Movie Review: The Loft (’15 Erik Van Looy)

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The premise of the film draws an interesting hype to consider. Watching the trailer, the film makes you wonder, excited and look forward on how things were transpiring. But. The film fails to do so. The way it was crafted is flawed. The script is problematic. The transition is a little mess. And to be frank, it is so hard to root for the characters involved because their character profiles are cringe worthy. The film never really reach its goal. It feels like we are crossing a circle. The film fails to sustain interest and thrill. It was just sex, death, nastiness, violence and nothing really groundbreaking. Such a disappointed, at least for me. I was left cold and not caring at all after the film’s end credits. 4

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American Idol XIV: Auditions (8)

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Last leg for the auditions episodes. Yes! Yes! Yes! It felt too long, to be honest. This is a fairly decent set of artists with few great standouts.

Let’s see how the night went..

Adanna Duru, You & I – Her tone sounded typical yet current. That is not a bad thing for me and she sounded really good all throughout. Her vocal chops were impressive. The end sounded off pitch though but I digress. Really nice audition. 7.5

Hunter Larsen, That’s life – Decent but not that memorable. 6.5

Tara Honda, I Feel The Earth Move – She sounds like the original at some point but her delivery sounded really current. It’s a little generic in parts but it was all in all really nice. 7

Daniel Seavey, Hallelujah/Straight Up – Too young. I am not sure if he candle the pressure of the competition or he will eventually crash and burn. He has this tone that is nice despite cracking every now and then. He really needs to work on his musicality. 6

Rocky Peter, “Original Song” – The background story is really sentimental. This performance sounds polarizing in parts, more so, like a tribal hymn. Not my cup of tea, I guess. 6

Jaq Mackenzie, “Original Song” – Interesting tone. Not a fan of her song. Lol. 6

Tyanna Jones, Wings – Fantastic audition. Vocal control was great. Presence is remarkable. The tone is lovely. Her delivery is simply impeccable! 8

Cover: Stereo Kicks – Fix You

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This is, I think, my third post about Stereo Kicks because quite frankly the eight man boy band and X Factor UK alums are all over UK these past weeks. From gigs to guest appearances to studio recordings, they were taking this journey one step at a time. I’m happy for this group. They are improving each and every time I see them perform. If before, it was just like James and the 7 back-ups, now the vocals of the others are shining as well and I love how James is very grounded and supportive with them and allowing the others to actually shine on their own.

Last time, they’ve covered Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and it was surprisingly impressive! Last night, ShowcaseLive uploaded a decent cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You”. The group performed it well, with James starting the voice in a stunning fashion. Plus, their harmonies in the latter part? Oh my God! That was beautiful! A couple of things though: Reece should watch out for his vocal control. Chris messed up with his lyrics but it’s nice how he recovered. I wish, the performance ended with James instead of Jake & Charlie. Not that they are terrible singers – No! – but Jake’s grit and Charlie’s round, big voice, felt like it didn’t suit the haunting build up they’ve made pre-end. But then I digress. This is stull an impressive, vocal performance with James Graham leading the pack! Great job lads!

Check out the group’s cover of this Coldplay hit below:

American Idol XIV: Auditions (7)

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I loved this episode. It was hilarious and entertaining with loads of talent to boast for. This made me not think of how exhausting the auditions are. Because like in week 2, I was like “Is the auditions ain’t over?”

Now let’s see who made it tonight..

Katherine Skinner, Shake It Out – She’s cray!! Haha. But the girl has pipes. Her style is a little old fashion but her vocals were raw albeit careless. 6.5

Andrew Bloom, Too Close – I absolutely loved this. There is confidence in him that isn’t cocky and his tone is simply gorgeous. Sure, it wasn’t perfect because he lacks control but he sounds current and pop ready. 7.5

Kellyeann Rodgers, A Song For You – Gorgeous tone. Lovely phrasing. Impressive vocals. 7.5

Reno Anoa’i, I Don’t Want To Talk About It – His tone sounds so sweet and there is believability in him that transcends naturally. This isn’t perfect, his pitch came off a little in parts and he sounds sharp in his high notes. But this sounds pleasant. 6.5

Rayvon Owen, Wide Awake – This started really beautiful. His vocals were impressive. The tone is lovely and his vocal choices were almost spot on. A little too much on the runs but I digress. 8

Maddy Hudson, Resentment – Her tone is raw. She lacks control especially when she just throws her notes in the air. But she has potential, great one! 7

New Track: Sarah Geronimo – Dulo

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Sarah Geronimo hit it right in the park since the bubble gum pop song, “Sa Iyo”, back then and managed to produce consecutive strong singles. From the edgier pop, “Ikot-Ikot” to the emotional digested pop track “Tayo” and then followed it up withe her best, current sounding and catchiest track to date, “Kilometro”, Sarah Geronimo proved to us that she is one of the most relevant artist in the mainstream pop nowadays. Her new track, “Dulo” boasts the same quality as that of Kilometro, only it is a less dance tune. The track sounds fantastic and could potentially be another hit in the belt of Sarah.

Listen on the track below:

21st Screen Actors Guild Awards – Winner’s List

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The event celebrates the best acting performances of television and movie and could be the best forecast for the possible Oscars winner. Haha. Well at least for me.

I will be live blogging the winners, so just keep on refreshing! I hope some of the nominees I’m rooting for will finally get the win. Ehem! Benedict Cumberbatch. Ehem! Jennifer Aniston. Ehem! Edward Norton. Ehem! Emma Stone. Haha.

Let’s see!

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Mark RuffaloThe Normal Heart

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downtown Abbey

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Orange Is The New Black

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FILM CATEGORIES

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Birdman

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

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LIFE ACHIEVEMENT

Screen Actors Guild 51st Annual Life Achievement Award: Debbie Reynolds

Movie Review: The Boy Next Door (’15 Rob Cohen)

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Noah (Ryan Guzman) blurted a line that is both sexy and funny, “I love your mother’s cookies!” and the film bursts into myriad of satisfaction and I love (him) the film. The Boy Next Door is a terrible film but it’s not. Yup, it is a contradiction at large. The writing is flawed, the phasing needed work and how it was crafted is a little off. But let’s be real, the film isn’t peg for an Oscar trophy nor do we even expect something spectacular from Jennifer Lopez? But to be honest, the film is actually entertaining. It was hilarious if it is needed. The steamy, sexy and intense moments were crafted in a not so offensive way. The innuendos were hilarious and sexy at the same time. The narrative is underwhelming but it has potentials. The cast, though not the best actors in the world, worked well. Ryan Guzman is the perfect boy next door: charming, good looking, hot and has the nicest ass. And can I just say that Jennifer Lopez looked like she is just in her mid-20s? That girl is so fine and gorgeous! Their chemistry is surprisingly good. Going back to the film, the transition actually worked for me. It keeps us entertained. Ryan Guzman’s acting surprised me as well. Though not consistent, his body of work from creating that charming boy next door facade and then change into this psychopath obssesed guy is actually pretty remarkable. The film isn’t the best film to date but it actually is worth your money. Critically, ofcourse it won’t work for them but on a non-critic perception, this is actually beyond expectations. 7