Saturday, October 31, 2009

Paranormal Activity "Most Profitable Movie Ever" with no Scary Parts and even no Ending Credits!

Saturday, October 31, 2009 View Comments
Movie "Paranormal Activity" surpasses the Blair Witch Project and is believed to become the most profitable movie ever!

Directed/Written by Oren Peli and starring Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat (bearing the same names the movie). The story begins with the couple moving into a suburban home, the couple then becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

The movie's box office success has reaped a staggering 414,233 percent return on its initial investment. Reaching a Gross of 61.6m dollars on its first week!

Quote from IMDB.com
I finally saw it though (with the alternate ending, I have no clue what the real ending is. I saw the Spielberg suggested ending). This movie was amazing. They did pretty much everything right. The scenes were perfect for escalation, the length of the movie was just right. The way it was shot was very well done and everything seemed to have it's purpose.

One thing I loved about this movie is it pretty much proved to me that my scary movie theory is correct. That those scary moments in films make it all the less believable because it's trying to hard, but creepiness and suspense is really what gets at me and has a much lasting effect. This movie has NO SCARY PARTS. It's all just very very disturbing and creepy.

As you watch the movie you'll be wondering, "WTF, how did they shoot that?!" And as the nights continue in the movie, it just gets more and more disturbing. This movie is probably the best 'scary' movie I have seen in a long long time. You must go see this movie!
FAQs and Facts!
The director Oren Peli filmed the whole movie in his own home.

And no this movie isn't based on true to life videos/experiences. it was shot in a faux documentary style similar to the style of the Blair Witch Project movie.

The movie was just supposed to be released in 13 theaters in the US but because of the "Demand it" by Eventful.com, people were able to prove that it had to be released Nationwide boasting the "first ever major film release decided by you!".
Movie Details:
IMDB rating: 7.4/10
Runtime: 86 mins (1hr and 26mins)
Philippines' Release Date: TBD

This movie's a must for all Horror Movie fans and Intriguing enough for even those who hate Horror Films! I myself is very curious and would consider watching this film as well even if I really never enjoy watching Scary movies (don't like the side effect of having trouble sleeping at night) lol

Sources:
imdb.com
movies.yahoo.com

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Astro Boy, a Blast of Fun!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 View Comments
Last night, together with some blogger friends, I watched TV5's Special Movie Screening of Osamu Tezuka’s classic masterpiece, “Astro Boy” at Glorietta 4, Cinema 1.


Featuring the voices of Freddie Highmore (Toby/Astro), Nicolas Cage (Tenma), Samuel L. Jackson (Zog), Kristen Bell (Cora), Bill Nighy (Dr.Elefun) and Donald Sutherland (Gen. Stone)… “Astro Boy” is about a young robot (android) with incredible powers, made by a brilliant scientist named Tenma. Powered by a new technology called “positive blue energy”, Astro Boy is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. Upon learning his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals his super powers and returns to Metro City to save everything he cares about and understands what it takes to be a hero.


The 3D animation of IMAGI studios is superb, definitely at par with the movies of PIXAR. Matched with a light but still very interesting story, it was everything us Animated Movie fans and Astro Boy fans have hoped for. I surely wish this was released in digital 3D, but nonetheless, the movie is still an overall 10 for me. The story remains somewhat loyal to its Anime predecessor, which I believe is a good thing for the fans.

If you enjoyed Ice Age 3 and Up, I highly recommend watching this movie, I had as much fun watching this film as I did with those before mentioned ones.

Special thanks to Mike Cruz of TV5, and blogger friend Sire Arevalo for the Movie invite! =)

Movie Website: http://www.astroboy-themovie.com

TV5 Website: www.tv5.com.ph


Enjoy the Movie!

- Blitz

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tokyo Cafe (Modern Japanese Cuisine)

Monday, October 26, 2009 View Comments
"Koh-nih-chi-woh" or so the waitress says as she greeted us upon entering the Tokyo Cafe resto at SM North Edsa the BLOCK. I'm not really sure if it was part of the Modern Tokyo feel/theme of the place why she said Konichiwa at a different tone but at least it's better than the usual good afternoon. I wonder if they also say Ohayou during morning and Konbanwa at dinner time lol...

Anyway it was a day after our birthday, and after celebrating our birthdays with our own families last Sunday (September 6) we took our leave from work the following day and celebrated together. =)

We were planning to eat at Bubba Gump at Trinoma but it seems the place has closed down already, so our search for a new resto brought us to The Tokyo Cafe.

So what's on the Menu?! Well there's quite a mouthful, from Burgers to Pasta...

lololol

To Pizza and Parfait! They sure know how to define a "Cafe" tokyo style :)

lololol

They also have Soups, Salads, Smoogies and Crepes! The place is really worth visiting twice.
We asked for their best sellers and here's what we ended up ordering (most of which are labeled on the menu as "Must Try").

First we ordered the Creamy Ebiko Pasta P255 (Shrimp, Karashi Ebiko aka Fish Eggs in light cream). It was quite good, but was a tad bit bland for our tastebuds, probably because the cream was so light it doesnt really stick with the pasta noodles, shrimp is excellent just like what you'd expect from a japanese resto. The serving is also generous and is already good for Sharing.



Next we had burger steaks, Hamburg and Shrimp for P265, you have to add P30 for the rice though. The burger patties were good, its not that thick as how you'd see it on the menu, but still juicy. What sold me here are the deep fried black tiger prawns (tempura). It was great, juicy, fresh and tender. I also loved the Rice which turned out to be Jasmin, so that's why it was pricey lol.



Off to dessert! We ordered a Strawberry Parfait (P105) and a Japanese Cheesecake (P100), dessert here's quite cheap btw, costing around P90-105 including the crepes.



Life's full of surprises and so is their Parfait! Seeing the picture above, you might say, hey half of it is just cream, but once you get to taste it, you'd really wish half of the whole glass was indeed cream. The cream tasted like sweet icing but it has an ice-cream like texture instead of that of an icing. The ice cream was so delicious too, it has the flavor of natural strawberry, there's totally no taste of any artificial flavoring.

The Japanese cheesecake was very
different from its soft creamy western counterpart. Their Japanese version of cheesecake has a texture is similar to a sponge cake; soft, moist, and sweet but more firm and thick on the inside so it doesnt really get squished when you spoon it.

All in all the fruit parfait is the win! We would probably go back here just to order dessert and have our main course some place else lol. Well we still have many other things on the menu to try. :)

The Tokyo Cafe scores a 3/5: The food's prices are on the middle range but so is the quality of the food. So you basically just get what you pay for.

Estimated Budget:
P250-P300 /person

Branches:
Tokyo Cafe SM Mall of Asia (02) 556-0517
Tokyo Cafe SM North (The Block) (02) 441-0346

To check out the complete Menu please visit the High Resolution Pictures in multiply album. (Link provided below)

Tokyo Cafe Album: http://johnblitz.multiply.com/TokyoCafe

Happy Dining! Itadakimasu! ;)
~ Blitz

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

E.K. OK! - Enchanted Kingdom Otaku Kingdom!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 View Comments
Last sunday, October 18, 2009 we were invited to cover the Otaku Kingdom 2009 event at Enchanted Kingdom. Cosplayers were admitted to the Theme Park for free and so were some few bloggers! =)


The Enchanted Kingdom Office at Makati, near Greenbelt 2.

Us bloggers were picked up by a Van and left the EK Office at around 1:30pm.



Just after around 30mins or so, we arrived at Enchanted Kingdom, we were guided to the Guest Relations office to register and were given our Ride all you can Tags and Press Kits.


We were also given some Wizard Money! Horay! ^0^

Cosplayers were everywhere, enjoying the park rides and are always glad to pose for Photographers and Anime enthusiasts.


Group of cosplayers (left) and Eldar&Princess (right)

The weather was a bit crazy, with the alternating sun and rain every few mins or so. Nonetheless the Rides were still filled with people lining up all day.


Wheel of Fate and Space Shuttle (sadly it was closed for renovation).

After reaching the food court where live otaku bands were performing, I saw a familiar character from my line of favorite PSP games.. its Prinny! from Disgaea, a Slave Penguin from the Underworld lol...


And here he was, doing something naughty... well should you expect less from a creature of the underworld? lol


Asking Mr. Astronaut how to go to my favorite area in the Park "Brooklyn Place".

And here I was, in Brooklyn Place, where the Rialto ride is located. It's a ride where in you enter a movie-house like room, where seats move on all 4 directions (forward,backward,left,right), depending on how the characters in the movie are moving.



As always, the line was so long it will take you half an hour to be able to get inside the ride.



The video was quite disappointing though (Speed Racer), in my previous trips to EK, I really enjoyed this ride because the films that they were showing were in 1st Person view, making you really believe that you are the one in the movie, (ie: Piloting a spaceship etc.) but this time, what they had was just a race scene from the Speed Racer movie, it was like watching a Movie with your seats moving for no particular reason... (probably to keep you awake).

I really do hope they get a new Movie for this ride, or if not, just bring back the previous Movies that they offered in First Person View.


The Souvenir shop at Brooklyn Place (left) Flying Fiesta Ride (right)


Fountain in Front of the Theme Part where the Grand Carousel is.



After finishing our rounds at the park, we went to check whats available at the souvenir shops and then had a late lunch at the indoor canteen (Amazon Grill), I had Fried Chicken, Spag and mixed Veggies. Food here ranges from P70 to P140, they also have burritos!


Terminator&Robocop kids (left), Gundam Kyrios from Gundam00 (right)

Going back to the Space Shuttle area, the cosplayers were now asked to line up for the Group Photoshoot.



After the Cosplay awardings in the evening, we still had a few hours before the Van going back to Ayala would pick us up, so we continued wandering around the Theme Park, We went back to one of the souvenir shops to buy some stuffs.


Rialto Entrance at night

Our visit was just in time for the 4th day of the Sky Wizard Competition, where local Pyrotechnic Manufacturers vie for the title of EK Sky Wizard champion. (which where EK would probably order their fireworks from lol) Sad tho because they didn't mention the names of the Manufacturers. There were a total of 4 awesome fireworks display that night lasting for about 5 minutes each.


A surprising decent fireworks shot that I managed to take with my 7mp Olympus 790SW Cam. I wasn't really expecting I'd be able to take a fireworks picture with it that looks this nice.


Tada! And here are the stuffs that I got with the help of our free Wizard Money =)
A Wizard Pillow (P365) for my girlfriend Mich, and a Brooklyn Place shirt for me! (P300).

Many thanks to Gelo and Myla Cammayo, Head of Corporate Communications of Enchanted Kingdom for having us visit the theme park and cover the event. And also to Azrael for having us fellow bloggers join the event!

More Cosplayer Photos at my Multiply Album: http://johnblitz.multiply.com
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