Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Moon That Embraces The Sun Marathon

I haven't slept since yesterday night because I'm so excited to watch the infamous Korean drama series, The Moon That Embraces The Sun. And as of 11:38, I'm already on the 17th episode. I thought it was only 16 episodes but anyway I only have 3 more episodes left. And even though I was not as hysterical as compared with The Princess Man, I still felt that my eyeballs were about to pop out from crying especially while watching episode 5.(sighs)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Want it!

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jack and Jill

Last movie I saw...
Jack and Jill (2011)
Directed by: Dennis Dugan

Adam Sandler
Katie Holmes
Al Pacino

I'm not really an Adam Sandler fan and that didn't help on how I rated this film. Well, I didn't find this film really funny unlike my officemates which actually told me that they can't stop laughing while watching this film. I can remember laughing for some scenes but not with the overall package. I'm also a bit disappointed with the few scenes of Katie Holmes and how Al Pacino scenes appeared to be a bit messy(it's totally all over the place). I felt like they tried too much on emphasizing the relevance of Al Pacino though I appreciate how it turned out in the end. And though there are couple of things I didn't like about the movie, there are also parts which I would like to praise like the intro and extro shots of twins. I like how they added humor using a studio interview type which features different sets of twins. I also enjoyed all of the settings they've used in the production. And of course the portrayal of Jill which I enjoyed somehow. haha.

I still could not believe that it's the real Al Pacino who played the role..not until I saw the list of the cast. A must watch because of the Dunkin Donuts commercial featuring Al Pacino. haha

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Last movie I saw...
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Director: Guy Ritchie

Robert Downey Jr.
Jude Law
Noomi Rapace
Rachel McAdams

I always liked mystery films. Movies that would let you use your brain, would let you think on what is happening or might have happened. And Sherlock Holmes would always be an ideal fictional character for a frustrated detective like me. And as much as I like Sherlock Holmes I will still rate the sequel of 3 stars.

One of the reasons why I didn't enjoy it was because of the quality of the copy that I've downloaded.(I know, I know,I know that the original copy is epic with outstanding effects but I'm pertaining to mine and my only copy) It can't be compared to the copy that I've got for Sherlock Holmes. The scenes were pixelated that you can't clearly see the jaw dropping effects. Another reason was because of the death of Rachel McAdams' character. I'm not prepared to see my clever Adler out of the story and even worst, dead. I was so dumbstruck on how her character ended on the first quarter of the film. And most probably those biases contributed on how I felt about the overall impact of the movie.

Though I'm still impressed with the slow motion action scenes which would always be one of the scene techniques that never fails to amuse me in this series. I also liked how the ending was written, the cliff hanger effect really suited the scenes and I can't help but to look forward with the next installment.(in case there is one)I also discovered a very surprising fact while checking the cast. Because the Madam Simza Heron character that I didn't pay any attention to is actually Noomi Rapace! O-M-G! It's NOOMI RAPACE! The original Lisbeth Salander of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  She was highly recognized for her portrayal that there was even a petition for her to play the American remake which she turned down because she felt that she can't play the same character twice. (Oh I love to see her version!)

Still this sequel is not bad like what others had expressed. Given a chance to watch the clearer version, I might end up giving it a 5. Watch it because you can't afford to miss it.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

My Week with Marilyn

Last movie I saw...

My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Directed by: Simon Curtis

Eddie Redmayne
Michelle Williams

"Don't forget me."-Marilyn Monroe
"As if I could."-Colin

This film is simply beautiful. I was actually thinking of giving it a four star rating but end up of rating it five. I was blown away and still am with Michelle's acting and it's ever since I saw her act in Blue Valentine. I have so much respect with her as an artist because she knows how to master her craft. She's doing necessary adjustments(physically and emotionally) just to be fit and to have connection with her character. Her characterization of Marilyn only proves how great actress she is. She almost fooled me that what I'm seeing is Marilyn and not the actress who successfully channeled the Hollywood icon. And whenever I watch her scenes, she never fails to make me feel that it's real and not acting. That is why it's hard for me to imagine other actress aside from her to act the role of Marilyn Monroe.

But it's not only her acting that contributes on the making of this must see film because the script, cinematography, musical scoring, set design, costumes and supporting actors are also deserving to be appreciated and admired.

And my thoughts of how hard it is to be Marilyn Monroe(if the accounts of Colin Clark are true) wouldn't leave my mind. Oh glamour...

Being Thankful..Is An Understatement

This has been a very stressful, mind boggling and emotionally draining week for me. I felt that I had hit the rock bottom of my career. I didn't think any of my actions carefully and instead I was easily influenced by other's that ends with complexity. My body hurts, my feet is swollen and I'm deprived of sleep for 7 days now. And I can't enjoy the leisure that weekends offer because I still have A LOT to accomplish. Though I'm bloody tired, I'm happy and thankful for these blessings. I've learned a lot of lessons and gained a lot of experiences with the span of 3 months for 2012. This year is proving it's surprising twist and turns for me that is hopefully a sign of a fruitful year. All the frustrations, rejections and challenges are truly appreciated and again I'm so thankful God with what I have now. I hope that things will only get better.

Photo Credit: favim; 1700louisiana

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Struggling For A Good Career

God, please give me enough wisdom to decide on what's right.

Young Adult

Last movie I saw...

Young Adult (2011)
Directed by: Jason Reitman

Charlize Theron
Patton Oswalt
Patrick Wilson

I guess every young adults would experienced a quarter life crisis at some point in their life, and that's what this film is all about.

I appreciate the intention of the film but something's really off with the production that I can't put a finger on. I don't know if it's because this doesn't look like a mainstream film thus it gives an indie vibe which I don't have any issues with however it just really distracts me. Some aspects of the film were average but most of it were below average. The script doesn't lead a firm direction of the story, I mean it's weak for the kind of theme that the movie wants to address. Acting-wise, I can't say I'm satisfied because the way I perceived the actors were somehow influenced on how I feel about the roles they're playing.(bias?kind of)

One thing I like though was the music scoring. Yeah, it's pretty descent. And bottomline, I can't recommend this film but see if it entertains you.


It's Kind Of A Funny Story

Last movie I saw...

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck

Keir Gilchrist
Zach Galifianakis
Emma Roberts

"He who is not busy being born is busy dying” -Bob Dylan

The movie would best suit teenagers because it highlights the "confused" phase of young ages. Some would call it an identity crisis stage that can manifest in a state of depression. I like how they presented the conflicts and on how anyone can simply relate to it because it's taken from reality. Most often than not, we think that we had the worst case scenario in the entire universe but when we compare it to others, we will then realize how little our problem is.

Aside from the movie's theme, I also like the graphics and editing which I think has a very refreshing style. But other than that, the rest of the film's quality were pretty average. Oh, one more thing, I can't forget Keir Gilchrist. He seriously looked like a young version of Keannu Reeves. He looks so fine. haha

I recommend this film, it's a must see but only for teens.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Last movie I saw...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Directed by: David Fincher

Daniel Craig
Rooney Mara

Perfect! I can't wait for part two.

I've read a lot of positive feedbacks for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novel which is part of the Millennium Series of Stieg Larsson. I noticed the novel in book stores a couple of times but the cover gave an impression that it's not my kind of story. I still couldn't decide on that argument even after seeing the film. But my doubt of enjoying the novel doesn't reflect on how I feel with it's film adaptation.

I've scheduled to watch this film, two weeks ago but I've been putting it off for few reasons. First, it will take me, almost 3 hours to finish the film.(like, seriously?)Second, the trailer confuses me which now I know why because what I saw was the 2009 trailer of the Swedish version. Lastly, though I know a lot of good reviews for both of the novel and the film, I'm still thinking that I might be wasting my time.

But it's a good thing that I gave it a try because now I'm sure that I don't want to miss it. The film is really impressive which maybe because of having a beautiful-you-can't-foresee- plot(for those who haven't read the novel), for having a jaw-dropping acting, sharp cinematography and editing, great music scoring and an overall committed production.

I can't say anything bad about the script because it gave me what I need. It offers something that you subconsciously expect on films. Because more often than not, movies are based from a certain pattern and it would be really deplorable if you kept on seeing that single pattern each time you see a film. I'm also deeply impressed with Rooney Mara's characterization as Lisbeth Salander. She looked like a psych tomboy slash skillful-temptress-detective slash woman in love(how did she do that?) which I guess is really hard to portray not to mention the nude scenes involved. She even had several piercings that I wouldn't dare imagine how she manage to get those. And there, I agree to a Youtube comment that I've read a week ago, that Rooney Mara should have won the best actress award instead of Meryl Streep.(just an opinion)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Blind Side

Last movie I saw...

The Blind Side (2009)
Directed by John Lee Hancock

Quinton Aaron
Sandra Bullock
Tim McGraw
Jae Head
Lily Collins

I never thought that it would be this good. Again, I'm awestruck with another film that I thought would be boring. But good thing though, I got the chance to see a glimpse of the scenes from my previous appointment. So first thing I did when I arrived home was to search and download for the film and there, I'm so inspired.

Yes, this film inspires me and it touched my heart. I like the character of Sandra Bullock which I think has a really kind personality for her to go beyond in adopting a stranger. And not only the character because I also like how Sandra portrayed the role. She was able to be in her character's shoes that probably help her on giving the enough maturity needed for the role. I also like how Quinton Aaron acted as Big Mike. He looks so convincing and the innocence on his face was so effortless that everytime he acts being bullied, my heart got really twisted.

And the major surprise for me is that, it's based from a true story. So at the Ending credits, when they've used some shots of the real Michael and the real people in the story, I kept on replaying some parts just to have a good look on those people.

There's nothing much I can say about the cinematography, music scoring, effects etc..because one thing I assure you though, is that this film offers an award-winning-heartwarming story.

The Descendants

Last movie I saw...

The Descendants (2011)
Directed by: Alexander Payne

George Clooney
Shailene Woodley
Amara Miller

I did not expect that I will like the film this much. I don't have any plans on watching the film but somehow the reviews and awards have gotten to me and sort of intrigued me in a way.

I'm really hands down with all respect to Alexander Payne. He's not only a director but he also wrote this praiseworthy story which showcased George Clooney's fluid acting. I like how the script was presented, issues sequence were organized, characters were established and the setting was breath taking.

The story revolves on George Clooney's character, with his dying wife, rebel children and his inheritance. I cried a lot while watching the film because the actors acting were so natural. George's crying scenes made me cry so hard and I would like to commend Shailene Woodley, though it's my first time seeing her act, she gave an impression that she knows her craft. Her acting for her age was outstanding and she's so attractive.(I envy her body!) I also like how the production showed a refreshing visual of Hawaii that is very different on how it was used on any Adam Sandler's film. The music scoring consistently supports the mood that Hawaii sets by using a tribal sounding background music which I think is very effective.

Overall, I agree that it's one of the must see films of 2011. They really deserve all of the awards that they've won.

Time Machine PV

I've waited for this PV for a very long time. Finally, it's here. I'm actually hoping that they'll produced a story kind of music video instead of highlighting each members acting ability which I think is not a bad idea but a bit predictable from SM.

Nevertheless, the song is all that matters. My favorite SNSD Japanese track.

Friday, March 16, 2012

My Kontrabida Girl

Last movie I saw...

My Kontrabida Girl (2012)
Directed by: Jade Castro

Aljur Abrenica
Rhian Ramos

This film is a good example of a potential hit plot & a great actress with an awful script & a trying hard drama actor.

My problem with GMA Films is that they produced films for the sake of producing. But I'm not sure if they even look at the quality of their materials with the exception of "Moments of Love", "My Valentine Girls" and "The Road" which I think can be classified as underrated films. But the rest of their production, sucks big time. Though, My Kontrabida Girl is a bit different in one aspect and that's for having an interesting plot. They also did the right choice on having Rhian Ramos for the female lead who showed huge improvement with her acting.(just watch The Road)But what I don't understand is why they hire crappy script writers. There are a lot of miss with the punchlines, some scenes makes me want to vomit for all the cliches plus the transition of scenes were really poor and I can go on ranting for an hour straight just to state the bad points of the script.

But the script is not the only disappointment, because the leading man is giving me headache as well. Aljur might be a hot commodity, literally or not but I hope that they will invest on working on his acting skills rather than paying for his gym fees. And the director can also be one of the factors on Aljur's poor performance. Because if you're a good director, you will be able to squeeze the best emotion needed on each scenes and if your actors are having difficulties on expressing the right emotion, as a director, he should have the ability to motivate the actors. But unfortunately, it did not reflect on Aljur's case.

So enough of the negatives because this film has also something good to offer. One of those is Rhian Ramos. I like how she portrayed the character, she's beyond beautiful and yet she's not afraid to make fun of herself in terms of acting. I really commend Rhian for her continuous improvement amidst all the controversies. I also like all of her wardrobes especially the one piece she have worn when she danced with Aljur. Another actress that I enjoyed watching was Chariz Solomon. haha. I can't help smiling whenever I remember her throw lines with Rhian at the last She's really good in comedy though I hope that she'll pass this stage of being typecast to comedy sidekick roles because I think she still has a lot to offer.

Few more things that I like about the film is the theme song "Ang Aking Puso" which sounds really good and the teasers. I'm a bit surprised that they thought of using scenes which are not part of the film on their promotional teasers. GMA should continue with that concept on their teasers instead of divulging the gist of the film in trailers

Overall, this film deserves a chance to be seen though they could have done better.

Wanted: Positivity

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