Must-Watch Pinoy Movies 2012

When every single local movie release seems like the same thing, it’s refreshing to watch stories that stand out from the hordes of romantic comedies and horror films. For this year, these two movies are what I’m personally excited about: Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme and I Do Bidoo Bidoo.

KIMMY DORA AND THE TEMPLE OF KIYEME – opens June 13, 2012

After being  the surprise indie hit of 2009, Kimmy and Dora Go Dong Hae are back on the big screen… this time in a horror comedy that will surely make us go crazy with laughter.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjQDUktkTbs]

I DO BIDOO BIDOO – opens August 2012

from https://www.facebook.com/idobidoobidoo

From Unitel Productions and the creative force that is Chris Martinez (100, Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank, Kimmy Dora, Here Comes the Bride), here’s a musical that features an all-star cast of Philippine idols singing classics by The APO Hiking Society.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD-yCrjID4s&feature=plcp]

… so I hope to see you at the movies when these come out! Mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino!

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25 Shows: Chuck

Show 15 of 25: CHUCK
(2007-2012)

it’s about:
A computer geek named Chuck Bartowski, whose life is turned upside down when he inadvertently downloads the government’s secrets into his brain.

my earliest history with the show:
This is another one of those shows which I followed from the beginning. I read mixed reviews before the pilot; but because of show runner Josh Schwartz, I had to come on board.

why it sticks:
This is a show that mixed comedy and action very, very well. Despite its far-fetched plot and sci-fi roots, what stands out with Chuck is its wit and humor. There’s a ton of geekiness that goes to the surface; and it is delivered so well by an interesting mix of characters. Even before The Big Bang Theory, this show featured an unlikely group of misfits that were all underdogs in life. At the center of this group is Chuck, who continued to grow from the beginning of the show all the way to the end.

I also loved the romance between the two central characters, Chuck and Sarah. How they grew to love each other through the series just stuck with me. It didn’t hurt that there were a ton of laughs along the way. When they finally got together, it was truly satisfying.

The show just ended this year, with its final episodes challenging the relationship of Chuck and Sarah. I found the conclusion to this series a bit disappointing, employing an amnesia storyline, which I absolutely hate. Still, the past five seasons of this show just entertained the heck out of me… giving me hours upon hours of laughs and thrilling action. It will continue to be one of my all-time favorite shows.

best memory:
A much-awaited moment, which would have satisfied me as a fitting end to the series.

“HITS”

This is an advocacy we shot for Gabriela Philippines’ awareness campaign centered on E-VAW or Electronic Violence Against Women. Through music and imagery, this commercial centers on the woman and her plight following a violation of her privacy, her body and her spirit through the posting of scandal videos. It’s called “Hits.”

The director is Paul Alexei, with director of photography Odie Flores and production designer Butch Garcia. Production house: Straight Shooters Media, Inc. Post production: WeLovePost.

Join the fight against scandal videos. Visit www.ivowtofightvaw.com for more information.

The Avengers is AWESOME

There’s no other way to say it… The Avengers is AWESOMENESS translated to the big screen. I loved every minute of it. Joss Whedon, you did very well.

While I don’t do formal reviews, I just couldn’t stop myself from writing about this movie. So far, I haven’t heard anyone say one negative thing about it… at least from my end of the world. I just read it shattered all kinds of records — earning Php281 million in 5 days! Those are some serious box office powers… and there are no signs of slowing down.

There are so many things to rave about this movie: the story, the characters, the effects, the humor… even the HULK! It surpassed any and all expectations I had before going into the movie house. It is worth all the excitement and hype; and is continuing to entertain both comic geeks and film lovers alike. There’s no doubt that this movie is going to be HUGE… the perfect kick-off to an exciting movie season ahead. The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spiderman are now pressured to keep the momentum going…

Why love THE AVENGERS: (spoilers ahead!!!)

A true team of superheroes. As far as I’m concerned, I didn’t feel as if one character was more prominent compared to the others. Everyone had ample screen time. Everyone worked together. Everyone had a part to play in winning the war.

Jaw-dropping effects. Highlights include, but not limited to: Iron Man’s costume being stripped away while walking, their ship that could also fly and become invisible, The Hulk’s transformation, the metal worm-like things that Hulk absolutely crushed and Iron Man’s costume change while mid-air (This really made me go WOW).

Nerdgasmic moments. Superhero battles you wished to see came to fruition: Iron Man vs. Thor, Thor vs. The Hulk, Captain America vs. Thor. There’s also a seamless battle sequence that featured all the superheroes in action… absolutely amazing. Especially by the last 40 minutes of the movie, it is just moment after moment of pure nerdgasm. It’s the sort of sensory overload that we want to see.

The script’s humor. Tony Stark became Stark-ier than usual with the brilliant writing of Joss Whedon. Everyone also had moments of wit and humor spread all throughout the movie, one of my favorites was Thor’s “He’s adopted.” It really kept everything light and entertaining, just what a blockbuster superhero movie should be.

Hilarious surprise. Three words: Hulk versus Loki.

Overall, the movie just clicked. From build-up to climax to conclusion, The Avengers is the fulfillment of every moviegoers’ dream of the ultimate blockbuster. It’s fun, action-packed and funny without scrimping on story and character. The effects are great. The script is tight and witty. The battle scenes give so much more than what was expected. This is one superhero movie that has set the bar high for any and all films that will come after it.