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

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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

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

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’

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… Continue reading 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"… Continue reading 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… Continue reading ‘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,… Continue reading ‘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… Continue reading ‘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… Continue reading ‘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… Continue reading Captain America Trilogy: How To Solve A Problem Like ‘Bucky’

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Initially thought this is funnier than Deadpool 2. But that's maybe because I've seen Deadpool 2 many times already. And then I saw this one. And it was refreshing that Ryan Reynolds isn't the snarky one. That he's being upstaged by and clearly no match to Mr. Nick Fury without the eyepatch. And Dios Mio!… Continue reading The Hitman’s Bodyguard

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? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fregObNcHC8 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… Continue reading 10 Favorite Cover Songs (That Are Better Than The Original)

Favorite Music, 2018

What I've Been Listening To In 2018? A bunch of oldies. Neil Young, some music from the Aughts, one fine indie rock band, and few new releases. Fear of missing out this is not. In fact, my Spotify playlist is stuck on Moira dela Torre. And Moira is like what---so 2017? Or 2016? The last… Continue reading Favorite Music, 2018