Monthly Archives: February 2015

Wedding Ringer Review: Successfully Made You Laugh Your Heart Out

The Wedding Ringer

Wedding Ringer had me cracking up throughout the whole time. I loved how the story evolved from a pure business deal between the best groom’s-best-man-for-hire (Kevin Hart) and the groom-to-be (Josh Gad) that resulted to a budding friendship along with the rest of the seven groom’s men with different personalities.

Not all comedy movies have substance. Some may have successfully made you laugh your heart out, but only a few touches the heart. It’s not just a hilarious movie with funny actors, but it also had a little drama. Even in that little drama part, it did not fail to touch my heart knowing how important it is to always remember the reason why we do things in the first place regardless how successful we become, otherwise, everything becomes all about the money and we may miss the chance of having great relationships.

written by: Annie Lie Clapano

“FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” ARRIVES IN PH CINEMAS FEB 11

Fifty Shades of Grey

Every now and then a single creation arrives, suddenly and with seismic force, to tap an unexpected vein of shared curiosity and intrigue, coming to span cultures in its popularity and becoming universally known by its name alone. Such is the phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Since the first episodes of E L James’ story were modestly released through an online-based publishing house in 2011, her “Fifty Shades” trilogy has grown into one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever, with more than 100 million copies in 52 languages consumed all over the world. The four words of its title have come to represent, to readers and nonreaders alike, a bold new emblem of mainstream sensuality.

Now the film adaptation that has been the subject of widespread speculation and boundless curiosity, whose first trailer became YouTube’s most-watched movie trailer last year, comes to the big screen as a motion-picture event for Valentine’s Day.

Stepping into the iconic roles of billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey and curious college student Anastasia Steele are Jamie Dornan (TV’s “The Fall,” “Once Upon a Time”) and Dakota Johnson (“The Social Network,” “21 Jump Street”).

In a story that is as much about the redemption of the unattainable Christian as it is the liberation of the inexperienced Ana, the protagonists have taken on lives of their own for readers who’ve pored over the vulnerabilities of the characters and intricacies of the novels. Through them, audiences have allowed themselves to explore their own inner fantasies and aspirations.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (“Nowhere Boy”), this erotic and authentic love story from series creator E L James takes us deep inside a rich and mysterious world that explores frankly the complexities of male-female dynamics, and the limits to which we will allow ourselves to go—and to be taken.

Taylor-Johnson explains, “The fundamental reason why I wanted to make this movie is that it feels like a fairy tale with similar plotlines to things that we grew up with, although in a very adult version: A young girl meets her prince. He’s unavailable. He’s successful, fabulous, rich, but it twists and unfolds and becomes something very different. It’s also the story of this girl on a sexual exploration, a coming-of-age journey.

“In many respects, Christian and Ana’s story is a love story of the most straightforward kind,” she continues. “It’s about two people falling in love and negotiating what they will and won’t do for each other, what they will and won’t give up and what journey they will go on.  Within this there are more extremities than a lot of relationships. Ana falls in love with a complicated person for a first romance and a first journey of sexual exploration. For Christian, it’s also what opens him up to start feeling, breathing and learning to love.”

Taylor-Johnson acknowledges that her approach to the material was “to treat this as an extraordinary love story and an extremely unusual and unique one. Going into it, you’re trying to finesse and find delicate, subtle moments where the two of them are starting to shift and change. That is something that has to be so finely tuned throughout the movie to keep everything in line with the journey they go on.”

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 11, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. The film has been classified Rated R-18 (Strictly for Adults) by the MTRCB.

DISCLAIMER AND NOTICE:

This movie was classified as is and in its entirety with noticeable BLURS and SCREEN BLOCKS introduced by the film producer prior to its submission for review.

The public is advised of scenes of nudity, strong and/or sexual language, and sexual aberrational behavior with elements of bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism.

GYRATE TO FIRST TRAILER OF “MAGIC MIKE XXL”

Magic Mike XXL

Warner Bros. Pictures has just unveiled the first trailer to “Magic Mike XXL” starring Channing Tatum, which may be viewed at http://youtu.be/TBqgijvELQU.

The original stars joining Tatum in the sequel are Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias. Featured in brand new roles are Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Strahan.

The new film is directed and produced by Emmy Award winner Gregory Jacobs (“Behind the Candelabra”), who served as a producer on “Magic Mike,” as well as numerous features in a long-running collaboration with Steven Soderbergh.

Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike XXL” finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

Opening across the Philippines on July 08, 2015, “Magic Mike XXL” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

BESTSELLING MANGA “PARASYTE” ADAPTED TO FILM – EXCLUSIVE AT SM CINEMAS

parasyte poster

Takashi Yamazaki, CGI wizard whose works in Asia’s hit movies “The Eternal Zero” and “Always Doraemon” brought 3D a new dimension now helms “Parasyte” one of the bestselling manga series into film from its creator Hitoshi Iwaaki. 

              “Parasyte” starts to seep when hair-raising worm-like creatures fall from the skies and take over human brains and live like regular people to satisfy their appetite for human flesh. The parasites increasingly take on human attributes to adapt to their new environment. But one parasite fails to take control of one human – a high school student by the name of Shinichi and ends up possessing only his right arm. Soon, Shinichi’s beloved mother is killed and taken over by a Parasyte. When the creature launches an attack on him, he has no choice but to kill her. Parasytes are bent on human destruction where humanity has continued to despoil nature, but in the midst of this conflict, Shinichi has no choice but to hurl himself into the fight to save humanity against the Parasytes.

              “Parasyte” will open February 11 exclusive at SM Cinemas nationwide.

SALMA HAYEK STARS IN BLOODY ACTION THRILLER “EVERLY”

everly, Salma Hayek

Known for her stirring performances opposite Hollywood’s most-sought leading actors, Salma Hayek has through the years, proved her acting prowess covering all film genres from action, romance, comedy and thriller by her impressive works in “Desperado” with Antonio Banderas, “From Dusk Till Dawn” with George Clooney, “Fools Rush In” with Matthew Perry, “Breaking Up” with Russell Crowe, “Dogma” with Matt Damon, “Wild Wild West” opposite Will Smith and has soon starred and produced in the widely acclaimed “Frida.”

Hayek stars in her latest action thriller “Everly” as a prostitute whose apartment was attacked by a brutal criminal overlord for her secret collaboration with the police to hunt and arrest the group responsible for the city’s rampant and unjust prostitution practices.  Dealing with a great number of gunmen after her, Everly will have to pass through an army of assassins sent her way in order to get to her mother and daughter to bring them to safety.

“Everly” premiered at the recent Fantastic Fest and has received a whole lot of positive reviews, the script for Everly, penned by newcomer Yale Hannon, was on the Hollywood Black List of most liked scripts in 2010.  The movie is set entirely in one location where a barrage of action scenes have been staged where Hayek’s character fights and fends off a war in her apartment in order to stay alive.

Hayek shared in interviews for “Everly” on preparing for her role, “ I am actually claustrophobic.  It was the same room, but there were so many different things happening in the room.  What was very claustrophobic was the cage.  I was also tied, and we had some technical problems that day.  We were building up emotionally, but then I had to hold it because we couldn’t [shoot the scene]. I hated those guns, and I had to go train.  They were all excited about the training, and I detest it.  Every time we shot them, the noise got to me.  And then, at one point, the character is very strong, and maybe it had to do with the character and the madness of the character.  I remember one shot where the chair is pulled over, towards the end, I was shooting and I was not even blinking anymore.”

When asked if her character has somehow paid homage to her previous role in “Desperado,” Hayek gleefully agrees, “A little bit, yes.  But also, because it was so bare, there was nothing to be a girl with.  So, we thought it would be cool if I go to the closet and grab the first thing, and it’s the most impractical.  If she doesn’t get out, what do you think he wants her in? Heels.  Also, they keep getting in the way, so she keeps taking them off and putting them on.  We also have a producer that has a foot and shoe fetish.”

Non-stop bloody action starts February 11 when “Everly” opens in theatres nationwide from Pioneer Films.