“Adam” (2009)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 22, 2009 by kaye

Theatrical trailer for Adam, starring super-cute Hugh Dancy (Confessions of a Shopaholic). He plays the title character who has Aspergers, the same disorder that Christopher Boone has in Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Anyone who has read the book should have an idea of how Aspergers works and the social disabilities of someone who has this disorder.

Adam is going to be released under Fox Searchlight Pictures, which also produced several popular indie films such as Juno, Slumdog Millionaire, Little Miss Sunshine and (500) Days of Summer, among others, as well as the upcoming Whip It! and Post Grad. It is also, unfortunately, unlikely to be released here in the Philippines.

…but I really, really want to see this. It looks like a really good film, and I’m a sucker for romances.


2009 Summer Movie Roll Call!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2009 by kaye
  1. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) — Exciting, but not much else.
  2. Ten Things I Hate About You (1999) — BRILLIANT.
  3. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) — Hilarious.
  4. Drag Me To Hell (2009) — Dreadful.
  5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) — Too much epic, but epic still.
  6. Mysterious Skin (2005) — Gripping and disturbing and beautiful.
  7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009) — Epic and amazing, haters to the left.

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.

17 Again: Who says you’re only young once?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 20, 2009 by kaye

After watching 17 Again, my opinions on Zac Efron changed forever.

In all honesty, the story of 17 Again is nowhere near rocket science. A former high school star finds himself in his late thirties and his life is falling apart, and all he wants is a chance to relive the good old days. And so, with a little bit of magic, he does. See, it’s simple. There’s no complicated twist, no plot shockers. But, at the same time, this film was no rotten tomato.

I believe that what really “made” this film was Zac Efron’s performance. Now, his name should be no stranger to any home that has heard of High School Musical or any of its sequels. Because of HSM fame Zac is known to most as Troy Bolton, and it’s probably no coincidence that his performance in HSM greatly affected his character in 17 Again. However, because this film is not under Disney, Zac Efron is able to sex it up a bit in this film. And it works. Everything works. His performance is spot-on, and I guess that his experience with playing the school’s star basketball player helped.

More than anything, 17 Again did a great job in showcasing Zac Efron’s talent as an actor and his great potential for future projects. He isn’t just another hot Disney triple-threat, and this film shows that and more: Zac is all that.

T2: Tenement 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 20, 2009 by kaye

A film review.

On April 11th I watched the film T2, Star Cinema’s latest horror film directed by Chito S. Roño. The film revolves around a Save an Orphan volunteer who, in the process of bringing an orphan back to Manila, discovers that the orphan is being followed by Engkantos, a supernatural creature in Filipino folklore.

Compared to past Filipino films that revolve around horror and the supernatural and/or play with special effects, I think that T2 is quite an outstanding accomplishment in Philippine cinema. I’ve seen a handful of poorly made “professional” films with clumsy editing, a rough story line and less-than-mediocre “special effects”. However, this film has a smooth flowing plot and displays an evident growth in terms of visual effects. T2 was able to receive an appropriate audience response of shock and entertainment, and I enjoyed it as well.