The Hangover Part II. Funny not funnier.
Bradley Cooper as Phil
Ed Helms as Stu
Zach Galifianakis as Alan
Justin Bartha as Doug
The wolfpack is back. This time they invade foreign shores. Stu is betrothed to Lauren, a young Thai-American, and is set to wed in a beautiful beach resort in Thailand. With best friends Phil & Doug, soon-to-be-brother-in-law Teddy and unfortunately Alan toasted beer and chucked marshmallows at a beach campfire. The next morning, Doug happily woke to a nice breakfast at the hotel while head-busted Phil, face-tattooed Stu and head-shaven Alan woke up in a rusty apartment in the middle of Bangkok with Teddy nowhere to be found. A mad search ensues for Teddy which includes encounters with a capuchin monkey, tiny Mr. Chow, Buddhist monks, Russian mobsters, Thai lady-boys, Interpol agents plus encore from Iron Mike Tyson.
It was funny, not as funny as the first one though.
Once is enough.
11:29am, 18 June 2011.
Marvel begins the summer with a bang. Starts it of with the Son of Odin.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Based on the Norse mythology of Odin, King of Asgard. Mighty Thor, arrogant warrior. Son of Odin. Defies his father and reignites an ancient war against the Frozen Giant. For his defiance, he is cast into the realm of Earth stripped of his power and the mystical Mjolnir. There he meets the beautiful scientist, Jane Foster. Soon follows the evils of his step-brother Loki.
The movie was excellent. I was expecting little from the Mjolnir but they did an amazing animation job on it. Chris Hemsworth eerily sounded like the late Heath Ledger. Australians. Natalie Portman is always as lovely while Kat Dennings injected the funnies. Wait after the end credits.
Repeat again and again.
In the beginning, there were mutants.
James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr/Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme/Mystique
Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggert
January Jones as Emma Frost
Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw
1944, in a Nazi Concentration Camp, mutant Sebastian Shaw witnessed the powers of young Erik Lehnsherr, coerced him to unleashed it. Fast forward to 1962, Lehnsherr hunts down his Nazi oppressors in search of Shaw. Enter Charles Xavier. The two became best of friends until they’ve come to realize the difference in their vision of mutant-human relations.
Nice storyline. Perfect cast. Effects was nothing special. Jennifer Lawrence is a breakthrough. I like Logan’s cameo.
Two times is okay.
10:42am, 5 June 2011.
Adam Sandler as Danny
Jennifer Aniston as Katherine
Brooklyn Decker as Palmer
Betrothed Danny, an aspiring cardiologist, backs out from his own wedding upon hearing his wife-to-be’s settling for his elephant nose. Later in a bar, he learned about the power of the wedding ring and uses it to his advantage. Fast forward to today, he’s a successful plastic surgeon. Meets the girl of his dreams in Palmer. Palmer finds out about the ring. Enter Katherine and her two lovely kids to the rescue.
The movie was OK. Nicole Kidman, Dave Matthews, Palmer’s yellow bikini and the British-speaking Maggie, played by Bailee Madison, saved the movie. Loved the music mash-up, listen good.
Twice is enough.
7:24am, 5 March 2011.
Close to five years ago, I had a chance to meet former Secretary Angelo T. Reyes when he was the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government. It was on one of our Regional Peace and Order Council meeting held at the Diamond Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Manila. He was the guest of honor, being the Chairman of the National Police Commission. From what I remember, he was an excellent speaker. He commands attention, that I think came from his military background. But he sounded more like a politician. That, I didn’t care for. After his short talk, he excused himself and said he had to attend to other pressing matters and pardons his early exit. Led by four aide–de–camps, most of the participants gathered to his path to the exit to say hello and shake his hand. By the time he reached our table, I stood up in respect but was not eager to shake his hand. As I stood there, he noticed that I wasn’t coming to him. He called me out and said, “Kid, come over here and shake my hand.” I obliged. Like what I said, he commands.
But his command has its limits. Just like Frank “Frankie Five Angels” Pentangeli from the Godfather Part II. Only to his family. When Tom Hagen came to him in prison they chatted:
Tom: “When a plot against the Emperor failed…the plotters were always given a chance to let their families keep their fortunes. Right?”
Frank: “Yeah, but only the rich guys, Tom. The little guys got knocked off and all their estates went to the Emperors. Unless they went home and killed themselves, then nothing happened. And the families…the families were taken care of…”
Tom: “That was a good break. A nice deal.”
Frank: “Yeah…They went home…and sat in a hot bath…opened up their veins…and bled to death…and sometimes they had a little party before they did it.”
Frank: “Those were the great old days, you know…And we was like the Roman Empire…The Corleone family was like the Roman Empire…”
Angelo T. Reyes was a soldier. A soldier to the end. RIP.
Question is…who’s Michael?
8:45pm, 8 February 2011.
Rapunzel – voiced by Mandy Moore
Eugene Fitzherbert AKA Flynn Rider – voiced by Zachary Levi
Mother Gothel – voiced by Donna Murphy
You all know the story of Rapunzel, right?
Best Mandy Moore movie ever! I had a great laugh cause I kept thinking “Chuck” (Zachary Levi’s more famous character on TV) but he wasn’t there and he could belt out a tune too. Mother Gothel was just the right kind of evil. Excellent decision of keeping Pascal and Maximus quiet, very funny couple. But 2D would have sufficed. Good first movie choice of Abbie for 2011.
See it again, and again, and again. Bring the kids too.
2:07pm, 5 February 2011.
Anne Hathaway as Maggie Murdock
Jake Gyllenhaal as Jaime Randall
Oliver Platt as Bruce Winston
Hank Azaria as Dr. Stan Knight
Josh Gad as Josh Randall
Judy Greer as Cindy
Directed by Edward Zwick
Jaime is a great sales rep. Too great of a salesman, he also gets the girls. Lots of ’em. Then he meets free-spirited Maggie. Leading the life the she wants, alone and content. It was a match made in hospital heaven.
I kept on hoping it would jump to the present day and Maggie dies. It didn’t. Nevertheless, it was a fun movie. Cheesy at times. Once is enough. But if you like seeing Anne naked, got at it for more.
For all you pervs, here are the pics you’re hoping to see in this blog post. Courtesy of In The Raw.
11:04am, 29 January 2011.
Abbie and I went to the second outing of the “Rush” (the first was held last November 19-21, 2010 at Eastwood City Mall) Rockwell Powerplant Mall in Makati yesterday to avail of the promo for the new Samsung Galaxy Tab. Cool new phones! Free food and drinks too (first day only). Processing queue was crazy long though. I suggest you get there early, line up before the mall opens. Promo runs until Sunday, 5th of December 2010. Be there.
3:48pm, 5 December 2010.
Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko
Shia LeBouf as Jacob “Jake” Moore
Carey Mulligan as Winnie Gekko
Josh Brolin as Bretton James
Susan Sarandon as Sylvia Moore
Frank Langella as Lewis Zabel
Directed by Oliver Stone
Gordon Gekko is released from prison. I initially thought Bud Fox was the one who put him there for insider trading, the movie proved it was something much bigger. Jake is in love with Winnie, Gordon’s daughter. Jake is obsessed about meeting Gordon. Winnie wants nothing to do with his father. Ends up reconciling with him and eventually marrying Jake, have a child and be in one happy, legitimate family. The end. That’s pretty much it. Love, Rumors, Money, Family. Maybe that’s why Abbie slept in most of its boring parts. Not that she wants to. The first one had more depth of character.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is the first and only sequel Oliver Stone ever made.
Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), from the first Wall Street, appears in a cameo role.
Director Oliver Stone appears in the movie a couple of times as a stock broker.
8:16am, 25 September 2010.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb the Extractor
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur the Point Man
Ellen Page as Ariadne the Architect
Marion Cotillard as Mal the Shade
Tom Hardy as Eames the Forger
Ken Watanabe as Saito the Tourist
Cillian Murphy as Robert Fischer, Jr. the Mark
Michael Caine as Miles
Directed by Christopher Nolan
The dream is real…probably. I don’t know. Call it the Matrix gone analog. Arguably the best movie in the last 10 years.
Cobb is an extractor. A person who steals information in your mind while you are dreaming. He’s the best out there. But he has some baggage himself.
How is the beautiful Marion Cotillard the villain? She is Mal, wife of Cobb. She’s the baggage Cobb can not let go of. Trapped in section of his mind.
Like in this scene, where Mal enters the dream of Saito to interfere with Cobb’s work.
Miles is Cobb’s father-in-law, Mal’s father. A professor at the university. One of the few characters in the real world. He understands what Cobb does for a living as he was once an architect of dreams himself. Cobb asks his help to find a new architect.
Ariadne is the young new architect in Cobb’s team. Quick learner but emotional. She tries to help Cobb with his issues about Mal.
Cobb then enlists the help of a forger named Eames for their special dream project, Inception.
Cobb tries on a sedative concocted by a chemist named Yusuf (not in picture) to create induced dreaming. A sedative so powerful that if you die in the dream while on it, you go into limbo. Which is not good. You might be wandering why Saito is in this picture? He’s the one who hired them to do an inception.
Arthur is the point man. He’s usually in charge of everything while in the dream.
The Mark, Robert Fischer, Jr. This is were inception begins. The team will insert an idea into his mind to alter the future. Four levels of dream. Insane!
The Dream Team assembles in the first level of Fischer’s dream.
148 minutes of thinking, awesome visuals and what’s happening next. Keep your eyes open, ears clear and mind everywhere. Christopher Nolan is fast becoming my favorite director, next to the great Martin Scorsese.
Watch it at least thrice and own a DVD when it’s out.
9:57am, 18 July 2010.
Before seeing the film, we get to watch Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III swear in as the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines. Proud to be Pinoy! Mabuhay!
The third installment of the Twilight Saga.
Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black
The movie started where the last one ended. Edward giving Bella the promise of marriage. As a reply, she asked to be changed.
More confrontations between Jacob and Edward. But the Quileutes and the Cullens get to work together to save Bella.
Bella learns more of the Quileutes’ history and beginnings and the tribes connection with the cold-skinned ones.
The gang are graduating from high school. The Nth time for the Cullen kids. Jessica (Anna Kendrick) is the valedictorian. For the first time, they get invited to the Cullen’s place for a post-graduation party. First, I thought they’re all gonna get eaten or something ala Hostel 🙂 On a side note, Anna Kendrick was in hot water hours before the premiere of Eclipse for this comment on Twitter.
The Cullens. Carlisle and Esme continues to lead the family. Alice forsees the return of an old foe. Jasper finally emerged from his shell. More talk for him. He even trained the Quileutes on how to easily kill a Newborn.
Beautiful Rosalie opened her heart to Bella. Tells her the story of her transformation and the perils of being immortal. Emmett got some action with both vampires and werewolves. Still less talk from him.
The Volturi led by Jane continue to keep a watchful eye on Bella and the Cullens.
Victoria got a lot prettier portrayed by Bryce Dallas Howard. Why wasn’t she the first choice again? She’s still out to avenge the demise of her true love James.
Newborns headed by Riley. Fooled by Victoria. Men are easy whenever a girl looks as good as her.
Quileutes and Cullens team up against the strong Newborns.
Back in each others arms. Bella once said, “LOME”. Abbie corrected me on this one, LOME = Love Of My Existence.
Verdict: Once is enough.
11:52pm, 30 June 2010.