Topic: film

Review: Paranoia Park (2014)

Paranoia Park

It is always interesting to watch films of new directors because they don’t always follow the current trends. Being independent or new allows a director some leeway to follow his artistic instinct and do what he wants with the film. And it is because of this that films from independent or new directors always have something fresh to give to its audience.

Things we learned after watching Starting Over Again

Starting Over Again
  1. Architecture is a hot career for rom-coms
    The similarly titled One More Chance from 2007 also featured a bad breakup, a second chance, and a female lead as an architect. How exciting are your lives really, female architects? Maybe we should switch careers!

  2. Ancestral homes are lovely
    Starting Over AgainAn old family home and whether it should be sold, renovated, or restored is at the center of the film. Reminded us of these hidden gems in our crowded city.

  3. Piolo Pascual, meanwhile, can switch careers all he wants
    As Marco Villanueva in this movie, Piolo starts off as a history teacher, but switches careers several times. But the smolder is consistent!


Review: The Wolverine (2013)

The Wolverine

The Wolverine picks up after X-Men: The Last Stand left off. There are very few actors who can brood really well while looking buff and gorgeous, and in this case, no one’s really questioning why Hugh Jackman gets to play Logan, the ageless hunky mutant depressed over his having to kill the woman he loved. There’s a flashback to World War II, where he is a prisoner of the Japanese army in Hiroshima (or close to Hiroshima, I’m not sure), on the day the bomb dropped. He is saved by an officer (Hal Yamanouchi/Yamanouchi Haruhiko) who was going around freeing POWs from their confinement to give them what he thought was a chance of outrunning the bomb that was going to drop. Of course, they were too close to ground zero, and everyone dies — except for the indestructible Logan and the officer whom he shields with his body and a piece of metal.

While geeks are debating if Wolverine would indeed have survived a nuclear blast, knowing what we know of him, I was more interested in how his pants survived. Yes, his pants. A lot of Logan’s flesh had been incinerated, and all of his hair, but for some reason, his pants were fine. Yes, in the great scheme of things, Logan’s pants don’t really matter, and I would’ve been eager to overlook this (it would’ve been really awkward for him and the officer if he had to climb out the well butt naked, I get that) if this was the only glaring example of lazy storytelling in the film.

(Spoilers ahead.)

Movie review: It Takes A Man and A Woman

It Takes A Man and A Woman

I didn’t watch “It Takes A Man and A Woman” on its opening day, yet surprisingly, the screenings were still packed days after the opening. I can therefore be forgiven if I had high expectations for this movie.

It Takes A Man and A WomanIt Takes a Man and a Woman is the third and final installment in the A Very Special Love series of films. The movie follows the life of Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Laida (Sarah Geronimo) after their break-up which occurs after the events of the second film. Miggy is now in a relationship with Belle (Isabelle Daza) while Laida is now a more mature woman after living in the United States. They work in the same company, and there is a bit of tension because Laida finds herself opposing many of Miggy’s business decisions.

Love: Emily VanCamp

Emily VanCamp

She made headlines this week by getting the female lead in Captain America: Winter Soldier. Emily VanCamp’s been in your peripheral vision for years though. Are you happy that she’s gotten her first really big movie break?

More Emily in this post!

Opening January 30: Seduction, Gangster Squad, The Man With the Iron Fists, Chinese Zodiac, Warm Bodies

Chinese Zodiac - Jackie Chan

It’s payday! Treat yourself to a new movie or two at your local cinemas.

Director Peque Gallaga is doing a comeback with Seduction, starring Richard Gutierrez who plays a firefighter torn between two women, played by Solenn Heusaff and Sarah Lahbati.

Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone and Sean Penn heat up the big screen in Gangster Squad.

If zombies and kung-fu are more your kind of thing, read on for more trailers of new movies.

Love: Park Shin Hye

Park Shin Hye

Park Shin Hye will be gracing Manila with her gorgeousness in a couple of months, and Team MJ is super psyched to finally see her in person. The event will be on March 16 at the Star Theater in the CCP Complex, and is brought to us by Behind the Scenes and Fangirl Asia. Shin Hye will officially be the first Korean actress to hold a fan meeting in the Philippines.

Park Shin Hye in the January 2013 issue of InStyle

Best known for her starring roles in the popular Korean dramas “He’s Beautiful” (a.k.a. “You’re Beautiful”, a.k.a. “Minami Shineyo”) opposite superstar Jang Geun Suk, and “Heart Strings” opposite Jung Yong Hwa of the Korean pop band C.N. Blue (both shows were aired locally on ABS-CBN), Shin Hye is currently breaking hearts in “Flower Boy Next Door”, which premiered on January 7 this year. In this romantic comedy, she plays Go Dok Mi, a girl who suffers from a fear of people and the outside world, and has shut herself up in her apartment. Her only connection to people is her infatuation with her cute neighbor, whom she has never spoken to and only sees from her window. We’ve seen the first two episodes, and it’s looking to be a winner.

Park Shin Hye in "He's Beautiful"

Park Shin Hye - Flower Boy Next Door

(More photos here!)

Tina and Amy Were Amazing in The Golden Globes

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey at the Golden Globes

There should be a special award for Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) for their amazing job hosting The Golden Globes awards yesterday. Both local celebrities and local audiences took to Twitter to show their appreciation for the amazing comedic duo.

What were people saying was the best thing about the Golden Globe?

Les Miserables: The Covers

Les Miserables movie

A week after the very successful screening for Academy members of Tom Hooper’s hotly-anticipated film of ”Les Miserables,” and Team MJ is happy to report that we’re firmly in the tank for this musical adaptation. (Seriously, send us tickets and find out.)

What’s not to love, really? It’s the director of the lovely, perfectly-calibrated “The King’s Speech,” working with a revolutionary idea: having the entire cast sing “live” on film with on-site accompaniment, instead of allowing them to mime to prerecorded tracks. It is rumoured that 90% of the shots feature live singing, which, we’re sure, will bring the earnestness of the musical’s numbers to life.

Les Miserables

There’s also the incredible cast, headed by Tony-winner Hugh Jackman, who finally finds himself in a role that befits his (rather extensive) range of talents, as well as Oscar-winner Russell Crowe as Javert. Then there’s Anne Hathaway as Fantine, who, according to rumor, is well-placed for an Oscar win for her scene-stealing rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream.” Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras and Samantha Barks as Eponine round out the main roles, with Colm Wilkinson, Jean Valjean from the original Broadway production, contributing a cameo as the Bishop. Would that they had a spot also for the mighty Roger Allam, the original London cast’s Javert, or Terence Mann, who played Javert on Broadway, but them’s the breaks.

The thing is that fans have been waiting for this movie since the 1985 London production and the 1987 Broadway production. And so have performers, as the massive popularity of the stage production has brought a lot of the songs into the mainstream.

Here’s a small sampling, good or bad, of the many Les Miserables cover versions out there. And we’re serious about sending us tickets to an advanced screening.

Lea Salonga: “On My Own”

Our very own Broadway star broke hearts in the 10th anniversary concert of “Les Miz.” We’re putting this first because we love her and because of the second thing on the list. (See more of Lea in the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Dream Cast in Concert.)

Click on for Les Miz covers by Katie Holmes, Lea Michele and more!

The 4th Korean Film Festival is all about family

Spellbound at the 2012 Korean Film Festival

On Tuesday night, a screening of the funny fantasy film Jeon Woo Chi (전우치) kicked off this year’s Korean Film Festival, now on its fourth year in the Philippines. The premiere was held at Cinema 4 of Megamall, where the Manila leg of the Festival (from September 18 to 23) will be hosted. The Festival will also be held in SM City Baguio from September 26 to 30, and in SM City Cebu from October 3 to 7.

This year’s theme is “Family Time”, as the line-up of films is a celebration of the family. Family values are a bit part of both Korean and Filipino culture, so this year’s Festival should provide for an interesting viewing experience for the public, and not just the increasing number of fans who have been caught in the phenomenon of the current Korean wave sweeping the country.

Read on to know more about the films to be screened: Jeon Woo Chi (전우치), Spellbound (오싹한연애), Bunt (날아라 허동구), A Barefoot Dream (맨발의 꿈), Late Blossom (그대를 사랑합니다), Arahan (아라한 장풍 대작전) and Highway Star (복면달호).