Showing posts from November, 2012

REVIEW | Trouble with the Curve (2012)

If you want to momentarily take a break from movies with heavy visuals and complicated plots, and want to see a refreshingly light and "normal" movie, then  Trouble with the Curve will satisfy that thirst.
Set in suburban North Carolina in cool blue shades, with open skies and open roads and baseball games, Trouble with a Curve is a real breather from the current line-up at the cinemas; a soothing medicine for stressed out  moviegoers.
The sports dramatells the story of Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood), a super old senior baseball scout for Atlanta Braves whose eyesight is already deteriorating. Sent by his company on a trip to North Carolina to recruit a promising young hitter, he is joined by his estranged daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) to assist him and help him keep his job, but their trip soon becomes bumpy with their father-daughter issues.

Trouble with the Curve, directed by Robert Lorenz, is a solid narrative that is smooth to follow. Although the movie is obviously refuting …

REVIEW | Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

There are elements in the mythology of Twilight that are irresistible and captivating. Love and pain, death and rebirth, courage and sacrifice, and the timeless appeal of the supernatural. But at its central core is, of course, the love story. And it's a love story that is part of a grand design. But it all goes back, really, to Edward and Bella's passionate love story.
Oscar winner for Best Director Bill Condon finishes off the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's phenomenally popular Twilight Saga 4-novel series with heart and dignity. What began as a horrifically crude first installment (2008's Twilight) ends in an acceptable and engaging epic finale. When Breaking Dawn Part 1 came out in 2011, delivered by the sincere hands of Condon, there was significant transformation to the quality of the movie franchise. Sure, Pattinson still cannot act and Aro's thick make-up seems to be chipping off from his chin; nevertheless, you've become engaged to the story, s…

REVIEW | Skyfall (2012)

Not really a follower of the franchise, Skyfall is my first Daniel Craig-as-Bond movie. Well, it is my first ever Bond experience even though my father is a huge fan and a follower. And so I saw Skyfall with virgin eyes. 
The movie opens immediately with a climax-like action. When a rooftop chase ensues, you get a tinge of annoyance. How many movies have you seen this year with a rooftop chase? It's a tiring movie trend, like those Longchamp tote bags you see everywhere. But then it suddenly melts into a visually artful and elegant 007 title-sequence music, with Adele's languid and exquisite melodious voice singing "Skyfall."

In Skyfall, M16 is under attack and M16's frosty, efficient queen, M (Judi Dench), is a target of the psychotic revenge of Silva, played with an Oscar-gold material performance by Javier Bardem. And 007 (Daniel Craig) is out to save his M16 mum.

Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), Skyfall, from my Bond-uninitiated perspective, is enga…

Elton John Live in Manila: 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man Tour

British legendary singer/songwriter Elton John will perform for the first time ever in Manila, Philippines as part of the Asian leg of his 40th Anniversary Rocket Man Tour.

Concert set on December 8, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, it will definitely attract music lovers of all ages throughout the ASEAN region and will become a major tourism event.

Get ready...the Rocket Man is coming!

Ticket Prices: PATRON VIP (PT101 and 103) - Php 12,000   LOWER BOX VIP (LB200  and  201) - Php 11,000   PATRON REG (PT104 - 105) - Php 10,000   LOWER BOX REG (LB202-207 and LB211-215) - Php 10,000   UPPER BOX A PREMIUM (UA300,301,302,321) - Php 7,500   UPPER BOX A (UA303-309  and  314-320) - Php 6,000   UPPER BOX B PREMIUM (UB400-402)(403 A1-14, 423 A8-21) - Php 4,350   UPPER BOX B(UB403-407  and  419-423) - Php 3,500   GENERAL ADMISSION (GA) - Php 1,000
Tickets are now available at Ticketnet. Call 911-5555 or visit for more details

Ballet Philippines' Rama Hari: A Sure Hit

Lyrics by Bienvenido Lumbera. Music by Ryan Cayabyab. Choreography by Alice Reyes. This is so far the most exciting and impressive Ballet Philippines’ production this year.

To be staged at the last month of the year, the hit pop ballet musical based on the Indian epic Ramayana promises a stunning set production at the CCP main theater, graced by a powerhouse cast: Christian Bautista, Karylle, and Ballet Philippines’ critically acclaimed principal dancers, including Jean Marc Cordero, the Special Jury Prize Winner for Best Pas de Deux Technique at the 2012 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, in leading roles.
At the recently concluded Rama Hari Press Preview, I was struck by the live performances of the excerpts from the production and cannot wait to see it this November/December. Here's a glimpse of Karylle as Sita and Christian Bautista as Rama, with Ballet Philippines' lead dancers:

Rama Hari is a definite must-see for ballet, theater, and musical enthusiasts. Let us clo…

Sting Manila Concert 2012 Moved to Smart Araneta Coliseum

December 9th performance in Manila to move to Araneta Coliseum
As previously announced, Sting’s Back to Bass concert previously scheduled at the Mall of Asia Arena has been moved to Araneta Coliseum. There is no change to the show date, which remains Sunday, December 9th, 2012.

If you have a ticket to the previous venue, please see exchange instructions below. Refunds if necessary are available at point of purchase, as outlined below. For fans interested in purchasing tickets to Sting’s concert at the Araneta Coliseum, those will go on sale beginning October 31st for General Admission and on November 10th for all reserved and VIP seating.


Customers may exchange their tickets in person November 10 through November 20, 2012.

In order to receive the exchange, please bring your SMTICKETS ticket to the Ticketnet office at the Araneta Coliseum from 10AM-7PM daily. SMTickets and Ti…