Monthly Archives: April 2016

Date Idea: Take Her To The Dance

                In a city where only the best succeed, two radically talented people from opposite sides of the tracks need to find harmony to achieve their dreams in the highly-motivating fish-out-of-water film “High Strung” starring award-winner ballerina Keenan Kampa and multi-talented artist Nicholas Galitzine.


                At the heels of phenomenal dance movies such as “Step Up” and “Street Dance,”  “High Strung” brings two different worlds together when Ruby Adams (Kampa), a dancer from the Midwest on scholarshipin New York City eventually crosses paths with Johnnie Blackwell (Galitzine), a British musician, playing for money in the subway tunnels. Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street smart. When a hip-hop battle gone wrong throws these two artists together, they immediately clash but can’t deny it when sparks begin to fly. Their lives quickly get entangled in the pitfalls that come with competing in New York City. With the help of a dynamic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, Ruby and Johnnie must find a way to save Ruby’s scholarship and keep Johnnie from being deported. In an action-packed extravaganza combining cutting edge hip-hop with contemporary and classical dance, the two must navigate their opposing worlds and prepare for a competition where winning or losing will change their lives forever.

                The movie is supported by standout performances from veteran actors Jane Seymour, Paul Freeman and Maia Morgenstern and features an original soundtrack of boundary-breaking commercial tracks blending styles of music in a way that already has the dance industry and social media talking. It’s brought to viewers by Broadway stars Michael and Janeen Damian and top choreographer Dave Scott (“Step up 2: The Streets;” “Stomp the Yard;” resident choreographer on “So You Think You Can Dance;” guest choreographer on “Dancing with the Stars”) and introduces the breathtakingly talented Keenan Kampa (Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet’s first American dancer) and Nicholas Galitzine (The Beat Beneath My Feet) alongside 62 of some of the World’s most exciting and original dancers from London, Paris, L.A. and New York.

                “High Strung is inspired by Janeen’s experience when she was awarded a scholarship to Balanchine’s School of American Ballet in New York,” director Michael confides. “So it’s basically her story, her adventures, and what it was like for her moving to NY from a small town; like we have Ruby, our lead character in the film, coming from the Midwest.” Michael and Janeen started music and dance at a very young age under the tutelage of their respective mothers. Michael’s mother is a classical pianist, and Janeen’s was the artistic director of a ballet company.

                With music playing such an intense role in the film, the soundtrack also had to be something very special. Fortunately Michael, who has enjoyed success as a singer/songwriter with hits like his 80s anthem “Rock On,” knew what he was looking for. “We were blown away by a piece of music we heard on So You Think You Can Dance by composer Nathan Lanier,” he explains. On top of that, Lanier is a virtuosic violinist, so it was a marriage made in heaven.” “We wanted something epic: a mash-up of classical orchestration, hip-hop and electric violin,” Michael offers. “What Nathan created for us went beyond our expectations. The score is a major character in the film, and brings an emotional element. We’ve had a lot of people leaving screenings with goose bumps.”

nicholas galitzine in HIGH STRUNG

nicholas galitzine in HIGH STRUNG

keenan kampa HIGH STRUNG

keenan kampa HIGH STRUNG

keenan kampa and nicholas galitzine in HIGH STRUNG

keenan kampa and nicholas galitzine in HIGH STRUNG

                In addition to the original score, “High Strung” also has 13 original songs ranging from hip-hop to pop to EDM. “It’s quite an odyssey of music; I have quite a few connections, thank goodness – so I pulled every favor,” Michael confesses. “We’ve compiled some awesome songs by an incredible group of talented international artists.” The result is an original soundtrack of fresh commercial tracks along with a boundary-breaking original score blending styles of music in a way that is already leaving tongues wagging.

                “High Strung” opens April 20 nationwide from Pioneer Films.

CIA's Top Secrets Revealed

                Hollywood’s brightest young and veteran stars Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman star in “Criminal” –  the story of the right man in the wrong body.


                “Criminal” finds an ex-convict’s brain being implanted the memories of a top CIA agent in a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot. At first, it appears the operation has failed. But Jerico (Costner), unsure of what has happened to him and in fear for his life, escapes and finds himself on the run. At large in London, Jerico begins to experience memories that are clearly not his own – memories that take him into an overwhelming world of family, love and responsibility that he’s never known.  As Jerico enters a secretive world of international spies, ingenious hackers and powerful tyrants, he roams a London he’s never known but mysteriously can navigate.

                Says director Ariel Vromen: “Our main character, Jerico, is a person who starts with no feelings and no real emotions and then he goes on an incredible journey. He acquires all these memories from CIA agent Bill Pope’s mind and he has to react to an entirely new view of life. Because of the massively high stakes, that core emotional story is surrounded by a plot that has great suspense and lots of action. That really appealed to me.”

                Leading the film’s star-studded cast is award winning Kevin Costner in one of his most challenging and unusual roles. As Jerico, Costner had to inhabit two minds at once – that of a hard-bitten, unfeeling criminal capable of anything and that of a patriotic spy and family man driven to be a good man – and find the ways they fuse in one man’s reeling mind.

                Costner says of his reaction to the script: “I’m always attracted to projects when they are multi-layered and this story is very much that. “Criminal” is definitely an action movie but I responded most strongly to the complexity of my character, to all the confusion and turmoil that is scrambled up inside Jerico as he comes to terms with what he is experiencing.”


Ryan Reynolds in Criminal

Ryan Reynolds in Criminal


He goes on: “When we meet Jerico, he is in prison and has spent most of his life there. An injury he suffered as a child rendered him a sociopath, so he has no understanding that the things he does are wrong. He just reacts, sometimes violently, sometimes humorously. He is so unpredictable that he is not even allowed near anyone in jail. But after his operation, Jerico starts going back and forth between who he was and who Bill Pope is. He’s very mixed-up and suddenly he’s comprehending things and having sensations that he’s never experienced before on every level. And that’s what I had to figure out how to portray.”


Gal Gadot in Criminal

Gal Gadot in Criminal

Gal Gadot Criminal

Gal Gadot Criminal

                Gadot was drawn to Jill’s own transformation in the course of the story. “With Bill, Jill had settled for a convenient life, staying with a husband who she had trouble communicating with because it was comfortable. When her husband dies, Jill has no choice other than to fight for the truth,” Gadot observes.         Her character has to span both fear and inexplicable attraction in her relationship with Jerico, a process Gadot says Costner helped tremendously. “Kevin brings his own charm to the hardcore character of Jerico. He is an incredible actor and by the end of the film, he goes through an amazing transformation.”

                Gadot notes that part of the fun of her character is that she is in the dark about who Jerico is and what he wants, though the audience knows. “My character is suddenly confronted by a total stranger who knows every detail about her. She is mystified and the audience will be on the edge of their seats because there is so much going on at every level.”

                “Criminal” opens in cinemas this April 13 from OctoArts Films International.

Will You Be Ready When The Apocalypse Comes?

                Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” director Bryan Singer returns with the most awaited “X-Men: Apocalypse” that will open in cinemas (Phils.) on May 18 nationwide from 20th Century Fox.


                Since the dawn of civilization, Apocalypse was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, is the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe who amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

X men Apocalypse - Defenders

X men Apocalypse – Defenders

X Men Apocalypse - Destroy

X Men Apocalypse – Destroy

                10 years after the events of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “X-Men: Apocalypse” will show Mystique, a.k.a Raven, now helping to rescue oppressed mutants, including a young Nightcrawler. When she discovers that the titular antagonist has recruited Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) to his cause, she will reunite with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) so they can help their old friend.

                Facing their biggest and ultimate nemesis in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the X-Men sees an ancient, incredibly formidable mutant awaken from thousands of years of slumber who decides that the world of the 1980s needs a giant reset.

                Bringing to life this complicated, godlike figure is the talented Oscar Isaac. Since his big break in 2002’s “All About The Benjamins,” Isaac has been working consistently in film, appearing in the likes of “Body Of Lies,” “Sucker Punch,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “A Most Violent Year,” and in 2015 alone, made a huge impact in both “Ex Machina” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

                Taking a stand to fight for what they believe that humankind is worth saving, the X-Men unite in the most awaited face-off in the heroes’ universe.  Lawrence for her part considers “X-Men: Apocalypse” being the biggest scale of any X-Men film. “I’m really excited for people to see a fuller realization of the X-Men – Charles, Hank, Peter, but also Jean and Scott. This movie is like the origin of the first official X-Men, and that’s an epic story to tell on film,” Lawrence enthuses.

                Donning the most fearsome villain as Apocalypse, Isaac who takes on the titular character, is a big X-Men comics fan.  “I was a big X-Men comics fan! I collected X-Factor in particular, which I really liked, and which features the first appearance of Apocalypse. It’s actually because of that, because of how much I loved the character, that when I found out that they were making an X-Men movie with Apocalypse as the villain, I sought it out. I was very curious about what they were going to do with it. The film’s on a huge scale; this is the biggest one yet,” shares Isaac.

                “X-Men: Apocalypse” is directed by Bryan Singer and brings together an impressive ensemble of actors starring Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Lucas Till as Havoc, Josh Helman as Bill Stryker, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Kodi Smit-Mcphee as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Angel, Lana Condor as Jubilee and Olivia Munn as Psylocke.

Got A Guy ; Patch Guy

This is Cary Regaspi; owner of Regaspi Tactical. He specializes in making patches.

Cary and Kampeon

Cary and Kampeon

I visited his shop 2 days ago sa Zabarte Town Cennter, Caloocan. Dahil dumating na si Piyonna (my lightsaber), bumili ako ng Saber Bag sa shop niya. Continue reading