International movie release for August part 2

22 07 2008

 

Here is the continuation…

Mirrors – A troubled ex-cop must save his family from an unspeakable evil that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

 

Play date is on August 15, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars  – “Star Wars” takes on a dazzling new look in the first-ever animated feature from Lucasfilm Animation – “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” As the Clone Wars sweep through the galaxy, the heroic Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order and restore peace. More and more systems are falling prey to the forces of the dark side as the Galactic Republic slips further and further under the sway of the Separatists and their never-ending droid army. Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan learner Ahsoka Tano find themselves on a mission with far-reaching consequences, one that brings them face-to-face with crime lord Jabba the Hutt. But Count Dooku and his sinister agents, including the nefarious Asajj Ventress, will stop at nothing to ensure that Anakin and Ahsoka fail at their quest. Meanwhile, on the front lines of the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda lead the massive clone army in a valiant effort to resist the forces of the dark side.

 

Play date is on August 15, 2008. Here is the trailer:

Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Two young American women, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) come to Barcelona for a summer holiday. Vicky (Rebecca Hall) is sensible and engaged to be married; Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) is emotionally and sexually adventurous. In Barcelona, they’re drawn into a series of unconventional romantic entanglements with Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), a charismatic painter, who is still involved with his tempestuous ex-wife Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz). Set against the luscious Mediterranean sensuality of Barcelona, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” is Woody Allen’s funny and open-minded celebration of love in all its configurations.

 

Play date is on August 15, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

 

The Hamlet 2 – “The hit, the very palpable hit” of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, “Hamlet 2” is an irreverent comedy centering on one teacher’s overzealous quest to mount a high school musical. The film is directed by Andrew Fleming (“Dick,” “Threesome”) from an original screenplay he wrote with Pam Brady (“South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut,” “Team America: World Police”); the stars are Steve Coogan (“Night at the Museum”), Catherine Keener (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”), David Arquette (the “Scream” movies), Amy Poehler (“Saturday Night Live”), and Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue as herself.

 

Coogan portrays Dana Marschz; the last name is pronounced… oh, any attempt is close enough, really. Dana is a failed actor-turned-high school drama teacher. Shortchanged in the talent department, Dana still harbors ambitions and passions. At work, that is; his personal life, with his dissatisfied wife Brie (Keener) and their boarder Gary (Arquette), leaves much to be desired.

At Tucson, AZ’s West Mesa High School, Dana sees himself as an inspirational teacher. But his adaptations of popular films, as performed by his top students Rand and Epiphany (Skylar Astin and Phoebe Strole, both stars of Broadway’s “Spring Awakening”), are not resonating. When his latest – re-creating “Erin Brockovich” – is dismissed by the 9th grade drama critic and his department is targeted for closure, Dana must reach deep into himself for creativity.

After much perspiration, he conceives a sequel to Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” – a musical-theater extravaganza that will disdain both political correctness and dramatic credibility. Rallying and rousing his class, Dana casts a wider net by recruiting transfer students like Ivonne (Melonie Diaz of “Be Kind Rewind”) for key roles. With rehearsals underway, objections from school officials and the community are soon raised, but Dana will not be denied his freedom of artistic expression. After all, “to thine own self be true.” Dana gets unexpected support from ACLU attorney Cricket Feldstein (Poehler) and his favorite actress, Elisabeth Shue. Above all else, he fervently believes that his opus must be staged, and nothing can break his optimistic spirit.

 

 

 

Play date is on August  22, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

  

 

 

The House Bunny – In Columbia Pictures’ comedy “The House Bunny,” Anna Faris charms as Shelley Darlington, a Playboy Bunny who teaches an awkward sorority about the opposite sex – only to learn that what boys really like is what’s on the inside.

 

Shelley is living a carefree life until a rival gets her tossed out of the Playboy Mansion. With nowhere to go, fate delivers her to the sorority girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta. Unless they can sign a new pledge class, the seven socially clueless women will lose their house to the scheming girls of Phi Iota Mu. In order to accomplish their goal, they need Shelley to teach them the ways of makeup and men; at the same time, Shelley needs some of what the Zetas have – a sense of individuality. The combination leads all the girls to learn how to stop pretending and start being themselves. Film is kinda like Legally Blonde… dont you think?

 
Play date is on August  22, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

 

 

 

I Served the King of England – A look at the glamorous life at an old-world Prague hotel. Based on the novel by Bohumil Hrabal. 

 

 

Play date is on August  22, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traitor – Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle (“Hotel Rwanda,” “Crash”) and Guy Pearce (“Memento,” “L.A. Confidential”) star in “Traitor,” a taut international thriller set against a jigsaw puzzle of covert counter-espionage operations.

 

Play date is on August  27, 2008. Here is the trailer: 

 

 

Year of the Fish Official Poster

 

 

 

Year of the Fish – In modern-day Cinderella adaptation “Year of the Fish,” award-winning filmmaker David Kaplan transposes the fairytale’s archetypical characters to a vibrant urban setting: a massage parlor in New York’s Chinatown specializing in ‘happy endings”.

 

An optimistic young girl travels alone to New York City where she hopes to earn money to send home to her ailing father. Expecting work in a beauty salon, the girl is instead delivered into the hands of her father’s distant cousin, an embittered woman who runs a seedy massage parlor. The girl surrenders her passport as collateral for her ‘debt’ and is informed of her duties. When she refuses to do the requisite sex work, the girl accepts her fate as the operation’s browbeaten servant, her only solace a magical goldfish given to her by a sidewalk fortuneteller.

 

Once the shooting and live-action editing were completed, the animation began. Following in the footsteps of Richard Linklater’s “Waking Life” and “Scanner Darkly,” the production was shot and edited on miniDV and then rotoscoped in post production to create a high-definition animated feature film. Kaplan’s film, however, has a very different aesthetic than his precursors, less like the flat colors and clean lines of a graphic novel and more like a living, breathing painting brought to life. Some shots resemble watercolors; others look like oil paintings. The colors move and dance and spill into each other.

 

Play date is on August  29, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

 

So far this is my list for August… reminder… the play dates are not definite… so look also in your local cinemas for the film release of these films…

 

 

(‘o’) – jupiterboi out…  

 

 

 





International movie release for August part 1

22 07 2008

 

For all the movie fanatics out there… I compiled the most promising commercial movies due to be released this August. Here they are: (source: http://www.comingsoon.net)

  

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – The blockbuster global “Mummy” franchise takes a spellbinding turn as the action shifts to Asia for the next chapter in the adventure series, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O’Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). And this time, the O’Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.

 

Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China’s ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O’Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

 

As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find their quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force…unless the O’Connells can stop him first. Now, in “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” the trademark thrills and visually spectacular action of the “Mummy” series will be redefined for a new generation.

 

“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” is helmed by director Rob Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious,” “xXx”) and written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Spider-Man 2,” television’s “Smallville”). Reprising their roles as producers in the series are Bob Ducsay, Sean Daniel, Stephen Sommers and James Jacks.
 
It is scheduled to be released on August 1 but here in Manila… it is July 31… Here is the trailer:

 

 

Sixty Six – England, the summer of ’66 and the country is about to be consumed by World Cup Fever. For 12-year-old Bernie (Gregg Sulkin), the biggest day of his life is looming, the day he becomes a man – his Bar Mitzvah. However Bernie’s North London family seems a little distracted. His father Manny (Eddie Marsan) is concerned about the giant supermarket opening opposite his grocery shop, a business he shares with his more charismatic younger brother, Jimmy (Peter Serafinowicz) — and it’s making Manny’s bizarre obsessive compulsive disorder even worse than usual. Between worrying about Manny and Bernie’s older brother Alvie (Ben Newton), mother Esther (Helena Bonham Carter) barely has time to notice her better behaved younger son, and the only attention Bernie ever gets from Alvie is a punch for stepping onto the wrong side of their shared bedroom. Bernie believes his Bar Mitzvah is about to change all this. He’ll no longer be the kid everyone ignores, and he envisions and begins to plan the perfect ceremony and reception, where everyone assembled will acknowledge his new status as a man. Unfortunately for Bernie, things don’t quite go according to plan.

 

Play date is scheduled on August 1, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

 

Swing Vote – follows the story of Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner), an apathetic, beer-slinging, lovable loser, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by. The one bright spot is his precocious, over-achieving twelve-year-old daughter Molly. She takes care of both of them, until one mischievous moment on Election Day, when she accidentally sets off a chain of events which culminates in the election coming down to one vote… her dad’s.

 

“Swing Vote” is a comical look at the journey of one father and daughter who discover that everyone has the power to change the world.
 
jupiterboi says: I totally agree… and now that we have some global crisis… we can cahnge ourour lives by choosing the right things… I hope this fim will be watched by many to remind us about our responsibilities and a good citizen of our country…

 

Play date is scheduled on August 1, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 – based on Ann Brashares’ best-selling series of novels, four young women continue the journey toward adulthood that began with “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Now three years later, these lifelong friends embark on separate paths for their first year of college and the summer beyond, but remain in touch by sharing their experiences with each other as they always have–with honesty and humor. Discovering their individual strengths, fears, talents and capacity for love through the choices they make, they come to value more than ever the bond they share and the immeasurable power of their friendship.

 

The film is scheduled to be released in August 6, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

 

 

Elegy – Driven by Isabel Coixet’s visually assured and deeply observant direction, “Elegy” charts the passionate relationship between a celebrated college professor and a young woman whose beauty both ravishes and destabilizes him. As their intimate connection transforms them—more than either could imagine—a charged sexual contest evolves into an indelible love story. With humanistic warmth, wry wit and erotic intensity, “Elegy” explores the power of beauty to blind, to reveal and to transform. 

 

 

David Kepesh (Sir Ben Kingsley) glories in the pursuit of adventurous female students but never lets any woman get too close. When gorgeous Consuela Castillo (Penelope Cruz) enters his classroom, however, his protective veneer dissolves. Her raven-haired beauty both captivates and unsettles him.

 

Even if Kepesh declares her body a perfect work of art, Consuela is more than an object of desire. She has a strong sense of herself and an emotional intensity that challenges his preconceptions. Kepesh’s need for Consuela becomes an obsession, but ultimately his jealous fantasies of betrayal drive her away.
 
Shattered, Kepesh faces up to the ravages of time, immersing himself in work and confronting the loss of old friends. Then, two years later, Consuela comes back into his life—with an urgent, desperate request that will change everything.
 
“Elegy” is based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Roth’s short novel “The Dying Animal.”
 
Play date is on August 8, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

 

 

The Perfect Game – In 1957, a barefooted, rag-tag team of boys from poverty-stricken Monterrey, Mexico defy extraordinary odds to become the first foreign team to win Little League World Series – doing so in a perfect game, the only one in championship history. Based on a true story, “The Perfect Game” tells the tale of how their miracle changed not only their lives, but an entire city’s destiny.

 

Play date is on August 8, 2008. Here is the trailer:

 

 

More to come….

(‘o’) – jupiterboi out…

 

 





Indie Film Alert: Quickie and The Thank You Girls

20 07 2008

 

There are 2 new gay themed Indie films scheduled this August at the Cine Adarna (UP Film Center). These are “Quickie” and “The Thank You Girls”.

 

From the source: http://lexuality.com/

 

Cris Pablo, the pioneer of commercial digital filmmaking in Philippine Cinema is back with his latest creation “Quickie” It stars the daring Andro Morgan and newcomer Topher Barreto will premiere at the Film Center on August 9, 2008, Saturday probably at 6:30PM. Here is the official poster of Quickie:

 The Thank You Girls will have its premiere night on August 28, 2008 at the UP Cine Adarna (formerly UP Film Center), UP Diliman at 6:30 PM. Here is its official poster:

 

From the director’s blog: bebsisms.blogspot.com

 

It is a Visayan film with a gay lingo twist. Tired of losing in all the beauty competitions in Davao City, five dysfunctional gay beauty pageant veterans decide to travel north to Cagayan de Oro City, in the island of Mindanao, with a mission to conquer the grandest competition of beauty, personality and brains in the province. They believe that being city dwellers, gays in the province will never stand a chance against them.

 

And who says gay films are just sex films after all?

 

Jupiterboi says: I totally agree… it is about time to see a fun and enjoyable gay film for once… It started with “Kambyo” and thanks for “The Thank You Girls”… I think gay themed film will have a different perspective in the future.

 

I hope that many will support these films. Yes these are gay films but it is not a reason that we get all judgmental and not support these films. After all the original meaning of gay is “happy”… so these two films are promising a gay-filled experience of your life.

 

I’ll leave you guys with the Teaser Trailer of The Thank You Girls:

 

 

 

(‘o’) – jupiterboi out…  





Computer Trashed Reality Check

18 07 2008

I’m sorry; I’m really having a bad week… It bad enough that my schedule was changed at work… then here comes the dreaded virus in my laptop that now I can’t ever retrieve my important files… all I got are these useless movies, porns and mp3s saved in my drive D. Which lead me think… are these the things I’m really wanting in my life?

 

I don’t know… It feels so sad and pathetic that this unfortunate event leads me to think that when bad things happen… I am only left with these to remember by. Gone all the pictures I stored ever since I got my first digicam… My thesis and lecture in my MPQM class (which thankfully we have a yahoo groups to retrieve by). So without further delay… I decided to break my old habits and lived my life to the fullest… I started buying a more expensive cell phone (brand new for once) and stop torturing myself in my older cell phone. I got the K810i cybershot from Sont Ericson. I started to meet regularly with some of my missed friends. I just recently saved P5k for missing the sale in Podium just to watch good films at the CCP. I usually spend that much just to but great deals in original DVDs at the Podium sale and now I’m not guilty of missing it. I usually sleep now 7 to 8 hours making my face a little bit more radiant.

 

This coming rest day… I plan to finally fix my laptop, have a decent haircut… sit back and relax at home while I watch The Love Guru… (Sorry for the anti-pirated phobia peeps).

 

Well I guess not everything was lost… I realized that amidst the tragic events in life… I still got hold of my identity and character… yes it might change occasionally or even falter sometimes but guess what… I’m still me… unshakable… a survivor in a world where people loose hope to move on in their lives and follow their dreams. I can’t say I have it all… but at least I am contented on how my life goes by. That’s something that few people now a days aren’t able to buy. I’m fortunate I got it with just few bucks… and a new cell phone.

 

(‘o’) – jupiterboi out…





Movie Review: Hubad

15 07 2008

Last Sunday… In the hopes breaking into the habit of just lying around the house… I went to the CCP and watched some of the Cinemalaya films… I watched Ataul for Rent, Ang Lalaki sa Parola and this film Hubad. At first I thought the film is about sex again and those stuff but I was wrong. Hubad stars Irma Adlawan, Nonie Buencamino, Peque Gallaga, Dennis Marasigan, Sharmaine Buencamino and Mailes Kanapi.  

 

The film is about the predicaments of creating a very controvertial play called “HUBAD”. From the actors’ illicit affairs to director’s issues with sensorship and financial help, the film explores these unspoken problems of the society and how we always hide and pretend in such situations facing us. I don’t want to say any details of these since I strongly encourage people to watch the film. (If ever this will be played again).

 

The film for me is a real eye opener of why we always pretend that something is fine well in fact we are in a deep trance of disillusion of contentment. Some pretend that their relationships are fine but why do they always seek others affection. Some refuse to give in to standards of society but they are the once who also violate the set standards and principles they promise to live by. Yet we all shamelessly walk among other people as if we don’t have a smudge of dirt in our vain. People often criticize on another maybe because we don’t want that our own lives to be on the spotlight. We hurt people because always care more about ourselves. It is such a shame we always puts masks… to hide what we really look like.

 

For the technical aspect of the film… I think is well done a superb casting. Actors are really good especially Irma Adlawan… There is a strong scene where she finally confronts Peque about his comments why Irma is sexually repressed. The scene is so powerful I think she is directly seeing those lines to me… The only bad comment I would say is that the film made to look like shooting a reality show sometimes but there are shoot that were also tastefully done…

 

I congratulate the makers of the film for bring us Hubad. Hope it will be supported by many moviegoers and show the world superb film making to the rest of the world.

 

I give Hubad 5 out of 5 Jupiter star power.

 

 

 

 

(‘o’) – jupiterboi out …





Movie Review: Adela (with Spoilers)

13 07 2008

 

Adela is the first film shown in this year’s CineMalaya 2008. This is directed by Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr. (Donsol, Kadin) as a tribute to one of the Philippines finest actresses, Anita Linda. Together in this film are Joem Basco, Jason Abalos, Ricky Davao, Arnold Reyes, Kenneth Ocampo, Armado Reyes with special participation of Iza Calzado, German Moreno and Perla Bautista.

 

Adela is a narrative story about an old lady and the things happening around the day of her 80th birthday. The film started with a pregnant woman crossing the highway. As she goes home, she discovered her partner, PJ, is sleeping with a neighbour’s daughter. To her dismay, she accidentally gave birth. Thanks to Adela, a former midwife and radio voice talent, the baby is in good condition. For Adela this is a special day coz she is celebrating her 80th birthday. She is expecting her daughter to come along with her grand children. Also in this day, PJ invited Aling Adela for a gathering to celebrate the birth of his baby and the same time the barangay captain also is convincing her to join the prayer rally for PGMA. As she prepares to go to church, here comes Joem to sell some stolen appliance to Adela. She then gave way and bough the cellphone charger and toaster for P300. She then discovered her wedding ring was gone. She went to a junk shop manager and found out that the appliances her bought are stolen from the oung snacher’s mother. She confronted the young snatcher and pleaded for her ring back but he won’t simply admit it. She simply went to church to pray and give thanks for this special day but she then saw the young snatchers activities. She also met her former co-league in the radio. There were chit-chats and Adela refuses to discuss how lonely her life is. Near the church, she also bought toys and decorations for her apos. She went also to the local prison to visit her son only to find out that her son is about to be convicted and be transferred in the Muntinglupa. She then decided to attend the PJ’s celebration with all the drinking and karaoke singing. While all the gang is singing “Luha”, she got a call from her daughter. It is unclear but based on the reaction of Adela, her daughter won’t be able to come. She went home, gave some pancit to her neighbour. She also went to the young snatcher’s mother and gave the appliance back only to discover an illicit love affair with a stud.  As everyone went to the prayer rally, Adela silently went to the river shore and celebrated 80th birthday with an uncertain hope and much pain. The film ended with a disturbing scene where Adela went to a bush place and leaves the audience hanging what happened.

 

The film has great cinematic shots and lots of interpretations and unspoken dialogs. I love the mix of these elements brilliantly presented in just one day. There are political, moral and financial issues presented in the film which gave the film a relevant and realistic view how hard to live a better life now a days. Acting and technical aspects were superb. The only comment I can make is that there are a lot of dead shots which ultimately consumes most on the movie playtime. I like how the story progressed and allowing the audience to wonder about the ending. Honestly I don’t know if Adela committed suicide, went home or leave the place. Maybe I should contact the director and ask him what happened… so Sir Adolf please enlightened us if ever you came and looked at this post. Please give us further discussion on about this film. I was just ashamed to ask you after the show. I was just overwhelmed I guess because I’m just a nobody shaking hands to an accomplished indie director.

 

 

Here is the shot I got after the film. Seen here are Eric Santos, Boy Abunda, Anita Linda and Pearla Bautista. Sorry for the other guy actor, I now sure his name is.

 

With all the elements considered, I will give this film 4 out of 5 Jupiter Star power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(‘o’) – jupiterboi out …

 





Movie Review: Mama Mia! The movie

13 07 2008

 

I never imagined that the ABBA songs would turn out to be a hit musical play. I’m really curious about this because I don’t see the parallelism of these songs more so how these songs are going to be used in a play. Unfortunately I never had a chance to see the musical play so when I heard that this play will be made into a film, I am determined to watch it.

 

The movie is really simple. Sophie is soon to be married. She decided to invite her 3 possible dads without the knowledge of her mother, Donna. She wanted to know who her real dad is. Donna accidentally found about the dads and plotted to get rid of them with the help of her gal pals. As the movie progressed, she soon discovered that inviting them is not a good idea at all. With her mom wanting to get rid of the dads, the dads against marrying soon, and her soon to be husband having no idea of the unexpected guess… it a perfect recipe for disaster. Will Sophie get pass this ordeal?

Here are some scenes in the film:

Here is the scene where Sophie brought the dads in their old goat house so that her mom won’t find out about them.  

 

 Here is the scene where Donna and her gal pals are recalling their good old days as entertainers to the tune of Dancing Queen.

Here is the scene where Donna and gal pals perform in the bridal shower of Sophie. Hmmm… looks familiar isn’t it… They sang Super Trouper in this scene.

Here is the scene where Donna and Sam are confronting their feelings for each other to the tune of SOS.

Again as what I have said the story is plain but what I love about the film is the acting and singing. All the ABBA songs used in the movie fittingly ties up and give a unique and distinct character. Undiscovered singing talents will be seen as Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep and the rest of the cast sings to their heart the classic songs of ABBA. My personal favourites are I have  a dream, Honey, Honey, Money, money, money, Mama Mia, Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, SOS, The winner takes it all… wait who am I kidding… I love all the songs… hehehe… I just wish that all the original songs in the play were sung in the movie version. You can feel that the actors are really having fun and the film is pretty much entertaining. The film is not like the other movie musicals with all the big productions involved… hey with all the songs included who really cares about the big production things… With a great cast, great music, entertaining plot… the producers just needs interesting locations and Greece is a perfect place. There are great panoramic scenes along the beach shores and majestic mountain views. All I can say or in this moment sing is … Thank you for the music… for giving it to me… Congrats to the makers of Mama Mia… I’ll be waiting for the DVD release of this movie…

 

I’ll give this movie 5 out 5 Jupiter star power.

 

 

 

 

 

(‘o’) – jupiterboi out…