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Trainwreck - Movie Review

trainwreck ayala malls cinemasI'm really not sure if i'm all sold with Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck'. The movie has its moments where I laughed a lot, and there are things that could make you wonder why it's even there in the first place. It's the typical  Apatow movie we get, but don't expect the script to go hysterical like the director's past comedies like 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Don't get me wrong, Amy Schumer was a promising comedian and all but it's the lack of improvised lines that left me hanging (or maybe i'm just missing the ol' Apatow gang like Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, etc.), and actually dismayed after watching.
The chemistry between Amy Schumer and Bill Hader is there, and both have great comedic quips as well as pushing out the emotions in a few dramatic scenes. Bill Hader didn't go full Bill Hader, but it's still nice seeing him get a role that doesn't rely on his impersonating talent. LeBron James was a revelation, and i'm not even exaggerating. I initially thought that he was just for a small role, but he played an integral part in the story. He played Hader's over protective best friend, and he kills it without second thought. Beside James, famous wrestler John Cena also is another surprise that leave the most laugh in the theater. Look out for a scene in a theater wherein Cena goes ape-shit on a guy who called him "Mark Wahlberg".
trainwreck ayala malls cinemasThe movie's first hour was a blast, but it dragged itself down to focus on numerous Dad visits, intervention and other unnecessary drama that Apatow stuffed in because his other films have it. The overlong running time was really not much of a big deal, but still the movie really need to trim 20-30 minutes down for a tighter finish.
tilda swinton sex scene'Trainwreck', overall, was still a fun experience. It's overlong, stuffed duration will most likely make you check your watch a few times, but Schumer and Hader will keep you hanging until the last moments. Not as hilariously and memorable as older Judd Apatow movies, it's still worth watching to pass the time.

The geek rates it 6.5/10!

'Trainwreck' is rated R-18 by the MTRCB and now showing exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas from United International Pictures Philippines!
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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Movie Review

the man from uncle imax'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' has the style painted all over its canvas. It's a spy movie that takes advantage of its suave and aesthetic atmosphere too much that the filmmakers focused on that aspect more than making it as a fun side-dish in the movie, ending up to a unfortunately bloated product that could've been an exciting adventure. 
The movie definitely has the charisma though, coming mostly from Henry Cavill, whose American accent was a knock-out. Cavill from the moment we first him, was dashing on the role and too suave to be true. His performance delivers as expected, though his character was a bit bland unlike Armie Hammer's russian spy role. Armie Hammer was the best part in the film IMO, and his hand-trembling movement because of his temper to violence was hilarious. Man, it sucks we don't see him beat up those three young Italian boys haha.
the man from uncle imaxFrom the opening scene, the movie pitches you a very stylish, exciting, easy spy romp and from the rest of the movie we got that minus the exciting part. It really forgot to be fun throughout with its action scenes. For an instance, a break-in attempt to rescue a girl in the movie should expected become an intense scene, but then again, it was handled like a comic strip (with literal divisions from a comic book) and you suddenly forgot to care about it. 
the man from uncle imaxIn the end, I really want to like 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' but its the lacking of the fun aspect of it that hinders me to do so. Director Guy Ritchie has the style and flairs and I love that, but it's something that would look more better on paper than onscreen.

The geek rates it 6.5/10!

'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' is now showing in cinemas and IMAX nationwide from Warner Bros. Pictures!
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Lebron James Shows Different Side as "Love Doctor" in 'Trainwreck'

Widely considered one of the greatest athletes of his generation, LeBron James’ extraordinary basketball skills and dedication to the game have won him the admiration of fans across the globe and have made him an international icon.
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Now, the 11-time All-NBA star and winner of four NBA MVP Awards makes a rare big-screen appearance in Universal Pictures’ hit comedy “Trainwreck” directed by Judd Apatow and starring talented comedians Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.

James plays himself who’s written in the script as the best friend of Bill Hader’s sports doctor character, Aaron. Apatow explains the logic of casting King James: “Aaron’s best friend in the world is LeBron James, and so, in the movie, whenever Aaron talks about his relationship problems, he’s talking about them with LeBron. We had an idea that, what if it just happened to be the greatest basketball player that ever lived?”

Hader had worked with James in 2007 when the basketball legend hosted the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, and accompanied Apatow to a lunch with James to discuss the part. “Bill and I went out to lunch one day with him to pitch this idea,” Apatow recalls. “He was hilarious and totally got the joke.”
trainwreck ayala malls Although James had never taken on such a large acting role, he was game for the challenge. “They said, ‘You’re going to play yourself, and I told them that I can do that easily,” says James. “I can just show up and say, ‘I’m LeBron. I play basketball. I can shoot some jumpers, and I can dunk.’ They said, ‘No. You’re actually going to be Bill’s best friend in the movie, and you’re going to be a love doctor who helps him patch things up with his girlfriend.’”

In the comedy, James is far too interested in Aaron’s life and his relationships. He’s always the doctor, following up and trying to understand why Aaron’s making certain decisions. Happy that Aaron has finally found a girlfriend, James is also extremely protective of his pal. Says the relatively new thespian: “Amy is a bit of a trainwreck, and she sends my best friend, Aaron, through a collision course mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. But you got to go through pitfalls in order to get what you want, and that’s the best part of this flick.”

The entire production assumed that it would receive nothing but professionalism from the well-respected athlete, but they had no idea he could be so, so spot-on with his comic timing. Still, it was a bit humbling to realize with whom they were working. “We had a fantastic time shooting this movie with LeBron,” adds Apatow. “It was funny, because while he was shooting every day, just in the chair next to us was the Babe Ruth of basketball.”

For his part, LeBron James quickly acclimated to Apatow’s shooting style. “When you get on set with Judd, it’s free-flowing,” the performer explains.

And as it turns out that Apatow and Schumer weren’t the only improv masters on set. James wasn’t about to allow a strictly choreographed and tightly framed basketball game to appear in his first feature comedy. Two buddies getting together to shoot some hoops is something quite different when your best friend is LeBron James. Hader laughs: “In one scene we play one-on-one together, which is in every romantic comedy: Two guys play one-on-one while they talk about relationships. But LeBron didn’t hold back at all. He just kicked the sh*t out of me.”
trainwreck ayala malls “That turned out not too well for him,” James returns. “That’s my best friend, but listen, I take no prisoners.”

In “Trainwreck,” it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head ever since she was a little girl that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

Distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures, “Trainwreck” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting August 26.

Sundance Breakout 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' Opens in PH Cinemas September!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl philippines release date“This is the story of my senior year in high school and how it destroyed my life,” so Greg said of his life in the highly acclaimed and award-winning movie based from the bestselling book by Jesse Andrews of the same title, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is this year’s winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.  In 2013, Jesse Andrews’ thought-provoking and moving young-adult novel Me and Earl and the Dying Girl took readers by surprise with a truly contemporary coming-of-age story, packed with smart original dialogue and fully realized teen characters.

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who had directed highly successful episodes in teen-oriented television series “Glee” perfectly captured the book’s offbeat humor, rare sensitivity and unique worldview in a feature film that chronicles a young man’s journey into adulthood as he learns what it means to be truly selfless.  The innovative film also includes sly nods to legendary movies and tracks by the incomparable Brian Eno, including several previously unheard of compositions.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl philippines release date“The script was funny in an unusual and unpredictable way, as well as refreshingly honest,” says Gomez-Rejon. “At first, it reminded me of the wonderful John Hughes movies I grew up on, but then it very gently took an unexpected turn and became so much more than just a comedy. I had just lost my father and I felt that if I could make this film, it would be a way for me to express my own personal losses and transform them through humor.”

Greg, played by Thomas Mann, spends his life trying to present himself to the world as the person he wants people to see, rather than the person he actually is, according to Gomez-Rejon. “You can’t sustain an act like that forever,” the director points out. “You’ll have to eventually pull off that mask and deal with exposing yourself to rejection or, worse, indifference. Once you start to show who you really are, then the real world can react accordingly. Not everyone will like you and you’ll say things that you’ll regret.  But you will grow from it.”

The teenager’s deepening friendship with cancer stricken classmate Rachel, played by Olivia Cooke, makes his posturing more difficult to maintain. “Greg starts to face real-life challenges when he becomes close to Rachel,” says Gomez-Rejon. “He’s been living in a world of his own, walking around with an art-film score in his head. Now he is engaging with a world where reality isn’t of his design.”
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl philippines release dateEven though Greg’s story is set against the backdrop of his high-school senior year, the appeal goes far beyond a typical teen movie, as evidenced by the enthusiasm and commitment of the many adults involved in the production. “The movie will be a little bit nostalgic for older audiences,” says producer Steven Rales. “I think they will remember the challenges and complexities of what Greg is going through and the kinds of friendships that have a lasting influence on you. For younger audiences, it can be a reminder that there’s hope in the midst of all the chaos. It’s a time to make meaningful friendships that can be everlasting.”
   "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” opens September 16 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 


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Attack on Titan - Movie Review

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By: Mirzel Torres
'Attack on Titan' is recently one of the most popular manga/ anime in a while, it wasn't nearly as rich as some of the greatest ones out there, however the material tackles a rather mature subtext, otherwise a really fascinating showcase of macabre in a larger scale. It's clearly destined to be a movie, it might as well fit in today's blockbuster trend of post-apocalyptic settings and revolution ordeals. But the movie's approach is rather standard in comparison. While it still wonderfully realizes the most grotesque moments of its source material, the characters are watered down with less interesting plights. Newcomers might find its premise intriguing, but what makes 'Attack on Titan' interesting is hardly existent in this adaptation.
How the main characters are introduced is painfully contrived. Like every piece of exposition is immediately crammed into the one long scene that is supposed to establish who they are and what their world is. The difference is it's not quite compelling. I personally don't mind changes from its source material; the protagonist, Eren, is basically now a slacker who is tired of living behind colossal walls from the titans, instead of an aggressive kid with some sociopathic tendencies who vows for revenge. It's not necessarily horrible since they're still represented as unlikely heroes, but Eren's arc is basically just trying to win back his girl and living up to that image, it makes him look lousier. What makes this character originally interesting is the fact that he is a traumatized kid who is too full of himself, which eventually crosses the line of his humanity and morality. It may not be the friendliest role model you'll see from a hero, but it rather makes him more relatable.
attack on titan live action And that sounds more reasonable since this circumstance would really affect one's senses into insanity or paranoia. But in this movie, they're just verbally expressing their fears, sentiments and humor. The plot is ought to be followed through these characters, but most of them are single noted. They might as well exist in some YA where they're designed to be hormonally appealing. In the end, they're clearly just uninteresting. To its credit, the visuals are pretty cool. It may not be perfect or spectacular, but it's impressive enough to take these exciting moments into live action. There are some scenes that can be count as genuinely awesome, specifically the climax, even though it now seems to be quite senseless since they're taking this story to a different direction. Nevertheless, as long as these Titans and gore onscreen, there is some real pleasure to be taken.
attack on titan live action 'Attack on Titan', in spite of its scale and production, is surprisingly underwhelming. The filmmakers are clearly just following the conventional direction of adapting a popular material, more or less. Visually, it's appropriate to call it a fan service; because it indeed puts these big action where it belongs. But thematically, it is a letdown. 'Attack on Titan' isn't only great for its creepy titans and cool gadgetry, in fact, in fact these things are basically small compared to its surprising complexity within its characters. That is what I personally believe that makes this material great, and yet that's what the movie ended up altering. Therefore it's just a B-movie. It can be mindless fun, but you won't find anything else to like in the end.
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The geek rates it 6/10!

'Attack on Titan' is now showing in cinemas nationwide locally distributed by Pioneer Films!

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Mirzel Torres is an avid moviegoer and watches anything that caught his attention. You can see him roam in cinema houses every week, and read his reviews on his blog.

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Inside Out - Movie Review

inside out philippinesUpon entering the theater for 'Inside Out', I always wonder if Pixar could pull off such complicated premise. Imagine, most of the movie deals with what's happening inside someone's mind, with five different emotions personified as actual characters who controls a girl's decision whether to smile or be angry through his life. Will kids (and adults) able to buy it? Well, those concerns were erased when the lights opened again while the end credits started rolling, and I glanced to my back where most of the grown-up males (i'm not joking here) has tears swelling up their eyes.

The Pixar trademark of having the melancholy of the narrative has been so expected for them, but what they did here is what shocked me.
This movie was very deep, way better than what expect of this. The trailers presented it as a kids adventure story, and though we got that, it occasionally shifts to aspects where you, as an adult, started to lean back on your seat and reflect on past memories. Memories that include growing up, being depressed as a kid, getting in argument with your parents, all of it was HEAVILY featured here, and as the movie says it, "very normal".
inside out philippinesThe fact that the two emotions Joy and Sadness wasn't on control on the child's mind was an intentional thing the filmmakers expressed themselves as part of growing up. And also, if there's something about it that the movie taught me, it's the fact that it's very cool to be sad, and not too cool to be happy all the time.
inside out philippinesThe movie's final act was an emotional torture. To see everything wrapping up as expected, and hangs on for a while to unleash its final blow to an extent where you didn't see it coming is probably the main highlight of the movie (3 weeks since I watched the movie and i'm still thinking about that "rocket ship" scene til now.) The comedy was an added bonus for the kids, with Lewis Black's Anger stealing most of the scenes. He was so perfect for that character, right?

Directors Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen not only did a movie that will enlight the hearts of the children, but for the adults as well. 'Inside Out' was a nearly flawless movie that resonates the feels of being a kid, as an adult and as a parent.
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The geek rates it 9/10!

Please see the movie when it comes out this August 19, and bring along a tissue roll with you. The older you are, the longer.

'Inside Out' was rated G by the MTRCB and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures!

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Amy Schumer, A New Comedy Star is Born With 'Trainwreck'

trainwreck ayala malls cinemasHailed as Hollywood's breakout star of the year, comedian Amy Schumer writes and stars in the critically acclaimed hit comedy “Trainwreck” from director Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up”). The film which will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Aug. 26.

In “Trainwreck,” it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head since she was a little girl that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

Schumer gave herself permission to go very personal with her story and wove in elements from her own past struggles with familial and romantic relationships, as well as her internal battles growing up. Naturally, her film avatar would take every one of the real Amy’s own experiences to the extreme. Her script told the tale of a young professional in Manhattan with a great job, a nice apartment and a guy she’s seeing who is into her more than she is into him. “Trainwreck’s” Amy lives the life of a modern woman with a social life governed by two simple rules for a fun night out: Don’t give them your phone number and never, ever sleep over.
trainwreck ayala malls cinemasHer producers appreciated that their writer and star was delivering a character who could have been a stock one, but is instead so much more complex. “Everybody knows somebody who’s like Amy’s character in this movie,” provides producer Barry Mendel. “They’re the wild one who is probably not going to settle down. They’re having a lot more fun than we’re having, and they’re unapologetic about it.”

Admittedly not a model of moral integrity, straight-talking Amy considers herself a sexual girl who does what she wants, even if it means ending up doing the walk of shame among early morning commuters with whom she takes the Staten Island ferry. “I would say she thinks she’s happy, she thinks she’s fine and nothing’s wrong,” adds Schumer. “From the outside we know this is really self-destructive, and this girl’s not okay. But she doesn’t know that.”

Apatow found this protagonist a fascinating one to explore in comedy. “She’s a person who maintains distance from people by having a lot of relationships and cheating on people and drinking and smoking pot,” the director states. “She’s avoiding intimacy by having a lot of contact with a lot of people.”
Trainwreck” also stars Brie Larson, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Ezra Miller, Dave Attell, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James.

Distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures, “Trainwreck” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting August 26.

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New Spielberg Movie 'Ready Player One' Set For Dec. 13, 2017 in PH

ready player one philippines release dateThe game is on in 2017. Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ “Ready Player One”—the already much-anticipated sci-fi action adventure, to be directed by Steven Spielberg—has been slated for release beginning December 13, 2017. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution; Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution; and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
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A three-time Academy Award winner, Spielberg (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”) is directing “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is being produced by Spielberg; Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner; Dan Farah; and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger; with Daniel Lupi and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers. De Line and Farah originally brought the project to Warner Bros.

Ready Player One” marks a return to Warner Bros. for Spielberg, who previously directed the studio’s “Empire of the Sun,” “The Color Purple” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” in addition to producing the hits “Gremlins” and “The Goonies.”

In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Any film from Steven Spielberg is an event film, so it felt right to date this thrilling new project from one of our greatest filmmakers for the holiday season.”

Sue Kroll added, “From the success of the book, ‘Ready Player One’ already has a devoted following, and we’re excited for its fans and moviegoers everywhere to see this fantastically innovative story come to life. We know it couldn’t be in better hands, and look forward to working with Steven and the producers to bring it to the big screen.”

Kwan Vandenberg said, “There are few directors with the global stature of Steven Spielberg, so we are thrilled to be delivering his latest adventure to audiences worldwide.”

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, “Ready Player One” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Set for release across the Philippines on December 13, 2017, “Ready Player One” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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