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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Man with the Iron Fists: Movie Review

The Man with the Iron Fists 
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

The Man with the Iron Fists opens today at selected cinemas due to its R-18 rating. It has an appealing cast, an intriguing trailer and RZA's directorial debut but all of our hopes comes into the drain after watching it.

Different clans fight for to rule "Jungle Village" where a skilled blacksmith (RZA) is the primary maker of weapons for each clan who wish to annihilate their rivals. However he got entangled with the Lion clan and chopped off his arm. With the help of Jack Knife (Russell Crowe) who has his own agendas, they made a forcible weapon which can finish the all out war in the village.   


Honestly its confusing to follow the story in this film. There's a bunch of characters and blundering flashbacks that really don't make sense.  A lot of the cast feels inconsistent specially RZA. It would be much better if he just picked another black guy that can suit for that role and just focused directing his film. For the action scenes some are stunning because of the brutality with it but some looked really silly. We love martial arts flicks but this film feels a little messy.

Overall this film would get some mixed reactions either you'll love it or you'll hate it. Normally we really don't care too much about the story as long as the movie is entertaining. For us it did not work well enough and will tell you to skip it.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 4 out of 10 stars

Cast: RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Jaime Chung, David Bautista

Directed By: RZA
Distributed by: Solar-UIP
Now Showing at selected cinemas


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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Coming Soon: Beautiful Creatures


Coming Soon: Beautiful Creatures
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

This year a lot of upcoming book to movie adaptation is coming your way. But before we can have a glimpse of The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones (set to release this August) and Catching Fire (November), the 2nd book of The Hunger Games trilogy. Movie Punch brings you the first chapter of The Caster Chronicles franchise created by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stoh.

Beautiful Creatures might be the potential next movie franchise. It has an interesting story, amazing use of special effects and teen romance. It stars Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum and Emma Thompson. Beautiful Creatures opens on February 20, 2013 at your favorite cinemas.

Official Movie Synopsis 
Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), 17, has had the same recurring dream for months. A mysterious young girl is waiting for him on a Civil War battlefield. Ethan desperately wants to be with her, but there is an unknown danger-and each time a lightning bolt cracks like a gunshot, killing Ethan before he ever reaches the girl.

The danger of this strange dream world, however, is preferable to Ethan's waking existence in Gatlin, South Carolina, a small, conservative Southern town that hasn't caught up to the 21st century, where nothing ever changes and nothing ever happens. Trapped at home with a father who has completely withdrawn since the sudden death of Ethan's mother, Ethan yearns for a life he can only read about in books.

But Ethan's mundane world is shaken up with the arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the beautiful and enigmatic niece of Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), the reclusive owner of gothic Ravenwood Manor. Ethan finds himself immediately drawn to Lena, even though destruction seems to inexplicably follow her and it becomes apparent that she is a Caster, with powers beyond her control. The town, led by conservative Mrs. Lincoln (Emma Thompson), wants her banished. Even Gatlin's all-knowing librarian, Amma (Viola Davis), is afraid history may repeat itself-a history of family secrets and a curse that looms for Lena as she approaches her 16th birthday. It is that time when a Caster is chosen by the forces of either the Light or the Dark.

But Lena's fate may already be sealed by the curse that draws both her and Ethan into a tangled web of spells and peril from which there may be no escape.

Directed By: Richard LaGravenese



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Gangster Squad: Movie Review

Gangster Squad
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Gangster Squad supposed to be released September last year when a debate rages about the shootout scene in Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. They trimmed out that scene to pay respect for what happen in the Colorado massacre in a Dark Knight midnight screening. With or without it Gangster Squad rages as one of the best mobster films we watched in a long time. 

In 1949, Los Angeles was already owned by mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). He is a notorious drug dealer, bribes the police force to his side and quickly eliminates anyone who messes up with his transactions. With that in mind Police Chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte) appoints Sergent John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) to assemble a team consisting of clean cops to destroy the dynasty built by Cohen.


Gangster Squad pretty much has all the key ingredients you look in a good mobster flick. It has such an appealing talented cast led by Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and a great villain in Sean Penn. It also has superb action sequences with a lot of shoot'em up and exploding cars in the process. Aside from that the film incorporates some memorable lines with humor that quickly sinks into your mind. From great sets and costumes up to the alluring beauty Emma Stone this film would entertain a lot of film goers. 

Overall even the film lost credibility because of the "true events" tag line. And making the film a little exaggerated could hurt but it still keeps the movie afloat. We still enjoyed the fast paced scenes that never brought out a dull moment. We totally recommend this film especially if you love watching a bad-ass action hardcore flick. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn

Directed By: Ruben Fleischer
Distributed By: Warner Brothers Pictures Philippines
Opens on January 30 at your favorite cinemas


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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Impossible: Movie Review

The Impossible
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

The Impossible is a real life story of the family of Alvarez Belon who was spending their vacation in Thailand when a devastating Tsunami hit and claimed thousand of lives in the process. 

Maria, Henry (Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor) and their three sons spends their Christmas vacation at a resort in Thailand. But when the family spends a good time in the pool, a huge tsunami suddenly hits and quickly swept the entire area. The waves split the whole family in different directions. As many people struggle in the battle for survival the family hopes to reconnect with each other safe and complete. 


The Impossible is a very heartwarming movie and people should take a shot in watching this film. It is good that it is a fast paced film which introduces the characters and quickly move on to the unimaginable force of nature. The tsunami waves look so real when it hit the land and as a viewer you can feel the horrific tragedy. Aside from it the drama feels very intense thanks to the strong performances by each cast. Naomi Watts is stunningly amazing. She lets you feel the suffering and agony of her character not only on her bleeding body but also in finding the other half of her family. No wonder she got the nod for her 2nd academy nomination. We also love Lucas played by Tom Holland because he is a brilliant young actor bringing out his emotions well.

Overall The Impossible is an inspirational film showing how to battle for survival and teaches us to never lose hope. It is emotionally touching and a has a great story that has been told. They just forgot to highlight some of the locals who also experienced the aftermath of the tragedy. Some people can relate to this film as Filipino's are not new to this kind of events.


Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland

Directed By: Juan Antonio Bayona
Distributed By: Pioneer Films / Movie Punch
Now Showing at your favorite cinemas


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Get ready for the 7th Spring Film Festival


7th Spring Film Festival

Now on its seventh year, the Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies together with Confucius Institute and Chinese Studies, and the cooperation of Ateneo Celadon and Shang-ri La Plaza, once again brings you the Spring Film Festival this February 1-10, 2013. And yes the admission is free.

The festival is organized every year to promote Chinese language and culture in mainstream Philippine society particularly among young Filipinos so that they can become bridges between China and the Philippines. This year’s festival features films from three acclaimed Chinese directors, and a young director’s debut film that performed phenomenally at the box office.

Here are the official movies featured in this year's festival.

 

Piano in a Factory

Running Time: 119 min
A man goes to unusual lengths to prove his love for his daughter in this family drama. Chen Guilin is a man who loves music and plays accordion in an amateur band, but Chen can’t support himself on what he makes as a musician, and his job in a steel mill isn’t about to make him rich. Now his wife, Xiao Ju, returns home to file a formal divorce, as well as custody of their daughter. To retain his daughter, he must give her a piano. Chen exhausts all means: borrowing money from his friends and even attempting to steal a piano, but all his attempts fail. Despite these challenges, Chen always maintains an optimistic outlook. Finally, he decides to produce a steel piano with his friends.

Awards: Best Actor, 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival; Best International Movie, 28th Miami International Film Festival; Special Award of Jury, 28th Golden Flower Movie Festival



Storm Warriors

Running Time: 111 min

An epic battle is played out by warriors harnessing the power of the elements in this effects-laden fantasy /action drama Hong Kong film. The brave Lord Nameless is the leader of a band of heroic warriors. Lord Godless, his nemesis, captures Nameless in a daring raid, imprisons his soldiers and takes control of his land. As things look hopeless, three of Nameless's allies set out to free him: Cloud (Aaron Kwok), Wind (Ekin Cheng) and Chu Chu (Yan Tang). As Cloud absorbs what he's learned from Nameless and Wind is tutored in combat by Wicked, can they fend off Godless and his cronies?

Awards: won 29th Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Visual Effects



Golden Times 
 
Running time: 90 mins

Fueling China’s economic boom is the mass migration of workers from the countryside to cities. This leaves a special population of 58 million ‘left-behind children’ in the care of their old, and mostly illiterate grandparents. What should have been carefree years for these children can only be characterized by weariness from studying and burdensome farm work. Teacher Fang and police officer Sun Dayang realize that the affections and instructions of parents during the early years are irreplaceable. Getting support from the local government, they set up a “Home for Left-Behind Children,” which helps the kids from this population attain a healthy and loving environment in the hands of the community.

 
Jasmine Women

Running time: 130 min

Starring Zhang Ziyi (House of Flying Daggers), Joan Chen and Jiang Wen, Jasmine Women tells the story of one family's struggle to overcome its tragic history, as each daughter repeats the mistakes of her mother. Director Hou Yong sets his film in the 1930's, 50's and 80's against the backdrop of an ever-changing Shanghai and tells the stories of Mo, Li and Hua, which when translated to English together means Jasmine Flower.

Awards: Grand Jury Prize, 7th Shanghai International Film Festival; Best Actress, 13th Golden Rooster Awards 

 
2Become1

Running Time: 129 min

Bingo Leung, an advertising executive, has always lived a carefree life that includes guarding her turf in the office, dating, and gossiping with her three girlfriends. One day, she finds a lump in her left breast. Everything begins to fall apart as she tries to cope with the loss of femininity in a series of bittersweet events. With the help of a happy-go-lucky Doctor V and a shy but talented teenager Sing, Bingo begins to find new meanings in her turmoil and the will to face her own demons.


 
Space Dream

Running time: 110 min

The son of a peasant family, Zhang Tiancong (Liu Zhibing) is a veteran member of the first generation of Chinese astronauts but, now in his 40s, has yet to be selected for a space mission. Meanwhile, his family, including his daughter and ace military pilot Siyu (Jiang Ruijia), continues to support his quickly fading dream. Tiancong’s last shot is a mission is of exceptional importance; it involves docking spaceship Wentian I with a satellite to establish China's first manned orbital space station. Will Tiancong get picked to pilot Wentian I and finally realize his space dream? Or will he be stuck on backup duty again?

 
The screening schedule is as follows:

February 01 - Friday

12:30 pm - 2 Become 1
03:00 pm - Piano in the Factory
05:30 pm - Storm Warriors
08:00 pm - Jasmin Women

February 02 - Saturday

12:30 pm - Piano in the Factory
03:00 pm - Space Dream
05:30 pm - Golden Times
08:00 pm - Storm Warriors

February 03 - Sunday

12:30 pm - Space Dream
03:00 pm - 2 Become 1
05:30 pm - Jasmin Women
08:00 pm - Piano in the Factory

February 04 - Monday

12:30 pm - Storm Warriors
03:00 pm - Golden Times
05:30 pm - 2 Become 1
08:00 pm - Space Dream

February 05 - Tuesday

12:30 pm - Golden Times
08:00 pm -Jasmin Women

February 06 - Wednesday

12:30 pm - Storm Warriors
03:00 pm - 2 Become 1
05:30 pm - Piano in the Factory
08:00 pm - Golden Times

February 07 -Thursday

12:30 pm - Jasmin Women
03:00 pm - Golden Times
05:30 pm - Space Dream
08:00 pm - 2 Become 1

February 08 - Friday

12:30 pm - 2 Become 1
03:00 pm - Jasmin Women
05:30 pm - Piano in the factory
08:00 pm - Space Dream

February 09 - Saturday

12:30 pm - Storm Warriors
03:00 pm -Space Dream
05:30 pm - 2 Become 1
08:00 pm - Golden Times

February 10 - Sunday

12:30 pm - Golden Times
03:00 pm - Storm Warriors
05:30 pm - Jasmin Women
08:00 pm - Piano in the Factory

Sponsors of this festival include the Confucius Institute, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Ateneo Celadon, Chinese Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila, Credit Suisse, ChinoyTV, ChaTime.

For more information, please call Ateneo Leong Center 426-6001 local 5208-5209; 5280. For tickets, please call Shang Cineplex at 633-2227.

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Movie Review

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Another fairy tale spin off movie that a lot would want to watch. Like Snow White and the Huntsman last year Hansel and Gretel promises a new twisted story that the characters they once read in the book is now a bad-ass witch hunters. Special thanks to my couz and @GirbaudPH for the block screening tickets.


Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) last saw their father when he left them in the middle of the woods without telling them any valid reason. At a very young age blood spilled in their hands as they manage to kill the witch of that same night. The two continued on with their lives now as the witch hunters. Soon they were hired by the mayor in a small town to investigate the disappearance of some children. With their further investigation they found out that there would be an ultimate gathering of witches to perform a ritual that would make them invulnerable from fire. Now Hansel and Gretel must prevent that from happening.

The movie is a fast paced flick, action filled and bloody entertaining. It's a feast of action sequences that is really fun to watch because of the high-tech weapons they use in eliminating witches. For the story it's not that deep but came up with some twist about the siblings dark past. They also made the witches looked cool in their costume and unique makeups. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton  performed well in their roles. Selling their fearsome characters as they are both appealing in the screen.


Overall Hansel and Gretel is an entertaining film but a little predictable when it comes in the story. Too bad we haven't seen it in 3D or in IMAX 3D but gladly we enjoyed it. For us this fairy tale adaptation is better than Snow White and the Huntsman or Red Riding Hood. We just hope it would have a sequel in the works that would be bloodier and more carnage of witches.  

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Jannsen, Thomas Mann

Directed By: Tommy Wirkola
Distributed By: Solar-UIP
Now Showing at your favorite cinemas
Also available in IMAX 3D


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Five Globe Business solutions that make a difference in SMBs’ growth

Small and medium businesses face many challenges on the road to growth and success. Competition and limited resources are two constant obstacles that any SMB must hurdle if it is to sustain its existence and eventually thrive. Just how difficult is the journey for SMBs? According to Manny Escosa, Globe Business SMB Marketing Head, many SMBs close shop after only three years of operations.

Despite this, the success of SMBs is vital to the Philippine economy: collectively, they are the nation’s largest source of employment. This isn’t surprising since more than 90 percent of businesses in the Philippines today are SMBs. From this perspective, it becomes very important for SMBs to receive all the help they can get.

Globe Business has a sense of mission when it comes to creating packages for small and medium businesses. That’s because when we help SMBs succeed we are also helping the economy. As more and more SMBs succeed, more people will have jobs. In turn, there will be more economic activities as these people spend their income. The more people spend, the more businesses earn, giving them more capital to expand and hire more employees. Everybody wins as this cycle continues,” said Escosa.

He revealed that Globe Business has five solutions that are sure to make a difference for SMBs when it comes to their growth and success. These solutions address many of SMBs’ needs and help them make their operations simpler and more efficient at less cost. 

BUSINESS CAPPED PLANS from Globe Business provides SMBs (small and medium businesses) with a convenient way to manage and save on monthly mobile communications costs. Each Business Capped Plan account is provided with a fixed monthly load allowance for voice calls and SMS messages. These plans are bundled with a free cellphone and may be fitted with unlimited call service within the company.

   Globe Business PayrollCloud
For SMBs, the payroll process can be a tedious, error-prone, and stressful undertaking. There’s so much paperwork and documentation involved in processing the payroll data—a painstaking and time-consuming activity that would have to be done over again if there’s a mistake. Correcting mistakes adds to the difficulty because of all the hard copies that HR and accounting personnel would have to backtrack and inspect.

The perfect solution for all that is the Globe Business PayrollCloud that provides high-tech payroll and HR services at just P136 per day. For this very affordable amount, small and medium businesses can have a high-tech, computerized HR and payroll system. They can say goodbye to all the problems and stress caused by the old, error-prone, and tedious manual system,” said Escosa.

Globe Business PayrollCloud can be used not only to make payroll but also to implement other HR processes like recording employees’ office attendance and time sheets; an electronic Bundy system; managing employees’ leaves of absence, and also keeping track of official company expenses incurred by employees on the job.

With Globe Business PayrollCloud companies can more easily comply with tax filing requirements set by the BIR. It allows them to file remittances to agencies like PAG-IBIG, SSS, GSIS, or PhilHealth more efficiently, accurately, and on schedule.

Globe Business PayrollCloud can be scaled and customized to fit the requirements of any company. It is already compliant with Philippine regulations and can be modified to accommodate the special needs of a particular business.

The Globe Business PayrollCloud system is operated through the highly-advanced and reliable servers of the Globe network; this ensures that subscribers’ company data are secured against data theft, hacking, and other threats.

Since the Globe Business PayrollCloud system is Cloud-based, it is accessible from any place where there’s an Internet connection. This gives concerned personnel the freedom and convenience to use the system even when outside the office. 

Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) can take advantage of Globe Business AutoloadMAX Corporate Edition to manage, schedule, and automatically reload prepaid credits to employees’ mobile. AutoloadMAX Corporate Edition may track the mobile phone spending of a department, and even individual employees.

 
Business Capped Plans
Doing business nowadays is impossible without proper facilities for communication. Decades ago, a telephone was the most important business communications tool. Nowadays, a business would be left behind if it doesn’t use mobile phone and Internet communications. The only problem is, the use of these tools can come at too high a cost. How does an SMB manage its communications costs?

For that, Globe Business has packaged several types of Business Capped plans. These plans set a cost ceiling for the use of the company’s mobile phone accounts every month.

A Business Capped Plan provides a monthly load allowance that serves as a cap or limit on company mobile phone credits. For example, if a Business Capped Plan has a monthly allowance of P600 per month, the company only pays for that amount.

Furthermore, Business Capped Plans have an Unli Business Loop feature that allows unlimited calls within the company. Those who subscribe to Business Capped Plans would also receive mobile phones as part of the package.

Business Capped Plans let entrepreneurs have more control over mobile phone expenses while empowering employees at the same time,” said Escosa.

There are two Business Capped Plans available from Globe Business: Plan 300 with P300 worth of load allowance plus 35 bonus SMS per month; Plan 600 with P500 worth of load allowance plus 85 bonus SMS per month and the Unli Business Loop service that enables unlimited calling amongst employees of client companies.

Even if the Business Capped plan load allowance is used up before the month ends, all that an employee has to do in that case is to reload the SIM with regular Globe credits. Business Capped Plans also allow the user to avail of Globe’s various prepaid promos, like Supersurf, to maximize the use of their load allowance. 

DIRECT INTERNET LITE from Globe Business offers fast, reliable, and powerful Internet connection, using a leased line set-up, to SMBs at more affordable rates. SMBs can choose from bandwidth options ranging from 2,000 Mbps to 10,000 Mbps for always-on Internet connection.

 
TxtConnect
SMBs that need to send a high volume of text messages will greatly benefit from Globe Business TxtConnect—it is a Web-based service that broadcasts SMS messages to groups of people using a computer with an Internet connection. This makes it easier to send SMS blasts in just one broadcast, with just a few keystrokes on the computer.

TxtConnect also charges rates that are much lower than regular text messaging or phone calls. It is very cost-efficient as it charges lower text message fees with a plan that starts at P1500 per month. Subscribing to TxtConnect results in as much as 35 percent in saved cost compared to the regular text messaging service charges.

SMBs can acquire a high-tech, computerized HR and payroll system for a very affordable amount of just P136 per day--thanks to Globe Business PayrollCloud. Using this system, they can say goodbye to all the problems and stresses caused by the old, error-prone, and tedious manual system. 

 
Direct Internet Lite
No serious enterprise, one that is aiming for sustainability and growth, will be able to do business today without an Internet connection. Direct Internet Lite is designed to provide a fast, reliable, and powerful Internet connection to SMBs—at more affordable rates.

Direct Internet Lite uses a leased line set-up with basic Internet connectivity for both Foreign and Domestic routes. SMBs can choose from bandwidth options ranging from 2,000 Mbps to 10,000 Mbps and enjoy always-on Internet connection that they can use for their business communication needs. 

Using Globe Business TxtConnect, a Web-based service, SMBs can broadcast a high volume of text messages to groups of people--for example, sending text blasts to customers--at much affordable rates compared to regular text messaging and voice calls. Through this service, SMBs can save as much 35 percent in text messaging costs. 

AutoMAX Corporate Edition
Using Globe Business AutoloadMAX Corporate Edition helps SMBs manage, schedule, and automatically reload prepaid credits directly to employees’ cell phones. The company may also keep track of the mobile phone spending of a department, or individual employees. AutoloadMAX Corporate Edition allows unlimited calls within the company. A predetermined amount of consumable load is automatically reloaded to employees’ cellphones every month. Employees’ prepaid accounts may be reloaded individually or in bulk. A Top-Up and Usage Report is also generated for every user under the service.

Globe Business is the corporate arm of Globe Telecom, the leading mobile telecommunications company in the Philippines. Globe Business provides wireless and wireline solutions for a diverse set of industries, businesses, and commercial enterprises. It assures SMEs of affordable, reliable, and dependable services for all communication needs, both wireless and wireline solutions, to generate the highest possible profit at the lowest possible cost.

Learn more about what Globe Business PayrollCloud and other Globe Business products and services can do for you by visiting www.globe.com.ph/payrollcloud or calling +632 730-1010.

 
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Parker: Movie Review

Parker
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Thanks to Magic 89.9 and The Big Meal for the tickets we won as we are able to attend the advance screening premiere of Parker last night at Sm Megamall. Parker is based on the series of the best selling novels by Donald Westlake which stars Jason Statham with the lovely Jennifer Lopez. 

Parker (Jason Statham) was double crossed by his own group in their latest heist because he refuses to join them for another job. He was shot and left dead but thanks to a Texan family he was immediately brought to the hospital. With only revenge in his mind he decided to spy on his old crew on their next move and plans to seize the loot of their latest heist. 



We love Jason Statham as he proves to be a solid action star. But in Parker the movie lacks in action sequences that a Jason Statham should have. The story also feels weak, predictable and seems like it have been used a lot of times. There were only a couple of scenes we enjoyed in its 118 minute run time. Don't expect too much as you might get upset at the end of the film.

Overall Parker felt incomplete, maybe a few more action scenes can improve this film. It would better if this film went to a direct DVD release. But if you're a big fan of Jason Statham it can still satisfy your cravings but can leave a sour taste in your mouth afterwards. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 4.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte

Directed By: Taylor Hackford
Distributed By: Multivison Pictures Philippines
Opens January 24 at your favorite cinemas




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Monday, January 21, 2013

Red Dawn: Movie Review



Red Dawn
By: Lakwatsera Lovers


Red Dawn is a remake of the 1984 classic which starred the late Patrick Swayze. A lot of critics say that this movie doesn't necessarily need a remake but for us we did not have the chance to watch the original, it has it's problems but the film is not that bad to deserve a failing mark. 

Brothers Jed (Chris Hemsworth) and Matt (Josh Peck) assembles a group which they called "Wolverines" to face the army of North Korea which is invading their hometown. They must train hard and settle their differences in order to survive the wrath of the Koreans.


Basically the movie is silly but incorporates a lot of action and fun. Koreans invading the US seem really hard to imagine and a bunch of rebel teenagers enters to the rescue. It also doesn't explain how the Koreans easily defeated the US. Furthermore the Koreans are also very incompetent as they are being outsmarted by a bunch of kids. But what we like in this film is it gave quality action from start to finish. Adding a couple of valuable character losses that we never expected coming. 

Overall Red Dawn is a fun film just don't pay attention to the story and focus on the action. It also stars two charming lead stars (Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson) which some girls would love. It is enjoyable to watch even it has a minimal run time.

 Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson

Directed By: Dan Bradley
Distributed By: Multivision Pictures Philippines
Now on it's 2nd Week 




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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Last Stand: Movie Review

The Last Stand
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Thanks to Movie Punch for the advance screening tickets of The Last Stand that premiered last night at Sm Megamall Cinema 6. Yes Schwarzenegger is old but he comes back with a bang in The Last Stand!

Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) manages to keep peace and harmony in the a small town near the Mexican border. His biggest problem has come when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noreiga) a Mexican drug lord escaped from the FBI. He hops in a sports car with a hostage, started his getaway and flew in a 200mph pace.  His crew waits for him and built an alternate route bridge so he can cross the Mexican border much faster. With the FBI running out of options they reach out to Sheriff Ray to assemble a crew and stop Cortez.    



Before watching the film we were wondering, does Arnold Schwarzenegger still have some fight left in his tank? He is already 65 years old and a decade without a lead role so what can we expect from him? Well watching it answers our questions, The Last Stand made another definition for the word fun. The film provides a lot of action, pure excitement and solid humor from start to finish. Mr. Governor performed well as the lead star and also got a lot of help with his supporting actors. Special mention to Johnny Knoxville, Luis Guzman and the villain Eduardo Noreiga. We love what director Kim Jee-woon did because even the movie feels old fashioned he manages to keep each cast to shine on their own way.

Overall The Last Stand is a pretty awesome fun movie. It never had a dull moment which glued us into our seats the whole time. It exceeded our expectations and the audience reaction is hyped up all the way to the end. This movie doesn't have any nominations or awards but it is definitely worth watching on the big screen.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Luis Guzman

Directed By: Kim Jee-woon
Distributed By: Pionner Films / Movie Punch
Now Showing at your favorite cinemas


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Parental Guidance: Movie Review

Parental Guidance
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Too bad Parental Guidance is not having a good grade at rotten tomatoes. It makes some people doubt to see it, but for us you should give it a try and see it for yourself.
Artie (Billy Crystal) is a small time baseball announcer for the Fresno Grizzlies. Unfortunately he got fired from his job because he is already outdated. One day he got a call from her daughter Alice (Marisa Tomei) and ask him if he can look out for his grandchildren for a couple of days. Together with his wife (Bette Midler) they agreed. But they both struggle to re-connect with the kids especially seeing Alice around doubting if they can really handle the job. 


Parental Guidance is one of those films you will enjoy more if you did not watch the trailer. Some of the best scenes were already spilled out but the audience still enjoyed the jokes and had a lot of laughs all throughout.  The brand of comedy is very wholesome in which a 5 year old kid can easily relate to. For the story it's a little too predictable but it's interesting at some point.  It is a family oriented film which everyone could enjoy.

Overall Parental Guidance is pretty simple and you've just have to watch it and go with the flow. It shows the kind of parenting from the past and the present mixed up which resulted in an entertaining comedy film. Billy Crystal together with the wacky kids did the trick even he is already past his prime. The movie is not that bad and believe us it will still give you a wide smile afterwards

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars

Cast: Billy Crystal, Marisa Tomei, Bette Midler

Directed By: Andy Fickman
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox Phillipines
Now Showing at your favorite cinemas



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Three OPM acts to watch out for in 2013


THIS 2013, there are three Original Pilipino Music (OPM) acts that you must watch out for. Young, talented, and oozing with mass appeal, they are a glimpse of the future of the Philippine music industry.

We’re talking about rock band Letter Day Story, balladeer-songwriter Myrus, and boy band 1:43 (pronounced as “one forty-three”). These three, who are all managed by public relations and social media expert Chris Cahilig, have been making waves across all media platforms.

LETTER DAY STORY, composed of rockers Aldrick “Dex” Yu, John Oliver “Oli” Agustin, Chrisanthony “Not” Vinzons, and Emil Joseph “EJ” Arabit, won the Best Rock/Alternative Recording trophy at the 2012 Awit Awards for their song “Save Me.” They won over the other nominees, who are all more established and highly-respected bands and solo artists.

Their latest digital single, “Maiwang Mag-isa” written by Agustin is currently receiving a lot of airplay over radio stations nationwide.

Earlier, Letter Day Story also won at the 2010 Awit Awards for their song “Martilyo,” which they recorded with Gloc-9, also for Best Rock/Alternative Recording.

They’ve recorded 11 singles that all made it to the Pinoy MYX Countdown. They released three albums namely “Sulat Aral Kuwento,” “Sama-Sama,” and “Breakaway” all from Sony Music. Likewise, they endorsed brands including Revicon Forte, Mossimo, Vans and AXN.

They’ve also appeared in many TV shows including “Umagang Kay Ganda”, “Unang Hirit”, “Music Uplate @ ABS-CBN” and have performed in major shows organized by MTV, MYX, and Alliance Francais (Fete dela Musique).

 
MYRUS, who delighted listeners with his remake of the 1970s love song “Sayang” (originally by Claire dela Fuente) has reinvented himself from being one of our most favorite romantic balladeers into one of the country’s most sought-after singer-songwriters.

In 2012, Myrus has released a critically acclaimed album titled “Wanted: Just Alive” featuring his original compositions “Pusong Lito” and “Sige Na Nga.” An intriguing song about being torn between two beloved, “Pusong Lito” became a monster hit and was named as the No 5 most popular OPM song in 2012 by the Philippine Music Charts. It was also used as a soundtrack of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Teen Edition in ABS-CBN and its official music video and lyric videos has garnered over 10 million views in Youtube so far.

In a few weeks, the public will hear three of Myrus’ compositions as soundtracks of the most anticipated primetime soaps in ABS-CBN. His original composition for his co-talents 1:43, “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo” will be one of the soundtracks of Coco Martin’s new fantaserye “Juan dela Cruz” while “Pusong Lito” and his new hit single “Hiling” will be included in Angeline Quinto’s romantic comedy soap, “Kahit Konting Pagtingin.”

Myrus has proven himself not only as a singer, songwriter, vocal arranger, producer and creative artist but also as an effective and dedicated advocate for the local music industry. He earned everyone’s respect as an OPM activist during his stint as the Project Head of “Tunog Natin.” In December, Myrus was declared as a UH Morning Star by the GMA-7 morning show, “Unang Hirit.”

Myrus is acclaimed as “The Sentimental Prince of OPM” because of his romantic flair and smooth vocals. He has won prestigious awards including a Gold Record for his debut album “Love Cycle” under Sony Music, an ASAP 24K Artist Award, the Top Entertainment Award for Best RnB Artist and nominations in the 2010 Awit Awards and the First Philippine Radio Music Awards.

 
1:43 (ONE FORTY-THREE) is currently the hottest and most popular boy band in the Philippines, and they have steadily and impressively expanded their fan base in just two years.

The 1:43 hit, “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo” has topped numerous year-end music charts of 2012 and the song’s music video was hailed as one of the Most Viral Videos of 2012 according to YouTube Philippines. To date, its official music video, reposts and lyric videos have received over 30 million views on Youtube. It is also one of the most downloaded songs in MyMusicStore, Videokeman, iTunes Philippines, and Sun Cellular and ranked No 2 in the Philippine Music Charts tally for 2012, next to Gloc-9’s “Sirena.”

The best thing about 1:43 is that they are living proof that Filipino talents can successfully hold their own against the K-Pop fever. Their powerful mass appeal led to their guestings in “ASAP,” “KrisTV,” and in “Sarah G” to name a few. 1:43 have been declared as one of the UH Morning Stars of the GMA-7 morning show, “Unang Hirit”.

Composed of Anjo Resurreccion; Goldmon Aquino; Kent Malunda; and Yuki Sakamoto have recorded two albums-- “Time for Love” and “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo” under MCA Music and were included in OPM compilation albums “Tunog Natin: Songs from Home” and “40 Most Requested Love Songs.” They have been nominated twice in the Awit Awards for Best Christmas Song and Best New Group.

The boys of 1:43 are expected to duplicate their success in 2012 with the chart-topping single “Halika Na” and numerous product endorsements line-up.

With the popularity of foreign musical acts in the Philippines, it’s inspiring to know that there are still original Filipino acts like these three, that are going strong and holding up high the banner for OPM.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty: Movie Review

Zero Dark Thirty
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Zero Dark Thirty nabs five Oscar nominations ( Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing and Best Actress) and getting 93% ratings from the critics at rottentomatoes.com. It sounds that this is one of those films you should not miss. Thanks to Movie Punch for the tickets.

Maya, (Jessica Chastain) a young CIA intelligent operative started her mission on finding Bin Laden watching brutal interrogation of an Al-Qaida suspect. She spends a lot of years studying different leads, photos, documents and other different sources which eventually leads her to her main target. Her main problem is when she finally knew the hideout, the government refuses to pull the trigger without a proof that Bin Laden is actually in that place.


What is exciting about this movie is it based on real life events. Tracking down the head of the terrorist that took thousands of lives. It feels like they are assembling a real big jigsaw puzzle that is so difficult to finish but with the persistence of an intelligent dedicated woman they eventually reached that goal. It isn't filled with action sequences nor a lot of explosive or CGI effects. It stayed true and held on what really happened.

Jessica Chastain is at her best portraying a character which you can easily relate to. She doesn't have to deliver heavy lines, you can just easily feel the tension that her character delivers. The team up of Kathryn Bigelow and Marc Boal knows exactly on how to make a masterpiece. Too bad the Oscars snubbed Bigelow this time. 

Overall Zero Dark Thirty is an extraordinary film. They chipped in the bits of reality and made the audience see the real events beyond this historic event. We just have one question in mind, what will the remaining terrorist leaders feel when they watch this film specially seeing some of their men getting tortured. Can this film trigger another violent attack towards the US?

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler

Directed By: Jessica Chastain
Distributed By: Pioneer Films / Movie Punch
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