May 31, 2011

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The Hangover 2 – Review

“It happened again…” groans Bradley Cooper down the phone in The Hangover: Part II’s opening scene. “Worse than you can even imagine.” Woah. Pretty bold to open your sequel with a line that could so easily be interpreted as prophetic there, Mr Cooper. While Hangover 2: The Drunkening isn’t quite as bad as you can imagine, it is precisely what you expect: same shit, different continent.

A sequel to The Hangover was always inevitable, but you’d hope that Todd Phillips would trust his audience enough to try and do something different with the follow-up. There’s obviously a requirement to have a certain degree of familiarity – a nod and an in-joke here, a character cameo there – but The Hangover: Part II shows the writers have absolutely no faith in their characters or their own ability to take them somewhere new.


At first, that over-familiarity is played for laughs. It’s happening again – that’s the joke, and we’re in on it. But then as the story continues down the exact same path and hits the exact same plot beats as the first, you realise that it’s not actually being played for laughs any more. It’s not just the same concept as the first movie – it’s the same movie.

There’s the opening bombshell, the rewind, the awkward scene with Alan; the fast-forward, the groggy morning after, the hunt for the missing member; the red herring, the kidnapping, the bait and switch. Ed Helms even has a mini-musical interlude – in the original, it felt like a sweet little aside, but here it’s yet another box ticked marked ‘THIS WORKED, DO THIS AGAIN’. By the time Mike Tyson turns up for his dreadful cameo, all of the movie’s goodwill is burned through like paraffin.


The Hangover: Part II abides by the unspoken rule of the sequel: everything has to be bigger, crazier and louder than before. This works to a point (hearing the extremely graphic description of an encounter with a ladyboy is cringeworthy yet hilarious) and Bangkok is the perfect location for such a set-up, but the incessant need to one-up the original in terms of shock value grates quite quickly. A group of pilled-up American bachelors being assholes in Vegas works just fine, but taking the same obnoxious jerks and dropping them slap-bang in the middle of another culture renders queasy results.
Everything is just so unnecessarily aggressive. Bradley Cooper’s Phil graduates from a chest-thumping alpha male in the original to a borderline sociopath; Zach Galfianakis’ wildcard Alan is still “literally too stupid to insult” but goes from being a well-meaning idiot to a unforgivably idiotic buffoon. Only Ed Helms’ Stu has any sort of meaningful character arc, and it’s not a particularly well-sketched one – nothing in The Hangover: Part II feels like it’s progressed past the first draft. It’s clear also that Todd Phillips has a real disdain for women – or perhaps it’s just total and utter indifference on his part. Jamie Chung as Stu’s wife has nothing to do except wait out the storm with a concerned look on her face and hug her fiancée upon his return, despite the fact he’s sporting a facial tattoo on their wedding day. No shit-fits? No screaming? No sign of independence at all? Maybe that’s just Todd Phillips’ comment on the passive nature of all Asian chicks, right? Something like that.


There are a few good lines in among all the winks and nudges (“I wish monkeys could Skype”), but they’re only heard when the background din is at a minimum – frankly a little more downtime is needed. If The Hangover: Part II makes lots of money – and let’s face it, it will – then The Hangover: Part III has to be considered a terrifyingly real possibility, but this franchise has gone as far as it can for now. Maybe an early night wouldn’t be such a bad thing for once.

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May 29, 2011

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Top 10 Movies In 2010

We’re sure seen some really interesting movies in a last year, but some of them were truly awesome. Well, you might not like the list, but we make a lots of effort to make it, and if you have any suggestion, you know where to find me. Take a look in a last year, and enjoy in there cool movies.

10. Monsters


After a NASA deep-space probe crash lands in Mexico, alien life forms spread throughout the U.S.–Mexico border region, leading to the quarantine of the northern half of Mexico. The U.S. and Mexican militaries battle to contain the creatures, while a wall stretching along the American border ostensibly keeps the United States protected. The film begins with night vision footage of a US Army patrol driving through a town in the middle of the night. One of the soldiers is humming Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”. An explosion flips one of the vehicles, and flashes of gunfire show US soldiers firing at an enormous tentacled creature. In the background, a radio transmission from one of the soldiers obtains approval for a dangerously close air strike. Meanwhile, a civilian screams for help and attempts to drag a woman off the road and away from the creature. The soldiers withdraw as the man is left behind, lifting the woman and trying to carry her away. Moments later, an air-to-ground missile homes in on the creature.

9. Kick Ass


Kick-Ass is a 2010 superhero action film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who co-produced the film with actor Brad Pitt, and co-wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman. The film’s general release was on 25 March 2010 in the United Kingdom and on 16 April 2010 in the United States.The film tells the story of an ordinary teenager, Dave, who sets out to become a real-life superhero, calling himself “Kick-Ass”. Dave gets caught up in a bigger fight when he meets Big Daddy, a former cop who, in his quest to bring down the drug lord Frank D’Amico, has trained his eleven-year-old daughter to be the ruthless vigilante Hit-Girl.Despite having generated some controversy for its profanity and violence performed by a child actor, Kick-Ass has received mostly positive reviews.

8. Toy Story 3


The plot focuses on the toys Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their friends dealing with an uncertain future as their owner, Andy, prepares to leave for college. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Jeff Pidgeon, Jodi Benson, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, and Laurie Metcalf reprised their voice-over roles from the previous films. Jim Varney, who played Slinky Dog in the first two films, and Joe Ranft, who portrayed Wheezy and Lenny, both died before production began on Toy Story 3. The role of Slinky Dog was taken over by Blake Clark, while Ranft’s characters and various others were written out of the story. New characters include performances by Ned Beatty, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Garlin, and Michael Keaton.

7. Shutter Island


Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane’s 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Edward “Teddy” Daniels, who is investigating a psychiatric facility located on the island named in the title. The film grossed over $128 million in its initial domestic theater release. Shutter Island was originally stated to be released on October 2, 2009, but Paramount Pictures pushed the release date to February 19, 2010.

6. Four Lions


Four Lions is a 2010 British black comedy film. It is the debut feature from director Chris Morris, written by Morris, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong.[1] The film is a Jihad satire following a group of Jihadi homegrown Islamist terrorists from Sheffield, United Kingdom.

5. A Prophet


A Prophet  is a 2009 French prison film directed by Jacques Audiard. Audiard claims that the film aims at “creating icons, images for people who don’t have images in movies, like the Arabs in France,” though he also had stated that the film “has nothing to do with his vision of society,” and is a work of fiction.The film was a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards, in 2010, when the Oscar went to the Argentine crime drama, The Secret in Their Eyes.

4. The Social Network


The Social Network is a 2010 drama film about the founding of the social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. The film was directed by David Fincher and features a cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Rashida Jones, Joseph Mazzello, and Rooney Mara.Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay adapts Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires. Sorkin makes a cameo appearance as an unimpressed advertiser. Neither founder Mark Zuckerberg nor any other member of Facebook was involved with the project, although Eduardo Saverin was a consultant for Mezrich. The film was released in the United States by Columbia Pictures on October 1, 2010.

3. The Road


The Road is a 2009 post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat and written by Joe Penhall. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of the same name by American author Cormac McCarthy, the film stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and his son in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Filming took place in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Oregon. The film received a limited release in North American cinemas from November 25, 2009, and was released in UK cinemas on January 4, 2010

2. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

Scott-Pilgrim-MovieScott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley. The film is about Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), a young Canadian musician, meeting the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), an American delivery girl. In order to win Ramona, Scott learns that he must defeat Ramona’s “seven evil exes”, who are coming to kill him

1. Inception


Inception is a 2010 science fiction action film, written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film features an ensemble cast starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a specialized corporate spy and thief. His work consists of secretly extracting valuable commercial information from the unconscious mind of his targets while they are asleep and dreaming. Unable to visit his children, Cobb is offered a chance to regain his old life in exchange for an almost impossible task: “inception”, the planting of an idea into a target’s subconscious.

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