Movie Review – Man of Steel
June 12, 2013 by Merci P.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s – Kal-El, son of Jor-El, from the planet Krypton. In this dark Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and written by David S. Goyer (Blade:... [Read more...]
Review – Star Trek Into Darkness
May 15, 2013 by Merci P.
Star Trek Into Darkness is misleading for all its onscreen lens glare and the U.S.S. Enterprise’s bright bridge deck. One would think outer space is infused with visible sunlight. For the most part,... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Trance
April 12, 2013 by Merci P.
Danny Boyle (Slum Dog Millionaire) is anything but a formula motivated director, and Trance is his latest offbeat psychological thriller. James McAvoy (X-Men) plays the forgetful thief who renders... [Read more...]
Movie Review – Olympus Has Fallen
March 22, 2013 by Merci P.
Finally, an action film that shows the tougher, meatier side of Gerard Butler! Through his character, Mike Banning, Gerard shows off his sophisticated capability as a Secret Service agent who morphs... [Read more...]
Movie Review – Jack the Giant Slayer
March 1, 2013 by Merci P.
Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman, Be he alive or be he dead, I\’ll grind his bones to make my bread. ~Joseph Jacobs, Jack and the Beanstalk (1890) This is not the way the poem... [Read more...]
January 8, 2013 by Merci P.
Dark, striking, and bloody sexy, Aidan Turner exudes an unforgettable presence. He is currently in the much anticipated prequel to Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As Kili, he is... [Read more...]
Movie Review – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
December 15, 2012 by Merci P.
Travel into the world of fantasy in the first installation of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, the prequel to Lord of the Rings. In this introductory chapter, hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman... [Read more...]
Movie Review – Skyfall
November 9, 2012 by Merci P.
Bond: the end of the beginning. Daniel Craig is back as James Bond, British Secret Service Agent 007, in what seems to be the final installment of “the making of James Bond.” Directed by Sam Mendes... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Cloud Atlas
October 25, 2012 by Merci P.
Six stories run concurrently with a handful of actors playing several roles – it’s a lot to process unless you have read the book by David Mitchell. This Twyker and Wachowskis collaboration uniquely... [Read more...]
October 8, 2012 by Merci P.
This October Stephen Amell will make his starring role debut in CW’s action adventure television series, Arrow, based on the Green Arrow character of DC Comics. As billionaire Oliver Queen, he plays... [Read more...]
September 10, 2012 by Merci P.
It happened to be one of those days when I chanced upon a screening for the film, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Based on the international best seller, the film depicted the story of Jean-Baptiste... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Magic Mike
June 29, 2012 by Merci P.
Warning: this film is not recommended as a date movie. Well-executed, wild, raucous entertainment showcasing the beautiful physiques of Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello,... [Read more...]
Review – The Avengers
May 4, 2012 by Merci P.
The Avengers in 3D is the ultimate experience for anyone who has ever read a graphic novel or comic book of superheroes. Watching them come to life on the big screen is a visual buffet of Marvel’s... [Read more...]
Review – John Carter
March 9, 2012 by Merci P.
John Carter doesn’t give you much to go on by way of a title, but being directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) you can guess there’s probably a lot of CGI involved. True to form, it’s... [Read more...]
Review – This Means War
February 13, 2012 by Merci P.
The secret is out: women can, and do, go out with multiple men. Who can blame them if those men are in the realm of Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable) and Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises)?... [Read more...]
Review – Immortals
November 11, 2011 by Merci P.
Immortals, directed by Tarsem Singh, is not for the faint of heart. Plenty of blood-spurting action and tough one on one combat make no excuses when it comes to graphic depictions. It could be addicting,... [Read more...]
Review – Machine Gun Preacher
October 3, 2011 by Merci P.
Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) just got out of prison and straight away he’s back into doing the same things he’s always done: drugging, boozing, and committing violent acts. This time, however, his... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Killer Elite
September 22, 2011 by Merci P.
Adrenaline-pumping, hardcore one-on-one action is why you go see a Jason Statham film, right? Well, his latest flick, Killer Elite, delivers on that promise and more. Based on an alleged true story,... [Read more...]
Review – Conan the Barbarian in 3-D
August 19, 2011 by Merci P.
Enter the world of Conan the Barbarian in 3D and you find yourself among fire embers floating in the air in the opening sequence with digitalized scenery in the background giving it an animated feel.... [Read more...]
Ones2Watch4 Interviews Adrian Paul
August 9, 2011 by Merci P.
In San Diego during Comic Con, I caught up with actor, director, producer, and founder of PEACE (Protect Educate Aid Children Everywhere) charity organization, Adrian Paul. He was notably known for... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – X-MEN: First Class
June 3, 2011 by Merci P.
In Marvel world, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was initiated by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), a Frankenstein from Nazi Germany. X-Men: First Class revolves around the relationship between Charles... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Priest
May 13, 2011 by Merci P.
Slimy, eyeless, Alien-esque vampires at war with a clergy run society? It’s a hard sell to an audience used to seeing Twilight and True Blood vampires, even with Stephen Moyer appearing as the Priest’s... [Read more...]
Review – Thor
May 5, 2011 by Merci P.
Thor rushes in like a Fenris-Wolf and goes out like a lion. As Odinson of Asgard, Thor was born with a silver spoon in his mouth – or in this case a mighty large hammer. He and his dark-haired brother... [Read more...]
Review – Lincoln Lawyer
March 18, 2011 by Merci P.
Smart and sassy, Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) has no problem running his business from the back of his Lincoln sedan with his driver, Earl (Laurence Mason). In fact, it’s perfect for those drive-by... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Elektra Luxx
March 11, 2011 by Merci P.
Elektra Luxx. It sounds like a comic book superhero in a super cool outfit. Who would have thought it was a funny parody about a pregnant porn star (Carla Gugino)? What does one do after retiring... [Read more...]