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Pirates of the Carribean 3 – At World’s End by Gore Verbinski

I can’t believe that this is the final part of PotC. Of course, we were all informed that this is the last movie to complete the trilogy and to conclude what happens to our beloved pirates. But that doesn’t mean that we, fans, wouldn’t scream – “More!”

Though the original and the first movie was still the best among the three (of course, it being the original with the whole plot and concept to begin with), this last film was the big she-bang. πŸ™‚

The characters were marvelous. Has been ever since the first film. Each portrayed to the best of their abilities. Every character was convincing enough to play their roles. And of course, we should commend Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) for a marvelous job. He always has a way with words and his actions are simply – wow! πŸ™‚ His lines were witty and comical at the same time. But something that would keep you glued to the screen and waiting for more. If I may shorten how marvelous he was in the movie in one of the characters’ lines – “Do you think he plans it all out, or just makes it up as he goes along?” πŸ™‚

Of course, we should commend the rest of the characters as well. Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun Fat), Norrington (Jack Davenport) were just among the many characters who made the film one of the best films ever made for this year.

Technical wise – the movie was astounding. With its stunning digital effects, elaborate costumes and mind-blowing set designs, the film offers a one of a kind ride and experience. The look was really “pirate-y” and you yourself, as you watch it, would feel the whole “pirateness” of the film.

Plus the ending was like watching a dance come to life. Particularly during the battle scenes. Seriously.

I watched it during the opening weekend and mind you – the line in getting the tickets, the long wait to be seated were all worth it. I advise that you watch it too. Or be ready to miss one of the best films ever made.

Last words that really got through me by Captain Jack Sparrow –

“Nobody move! I dropped my brain…”


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Shrek the Third by Chris Miller

It is amusing but not enough to earn a great big round of applause. You can find some funny bits and pieces here and there throughout the movie but not enough to make you roll around and drop to the floor laughing (like what the first two movies did). Somehow – it felt like the old jokes that they were throwing were losing touch.

The addition of the new characters (Snow White and the other Princesses, Artie and some of the other animation villains) worked really well though. They cracked new and witty comments. Charming didn’t live up to his standards and his name, which was a bit disappointing. Unlike in the second movie – he made you infuriated at him and his mom as well as laugh at the sort of “idiot-ness” he was showing.

It was fun to watch. Just don’t get too excited at the prospect of watching it.

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Spiderman 3 by Sam Raimi

Yes, at one point – you have to watch this movie to finally have the conclusion to the Spiderman trilogy (is this even the end of the Spiderman movie series? Enlighten me, you guys) or for just the fulfillment of your own desires (if that is the correct term for it).

It has most of the best action scenes I have ever seen compared to the other 2 Spidey movies but I feel like there’s something missing throughout the whole film. It feels half-baked for some reason.

I think it’s because there were a lot of things going on during the whole film that it makes most of the viewers lose focus on one thing. You suddenly don’t know which one is the main thing happening in the story. There’s the relationship between MJ and Peter, then Peter’s relationship with Harry. Then Sandman and Eddie Brock who later became Venom. That part in particular was what disappointed me since Venom played a major role in the comic book and the movie only had him towards the end. No build-up. No explanations. No nada.

It’s a movie that’s nice to see. But not something that you have to rush over to the cinemas and haggle the movie ticket-er just to get inside real quick.

If they do make a 4th movie, I just hope that they center on one topic and build-up and climax it from there. Hopefully – they’ll do better next time.

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The Number 23 by Joel Schumacher

Jim Carrey at his finest. No matter how much most people think that he’s just a comedian – he can definitely act in whatever character he is placed and he’s really good at it (think Eternal Sunshine and Truman Show). Him playing a double-role in this movie (the real dog-catcher, loving family man and the sax-playing, savvy detective) only enhanced his acting ability and showed people how great of an actor he is.

Director Joel Schumacher delivered another good piece with this movie. He definitely proved that he is good with suspense/mystery/thrilling movies (Phone Booth, Falling Down etc.). Although it was a bit anti-climactic towards the end, the build-up throughout the whole film was enough to make you think and make you sit at the edge of your seat.

One bit of trivia though, The Number 23 is Schumacher’s 23rd movie to direct.

It is utterly unsettling, scary (well, not that much but enough to keep you glued to the screen) and mysterious. It will have you go through the psychological torture that Walter Sparrow (Carrey) and his family went through.

The use of reds, browns and dark hues for cinematography and grading worked for the film and made it look more hazy and dark, thus staying true to the main concept and what the director would like the viewers to enjoy.

The film is for insane people. For people that can think along the lines that is unsettling. For people who are paranoid enough to think that The Number 23 has something to do with their lives after watching the film.

Trust me when I say that once you exit the theaters after watching this, you’ll try and add up your birthday, analyze your address, your social security number and every number that you have encountered in your life to find out if you are cursed by The Number 23 as well.

It’s a good thing my birthday adds up to 22. πŸ™‚

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Frank Miller’s 300 by Zack Snyder

Can’t I rate this movie with more than 5 stars?! Because it is certainly more than that.

It is definitely a movie that will keep you at the edge of your seat. It’s not your typical war movie that only tells of the story of what happened in Ancient Greece like that of Troy for example. It is more than that.

This film was shot 90% on blue screen and 10% on green screen (and I think a small percentage was shot on location). So just imagine the process of post production that this film underwent. Shooting took only 60 days and post for almost a year and a half. It was ingenious.

The movie is an art in itself. It is like watching a dance that will mesmerize you and take you to otherworldly things and let you experience something that will definitely captivate you. The slow motion during the fight sequences and throughout the duration of the film (they majorly used it during important scenes that they want to emphasize) worked very well since it will make you see exactly what happened and make you appreciate the blood and gore and how Spartans fought for their freedom. Prepare for Glory, really.

They maintained the high-contrast throughout the whole film. There were some gritty parts as well especially during close-ups which worked really well also. Making the whole film an epic film with a touch of modernity in it. It can very well be surreal as well and can be compared to deviant art. Although it is much much better.

The storyline is predictable (typical war setting between Ancient Greece and the vast empire of Persia) since it is told through the ages to us but the way it was portrayed in the film made a lot of difference. There was even humor (however crude it was) in the wall of dead bodies that the Spartans built. The conversations was witty too. Loyalty, bravery, courage and love. πŸ™‚

The music that they used were something else as well since it ranged from a powerful operatic tune to hard core metal rock during fight scenes. In Filipino terms, “Ang angas!”

King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) performed to the best of his abilities and will make you feel what he was feeling as he was leading his 300 men to war. Queen Gorgo (Lena Heady) was fitting to be the queen to the king of Sparta and gave new meaning to the power of being a female. Especially when she spoke in front of the councilmen of Sparta and revealed the treacherous Theron (Dominic West) to all of Sparta, earning her the respect of the politicians and councilmen. Dilios (David Wenham) leading the rest of Greece in their fight with Persia after King Leonidas died while fighting for Greece’s right to remain free, was an exhilarating character as well. Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) gave a chilling performance as the god king and ruler of Persia, especially when bargaining with Leonidas and the rest of the Spartans that were with him. Overall, the whole cast of this film earned an earnest standing ovation from their audience.

And oh, one last thing – if you want to go gaga over men with good looking bods, hot real bods that would make you salivate – then this is the film for you. ;p It’s better than Troy, better than Brad Pitt’s ass and according to a friend of mine, better than porn. πŸ™‚

Favorite line/s:

1.) PERSIAN OFFICER: SPARTANS! Lay down your weapons!!!
KING LEONIDAS: PERSIANS! Come and get them!!!!
2.) KING LEONIDAS: SPARTANS! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty! For tonight, we dine in hell!!
3.) PERSIAN OFFICER: Our arrows will blot out the sun!
STELIOS: Then we will fight in the shade!

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Bridge to Terabithia by Gabor Csupo

For those who haven’t read the book – we were lead to believe that this is another fantasy, kid-adventure kind of film (sort of like Narnia). Of course, that was not what was shown in the movie. In that case – I’d like to say only two words: false advertising.

The film was still fantastically done though. It exceeded my expectations story wise. Not your typical children’s movie with fairy-tale endings but something real, something that both adults and children alike can grasp. Something that teaches us the value of life, friendship, family and courage. It was sad yet moving. Heartbreaking and yet warming.

The CGIs in this film were not overdone which for me was great. It focused more on what the children believed as they enter their new kingdom to find solace in it when they are being bullied at school. With that said, we enter their world as they see it, as they imagined it and not because it was caused by some digital effect that made Terabithia seem real to them.

Acting was very touching. Both Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) and Leslie Burke (Annasophia Robb) were very convincing in the way they portrayed their characters in the film. As most people who read the book before watching this film said, they were very true to the book. Josh’s acting towards the end of the film was really moving. You would really be able to feel the grief that was coursing through him. The anger, the sadness – he wanted to mourn and yet he couldn’t. Little Mary Belle Aarons (Bailee Madison) delivered great lines that would make one think (yes, an adult to actually think about what a 4 or 5 yo kid said) and yet stayed cute all throughout the film.

For these actors, be rest assured that we will see them in the coming soon movies as I’m sure that they would get more offers from producers and directors alike for their award-winning performances.

Wonderfully done. Very magnificent. Be ready with tissues though as you watch this. When you get really sad, and you need a place to escape to – “Just close your eyes but keep your mind wide open.”

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Music and Lyrics by Marc Lawrence

I know I’ve watched this ages ago (and I know I said I’m anti-valentine but hey – can’t one enjoy a good movie even on Valentine’s day? Sheesh. And just for all of you to know – I didn’t watch this on a date. I watched it alone.) – but I haven’t gotten the chance to review it yet. So here goes…

I liked it. Period. I know it’s your kind of typical chick-flick that girls would definitely dig for but I still liked it. Regardless. It’s not your cliche-ic mushy type of romance movies (like The Notebook, for instance – although that has a good storyline) which for me is good. Conversations between Sophie (Drew Barrymore) and Alex (Hugh Grant) were also witty and they came out naturally and really funny. They have great chemistry and that is saying something. Between them, people wouldn’t get bored as they go through the whole flick.

I’m into alternative rock music but it was still nice to hear 80’s pop music as played in the film. Brings back a lot of memories when you were a kid. Nostalgic. Plus it was meshed really well in the movie. Seeing as the music of today is soooo different from what we grew up listening to – having them together in one flick is enough to bring back a tide of memories and the thought that one day, your kids will have the same feeling when they hear the songs of today being played a decade from now.

What I really like about the film are the words of Drew aka Sophie with regards to Music or melody being the physical attraction (as in the kiss and the sex and the whole physical aspect of the relationship) in a relationship and the Lyrics being the story of the relationship. My take on that? I agree with it. As you can see, in one song – you first listen to the intro – meaning that would be all melody before the lyrics come through. Then sometimes, you just admire the music or the melody playing in the song without really listening to the lyrics. The physical thing, as Drew expounded. But once you get to the words of the song, then you can finally realize if the song has sense or not. The lyrics tells the story. The lyrics is what makes the song seem deeper. The lyrics give the song meaning. The melody only carries the tune and it gives the song beauty. Although both are important and one cannot stand alone without the other. Well, maybe that’s the case with the lyrics since music or melody can stand on its own (e.g instrumental music).

Cora, the Karmic sensation played by Haley Bennett was brilliant for a first time acting on the big screen. She was a bit on the shallow and superficial side though but the way she portrayed her character was marvelous. She was a cross between Britney/Christina/Shakira and she meshed all those three characters pretty well in one character.

The one scene that I really loved in this film was when Sophie and Alex were to part ways after their dinner at Rhonda’s, Sophie’s sister. Their conversation on how to meet up to go to Cora’s recording really caught my attention. It was witty and direct and funny all at the same time. Then at the end, they kissed before going on their separate ways. It was sweet.

One last thing. Beware of the crotch thrusts! LOL. πŸ˜€

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Norbit by Brian Robbins

I wouldn’t recommend this to anybody who is looking for a good laugh in the movies.

The trailer that this movie provided was so misleading. If you’ve seen the trailer first, it would have been so appealing for you to watch. But as you see the film, then you would definitely just get disappointed.

We have a marvelous cast for this film. Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr., and all their talent went to waste.

The plot for this story? 800-lb female Murphy squashing little skinny male Murphy, everytime the 800-lb female Murphy has a chance, who falls for beautiful Newton and fights for his love towards the end. That’s just about it. No whatsoever. No nada.

Even the attempted comedy was so crude. It was not funny, a bit offensive and undeniably gross. It was also so juvenile and vulgar. A total loss of money if you ever decide to watch it.

Halfway through the film, I was so bored and disappointed already that I was half-tempted to walk away from it except that I don’t want to be rude so I finished the whole film, hoping against hope that somehow the film would redeem itself towards the end. I was still greatly disappointed.

Their tag line is true though and it had me asking it after the whole ordeal. “Have you ever made a big mistake?” The answer? Yep. A very big mistake of watching it and trying to enjoy anything out of it to no avail.