Friday, February 17, 2012

Whitney Houston Cinema: Popular Movies of the Music Legend

Whitney Houston Cinema

Whitney Houston is arguably the greatest female singer of our generation. Guinness World Records cited her in 2009 as the most award winning female act of all time. She has 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammys, 30 Billboard Music Awards; she has a total of 415 career awards in her lifetime. We will all miss Whitney Houston, her music lives forever. 

Whitney Houston is unmatched with her contribution to the music industry. What is amazing is she also has a share of humble success in the world of cinema. For instance, she is the producer of both The Princess Diaries 1 and 2, a small movie franchise with big commercial success. Here are short movie reviews of some popular movies with the music legend. 

The Bodyguard (1992) is a romantic thriller about a secret-agent-turned-bodyguard who needs to protect a music star. This movie is a $410 million box office hit and the The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album is the top-selling soundtrack of all time.  
not good -  the poor story, dialogue, and character 
What's Good - the thriller aspect and the amazing musical performances 

The Preacher's Wife (1996) is a family Christmas film with drama, comedy, and romance elements. The movie is not very popular but it is a modest success grossing $48 million in the U.S., 106 million in Japan, 282 million in Italy, and $28.6 million in U.S. home rentals. This is also the most critically acclaimed movie of Whitney Houston.
not good - old-fashioned and could have been a flop if not released during  the holidays
What's Good - amusing, mushy, warm, and serious, just like your emotional roller-coaster during the holidays 

The Princess Diaries 1 & 2 (2001 & 2004) is the story of Mia, an immature teenage girl who is the heir to the throne of the fictional country (and kingdom) Genovia; Mia's grandmother rules the country. The Princess Diaries 1 is the film debut of Anne Hathaway. Both movies are box office hits; The Princess Diaries 1 grossed $107.8 million and Part 2 grossed $95.1 million.
not good - childish and silly
What's Good - a fun movie for girls, kids, and the whole family

In the upcoming movie Sparkle (in theaters Aug 17, 2012), Whitney Houston stars along-side with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. This is her last movie appearance. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - Review

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - Review


Romy and Michele (Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow) are just days away for their 10 year high school Reunion. For the Reunion, they both want to project a successful image and happy love-life which they do not have. They are both single, Romy is a cashier and Michele is unemployed. In the days before the Reunion, they go to the gym, buy new clothes, buy things, rented a new car, and made up a story that they invented post-its and got very rich with it. How can Romy and Michele redeem themselves since their lies were revealed to everyone during the Reunion when they meet their former classmates

G-Jays Review

I love this movie because it "genuinely" made me laugh. Coming from me, that says a lot. You see, I'm not a fan of comedy in cinema (though I'm a big fan of TV comedy). It's amazing because I was watching this movie on HBO and I was giving like 50% attention. Seriously, I was playing Tetris Battle on Facebook while watching. I was laughing hard even if I'm playing a game and focused on the laptop screen. Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow's comic timing makes me laugh. You don't even need to look at it, just listening to them makes you laugh hard. Romy and Michele is like watching 2 Broke Girls with higher production value. However, 2 Broke Girls has more heart and a positive message. This movie is just pure comedy, caramel or strawberry popcorn flick comedy to be more specific. But they were very good at it so I highly recommend this movie. Watch it!

G-Jays Ratings: 65%

Monday, February 6, 2012



I do have a very high respect to the Twilight franchise, both the movie and the novel. Twilight-Saga-Thon is G-Jays Productions tribute to this very successful franchise. The Twilight Saga revolves around the developing relationship of a teenage girl named Bella and a vampire named Edward. Edward and his family have to protect Bella from the forces of evil that surrounds a vampire's life. 

With the wedding, love scenes, pregnancy, and the newly born baby of Edward and Bella, Breaking Dawn Part 1 is a controversial and major turning point of the entire series. The last 20 minutes is pure horror and is really intense; it sets you up for Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Coming This November 2012).

Twilight is the first movie adaptation of the book franchise. Robert Pattinson and Kirsten Stewart are the perfect Edward and Bella. They have a strong chemistry and they both have a unique charisma that appeals to everyone, both Twilight and non-Twilight fans! I do have a crush on Kirsten. There, I finally said it!

New Moon did the best thing they could do for the franchise; they gave more screen time with Jacob and Bella. For girls, Jacob represents the guy I have a crush on and could have been my boyfriend if I did not meet Edward. Jacob represents the love triangle, the 3rd party, the 5th wheel, the jealousy; all the things that just gives more spark to Edward and Bella.

Eclipse is my favorite Twilight Saga movie. It has a good story that can stand alone on its own. I like the story and back-story of newly born vampires. Watch and listen closely to the very first and very last scene with Edward and Bella, scenes both set in a beautiful garden. You'll understand how Bella feels about Edward and understand that she has real feelings, not just blinded by vampire love. 

What is an Imprint?

In the Twilight Saga, when a shape-shifter imprints on someone, he is unconditionally bound to that person for the rest of his life. If you don't get that, Jacob can explain it better.

"It's not like love at first sight, really. It's more like... gravity moves.... suddenly. It's not the earth holding you here anymore, she does.... You become whatever she needs you to be, whether that's a protector, or a lover, or a friend"

―Jacob explains imprinting to Bella

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

X-Men-A-Thon: Part 1

X-Men-A-Thon: Part 1

G-Jays Productions presents X-Men-A-Thon, a 4 part movie review series of all 4 X-Men movies which includes the first trilogy (X-Men, X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand) and the 2011 reboot (X-Men First Class). I did not include X-Men Origins-Wolverine because I consider it as a 5th wheel; a Wolverine movie rather than an X-Men movie.  

X-Men is a very successful franchise that includes comic books, toys, cartoon shows, and live action movies. X-Men (2000) is the high-budget and much awaited first live action X-Men movie.


A teenager named Marie (Anna Paquin) aka Rogue almost killed her boyfriend when she kissed him. In Fear, she ran away from her family and bumped into Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Sabertooth (Tyler Mane), a strong ferocious feline-like mutant, attacks Rogue and Wolverine. They were rescued by Cyclops and Storm (James Marsden and Halle Berry) who brought them to the X-Mansion where they met Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) aka Professor X, a mutant on a wheelchair who can read and control minds. He runs the X-Mansion school, trains mutants to the full potential of their powers, and teach them to use their powers for the greater good of mankind. Conflicts arise when Magneto (Ian McKellen), a mutant with magnetic powers, kidnaps Rogue so he can use her powers in a machine that will turn ordinary humans into mutants. The X-Men have to save a world that does not trust them.

Good News Comes Last

X-Men is a very good movie but it does have some downsides. Since this was released in 2000, some special effects and CGI (computer generated imagery) were not that clean; there are a few scenes that looked awkward and cartoon-ish. In addition, the story is not that strong; it is more like a TV show episode rather than a grand mutant epic movie. Another concern of most fans is the costume. The movie used black leatherette suits for the X-Men rather than the actual costumes (in the cartoons and the comic books) that fans are  familiar with. 

To answer the fans, Director Bryan Singer added Cyclops line "What would you prefer, yellow spandex?" in a scene where Wolverine complains about the uniform. As for me, I don't mind whether they used the comic book or the black leatherette uniform. I don't think it affects the movie that much aside from making it more colorful.  

The Good News

The best thing about X-Men is the movie's phasing; this could be credited with very good writing and directing. They know that special effects is not their biggest strength. They made up for it with tension filled scenes and  entertaining (but practical) action sequences rather than scenes with very high production values. The characters and all the mutants are true to the comic books and the cartoon shows. This is very important because X-Men fans, particularly kids, should recognize the movie characters based on the TV and comic books. Magneto is my favorite X-Men character. My favorite scene is when Magneto floats the guns of the police battalion and points their own guns to them. It's amazing, you should see it. 

G-Jays Verdict

Most movies these days have a lot of special effects and CGI but low on story and quality (like Transformers 2). X-Men is the opposite. It has good story, good phasing, and a lot of entertaining action sequences without too much special effects. I highly recommended X-Men and this is one of my favorite movies of all time. Watch it! 

G-Jays Ratings: 85%

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Secret: Law of Attraction - Real or Fake?

The Secret: Law of Attraction - Real or Fake?

The Secret is actually a self-help film which used a documentary format; this led the wave of the Law of Attraction and positive thinking mindset all over America and many parts of the world. The philosophy behind The Secret is said to have been around for hundreds of years and is the key to ultimate personal happiness and abundant wealth. 

Celebrity Endorsements or a Groundbreaking Film?

The Secret, both the book and DVD, became bestsellers and were talked about in offices, schools, on TV, the street, and just about anywhere. Many people, mostly from the mainstream press, criticized The Secret and credited the franchise's success from celebrity endorsers like Oprah, Larry King, and Ellen DeGeneres.

For me, what made The Secret awesome is the film-making style. They did a great visual presentation of how energy and brainwaves (unseen elements) move when you have thoughts and intentions. I love the scenes where the film shows a shock-wave of energy exploding all over Earth (and the Universe) when any person dreams, intends, or just thinks about something. 

Another thing that works is the re-enactment scenes that show different ways on how successful person uses The Secret. Sample scenes include a guy imagining himself successful looking at the mirror and a guy with pictures of his dream houses, cars, and bank accounts. 

The Secret - Can One Film Change Your Life?

Everyone talks about The Secret and law of attraction; some believe in it and some don't. Is it real or is it fake? I know someone whose entire life principle is based on The Secret. It's as if this is his Bible. I also know a millionaire self-help speaker who laughs at the law of attraction. This shows how the entire world have mixed feelings with the film. 

As for me, The Secret is just one of my various principles in life. I believe in positive thinking and I believe the way you "see" something, affects how you act, think, and feel. 

I highly recommend The Secret, both the book and DVD. I believe the film gave me a way of thinking that help me make the right choices in life and know exactly why these choices are right. The Secret can either totally change your life or something you just disregard. Either way Watch it, the film's running time is just 90 minutes (1 and a half hour). After 90 minutes, who knows? This could be the first step for you to be the person you've always wanted to be. 

G-Jays Ratings: 100%