Pan Debuts Teaser Trailer and Character Posters

Sunday, November 30, 2014 , , 0 Comments

If you think that the tale of Peter Pan had been told over so many times, here’s an origin story that sheds new light into the tale. After having watched the trailer, I am pretty sure that I am going to like this film. From the glimpses of key scenes I’ve seen, I love the creative way they’ve done the re-telling. It also features big stars like Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara and Garrett Hedlund.

Just take a look at Hugh Jackman below, he’s almost unrecognizable! It’s thrilling to have him play a very different role and a villain at that. I can’t wait to see his interpretation of the most infamous pirate of all.
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Teaser Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sunday, November 30, 2014 , , 0 Comments

Wake up the inner geek in you this morning as I bring you the 88-second teaser trailer for the upcoming and much awaited Star Wars film that’s currently being directed by J.J. Abrams which was released by Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm. (Excuse me while I do a little jump) The movie, which is slated to be shown in the country on December 18th next year will be episode VII in the Star Wars Saga.
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Of Schemes and Such (A Horrible Bosses 2 Movie Review)

Friday, November 28, 2014 , 0 Comments

Ask anyone you know, most everyone wants to be their own boss at one point in their lives. More so for the three lead characters in the movie sequel, Horrible Bosses 2. Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudekis) and Dale (Charlie Day) are back to reprise their roles from the hit comedy movie, Horrible Bosses which was shown back in 2011. Since I had loved the first film, I more or less knew what to expect in the second film. However, with the addition of two stellar actors, I couldn’t help but expect more. Joining the cast are Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz, the father and son tandem who would bring about the conflict in the film.
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Pendergast, Pitch Perfect 2 and Acquiring Brush Lettering Skills

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 , , , , 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve written a hodge-podge post. Aside from me turning a year older again yesterday, what has been happening lately? Well to start with, I’ve still been diligently trying to keep up with my Reading Challenge for the year with only 6 more books to go. Although I must admit that this year, I’ve pledged to read fewer books than the previous years, I’m still happy with my progress. Next year though it will be much  more different. The book I’ve recently finished is the latest book in the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. This is actually the 14th book in the series. Can you believe it?
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Well, I must tell you, for a book series as long running as this, it says a lot about the story, the characters and the authors themselves. Ever since I’ve read the first book, I’ve been hooked. Pendergast soon grew to be one of my most favorite book characters. Blue Labyrinth exceeded all my expectations so far and I think what makes this stand out is that not only was Pendergast as brilliant as ever, his allies showed themselves very formidable too. I loved this read, I gave it a well deserved 5-stars.
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Experiencing Hair Science with Pantene Conditioners

Monday, November 24, 2014 , , 0 Comments

For someone like me who has a very hectic schedule everyday, I find it a mood dampener when I have to go about my day with my hair looking all limp and sad. Bad hair days don’t really contribute to productivity. Haha, I know that makes me sound shallow but I do like it when all I need to worry about my day is finishing my tasks and not worry about how I look. For the past three weeks, I’ve gone through a better understanding of what this means. I’ve been trying out several varieties of Pantene Conditioners and while I didn’t have a high regard of the brand before, I do so now.
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Teaser Trailer for Project Almanac

Thursday, November 20, 2014 , , 0 Comments

Heads up sci-fi fans. Here's something headed our way come February of next year. Project Almanac is the latest movie project produced by Michael Bay. Here's a thought, what if you were given a chance to turn back time, what would you do? What draws the line between doing what is necessary and just playing god?
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The Peanuts Movie Holiday Photos

Thursday, November 20, 2014 , 0 Comments

Being an avid beagle lover, I’m more than excited for the coming of Snoopy on the big screen as well the well-loved Peanuts characters. In The Peanuts Movie, Snoopy and the gang will be shown in glorious 3d animation. Get ready to feel nostalgic. Here are the latest released holiday photos for the film.
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Dean & Deluca Color Me! Thanksgiving Cookies

Thursday, November 20, 2014 0 Comments

I’m currently in an artsy phase (more so than usual) and I’ve been wanting to try out more art materials than ever. So I think it will be obvious why I’m writing about Dean & Deluca’s Color Me! Thanksgiving Cookies which I saw on NotCot. The concept behind this treat is that you can write on pre-baked blank cookies with edible markers. Edible markers!! I didn’t know they made something like those!
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Julianne Moore in Mockingjay Part 1

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 , 0 Comments

It’s only 2 days more before the opening of Mockingjay Part 1 in theaters and here’s a look at Julianne Moore as she joins the cast from the previous Hunger Games films as President Alma Coin. She is the enigmatic leader of District 13, a secret from the 12 existing Districts in Panem. After the events of the second film, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in the middle of a rebellion, to which she is a central figure.
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Movie Preview| Exodus: Gods & Kings

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 , 0 Comments

One of the best things that I like about December is that it’s usually the month for epic films. On December 5th, we’ll finally be able to watch director Ridley Scott’s latest massive undertaking. Exodus: Gods & Kings stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses. The film is presented in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D format. Moses is one of the key figures in the Old Testament and his story is one that deserves only a master filmmaker to translate onscreen. Exodus: Gods & Kings aims not only to re-tell a well-known story but to bring to life the monumental journey of 400,000 slaves out of Egypt and the deadly plagues.
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Chris Pine Joins Cast of Horrible Bosses 2 for some Comedy and Villany

Monday, November 17, 2014 , 0 Comments

If I were to name a list of charming actors in Hollywood right now, Chris Pine would be on the top of my list. Sure he has played lead roles so far but I have this sneaking suspicion that he’ll also play wonderfully as a villain. When he turns on his megawatt smile though, you’ll get instant confusion. This was one of the characteristics why he was chosen to play the role of Rex, son of an evil millionaire who goes by the name of Bert and is portrayed on the big screen by Christoph Waltz. This unlikely tandem of father and son is probably what makes Horrible Bosses 2 something to look forward to.
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A Look at the Everything is Possible 2015 Planner

Monday, November 17, 2014 , 0 Comments

It was around a few weeks ago when someone asked me why I still kept a planner when I already have a smartphone and a tablet that has apps to take down my schedule. I told him that I liked keeping a planner to write in because I liked to see my handwriting. I told him that jokingly. Haha To be honest though, nothing beats jotting things down on paper. For the lifestyle I keep and all the things that I want to squeeze in my day, a planner is definitely a must.
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One of the planners I chose to use for next year is the Everything is Possible Planner from Viviamo, Inc. This is the same wonderful group of people who gave us the original Belle de Jour Power Planners. Here’s how the 2015 Everything is Possible Planner looks like.
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Book Review #23 – The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Sunday, November 16, 2014 , 0 Comments

The first time I’ve heard of the author, Jonathan Stroud was when I started to get into reading the Bartimaeus Trilogy. After reading that series though, I tried to like the Artemis Fowl series as well however, it didn’t quite take my fancy. So, I’m afraid I lost any more interest with his works. It was only recently that I happened to chance upon a new series written by Mr. Stroud and it was also timely that I had been looking for a good horror story to read. The cover for The Screaming Staircase was pretty awesome too.
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Virtue Dolls

Friday, November 14, 2014 0 Comments

I’ve always been attracted to very cute doll designs especially the ones made for Momiji HQ. If you see them, I’m sure you’ll squee at the charm and beauty of these dolls. Latest to join their already massive and gorgeous gallery of dolls are the Virtue Dolls. These are made for a limited edition run and were designed for Momiji HQ + The School of Life.
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Get to Know the Lead Cast in The Drop

Monday, November 10, 2014 , 0 Comments

As much as we would like for our society to be perfect, crime is happening right at this very second, somewhere around the world. The movie, The Drop centers on what it’s like to be living in a society that’s so plagued with crime that it becomes a normal part of their everyday lives. Tom Hardy stars as Bob, a simple bartender who tends the bar owned by his cousin, Marv (James Gandolfini). The bar becomes the temporary hiding place of Brooklyn crime bosses’ ill-gotten gains. When he rescues a pit bull puppy, he turns to his neighbor Nadia (Noomi Rapace) for help. Soon it was revealed that the puppy belonged to her ex-boyfriend. Bob’s organized world turns into chaos when the ex-boyfriend comes back and tries to take back the puppy and Nadia. Then a robbery at the bar happens to put  him in the crosshairs of a Chechen crime boss.
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Shailene Woodley Stars in a Daring Role for White Bird in a Blizzard

Monday, November 10, 2014 , 0 Comments

Ever since I saw Shailene Woodley consecutively in the movies, Divergent and The Fault in our Stars, I have been a fan. These aren’t even the roles she gained critical acclaim from, that was for her performance in The Descendants with George Clooney. This time, she’ll be doing a character that’s more daring than the previous characters she had to portray on the big screen. White Bird in a Blizzard is based from the book written by Laura Kasischke, telling of youthful passion and loss of innocence.
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Interstellar Movie Review

Sunday, November 09, 2014 , 0 Comments

One of the big films to come our way this year is Interstellar, the latest movie offering from Christopher Nolan, the genius behind the recent Batman films and Inception. For me though, I couldn’t help but be excited for this because space adventure films are never enough. Also, pre-apocalyptic films almost always lure audiences as soon as they hit the box office. Interstellar was announced to be shot in 70mm film format and I was fortunate enough to have watched it at the premiere in the IMAX theater. I may not have full appreciation of the technicality that entails but I did appreciate that because of the high film quality, I was fully-immersed into the film. 
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J. Lawrence Returns as Katniss in Mockingjay Part 1

Thursday, November 06, 2014 , , 0 Comments

After a better (much much better) second instalment for The Hunger Games movie franchise, we get to see what happens next as Katniss wakes up from being rescued after the Quarter Quell. Jennifer Lawrence once again reprises her role as Katniss, the very persona symbolizing courage and hope for the people of Panem. Katniss wakes up in a secret district that will be the heart of the rebellion against President Snow and the Capitol.
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A New Haven for Crafts and Calligraphy

Thursday, November 06, 2014 , 0 Comments

Some of you may already know that I’m a true-blue creative soul. Creativity is always a constant part of my everyday life. So much so that I have eventually chosen a career path that lets me be creative all the time. I think it’s high time that I introduce my other blog to you guys. No, don’t fret, I’m not closing this blog down. This Mindbox is here to stay as long as I have wonderful readers who will take the time to read what I put in here. My other blog, Little Rock Creations will be my haven for anything crafty and as an outlet for my new hobby, calligraphy.
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The Judge Movie Review

Sunday, November 02, 2014 , 0 Comments

It took a long time for me to draft this review because the movie had affected me too much and I wanted a review that would reflect just how much I had loved the film. There are so many films and novels that show how much influence a parent can make on their children's future and yet The Judge is the one film which for me, which sent out the strongest message of all. 
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Book Review #22: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Saturday, November 01, 2014 , 0 Comments

I rarely choose historical fiction for my list of “to read” books but every once in a while, a book with an interesting plot catches my eye. This is the case when I chose to read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. This wasn’t your typical historical fiction as well because it was biblical in a sense. When I read the synopsis for The Red Tent, I was eager to read about Dinah. I looked forward to her story as spun from the author’s imagination.
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