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Monthly Archives: January 2009

sign_language_stickers1No need to talk out you problems anymore. Stick to any co-worker or office surface to get that message across. 75% more finger and crotch than other sticker sets!

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Time for that overlooked musical genre: world music. And who better to represent it than Manu Chao?

slumdog_millionaireSo the year’s most talked-about film, Slumdog Millionaire, is OK, with an above average ensemble bringing to life characters in miserable plight in equally miserable settings. The problem, however, is that the movie doesn’t measure to the hype surrounding it following its recent Golden Globe (and possibly Oscar) win. Nevertheless “Slumdog” does have its moments: Gritty cinematography, for example, reminds one of Fernando Meirelle’s “Cidade de Deus,” but the supposedly surprising but ultimately misplaced dance sequence at the end brings the kitschy dance sequence in “Keka” (by Quark Henares, not Pedro Almodovar) to mind. In all, a good film, but never quite the kind marketed.

tanging20ina20nyong20lahat20small1There is no better way to appreciate a garbage like this than by consciously switching off that part of the brain responsible for logical response. As it were, this movie does not even come close to remotely believable. At its most basic level, the movie is a virtual warehouse of recycled text jokes, worn-out sketches, and ludicrous sub-plots including one where the lead star Ai-Ai delas Alas gets elected as president of the country. That in itself exposes the movie writers’ lack of creativity and originality. See, at some point, comedy has got to be elevated beyond the 2-digit IQ level and still be funny. Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat represents everything comedy shouldn’t be. Problem is, like witnesses to a horrible car crash, the audience can try to look away but would have to try harder.

burn_after_reading_movie_poster_onesheet_coen_brothers1There is a reason the Coen Brothers are famous for their dark humor: The situations they create in movies like Burn After Reading jolt in your face like crazy. Too, the characters are retarded, getting themselves into mess of all sorts, and in the process almost always ending up digging their own graves. “Intelligence is relative” is the movie’s catchphrase, and it is depicted in various scenes ranging from the hysterical to the pathetic. Now say what you will about Brad Pitt’s portrayal of a dimwit; it is Frances McDormand, however, who ultimately brings the house down, sparing no one – not even the Russian embassy – all in the pursuit of reinventing herself by undergoing multiple cosmetic surgeries. Nothing is ever safe in this movie, and in “Burn After Reading,” the Coen Brothers have proven yet again they’re indeed funny.

On the surface, UPCAT the movie has the makings of something worth sitting through. This initial impression, however, is short-lived. Soon enough, this interest dissipates like a cloud of smoke rising up in oblivion as the movie’s storyline unfolds and the viewers are treated to a magnificent fest of incredulity. UP students will never be able to relate to this movie, not one bit, as it veers from anything that closely resembles logic. Instead it careens naturally into an out-of-this-world turn never devoid of cliché and even more outlandish sub-plots. Case in point: the lead character, who so wants to go to UP for college, has no idea both his parents studied there. Ultimately, “UPCAT” can be summed up in three words: waste of time.

waitingposter228x340If there’s one thing this movie was successful in accomplishing, it’s creating tension where there is none. With a plot that can only be best described as flimsy, The Waiting Room drags on for almost two hours, trying to pick up on little stories relating to the complexities of relationships, domestic existence, parenthood, and death. Funnily enough, these fragments are left as fragments, and the whole job of piecing these elements together into something vaguely coherent crumbles as the movie concludes to a ridiculous love affair between two immature strangers.

zack-and-miri-poster1Save for the interesting title, nothing much is going on in this
sex-comedy flicker. Two friends in dire financial straits dipping their toes in the adult entertainment business to make ends meet is one storyline virtually everyone is already familiar with. Yet, the movie makes for a passable fare, if only for its use of dark, often self-deprecating humor and constant barrage of crude language. It is precisely from its uncouthness that the movie draws the laughs, even if the entire movie itself is an exercise in utter predictability.