Showing posts from May, 2012

REVIEW | Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Vain Queen Ravenna is the impossibly beautiful Charlize Theron. 

Beauty. Vanity. Power. Jealousy. 
The dark elements of the story of Snow White, cloaked in fairy tale magic and fantasy, are perfect ingredients for a delicious epic story, with a high potential to be a cinematic dream. 
Snow White and the Huntsman offers the sinister and action-adventure side of our beloved childhood fairy tale to rouse horror and suspense reminiscent of 1997's TV movie Snow White: A Tale of Terror (Sigourney Weaver), while keeping intact its sense of fairy tale magic. Medieval castles, enchanted forests and creatures, evil queens, beautiful princesses and handsome princes, it promises a fairy tale movie come true. 
So, is it?

A hush-hush chat with the golden man in the gong-mirror. 

The story centers on the super beautiful but evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and her obsession with beauty and power. Her "mirror, mirror on the wall" (which actually looks like a gong) constantly feeds he…


Nestled in Madison Square Ortigas, just a short distance from the bustling Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City, is Taza De Oro, an unassuming restaurant offering authentic Chinese cuisine.
Ideally a restaurant for families and group of friends getting together for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Taza De Oro will also satisfy your craving for authentic Chinese dishes. Even if you're no fan of Chinese food, Taza De Oro will make you a fan, and it could possibly become one of your favorite restaurants.

We were served a 7-course meal, staring with the hot & sour soup (made with tofu, pork and dried mushrooms) that simply warms the soul with its distinct and delectable flavor. Then we were served the salted fish fried rice, so perfect that I could very well eat just that. 

The entire feast was honest-to-goodness satisfyingly good. But of course I have my favorites: the eye-popping and wow-inducing dishes for me include the mixed vegetable fu yong, that is so devastatingly…

REVIEW | What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

What to Expect When You're Expecting feels like a brief overview of various birth methods and pregnancy tales (because it's based on some pregnancy book) that culminates, of course, to seeing the babies in their arms.

In the first place, I don't know why they needed to make a film out of this stuff; which feels nothing but a very light, cliched summary of what to expect when you're expecting, only it's pretty, colorful and, uhm, cinematic. We see beautiful women, Hollywood female A-listers and popular faces (Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kenrick, etc) walking around with bulging bellies and/or watching them in their own little dramas and little joys of being expectant mothers. To give us a break from too much estrogen on the screen, they incorporated a Daddy Club, led by Chris Rock, that support the idea of the joys of parenting.

The visuals are pleasing (J.Lo's apartment is gorgeous!), the locations nice, the characters have their own dis…

REVIEW | Dark Shadows (2012)

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.

It's 1752 and wealthy playboy and dark magic enthusiast Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) of Collinsport, Maine, breaks the heart of Angelique (Eva Green) when he chooses Josette (Bella Heathcote), his true love, over her. But too bad for Barnabas, the devastated Angelique happens to be a witch, and Barnabas receives the full effect of her wrath of unrequited love: not only with a family curse, but with eternal suffering—turning Barnabas into a vampire and then burying him alive. Almost two centuries later, in 1972, Barnabas is accidentally released from his coffin. Time-warped and culture-shocked, Barnabas returns to the Collinwood Manor, stays with the cursed and dysfunctional Collins family, his descendants, and becomes determined to redeem the Collins family name. 
But Barnabas is in for a surprise when the past returns to haunt him.

Based on the 1966-1970 television series of the same name, Tim Burton's Dark Shadows is a gothic fantasy …

REVIEW | Ceremony (2010)

Children's storybook writer Sam Davis (Michael Angarano) is heartbroken. The little guy is still completely and absolutely in love with Zoe (Uma Thurman)-- but Zoe is about to get married to Whit, a megalomaniac British documentary filmmaker (Lee Pace). Bent on stealing her back, Sam drags his best friend Marshall (Reece Thompson) to a trip down Whit's elegant beachside miniature castle to ruin Zoe's wedding-- but keeping his motive a secret from Marshall.

So, will Zoe change her mind and leave Whit for the "good guy"?
Directed and written by Mark Winkler, Ceremony is a talkative film brimming with wit and playfulness. The  main characters are well-written, their quirks and personalities hilariously transparent, and the dynamics between them feels raw and natural. Also, Winkler filled the screenplay with plenty of background characters, which added more spice and playfulness, giving us a richer and wittier comedic experience. There's a lot of talk and a lot …

REVIEW | The Avengers (2012)

As if you don't already know, Joss Wheddon is currently the superhero of the world for making the dream of the entire Marvel fandom come true, not only bringing to life their all-time favorite superheroes on the big screen but alsoTEAMING them up to avenge the world. What could be more exciting than that for fanboys and girls? It is the most highly anticipated summer blockbuster crossover event in recent cinematic history!

In The Avengers, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) of S.H.I.E.L.D brings together Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), together with Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to save the world from the evil plans of the highly insecure exiled demigod and half-brother of Thor, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Tension and quarrels rise between the superheroes...but can they unite, compromise, and tolerate each other for the sake of humanity?

From the POV of a girl with no comic-book supe…

REVIEW | American Pie: Reunion (2012)

In 1999, the world got a taste of American Pie. Jason Biggs will forever be stamped in our minds not only as the younger version of Adam Sandler but as the horny boy who had sex with an apple pie and became an Internet sensation.
American Pie creator Adam Herz contributed to pop culture and cinema a brand of mainstream teen comedy that crushed the barriers of censorship, modesty, and subtlety-- he nosedived into a shameless sex comedy in all its teenage awkwardness. He laid it out point-blank to your face: American Pie is a sexy, hormonally charged gross fun, meant to turn your eyes away awkwardly, make your jaw drop and make you feel uncomfortable, while keeping a steady stream of humor, inducing the occasional riotous outburst.

I was a teenager myself in 1999 when American Pie landed on my face in all its gross and sticky, humorous situations. It may not be the best comedy ever but its success is that it's unforgettable. The cast will eternally beassociated with the movie: Jason B…