Monday, December 31, 2007

Saving Jessica Lynch - 2003

Category: TV Movie

Genre: War

Director: Peter Markle


Nicholas Guilak - Mohammed Al-Rehaief

Laura Regan - Private Jessica Lynch

Review and Overview of Saving Jessica Lynch a TV Movie directed by Peter Markle.

This TV movie is based on a true story of the rescue of 19 yr. old Private Jessica Lynch by the United States army in Iraq.

The opening went good specially the part where the 507th Maintenance Unit entered an Iraqi territory in Nasiriya unknowingly. They got captured when a mobile Jessica was riding on along with their troop crashed to a big supply truck.

Although there was nothing "heroic" about Jessica being in a hospital bed but, I guess the story is not just about Jessica Lynch but it's about Mohammed Al-Rehaief who was the "hero" of the story. He was a lawyer who risked his life along with his family to help save Jessica Lynch. In the movie, he did not approve to most of his country's ways.

Although, there were a few controversies surrounding the movie which I particularly don't understand. I'm sure there were flaws and a lot of things were added as what was stated before it started. It's just BASED on a true story.

All in all the movie was good. The opening was great. It gives you the feeling of being there minus the blood. You can see it with both eyes wide open (unlike some movies where they show you all the horrific details of a war). The sound effects was good.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Prince and Me 2: The Royal Wedding - 2006

Category: Movie

Genre: Chick Flick

Director: Catherine Cyran


Luke Malby as Prince Edvard

Kam Heskin as Paige

Clemency Burton Hill - Kirstin

Overview and Review of Prince and Me 2 directed by Catherine Cyran

Crowned Prince Edvard (Luke Malby) and Paige (Kam Heskin) are both engaged to be married. The press in Denmark are talking about them NON-STOP. They should be married before the 23rd birthday of the Prince (He is the heir to the throne and he needs to get married to inherit the throne). Paige is juggling her medical studies while trying to organize her wedding and act as a "Crowned Queen".

Back in Norway a penniless cousin of the royal family finds an OLD LAW that states if a prince was crowned without a bride, his bride be of a royal Scandinavian Blood or he must relinquish the throne. This noble royal cousin happens to have a daughter named Kirstin who was also Edward's childhood friend.

Anyhow, that was how the movie started. Although, I can say there were a few loopholes about the facts in this movie which would prolly enrage some people in Denmark (as what I read in a review who apparently came from Denmark). But, movies make mistakes when it comes to facts and it sure wouldn't be that "believable".

I like how the story of this sequel went. It would've been better if they didn't change the cast. The new actress Kam Heskin looked a bit like "Julia" but she isn't Julia. I think Kam Heskin is a great actress and all, but the chemistry between her and Luke Malby(the Prince) was not that good. In these kind of movies... "Chemistry" between the actor and actress should be GREAT.

A good, clean fun movie in many ways. (not that great ok?)

There's a sequel to this... Prince and Me 3 a project for the year 2008. I do hope they don't change the characters this time.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Notebook - 2004

Category: Movie

Genre: Love

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Tagline: Behind every great love is a great story.

Overview and Review of The Notebook directed by Nick Cassavetes based on a book written by Nicholas Sparks.

The movie is actually a story from an old man to an old woman in a nursing home. The story he read is about a young man named Noah who fell in love with a young woman named Alie who met one evening at a carnival. The two lovers were separated by the parents of Alie because the two are growing attached each and everyday and the parents don't want Noah because he is just a coal miner.

It's a very lovely story and one you wouldn't expect until the end. I was actually muttering at the beginning because it was quite sensual but I am so glad I finished it. A tear-jerker and heartwarming at the same time. This goes to show a LOVE soooo deeep. This is my second time to watch the said movie.. and even then I still want to cry. The BEST! I need not say more... just watch it! hehe.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mimic 3: Sentinel - 2003

Category: Movie

Genre: Suspense

Director: J.T. Penny

Awards: 3 Nominations

Tagline: Terror has been Reinvented!

Overview and Review of Mimic 3: Sentinel directed by J.T. Penny.

Marvin, a sickly, asthmatic and allergic amateurish photographer 24-yr-old guy is confined to an apartment room and spends most of his day taking pictures of people in the apartment building. He makes all pictures into a collage in his bedroom wall. Then two of his subjects disappeared a young boy and Desmond a drug dealer and a friend of his sister Rosy. With the aid of Rosy and Carmen (a neighbor he admires) they are about to uncover the truth behind the Garbage Man(the one they suspect to be behind everything).

Personally, I was quite disappointed with the movie. I was expecting it to be soo scary compared to the first 2(two) Mimic movies. The story was SLOW. You would only shout at the near end (second disc on our case)... and that's about it.

But some would love the movie. It was done artistically. And since I learned it was a low-budgeted movie, the director actually balanced it all out. The voyeuristic style of the movie was unique.

If you want to scream, don't watch this. If you want something unique, go watch it. :)

Friday, December 14, 2007

V - A.C. Crispin

Category: Books

Genre: Science Fiction

Author: A.C. Crispin

Overview and Review of V written by A.C. Crispin based on the full ten-hour NBC-TV Miniseries.

Resist or Perish.

Tens of thousands of aliens or extraterrestrial beings arrived in huge spaceships the size of a metropolis. They came from a dying planet called Sirius light years away from the Earth.

They said they come in peace and humans embraced them because they don't look scary at all. They wanted a share of Earth's natural resources for their planet. But then, a lot of people - men and women - children and cities began to vanish from the earth a couple of months after they arrived.

I like how it was written. It gives you the chilling edge and would make you want to read more of the book. Although, the ending was kind of "hanging" in the end because of it's second book. It's a great story. Readers or Non-readers would love the book.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Turquoise Turkish Restaurant - Davao

Category: Restaurant

Place: SM City Davao

Merhaba! It's "Hello" in Turkish. I've been hearing a song two months ago when we were in Malaysia with the words "merhaba merhaba haba".

Anyhow, this is a new restaurant in Davao located in SM City. *Davao also offers a Pakistani restaurant and a Kebab resto downtown*

Since our taste buds wanted to eat something new, me and my parents decided to try it out. Of course, since this is a Turkish restaurant expect SPICE and everything Onion and Tomatoes.

I ordered their Chicken Curry, my Dad ordered Chicken Saute and my mom ordered something beef *I forgot the name of the dish* All three dishes were served in sizzling plates. By the looks of it, it's actually easy to make and there are more spices compared to the beef and chicken. I'm not a lover of spice and tomatoes but I managed to eat them. It's actually "yum".

Yemekleriniz chok leizizdi. Haha. And if you translate that into English it would be "The food was excellent".

We ordered Baklava. A dessert straight from Turkey for 69 pesos. It's soooo tiny and sweet. Uber sweet, really. But it's ok, since we just wanted to taste it. It's a delicacy from Turkey.

I like the interior of the restaurant. Every shades of "turquoise" is apparent. We actually love the lamp or something that came from Turkey. We asked the manager if we could possibly buy them and actually they are working something out to sell those and they would inform us soon and that would probably be done next year. We also met the nephew of the owner. A turk. A handsome one at that. Of course, Turks tend to be handsome naman talaga.

Since it's Turkish all food are HALAL certified.

Afiyet Olsoon *Enjoy Your Meal*

*i have pictures of the interior but its still on my phone. to follow na lang.*

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Silent Cradle - Margaret Cuthbert

Category: Books

Genre: Medical Thriller

Author: Margaret Cuthbert

Overview and Review of The Silent Cradle written by Margaret Cuthbert.


The career of Dr. Rae Duprey vice chairman in the Obstetrics and Gynecology gets threatened by a series of "bad baby" cases from a Birth Center just across the hospital being run by her ex-lover Dr. Bo Michaels. The OBgyn department is also threatened to be sacked by the hospital's board of trustees in order to expand the Cardiac Department.

With only two weeks time frame to save the department, Dr. Rae Duprey must find out what is the mystery behind those "bad baby" cases coming out from the Birth Center.

This book is actually Margaret Cuthbert's first mystery book.

I always have a thing for mysteries and thrillers. The excitement of finding out the "right" antagonist. Reading too many Dan Brown novels gave me the idea of finding out the real antagonist, right before the middle of the story.

I said to myself, "The character *toot*... is the antagonist". you see, if you've read Dan Brown novels you'd understand what I am saying.

Anyway, I have to give credit to Margaret Cuthbert for putting me off the track making me doubt my suspicion - a lot of times. I have to rethink over and over again who is the real culprit.

Although I had trouble understanding her operating-table language, at least I learned words that are new to me. It was also a fast read! woot! :)

Sunday, December 9, 2007

SVT #49 - The Twins' Little Sister

Category: Books

Genre: Series

Creator: Francine Pascal

Overview and Review of SVT series number 49 The Twins' Little Sister created by Francine Pascal.

Ever since they were young, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield always wanted a little sister. Seeing their friend Belinda Layton taking care of her baby brother (who is adorably cute like all babies) brought out their desire to have a baby sister

Jessica's been pleading her parents to have one. And she thought of a plan to convince their parents that they are old and responsible enough to take care of a baby sister. A chance arrived when a neighbor of theirs are to be on vacation leaving their 5 year old daughter Chrissy with the Wakefields.

Jessica and Elizabeth thinks it's going to be easy taking care of a little girl for a week but it proved to be wrong since Chrissy is spoiled even though sometimes she looks sweet and cute. Before the end of the week they began wishing she would just disappear....

It's a nice cute story for elementary kids who wants another sister or brother. :)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Dance With Me - Luanne Rice

Category: Book

Genre: Family

Author: Luanne Rice

Overview and Review of Dance With Me by Luanne Rice.

A very heartwarming story.

It's a story about a woman named Jane who had a baby even before she finished her college and her mom Margaret made a decision to have the baby and have it in for adoption so as she can finish her studies.

Little did Margaret realize that having a baby would always change a woman. Life would never be the same. Jane quit college, bearing with her heart the baby she would never have. She then became a baker and was New York's most loved bakery - Calamity Bakery.

She poured out her love for her baby when she bakes. Everything she bakes were all a reminder for her baby.

Now, she's back from New York. Her mother, Margaret is sick. With only Jane and Sylvie as family, they have to pitch in and help each other. While doing so, being back to Rhode Island means cleaning the family ghosts. Partly why Jane is back was for a chance to connect with her child. Her darling little child - Chloe.

I love the story. It tells about cats dancing in the silver moonlight, of apple trees and spring, apple pies and summer, deers, dolphins and sharks, of stars in the attic (a nice metaphor), of barn dances and the music.

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Friday, December 7, 2007

USA Online Casino

Category: Websites

If you happen to like online casinos and you are having trouble looking for the perfect online Casino, there's a website that would help you.

You see, I happen to drop by a Free Guide to help you players from the US find a safe and fun online gambling destinations. Casinos here are ranked by pro poker and blackjack players, according to their bonus size, payout rate, customer support, number of games, deposit options, graphics and ease of use.

It's a great website / free guide for US players because it helps you find the best online casino. It has a very easy-to-see design. Not at all cluttered. You wouldn't have trouble looking.

Each online casino they post, say for example "Rushmore" comes with a REVIEW. Check the reviews out and see which casino suits you best. Here you would see their rating. Their Software Rating, Trust Factor and even their Bonus and Promotions.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Living Magically - Gill Edwards

Category: Books

Genre: Self-Help

Author: Gill Edwards

Overview and Review of the book Living Magically by Gill Edwards

I have this thing for fantasy and magic. Well even though it's not really the "magic" as in David Blaine it was equally MAGICAL. Super Super.

I like the way Gill Edwards wrote the whole book. It was laid out wherein you would really get her point. It has lots of magical words that I really adore. It's a book filled with love and for you to realize that you can create your own reality.

It has a lot of exercises for you to conquer your fears and blockages. Also for reaching out for your Higher Self and Guides. Very helpful.

It would wake you up from this Dream... and begin creating your Reality.

Lovely. Lovely. :)