so because the movie was filmed in 2D and the conversion (to 3D) was done later.

THE ASTRONOMY TOWER

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (2009)
–  3 and a half out of 5 stars

Well well, I caught Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! Since it didn’t open during the holiday period, there were less pesky school children when I saw it. =P
Anyway, I was kinda anticipating the movie cos the trailer was pretty emotionally charged and I managed to read the book again a few weeks before. But as usual, due to time constraints, the movie is different from the book. In certain aspects, the end is the same but the means to achieving it is different. One of the more obvious points would be the complicated love triangles that have started evolving among all the raging-hormone-carriers in Hogwarts. It felt quite like a chick flick when I thought there was too much secretive glances and hidden meanings in their conversations and gestures.

There’s a new Potions teacher, Professor Slughorn, who was formerly teaching at Hogwarts. Apparently, Professor Dumbledore’s decision to hire him lies in the fact that he holds a crucial memory that can help destroy Voldemort. Later, we know it as the ‘horcrux’ which is “an object in which a Dark wizard or witch has hidden a fragment of his or her soul for the purpose of attaining immortality” (source: HPwikia).

What I missed most from the book was the fight at the end of the story, where NevilleLongbottom and Luna Lovegood were the only ones from the DA (Dumbledore’s Army – Book 5) to respond to fight off the Death Eaters. OMG, I can literally feel the loyalty and commitment of those two seeping through the pages when I read it. But they had only bit roles in this instalment which was quite wasted, actually.

Enjoyable movie though.