Monday, December 31, 2012

Movies 2012: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Date seen: 29 December 2012
Rated PG-13, 102 mins
IMDB User Rating: 8.3
Metascore: 67/100 (User Score: 8.1)
Tomatometer: 85% Certified Fresh (Audience: 93%)

Movie Notebook Score: 9.85/10
Recommendation: A - Highly Recommended
Grade: QT - Watch if you want to have Quality Time

Notes:
Stephen Chbosky did a great job of translating his critically-acclaimed novel to a motion picture--I mean, who else would be able to do so? Deeply moving, nostalgic, funny, and brilliantly brewed with noteworthy performances. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is this year's best coming-of-age movie and among the best ever made of its genre.

After watching this movie:
You might want to watch it again in a not so distant other time.

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Logan Lerman as Charlie
  • Acting: Ezra Miller as Patrick
  • Acting: Emma Watson as Sam
  • Film of the Year
  • Ensemble
  • Adapted Screenplay
  • Directing





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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Movies 2012: Pitch Perfect (2012)

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Pitch Perfect (2012)

Date seen: 24 December 2012
Rated PG-13, 112 mins
IMDB User Rating: 7.3
Metascore: 66/100 (User Score: 7.8)
Tomatometer: 80% Certified Fresh (Audience: 84%)

Movie Notebook Score: 7.25/10
Recommendation: B - Recommended 
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
There is no question that this film is satisfyingly entertaining. Anna Kendrick is a surprise. This flick is generally light with some weight of quality.

After watching this movie:
You'll suffer from last song syndrome.

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy
  • Sound





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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Movies 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Date seen: 15 December 2012
Rated PG-13, 169 mins
IMDB User Rating: 8.5
Metascore: 58/100 (User Score: 8.5)
Tomatometer: 65% Fresh (Audience: 81%)

Movie Notebook Score: 9.75/10
Recommendation: A - Highly Recommended especially if you have read the book.
Grade: QT - Watch if you want to have Quality Time

Notes:
It is indeed very surprising that the single book was split into three movie adaptations, but what is more surprising is that the first installment of this franchise was able to satisfyingly live up to expectations provided that it has to be limited since there are still two movies succeeding it. If you have read the book, then you might as well try to have a picture in your mind as to what have happened in the first few chapters for it might appear perfectly converted into the big screen. This is certainly one of the movies that you should not miss this year.

After watching this movie:
You might want to (re)read the book.

For your consideration:
  • Directing
  • Visual Effects
  • Musical Score
  • Costume Design
  • Art Direction
  • Make-up
  • Adapted Screenplay









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Movies 2012: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011, UK)

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011, UK)

Date seen: 14 December 2012
Rated PG-13, 124 mins
IMDB User Rating: 7.2
Metascore: 62/100 (User Score: 7.8)
Tomatometer: 77% Certified Fresh (Audience: 80%)

Movie Notebook Score: 8.95/10
Recommendation: C - Selectively Recommended
Grade: QT - Watch if you want to have Quality Time

Notes:
The simple but gradually captivating plot, the stellar cast, and the magnificent performances makes this a contender this awards season. Certainly a good watch.

After watching this movie:
You might want to adapt the hotel owner's purpose.

For your consideration:

  • Acting: Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade
  • Acting: Maggie Smith as Muriel Donnelly
  • Acting: Tom Wilkinson as Graham Dashwood
  • Acting: Penelope Wilton as Jean Ainslie
  • Acting: Celia Imrie as Madge Hardcastle
  • Acting: Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie
  • Acting: Ronald Pickup as Norman Cousins
  • Ensemble
  • Film of the Year
  • Directing
  • Screenplay
  • Cinematography







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Monday, December 17, 2012

Movies 2012: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Date seen: 14 December 2012
Rated PG-13, 94 mins
IMDB User Rating: 8.0
Metascore: 84/100 (User Score: 8.0)
Tomatometer: 94%, Certified Fresh (Audience: 88%)

Movie Notebook Score: 7.25/10
Recommendation: C - Selectively Recommended
Grade: ST - Watch if you can't Sleep

Notes:
This is both simple and complicated. Magnificently shot with a good-enough plot. Surprisingly, this is an ensemble of big names in small roles. Has the appeal for critics, and will be ignored by the average viewer.

After watching this movie:
You might feel lost, speechless.

For your consideration:
  • Ensemble
  • Musical Score
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Costume Design
  • Production Design






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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Movies 2012: Rise of the Guardians (2012)

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Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Date seen: 06 December 2012
Rated PG, 97 mins
IMDB User Rating: 7.5
Metascore: 57/100 (User Score: 7.6)
Tomatometer: 73%, Certified Fresh (Audience: 84%)

Movie Notebook Score: 9.50/10
Recommendation: A - Highly Recommended for kids.
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
Certainly one of the contenders this year among the animated films with its vibrant characters and clever screenplay. The kids will surely want to see this again after a single screen. One good movie for the whole family--worth the watch!

After watching this movie:
You'll ask your self as to what is your center.

For your consideration:
  • Animated Feature of the Year
  • Character Animation
  • Music in an Animated Feature
  • Animated Effects
  • Production Design
  • Storyboarding







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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Movies 2012: THE DICTATOR (2012)

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The Dictator (2012)

Date seen: 30 November 2012
Rated R, 83 mins
IMDB User Rating: 6.5
Metascore: 58/100 (User Score: 6.1)
Tomatometer: 58%, Rotten (Audience: 47%) 

Movie Notebook Score: 5.00/10
Recommendation: D - Not Recommended
Grade: WT - Watch if you want to Waste Time

Notes:
I was really expecting to laugh a lot at this, but it turned out to be a lot of "what?" and grimaces. In all fairness, I think I laughed twice. Even thought is this even a comedy? Mockery used to be funny, The Dictator turned it to "boring".

After watching this movie:
You'll feel lost.

For your consideration:

None.



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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Movies 2012: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2

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Breaking Dawn Part 2

Date seen: 20 October 2012
Rated PG-13, 115 mins.
IMDB User Rating: 5.9
Metascore: 52/100 (User Score: 4.0)
Tomatometer: 47%, Rotten (Audience: 88%)

Movie Notebook: 6.00/10
Recommendation: B - Recommended
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
Whilst this is the best movie of the franchise, still the same weaknesses are evident. The dull spiels and the inconsistent "vampire-look" pulls down the satisfactory turn of events. The cheesy moments were far better portrayed than the previous installments--perfectly brewed, not much nor less. Michael Sheen delivers a wonderful performance even for a flick like this. This surpasses expectations, if you are the watcher who has put the threshold knee level.

After watching this movie:
You'll somehow feel more passionate.

For your consideration:

  • Acting: Michael Sheen as Aro
  • Soundtrack
  • Cinematography






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Friday, November 9, 2012

Movies 2012: BEING FLYNN (2012)

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Being Flynn (2012)

Date seen: 06 November 2012
Rated R, 102 mins
IMDB User Rating: 6.4/10
Metascore: 53/100 (User Score: 6.2)
Tomatometer: 53%, No consensus yet (Audience Score: 46%)

Movie Notebook Score: 7.00
Recommendation: C - Selectively Recommended
Grade: ST - Watch if you can't Sleep

Notes:
While the cast and directing proves a job well done, especially by Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, and director Paul Weitz, the common movie-goer would be expected not to finish watching this film. Admittedly not perfect but the sentimentality that emanates from it will lower your emotional threshold for drama.

After watching this film:
You might want to look at your own relationships.

For your consideration;
  • Acting: Robert De Niro as Jonathan Flynn
  • Acting: Paul Dano as Nick Flynn
  • Directing: Paul Weitz







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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Movies Philippines: TIKTIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES (2012)

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Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles (2012)

Date seen: 25 October 2012
Rated ??, 102 mins
IMDB User Rating: 5.4
Metascore: Not yet available
Tomatometer: Not yet available

Movie Notebook Score: 9.50/10
Recommendation: A - Highly Recommended for appropriate ages.
Grade: QT - Watch if you want to have Quality Time

Notes: 
While not much was to be expected, it delivered much! Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles (2012) is perfectly brewed with its magnificent cinematography, simple-yet-excellent screenplay, great ensemble, and undeniably noteworthy sound and visuals. This quality comedy-horror-fantasy flick is convincingly Hollywood-material. If you're going out to watch a flick tonight or tomorrow, this one is definitely worth-watching.

After watching this movie:
You'll be reminded of the movie 300.

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Dingdong Dantes as Makoy
  • Acting: Lovie Poe as Sonia
  • Acting: Joey Marquez as Nestor
  • Acting: Janice de Belen as Fely
  • Acting: Ramon Bautista as Bart
  • Acting: Mike Gayoso as Ringo
  • Directing: Erik Matti
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Visual Effects
  • Sound
  • Screenplay





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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Movies 2012: Hotel Transylvania (2012)

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Hotel Transylvania (2012) in 3D

Date seen: 11 October 2012
Rated PG, 91 mins.
IMDB User Rating: 7.1
Metascore: 47/100 (User Score: 6.4)
Tomatometer: 43%, Rotten (Audience Score: 77%)

Movie Notebook Score: 7.75
Recommendation: B - Recommended for children.
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
This one is surely an enjoyable piece for kids. The art, the story, and over-all appeal will never fail your expectations for a movie like this. Though does not level with Oscar-nominated animated films, it will still be among the notables for this year.

After watching this movie:
Your kids might not be afraid of Dracula at all.

For your consideration:
  • Voice: Fran Dreschner as Eunice








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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Movies 2012: Taken 2 (2012)

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Taken 2 (2012)

Date seen: 12 October 2012
Rated: PG-13, 91 mins.
IMDB User Rating: 6.8
Metascore: 45/100 (User Score: 5.9)
Tomatometer: 21%, Rotten (Audience: 61%)

Movie Notebook Score: 6.00
Recommendation: C - Selectively Recommended for those who simply want to watch something on the bigscreen.
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
Poorly written. Won't stand as a lone movie, relies much of its developments to its predecessor Taken (2008). 

After watching the movie:
You'll be reminded that Liam Neeson is not that young at all.









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Friday, August 24, 2012

Movies 2012: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

Date seen: 19 August 2012
Rated PG, 94 mins
IMDB User Rating: 5.8/10
Metascore: 54/100 (User Score: 6.9)
Tomatometer: 49%, Rotten (Audience: 71%)

Movie Notebook Score: 7.0/10
Recommendation: B - Recommended
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise is one among the few that is consistent. This installment including its immediate predecessor have paralleled the achievements of the first movie. Funny, never a dull moment. 

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Steve Zahn as Frank Heffley
  • Ensemble  













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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Movies 2012: The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Date seen: 18 August 2012
Rated PG-13, 135 mins
IMDB User Rating: 7.2
Metascore: 61/100 (User Score: 6.6)
Tomatometer: 55%, Rotten (Audience: 59%)

Movie Notebook Score: 7.0/10
Recommendation: C - Selectively Recommended
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
It is fair to say that the film deserves a credit in terms of achievement in action sequences whilst the weakest point is on the screenplay. While casting Jeremy Renner was a very good idea which resulted into a commendable performance, Edward Norton's character appears to have been deprived in terms of overall participation due to sloppy dialogues. They should have saved money if they've given the lousy role to someone with lower professional fee who could play the less-than-mediocre role other than the brilliant Edward Norton. 

For your consideration:
  • Sound
  • Cinematography







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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Movies 2012: Brave (2012)

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Brave (2012)

Date seen: 07 August 2012
Rated PG, 100 mins
IMDB User Rating: 7.6
Metascore: 69/100 (User Score: 7.3)
Tomatometer: 77% (Audience: 81%)

Movie Notebook Score: 8.0/10
Recommendation: A - Recommended for all ages.
Grade: QT - Watch if you want to have Quality Time

Notes:
Honestly, this film has always been consistently among the most anticipated this year, however this falls short of your highest expectations. Though you can give it the credit that it was created more for the kiddie audience, still it lack the flavor that is expected of a Pixar produce regardless of its target audience. Nevertheless, this does not go down to waste your money and it still entertains a lot somehow. This is the best animated film of the year to date. 

After watching this movie:
You'll be emotionally neutral.

For your consideration:
  • Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production: Kelly McDonald as Merida
  • Character Design
  • Effects Animation
  • Animated Theatrical Feature
  • Animated Feature Production
  • Musical Score





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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Movies 2012: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Date seen: 24 July 2012
Rated PG-13, 164 mins.
IMDB User Rating: 9.0
Metascore: 78/100 (User Rating: 8.7)
Tomatometer: 87%, Certified Fresh (Audience: 93%)

Movie Notebook Score: 8.95/10
Recommendation: A - Highly Recommended for appropriate audiences.
Grade: QT - Watch if you want to have a Quality Time

Notes: 
The strengths of this film rely on its all-star cast, excellent visual effects, cinematography, and screenplay. Noteworthy performances by Tom Hardy who plays opposite to Christian Bale's character while Anne Hathaway outstandingly delivers as Cat Woman--and not to forget the teary Michael Caine which convincingly moves you. Nolan's final installment to the Batman franchise may not have reached the bar set by its predecessor The Dark Knight (2008) but it is surely among the best movies this year. 

After watching this film:
You'll feel satisfaction and dismay at the same time.

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne
  • Acting: Tom Hardy as Bane
  • Acting: Michael Caine as Alfred
  • Acting: Anne Hathaway as Selina
  • Ensemble
  • Visual Effects
  • Sound
  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Directing
  • Screenplay





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Monday, July 16, 2012

Movies Philippines: Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (2011)

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Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (2011)
The Woman in the Septic Tank (2011, 2012)

Date seen: 15 July 2012
Rated UR, 87 mins
IMDB User Rating: 7.3
Metascore: Not yet available (User Score: tbd)
Tomatometer: Not yet available (Audience: 61%)

Movie Notebook Score: 9.0/10
Recommendation: C - Selectively Recommended
Grade: QT - Watch if you want to have a Quality Time

Notes: 
Eugene Domingo delivers with excellence which might lead you to think that this movie was intentionally written for her. This film will hook you to your seats and glue your eyes to the screen. 

After watching this movie:
You'll keep asking "did she? really?"

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Eugene Domingo as Mila/Herself
  • Screenplay
  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Musical Score





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Friday, July 13, 2012

Movies 2012: Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

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Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

Date seen: 13 July 2012
Rated PG, 94 mins
IMDB User Rating: 7.0
Metascore: 50/100 (User Score: Not yet available)
Tomatometer: 46%, Rotten (Audience: 65%)

Movie Notebook Score: 6.80/10
Recommendation: B - Recommended for kids and for the kid-at-heart.
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time
 
Notes:
While the series has always provided us installments that can stand alone as a film--that benefit those that haven't seen the previous movies--the same formula has been employed from it's predecessors. And the dangerous trend common to all series, maybe except for a few, is that waning appeal. Nevertheless, the movie manages to make you laugh and the kids will surely adore this fun film.

After watching this movie:
You'll think about the sequel--if there will be, would Ice Age: The Dawn of Man be next? 

For your consideration;
  • Voice: Wanda Sykes as Granny
  • Soundtrack: Chasing the Sun as sung by The Wanted







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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Movies 2012: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Date seen: 10 July 2012
Rated R, 105 mins
IMDB User Rating: 6.5
Metascore: 42/100 (User Rating: 6.6)
Tomatometer: 34%, Rotten (Audience: 59%)

Movie Notebook Score: 8.80/10
Recommendation: B - Recommended for appropriate ages.
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
The plot may be an oxymoron but this film deserves a nod not only in the technical aspects but  as well as in acting, writing, costume design, and make-up. It is a well-brewed fantasy-horror-drama flick.

After watching this movie:
You should always remind yourself of what you've learned about Lincoln in your history class.

For your consideration:

  • Visual Effects
  • Make-up
  • Costume Design
  • Sound
  • Editing
  • Ensemble







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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Movies Philippines: Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme (2012)

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Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme (2012)

Date seen: 07 July 2012
Rated PG-13
IMDB User Rating: 6.5
Metascore: Not available
Tomatometer: Not available

Movie Notebook Score: 6.0/10
Recommendation: B - Recommended for those who want to laugh. 
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time.

Notes:
Funniest that I have seen this year, so far. Eugene Domingo delivers, as expected. 

After watching this movie:
You'll might have your neck tilted to your right shoulder. 

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Eugene Domingo as Kimmy/Dora








Friday, July 6, 2012

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

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We Bought a Zoo (2011)

Date seen: 05 July 2012
Rated PG, 124 mins
IMDB User Rating: 7.2
Metascore: 58/100 (User Rating: 6.8)
Tomatometer: 67%, Fresh (Audience: 78%)

Movie Notebook Score: 7/10
Recommendation: B - Recommended
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Matt Damon as Benjamin Mee
  • Acting: Colin Ford as Dylan Mee
  • Acting: Maggie Elizabeth Jones as Rosie Mee
  • Ensemble






Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Movies 2012: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Date seen: 04 July 2012
Rated PG-13, 136 mins
IMDB User Rating: 7.8
Metascore: 66/100 (User Rating: 7.5)
Tomatometer: 71%, Certified Fresh (Audience: 84%)

Movie Notebook Score: 9.0
Recommendation: A - Highly Recommended
Grade: QT - Watch if you want to have Quality Time

Notes: 
Way much better than the previous films of the Spider-Man franchise. The cast delivers their craft in acting, a movie-goer does not usually expect that in a blockbuster movie especially when it's all about superheroes--and, that is surprising for those who does not know Andrew Garfield, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans. The screenplay was satisfactory than the previous Spidey movies. Visual effects, editing, sound, and cinematography were commendable. The Amazing Spider-Man was amazingly moving, exciting, and undoubtedly entertaining.

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man/Peter Parker
  • Acting: Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben
  • Acting: Sally Field as Aunt May
  • Visual Effects
  • Sound 
  • Editing
  • Cinematography
  • Screenplay







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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Movie Notebook's Top Ten Movies of 2011

This is Movie Notebook's list of the Top Ten Movies of 2011. Have you seen them on the silver-screen or on the small-screen? Check out the related post per title on this site by clicking the on the titles.


Movie Notebook's Top Ten Movies of 2011
(In alphabetical order.)

Anonymous (2011)

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Rango (2011)

The Artist (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Help (2011)

The Iron Lady (2011)

War Horse (2011)

Warrior (2011)





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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Movie Notebook's Best Films of 2011 Long List

This is overdue, nevertheless, here's Movie Notebook's Best Films of 2011 Long List. Out of the 81 movies of 2011 reviewed, 24 movies qualified via Movie Notebook's round-robin-one-point scoring system.

(In alphabetical order.)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Movies 2012: The Road (2012)

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The Road (2012)
Nobody Leaves The Road (2011), Philippines

Date seen: 22 June 2012
Rated R, 110 mins
IMDB User Rating: 5.4
Metascore: 71/100 (User Rating: 6.4)
Tomatometer: 71%, Fresh (Audience: 70%)

Movie Notebook Score: 7.0
Recommendation: B - Recommended for appropriate audiences based on regulatory rating.
Grade: QT - Watch if you want to have Quality Time

Notes:
The film was well-packaged from the satisfactory delivery of the cast to the technical aspects in sound, screenplay, editing, cinematography, costume design, production design, and directing. Admittedly not even near to what is near perfect for a multi-genre film as its story progressed--from horror to suspense to murder to psych and to drama--but still attention- and watch-worthy. Wishing more quality movies from the Philippines.

After watching this movie:
You'll get by.

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Carmina Villaroel as Carmela
  • Acting: Rhian Ramos as Ate Lara
  • Acting: Louise de los Reyes as Joy
  • Acting: Marvin Agustin as Boy's Father
  • Acting: Alden Richards as Teenage Luis
  • Acting: Renz Valerio as Boy Luis
  • Acting: TJ Trinidad as Luis
  • Directing
  • Screenplay
  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Make-up
  • Editing
  • Sound






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Monday, May 28, 2012

Movies 2012: Men in Black 3 (2012)

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Men in Black 3 (2012)

Date seen: 28 May 2012
Rated PG-13, 103 mins
IMDB User Rating: 7.3
Metascore: 58/100 (User Rating: 7.0)
Tomatometer: 68%, Fresh (Audience: 78%)

Movie Notebook Score: 7.5
Recommendation: A - Highly Recommended for audience 13 and up!
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
This film was not really expected to deliver much--just like how you should expect with every movie made for the money. But, this one has the ability to slap the face of a movie-goer who thinks that way about blockbuster-designed films. The screenplay is satisfactory and this is coupled with the convincing portrayal of Josh Brolin as the young agent K. Men in Black 3 is indeed a must-see and not-a-waste-of-time-and-money. 

After watching this movie:
You'll think that "finally, you saw a movie this year that feature fleshy aliens instead of mechanical ones".

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Josh Brolin as Young Agent K
  • Acting: Will Smith as Agent J
  • Acting: Michael Stuhlbarg as Griffin
  • Acting: Jermaine Clement as Boris the Animal
  • Ensemble








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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Movies 2012: Dark Shadows (2012)

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Dark Shadows (2012)

Date seen: 15 May 2012
Rated PG-13, 113 mins
IMDB User Rating: 6.6
Metascore: 55/100 (User Rating: 5.8)
Tomatometer: 42%, Rotten (Audience: 47%)

Movie Notebook Score: 6.5
Recommendation: B - Recommended
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
I had high expectations for this one because Tim Burton always delivers. However, this one falls one notch below satisfactory--good enough. If you're planning to watch this film it is better to consider that you intend to because of Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter who both delivered satisfactorily in this film. Also worthy of mention for a good showing are co-actors Michelle Pfeffeir, Gulliver McGrath, and Bella Heathcote. 

After watching this movie:
You'll think if there will be a sequel.

For your consideration:
  • Acting: Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins
  • Acting: Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman
  • Musical Score
  • Cinematography
  • Make-up
  • Costume Design





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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Movies 2012: Man on a Ledge (2012)

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Man on a Ledge (2012)

Date seen: 05 May 2012
Rated PG-13, 102 mins
IMDB User Rating: 6.7
Metascore: 40/100 (User Rating: 6.4)
Tomatometer: 31%, Rotten (Audience: 54%)

Movie Notebook Score: 6.5
Recommendation: B - Recommended for those who just want to enjoy a movie.
Grade: GT - Watch if you want to have a Good Time

Notes:
This one is entertaining enough even though the plot is easily predictable. As the title implies, Man on a Ledge is not-that-heavy nor not-that-light--fit enough for movie-goers 13 years and above. May not be among the best of its type, but will certainly keep you eating that popcorn in front of the screen with occasional jaw drops.

After watching this movie:
You'll be reminded that Sam Worthington is Australian.

For your consideration:
None.






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