Thursday, January 29, 2015

American Idol 14: San Francisco Auditions Part 1

.. and I thought we're done with the auditions! Haha. I'm exhausted after 6 episodes of this and we have one more tomorrow. Can we just cut to the chase and go to the more exciting part - where people start fighting and honing their strategies? The talent, again, were mixed as there were a couple of fantastic vocalists and some crazy people, but it is what it is.

On with the show!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Voice Philippines 2: Top 24 Live Show Part 1

Welcome to The Voice Philippines Season 2's first live performance show and just like last season, this is the point where I start writing about the show. I find the Blind Auditions too long that I honestly couldn't care less, and the format of this show is pretty screwed up. So yeah.

How was the talent? I was a bit underwhelmed as there were a good numbers of contestants who really flopped, but I guess, that's to be expected. The ones that were clearly ready for the spotlight gave some great performances.
So, without further ado, let’s rank the performances!

Movie Review: Mortdecai

Yikes! What a disaster! Given the trend of Johnny Depp's recent films, I wasn't expecting Mortdecai to be excellent, but this was pure garbage. Nothing in this movie seemed realistic, there was very little characterization, in parts due to the overwhelming attempts at some annoyingly dated humor, and it was just full of pointless scenes. Even the acting ensemble, which includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bethany, were terrible and the shallow content of the film exposed the uncharismatic, borderline irritating nature of this train wreck. Maybe it was meant to be campy, but I just didn't get it. Save yourself some misery and watch something else because Mortdecai, dare I say, is the worst film of 2015 - and it's just January! 2

Friday, January 23, 2015

American Idol 14: New Orleans Auditions

Not sure if this episode was better than yesterday - I can't recall, to be honest. Haha - but there were a couple of decent singers in New Orleans. It's not as brilliant as I expected, considering it's the freaking New Orleans, but I digress. Somehow, I was hoping this audition phase is done. I'm almost exhausted. Ha.

On with the show!

Movie Review: American Sniper

American Sniper was an intense and gripping war film that had me in a constant state of worry and stress, but ultimately a great movie that only gets better the more I think about it. The striking cinematography and crisp editing kept things at a heart palpitating pace, the direction was masterful, it was extremely well-written, and the action sequences seemed systematic, which made it infinitely more striking because of the emotional weight it carried. There was also the explosive performance of Bradley Cooper, who I did not expect to blow me away.  His performance was nuanced, but impeccably layered. One slight criticism though was the establishing flashbacks that were quite distracting, but that's almost nitpicking. American Sniper felt like it combined heart-stopping action, strong performances, and deep emotional conflicts, then wrapped them in a tight, perfectly edited and directed package, and punch you with them in the face. It's not perfect, but it was great nonetheless. 9

Thursday, January 22, 2015

American Idol 14: Minneapolis Auditions

Not sure what's the deal with American Idol recently but it's another uneven episode after an impressive one. It's as if Wednesdays are just an afterthought as they keep the good ones on the second airing of the week instead. Why? How can they be so inconsistent in times like this? They need to keep their audience, so it's smart to spread the talent than put most of them in one episode.

End of rant.

On with the show!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Movie Review: Love, Rosie

Love, Rosie was a gentle surprise of a film. No, it was never a film that reached for something profound and remained within the defined boundaries of the genre's usual plot devices, but it still somehow managed to exude that warm fuzzy feeling - thanks mostly to the two lead actors. Lily Collins was radiant the entire movie and her chemistry with Sam Claflin was fantastic that, at times, it made me forget how the story progressed along predictably and how some characterization felt a bit choppy. The film also took a very realistic take on romance that it was able to give the sweet, the bitter, the mysterious, the delightful, and the ups and downs of one's journey without going melodramatic. Love, Rosie wasn't exactly ground breaking, but it was more than enjoyable experience to recommend sitting through the film and in terms of the genre, this was a delightful movie that captures your attention. 7
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