Showing posts from November, 2013

REVIEW | Frozen (2013)

Frozen, loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's lengthy fairy tale The Snow Queen, is Disney's latest offering in the line-up of "Disney Princess" movies.
Set in the fictional kingdom in Norway called Arendelle, a young princess named Elsa is born with the magic of snow. When a magic-winter playtime with her younger sister Anna goes wrong, and a frightening prophecy about her magic powers foretold, Elsa starts living in isolation and fear. But when the day finally arrives for her coronation ceremony as Queen, the now adult Elsa has no choice but to come out of her hermit-like existence—and the result is a catastrophe. And now it's Princess Anna's duty to save the kingdom— and her Snow Queen sister.

The comedy-adventure-musical, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, has Anna (Kristen Bell) in the lead role, giving her a "feisty" and "optimistic" personality, but oftentimes she comes off as a little bit cuckoo and corny crude, which de…


Vince Vaughn has starred in some of the biggest box office comedies of the past decade, winning over audiences with his characteristic deadpan delivery and scathing sense of humor. Having played the lovable Everyman many times before, DreamWorks Pictures' new heartwarming comedy “Delivery Man” serves as a departure for him as an actor. A touching story filled with honesty and hope – in addition to humor – the film gives audiences a glimpse of a more mature Vince Vaughn.
“Delivery Man” tells the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak (Vaughn) whose anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier resulted in 533 children. David must now embark on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but also the father that he could become.
Now married and the father to two children of his own, Vaughn was drawn to the role of David Wozniak as he wanted to address the issues of balancing life and family from a fresh perspective.
“It’s a great premise that is a…


He made a huge impression as the Dwarf Prince, Thorin Oakenshield in last year's “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Now, Richard Armitage returns to play the same character in the highly anticipated sequel, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
As a young Dwarf Prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. When no one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Now, as the strong, fearless fighter and respected leader of The Company of Dwarves, Thorin is determined to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that brought such misery upon his people.
Question: What is Thorin like when we meet him in this movie, and how is he different from the Thorin in the first film?
Richard Armitage: I think one of the interesting things about Thorin on the Quest is that when Gandalf is present, he has to defer to Gandalf’s authority. Thorin has always under…


“The White Dragons” inventively tweaks Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” where director Ryan Little reignites the classic tale like never before in this explosive action epic adventure.

The story takes us to medieval times when dragons are being hunted for the vitriol that powers the human world and where Ishmael (played by Corey Sevier) and his trusted friend Queequeg (Kepa Kruse) lead a crew of dragon hunters. The much sought after vitriol is a highly explosive liquid substance found inside the dragons, giving life and power to the mythical realm they live in. Their Captain’s adopted daughter Rachel (Sofia Pernas) joins them in their quest. Believing that the family of her father had been slaughtered by dragons, Rachel’s untiring quest to annihilate the last living dragon soon finds out the darkest secrets of her kingdom in the White Dragon’s lair. 
“The White Dragons” will open December 4 from CrystalSky Multimedia in the following cinemas:


REVIEW | Horror Stories 2 (2013)

If you're a fan of light horror movies, the kind that would make you jump, yelp, and spill your popcorn, laughing afterward, or you're a tween on your first date, Horror Stories 2 would be your ideal movie.
The Korean anthology film tells four horror stories that are quite nostalgic; reminiscent of your grade- or high school days indulging in the thrill of horror stories circulating in school. 
"The Cliff" is a serious drama about betrayal; "The Pain of Death" about a road trip gone wrong; and "Escape," a comedy-horror about entering another realm. And the three stories are told by an eccentric employee (Lee Se-Young) of an insurance company so her boss (Park Sung-Won)can dig answers from fraudulent and mysterious insurance cases— this being the fourth horror story.

The film is well-acted albeit campy, with crude special effects. However, because of the simple and effective storytelling and scare tactics, the movie is fun and engaging in its enti…

REVIEW | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

In Catching Fire, the second installment of the Hunger Games movie trilogy based on Suzanne Collins's bestselling novel series, has a new director, Francis Lawrence. The film is sixty percent political and socio-economic drama and 40 percent action in the arena, but it's a hundred percent engaging before halting into an unexpected stop.
Katniss Everdeen (Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) of District 12 are now popstars after their controversial, rule-breaking victory in last year's 74th Annual Hunger Games. Katniss has not only become the Katy Perry of Capitol that little girls worship and idolize, but also a reluctant symbol of hope among the oppressed districts— involuntarily stirring a revolution, with uprisings beginning to spring up here and there.
So Katniss is now under the threat and close scrutiny of President Snow (Donald Sutherland), who tightens his tyrannical grip on the 12 districts; the slightest act of rebellion pu…


Burbank, CA, November 20, 2013—Inspired by the epic fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “A Journey Through Middle-earth,” is a new Chrome Experiment that brings the locations and characters from “The Hobbit” Trilogy to life with a mix of modern web technologies. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will be released in the Philippines on December 11, 2013, from Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM.
The online experience, developed by North Kingdom in collaboration with the studios, takes fans through an adventure that unfolds across an interactive map of Middle-earth. Users can zoom in to explore Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell and Dol Guldur, with new locations set to be added in the weeks ahead. Each destination on the map gives the visitor access to its history and the characters who inhabit it, or presents unique survival challenges in which fans can test their wits.
With immersive 3D graphics built with CSS3 and WebGL, “Journey Thr…


Asia’s culture probably holds the creepiest of ghostly encounters based on true events due to the people’s dire need to connect with the spirits of their loved ones or someone who might reveal truths of unsolved mysteries. 
In the upcoming Korean movie “Horror Stories 2,” parallel to the country’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” ghost stories, three stories of spirits come to life in an insurance company wherein they connect with the dead to find answers to fraudulent claims. But as each case is reopened, a dark shadow surges over them and grows stronger as the memories of the dead come to life. 
 The movie starts to reveal dark spirits in the basement of an insurance company where an employee and her boss goes through old files for review. The company’s manager named Park (played by Park Sung-Wong) discovers that his eccentric new employee Se-Young (Lee Se-Young) has an extraordinary ability to see past events that happened by connecting to any personal belon…


“James Franco has pulled off a devilishly difficult literary adaptation with this faithful yet cinematically vibrant version of William Faulkner’s novel,” applauds The Hollywood Reporter, while Time Magazine praises, “The effort is honorable, a mixture of mannerism and earned emotion.”
These are just a couple of rave reviews among the many that Millenium Films' poignant drama, “As I Lay Dying” has received from U.S. Critics, following its successful premiere last May at the Cannes Film Festival under the Un Certain Regard section.
Directed by James Franco from a screenplay by Franco and Matt Rager, “As I Lay Dying” is adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner. The story chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial.
Addie’s husband Anse and their children, Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and the youngest one Vardaman, leave the farm on a carriage with her…


20th Century Fox has just released "X-Men: Days of Future Past" high-resolution photos.
The latest high-quality images released worldwide features exciting and dangerous times in the lives of the mutants where they must face the past for the future of mankind and mutants.

James McAvoy, who reprises his role as young Professor X in the film shares that the star-studded film is going to be the biggest, most epic X-Men to be made. "“I think it’s the second biggest production Fox have ever embarked upon, behind Avatar. So they’re definitely going for it.”

Helmed by Bryan Singer, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” stars newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” will o…


The main one-sheet for Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has just been released by Warner Bros., New Line Cinema and MGM Pictures.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmakerm Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues Ea…


Probably this year’s jaw-dropping crime thriller so far, “The Counselor” is both an amazing and devastating cautionary tale about greed helmed by no less than Academy-Award nominee director/producer Ridley Scott (“Alien,” Black Hawk Down,” “Prometheus,” “Hannibal”) and written by Pulitzer-Prize winner Cormac McCarthy who recent novels “All The Pretty Horses,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Road” and “Child of God” have all been made into acclaimed major motion pictures. 
Filled with a sterling cast headed by Michael Fassbender in the titular role, “The Counselor” also stars Academy-Award winning couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz along with acclaimed blockbuster stars Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz.
The movie introduces us to The Counselor, played by Fassbender who is seduced by the high life of sophisticated crime when he decides to cross the line and dabble in one illicit drug deal. It is a contemporary thriller about the terrible consequences for an American lawyer who, tempted b…

REVIEW | Sapi (2013)

Art house independent filmmaker Brillante Mendoza leaps into the horror genre and brings us Sapi (Possession), starring Husband’s Lover’s Dennis Trillo, as well as Meryll Soriano and Baron Geisler.
The “horror” genre, in its simplest meaning, aims to scare the daylights out of the moviegoers. But considering Sapi is a Brillante Ma Mendoza film, expect a layer of social issues. And a dose of artsy fartsy. But, again, Sapi, labeled as a "horror movie," is first and foremost a supposedly scary movie, which should scare both indie and mainstream moviegoers.
Unfortunately, there is not a single scary moment in Sapi. Instead, it is one astonishingly confused, forced, and sloppily senseless combo of a boring exhibition. 
Rival TV networks PBC and SBN, during habagat times, both cover a sapi story. In the country, where sapi cases are trending like selfies, the networks compete for only one sapi case: The Ruby Case. SBN's Meryll (Soriano) and Dennis (Trillo) fail to produce a ratin…


After receiving acclaim in Cannes last May as an official selection in the Un Certain Regard section, actor-director James Franco brings the searing drama “As I Lay Dying” to mainstream cinemas.

Directed by James Franco from a screenplay by Franco and Matt Rager, “As I Lay Dying” is adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner. The story chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial.

Addie’s husband Anse and their children, Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and the youngest one Vardaman, leave the farm on a carriage with her coffin - each affected by Addie’s death in a profound and different way. Their road trip to Jefferson, some forty miles away, is disrupted by every antagonistic force of nature or man: flooded rivers, injury and accident, a raging barn fire, and not least of all -- each individual character’s personal turmoil and inner commotion which at times th…


Based on the beloved bestselling novel, THE BOOK THIEF tells the inspiring story of a spirited and courageous young girl named Liesel, who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.

For Liesel, the power of words and of imagination becomes a means of escape – and even joy – from the tumultuous events enveloping her and everyone she knows and loves. She is THE BOOK THIEF’s heart and soul.

Directed by Brian Percival, “The Book Thief” stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and newcomer Sophie Nélisse in the title role.

“The Book Thief” will open soon in 2014 nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

20th Century Fox’s YouTube Channel has just launched the trailer: CLICK HERE TO VIEW TRAILER. (PR)