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Zombieland

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson,
Director: Ruben Fleischer

This might be the only movie about zombies I will ever watch. Zombies creep me out, especially when they start eating people. Finally mustered up the guts (I made sure I wasn't eating when watching this) to watch this film, considering that it's been in my film library since forever. It does make an entertaining film about trying to go cross-country to LA while fighting a ward of zombies that cross their paths. Right now I feel that I've been watching every Jesse Eisenberg film made...with the exception of The Social Network. I have no idea why but I have a tendency to shy away from Oscar films, with the exception of the recent Academy Awards film list. I still have one more film in my list, then I'm definitely tackling on The Social Network. Anyway, back to the world of zombies...

Trailer: 10 Years

Ensemble cast, meet drama. Drama, meet a bunch of actors crossing over to the genre; apparently the romantic comedy genre has been exhausted with too many ensemble films. After a trail of good Channing Tatum films this year (except The Vow), this comes (he is clearly the star of this). It's basically about high school people coming together for a reunion. It's not a wild reunion like in American Reunion, but more of a serious, on the down low reunion kind of thing. Based on the trailer, there's nothing much to expect; comedians have just crossed to the drama side (see the abundance of actors in comedy). If I do decide to watch this, I'd probably wait for it to come out on DVD.

The Gender Swap

Two movies shot two decades apart from each other and yet the similarities are uncanny. Of course, She's The Man has the similar plot as Just One of the Guys, about a girl who poses as a boy to prove that they have what it takes and their gender should not be a hindrance to achieving their potentials. I recently caught Just One of the Guys (whose most famous actor is the bully who was also in The Karate Kid) and while the film droned on (it felt longer than it's supposed to), I couldn't help but seeing the resemblance of She's The Man. It felt like it was the exact same movie in a more modern setting. Below the cut are my thoughts on the following.

Bachelorette

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan
Director: Leslye Headland

They are a bride's worst nightmare...if only she knew.
Bachelorette stars Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher as bridesmaid to their high school friend, played by Rebel Wilson. I don't even know why these women are friends with her, or she with them. I think the norm is, if you don't like a person, you find ways not to see them. However, in this case, they put up with her so that they have something to talk about; it's like high school never ends for them, literally.

Broken English

Cast: Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Drea de Matteo
Director: Zoe R. Cassavetes

I totally forgot why I wanted to see this film. It's been with me for a long time now and it's only now that I decided to watch it. I think it's because I like the trailer, that's the highest possible reason. I didn't expect that the film would turn out this way. It's nice, and people can relate to it at one point of their life.

Trailer: This is 40

I've unknowingly been watching a couple of Judd Apatow films lately, and as much as I am excited to see this one, I really do hope it doesn't disappoint. I recently watched The Five Year Engagement and Wanderlust, and have mixed feelings about both. I like it, but I prefer his other films. Knocked Up was nice, so really hoping this is as nice (or even better) than the first film. Sort of sequel is still a sequel, after all.

Adventureland

Cast: Jesse Eigenman, Kelsey Ford, Kristen Stewart
Director: Greg Mottola

This movie now makes me wonder why Kristen Stewart ever agreed to star in Twilight, and seals Jesse Eigenberg's previous and future films for me.

Battle of the Fairest

I know I'm a tad bit late on this, but after recently watching Mirror Mirror, I couldn't help but make the juxtaposition between Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. First, let me start by saying that I didn't like any of the films. I considered Mirror Mirror to be a comic, but as the film went on, I just wanted it to end. Snow White and The Huntsman was draggy. Still, despite the differences of genre, I couldn't help but compare the two franchises while watching the former film. Here are my thoughts on the following.

Brave

Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell

One of the methods to which I determine whether I see a movie or not is the online rave about the said movie. Brave was a movie that got positive feedback, and a bit of raving from the online world. Not knowing much about the premise of Brave, and skipping out most of the reviews about it, I had almost no preliminary expectations. It's a Pixar film, and it's the first that Pixar released it's female lead. One thing I liked about this movie: her flaming red hair. It's just there, and how it's different from the usual wavy/straight hair characters. Her hair was wild and fiery red. I love it.

Trailer: Celeste and Jesse Forever

This is one movie I can't wait to watch. Celeste and Jesse Forever is the epitome of those who decide to stay friends after ending a relationship. I think the general rule is that exes can never be friends. There are exceptions, perhaps. Three reasons why I want to watch this film: plot, Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones. Sundance films, get released faster! This is now on cinemas.

A Single Man

Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult Director: Tom Ford
To be honest, I'm still at loss for words after watching this film. I guess there were just too many to describe the film, but to sum it up, A Single Man was brilliant. It was tastefully done, the acting was magnificent, and the aesthetics? Beautiful! This is now officially my favorite film of all four actors involved. Everything was done in detail and with finesse. For Tom Ford's directorial debut, he adapted a good story and he has done so with style. For this review, I've decided to break it into three parts: plot, design and music.