For the first time, the mutant worlds of the first three X-Men movies and the new, younger versions of our heroes from 2011’s successful First Class are on screen in one film. With Bryan Singer back directing, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" promises an adventure like nothing we have seen before. The future is dark for the heroes of the X-Men saga in “Days of Future Past.” A years-long world conflict between humans and mutants has taken its toll on their numbers, and now a scant few remain, including Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr (Ian McKellen), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Driven to near extinction by the technological terrors unleashed by Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the team forms a desperate plan: time travel.
As for the trailer, it features an explanation on why the Sentinels are a bad idea and what Wolverine needs to do in the past to save/change the future. One peculiar thing we noticed is that Charles Xavier is actually walking near the end of the trailer. If our memory serves us correctly, he was paralyzed in First Class. Surely, the film will explain this in some manner hopefully. You can watch the trailer below:
The Philippines will join Star Wars fans all over the world (and galaxies far, far away) in celebrating Star Wars Day on May 4, 2014. Everyone is encouraged to greet anyone, `May the 4th Be With You’ or don their favorite Star Wars costume, speak Yoda-ese, watch a Star Wars movie, hum John Williams’ unmistakable score or wield their lightsabers, with matching voice-generated sound effects.
But for those who want more officially-organized events, they can troop down to Resorts World Manila in Pasay on May 3 and 4 where the Philippine Outpost of 501st Legion (an international organization of Star Wars fans who wear the costumes of the villains) has lined-up interactive festivities for the public and fans alike.
Starting at 4PM on May 3, members of the 501st Legion will hold a costume parade inside the mall, to be followed by public picture-taking opportunities – here’s your chance to have your photos taken with Darth Vader, the Stormtroopers and other Star Wars baddies. There will also be contests such as “Bring-Me Star Wars Items” game, a costume contest for kids and a trivia quiz for teens and adults. A display of Star Wars collectibles from Sideshow and Hottoys will likewise run from May 1 to 15.
So why is May the 4th Called Star Wars Day? It's easy to deduce that its because of the obvious pun of "May the Force be with you" when saying “May the 4th Be With You” out loud. But it has a deeper history and a peculiar one at that and no thanks to Margaret Thatcher herself. May 4 is also the day she won and became Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate, her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations". Eventually, Star Wars fans caught up with this and May the 4th soon became a grassroots tradition each year, with fans proclaiming it “Star Wars Day.” While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special. The official blog at StarWars.com as well as the official Star Wars social media channels on Twitter (@starwars #StarWarsDay) and Facebook (facebook.com/starwars) help spread the word and showcase fan activity. More and more official partners have offered sales, giveaways and exclusives, and have hosted parties and other activities to mark the day.
May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25th, 1977) and this year, principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII will commence in May. The month also includes George Lucas’s birthday (May 14, 1944).
20th Century Fox releases the latest photos on über-ape Caesar, whose intelligence had been artificially enhanced in the previous worldwide blockbuster “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and continues to be in dominion over humans in the upcoming post-apocalyptic movie “Dawn of The Planet of the Apes”. The primates in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) step up on nature’s chain when a virus wipes out most of humankind. Also starring in the film are Gary Oldman with Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Kirk Acevedo, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Enrique Murciano who play survivors and are trying to prevent the apes from fully inheriting the Earth.
Taking motion-capture performance to new critical heights, Andy Serkis who portrays Caesar continues to develop the apes’ already complicated and evolved society. By this time, Caesar have found himself a wife, Cornelia, portrayed by actress Judy Greer. The performances have been further enhanced now that the actors are able to wear the full motion-capture outfits in exterior locations. More than 85% of Dawn was shot in the forests of Vancouver and outside New Orleans.
Non-stop rampage action in 3D on who should rule the earth starts when “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” opens July 10 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
From New Line Cinema, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, comes the tornado disaster film “Into the Storm” starring Richard Armitage. In the film, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes in the span of a single day. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, “Into the Storm” throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.
Steven Quale directs the film from a screenplay by John Swetnam. The executive producers are Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Mark McNair, Jeremy Stein and Bruce Berman. Joining Richard Armitage in the cast are Sarah Wayne Callies (TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Matt Walsh (“Ted”), Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Nathan Kress, Jon Reep and Jeremy Sumpter.
It is easy to find movie-related apps out there. In fact, there are tons of them. Here's the thing, most of those do the same thing over and over again - they provide movie info, stream movies on-the-go, or your usual trivia game. But out of all the "generic" movie apps out there, we have found four that offer unique (or some may even consider weird) experiences that we found oh-so-useful in real-life. Here they are and in no particular order:
1. Limopo: Movies & Trailer
Seeing a movie's poster is never enough. If pictures are worth a thousand words, who's to deny that video is worth a million or more? With Limopo, searching for that particular trailer becomes easy - you don't even have to know the film's title. All you need to do is keep your camera at the poster, the app recognizes the movie is is tagged with and presto, movie trailer and more. Even better, this app is for free although it is only available for Android devices for now.
Download Limopo: Google Play Store
2. Location Scout
Ever wondered if the location your at has actually been featured in a film? Well, Location Scout does all the research for you. It can show you location per film or filming locations in a certain area. Very useful for die-hard film fans or for those that are just extremely curious. This app is available for both Android and iOS devices and free.
Download Location Scout: Google Play Store, App Store
3. Anything After
It's usually frustrating to find out after that certain movies have scenes after the credits. The biggest culprits are those Marvel Cinematic Universe films who not only feature one after credits scene but usually two! Anything After helps you find out beforehand if their is an after credit scene and if it is worth the wait. The raters are other moviegoers who have watched before you so info is more or less unbiased. With after credits seemingly becoming a trend nowadays, it can save you a lot of headaches and time from now on. This app is available for both Android and iOS devices with a small fee of $1.99.
Download Anything After: Google Play Store, App Store
With its name alone, we think you guys know what this app is all about - finding the best time to have that much needed bathroom break in the most appropriate time because that pause button isn't always available. Yep, it literally lists down "key scenes" where nothing significant happens and lists the duration so you know how much time you have left to relieve yourself. The app itself is surprisingly extensive with additional features like alarms and timers. This app is available for both Android and iOS devices with a very small fee of $.99.
Download RunPee: Google Play Store, App Store
So that's our list. What do you think? Do you have apps of your own that you can recommend? Hit up the comments section below and let us know!
Zany, crazy and imaginative. "The Grand Budapest Hotel", much like the fictional hotel named after it, is an experience on its own. Fully developed and intimate characters abound against a back drop of quirky and unique set of cinematography, this is a movie that is not only a visual feast but a powerhouse in terms of acting, dialogue and plot. We can easily say that "The Grand Budapest Hotel" nearly does everything to perfection if not already so.
In present day, a girl is reading a book by a writer in a cemetery. She begins to read a chapter on the author's trip to The Grand Budapest Hotel in 1968. The author introduces how he meets the hotel's rich owner Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) and how he got ownership of the hotel and why he hesitates to close it down. We are taken back to 1932 where the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), the legendary concierge at the same hotel, and a young Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) is retold. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting called "Boy with Apple" in the middle of a raging battle for an enormous family fortune and the sweetest confection of a love affair – all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
The first thing you'll notice about "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is its quirkiness especially its visuals. Creatively imaginative, the various styles Wes Anderson uses are a sight to behold. Each shot of an era having their own unique charm that will surprise and tease you further. Visual aids alone do not define this film but more so the dialogue, acting and plot. The dialogue, same as its visual brethren, have a unique bravado. Its deadpan humor might take awhile for the audience to come into terms but once the ball gets rolling, the film turns out to be full of laughter. Acting-wise, Ralph Fiennes was extremely marvelous as the lead and perfectly delivers the zany antics his character demands. But much can be said with the supporting cast as well especially Tony Revolori as the youn Zero Moustafa. His and Fiennes' chemistry on-screen is something else and we couldn't imagine this being a success without these two at the helm. Overall, we expected much from "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and surprisingly, our expectations were definitely met and completely blown away. Truly a great film to watch and to behold at the same time.
Rating: 5 reels
Why you should watch it:
- this is one of the most memorable films we have watched
- amazing acting and dialogue but the visuals are simply breathtaking
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- there's simply no reason to miss this film
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting April 19 (Black Saturday).