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

Training Day: or How did your first day go?

Training Day opens in early morn with LAPD officer Jake Hoyt preparing for his first day on a new assignment—he’s transferring to Rampart Division and will undergo evaluation under Detective Alonzo Harris, a bad-ass mofo cop played by Denzel Washington. After a meet-up in a cafe, the two drives around town as Alonzo shows Jake … More Training Day: or How did your first day go?

Ranking Your Favorite Pogi Rock Bands from Worse to Worst

Hale. Say what you want, “The Day You Said Goodnight” would still be hit, whether Champ Liu Pio now looks like FrancisM-meets-Luis Manzano or not or whether he’s still with Louise delos Reyes or not. Lucky guy, that Champ. A real champ. Sponge Cola. I still like the deeper cuts in their debut like “Partisan” … More Ranking Your Favorite Pogi Rock Bands from Worse to Worst

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Kicks Ass (But There Probably Won’t Be A Sequel)

Like Captain Marvel, at the center of Alita: Battle Angel is a strong female character who doesn’t know her past. In the movie, scientist Dr. Dyson Ido finds a disembodied female cyborg with fully functioning brain in a scrapyard, gives her a new body and names her after his deceased daughter. Then, Alita wakes up … More ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Kicks Ass (But There Probably Won’t Be A Sequel)

‘Captain Marvel’ Is A ’90s Remix Of Superhero Origin Movie

Skimmed a few reviews: some says it’s good, some says mediocre. Checked its Rotten Tomatoes score (“relatively high”) before I went in and kept in mind that Marvel movies tends to get overpraised (i.e., Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Civil War) most of the time. How did it go? It’s middling. Just another Marvel movie: bland-looking, … More ‘Captain Marvel’ Is A ’90s Remix Of Superhero Origin Movie

‘Ant-Man & the Wasp’ Is Lesser Than ‘Ant-Man’

The first Ant-Man, though admittedly a “small” movie, box-office-wise, is actually one of the less problematic movies in MCU’s Phase Two. Ant-Man benefited from the groundwork laid down by Edgar Wright and what dramatic and comedic bits were added later on by its eventual director Peyton Reed and the other writers. Of course there’s the … More ‘Ant-Man & the Wasp’ Is Lesser Than ‘Ant-Man’

‘Aquaman’ Pulls Off Something Beautiful Out of DCEU’s Grimdark Ass

There’s a fair amount of cheese and a fair amount of fun to be had in Aquaman. Whether it’s characters shouting their silly names (Call me Ocean Master! I’m Black Manta!), or Jason Mamoa seemingly just having fun almost the entire time, or director James Wan letting slip a few scenes where Amber Heard couldn’t … More ‘Aquaman’ Pulls Off Something Beautiful Out of DCEU’s Grimdark Ass

Captain America Trilogy: How To Solve A Problem Like ‘Bucky’

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Wonder why I couldn’t like this movie more. It’s well made, has a unique look, the right amount of heart, and nice-looking set pieces and action scenes. Found it boring at first, gave it a second look and found Joe Johnston’s efforts, quite admirable, though still not a knock … More Captain America Trilogy: How To Solve A Problem Like ‘Bucky’

10 Favorite Cover Songs (That Are Better Than The Original)

Second-hand serenades Okay, not all of them are “better than the original” but—don’t you like my WatchMojo-esque title? The Man Who Sold The World / Plateau – Nirvana Nirvana’s Unplugged album boasts a number of covers: one each from David Bowie, Ledbelly, The Vaselines, and three from the Meat Puppets, who also helped them play … More 10 Favorite Cover Songs (That Are Better Than The Original)

Ultraelectromagneticpop on Vinyl: The Good The Bad & The Ugly

I was plugged in to my phone when the news came crashing outside my window: on its 25th anniversary, the remastered version of Ultraelectromagneticpop would be available on Spotify and other digital platforms. And I listened to it on Spotify the same day it came out. What tiny tidbit I missed at the time, is … More Ultraelectromagneticpop on Vinyl: The Good The Bad & The Ugly

Head Trip In Every Key (Superdrag, 1998)

Some said ‘Rock is dead’ in ’98 and electronica (i.e., Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers) is the next big thing. Well, Grunge died, sort of—after Cobain’s death, Pearl Jam’s No Code flopped, and Soundgarden split up. Unbeknownst to many, Pavement’s Brighten the Corners actually saved Rock n’ Roll in ’97. And paved the way for Superdrag’s … More Head Trip In Every Key (Superdrag, 1998)

Hebigat Sounds Volume One (Razorback, 1995)

Hebigat Sounds sounds fine–but Inuman Sessions Vol.1 would have been more apt for this debut from Razorback. From the opening motif of “Tabi Ng Bulkan” to that riff that’s played repeatedly and ends “Diwata,” Razorback delivers bad-ass goods—equal parts booze, rock & roll—but not much else. “Stand by…rolling.” Self-reflexivity: Check. I took one bottle, poured … More Hebigat Sounds Volume One (Razorback, 1995)