ZOMBIELAND (Ruben Fleischer, 2009)

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My favorite scene (aside from everything with Bill Murray in it) was when Jesse Eisenberg said that the best thing about Zombieland was that “There are no Facebook status updates”, and then a year later he played Mark Zuckerberg on The Social Network.

Rating: ★★★★☆

17 AGAIN (Burr Steers, 2009)

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So Chandler Bing’s younger self looked very much like Troy Bolton? Definitely a fantasy.

I’d see anything with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon as housemates. Oh wait, I did watch them in that Odd Couple reboot!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

THE UNBORN (David S. Goyer, 2009)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

It stopped being scary as soon as the possessed kid muttered the classic “Jumby wants to be born now” line. It had me in stitches.

I remember how lovely Odette Yustman looked in Cloverfield. I was not surprised with the gratuitous shower and underwear scenes.

I’m so over movies with twisting body parts and dead people doing the spider walk. Everything screams Asian horror rip-off.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published September 6, 2013.)

AVATAR (James Cameron, 2009)

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Didn’t realize that the colors of the wind were just shades of blue. Fantastic special effects, though.

I don’t think I’ll ever warm up to Avatar. It took me three days to finish the movie because my eyes were not cooperating.

And I just hated the fact that James Horner simply recycled his award-winning score for Titanic. Please.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 3, 2013.)

PUSH (Paul McGuigan, 2009)

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It could have been called Heroes the Movie. Using a similar mythology as the hit TV show, we follow the lives of several characters with superhuman powers as they freak themselves out, freak others out, and get their freak on.

Camilla Belle is a terrible actress and the movie does feel trashy at times but it succeeds in drawing you in this fantasy world. The fight scenes are excellently-staged and anything with Dakota Fanning is at least worth a see.

Rating: 3/5

PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE (Lee Daniels, 2009)

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People that complain and whine a lot should watch this movie. Here’s a moving story about an obese girl that suffered physical and emotional abuse from everyone around her. The movie isn’t a typical tearjerker; it actually feels like real life.

Credit goes to the amazing Gabourey Sidibe who embodies Precious in all aspects that it would be hard to separate the actress from the character. The rest of the supporting cast that includes Mo’Nique (frightening and ferocious and so deserving of that Oscar), Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey (yes, that Mariah Carey!) all give phenomenal performances.

It’s heartbreaking and depressing yet surprisingly hopeful.

Rating: 5/5

CARRIERS (David Pastor, Alex Pastor, 2009)

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Here’s another movie that I initially didn’t like at all. Another viewing made me realize that it didn’t really aim that high and was more enjoyable with lowered expectations.

If you’re a fan of anything zombie-related, love disease/infection/virus thrillers, and a complete germophobe, I recommend you watch this one. You’d want to bathe in Clorox afterwards.

Rating: 3/5

BRUNO (Larry Charles, 2009)

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Even with a flamboyant character (and a gifted actor at the helm), the movie didn’t quite reach the comedic heights of Borat. The movie brutally poked fun at the seemingly faux glitz of the entertainment and fashion industry leaving nobody unscathed (and yes, the list included Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kevin Spacey).

As expected, no issues were considered taboo including, but not limited to, homosexuality, religion, and racial discrimination. Unfortunately, most of the jokes seemed to be for shock value rather than played for genuine laughs.

Rating: 2/5