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Film Review: Annihilation (2018)

I’m not big on these kind of films but this one piqued my interest from its very visually appealing trailer, plus one of my favorite actresses is starring in it so I ‘d easily searched it thru Netflix where it was widely released and tagged as one of Netflix originals.

Annihilation follows a group of an all-female scientist who enter a mysterious quarantine zone they call The Shimmer – a place where there is constant mutation from virtually all living things the shimmer touches.

There were several failed mission before the group where nobody has ever returned except for one – Lena’s (Natalie Portman) husband. Nobody has ever gotten information about The Shimmer since said husband couldn’t remember a thing and communications is jammed inside the Shimmer.

I’ve several questions about the central premise of the film but the major thing that bothered me is – if and when the / a group was able to gather information from The Shimmer, then what? It’s not like, we’re advanced enough to counter such entity (if you even wanna call IT that). Obviously, the whole thing was expected to expand and invade cities, states, countries and the rest of the world in time but what can we do exactly? I mean, all throughout I was just thinking about what are they going to do about a world that is constantly evolving, the way we are evolving now. If you wanna go deep and a philosophical about it – even without the Shimmer. We are evolving. Maybe not in appearance (just yet) but in every aspects of our lives.

It was a fascinating and visually stimulating film to say the least. Very typical alien-esque movie, not as artsy as the tree of life but definitely worth a watch or two!

Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac, Benedict Wong, Sonoya Mizuno, David Gyasi,

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Review: Thor (2011)

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I am not a big fan of any Marvel characters or any Nordic myths, which means I don’t have the brightest idea about Thor. I just know that he is the God of Thunder from word of mouth. Upon seeing the film’s trailer, I’d say that I was quite impressed by it and was excited to catch the film in the cinema.

Last Sunday, I was finally able to catch it and true enough, it didn’t disappoint me one bit. The film was basically about Thor who is vanished by his Father from his kingdom to teach him a lesson –from then one, events took place to regain what he had lost.

The film was actually a typical superhero film for me. There’s the hero, his love interest, the goody-goody thing that he does and of course, the bad guys. Chris Hemsworth in my opinion was perfect for the role. He was very charming and looks great. Whilst Natalie Portman maybe a great addition to the cast as the Scientist Jane Foster, I find her character excessively flirty and not being there at all. Darcy, her assistant had stolen the scenes from her by delivering the humor of the film along with the lead character, Thor.

The best part about the film is its visuals. I daresay that it’s the best film I’ve seen this year so far – for this technical aspect alone. It has the perfect formula of a good film. Okay lines, kinda great characters and stunning visual effects. One will be able to understand and enjoy it thoroughly.

Based on Thor by Stan Lee
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins

I’ll give it a 9.5/10 ratings.

Review: Black Swan (2010)

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Natalie Portman has been getting all the good press from this film and her well-talked about transformation in this film got me really interested to try to get a copy of this film since its release date coincides with the Metro Manila Film Festival which basically only shows Filipino films until the second week of January. Plus, since its premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival –the film got me all excited to catch it with critics saying that she’s definitely a front runner for this year’s Academy Awards.

The premise revolves around the production of Swan Lake by a very prestigious Ballet Company who is looking for its pool of talents a new star to play both the White and the Black Swan. Nina played by Portman perfectly embodied the White Swan but couldn’t seem to be as sensual as newcomer Lily played by Mila Kunis who is also competing for the lead. In the process of the production, Nina find herself growing darker with symptoms of psychosis. In the end, Nina was able to perfectly dance as the Swan Queen both playing the white and the black swan but was ultimately drawn to her evil alter-ego.

Natalie Portman sure transformed as a Ballet dancer in this film. She exudes that nice and rather vulnerable persona of Nina. The scene where she stabs her alter-ego was just perfection and the dance rehearsals are all a joy to watch because you could really feel her surging emotions. I have to clap after she performed the final dance.

Mila Kunis was exemplary as well showing strong command on screen. I like her attitude as the cool, sensual Lily. I’ve to say though, that I was very much impressed with Barbara Hershey who played Nina’s Mom. She’s just amazing! Her scenes are one of the best in the film – and the creepiest as well if I may just say.

I have to agree with most critics that this is Natalie’s strongest performance to date (After Closer, I think). She definitely delivered the goods and her portrayal is just beyond. You’d get chills at some of her scenes because her acting was really piercing. I still place her though as a very good contender for the Oscar Best Actress since I already have my favorite for this award.

Another great film from Mr. Aronofsky.

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder

Ratings: 9/10

posted 01/15/2011 at paddylastreviews.blogspot.com

2011 Oscars Best Dressed!

Mila Kunis was snub from the supporting role category but we can’t do that to sweet lips. In this soft lavender Elie Saab gown with matching diamond earrings and bangles, we’re declaring her the Ultimate Best Dressed of the night. Sorry, Natalie!
Amy Adams wearing a L’Wren gown with bright green jewels looking magnificent as ever! Who doesn’t love her??!
Melissa Leo so deserved to be part of this list in this custom-made Marc Bouwer gown. Wearing this plus an Oscar! Are you going to ask for more??
Jennifer Lawrence sure knows how to work the red carpet. Consistency is the key, this time she’s wearing something from Calvin Klein gown collection matching it with smokey eye make up and a glittery clutch! She’s a STAR!
Mandy Moore used to be this spiteful teeny bopper who’s singing some lousy tween songs. This time, she’s a celebrity Goddess with this nude Monique Lhuillier gown with a pair of retro earrings!
Oh, don’t fret Natalie Portman’s fans. She won the Oscar and yes, we are also awarding her as one of the best dressed with this off-shouldered Rodarte Gown. Let’s now have a prayer circle anti-Oscar curse!!!
After her Best Supporting Actress win in 2009, Jennifer Hudson transformed from a B-List to an A-list in the red carpet with the help of this Versace gown!
Michelle Williams will always have a special part in our heart. Although she sometimes reminds us of Carey Mulligan with that bob,she definitely knows how to dress the part of an Oscar-nominated actress sporting this beautiful Chanel gown.
Cate Blanchett – We’ve seen this gown from the Givenchy Couture Collection and we’re excited to see it being worn by the amazing Cate Blanchett — she look marvelous!via zimbio.com

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2011 SAG Awards Best Dressed!

drum roll please….

Sofia Vergara

Sofia is always a hit flaunting her assets in the red carpet –this time, wearing a blue Roberto Cavalli gown. We Just totally LOVE her so we are declaring her the Ultimate Best Dressed of the night!

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Julie Bowen

Julie had a make or break challenge of the night choosing to wear a black Catherine Maladrino pantsuit complete with a plunging neckline and a low back. She WORKED it BIG TIME!

January Jones

We’re going crazy mad with beautiful January donning a Carolina Herrera dress! A back-to-back stunning red carpet appearance!

Claire Danes

She finally got it right in this Louis Vuitton gown with earrings and bracelets by Fred Leighton.

Amber Riley

‘girl is looking fine in this Anne Barge creation. Whoo! Total hotness,tbh.

Dianna Agron

Dianna is looking equally fine wearing a vintage Chanel gown!

Heather Morris

She look divine in this Romona Keveza peach gown with crystal embroided bodice! Way to go girl!

Lea Michele

Lea is a star who knows how to always work the red carpet – this time wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown with matching clutch.

Natalie Portman

Big time winner Natalie was as usual looking glam rocking this his Azzaro’s “Jungle” gown with matching $2 million worth of Tiffany &Co. jewelry!

Jennifer Lawrence

Winter’s Bone Lawrence was definitely a stand out with this hot pink Oscar de la Renta gown. Yes.’We HEART it!

Honorable Fierce Mentions!

Kim Kardashian in a Marchesa plum draped chiffon gown

Julianna Margulies in Yves Saint Laurent

Hilary Swank in nude Versace

Hailee Steinfeld in a mermaid style Prada gown with orange, pink, and black stripes

Jane Lynch in Ali Rahiimi with a Swarovski clutch

Annette Bening

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2011 Golden Globes Best Dressed

here’s our picks for the best fashionistas of this year’s Golden Globes starting with our ultimate best dressed

Angelina Jolie

La Jolie wearing an emerald green Atelier Versace was definitely the queen of the red carpet last night which toppled her questionnable nomination for The Tourist.

Anne Hathaway

Anne came in close second in this stunning Giorgio Armani Prive. girl is looking  whimsical and classy at the same time!

Emma Stone

This Calvin Klein dress is the perfect fit for Emma stone who look like a fierce, classic top albino model!

Mila Kunis

This emerald green Vera Wang gown suited Mila’s sweet demeanor on the red carpet perfectly! We feel that we’ve seen it before but Mila’s really working it and it’s definitely one of the best of the night.

Natalie Portman

we’re giving Natalie the award for the Most Stunning Pregnant Celebrity in the red carpet with this empire waist gown from Viktor and Rolf.

January Jones

This is how Nicole Kidman used to look like –now January Jones is channelling that aura with this sexy Versace dress and we’re just so in love with her!

*Honorable Fierce Mentions*

Sofia Vergara in a Vera Wang strapless fuschia gown.

Leighton Meester in a Burberry gown

Eva Langoria in a Zac Posen dress

Leah Michele wearin an Oscar dela Renta gown.

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In Focus: Zac Posen

DOB: October 24, 1980
Manhattan, New York City

Zac Posen is one of the youngest and most prolific designer of our generation. Inborn with passion for fashion, young Zac interned with fashion designer Nicole Miller when he was on his sophomore year at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn. After graduating from high school, Posen was mentored by Richard Martin at the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and by 18, he was accepted at London’s Central saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha

He had his big break when he made a dress for supermodel Naomi Campbell. At age 21, he had his first collection as part of the GenArt’s Fresh Face in Fashion New York. Sheer talent brought him connections and awards most notably the Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2004.

Doutzen Kroes with Zac Posen

Some of his clients includes Hollywood Heavyweights Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Rihanna among others…

Zac Posen and Natalie PortmanZac with Actress Natalie Portman, one of the first celebrities to wear his creations.

Recently, Zac made a deal to create a collection exclusively sold from Target named  Zac Posen For Target.

to get intouch with him

Address:
ZAC POSEN
13-17 Laight St.
New York, NY 10013
T: 212-925-1263
F: 212-925-1264

Press Contact:
KCD
450 W. 15th St. Suite 604
New York, NY 10011
Contact: Renee Barletta
T: 212-590-5123
F: 212-590-5101

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