Opening This Week: Where Got Ugly Gamer?

This week we get a Singaporean horromedy (yes, I just made that up, well at least I think I did) and Gerard Butler stars in two very different movies. And I've also integrated some Twitter stuff into this post so make sure to utilize it.

Where Got Ghost? (2009)
Starring: Henry Thia, Jack Neo, Mark Lee
Director: Jack Neo
Singapore release: August 13
Malaysia release: September 11
Country: Singapore
Language: English, Hokkien, Mandarin
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
Rated in Malaysia: U
See what Twitter people are saying of Where Got Ghost?

Jack Neo's 3-in-1 horror with Singaporean humour will include "Roadside Got Ghost", "Forest Got Ghost" and "House Got Ghost".

Where Got Ghost? is a Horror-Comedy Chinese Movie. 3-in-1 Horror tales told in a good old comedy fashion.

Roadside Got Ghost: Swindlers Cai, Fu and Shou have a new scam - using a hotline to make random calls to people, promising them fortune. Those who win the lottery are required to pay commission to Cai or be scared into submission.
One day, Cai receives a phone call. The caller gives Cai deploying the same hotline trick. Believing it is a copycat of his scam, Cai naturally disregards the call, but goes ahead and tries his luck with the given number anyway. To his surprise, he wins. Mysterious happenings assume...

Forest Got Ghost: Nan and Lei return for army reservists' training. They learn that the place they will be sent is the widely known 'haunted hill', so they take the short cut. Suddenly, the 'haunted hill' seems to come alive - tombstones, red dress spirit and other strange sightings. Then it rains. Nan and Lei seek refuge at Yin Yin's house, a girl they just met. Little do they know their road to hell has been cut short...

House Got Ghost: It is the Lunar 7th Month, weird sightings happen at home, children can only think it is the late mother's doings. The truth slowly surface as they begin their road trip only this time it seems to be more than what they bargain for

Not many good horror/comedies come out of Singapore (other than Jack Neo films) but this should be one of them, so definitely should be checked out.

The Ugly Truth (2009)
Starring: Kathrine Heigl, Gerard Butler
Director: Robert Luketic
USA release: July 24
Malaysia release: September 10
USA gross: $87,565,314
Worldwide: $104,277,504
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Rated in USA: R for sexual content and language
Rated in Malaysia: 18PL
IMDb User Rating: 6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
See what Twitter people are saying of The Ugly Truth

A romantically-challenged morning show producer (Katherine Heigl) is embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result.

If there were ever a decent chick-flick, I think this would be it. But then again, Gerard Butler in rom-coms is just...weird.

Gamer (2009)
Starring: Gerard Butler
Directors: Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine
USA release: September 4
Malaysia release: September 10
USA gross: $11,203,761
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
Rated in USA: R for frenetic sequences of strong brutal violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and language
Rated in Malaysia: 18PL
IMDb User Rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 18%
See what Twitter people are saying of Gamer

Gamer is a near-future action/thriller starring Gerard Butler (Kable) as the champion of an online game called "Slayers". Mind-control technology has taken society by storm and "Slayers" allows humans to control other humans in a mass-scale, multiplayer online game. With his every move tracked by millions, Kable's ultimate challenge is regaining his identity and launching an attack on the system that has imprisoned him.

Now this is the kind of role I'd like to see Gerard Butler in. Unfortunately, the film doesn't seem to be good at all.

Here are a few Twittereviews - from @elguapo1 "If you've ever wondered what it would be like to have a seizure, watch Gamer." and "Gamer made me almost want to never play video games ever again. And the whole movie was shot from the ground. Pick up the f@#$ing camera."

From @smashpop - "Just finihed watching Gamer. It gave me a headache. Rate it 5/10"

So Twitter has spoken. Do you want to get a seizure, never intend to play video games again and get a headache all at the same time? I don't think so.

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