BY Jen T. Tuazon and Joanna Mendoza
The Iron Throne as envisioned by HBO. George R. R. Martin has lauded HBO’s version of the Iron Throne but… The HBO throne has become iconic. And well it might. It’s a terrific design, and it has served the show very well. (…) And yet, and yet… it’s still not right. It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see.
The second episode of the final season of True Blood is airing in a few hours, but we still can’t get on board. It just can’t fill that Game of Thrones void. It. Just. Can’t.
So instead of spending two hours on the new episodes of True Blood so far, we decided to spend days re-reading the Song of Ice and Fire novels. And we got to thinking: Who will eventually sit the Iron Throne?
BY Jo Ann Madarang
After making their way through high school for the second time to bust a drug ring, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) go undercover (again) at a local college to bust another drug ring. Piece of cake? Of course not.
Sequels, like movie adaptation of books, are complicated. In addition to having to be good, these movies have to be better than (or at least, as good as) the first movie or the book from which it was adapted from. 22 Jump Street meets this challenge head on using three effective ways:
BY The Movie Clubbers
Two of us picked “Rocky” among our favorite sports movies! (Photo courtesy of United Artists)
With the recently concluded NBA Finals and the ongoing World Cup series, a lot of people have sports on the brain–giving us the perfect excuse to make a list of our favorite sports movies. See how they compare with yours!
BY Elijah Mendoza
The gang’s all back in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” (Photo courtesy of DreamWorks Animation)
How to Train Your Dragon was perhaps the first DreamWorks animated movie which, for lack of a better comparison, actually had heart akin to those of Pixar films.
That being said, How To Train Your Dragon 2 had some pretty big shoes to fill. Does it have the fire and fervor to top the original?
BY Jen T. Tuazon
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler reunite in the new romantic comedy “Blended.”
I don’t know if it’s the deluge of negative reviews that lowered my expectations of the new comedy Blended, but I actually found this latest rom-com from Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore enjoyable enough.
BY Jo Ann Madarang
“Maleficent” shattered Philippine box office records with a P179.9M 5-day gross. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)
Maleficent follows the story of well-known fairytale Sleeping Beauty told from the point of view of its “villain” Maleficent. It tells us why and how a protective fairy was viewed as a villain in the eyes of the humans.
The story, which was predictable at times, is not as laudable as the visual effects but it was coherent enough to be considered decent. As expected, Angelina Jolie’s strong performance as Maleficent carried the rest of the film. As did her enhanced cheekbones and fiery eyes.
BY Jen T. Tuazon
“The Fault in Our Stars,” distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Oh, this movie will hurt your heart.
Don’t worry, that wasn’t a spoiler. Sadness after all isn’t the only source of heartache. That is not to say you won’t feel sad watching The Fault in Our Stars, because you will. But you will feel other things, too, like joy and hope, and faith and love.
BY Gina Tumlos
Tom Cruise dies on repeat in “Edge of Tomorrow.” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)
It’s pretty ballsy to kill Tom Cruise within the first few minutes of any film, but that is the premise Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow works with, and it does so with a steady hand and a clear, structured narrative. The movie is, admittedly, more fun to watch than expected. A sci-fi version of Groundhog Day, Tomorrow has the potential to keep the audience at the edge of their seat with its breathless action sequences as Cruise literally lives and dies on repeat.