Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2

One of my most likable animated movie, Kung Fu Panda 2 brings back nearly the entire cast of characters from the first movie but, instead of recycling the original storyline, screenwriters Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Burger and first-time director Jennifer Yuh use this opportunity to expand the main character's back story and explore some dark corners and crevices of the world in which these talking animals exist. The production is still family-friendly and includes the kind of easily accessible humor for many kids and adults (including me) love about animated fare, but there's no getting away from some of the adult themes that crop up. 

A fantastic sequel with more pathos than expected with plenty of gorgeous animation. The massive amount of artistry that has gone into the cinematography, lighting and design makes this as sumptuous and pleasing a film to behold.  Furtheremore, this movie that upgrade to 3D is worth while, the story is a solid refinement of the best bits from before and the balance between light humour and darker drama is quite well maintained.

Jack Black once again shows his excellence as a versatile actor especially in voice dubbing.  There's some platonic (with possible future romantic implications) chemistry between Po and Angelina Jolie's Tigress who, like Po, enjoys the introduction of a back story. Gary Oldman's voice alone makes Shen a malevolent entity. Dustin Hoffman's Master Shifu barely sounds like the actor.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

"Dark of the Moon” is one of the few recent 3-D movies that justify the upcharge. Mr. Bay(movie director) clearly enjoys playing with the format, which is also to say that he takes it seriously. A lot of glass and metal comes flying at your head, and you feel surrounded, plunged into a universe governed by new and strange laws of physics. Nothing you see makes any sense at all, but the sensations are undeniable, and kind of fun in their vertiginous, supercaffeinated way.

Featuring Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) taking his first tenuous steps into adulthood while remaining a reluctant human ally of Optimus Prime. The film centers around the space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA, suggesting there was a hidden Transformers role in it all that remains one of the planet's most dangerous secrets. The villain in this third film is the Shockwave.  

The Autobots like freedom, the Decepticons do not, and mankind — or at least American mankind, which also likes freedom, as well as the cars and guns that symbolize it — is on the side of the Autobots. But there are traitors, both human and metallic, which makes things complicated in the sense that more exposition is required, and plot twists need to be handled with screaming instances of narrative torque.

The other new casts in the movie  includes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Carly. She replaced the role of Megan Fox as the leading lady of Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich as Bruce Brazos, Ken Weon as Jerry Wang and Patrick Dempsey as Dylan.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

True Beauty

true beauty tv series
True Beauty is a reality TV show from ABC network. The show have already released 2 seasons with eight episodes to watch for. A group of ten gorgeous men and women face challenges to determine the most beautiful, and inner beauty counts as much as physical attractiveness. The winner of the contest receives a cash prize and a spot in People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People” issue.
The first season was aired on January 5, 2009. Among the judges in Season 1 is Vanessa Minnillo, Cheryl Tiegs and Nole Marin. Julia Anderson was named the winner, with Joel Rush finishing second, and Billy Jeffrey in third place. 

The second season premiered on May 31, 2010, and featured judges Vanessa Minnillo, Carson Kressley, and Beth Stern. Taylor Bills was declared the winner, placing Erika Othen in second and Craig Franczyk in third. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Social Network

From director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin comes The Social Network, a film that proves you don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, and the founder of Facebook. For this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. The film comes down to a mesmerizing portrait of a man who in any other age would perhaps be deemed nuts or useless, but in the Internet age has this mental agility to transform an idea into an empire.

As the movie makes abundantly clear, the facts behind its founding are in dispute but, without a doubt, Zuckerberg did create Facebook. Yet far from celebrating this feat, the movie examines how a man who cares little about money became the world's youngest billionaire yet lost his one true friend.

The story thus becomes a tale of power, fame, betrayal, revenge and responsibility.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Wonder Woman TV

The pilot for a new Wonder Woman TV series is being made for NBC and is being executive produced by David E. Kelley. Adrianne Palicki plays the character as Wonder Woman, with Tracie Thomas playing alter-ego Diana’s assistant, Etta. Elizabeth Hurley will guest as villain Veronica Cale. Others in the cast include Cary Elwes and Pablo Pascal.

The pilot is currently being shot in Los Angeles and production will continue at least through the end of the month. Once the network sees the pilot, executives will decide whether to move ahead with it as a series. Unless it’s a disaster, it’s hard to imagine that the ratings-challenged network would pass on a project that’s getting so much early interest.

Friday, April 08, 2011

I miss my blog...

Heads up! Wow, it's been a while since my last visit and my last post. I really miss my blog. So now, I'll be posting more often, sharing with you my thoughts/reviews on movies and TV series that I've watched. Also, look out for my reviews on upcoming movies and shows that I'll be checking out soon.

My blog also needs a redesign so that is something you guys should be looking out for.

Be back soon!