Archive for May, 2009

Ten films to look forward to.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 26, 2009 by kaye

102cTen films I have to see before the end of the year. All trailers can be found on www.apple.com/trailers, and, of course, YouTube.

  1. Sherlock Holmes. This one isn’t coming out until Christmas, but I’m sure that it will be worth the wait. This one will star Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, so it’ll be a double treat for me. Happy Christmas!!
  2. Public Enemies. I’m not quite sure what this is about, but it’s supposed to be really good and Johnny Depp’s in it. This is one JD I have faith in. He’s one of my favourite actors, so I’m not gonna let this one slide.
  3. The Hangover. A film about a post-bachelor party gone wrong, this is supposed to be the funniest film of the summer. I’m not sure when it’s coming out in the Philippines, but the trailer is hilarious and I have to make sure I see it.
  4. Fame. This is a remake of the 80’s show. I think that it’s a more modern version, since reworking the film but keeping the time setting would be sort of redundant. I haven’t seen the original, but I’ll make sure I do before watching this.
  5. The Boat That Rocked. This one’s coming out in August and I’m excited. It’s supposed to be a trip, especially since it’s made by the same people who made Love Actually. Bill Nighy’s in it, too.
  6. The Soloist. Here’s another Robert Downey Jr. film. This already came out in the US a few last month, but I don’t think it’s been released in the Philippines yet. If it has, I’m gonna throw a fit.
  7. Up. This is supposed to be Pixar’s latest, I think, and it’s coming out this summer. The trailer is hilarious and the storyline is really unique and interesting.. everything that Pixar is about.
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I absolutely hate the producers for putting such a long delay on this one. As a Harry Potter fan I don’t think that this needs an explanation.
  9. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. I don’t think I’ll be able to see this in cinemas unless I nag my parents to the bone (but that might make things worse), but I heard that this one is funny as hell, so I’ll make sure I find a way to watch it somehow.
  10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. My summer would be incomplete without this one.

Of course, there are other films that are on my watchlist: Bruno, Little AshesHow To Be, Adventureland and (I just found out about this about 60 seconds ago) The Final Destination aka the 4th film.

The year may be almost halfway done, but there’s still a lot in store in the film department.

You’ll go to hell for what your dirty mind is thinking.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 25, 2009 by kaye

Okay. Radiohead references aside, I finally watched my first film of the month on Saturday afternoon when I saw Angels & Demons, wherein Tom Hanks reprises his role from The Da Vinci Code as Professor Robert Langdon. In this film adaptation of the Dan Brown novel of the same name, Langdon uses his symbologist expertise to help stop an alleged plot against the Vatican by a secret society. The film also stars Ewan McGregor (as the most attractive priest in the world), Stellan Skarsgård (as the head of the Swiss Guard — I love him) and a lot of European actors I’ve never heard of.

In all honesty, I absolutely loved this film. I loved how it focuses on the Vatican and, in effect, also shows several scenic locations in Rome. I loved its apocalyptic nature. It literally kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time, and it also kept me guessing. During the first half of the film it seemed easy to determine the good side from the bad. However, a twist towards the end of the film made me question otherwise. I admire how this film played with both fact and fiction, just like The Da Vinci Code did, in weaving an enigmatic and exciting plot. But what makes Angels & Demons different from its predecessor is its relevance and its more subdued aura. It is far less aggressive than The Da Vinci Code, and yet it also manages to be more entertaining.

Even though I still haven’t seen Star Trek, I’m glad that I saw this movie. In fact, I would love to watch it again, because I really found it that good. Three and a half stars.

I wish I had adamantium claws.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 6, 2009 by kaye

30 April 2009:

So I saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine on April 30th, which was the day it came out here in Manila. As a fan of the X-Men films, as well as Marvel films in general, it was almost mandatory for me to make sure that I saw this in the cinema. Wolverine takes us through a part of the title character’s life before the days when the X-Men films took place. We’re introduced to his relationship with his brother, Victor, who is also a mutant who is later known as Sabretooth. Consequently, there are also other mutants in Wolverine that don’t appear in the X-Men trilogy that, plot-wise, follows this Origins film, such as Gambit and Wade.

I found this film entertaining, definitely. It serves its purpose as an action film, and though it isn’t the greatest cinematic masterpiece in the world, there are parts of it that I found especially fantastic. For example, I absolutely adored the film’s opening credits, which show the brothers Logan and Victor as they live through various wars that take place during the 20th century. I admired how the editor played with time and space as well as the dimensions of the image. I also liked the transitions during a chase scene in the film where the point of view transitions from a surveillance camera to the actual film camera. It was a rather brilliantly made part of the film.

Three and a half stars for this one. Not the best Marvel Film out there, but I think that Wolverine was a great way to kick off 2009’s summer blockbuster season.