Showing posts from April, 2013

Naci Comfort Food at The Fort

I wrote about Naci Comfort Food and Dessert Bar in the summer of last year, that absolute must-visit restaurant in Greenhills, San Juan, which offers a wild fusion of all your favorite comfort food (read detailed experience here). At that time,  23-year-old owner Nadine Nocom already talked about relocating to The Fort, in the land of high-end restaurants and better exposure.
A year later, I found myself in their new home, invited by the gracious Nadine, to experience Naci at The Fort. Situated almost at the center of BGC, at Two Parkade, 7th Avenue corner 30th Street, Naci—with a new co-owner, model Natasha Villaroman—was reborn. Brand new, with a shorter name—now simply called “Naci Comfort Food.” It is now high-ceilinged and beaming with bright orange, yellow, and green colors. It’s summery, friendlier, and more inviting—open to customers even in lazy, sleepy BGC afternoons. 

With the recent passing of Naci’s chef, the famous Ed Quimsom, the restaurant proudly continues to serve his …


From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!,” “William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet”) comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel "The Great Gatsby."
In his adaptation, the filmmaker combines his distinctive visual, sonic, and storytelling styles in 3 Dimensions, weaving a Jazz Age cocktail faithful to Fitzgerald’s text and relevant to now. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role.
“The Great Gatsby” follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves a…

IRON MAN 3 Takes P306-M in 5 Days; Biggest, Fastest Ever in Philippine History!

MANILA, April 29 – Tony Stark singlehandedly broke all existing box-office records in the Philippines, as Marvel's “Iron Man 3” grossed a monumental P305.96-million in five days – the biggest opening weekend EVER and the fastest time to reach the P300-M mark in local history!
This was announced today by Victor R. Cabrera, Managing Director of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Philippines, which distributed the film. “We are elated and proud of this remarkable achievement,” said Cabrera. “Marvel has crafted a spectacular film and this just adds to Disney and Marvel’s commitment in keeping the property evergreen. You see Marvel and Iron Man everywhere, in movie theatres, on TV, malls, in retail, publishing, etc. You see people in Iron Man t-shirts, kids playing with Iron Man toys. Filipinos are just true Iron Man fans. We cannot be happier with the way the Filipino consumer is embracing the movie and the property.”

“Iron Man 3” opened across the country April 24 with a stunning P…


Finding a talented young cast for Columbia Pictures' terrifying thriller “Evil Dead” wasn’t difficult given the reputation the 1981 original film had built over the years. “So many actors wanted to work with us,” says producer Rob Tapert. “With many horror films, you don’t get the cream of the crop coming in. We got to cherry pick some of the best young actors Hollywood has to offer.”
One of the film's best finds was Jane Levy, who plays the central character, Mia. “We all had this mental image of Mia,” says Tapert. “Jane was not in that mold, but she gave a dynamic audition. Sam [Raimi], Bruce [Campbell] and I agreed pretty much instantly that she was the one—and she proved herself to be up to the challenge. It is a really demanding part, but she’s feisty and I think she’s brought a huge amount of energy and commitment to it. She actually enjoyed being a monster, which is helpful if you’re in a horror movie like this one.”
Playing a demonically possessed junkie was a welcome…


A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape, in Columbia Pictures' new, futuristic action-adventure “After Earth.”
With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
The origins of the project began with an ordinary evening at home. After making “The Karate Kid,” as 14-year-old actor Jaden Smith and his parents were considering the teen’s next project, it was important to both father and son Will and Jaden to work together again. “Jaden and I were sitting around one night, watching TV and talking about how we’d liked working together on `Pursuit of Happyness,…

REVIEW | To The Wonder (2012)

In the year 2011, there were two kinds of people on earth: those who loved The Tree of Life and those who loathed it. 

Terrence Malick offers a similar style in  To the Wonder. But this time he takes us along in his spiritual musings on love and marriage. And this time the running time is shorter (112 min) and his symbolical nature shots are contained within our planet. We are not skyrocketed wide-eyed to outer space, or to a foreign time and place, but Malick sticks to what we see with our naked eye: a gurgling stream, sunset in the fields, contrails, birds, treetops...capturing images that are closer to home. And they are not prolonged to test your endurance or humor.

In To the Wonder, there are two stories running parallel, both about deteriorating love.  A young French woman, Marina (Olga Kurylenko), whose passionate love for her husband Neil (Ben Affleck), an American she met in Europe, is slowly fading in their barren, isolated home in Oklahoma; and a Spanish priest (Javier Bardem…


Updating the whole noir idea, Academy Award winner filmmaker Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) brings together a trio of today’s finest and thrilling actors- James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel in “Trance,” where betrayal, moral uncertainty, sexual tension and lurid instincts lurk beneath each of them.
“Trance” begins with an adeptly-planned heist at an auction house which goes violently awry when the auctioneer inside man takes a blow to the head leaving him with no memory of where the stashed the stolen Goya painting.  The story quickly turns into a high stakes triangle – the painting’s amnesiac thief (James McAvoy), his fearsome partner in crime, gang-leader (Vincent Cassel), and the alluring hypnotist (Rosario Dawson) hired to help recover his lost memories – as they all become trapped together in a brain-bending puzzle of their own making.  The more they search for the missing Goya, the more it becomes clear that what is hidden is not just a priceless work of art, b…

REVIEW | Smashed (2012)

A movie about an alcoholic young woman, Smashed wasn't made to preach, or to even subtly reveal a moral lesson, but it sort of sadly admits the truth. And the truth isn't necessarily fun. It's depressing.
Alcoholic Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), with her unbrushed hair and her everyday baggy sweater and floral-print ankle-length cultish dress, is a grade school teacher and married to a fellow alcoholic, Charlie (Aaron Paul).

Life is nice and problem-free when you're drunk. Everything is funny and adorable, and it's party every single day.  However, after several embarrassing drunken incidents, Kate shamefully realizes that she has a serious problem. She' alcoholic. So she starts the journey to sobriety through AA meetings, of course. Finally sober, Kate realizes that life is boring, she is boring, her husband, whom she apparently married with alcohol clouding her judgment, is only adorable when she's drunk. And that problems and responsibilities act…


Logan Lerman is back as the teen demigod Percy, son of sea god Poseidon who embarks on a journey to save Camp Half-Blood, home and training ground of demigods like him sired by the mythical Greek gods with humans.

Check out the latest adventures of Percy along with Annabeth, Grover and Tyson in the movie's recently released international trailer here.

Upon returning to the camp, Percy along with the other teen demigods find the camp's protective barriers poisoned leaving them all vulnerable against enemies' attacks. The only way to save the camp is to retrieve the Golden Fleece from a dangerous cyclops named Polyphemus. Together with Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and Tyson (Douglas Smith), a cyclops and Percy's half-brother, Percy sets sail on his most dangerous journey yet to retrieve the Golden Fleece in order to save the camp.

"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" docks in Philippine cinemas August 15 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


Prepare to be hurtled along in a journey to the fantastical, spectacular world of “Epic” from Blue Sky Studios, the studio that brought to life the most beloved and successful motion pictures “Ice Age” and “Rio.” 
Filmmaker Chris Wedge helms the upcoming larger-than-life “Epic” based on the beloved children’s book “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs” by William Joyce which introduced 
Samurai-like warriors, the Leafmen– and a war being waged in our own backyards between the forces of life and the forces of decay. 
In the thick of adventure in “Epic” is a smart, spirited and headstrong 17-year-old named Mary Katherine but prefers to be called MK (voiced by Amanda Seyfried). She returns to her childhood home to reconnect with her estranged father, Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), M.K. loses patience with his endless stories of unseen people who live in the woods. But when she is magically transported into the Leafmen’s world, she gains a new perspective. To find her way home, M.…

REVIEW | The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Steve Carell pitted against Jim Carrey promises an exciting range of comedic possibilities. Especially when they're thrown into the world of entertainment. As egotistic magicians.
Childhood best friends Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) are Las Vegas Strip's superstar magicians, with consistent sold-out shows for years. But the sudden arrival of “modern” street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), who performs not what you’d call magic but gross masochistic stunts filmed for his popular webisodes, quickly categorizes the tandem of Burt and Anton as old-fashioned and outdated, eventually ruining their shining career. Will Burt be able to make a comeback and re-establish himself as the Incredible Burt Wonderstone?

Directed by Don Scardino (30 Rock), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starts off as actually funny and engaging, with Steve Carell bringing real comedy to his perma-tanned, self-absorbed, chauvinistic, and burned-out character. Steve Buscemi,…


In the psychological caper “Trance” directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, Rosario Dawson delves deep into her role as Elizabeth Lamb, a hypnotherapist that she says has broken every mold of a character she’s ever played.
                Stolen memories will resurface in “Trance.” Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars.  After suffering a blow to the head during the heist, he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting.  When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Franck (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to reach into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche.  As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the line between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.     
                Boyle brings a fresh take on the iconic femme fatale in the character of Dawson as Elizabe…


Fresh from the teaser preview of “The Wolverine” comes the latest full-length international trailer: VIEW HERE.

The latest trailer reveals Logan a.k.a. Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman) at his most vulnerable state, struggling with his immortality and caught in a web of conflict. As Wolverine develops alliances, he also faces a host of dangerous new enemies, revealing a stronger, multi-dimensional character. 

Set in Japan where an integral part of Wolverine’s history lies, “The Wolverine” is a stand-alone epic-action adventure where he will emerge more powerful than ever.

“The Wolverine” also stars Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Will Yun Lee and Brian Tee, directed by James Mangold and scripted by Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie.

The most iconic in the X-Men universe will soon be seen on the big screen when "The Wolverine" opens on July 25 in (Phils.) theaters nationwide from 20thCentury Fox, to be distributed by Warner Bros. (PR)