WE’RE A TIME BOMB.

THE AVENGERS (2012)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

By now, who hasn’t seen The Avengers?

So Nick Fury, director of SHIELD, assembles Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow to form the Avengers, in order to stop Loki from enslaving the human race.

Iron Man: If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.

The action scenes were to die for, especially when they were showing off and fighting among themselves. What can I say, I love havoc. I didn’t watch the Iron Man movies so I wasn’t introduced to Black Widow earlier but I was pretty impressed with ScarJo and her dexterity. Guess I should make time to watch those two Iron Man movies before they release the other Marvel movies. I didn’t like the aliens much which I attribute to their disgusting vertebrae structure.

Hulk: Puny God.

Funny scenes are aplenty, with each superhero trying to outsmart and outwit each other. Most of it came from the cocky billionaire philanthropist Iron Man and the Hulk – both created a good bromance considering both of them share a science background. Of course, my fangirl heart melts whenever they offer a helping hand to each other.

Needless to say, STAY FOR THE EXTRA SCENE after the first credits. You’ll get a glimpse of who’s the next villian now that Loki’s back at Asgard, hopefully with some TLC. For those living outside the US, don’t bother staying till the end of the credits for that Shawarma diner scene.

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OXYGEN AND CAMOUFLAGE

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

The sequel to the 2009 hit is just as exciting because Holmes is against his most cunning adversary, Dr. James Moriarty.

Holmes is as crazy as usual, probably even more since Watson getting married.  His obssession with camouflage is outrageous – he makes his own costumes, dons wigs and makeup and even a dress! Watson is ever loyal to Holmes, even though he knows Holmes is devastated that he’s getting married.

There is a shortlived cameo by Rachel McAdams, who always looks radiant and beautiful. I just adore her dress! I adore the colour of the dress! I adore her! Noomi Rapace plays a gypsy who gets caught up in Moriarty’s plan for world domination.

One thing I liked about this update on Sherlock Holmes is that Holmes is really skilled in martial arts and I love those scenes where he analyzes his next move, his surroundings and his opponents. Very sharp and quick thinking there. Speaking of an update of Sherlock Holmes, I can’t wait to watch BBC’sSherlock because of Benedict Cumberbatch!

Sherlock Holmes: They’re dangerous at both ends and… crafty in the middle. Why would I want anything with a mind of its own bobbing about between my legs?

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE OF COFFEE

DUE DATE (2010)
– 3 out of 5 stars 

It’s been a long time since I posted a review and here it is!

Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) is on his way back to Los Angeles to be present at the birth of his first child. He has an unfortunate encounter with Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis), a stranger he met at the entrance of the airport, which leaves both of them put on the no-fly list. Reluctantly, Peter takes a 2000 mile road trip with Ethan to L.A. aka Hollywood and hilarity ensues.

The funniest LOL moment was the coffee! The audience erupted in laughter! And I find Ethan’s gait very amusing – he has excellent posture! Though it was directed by the man behind last year’s hit The Hangover, it isn’t as funny because some parts are rather draggy. Ethan’s French bulldog, Sunny, literally takes the phrase “like owner, like dog” to another level.

GIANT LOOKING GLASS

SHERLOCK HOLMES  (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

Well, before the clock strikes 12 and it’s New Year’s Eve, I’d better spit out my reviews before 2010 hits!

In this movie, Holmes has to solve the case of Lord Blackwood rising from the dead after his execution. London is thrown into terror as Blackwood dabbles in black magic and resumes his killing sprees. To add to his troubles, his former flame, Irene Adler, returns with a hidden agenda.

Admittedly, the prime reason I watched this was Rachel McAdams! It’s her third movie release this year and I’m happy for her! Well, first of all, I think this sleek version of a Sherlock Holmes who does boxing for a hobby is really cool! He’s more playful than what you envisioned from reading the books and the part where he finally solves the case (as always) is amazing. Little things that laymen (like you and I) don’t observe or just look past are actually vital clues. Even if we see them, we are unable to connect them in anyway. However, credit must be given to the bad guys – Lord Blackwood and gang. To be able to cheat death by hanging and mix science with their supposed black magic at that time (1891 AD) is no mean feat.

BE FREE

CHARLIE BARTLETT (2008)
– 4 of out 5 stars

It turned out to be quite a nice movie since one of the reasons I saw was because of Tyler Hilton. And I’m totally mesmerized by him and his role, Murphy Bivens? Especially after he “cleaned up his act” to go out with Whitney. And I wasn’t the only girl in the theatre gushing over that fact.

The movie’s about Charlie, a new student at the public school after being kicked out of all the private schools he’s been in. In order to become popular, he joins hands with school bully, Murphy, and becomes the school’s self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body. He provides medicine and offers a listening ear to the teens who are depressed and troubled. Of course, the school principal starts to get suspicious and threatened when the student body listens to Charlie instead of him. The ending is rather nice, with Charlie telling everyone to be themselves and not be forced to listen to their peers and elders. I think I really loved the movie, I mean, aside the fact that Tyler Hilton’s in it.

Here’s the song performed at the ending of Charlie Bartlett. It was originally performed by Cat Stevens and here are the really meaningful lyrics.

Cat Stevens – If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
‘Cause there’s a million things to be
You know that there are

And if you want to live high, live high
And if you want to live low, live low
‘Cause there’s a million ways to go
You know that there are

[Chorus]
You can do what you want
The opportunity’s on
And if you can find a new way
You can do it today
You can make it all true
And you can make it undo
You see ah ah ah
It’s easy ah ah ah
You only need to know

Well if you want to say yes, say yes
And if you want to say no, say no
‘Cause there’s a million ways to go
You know that there are

And if you want to be me, be me
And if you want to be you, be you
‘Cause there’s a million things to do
You know that there are

[Chorus]

Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
‘Cause there’s a million things to be
You know that there are (x5)