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Revisiting The Dark Knight (Almost) Ten Years After

If I have to pick my favorite scenes or sequence in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, one would be the part when Batman failed to save Rachel Dawes, second would be the opening bank heist, Heath Ledger’s Joker bombing the hospital would be third and lastly, Batman interrogating the Joker. Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Is the Joss Whedon Sequel We Never Had

Before The Avengers became Marvel’s biggest hit (to the tune of $1.5M), Joss Whedon was asked about making Avengers 2 and gave his thoughts on what makes a better sequel. He said that the sequel should go smaller, more personal, instead of just repeating what worked in the first. Then came Avengers: Age of Ultron—it’s […]

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Kong: Skull Island

The year is 1973 and the US troops are leaving Vietnam. A US senator reluctantly funds a scientific expedition to Skull Island, an uncharted island in the Southeast Asia. An expert hunter-tracker, a photojournalist, and a helicopter squadron join the … Continue reading

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood, 2009)

When it comes to the worse Marvel-based movies, the B-grade X-Men Origins: Wolverine is easily among the front-runners. As a comic-book movie, Wolverine is one serious offender. It has no regards for a lot of things: the first X-Men movie (where … Continue reading

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Blind Fury (Phillip Noyce, 1989)

The idea seems ludicrous enough—that of importing Zatoichi to Hollywood and have a blind man fight gunmen with a sword. Thought it would be no different than those clumsy and unintentionally funny American Ninja movies I liked as a kid. … Continue reading

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Sin City (Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez, 2005)

I used to like this movie. Sin City, the Old Town. Still looks cool though. Black and white, dark contrast, a few chosen red, Jaime King—she’s an angel. Continue reading

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The Punisher (Jonathan Hensleigh, 2004)

There are a few things in The Punisher that I wish were part of a totally different movie. The movie’s white on black title sequence and score was perfectly fitting. Thomas Jane, who did look the part, was almost perfect … Continue reading

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Rants/Raves: Top 10 Superhero Movies

Spider-Man 2 (2004). In the comics, later in the story, it is revealed that Aunt May knew all along that Peter is Spider-Man. That she secretly knew his secret. That this is hinted at in the movie, is one of … Continue reading

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Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino, 2007)

Watched this for the sole reason Ramona Flowers is in it. Tried to watch it before, but I couldn’t get past through the first half, when all the characters speak in thick Tarantino accent. It’s not hard to like Tarantino … Continue reading

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Rants/Raves: Christopher Nolan’s Films

The Prestige (2006). Based on Christopher Priest’s novel about two magicians engaged in a stiff one-upmanship. Some critics bemoaned the lack of showy flourish, but I like it nonetheless, it’s my favorite among Nolan’s films. Continue reading

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The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)

I haven’t seen a Hou film before. And after seeing The Assassin, I realized that—kind of regretted it actually—watching this film 40,000 feet above the ground wasn’t the best way to appreciate Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s cinematic finery. More so with the aircraft’s … Continue reading

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Juan of the Dead (Alejandro Brugues, 2010)

This zombie apocalypse set in Cuba hardly cuts it as an excellent horror-comedy in the same way Shaun of The Dead does. Nothing really special about the zombies, the action (except for the harpoon gun) or the story (some political … Continue reading

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Captain America: Civil War (The Russo Brothers, 2016)

Captain America: Civil War finds the Earth’s mightiest heroes split in two. One led by Captain America and the other headed by Iron Man—two evenly matched teams going head-to-head in a mid-movie battle seemingly inspired by the opening sequence of … Continue reading

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A Scanner Darkly / Bugs

The opening scene of A Scanner Darkly, Richard Linklater’s 2006 film based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, set to Pearl Jam’s “Bugs”. Other notable films by Richard Linklater – Suburbia, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Walking … Continue reading

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Sunud-sunod na putok ng baril ang umalingawngaw. Sagutan ng putok. Habulan at barilan sa gubat. May mga humahabol kay Ben-Hur. Gumanti sya ng putok. Tumingin sa camera, nakangiwi ng bahagya. Sa harap naman ay may lumang sofa na bahagyang tumatabing … Continue reading

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John Wick (Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, 2014)

There are no ad campaigns out there against animal cruelty, that would do better than John Wick, Chad Stahelski and David Leitch’s pulpy noir action film about a retired assassin, who’d let hell break loose on a Russian mob, just … Continue reading

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Deadpool (Tim Miller, 2016)

Midway through the film’s title sequence, it occurred to me – this could be the Captain Deadpool and the Oily Grail of all comic book and superhero movies! Only, it didn’t turn out to be. Minutes later, Deadpool segues into … Continue reading

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