Movies: Matangtubig, Your Name, The Whistlers, The Gentlemen

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Matangtubig (Town in a Lake) (2015). The film starts with a heinous crime: two girls were abducted, one raped and murdered, the other ran off and went missing. A local fisherman (Amante Pulido), one of the witnesses, saw the two girls being offered a ride home on the night of the crime. He promptly called the police to report what he saw, but the police chief seemed to dismiss the allegation. Until one of the girls’ dead body was found the morning after. Revelations after revelations, we get to know more of the characters and the town. The journalists who came to town, the inherent fakery in their news stories, the town mayor who’s more concerned with the town’s image in the media, and the police chief who’s seemingly confused about who he should serve and Continue reading “Movies: Matangtubig, Your Name, The Whistlers, The Gentlemen”

Movies: Sex and Fury, ‘Tol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Heavy Trip

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Sex and Fury (1973). Was finally able to watch Norifumi Suzuki’s Sex and Fury, one of the most popular example of Pinky Violence, the Japanese equivalent of America’s grindhouse. This is said to be one of inspirations for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Uma Thurman’s Black Mamba versus the Crazy 88 was probably inspired by Reiko Ike engaging roughly a dozen men in a sword fight in the snow. Though I’m not sure if Tarantino really watched the movie because in Sex and Fury, Reiko Ike fought those men in the nude while in Kill Bill, the Black Mamba didn’t, wasn’t Continue reading “Movies: Sex and Fury, ‘Tol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Heavy Trip”

Movies: Unli Life, Dormitoryo, Blue Bustamante, Brownout sa Neighborhood Namin That Day

Here are some of the movies I watched during this on-going lock down. Some of them you can stream for free (links provided) courtesy of TBA Studios, CinemaOne Originals and the folks of Lockdown Cinema Club (you can check their FB page, they have a lot of short films and they’re accepting donations for film industry workers affected by the lockdown). Jerrold Tarog’s Bliss is also available on YouTube though there’s a glitch (there’s no audio near the end of the movie). Other notable movies available for streaming are Matangtubig, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cantupay and Khavn dela Cruz‘s Alipato.

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Unli Life (2018). It takes a few restarts before the jokes start to land. And if you’re not a fan of Vhong Navarro’s usual shtick you probably need more convincing to buy into the movie’s time-travel shenanigans which is brought about by drinking a glass of “Wishkey” in a mysterious bar called “Turning Point” that seems to appear not just out of nowhere but also out of plot convenience. Continue reading “Movies: Unli Life, Dormitoryo, Blue Bustamante, Brownout sa Neighborhood Namin That Day”

Movies: Come to Daddy, Spring, One Cut of the Dead, Crawl

Now may not be the best time for horror movies. I mean, what could be more scary? On the other hand, these movies also show us how people can resist and triumph over great odds (wait, that sounds like spoilers) or end up dead (there, fixed it). Giving people hope to fight, resist, survive—that’s definitely a good thing, right? So, here we go—five horror movies I saw recently. I would say I like them all—all of them are good. Though I wouldn’t easily recommend them all. Not without warning anyway. Viewer discretion is advised. And make sure to wash your hands properly and frequently. Which reminds me… did that IT guy sneeze on my keyboard when he fixed the IP phone this morning?

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Come to Daddy (2019). Elijah Wood seldom plays the ‘normal guy’ in movies. I saw parts of Maniac (didn’t like the movie’s POV-camera style) and it reminded of his role in Sin City (yes, he’s in that movie). This movie started slow but it’s good. Some of the plot developments may come as jarring but they’re never not interesting. It’s a bit uneven but it’s darkly funny and gory. Continue reading “Movies: Come to Daddy, Spring, One Cut of the Dead, Crawl”

Movies: Joker, Parasite

Violence is daily life

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When I think about movies that I’d probably think about more – even though not necessarily re-watch – in the coming years, it’s either those which employed powerful imagery or said something important. In the case of Parasite and Joker, it’s both. While the early half of Joker is nothing less ordinary, the movie ratchet it up by the second half and ends it like a fairly good Martin Scorsese-inspired movie based on a comic book character—see what I did there, Marvel? But more important than that is what it tries to say, even if it’s there’s plenty of violence. Parasite goes for the more subtle darkly comedic route, framing the struggles of a poor Korean family Continue reading “Movies: Joker, Parasite”

Movies I’ve Seen In November

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So, I watched quite a few movies in October and I myself find that hard to believe. But I did. In fact the last movie I saw in October, Bone Tomahawk (2015), I intentionally excluded from my October list because I couldn’t think of anything sensible to write partially because this movie is both slow and shocking. No, I am slow and I was shocked. It’s a horror Western, awright, with the horror part not being sci-fi or supernatural-based, but involves natives/cave-people/Troglodytes. It stars Kurt Russel, Patrick Wilson, it has cowboys vs. let’s-call-the-natives-Troglodytes-not-Indians. It’s brutal, it has sex and violence and the final third of the movie is shocking and gory as fuck. Continue reading “Movies I’ve Seen In November”

Movies I’ve Seen In October: The Dead Don’t Die, The Boys, Midsommar, etc.

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The Boys (2019)

While some Marvel fans get off by speculating whether someone ever get laid inside the Avengers compound before Endgame (Did Captain America had a one nighter with Black Widow (or… Rhodey perhaps)? Just to, y’know, release some tension? Did Tony Stark had a one last one with Gwyneth Paltrow before the “time heist”?) some people get off by watching The Boys. Yes, the series based off the Garth Ennis comic book. But it’s actually more than just that (getting off). There’s a lot more in The Boys than what you get from your regular Marvel fix, be it the movies, the Netflix shows, one shots and whatnot. The Boys, as someone puts it, is like Watchmen with jokes (the Alan Moore comic, not the overlong Zack Snyder movie). And it has sex and blood and violence Continue reading “Movies I’ve Seen In October: The Dead Don’t Die, The Boys, Midsommar, etc.”

Movies I’ve Seen In September: King of Comedy, Satanic Panic, John Wick 2, The Raid 2

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It’s already October and I suppose Billy Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Kool (and whoever that fourth guy is) are finally awake now after whole month of sleep. Yep. September has ended. Welcome back punk rock sellouts.

Sometimes, I wish I could do that. Just sleep. Not necessarily for the whole month, but get enough sleep–more sleep than what I usually manage to get. But I have to work (not to mention, lose significant amount of time and sleep brought about by the ever worsening condition of public transport). I have to watch movies. I have to smoke pot. And get stoned. And tell you about them movies. Like this one. So, once again, in lieu of full grown weed on a pot—blurbs. Continue reading “Movies I’ve Seen In September: King of Comedy, Satanic Panic, John Wick 2, The Raid 2”

Movie Re-watch: Assault On Precinct 13, Slither, Samurai X, Pacific Rim

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We’re Cancelling The Apocalypse!

If there’s one movie that had me preoccupied for most of March and April, that would be Endgame, Avengers: Endgame. And I saw it on its opening day. And we did no online reservation whatsoever. Just went to one cinema far from the city, where online reservations and reserve seating aren’t still a thing. And Boom! Tony Stark died. Of course, there were long lines, and I almost had to skip dinner just to get to the door early. And get better seats.

And then, I was mildly annoyed, that the guy beside me kept checking his phone the entire movie. Could you just do your little chit chat outside? For chrissakes! He barely even talked to his date. And yet, he can’t seem to wait to see if he has new message every five minutes! Continue reading “Movie Re-watch: Assault On Precinct 13, Slither, Samurai X, Pacific Rim”

Movies I’ve Seen in August: Parasite, High Life, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

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I’ve seen one great, two good films last month. Didn’t have that much time for a full-grown weed on a pot. So, I guess the blurbs below will do for now.

High Life is about a group of criminals aboard a spaceship sent for a deep outer space mission. And if you’re thinking: like Con Air in space? Yep, like Con Air in space. Deep outer space. And Robert Pattinson plays Monte, the Cameron Poe in this story. And there’s even a soiled little bunny rabbit, which Monte saves for his daughter and fixes at all cost. However, there’s no Oscar-winning moment a la Nicholas Cage, no world weary, teary-eyed “Put down the bunny” scene for the shiny vampire star from Twilight. I went into this movie blind expecting some cannabis fueled shenanigans Continue reading “Movies I’ve Seen in August: Parasite, High Life, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”

How long till we finally get Deadpool 3?

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After Avengers: Endgame, there’s only one (comic book) movie that gets me excited like first date, one movie that I’m really really looking forward to: Deadpool 3. And I check the news almost every day. And every time I search for news, all I get are click-baits, misleading headlines, and dead-ends.

So, while waiting for news about the new Deadpool movie to finally arrive (the Disney-Fox merger kind of messed up the continuum in the same way Thanos did messed up the universe when he snapped—therefore Disney is actually Thanos), I tried to be a useful human. Continue reading “How long till we finally get Deadpool 3?”

Movies I’ve Seen This Year

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March was for catching up on a bunch of superhero movies that came out last year. April was mostly about Endgame, Avengers: Endgame, the biggest movie event of the year. But it was also about Maria, my favorite female-led action movie this year. May passed like nursing an Endgame hangover: all the disappointments, all the unmet expectations, the shoulda woulda coulda of it all. And moving on.

June was for trying to cut on my ever growing back log. And July, is for making a list of all movies I’ve seen this year (minus a few re-watch: Edge of Tomorrow, Assault On Precinct 13, Pacific Rim, Slither). Continue reading “Movies I’ve Seen This Year”

Flesh + Blood (1985), Rutger Hauer

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RIP Rutger Hauer

This is medieval soft-core way before Game of Thrones made medieval soft-core porn an essential ingredient for your TV viewing experience. That is, medieval setting with enough boobs and sex to draw more viewers. By the way, that above is Rutger Hauer and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the movie’s called Flesh & Blood and it’s from Paul Verhoeven, director of Showgirls and Basic InstinctRobocop and Total Recall as well.

Oh, one thing though, Flesh and Blood doesn’t have the lavishly beautiful sets of Game of Thrones. In that regard, it’s more like Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky. And no fantasy elements either. It’s more like, grimy and muddy. And lots of blood, too. And mostly unlikable characters. Like there’s no real protagonists in this movie, no heroes to root for. And that’s the one most people complain about in this movie. It’s maybe a little too cynical for some people’s taste. Well, taking it as it is, it’s probably my favorite serious film set in medieval times. My other favorite movies set in the Middle Ages? Uhm, that would be Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness.

Flesh & Blood is about a band of mercenaries, led by Martin (Rutger Hauer) who takes revenge on feudal lord Arnolfini after he betrayed them. Martin’s group of undesirables got their revenge and then kidnaps Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who’s engaged to Arnolfini’s son Steven (Tom Burlinson). The rest of the movie has Steven trying to rescue Agnes, while Agnes tries to have her way with Martin and the rebels.

Needless to say, Rutger Hauer is great in this one. As one reviewer puts it, “Hauer is the only guy who could have found a way to make you root for Martin even at his worst, and loathe him even at his best.” I think this movie made me check his other movies like Blind Fury, Soldier of Orange, and Turkish Fruit. And he’s also in Hobo with a Shotgun, which is a blast. Well, this movie, too.

Day of the Dead, Dellamorte Dellamore

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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.

Skulls. I’ve been fascinated with skulls for as long as I can remember. From He-Man (this cartoons big bad is called Skeletor), to that skull & crossbones symbol on the label of a pesticide bottle my folks used to have in their Continue reading “Day of the Dead, Dellamorte Dellamore”

27 Movie Questions

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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 this film?
Michael Fassbender’s character blew up his cover when he ordered “three” drinks.
Nanette Inventor and the nuns’ musical number. Continue reading “27 Movie Questions”

11 Favorite Moments In ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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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 way, Deadpool is now also Disney—but with balls (hopefully).

2. Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy.” Hawkeye losing his family to the snap, this song, and Tony Stark and Nebula drifting in space set the tone of Endgame‘s first act. It’s also probably a reference to the Iron Man movies which features mostly 70s rock music (AC/DC) on its soundtrack. Continue reading “11 Favorite Moments In ‘Avengers: Endgame’”

Ranking All MCU Movies from Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame

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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 is 2008’s comic book movie of the year.

2008 is the year when two billionaire-playboy get to don the suit. One’s a smarmy genius, who almost got himself killed but was crafty enough to escape, then had changed of heart—his shrapnel-threatened heart—changed his ways and made himself a gold and red armor. The other “playboy” wears a decidedly darker suit, humor imbalanced, probably a sociopath, and a bit slow-footed to make convincing Ninja Continue reading “Ranking All MCU Movies from Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame”

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

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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 made this up even before the movie Captain Marvel.  And I’m re-posting it because 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 Continue reading “Captain America goes back to the ’70s to save Nick Fury”

Avengers: Endgame Leaks, Spoilers, Fan Theories

PBpaPfht3TSS2rSg5ezHE-480-80We’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 I’ve been reading plot leaks, potential spoilers and fan theories for quite some time now.

And I don’t think Endgame is the type of movie that can be spoiled by major spoilers (i.e., character deaths). They’re not like M. Night Shyamalan movies. Yes, it takes away some of the shock factor by the time you actually see it on screen but you’d be lying to yourself if you’d say you didn’t think that either Tony or Cap might die this whole time.

Like it said in the title, this is about the plot leaks, potential spoilers and fan theories I found on the web after watching those Endgame’s TV spots and trailers, and what I think about them. If the TV spots and trailers are like strip tease without revealing anything, the online leaks and theories is like you imagining you actually saw something. And if you’re wary about reading potential spoilers and want to go in blind, you’ve got to stop now. Right here.

Despite all those leaks, one big question remains: Just how are they going to beat Thanos this time? Are they going to undo the snap with a new Gauntlet? Or are they going to go back in time, go to Wakanda to change the ending of the previous movie? Are they going to kill Thanos before he could do the snap?

According to one of the leaks, there’s going to be a big battle in Nova. Does this mean they’re going to undo all those events after Thanos gets the power stone?

Wait, someone’s knocking on my door. And it’s… it’s Thanos. So, I guess thathjdjd it. See yksjdjfn.

5 Reasons Why You Should See ‘Maria’

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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. Uhm, okay, not exactly—there’s no sex; sexy, yes, but there’s violence for sure. There are few painfully detailed scenes of torture and gore. And KC Montero excels as one of the sadistic villains.

2) Filipino martial arts. Maria isn’t a full-on martial arts film like The Raid or The Night Comes For Us. It’s an action movie with fights that features FMA (Filipino martial arts). Where have we seen that before? Have you heard of Jason Bourne? Yes, FMA is one of the techniques used in those Bourne movies. The more recent BuyBust also features FMA. What more? The movie also features bladed weapons such as karambit (a curved knife) and balisong (butterfly knife).

3) Impressive fight scenes. FMA and fight choreography alone doesn’t guarantee an engrossing action sequence. Put in a little dose of shaky cam and you ruin the whole thing. Good thing there are no shaky cams in Maria. (Hello, The Bourne Supremacy!) There are no 12 cuts every 4 seconds. (Fuck you, The Winter Soldier!) And there are few inventive fight sequence in the movie. There’s a bathroom fight between two femme fatales that would probably fit in No Other Woman; there’s a tense chase sequence in a public market; and, probably my favorite, the part where Maria attacks a warehouse that segues into a great hallway fight. And there’s a bloody shower scene after one of those bloody fights. But this particular scene’s not sexual, just sexy.

4) The one and only Ronnie Lazaro. I first saw Ronnie Lazaro in the telenovela Ezperanza (with Judy Ann Santos), where he played the evil stepfather. And when he did a 180-degree turn in another telenovela, Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay, where he played the adoptive father of John Lloyd Cruz’s character, that’s when I said to myself (what a wonderful world!), this guy’s the shit. Turns out he’s already been in films like Oro Plata Mata and Boatman before. Anyways, he really needs no introduction. He is THE Ronnie Lazaro. And in Maria, he plays assassin, mentor, friend and fairy godmother. Yep, you read that right.

5) Cristine Reyes as Maria. Forget about comic book movies, forget about Captain Marvel, if you really want memorable portrayal of a strong female character. Alita? She’s OK, she kicks ass, but if you want something not limited by PG-13 rating, then you should definitely go see Cristine Reyes kick some butts. She excels in action as well as in the dramatic scenes. Aside from those kick ass fight scenes mentioned above, there’s a fun back and forth between Maria and Sir Greg (Ronnie Lazaro) in the movie’s few quiet moments.

Deadpool 2 Is The Super Duper $@%!#& Superhero Movie of the Year

13 Reasons Why Deadpool 2 Is The Super Duper $@%!#& Superhero Movie of the Year

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Not really a big comic book guy, but if you’d ask me who my favorite comic book characters are, top five would be, in no particular order: Spider-Man, Hulk, Punisher, Cable and Deadpool. That’s right, one from MCU’s Avengers team but not Iron Man, Thor or Cap and none from Fox’s X-Men. Wolverine? I like Wolverine, but not Hugh Jackman’s Polverine.

Of course, I like comic book movies. And Deadpool 2, Deadpool 2 is a double whammy—because it has both Deadpool and Cable in it. Obviously, that’s like the coolest thing ever! But that’s not the only reason I prefer Deadpool 2 over Infinity War or any other superhero or comic-book movie released in 2018. There are a whole lot of other reasons—a plethora of reasons—13 to be exact. Continue reading “Deadpool 2 Is The Super Duper $@%!#& Superhero Movie of the Year”

Favorite Movies of 2018

I started this list and wrote the draft in early September, feared that Jose Mari Chan’s cool as breeze and soothing voice would soon invade the airwaves and mind-erase the best movies I’ve seen this year. The original list was longer and includes flicks I don’t think so highly about (i.e., Black Panther) but I like to keep it short this time and include only my favorite films. Yes, some of them are old but I’ve only managed to see them this year. And so, movies as old as Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Ploy (2007, Thailand) and some, not as old, like Jun Lana’s terrific Bwakaw (2012, Philippines) and Green Room (2015, USA), are also included here. Continue reading “Favorite Movies of 2018”

‘Banayad Whiskey’ & Other Funny Movie Scenes

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Kingpin. If you’re familiar with the Insidious movies, you probably know who Lynn Shane is. She’s the psychic in the series and the main protagonist in the last movie. In Kingpin, she plays the landlady of Woody Harrelson’s character. And she’s responsible for the movie’s most horrifying scene. More horrifying than anything in the Insidious movies. Continue reading “‘Banayad Whiskey’ & Other Funny Movie Scenes”

Before Jose Mari Chan Invades the Airwaves

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Drafted this days before Jose Mari Chan starts invading the airwaves again. Well, it’s the time of the year again. And I could already smell the cool breeze even when it’s 32 deg C outside, imagine people “giving gifts exchanging cards” and believe that “Christmas is truly in their hearts.” Which means, it’s almost-but-not-yet-really near the end of the year again and it’s time for the usual year-end lists. It’s also high time for me to catch up, which means, there won’t be enough time for me to get. Continue reading “Before Jose Mari Chan Invades the Airwaves”

Thor’s New Hammer, Iron Man’s Gundam Suit and Other Great Things In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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Avengers: Infinity War is far from perfect. But then it could have been worse, like The Matrix: Revolutions or Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Good thing it’s more like Back to the Future II. Someone said it should have been a three-part movie. Well, dude’s got a point. Because the storytelling felt rushed. Me, I only wished it was longer. Story-wise, Infinity War is coherent, consistent, but also packed to the gills. It’s too compact. Like, it could have used a few more quieter moment to allow the movie (and us) to breathe and give everything on screen and off screen some time to sink in. It could also use a bit more build up, a few more “hanging moments” to let the punches hit the guts and make the surprising turns really “wow!” But, we can’t have it all, I guess. So let’s just break down the things I like the most about the movie and the things I thought were kinda “meh”. And I’m not gonna complain about all of the deaths being temporary. That’s like complaining that Neo came back to life at the end of The Matrix.

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1) No resurrection this time. How to make a dark Avengers movie? Kill Korg (Taika Waititi) before the movie starts. Y’know, that guy who made that goofy Thor and Hulk movie. Now seriously, that opening sequence is definitely one of the most effective, if not the best, in all Marvel movies. Setting the stakes and the tone early on. Thanos and his death metal band, the Black Order, mean business.

2) Goofy in Knowhere. Thanos knows well his favorite daughter hangs out with disco-loving, galaxy-saving group of oddballs and misfits. Why Thanos didn’t use the Power stone in fighting the Guardians? He probably didn’t want to kill his daughter’s friends. So he tried to be creative and used the Reality stone instead. To make bubbles.

Continue reading “Thor’s New Hammer, Iron Man’s Gundam Suit and Other Great Things In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’”

Stoked to Infinity? Deadpool 2’s Final Trailer Is Just So Rad

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Just watched the final trailer for Infinity War and I’m stoked to infinity.

Like this:   stoked ^ ∞

Oh, I mean Deadpool 2. Sorry. Also, wrong poster. My bad. Anyway, looking back I could say now how I actually felt about the official trailer. It was disappointing. This final trailer feels more like it. It’s perfect in every way that a trailer for a Deadpool sequel should be.

I mean, references to both the best and the worst Wolverine movies? Check. Reference to Thanos and Infinity War? Check. Reference to DCEU? Very fat fuckin’ check. Plus, plus, the plot seems to be a cross between the first two Terminator movies with a bit of Looper thrown in. Well, they might as well make fun of them if this would be the case. Cable as the villain? Is that a Terminator or an Avengers reference? The kid as the ultimate bad guy in the future? Yeah, that’s kind of Looper right there, right? But what if Cable isn’t really Cable, and the X-Force are actually fighting his clone?

That would be interesting.

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Random Thoughts: Videodrome, The Terminator, Fight Club and Other Favorite Movies

Just randomly picked movies that either blew me away one way or another, or movies that somehow stayed with me. Without thinking really hard. Movies I wouldn’t hesitate to give another go around if I can afford the time. Movies I’ll recommend to friends.

Here we go, in no specific order.

 

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Re-Animator (1985). This isn’t really comedy-horror of the Evil Dead-type. The comedy is darker, the horror is much more sinister (i.e., that “undead head between the legs” scene Kevin Spacey’s character talked about in American Beauty). This led me to other Stuart Gordon movies such as Dagon and The Pit and the Pendulum. Continue reading “Random Thoughts: Videodrome, The Terminator, Fight Club and Other Favorite Movies”

Are You Team ‘Infinity War’ Or Are You Team ‘Deadpool’?

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Couldn’t we just like them both? Be excited for both? Eggsactly. But where’s the fun in that? Also, these are two very different superhero movies. Two movies that operate on very different levels. So let’s contrast and compare.

One is about a Titan’s intergalactic quest for a set of colorful McGuffins, and the resulting powerful one-against-all scenario that would lead to gigantic fights that’s most probably 80% punching. While the other’s just the first sequel in a franchise (as opposed to the former being the 19th movie in the series) that seemingly care less about anything else outside of its titular hero. And Cable. And X-Force. Who’s the villain? We don’t know. That, we will find out come opening day.

Maybe “the real heroes” aka the screenwriters have a few more tricks up their sleeves and subvert our expectations about the movie’s plot. But I don’t want to expect. That’s the golden rule: Don’t expect. And based on the trailer, it is probably more of a spandex-and-sword action movie, with a lot of talking and talking to the camera, and fewer punching scenes.

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10 Films

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Jolens tagged me in a post, some kind of chain letter. She said “list 10 books that stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be ‘right’ or ‘great’ works.” I did the list, but I cheated—couldn’t make a list of 10 in just few minutes. She suggested that I do movies instead. I said okay, but I made three sets instead of one—in less than five minutes. Continue reading “10 Films”

2017: Movies & Music Year-end List

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I missed some pretty big movies this year. Just like the previous year. And the year before that. And the year before the year before that. And the year before the year before… Oh, this could go on forever. By “pretty big”, I mean movies like Blade Runner 2049 and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Or the last Star Wars movie. I also haven’t seen Okja and Get Out yet, smaller movies that definitely deserve no less. But I’ve seen a few films, both big and small.

Among the best reviewed films, I thought Baby Driver and Logan were overrated. So was Wonder Woman. I liked Baby Driver but there’s something lacking. I’m not really sure Logan was better than X-2 or Days of Future Past and I liked Deadpool better for sure. Wonder Woman, I liked for having the right balance between humor and pathos, which most Marvel movies lack, but the last part was just disappointing. Continue reading “2017: Movies & Music Year-end List”