7:00 PM, 23rd February, 2013
For decades Ralph (Reilly) has lived inside his little arcade cabinet throwing debris at the good guy, Fix-it Felix (McBrayer), but being the bad guy all the time has taken its toll on poor Ralph. No amount of support group meetings are going to get him out of his funk, so he takes the first opportunity he gets to sneak into another game and try to be a hero. The ramifications create chaos across the video game world and unleash a menace that threatens to destroy every video game known to sprites. Jumping a ride with a glitch names Vanellope (Silverman), Ralph sets about really learning to be a good guy and saving the day for video games (and gamers) everywhere.
Whilst it works as a fun kids movie, the real winners with Wreck-it Ralph are gen-X and gen-Y gamers. Disney have licensed characters from just about every game franchise in existence to go about their daily lives in the background. Finally we can watch Ken and Ryu sinking a few at the pub; Bowser, Dr Robotnik and Pac-man ghosts sit in at the same support group for baddies; and best of all watch out for the Konami code in all its cheatingness (that’s a word right?!). If any of that made sense to you, Wreck-it Ralph is not a movie to miss.
9:03 PM, 23rd February, 2013
I have watched this movie more than 10 times and have never once tired of it. I’m sure not going to miss it on the big screen and you shouldn’t either!
Giving the late Heath Ledger his big break and starring a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt (meaning that the Joker and Robin went to high school together!), 10 Things I Hate About You is adapted from William Shakespeare’s play “The Taming of the Shrew”.
The story starts with Cameron (Gordon-Levitt), a new student at Padua High, noticing Bianca Stratford (Oleynik) on his tour around school and just like that, he’s hooked. Bad news: she isn’t allowed to date until her ‘shrew’ of a sister Kat (Stiles) does.
With determination, Cameron sets out to find someone to date Kat so he can ask Bianca out. As teen flicks (and life, as it is) go, things just aren’t as simple as they seem to be. There’s always a catch, with a side dish of drama. Larry Miller, in particular, injects humour into the film as the overprotective father of the Stratford girls, who never fails to warn his daughters not to get pregnant.
Now, how did the movie get its title? In my opinion, it’s one of the best parts of the movie and you just have to watch to find out.
Xin Yi Tan