TOUCH THEM AND YOU DIE

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VIOLET & DAISY (2011)
3 out of 5 stars

So, Violet and Daisy are teenage assassins with the most angelic faces. They accept jobs, kill people and exit with their fancy bicycles and lollipops. They even pop into the store to buy new clothes with their pay. No one would ever suspect them of being cold-hearted criminals. However, their world is turned upside down when a job changes their lives in the most unexpected ways.

First of all, I want to state that Alexis Bledel is THIRTEEN YEARS older than Saoirse Ronan! OMG she doesn’t seem to age a day since Gilmore Girls. The main selling point is these two girls can actually kill and get away with murder. So what happens when they are offered a chance to act their age and receive the love and care they were denied that led them to this path? Sadly, not much of the girls’ past were revealed and not enough of the girls’ in action were shown. I would have loved to see them take down more bad guys.

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THE BEGINNINGS OF A VISIONARY

jobsmovieJOBS (2013)
3 out of 5 stars

This is the story of how Steve Jobs became the legend he was – from college dropout to entrepreneur.

First of all, I love the trailer for this because it features Can’t Hold Us from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis!


Personally, I’m not sure if Steve Jobs appeared topless as many times as Ashton Kutcher did in the movie because just the trailer only featured many topless shots. It was quite interesting to see how much of a perfectionist he was (DUDE, TYPEFACE IS IMPORTANT) and then it’s quite sad how he can seem lost in his own fantasy at the risk of his company’s profits. I wished they showed more about the creation of ipod, ipod nano and the iphone though.

RELAX BODY!

RIPDR.I.P.D. (2013)
3 out of 5 stars

What happens when law enforcement officers die? They join the Rest In Peace Department or the R.I.P.D.. It’s a little sad they still have to stay in the same job in their afterlife but I guess they want to protect the weak anyway. Their job is to rid the living world of “Deados” or spirits that remained on Earth as monsters. They look human but decay and destruction follow them eg. leaky pipes, faulty lights etc.

It may seem like a Men In Black ripoff whenever the monsters appear but the story behind the monsters is actually quite cool. I like how living Nick (Ryan Reynolds) and dead Nick have something common to investigate. Nick’s avatar as an old Chinese guy is hilarious because he’s often seen welding a banana, while Roy’s (Jeff Bridges) avatar played by Marisa Miller is super duper hot.

TO KISS OR KILL HIM

red2RED 2 (2013)
3 out of 5 stars

No one ever really retires, do they?

The group of Retired and Extremely Dangerous retirees are back this time to locate a nuclear weapon and prevent it from going off. It’s amazing how people of a certain age can still handle firearms with so much composure.

One of the best things is watching deal with able-bodied young men as if they were imbeciles. The next best thing is LEE BYUNG-HUN! He’s the youngest among them so he has the most action scenes. Eye candy!

Marvin: If there’s one thing I know, it’s women and covert operations.
Frank: Marvin, that’s two things.
Han Cho Bai: No, grasshopper. It is not.

TRUST THE SPIRIT HORSE

lonerangerTHE LONE RANGER (2013)
3 out of 5 stars

The story starts as Tonto, a Native American warrior, recounts the tale of how John Reid became the legendary Lone Ranger. It is 1869 and the railroad business is expanding but at the expense of the land of the Comanche Native Americans. John Reid’s brother, Dan, and his Rangers are ambushed and killed by the gang led by outlaw, Butch Cavendish. All were dead until a spirit horse awakens John as a spirit walker and Tonto advises him as he tries to avenge his brother and bring Cavendish to Justice.

At 149 minutes, it is pretty long and some parts might be slightly draggy. The build-up to the final scene really takes quite a while. But, at least the music was entertaining as it is an extended arrangement of Gioachino Rossini’s “William Tell Overture”.  It takes a man to wear the mask throughout the movie and Armie Hammer has the voice and face to do so. But it wouldn’t be complete with Johnny Depp’s eccentric take on Tonto especially when he interacts with the Spirit Horse. Helena Bonham-Carter’s ivory leg is a plus.

TOUGH AS BITCHES

theheat2013THE HEAT (2013)
3 out of 5 stars

When you put two people that are polar opposites in a team, you get The Heat. Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is straight-laced FBI agent while Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) is a foul-mouthed and violent detective. An unexpected bond results when they team up to take down a Boston drug lord.

It takes a while to warm up to this pairing especially after Sandra Bullock’s character chastises those K9 dogs for their inability to sniff out drugs beyond the smell of meat. The fun starts whenever Melissa McCarthy is around. She may be foul-mouthed and swears like a sailor but she is very entertaining. The funniest scenes often occur whenever Mullins is bossing Ashburn around – whether it is on the dancefloor or in the warehouse. The diner straw scene is super disturbing!

If there’s a sequel, I’ll be there!

THE WOLF PACK HEADS BACK

hangover3THE HANGOVER PART III (2013)
3 out of 5 stars

It’s the final part to the Hangover trilogy!

The Wolf Pack is trying to get Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to a rehabilitation facility when they are ambushed by Marshall (John Goodman), mob leader, who has a bone to pick with Chow (Ken Jeong). Marshall takes Doug (Justin Bartha) as collateral and gives them three days to find Chow.

Understandably, some people may have gotten tired of the drunk, hungover not-funny jokes in this sequel. Well, to me, the very first Hangover was the funniest ever – I don’t remember laughing that much during a movie. Some jokes really fell flat. Alan continues to befuddle people and pick on Stu (Ed Helms) and I don’t know what to think about his scene with Melissa McCarthy. But one funny aspect was them revisiting Las Vegas (where it all began!) and the movie started to pick up pace and humour.

STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS FOR AN EXTRA SCENE!