Zero Dark Thirty

I know that it isn’t  very typical of a girl to watch a movie like Zero Dark Thirty. It has gore, violence, fighting, action, shooting, and everything else that is so not-at-all feminine.

Well, I honestly wouldn’t have watched it, but…
(1) I found out that it’s by the same director as Academy Award-winning film, The Hurt Locker;
(2) I learned that it was a film documenting the hunting down and killing of the world’s most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden;
(3) I couldn’t fight being pulled along to watch it with my 3 other housemates – boyfriend included;
(4) I really had nothing else better to do;
(5) I was itching to go out;
(6) I wanted to catch a movie really badly;
(7) I was craving for popcorn;
(8) I didn’t want to be the only one who didn’t watch it;
(9) I’m a movie buff, so almost anything goes; and
(10) Hello, it’s military! Men in uniform… I was pretty sure some hot-hot-hottie-pants will be in the movie (Well, I was wrong).

So, not a single sizzlin’ hot guy was in the film, but I (surprise, surprise) actually enjoyed it.
I watched The Hurt Locker, which was smackingly good by the way. I kinda think I have a new thing for military. Uh-oh.

The Hurt Locker raised my expectations for Zero Dark Thirty. If I had to compare them both, I would definitely say that Hurt Locker was way better – cinematography-wise, action-wise, etc.

Zero Dark Thirty was a little too slow for me for most part of the show. Don’t expect too much action ‘cos the real action only takes place near the end of the film where they start raiding Osama’s home. If you’re a sadistic nuthead, you might find pleasure in watching the short scenes of torture. I was just being a girl and cringing all the way.

The storyline, being based on real life events, was undeniably good. Don’t watch the film if you’re tired ‘cos you’re going to get lost halfway. It’s one of those fit-the-puzzle-pieces-together, join-the-dots, intelligent films that require thinking.
You’ll get all sorts of names thrown at you - Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, Abu Faraj al-Libbi, Ibrahim Sayeed, Ammar, etc.

I was quite awake, even though our show went past midnight, so I sorta knew what was going on from start to finish.

Jessica Chastain’s acting was kick-ass. She definitely deserves a win for her very convincing Oscar-winning performance.
Just how good? Let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised if guys actually found her aggression and intensity somewhat of a turn on, orgasmic perhaps?

My favourite line from her in the film: ” I’m the motherfucker that found him.”

Sexy, eh?

The climax of the film is during the raiding of Osama’s home, so I’m not going to be a party-pooper here. I’ll let you guys have all the fun you should be getting out of the film.

Great acting, eye-opening insights, love that it evoked almost every existing human emotion, and I thought that they did a damn good job on creating the right level of suspense at the right time.

What I didn’t like was the slow beginning, too much of dialogue and too little action, too quick and abrupt an ending to the raid, and a very unusual ending to the entire movie (I think everyone in the theatre wasn’t too certain if the movie had ended).

Not the best movie of 2013. Kathryn Bigelow is a great director and she has proven it, and that’s essentially why I believe she could have done better with Zero Dark Thirty. Worth the watch, but not a must-watch.

Fifty Shades of Grey: Yay or Nay?

Fifty Shades of Grey: Yay or Nay?

Fifty Shades of Grey, the very controversial New York Times Bestseller by E L James, took local bookstores by storm about a month or so ago.

I know I’m a little late in the game, but only because of the mix reviews I’ve been hearing about the book. So far, every comment I’ve heard belongs to either extreme ends of critique. Some say it’s a must-read, others frown upon the thought of its overwhelmingly distasteful language.

I’ve always been a fan of reads that are lavishly descriptive in nature. Whether it’s Anthony Bourdain or Jeffrey Archer, as long as the writing is styled to speak to my senses and tug at my heartstrings, I’ll probably give it a try.

When I first heard of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, I immediately jumped to my feet and said, “I need to get this.” After just a week of procrastination, I already found myself being swayed by the bad reviews. How bad can erotica possibly be?

Sex sells, doesn’t it? Why isn’t it working for some readers then?

I brought up the book with my friends the other day. After 15 minutes of dissuading me from getting it, a friend took a 180-degree turn on her stand and actually said it’s a good read only if it’s read in bed with your boy/girlfriend. Of course, you now what she meant.

My boyfriend heard that and immediately gave me a really cheeky look. Boys…

Then again, while erotic, sensual and sexual are not new styles of fiction-writing, people tell me it’s gone too far this time. Perhaps BDSM (otherwise know as bondage & discipline, domination & submission, sadism & masochism) is still considered taboo to many – I don’t know.

Should I give it a read? It’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller after all. Has anyone read it? What are your thoughts?