Monday, February 13, 2006

New Game Show, New Movie

Because I'm notoriously bad at posting on time, here's what's been happening the past few days...

January 24, 2006

Visited the set of Now Na!, QTV’s first game show. Hosted by Arnel Ignacio, this is a trivia show where time really does matter. Contestants are given a ridiculously short amount of time to answer questions such as “What gives an air conditioner its cooling power?” Apparently, under pressure, some people come up with ridiculous answers such as “Ice.” This is what the show is about. keeping your presence of mind (and poise) under pressure.

Walking onto the set is like stepping into the inside of a giant clock, complete with the faint tick-tocking that lodges itself in your brain. It sounds like a fun concept. Arnel Ignacio is especially excited about it, especially since it’s his first show after leaving the station for a while.

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Later that evening, Luis and I went to watch the premiere of Zathura. It was better than we expected it to be. Although, in the end, you shouldn’t expect it to be anything more than a children’s movie, it did contain ideas that you have to be an adult to get.

Though Tim Robbins was the only name actor there, he’s actually the one who does the least. The others do a good job of conveying their characters. One guy, the one who plays the astronaut, looks eerily like Zack Braff. The girl who plays the kids’ older sister is the one who played Jodie Foster’s daughter in Panic Room. The effects are good – nothing special, but nothing below average, either. It’s something I’d recommend to families who want to watch a kids’ action flick and to barkadas who are out for the kind of fun that only watching a kids movie can give you.

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