Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants - 2005

Category: Movies

Genre: Chick Flick

Director: Ken Kwapis

Tagline: Laugh. Cry. Share the pants.

Casts: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bedel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Jenna Boyd, Bradley Whitford, Nancy Travis, Rachel Ticotin, Mike Vogel and more.

Overview and Review of the movie Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants directed by Ken Kwapis

This movie is based on a book written by Anne Brashares. Four best friends(Lena, Brash, Tibby and Carmen) spends their summer for the first time, away from each other. Before they part ways to different places for the summer, they found a magical pair of jeans that fits all of them perfectly event though they have various shapes and size. They made an agreement to share the pants the whole summer with each other and to keep in touch and write something wonderful that happened along with it because they believe it's magic.

What the four best friends had - is one DREAM FRIENDSHIP for every girl out there. Their bond is sooo good and you can see they accept each other unconditionally. Like sisters born in different families. This movie is all about their one summer where they are apart for the first time. It's a heartwarming coming of age story (and it can make you cry and laugh).... and the chemistry of the four young actresses were good and that's what makes this movie pretty special.

I also like the lines they came up with... because there's truth in it.

Some Lines I like:

Bailey: Maybe the truth is there's a little bit of loser in all of us, ya know? Being happy isn't having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it's about stringing together all the little things like wearing these pants or getting to a new level of Dragon's Lair - making those count for more than the bad stuff. Maybe we just get through it... and that's all we can ask for.

Kostos: Some people show off their beauty because they want the world to see it. Others try to hide their beauty because they want the world to see something else.
Lena: And what do you see?
Kostos: Everything.

Carmen: [voiceover] It would be easy to say that the pants changed everything that summer. But looking back now I feel like our lives changed because they had to, and that the real magic of the pants was in bearing witness to all of this and in somehow holding us together when it felt like nothing would ever be the same again.
Carmen: Some things never would be
Lena: But we know now that no matter how far we traveled on our own separate paths...
Bridget: Somehow we would always find out way back to each other.
Tibby: And with that, we could get through anything.
Bridget: To us. Who we were, and who we are. And who we'll be.
Tibby: To the pants.
Lena: And the sisterhood.
Carmen: And this moment, and the rest of our lives.
Carmen, Lena, Bridget,Tibby: Together and apart.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Enchanted - 2007

Category: Movie

Genre: Fantasy / Love

Directed By: Kevin Lima

Writer: Billy Kelly


The real world and the animated world collide.
This fairytale princess is about to meet a real Prince Charming.

Casts: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Bennet and more.

Review and Overview of Enchanted directed by Kevin Lima, a Disney Movie.

An animated fairy tale would meet up with modern and live-action.

Once upon a time in the kingdom of Andalasia, a beautiful young maiden named Giselle lives in a cottage in the forest. She chanced upon the Prince Edward and they were engaged to be married. The evil queen (step mother of Prince Edward) fears of losing her thrown and so she banished Giselle from her magical, musical animated land and Giselle finds herself in the streets of modern-day Manhattan.

Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on a "happily ever after" basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. I could say more about the plot but that would spoil everything.

Giselle is this sweet innocent girl that you just love. She's naturally always IN LOVE. and that's what we all forget in this world that we are living in. It's a fresh reminder of BEING IN LOVE, and LIVING WITH LOVE.

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the movie. It's target market are kids but the depth and wisdom about LOVE which people forget in the modern times is in this movie. Better than all those love stories popping in and out of the market today. I remember a book entitled "Enchanted Love" of Marianne Williamson on this one. This is just the movie that would summarize the book and make it easier to understand.

Light hearted setting but deep. GREAT SOUNDTRACK. Sorry about all the quotable quotes below.. I just like them!

Funny/Memorable Quotes:

Giselle: Is that the only word you know? "No?"
Robert: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I mean, No!
Giselle: "No! No! No!" Over and over! When you keep saying "No!" it just makes me so... Sometimes you make me so!... angry.

Morgan Philip: Remember, when you go out not to put too much makeup otherwise the boys will get the wrong idea and you know how they are...
Morgan Philip: They're only after one thing.
Giselle: What's that?
Morgan Philip: [laughs] I don't know. Nobody will tell me.

Giselle: Why are you staring at me?
Robert: I don't know. It's just that... it's like you escaped from a Hallmark card or something.
Giselle: Is that a bad thing?

Giselle: Goodness, we sure had a lot of excitement tonight. Were you scared?
Morgan Philip: A little bit, but do you think Pip will be ok?
Giselle: Oh, well, I wouldn't worry about Pip. He is very brave. I remember this one time, when the poor wolf was being chased by Little Red Riding Hood around his grandmother's house, and she had an axe... oh, and if Pip hadn't been walking by to help I don't know what would've happened!
Morgan Philip: I don't really remember that version.
Giselle: Well, that's because Red tells it a little differently.

Nathaniel: Sire, do you like yourself?
Prince Edward: What's not to like?

Giselle: Now if only I can find a place to rest my head for the night.
Robert Philip: What kind of place?
Giselle: I don't know. Maybe a nearby meadow or a hollow tree.
Robert Philip: A hollow tree?
Giselle<: Or a house full of dwarves. I hear they're very hospitable.

Giselle: [singing] Well, does he take you out dancing / Just so he can hold you close?
Robert: [speaking] I don't dance!
Giselle: Dedicate a song / With words meant just for you? / Ooh ooh
Robert: [speaking] And I really don't sing.

Giselle: I'm surprised. You said you couldn't dance.
Robert: I said I didn't. I never said I couldn't.

Sam: She has no driver's license, no passport, I can't even find this place she comes from.
Robert: What place?
Sam: Andalusia.
Robert: Andalasia.
Sam: Whatever. I've called every travel agent. I'm not sure if it's a country or a city.
Robert: It can't be a state.
[Both watch Giselle acting strangely]
Sam: More like a state of mind. She told me it's just beyond the meadows of joy and the valley of contentment. What is that all about?

Phoebe Banks: Everybody has problems. Everybody has bad times. Do we sacrifice all the good times because of them?
Phoebe Banks, Ethan Banks: [looking into one another's eyes] No.

Robert: So, what's the deal with this prince of yours? How long you been together?
Giselle: [wistfully] Oh, about a day.
Robert: You mean it feels like a day because you're so in love.
Giselle: No, it's been a day.
Robert: You're kidding me. A day? One day?
Giselle: Yes. [wistful again]
Giselle: And tomorrow it will be two days.
Robert: You're joking.
Giselle: No. I'm not.
Robert: Yeah, you are.
Giselle: But I'm not.
Robert: You're gonna marry somebody after a day? Because you fell in love with him?
Giselle: Yes. [grins]
Giselle: Yes!
Robert: [laughs as she drags him away]
Giselle: What about you? How long have you known your Nancy?
Robert: Uh, five years.
Giselle: And you haven't proposed?
Robert: Well, no, I...
Giselle: Well no wonder she's angry.
Robert: Well...
Robert: You know most normal people get to know each other before they get married. They date.
Giselle: Date?
Robert: Yeah, you know. Date.
[Giselle shakes her head not understanding]
Robert: You go someplace special, like a restaurant, or a movie, or museum, or you just hang out and you talk.
Giselle: What do you talk about?
Robert: About each other. About yourself. About your interests, your likes your dislikes, you talk.
[both laugh]
Giselle: Oh, you have such strange ideas about love.
Robert: Maybe we should just do what you do. You meet, you have lunch, and you get married.
Giselle: Oh, you forgot about happily ever after.
Robert: Forget about happily ever after, it doesn't exist.

Morgan Philip: But I think she might be a real princess!
Robert Philip: Morgan honey, just because she has on a funny dress doesn't mean she's a princess. She's a seriously confused woman who's fallen into our laps.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom

Category: Books

Genre: Based on a True Story

Author: Mitch Albom

Overview and Review of Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

Morrie was a college professor, who gave his all whenever he teaches. This book tells the true story of Morrie Schwartz and his relationship with his student, Mitch Albom. Both the film and the book chronicle the lessons about life that Mitch learns from his professor, who is dying from ALS. Mitch and Morrie calls each other "Tuesday People".

This book is very inspiring and actually helped a lot of people appreciate Life and Death. Here, it talks mostly about the things we forget about or take for granted when we are still alive. You would cherish this book because of the wisdom and depth it brings. It talks about the things that matters most and would remind you to look and appreciate them before it's too late. It talks about Death, Family, Emotions, Wealth, Fame, Fear of Aging, Marriage, Culture, Community, Giving, Forgiveness and saying Goodbye in the physical level.

Heartwarming. A must read.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Eagle Eye - 2008

Category: Movies

Genre: Technology Thriller

Director: DJ Caruso

Writers: John Glenn, Hillary Seitz, Dan Mcdermott & Travis Wright.

Producers: Pete Chiarelli - co-producer Patrick Crowley - producer James M. Freitag - associate producer Alex Kurtzman - producer Edward McDonnell - producer Rizelle Mendoza - associate producer Roberto Orci .- producer Steven Spielberg - executive producer

If you want to live you will obey
Casts: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, Ethan Embry, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Azizi, Cameron Boyce, Lynn Cohen, and more.

Overview and Review of Eagle Eye directed by D.J. Caruso.

Jerry (Shia LaBeouf) and Rachel(Michelle Monaghan) are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family through a series of blackmails, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life (cellphone, nearby phone booths, cellphones of other people, electronic billboards and more) to track and control their every move.

Rachel Holloman: Do you think they could derail a train?

Jerry Shaw: They changed every traffic light to get us here. The woman, she called me on a stranger's cell phone who happened to be sitting next to me - never met the guy in my life. And then they broke me out of maximum security custody in a way I'm not even going to describe to you because it sounds crazy, and then they lift us off the face of the earth and drop us into this shitpile. She could probably derail a train, she could probably turn a train into a talking duck.

This is a "you can run but you can't hide" situation and another of those "what if's". Although the plot may sound unrealistic but it sure is one great entertaining movie what with Shia spearheading the lead. It's smart and it has this near relation to "I-Robot". Yes, kinda I-robot-ish. So there goes the originality on this one... but it's different all on its own. But, I enjoyed every bit of the movie, it has this intensity which can give you the edge. So, I'm giving it credit. It's also one case of where "technology" can go wrong even though how sophisticated that technology is. CGI is great. Actors did a great job.

Just watch it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer

Category: Books

Genre: Fantasy

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Overview and Review of Twilight written by Stephenie Meyer.

*read it last month*

I've been hearing about this vampire series which is the latest craze after the phenomenal Harry Potter for months already from my sister and online friends alike who loves to read.

Here goes: Seventeen year old, Isabella Swan, who lived with her mother ever since she was born decided to move in with his father to a small rainy town in Forks. She saw Edward Cullen in the school cafeteria on her first day in school and felt an instant attraction or curiosity about the guy. Boy meets girl huh? :) I guess, I shan't be spoiling a lot about the book, because I encourage you to read it na lang.

There were a couple of "kilig"-slash- spine tingling moments with Edward and Bella in this book, and it practically focuses on the two. That's why everybody enjoyed this. More kilig moments to come eh? It's a good book, with humor not *Cabot-ish easy, but close to that. It has great lines, I tell you. And a fast read as well, despite having 498 pages all in all. Although, there are times that I feel it's becoming predictable.

Anyhow, I recommend this book strongly to those who "WANTS to ENJOY READING", "STARTING TO READ", "LEARNING TO READ" because it's fun and an easy-read.
and of course to those who READS A LOT, I need not say why. Hehe.

Oh and it has a movie coming up with it's trailers all over the internet. Go GOOGLE!

was posted here: Twilight Saga Australia

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The X Files: I want to believe - 2008

Category: Movies

Genre: Sci-Fi / Mystery

Director: Chris Carter

Writers: Frank Spotnitz and Christ Carter

Tagline: Believe Again. To find the truth, you must believe.

Casts: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Xzibit, Mitch Pileggi, Callum Keith Rennie, Adam Godley, and more.

Overview and Review of the movie The X Files : I want To Believe directed by Chris Carter.

6 years after: Ex-FBI agent Dr. Dana Scully is currently a staff physician at a hospital, and is treating a boy named Christian who has a terminal brain condition, while Fox Mulder continues to be a fugitive from the FBI. Agent Drummy, then approaches Scully to locate Mulder to help out in a case they are currently working on in exchange for calling of their manhunt against him.

The case they will try to solve involves a series of disappearances of several women, including one FBI agent named Monica Banan.

The theme makes me reminisce the past, watching the X-Files series. It's not that "scary", just quite eerie at times. And kinda gory in most parts. Performances were all good. Nice lines. I actually like the "Stem Cell Theory" they have. I was surprised to see it in this movie. I read about twice in two books, before I watched the movie.

X-Files fanatics would enjoy this.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sunshine - 2007

Category: Movies

Genre: Science Fiction / Sci-Fi

Director: Danny Boyle

Tagline: If the sun dies. So do we.
Dark Days are coming....

Casts: Cliff Curtis, Chippo Chung, Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rose Byrne, Benedict Wong, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Mark Strong and more..

Overview and Review of Sunshine Directed by Danny Boyle.

Year 2057, the crew of the Icarus 2 (group of ethnically diverse astronauts) were sent into deep space to reignite the sun, after the failure of the first mission, Icarus 1. Along the way something went wrong that would lead to a series of events.... Can they make it in time to save the dying sun???

It's a nice sci-fi movie with an unexpected twist by the near end. I wasn't expecting Michelle Yeoh to be here. It has nice characters, interesting dialogues, and of course the effects. I wasn't entirely impressed but there's something with the story though.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Happier than God - Neale Donald Walsch

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Category: Books

Genre: Spiritual

Author: Neale Donald Walsch

Overview and Review of Happier than God by Neale Donald Walsch

The title of the book may sound blasphemous but you see "All great truths begin as blasphemies", as George Bernard Shaw would have it and he is right. This idea of being Happier than God is revolutionary. And so, a lot of people tried to resist this great truth. A lot of people denied and pushed this GREAT TRUTH that we can truly be Happier than God.

But, fret not... here is the answer to our question.. here is the affirmation: that we can be Happier than God. Isn't that great?

I enjoyed reading this book... it talked about a lot of things and it clarified a lot of teachings of the phenomenal "Law of Attraction" message. It speaks to your heart and warms your heart more than a love story can. Really. GREAT. GREAT. GREAT.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Very Special Love - 2008

Category: Movie

Genre: Filipino / Love

Directed by: Cathy Garcia Molina

Producer: ABS-CBN Film Corporation, Viva Films, Star Cinema Productions

Cast: Sarah Geronimo, John Lloyd Cruz, Irma Adlawan, Gio Alvarez, Matet De Leon, Marianna del Rio, Joross Gamboa, Al Tantay and more.

Seen: August 24, 2008

This is a romantic-comedy about Laida, a naive girl who dreams of meeting her prince charming named Miggy Montenegro. Miggy Montenegro is the youngest of the Montenegro clan—a well-established family in the business world. Her dream of meeting Miggy and working close to him happened when she applied and got accepted as Editorial Assistant in Miggy's magazine "Bachelor".

It's actually a fun movie and at the same time it did not lack emo moments. It is not a romantic-comedy for nothing, it is loaded with good laughs (sundance and the stick-notes in the cup). The team-up of Sarah and John Lloyd is exceptionally good and lighthearted. Sarah is a natural in this movie. She wasn't OA at all. Sends shivers to your spine - in a good way. A heartwarming story of learning how to love oneself, and here you would learn that the one who is actually in the way of your success is just - YOURSELF. Oh, and it's a clean movie.

Nice Lines:

“Pag mahal mo, mahal mo! Walang kasi kasi! Walang pero pero!”

Miggy: Mapapagod ka lang umasa.Mapapagod ka lang maghintay Mapapagod ka lang umasang mamahalin ka.
Laida: Kahit kailan hindi ako napagod mahalin ka. . . . . . ngayon lang!

“Basta ang mahalaga di ka pa ubos. Andyan ka pa rin. Para pag dumating yung taong magmamahal sa yo, may maibabalik ka pa.”

Miggy: Ang hirap eh. *does the sundance to stop the rain*
Laida: Mahirap? Yan mahirap? Subukan mo kayang magmahal ng taong katulad mo ng malaman mo kung anong mahirap”

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Snow Wolf - Glenn Meade

Category: Books

Genre: Suspense

Author: Glenn Meade

Overview and Review of the book Snow Wolf written by Glenn Meade.
read: July 9, 2008

An American journalist arrives in present-day Moscow to investigate his father's suicide and learned that his father was involved with a CIA mission that is so sensitive that both the USA and Russian government would do anything to keep it hidden.

Here, President Eisenhower makes the most audacious decision when he heard that Joseph Stalin's mental health is rapidly deteriorating: to sanction the OPERATION: Snow Wolf. Which would involve Two CIA agents, to travel across Moscow to assassinate the world's most powerful despot. Quite by chance, however, from the moment they land on Soviet soil, the KGB gets wind of the plan.

Thrilling and a nice book to bring when you are traveling. You can get a dose of history on this lot involving Eisenhower and Stalin. Features real people and fiction in one story, perfectly weaved. With a couple of twists and turns you would enjoy.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Mean Creak - 2004

Category: Movies

Genre: Drama

Director and Writer: Jacob Aaron Estes

Tagline: Beneath the surface, everyone has a secret.

Cast: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder

Overview and Review of Mean Creek directed by Jacob Aaron Estes

When Sam (Rory Culkin) got beaten up by a bully named George (Josh Peck), Sam's older brother Rocky (Trevor Morgan) and two of his friends Clyde (Ryan Kelley) and Marty (Scott Mechlowicz) planned to get back at George.

They came up with a plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday and "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip, jump in the lake, and run home naked. Along the way Sam, his girlfriend Millie (Carly Schroeder), Rocky, and Clyde sees that George is not really "that" bad after all but a kid who lacks attention, they wanted to call off the plan, but Marty refuses.

It looks kind of like an "Indie" film to me, which I am guessing it is.

An intelligent movie with great young actors. Very believable. It is also engaging, gets you hooked to the story. The story itself is unique and provoking at the same time. It's also quite disturbing and another one of those "what if's" situations. What if I'm there? this and that.
The lines are all good and pretty realistic. The actors may be young but this is a nice "grown-up" story you would learn a lot from. The acting, writing and directing were all good.

Some of the Memorable Lines in the Film:

Sam: You know, if we hurt him, we'd be just as bad as him.
Rocky: We need to hurt him without really hurting him.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman - Elizabeth Buchanan

Category: Books

Genre: Relationship

Author: Elizabeth Buchanan

Overview and Review of Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchanan.

Rose Loyd, a middle-aged woman proves to us that starting over or new beginnings can be done despite the age. After 20 years of being with his husband, in a career she loves and raising up two kids, Rose suddenly finds her marriage and career on a brink.

The title is very misleading, and most people would look for the revenge part. But, wise people would understand where the "revenge" part lies. To those who have ears let them hear. :)

This is a very nice story. Heartbreaking at the beginning *pierces your heart to the max*, and with an unlikely ending. It's about overcoming the end of things you used to love. Coping up with the change and reinventing yourself. It is inspiring.

It also shows us that "The best revenge is actually LIVING WELL."

First Sentence: "Here," said Minty, my deputy, with one of her breathy laughs, "the review has just come in. It's hilariously vindictive."

Read: June 25, 2008

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mamma Mia! - 2008

Category: Movies

Genre: Musical

Directed By: Phyllida Lloyd

Writer: Catherine Johnson (screenplay & playbook)

  • A mother. A daughter. Three possible fathers. Take a trip down the aisle you'll never forget
  • Sophie has just one wish, to meet her father......whichever one he is.
  • With every wedding come a few surprises.
  • Who said a wedding couldn't be this much fun?
Casts: Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan, Nancy Baldwin, Colin Firth, Heather Emmanuel, Colin Davis, Rachel Mcdowall, Ashley Lilley, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Ricardo Montez, Mia Soteriou, Enzo Squillino Jr. and more.

This is a story of a 20 year old bride-to-be named Sophie who is looking for her father to give her away when she gets married. She chanced upon her mom's diary and there she found she had 3 possible fathers and she mailed the three to come to her wedding. And her mom doesn't know. The 3 immediately replied and arrived a day before the wedding.

I wasn't expecting it to turn out great but - IT IS. I had a fun time singing along with the hits from ABBA (Dancing Queen, I had a Dream, Money, Money, Money, and more). It was light hearted and very heartwarming. I soooo love the setting. I'm loving Greece even more!!! *swoons*

If you want singing and dancing...with a touch of love and romance.. I think this is the movie for you. And of course, teenagers would love it as much as the older generations would since it pictures both worlds. I enjoyed the stag party and the shower party. It was fun. Great Great Great! Brilliant! Feel good film. Whenever they sing "Dancing Queen" it would make you want to stand and dance to the beat... and all the songs actually remained and gave me an LSS a few days after watching it. :)

Lovely Lines:

Sky: It's my last night of freedom... which is what some might see it, but for me it's the last night before the greatest adventure of my life.

Sophie: [reading Donna's diary] We danced on the beach, kissed on the beach and dot, dot, dot.

seen aug. 3, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - 2008

Category: Movies

Genre: Fantasy

Director: Rob Cohen

Writers: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, John L. Balderston and Stephen Sommers.

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Russell Wong, Liam Cunningham, David Calder, Jessey Meng, Tian Liang, Albert Kwan and Jacky Wu.

Tagline: A New Evil Awakens.

seen last: Aug 3. 2008
Next Stop: Asia.

I wasn't really expecting that the Mummy would have a sequel. This time, the son of Rick(Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn(Maria Bello) named Alex grows up and follows his dad's footsteps and became an explorer himself.

Emperor Han(Jet Li), the Dragon Emperor was doomed to spend eternity in suspended animation, with 10,000 warriors, forgotten by many people. Alex who wants his own find... went on for a quest to find the Dragon Emperor and his army. the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

I don't think I really enjoyed a lot with this 3rd part of the Mummy series. Was I expecting too much, that everything went down the drain? The humor in the movie this time seemed so off, and there's just sooo many things missing.

I wasn't blown away, when I expected to be.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Penelope - 2006

Category: Movies

Genre: Fantasy

Directed By: Mark Palansky

Writer: Leslie Caveny


A fairytale like no other.

She's been hiding all her life. Now she'll show the world just who she really is.

Sometimes true love is right under your nose.

What makes us different makes us beautiful.

Seen: 7/12/08

Casts: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinkilage, Richard E. Grant, Simon Woods and more.

This is about a young girl named Penelope Wilhern who was born with a face of a pig - a family curse which she must find true love with "one of her own kind" and realize the most important life lesson. She was hidden in their family estate with a string of husbands-to-be(one of the attempts her parents made to break the curse) but one by one they would leave as soon as they see her. One day, she thought she had it and decided to run away and be free.

It's a nice modern day fantasy, where you get to learn a lot. It's about liking who you really are. It's a cute film, ladies would love to check out. Very heart warming as well. It's magical and Christina Ricci portrayed Penelope well and it's actually one of the reasons why the movie is cute. James McAvoy looked cute here compared to Wanted. Hehe.

Child #4: It's not the power of the curse - it's the power you give the curse.

Penelope: "I like myself the way I am.".

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Batman: Dark Knight- 2008

Category: Movie

Genre: Hero

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan

Tagline: Can you avenge evil and not become it?

Welcome to a world without rules.

Why So Serious?

Casts: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman.

Overview and Review of Batman: The Dark Knight directed by Christopher Nolan.

Batman and James Gordon continues to exterminate crime in Gotham City, and this time they joined forces with a District Attorney named Harvey Dent. A new freak of a mastermind has taken over "organized crime" in Gotham City named Joker. No identity, no family, no nothing.

This is by far one of the best movie I've seen in 2008. It's Batman - he is a Hero.. so it must be loaded with action scenes right ? Well, get a load of this movie - it is not just action scenes you would enjoy but great memorable dialogues too. But, actually almost everything about this movie I enjoyed - the acting, the action scenes, the Lamborghini, the musical score, and did I say the dialogue ?

Christian Bale did a great job acting as the super-rich-i-can-do-anything-i-want bachelor Bruce Wayne and with his deep voice in his caped suit with all those flashy rides. Of course, Heath Ledger - actually made an ASTOUNDING PERFORMANCE as the Joker. Joker was a very provocative antagonist. He would really try hard to corrupt you. The other casts did their best and was exceptional. Just right for their part.

This movie is pretty much applicable to real life - it's not all fantasy. The comparison between the Corruptible(White Knight/TwoFace) and the Incorruptible(Dark Knight/Batman). Batman is now #1 in my Super Hero list. *laughs*

I also like the scene with the 2 Ships. `twas brilliant and moving. It also got me to thinking: "What If I am There?.. What would be the best thing to do?". And guess what? I did not pass. Mwahaha. Shucks. I need to think about that more often.

Batman: The Dark Knight sure amazed a lot of people, because it exceeded most of their expectations - the writing, the acting, the music and of course the directing. There was never a dull moment to the movie - you'd be glued to the screen most of the time. Everything is excellent!

Joker says: You would really know who that person is... when

Line I like :
Lt. Gordon: Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a dark knight.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Teen Idol - Meg Cabot

Category: Books

Genre: Chick Flick

Author: Meg Cabot

Overview and Review of Teen Idol by Meg Cabot.

May 10, 2008

A high school junior from Clayton High (Indiana) named Jenny Greenley is secretly the school newspaper's advice columnist "Ask Annie", a position she got due to her famous ability to keep other people's secrets and ability to give advices and help out. On the other hand, a teen star named Luke Striker is about to make a movie about high school, and since he is a star and grew up on TV, he really knows nothing about "a normal school life" and an ordinary teen lifestyle. He wanted to learn how it feels like being in High School and so Luke was to go to Clayton High. Clayton High's principal assigns Jenny to look after Luke and make sure no one else would know he is "Luke Striker". She was to show Luke around and all that.

and there the story begins.

This is so Meg-Cabot-ish. I like the "Ask Annie" portion in the book. This is a nice book with a twist in the end *to some it would be*. Very good for high school kids. oh and for Meg Cabot fans of course. Entertaining. As usual. Also teaches you how to stand up from what you believe in and doing something other than being neutral.

I read online it will be made into a movie.. Well.. we will see.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Wanted - 2008

Category: Movie

Genre: Thriller

Director: Timor Bekmambetov

Writer: Michael Brandt, Chris Morgan and Derek Haas. Mark Millar and J.G. Jones

Tagline: Choose your destiny.

Casts: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Terrence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common, Kristen Hager, Marc Warren, David O'Hara and more.

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality.

Overview and Review of Wanted a film directed by Timor Bekmambetov

*wathed: June 29,2008*

"What the fuck have you done lately?"

Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is an accounts manager here who allows to be walked upon, ill-treated and brought low by the people around him specially his boss Janice. He tries to deal with his life and dull it out through the anti-anxiety pills he takes. He is a nobody and has no whatever tendency to change the way his life is until one day at the store where he frequently buys his pills he meets a beautiful woman, Fox (Angelina Jolie) who would mark the change of his life forever.

I like the crooked, sarcastic narration of James McAvoy which actually fits the movie. Morgan Freeman did his part well and of course there's Angelina Jolie who is looking hot and deadly a lethal combination which suits her pretty well. This movie is very fast and it catches me off guard almost every chance it gets. Violence you can expect plus the humor and sarcasm. Bloody and a bit gory for me. Action packed as well. With all those bending bullets, train scenes, bloody lessons, knife and gun works, and exploding peanut-buttered rats.

I also like the memorable lines you can get from this movie.

Oh and my birth date appeared as well. Ain't that cool??? Yay!

It was a fast ride with this one. If The Happening was slow and old fashioned... this one is the opposite, it is fast and very techie-cool.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Happening - 2008

Category: Movie

Genre: Mystery
Writer/Director/Producer: M. Night Shyamalan

Tagline: We've Sensed It. We've Seen The Signs. Now... It's Happening.

Casts: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez, Betty Buckley and more.

Rated R for violent and disturbing images.

Overview and Review of The Happening written, produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live."
-- Albert Einstein

Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) is a science teacher here and he appeared while he was on a science lecture with students. Apparently, strange things have been occurring and people were fleeing from Godknowswhat and with them was Elliot and Alma Moore, Julian and Jess.

M. Night Shyamalan wanted this movie to be natural as possible. Neat and Old School. Going back before computers and technology were invented and when it was just all about "directing and storytelling". That's why a lot said, it was dull because it lacked the technology which was actually the point of the whole movie. "A 2008 version of a 1950's paranoia." - from The Happening.

Very troubling and kinda insane, a bit gory that I have to shield my eyes from the screen. Man, I just don't have the guts to watch disturbing scenes such as what Shyamalan presented in "The Happening".

People might see it as monotonous because it lacked action but for me it has it's own approach that is totally different from other movies *and indeed it is different* - one thing is that it makes you think. It's a "What If?" situation. It could be possible. It's actually one wake up call from nature and a different wake up call at that. It's not tsunami or a high intensity earthquake or a volcano erupting... but much more disturbing than what I just mentioned.

For people who are into "action" this movie is not for you. and for people who wants to think... and loves "what-if's" scenarios this one is for you.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Teens Ask Deepak: All the right Questions - Deepak Chopra

Category: Books

Genre: Self-Help

Author: Deepak Chopra

Overview and Review of Deepak Chopra's Teens Ask Deepak: All the Right Questions.

This is a book for teens and is all about the BIG QUESTIONS teens usually ask that adults can't answer or squirm when it comes up. This book is divided into five chapters: How Spirit Works, Success, Well-Being, Relationships, and God. It also centered on the questions that teens asked online or in person.

What I like about this book is that it tackles a lot about what we all have been wondering about. What is Success? Can we change the world? It also has a lot of tips, steps and ways that you could follow to improve your life. Very inspiring and an eye-opener at that. Would be very useful to your kids who loves to ask the BIG QUESTIONS. Hehe.

The sequence of the book is good, you can easily understand it. This book is very simple yet profound. Even adults could use this. Really.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Valkyries - Paulo Coelho

Category: Books

Genre: Spirituality

Author: Paolo Coelho

Overview and Review of The Valkyries authored by Paolo Coelho.

This is an autobiographical book, but told using the third person.

Why do we destroy the things we love? It was the question Paolo asked during this journey.
This journey involved looking for angels and in order to see them Paolo with his wife Christina must seek out the advice of The Valkyries who roamed the area. They traveled to the Mojave Desert for the 40 day Quest. An authentic story of being in the darkness, seeking out the light, and having a mentor.

This is a nice book about finding your angel and a wonderful spiritual journey at that. An enlightening book and a delightful read. You would cherish all the words that you would read next. There are a lot of "symbolical" events in the book as well. This book is a lot of things really. Its about love, light, angels, life, death, darkness, fear, rituals, and very spiritual it is. It can certainly touch your heart, mind and soul. A modern day magical, enchanting adventure..

April 30, 2008

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Kung Fu Panda - 2008

Category: Movie

Genre: Animation

Director: Mark Osborne and John Stevenson

Voices: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian Mcshane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and more.

Tagline: Prepare for awesomeness. Summertime is Pandatime.

Overview and Review of Kung Fu Panda Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson.

Po is the name, a sweet and clumsy Panda one of the biggest fan of Kung Fu dreams of being a Kung Fu Master and adores the Furious Five - Tigress(Angelina Jolie), Crane(David Cross), Mantis(Seth Rogen), Viper(Lucy Liu) and Monkey(Jackie Chan). But with all his wildest dreams of being a Kung Fu Master, he is stuck with his father in a Noodle shop and expected to follow after him.

To Shi Fu(Dusin Hoffman) it was an accident to Oogway(Randall Duk Kim), there are no accidents. To fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become a reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu.

There's also the vengeful and double-crossing snow leopard Tai Lung(Ian Mclane) who is headed their way from escaping at a prison, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat.

It's actually a great animation. Aside from all the funny antics and Po's big butt it has a moral lesson. And a deep one at that. It's a lesson about a Master-Student Relationship. You would learn about the "Secret Ingredient" which proves to be the most significant lesson in the whole movie. Also, it is "soo real life" or "sooo true" with people.

ooh and I like Panda's by the way! =)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - 2008

Category: Movies

Genre: Fantasy

Director: Andrew Adamson

Based on a book by C.S. Lewis

Cast: Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Sergio Castellitto, Peter Dinklage, Warwick Davis and more.

Taglines: A New Age Has Begun. Everything you know is about to change forever.

Overview and Review of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian directed by Andrew Adamson

It's been a year since their first adventure in Narnia.

When Prince Caspian blew Susan's horn (which she left in Narnia) Peter Pevensie,(William Moseley) Susan Pevensie (Anna Popplewell) , Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Keynes)and Lucy Pevensie(Georgie Henley) finds themselves being pulled back to Narnia. They found out that hundreds of years have passed in the land of Narnia and Narnians are thought to be extinct and it is now ruled by General Miraz, uncle to the true heir, which is Prince Caspian(Ben Barnes). This time the Pevensie's with the help of Prince Caspian and Reepicheep must set out to overthrow the General while looking for Aslan.

History: Aslan revelaed to
Caspian that they actually originated from the same Earth as the Pevensies. Years ago, pirates in the "South Sea" (of our world) came upon an island, and, after entering a cave, fell (through a chasm) into Telmar. Telmar is the country to the West of Narnia. After many years in Narnian time, the Telmarines, who suffered famine and internal conflict, invaded and seiged Narnia. During this time, the animals of Narnia fled into hiding, as the human Telmarines came to dominate the land. Prince Caspian was the tenth in a line of kings by that name.

Narnians thought Aslan forgot them, but actually Aslan was just waiting for them and everything have their own season. Also a story of treachery or betrayal over POWER. That it always, almost happens and you shouldn't be surprised. It also portrayed a lot of good things, specially when you are faced with a person "you would love to really hate and kill" because he has wronged you big time. And this is just the movie that would show you that: killing, revenge or taking a hand against your enemy is not the answer. Because, one way or another he would always face his consequences. It's also a story of deliverance and restoration.

And eventhough you've done something worse you still have a chance to recreate yourself and create a new beginning.

They portrayed Aslan here really well.
Peter Pevensie: When Aslan bares his teeth, winter meets it's end.
Lucy Pevensie: When Aslan shakes his mane, it's spring again.

You would fear Him but He can comfort you. Hayhay.

A nice movie although it lacked the memorable quotes and some parts of the book was altered, I also did not remember a spark of romance between Susan and Caspian. Funny lines can be found. The action/battle scenes was great and all. Cinematography and Visual Effects was a WOW. The musical score sure is one amazing treat! The Pevensie's did a great acting job than the first, they improved here.

I felt it was a short movie, but it actually runs for 147 minutes. Man, that sounds like: "Time flies when you are having fun!"

For Aslan and for Narnia!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Forbidden Kingdom - 2008

Category: Movie

Genre: Adventure

Director: Rob Minkoff

Tagline: The path is unsafe. The place is unknown. The journey is unbelievable.The battle for eternity is the fantasy of a lifetime.

Cast: Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano, Yifei Liu,

This is a movie based on the classic Chinese novel entitled Journey to the West. This film started in modern-day Boston where an American teenager named Jason,a kung-fu obsessesed fan is buying a couple of kung-fu DVDs from his favorite store which is manned by Old Hop (who is Chan.). A bully then forces Jason to help and rob Old Hop and there his journey began.

With Jet Li and Jackie Chan in one movie? It is definetly a must see. You would wonder whether it would be serious (the presence of Jet Li) or funny (the presence of Jackie Chan). But it proves to be a bit of both. I've never seen a Jet Li movie with Jet Li being funny and all. If you want a comical Jet Li.. you should try watching this. It sure shows the comical side of Jet Li.

This movie also contained a lot of Chinese proverbs and some stories you are probably familiar with. I like the principles and the lessons, also their lines in the movie.

April 25, 2008

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 2008

Category: Movies

Genre: Adventure

Director: Steven Spielberg

Casts: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia Labeouf, Ray Winston, and more.

Overview and Review of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull directed by Steven Spielberg.

I thought this was a remake but I found out it's actually the Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventures. I never got around to watch the first 3 installments even though it's just lying in my parent's room for months already.

The famous archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry Walton Jones also known as "Indiana" / "Indy" (Harrison Ford) is called back into action, year 1957 when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind the mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

It opens with Indy, kidnapped by a team of KGB agents led by a Russian scientist (Cate Blanchett) who wants to know everything,and was taken to the same vast Nevada government warehouse where it is said that the Part 1, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," ended.

This time it is not the lost Ark they are looking for. They're after the remains of a flying-saucer crash that contains a clue to what the Russians really want: and this is the Mayan crystal skull with a supernatural power of mind control (hence, the Russian Scientist... wanting to know everything).

What i like about this movie is that it is full of impossible stunts and the humor that made the Indiana Jones series such a phenomenon of its time. It also contained some thrills and suspense making you squirm in your chair or whatever you are sitting on. It has lots of goofy oftentimes cheesy action that kids love (even moi!).

If you are into adventures and all that.. this one is for you. this film is fun in it's own way.

May 25, 2008