Movies I Watched During Raya

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, October 22, 2008 | Published in

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The three movies I watched during the Raya week long holiday break were a Singaporean movie called “Money No Enough 2”, a slasher movie called “Halloween” and an action packed movie called “Eagle Eye”.

Which of the 3 movies do you think I enjoyed most?

Well, let me describe what I think of them one by one. I shall start with "Halloween". This is a remake of the original 1978 “Halloween” film directed by John Carpenter who also directed one of my favourite movies, “The Thing”.



I like a good slasher movie and since the original “Halloween” was such a classic and I have never watched it before, I thought watching the remake would be the next best thing. Since I did not watch the original, I could not do a comparison. But if I had expected it to be as entertaining as “I Know What You Did Last Summer” I was completely wrong!

Well, it was violent all right, but that’s about it! There’s really no plot, just endless killings by a mad man by the name of Michael Myers. What I find a bit hard to believe is how Michael was shot three times and still survived and even had the strength to continue his killing rampage. The movie made him inhuman, more like a monster. But the fact is he’s just a mad man and three shots should have killed him!

I had high expectation of “Eagle Eye” starring the upcoming young actor, Shia LaBeouf. It was fast action from the beginning till the end. So I must have enjoyed it a lot, didn’t I? Well, surprisingly no.



To say that this movie is stretching it too far is an understatement. I find the story filled with so many impossibilities I just lost interest halfway through the show. It’s too much to ask me to believe that there’s this computer that could control every mobile phones, every security camera, every traffic lights and to top it off, could give precise driving instructions and control movement of cranes in junkyards.

Well, if you can suspend your disbelief and just watch this for the action, you may just enjoy it. As for me, I already lost interest halfway and did not even care whether the hero or heroine dies!

By now, you would have probably guessed that of the 3 movies, I enjoyed “Money No Enough 2” most. Yes, that’s right! A Singaporean movie just trumped two US movies.


This movie’s central theme is about filial piety and how money is not everything in the world. It also touched on Singaporeans’ dissatisfaction with their Government which was quite interesting.

This is the first time I see a movie with so much tears flowing from my eyes, not just from crying but from laughing! It's very entertaining and touching at the same time. Jack Neo, the director, is definitely a genius!

Henry Thia, the comedian actor made me laugh all the time! It's so funny in one court scene when he was asked his IC number and he could not speak out in English but when allowed to say in Hokkien, he shot the numbers out within 1 second.

Another funny scene was when Lai Meng who played the mother asked if he had eaten but she asked so many times (I can't remember how many times) I laughed until my tears rolled out!

And of course the songs that were sung during those sad moments really pulled at the heart strings. It was really, really touching and I don't care if you are a man or a woman, if you did not cry during those scenes, you must be a very cold blooded person! Either that, or you must be sleeping during those scenes!

By the way, did you know that fellow blogger QuaChee had a small part in the show? But it would be hard to spot him because he’s among a group of people in a crowd. Read about it in his blog here.

(27) Comments

  1. My Bug Life said...

    I heard $$ no enough was good but I didn't catch it..guess we can really relate to this movie..hehhe :)

    October 22, 2008 at 8:53 AM
  2. -eiling- said...

    Oooh I haven't watch the Money not enough 2 yet. I heard it's funny and touching at the same time! Hope to catch the movie soon.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:12 AM
  3. Gallivanter said...

    If you think Eagle Eye was bad, wait till you watch Max Payne. Ho hum.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:15 AM
  4. HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

    I had never heard of these (all we watch are kid shows around here) but want to check out the money one.

    October 22, 2008 at 10:02 AM
  5. foongpc said...

    my bug life, you should watch it. Really good movie! : )

    eiling, yes very good movie - go catch it before it ends its run. Or catch it on DVD : )

    gallivanter, really? Well, I'm glad I didn't watch Max Payne!

    health nut wannabee mom, yeah check it out, although you may not catch the jokes since it's in Chinese language and the English translation may not adequately catch the real meaning of what is being said.

    October 22, 2008 at 10:27 AM
  6. kitkat

    money no enough was really well reviewed by many. ur review was very informative too. duno if cinema still air the movie onot. hope to watch it soon :)

    October 22, 2008 at 11:25 AM
  7. day-dreamer said...

    Out of the 3 movies you mentioned, I've watched only the last one, and needless to say, it was good. :)

    (Psst... your word verification starts with 'wtf'... LOL!)

    October 22, 2008 at 12:03 PM
  8. EastCoastLife said...

    I was invited by Jack Neo to the premiere. I didn't blog abou tit. :P

    It is a touching movie. I was crying tons because Lai Meng's dementia character and her children's responses to her illness is a mirror of my real life.

    My Mom has dementia, the sad scenes portrayed in this movie are very real.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:34 PM
  9. cbenc12 said...

    i want to watch $$ no enough too..but i think no lnger screening. maybe get dvd or download :D

    October 22, 2008 at 3:33 PM
  10. tr3nta said...

    The Chinese movie looks great.. :-)))))))))))))

    October 22, 2008 at 5:52 PM
  11. Pete said...

    Haven't watch Money not Enough. Should be good! I love Jack Neo's movies.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:33 PM
  12. QuaChee said...

    heya u did a fair bit of movie watching heh :)

    October 23, 2008 at 12:36 AM
  13. foongpc said...

    kitkat, I think no more showing in cinemas. Go get the DVD!

    day-dreamer, good thing you watched the last one. Don't bother to watch the first two. WTF word verification? Haha! : )

    eastcoastlife, how come you didn't blog about it? Some more got invited by Jack Neo! Sorry to hear about your mom. Yes, the sad scenes were very real to life. That's one reason why it was so touching. I think everyone cried in the cinema.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:41 AM
  14. foongpc said...

    cbenc12, yes go get the DVD! It's too good a movie to miss! : )

    tr3nta, thanks for dropping by! : )

    pete, if you love Jack Neo's movies, you must not miss this one. Go get the DVD! : )

    quachee, well it was a week long holiday for me, so I made use of the free time to catch up on some movies : )

    October 23, 2008 at 1:45 AM
  15. levian said...

    i watched halloween yesterday. gosh, it was such a let down !! i agree that the film started out fun, especially the killing that was done among the trees, away from the crowd, walked away expressionless, etc. but the "after growing up" part is boring .. there isn't anything else !! though his mind continue to stay young, it still doesn't make him inhuman. gee .. what was that about.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:49 PM
  16. Nick Phillips said...

    That's a lot of movies you've been watching eh? All i did during Raya was sleep ... hehehe ...

    October 23, 2008 at 4:38 PM
  17. happysurfer said...

    I have the DVD for sometime now but somehow didn't feel the urge to watch it. Maybe I should after your rave review, eh? Thanks for the nudge. I may need the Kleenex box nearby too.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:47 PM
  18. Monica said...

    I've watched Money No Enough 2. yes, the movie's not bad!!

    October 23, 2008 at 9:49 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    levian, I wonder how he grew so tall and big, did they fed him with lots of good food during his imprisonment? : )

    nick phillips, well, sleep is not such a bad idea. I'd rather sleep than watch "Halloween" and "Eagle Eye" : )

    happysurfer, oh better watch it, and yes, get ready the Kleenex box : )

    monica, glad you like it. To me, it's one of the better movies this year! : )

    October 23, 2008 at 11:00 PM
  20. Faisal Admar said...

    Halloween look scary. hehe didn't know quachee acted in that movie. i must get a copy then :)

    October 23, 2008 at 11:16 PM
  21. Johnny Ong said...

    got the money not enuf already but can't find time to watch la

    October 23, 2008 at 11:37 PM
  22. foongpc said...

    faisal admar, yes watch it and see if you can find QuaChee among the crowd of people! : )

    johnny ong, wah! so busy meh? Well, watch it when you are free! Enjoy!! : )

    October 23, 2008 at 11:45 PM
  23. Life Ramblings said...

    $$$ no enuf 2 was a good one. it moved me to tears but hillarious at the same time.

    October 24, 2008 at 7:03 AM
  24. suituapui said...

    I won;t want to see the first 2 movies you saw...but I'd like to watch MNE2. My daughter went in Sg Petani and cried...and her friend (guy) also cried! So sad...

    October 24, 2008 at 1:07 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, yeah, it's a wonderful show. I really like it a lot! : )

    suituapui, since your daughter had seen it, you must watch it too. Tell me whether you cry or not : )

    October 24, 2008 at 11:54 PM
  26. jam said...

    Among all the 3, I only watched "Money Not Enough". A good movie! You haven't told us how much is a ticket costs.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:05 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    jam, the tickets cost RM8 for "Halloween" and RM10 for "Eagle Eye" and "Money No Enough 2".

    October 28, 2008 at 3:32 PM