Box Office Predictions for April 1-3, 2011

2011 is now behind 2010’s pace by $600M, just saying. What’s worse is that April doesn’t actually have anything great to offer us that could help close that gap. We’re gonna have to wait for May/June for that one to possibly happen.

Last Week’s Box Office Mojo Derby Rank: 0 with 0% accuracy (forgot to join the contest, hehe)

Hop

1.) HOP – $30.0M – G-Force opened with $25M, Yogi Bear $20M and Alvin and the Chipmunks at $40M. Hop is kind of similar. Live-action mixed with a CG-animation usually attracts the kids, so I guess it’s a sure lock at number 1.

2.) SOURCE CODE – $20.0M – But hey, just because you’re poised to open at number 1 doesn’t mean you will. We learned that last week when Wimpy Kid pulled an upset over Sucker Punch. I’m playing safe though, as this movie starring Jake Gyllenhall could have a lower opening. But it has a VERY fresh 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which will help boost sales.

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Album Review: Chris Brown – F.A.M.E. (Forgiving all my enemies) [edited]

 

F.A.M.E. = Forgiving All My Enemies

After surviving the nadir of his young career (Graffiti), Chris Brown is back with another album. His fans are slowly accepting  his music ever since the Rihanna incident. You could tell by checking how his latest songs are doing at the Billboard hot 100. Thanks to his controversial stint in Good Morning America, he just had his first number 1 album of his career. Of course, don’t forget the fact that his album is actually nice.

The album is different and similar at the same time with respect to his other albums. Different because Brown has managed to step out of his comfort zone and experiment on different genres. Nevertheless, you could still feel that the album is typical Chris Brown. Why? Well, because once again his album is a mixture of great, weird, experimental and horrible.

Another issue that became a stopped me from loving the album completely is the noticeable auto-tune. Yeah, not all of the songs here are auto-tuned, but CB can already sing. I just thought that some parts of his songs didn’t need auto-tune.

Best Tracks:

Deuces featuring Tyga and Kevin MC

The first single, Deuces, is the album’s promotional track for a reason. It shows how Chris Brown has evolved. He wants to show the world how much he matured as an artist by doing something different. This song is actually the best one he has made since Forever in my opinion.

Look At Me Now featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Wayne

This one is one of my favorites in the album. Not because it’s a good song per se, in fact, the song is horrible if you take into account the instruments they used in the background (except the sick bass). The thing that wowed me in this song was the speed of their raps, particularly Busta Rhymes. Chris Brown also proved the he could actually rap (which people doubted before).

Yeah 3X

You won’t appreciate the song much if you only listen to it. Check it out on Youtube if you wanna see CB’s sick dance moves. He’s still MJ’s protege if you ask me. The song, well, it’s nice and catchy, but it’s not something I’d like to hear a hundred times a day.

Next To You ft. Justin Bieber

Who would’ve thought hearing Chris Brown and Justin Bieber in a single song? I most certainly didn’t. This one is a special surprise. Not only did they blend well, both of them actually sounded great, even Bieber! This puppy-love inspired single will help CB reach out to the teens.

She Ain’t You

This special tribute to Michael Jackson includes an intro from his song “Human Nature”. Chris Brown might have worked extra hard on this song because it has the same energy that MJ had with his song.

Should’ve Kissed You

Should’ve kissed you is almost like the continuation of She Ain’t You. This song is among the few tracks in this album that truly showed his singing abilities. This also had a great chorus and an awesome bridge

Champion (bonus track)

The last song in the deluxe album (which I almost missed) is Champion featuring Chipmunk. Chris Brown offers his amazing vocal ability in this track, and it’s also one of the most catchy songs in the album.

 

Other songs like No Bullshit, Wet The Bed, Say It With Me, Up 2 You Bomb, Alll Back, Beautiful People, Beg For It and Love The Girls, and Paper Scissors and Rock reminds us that Chris Brown isn’t the same anymore. He definitely is old enough to make songs like these, but it doesn’t make him any less different from other hip-hop groups like Wiz Khalifa or Lil’ Wayne. One thing I love about CB’s old songs was the lack of explicit content. Well, I guess you don’t always get what you want, right? The songs listed in this paragraph ranged from okay to forgettable, and I hoped that some of those could’ve been improved more or deleted from the album.

Overall, CB’s new album is waaaaay better than Graffiti, but is still a tad behind his smash hits Exlcusive and Forever Deluxe. There were some tracks that could’ve been omitted from the list that made the album much better, but there are a lot more great tracks than the okay and the mediocre ones.

GRADE: 4/5

Topy’s Top 7 US & K-pop Songs for April 1-7

Hey everyone! I’ve been listening to a lot of songs lately. Hope you enjoy music as much as I do, no matter what genre you prefer. Here are my faves for the week!

Top 7 US Songs


1. Look At Me Now – Chris Brown ft. Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Wayne

It’s officially Chris Brown fever! People may have skipped CB’s previous album, “Graffiti”, but F.A.M.E. is his shot back to fame! F.A.M.E. is Brown’s FIRST album to hit No.1 on the Billboard 200. He has 6 songs at the billboard Hot 100. If he manages to control his behavior, then maybe he will defy odds and make a good name for himself

Previous Position: 4 Weeks at #1

Weeks on my iPod: 6

2. Price Tag – Jessie J ft. B.o.B.

At a distant number 2 is Price Tag by Jessie J. Almost anything B.o.B. touches turns to gold.

Previous Position: 2 Weeks at #2

Weeks on my iPod: 3

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212th Movie Review: Face/Off (1997)

The best action movie I’ve seen in a looooooooooong time

[SPOILER ALERT] If you haven’t watched this

I could barely find a good movie these days, so I decided to backtrack and catch the movies I’ve never seen during my childhood. The first movie I checked was Face/Off. After watching this, one thing came into my mind… I can’t believe I missed this!

Well, there’s an obvious explanation to that. This was shown when I was just 3 years old. That was 14 years ago. Seeing actors Nicolas Cage and John Travolta, it seems that they really LOOKED like dashing Hollywood stars during their prime. I’ve seen both of their latest movies and it doesn’t even compare to how well they were in this film. Both guys were AMAZING!

Pretty much EVERYTHING was amazing. The direction, the action, the plot, the dialogue, the cinematography, the casting…I can name a lot more. The point is that this movie should be something everyone should have seen. I swear, watching this movie makes movies like The A-Team or Transformers seem like trash.

I had high hopes for this movie, but it even exceeded my expectations. Director John Woo beautifully mixed different story elements: prison break, family drama, revenge, psychological thriller, futuristic. The pacing was fantastic! If this movie was made today they would’ve cut this into two parts.

Out of all the great things in this film, the one I loved the most was the plot. Sure it has flaws, but it isn’t enough to leave you irritated or confused. I thought that this movie was just an action movie based on a chase between a cop and a criminal (like Catch Me If You Can), but oh no, it’s not just that.

Sean Archer (John Travolta) caught Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) only 20 minutes into the movie. I smelled something fishy right after that. After discovering that Sean still had to determine where the bomb Troy planted before he was caught, he desperately tried to get the information from Troy’s brother (Troy was in a coma at the time). When he had no other choice, he accepted the offer made by the secret service to perform a “medically advanced” surgery that will allow him to have the face of Troy. He is sent to an unknown prison to fish out information from Troy’s brother (in the form of Troy). Little did he know that Troy had woken up from his coma and forced the doctor who did the surgery to apply Sean’s face to him. After that, the story continues in a rising action.

Each time I found a scene exciting, I felt like it was the climax of the movie. It just gets better and better, and the real “climax” of the movie didn’t disappoint. I found the whole face-switching idea ingenious! This movie will now set the bar for upcoming action flicks. I hope they don’t forget the actual story, because I will no longer excuse them after watching this movie.

GRADE: A-

 

External Ratings:

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Fresh, 7.8/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10 Rating

Metacritic: 82/100

 

Anticipation Station Part 1: Movies to Watch Out For This April 2011

Summer has arrived, and I now have more time to write my blog! If you still don’t know what movies to watch this summer, don’t worry. I’ll be here to give you a short summary of the movies to come this second quarter!

The first three months of the year have been disappointing, and it has been showing at the box office. The highest grossing film for the first quarter was Rango, followed by Just Go With It and The Green Hornet. But add the total grosses of the three and they still won’t beat the phenomenal take of Alice In Wonderland.

Since last summer was kind of disappointing too, I guess 2011 still has a chance to redeem itself. I’ll be making a 3-part blog entry to let you see the wonders Hollywood has to offer us this summer (info courtesy of imdb and box office mojo). I’ll also give you an opinion about each movie.

WE START WITH APRIL…

 

1. HOP

Hop

E.B., the Easter Bunny’s teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band. In LA, he’s taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.

Starring: James Marsden (X-Men), Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), Hank Azaria (Night at the Museum 2), Hugh Laurie (House)

Comments: I’m not sure if I’m willing to spend money on another live-action + animated movie. I’ve seen Alvin and The Chipmunks 1 & 2 and G-Force, and none of them were any good in my opinion (but they are cute).  Still, the characters are likable (and cute), so I’ll still try to see this movie before the year ends.

Anticipation Level: 4/10

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Box Office Results March 25-27, 2011

Shocking results this week! More on that later. I want to address once again the fact that this week trailed the same weekend last year by 7%. Will we have to wait until summer for a surprise-hit? April doesn’t have anything great to offer either.

Number One Movie Predicted Correctly: 0 Weeks in a Row

Number of Times I Nailed The Top 7: 0

1.) DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODRICK RULES –You’re probably wondering why the picture shown above isn’t Sucker Punch. Yep, it seems kids trumped the action/video game fans this week. Last year, the Original Wimpy Kid also destroyed The Bounty Hunter, which was also supposed to take the box office crown for that week. Too bad for Director Zack Snyder, after failing with Watchmen and Legend of The Guardians, it looks like The Upcoming Superman Movie will be his last movie offer for a while.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $20.4M

Actual Gross: $24.4M

Total Gross: $24.4M

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211th Movie Review: Red Riding Hood

Hey guys! In case you’re wondering how I rate my movies, here’s the breakdown.

A+ Legendary, but still not perfect

A to A- Fantastic, Excellent

B+ to B Great/Good

B- to C Good/Average, Lacking, Flawed

C- to D Greatly Flawed, Horrible, Unmemorable

D- to F Never Watch this movie again, Should’ve never been made

 

Now that’s I’ve got that all clear, here’s my review

Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood

Horrible, Average, and Good at the same time

[SPOILER ALERT!!!]

At first sight, Red Riding Hood looks like yet another movie adaptation of a children’s story turned PG-13. What’s worse is that they decided to have Amanda Seyfried as the lead actress. I don’t actually hate her, but there’s something about her that just makes a film seemingly average all the time. But enough of that, I wanna focus on the actual movie.

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