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Monday, July 27, 2015

Mr. Holmes: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) the world's most famous detective knows that his time in solving mysterious cases is over. He now stays in an old house tending with his bees with his housekeeper and her son Roger, who is also an aspiring detective. However, he finds himself haunted by a case that forced him to retire, but he can't remember the exact details, so he tries to search for some clues to close it once and for all. 

Mr. Holmes is all about Ian McKellen. He is simply fascinating throughout, and we did enjoy his compelling performance. We usually see him in big Blockbuster movies playing iconic characters like Magneto in X-Men and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings. But here he is just a vulnerable detective who tries to reconcile the past while battling to revive his fading memory.   

It is not your typical Robert Downey Jr. film that is built in humor and explosive action pieces. It focused more on a series of flashbacks but still keeps the mystery vibe of the fictional detective made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle. Thanks to a wonderful Ian McKellen the film stood out even it is dragging at times. 

Overall, Mr. Holmes is exceptional with Ian McKellen leading the charge. It is a great take on an iconic character that is sidelined with sickness acknowledging that heroes also have weaknesses. It is not our usual Sherlock Holmes flick but its a fresh and welcome addition to his already impressive resume. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker

Directed by: Bill Condon
Distributed by: Captive Cinema
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide 


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Tom Cruise Goes Rouge in Fifth “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” Thriller

 
Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, facing his most blisteringly impossible mission yet, in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” the fifth installment in the constantly accelerating action-thriller series.

This time out, Cruise’s iconic character, Ethan Hunt, finds himself in non-stop peril – physical, mental and emotional -- from the film’s literally high-flying opening moments through one relentless situation after another. Hunt’s situation is precarious on every level. The IMF is on the outs, the CIA doesn’t trust him, and now he’s discovered a rogue agency with the spy-power to bring down any nation it targets – and they want him to join their crusade of destruction or they want him dead. On the brink, Hunt must test his team’s loyalty, his own illustrious endurance and the agenda of the alluringly secretive spy who saved his skin: Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson).

 
For Cruise, a fifth time playing Hunt and serving as producer presented another chance to see just how far he can take the character, and the entire genre of sophisticated global espionage games. He loves moving the bar, often hurling the bar, with each new “Mission: Impossible” film.

Each time I think ‘I’ve seen it all’ and I’ve been through every action challenge a film can have, the next film introduces new challenges of every kind-- because we’re constantly pushing not only the action sequences, but the storytelling and characters,” Cruise says. “To me the ultimate ‘Mission’ movie is never just about action and suspense – though we love innovating in that area. It’s really about the combination of action, intrigue and humor with this very specific, breathless kind experience we create for the audience. It’s about giving audiences the greatest sense of adventure and scale -- while keeping a classic sense of cinema. We do that more than ever in ‘Rogue Nation.’”

Rogue Nation” also finds Ethan more dedicated to defusing the destructive power of evil than ever –in part because he’s grown as an agent and a person. “Ethan has evolved,” Cruise observes. “He’s learning to listen to everyone else while still following his own instincts. I think he’s really progressed in terms of understanding people for who they are, including himself. I’ve always seen him as someone’s who’s highly skilled, who has a high level of athleticism and who will be relentless in pursuing what he believes is right all the way to the end – but he’s not a superhero, he’s very human.”

 
Ethan’s humanity is put under duress as Hunt confronts a nemesis who is his dark mirror image – an agent who has tossed his moral compass. “In this film, Ethan and his team come up against a terrifying villain who is a match for them, someone who challenges them physically, intellectually and emotionally,” Cruise says. “Right from the film’s first moments, Ethan and the team are on their heels, desperately moving from one situation to the next. The action is gripping but true to ‘Mission: Impossible,’ within the suspense, there’s a lot of humor and romance.”

Producer Dana Goldberg, Chief Creative Officer of Skydance, observes that for Cruise, embodying Ethan Hunt is something that he never sees as a completed job but as an evolution. “Tom always has a high bar of excellence in everything he does, but I think it is even higher when it comes to ‘Mission: Impossible,’” she observes. “He approaches Ethan by asking: what is the real way that Ethan Hunt would respond given this situation and under this amount of pressure? That’s one of the things that Ethan has always been good at – handling extreme pressure that never relents. But Tom also is revealing Ethan as a bit older and smarter, a spy who has grown up in some ways, who has come to accept what his role is and what the costs are. He’s a man who has learned to truly rely on his team, and he’s learned to reach out. You can feel the synergy between character and actor.”

As the brains and heart behind the entire franchise, Cruise’s total commitment is not just to the role and to the stunts, but equally to the filmmaking, notes Skydance Executive VP of Production Don Granger, one of the film’s producers. “It's so impressive that in the middle of a ‘Mission: Impossible’ movie -- which has the most demanding stunts and the most physically exhausting schedule for Tom -- he not only gives an amazing performance as Ethan, but he’s also there all day and all evening after we shoot, and he’s always involved in an incredibly productive way with the big picture of the movie.”

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, July 30, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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“MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS” Second Trailer Reveal


In the latest and heart-stopping trailer reveal of “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the characters are again pitted against a series of death-defying obstacles in their continued search for the truth on who they really are and where they’re going after escaping the Maze.

Based on the (second) bestselling book series by James Dashner, Dylan O’Brien returns who reprises the role of Thomas, the biggest question for his character faces in “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” is whether he did the right thing by challenging the status quo and leading the Gladers out of the maze.

 
 Back on his directorial seat from the first box-office hit “Maze Runner” film, Wes Ball is not one to rest on his laurels.  Picking up on the story of Thomas and the Gladers now they’ve escaped the maze, the film introduces audiences to The Scorch, and a whole new set of challenges faced in a post-apocalyptic Earth.

Along with O’Brien, returning cast includes Kaya Scodelario, Thoma Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores and Patricia Clarkson with new cast members Aidan Gillen, Rosa Salazar, Jacob Lofland, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper and Nathalie Emmanuel. 

Non-stop action adventure awaits when “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” opens in cinemas nationwide on September 9 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check out the film’s second trailer reveal here:


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“HITMAN: AGENT 47” Second Trailer Reveal


His name is 47, based on the highly successful game, “Hitman: Agent 47” has just revealed its second trailer starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware and Thomas Kretschman directed by Aleksander Bach.

A standalone film, the latest breed of new superhuman rises in “Hitman: Agent 47,” Friend takes on the titular role as an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck.  Bred as superhuman which makes Agent 47 an object of obsession for organizations who want to extract his genetic core to control the world, the stylish superhuman sets out to bring down the group behind the mayhem he’s dragged into.

 
Agent 47 is relentlessly pursuing his creator so they can discontinue the program that’s starting to wreak havoc,  “He’s actually a clone, a gun for hire, he kills people for money,” intros Friend of his role as Agent 47.  “I was intrigued by the idea of someone who’s had their emotions genetically removed,” further shared Friend.

Hitman: Agent 47” opens very soon this August 19 nationwide from 20thCentury Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

Watch the the film’s second trailer below: 
 
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James McAvoy & Daniel Radcliffe in “VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN”

 
James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in “Victor Frankenstein,” this year’s grand spectacle of a production and character driven film contemporizing one of the most beloved literary and film classics of all time under Paul McGuigan’s direction. 
 
In the coolest and electrifying reimagining of the mad doctor and his creation, James McAvoy takes on the titular role Doctor Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant scientist at the forefront pioneering medical research. With his research and experiments on trying to save lives, he then becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life itself.  Radcliffe, on the other hand, plays Igor, Frankenstein’s trusty and equally brilliant assistant from whose perspective the movie treads on. 

 
McGuigan’s “Victor Frankenstein” is an action adventure thriller, with a script by Max Landis inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel, which was first published in 1818. In Landis’ version of Frankenstein the story is set later, in 1861, a time when science was making rapid advances.
               
It’s taking the core themes of the book - the re-birthing idea, bringing the dead back to life and the science of that and the moral issues it brings up and all of those things. What Max Landis has done with his original script is cherry pick the best bits from the book and the best bits from the movies of the past so it’s a bit of art imitating art and reinventing it a little bit,” says McGuigan.  

 
McAvoy adds: “The themes are all still there. It’s about man trying to become the ultimate creator, about whether that is right or wrong, and the discussion of that. It’s also about obsession, and it’s about ravenous scientific advancement over moral right and wrong, the film does pay homage to its heritage.”
 
I think our Frankenstein is a really kind of rip-roaring, fun adventure movie version of Frankenstein.  I would really struggle to class it as horror.  I think there are horror elements to it and nods to previous versions of Frankenstein, but it’s much more a film about – the thing that I hope will make it stand out is the relationship between James’ character and I.  Victor and Igor are two people who come to need each other very much… Igor feels forever that he has this sort of debt of loyalty and the film then becomes about how much can that debt be pushed? How much can that loyalty be pushed before – at what point do you have to step out from the shadows of the person that created you and go, ‘I am my own person?’  Or, do you forever defer to the person that is responsible for your life?  So it’s sort of, it’s a film about relationships set against the backdrop of creating monsters,” added Radcliffe in his previous interviews.
 
Victor Frankenstein” opens very soon this November 25 in (Phils.) cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 


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Fast-Rising Star Alicia Vikander Spices Up “MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.”

 
Sweden's actress-on-the-rise Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) stars opposite Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in Warner Bros. Pictures' new spy action-thriller “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo (Cavill) and KGB agent Kuryakin (Hammer). Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is Gaby Teller (Vikander), the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
 
Solo and Kuryakin’s working relationship requires a cover, and that’s where newly sprung East Berliner Gaby Teller becomes a more hands-on participant. In order to locate her father, presumably held captive in Rome by a criminal cabal, including Gaby’s odious Uncle Rudi, she is pressed into a ruse in which Kuryakin will pose as a Russian architect and she as his loving fiancée. In Rome on holiday while her faux husband-to-be studies structural design, Gaby will reach out to Rudi for her father’s whereabouts, in view of her upcoming nuptials. Solo, meanwhile, will work a parallel angle, pretending not to know the happy couple while remaining close.

 
We were fans of Alicia’s from ‘A Royal Affair,’” says producer Lionel Wigram, “and of course she’s gone on to so many other successes since then. “We wanted a European actress for the role, someone who could play German and had that fantastic mixture of youth and naiveté with real intelligence and strength.”

Making the transition from unpretentious garage mechanic to couture-draped arm candy isn’t easy for the straight-talking, down-to-earth young woman. “But if it will keep her this side of the Berlin Wall for the rest of her life, Gaby is game for just about anything,” says Vikander.

I loved the fact that they made her a cool, tomboyish girl with a lot of character,” she continues. “Gaby was brought up in a man’s world and so she’s quite feisty and she knows how to stand her ground. If anything, she has a tough time relaxing and pretending she wants to be just a pretty housewife, and I think it’s partly her desire to assert her independence that causes sparks to fly between her and Illya.”

Gaby creates sparks between Kuryakin and Solo, too, but only insofar as it gives them more to clash over, starting with a comical scene in which they try to one-up each other with their designer savvy while helping Gaby select her mod wardrobe…perhaps causing her to wonder if navigating Armageddon might be the easiest part of this mission.

 
Vikander has garnered international recognition since bursting onto the scene in her film debut, “Pure.” She won Sweden’s prestigious Guldbagge Award for Best Actress in 2011 for her performance as Katarina in the 2010 Swedish drama.

2015 will see her in no less than eight films, and her upcoming projects include a starring role in the next installment of the “Bourne” action franchise, opposite Matt Damon.

Vikander also starred in the lead female role opposite Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson in Alex Garland’s directorial debut, “Ex Machina,” released in the US in April. It has been storming the U.S. box office and enjoying critical acclaim across the board.

Vikander recently wrapped “The Danish Girl,” starring opposite Eddie Redmayne, inspired by the true story of Danish artists Einar Wegener and his wife, Gerda. The film is set for release in the U.S. in November. She will also be seen starring in Derek Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans,” based on the M.L Stedman novel, opposite Michael Fassbender; and the 17th Century romance “Tulip Fever,” alongside Jack O’Connell, Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz, directed by Justin Chadwick.

Her other film credits include Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” alongside Keira Knightley and Jude Law; and “A Royal Affair,” nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

  Set for release across the Philippines on Aug. 13, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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Ayala Malls Cinemas’ “THE GOOD LIE” Relishes on the Good Life has to Offer

 
Ayala Malls Cinemas’ exclusive offering, “The Good Lie” presents a realization how fortunate it is to be born with the comforts of life – a bed, a blanket, a light, a home, an education and the unlimited supply and access to food and water.

In the latest movie “The Good Lie” that will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on July 29, we are introduced to the true stories of thousands of children left orphaned by the unfolding of the greatest humanitarian crisis in the history - the brutal civil war in Sudan around 1983.

Along with Witherspoon, the film stars Corey Stoll (TV’s “House of Cards”); real-life Sudanese refugees Arnold Oceng (BBC’s “Grange Hill”) and newcomer Nyakuoth Wiel; Ger Duany (“I Heart Huckabees”) and rapper Emmanuel Jal, who were both former child soldiers and lost boys; and Femi Oguns (BBC’s “The Casualty”).  Rounding out the cast are Sarah Baker as volunteer Pamela Lowi; Mike Pniewski as Mamere’s boss; and children of real-life Sudanese refugees Peterdeng Mongok, Okwar Jale, Thon Kueth, Beng Ajuet and Kejo Jale as the younger lost boys.

 
Together, against the backdrop of their shared losses, the Lost Boys and these unlikely strangers find humor in the clash of cultures, and heartbreak as well as hope in the challenges of life in America. They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”  Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety.  Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.

"The Good Lie" centers primarily around three Lost Boys, Mamere, Paul and Jeremiah. These are fictional characters based on true events from the thousands of orphaned Sudanese children. We meet them-together with Mamere's eldest brother, Theo, and younger sister, Abital-as children, braving the grueling walk from southern Sudan to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Then, 13 years later, we are re-introduced to them as young adults, and eventually follow the group to America, where they encounter the kind of culture shock we can't begin to fathom.

Sadly, many children died along the way, succumbing to starvation or thirst or crossing paths with the northern militia. But those who survived eventually found sanctuary in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. In 2000, as the numbers in the camp grew and there seemed to be no end to their plight, the United States, urged by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, began welcoming groups of Lost Boys to America, where they had the opportunity to build a new life.

Reese Witherspoon notes, "I was immediately pulled in by the story of the Lost Boys, just seeing their struggle and how they fought to survive...and then getting the opportunity to start over again in America and what inherent challenges that presented to them. The script really offered a perspective of these two worlds meeting."

  The Good Lie” opens exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on July 29.  Check out www.sureseats.com for advance ticket purchase and reserved seats.
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Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in Thrilling Film “BRIDGE OF SPIES” – Trailer Debut

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

 
Directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, “Bridge of Spies” stars: two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as James Donovan; three-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as James’ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm. The film is produced by Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Matt Charman and three-time Academy Award winners Ethan Coen & Joel Coen.

  Bridge of Spies” will be released in local theaters nationwide on October 14 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.  

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Simon Pegg's Got the Whole World in his Hands in “ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING”

 
Wholly talented actor Simon Pegg, widely known for his roles in franchise blockbusters such as “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible” and lending voice in animated and CGI films “Ice Age” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” stars anew in the upcoming fantasy action adventure in “Absolutely Anything” opposite Kate Beckinsale.
 
Absolutely Anything” tells the tale of a disillusioned schoolteacher, Neil Clarke (Pegg), who is suddenly granted the ability to do anything he wishes.  The fate of the world hangs in the balance. One man’s actions stand between Earth’s survival and its absolute destruction. The thing is, Neil hasn’t got a clue what’s going on.
 
Up in the distant reaches of outer space, the Intergalactic Council, a nasty bunch of alien creatures, intercept the Voyager space probe and look down on planet Earth. These cackling creatures have an appetite for destruction and believe that Earth and its inhabitants should be destroyed.   However, before such an order can be placed, Intergalactic Law states that the inhabitants of any planet must be given the chance to prove themselves. One person or being is to be selected at random and granted exceptional powers. How they respond will dictate the planet’s future.

 
Indeed, according to director Terry Jones, the filmmakers have assembled something of a dream team. “Simon Pegg plays our leading man, Neil Clarke, the teacher, and Kate Beckinsale plays the girl he is in love with,” the ex-Python says.
 
When working through the later drafts of the script together, Jones and Scott had the advantage of knowing which actors would bring their script to life. This was especially important in the case of their leading man, the secondary school teacher, Neil.
 
For Pegg, the chance to work with Terry Jones proved too big an opportunity to turn down. “Obviously the chance to work with Terry Jones was amazing, and the other Pythons being in the film was another big draw for me,” explains Pegg. “It was a chance to work with some of my comic heroes.
 
 
Pegg also loved the Neil character and his unusual journey. “Neil Clarke is a teacher who is a bit down-trodden, a bit down on his luck,” says the actor. “He has pretentions of being a writer and a literary figure, but he’s not either of those things. Then by some weird chance he is given the power to do anything by a conglomerate of aliens.”
               
This is a busy time for Pegg who has a number of very different films being released during 2015, and he says he was glad to tackle a straight-up comedy. “I come from a comedy background and comedy has always been my great interest,” he says. “I started out doing sitcoms and sketch shows and that led to comedy films. I love doing serious stuff but people know me for comedy. I do have to assert myself dramatically, but as I have a few of those coming up I was quite happy to go back to an out-and-out comedy because it’s something I really enjoy.”

  Absolutely Anything” opens very soon this August 12 from Axinite Digicinema.
 
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Quality, affordability meet in Amaia Scapes Cagayan De Oro

As part of its continued commitment to uplift the quality of living of Filipino families, Amaia Land Corp., the affordable residential arm of Ayala Land Inc., will be opening its first community in Mindanao,   specifically in Cagayan de Oro (CDO).

 Amaia Land continues to expand throughout the country to uplift the lives of more Filipino families. 
 
Situated along Macapagal Drive in Barangay Bulua, Amaia Scapes Cagayan De Oro is set to provide comfort and new opportunities to the people of CDO.

CDO, dubbed as the “Gateway to Northern Mindanao,” and the first-class, highly urbanized capital city of Misamis Oriental, which lies between the central coastline of Macajalar Bay and the mountains and of Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte, will serve as the backdrop of Amaia Scapes Cagayan De Oro.

 Homeowners can choose from different models, namely Bungalow Pod, Twin Pod, Single Home, Twin Home, and Carriage Pod, which are all well-designed and affordable.


The first phase of the project covering a  land area of 2.64 hectares will have 97 residential units.  Affordable and well-designed homes will be offered to buyers, who can choose from various house models, namely Bungalow Pod, Twin Pod, Single Home, Twin Home, and Carriage Pod. Lot areas range from 65 to 120 square meters.

Owing to its strategic location, Amaia Scapes Cagayan De Oro has easy access to key establishments like schools, malls, and hospitals. Nearby schools include Bulua National High School, Academy of International Education, City Central School, and Xavier University. Shopping centers like   Centrio Mall, Gaisano City Mall, Robinsons Mall, and Limketkai Mall are also nearby. 

Amaia Scapes CDO first phase boasts a total of 97 residential; units and a total land area of 2.64 hectares.

 
Future residents need not to go far to relax and unwind from daily grind as  they can spend their leisure time at the village patio, which houses a pavilion, swimming pool, basketball court, and playground for kids.   The Patio Greens, which serves as an extension of their homes, will satisfy their craving for open space, peace and quiet.

Safety will not be a cause of worry as Amaia Scapes Cagayan De Oro is carefully designed with guarded entrance and exits, a perimeter fence, and 24 hour roving security.   In case of emergencies, there are also nearby hospitals in the vicinity like the CDO Medical Center, Polymedic General Hospital, and Madonna & Child Hospital.

 Amaia Scapes CDO boasts is known for its strategic location and efficient transportation facilities. 

Families will benefit from a secure and organized living experience as the village will be managed by Ayala Property Management Corporation.

Availing of an Amaia home is easy with the sales office located near the development.  

 With Amaia Scapes CDO, families need not to go far just to relax and unwind because they can spend leisure time at the village patio, which houses a pavilion, swimming pool, basketball court, and playground for kids.

Buyers can choose from various financing schemes, such as cash payment, deferred, PAG-IBIG, Bank and In-house financing.

With Amaia Scapes Cagayan De Oro, your dream home is within reach. In this “City of Golden Friendship”, you can find true gold in the form of simple yet quality living with the people you love the most.

  
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A Hilltop Haven at Tagaytay Highlands

Whenever one thinks of his or her fondest childhood memory, images of summers spent with family are evoked—unforgettable vacations in a beautiful destination or long and lazy afternoons in the old hometown. It’s what nostalgia does. Those precious bygone years are dredged from our memories, making us relive the innocence and happiness of the child we once were.

Today, there’s a perfect place to make new memories with the people you love—Aspenhills in Tagaytay Highlands. A home away from home, the place can very well be the family’s favorite getaway with its promise of serene and peaceful living, just two hours’ drive from Metro Manila.

Soothe the stresses of city life in this exclusive hilltop community, which offers astonishing views of Batangas, Laguna, Canlubang Valley, and Laguna de Bay. With a backdrop as spectacular as this, make spending weekends in a modern-ranch style and mountain lodge-themed community relaxing for the whole family.

 This 27-hectare modern ranch-inspired log cabin community in Tagaytay Highlands offers astonishing mountain views of Batangas and Laguna, the Canlubang Valley, and Laguna de Bay. It is surrounded by hundreds of pine trees with lot areas ranging from 300-800 square meters.

Inspired by the picturesque and elegant Aspen in Colorado, USA, each log home in Aspenhills exudes the warmth and intimacy one seeks on chilly days. With the rustic charm of wood and touches of contemporary glass and stone, it’s the perfect setting for savoring Tagaytay’s year-round cool weather.

Aspenhills provides you convenience and comfort with its modern amenities. The privacy and safety of homeowners are also given foremost importance with its 24-hour gated security.
 
Within this 27-hectare development are amenities that promote a holistic lifestyle. Strengthen family bonds and spend afternoons at the Sunshine Picnic Grove. Watch the kids play and be out and about at the Little Ranch Playground.  Hold intimate gatherings at the Village Hall where you can celebrate life’s feats with friends and family or a simple tete-a-tete with your neighbors on an idle afternoon.

On top of all these, Aspenhills residents can also enjoy Tagaytay Highlands’ topnotch leisure facilities situated within 1,290 hectares of lush greenery. 
 
Tagaytay Highlands boasts first-class amusement for the family, highlighted by the first and only Swiss cable car system in the country and two championship golf courses, while the superb Sports Center and The Spa and Lodge wellness center offer the best facilities for residents and guests who want to relax and de-stress. 

 Enjoy the company of family and friends at the Village Hall. The perfect place to spend quality moments with the people who matters most.

There are more than twenty dining outlets in the neighborhood—pick one to cap a day of activities and fun or choose a place for the next family reunion or birthday party. 
 
With a place to call home in a premier destination like Aspenhills, you and your family have the best chance yet to make memories that could last a lifetime. 
 
Over the years, properties in this mountain resort have appreciated. And with suburbanization, Tagaytay Highlands is one of the best investment options there is in real estate as it is strategically located in the midst of emerging tourist destinations. Tagaytay Highlands continues to provide the market viable property selections with its continuous development.
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Tagaytay Highlands is a leisure development of the SM Group of Companies. Situated in the highest elevations of Tagaytay, the premier leisure destination speaks of exclusivity and luxury. It is where stunning naturescapes and breezy, cool weather come together to redefine relaxation. And where golf and country clubs, fine restaurants, world-class amenities, and premium residential communities reshape your idea of a weekend getaway. For more information on how to own a Highlands home, please visit www.tagaytayhighlands.com or call (632) 5052422 and (63917) 5150158.

  
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Mr. Boogie Returns in "SINISTER 2"

Blumhouse Pictures first presented Sinister in 2012 that starred Ethan Hawke as a writer who found a box of old home recorded videos that showed tragic clips of different families. Now the horror continues with Mr. Boogie returning in Sinister 2 practically doing the same thing all over again and finding his next victim. 

The trailer already surfaced the net which you can view below:


The sequel is directed by Ciarán Foy (Citadel) and co-penned by C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson who directed the first film. It stars Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight's Tale), Tate Ellington (The Walking Dead), Dartanian Slaon (Hick) and two returnees James Ransone and Nicholas King

Synopsis: In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective young mother (Shannyn Sossamon) and her 9 year-old twin sons move into a rural house that Bughuul is residing in. He tries to convince one of the children to kill his whole family and film the murders. Meanwhile, Deputy So & So (James Ransone) investigates the murders himself, in an attempt to stop more of these murders from happening.

 SINISTER 2 OPENS SEPTEMBER 9 IN CINEMAS NATIONWIDE AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY PIONEER FILMS

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Ted 2: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

We are so excited when we first heard that Ted will be back for a movie sequel. Well, it isn't surprising as Ted was a successful R-comedy in 2012. Finally, after months of waiting, we saw Ted 2 last night, and we are just so happy to see the "Thunder Buddies" back on the big screen. 

Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) is now married with her beloved Tami Lynn (Jessica Barth) but a year after their fruitful commitment it became shaky and the only way to save it is by adopting a child. However, their request was turned down and much bigger problem rises in the state declaring that Ted isn't an actual person but a property. With the help of his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) they hire a lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) to defend Ted's rights and be treated as a normal person. However, this isn't that easy as they must face a great lawyer, (John Slattery) who hasn't lost a single case.  

Ted 2 is pretty much the same as the first one. But there are more drugs, a lot of F word in the process and of course Rated R humor to enjoy. However, aside from these things, the movie can't seem to offer something fresh and mostly relied with its recycled jokes but still funny enough to make the entire thing float. It was a big blow when they lost Mila Kunis to reprise her role, but Amanda Seyfried was up for that challenge to fill in that spot.  

The gag still centers with the Thunder Buddies with John and Ted stuck at their daily routine in having fun. They take on a new adventure that produces genuine laughs plus a lot of cameo appearances to surprise the viewers. Mark Wahlberg is clearly having fun but didn't really get the same attention he has on the first one. Seth MacFarlane, on the other hand, is still providing the same formula, but thankfully he managed to come up with a little more of hit comedy than miss in this sequel.  

Overall, Ted 2 is still a worthy sequel. However, we know that this could have been a better and funnier, but if you loved the first one; there is no reason for you to miss this part. We also wouldn't mind to seeing a third film for this franchise.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars 
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried
Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
Distributed by: UIP PH
Now Showing in selected cinemas
R-18
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

American Heist: Movie Review


By: Lakwatsera Lovers

After serving ten years in prison, Frankie (Adriene Brody) is finally out and is ready for redemption to commit another crime.However, he needs his younger brother's help Jimmy (Hayden Christensen) who also wants to start a new business but can't seem to find a bank to lend him a loan to start. Together with two gangsters Ray (Tory Kittles) and Sugar (Akon), they all planned to rob a bank and hopes that it would be the solution to their financial problems and finally change their lives. 

American Heist has undoubtedly comprised with talented actors joining in one film. However, the film is quite messy at times and doesn't seem to hold the pieces together. The action scenes are done in minimal fashion, and the storyline centralizes more with the drama between the two brothers. What we love in this flick is the presence of Adriene Brody, who is always in best shape in every film he appears. Same as Hayden Christensen who also provided a strong performance making the entire film watchable throughout. We just wished they have given Jordana Brewster more material he can work with.  We also loved the ending which is pretty slick and emotional.

Overall, American Heist focuses more with the drama within the two central characters played by enjoyable actors. It just lacked firepower to boost it up a bit more and maybe a better plan for the heist should have done the trick.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 6.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Adriene Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster

Directed by: Sarik Andreasyan
Distributed by: Crystalsky Multimedia 
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide  


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 The School `SPIRIT’ is Alive in “THE GALLOWS”

 
Perhaps nothing plays on an audience’s own phobias better than making them feel trapped in the kind of place they might frequent every day, all the while hunted by some unknown, unseen force.  “It could happen to you, too,” or so the filmmakers seem to be saying while, one by one, the characters on screen face an untimely demise in a variety of horrific manners.

In New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “The Gallows,” that everyday locale is a high school auditorium.  Moviegoers have all been there, no matter their hometown, and therefore can all put themselves in the characters’ place.

Even the most familiar place is different at night,” director Chris Lofing says. “Few of us would choose to experience an empty school in the middle of the night. Empty hallways, all the doors closed.  Right away, most of us would be a little freaked out.”

Adding to that, Lofing continues, “Supernatural things start happening, and then become more and more intense.  But no one knows these guys are there, no help is coming for them.  It becomes a very desperate situation.”

 
Certain exteriors were accomplished in Lofing’s hometown of Beatrice, Nebraska, the setting for the film.  However, “The Gallows” was shot primarily in and around Fresno, California.  Utilizing Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium as the main setting for the story, the filmmakers shot night-for-night, adding to the realism for both the cast and, ultimately, moviegoers.

Night-for-night interiors are rare,” Blum observes, “but it was done to give the actors the true feeling of, well, being out in the middle of the night, just like their characters.”

One of director Travis Cluff’s favorite scenes—coincidentally shot on a Fridaythe 13th, on the thirteenth day of principal photography—also maintained an air of realism for most of those involved.  “No kidding, it was the thirteenth day, on a Fridaythe 13th, and we were hanging someone.”

Cluff and Lofing had discussed at length how to make the sequence as legitimate as possible in order to get the best “audience” reaction.  “We brought in a bunch of extras to be our theater audience, watching the original version of the play in 1993, and we rehearsed it earlier that day,” Cluff goes on to say.  “We explained to our main actors, who knew the story, what we were doing, but we never told our audience that Charlie was going to hang.  Instead, we practiced it in a fake way, with him taking off the noose and getting away.  Now they think that’s how it’s supposed to go.  And the actors on the stage are supposed to react like it wasn’t supposed to happen.

However, when we shot the scene, Chris and I wanted to make sure the actors who were in on it would also be surprised, including the kid playing Charlie.  So we did it sooner in the dialogue than he, or they, expected it.”

Naturally, the on-set prank was accomplished with complete safety, thanks to the presence of a stuntman/safety coordinator dressed as though he were part of the cast.  “He came running out—looking like he’s the drama teacher of the time—screaming, ‘Charlie!  Charlie!  Somebody call a doctor!’  Our actors were stunned, but our audience was totally shocked—the look on some of their faces was priceless.”

 
That scene, which actually opens the film, has the look of having been shot on a home video camera.  The bulk of the movie, however, takes place 20 years later and is meant to be seen mainly through the lens of today’s ever-present video camera: the cell phone.

The filmmakers employed a variety of cameras at various grades, including a Canon C300, the Panasonic Lumix GH2, RED and Sony.  “I think we used just about every camera in the book,” Cluff jokes.

Blum admires their resourcefulness.  “What makes a scary movie scary is when the characters’ lives are threatened.  But when your life is threatened, the last thing you do is hold onto a camera.  Chris and Travis were able to make it feel organic.  The camera is justified all the way through the movie, which makes it resonate in a cool way.”

 “Together, Chris and Travis have created an authentic scary movie experience that audiences will love,” Blum states.  “I know from experience that people love being scared, in all different ways—riding a rollercoaster, sitting in a dark movie theater—whatever gets your adrenalin going and makes you feel alive.  I think that ‘The Gallows’ is that exceptional movie that doesn’t feel like anything else…and is really terrifying.”

  Opening across the Philippines on July 22, “The Gallows” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. 


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