Sunday, May 29, 2016

Johnny English

 Released Year: 2003
Directed by Peter Howitt

Casted by:
Rowan Atkinson as MI7 agent, Johnny English
Ben Miller as MI7 agent, Angus Bough
John Malkovich as Pascal Edward Sauvage
Natalie Imbruglia as Interpol Agent Lorna Campbell
Oliver Ford Davies as the Archbishop of Canterbury
Tim Pigott-Smith as Pegasus
Johnny English is an inept MI7 agent with dreams of being their most trusted employee. After Agent One dies in a submarine accident (courtesy of English making a mistake on checking the submarine hatch code), the remaining agents are assassinated via a bombing at Agent One’s funeral (again courtesy of English's incompetence at security), leaving English as the lone survivor. English is assigned to follow a plot to steal the Crown Jewels, which are on display at the Tower of London.

At the display, English is head of security, and meets the mysterious Lorna Campbell. The power is cut, and the jewels are stolen. During the chaos, English knocks out the head security guard in the process and pretends to fight the assailant (in reality fighting himself).

He later makes up a false description of the assailant to Pegasus. English and his assistant Bough find the jewels were removed via a hole dug beneath their display case. The two follow a tunnel, confronting the two thieves Carlos Vendetta and Dieter Klein. The two escape in a hearse, with English trying to pursue them, but mistakes another hearse for the escape vehicle, crashing a funeral until Bough comes to his aid.

English connects the thieves to Pascal Sauvage, a French prison entrepreneur who helped restore the Crown Jewels. Pegasus, head of MI7, finds the claims of his involvement absurd and warns English not to involve Sauvage. In the car park, English and Bough are attacked by Vendetta, but are unharmed beyond Bough getting a nose bleed (courtesy of English mistaking him for Vendetta and covering up for himself by saying that there could have been other thieves and adamantly insisting that Bough drop the issue and move on).

English again encounters Lorna Campbell in a sushi restaurant as he recognized her motorcycle. During their meeting English is suspicious of her since he has seen her at two of their crime scenes and her records cannot be found on any government computer. English and Bough decide to break into Sauvage’s headquarters via parachutes, but English lands on the other twin tower containing the City Hospital by mistake taking hospital employees hostage until he sees the "SAUVAGE" sign from the building with Bough inside.

He then covers for himself by telling the employees that the holdup was just a test of their emergency response systems while telling Bough that he merely did a precautionary sweep of the immediate environment. Going to the correct building, the two learn Sauvage, who is a descendant of Bonnie Prince Charlie, plans on making himself king, using an impostor to impersonate the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lorna arrives, revealed to be an Interpol agent tracking Sauvage. With evidence of Sauvage’s involvement, English crashes a reception hosted by Sauvage but he is suspended from work by Pegasus for breaking into Sauvage's office, assaulting his staff and insulting the foreign secretary.

With English knowing their plans, Sauvage scraps the fake Archbishop and instead sends his minions to force Queen Elizabeth II to abdicate by threatening her corgis, causing the entire line of succession to be swept clean for Sauvage to become king. Lorna, now in charge of the assignment by Pegasus, visits the depressed English and convinces him to travel with her to Sauvage’s French chateau to spy on him.

Eavesdropping on Sauvage’s meeting with renowned criminals, English and Lorna learn Sauvage plans to turn the United Kingdom into the world’s biggest prison when he becomes king. English and Lorna are exposed when the former accidentally activates a microphone, and they are taken prisoners. English tries to steal the DVD of Sauvage’s plan, but accidentally drops it onto a tray of identical discs and takes the wrong one. Bough rescues the two and they race to stop Sauvage’s coronation.

English crashes the coronation and discovers the Archbishop is the genuine article. Undeterred, English orders Bough to play the DVD, only to find it is camera footage of himself dancing in his bathroom in his underclothes to “Does Your Mother Know” by ABBA, Sauvage having bugged English’s flat beforehand, much to Pegasus' disgust. English sneaks away but swings in on a wire to steal St. Edward’s Crown from Sauvage. Sauvage angrily shoots at English with a pistol, causing him to drop the crown. Moments before Sauvage is crowned king, English drops from the wire after being shot, lands on the throne, and is crowned instead. In his singular act as king, English has Sauvage arrested and restores the Queen to the throne, requesting a knighthood as a reward.

In the final scene, English and Lorna drive to southern France for a romantic holiday, only for English to accidentally launch Lorna out the car by pressing the ejection seat button. Lorna lands in a hotel swimming pool, where Bough happens to be vacationing as well as a man identical to the assailant that English described to Pegasus earlier in the film.
 L² Scored: 7.5/10

L² Comment:
Lately i have felt a lot of negative influence/mood from my company & i need some happy & cheerful things to make myself feel better. Of course Rowan Atkinson aka "Mr Bean" is the first one who pop in my mind. Well, I should just watch Johnny English then, since it has been siting quite some time in my external hardisc, why not?

I never know my idol Natalie Imbruglia was in this movie :) The whole movie not bad but not funny enough to cheer me up yet...

Friday, May 27, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse

Released Year: 2016
Directed by Bryan Singer

Casted by:
James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier / Professor X
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto ("War")
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
Oscar Isaac as En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse
Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast
Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert
Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers / Cyclops
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey / Phoenix
Olivia Munn as Elizabeth Braddock / Psylocke ("Pestilence")
Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok
Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Ben Hardy as Warren Worthington III / Angel / Archangel ("Death")
Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe / Storm ("Famine")
Josh Helman as William Stryker
Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine
In Ancient Egypt, the being En Sabah Nur takes part in a ritual that will preserve his immortality. During the ceremony, Sabah Nur's followers attempt to destroy the temple. His lieutenants save him at the cost of their lives and Sabah Nur is entombed as a result.

In 1983, Sabah Nur is awakened when Moira MacTaggert discovers a cult worshipping him. Sabah Nur finds mutant pickpocket Ororo Munroe, who can manipulate weather, and kills the men chasing her. Munroe then takes Sabah Nur to her home where he learns everything that is going on in the world through a television, and believes that humanity has lost its way without his leadership and decides to remake it. Sabah Nur then upgrades Munroe and recruits her as a Horseman

In Berlin, mutant Raven Darkhölme discovers mutant champion Angel and Nightcrawler at an underground fight club. Nightcrawler damages Angel's wing and Raven breaks them both free, but Angel escapes on his own, while Raven rescues Nightcrawler. Raven employs the services of underground black marketeer Caliban to safely transport Nightcrawler to Professor Charles Xavier's educational institute in Westchester County, New York. There Alex Summers brings his younger brother Scott Summers whose power has been manifesting. Scott meets Xavier's protégé Jean Grey who is afraid of her telepathic and telekinetic abilities. Elsewhere, Sabah Nur locates Caliban,where Caliban's enforcer Psylocke, after getting a demonstration from Sabah Nur the power she can have, sides with him and leads him to Angel, who has turned to booze, and Sabah Nur replaces Angel's damaged wings with metal ones and recruits him as his third Horseman.

Meanwhile, Erik Lehnsherr is living a happy life with his new wife and their daughter, Nina, in Poland. When authorities attempt to capture him for the incident at the White House, Nina's mutation triggers and she summons birds to attack the authorities, but one of the officers gets distracted and releases an arrow that pierces Erik's wife and Nina and they are killed instantly, to which an enraged Lehnserr kills all the authorities with the coin he used to kill Sebastian Shaw. Sabah Nur meets with the heartbroken Erik, now going by the name Magneto, at the factory where Erik works. Sabah Nur kills all the other workers and takes him to Auschwitz, where he guides Magneto to understand the full potential of his power, allowing Magneto to control all the metal in the Earth. Magneto destroys the camp and joins Sabah Nur as the fourth and final Horseman.

Sabah Nur hacks into Xavier's mind while he is using the mutant-locating computer Cerebro and co-opts his powers to force all global superpowers to launch Earth's entire nuclear arsenal into space to prevent interference. Alex destroys Cerebro in order to set Xavier free, but Sabah Nur and his Horsemen arrive in the mansion and kidnap Xavier. Attempting to stop them, Alex accidentally causes an explosion that destroys the mansion. Peter Maximoff – having learned that he is Erik's son, and hoping that Xavier can help to find him – arrives in time to use his super-speed to evacuate the mansion, but Alex is presumed to be vaporized as he was closest to the blast. William Stryker's forces arrive and subsequently arrest Hank, Raven, Peter, and Moira, under the pretense that they were involved in Sabah Nur's attack in order to experiment on them, and takes them to the Weapon X facility for interrogation. Scott, Kurt and Jean covertly follow and Jean releases Stryker's brainwashed experiment Logan / Weapon X, who slaughters Stryker's soldiers, and before escaping, Jean restores his mind, but at the cost of amnesia. The three then release the others and steal one of Stryker's jets. On the way to face Sabah Nur, Mystique reveals that she and Hank are the only remaining members of the original X-Men team that are still alive, and that she isn't a hero because she couldn't save the rest of the X-Men.

In Egypt Sabah Nur resurrects his temple, destroying several city blocks in the process. He intends to transfer his consciousness into Xavier's body. At Sabah Nur's behest, Magneto uses his powers to control Earth's magnetic poles, causing widespread destruction across the planet and mass casualties. Following a telepathic distress call secretly sent by Xavier to Jean, the others arrive in Cairo, where Kurt teleports inside the temple and rescues Xavier right before Sabah Nur's consciousness can be transferred into Xavier's body, but Xavier loses his hair in the transfer process. Angel and Psylocke find them, but Jean sabotages the plane and Kurt teleports his friends away to safety. Angel is killed in the ensuing crash and Psylocke is knocked out when she hits the ground. Kurt passes out after teleporting his friends due to too much energy consumption. Sabah Nur comes across Angel's dead body and angrily calls him "useless", following which Ororo decides to switch sides after seeing his disregard for his followers.

Magneto is convinced to turn on Sabah Nur after spotting his true nature through a brutal attack on Maximoff in which Sabah Nur traps and breaks Maximoff's leg and Sabah Nur nearly chokes Mystique to death. Xavier manages to save Mystique by engaging Sabah Nur in the Astral plane, and soon is injured after initially gaining the upper hand. Scott and Magneto keep Sabah Nur busy while Hank rescues Peter and Mystique. Jean ventures into the Astral Plane, where a weakened Xavier encourages Jean to unleash the full might of her powers against him. Letting go, Jean taps into the Phoenix and destroys Sabah Nur's astral form and with the help of Scott, Ororo and Magneto, Jean begins to destroy Sabah Nur, with an amazed Sabah Nur's last words being "all is revealed", and he is incinerated by The Phoenix.

In the aftermath, Xavier restores Moira's memories, Peter decides not to tell Erik that he is his son, feeling that it is not the right time, and Jean and Erik use their powers to rebuild the school. Erik rekindles his friendship with Xavier, but turns down Xavier's offer to stay. Mystique leads a team consisting of Cyclops, Jean, Beast, Storm, Nightcrawler, Quicksilver, and after Mystique delivers a short speech to the team, the new X-Men begin training for the battles ahead by having a Danger Room session against the Sentinels with Xavier watching on as the doors to the Danger Room close.

In a post-credits scene, the abandoned Weapon X facility is infiltrated by a paramilitary team that begins retrieving data on Stryker's mutant research, including an x-ray and a blood sample marked "Weapon X", on behalf of Essex Corporation.
 L² Scored: 10/10 

L² Comment
I have been so excited ever since I watched this trailer back in few months time & it finally reach the cinema. This time my love one is back at his hometown, so I went to watch this with a friend who is also a hardcore die hard X-Men's fans. :)

The whole movie is awesome, exciting & lots of flashback to talks about how individual mutant's life. McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence, Hoult, Byrne & Till reprise their previous characters while Jackman occurred as cameo for Wolverine. Well, there's some critics from me though.... Young Jean is bit chubby, Nightcrawler is too skinny, Quicksilver seems old... Overall i still can accept with all these as the film is damn good.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 單身男女2

Released Year: 2014
Directed by 杜琪峰 Johnnie To

Casted by:
 古天樂 Louis Koo as 張申然 Sean
杨千嬅 Miriam Yeung as 杨鸯鸯 Yang
高圓圓 Gao Yuan Yuan as 程子欣 Chi Yan
周渝民 Vic Chou as 程子建 Ken
吴彦祖 Daniel Wu as 方启宏 Kevin
林雪 Lam Suet as John
Continue from the first movie, Chi Yan has chose Kevin instead of Sean and will be getting marry soon. While Sean in another hand trying to avoid  Chi Yan appears in his life again by getting more slutty & even attached with Yang, an iron lady who is expert in shares investment.

Things just happen so coincidentally that Chi Yan work as an economic adviser in Yang's office which happened to located opposite of Sean's office building. Chi Yan's brother, Ken has his feeling on Yang one day who needs help on moving her car out from a terrible parking conditions. Both of them quickly get close with each other due to one octopus but Yang is still having most of her feeling for Sean.

After knowing that Sean's ex girlfriend is Chi Yan & Sean is still unable to let go of Chi Yan (Sean has been renting Chi Yan's old apartment & stay overnight there daily to feel the appearance of Chi Yan in his life), Yang get angry because Sean has proposed to her but still can't let go of Chi Yan. At the same time, Yang even mistaken Ken is Kevin and angrily push Ken into the sea. Yang scolded Sean; Sean released his stress & depression by beating up Kevin at his house. But thing sorted out when Chi Yan told Yang that Ken is actually her brother instead.

On the wedding day of Chi Yan & Kevin (at the top floor of a high building), Sean crazily hike his way all up to that building just to attracts Chi Yan's attention by not marrying to Kevin. This crazy behavior cause everyone to go insane & Yang even sprained her ankle on it. In the end, both Kevin & Ken climb up to the top and managed to pull Sean back to the building. Chi Yan cried & hit Sean for his behavior. In front of everyone, Yang asked Chi Yan to choose one guy but Chi Yan chose non of them. Yang stopped Chi Yan from leaving and her turn to hit on Sean. Yang forced Sean to choose between her and Chi Yan & Sean chose Chi Yan by saying sorry to Yang. Disappointingly, Yang decided to walk away but Ken rush out to propose but was rejected by Yang. Ken is not giving up, he rush behind Yang (after picking her heels from the pool), and told Yang no matter how, he will not let go of her... The elevator's door close with Yang sort of accept Ken by letting him help her to wear back her heels.

Before Yang left just now, she told Chi Yan to be brave and chose the man that she really wants. Chi Yan walked up to Kevin and saying that she is sorry and run away by pulling Sean along...
 L² Scored: 9/10 

L² Comment
Wow, I never know that the sequel is so much better than the first movie. The whole storyline is richer & exciting when another 2 characters (Yang & Ken) was added in; but in the same time the character of Kevin has become a supporting role instead of the lead role like the first movie. 

Throughout the movie, not only I can feel the sadness, disappointment, jealousy that presented by these actors & actresses... I feel that Louis Koo finally improve his acting skills after so many years acting in the same kind of characters in so many movies. Bravo to him.

Not sure whether in future the production house will be doing the same kind of story about single man & lady or not... but definitely the characters will be change, just hope that they will maintain some of these actors & actresses in the new movie again... 

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Siren In The Dark

 Released Year: 2009
Directed by Laura Reilly & Steven Vasquez

Casted by:
David Beutler as Danny Pennington
Orion Cross as Joshua
Jason Dodds as Bucky
Kyle Lankins as Andi
Donna Michelle as Jennifer
Cameron, a Police Officer with psychic abilities, is called upon to interview an accused teen in hopes of finding the whereabouts of the teen's missing gay lover. His investigation immediately spirals into sordid tales of drug abuse, sexual obsessions, and a mysterious man living on a deserted mountain road. This handsome but very deadly "Siren" is a seeker of the lost and lonely, and revels in playing on their addictions. Has the lost lover met his end? Is the accused teen himself even among the living? As the tale unfolds, will Cameron find himself safe from the lure of the deadly and mysterious "Siren in the Dark?"
L² Scored: 5/10 

L² Comment:
Well, unlike other GLBT movies, its kinda mysterious and in the same time horror i should say? I'm not really sure how does the whole story goes, but seriously its not a bad movie but just that I'm not too into it... sorry...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Iron Man

 Released Year: 2008
Directed by Jon Favreau

Casted by:
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Terrence Howard as Lt. Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes
Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane
Shaun Toub as Yinsen
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Genius, billionaire, and playboy Tony Stark, who has inherited the defense contractor Stark Industries from his father, is in war-torn Afghanistan with his friend and military liaison, Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes to demonstrate the new "Jericho" missile. The convoy is ambushed and Stark is critically wounded by one of his own rocket propelled grenades. He is captured and imprisoned in a cave by the terrorist group the Ten Rings, and an electromagnet is grafted into his chest by fellow captive Yinsen to keep the shrapnel shell shards that wounded him from reaching his heart and killing him. Ten Rings leader Raza offers Stark freedom in exchange for building a Jericho missile for the group, but Tony and Yinsen agree Raza will not keep his word.

Stark and Yinsen secretly build a powerful electric generator called an arc reactor to power Stark's electromagnet and a suit of powered armor to aid in their escape. Although they keep the suit hidden almost to completion, the Ten Rings attack the workshop when they discover their intentions. Yinsen sacrifices himself to divert them while the suit powers up. The armored Stark battles his way out of the cave to find the dying Yinsen, then in anger burns the Ten Rings weapons and flies away, crashing in the desert and destroying the suit. After being rescued by Rhodes, Stark returns home and announces that his company will no longer manufacture weapons. Obadiah Stane, his father's old partner and the company's manager, advises Stark that this may ruin Stark Industries and his father's legacy. In his home workshop, Stark builds an improved version of his suit, as well as a more powerful arc reactor for his chest. Personal assistant Pepper Potts places the original reactor inside a small glass showcase. Though Stane requests details, Stark keeps his work to himself.

At a charity event held by Stark Industries, reporter Christine Everhart informs Stark that his company's weapons, including the Jericho, were recently delivered to the Ten Rings and are being used to attack Yinsen's home village, Gulmira. Stark also learns Stane is trying to replace him as head of the company. Enraged by these revelations, Stark dons his new armor and flies to Afghanistan, where he saves Yinsen's village. While flying home, Stark is shot at by two F-22 Raptor fighter jets. He reveals his secret identity to Rhodes over the phone in an attempt to end the attack. Meanwhile, the Ten Rings gather the pieces of Stark's prototype suit and meet with Stane, who subdues Raza and has the rest of the group killed. Stane has a new suit reverse engineered from the wreckage. Seeking to find any other weapons delivered to the Ten Rings, Stark sends Pepper to hack into the company computer system from Stane's office. She discovers Stane has been supplying the terrorists and hired the Ten Rings to kill Stark, but the group reneged. Potts meets with Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D., a counter-terrorism agency, to inform him of Stane's activities.

Stane's scientists cannot duplicate Stark's arc reactor, so Stane ambushes Stark at his home and takes his. Stark manages to get to his original reactor to replace the taken one. Potts and several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attempt to arrest Stane, but he dons his suit and attacks them. Stark fights Stane, but is outmatched without his new reactor to run his suit at full capacity. The fight carries Stark and Stane to the top of the Stark Industries building, and Stark instructs Potts to overload the large arc reactor powering the building. This unleashes a massive electrical surge that causes Stane and his armor to fall into the exploding reactor, killing him. The next day, at a press conference, Stark admits to being the superhero the press has dubbed "Iron Man".

In a post-credits scene, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury visits Stark at home, telling him that Iron Man is not "the only superhero in the world", and explaining that he wants to discuss the "Avenger Initiative".
 L² Scored: 6/10 

L² Comment:
 All these while Iron Man is not my favorite superhero and i'm not sure why. Back in 2008, when I first watch this movie in the cinema with bunch of my friends, everyone was kinda excited while waiting the movie to start but not me... Half way through the movie, I actually fell asleep :P 

Well, 8 years later i decided to give it a try and re-watch this movie since Iron Man is one of the main character of Avengers, and apparently without Avengers he won't get famous by himself at all. This time I did not fall asleep half way but its still not that attractive to me. By giving 6/10, it would be very generous of me to do so... All because Gwyneth Paltrow is in it. Beside that, I realize Terrence Howard is the original cast of War Machine, however he was replaced by Don Cheadle in the future movie, not sure what's the reason, but i feel the producer make the right choice to take Terrence Howard away....

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mamma Mia!

 Released Year: 2008
Directed by Phyllida Lyod

Casted by:
 Meryl Streep as Donna Sheridan
Amanda Seyfried as Sophie Sheridan
Pierce Brosnan as Sam Carmichael
Colin Firth as Harry Bright
Stellan Skarsgård as Bill Anderson
Dominic Cooper as Sky
Julie Walters as Rosie Mulligan
Christine Baranski as Tanya Chesham-Leigh
On a Greek island called Kalokairi, bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan posts three wedding invitations ("I Have a Dream") to different men.

Sophie's bridesmaids, Ali and Lisa, arrive. Sophie reveals that she found her mother's diary and has three possible fathers: Irish-American architect Sam Carmichael, Swedish adventurer and writer Bill Anderson, and British banker Harry Bright. As Sophie wants her father to give her away at the altar, she invited them without telling her mother, believing that after she spends time with them she will know who her father is ("Honey, Honey"). Villa owner Donna Sheridan, Sophie's mom, is ecstatic to reunite with her former Dynamos bandmates, wisecracking author Rosie Mulligan and wealthy multiple divorcée Tanya Chesham-Leigh, and reveals her bafflement at her daughter's desire to get married. Donna shows off the villa to Rosie and Tanya ("Money, Money, Money"). The three men arrive; Sophie smuggles them to their room and explains that she sent the invitations. She begs them to hide so Donna will have a surprise at the wedding: seeing the old friends of whom she "so often" favourably speaks. They overhear Donna working (humming "Fernando") and swear not to reveal her secret.

Donna spies them and is dumbfounded to find herself facing former lovers ("Mamma Mia"), and is adamant that they leave. She confides in Tanya and Rosie ("Chiquitita") that she is uncertain which of the men is Sophie's father. Tanya and Rosie rally her spirits by getting Donna to dance with the female staff and islanders ("Dancing Queen"). Sophie finds the men aboard Bill's yacht, and they sail around Kalokairi ("Our Last Summer") and tell stories of Donna as a carefree girl. Sophie plans to tell her fiancé Sky about her ploy, but loses her nerve. Sky and Sophie sing to each other ("Lay All Your Love on Me"), but Sky is snatched for his bachelor party.

At Sophie's bachelorette party, Donna, Tanya and Rosie perform as Donna and The Dynamos ("Super Trouper"). The festivities are interrupted by the arrival of Sam, Bill and Harry. Sophie decides to talk with each of her prospective dads alone. While her girlfriends dance with the men ("Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"), Sophie learns from Bill that Donna received the money to invest in her villa from his great aunt Sofia. Sophie guesses she must be Sofia's namesake and Bill is her father. She asks him to give her away and keep their secret from Donna until the wedding. Sophie's happiness is short-lived as Sam and Harry each tell her they must be her dad and will give her away ("Voulez-Vous"). Sophie cannot tell them the truth and, overwhelmed by the consequences of her actions, faints.

In the morning, Rosie and Tanya assure Donna they will take care of the men. Bill and Harry are about to confide in each other, but are interrupted by Rosie. Donna confronts Sophie, believing Sophie wants the wedding stopped. Sophie says that all she wants is to avoid her mother's mistakes. Donna is accosted by Sam, concerned about Sophie getting married so young. Donna confronts him and they realize they still have feelings for each other ("SOS"). Tanya and young Pepper continue their flirtations from the previous night ("Does Your Mother Know"). Sophie confesses to Sky and asks for his help. He reacts angrily to Sophie's deception and she turns to her mother for support. As Donna helps her daughter dress for the wedding, their rift is healed and Donna reminisces about Sophie's childhood and how quickly she has grown ("Slipping Through My Fingers"). Donna admits that her own mother disowned her when she learned that she was pregnant. Sophie asks Donna to give her away. As the bridal party walks to the chapel, Sam intercepts Donna. She reveals the pain she felt over losing him ("The Winner Takes It All").

Sophie and Donna walk down the aisle as the band plays "Knowing Me, Knowing You". Donna tells Sophie that her father could be any of the three men. Sam reveals that while he left to get married, he did not go through with it, and returned to find Donna with another man. Harry confesses that Donna was the first and last woman he loved and he has begun a relationship with a waiter from the taverna. The men agree that they would be happy to be one-third of a father for Sophie. She tells Sky they should postpone their wedding and travel the world as they have wanted. Sam proposes to Donna ("I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"). She accepts and they are married. At the reception, Sam sings to Donna ("When All Is Said and Done"), which prompts Rosie to make a play for Bill ("Take a Chance on Me"). All the couples present proclaim their love ("Mamma Mia" reprise). Sophie and Sky sail away ("I Have a Dream" reprise).

During the principal credits, Donna, Tanya and Rosie reprise "Dancing Queen", followed by "Waterloo" with the rest of the cast. Amanda Seyfried sings "Thank You for the Music" over the end credits, followed by an instrumental of "Does Your Mother Know".
 L² Scored: 10/10

L² Comment:
One of my favorite musical movie acted by multiple super stars. The movie was shot in Greece & it is mainly based on all the famous pop music from ABBA. Benny Anderson, the member of ABBA & music composer also appeared as a guest performer as a piano player.

The whole movie is cheerful and lightly. I was really surprise to know that Meryl Streep can sing that well, Pierce Brosnan's singing a bit so so lol~ Anyway, the storyline was great and all the casts are perfect on their role. This is a movie that no matter how many times I watch, I will still get attracted into it and sing along with all those famous songs :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

 Released Year: 2016
Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Casted by:
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon 
Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine
Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Paul Bettany as Vision 
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter
Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
In 1991, HYDRA operatives in Siberia revive Sgt. James "Bucky" Barnes from a cryogenic state and condition him to be completely obedient to anyone who recites certain trigger words. He is then dispatched to intercept an automobile carrying a case of super-soldier serum, and assassinate its occupants.

Approximately one year after Ultron's defeat at the hands of the Avengers, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Sam Wilson, and Wanda Maximoff stop Brock Rumlow from stealing a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos, Nigeria. During the fight, Wanda inadvertently causes a building to be bombed, killing Rumlow and a number of Wakandan relief aid workers and increasing the international community's distrust of the Avengers' work.

At the Avengers' headquarters, Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross informs the Avengers that the United Nations is preparing to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will establish an international governing body to monitor and police the rapidly growing superhuman population.[citation needed] The team is divided over the accords: Tony Stark supports oversight because he feels guilty for creating Ultron and for the destruction in Sokovia, while Rogers is distrustful of governmental agendas and wishes the Avengers to remain free to act of their own accord.

Unable to convince Rogers to support the accords, Romanoff bears witness to the ratification of the accords in Vienna, after which a bombing kills King T'Chaka of Wakanda. T'Chaka's son T'Challa vows to kill the bomber, who security footage indicates is Barnes. Despite Romanoff's objections, Rogers and Wilson track Barnes to his hideout in Bucharest and attempt to protect him from the police and T'Challa. Rogers, Wilson, Barnes, and T'Challa are captured. Barnes is soon released by Colonel Helmut Zemo, who uses HYDRA's trigger words to question Barnes about the 1991 mission, then sends him on a rampage. Rogers stops Barnes and sneaks him away; when he regains his senses, Barnes explains that Zemo is responsible, and that he is heading to the Siberian facility where Barnes was held, ostensibly to unfreeze the other Winter Soldiers the stolen serum was used to create.

Rogers recruits Wanda, Clint Barton, and Scott Lang to help him. Stark convinces Ross to let him bring his renegade comrades in, and assembles Romanoff, T'Challa, James Rhodes, and Vision, as well as amateur young hero Peter Parker. Stark and his team intercept Rogers' team at Leipzig/Halle Airport, resulting in a huge battle, during which Romanoff allows Rogers and Barnes escape. The rest of Rogers's team is captured, while Rhodes is paralyzed after being inadvertently shot down by Vision. Romanoff reveals to Stark that Barnes was framed by Zemo, then disappears under the threat of being arrested for not operating under the accords.

Stark follows Rogers and Barnes to the Siberian HYDRA facility and reconciles with them, unaware that he has been pursued by T'Challa. They discover that the other Winter Soldiers have been killed by Zemo; in actuality, Zemo has lured the heroes to the facility to show them video footage from its records that reveals it was Stark's parents who Barnes killed in 1991. Stark turns on Barnes, forcing Rogers to fight for the life of his friend—this is the outcome Zemo has sought, destroying the Avengers from within in revenge for the death of his family in Sokovia. Rogers is able to defeat Stark by disabling his armor, then departs with the wounded Barnes, leaving his his shield behind. Zemo attempts suicide, but is stopped by T'Challa, who takes him in alive.

In the aftermath, Stark gives Rhodes an exoskeleton to let him walk again. Rogers breaks his comrades out of prison and flees to Wakanda, where Barnes chooses to be frozen until a cure for his brainwashing can be found. In a post-credits scene, Parker is recovering from his injuries when his web-shooters project a spider-shaped symbol.
 L² Scored: 10/10

L² Comment:
This is one of the movie I have been waiting for such a long time & its finally here :)  But when me and my friends are queuing to buy the movie ticket,I only fucking realize I did not watch "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" !!! How can I missed that? So shitty, but it doesn't affect my feeling and excitement on watching this. 

Storyline, effects of course no doubt is good... It only confuse me a bit when Winter Soldier appeared to be such a strong characters and manage to fight along with all these great powerful superhero. But then I found out that this is kind of a part 2 of CapAmerica: WinterSoldiers... so it make sense then... Not sure whether I will be able to find the winter soldier in any online movie website. Any idea?