Wednesday, July 31, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTERS IN MOVIES

I'm sure you have heard that Godzilla is making his gigantic come back next year (ten years after the last film "Godzilla: Final Wars"). It was officially announced that the theatrical release of the film will be on May 16, 2014 and I'm sure the fans are very eager to see this highly anticipated film. Anyway, i came to realized that there are so many notable films featuring giant monsters and in fact, in Japan, they have this genre known as "Kaiju Eiga" or Monster Movie. The most recent film that features a Kaiju or Giant monster is Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim". Now, allow me to list down five of the most popular giant monsters in movies (including both Kaijus and Giant monsters in American films). Have fun! PS. This is the first part of my Godzilla-related entry, i will have another one next month.
TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTERS IN MOVIES
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Author's Note: This entry is listed subjectively.

TOP 5 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"KRAKEN"
(CLASH OF THE TITANS / PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN)
There are two notable Kraken in movie. One is featured on Clash of the Titans while the other one is briefly featured in Pirates of the Caribbean. Kraken is considered as one of the most legendary sea monsters both in films and fictional books. It is basically depicted as a giant squid whose size can grow up to 50ft huge. According to the myth, Kraken is an ocean-dwelling monster found in Norway and in Greenland. It is capable of destroying ships. In the Pirates of Caribbean, Kraken is depicted exactly how it is being depicted in books but Clash of the Titans showed off a new approach. It is basically inspired from the Greek mythology in which serves as the pet of Poseidon. 

TOP 4 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"TYRANNOSAURUS REX"
(JURASSIC PARK)
Compare to the monsters listed on this entry, Tyrannosaurus Rex or simply T-rex is the only creature regarded as monster but with a scientific explanation behind its existence. T-Rex has been widely used as one of the most terrifying creature in movies, televisions series and books that tackles prehistoric era but it was Jurassic Park who made them even more popular. The concept of bringing dinosaurs in present time is simply impressive and it's not really surprising why they came up with two more installment for the movie. T-rex is technically considered as the largest land predator. The term "Rex" itself means "King" in Latin and I believe that is pretty self explanatory. 


TOP 3 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"CLOVER"
(CLOVERFIELD)
Clover is a gigantic creature from the film Cloverfield. Technically, the monster from this film is never named and the authority (the Department of Defense in particular) tagged it as LSA or Large Scale Aggressor. The name Clover is just a nickname given to the creature by the production staff. Clover is dubbed as the American version of Godzilla and according to Exphorine.com, Clover is 20 ft bigger than Godzilla and ten times bigger than the T-rex. Clover is vaguely quadrupedal but is capable of standing upright in short distances. He notably has long and thin limbs compare to his body. Clover's body is covered with parasites (dog-sized parasites) that are also predators. 

TOP 2 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"KING KONG"
(KING KONG)
King Kong is undeniably one of the most iconic gigantic monsters in movie history. The first film starring King Kong was on 1933 film which becomes an iconic film due to its pioneering special effects using Stop motion models. Obviously, King Kong resembles a Colossal Gorilla . It is also considered as a Mammal-based Kaiju. King Kong also has a Japanese counterpart named as Toho. King Kong was suggested to be among the most powerful in terms of raw physical force, possessing strength and durability that rivaled that of Godzilla. As one of the few mammal-based kaiju, Kong's most distinctive feature was his intelligence. He demonstrated the ability to learn and adapt to an opponent's fighting style, identify and exploit weaknesses in an enemy, and utilize his environment to stage ambushes and traps. 

THE MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"GODZILLA"
(GODZILLA)
I guess this list is quite predictable right? Of course, nothing yet can dethroned Godzilla on the first spot. Godzilla first appeared in a 1954 film and since then, the creature has become a worldwide pop culture icon. An American version of the creature was made in a 1998 film. It is quite confusing whether Godzilla is a hero or a villain because the creature has been depicted both as a destructive monster and a savior at the same time. Within the context of the films, Godzilla's exact origins vary, but it is generally depicted as an enormous, violent, prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation. Godzilla is shown to possess immense physical strength and muscularity.  In addition to that, Godzilla also possesses different form of abilities including the capability to breath underwater, atomic pulse, fireballs, eyebeams and even flight at some plot. 

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Other notable giant monsters in movies include Mr Stay Puft (Ghostbusters), 50 Ft Woman (Attack of the 50ft Woman), TriPod (War of the Worlds), and Kaijus (Pacific Rim)
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Friday, July 26, 2013

TOP FIVE BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE

For bloggers, pictures play a very important role to make our entries more engaging for our readers. We usually need some software or online tools to edit our photos either to fix something on the picture, to enhance it or to input our very own watermarks. Photoshop is probably the most ideal photo editing software that we can try on but for a frugal guy like me, i would rather search for some free software alternatives than spending my money to it (I am nothing against Photoshop though). We can't deny the fact that Photoshop requires a lot of skills before you can manage to embrace all its impressive features. Listed below are five great software and web based tools that can be used as an effective alternative for Photoshop. They may not have all the features but these software are extremely useful as they got all the basic tools you need to edit your photos.
TOP FIVE BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
Author's Note : This is NOT a sponsored post. This entry is listed subjectively and is merely based on my very own experiences. 
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TOP 5 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PHOTOFILTRE"
As what the title of this software suggests, the main highlight of PhotoFiltre are the basic Filters that you can also be found on Photoshop. It has a very user-friendly interface and something that beginners should try on. The software is known for its apparent simplicity. Generally, it doesn't require any extensive skills and you can easily explore and experiment with its features without asking for help. Some of its notable features are Auto Levels and Auto Contrast which are very useful and important image adjustment tools. Apart from its easy to use tools, PhotoFiltre can also covert the image files into any available format. The software, however, doesn't have layer adjustments compare to Photoshop but for those who are not rooting for such feature, Photofiltre is indeed a great tool. It also has a paid version which gives you a wider option. 

TOP 4 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PHOTOSCAPE"
Photoscape is personally one of my favorite photo editing software. Just like Photofiltre, Photoscape has a very easily manageable interface (but not as intuitive as Photofiltre) . It offers an impressive thumbnail browser and it gives the user a capability to use a lot of  cool image effects and adjustment tools. It has very simple tools and basic filters. What makes Photoscape more distinctive is the fact that it comes up with an object tab that allows you to easily input texts, shapes and speech bubbles on top of the photo you are working with. It comes up with a wide array of clips that can be stamped on top of your images. You can also add your own image to its clipboard which is very useful for those who want to input their watermarks on their photo in a very convenient and faster way. 

TOP 3 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PAINT.NET"
Paint.net is a simple yet surprisingly impressive photo editing tool. It features a simple pixel based editor tool that users will definitely enjoy dealing with. It has a very easy to use interface and it got all the basic elements and image adjustments tools that you need to edit your photos. The highlight of Paint.net are the plugins that you can add to the software to enhance or improve its functionality. Even though it doesn't offer an adjustment layers, Paint.Net has a comprehensive range of image adjustment tools. Interestingly, they said that Paint.Net started as college project that aims to produce an alternative to Microsoft Paint. Generally, Paint.Net is a very easy to use tool to retouch your photos quickly and professionally. 

TOP 2 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PIXLR EDITOR"
I am currently hooked with Pixlr Editor. Unlike the software mentioned above. Pixlr Editor is a web based tool. It also has a mobile app for Android and Apple smartphones but what makes it more fascinating is thge Pixlr Editor (Advanced) which gives you everything you need as far as the image editing is concerned. It has all the basic image adjustment tools, some cool filters, layer adjustments, dodge tool and more. If you are aiming for a very convenient photo editing tool, then Pixlr is a very ideal tool for you. You can access the site at pixlr.com and you will be given a chance to choose among Pixlr Editor (Advanced), Pixlr Express, and Pixlr-o-matic. The only problem i have for his website is the file saving procedure. In order to save the file directly on your pc, you have to input your desired format at the end of each image (.jpg, ,png, and more). Other than that, Pixlr Editor is a cool and very impressive free photo editing tool for you. 

THE BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"GIMP"
GNU Image Manipulation Program or better known as GIMP is probably the most powerful free photo editing software available. It is actually being dubbed as the "Free Photoshop" simply because it features all the notable tools found in Adobe Photoshop. In addition to that, the software is notable for its Floating Palettes which makes it even more engaging. It has all the advanced editing tools, it supports layers and layers adjustments, it also supports a huge number of file formats. The features can also be extended though plugins and more. It also comes up with a "GIMPshop" which guarantees the user to have a Photoshop-like experience.

I wish i could include Incscape and SAI Paint Tool (the one shown above), but they are considered as Painting tool rather than photo editing.
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSERS IN MOVIES

I had a hard time categorizing this entry because the characters listed below are not really gays or lesbians but they are actors who pretend to be a member of an opposite sex. After doing some research, I have learned that this form of acting is known as Cross Dressing. According to Wikipedia, cross dressing is an act of wearing clothing and other accouterments commonly associated with an opposite sex. Cross Dressing films are different from Cross Gender films in which an actor will portray a role of a real member of an opposite sex ( like what John Travolta did in Hairspray and same thing goes with Tyler Perry's role as Madea and Adam Sandler as Jill in Jack and Jill) while cross dressing usually features an actor who is forced to pretend as a member of opposite sex. Listed below are five of the most famous cross dressers in movies. Have fun!
TOP FIVE MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSERS IN MOVIES 
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Author's note: This entry is listed subjectively.

TOP 5 MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSERS IN MOVIE
"THE WHITE CHICKS"
(From White Chicks)
White Chicks is a 2004 Comedy film starring the Wayans' brothers (Marlon and Shawn) which centers around the story of two FBI agents (Kevin and Marcus) who disguised themselves as two white American women. Their main intention is to capture a guy named Latrell Spencer who is very attracted to white women. The two disguised as the Wilson sister and Spencer was trapped on their bait as he takes an interest in Marcus , thinking that he is the real Tiffany Wilson. This film, however, garnered poor reviews from the critics and is dubbed as one of the worst films of 2004. 

TOP 4 MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSER IN MOVIE
"BIG MOMMA"
(From Big Momma's House film series)
The story of Big Momma is very identical with White Chicks but I think it deserves more the credit because the film debuted four years before the White Chicks. Big Momma's House is a highly successful film starring Martin Lawrence, portraying the role of  Malcolm Turner who is an FBI Agent who is considered as a master of disguise. Here, as what the title of the film suggests, Turner disguised himself as a fat elderly African American woman. The film is indeed a surprised hit and it actually came up with another two sequels notably Big Momma's House 2 (2006) and Big Momma: Like Father like Son (2011).

TOP 3 MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSER IN MOVIE
"VIOLA / SEBASTIAN HASTINGS"
(From She's The Man)
Okay, so before Amanda Bynes' life turned into major disaster, this film rose her to fame and is probably the only film that everybody will gonna remember from her despite of all the bad publicity. She's also the only actress who made it on our list. She's The Man is a story based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The plot is about a teenage girl named Viola Hastings who is very eager to play soccer and so she disguised herself as a male , pretending to be his brother Sebastian. Viola successfully made it on his brother's school while he's brother went to London to join a band contest. He also made it through the school's soccer's team. Here she met Duke (Channing Tatum) which she fell in love with. 

TOP 2 MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSER IN MOVIE
"MRS DOUBTFIRE"
(Mrs Doubtfire)
Mrs Doubtfire is personally one of the my favorite comedy films. It is a 1993 film starring Robin Williams. The story is about a guy named Daniel Hillard who is a loving father but an irresponsible and immature husband. This forced Miranda (Sally Field) to divorce him. Since Daniel doesn't have a stable home and job, he is very eager to get his family back. And after he learned that Miranda is looking for a housekeeper, Daniel disguised himself as an elderly woman named as Mrs Euphegenia Doubtfire. Daniel, however, failed when his identity was revealed. Mrs Doubtfire is a certified box office hit and is named as one of the funniest movies of all time. 

THE TOP MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSER IN MOVIE
"TOOTSIE"
(Tootsie)
Before Mrs Doubtfire, we once had Tootsie played by Dustin Hoffman. It is a 1982 film which tells a story of a talented yet volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a job. The film is considered as the second funniest film of all time and is second highest grossing film in 1982 (behind ET). The film also earned 10 Academy Award nominations (it won only one category though). The film is also selected for preservation in National Film Industry. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

TOP FIVE BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH

As a big fan of Glee, or well at least the first two seasons of it, Cory Monteith's death came to me by surprise. Cory Monteith or better known as Finn Hudson is one of the major characters in the said series, the quarterback who has an incredible singing talent and also the love interest of Rachel Berry played by Lea Michelle who happened to be her off-screen partner. The reason behind his sudden death is very devastating and it's just sad to see people dying at a very young age because of drug and alcohol abuse. Anyway, Cory Monteith will always be remembered especially those remarkable performances that he delivered on the show. Listed below are five of my personal favorite from Glee.

TOP FIVE BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH

Author's Note : The entry below is listed subjectively.

TOP 5 BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH
"JUST THE WAY YOU ARE"
Just the Way You Are (original by Bruno Mars), was performed by Finn during the "Furt" episode alongside with another Bruno Mars song. In this episode, Finn's mother was married to Kurt's father and this song was sung by Finn to Kurt during the wedding's reception. The performance was characterized as brilliant and touching by the The Wall Street Journey and i couldn't agree more. I actually grew up tired of this song as i keep on hearing it over the radio almost everyday but Finn's version makes the message of this song more meaningful and that is all about acceptance. 

TOP 4 BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH
"LOSING MY RELIGION"
Losing my Religion is another powerful performance from Finn. It was his first solo performance during the Second season entitled "Grilled Cheesus". The song was originally performed by an 80's band R.E.M. Interestingly, the song arrangement was originally plotted by Monteith. The producer is actually trying to make this song positive and upbeat but since it was about betreyal, Monteith wanted to express the feeling of both betrayal and anger on the song and he gave it a perfect justice and earned some praises from notable critics. 

TOP 3 BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH
"JESSIE'S GIRL"
Jessie's Girl is originally performed by Rick Springfield and was impressively nailed by Finn during the "laryngitis" episode of season 1. I am actually not familiar with the song at first until i heard from Glee. The song performance was considered commercially successful which charted in the top ten in Canada , Ireland and Australia in which it was a certified gold. The performance was simple impressive. 

TOP 2 BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH
"DON'T STOP BELIEVIN"
The song that brought the show into the limelight. It is probably one of the most iconic performances of the show which is originally performed by the Journey. It is one of the greatest cover ever done in this show. It is actually a group performance by Finn and Rachel's voice are more dominant. The song was characterized as elevating and inspirational by most of its critics. The song in general gave a new approach to this song, transforming a rock ballad into an impressive theatrical performance. Did you know that this is also the last song performance where Finn Hudson is being featured before he died?

THE  BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH
"CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING"
Can't Fight This Feeling is actually Monteith, audition piece which helped him a lot to get his iconic role in Glee. It is also the song that allows him to be discovered by Will Schuester (remember the bathroom scene). Monteith initially submitted a tape of himself drumming with pencils and tupperware but the show requires him to sing and so he sang Can't Fight this Feeling which is originally performed by REO Speedwagon. Interestingly, unlike the rest of the show's cast members, Monteith has no theatrical experience.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

TOP FIVE BEST SEGMENTS AND SKETCHES OF BUBBLE GANG

Remember Bel Tiongco of Rampage? How about Mr Assimo and how about Bonggang Bonggang Bongbong? Remember the Sexball Dancers? Or how about the Muchas Grasas family? Bubble Gang is probably one of the most successful gag shows in Philippine TV. It is currently the longest running gag show in the Philippines which was first aired on October 1995. The show is known for their parodies (political, religion and current events), funny skits and sketches, commercial spoofs. Few of its original casts include Ogie Alcasid, Michael V, Wendell Ramos, Antonio Aquitania,Aiko Melendez and Assunta De Rossi. Some of them already left the show but replaced by new batch of comedians including Rufa Mae Quinto, Diana Zubiri, Ara Mina, Boy 2 Quizon, Maureen Larazabal and more. I am a big fan of this show so today I listed down five of my favorite or possibly the Best segments of Bubble Gang
TOP FIVE BEST SEGMENTS AND SKETCHES OF BUBBLE GANG
Author's Note: This Entry is listed subjectively.

TOP 5 BEST SEGMENTS AND SKETCHES OF BUBBLE GANG
"CHE CHE BURECHE"
Che Che Bureche is a comic sketch starring Ogie Alcasid as Che Che and Michael V as Bureche. Cheche and Bureche were twin sisters who lived by their father played by Antonio Aquitana. Cheche is usually the kind one while Bureche is some sort of a bully who is always fooling her sister Cheche. Whenever their father leaves for work, Bureche will start to bully her sister. She terrorize Cheche with her vile antics, but usually becomes the victim of her own schemes.  Bureche will always pretend as the abused one but Cheche is the one who's always getting the attention. 

TOP 4 BEST SEGMENTS AND SKETCHES OF BUBBLE GANG
"ANG DATING DOON"
Ang Dating Doon is probably the shows' most successful segment which started on 1998. It features Isko Moreno as Brod Pete, Cesar Cosme as Bro. Willy and Chito Francisco as Bro. Joel. It is basically a parody of a popular religious program "Ang Dating Daan" but they used to interpret fairy tales, children's literature and song lyrics instead of religious scriptures. They make use of the anime song of Voltes V as their opening and closing song. The segment will begin when an audience will start to ask question to Brod Pete and he will interpret it in return using nursery rhymes, song lyrics and children's literature. Because of its popularity, their characters became their nicknames. They are sometimes referred to, or credited as Isko "Brod Pete" Salvador, Cesar "Brother Willy" Cosme and Chito "Brother Jocel" Francisco. After the segment ended on 1999, it was briefly revived on 2001-2005 where the exclamations like Alien! and Raise the Roof! became popular. The segment was again revived last 2011 up to present.

TOP 3 BEST SEGMENTS AND SKETCHES OF BUBBLE GANG
"PICK UP LINES"
Pick Up Lines is another highly influential segment of Bubble Gang which introduces the famous character of Boy Pick Up (portrayed by Ogie Alcasid) and Neneng B (played by Sam Pinto). The Pickup Line Battle is composed of a preliminary round wherein two contestants will try to impress the woman moderator named Neneng Bakit, or simply Neneng B. using their pickup lines. The winner of the match will be determined by audience impact, and moves on to face the "undefeated" Pickup Liner named Boy Pickup.  In the end, Boy Pickup, who sometimes show up his trademark Zippo lighter, will remain undefeated, despite the fact that his pickup lines are so deep only a selected few can understand its true meaning including Boy Back Up who will cheer loudly at the back. The skit was also adapted into movie entitled Boy Pick Up the Movie. 

TOP 2 BEST SEGMENTS AND SKETCHES OF BUBBLE GANG
"YOURS TRULY: JUNIE LEE"
Yours Truly: Junie Lee is personally one of my favorite segments from Bubble Gang. The segment was first aired on 2002 to 2004. Junie Lee is one of Michael V's iconic fictional characters along with Bebang and Mr Assimo. It is basically patterned like a talk show in which Junie is the main host and his mission is to interview different celebrity. Junie Lee has this weird mannerism which makes the character more laughable. He used to stutter during the interview and is always running out of questions. Most of the questions are based on real celebrity intrigues but it is being asked the funny way. 

THE BEST SEGMENTS AND SKETCHES OF BUBBLE GANG
"ANG SPOILED"
Ang Spoiled is a segment about a brute kid Angelina (played by Ogie Alcasid) and her Yaya (played by Michael V). Her orders always bring her nanny to worst. Angelina's notable quotes are "Yaya, you're such a loser!", "Big Deal" and "Whatever" in which she has her own finger gestures. Sketches show Angelina and her yaya in many places,such as in the mall,in school and somewhere else,but most sketches show them both in Angelina's house, notably inside her room. The segment has become extremely popular and most Filipino adapted those famous Angelina's quotes and gestures. It was also adapted into film entitled Yaya & Angelina : The Spoiled Brat Movie. 

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I excluded those parodies , gags, and commercial spoofs which the show is more notable at. Other famous segments includes Rampage: Gulat ni Mel Tiongco (played by Rufa Mae Quinto), Muchas Grasas, Marilawin, Sumbong Sumbong Kay Bonggang Bonggang BongBong,  Moy Moy Palaboy , Iyo Tube, Remember When (parody of Maalaala Mo Kaya), 4 Oras, GNA Splash Report and more.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR KILLER TOYS IN MOVIES

We all grew up loving our toys and we wouldn't mind hugging, embracing and placing them beside us as we sleep but i'm pretty sure that you were once terrified or should i say "traumatized" after watching those iconic movies featuring some killer toys. The concept of a non living thing coming into life to commit violence, brutal and gory acts is absolutely horrifying. I remember how the film Child's Play drastically changed my perception to dolls. I must admit that the film gave me a lot of nightmares, thinking that my toys will also come to life and will start to kill everyone in our house one by one.Anyway, now that Chucky is about to make his comeback in the big screen after nine years, i decided to list down five of the most iconic killer toys in movies.
TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR KILLER TOYS IN MOVIES
Author's Note - This entry is listed subjectively.

TOP 5 MOST POPULAR KILLER TOY IN MOVIES
"DEMONIC TOYS"
(Demonic Toys)
As what the title suggests, the toys featured in this film are possessed by demons. There are four famous toys featured in this highly iconic series including Jack Attack (the first image shown above), Baby Oopsie Daisy, Grizzly Teddy and Mr Static. Demotic Toys and most the film's installment , however, never had a theatrical release which is most likely the reason why the film barely gets international recognition compare to other films that features the same concept. Baby Oopsie Daisy is considered as the leader of the toys and used knives and guns to kill. Jack Attack, on the other hand, is a jack in the box clown notable for his razor sharp teeth. He can also laugh in high pitch then can kill someone instantly. Other toys include Grizzly Teddy who is demonic hybrid of a bear and a Sasquatch, Mr Static which is a robotic toy than can blast deadly light beams, Zombietoid, Divoletto, Sailor Boy Doll, Clown doll and more. 

TOP 4 MOST POPULAR KILLER TOY IN MOVIES
"PUPPET MASTERS"
(Puppet Masters)
Just like Demonic Toys, Puppet Masters also consist of a group of killer puppets who are animated by an Egyptian Spell. he film was very popular in the video market and since developed a large cult following that has led to the production of ten sequels. Interestingly, each puppet is equipped with their own unique device for killing and they are created by the man known as Andre Toulon. Generally, there are 25 different puppets overall but the most popular and iconic among them includes Blade who is the leader of the puppets,  Decapitron (an unfinished puppet by Toulon), Jester, Pinhead, Torch , Leech Woman, Tunneler and more. 

TOP 3 MOST POPULAR KILLER TOY IN MOVIES
"TIFFANY"
(Bride of Chucky / Seed of Chucky)
Tiffany Ray is probably one of the most iconic murderous doll who is better known as the Bride of Chucky. Tiffany appeared in two Child's Play films including the Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky. Tiff is often depicted sporting a Gothic style of clothing and is notably short tempered. But unlike Chucky, Tiffany is more of a lighter version. She is indeed fond of killing but usually felt guilty after committing such crime. She is easily disappointed and terribly violent and unforgiving when angered. Despite of all these dark behavior, Tiffany is a hopelessly romantic girl who just want to fall in love and to settle down. 

TOP 2 MOST POPULAR KILLER TOY IN MOVIES
"BILLY"
(Dead Silence)
Don't be confused about the Billy doll in Dead Silence and the infamous Billy puppet in Saw film series because we are interestingly referring to the same character. Oh well, not exactly the same but the creators of Saw are also the one behind the Dead Silence film and this is the reason why the puppet also made his appearance in this film. Billy is basically a puppet made by Mary Shaw who was once a famous ventriloquist but was murdered by the village and cut her tongue out. Mary Shaw brings her puppet into life by possessing them with her own spirit and she is known for cutting tongues of her victims and making them as her own puppet too. 

THE MOST POPULAR KILLER TOY IN MOVIES
"CHUCKY"
(Child's Play series)
I believe that the top spot is very predictable. We all know how iconic Chucky is and he definitely deserve the first spot for being the most iconic demonic killer toy of all time. Chucky is a doll possessed by the spirit of a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray who attempts to transfer his soul from the doll to a human body. It is said that Charles Lee Ray was a voodoo practitioner and serial strangler. Before Charles get killed by an officer, he found himself in a toy store and decided to use a ritual to transfer his soul to a doll in order to survive. The film Child's Play eventually came up with another four installment including Child's Play 2, Child's Play 3, Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky and now, a new trailer has been released featuring the iconic killer doll after nine years. I know most of you are excited to see what happend to Glen and Glenda (Chucky's children) after the last film but unfortunately, Curse of Chucky is said to be a prequel to the Bride of Chucky and will take place after the events of Child's Play 3. 

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Other Killer toys in movies that are deserving enough to be mentioned include Dolly of Dolly Dearest, Fat of Magic, and Mina doll of Doll Master (A South Korean film)
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

TOP FIVE LONGEST RUNNING BROADWAY SHOWS OF ALL TIME

Broadway is basically the oldest, the longest and the busiest street in New York which is popularly known for their musical theaters which emerged since the 18th Century but the term "Musical" was generally used since the early 20th century. The Broadway musicals have evolved dramatically all through the years, producing different variety and genre of musical performances. We can confidently say that Broadway has shaped up both society and Hollywood. Hollywood films, however, and Broadway shows have huge differences in terms of many aspects. Interestingly, most Broadway Musicals have this so-called "Open ended runs" which means the duration of length of their presentation are not set and it could possibly extend or end depending on its critical response. Some of these Broadway shows managed to stay for such an impressive amount of time and listed below are five of the longest running Broadway Shows of all time

TOP FIVE LONGEST RUNNING BROADWAY SHOWS OF ALL TIME
Author's Note : This list were taken from websites like IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) and Wikipedia. The list are updated as of July 7, 2013. 

TOP 5 LONGEST RUNNING BROADWAY SHOWS OF ALL TIME 
"THE LION KING"
Number of Performances : 6500. The Lion King Musical debuted on November 13, 1997. Generally, it is not an original Broadway film and is merely based on the successful 1994 Disney animated film with the same name. The show is relatively new compare to the Broadway shows on our list but is considered as a massive success. The amount of performances that they have so far is truly impressive considering the fact that they are running for 16 consecutive years. In addition to that, Lion King, as of April 2012 is considered as the highest grossing Broadway of all time. As of the plot, well, i don't think it needs any more explanation and we all know that it's about Simba and his journey to become the Lion King.  The characters for this play is portrayed by actors in life-sized puppets and costumes. The Lion King have won various awards too including Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy. 

TOP 4 LONGEST RUNNING BROADWAY SHOWS OF ALL TIME 
"LES MISERABLES"
Number of  Performances : 6,680. I believe that this Broadway show is still fresh in our minds after its highly successful film adaptation last year. Les Miserables debuted on March 12, 1987 and ended on May 18, 2003. Therefore, there is a huge possibility that Lion King can outrank the Les Miserables in the near future. Les Miserables is also not an original Broadway piece and is adapted from the book of the same title written by Victor Hugo. It is considered as one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. It is a story of a young peasant named Jean Valjean who was once an ex-convict and became a successful businessman under a new identity. The Broadway, the book and the film are all commercially successful. Les Miserables won various awards from Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy. The song " I Dreamed a Dream" has become one of the most popular and highly embraced Broadway musical shows of all time. 

TOP 3 LONGEST RUNNING BROADWAY SHOWS OF ALL TIME 
"CHICAGO"
Number of Performances : 6909. Chicago is originally based on a 1926 play of the same name which tells a story of  two women who were both suspected and later acquitted for murder in which reporter Maurine Dallas Watskin is assigned to cover at Chicago Tribune. The original play debuted in 1975 (with 936 performances) but was later revived on Broadway in 1996 making it as the longest musical revival on Broadway history. It is also considered as the longest running American musical in Broadway. The play was also adapted into film in 2002 which is also a commercial success and earn recognition in different award bodies like Oscars. 

TOP 2 LONGEST RUNNING BROADWAY SHOWS OF ALL TIME 
"CATS"
Number of Performances: 7485. Cats is another highly successful Broadway show which is originally based on a collection of whimsical poems entitled "Old Possum's : Book of Practical Cats. The musical is composed by Andrew Llyod Webber which tells a story of a tribe of cats called Jellicles and their ritual known as the Jellicle choice in which they have to decide which cat should ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. The Cats debuted on 1982 and ended last 2000 so basically, there is a possibility for the "Chicago" to outrank the show. Interestingly, the show was performed in many parts of the world and has been translated to 20 different languages. It also introduced the song "Memory" which was also recorded by different successful artists including Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark, Sarah Brightmand and Celine Dion. 

THE LONGEST RUNNING BROADWAY SHOWS OF ALL TIME 
"THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA"
Number of Performances : 10,583. If Hollywood has James Cameron who directed two of the highest grossing and most successful films of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber is probably his equivalent in Broadway. The Phantom of the Opera is another musical created and composed by him and is undeniably the longest running Broadway show. It is originally based on a French novel of the same title which tells a story of a beautiful soprano who became an obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. The play is a massive success grossing an estimated amount of  $5.6 Billion (including West End and other international plays). It also gained awards and recognition from Tony and Drama Desk. 
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The list is generally based on the number of performances as listed and compiled in Wikipedia and IBDB (check it here) but if we are going to list down top five of those Currently running shows, we will come up with this list (from greatest to least): 1. The Phantom of the Opera , 2. Chicago , 3.The Lion King, 4. Mamma Mia! and 5. The Wicked.
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST POWERFUL EYES IN ANIME

If Superman has the ability to see through solid objects and can melt things by simply staring at them, well Anime offers much more powerful than these impressive abilities. The universe of Anime is wide enough to showcase various characters that use their eyes to express their abilities. These abilities are more than just X-ray and heat visions. In fact, most of these characters are capable of creating massive destruction more than any superhumans can. Listed below are five of the most powerful eyes in anime.
TOP FIVE MOST POWERFUL EYES IN ANIME
Author's Note : This entry is listed subjectively. 

TOP 5 MOST POWERFUL EYES IN ANIME
"FAUSTIAN CONTRACT"
(BLACK BUTLER)
This ability is basically based on a popular cultural motif known as Faustian Bargain or Devil's contract. This is actually a link and a bargain between humans and demons. In anime Black Butler, it is possessed by Ciel Phantomhive. Basically, the main function of the Faustian Contract is to fulfill something unimaginable and difficult to accomplish including revenge. The one who possessed it will have the ability to summon the demon he made the contract with. The demon in return will try to accomplish his mission by all means regardless how brutal would it be. However, once the contract is completed and the human's wish is accomplished, the human's soul will be eaten by the demon which will eventually result to his death. This ability actually reminds me of Hell Girl's contract at some point. 

TOP 4 MOST POWERFUL EYES IN ANIME
"CURSED EYE"
(D.GRAY-MAN)
The Cursed eye is being possessed by Allan Walker from the Anime D.Gray-Man. It gives him the ability to see souls that are trapped inside demons or better known as Akuma. The power and the ability of Allen's cursed eye has evolved drastically all through out the series. The Level 1 allows him to see souls trapped in demons if they are located nearby. The Level 2 changed dramatically which allows him to pinpoint an Akuma even when they are not visible to naked eye. The third level has become more powerful as seen during Allen's combat with Alma Karma. The Cursed Eye is just one of Allen's special abilities. 

TOP 3 MOST POWERFUL EYES IN ANIME
"GEASS"
(CODE GEASS)
Geass is a powerful ability possessed by Lelouch vi Britannia. It is a supernatural ability that allows the owner to gain a special power. The power of Geass manifests differently in each individual depending on their inner desires and personality. Lelouch's Geass in particular grants him the power of absolute obedience.  This gives him the ability to plant commands within a person's mind upon direct eye contact. The ability, however, cannot influence the same individual twice, unless the command is removed by a Geass Canceller. Some Geass users have the ability to travel through time , immortality, alter an individual's memory, and telepathy. 

TOP 2 MOST POWERFUL EYES IN ANIME
"RINNEGAN"
(NARUTO SHIPPUDEN)
Rinnegan is a very powerful ability and is one of the most exalted among the Three Great Eye Techniques. The ability is being possessed by Nagato or better known as Pain. The one who possessed Rinnegan will have an access to multitude of abilities. It allows the user to see chakra and to decipher more of the "Sage of the Six Paths' tablet". One of its notable abilities are known as the "Paths" . He can summon different creatures, summon the King of Hell, absorb Chakra-based ninjutsu, can read minds, manipulate gravity, and the control over life and death. Apart from Nagato, Obito Uchica and Madara Uchica also possesses the Rinnegan. 

THE MOST POWERFUL EYES IN ANIME
"SHARINGAN"
(NARUTO SHIPPUDEN)
The Sharigan is generally possessed by most of the Uchicha Clan and is one of the Three Great eye techniques along with the Rinnegan and Byakugan. It is also known as the Heaven's Eye due to an overwhelming amount of abilities that a user can have. Sharigan allows the wielder to see chakra flow and an incredible clarity of perception which allows them recognise genjutsu and different forms of chakra. It also allows them to track fast moving objects or someone who attacks them. The most powerful ability of Sharingan is the ability of its wielder to user the ability to copy almost any technique that he or she witnesses.The user can memorise ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu with near-perfect accuracy. In addition to that , the wielder of Sharigan is capable of inducing a unique brand of hypnosis that involves suggesting actions and thoughts to the opponent through genjutsu cast by simple eye contact between both parties. Some of its well-known wielders include Sasuke and the rest of the Uchicha clan. 
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Other honorable mentions include the Byakugan (Hyuga Clan of Naruto Shippuden), The Demon Eye (Mabaa of Soul Eater), Millenium Eye (Maximillion Pegasus of Yu-Gi Oh!), Shinigami Eyes (Misa of Death Note), and the Ultimate Eye (Roy Mustang of Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood).
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITIES 2013

Fame, Wealth and Influence! These are the three main keys to measure how powerful a celebrity is. Forbes recently released their annual listing of The most powerful celebrities. As usual, most of the celebrities that made it on their Top 100 list are not really surprising at all. According to Forbes, they revamped their algorithm for this year including an extensive evaluation on their social networking power including the status of their Facebook accounts, Twitter, Youtube and other notable social networking platforms. Apart from that, the list is also evaluated based on their earnings and appearances in Tv and Radio. Listed below are Five of the Most powerful Celebrities taken from Forbes latest "Celebrity 100".

TOP FIVE MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITIES 2013
Author's Note: The list was taken from Official list of Forbes. 

TOP 5 MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITIES 2013
"MADONNA"
Madonna is a certified Money machine and she just proved that she is still that "material girl" that everybody adores. She recently topped the annual list of Forbes and named her as the Highest Paid Musicians for 2013. Upon checking the history of Forbes Celebrity 100 list ever since it started on 1999, Madonna is consistently making it on Top 10. She managed to enter the Top 10 six times all through out her successful career. Her latest album MDNA may not be as impressive as her previous albums, her MDNA Tour allows her to bagged a total of $305 million. Not to mention her successful clothing line and more. 

TOP 4 MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITIES 2013
"BEYONCE KNOWLES"
After taking a long break , Beyonce is back with her Mrs Carter World Tour. She proved to us that she is indeed "Irreplaceable" and she absolutely has what it takes to "Run the World". Beyonce started to dominate the Top 10 list since 2008 and her highest peak was 2010 where she ranked second next to Oprah. In addition to her successful concert series, Beyonce is also earning impressively from her endorsements including Pepsi and H&M. She is also earning big from her very own clothing line. Beyonce is currently holding the 17th Place as the Most Powerful Woman of  2013

TOP 3 MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITIES 2013
"STEVEN SPIELBERG"

Steven Spielberg is undeniably one of the Most renown Sci-Fi Directors/Writers of all time, producing hit movies like ET and Jurassic Park. He recently had a successful movie Lincoln which earned a lot of recognition and is a certified box office hit. Steven Spielberg is indeed one of the well respected Hollywood directors and interestingly, he constantly make it on the Top 10 List since 1999. He also ranked third last 2002. Wealth wise, Spielberg is earning billions and is currently holding the 423rd rank of the most successful billionaires of all time. Spielberg is currently the producer of the upcoming Transformer 4 which could probably ensure him again for the next Celebrity 100 list. 

TOP 2 MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITIES 2013
"LADY GAGA"
Despite of her absences due to her hip injury, Lady Gaga proved that she is still powerful to make it on this year's list. In fact, she would have earned more if she never had such injury. Her Born This Way Ball Tour was cut but is impressively a massive success which allows her to earn a total of  $168 million respectively. What brought Lady Gaga on this list is not her earnings but her social networking power which includes her 38 million Twitter Followers and 58 Million Facebook fans. Thanks to her Little Monsters who avidly and continuously supporting her. In addition to this, Lady Gaga is currently working on a new title which could probably serve as her comeback after the injury that she had. 

THE MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITIES 2013
"OPRAH WINFREY"
I think Oprah Winfrey is already a default name once we are talking about powerful celebrities. Oprah is consistently making it on Top ten since 1999. She topped the list five times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013). Despite of a very poor performance of her very own Network (OWN), Oprah's influence never fade out. Her sit down confessional interviews with Lance Armstrong and other celebrities is giving her show a heads up. In addition to her network, Oprah is also earning from her very own magazine. She is currently the 13th most powerful women of 2013 and is holding the 503rd spot successful Billionaires. 

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New comers include Channing Tatum after the massive success of his Magic Mike film, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, EL James (Author of the Fifty Shades of Grey), and Usian Bolt. You can check the complete list here
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