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The One With Into The Woods – A Fairytale Unlike Any Other

To say I have been anticipating this film adaption of the Broadway musical “Into The Woods” would be an giant understatement. Since the first time I saw an excerpt of “Into The Woods” on TV during the 1988 Tony Awards, I was hooked. The incredible score by Stephen Sondheim, loaded with innovative chords and unconventional melodies, took my breath away, and I was utterly entranced by the refreshing, original story.

Into The Woods - Movie Review

I’m glad that the film stayed true to both these aspects. The tale centred on a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), and weaved in familiar fairytales – “Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and the Beanstalk”, “Little Red Riding Hood” (Lilla Crawford), “Rapunzel” (Mackenzie Mauzy), “Cinderella” (Anna Kendrick).

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The One With Skyline; The Good Bad Movie

I contemplated for a grand total of 12 hours if I should be blogging about this movie. The sci-fi fanatic in me caved in to my more critical side, so excuse me if the piece seems somewhat incoherent to your own experience watching Skyline, the latest B-grade movie with a “modest” budget of 10 million bucks.

The One With Skyline; The Good Bad Movie

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The One With My Angst On Harry Potter 7

Harry Potter’s 7th installment, The Deathly Hallows, hit the cinemas in Singapore yesterday afternoon. Fans of Potter throughout the tiny island, I am sure, rejoiced in unison as the Boy Who Lived once again graced the silver screen.

But not me. Why? Because I am stuck here in Hong Kong. And to rub salt to my wound, the first part of the epic finale will only show here on 16 December, almost one whole month from today.

Injustice, this was. So spare me of any spoilers while I wallow in misery watching the trailers instead.

The One With The Day After Tomorrow The Movie (And Why I Love It So Much)

The Day After Tomorrow

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The Day After Tomorrow. I remember now why I love it so much.

It was in 2004 when I first caught the movie in cinema. I had always been a fan of the natural disaster movie genre (is there a term for this?), and The Day After Tomorrow (TDAT) definitely tops the list for me, with The Independence Day running a close second.

Over the years I have been watching the movie again and again, and every single time, I loved it. Call me a loyal fan, call me a fanatic, but with this movie the producers put together the perfect concoction of what a GREAT movie should be made of.

Why do I love it so?

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The One With Step Up 3D The Movie (And Why It Rocked My World)

You know how certain movies have the magic of entertaining you, uplifting your spirit and make you feel good about life? That happened to me recently with Step Up 3D, a movie about a tight-knit group of New York City street dancers and their trials leading up the Olympic of street dance, the World Jam.

Rick Malambri & Sharni Vinson in Step Up 3D

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The One With The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (And Why It Kinda Sucked)

Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel in The Sorcerers Apprentice

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Various thoughts of unrelated randomness popped into mind as I watched the somewhat unglorified Disney latest flick that was The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

#1 – That sorcerers are humans with the ability to use 90% of the brain instead of 10% like you and I could. That sorcery is part magic, part science. That’s kinda scary because by that definition, Albert Einstein is just a sorcerer and not a genius as we were told. Are we that gullible? What else has history been cheating us on?

#2 – For someone who wants to take over the world by creating an army of the dead, Morgana le Fay was surprisingly easy to kill. You would think they will at least have a showdown of epic proportion. The movie wouldn’t be totally out of place if sequenced as part of “Scary Movie (insert the number of next number here)”. Maybe the show was meant to be dorky instead of scary.

#3 – The hero of the movie, a somewhat reluctant Dave Stutler who rises from zero to hero was somewhat believable (apparently he always had geeky roles?), but the heroine was a total flake. I was known to laugh at the silliest thing but her punch lines invoked less than a giggle from me.

#4 – New York is beautiful, no doubt about it. Empire State Building, Chinatown, Battery Park… I am ashamed that my blog entries on my April trip is still incomplete.

#5 – It is okay to be a total nerd. In fact it is kinda cool. I have always known that, coz I am nerdy in my own way. Now I can start to think I am cool, too.

It troubled me somewhat that I have been spelling “sorcerer” as “soccerer” for years. Perhaps among the various ailments that I have, the inability to spell is one of them. I think that’s called… dyslesix? Dyslecis?

See, I told you.

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The One With The Cry Baby

The One With The Cry Baby

Those who know me well will tell you that I am really a cry baby.

Okay, not that I can squeeze out tears on demand. But I reckon many things in life will have me tearing… be it of sadness, joy, pride. I consider a movie to be good if it can make me cry. The more, the better.

For God’s sake, I cried in Happy Feet. In laughter, of course.

And in Harry Potter.

And in Turn Left, Turn Right. God, that was embarrassing. Loved the movie though.

So a cry baby I am. But at least I don’t bawl, unlike some friends I know of. Harumph.

The Ugly Truth Beats The Shit Out Of Me

I almost believed him when he said all the relationship books are bullshit and should be burnt.

I almost believed him when he said all men think of are orifices and the next blow job.

I almost believed him when he said all women think of are men who scored the perfect resume.

So, why oh why, did the realistically-speaking him turned all textbook-like at the end of the movie? Of course I see that coming, but it made the most unrealistic ones of us to believe that fairy tales and lovey fantasies are stuff of reality.

I am confused. The ugly truth? Beats the shit out of me. Now I have to continue to believe in that, yes, someone out there, will love me the way I am, and not who I pretend to be.

The movie is absolutely wonderful for great laughs though. Highly recommended for dates on weekends.

The Ugly Truth

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams in The Time Traveler's Wife

Would you accept someone who come into and out of your life with no warning, living day by day not knowing what will happen next?

Can you stop yourself from reversing the wheels of fate knowing which axe will drop next?

Will you hide the truth despite seeing your loved one hurt so much, just so that there will be a better future?

Would you surrender 100% to fate, immerse yourself fully in the love of the moment, and pray for the best despite the hurt, the anxiety and the hopelessness?

The Time Traveler’s Wife can teach us so much on what it means to love and to be loved. Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams were both in the top of their game.

The Presidential Speech from “The Independence Day” (by Bill Pullman)

This is an inspirational speech from my all -time favorite movie, The Independence Day. I watched the show back in 1996, and till today I still watch the show at least once every few months.

Good morning.

In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in this history of mankind.

Mankind… that word should have new meaning for all of us today.

We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore.

We will be united in our common interests.

Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution; but from annihilation.

We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist.

And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:

“We will not go quietly into the night!

We will not vanish without a fight!

We’re going to live on!

We’re going to survive!”

Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!