Archive for year 2011

We Bought a Zoo

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We Bought a ZooThis holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory.

My Review

This movie was predictable, touching, family-friendly movie and well within my expectation.

Desperately needed a change after his wife’s death, Benjamin Mee decided he needed a change. With his daughter’s help, they found a perfect house to start a new life. Dylan Mee (Colin Ford) found friendship he desperately needed at the place he least expected from Lily Miska (Elle Fanning). I was absolutely fascinated with his drawings even though they were a bit dark in nature but nonetheless they were really great. Maggie Elizabeth Jones played the adorable Rosie Mee left a memorable impression.

The only thing I don’t like about this movie was that writers trying to force a romantic relationship between Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson’s characters. They should have just leave it alone in honor and gratitute of Matt Damon’s late wife who left an enormous amount of money to help with the cash-strapped zoo.

My kids definitely had a blast watching all the animals in the movie. The movie is based on a real life zoo. Go to Dartmoor Zoo website for more information or maybe adopt an animal there. I am hoping to visit this zoo if I do get a chance to visit UK in the near future. I originally thought the zoo located somewhere in the midwest of USA. I was so wrong 🙂

My Grade: B+

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Happy Feet 2

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Happy Feet 2Happy Feet Two returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven-a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures-from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals-to put things right.

My Review

Another disappointing animation movie for kids especially when I have 2 three-year-old with me wanted to leave after 30 minutes into the movie and me kept checking my watch waiting for the movie to end. This is even worse than Puss in Boots, the last animated movie I watched recently.

Five years later, I can’t help but felt deja-vu during the movie with penguins dancing/singing to pop songs and not-so-funny jokes from Ramon (Robin Williams). Mumble, however turned into a party-pooper. The only excitement from the movie was from Bill and Will, the krill voiced by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Brittany Murphy who voiced Gloria in the original Happy Feet was definitely missed.

The original Happy Feet left too huge shoe to fill and I hope the studio should quit while they were ahead.

My Grade: C

I need some good movie fix. This feels like a movie-slump and I need to get out of it soon. Three new movies kids friendly opening this week “The Muppets”, “Arthur Christmas” and “Hugo”. Hugo probably is the only movie I am looking forward to.

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Kindle Touch

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Amazon supposedly released Kindle Touch (KT) 8 days earlier than the promised release date but my order was still showing November 23rd, 2011 as delivery date. I just can’t wait that long to get my hands on it so I went by Best Buy to pick up a KT. Best Buy only had KT with special offers and I was a bit reluctant on getting the KT w/ SO. I was still a hesitant on getting the KT at Best Buy because of the special offers but they told me I can turn off the special offers feature once I register the item to my account and pay $40 price difference to turn that feature off and indeed, they were right. I am going to try it out with the special offers and see how much they bugged me or tempted me to spend more money.

The new Kindle Touch doesn’t feel much different in terms of reading to me compared to the Kindle Keyboard except the size and weight. I am still getting used to the menu structure and the touch area to get the menu to show up and turn pages. There are two features which pushed me on getting KT were the new Kindle Owner’s Lending Library and public library lending.

Even without the new release of Kindle, I would never go back to the way of holding physical book. Reading either on the new KT or my iPhone was way too convenient.

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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1Why do I even bother watching this movie? It was going downhill after first movie. The writing was bad. The directing was bad. The acting was bad. Can you figure out where I’m going with this? BAD!

I do have to give it a thumbs up on the make-up and special effects on sick looking Bella during her pregnancy as well as the beautifully crafted wedding. Original soundtrack from the first movie made the movie bearable.

The only reason why they are splitting the book into two movie parts is to make more money. The sex scene in the books gave me chills reading it while the movie couldn’t stop me from laughing out loud. There was no chemistry between Bella and Edward and the sex scene was downright awkward.

I better stop writing since I have nothing good to say about this movie. Yes, this is coming from a Twilight fan.

My Grade: C+/B-

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Real Steel

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Real SteelReal Steel is the real deal!

The plot was predictable at times with estranged dad and son got together and bonded. The only reason the father, a struggling retired boxer, willingly allowed the son to stay with him was because he was getting paid. The father/son bonding scenes were different from my expectation and they do took a while to warm up to me but eventually they were heart warming/emotional at the end. However, the movie was a bit too long to my taste.

Watch out for the next super star, Dakota Goyo! This kid is an excellent actor. He definitely added “flair” to the movie with his dancing moves. Hugh Jackman looked like he know what he was doing watching his boxing moves. After doing some research, it looked like he did get some training with Sugar Ray. Charlie’s best friend, Bailey, played by Evangeline Lilly only has limited on-screen time.

The last two boxing matches of Atom versus Twin Cities and Atom versus Zeus will keep the viewers talking even after the movie. Just like real-life, we can’t plan for all contingencies and it was true for Zeus creator. Zeus wasn’t build to withstand the entire duration of the boxing match with Atom.

I left the theatre smiling and vowed that I would get the DVD so that I can watch it again.

My Grade: A

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