Ulan

Hindi ito tungkol sa bagong pelikula ni Nadine Lustre. Sobrang init lang talaga. Sobrang alinsangan. Maghapon na akong nakahubad. (Pero nagsusuot ako ng t-shirt tuwing lalabas ng bahay para di mapagkamalang tambay. Mamaya hulihin pa ako ng mga alipores ni Satanas.) Sorry ha, ang hot ko kasi, eh. Okay lang sana kung may kasambahay ka… Continue reading Ulan

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Teenage Retirement (Chumped, 2014)

Chumped's Teenage Retirement is for the young and restless, even the young at heart, those who dance to punk, power pop, anything with fuzz as long as its fast, melodic, those who love getting drunk with friends, talk about their "shitty" lives, teenage woes. It's an unhealthy mix of broken hearts, drunken nights, wasted time, melodic… Continue reading Teenage Retirement (Chumped, 2014)

The Killer 2: The Last Bullet

A gun for hire (Ace Vergel) accidentally injured a bar singer (Aiko Melendez) during his last hit---gun powder blast to the eyes left her blind. A cop expert in taekwondo (Monsour del Rosario) and his buddy (Ruel Vernal) are in pursuit of the hitman, because he could lead them to the gun syndicate who ordered… Continue reading The Killer 2: The Last Bullet

Overlord

What could be worse than both Nazis and zombies? Nazi zombies. Sentient, super-strong, Nazi zombies. Overlord does "WWII plus evil Nazi experiments" better than, say, Captain America: The First Avenger. It has memorable characters, bloodier, better action scenes, compellingly conflicted heroes, and a villain more evil and threatening than Hugo Weaving with red CGI face.… Continue reading Overlord

Edge of Tomorrow

On weekends, I sometimes just don't feel like watching new movies or old films I haven't seen before. So, I settle with movies I've already seen. Because they don't require my full attention. Like if something comes up, like a phonecall, or work, or errands, I could easily switch it off. Luckily, nothing came up… Continue reading Edge of Tomorrow

Thank you, Tony Stark

You were young and so in love But your ex-boyfriend married another girl 'Cause you were dusted in the snap Now, do you say, "Thank you, Tony Stark?" You used to have a high-paying job But you were dusted in the snap Now you're back and you're jobless Now, do you say, "Thank you, Tony… Continue reading Thank you, Tony Stark

Day of the Dead

The first of November is hardly about the saints. Even in this largely Christian Catholic Asian country. Even if the government and the church still call it All Saints' Day. It has always been Day of the Dead, like that centuries-old tradition in Mexico, only we don't have those colorful outfits and beautifully decorated skulls.… Continue reading Day of the Dead

Movie Questions

1. Favorite action film? There are too many. But if it has to be a recent one, I'd pick Pedring Lopez's Maria, with Cristine Reyes. 2. Favorite comedy film? Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Kung Fu Hustle. 3. Favorite “dark humour” or “black comedy” film? Inglorious Basterds. Kakaba-kaba Ka Ba? 4. Favorite scene from… Continue reading Movie Questions

Kill This Love: 13 Questions Music Tag

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S24-y0Ij3Y 1. Which bands/artist do you have the most albums by? Do you mean physical copies or not? (I'm asking because I have the whole discography (90+ LPs) of unlicensed, unadulterated, undeniably good music from a group called The Tribal Sounds from Mt. Krakatoa in digital format.) So, to be safe, I'll go with legit… Continue reading Kill This Love: 13 Questions Music Tag

11 Favorite Moments In ‘Avengers: Endgame’

1. Justine Bieber. That moment when Rocket joked about Captain Marvel's ever changing haircut. Yup, Captain Marvel is Disney's attempt at a lesbian superhero. And they still couldn't spell it out. Where's your balls Kevin Feige Mickey Mouse? Also, Deadpool did it first. And she has a very cool name: Negasonic Teenage Warhead. By the… Continue reading 11 Favorite Moments In ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Ranking All MCU Movies from ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Endgame is over now. Thank you, Tony Stark, you're the one who started it all. In a cave. In Afghanistan. Back in 2008. It was that long ago. If you could still remember, there were two big comic book movies in 2008. and if I have to pick between the two, for me, Iron Man… Continue reading Ranking All MCU Movies from ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B

Some said this movie accurately portrays the young people of today---perpetually bored, alone and lonely. Connected but not really. Spotify music plus TV soap as background noise, equals loneliness. The movie's nice to look at. As someone puts it, it's so Instagrammable. It has style (i.e., the movie's aspect ratio changes every time Jewel feels… Continue reading Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B

Captain America goes back to the ’70s to save Nick Fury

Everyone's into time travel now, thanks to Avengers: Endgame. It's an interesting concept---time travel. In the MCU, it was first hinted at in Doctor Strange. Then, in Infinity War. Below's an old post of mine, which I came up with after binge-watching Tarantino movies, Scorsese's gangster films, and exploitation movies from the '70s. Yep, I… Continue reading Captain America goes back to the ’70s to save Nick Fury

Avengers: Endgame Is The Super Duper $@%!#& Season Finale of the Year

The End Is The Beginning Is The End Avengers: Endgame isn't "the best MCU movie or the best superhero movie since (insert your preference here)," but it does what it has to do, "whatever it takes." Even if that means Endgame makes for an unwieldy, ponderous, pandering, uneven, thrilling ride. It's a crowd-pleaser and super… Continue reading Avengers: Endgame Is The Super Duper $@%!#& Season Finale of the Year

Avengers: Endgame – Leaks, Spoilers, Fan Theories

We're in the Endgame now. Avengers: Endgame is now showing in theaters. In Manila. And probably in malls in some other cities. Don't have a firm plan yet. Don't want to wait in long cues but I don't want to wait until two weeks either. Not really afraid about someone spoiling it to me because… Continue reading Avengers: Endgame – Leaks, Spoilers, Fan Theories

MCU Recap: The Avengers

The Avengers (2012). The cataclysmic results of Loki's entrance in a S.H.I.E.L.D. base was somewhat off-putting, sort of Michael Bay-like, but the movie regains my trust the moment Black Widow and Bruce Banner show up. At the start, Steve Rogers has nothing for Tony Stark but contempt, for Nick Fury and SHIELD, distrust. Bruce Banner… Continue reading MCU Recap: The Avengers

MCU Recap: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and The First Avenger

Iron-Man (2008). This is where it all begun, the Mark I of all Marvel movies. This is the movie where Marvel--after deciding to make their own movies based on characters they haven't sold yet--finally hammers it home. In a cave. In Afghanistan. Tony Stark's billionaire-genuis-playboy suits Robert Downey Jr. perfectly in the same the way… Continue reading MCU Recap: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and The First Avenger

5 Reasons Why You Should See ‘Maria’

Come May 17, Maria will start streaming on Netflix. If you live overseas or you missed it during its theatrical run, here's your chance to see it. And below are five reasons why you shouldn't miss. 1) It's R-rated, not whiny PG-13. This is not comic book kiddie stuff, which means there's sex and violence.… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Should See ‘Maria’

Banlieue 13

Saw this once on pirate cable TV years ago. It's nonstop French action with English subtitles. This was years before I learned about that wonderful art of jumping through windows and landing like Peter Parker. Parkour, it is called, probably a French word for something. The actors are a bunch of unknowns (to me) but… Continue reading Banlieue 13

Cristine Reyes goes for some good, old-fashioned revenge in ‘Maria’

Seven years after that one final job, Maria (Cristine Reyes) now lives a quiet domestic life in an unnamed province. A nice big house, a loving husband, their cute little daughter, Cristine Reyes plays an ex-cartel assassin turned wife and mother, from killing people to cooking dinner. But not for long. Her idyllic domestic milieu… Continue reading Cristine Reyes goes for some good, old-fashioned revenge in ‘Maria’