Showing posts from June, 2014


Following the emotionally arresting story of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the latest movie “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” takes place 10 years after a viral apocalypse known as the Simian Flu hit the humans whose numbers have been severely depleted. The Apes, on the other hand, have done quite well amidst the pandemic with Caesar at their helm. Caesar, the prime intelligent ape with human-like qualities, who can strategize, organize and ultimately lead a revolution, borne and developed by genetic engineering has now led his kind to freedom and has built a new home where humans have difficulty thriving.

Dawn’s director Matt Reeves, who created a vivid and unexpected sense of realism in his 2008 thriller “Cloverfield,” says, “My hope is that audiences – even knowing about the visual effects – will say, ‘Wait a minute. There weren’t real live apes in the movie at all?’ “That to me is an exciting idea because it creates emotional reality. If you believe these…


Revolutionary duo - WETA Digital and Andy Serkis who gave us the groundbreaking effects of motion capture are back once again on the big screen in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” The previously released “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” an arresting story, launched a new franchise and became a global hit grossing nearly $500 million and receiving critical and audience acclaim. It was the first live-action motion picture to star and be told from the point of view of a sentient animal Caesar-- a character with human qualities and with whom moviegoers experienced a real emotional bond.

In “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Caesar’s principal human contact is Malcolm, portrayed by Jason Clarke. Malcolm is a former architect who lost his wife to the virus that wiped out most of humanity. Left on his own to raise his teenage son, Malcolm is desperate to maintain the hope and stability he and Alexander have found within a small colony of fellow survivors in San Francisco.

While Malcolm…


Michael Bay's fourth installment of the mega-blockbuster franchise “Transformers: Age of Extinction” will premiere on Thursday, June 19 at the Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong, which is being specially transformed into an IMAX® 3D theatre for this one-night event. The film begins its global roll-out in IMAX (and regular 3D and 2D) theaters on June 25, including the Philippines.

The red-carpet event and screening will take place at the Hong Kong Culture Center, which is receiving a makeover of IMAX proportions exclusively for this event – complete with a 60-by-34-foot IMAX screen and IMAX's proprietary projection and sound technology.

Attendees of the event also will be able to see up close and personal the new IMAX® 3D Digital Camera, which is being flown to the premiere from IMAX's headquarters in Toronto where it is housed. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the first feature film to have been captured using the state-of-the-art 3D camera.

Attending the world premier…

REVIEW | 22 Jump Street (2014)

By Guest Movie Reviewer: Angela Rose Mayo

If you enjoyed watching the first movie, 21 Jump Street, then you’ll surely enjoy watching 22 Jump Street.

You might think they can’t beat the laughs from the first movie, but 22 Jump Street gave even better laughs. They continued the style of the two cops going to school. Last time they went to high school—for the second time, actually—and they cracked the case, but in this movie, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) went to college. 

They have different lives in college; Jenko is a football buff and Schmidt has a girlfriend. Schmidt couldn’t catch up with Jenko’s ways in college because Jenko could do a lot of parkour, goes to a lot of parties, and does lifting a lot, while Schmidt couldn’t do any of those. They kinda broke up in this movie, with lines that you’ll usually hear from boyfriends and girlfriends breaking up, which made me laugh. 
You’ll see their brotherly relationship in this movie because Jenko meets this guy who is…


Man’s experiments with genetic engineering in the previously (2011) released blockbuster “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” led to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. Thus, Caesar, a newly orphaned young chimp then has risen to become the supreme of all apes, with his highly-developed intelligence comes an aggressive and dangerous protective instincts typical of adult male as he matures.

Now, Caesar not just speaks, but rules a steady growing nation of genetically evolved apes in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” where a pandemic known as the Simian Flu wiped out most of the human race and where the apes have continued to build a community in Muir Woods. Gradually the lights of civilization began to dim and become non-existent. For all intents and purposes, humanity has perished. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerg…


Award-winning director Paul Haggis’ latest romantic thriller “Third Person” follows the journeys of three sets of couple at three different stages of a relationship set at the backdrop of Paris, Rome and New York. The movie’s main character Michael, played by Liam Neeson, a novelist who’d been famous for his previous work has holed himself up in a hotel suite in Paris finishing his latest book. Within the hotel works a maid named Julia, Mila Kunis’ character – an ex-soap opera actress who was once a frequent guest at the hotel.

Julia is caught in a custody battle for her 6-year old son with her ex-husband Rick played by James Franco, who is a famous New York artist. With her support cut off and her legal costs ruinous, Julia’s lawyer Theresa (Maria Bello) has secured Julia one final chance to change the court’s mind and be reunited with the child she loves. Julia’s sole motivation in life is to gain joint custody of her son but her fragile psycho…


The titular characters of Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” are featured in their very own posters which Marvel has just released. They are Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket & Groot (voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel).

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers,comes a new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the…


He made indelible performances in action films (“G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra,” “White House Down”) and dramatic titles (“The Vow,” “Magic Mike”). But Channing Tatum surprised everyone that he can make people laugh in the 2012 comedy “21 Jump Street” where he showed off remarkable and unexpected comedy chops. Even his co-star, Jonah Hill, and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, were amazed.

“I’d never been in a comedy before,” says Tatum. “I learned to trust the process – I mean, Jonah is so good, he can throw out four or five different ways of saying a line, one right after another. I trust him, and Chris and Phil – I’m among friends. If they’re laughing, you know it’s funny.”

Now, Tatum reunites with the gang in Columbia Pictures' highly anticipated sequel, “22 Jump Street.”

Since working on the first film, Tatum has gained the confidence that he can perform in a comedy alongside Hill. Hill was always a believer in Tatum’s comedy skills, but says Tatum has even raised his g…


Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg and two upcoming young actors, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor, lead the human cast of Paramount Pictures' new action-adventure, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” from director Michael Bay.

Wahlberg, who stars as single father Cade Yeager in the fourth instalment to the franchise, promises that, despite the expected carnage, moviegoers will still be able to resonate with the brand new cast of characters in the film.

Cade Yeager is a struggling inventor who finds a buried Transformer, and that discovery and its consequences set off the chain of events that “Age of Extinction” will follow.

"Technology is advancing but there was such a strong emphasis on the human element and the emotional aspect of it and the connection between a father and a daughter," Wahlberg says. "These are the kind of characters I can root for - this kind of ordinary guy thrust into this situation."
Jack Reynor, who plays Shane Dyson, a racing driver secretly d…

REVIEW | Noah (2014)

We were all warned that Darren Aronofsky's Noah is not biblical. The filmmaker himself forewarned that Noah is “the least-biblical biblical film ever made.”

So the question is: Are you a movie enthusiast looking for entertainment in Darren Aronofsky's fictional but biblically inspired Noah? Or are you a Christian who is not interested in watching anything that is "merely inspired" and not a hundred percent faithful to the Bible?

I belong to the former: I am curious about Aronofsy's Noah, and since I never base my faith on movies, I don't have any qualms about watching it.  I am here to be entertained, not to embrace Aronofsky's version of Noah's Ark. But, of course, like the majority, I wish it were faithful to the Bible.

So when I was invited to attend a small, private screening of the controversial epic film at the Columbia Pictures Philippines screening room last June 6, I jumped at the chance. They even kindly warned me the day before the screen…


Director Michael Bay has unveiled three renders of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee for the fourth "Transformers" film, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which can be seen below.

Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammar and Sophia Myles lead the cast of this PHP 7,237.99 ($165) million feature set for release in the Philippines on June 25.

Synopsis: Four years after the catastrophic events in Chicago, Earth has mostly recovered from the great war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. But when Cade Yeager (Wahlberg), a struggling inventor, and his daughter, Tessa (Peltz) discover Optimus Prime, they bring down Decepticons, Autobots and the US government on them.

Now with the Decepticons plotting to destroy Earth once again, and a paranoid government official on his tail, Cade must join the Autobots, and Optimus Prime must align with the ancient Dinobots to save Earth.

Opening across the Philippines on June 25, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is di…


Inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope, Paramount Pictures presents the epic adventure “Noah” directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe as the man chosen to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.

The film offers a mesmerizing visual adventure through everlasting themes of good and evil, destruction and mercy, hope, family and second chances.

The production took the film’s world-class cast and crew on their own unexpected journey as they boarded a vast, rough-hewn Ark hand-built to precise biblical specifications. They then set out to imagine the largely unknown life of Noah and his family, inviting audiences into both the spectacle and the heart of their experience as the earth disappears under a colossal deluge that will undo everything … yet lead to a new day for all Creation.

Joining Crowe in the cast are Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerm…

REVIEW | The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

If it was loathe that I felt with John Green's bestselling cancer-teenage love story The Fault in Our Stars (read my book review here), then it was impatience that I felt with Josh Boone's film adaptation.

The source material is a sappy love story between cancer-stricken teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who are "blessed" to have found each other in their limited time on Earth. Just the idea of cancer interfering with first love, youth, and time evokes emotional despair and existential and spiritual thoughts, so the plot will most likely work— if the storytelling is done masterfully.

In the book, John Green created characters so afraid of sounding like Bella and Edward that he decorated their lines with intellectual and pretentious phrases. Also, he tells a story with not much conflict going on, except the cancer itself, so it's the job of the movie-makers to retell the story in a sincere and powerful fashion.

The movie adaptation, penned by Green himself, along with Sc…