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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Oblivion: Film Review


In 2017, earth goes to war with an invading alien race, resulting in the nuclear destruction of the planet. The survivors establish a new colony on Titan, a moon of Saturn. Jack Harper (Cruise) is a former marine stationed on Earth whose job consists of maintaining the drones which seek out and destroy the few remaining aliens, known as "scavs". He and his communications officer Victoria (Riseborough) have had their memories wiped prior to this assignment so as to protect the location of Earth's survivors. Harper, however, is plagued by the inexplicable memory of meeting a young woman, Julia (Kurylenko), at the top of a pre-war Empire State building.

The early scenes of decayed buildings and barren landscapes are beautifully contrasted by the cold, clean look of their apartment and the fantastic jet fighter and drones technology., Though it contains many standard elements and isn't among the more detailed of sci-fi films, 'Oblivion' is worth watching for its magnificent and immersing visuals, suspenseful script and Tom Cruise's continuing charisma as a leading man.


Joseph Kosinski takes a second shot at science fiction with his newest feature film Oblivion, Going into Oblivion, one could already expect a visual treat from the director of Tron: Legacy, Oblivion is beautiful to look at, and the credit should be given to Joseph Kosinski and Claudio Miranda for creating such an immersive environment for the audience to be a part of. You can tell that the crew behind Oblivion spent a lot of time and a lot of heart into the planning of this film because the world that they create looks real and feels real.

Tom Cruise shines, as a man struggling with memories of a world he has never known, and fighting to save humanity as he's forced to question everything he thought he knew, If what you fancy in sci-fi is only action, visual effects and the ever-lifeless mien of Tom Cruise, you would love this movie. But if you are anything like me, the idea of the story is the main drive to watch, you will be disappointed.


Oblivion is your basic Tom Cruise movie, hard core action and bland script, but look on the bright side, Oblivion is one of the most enjoyable experience in cinema, especially if you watch in IMAX, The film is very well shot with brilliant post-apocalyptic scenery. However, it does lack the character development and it feels like many other films throughout. It is a very good film nonetheless.

A great start for the SciFi summer of 2013. Kosinski again proved tat he is one of the best visual directors on earth and someone who finds the right composer for the right film., actually see the intricate craftsmanship by Kosinski, where Ideas trumps Special Effects. A harrowing yet poignant post-apocalyptic helplessness in its fullest glory.

Rating: 8 out of 10 stars 
Release Date: April 10,2013  
Released by: Solar-UIP 
Starring: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Mellisa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zoe Bell
Directed By: Joseph Kosinki




Saturday, April 13, 2013

Vertigo: Film Review


Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo , is now widely considered the best film of all time, dethroning Orson Welle's Citizen Kane and Francis Ford Copolla's Godfather Part I and II, and this coming from the British Magazine Sight & Sound, Greatest movie ever made?, maybe but personally I doubt it, but what matters is this is another undisputed from the master of suspense Alfred Hithcock, Great film, but I was expecting so much more. I wasn't dissappointed, just surprised by how I didn't like it as much as I thought I would

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's much-younger wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Although a great movie, this is not my favorite film by the master of suspense, It's still Psycho, however 'Vertigo'. A tragic love story, an intriguing mystery, two top notch leading performances, and a score that heightens every second of the film beautifully!, Another fantastic masterpiece from Hitchcock! I loved this movie, once again it was a suspenseful murder mystery that keeps you gripped up until the end!, Just when you think the story has found the answer your hit with twist upon twist just to keep you guessing!


Hitchcock had a handful of memorable hits and many more forgettable misses over the course of his long career, but one film that stands out to many above and beyond the rest is his cerebral masterpiece, Vertigo, Like most of Hitchcock's work, I find myself respecting the material more than engaging with it, A beautiful, eerie, and dreamlike masterpiece, Vertigo is truly the work of a genius. Obsessive, nightmarish, full of hidden emotions and longings, it reaches to the most deep within us, A triumph of style over only partially satisfactory substance.

It is kind of disturbing that Hitchcock claimed this as his most personal film. Fears and obsessions are the spices that are supposed to make this engaging, Vertigo is bound to have you shuddering in their seat from the minute it drags you in, Vertigo may not truly deserve the title as the new "greatest movie of all time", but the thrillingly well-shot cinematography and chilling premise makes this Hitchcock movie better than The Birds.

There's a reason that movies like this wind up on every critic's top ten list. Films like Vertigo are both compelling and challenging for the viewer,  Every time I revisit 'Vertigo' it is like watching the film for the first time. The photography is still beautiful. The score is still moving. And the twists still shock me to my core, Still, the film pioneered many great filmmaking techniques and everything but the story is pitch-perfect.

Vertigo may run a little long or linger in it's middle, but nevertheless is is a fascinating and uniquely compelling romantic thriller that certainly grows on you, this film is certainly is a piece of art, and what makes this film unique and different to other is that Hitchcock's filming from his camera angles, movement and locations helped also bring forth the film's style and purpose. The film's haunting dream sequences and "Vertigo" sequences are also classic scenes and purely great.

Rating:  9.5 out of 10 stars


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Trailer of Horror Film “Carrie” Spooks Online

Columbia Pictures has just revealed the second trailer of its upcoming suspense-thriller, “Carrie” which you can watch here at


“Carrie” is a reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore). The teenaged girl unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

The film also stars Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde and Ansel Elgort.


Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, “Carrie” is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Opening across the Philippines in October 2013, “Carrie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph/ to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.




Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Croods: Film Review


Coming from the makers of How To Train Your Dragon and Rise of The Guardians, Dreamworks Animation this year gave us another average animated movie but with a hint of heart, The Croods wonderful opening sequence sells that point in a very morbid yet charming way. We then meet the lovely cave girl Eep and her family who are soon set out on a journey that will change their lives forever.

It's rushed, there's no real stakes even for an animated film and some of the comedy falls flat but thanks to the solid voice work, a surprisingly heartfelt second half and animation that takes full advantage of the film's Stone Age setting, I enjoyed "The Croods" much more than I thought I was going to. It just looked like silliness from start to finish, which is what it turned out to be, but it does it in such a way that it almost seems strikingly fresh

The Croods tells the story of the world's first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home. As if patriarch Grug (Cage) didn't already have enough to handle, it goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad named Guy (Reynolds.) With Guy's help the Croods conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive - each other.


Visually dazzling and filled with hilarious slapstick, The Croods is the most enjoyable film of the year so far. Unfortunately, some of the added sentimentality drags it down but the film pulls it out of sap territory enough for the film to offer some pleasant family togetherness.Visually dazzling and filled with hilarious slapstick, The Croods is the most enjoyable film of the year so far. Unfortunately, some of the added sentimentality drags it down but the film pulls it out of sap territory enough for the film to offer some pleasant family togetherness.

The Croods contains a good cast and tight writing for the characters, but the overly familiar plot don't make it as appealing like other animated films. It's aimed toward kids and they'll likely have more fun with it for it contains a colorful world, cartoon like jokes, and is energetic. Adults can have fun with it, but not as much kids will, Great story about discovering new wonders, Fun family-friendly adventure, It was witty, funny, adventurous, emotional and lots of fun.


The Croods is an energetic, fast paced, family fun movie that will definitely entertain children of all ages. The Croods was directed by Chris Sanders, the guy who directed, Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon. You can easily tell this film was directed by Chris Sanders just by the animation design, The Croods has the same character and color designs as, Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon, but unfortunately his previous films, was my personal favorites, The Croods however is a great animation film but lacks magic

The Croods is a movie that offers great family filled entertainment and stunning visual 3D effects, I didn't expect much from the trailers for this film, but I knew that I wanted to see this. So with not very much high expectations in mind, I was then treated with some beautiful scenes from the film and some very well thought out screenplay,  The Croods might not be fresh as it should, but it is much more entertaining than I expected.

THE FILM ENTHUSIAST rates it 7 out of possible 10 stars, might as well check the trailer below:


'The Wolverine' Trailer Debuts Today


Starring the much-celebrated and widely followed Hugh Jackman, The Wolverine is based on the celebrated comic book arc that reveals the man behind those adamantium claws, Logan aka Wolverine as we’ve never seen him before. Set in modern day Japan, he finds himself out of his depth in an unknown world where he encounters unexpected and deadly opponents that will leave him forever changed.Starring the much-celebrated and widely followed Hugh Jackman, The Wolverine is based on the celebrated comic book arc that reveals the man behind those adamantium claws, Logan aka Wolverine as we’ve never seen him before. Set in modern day Japan, he finds himself out of his depth in an unknown world where he encounters unexpected and deadly opponents that will leave him forever changed.


This stand-alone epic from the X-Men universe reveals the untold story of Wolverine, the most iconic of mutants and brings the character saga to greater heights in depth, intensity and action as he struggle with his immortality.

Directed by James Mangold and written by Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie, the movie also features an amazing cast which includes Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida, Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper, Rila Fukushima as Yukio, Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida, Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada and Brian Tee as Noburo Mori.

Prepare for the ultimate action faceoff when “The Wolverine” opens July 25 (3D) in Philippine cinemas!

'Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters' First-Look Photos

Talented teen heartthrob Logan Lerman returns as demi-god Percy Jackson, the son of the powerful sea-god Poseidon and sails the most dangerous of seas in the upcoming “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” along with returning cast Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel and Sean Bean.


Based on the bestselling “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” book series written by Rick Riordan, “The Sea of Monsters” reunites Percy (Lerman) and Annabeth (Daddario) at Camp Half-Blood along with Tyson (Douglas Smith), Percy’s half-brother who is a Cyclops.  Their journey takes them to uncharted dangerous seas to recover the Golden Fleece that can save the camp and eventually save their best friend Grover (Jackson) who is half-man/half-goat from a very mean Cyclops, Polyphemus.


With Percy whose powers include control of the waters, Annabeth whose strengths are her wit and warrior skills from her god-mother Athena and Tyson being resistant to fire and possesses powerful strength, the three embark head-on amid raging seas racing against time and battle with other teen demigods to save their world.


Arriving in (Phils.) theaters August 15 nationwide, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” is from 20th Century Fox and will be available in 3D and 2D format.


Watch out for more news, photos, trailers at @20thCenturyFoxPh YouTube channel and 20th Century Fox (Philippines) Facebook page.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Manila Feautured in 'Pacific Rim

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have just shared a teaser photo from an anticipated new trailer of Guillermo del Toro’s epic, action adventure “Pacific Rim” and it features Manila!

The photo shows a screen-grab from a news flash, reporting that a kai kaiju (sea monster) wreaks havoc in Manila and leaves a pile contaminating the city.

It’s interesting how extensive will the city’s exposure be in the new trailer which may debut any day now, and in the movie itself which opens in the Philippines July 11.

In Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Pacific Rim,” when legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.

But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) is directing the epic film from a script by Travis Beacham (“Clash of the Titans”). Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), Idris Elba (“Thor”), Rinko Kikuchi (“The Brothers Bloom”), Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”), and Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films). The ensemble cast also includes Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke.

Shawn “JAY Z” Carter teams up with Baz Luhrmann on “The Great Gatsby


Grammy Award-winning musical artist Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has collaborated with writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann on “The Great Gatsby”—in the capacity of Executive Producer—to bring the modern “Jazz Age” energy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original text to the big screen, procuring, performing, producing and arranging for a soundtrack featuring some of the world’s top musical artists.

JAY Z’s contributions, woven amongst a score by long-time Luhrmann collaborator, composer Craig Armstrong, drive Gatsby’s champagne-infused dance floors, rumble in New York’s illegal speakeasies, and foreshadow the tragedy behind Gatsby’s “extraordinary gift for hope.” To articulate the film’s “1920s-Meets-Now” sound, JAY Z also comes to “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack as a performer and contributor of original music.

Luhrmann and JAY Z were introduced by Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby), and this led to a two-year collaborative effort. During this time, JAY Z worked with Luhrmann and his team to capture, translate and contrast the feelings of Fitzgerald’s decadent era with that of our own, using hip-hop and jazz, music contemporary and period, to bring two distinct American moments to simultaneous life. They sculpted the film’s musical landscape alongside Armstrong, who worked with the director on “Moulin Rouge!” and “Romeo + Juliet.” The film’s music supervisor is Anton Monsted.

Luhrmann calls the collaboration with JAY Z “a credible and natural fit. Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories—not just as decoration, but to actively tell story using the immediacy of pop culture. He coined the phrase ‘the Jazz Age.’ So, the question for me in approaching Gatsby was how to elicit from our audience the same level of excitement and pop-cultural immediacy toward the world that Fitzgerald did for his audience? And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop. Not only is JAY Z a great artist, full stop, but I had heard that he was a great collaborator. Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as JAY Z was recording ‘No Church in the Wild,’ and the collaboration grew from there.”

JAY Z said, “As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project. The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to ‘Moulin Rouge’ made it a masterpiece, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’s’ score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.”

“The Great Gatsby” soundtrack will be released by Interscope Records.

(Opening across the Philippines on May 15, “The Great Gatsby” will be distributed in IMAX® 3D, Digital 3D and regular format by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.)Grammy Award-winning musical artist Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has collaborated with writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann on “The Great Gatsby”—in the capacity of Executive Producer—to bring the modern “Jazz Age” energy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original text to the big screen, procuring, performing, producing and arranging for a soundtrack featuring some of the world’s top musical artists.

JAY Z’s contributions, woven amongst a score by long-time Luhrmann collaborator, composer Craig Armstrong, drive Gatsby’s champagne-infused dance floors, rumble in New York’s illegal speakeasies, and foreshadow the tragedy behind Gatsby’s “extraordinary gift for hope.” To articulate the film’s “1920s-Meets-Now” sound, JAY Z also comes to “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack as a performer and contributor of original music.

Luhrmann and JAY Z were introduced by Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby), and this led to a two-year collaborative effort. During this time, JAY Z worked with Luhrmann and his team to capture, translate and contrast the feelings of Fitzgerald’s decadent era with that of our own, using hip-hop and jazz, music contemporary and period, to bring two distinct American moments to simultaneous life. They sculpted the film’s musical landscape alongside Armstrong, who worked with the director on “Moulin Rouge!” and “Romeo + Juliet.” The film’s music supervisor is Anton Monsted.

Luhrmann calls the collaboration with JAY Z “a credible and natural fit. Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories—not just as decoration, but to actively tell story using the immediacy of pop culture. He coined the phrase ‘the Jazz Age.’ So, the question for me in approaching Gatsby was how to elicit from our audience the same level of excitement and pop-cultural immediacy toward the world that Fitzgerald did for his audience? And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop. Not only is JAY Z a great artist, full stop, but I had heard that he was a great collaborator. Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as JAY Z was recording ‘No Church in the Wild,’ and the collaboration grew from there.”

JAY Z said, “As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project. The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to ‘Moulin Rouge’ made it a masterpiece, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’s’ score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.”

“The Great Gatsby” soundtrack will be released by Interscope Records.

(Opening across the Philippines on May 15, “The Great Gatsby” will be distributed in IMAX® 3D, Digital 3D and regular format by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

3 Teaser Posters of “White House Down” Take Off

“It will start like any other day,” so the teaser posters of the new action thriller “White House Down” cryptically say. Columbia Pictures has just launched the initial one-sheets the Roland Emmerich-directed potential blockbuster starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx




In the film, capitol policeman John Cale (Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Written by James Vanderbilt, “White House Down” also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins and Joey King.

Opening across the Philippines in June 2013, “White House Down” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests..