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REVIEW: The Voice   4 comments

As far as reality shows go, to do a singing competition is pretty much the toughest to maintain especially since America’s most watched TV show for the past few years is a singing reality competition. So when a show like NBC’s The Voice premiered this summer, everyone took it with a grain of salt. However, no one saw that this is probably the most refreshing, and best musical competition existing right now.

It all started with the blind auditions. Probably gimmicky to some, but this is the perfect way to gain steam and for the show to leave an impact to its viewers. For two weeks, we saw  the judges pressed that buttons, sell themselves, and even gave second chances to some (poor Joann Rizzo, probably my favorite reality star this season. LOL).  Battle rounds were more crucial as we said goodbye to many deserving candidates (Rebecca Loebe, Kelsey Rey, Tje Austin) and then we’re off to the Live Shows, where we’ve seen four people go home each week, until we had the final four (one for each team) and ultimately, Javier Colon won as the first “The Voice” of America.

The season went by pretty fast, though it’s pretty expected as this has been the trial season for NBC’s musical hit contest. Rest assured though that Season 2 will have more episodes and and will be on a more moderate pace, as NBC is gonna milk it for what its worth. What’s unexpected though is the awesome chemistry we saw from the four coaches. Who would have thought that Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera will have this very playful chemistry that helps provide the energy of the show. Not only did we see them train the contestants themselves, but we have seen another part of their personality regarding their own personal experiences in this business. That will remain as one of the biggest assets of this show, and I’m glad to know that all coaches will be back for Season 2. It has also been a very good platform in promoting themselves and their music. I’m pretty confident that Blake Shelton is now a household name, and a very famous one. All thanks to the show.

Also, the performances of the finalists are all worth mentioning. Whether it’s the theatrics of Cee-Lo’s group, or the simplicity of Blake’s, the performances were clearly appreciated as we see the coaches be in charge behind the scenes in terms of the overall outcome. That’s why I actually don’t have a problem when they rarely say anything negative during live shows. The coaches can reserve the constructive criticisms on the rehearsals as it is the better venue to do so. it’s not like commenting just for the sake of stirring some fake buzz or showing off favoritism among some finalists. Plus, the songs! OMG, it’s as current as it gets! Who would have thought that a Ke$ha song will ever be sung on a singing competition? Not me, definitely! I love that there are no themes per weeks, and focuses on the strengths of the contestants. After all, they’re newbies, you don’t expect them to be bravura right off the bat.

All in all, this was a very good season for The Voice. The winner was strong, and I’ll even go as far as saying that the top four is extremely good. I wouldn’t be shocked if all four get record deals as I know that their coaches will probably get one for them. There are definitely rooms for improvement (yes, Carson I’m pointing at you), but for a trial freshman season, this went beyond my expectations! Actually when I was watching the last few minutes before the announcement of the winner, I did not feel that I’m watching a competition, but more of a celebration of talent. That’s how effective it is! Kudos to everyone involved! 🙂

Season Grade: solid A

Next post is dedicated to The Voice’s best performances of the season.

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 10   2 comments


DAY 10: A Film With Your Favorite Actor (Female) – Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)

Does it get any more obvious than this one? Of course it’s Nicole Kidman! I’d go gaga with anything she does. This is the movie that made me fall in love with her. She dances, she sings, she sizzles. Satine, oh Satine. Nicole is one of the most underrated actresses of her current generation as the accolades go to the Winslets and the Blanchetts, but Kidman brings acting to another level with the way she conquers her roles. And she’s not afraid to tackle roles that are not lovable, nor appealing in nature. Whether it’s her killer motives in To Die For, her tree climbing in Margot at the Wedding, the opera scene in Birth, confrontation scene in Rabbit Hole, and even acting in a sound stage in Dogville, Nicole does them all, and she’s fabulously fantastic in it. 🙂

Posted June 30, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 9   2 comments

DAY 9: A Film With Your Favorite Actor (Male) – Big (Penny Marshall, 1986)

I think I have to go with the classic. Tom Hanks is my favorite actor. The reason I choose him is because I see that he’s a very good actor who can work well on any genre and any type of role. He’s so flexible, and the range of his performances is very wide, thus he’s one of the few actors who has multiple Oscars. I chose Big because it’s one of his earliest movies (his first one to grab him an Oscar nod) and his comedic chops are dead on. He’s also good in Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Road to Perdition, and Cast Away.

Posted June 29, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 8   Leave a comment

DAY 8: The Film You Can Quote Best – Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004)

“And right now, you’re gettin on my last nerve. Switch!”
” And evil takes a human form in Regina George. Don’t be fooled because she may seem like your typical selfish, back-stabbing slut faced ho-bag, but in reality, she’s so much more than that.”
“I’m sorry that people are so jealous of me… but I can’t help it that I’m so popular.”
“If you’re from Africa…. then why are you white?”
“Alyssa, I’m sorry I called you a gap-toothed bitch. It’s not your fault you’re so gap-toothed.”

And the list goes on and on and on and on and on. Tina Fey wrote of the wittiest, and funniest screenplays full of memorable quotes in this high school comedy that is as real as it gets.

Posted June 28, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 7   1 comment

DAY 7: A Film That Reminds You of Your Past – Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1989)

So yeah, I still remember when I fell in love with the movies. I was probably Grade 5 then, and I was sick, and there’s nothing left for me to do but watch HBO. I thought that would help me improve my English more. LOL. After all, i’m the kid who watched Cedie, and Sarah Ang Munting Prinsesa on cinemas. So every night, at 9PM, I watch anything and I mean anything that is shown on HBO. The rest, as they say, is history. 🙂

Posted June 28, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 6   Leave a comment

DAY 6: A Film That Reminds You of Somewhere – Under the Tuscan Sun (Audrey Wells, 2003)

Oh boy, how I’d love to be in Italy! The scenery are just majestic. In the movie, Diane Lane plays a newly divorced writer who tries to do some soul-searching in Tuscany, Italy until she decided to buy a house there to start a new life, and ultimately a new love. Well I can’t blame her, even I fell in love with Tuscany! God knows how I’m dying to be there. Haha! Anyway, special shout out to the local movie Ploning (Dante Nico Garcia, 2007) for showing Philippine island at its finest. Bravo! 🙂

Posted June 26, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 5   1 comment

DAY 5: A Film That Reminds You of Someone – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)

The reason why I chose this film is because I think everyone reached a stage in their lives where in they so badly want to erase all the memories they had with someone else. Whether it’s a friend, a lover, an enemy, or whoever it is. Though it doesn’t always follow the same route like Joel Barrish realizing in the end that he doesn’t want his memories to be erased, we’ve all tried to forget someone. 🙂

Posted June 25, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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