WEIRD DOESN’T EVEN BEGIN TO COVER IT

vampireacademyVAMPIRE ACADEMY (2014)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) It has a little more bite than the Twilight Saga and it features more vampire mythology.
2) Zoey Deutch kicks ass! She is also the most sarcastic, in-your-face female heroine on screen in recent years.
3) Moroi are scary vampires!
4) You are rooting for two couples in this series – Lissa and Christian, and Rose and Dimitri.

WE LOVE TO PARTY!

blingringTHE BLING RING (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Sofia Coppola directs and writes.
2) EVERYONE is obsessed with celebrities and luxury goods – I’m in love with the opening credits: BRANDED HIGH-END LUXURY GOODS! ALL THE BLING! ALL THE SHADES! EVERYTHING! I had the strongest urge to strut down the streets with my shades on.
3) Getting home-schooled has never been more interesting when your topics include Angelina Jolie.
4) You want to know how these teenagers try to squirm their way out of their situation and how your best friend can stab you in the face (figuratively).

WRITING A NEW DESTINY

PJSOMPERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

Percy Jackson is back and this time, he has to retrieve the Golden Fleece from Polyphemus in the Sea of Monsters to heal Thalia’s tree, that has been protecting Camp Half-Blood after it has been poisoned by Luke (Jake Abel, deliciously bad). However, Luke is also after the the Golden Fleece to resurrect Kronos. So, it’s a matter of who gets to the Fleece first and uses it for what purpose.

It’s always interesting whenever demi-Gods are involved but do they have to resurrect Kronos too (I’m talking about Wrath of the Titans)? So now we have teenagers preventing the resurrection of Kronos, whom we all know will destroy the human race. Their journey to the Sea of Monsters is hilarious because of Tyson and his noisy backpack. Nathan Fillion is charming, as usual, as Hermes. Though, the story is screaming for a sequel because the prophecy has yet to be fulfilled. And who’s money is betting on Luke surviving this sequel?

MORTALLY MUTANT

thewolverineTHE WOLVERINE (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars

When an old acquaintance summons Logan (aka the Wolverine) to Japan, he is forced to face his own demons – his identity as a mutant and his guilt from killing Jean Grey. What will Wolverine do when he is offered an opportunity to not be a mutant?

Logan: Go fuck yourself, pretty boy!

No X-Men movie is complete without Hugh Jackman saying “go fuck yourself”. Just saying. Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. Wolverine is Hugh Jackman. Somehow, he just looks like he’s born to play the part. I’m not sure there’s another actor who can look like and play Wolverine so perfectly.

Story-wise, the Japanese setting does make it more mysterious especially with the yakuza involved. Asian values does change the perspective of everything. Respect, honour, family and filial piety. Watching Wolverine getting scrubbed down is also a plus.

Tao Okamoto is really pretty as Mariko Yashida while Rila Fukushima plays a feisty Yukio, Wolverine’s self-employed bodyguard. These Japanese ladies exude charm and grace and they can still kick ass. Though I wonder what it must feel like for the Viper? Does she really not crave male company? Or does she dislike them because she can’t be with them? Nonetheless, her body is smoking hot!

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