Showing posts from August, 2012

REVIEW | Katy Perry: Part of Me in 3D (2012)

The blue-haired bi-curious Barbie doll with her sun-kissed skin so hot will melt your popsicle, and her rainbow world of sugary treats and pop overload, has been converted to 3D in a concert documentary called Katy Perry: Part of Me, luring viewers to "step into her world," and see a visual "mad diary." 
From the same production company who brought us the surprisingly well-executed part-docu part-concert movie Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Katy's docu,though, does not really give us access to her innermost world, but merely shows us the surface; a promotional and safe facade that simply talks about a talented (and she is talented) girl who believes in herself—   the epitome of her song "Firework." There's a few shots of  her interacting with Grandma, Mom and Dad, and lots of backstage meet-and-greets with her toddler-to-teen fans, but Katy comes off as self-conscious and aware that she's being filmed. And then her team talks about how much sh…

REVIEW | The Campaign (2012)

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in a political satire. What could be giddily funnier than that? Both comedians, when given a richly developed character, are thigh-slapping hilarious. Take Due Date and Semi-Pro or Anchorman. Pit these two guys against each other as political rivals for US.Congress, then it becomes a dream comedy for fans of Ferrell and Galiafanikis. With the baby-punching in the trailer, though, you get a little worried that maybe that's the best that they've got to offer, but US Politics with idiots as rivals played by really talented actors? That's a great material right there. The odds of a failure here is almost nil. 
But then, shockingly, The Campaign, directed by Jay Roach (Little Fockers), the laugh-o-meter is alarmingly low. 

As part of a political conspiracy, long-term Democratic congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) of the North Carolina district, is suddenly thrown a Republican rival, Marty Huggins (Zach Galiafanikis), a naive weirdo with pure intenti…

Total Recall (2012)

Whether on not you've seen Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall, forget about it. A remake is never a carbon-copy of the original. It has its own distinctive style. An "original" on its own. So don't try to recall the 1990 classic, or how precious and incomparable it is for you. Erase it from your mind, and embrace a new memory.
Sci-fi-action fans will take pleasure in Len Wiseman's totally modern Total Recall (2012), this time casting Colin Farrell as Doug Quaid. Loosely based on the 1966 short story by Philip K. Dick, Total Recall takes us to a dystopian future, post World War III, when the Earth is almost uninhabitable in the aftermath of a chemical warfare. Only two livable but overcrowded territories exist: The Colony and The United Federation of Britain. Doug, a factory worker in The Colony,  and married to the beautiful Lori (Kate Beckinsale), has recurring dreams of a life way more exciting than his daily routine in the assembly line, dreams that are a…

Ballet Philippines' Neo-Filipino: Anting

By Ballet Philippines

Anting brings to life pre-eminent dramatist Tony Perez’s libretto that explores the world of talismans and amulets of Filipino magical traditions. It is made up for four separate movements, each depicting a specific kind of amulet and its powers.
Each movement is interpreted through dance by noted Filipino choreographers: BP artistic director Paul Alexander Morales, BP associate artistic director Christine Crame, BP alumnus and E-Dance Theatre artistic director Gerald Mercado, and Airdance artistic director Ava Villanueva-Ong. They will work with the music of noted musicians Jed Balsamo, Jerrold Tarod, Teresa Barrozo and Israel Rodriguez.
Anting promises to take audiences to a different world, one that is altogether historical, traditional, and familiar yet edgy and unusual in approach. As the 43rd Season: Dragon Song continues, Ballet Philippines keeps the magic and wonder alive in us all.

Teaser trailer:

The official performances and ticket prices of Anting are as f…

REVIEW | Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

A great kiddie movie can entertain anybody, from a grandma right down to a grade-schooler. From a pony-tailed film snob down to the happy-go-lucky mainstream moviegoer, because an excellent storytelling is an excellent storytelling! Simple as that. Regardless of the target audience.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the third installment of the Wimpy movie franchise based on the bestselling book series by Jeff Kinney, is my first introduction to the popular world of the wimpy hero, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon). But after I left the cinema, I was not converted to the Cult of the Wimpy Kid.
In Dog Days, summer vacation has finally started and Wimpy Greg, who is not really wimpy in the pure sense of the word, is excited to spend the summer playing video games with his major crush, Holly (Peyton List) because, well, he's the "indoor type." Unfortunately, his father (Steve Zhan), the genuine wimp in this kiddie tale, forces Greg to go outside and live life this summer, and so t…

REVIEW | The Bourne Legacy (2012)

A spin-off of the Matt Damon Bourne trilogy, The Bourne Legacy introduces a new hero, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), one of the chemically enhanced agents of a U.S. top-secret intelligence program called "Outcome," quite similar to Jason Bourne's program, Treadstone. When operations head Retired Col. Eric Byer (Edward Norton) decided to shut down Program Outcome with a seemingly shallow reason, he immediately wants all the agents dead—  nope, not issued a termination slip and given new identities, but instantly dead,along with the oblivious team of scientists who support the Program. And so we follow Aaron Cross as he escapes to save his life— and get his fix of the blue and green pills that make him a super-soldier, with the help of scientist Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz). And all these events, according to the meticulous followers of the Bourne series, take place during Jason Bourne's exploits in Bourne Identity and Supremacy.
Directed and co-written by Tony Gilr…