THE DOG DAYS AREN’T OVER

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS (2012)
3 out of 5 stars

The wimpy kid is back!

Greg Heffley is trying to enjoy his summer to the fullest by playing video games all day but his mother wants Greg and his father to spend quality time together. It turns out that they don’t have much in common so Greg tries to ask his crush, Holly Hills, out instead.

As usual, mayhem follows Greg everywhere – even at home. The best bromance scene has to be Greg and Rowley dancing in sync at the machines! WOW! It’s such a rare sight to see people dancing so well on those machines! Funniest scenes include those at the amusement park and the tennis game! The father-son bonding sessions are hilarious as well. Patty is still as ruthless as ever! Rowley is still so cute! He feels guilty over little things and just loves chocolate fondue – he stills wants it even though it’s not from a fountain.

THE FLOATING CORNDOG

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is the second instalment of the Wimpy Kid series. Greg Heffley is now in seventh grade and he’s trying to impress the new girl, Holly Hills. Meanwhile, at home, his mother is trying her best to bond Rodrick and Greg by using the “Mom Bucks” system.

Well, the movie’s hilarious and I can’t get enough of the fact that Rowley is sooo adorable! First he sings along to Ke$ha’s Tik Tok, then he cracks the party up with his “mass dance”! Greg, as usual, is trying his best to ascend the social ladder and his efforts to impress Holly often end up disastrous. Rodrick becomes the helpful brother (for a while) and my, he really does look good with eyeliner! One of the funniest scenes occured when Greg and Rowley watched horror movie, The Foot, for their sleepover. OMG it was really LOL-funny, it didn’t seem scary at all, but it might be… for twelve year olds.

ZOO-WEE MAMA!

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid follows the adventures of Greg Heffley, a wisecracking pre-teen who has to survive middle school – the most horrific place any pre-teen can be.

His adorable best friend, Rowley, is so cute! Greg tries to make Rowley more presentable by spray-painting his pink bicycle black, removing cute t-shirts, and teaching him to carry his backpack on one strap. (“It’s much cooler this way”) Rowley gave a reply which involves something like “Why carry it on one strap when it was built on two straps?” – PRICELESS! I bet everyone has tried to carry it one strap before. One of the most poignant moments came when Greg tries to have a sleepover at Fregley’s places but ends up being chased by Fregley with a booger in his hand!

But the movie seems a little dull at moments because some of the events are better expressed in the book (which is so hard to get in libraries, it’s easier to browse it in Popular bookstores) as sharp one-liners and cartoons. The movie’s official websitehas a couple of games, including Wimp Yourself and the Cheese Touch game.

SPEAK TO THE WORLD

SUNSHINE CLEANING (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Sunshine Cleaning revolves around two sisters, Rose and Norah Lorkowski, who try to get into the lucrative business of crime scene clean-up and slowly find themselves in the process. Rose, a former cheerleading captain, is now a single mother having an affair with the then-quarterback who married someone else. Norah, on the other hand, gets on from job to job without having any form of stability in life.

They encounter gory suicide and murder cases and have to scrub off the blood, body tissue and fluids as well as maggots (big and small ones). These physical messes are incomparable to the psychological ones, and they find meaning in helping those who have lost someone in those suicides or murders. Along the way, their relationship improves and they finally come to terms with the loss of their mother when they were both kids.