A review of Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

BY Gina Tumlos

Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, and Tony Revolori in "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, and Tony Revolori in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures)


The Grand Budapest Hotel
is a tale within a tale within a tale — its breadth already worthy of note as this is triple the back story of any of Wes Anderson’s previous films. TGBH is told in a series of recollections: in the present, a young girl pays her respects to the author of its book, then in 1985 when the author talks about how he came about the story of one M. Gustave H., a story he himself learned from Mr. Moustafa, the owner of the Grand Budapest Hotel, whom the author met in 1968. Anderson and his cinematographer, Robert Yeoman, framed the sequences in different aspect ratios as a nod, perhaps, to the distinct cinematic style of each era.

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‘The Voice’ U.S. season 6: Let’s predict the Top 12

BY Joanna Mendoza

Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher, and Blake Shelton on "The Voice" season 6

Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher, and Blake Shelton on “The Voice” season 6

The double Battle Rounds of The Voice U.S. are over, and because predictions are fun, let’s narrow down the current Top 20 to 12, shall we?

Predicting who will survive the Play-offs is not easy, but based on coaches’ apparent favorites, producers’ edits, and commenters’ sentiments, some of these guesses just might be right. If they’re wrong, well, it’s still fun. So here goes…

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5 reasons I somewhat liked ‘The Love Punch’

BY Joanna Mendoza

Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson play a divorced couple in "The Love Punch," in Philippine cinemas April 19. (Photo courtesy of Axinite Digicinema)

Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson play a divorced couple in “The Love Punch,” in Philippine cinemas April 19. (Photo courtesy of Axinite Digicinema)

I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with The Love Punch, and I didn’t. But I was surprised that I didn’t completely hate it.

The movie, about an old divorced couple who goes after the young businessman who messed with their pension, stars Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson. As exciting as it was to see those two in a funny love story, the plot seemed a bit predictable to me. But hey, if I can sit through countless incarnations of young-love triangles, I can take on this one.

Here are the reasons I somewhat liked The Love Punch.

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Dane DeHaan makes Harry Osborn new again in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," in Philippine cinemas April 30 (Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” in Philippine cinemas April 30 (Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

Joining the cast of Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the pivotal role of Harry Osborn is young actor Dane DeHaan, who has turned heads through his performances in such films as Chronicle, Lawless, and the Bohol-set historical drama Amigo.

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HIMYM hangover solution: A Friends/HIMYM gang-off!

BY Joanna Mendoza
(with valuable input from fellow Friends and HIMYM fans Jen Tuazon and Elijah Mendoza)

"Friends" (1994-2004) and "How I Met Your Mother" (2005-2014) (Photos courtesy of NBC and CBS, respectively)

“Friends” (1994-2004) and “How I Met Your Mother” (2005-2014) (Photos courtesy of NBC and CBS, respectively)

As I was organizing our TV watch list for tonight, it really sunk in that there will be no more new episodes of How I Met Your Mother. Now that the misplaced rage over the series finale has died down, we can all face the reality of a How I Met Your Mother-less TV life from this night forward.  It was hardly one of the best shows ever, but when HIMYM was good, it was really good (“Symphony of Illumination,” “How Your Mother Met Me,” “Last Forever“).

On a hangover, I decided to revisit the HIMYM world. Then I noticed what a lot of people had seen a long time ago: HIMYM shared a lot of similarities with Friends. Which is better? Let’s go at this per item, shall we?

(If you’re planning to watch either or both–I suggest both–of these shows, here’s the requisite SPOILER ALERT.) 

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” 30-minute preview quick take: Intense

BY Joanna Mendoza

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" seems to be better than its predecessor. We'll see if it really is on April 30! (Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” seems to be better than its predecessor. We’ll see if it really is on April 30! (Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

I loved Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man movies from way back in the early 2000s. They felt like how superhero movies must be made. On the other hand, I don’t remember much about 2012’s Marc Webb reboot, except that it put me to sleep.

Judging from the 30-minute preview of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that we saw last night, however, the sequel won’t be anything like its predecessor. If those scenes were any indication, we’re in for an intense, seat-gripping ride. Or, at the very least, the movie won’t put us to sleep. Here are five reasons I’m truly looking forward to watching this sequel.

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April 2014 movie guide: ‘Diary ng Panget,’ Amazing Spider-Man sequel & more

Can Spider-Man give Captain America a run for his money? Check out which other movies are opening in Philippine theaters today and throughout the rest of April.

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“Captain America” sequel grosses P155.51-M in 5 days, opens at No. 1 in PH

Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

The patriotic superhero led the Philippine box office to victory as Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened at No.1 with a nationwide, five-day opening weekend gross of a staggering P155.51-million.

This according to Victor R. Cabrera, Managing Director of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Philippines, which distributed the film.

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