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ANALYSIS: Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 2011   3 comments

Happy rainy morning everyone! I’m back. First things first, I am officially employed! 🙂 Yay! I did pass my training, and currently work as a writing consultant for a company in Alabang. WordPress is blocked over there though, that’s why I can’t update my blog during office hours.

Anyway, for the next few weeks, I will be giving my analysis on the different categories for this year’s Emmy Awards. I will be doing all twelve acting categories plus the two series awards only. The rest of my predictions will be revealed the day before the actual Emmys. As a start, here is my in-depth analysis of the Guest Actress category:

 

*Nominee pictures were taken from their submitted episodes. 🙂

The nominees are:

• Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock” (Double-Edged Sword)
• Kristin Chenoweth, “Glee” (Rumors)
• Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Tina Fey)
• Dot Marie-Jones, “Glee” (Never Been Kissed)
• Cloris Leachman, “Raising Hope” (Don’t Vote for This Episode)
• Gwyneth Paltrow, “Glee” (The Substitute)

This is a pretty disappointing list if you ask me. They probably watched the right shows but nominated the wrong actress (Banks, Fey), or watched a single show and voted for all possible actors (They didn’t nominate Charice? LOL). Cynthia Nixon, Amy Poehler, Megan Mullally, Sherri Shepherd, and Elaine Stritch would have been far worthier contenders. Anyway, Elizabeth Banks grabbed her first nomination this year as a pregnant Avery delaying her giving of birth because she doesn’t want the child to be born in Canada. While baby storylines works in this genre (Jennifer Aniston, Debra Messing), Banks wasn’t dominant enough to pull off a win. Kristin Chenoweth scores a consecutive nomination as April Rhodes, and while I find her first guesting spot on (she was my personal winner last year), this year her material wasn’t even worthy of a nomination. Her musical number, however, is always untouchable. There is probably a memorandum that demands a Tina Fey nomination every year. Her first year was very excellent and deserving of a win, her second was good but Betty White was unstoppable, but her stint this year is bland and not funny. While she was funny in her duet with Maya Rudolph, the rest of the episode was blah. She was funny in the Bravo segment but that’s it, even her Sarah Palin impersonation was mixed this year. Dot Marie-Jones was a nice addition to Glee’s already gigantic cast, and story in Never Been Kissed is touching (no one loves her), and funny (Beiste in a ballerina outfit butchering meat), but she wasn’t the stand out of her episode, and even among her co-guest stars in this category. Emmy queen Cloris Leachman can pull off a win even with no buzz (see Malcolm in the Middle win here in 2006), but this year, she gets good notices as Maw Maw. Her episode which gives us a look on her birthday celebration, is touching and every effective. Gwyneth Paltrow is Glee’s biggest guest star yet, and positive reaction about her Holly Holiday role gained her both critical acclaims as well as a new following. Her episode where she substituted to Will Schuester made an impression not only to the Glee club but to the viewers as well.

In the end, it’s still a Cloris Leachman-Gwyneth Paltrow race. I will never ever underestimate Leachman’s ability to pull an upset, but as much as I won’t throw her chances out of the window, I still predict Paltrow to score a victory in this category. Gwyneth gets to sing, dance, and make a Lindsay Lohan rehab joke in her episode. Plus, it’s one of the most memorable guest spots of the past television season.

Tape rankings:

1. Paltrow

2. Leachman

3. Jones

4. Banks

5. Chenoweth

6. Fey

Final predictions:

1. Gwyneth Paltrow, “Glee” (The Substitute)

2. Cloris Leachman, “Raising Hope” (Don’t Vote for This Episode)

3. Dot Marie-Jones, “Glee” (Never Been Kissed)

4. Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Tina Fey)

5. Kristin Chenoweth, “Glee” (Rumors)

6. Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock” (Double-Edged Sword)

Your thoughts? 🙂

Posted July 31, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, TV

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Tears Dry on Their Own   1 comment

Addiction.

There’s always something mysterious and captivating about addiction. At first, it can be harmless. The less harm you think it brings, the opposite it actually does to you. Whether it’s internet usage, alcohol, or pornography, all of them starts with curiosity. That curiosity keeps on growing, and before you know it, you’re already into it. After you realize that, you try so hard, and do every single thing you can to avoid it, until you yourself realize that the mere act of avoiding becomes the new habit.

Last Saturday, we lost one of the most amazing talents we have. Amy Winehouse was found dead and unperceptive in her own apartment. At a very young age of 27, Winehouse already managed to be a legend. To be honest, I already sensed that this day will probably come, but never this early. I guess everyone is aware how much she struggled with her fight against all the demons that have lived inside her. But despite that, there’s still this glimmering sign of hope in me that this is just a phase, and she’ll get over this and fix everything.

Apparently, it was already late. As a fan, I am devastated. From what I’ve known of her, she is a sweet, hardworking girl that was troubled. She needs help, and for some unknown reason, she can’t fight all of these storms that brave her way. It breaks my heart that she was a laughing stock to most people because of her addiction to substance. It’s a shame that she wasn’t given the chance to redeem herself and show others the Amy that her fans learned to love and appreciate.

Whatever made her dependent on substance is something that we’ll never know. It can be depression, it can be pressure, it can be frustration, or it can be fame. But what I did know was that the world should know more of her talents. Her vocals were amazing and unique. Her songwriting skills were some of the rawest, and most honest I have ever heard. She opened the doors not only for British female singers to make a name for themselves in the US, but more than that, she made us embrace her and her music despite her imperfections. If anything, her music is nearly flawless. It’s sad that the world won’t be able to hear new music from her.

It has always been clear to her fans that Amy is not the most good-looking singer out there; nor the sexiest one like every pop star we see nowadays. If anything, she isn’t manufactured like them, but that didn’t stop people from loving her. She has always been transparent, and her songs reflect her personal look in life. She has SOUL. The same can’t be said about any of her contemporaries.

Her album Back to Black made me fell in love with her. I even made a review about it three years ago, and indicated that I hope she gets to fix her personal issues because the world needs more of her talents. I gave the album a spin a while ago, and it never lost any inch of magic that she inserted into the record. I still remember her genuine reaction when it was announced that she won the Grammy for Record of the Year, and how tearful she was when she made her speech. She deserved the recognition fair and square, yet I can’t believe how humble her reaction was.

While it was Back to Black that introduced her to me, it was her underrated album Frank that made me know her more. Adele summed it best when she said that “ i don’t think she ever realised just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming.”

We only get to see a talent like hers once in a blue moon. Though I can’t explain more how much I’d love for her to come back, I still thank Amy for sharing her talents to us. Your music is and will always be remembered.  I know that you’re watching us now from heaven, and you don’t want us to be devastated, and if anything, we’ll celebrate your short existence and how you’ll always be an inspiration to all of us.

You’ll surely be missed, Amy!  Thank you for everything! 🙂

Posted July 27, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Personal

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REVIEW: The Adventures of Pureza, Queen of the Riles   6 comments

First, yes I know I’m two weeks late, and by the time you read this, the movie is already out of the theaters. So you can use this small review if you think it’s worthy enough to buy from Manong Dibidi. Anyway, Melai Cantiveros’s having her own Harry Potter curse as her launching movie as a lead star faces Deathly Hallows. If that’s not enough misfortune, the material of her movie is not even passable. I don’t know who she messed up with, but poor woman is put into a very unflattering situation.

Anyway, the movie is okay. Hey, that’s a big compliment already! Hahaha! You wouldn’t miss anything if you haven’t seen it. At the same time, you won’t gain anything if you see it. But, I must commend it simply because I guess people behind the film knew that the material is shallow that even them didn’t take this one seriously. That worked well for the film because you’ll really see yourself laughing, and by the end, you’ll still be laughing because you can’t believe you survived watching it.

Cantiveros was convincing as the lead especially since she was so into the role that she gave her director the permission to play with her. It seemed as if everyone in the cast knew that this is no serious film so they all played their parts lightly, and resulted to a surprisingly passable output. Even though there are times that I feel for Martin del Rosario since he was somewhat exploited with all the unnecessary bath scene and topless shots through the course of the movie. The movie also gave a subtle tribute to the past Redford White and Babalu slapstick films of the yesteryears. All in all, senseless film but miles better than the pretentious Soxie Topacio offering Ded na si Lolo.

Grade: C

Posted July 26, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Reviews

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Officially Missing You   Leave a comment

Finals ng Devcomsoc last weekend. So yes, wala po akong boses. Anyway, share ko lang ‘to:

Same resort. (Almost) same pose. Same batch. 🙂

Miss ko na kayo HELIX. Ang tanda na natin yet we’re still the coolest. Haha!

Posted July 25, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Personal

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2011 MTV Video Music Awards nominations reactions   Leave a comment

Happy weekend everyone! I’ve been pretty busy the past few days that I don’t even have the time to update my blog. Last Thursday, the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards nominations were revealed, and it caused a big ruckus in the internet world. While the nominations were announced by 9AM Manila time, lots of potential nominees’ fans are waiting as early as 2AM. They were already cheering and expecting that their favorites will sweep the nominations once again.

So when the nominations were finally announced, here are the contenders for the much coveted Video of the Year award:

  • Adele — “Rolling in the Deep”
  • Beastie Boys — “Make Some Noise”
  • Bruno Mars — “Grenade”
  • Katy Perry — “Firework”
  • Tyler, the Creator — “Yonkers”
So when the expected nominees were left out, fans went rabid mad. Gaga received three noms (Female, Art Direction, and Choreography) while Britney had two (Pop, Choreography). Fans of both artists released their frustrations in two different ways: Britney’s fans edited Wikipedia article of the MTV VMA 2011, and replaced a lot of nominees with Britney’s name. Gaga’s fans attacked Adele (especially her weight) on the other hand. This prompted MTV to release the following statement:
Listen Little Monsters, we know you’re less than thrilled that Lady Gaga didn’t score as many nominations for the 211 MTV Video Music Awards as you may have wanted or expected, but do you think she’d be pleased that you are attacking the appearance of a singer who did score some nods? 

It’s less paws up than claws out. It’s also a pretty poor reflection of the message Mother Monster preaches. 

After Adele, whose 21 is top-selling album of the year by far, scored an impressive seven VMA nominations, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video and Best Pop Video, and Gaga scored only one major nomination – Best Female Video for “Born This Way” – the pop star’s fans started getting personal on Twitter. 

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and we totally get not being happy when your favorite artist doesn’t get the love you think they deserve, but Adele’s weight has nothing to do with anything, and insulting it isn’t going to change Lady Gaga’s number of nominations and represents the kind of bullying that Gaga rallies against. 

We think Lady Gaga is probably mortified right now – not because she didn’t sweep the VMA nominations, but because of her fans’ reactions. They’re not engaging in any kind of civil debate, they are reaching for the easy insult. It’s the very thing Lady Gaga rails against. She stands in front of stadiums around the world singing, “I’m beautiful in my way, cause God makes no mistakes, I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way,” and preaches a message of unconditional acceptance. 

Except if you are overweight, it seems, then all bets are off. 

Grow up, you’re starting to act like real Monsters! 

Good job to MTV. For once, you really addressed the issue. This has been bothering non-fans for a long time now. Anyway, here are my reactions for this year:
GOOD
  • Katy Perry showered with nominations. her videos this Teenage Dream era are really impressive. She deserves to sweep, IMO.
  • They strayed away from the Eminems, and the Birtneys and the Gagas, who have good videos but nothing worthy to sweep nominations.
  • Adele getting showered with nominations. yeah she was sitting at the whole course of the video but it wasn’t a lazy video per se.
  • Best Choreography in a Video is a good category
  • I’ll repeat it: Britney and Gaga deserve to get nominations only in the categories where they received one.
BAD
  • Grenade as VOTY? Really, MTV!?!?!
  • Where the hell is Kanye West’s Runaway video. That should be the video to lead the nominations this year.
  • Rihanna deserved some love for her individual work. She should have been nominated in Female and Pop.
  • Where is Best Dance and Best Breakthrough Video? Same goes for Best R&B.
  • Not much love to Cee-Lo, and Eminem, and J.Lo.
  • STOP WITH THE FAN VOTING PLEASE.
Here’s the rest of  the nominations:

Best Male Video

  • Justin Bieber — “U Smile”
  • Eminem (featuring Rihanna) — “Love the Way You Lie”
  • Cee-Lo Green — “Fuck You!”
  • Bruno Mars — “Grenade”
  • Kanye West (featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi) — “All of the Lights”

Best Female Video

  • Adele — “Rolling in the Deep”
  • Beyoncé — “Run the World (Girls)”
  • Lady Gaga — “Born This Way”
  • Nicki Minaj — “Super Bass”
  • Katy Perry — “Firework”

Best New Artist

  • Big Sean (featuring Chris Brown) — “My Last”
  • Foster the People — “Pumped Up Kicks”
  • Kreayshawn — “Gucci Gucci”
  • Tyler, the Creator — “Yonkers”
  • Wiz Khalifa — “Black and Yellow”

Best Pop Video

  • Adele — “Rolling in the Deep”
  • Bruno Mars — “Grenade”
  • Katy Perry — “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”
  • Pitbull (featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack) — “Give Me Everything”
  • Britney Spears — “Till the World Ends”

Best Rock Video

  • The Black Keys — “Howlin’ for You”
  • Cage the Elephant — “Shake Me Down”
  • Foo Fighters — “Walk”
  • Foster the People — “Pumped Up Kicks”
  • Mumford & Sons — “The Cave”

Best Hip-Hop Video

  • Chris Brown (featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes) — “Look at Me Now”
  • Lupe Fiasco — “The Show Goes On”
  • Lil Wayne (featuring Cory Gunz) — “6 Foot 7 Foot”
  • Nicki Minaj — “Super Bass”
  • Kanye West (featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi) — “All of the Lights”

Best Collaboration

  • Chris Brown (featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes) — “Look at Me Now”
  • Nicki Minaj (featuring Drake) — “Moment 4 Life”
  • Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West) — “E.T.”
  • Pitbull (featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack) — “Give Me Everything”
  • Kanye West (featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi) — “All of the Lights”

Best Direction in a Video

  • 30 Seconds to Mars — “Hurricane” (Director: Bartholomew Cubbins)
  • Adele — “Rolling in the Deep” (Director: Sam Brown)
  • Beastie Boys — “Make Some Noise” (Director: Adam Yauch)
  • Eminem (featuring Rihanna) — “Love the Way You Lie” (Director: Joseph Kahn)
  • Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West) — “E.T.” (Director: Floria Sigismondi)

Best Choreography in a Video

  • Beyoncé — “Run the World (Girls)” (Choreographer: Frank Gatson)
  • Lady Gaga — “Judas” (Chroeographer: Laurieann Gibson)
  • LMFAO (featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock) — “Party Rock Anthem” (Choreographer: Hokuto Konishi)
  • Bruno Mars — “The Lazy Song” (Choreographers: Bruno Mars and Poreotics)
  • Britney Spears — “Till the World Ends” (Choreographer: Brian Friedman)

Best Special Effects in a Video

  • Chromeo — “Don’t Turn the Lights On” (Special Effects: The Mill)
  • Linkin Park — “Waiting for the End” (Special Effects: Ghost Town Media)
  • Manchester Orchestra — “Simple Math” (Special Effects: Daniels)
  • Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West) — “E.T.” (Special Effects: Jeff Dotson for Dot & Effects)
  • Kanye West (featuring Dwele) — “Power” (Special Effects: Nice Shoes and ArtJail)

Best Art Direction in a Video

  • Adele — “Rolling in the Deep” (Art Director: Nathan Parker)
  • Death Cab for Cutie — “You Are a Tourist” (Art Directors: Nick Gould, Tim Nackashi and Anthony Maitz)
  • Lady Gaga — “Judas” (Art Director: Amy Danger)
  • Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West) — “E.T.” (Art Director: Jason Fijal)
  • Kanye West (featuring Dwele) — “Power” (Art Director: Babak Radboy)

Best Editing in a Video

  • 30 Seconds to Mars — “Hurricane” (Editors: Jared Leto, Frank Snider, Michael Bryson, Stefanie Visser and Daniel Carberry)
  • Adele — “Rolling in the Deep” (Editor: Art Jones at Work)
  • Manchester Orchestra — “Simple Math” (Editor: Daniels)
  • Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West) — “E.T.” (Editor: Jarrett Fijal)
  • Kanye West (featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi) — “All of the Lights” (Editor: Hadaya Turner)

Best Cinematography in a Video

  • 30 Seconds to Mars — “Hurricane” (Directors of Photography: BenoĂ®t Debie, Jared Leto, Rob Witt and Daniel Carberry)
  • Adele — “Rolling in the Deep” (Director of Photography: Tom Townend)
  • Beyoncé — “Run the World (Girls)” (Director of Photography: Jeffrey Kimball)
  • Eminem (featuring Rihanna) — “Love the Way You Lie” (Director of Photography: Christopher Probst)
  • Katy Perry — “Teenage Dream” (Director of Photography: Paul Laufer)
How about you? What are your reactions? Happy weekend, everyone! 🙂

Posted July 23, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, Music

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 30   Leave a comment

DAY 30:  Your Favorite Film This Time Last Year (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Farris, 2006)

First of all, WHEW! I made it til the 30th day. Hahaha. So this will be my last post for my 30 Day Film Challenge. 🙂

Little Miss Sunshine is the little movie that could. As a matter of fact, it did. It successfully captured the hearts of both the young and the old. The Hoovers, as dysfunctional as they can be, is what defines a family. Whether you all have different perspectives in life, at the end of the day you still belong to a family. Michael Arndt’s very touching and truthful screenplay is one of the high points of the film. Plus, the ensemble as well who all delivered. Standouts were Steve Carell as the gay uncle and Toni Collette as the sane mom.

It was my favorite film this time last year, and still is my favorite film this year. I just think this movie is the perfect way to end this countdown on a high note. 🙂

NEXT UP: 100 DAY FILM CHALLENGE! But I’ll probably think about it first. 🙂

Posted July 20, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 29   Leave a comment

DAY 29: Your Favorite Film As a Kid – Toy Story (Lee Unkrich, 1995)

This was an easy choice for me. By this time, I think I only saw two movies: Power Ranger the Movie and this one. And while I’ll always consider myself as Power Ranger Red, this one has left a bigger and longer impact on me. No arguments needed, I literally grew up with this movie franchise. And it never lost its magic even once. 🙂

Posted July 19, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2   3 comments

It definitely is the end of an era.

So yeah, I was able to watch this just yesterday. Probably, this is the best movie to have my first IMAX experience. It was worth it. Every cent of the money I paid for is worth it. I’ll give you a warning though, I’m still suffering from Potter madness so this might be a biased review  piece of appreciation for the decade that Potter gave us.

I actually enjoyed the film. Yes, it’s not a hundred percent faithful to the book. Yes, the fight scenes were too short. Yes, it wasn’t able to include all the details despite that it’s a two-parter. And yes, that did not hinder me from liking and appreciating one of the best Potter films of the franchise.

More than anything, I felt that the overall theme of the film was to convey to us that it is, indeed, the last. There’s no more new book to look forward to, and no more movie to watch. But while it said that it will be the last, I never felt that it was the end. There’s the whole nostalgic atmosphere that you’ll feel when watching the movie. It feels as if every scene indicates that. It’s not forced, as it was genuinely felt.

Anyway, David Yates was at his best when he directed this one. It was a showstopper. All the previous films he did before this is like a preparation as compared to this one. This is his main show, and he certainly delivered. There’s nothing left to nitpick about the technical aspects of the film. There were probably some scenes that were too dark, but not on the IMAX screen. The art direction was top notch. Same goes to the cinematography, and the visual effects of the film. I also love how the original score was already memorable seconds after the movie started.

Daniel Radcliffe was the star of this show. Unlike the previous Potter movies where in he gets overshadowed, he managed to stand out in this one. Emma Watson and Rupert Grint played supporting characters this time, and does it without upstaging anyone else. Matthew Lewis was given something to do, and never overplayed his part. However, three actors really stood out for me: Alan Rickman’s Snape was one of the emotional highlights of the film. And he handled the material very well, thus everyone loved his “scene.” Ralph Fiennes, putting all the prosthetic and make up aside, was able to channel Lord Voldemort perfectly that you’ll realize how much he studied this role, and how much he was perfect in it. My personal favorite though is Dame Maggie Smith’s Professor McGonagall. There’s something about her performance that made me smile every time she appears on screen. She was funny, heartbreaking, inspirational, and effective all at the same time.

I guess whatever the movie ended up, I’d still have loved the film. After all, I’ve already invested a lot of my life with Hogwarts and Potter. But I was actually satisfied with this ending. This gave me enough closure already. 🙂

Grade: A

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 28   2 comments

DAY 28: The Most Obscure Film You’ve Ever Seen – Zyzzyx Rd (John Penney, 2006)

I know, I know. You were all thinking WTF. What the hell did I take to watch this film. Truth is, I don’t even think you know this film exists, and I can’t blame you. It stars then struggling actress Katherine Heigl, and by looking at the poster, you’ll know this ain’t good. That’s a fact though. This was cheap Z-movie (can’t even say B movie) from start to end. The reason why I “discovered” this was I was researching on the film that is the lowest box office hit of all time, and yes you’re looking at it now.

For a budget of two million, it earned 20 dollars for its whole run. Actually, it was shown for six days in a cinema somewhere in Texas, and earned 30 dollars. But one of the three people who watched it wanted a refund, so the total earnings went back to 20 bucks. However, the purpose of the film was mainly to complete a necessity requirement to eb a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

I’m not fabricating any story here. That’s as true as it gets. LOL. I was even surprised to see a torrent of this film because I didn’t even think they’ll spend more money on DVDs. Hahaha. Anyway, that’s new found information for you guys!

Posted July 18, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 27   Leave a comment

DAY 27: Your Favorite Independent Film – Once (John Carney, 2007)

This is one small movie that has one big impact. I chose this because the movie is really independent (for the love of God, it was shot using a video camera). But that didn’t hinder it from delivering what the message of the film was. It’s a film about love. But unlike any other stories about love, it was never afraid to show love that hurts. Or love that doesn’t have a happy ending. Or that love is experimental by nature. There’s this emotional aspect that the film conveys so much that it makes me fall in love with the film the more I watch it.

And oh, Falling Slowly is definitely one of the best movie soundtrack in the history of cinema. That’s how good it was. IMO, it’s even one of the best songs ever.  🙂

Posted July 17, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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