“I CHOOSE RICH EVERY FUCKING TIME.”

WOWSTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)
5 out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Leonardo DiCaprio is fucking awesome! Give the man an Oscar already!
2) The word “fuck” is used 506 time throughout the movie.
3) We love watching filthy rich people waste money on sex, drugs and excess. We laugh at them yet we secretly want to be them.
4) Did I say Leonardo DiCaprio is fucking awesome?!

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THE QUARTER QUELL

thg-catchingfireTHE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013)
5 out of 5 stars

WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Jennifer Lawrence is amazing as Katniss Everdeen. There’s something about her acting that makes me violent (damn you, President Snow) and want to cry at the same time.
2) Sam Claflin is hot as Finnick Odair.
3) Jena Malone is fucking amazing as Johanna Mason.
4) This second instalment is darker and more political (aren’t they all?) and twist at the end will leave your jaw dropping.

ONE HELL OF A NIGHT

beforemidnightBEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013)
5 out of 5 stars

Oh my god, I’m in love with this movie. Can they just make one every nine years?

After meeting on a train 18 years ago, Jesse and Celine are now married with twin girls. What happens now? Are they still the same people from the train or have love and ideas given way to practicality?

It’s been a few years since I saw the first two movies and their chemistry never fails to amaze me. Like the other two movies, it’s just Jesse and Celine talking and discussing about any topic that comes to their minds. It’s kind of cute and funny in a way that Celine pretends to be a bimbo who is interested in Jesse because he’s a writer. I almost cannot bear to watch when things turn slightly sour. Every couple has their moments, I guess.

I probably don’t do much justice with this review so do yourself a favour, watch Before Sunrise, Before Sunset then Before Midnight. It will be the best experience you will ever have.

TODAY WE ARE CANCELLING THE APOCALYPSE!

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PACIFIC RIM (2013)
5 out of 5 stars

THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE BEST MOVIE I’VE SEEN THIS YEAR.

Set in the 2020s, Earth is at war with the Kaijus (Japanese for ‘giant monsters’) that have emerged from a portal in the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The humans have created Jaegers (German for ‘hunters’), giant robots controlled by two pilots whose minds are connected via a neural bridge. As the kaijus evolve and become larger and more powerful, more Jaegers are destroyed faster than they can be replaced. In their last bid to fight off the Kaijus before they take over Earth, a group of Jaeger pilots from different backgrounds gather for the final fight.

Raleigh Becket: There are things you can’t fight – acts of God. You see a hurricane coming, you get out of the way. But when you’re in a Jaeger, you can finally fight the hurricane. You can win.

The Jaegers are really magnificent! Every fight scene is interesting to watch because different Jaegers are operated by different people and each person reacts differently to attacks. But I was really absorbed when Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) were engaged in stick fighting to test their compatibility. #mindblown

Mako Mori is super badass! No doubt raised by another badass, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba). Warning: DO NOT TOUCH HIM!

Charlie Day provides most of the comic relief alongside Ron Perlman. My only grumble is that the version I watched dubbed over Hunnam’s and Elba’s Japanese speaking parts. What’s a girl got to do to hear hot people speak Japanese?

It’s my first time watching Charlie Hunnam on the big screen. He’s soooo fine! He’s soooo clean-shaven! He’s English! I’m totally Mako when she glances through the peephole. For those who don’t know, Charlie Hunnam is known for playing Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy. He’s also usually bearded. But he’s still sooooo hot!

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CHARLIE HUNNAM

A SYMBOL OF HOPE

manofsteelMAN OF STEEL (2013)
5 out of 5 stars

This Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder stars Henry Cavill in the title role and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. There’s a strong focus on his origins from Krypton and a lot on his pain while growing up.

I caught this blockbuster two weeks after  its release and it was probably the most rewarding 143 minutes. I’ve always wondered why superhero movies pass by in a flash even if they are more than 2 hours long. Well, first thing you notice is Henry Cavill’s incredible physique! That magnificent chest! That oil rig scene sent many a ladies running for cold water! Woots!

There’s plenty of flashbacks into Clark Kent’s childhood and many of them involve his human father, Jonathan Kent, played by Kevin Costner. Some scenes are heartbreaking to watch. Personally, I prefer Smallville’s Jonathan Kent (played by John Schneider). I feel the movie version puts a lot of pressure on Clark concealing his identity and probably why he left home to “find himself”. There are little bits of trivia to pick up all over the movie – like the Smallville Sears store that got crashed into and the Lexcorp trucks.

It’s scary to find so many Kryptonians on Earth because how can Superman win? Everyone has superhuman strength! Each time they throw a few punches, destruction of vehicles and buildings occur. The ending can be controversial to some (I mean, HOW can Superman do that? But that is the only way out!)… and it is not without consequences. Look at that painful, agonizing scream Superman makes. Even with the bluest eyes, dear Clark Kent carries a lot on that broad shoulders of his.

AIM FOR EXCELSIOR

SilverLiningsPlaybookSILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012)
5 out of 5 stars

I have been waiting to catch this ever since I saw the trailer and it took so long for the movie to be shown in Singapore theatres. Nonetheless, it is here and I suggest everyone go watch it!

Tiffany: I was a big slut, but I’m not any more. There’s always going to be a part of me that’s sloppy and dirty, but I like that. With all the other parts of myself. Can you say the same about yourself fucker? Can you forgive? Are you any good at that?

Pat (Bradley Cooper) did eight months in an institution after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and desperately wants to reconcile with his ex-wife. He tries to keep his condition in check and things become more challenging when he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow with issues of her own.

Tiffany: I do this! Time after time after time! I do all this shit for other people! And then I wake up and I’m empty! I have nothing!

This is an unconventional romantic comedy and I loved it! Jennifer Lawrence really killed it in that diner scene. That maniacal laugh! I would say Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper brought out the best in each other. While Pat was trying to his best to win his ex-wife back, he doesn’t even realize the effects of Tiffany’s presence. One of my favourite scenes was at the dance competition where both parties unknowingly held each other’s hands!

Jennifer Lawrence was really amazing as Tiffany. She made me laugh and she made me cry. She makes it okay for people to have flaws as long as they accept them and that they make others accept them too. She warns people not to judge a book by its cover too quickly. Probably the most perfect imperfect human being on film I have seen. Also, it was so good to see Julia Stiles back on the big screen again! I remember a time not so long ago when she was the face of many coming-of-age films.

Pat: The only way to beat my crazy was by doing something even crazier. Thank you. I love you. I knew it from the moment I saw you. I’m sorry it took me so long to catch up.

JOURNEY TO LONELY MOUNTAIN

HobbitUJ1THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2012)
5 out of 5 stars

WOW! I LOVE THIS MOVIE!

This is part one of a trilogy of movies based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit. Set sixty years before the events in Lord of the Rings, it tells of how Gandalf convinced Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, to journey with thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon.

First of all, I am new to Middle Earth.

I have never watched any LOTR movies, though I most likely would after watching this. It could be the action scenes, the lush scenery, the humour, the riddles or the hot dwarves. Yes, you read it right. HOT DWARVES. Personally, I prefer Kili (Aidan Turner). Doesn’t he just look hot? Everything he does is magical (wiping mud off his boots, throwing plates, shooting arrows, staring at horses, looking stunned, etc.) and his scenes with brother, Fili, are very bromantic. For those who prefer the masculine feel, there’s Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the leader of the dwarves and the bravest of them all.

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Story-wise, it is very compelling too. The journey is perilous and the Orcs constantly chasing them. There are goblins and giant spiders and Gollum. The moment Gollum appears, there’s a shift in the air. He’s creepy and the air feels creepy too. I liked the riddles part most, because I was guessing along as well! I managed to guess two riddles correctly!

Gollum: If Baggins loses, we eats it whole.

And I was freaking out when I saw the names of Lee Pace and Benedict Cumberbatch appearing on the same slide! Too bad I only saw five seconds of Lee Pace and almost none of Benedict Cumberbatch but I hope that the next two movies will feature more of them!

And Aidan Turner too!

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