CONSCIOUSNESS

sideeffectsSIDE EFFECTS (2013)
4 and a half out of 5 stars

Emily Taylor is your average young woman, or is she not? After a botched suicide attempt after her husband’s release from prison, Emily starts see Dr. Jonathan Banks, a psychiatrist, to treat her depression. When one of her sleepwalking episodes turn fatal, is it the side effect of the new drug or has it always been in Emily’s mind, waiting for an opportunity to strike?

I liked how this movie has many twists and turns and it really kept me thinking throughout the movie. Every action and reaction is crucial and relevant to the case. For a psychiatrist, Jude Law is really good at investigating. Without spoiling too much, I would say Rooney Mara did a good job handling her states of mind. I hope she won’t be typecasted to play extreme characters all the time.  The loudest gasps were heard when something happened to 2012 PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive. Whoops!

One of the best movies I’ve seen so far in 2013.

“MAY I KILL HIM?”

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

First movie of the year and it’s R21 (they checked my ID!).

The opening credits was fantastic. I can’t remember the last time the opening credits of a movie completely blew my mind. Not to mention how Immigrant Song crept into my mind after that.

I had watched the Swedish version (review: here) and though I still think Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth Salander perfectly, Rooney Mara wasn’t that bad either. She brought this otherworldly, ethereal sense and vulnerability to Lisbeth. Rooney Mara doesn’t do the mohawk much but I think her extreme fringe and bleached eyebrows did it for her.

The rape scene is still haunting, particularly when Lisbeth showers and there’s blood in the water. Another one I didn’t expect was the cute kitty in the shed. But that’s what writers love to do, isn’t it – make you get attached to something then rip it into shreds under your nose. I guess you can tell the kitty wasn’t cute anymore.

The ending was different from the Swedish version, and from what I read online, from the book as well. It was sadder and showed Lisbeth’s vulnerability and Mikael as a jerk, basically. So angry at him for lying to Lisbeth!

Well, Rooney Mara really proved herself as an actress and I hope to see her in more challenging roles in future. And her fringe is really getting to me, she just carries it off so well. And I just want to add that it was hard selecting the poster for this post because I really wanted to post the one where she bares her boobs but I guess my blog isn’t ready.

HIT REFRESH

THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

Adapted from The Accidental Billionaire by Ben Mezrich, The Social Network tells the story of how Facebook was founded.

In 2003, after Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg was dumped by his girlfriend, he creates a website that rates the attractiveness of Harvard female undergraduates. The site gathered 22,000 hits within a few hours before the server crashed. Zuckerberg caught the attention of the Winklevoss twins, who approached him to help them with their site, The Harvard Connection. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg enlists the financial help of his friend Eduardo Saverin when he comes up with the idea of “thefacebook”, an exclusive social networking site for Harvard students. The site becomes a hit and even attracts the attention of Napster co-founder, Sean Parker.

Told from different points of view, you get to decide who you believe to be right or wrong, and if every event happened for a reason. Like that animal cruelty story that busted Saverin and the party which got Parker busted for cocaine possession. The story is also interlaced with the two lawsuits involving the Winklevoss twins and Saverin.

Relationships are build as easily as they are broken and I think it helps to be smart with your words because you never know when it might be used against you. But you’ve got to admire the genius of Zuckerberg, who in the presence of existing social networking sites like Friendster and Myspace, manages to create one that attracts these youngsters with exclusivity and relationship statuses. And the algorithm that Saverin came up with in minutes! Goodness, these people are geniuses! But in the end, what everyone is concerned with is their ambition, social status and money. Zuckerberg is the world’s youngest millionaire, but you’ve got to ask if he did all these to be somebody or to prove something to somebody. Great show, though you have to be mentally prepared because they speak really fast.