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Animated Movie Playlist

I should think of a better title.

If you’re a movie-lover like me, I’m pretty sure that we all have times when we feel like listening to movie soundtracks. Animated movie soundtracks in particular. I’m sure you also have times when you would load the whole Disney soundtrack discography into your player and sing along with the character songs and relive the movie through the music.

I think I’m having one such moment right now. Sort of.

While listening to my music the other day, I realized how a couple of my favorite tracks of the moment were written for or used for animated movies. My most played song of the moment, for example—by “most played song”, I mean the “song I listen to several times a day, for hours at a time”—it’s from a 3D animated movie I watched recently—and by “watched”, I actually mean, “watched three times and keep replaying it in my head”.

So.  At times like this, it’s only right that I make a playlist of these songs swimming in my head. I made a pretty long one, but here are 10 of my favorites at the moment.

Note: This is by no means a “music from the best animated movies” list. This isn’t even a “best music from animated movies”. This is just a list of great songs from animated movies, all of which somehow fitting in the indie rock, alternative (and some bordering on country) genre. None of the musical numbers by the characters, too, for now. Continue reading

Kick-Ass is not for kids

I won’t go into the details of the story. You can get that from The POCAzrael Coladilla‘s review, Mark Cerbo’s review as a comic book fan, or Abet’s review as someone who hasn’t read the comic.

Honestly, I’m not sure if the movie was entertaining for me or not. True, there’s a VERY generous amount of humor that made me really laugh out loud, but at the end of the day, there will be blood. And sex. And drugs. And violence. LOTS OF IT.  It’s like Watchmen.  It’s like Kill Bill. Only with kids teenagers. (I guess that sort of makes it like Battle Royale, too?) Continue reading

SM Cinema to bring us the most interactive cinema experience ever

Alerting all movie buffs!

SM Cinema tells its movie watchers to “prepare for the most interactive cinema experience ever.” Yeah, I don’t really know exactly what that means, either. But you’re intrigued, curious, and throughly excited, right? I know I am!

Based on their ad materials, this interactive experience seems to involve something dynamic and playful, insinuating hand waving motions. Maybe it’s kind of like the 4D cinemas we see in theme parks? Or maybe something even better? Who knows? (SM does, but my question was rhetoric, so let’s leave it at that.) If this is so, then it would be a first in Philippine cinema!

This project is to be launched late April at the Digital Theater of SM Megamall, in time for the series of blockbuster movies this summer.

We may not know the details of this project yet, but I do know that it is going to be AWESOME. Follow this blog to keep updated!

You may also add SM Cinemas on Facebook to get the latest movie and cinema news.

Clash of the Titans (2010) Review

The Plot

In ancient Greek times, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against the gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

The Good
THE VISUALS. No question about that. If you jumped out of your chair and squealed like a giggling fangirl the first time the Kraken appeared in the trailer, then you’ll enjoy the new rendition of the Kraken. And the Scorpionochs. Charon and his boat rocks. Oh, and PEGASUS in the few moments he appears in the movie! True, they may be a tad different from the myths and the original movie, but let’s ignore that for a bit.

Moving on. Continue reading

Extraordinary Measures review

I’m gonna keep this short. My favorite thing about this movie is how Fraser and Ford nailed their characters, and how they can speak biotech jargon without losing us mere mortals with no medical expertise. The script and the acting made me love every single character…even the seemingly antagonistic ones. I love how real the movie felt.

It’s inspiring and heartwarming, bramatic but not depressing.

WATCH IT. Continue reading

Alice in Wonderland in SM Digital Theaters and IMAX

Alice in Wonderland. Sm Cinemas. March 4th. Mark your calendars, I tell you!

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time.  JOHNNY DEPP stars as the Mad Hatter and MIA WASIKOWSKA as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.  The all-star cast also includes ANNE HATHAWAY, HELENA BONHAM CARTER and CRISPIN GLOVER. The screenplay is by Linda Woolverton.

Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, ALICE IN WONDERLAND opens on March 4, Thursday, at SM Cinemas and in Disney Digital 3D™ at SM Digital Theaters and IMAX Theatres (North Edsa). Log on to www.smcinema.com for more details.

Ahahaha. So today I went to the IMAX Theater in SM North EDSA to take a peek at the Alice in Wonderland pocket events. There were cosplayers there, ready to pose with anyone excited for the premier. Heeee~ they were so cute, still in character even during their short breaks when no one’s taking photos with them.

Sharon took me on a tour in the theater and let me watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. (And, man, I realized how much I missed watching on IMAX.) I should’ve blocked my whole afternoon because if I had stayed I would’ve been able to watch Avatar (again) on IMAX 3D. Darn it. But, anyway.

So, again, I say: Alice in Wonderland. SM Cinemas. March 4th. See you there!

From Paris with Love (2010) Review

In one word: AWESOMENESS.

It’s like Taken minus the family drama. Like Shoot ‘Em Up but with a lot more sense. Like 24 minus the split screens, plus bathroom breaks and breakfast. Oh, and dinner!

John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers  were a delight to watch. I was a bit worried about Meyers keeping up with Travolta, but I think they nailed their roles. Their characterization was solid and consistent the whole way. I wasn’t seeing Travolta and Meyers; I was seeing Wax and Reese. Character growth was also very convincing. And, you know me, I love it when they do this right in books and movies.

There is drama, and there is comedy. Since director Pierre Morel is also the one behind Taken, it’s not surprising that there is a dash of potent drama in the midst of all the action. But it’s also peppered with punchlines in the perfect places. And there’s old school action movie references everywhere, and that makes it so fun!

It’s an action movie.
I felt the need to point this out. Just so we don’t forget.

So it has guns. Lots of it. But since Travolta’s Wax is trigger-happy while Meyer’s Reese is…well…not all that trigger-happy, I think the amount of explosions and gunshots and explosions is just about right. It’s boom-boom-pow! without being too mindlessly violent.

Again, I remind you guys: It’s an action movie. Not a drama. Not a mystery. So don’t take it too seriously. Just have fun with it!

But…
I’m trying to think of something bad to say about it. I honestly can’t think of anything.

Oh, oh, oh! I just came up with something. See the poster up there? See the tagline? Yeah, I didn’t get that. At all. They could’ve come up with something better.

Ah, but that’s not actually part of the movie, now, is it?

So there you have it. I don’t think I should say anything else. Just watch it. Heeheehee~

Distributed by Viva International Pictures, From Paris With Love opens in cinemas on February 24.

Other bloggers with me: Jori, Cath, Sire, Chinky, Jayel. Many thanks to Az and Viva International Pictures for the premier invites!

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