Thursday, February 11, 2016

American Idol 15: Top 24 (Group 1)

It's finally the Semifinals Round! This is always been an exciting night for American Idol because now we finally get to see what these kids can do in a "live" setting. I mean, we’ve seen them audition for weeks and weeks and now they get to sit there and compose a performance for America.

So, the verdict for this year's first group of semifinals? I'm quite happy considering that the usual first "live" show usually has full of jitters and nerves. Sure, we still had that this year, but there were actually a couple of strong performances from this group.

Not sure what to feel about the format though and the idea that the judges will be the one to whittle down the group to Top 14, but I'm hoping that the judges will do the right thing this time - although the simple fact that they eliminated Jessica Cabral for Gianna Isabella or Jordan Sasser scares me.

On with the show!

Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Chances are that you've already made up your mind about this film as soon as you read the title. It's either you'll facepalm at the desecration of the beloved Jane Austin novel or you'll laugh at the absurdity of it all and just go with it. To me though, I simply adored the twist of the classic story juxtaposed against the horror of zombies. Believe it or not, the story for this madness came off generally sound as the film managed to weave the basic outline of the original Pride and Prejudice novel and well, zombies. I thought it was a hoot! The visual effects were good if a little heavy, the action sequences were executed surprisingly well, and the acting was generally not bad. Not going to lie, there could've been more to the film - consistency to the plot, more kooky action, etc - but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, for the most part, was a satisfying piece of entertainment. 7.5

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Movie Review: Everything About Her

Let me go straight to the point: Everything About Her was everything I expected it to be. It had an extremely moving story about family, and the loss or potential loss of a loved one, a couple of wonderfully placed humor, a cliched final act, and some strong acting performances. Angel Locsin was absolutely fantastic in this role and she managed to balance out the intensity of Vilma Santos and the weak acting of Xian Lim, who I thought was awfully miscast. I thought the writing was good and layered and despite being predictable, the story still came off genuine - although the romance angle was annoyingly unnecessary. Everything About Her was able to establish a somber tone that bordered on depressing, but also knew when to pull back with some of the lightheartedness without undermining the narrative that it was trying to develop. The film wasn't perfect - far from it - but it had its moments. 7

American Idol 15: Showcase Round

I had no plans of reviewing the showcase round as I have so much in my table right now, but due to insistent demands of DAM NATION's long time readers, here's some quick assessment of their performances during this round. They are not, for the most part, an indication of the people I want to be part of this year's Top 10, but I will leave it at that.

Oh, and yes, there were a couple of stunning performances and I'm positive that this will be a solid albeit short final season.

On with the show!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DAM NATION: American Idol Most Memorable Hollywood Week Moments

.. and the final Hollywood Week episode is done and we're almost at the homestretch (that fast?!).

How to sum up Hollywood Week of American Idol in one word? Drama! Throughout the entire fifteen (15) seasons, we've seen a lot of crying, panicking, mass elimination, and bitchery.. and I loved it. Sure, I cringed in some of the things the show did in some seasons, but that made for some good entertaining television. 

I will not be counting them down through writing like the BEST AUDITIONS, but I made a video for you to watch the most memorable moments on American Idol - Hollywood Week to the Green Mile. Enjoy!

American Idol: Most Memorable Moments of Hollywood Week #farewellseason
Posted by THE DAM NATION on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

American Idol 15: Top 24 Spoiler

It's that time of the year again! Just like every year, here's the spoilers for American Idol Season 15 Top 24. I usually post them every February, but since the list have been leaked, I decided to share it with everyone. As usual, The Idol Pad, which I have been following for the last few years, have provided the list on their site. So there's that.

Oh, and they changed the format, yet again, this final season following the Top 24 semifinals format, but will be totally different moving forward due to gender imbalance.

Again, read at your own risk!! I warned you. If you want to be spoiled.. read on! If not.. go away!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Movie Review: The Big Short

Just brilliant! You see, understanding the financial collapse that happened in 2007 was frustratingly difficult - especially for those without any background - and yet, The Big Short miraculously found a way to creatively explain what happened during those times complete with high finance concepts and jargon in a very engaging and immensely hilarious way. The energy was absorbing, it was gloriously self-conscious, it interestingly broke the fourth wall, and the depth of each lead character strangely made me root for them but within limits since they're not exactly the "hero" of the plot - although no one was. Of course, the performances were great and I don't think I need to further elaborate given the talent that surrounded the movie. The Big Short would've been one huge convoluted mess if handled by a less competent director and had a relatively more straightforward narrative. It didn't and that made this possibly one of the most riveting films I have seen in a while. 9.5
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