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Reel escape.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this is yet another sadly mediocre list that practically begs to be flushed down the Niagara Falls. And to add salt to the wound, I cannot even remember the last time I set foot into a cinema. (No, this is not an open invitation for a movie date.) (See also lists for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.)

Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone // Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Cal: I have loved her, even when I hated her.

I make no apologies for being a fan of romantic comedies, and the appeal of Crazy, Stupid, Love. simply reinforces that fact. Sure, the movie explores the painful realities faced by relationships in our world today, but it also comes with a good deal of heart: we readily drown our sorrows with the very average Cal, whose wife requested a divorce right out of the blue; and emphatise with the charming Jacob who, despite being very much a ladies’ man, encounters trouble and resistance trying to settle down with the girl of his dreams. The movie’s star-studded cast, made up of the who’s who in the industry today, has impeccable comedic timing, amazing chemistry and delivers their lines with such glee (“Seriously, it’s like you’re photoshopped!”), it makes the movie shine even brighter, especially when they all come together like jigsaw puzzle pieces in the end. Maybe this is how love really feels like?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt // Rian Johnson

Sara: You’re going to kill this guy, your own self?

The good guys in Looper have such admirable bullet-dodging skills, they often get off with nary a scratch despite being constantly shot at with a guzzling machine gun. But this hardly troubled me as much as the ending, which I thought was so predictable, I saw it coming from a mile away. The story follows a hired gun and his attempts to alter the future by pursuing his future self, who has been conveniently marked for assassination. Despite those minor flaws, I cannot shake off some of the time travel intrigue and mind-bending what-if questions this movie has left in me already.

Also popcorn-worthy:
The Artist
The Dark Knight Rises
The Life of Pi
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Upside Down
… more

Most of my favourite TV series seemed to have already ended their runs in the previous years, which led me far too removed to actually consider investing any of my time on the idiot box for 2013. On the other hand, I can never seem to explain this fascination that I get at watching amateur chefs frantically dicing vegetables of all colours imaginable, and shedding bucketsful of blood, sweat and tears in a bid to produce the most perfect sunny-side-up egg in the universe.

But above all, this year I have been hit with an acute pang of nostalgia more times than I can remember. I do not think I could ever fully fathom how a particular noodle-baking trilogy of movies can now be more than ten years old.

Details of this entry.Tuesday, December 31, 2013, filed under Reviews.
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