Review: Brave (2012)

Brave is the latest Pixar computer-animated movie, directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman and released under the Disney Pictures banner.

The story is set in Scotland and follows the adventures of Princess Merida who’s determined to defy her parents wishes that she marry the firstborn of one of the other clans. Her refusal to do so starts a feud between the clans, while in the meantime Merida asks the help of a witch with a spell that’s supposed to persuade her mother to leave her be, but turns out to be more of a curse.  Continue reading

Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (2012)

Ice Age 4 walks that fine line between taking it too far with the franchise and showing us why it lasted this long in the first place and still the best parts of the movie were Scrat’s scenes.

It all starts with him, of course. In an effort to retrieve his acorn, Scrat somehow falls down to the center of the earth and jump-starts the division of the previously singular land into continents. As the land starts to split away, Many, Diego and Sid get separated from their friends and family. Sailing on an iceberg, they try to get back to Many’s family, as promised, all the while trying to escape greedy pirates and vicious sea creatures.  Continue reading

Review: Total Recall (2012)

Total Recall is a remake of the 1990 movie of the same name starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the 2012 version Colin Farrell plays Douglas Quaid/Hauser and Jessica Biel is Melina.

I think it’s hard writing a review when it comes to a remake without mentioning the original piece and/or comparing the two, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do myself. But first let’s start with the things I enjoyed about this one. Continue reading

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Behold the magical powers of a good action movie! I did not find Kristen Stewart’s performance cringe worthy. Eh, don’t fret, I kid. Maybe. As the second Snow White movie adaptation this year (Mirror Mirror is the other one), Snow … Continue reading

Review: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

This movie is a so-called sequel for Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008). Hitting the screens in 3D, the movie’s based on yet another Verne story: The Mysterious Island.

I say so-called because the story is completely different and the only character from the first film to appear in this one is Sean Anderson, played by Josh Hutcherson. You don’t have to watch the 2008 film to understand this one.

Brendan Fraser didn’t reprise his role as Trevor Anderson, but got replaced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as Sean’s stepfather. Jane Wheeler was also replaced, by Kristin Davis ( SAtC’s Charlotte) playing Sean’s mother, Liz.

The story is at times, if not all of the time, predictable. Sean gets a coded message from his grandfather (Michael Caine), telling him that “the island is real” and providing him with clues to find it. With the help of his stepfather, Hank, he sets out to find the Mysterious Island. They hire two guides to fly them to the island, Gabato (Luiz Guzman) and his daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens). Continue reading

Review: Mirror Mirror (2012)

Warning: spoilers ahead!

Mirror Mirror is the retelling of the fairy tale of Snow White, directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals).

I’ve been dying to see this movie since I’ve first seen the trailer for it and let me just tell you..it was such a disappointment.

Just like the original fairy tale, the story is about Snow White, who after losing her father, is left with an evil stepmother. After The Queen tries to kill her and Snow is banished to the woods, she meets the seven dwarfs who eventually help her take back the kingdom. And those are pretty much the only similarities between the actual fairy tale and this movie. Oh, those and of course the charming prince (Armie Hammer). Continue reading

Tv Shows: Old and New.

These are a bunch of shows that I watch/watched and found to be great.  Of course, it’s all a matter of personal taste but still I think you should give them a shot, unless you’ve already did so.  They’re in alphabetical order. Bear with me people, I do watch a LOT of tv-shows heh. Let me just apologize in advance for the length of this post.

1. American Horror Story – 2011 – Drama,Horror, Mystery

It’s about a family of three who moves to Los Angeles in this mansion only to discover that it’s haunted. The story is good, compelling and actually scary and the actors, while some relatively unknown, do a great job.

Cast: Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott, Frances Conroy, Connie Britton, Zachary Quinto.

This show has already been renewed for a second season and this season will keep some of the original cast playing different characters, but that’s it. It’s a mini-series actually, each season having to do with a different haunting.

One of the best horror series at the moment, really.

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – 1997-2003 – Action,Drama,Fantasy

Mock away people, but I still consider Buffy one of my top 10 favorite shows ever.  It might come across as a teen-show with the supernatural element: pretty blonde girl fights vampires and falls in love with one and so on and so forth. But if that’s your overall impression of this show, it either means you didn’t understand it or you didn’t have the patience to stick with it further than season 1. This show is about so much more;it’s about good vs evil, love, life and death, religion and so much more.  Yes, it does come fully packed with silly dialogue and stupid jokes, but that’s just for comic relief.  And it becomes so dark and grim  in the later seasons, that it’s just so damn good.

Also..it has one of the best tv characters  ever, Spike, and you get the chance to hear the very talented Mr Anthony Head sing a few times.

Cast: Sarah Michelle Geller, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters, Anthony Head, David Boreanaz.

3. Carnivale – 2003 – Drama,Fantasy,Mystery

This show primarily focuses on two characters: Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl), a farm boy and preacher Justin Crowe (Clancy Brown). They both posses mysterious powers and have an inexplicable connection with each other.  Hawkins is picked up by a travelling carnival and in time starts to realize the significance of his powers and dreams and how they’re related to a man who used to be a part of the carnival. All the while, brother Crowe grows increasingly dangerous and pious. Set during the Great Depression, this show really is a gem and more than beautifully shot and acted.

It’s a shame they chose to cancel it, but fear not, towards the end, you do get explanations to what’s been happening.

Cast: Michael J. Anderson, Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown, Clea DuVall. Continue reading

GoT season 2 premiere

Just a little reminder for all you Game of Thrones fans. Catch season 2 premiere this Sunday, April 1st.

For those of you who don’t know, Game of Thrones is a Tv Series created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, based on the best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.

A compelling  story, set in a fictional world, on a continent called Westeros, the first book of the series and subsequently the tvshow, tell the tale of seven kindgoms fighting for control over the land.

The cast includes names like Sean Bean, Lena Heady, Michelle Fairley and the always amazing Peter Dinklage, who also won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Tyrion Lannister on GoT.

Definitely worth watching and you can catch it on HBO.

Here’s the trailer for the  upcoming season. GoT Season 2 : “Seven Devils”