TOUGH AS BITCHES

theheat2013THE HEAT (2013)
3 out of 5 stars

When you put two people that are polar opposites in a team, you get The Heat. Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is straight-laced FBI agent while Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) is a foul-mouthed and violent detective. An unexpected bond results when they team up to take down a Boston drug lord.

It takes a while to warm up to this pairing especially after Sandra Bullock’s character chastises those K9 dogs for their inability to sniff out drugs beyond the smell of meat. The fun starts whenever Melissa McCarthy is around. She may be foul-mouthed and swears like a sailor but she is very entertaining. The funniest scenes often occur whenever Mullins is bossing Ashburn around – whether it is on the dancefloor or in the warehouse. The diner straw scene is super disturbing!

If there’s a sequel, I’ll be there!

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THE WORST DAY

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, it centres around Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn), a boy who lost his father on 9/11 and starts an adventure on his own when he finds a mysterious key in his father’s belongings. He tries to find out more information about the key – where does it fit, what does it open and to whom does it belong to – and slowly finds closure.

Finally, a book-to-movie adaptation which I have read the book! While reading the book, I was actually more interested in the Renter – brilliantly portrayed by Max von Sydow, who captured an audience without words. To those who didn’t read the book, he may seem like the comic element with “Yes” and “No” tattooed on his palms but his back story was actually quite tragic. The book itself was another marvel – filled with written notes and pictures. I’d definitely recommend the book though the movie isn’t too bad.

At the end, when you find out what the mother (Sandra Bullock) did for Oskar and you can’t help but laugh/cry at the same time because it seems like the first time mother and child connected after the death of Oskar’s father (Tom Hanks). I liked the scrapbook that Oskar did all the people he met while finding out the truth about the key and the final scene when his mother pulls the tag in the opposite direction was slightly hopeful.

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.

PATIENCE REAPS REWARDS

THE LAKE HOUSE (2006)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

 The wonderful chemistry between Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock is just amazing and you’re just rooting for them to meet in the end. You get to learn about the power of changing history or even creating one through the power of time and the amazing mailbox. The lake house is just beautiful, though I have to agree there’s no privacy. There isn’t any real climax or anything in the movie, just one pace, so I think it should be perfect for anybody.

SPINNING… IN CIRCLES

CRASH (2005)
–  4 out of 5 stars 

Stayed back in school to watch an ‘exclusive’ screening of the movie Crash.

The movie is basically made up of many short stories that are interlinked into one. It revolves around racism, prejudice and discrimination, hope and a small bit of it on prostitution. It seems that all these are all around us yet they are not made known because of loopholes here and there. You can really empathize with the character.

No wonder it got the Best Movie Oscar this year.