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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Movie Review: Ice Age 4 Continental Drift

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Yes, another movie review… Which means that I watch movies A LOT. Seriously though July and November are the highlights of movie junkies. It is in these months that the best movies are released. I don’t really watch movies with poor review but being a franchise film or series sequel/prequel, can make a huge difference in terms of movie “must-sees”.

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This movie in particular is one of those. It has performed poorly at movie review websites such as Rotten Tomato. But being a sequel to the famous Ice Age series, I had to see it.

Plot Description

The movie is another of the trio’s (Manny, Diego and Sid) unexpected adventures. This one in particular focused more on Manny the mammoth’s story. The storyline itself is superficial and predictable. But surprisingly it is still quite funny.

Similarities

The movie kind of reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean. In fact, the villain is kind of fashioned to a Pirates of the Caribbean character or something.

My favorite character in the movie were those hamsters! (SUPER CUTE)

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Hypothesis

I guess the reason this movie got low ratings is because it seems like an African-American comedy movie. Most of the characters are dubbed by African-Americans. Some of the humor in the movie are those common in ‘black’ comedy movies. I don’t mean to offend anyone but I guess to some people this genre is just not that appealing.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed watching this movie.

 

So on the rate of 1 to 5; five being the highest, I give this movie

a THREE, got a good laugh and it’s quite child-friendly

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

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One of the major movies to hit the theater this 2012, “The Dark Knight Rises”, remained true to its dark version genre. Ironically, both on screen and off.

It appears that death has befallen the film once more as a madman open fired at the movie goers on the premier of the film in Denver Colorado. This was but the second death off screen. The last franchise installment was also known to be the last film of actor Heath Ledger who played “The Joker” in the said movie.

It was a sad day for the movie going community when the news broke and echoed throughout the web.I honestly had second thoughts on watching the film. But since this is one of the must-see movies of the year, I had to brave through it.

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Despite the fact that my heart was racing during the shootout scenes (paranoia strikes), I felt like the movie did not quite meet my high expectations.

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There were scenes that were plainly boring. I’m referring to some dialogs and fight scenes that lacked impact because for some reason the score had poor or no volume at all. The good use of sound effects or score definitely makes 80% difference in a scene and some scenes in the movie just lacked this quality.

Fight scenes were poorly choreographed. This installment lacked the spunk that made the franchise a hit. I noticed that Batman turn his back on Bane and climbed the steps so randomly like he wasn’t in a fight. Even the plot had some loose strings to it. For example; hundreds of cops get trapped underground for weeks and not a single one thought of finding a way to get out. Are cops really that lousy or stupid?

It also lacked the element of surprise. I just felt that the story was quite predictable and shallow. It didn’t have the depth of emotional torture that pushes a man/woman to darkness which was awesomely played in the last film with Joker and Two-Face’s characters.

HIGHLIGHTS

Still, it includes a power house of actors. Bale was Batman himself as usual. There were also cool fight scenes with Hathaway. Gordon-Levitt also did pretty well. In general, acting was good but the direction and plot just kind of pulled it down.

Batman’s gadgets and cutting edge mobile technology was also jaw-dropping cool.

So on the rate of 1 to 5; five being the highest, I give this movie

a THREE, it’s good enough to see at the theaters… but I recommend not to bring children, wear bullet-proof vest and drop to the ground at the sound of real gun fire.

 

My thoughts and prayers go to all the victims of the unfortunate event in Denver Colorado. ~_~

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Marriage Explained: Prenuptial Church Interview

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Part of the requirements of a church wedding is an interview with a priest. We certainly did not know what to expect in that interview. Luckily, the priest who interviewed us was very nice. He wasn’t intimidating at all. He asked practical questions and even made us laugh. We both got teary-eyed when he asked how we fell in-love. I never thought it would be so emotional to share our relationship’s story to another person.
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He also explained what marriage is and this is how I understood it.

Marriage is Not a Proof of Love

Love for one person is not proved by a single occasion; it is something that a couple proves with daily effort. We love our parents, our friends but it doesn’t mean we have to marry them to prove it. Marriage has a specific function other than binding two people for the rest of their lives. Because all it takes to love someone forever is commitment and not necessarily a marriage.

Marriage needs Blessing and Guidance

When two people get married, it means that they have decided to build a family together. A family, according the priest, is the basic unit of the church; hence it is called “little church”. Which is why a marriage is considered sacred and thus it needs to be blessed.

If the couple who are to be married do not intend to have children, then it is not considered a real marriage. This is where the phrase “a marriage is not considered a binding contract until and unless it has been consummated” is rooted from. This is probably the main reason why the church does not marry gay/lesbian couples. Simply because they do not have the ability to create life or children.

Creation of life is the other most important gift that God has granted aside from free will. It is sacred which is why the church provides guidance along with your principal sponsors. We create the world, we create the future. And if couples are not guided, their children will not be guided and we could only hope for a good future.

Marriage is Not Easy

The priest said that the world is full of evils and trials. It will test us in different forms and ways. He said, “true love is the most powerful thing”. Sure, it sounds like something out of a fairytale story. But he continued that true love will be the only thing that can hold us together through the storm of trials. God will be there to guide us and give us hope.

There was so much more insight and wisdom that the priest had explained to us in the interview. But this blog is getting too long and I bet you’re getting crossed-eyed reading this.  LOL! I’m pretty sure a marriage interview is a different experience for each couple. Which is why it is something special. ^_^ Love3x!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

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Weird… to me that title is synonymous to “Santa Clause Lost Son of Adolf Hitler” or something… This concept seems like one of those that people get when they’re getting high with their friends.  (No Offense)

 

But seriously though, the concept is just a bad mash to me. For one thing, I’m not from America and I care less about whatever factual detail they’ve chosen to add vampirism into. Secondly, I’m still confused between the identities of Abraham Lincoln and Uncle Sam. So, for a non-American who just wants to see a good movie, I felt unsatisfied because it messed with my brain.

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Ironically

The movie depicts “Abe Lincs” stand on racial discrimination ( between Caucasians and African-Americans). Yet it seemed to disregard the subliminal depiction of gender discrimination. You see, in the movie, if you were bitten by a vampire; you die of you’re “pure of heart” but you turn into a vampire if you’re not. Since there was only one lady vampire in the movie and most of those who died were women; Are you telling me that women are purer of heart than men?  I beg to disagree, because the woman who stepped on my feet like it was a rock is a total B*t@#. Just like the cashier who had no sense of empathy on the people waiting in line is a total B*t@#. Anyway, what I’m saying is that women are equally as evil as men. And that gender discrimination is equally as offensive as racial discrimination.

 

Some Originality?

The movie adopted the “slow and go” visual effects akin to that of the movies 300 and matrix. (which I admit was cool) The score is similar to that of Conception (where it’s like hearing a gong echoing in your ear). To add to the metaphor of a hurriedly done copied homework; you will notice an editing error. Notice that Abe’s face is a still mess while Henry shows him a slide show of Vampires. Yet the scene right before that he’d already healed his bruised face.

 

Well at the very least the actors did their part, given the very twisted storyline. It’s nice to see a new face, as the this movie could be the first leading role for the guy (who resembles Penn Badgely) who starred as Lincoln. The rest of the supporting cast however are familiar faces.

 

Favorite Line: (this isn’t verbatim)

Q: Why would you choose a guy with such a common face? A: Well, I think those with common faces are the best kind. That’s why God makes so many of them.

 

So on the rate of 1 to 5; five being the highest, I give this movie

a TWO, just wait for the DVD or HBO showing…

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

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It’s time for another movie review! This time it’s “The Amazing Spider-Man”. I don’t know where they got the title but it actually tells a lot about the movie. It’s just like “Spider-Man” only… amazing?! LOL ^_^

Well, as a frequent movie-goer, I’m not the kind who can easily get ’amazed’. Which is why I couldn’t really say that I was ‘amazed’ by the movie. I would say however, that with a point of comparison (which is the 2002 version) this film is surely better.

Now  I’m not going to go to so much details on this because I wouldn’t want to spoil too much and make your eyes bleed reading (LOL). I’ll just go to a few points.

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1. Spider Man Actors

Although, Tobey Maguire is what I would say handsome or beautiful man; Andrew Garfield had better acting than Tobey. This makes a big difference watching a movie. Maguire’s acting is like “I’m a beautiful man and beautiful droplets of tears will roll from my beautiful eyes”. Whereas Garfield’s acting says “I’m just a guy and my world is crashing… tears pour. This is very important because the lead role sets the mood of a superhero movie. The difference can go from shallow non-sense to believable.

2. Where the heck is Mary Jane?

There’s no Mary Jane in the movie which leads me to believe an ever cliché ‘love triangle’ might await the viewers in the next films. (Yes, there’s a cliffhanger before the credits so don’t leave the theater right away if you want to see)

3. Greatness is Not a One-Man Show

This is not outright said in the movie but I feel that it is something very important. For something to be great; it must always involve people coming together for a single cause. And this is what I saw, with the police letting Spider-Man go, the people who worked the cranes, the helicopter lighting his way, and the traffic enforcer clearing the road. For me, such is greatness. A hero or a superhero for that matter, could not symbolize heroism if the very people he is trying to protect dislikes him. This is one thing that makes this movie sensible. That the pieces of the story; Peters parents, his Uncle Ben’s death, contributed to him becoming a hero in a unified sensible way which was all a blur and non-sense in the last movie.

4. Some Minor Details

Thank god, uncle Ben is no longer a taxi driver! (LOL) My disappointment however was that I thought Spider-Man was going to be as chatty as the comic and animated version, which the trailer seems to lead, but it’s not like that in the movie, that was just the one and only scene he was chatty. But it’s good that those spider webs don’t shoot out of his wrists like the last version ‘coz that creeped me out!

 

So on the rate of 1 to 5; five being the highest, I give this movie

a FOUR, go watch and share your own opinion reader!