Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Film Review: Flight

The first thirty minutes are gripping and appalling, Powered by an all-star performances, Flight which was directed by the returning Robert Zemeckis(Back to the Future Trilogy, Cast Away, Forrest Gump) may have the cliched story, but it does have a big meaning, Flight fly away with astounding performances and a nail-biting athmosphere.

In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

A good film about a true hero who is plagued by his sickness -- alcoholism and drug abuse. Denzel Washington shines as the troubled protagonist slash antagonist in this film ,and probably The flight sequence are the most terrifying 8 minutes, ever recorded in a plane movie, since AF1 and Yet could be the best of it's time.

Denzel Washington is performance as Whip Whitaker is palpable, altough not memorable but still substantial and while Kelly Reilly she somehow steal the show, she embodied great performance and a well defined chemistry between Nicole and Whip , A tour de force all around, Robert Zemeckis, has crafted yet another brilliant and superb film.

Flight is indeed another tremendous acheivement for Robert Zemeckis, not only does he reinvent himself, but has created a motion picture, that surely will be remembered, altough it doesn't seems to leave a big impression, but in the upcoming years, Flight will be figured as a well-crafted picture and a well-executed plane film since Air Force One.

Nominated at the 85th Academy Awards for Best Actor(Denzel Washington), Flight, is indeed one of the greatest and finest performance of Washington has ever delivered, the films admittedly have complex and compelling plot, and Undoubtedly, despite the flaws, the drama and tensions combined nicely.

4 out of 5 stars

November 2,2012- U.S Release
February 13,2013- Philippine Release

Friday, February 8, 2013

Gangster Squad: Film Review

Gangster Squad is coming from the director who doesn't have a clue about this reckless genre, Ruben Fleischer directed the comedy movies like 2009's surprise hit Zombieland and 2011's 30 Minutes or Less, and this year's Gangster Squad, but this movie boast up with gruesome, so-not violent gangster film.

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen, runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and-if he has his way-every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara and Jerry Wooters, who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart.

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A film really lacks something and this film lacks better screenplay and greater story telling, this is sure highly stylized, super cool and an entertaining action-packed crime drama, It's big, thrilling and an exciting picture that deliver pure popcorn experience, I Believe that if this film have greater execution and have more goal to attain this could be another stepping stone for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

The main problem with 'Gangster Squad' really is that it only have an external plot and doesn't scream for meaningful and leaving an impression, It's missing an essential plot and character development, It's an absolute same crime-thriller been released in theater every month, and this film ends up being too cheesy.

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It's not big and good as Zombieland and it was a big improvement over 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad is another downward spiral from Ruben Fleischer, Even if his accused of being unoriginal, and that being mention, this film is filled with cliches which is anavoidable, this may attract solid crime/drama/action film fans, but this film will not please anyone.

With some actions, great fighting scenes, lots of shootouts, and a little car chase and mix up some unintended humor, but this is brought down with flaws that are essential and accountable, Gangster Squad may have a great style, intense dialogue, a great and quite notable cast, and this film is another run of the mill movie.

1.5 out of 5 stars

Broken City: Film Review

A sprawling 'Chinatown' wannabe, with it's A-list actors, it's now hard to trust them on what they can express on the film and the biggest disappointment could be from Russell Crowe, Crowe has been on a streak of dreadful films, films like Body of Lies, State of Play, Robin Hood, The Next Three Days, The Man With The Iron Fists and last month dreadful Les Miserables and that is coming from the star of L.A Confidential and Insider and yet a winner of Academy Award for Best Actor in 2000's Epic drama Gladiator, Mark Whalberg on the other hand has its up and down, The Fighter on 2010 which he was nominated for Best Actor at The Academy Awards, and 2012 is the downpour of him the January Release of heist film Contraband and that 'Ted' was seriously well made and now Broken City.

In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor, Billy's relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force and the mayor's worst nightmare

Broken City is no where good, it's not that it has the biggest star and yet doesn't succedeed our expectation but it is on Allen Hughes horrible direction, don't get me wrong but Book of Eli was worth watching and worth every penny and he directed it with his twin Brother Alfred Hughes, and the script was an utter mess and the accountable would be Brian Tucker, this must have been his writing debut and it could have been forgivable.

It just don't succeed on any aspects, it fails to attain even performances, The Cinematography is an exception, wonderfully made, albeit it was lifeless and a dull film, It's full of twist and turns and too many plot twists, that make it confusing and making it ambitious, It's just attempt on being a neo-noir and it failed big time.

Broken City is Released here by February 6,2012 and it was released on January 18,2013 in U.S, but it doesn't save it from teases, And there by means that Broken City is a piece of Junk that is thrown on January and it was played well, It's just an adult drama that's lacking and Could bring slight suspense and by no means it wasn't awful but it was really a disgrace and a waste of time and a dime.

Broken City could have an all-star cast, Cast that could have Join Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve and this Year Movie 43, I Didn't completely hate the movie, but it's enjoyable to watch, but if you're on something that have quality and story then this don't fit you, and why the hell is Russell Crowe that tan?

1 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Meet the Enchanting Residents of “Oz”

Disney is delighted to introduce the inhabitants of the Land of Oz in the 3D fantasy adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful.

OSCAR DIGGS – James Franco: Oscar Diggs is a small-time magician who takes his magic act on the road as part of a traveling circus in the Midwest. A man with dubious ethics, Oz is a handsome, charming charlatan who is skilled at smooth-talking his way out of problems. When he is hurled into the magical Land of Oz, Oscar faces a fight-or-flight dilemma that holds the fate of a kingdom in the balance, forcing him to decide what kind of man he truly is before it is too late.”  Directed by Sam Raimi, the film reimagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz.

FRANK – Zach Braff:  Frank is Oz’s assistant and right-hand man—he’s the money handler, costume mender and prop wrangler for Oz’s magic act. Frank is put upon and underappreciated but is Oz’s only friend

THEODORA – Mila Kunis:  Theodora is a beautiful, naïve witch who is protected by her powerful sister Evanora. Theodora only wants peace to come to the Land of Oz and truly believes that a prophesied wizard will arrive someday to restore order.

FINLEY – Voice of Zach Braff: Finley is a winged monkey that accompanies Oz on his journey . Finley doesn’t have a high opinion of Oscar and lets him know it. Ultimately he becomes a loyal ally and helps Oz discover his true self.

EVANORA – Rachel Weisz:  A witch to be feared, Evanora is Theodora’s over-protective sister. With her penetrating gaze, she exudes a  powerful presence and has positioned herself as the royal advisor and protector of Emerald City.

GLINDA – Michelle Williams:  Glinda is a good witch who rules over a peaceful kingdom of simple, kind folk. Beautiful Glinda is not only a compassionate and benevolent witch, but also a fierce protector of her people. Though Glinda sees through Oz’s façade early on, she knows genuine goodness lies within and helps Oz achieve his true destiny.

CHINA GIRL – Voice of Joey King:  China Girl is from the village of China Town, where everything, including the inhabitnts, is made of china. When destruction befalls her land, the brave, resilient China Girl encounters Oz and they strike up an unlikely friendship.

KNUCK – Tony Cox:  Knuck is a dour, unsmiling Munchkin, who, as the Herald of Emerald City, announces all the visitors. Despite his cantankerous demeanor, he is loyal to Glinda and thus reluctantly becomes Oz’s ally.

WINKIES: The Winkies are the formidable, spear-carrying, 8-foot tall, uniformed guards of Emerald City under the command of Evanora.

QUADLINGS:  The Quadlings are inhabitants of Glinda’s kingdom. They are kind-hearted, simple country folk who are mostly farmers.

TINKERS: The Tinkers, who live in Glinda’s kingdom, are tall, thin, old men with long, white beards and elfish ears who can build anything. What they lack in stamina they more than make up for in ingenuity. They are led by the Master Tinker, who Oz finds the perfect foil for his plans.

MUNCHKINS:  The Munchkins are giggling, happy little people, who live peaceful lives singing and making pretty clothes. Though they don’t have a care in the world, they are loyal to Glinda and do their best to help her if and when she needs them.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, March 7 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular theaters,  “Oz The Great and Powerful” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures

Hitchcock: Film Review

Hitchcock is driven aesthically, beautifully executed and greatly acted by the two veterans and winner for Best Actor and Best Actress at Academy Awards, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren respectively, Sacha Gervasi's masterpiece of exploration of how does a Mr. Alfred Hitchcock direct and how Psycho has been made despite all challenges and hurdles and how Barney Balaban eats his own words.

HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie Psycho

Hitchcock is an odd movie, which i really liked, On one hand it's very interesting as it shows what went on behind the scenes of "Psycho", and the performance was really phenomenal, Hitchcock is one of the most surprising films of 2012. This is a well made biopic with a very good cast of talented actor and this biopic is indeed very shocking.

No one can argue on what Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren did there's no lacking it was total commitment, on the other side there's no denying Scarlett Johansson is an effective addition to it's cast portraying Janet Leigh, and indeed she gave life to Janet Leigh and as for James D'Arcy, Jessica Biel and Toni Collette is just enticing as ever and making this cast to die for.

"Hitchcock" isn't deep or complex, but it's a delightful and interesting exploration of the making of "Psycho" and Alfred Hitchcock's relationship with his wife, A glossy, broadly drawn depiction of a man who deserves to be treated with much more complexity and it could surely be a sweet and kind crowd-pleaser.

Hitchcock is indeed maybe too shallow for it's plot and it's too tight for it's story telling, but it's relentless performance and added depth, Sacha Gervasi's film is indeed another great addition to his resume and as for Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren they never loses their charms and this could go down in history, "Call me Hitch. Hold the cock.", 

4.5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Parker: Film Review

A very action-packed film handled bombastically by the unlikely chemistry of Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, A classic Donald Westlake revenge movie, the film is the first to be allowed to use the character's real name from the novels, Parker is indeed a really heavily cliched and written horrible nevertheless it was unexpectedly entertaining and solid.

Set amidst the unparalleled wealth and glamor of Palm Beach, Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up to get their cut in the crime thriller PARKER based on the series of bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake. The film is directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Taylor Hackford (Ray) and also stars Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce (HBO's The Wire) and Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte.

It's another typical Jason Statham, his films like Blitz, Safe, Crank, Killer Elite to name a few and believe me he have a dozen of that, and be ready his making another three movies namely Hummingbird, Homefront and Heat and as of the rest it's the same basic formula, a good guy is seeking a revenge for leaving him to death, isn't that wonderful.

Jason Statham making this kind of movies over and over again is like pissing on the same side of the street, albeit he have a great chemistry with the charming Jennifer Lopez, but yet it doesn't save the movie, it's just add depth and additional impact, but then Parker brought up some tensions and could lightly be on your edge of your seat.

Parker is nothing but another your typical action movie, but it's another proven formula that has been used many time, it's another middling action film, that is good but not perfect, terrible but not the worst and yet been directed by Taylor Hackford the director of Ray , and yes Parker isn't memorable and could be easily forgotten.

The film could been easily be more great, as it for the screenplay it was pretty horrible and nonsense but it does combine great action scenes and tensions but it will tease you if it an action-thriller film or another cheesy romance film, check out for yourself and i would say that Parker is a pass.

2.5 out of 5 stars

Parental Guidance: Film Review

Led by two charming actors Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, Parental Guidance has it's triumph and flaws and making it an heartwarming family film, Directed by Andy Fickman the director of family films alike The Game Plan and Race to Witch Mountain, and Parental Guidance is indeed a film that is comforting and a movie that makes your problem set aside for a while.

Old school grandfather Artie who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane's old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it's learning to bend - and not holding your ground - that binds a family together.

Parental Guidance is obviously not gonna attract attention to mean critics and it's target was targeted successfully and that was the audience, It's absolutely an outrageous an hysterical fun time, A well screenplayed funny and heartwarming film, and it's a comedy that kids will surely enjoy and more likely to appeal on adults.

Billy Crystal and Bette Midler is hilarious and annoying as ever, as for Marisa Tomei she really is a great addition in the film and it is a perfect combination, this is created with no holds barred and been made by the greatest intentions but it's too predictable and too sappy and making it another typical family movie.

An inoffensive, occasionally enjoyable caper that has its heart in the right place, Parental Guidance is yet the film you can't watch and you wont miss anything, but this is an exception, all families should watch this kind and tender film, critics be damned and dont mind them, this is a film that you can relax and worth every penny 

The greatest asset of this film that is it have heart and story to tell, yet heavily relied on numerous cliches and choppy dialogues, Parental Guidance is just a breath of fresh air, this film is not filled with sex, lust, gluttony and violence and this is filled with heart and laughs and that makes Andy Fickman's Parental Guidance a whimsical film for all ages.

4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mama: Film Review

"Mama", based on a short by the same name, takes a simple 3-minute premise and expands it to feature length, First time director Andrés Muschietti was really smart and brave he doesnt let his film to be incorporate with cheap gore and scares and instead takes it to another level,  and he does usually succeeded with the guidance of Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel, have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.

Mama was produced by the one and only Guillermo Del Toro which he upset as in 2011 with the remake of Don't be Afraid of the Dark which was incoherent and unusual and in this film he half-redeemed himself, albeit some flaws but Mama has a catchy title and an interesting premise which really works and create something entertaining using a proven formula.

Mama was really an effective horror movie, it was stylish and old scare but with an disappointing CGI, yet this doesnt make that a hurdle, the biggest impact the film could offer was the relentless performance of the abandoned children and Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain, there's no doubt the film would be an utter bore if it would have been to them.

Mama ain't no junk and ain't no fluke, it could have been reinvent horror movies, the story was engaging enough for a start of the year horror film, as we have too many unanswered questions throughout, especially a glaring one at the end and really they let the character develop and that was great and this is a decent watch.

this is a film worth seeing and is quite frankly underrated. If you love ghost stories, then this is a film to see, There is a bit of everything in this one to enjoy, and if you love these types of films, then you owe it to yourself to watch it, and Mama is another decent and great addition to Guillermo Del Toro and Jessica Chastain's resume.

The movie opens in Philippine cinemas on February 06, 2013 from Universal Studios to be distributed by Solar Entertainment Corp.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Upside Down: Film Review

Upside Down has a really an effective interesting premise and was really intriguing and this film is set in a world where dual gravity exists. In this world, we have the upper class with all the rich people on top and the lower class on the bottom, A poorly told love story at that too, all of it was underwhelming and wanting for more.

Ever since Adam and Eden fell in love as teens, their bond has faced astronomical odds. The pair are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions-he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. Their budding but illicit romance screeches to a tragic halt when interplanetary-border patrol agents catch them and Eden suffers an apparently fatal fall. But when, ten years later, Adam learns she is alive and working at a vast corporation whose towering headquarters connects their planets, he sets out on a dangerous quest to infiltrate the company and the upper world to reconnect with her.

Upside Down, was really downward spiral, Jim Sturgees and Kristen Dunst could have done better and there performance was underwhelming and unethically not charming at all, Jim Sturgees is really goodlooking and Krisen Dunst is beautieful as ever but there chemisty is lacking, this ambitious romance film relies on too much romance cliches.

Directed by Juan Diego Salanas, there's no way but be impressed on his creation, albeit full of flaws and petty mistakes, Unfortunately, altough the premise is pretty interesting and te effects were undeniaby cool, but it has a lot of stuffs to make it work, especially the romantic aspect it didn't add any depth and it was too shallow and just don't work

Honestly, I was really impressed and enjoyed it, There's more to it than a cheesy sci-fi film, this futuristic Romeo and Juliet, It's a bit odd that they didn't developed the character and tell how love can win against all, However, this is a must try, and let your imagion bend and float upside down.

There's no denying the beauty of this film, It's visually pretty but too many plot holes that makes it underwhelming, This scifi fantasy romance had so much potential, But i guess it lacked depth and commitment than can strive through and could save the movie but let it drift into a simple movie and ridden with too many plot holes and question unanswered.

2 out of 5 stars.

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Haunted House: Film Review

Starring Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins. Directed by Michael Tiddes. 86 minutes. Opens Jan. 23 at major theatres. R-13

Before watching this kind of this it's prior to check out it's review on rottentomatoes.com and it was critically panned in which it barely have positive reviews, no doubt this spoof film is nothing but a joke itself, along comes Marlon Wayans(White Chick, Scary Movie) and this is the kind of what he do best see for yourself and watch Marmaduke, Norbit, Scary Movie.

In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other "found footage" movies, A Haunted House features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they're not alone. But it's not the house that's haunted, it's Malcolm's girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship or, more importantly, his sex life.

The horror spoof , already considered the worst genre a movie could be in cinematic history, this is surely nothing compare to other recent spoof film and be ready there's another Scary Movie which be releasing this year, A Haunted House is offending, tarnished and inappropriate but delivers some comedic rewards

Conceivably, as the film start rolling and you expect Paranormal Activity, looking for something new to offer and redeem yourself was like needle in a hay stack, only realizing your that no doubt you are terrible actor, it still offered some chuckles like Malcolm was drunk and crap on the ashes of Keisha's father and that was hilarious and the rest meh.

The good thing was i watched this with nothing on the table and just seat back and relax, the film is nothing but a great shame it can't even burst a simple joke, even the most audience can not forget this film because of it's bad factor and this was completely utterly foolish and incoherently gross.

A Haunted House was nothing but a shame and there's no in heaven and hell i would see again with a Marlon Wayans, this movie should have been decent if it could bring some suitable jokes and scares but it was just flat, gross, annoying, boring and most of all not funny at all.

0.5 out of 5 stars

Saturday, February 2, 2013

“Marvel’s Iron Man 3” teases new poster, Super Bowl AD

Marvel Entertainment has revealed a new teaser poster for “Marvel’s Iron Man 3” as well as the film’s highly anticipated Super Bowl commercial

Starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, “Marvel’s Iron Man 3” is the latest installment of the film franchise that has grossed more than $1.2 billion at the global box office. The film opens across the Philippines in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, Digital 2D and 35mm format on Wednesday, April 24.

“Marvel’s Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic super hero Iron Man, who first appeared in the pages of “Tales of Suspense #39″ in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man #1″ in May of 1968.

“Marvel’s Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.