Friday, February 24, 2012

This Means War [2012]

Director: McG
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Chelsea Handler, Til Schweiger
Genre: Action/Comedy/Romance
Rating: Teen
Excerpt: "A fun movie but without any real focus..."

Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine) are two best friends who are also the best tag team working for the CIA. However, their love lives couldn't be any more different. Whereas Tuck is more of a family man looking to settle down, FDR is a philanderer who loves nothing more than one-night-stands at his bachelor pad. Tension between the two arise when they discover that they are dating the same woman, Lauren (Reese Witherspoon). Few other things tear a friendship faster than jealousy, and our heroes get to experience what's that like first hand as they humourously try to foil each other's attempt to woo the lady.

What to Expect
1. Likable leads
2. Cool, solid action sequences
3. Depth
4. Underused talents
5. Everything in moderation

What NOT to Expect
1. A focused movie, with its scenes set up like sketches
Not a bad one to go with, if you can't decide what to watch

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

If There Are No Happy Endings in Disney Films

This is so wrong, but I have to admit these pictures gave me a good laugh. I'm unsure about the third one though. What character is that supposed to be?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

What If Tom Cruise Was a Rock Star?

Okay, so we all know that Johnny Depp is a certified rock star, even though his film career is a helluva lot more fun to watch. But ever wonder what Tom Cruise would be like had he opted for a career in rock music instead of acting? I don't know about the singing part (hence why he's an actor) but he'd nail down the look pretty well, as evident on this upcoming movie called Rock of Ages where he played a character called Stacee Jaxx.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Badass Abe Lincoln

Movie Title: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
Release Date: June 21st, 2012
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Jimmi Simpson

I might be rushing things just a little bit because we still have a few weeks left in February, but come to think of it, June is not that far away especially with the rather impressive lineup of movies we have to tide ourselves over until the end of 2012, supposedly the end of the world.

For the record, I doubt that this will be one of those movies that will blow your socks off, but I look forward to it anyway because it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun for two reasons. Firstly there's the obvious; The creative liberties taken with the iconic United States president Abraham Lincoln, whom even in real life had a reputation as a badass. Secondly because I immensely enjoyed the new Sherlock Holmes movies by Guy Ritchie, and the action in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter looks to be similar.

Well, that's the impression I got from the trailer, anyway. We've all seen Wanted [2008], so it's pretty safe to assume director Timur Bekmambetov knows his stuff.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Popular Movies When Watched Backwards

Ever stumbled upon this meme before? It's one of my favourites. Credits go to Unrealitymag, another one of those websites you'll enjoy wasting time on.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Shalt Not Maketh Any Horror Potter Jokes

Movie Title: The Woman In Black
Release Date: March 1st, 2012
Director: James Watkins
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey, Liz White

A lil' shout out to Az; If you're out there, I'm happy to share the news that this movie has finally been given a release date here in Malaysia. I have to admit, I didn't think it would reach our shores at all given the fact that it's a British production, and Daniel Radcliffe being the only household name. But then again, horror films sell pretty well around here (regardless of quality), and everybody loves Harry Potter, so I guess it's only a matter of time.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Annoying Things Local Films Like to Do #2

Took me long enough to get back to this. Originally I intended to lump all these points together in one post, like the usual lists of five things that I make every now and then. But since I couldn't quite elaborate on certain points at the time, I decided to split it up into two, which in retrospect wasn't that bright an idea. But what the hell, at least I finally got around to finishing the second part. So here is the continuation to another thing local films like to do that annoys the hell out of me.

I feel cruel sometimes. But hey, at the end of the day, I am a customer...
And yes, I know not all local movies are like that. So don't bother reminding me.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Why I Don't Watch "Hell's Kitchen" Anymore

As skeptical as I have become when it comes to reality shows, I decided to not make too much of it because they still make for decent entertainment. That is, after all, largely the reason why we turn on the television. I'm not proud of what I'm about to say, but I was at one point a fan of Hell's Kitchen. I don't know why. It wasn't because I felt like it was more "genuine" than others of its ilk.

But of course, watch any reality TV show enough and pretty soon you'll catch on, and you can no longer tell which season is which. This video below pretty much captured it all.

Friday, February 10, 2012

And Speaking of Denzel...

This is a really cool impersonation of Denzel Washington, but check out his Will Smith. It's uncanny!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Safe House [2012]

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard
Genre: Action/Thriller
Rating: Teen
Excerpt: "A top notch Action flick, although perhaps a little lacking in the Thriller department..."

Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) tries his best to lead as normal a life as possible with his girlfriend in Cape Town, South Africa. But working in a volatile environment with the CIA, even from behind a desk, he has to continuously lie to her and himself in order to keep up the facade. Meanwhile, a rouge agent by the name of Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) who has been off the radar for nearly a decade suddenly shows up, and turns himself in to the US consulate in Cape Town, bringing along with him a secret so great, no loss of life is too costly for the CIA to recover it.

What to Expect
1. Tons of bangs and booms
2. Anybody could die
3. Uh-mazing car chases
4. Elaborate, exhilarating fight scenes

What NOT to Expect
1. Denzel Washington's character to get hurt (But that's good)
2. An elaborate thriller
Very very entertaining, especially for fans of the Action genre

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Epic Rap Battles of Movie Characters

Miss me? Hahaha... I do apologise about that, I've been working on several other projects and now that I'm done with two of them, I can concentrate on watching movies once more, and also work on my pet project which I had put on the shelf for about a month now. Will resume writing as usual from now. But for now enjoy these funny epic rap battles between movie characters!

Special thanks to Ming for bringing this to my attention.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Poor Mark Wahlberg

Here's the deal. Even though I too, don't think much of him as an actor (in fact, I'm still fuming at how badly the Max Payne [2008] movie turned out to be), that doesn't mean I think he has no place in the industry. After all, not every actor out there needs to be Robert De Niro. I thought Wahlberg was fantastic in The Other Guys [2010], playing a straight man opposite Will Ferrell, which was also part of the reason why much of the humour worked.

So you know, Mark Wahlberg is the kind of actor in the same vein as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, the only difference being it's no longer the '80s, Golden Era of action movies is over, and we have the internet now. But chill out, Wahlberg. Even if people don't regard you as a real actor, you're still entertaining to watch.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hardy and Pine Battle It Out For Witherspoon

Movie Title: This Means War
Release Date: February 23rd, 2012
Director: McG
Starring: Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon ♥, Chelsea Handler, Til Schweiger

Here's a movie I've never heard of before until yesterday, but got really excited about it once I did. Probably because I was a little astounded that I have no knowledge about this movie even though there are exactly two people I really like playing the lead roles; The underrated (but fast becoming a household name) Tom Hardy and my number one favourite MILF, Reese Witherspoon!

Now now, I know that beneath all that big name actors and flashy special effects, the premise does seem to leave something to be desired. You see, the story is about two battle-hardened CIA agents who discover that they are dating the same woman. Few other things tear a friendship faster than jealousy, and our heroes get to experience what's that like first hand as they humourously try to foil each other's attempt to woo the lady.

Here, see the trailer for yourself;

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chronicle [2012]

Director: Josh Trank
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw
Genre: Science fiction/Drama
Rating: Teen
Excerpt: "Surprisingly good, primarily because the whole handheld camera cinematography didn't feel like a gimmick..."

Social outcast Andrew (Dane DeHaan) who lives with his abusive father and a terminally ill mother, decides to do something new in his life by purchasing a camera that he's going to carry around with him all the time. This seemingly insignificant decision leads to him cross paths with the popular kid in school Steve (Michael B. Jordan), who also happens to be a good friend of his cousin, Matt (Alex Russell). With Steve urging him on, Andrew records their escapade in a mysterious crater, after which the three teenagers miraculously gain superhuman abilities. Possessing great power but no sense of responsibility, the three of them unwittingly lead themselves down the path to their own downfall.

What to Expect
1. A rather disorienting start
2. Impeccable buildup to an amazing climax
3. Amazing aerial sequences
4. Nail-biting moments
5. The presentation might be off-putting to some

What NOT to Expect
1. A superhero movie
2. A tedious origin story
3. A happy, feel-good movie
Even I am surprised by how much I like it
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