Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

It has been a long while since I watched a real movie.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, or The Odd Case of Benjamin Button as entitled in its earlier release, is a story about a boy who was born in 1981, the end of World War 1. The boy, played by Brad Pitt, was born a freak. He was born as an old man, with all the bodily complications of an old man about to die: lack (instead of loss) of hearing, rheumatism, wrinkled skin, weakness, impaired eyesight, etc.

As the boy grew, so did he grew out of his "condition". He grew in reverse - from an octogenarian, into a body of a middle aged man, into a young adult, further into adolescence, and onto the body of a babe. He grew young while his old, young friend grew old.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tropic Thunder is 7x better than Zohan

I absolutely loved Don't Mess with the Zohan. It was just plain nice-fun-racist comedy. (NO! 'Paul and Harry's racist sketch on the Filipina maid was not funny at all. It wasn't even funny. And who the hell was that maid that agreed to play that stupid role? If that were a Filipina, she better not come home or I'll make sure she become infamous here. We know how to laugh and we know how to make fun of ourselves, but laughing about OFW's is another matter...View More>>



However, Ben Stiller sure did a better job than Adam Sandler. Actually I really like Ben Stiller than Adam Sandler as an actor. Ben Stiller CAN act. He can portray different annoying and ridiculous characters that appeal to my kind of humor. On the other hand, Adam Sandler looks exactly the same in whatever he portrays. He has the same slurred voice even when he tries to cover it with Middle-Eastern-Asian accent. What made Don't Mess with the Zohan sell was the idea - think of a super-solider turned hair stylist that gives free sex to old ladies HA HA! And no one could have made a funnier poster!



Tropic Thunder is 7x better than You Don't Mess With the Zohan.

Then there's Ben Stiller and Tropic Thunder. THAT idea was mind blowing. That's something that my brother day dreams about - actors thrown into a real war zone and they still think that they're shooting a movie. THEN he surrounds himself with really good actors: Robert Downy, Jr's big blue, shiny eyes were more dramatic that Puss in Boots and his 'trailer' with Toby Maguire was ABSOLUTELY THE BEST! Black Jack's dirty vocabulary appeared in the most appropriate times but I expected him to be funnier than how he appeared. He did wonderful job in Nacho Libre... maybe he's the type of comedian who does better when all the spotlight is on him or something (he's amazing nonetheless). And that young kid...I haven't the slightest idea who he is. The *real* black dude was funny as well (Brandon Jackson appeared in 'Big Stan' as well but I couldn't figure out where... I should have written something when I watched that.) I found it really funny when he was trying to rebuke Robert Downy, Jr. LOL-scene!

And I'm so impressed that Ben Stiller didn't mind it a tiny bit even though he knew that Tom Cruise will steal the spot light from him.

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I expected this movie to be corny. It wasn't. I liked it. There isn't much depth... but then it's Vin Diesel so who's looking for depth? (Oooohh the "Original Parts"[/cast] of Fast and Furious are coming back! That looks interesting. Did you know why the first movie was such a big thing? Because it was a low budget movie that turned out to be a hit! Ha! It surprised the producers! Ok so enough of that...)

I'm glad there was no sex scene. It's not that I'm conventional or anything (though I am) but it's one of those things that ruin THAT type of movie. Weren't you relieved when there was no kissing scene in the end of Constantine?

Anyway, a lot of people hated the last scene so SPOILERS BEWARE!

The weird girl with fish eyes (you know, her eyes were a little too apart from each other) actually died in the end. I didn't expect that. Oooh and she gave birth to twins who have absolutely no resemblance to her (oh please don't tell me you still haven't figured out how she became pregnant when she was a virgin. We've had test tube babies for decades now). The lack of resemblance was actually funny... Vin Diesel as a father was...weird. Not 'The Pacifier'-weird... it's just weird. I expect that he'll be teaching those kids to kill or be killed. Vin Diesel as a gentle character isn't right... But still, that's the ending. And YEAH, it really ended that way. Anti-climactic. But who cares? The whole movie was enough to make you tired through out anyway (though still not as much as 'The Happening' which was so misappropriately titled by the way. Come on, 'The Happening'? I thought there was a party or something.)

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Batman: The Dark Knight


It was really really good. Heath Ledger was amazing BUT it isn't worth an Oscar as some people claim. I liked the fact that you couldn't tell which was CGI and which were not. The editing was soo goood.

What I didn't like: Christian Bale ('the' Batman) didn't get enough screen time. WTF is up with that? I know that we're all really sad that Heath Ledger died but Joker IS NOT the Dark Knight. The director could have at least created a different version (something that wasn't 2 1/2 hours long...he REALLY did get too much screen time and I think they were afraid to steal some from the others). What about a 2 hour movie with just the right amount of Joker scenes, more Batman appearances and just the same amount of explosions? Sounds good right?

Oh and why didn't we get enough gadgets this season? Is it because the Ferrari cost them a lot? (LOL I have no Idea if they actually spent on that or if they had a deal with them or whatever... It just hurt when they thrashed it in the movie. I hope the Ferrari's doing fine right now :)). The bike was BEAUTIFUL. That almost compensated for the lack of new gadgets but not quite.

So should you watch it? Definitely? Should you expect something EPIC? No. Just watch it and enjoy :)

Hancock


A lot of people didn't like Hancock. They were looking for more action-packed, hilarious scenes just as they saw in the trailer. If that's what you're looking for as well and you haven't watched the movie, you may want to skip this one or to postpone watching it until you've ran out of movies (like that'll ever happen).

I actually liked Hancock. Wanted was more exhilarating but Hancock was more "nudging". I don't know how to put it but it was the kind of movie that made me think about "gods, angels, and now superheroes" and it kind of "nudged" me to realize that if we did have superheroes, we really wouldn't have a scientific explanation where they came from.

Superheroes are just there. And they're made up of the basic components of human beings: love or lack of it.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Awake (Hollywood)

Starring:
Jessica Alba
Hayden Christensen
Terrence Howard



Filthy rich guy is in love with his widowed mother's assistant. Widowed mother does not know of the affair even though they've been together for a year. Filthy rich guy needs a heart transplant, but he happens to be of blood type O so it's too hard to get a donor.

When filthy rich guy finally gets the courage to stand up to widowed mother for hot girlfriend/assistant, they marry the same night. And on the same night he gets a heart donor.

On the operating table, he stays awake after the anesthesia is injected. He hears and sees everything.

That's when the twist appears :D If you want to know more, comment and I'll comment back the twist.

Your heart will probably get tired after the first 20 minutes of the movie. You get to see a lot of gruesome stuffs :D But the movie was worth it. I just hope I wouldn't have to go under the knife anytime soon while the movie is still fresh.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Azumanga Daioh (Anime)


Hilarious. If you're an anime fan. You have to watch this. If you don't like it, it wouldn't be the artist's fault. It only means you're slow. And you're probably looking for a romantic series, in that case I suggest you stick with
The Menlancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and
Clannad

Their not the typical anime lovey-dovey series and actually do have a real sense of humor.

Anyway, back to Azumanga Daioh. It's about a bunch of high school girls who become good friends with each and their teachers (which I find strange, since that doesn't happen in our culture very often). There is really no story line, no character development, no seriousness, and for some reason, there is also no nonsense. It's just a good anime series to watch and laugh your hearts out.

Clannad (Anime)


The humor is as good as that of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Same with the art. It's nice to see animes with human humors. They're not just about characters who zoom off the screen when something hilarious happens, but they actually have humor in what they say and how they deliver it. They also have a good sense of sarcasm

So if you liked Haruhi, you'd like this one just as much. It's not a "like Haruhi but Haruhi's better" kind of anime. Their qualities are actually at par with each other.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Anime)


Good series. Good humor. It's actually one of those series where the leading lady is not a damsel in distress (unlike Jenny from Ghost Fighter). She makes sure she gets what she wants in her own way. That turns out to be very inconveniencing to her friends, and funny to us viewers.

A bit of spoilers.

This is a very weird movie, but not in a disturbing sense. You'll discover that Haruhi has an alien friend with super human powers. You'll also discover that Haruhi may only be the "real" thing in the world. That is some deep Philosophical stuff in there. I was impressed by how much this series helped me in picturing Rene Descartes' methodological skepticism. Sorry for rambling but there are really good existential Philosophies that were raised in that series. You get to ponder over them but you don't get a headache when you do.

Wanted (Hollywood Movie)


Angelina Jolie is hot in this movie. I thought it would turn out to be similar with Mr. and Mrs. Smith but it was nothing like that. I liked the movie very much. It's not the kind of movie you can relax with because that means the action-packed scenes would have failed to affect you. But that's exactly why it's good. You get to immerse yourself in their world without stressing yourself too much (I really didn't like The Happening for disturbing me). The movie isn't also centered on Angelina, she did a good job at redirecting the spotlight to the leading man (So why do I keep on talking about Angelina? because she's that hot in the movie).

I also liked it because it was not as out of this world as The Matrix (which bored me to death). It just kept on throwing out nice surprises througout the movie.

I would definitely be pissed if I see kids with pellet guns, trying to bend bullets and end up hitting innocent victims.

Trivia: the binary code on her arm are actually initials of her kids' names.
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The Happening (Hollywood Movie)

Great movie. I didn't like it.

The whole point of the trailer was to hide what the happening was in The Happening. So whatever follows are spoilers. Beware.

An unexplainable natural phenomenon is happening in the United States. The happening starts in parks and spreads through the city. Apparently, the plants are releasing toxins that when it enters the system of a human person, makes him suicidal.

My interpretation on this is that the plants are reacting to the human population. They are starting to see us as a threat to their collective species. The only time a person is infected by the toxins is if he is part of a significant numbered group (based on location), which is roughly 6-10. At least that's how it started.

The whole movie is about a professor trying to survive through the phenomenon. He tries his best to keep himself, his wife and his friend's daughter alive.

After the first 15 minutes of the movie, too many deaths have happened that I was wondering when it would end. I felt that way throughout the whole movie. By the end of the film, I was tired and deeply disturbed - not because of the phenomenon but because of the creative suicidal ways the movie portrayed.

I prefer feel good movies.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Ouran High School Host Club (Anime)


Seven good looking high school guys in different "flavors", who spend their spare time making money through a Host Club. All they do is entertain bored ladies. And then, along came the scholar student, Haruhi, who breaks a very expensive vase...the scholar student ends up becoming the Host Club's dog, their errand boy. When discovered to possess a beautiful face behind the dorky glasses, Haruhi becomes an official Host Club member. With natural hosting talents, Haruhi soon becomes popular and loved by all.

The best anime series I've ever watched.

I found that guys think this is too gay for them. I suggest they hide in their rooms when they watch it. Just find a way to watch it alone if you're too embarrassed.

The art is good and the humor is even better.

Chobits (Anime)


In an era of high tech gadgets, Personal Computers (Pasokon) are in the shape of beautiful and hot young ladies. They can serve you in any way you can configure them to. They're so beautiful and enchanting that you might just fall in love with them...

The series bored me to death. I can't stand useless leading ladies. Well technically Chi was a useful piece of technology but that Pasokon was just a damsel in distress throughout the series.

That and I'm too conservative. I'm still not open to the idea of people falling in love with machines. I still have hope in life and believe that souls make up man and woman.

Ghost Fighter a.k.a. Yu Yu Hakusho (Anime)


Eugene, a high school student, dies trying to save a child from a car accident. He ends up becoming a Spirit Detective who fights Demons with his Spirit gun (his fingers formed in a gun position). He becomes friends with Demons and forms a gang who fight against other Demons in tournaments.

This is a must watch for any action anime lover.