ROBOTS, BLANKS AND SHELLS

theworldsendTHE WORLD’S END (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Finally, the Cornetto trilogy comes to an end!

Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead made cop movies and zombie movies hilarious and now, The World’s End does the same to science fiction movies.

Gary King (Pegg), an alcoholic, resolves to track down his friends from high school to complete their epic pub crawl of 12 pubs back in their hometown of Newton Haven. Halfway through their pub crawl, they realize something is off about their town and set their way to make things right and leave the town in one piece and at the same time, drink a pint at each pub to complete their journey.

To me, the bromance of Pegg and Frost have always been the core of these films and it is proven here again. It is also fresh to see Martin Freeman not being so serious and W.T.F.-ing all the time. The way these guys smash aliens and fight them makes it very entertaining. Aliens have never been destroyed that comically before, right? I say, British humour is in a class of its own.

NO LAW NO LIMITS

jackreacherJACK REACHER (2012)
3 out of 5 stars

Based on the book One Shot by Lee Child, Tom Cruise stars as the titular character who helps to solve a case of random sniper killings supposedly committed by a former army associate.

I’m not familiar with the books but decided to watch it because the trailer showed Jack Reacher outsmarting the cops. Usually, the cops think it’s an open-and-shut case but the smart ones will know there is more to it and of course, it’s the latter case for this movie. How Jack Reacher pieces up everything is kinda amazing because he is able to step in the shoes of the individual and think of what steps he will take.

I won’t say it’s a must-watch but I think I would understand the characters better if I read the book but Tom Cruise is still Tom Cruise – very charismatic!

FROM ONE SON TO ANOTHER

WRATH OF THE TITANS (2012)
– 3 out of 5 stars

In this sequel to the 2010 film, the gods are losing their powers as the people are less devoted to their faith. As a result, the walls of Tartarus (the Underwrold) are breaking and monsters are creating havoc in the mortal world. Perseus is called upon to save his father, Zeus, when he is captured and drained of his powers to release Kronos.

Well, Sam Worthington’s hair really could use a trim. And Rosamund Pike can do exclaim in a manly fashion. There were plenty of  action scenes and they were quite packed since it’s only 99 minutes long. I fancied those scenes of Perseus with Pegasus – oh, the bond between them is adorable, especially when Perseus commented that Pegasus used to fly better.

“EVERYBODY OUT!”

MADE IN DAGENHAM (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

In 1968, 187 women machinists in the Ford Dagenham factory went on strike in protest against sexual discrimination and the desire for equal pay as the men.

These women were working in substandard conditions (leaking ceilings, poor ventilation) without complaining but when their superiors classified them as “unskilled workers”, it set the women in motion to go on an immediate 24-hour strike and later, an indefinite strike when talks fell through between the union and management and they tried to brushed them aside. It became serious when Ford’s supply of finished seats (output of the female machinists) diminished and the men were left jobless, causing the factory to stop the production of cars.

While watching this, the feminist inside me was screaming! It felt really good to see Rita O’Grady (Sally Hawkins) speak up and fight for their rights while the men go dumb. Another power female figure was Barbara Castle (Miranda Richardson), the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity then, who had to work with incompetent male subordinates and later promised to introduce legislation for equal pay among the sexes. Now, you’ll leave the cinema feeling really empowered.

Journalist 1: What if the minister says no deal?
Journalist 2: Yeah, how will you cope then?
Rita O’Grady: Cope? We’re women. Now don’t ask such stupid questions.

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIFE

AN EDUCATION (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

I’ve finally seen An Education! Bet it would be better on a large screen.

Set in the 1960s, it tells the story of Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan), a 16-year-old who is trying to get into Oxford on her father’s wishes. One rainy afternoon, she meets David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard), and her life changes forever. She is able to pursue her cultural interests – attending classical concerts, bid at auctions, have dinners at fancy restaurants and going to Paris. However, the truth about David hits her after she gives up her chance at getting to Oxford.

Peter Sarsgaard is so creepy! As the older guy trying to woo Jenny, he was very charming even with her parents? No wonder all of them fell for it. I guess anyone in Jenny’s shoes would find the opportunity to good to pass especially when her father dictates everything in her life and she gets to follow her life’s passions whenever David is around. Carey Mulligan plays Jenny really well – no wonder she got nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. I can feel her anguish when she realized everything she knew about David was a hoax and that her life was over because she gave up her chance at a degree. It shows how important it is for females to be able to stand on her own feet and not be over-reliant on men. Anyway, I’m so glad the ending happened the way it did. 4 and a half out of 5 stars.

Jenny Mellor: Action is character, my English teacher says. I think it means that if we never did anything, we wouldn’t be anybody.