YOU FOUND ME

THE LUCKY ONE (2012)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, Zac Efron stars as Logan, a Marine, who finds a photograph of a woman, that kept him miraculously alive in situations where his comrades were unable to survive. He vows to track down and thank the girl in the photo when he returns home.

Well, I have to say I prefer The Notebook! Nothing beats McGosling – not even The Vow – OMG why did Ryan and Rachel break up? But then, all great romances end so people will always use them as the golden standard. But I have to say Taylor Schilling is quite pretty – she gives this really healthy and fit image especially when she’s with the dogs. I don’t think there’s anything wrong objectifying Zac Efron over here – how else would we all get clean, shiny pots?

And back to the subject matter… which is Zac Efron’s bra-unhooking skills.

ONCE YOU WATCH IT, YOU WILL WATCH IT AGAIN.

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EVERYBODY LOVES MARSHMALLOWS

DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX (2012)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Based on the children’s book by Dr. Seuss, the movie tells a cautionary tale about the harmful effects on the environment when trees are cut down excessively.

In this colourful version, trees are represented by Truffula trees – tall, thin trunks with fluff on the top – and evil corporations by The Once-ler (Ed Helms), who chops downs these trees to make Thneed, his multi-purpose invention that takes Thneedville by storm and ultimately destroys the Truffula forests. After years of artificial air, hope comes in the form of Ted (Zac Efron) who wants to find a real tree to impress the girl of his dreams, Audrey (Taylor Swift).

I didn’t know Zac Efron sounded so much like a little boy – he sounds so excited all the time! I wasn’t aware that Ed Helms would be inside. But his voice was really recognizable especially when he started singing. The Nard-dog would be proud. The forest animals are super cute too – that baby bear! But seriously, I didn’t expect it to be a save-your-environment message kind of movie but I guess the children nowadays need it because they lead a relatively extravagant lifestyle and are mostly spoilt brats. Fact.

EMBRACE THE YEAR AHEAD

NEW YEAR’S EVE (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Another star-studded romantic comedy! In New York!

Funniest character would be Sofia Vergara! Her lines are the funniest! Lea Michele’s so pretty here! It’s so nice to hear her sing… and once again, her solo makes me want to cry. And the scene where I caught a fake belly – when Jessica Biel accidentally pinched her sponge pregnant belly. I wasn’t the only one who saw it because I heard gasps then laughters in the audience after that scene.

But I can’t really pick a favourite because none left any deep impact on me. The Josh Duhamel story was good at the start but the ending was weird, to me. The Abigail Breslin (she looks so grown-up now!) one started okay but the ending was off too. Though her classmate’s mother, who likes to lurk and spy on her daughter is creepily weird.

KEEP IT, DON’T LET GO

17 AGAIN (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

The story’s about Mike O’Donnell, promising basketball star, who chose the love of his life over basketballs… and comes to regret it 20 years later. He’s in the midst of finalizing the divorce and his job is going nowhere. An unexplainable twist of events happens and he’s back as his 17-year-old self and he thinks he has a chance to do it right, all over again. But his friend, Ned, is right. High school isn’t exactly the best place to relive one’s memories if his head had been stuck in the toilet bowl (that’s Ned). However, Mike thinks he can salvage the situation in his 17-year-old self.

Needless to say, there was squeals all over when Zac Efron appeared on-screen, and he gets topless a couple of times. The background love story between Mike and his wife, Scarlet, is so sweet! Ned also gets his own shot at love unexpectedly while acting as Mike’s dad. The LOTR link is really odd because who really learns how to speak Elf? One more thing, Ned has lightsabres – that make that buzzing sound everytime it clashes with another lightsabre? COOL!

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.

YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT

HAIRSPRAY (2007)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Caught Hairspray and it’s fantastic!

Fancy 60s costumes, slick dance moves and cans of hairspray complete the movie. Amidst racial inequality, Tracy Turnblad fulfills her dream of entering the Corny Collins Show and faces tight competition from the von Tussle mother-daughter team who are guarding their Miss Teenage Hairspray title. Link Larkin is trying to charm the socks off girls by giving his signature wink and seeing catfights between the entire crew against Amber von Tussle is deservingly funny, like dropping her on the ground or smacking her face. Ouch. Seeing James Marsden sing is kinda weird cos he seems so masculine most of the time and watching John Travolta and Christopher Walken flirting with and exchanging gooey eyes with each other can be quite disturbing.

If you like to sing and dance, use saliva to keep stray hair from your pretty face (guys) or like high hair on your head (girls), Hairspray is your movie!