Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Do I really need to post a review?

Good guys win, bad guys lose, geek gets the girl, and los angeles gets really messed up.

It's a Michael Bay movie so there's lots of guns, explosions, girls in short skirts, and many... many... hero shots of the protagonists (and even some of the bit players, too!). And apparently, the autobots are now retarded monkeys.

It would have been one star, but Megan Fox is REALLY hot. Now you've noticed I gave it two stars, but you know you're going to watch anyway.

Then you know you're going to go to your nearest pirated DVD vendor and buy the anniversary edition DVD of the original animated movie with the real transformers and a story that makes sense. kinda, anyway.

What are you afraid of?

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Stuff I have...

  1. Acrophobia: Fear of heights.
  2. Hypsophobia: Fear of high places
  3. Pteronophobia: Fear of being tickled by feathers. Fear of feathers

It must suck to have...

  1. Acerophobia: Fear of sourness
  2. Aibohphobia: Fear of palindromes
  3. Ambulophobia: Fear of walking
  4. Anthrophobia: Fear of flowers
  5. Anuptaphobia: Fear of staying single
  6. Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
  7. Barophobia: Fear of gravity
  8. Bromidrosiphobia: Fear of bodily odors
  9. Caligynephobia: Fear of beautiful women
  10. Cathisophobia: Fear of sitting
  11. Chaetophobia: Fear of hair
  12. Cherophobia: Fear of gaiety
  13. Chrematophobia: Fear of wealth
  14. Clinophobia: 1) Fear of going to bed. 2) Fear of beds
  15. Coitophobia: Fear of sexual intercourse
  16. Coprophobia: Fear of feces
  17. Dextrophobia: Fear of objects on the right side of the body
  18. Gallophobia: Fear of France or the French
  19. Haphophobia: Fear of touch
  20. Hedonophobia: Fear of pleasure
  21. Hygrophobia: Fear of liquids. Fear of liquids, esp. wine and water
  22. Hypnophobia: Fear of sleep
  23. Ideophobia: Fear of ideas
  24. Japanophobia: Fear of Japanese
  25. Koniophobia: Fear of dust
  26. Levophobia: Fear of objects on the left side of the body
  27. Logophobia: Fear of words.
  28. Metrophobia: Fear of poetry
  29. Panphobia: Fear of everything
  30. Papaphobia: Fear of the Pope
  31. Phagophobia: Fear of swallowing. Fear of eating
  32. Philophobia: Fear of falling in love or being in love
  33. Phonemophobia: Fear of thinking
  34. Pogonophobia: Fear of beards.
  35. Scopophobia: Fear of being seen or looked at.
  36. Sinophobia: Fear of Chinese
  37. Sitiophobia: Fear of food.
  38. Stasibasiphobia: Fear of standing or walking
  39. Syngenesophobia: Fear of relatives
  40. Telephonophobia: Fear of telephones.
  41. Thixophobia: Fear of touching
  42. Uranophobia: Fear of heaven
  43. Vestiophobia: Fear of clothing


Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Bug isn't the kind of movie everyone gets. The first reel is appallingly dragging if your attention span is measured in seconds like mine is. I felt myself wishing there was someway to fast forward through all the exposition and character history. But if you're patient and can keep from screaming, the P150 or so you shelled out is totally worth it.

The film is directed by William Friedkin (the dude who gave us The Exorcist) and based on Tracy Letts' play of the same name. Letts even did the screenplay, and It really does feel like it's made for the stage. There's only five main characters and most of the story takes place inside a motel room. Yet it still manages to make your hair stand on end.

It's the acting and writing that really sell this pic. Harry Connick Jr. is pretty impressive as the bastard ex-hubby; he's the guy you love to hate. Then, once the next act hits and Ashley Judd starts showing signs of infestation, the sh*t really hits the fan. When Michael Shannon starts channeling Brad Pit in 12 Monkeys, you're knee deep in the delusional paranoia.

I swear the leads' acarophobia is so convincing it's kinda contagious. During the second reel, you start thinking that maybe there's something crawling on your arm. Then you think maybe it's digging under your skin. By the time the third act rolls around your deliciously schizo and the claustrophobia is really getting to you. The climax moves in and you're totally freaking out. And when the credits finally roll, you're well on you're way to being a full blown sociopath.

Bridge to Terebithia

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Whenever I watch TV nowadays, I have to wonder how kids these days aren't all blubbering idiots by the time they're three years old. I mean look at what they've got to watch now. Bananas in Pajamas, Blues Clues, Teletubbies, Dora the Explorer? Everytime I turn this shit on I feel like I'm losing brain cells.

The kid's shows of my day were alot less condescending and a lot more imaginative. Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Muppets, Looney Toons. They got your mind working in a way that today's programming just doesn't even come close to.

That's why I love Bridge to Terebithia. The film is like reading a book; there aren't any really big set pieces and no big marquee players that beg for your attention. There's a wonderful sense of the fantastic to the film, like something extraordinary can happen if you just believe it can.

Echo! (Echo!)
Let's hope this remake of Sigaw doesn't suck. I never saw the first one, but I'll rent a copy and see if it really is worth the remake. I've yet to see a Filipino filmmaker that really knows how to sell suspense and atmosphere.

Yam Laranas has an international site here.

The Losers


I always thought this title was a cool set-up for a movie. Like the A-team. or Mission Impossible. I can't wait to see if Tim Story can pull it off. Personally, I think JJ Abrams' style would have been better, or Joss Whedon, but I'm giving Story the benefit of the doubt. Now I have to find the TPB and read the damn thing before it comes out.

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