Friday, November 29, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
“CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” PRESS REVIEW
Sometimes we can reward ourselves with a well-earned couple of hours escapism at the cinema, after a hard day’s grind.
So I was pleasantly surprised that “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” the movie unexpectedly kept me harnessed on edge from start to finish.
It’s first class entertainment all the way, but I repeatedly question myself : “Are the events here for real?”
We’ve been told that it’s a true story, but the real facts one can never tell for sure.
This hijack thriller depicts a Somali pirate attack on an American container ship that carries everything but proper weapons to ward off dangers on the high seas.
Strange security measure.
TOM HANKS plays this merchant marine captain Richard Phillips. His is an award winning performance without doubt.
When the film opens, he is all set to pilot an American 17,000 ton container vessel on a hazardous 10-day journey around the Horn of Africa and into the new bandit country. Little does he know what he’s in for.
On uncharted waters, the vessel is peremptorily hijacked by four AK-47-wielding pirates who have sailed out from the Somali coast on a tiny speedboat skiff.
Alas, there’s no way for an unarmed merchant ship to outrun the speedboat. Besides, the ship’s water cannons are unable to prevent the four unscrupulous pirates from boarding the freighter.
The crew fight back, keeping control of the ship after overpowering one of the attackers, prompting the pirates to quit the vessel and hold Phillips hostage on a lifeboat.
After a dramatic three-day standoff, Navy Seals marksmen kill the pirates and rescues Phillips.
We cheer the poignant ending as our protagonist returns home to a hero’s welcome.
Watch the acting between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage.
TOM HANKS may be the ultimate hero, but it is really BARKHAD ABDI who steals the thunder.
“CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” directed by PAUL GREENGRASS is a historical reenactment of
the life-and-death drama on the high seas.
The film is slick, fast paced yet brutally shocking.
This gritty feature with a tense build-up will jolt your senses like nothing you have ever experienced before.
It is an action packed journey layered with heart pounding excitement and a great human story.
A cinematic landmark?
Everything is possible.
Don't miss it!
Monday, November 25, 2013
“A SECRET BETWEEN US” Press Review
This movie is kinda sad and sappy, but I am definitely bowled over.
The plot highlights a tortuous bitter-sweet romance that spins one whole decade, told mostly through flashbacks.
It affirms the proverbial saying that “whatever is yours will always be yours, irrespective of whatever odds you may encounter …. and that true love never binds.”
It also follows another well-known adage:
“If you love something set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.”
All said, everything is sweet, charming and heart-rendering nostalgic.
The film director PATRICK KONG takes us on a trudge down memory lane.
Nice love story needs not be complicated. This one serves to demonstrates what we already know.
Two childhood friends, Bobo (ANGEL CHIANG) and Ken (EDWARD MA) start to reminisce when they cross paths at a friend’s wedding.
Love with all your heart as books will tell you.
True love is never binding, as in “A SECRET BETWEEN US”.
And what of the secret?
Well, the lady works as a tramp, her body is for sale as she seeks big bucks only to treat her hospitalized mother who has kidney failure.
Her boyfriend is aware of everything but he’s helpless about the money matters. And I am not about to judge by diagnosing what is right or wrong. Sometimes when you are a financial desperado, you just do what your life beckons you, unless it is openly flouting the law.
The protagonists are lost in their own tunnel of confusion against their will, but when they emerge from the entanglement ten years later, both are now happily settled with different paramours.
I do not question the intents of “A SECRET BETWEEN US” because it explores innocent love when the protagonists were adolescents and the terrible angst and pains they encountered in the process of growing up.
True love never dies? Surely.
Old friends will connect.
Old flames will reignite a lost spark.
And perchance, everyone will rediscover just how much beautiful memories you can pack into one heartwarming reunion.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
“BATTLE OF THE YEAR” PRESS REVIEW
No, you will not hear violent battle cries as the film’s name implies.
But make no bones about it, “BATTLE OF THE YEAR” can be an enjoyable flick despite its insipid title.
It’s all about dance, dance, dance … breakdance!
Here you find a radical assortment of American male dancers pitting against each other even in dedicated training, within the confines of a “breakaway fortress” far away from the madding crowd to focus, in order to improve their dance prowess.
If you wonder whatever happened to break-dancing movies these days, then the answer lies here, the revival.
“BATTLE OF THE YEAR” is an international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world. The Americans haven’t won in the fifteen years.
Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul Dante (Alonso) wants to put the country that started the Sport back on top. He enlists his hard-luck friend Blake (Holloway), who was a championship basketball coach, to coach his team.
Armed with the theory that the right coach can make any team champions, they assemble a Dream Team of all the best dancers across the country.
With only three months until Battle of the Year, Blake has to use every tactic he knows to get twelve talented individuals to bond as a team (despite the myriad of personality differences) if they’re going to bring the Trophy back to America where it started.
Will all efforts pay off? Will the American clinch the trophy?
You have to find out for yourself, but the dance choreography is awesomely impressive.
The key attraction of this film is the casting of controversial hip-hop artist turned actor, Chris Brown. Brown plays a character that is cocky, egocentric but very talented.
If you like dance flicks, then this one should do no wrong.
Go for it!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
“KICK ASS GIRLS” Movie Review
Get set to switch off your suspension of disbelief if you wanna sail smoothly alongside this chick flick.
Because, midstream, you might want to switch gears and dock ship to kick some nasty ass.
It has a female director GC GOO BI on board.
GC with the unique name also doubles as a scriptwriter who knows how to wrangle a good story. She’s the Jill of all trades and knows every trick in the book about effective film making