Saturday, August 27, 2011

Movie Review: The Hangover Part II


In The Hangover Part II, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can't even be imagined. -- (C) Warner Bros

Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Written By: Craig Mazin, Scott Armstrong, Todd Phillips


Bradley Cooper as Phil
Zach Galifianakis as Alan
Ed Helms as Stu
Justin Bartha as Doug
Ken Jeong as Mr. Chow
Mike Tyson as Himself
Mason Lee as Teddy
Sasha Barrese as Tracy
Jamie Chung as Lauren


The Hangover Part II is a complete carbon copy of its predecessor but still has the the fun and mystery of what happened during the night that they are all f***ed up!

Well, surprisingly, The Hangover Part 11 delivered well in living up to its premise on putting together all the clues in finding the lost character after a night of drinking and merriment. Which eventually led to uncertain circumstances and involvements that really added spice to the whole film.

This time, after conquering Vegas, they invade Thailand. Its kinda refreshing to know that they have chosen an Asian country as their setting. The epic characters from the Part 1 are still up. And now, with the addition of Teddy's Character who happens to be the brother of Lauren (which is Stu's Fiance), the comeback of Mr. Chow and the special participation of monkey really gave a more or less new and refreshing look of the second franchise.

The plot revolved around Stu's wedding in Lauren's native land - Thailand. Lauren is Stu's new girl after a failed relationship as shown in the first film. Of course, who could ever forget the WOLF-PACK (Stu, Alan, Phil and Doug) and now with the addition of Lauren's brother, Teddy who completed the Hangover gang.

Their visit in Thailand is primarily because the wedding is set on Lauren's land as request of her parents who happens to be not so amenable on Stu. The hangover started when the boys (including Teddy) decided to have a drink on a bonfire at the seashore. Then, the rest was history. (of course, I won't spoil what happened next)

The Hangover Part 2 brought a lot of cliches from the First film. Actually, its just merely the same aside from its location and series of events that occurred during that night. It might feel dejavu on the fans of The Hangover watching this second installment but for me, it brings the same level of fun and excitement as the story progresses. What makes Hangover series appealing is the fact that you wanted to know what happened last night. Aside from finding the lost character, the remaining characters is now caught and in dilemma with circumstances and activities they can't even remember doing because they are all drunk last night. For me, I don't care if they copy the plot on their next franchises, but hey, its the HANGOVER THING that made this film unique and at par to any other films in Hollywood.

This time, the whole thing happened in THAILAND. I really commend the Production setting of this film. Aside from it is shot in an Asian Country, it showcased Thailand's culture, people and tourist spots as well.

The characters were also great. I so love every attitude of the characters that really blended well in the film's genre and delivery. Of course, I love the character of Alan... a weirdo yet subtle person who just wanted friendship and acceptance. The director really did well in correlating all the characters in terms of emotions and connections with each other. Teddy (the new addition) also gave an average performance, enough to compliment the riot cast.

For me, Hangover 2 is good. It is much complicated and suitably funny than the first but it failed to give excitement. For fans, they'll be more or less disappointed to the second franchise but for first timers, they would be pleased. however, expect lots of surprises and revelations in Hangover Part II.

And who could ever forget the epic ending of the first... The closing credits turned slideshow presentation of all their pictures during the time that they were all f***ed up! Don't worry! You'll get another dosage of it on Hangover Part II.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Movie Review: Final Destination 3D


In Final Destination 5, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man's premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death's sinister agenda. -- (C)
Warner Bros.

Genre: Horror, Supernatural
Directed By: Steven Quale
Written By: Eric Heisserer


Nicholas D'Agosto as Sam
Emma Bell as Molly
Miles Fisher as Peter
Ellen Wroe as Candice
P.J. Byrne as Isaac
Arlen Escarpeta as Nathan
David Koechner as Dennis
Tony Todd as Bludworth


Final Destination 5 in 3D is indeed the BEST OF THE FRANCHISE!

The movie did not fail to deliver the fear, the thrill and the shock factor of Grim Reaper or a.k.a as Death itself. The movie saved the franchise after Final Destination 4 (also in 3D) gave disappointments to die-hard FD fans. And in this latest installment, the movie just gave the whole franchise a whole new look, creative plot and of course twists.

The strength of the movie lies in its plot, characters, cinematography and post-production.

The PLOT may have been a little cliche compared with other four FD movies, but what makes FD5 unique and interesting is the thought that the characters can actually live and survive Death's realm unless they offer someone's life in replace to their position in the death's list. This sounds so interesting given the fact that this premise was not introduced in the previous films. The same story goes... A person had a vision moments before the disaster. Then, he/she warns the people around and eventually, saving their lives. Its now the SURVIVOR's Guilt and the concept that Death Cannot be cheated take place as the movie progresses. I so commend the PLOT of FD5 because the DEATH SCENES were shocking and inventive enough to project gore and intense fear to everything around you. It somehow created a little bit of PARANOIA to its audience. I really love almost all the death scenes. And to the gore-thirsty fans of the franchise, they surely get a large dosage all throughout the film. The ENDING, blew it all. (I would not spoil anything! Don't worry). The ending was so nostalgic that you would see the connection of all the Final Destination series. Better watch it for you to find out.

The mood of the story is a perfect combination of thrill, horror and light combination of humor.

The strength of FD5 also lies in its new set of characters. Led by a the gorgeous and killer smile heartthrob Nicholas D'Agosto and other fresh faces on the Hollywood scene. The blending of the characters is just perfect for a FD franchise. You'll surely figure out that FD movies really knows its audience. Acting was okay but not terrible. I love the connection of the characters in the story since they were working with each other under one company. More so, the connection is there and unlike compared with other FD movies, the characters were likely to be complete strangers with each other. I also commend the CREEPY GUY, Tony Todd, who never fail to give warning to every survivors of the series. The audience may find Tony's character more so like the Grim Reaper itself. But, he is effective in adding spice and thrill to the whole film by its eerie and mysterious aura.

The Cinematography and the Post-production is SUPERB! I really loved the Opening and Premonition scene where the Suspension bridge collapse. It is just so scary and heart-pounding. The Bridge scene was by far the BEST PREMONITION SCENE of the Franchise in terms of Post-Production. The editing was great. The death scenes in the bridge was perfectly done especially with the addition of 3D. The 3D technology in this film was used in its maximum advantage and became an integral part of the film. FD5 was few of the films nowadays that would make your 3D experience worth your money. The 3D technology added the scare and gore factor especially during death scenes. WARNING: the film is NOT for light-hearted audiences. It might be gory in general, but fans of FD will surely love the death scenes in full 3D. Be ready with your guts and courage in watching this latest installment of the Grim reaper for it will really bring you closer to DEATH.

So far, its one of the BEST 3D Horror-Supernatural films to date.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Movie Review: The Rise of the Planet of the Apes


A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate. -- (C) Official Site

Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Rupert Wyatt
Written By: Pierre Boulle, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver


James Franco
as Will Rodman
John Lithgow as Charles Rodman
Freida Pinto as Caroline
Brian Cox as John Landon
Andy Serkis as Caesar


The Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a SURPRISE BLOCKBUSTER HIT!

The strength of The Rise lies majority on the Emotional Aspect of the Apes as they try to blend in with the human world. I loved the way how the story line goes. The writer and the Director really blended well some elements of the Classic Rise of the Apes with the modern touch plus the great mood that made the Apes even more sympathetic and scary at times. The good progression of the plot made the whole film placed in a nutshell with various tastes. The film is not just a Science-fiction film but more so, a Drama that will lead you the connection of the Apes and Humans. This connection entails a deeper meaning that humans are interrelated with other creatures in this world such as apes.

Although the film focuses more of the Apes (thats why its entitled Plane of the Apes), some of the film aspects are kinda lacking. Such as the aspects on the Human side. But, however, the film was able to thrive with its weaknesses through artistically CGI-Generated techniques that made the Apes more realistic. The film's strength also lies in its editing and cinematography. I really commend who they do with CGI technology. A good Cinematography plus a clear progression and premise of the plot, let you survived the film for almost 2 hours.

On the contrary, I had a little problem with some of the characters. James Franco did a good portrayal as a scientist who is so skeptic and very determined to find an answer and link about the medicine that could change both the whole Humanity and the Apes. I just didn't feel the full presence of James' Veterinarian girlfriend. As if she is just an add-on on the story. Her character was more or less not related to the character of James. Well, other characters delivered able performances. It is just that more attention were given to Apes since their faces are all over the film's running time. I also commend the performance of the Ape (Andrew)whom I'm think being so artistically effective as a CGI-Generated Mammal.

The films is not about the APES ruling the world or taking over HUMANITY, but the film brings you to a conclusion that they are just ordinary creatures living and fighting for their survival and the right to live here on Earth.

It is visually entertaining. Production Design was great. Its just a perfect place to bring those apes roaming around the Metropolis. Action scenes were greatly staged.

The whole film won't give you awe not only to its vivid plot and great CGI effects, but will bring you to a roller-coaster ride of emotions, determination, dreams and ambitions. Eventually, leaving your sympathy towards the Apes, that they are just animals who wanted to find a place where they could find their safety and comfort... a place called HOME!

It is indeed the movie you shouldn't wanna miss.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

22 Random Things About Me (Version 2)

1. I have a light dosage of Objective Compulsive Syndrome. (You'll discover it as long as you try observing me for 30 minutes)

2. I am semi-dyslexic... (Interchanges i and e for "receive, conceive and deceive")

3. My right eye is clearer than my left eye.

4. I'm a cry baby. I am quite emotional at times.

5. I loved drinking Nai Cha or any Milk Tea.

6. I don't snore while sleeping (except when I am freaking tired as hell)

7. I don't know how to operate a motorcycle but I know how to ride a bike.

8. I started riding an Airplane just this year 2009 only.

9. I love fire. When I was a kid, I was fond of burning down my toys especially the toy houses I made out of shoe boxes.

10. I used to love matchbox.

11. My first Youtube Flick to hit thousand views was "Spirit of the Coin" (Horror-wanna-be Output of mine). As of August 2011, my video has reached 1,413 views in just a year. Its quite an achievement. Here's the link of my Output:

12. Follow up, My next Youtube Flick to reached thousands in just a span of 5 months was my local feature (in Isyu Karon SOCCSKSARGEN for GMA GenSan) about the First ever Airsoft Tournament in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines. As of August 2011, the said feature reached 1.331 views. Here's the link of my feature:

13. I just joined Facebook last 2009, few months after my father died.

14. I just joined Twitter last 2010.

15. I am an avid fan of Dimsum Dining especially DUMPLINGS.

16. I started using eyeglasses since high school. It has always been NEGATIVE ever since. To date, my glasses grade is -450.

17. My Second Course Choice in College was IT and the 3rd was Nursing. Of course, I'm a Mass Communication Graduate.

18. I am the only Catholic among the Top 5 Honor students of my Alma Mater in High School. Proud to be the BEST IN RELIGION Awardee.

19. I am a frustrated RAMP MODEL.

20. When I was a kid, I was dreaming to own a MALL of my own.

21. I can indulge myself into a full Seafoods Dinner. (Clams, Shrimps, Crab, Weeds)

22. I love dipping to Mayonnaise almost any kind of food (like Pork, fish, dried fish, eggplant, Squash, Squid, and many more)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pending Ambition

Yes, I am Mass Communication Graduate. But the Degree isn't enough to be able to say that I have really applied my course or should I say savor its offering. Well, in my first job as a TV Reporter in GMA GenSan, I really could say that I was able to have a taste what is like to be a Media Man. It was a hard job yet it was very fulfilling. It was indeed a memorable 6 months of my entire life.

And then came my next job... Marketing Officer for Events in SM City General Santos. So far, I haven't fully absorbed everything about my new job since as of now, the mall is under construction. Not until, its opening on the 1st Quarter of 2012. But hey! I am starting to feel the pressure and the rush of working for a Mall which is set to open on a mid-sized competitive city like GenSan. It is a great opportunity that entails a bigger responsibility over my shoulders.

To top it all, I still have a pending Ambition... to be a FILM DIRECTOR someday. Well, I am still blessed to have a chance to make some of my fantasies into realities through my Video Outputs posted on YouTube. Some of my posted outputs were my College flicks' - Alas Tres (Horror Film), Spirit of the Coin (Horror flick) and many others. I admit... I am still a novice in film-making. As the Filipino saying goes "Marami pa akong kakaining bigas!". What I have learned in may AB-Mass Communication Degree is just somehow the first base towards an upgraded Film-making course. I am still dreaming that someday, if given the time and enough money, I shall enroll myself in a Film School here in the Philippines. Yes! Here in the Philippines! It is because I really admire how Pinoy do films with Social Relevance and Value. Filipinos are one of a kind film makers that target the hearts of its viewers.

No! I don't want to be in front of the camera! I wanted to be the MAN BEHIND THE FLICK! I am an avid Horror and Suspense fanatic so there is no question on what genre of films I would be producing in the future. Wes Craven, Eli Roth, Steven Spielberg, Sam Raimi and many more. From Scream 4, The Hills have Eyes, Final Destination, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th Series and many more. I shall make my own horror mark soon!

Film directing is truly one of my PENDING AMBITIONS!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

NDDU Alumni Batch 2010 Logo Rationale

The Paladins: Alumni Batch 2010 Logo

The word “Paladin” usually refers to a holy knight or warrior, crusading in the name of good and order, and is a divine spell caster. Paladin characters are expected to demonstrate and embody goodness. It is also the symbol chosen by the 2010 Graduating Batch of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University to represent their Alumni Batch Association.

The Batch Logo consists of 5 symbolic figures namely the Shield, NDDU Logo, Cross, Golden Wings and the Green Circle.

The Shield and the NDDU Logo

The Shield symbolizes the strength of all the Alumni fueled by the passion and guided Christian ways of Saint Marcellin Champagnant and God our Father. The shield served as our Moral Foundation in facing the real world outside the four corners of our Alma Mater. Engraved is the seal of our very own Alma matter, Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, which serves as a humble reminder of the Institution that molded us to become Marist individuals.

The Cross

The Cross symbolizes the fighting spirit and perseverance to strive for success and reminds the Alumni to never give up for what is good and right for one’s self and others. Moreover, it symbolizes the Faith of every Alumnus to God the Father, as the Ultimate Creator and Redeemer. It is therefore placed in the center of the Batch Logo to emphasize that every Marist Alumnus positions God as the center of their lives.

The Golden Wings

The Golden Wings symbolizes the wings of victory itself which is used to soar higher not only for success alone but to also bring the Alumni closer to God. The wings are a perfect reminder of the fighting spirit one must posses in order to fulfill one’s dreams and ambitions in life. The Gold color of the wings symbolizes quality and truth.

The Green Circle

The Green Circle symbolizes the continuous and eternal practice of putting together calmness, strength, and steadfastness in oneself towards the road of success. The Green color symbolizes life and hope. We are reminded that life is a cycle and it must be lived with actions in a morally upright way.


Jhey-ar Teves for the LOGO (Final Touches by Al-Jaryll Musa)
Mikael Paolo Sison/Michael Carbon for the DESCRIPTION

Monday, August 1, 2011



Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving.) -- (C) Paramount

Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: Joe Johnston
Written By: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely


Chris Evans as Captain America
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes
Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt
Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter


Captain America is an Old-Fashioned Marvel Blockbuster that made the First Avenger memorable enough to be a good starter.

The film focuses on the building up of the First Avenger. The pace of the story line is smooth. It started with a premise that Captain america was a wick-ling and thin short man who wanted to join the Army for the US War against the Nazis. At first, he was rejected but his determination and eagerness to join the Army, led him to be part of the experimental project that made him Captain America in the latter.

At some point, you may wonder on an empty premise on where did that Cube came from (where the Villain got his power) and how did they come up of a machine in making a super human (where Steve became Captain America). But somehow, the plot progresses to a point where everything is much clearer. It may take 2 hours for the film to finish and yet its worth the wait. Captain America brought a classic flavor on a life of superhero who really wanted to help and offer his life to others. What made this film even greater is that the emotional theme of the character correlates with the scheme of the whole film. Thus, creating an emotional line with each audience plus being mesmerized with Captain America, himself, and his gorgeous body and might. His underdog determination and looks made Captain America an ideal hero.

Other characters in the story such as Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), Hugo Weaving (Johann Schmidt), Tommy Lee Jones (Colonel Chester) and Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter)gave quite a good combination and able performances to the whole film especially their relation to Captain America. Although, I was expecting more of the Villain but as a whole, Hugo Weaving gave an average performance but not exceptional enough.

What I also loved most about Captain America is that it brings nostalgia to the World War 2. I really commend the Production Design of the film. It is generally consistent and somehow visually appealing. CGI effects may at some point be exaggerated, but its pulp sense of adventure gave the film its strength. Although for a film that takes place in the time that it does, some of the technological pieces look and feel out of place.

Its 3D technology is quite good. I can't say that I wasted my money in watching it on 3D. Some 3D scenes where actually great... I was just expecting much of the scenes to be in 3D.

But hey, Captain America just gave Thor and Iron Man, a run for their money. I can't wait for the Avengers 2012. Cheers!