Singing competitions that made me ugly cry

I still can’t get over this very special ’90s-music video compilation. Still makes me tear up. It’s even made me look back on all the times that I ugly-cried over certain singing competition contestants’ performances.

My tear ducts are not very discriminating. I cry very easily when watching movies and TV shows, even during the actual singing portion of singing competitions (as opposed to those video packages intentionally made to make audiences cry).

Here are my favorite tearjerker singing competition performances.
4. Angelica Hale, “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys (America’s Got Talent)

I wasn’t expecting that voice. I watched this video right after I saw In a Heartbeat, so I was already an emotional wreck in the best possible way, pop-culture-wise.

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“What If”: A playful, humorous, charming rom-com

By Shelly Dalmacio

Courtesy of Pioneer Films

Courtesy of Pioneer Films

Tuesdays are definitely loaded at work and employees always feel burned out. Well, that’s how we felt that Tuesday night. And what could possibly cheer us up after a long, tiring Tuesday at work?

A playful, humorous, and charming movie will definitely do – something that best describes What If, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. Continue reading

Our favorite sports movies

BY The Movie Clubbers

Two of us picked "Rocky" among our favorite sports movies! (Photo courtesy of United Artists)

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!

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‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Is the Summer Blockbuster You Deserve

BY Gina Tumlos

Tom Cruise dies on repeat in "Edge of Tomorrow" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

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.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past: “Changing history tomorrow” and other quotable lines

BY Jen T. Tuazon

X-Men: Days of Future Past, from the @xmenmovies Instagram account

“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” from the @xmenmovies Instagram account

Surprise, surprise! X-Men: Days of Future Past scored big in the box office, earning $302 million globally as of this writing. It’s a feat well-deserved, as the superhero sequel (or “inbetweenquel”according to Director Bryan Singer) delivered on almost all fronts (Read our review here).

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Godzilla: Return of the iconic monster in 3D

BY Jen T. Tuazon

The new Godzilla movie is here and it’s a hodgepodge of scenes from Aliens, Jaws, Jurassic Park and  even Titanic!

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“Godzilla,” directed by Gareth Edwards and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

Godzilla, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Juliet Binoche, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and Elizabeth Olsen, resurrects the iconic monster in the 21st century. Nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Cranston), haunted by a tragic powerplant accident, becomes convinced there exists a grand cover-up operation on the real reason behind the fatal explosion. With the reluctant help of son and US Navy explosives-expert Ford Brody (Johnson), they uncover the massive truth, unearthing such freaks of nature as “mutos” (fugly, supersized cockroaches) and of course, the monster of the hour, Godzilla himself.

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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as father and son Joe and Ford Brody in “Godzilla.”

I’m not a fan of reptiles—they’re my least favorite in all of the animal kingdom. So it’s probably not the best idea for me to watch a movie starring a ginormous lizard. But this reboot by director Gareth Edwards was supposed to be a really good one and there was enough hype to make me curious. Plus it’s in 3D!

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The movie opened with a scene supposedly located in the Philippines, which won my patriotic heart instantly. But the excitement died down quickly as the movie, while an action disaster film, took time to build its momentum. The movie will require patience from the viewer as it first teases with mere traces, anecdotes, and glimpses of Godzilla and in fact waits well way til past the halftime mark to reveal the monstrous lizard in its full scary glory. And it’s a noticeably fuller Godzilla, too. (As one Japanese fan commented: “He’s so fat, I laughed.”)

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Disaster seems to follow Ford Brody, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, in “Godzilla.”

What the viewer will be treated to right away are the so-called “mutos” which stands for “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism”–creatures so hideous they will make you want to take your eyes off the screen. As you can probably tell they’re not the good guys in this movie, and for the most part they are the main source of havoc in Japan and in the US (or wherever the extremely unlucky Ford Brody happens to be).

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Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins as scientists Drs. Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham in “Godzilla.”

A story about a giant lizard fighting off super-sized cockroaches might seem silly and difficult to appreciate, but thankfully director Gareth Edwards lays the foundation for the story almost brick by brick by brick, enough to make the narrative believable (or just plain not silly).

Overall, if you’re a big fan of the Godzilla franchise, you will love this movie. Otherwise, you may not appreciate the story as much but the film does provide enough visual spectacle (especially in 3D) and excitement (reminiscent of scenes from classic disaster movies) to make your time in the theater worth the while.

GODZILLA, showing in Philippine cinemas on May 15, is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.