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.