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.
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.
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.
Last night, Dads Ultimate Buffet had an anniversary special. The Eat All You Can Tempura. To celebrate Saisaki’s 33 years of existence. Abbie chose to have the regular Saisaki buffet since she is not a big fan of tempura. I, on the other hand is 🙂
For only P330, you’ll get a bowl of soup, a cup of sticky rice, bottomless iced tea & all you can eat tempura. At first, they gave me 3 tempuras & 2 crab sticks. The second round, they gave me 5. On the third, 4 more. And getting oilier by the round. For the last round, 4. On paper, I ate 16. The truth, 14 & a half. After all that, my heart was pounding like a racehorse after the Kentucky Derby. But it was well worth it.
7:52am, 27 August 2010.
Hands down, the best P200 spent ever!
Over 40 food choices from main dishes to desserts to drinks packed in NBC Tent at The Fort last Friday, 14 May 2010. Hundreds of amateur food tasters, including Abbie and myself, queued up to savor new and familiar delights in town.
1. Lattize’s Lengua Sulipena and Corned Beef
2. Dulcelin Gourmet’s Angus Short Rib Steak
3. JAM Food’s Angus Beef Tapa
4. Crave Burgers
5. Pellegrino’s Roast Chicken
6. Cambeli Patisserie’s Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Sign me up for Ultimate Taste Test 5.0 in August!
9:24am, 15 May 2010.
Whenever I bring the car to work, we make it a point that we’ll enjoy some Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt. Last night, before having dinner, Abbie and I had fro-yos as appetizers. She had the Simply Tart flavor, which is ‘soury’ the way she likes her yogurt, with Rainbow Sno-Cap toppings. I, on the other hand, had the plain Boysenberry flavor. Even teased the lady server if it tasted like paint but somehow it turned out nice. Now, I’m a fan of Boysenberry.
Golden Spoon is located at Unit 105 Gateway Centre, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City.
9:59am, 20 February 2010.
I’ve been hearing about this restaurant eversince Abbie went there for a college get-together. All I heard from her was “Cripchon” this, “Cripchon” that. So we decided to go there for our Pre-Valentine’s, Pre-Anniversary dinner-date. It’s usually pre- or post- for me when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Never did I went out on the very day.
She made the reservations in my behalf. Good thing she did, cause when we got there, the waiting list was already up to sixteen! For real.
I didn’t like the seats given to us but being a Friday before Valentine’s Day, you can’t complain. The place was cozy. The hostesses were nice & friendly and they know what they’re selling.
After eyeing the menu for a couple of minutes, we ordered. Number one, 1/6th Crispchon (P799), of course. And it was actually Crispchon not Cripchon. We got half the face of a roasted pig! For the first part, the pig skin was sliced into thin strips and then rolled in pandan crepes with some veggies plus sour cream and hoisin sauce as dips. Yum! All this was done in front of you. For the second part, the rest of the Crispchon were stir-fried in your choice of flavor, we chose chili. Number two, Tinapa Roll Wrapped in Lettuce (P135). Bad choice. Number three, Sinigang na Ulo ng Salmon (P180). Good but we had better. Final choice, Baked Scallops with Garlic Butter (P190). Über yum!
Prices were relatively cheap except for the Crispchon which can go up to P3,999 for a whole roast pig. Overall, we will definitely have a comeback.
Mesa – Filipino Moderne
G/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St., Legaspi Village
Makati City, Metro Manila
11:10am, 14 February 2010.
Early this evening, I went for a stroll going towards Abbie‘s workplace. This time, I walked on the other side of Paseo de Roxas and stumbled upon a small park located at the corner of this road and Makati Avenue. I haven’t really seen the park up close so I decided to walk through it. First impression, if New York has Central Park, Makati has Ayala Triangle Gardens.
A definite plus for a park, it was well lit. Clean and smells fresh. Close to a hundred of runners, joggers, walkers and dog walkers were present. Like a fiesta at night. Security guards roam the park freely, so you feel safe. Free Wi-Fi, on limited access.
This inspired me to go back to running. Tuesdays and Thursdays, after work. See you at the Triangle 🙂
11:08pm, 4 February 2010.