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REVIEW: Won’t Last a Day Without You   26 comments

Star Cinema’s second installment to the Sarah Geronimo-Gerald Anderson team up faces a tough challenge as it follows the record breaking one two punch of No Other Woman and Praybeyt Benjamin. However, with the good word of mouth that this movie deserves to get, this will definitely be a blockbuster on its own.

As for starters, both Sarah and Gerald are playing new characters. Sarah plays DJ Heidi, a famous radio love adviser, while Gerald is Andrew Escalona, a former playboy slash car lover. When Heidi accidentally convinces a caller to break up with his boyfriend (which happened to be Andrew), chaos and romance simultaneously overlaps giving love an infamous image.

Some disclaimers first: I’m a big Sarah Geronimo fanboy, and I’ve seen all of her starrer films on the first day of showing. There’s really something about her that makes her films appealing and relaxing to watch. Her high pitch delivery, together with her witty facial expressions, did not miss a beat in this film. Gerald Anderson has really came a long way from his Big Brother stint, as he had already mastered the romantic stare and proper angles to the camera. There are times when you can see his Budoy character in some deliveries, but I bet that people will forget that the moment he takes off his shirt. Special mention is given to Joey de Leon, in his most natural and enjoyable role in a while. His rock star character lights up the scene and gives it a natural and charming feeling that complimented Geronimo’s and Anderson’s chemistry.

I’ve learned that this is director’s Raz de la Torre’s first feature, and he did a good job with it. You can feel the enthusiasm and overflowing ideas of the director, yet he did not overdo any of his scenes, something that most first time directors are too conscious about that they miss the point of avoiding it. de la Torre is a good balance to the cast’s overwhelming presence, and hats off that he did not give in to the very tempting “overdone” effect. I’m also interested to know how much of the script was adlib and how much was not. There were a lot of very catchy and memorable lines there.

Don’t get me wrong; this is not a perfect film. Of course, there’s the usual rushed Star Cinema technical difficulties which happened to majority of their films. It’s also somehow long, but it’s not overdone. There were some unnecessary scenes, but it won’t bother you that much.

All in all, this is a good film. You already know what the ending will be like the moment you entered the cinemas, but it’s the journey on the way to the predicted conclusion that stood out here. Won’t Last a Day Without You is a nice, refreshing film that showed some potentials. If you see people not smiling when they came out of the cinema, then they weren’t able to experience love at one point in their lives. 🙂

Grade: B+

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Posted November 30, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Films, Reviews

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54th Grammy Awards predictions: Part 2 (Rock, Rap, Country)   Leave a comment

Okay, here’s Part 2 of the Grammy nomination predictions which will be announced tomorrow morning. Yesterday, I covered the General Field, Pop, Dance, and R&B. For this one, we’ll be having Rock, Rap, and Country.

ROCK PERFORMANCE

Coldplay, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”

Foo Fighters, “Walk”

Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”

Neil Young, “Walk with Me”

Kings of Leon, “Back Down South”

NEXT IN LINE: Bon Iver, “Perth”; Eric Clapton, “River Runs Deep”; Elton John/leon Russell, “Hey Ahab”; Red Hot Chili Peppers, The “Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie”

ROCK SONG

Kings of Leon, “Back Down South”

Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”

Coldplay, “EVery Teardrop is a Waterfall”

Neil Young, “Walk with Me”

Foo Fighters, “Walk”

NEXT IN LINE: Death Cab for Cutie, “You Are a Tourist”; Red Hot Chili Peppers, “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie”

ROCK ALBUM

Foo Fighters, “Wasting Light”

Kings of Leon, “Come Around Sundown”

Red Hot Chili Peppers, “I’m With You”

R.E.M, “Collapse Into Now”

Wilco, “The Whole Love”

NEXT IN LINE: Jeff Beck, “Rock N Roll Hall Party”; Green Day, “Awesome as Fuck”; Kid Rock, “Born Free”

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Bon Iver, “Bon Iver”

Death Cab for Cutie, “Codes and Keys”

Foster the People, “Torches”

PJ Harvey, “Let England Shake”

Radiohead, “The King of Limbs”

NEXT IN LINE: Little Dragon, “Ritual Union”; Elbow, “Build a Rocket Boys!”

RAP PERFORMANCE

Chris Brown, Busta Rhymnes, Lil Wayne, “Look at Me Now”

Nicki Minaj, Drake, “Moment 4 Life”

Jay Z, Kanye West, “Otis”

Lil’ Wayne, Drake, “She Will”

Lupe Fiasco, “the Show Goes On”

NEXT IN LINE: Wiz Khalifa, “Black and Yellow”; Beastie Boys, “Make Some Noise”; T.I. Eminem, “That’s All She Wrote”

RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION

Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Fergie, “All of the Lights”

Beyonce, Andre 3000, “Party”

Bad Meets Evil, Bruno Mars, “Lighters”

Kelly Rowland, Lil Wayne, “Motivation”

Rihanna, Drake, “What’s My Name”

NEXT IN LINE: Dr. Dre, Eminem, Skylar Gray, “I Need a Doctor”; Lupe Fiasco, John Legend, “Never Forget About You”; DJ Khaled, Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross, “I’m On One”

RAP SONG

Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Fergie, “All of the Lights”

Wiz Khalifa, “Black and Yellow”

Bad Meets Evil, Bruno Mars, “Lighters”

Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, “Look at Me Now”

Jay Z, Kanye West, “Otis”

NEXT IN LINE: Drake, “Marvin’s Room”, Lupe Fiasco, “The Show Goes On”

RAP ALBUM

Lil Wayne, “The Carter IV”

Beastie Boys, “Ht Sauce Committee Part 2”

Kanye West, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday”

Kanye West, Jay Z, “Watch the Throne”

NEXT IN LINE: Lupe Fiasco, “Lasers”; J. Cole, “Cole Word: The Sideline Story”

COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE

Jason Aldean, “Dirt Road Anthem”

Miranda Lambert, “Heart Like Mine”

Blake Shelton, “Honey Bee”

Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Keith Urban, “Without You”

NEXT IN LINE: Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”; Dierks Bentley, “Am I the Only One?”; Carrie Underwood, “Mama’s Song”

COUNTRY DUO/GROUP EPRFORMANCE

Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

The Band Perry, “You Lie”

Lady Antebellum, “Just a Kiss”

Brad Paisley/Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me”

Zac Brown Band, “Colder Weather”

NEXT IN LINE: Alison Krauss & Union Station, “Paper Airplane”; The Civil Wars, “Poison & Wine”; Willie Nelson & Wilton Marshalls Featuring Norah Jones , “Here We Go Again”

COUNTRY SONG

Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You”

Lady Antebellum, “Just a Kiss”

Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Brad Paisley/Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me”

The Band Perry, “You Lie”

NEXT IN LINE: Zac Brown Band, “Colder Weather”; Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”

COUNTRY ALBUM

The Band Perry, “The Band Perry”

Keith Urban, “Get Closer”

Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”

Lady Antebellum, Own the Night”

Taylor Swift, “Speak Now”

NEXT IN LINE: Blake Shelton, “Red River Blue”; Dolly Parton, “Better Day”; George Strait, “Here for a Good Time”; Brad Paisley, “This is Country Music”

That’s it! Who are you predicting to win and get snubbed? Happy Grammy day tomorrow! 😀

Posted November 28, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, Music

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53rd Grammy Awards predictions: Part 1 (General, Pop, Dance, R&B)   7 comments

Amidst all the Oscar talk this season, music’s biggest night is also nearing. As a matter of fact, nominations will be announced three days from now. Last year’s show provided as some of the biggest surprises ever (The Arcade Fire as Album of the Year, Esperanza Spalding as Best New Artist), and this year is surprisingly on its way to become very controversial on its own. It’s also the first year with the revamped categories in many Grammy categories. Anyway, here we go:

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Katy Perry, “Firework”

Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger”

Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”

Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”

NEXT IN LINE: Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga, “Lady in the Tramp”; Bruno Mars, “Grenade”; Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

SONG OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

Bruno Mars, “Grenade”

Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”

Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

Lady Gaga, “You & I”

NEXT IN LINE: Katy Perry, “Firework”; Taylor Swift, “Back to December”; Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”; Marsha Ambrosius, “Far Away”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

Adele, “21”

Bruno Mars, “Doo Wops and Hooligans”

Tony Bennett, “Duets II”

Taylor Swift, “Speak Now”

Jay Z/Kanye West, “Watch the Throne”

NEXT IN LINE: Foster the People, “Torches”; Lady GaGa, “Born This Way”; Kanye West, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”; Bon Iver, “Bon Iver”; Rihanna, “Loud”

BEST NEW ARTIST

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

The Civil Wars

Foster the People

Christina Perri

NEXT IN LINE: Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Miguel, Tyler the Creator

POP PERFORMANCE

Adele, “Someone Like You”

Lady Gaga, “You and I”

Bruno Mars, “Grenade”

Katy Perry, “Firework”

Pink, “Fuckin’ Perfect”

NEXT IN LINE: Christina Perri, “Jar of Hearts”; Beyonce, “Best Thing I Never Had”, Kelly Clarkson, “Mr. Know It All; Taylor Swift, “Back to December”

POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

Tony Bennett/Amy Winehouse, “Body and Soul”

Elton John/Leon Russell, “Move to Shiloh”

Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger”

Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”

Adele/Darius Rucker, “Need You Now”

NEXT IN LINE: Coldplay, “Paradise”; Katy Perry/Kanye West, “ET (Remix)”; Jennifer Lopez/Pitbull, “On the Floor”; Pitbull/Ne-Yo/Afrojack, “Give Me Everything”; LMFAO/Lauren Bennett, “Party Rock Anthem”

POP VOCAL ALBUM

Adele, “21”

Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”

Bruno Mars, “Doo Wops and Hooligans”

Cee-Lo Green, “The Lady Killer”

Rihanna, “Loud”

NEXT IN LINE: Britney Spears, “Femme Fetale”; Justin Bieber, “My World Acoustic”; Various Artists, “Glee the 3D Concert Experience”; The Script, “Science and Faith”

DANCE RECORDING

Duck Sauce, “Barbra Streisand”

Benny Benassi/Chris Brown, “Beautiful People”

Robyn, “Call Your Girlfriend”

LMFAO, “Champagne Showers”

Dev, “In the Dark”

DANCE ALBUM

Robyn, “Body Talk Part 3”

Benny Benassi, “ELectroman”

Ladytron, “Gravity the Seducer”

Groove Junkies, “In the Zone”

David Guetta, “Nothing bu the Beat”

R&B PERFORMANCE

Marsha Ambrosius, “Far Away”

Cee Lo Green, “Bright Lights, Bigger City”

Jennifer Hudson, “Where You At”

Ledisi, “Pieces of Me”

Miguel, “Sure Thing”

NEXT IN LINE: Beyonce, “Countdown”; Bruno Mars, “Our First Time”; Chris Brown, “She Ain’t You”; Jill Scott, “The Light”; Keri Hilson, “Pretty Girl Rock”

TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE

Beyonce, “1+1”

Jennifer Hudson, “Feeling Good”

Cee Lo Green/Melanie Fiona., “Fool For You”

Raphael Saadiq, “Good Man”

Jill Scott/Anthony Hamilton, “So In Love”

NEXT IN LINE: Faith Evans, “Change”; Ronald Isley, “What I Miss the Most”; R. Kelly, “Radio Message”; Kelly Price, “I’m Sorry”

R&B SONG

Marsha Ambrosius, “Far Away”

Cee Lo Green/Melanie Fiona, “Fool for You”

Kelly Rowland/Lil Wayne, “Motivation”

Ledisi, “Pieces of Me”

Miguel, “Sure Thing”

NEXT IN LINE: Beyonce, “1+1”; R. Kelly, “Love Letter”; Jennifer Hudson, “Where You At”

R&B ALBUM

Beyonce, “4”

Jennifer Hudson, “I Remember Me”

Marsha Ambrosius, “Late Night and Early Mornings”

Jill Scott, “The Light of the Sun”

Ledisi, Pieces of Me”

NEXT IN LINE: El DeBarge, “Second Chance”; Miguel, “All I want is You”‘ Chris Brown, “F.A.M.E”

 

 

Posted November 27, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, Music

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84th Academy Awards Predictions: November   8 comments

 

Okay, so here’s my last predictions before the Globes, SAG, BFCA, and pther critics awards roll out in the next few weeks. 🙂 Aren’t you getting excited? It’s Oscar fever again!

BEST PICTURE

  1. The Descendants (+1)
  2. The Artist (+2)
  3. War Horse (-2)
  4. Midnight in Paris (+1)
  5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (+1)
  6. The Help (+2)
  7. Moneyball (-)
  8. The Tree of Life (+4)
  9. Hugo (-)
  10. The Ides of March (N)

Due to the unknown number of Best Picture nominees, my realistic prediction is that we’ll get seven nominees this year. That’s The Descendants from Moneyball.

BEST DIRECTOR

  1. Alexander Payne, “The Descendants” (+1)
  2. Steven Spielberg, “War Horse” (-1)
  3. Michel Hazanivicus, “The Artist” (-)
  4. Stephen Daldry, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (-)
  5. Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris” (-)
  6. Terrence Malick, “Tree of Life” (+3)
  7. Steve McQueen, “Shame” (N)
  8. Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive” (N)
  9. Bennett Miller, “Moneyball” (-1)
  10. Martin Scorsese, “Hugo” (-)

BEST ACTOR

  1. George Clooney, “The Descendants” (-)
  2. Brad Pitt, “Moneyball” (+1)
  3. Jean Dujardain, “The Artist” (+1)
  4. Leonardo di Caprio, “J. Edgar” (-2)
  5. Michael Fassbender, “Shame” (-)
  6. Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (-)
  7. Ryan Gosling, “The Ides of March” (-)
  8. Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter” (-)
  9. Woody Harrelson, “Rampart” (+1)
  10. Thomas Horn, “Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close” (+2)

BEST ACTRESS

  1. Viola Davis, “The Help” (-)
  2. Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady” (+1)
  3. Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn” (+1)
  4. Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs” (-2)
  5. Charlize Theron, “Young Adult” (+1)
  6. Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha May Marcy Marlene” (-1)
  7. Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia” (+4)
  8. Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (-)
  9. Keira Knightley, “A Dangerous Method” (-2)
  10. Noomi Rapace, “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (-)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  1. Christopher Plummer, “Beginners” (-)
  2. Albert Brooks, “Drive” (-)
  3. Kenneth Branagh, “My Week with Marilyn” (-)
  4. Patton Oswald, “Young Adult” (N)
  5. Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (N)
  6. Armie Hammer, “J. Edgar” (+5)
  7. Viggo Mortensen, “A Dangerous Method” (-2)
  8. Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The March of Ides” (-4)
  9. Jim Broadbent, “The Iron Lady” (N)
  10. John Hawkes, “Martha May Marcy Marlene” (-4)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  1. Vanessa Redgrave, “Coriolanus” (+6)
  2. Octavia Spencer, “The Help” (-1)
  3. Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants” (+8)
  4. Berenice Bejo, “The Artist” (+1)
  5. Sandra Bullock, ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (-3)
  6. Jessica Chastain, “The Help” (-)
  7. Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs” (-4)
  8. Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids” (+1)
  9. Carey Mulligan, “Shame” (+1)
  10. Evan Rachel Wood, “The Ides of March” (-2)

So, what are your predictions? And who are you rooting for? 🙂

 

Posted November 26, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, Films

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