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.

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GREEN IS THE COLOUR OF WILL

GREEN LANTERN (2011)
– 3 out of 5 stars 

Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) was chosen by the ring when Green Lantern Abin Sur crash-lands on Earth after being attacked by Parallax, an alien that feeds on fear. After pledging himself to the Green Lantern, he realizes that the ring grants him otherworldly powers and he belongs to an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. Hal is disheartened to learn that the other Lanterns believe humans are too primitive to fully harness the power of the ring. But he gets a chance to prove them wrong when Parallax makes Earth its next target.

“In brightest day, in blackest night
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those that worship evil’s might
Beware my power — Green Lantern’s light!”
– Green Lantern oath

Well, the movie didn’t suck as bad as those reviews I read, so I’m glad I saw it. But I have to say it didn’t really wow me as much as other comic-to-movie adaptations (like Spider-man 2 or X-Men). I think many didn’t like the CGI suit, but after watching, I think I understand (partially) why. The Green Lantern projects his will through his ring and these projections are CGI-ed and so is his costume/mask have to be CGI too, for consistency’s sake?

Well, they could have provided more shots of Ryan Reynolds shirtless to compensate for the CGI suit. Blake Lively is gorgeous, as usual, and she looks good in anything and I think dark hair suits her quite nicely. She mostly wears her hair down so there isn’t as much hair porn as there is on Gossip Girl.

HARDER TO BREATHE

BURIED (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars

I saw Buried the other day and I must say it’s a really good thriller.

Ryan Reynolds plays Paul Conroy, a truck driver who has been kidnapped in Iraq and buried inside a coffin. He finds a Zippo and cellphone and needs to race against time to try to get help out of the coffin before the oxygen runs out.

While watching, you start feeling claustrophobic because it’s a really small box even though it can contain the entire length of Reynold’s 6′ 2 frame. You can tell when he tries to get from one end to another. Even though he has a cellphone, wait till you find that the applications are written in Iraqi and the people whom you call (on limited battery life) aren’t as helpful. One thing that really bugs me is those phone operators who really want a location, a department or a person before they direct you to those who matter. Yet, while in the coffin, there seems to be so much going on (calls from the kidnapper and hostage specialist, video streams and nature) and you can’t help but really, really wish that Paul Conroy gets out of there in time.

EAGLES AND PUPPIES

THE PROPOSAL (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

I was kinda anticipating it cos the trailer was really funny with quotes like:
“Alaaassskaaa~”
“Why are you naked?!” “Why are you WHAT?!?”

Anyway, the story’s about Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), assistant to boss-from-hell, Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), who’s been coerced to marry her to prevent her from being deported back to Canada. The couple head to Alaska, Andrew’s hometown, to visit his family and a whole weekend of fun and laughter begins.

Oscar from The Office stars as Ramone, an exotic dancer who really plays many roles in that small Alaskan town of Sitka. His exotic dance is really terrifying at parts but everyone enjoys it because he’s the only one in town. Even Andrew’s grandmother tips him! Though I couldn’t really see any budding romance at the end of the film, only affection for one another but I dig their witty conversations! Andrew is sarcastically charming, whereas Margaret is just trying to be tough.

Margaret Tate: I am not getting in that boat!
Andrew Paxton: Fine, see you in three days.
Margaret Tate: You know I can’t swim!
Andrew Paxton: Hence… the boat.

Not to forget the body slamming scene. Ryan Reynolds looks REALLY GOOD! Since I’m a nice person, I shall show you how GOOD it is. Scarlett Johansson is a really lucky wife.

PLAY THE HAND YOU’RE DEALT

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Woohoo, here’s my last movie for April!

First of all, I want to say that the mutants are so good looking – the males are hot! Is it a prerequisite?

The movie focuses on how Wolverine became who he is with all the adamantium bonded onto his skeleton and lost his memories (and trying to get them back in the X-Men trilogy). You get to see his violent past complete with “bone claws”, as well as his relationship with another mutant, Silverfox. There’s lots of muscles, claws, and all sorts of weapons. As for the guys, there’s Daniel Henney as Agent Zero, looking suave shooting people. There’s Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, good with his swords but bad with his mouth. Too bad both of them paid a price for their deeds, though I think Ryan Reynolds is too handsome for what he deserved at the end of the film!! Oh, there’s roguish-looking Gambit with his charged-playing cards, though I think I prefer the Gambit with the headband (like in the X-men cartoons).

One last thing: STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS!