After being busy for the past few weeks, it was quite a change to be able just to relax and watch a movie at home. Marco recommended this movie so after dinner (pork chop and unedible tomato & eggs), we watched “Changeling”.
Changeling is a drama film directed by Clint Eastwood. The story begins in March 1928 in Los Angeles, California. Christine Collins (Jolie) is a single mother of a 9 year old boy named Walter. She’s working in a telephone company as switchboard manager when one day she came home later than usual to find his son missing. She phoned the police asking for help but was initially rebuffed due to the 24 hour policy for missing persons. At that time, the LAPD was considered a corrupt and cruel police force. Wherein there word is law and if you contradict them, they can put you away. Anyway, back to Christine’s missing son, after 5 months of so called investigation, the police found his son and reunited them in front of the media. However, Christine insisted that the boy was not his son. She presented several facts about his son such as the boy is shorter than 3 inches and uncircumcised, but the doctor which the police brought to interview the boy said otherwise. When a reverend who has a radio show talked her into telling her story to the press, the police got wind of it and they hauled her to a mental institute and brand her as delusional.
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After 2 weeks of agonizing and looking for friends to watch this movie with me. Marco, Richard, Emerson, Liza and I watched it last night at UME International Complex near the apartment. Each ticket cost RMB 50. My only comment about the cinema is it’s small and the screen was too big from where we sat. Heh!
A lookback on what happened in Red Cliff 1 can be found through this link to my review of that movie. Red Cliff 2 features the ultimate battle between the North and the South. The battle is all because of a woman which the Prime Minister would like to have but can never have. It’s not purely a war film but also an educational experience. You will see where the Chinese acquired their love for football and drinking. The way to prepare tea and read the weather. If you’re diligent, you could probably quote “Sun Tzu’s art of war”. Mulan also came into the picture through Sun Shucai who pretended to be a soldier to spy on the enemy. Homing pigeons which was a thing of the past were also used as message carriers.
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I was hoping to watch Quantum of Solace with my friend but unluckily they already scrapped it out from the movie list at the cinema near my apartment. As there wasn’t that much movies that are interesting, we watched “Next”. The cast was star-studded so I thought it would be a good movie.
Next is a sci-fi thriller starring Nicholas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel. It is loosely based on the science fiction short story The Golden Man by Philip Dick. Nicholas Cage is Cris Johnson, a magician in Las Vegas who can predict his future 2 minutes ahead of time. However, with Liz Cooper (Jessica Biel), he can see the future way ahead of time as long as it is connected with him or Liz.
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I was working overtime last Saturday when a loud guffaw from one of the staff jolt me from my computations. I put down my pen and went over to his desk and when I got there, I saw him watching a movie by Anne Hathaway. Anne has been a favorite of mine ever since Princess Diary, so I asked him to copy the movie to my portable hard drive. I didn’t notice the name of the movie when I was watching it so I had to check the beginning again just to write this review.
Get Smart is a 1960s American comedy television series created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. It’s about spy games and agents. They created this series at that time as James Bond and Inspector Closeau are quite popular. The show lasted 5 seasons with 138 episodes.
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After watching the play last year at Poly Theatre, I was waiting for this movie to be shown in Beijing. Alas, it was not meant to be. So, I downloaded the movie from isohunt.com and have to bear watching the movie on my laptop computer.
The story of Mamma Mia is about a young bride-to-be in search of her real father. Through the diary of her mom, she found that there are 3 possible men who could be her father. The 3 men arrived a day before her wedding and the young lady was trying to hide them from her mother. With a mix of music from Abba which were incorporated into the story, it became a warm, light comedy perfect for romantics. In the end, it was the mother who got married to one of the men. The young lady went off to the mainland to explore the world with her guy.
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