NEON AND PINK MADNESS

SpringBreakers1SPRING BREAKERS (2013)
2 and a half out of 5 stars

The story revolves around four college girls who travel to Florida for their spring break. Things take a turn for the worst when they are arrested at a party and bailed out by Alien, a gangster and rapper who has his eyes on them.

There’s a lot of bikinis, booze, boobs and drugs in this movie. They are the ingredients for a fun and enjoyable spring break. Like I said earlier, things took a turn for the worst when Alien showed up. I don’t know what is it with James Franco but I don’t really like him as an actor anymore. He was all right in his earlier films (definitely not Oz the Great and Powerful) but here, not so much. Or, maybe, he was so convincing as a douchebag rapper, I dislike him.

The movie gravitated towards guns and violence and if it were up to me, the movie should have ended long time ago. That’s because I’m exactly Selena Gomez’s character – I will leave the party if it makes me uncomfortable. Of course the other girls didn’t take Selena’s lead and continued with their wild party and sang Britney Spears’ Everytime creepily.

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POP YOUR PECS!

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (2012)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Apparently, this is a sequel. I didn’t know that till after the movie, which makes sense because I wasn’t interested in Journey to the Center of the Earththen, which kinda makes me want to watch now that I know there’s a chubby-faced Josh Hutcherson in it.

Anyway, Sean (Hutcherson) is back to find his grandfather, a fellow Vernian, who is thought to have gone missing while searching for a mysterious island. The effects may have been slightly exaggerated, maybe to enhance the 3D experience but some parts were too obvious to ignore. And, did Vanessa Hudgens really have to wear that on an island fieldtrip? Each time she appears onscreen, I’m distracted. Not to mention Sean, who is raging with teenage hormones. RARRH!

For those who are looking forward to laughs, there’s this scene where Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson starts to pop berries off his pecs. IT IS REAL. I’m just glad there isn’t much action from the giant creepy crawlies because I would have really freaked out. Kudos to Luis Guzman, who plays Hudgens’ father, for providing all the laughs! His facial reactions are priceless!

EMBRACE THE SUCK

BEASTLY (2011)
– 2 and a half out of 5 stars 

This is a modern version of Beauty and the Beast that takes place in New York City. Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) is a wealthy and arrogant student who offends Kendra, a goth-loving student and witch, with his words. To teach him a lesson, Kendra casts a spell that disfigures Kyle and tells him that he has one year to find love or he will forever remain disfigured.

OMG IT’S ALEX PETTYFER! Even when he became all tattooed and scarred, he still retained his abs – like WTH! Granted, his abs were also tattooed and scarred but you can still eat your dinner and do your homework on them. Neil Patrick Harris provides some comic relief as Kyle’s tutor.

But I still prefer the original animated version of Beauty and the Beastbecause I didn’t find the story really convincing. Watch only if you’re a true fan of Pettyfer (he’s working out at the opening scene), Vanessa Hudgens or you just want something light and fluffy.

REALITY IS A PRISON

SUCKER PUNCH (2011)
– 2 and a half out of 5 stars 

Set in the 1960s, it tells the story of a girl, Babydoll (Emily Browning), who had been committed to a mental institution by her stepfather after the deaths of her mother and sister. She retreats into her fantasies to cope with her reality and at the same time, find a way to escape.

First, she imagines herself at a brothel, where she befriends four dancers – Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Amber (Jamie Chung) and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens). She convinces them that they can escape by collecting five items – a map, fire, a knife, a key and a fifth, unrevealed item that would require “great sacrifice”. While the girls are retrieving the items, Babydoll slips into another fantasy where the girls are fighting zombies, giants, dragons and robots.

Well, I have to say the movie isn’t for everyone because it’s kinda confusing and it didn’t really make much sense while I was watching it. It was only after reading the plot summary online that I finally understood what was going on. But the visual effects are really good, coming from the director of 300 and Watchmenand it translates into excellent poster art as well. I’m not sure if I like the twist at the end of the story, but I guess it’s part of what “sucker punch” means.

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR (2008)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

Now or Never
“This is the last time to get it right.
This is the last chance to make it our night.
We gotta show what we’re all about…
(Team: WILDCATS!)
Work Together!”

High School Musical
“High School Musical, who says we have to let it go?
It’s the best part we’ve ever known!”

I saw High School Musical 3: Senior Year! Yay!
I saw the Twilight teaser trailer before the start of the movie! Double yayy!
(thanks to Shaw Organization and this.)

Anyway, HSM3 was pretty fun though I feel it’s quite weird for the basketball team to be singing when they have only sixteen minutes to the end of the game and they’resupposed to all tired out. Well, I guess singing brings on the adrenaline! Go Wildcats! Anyway, the senior class at East High are about to graduate and everyone’s considering their options and how their options are going to affect the different aspects of their lives. I like the parts where Troy and Chad are singing “The Boys Are Back” in the scrapyard and the grand finale where Troy and Gabriella sing their lovely duet with so much feeling and everything kinda rounds off to a nice finish!

For people who like to sing, here are the lyrics.