‘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’

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‘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 Momoa 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

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

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

Everything Wrong With ‘Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral’

How Epic Was Goyo's Epic Fail? TBA Productions and Jerrold Tarog reached a “new high” with Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral. It’s generally well recieved by both audience and critics. Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is longer, bigger, slower, crispier, brighter, lighter than its predecessor---the flag-burning, blood boiling, gushing, fist-pumping, hatemongering, frothing at the mouth Heneral Luna.… Continue reading Everything Wrong With ‘Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral’

2018: My Favorite Movies

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… Continue reading 2018: My Favorite Movies

Goyo was the worst, ’til I saw BuyBust

Thought 'Goyo' was already the worst well-received movie of the year. But after watching Erik Matti's latest, I guess we now have a winner. BuyBust/Anne Curtis rips Goyo/Paulo Avelino's pretty face to shreds. Gloriously. Imagine that. Would probably make a good movie. Save for one action sequence fueled by a punk rock song, where Anne… Continue reading Goyo was the worst, ’til I saw BuyBust

Revisiting Sam Raimi’s Old, Cheesy, Amazing Friendly Neighborhood ‘Spider-Man’

Marvel’s continuity shtick, one where various comic book characters and stories exist in one universe, used to be confined within comic book realms. In the early 2000s, there was no such universe and comic book movies were one-shot deals. Sequels were never planned and if a movie isn’t successful enough, then it joins the ranks… Continue reading Revisiting Sam Raimi’s Old, Cheesy, Amazing Friendly Neighborhood ‘Spider-Man’

‘WolfCop’: Wolf In, Cop Out

WolfCop is the kind of bad movie people watch because they're bad. But sometimes bad just ain't good enough. With a premise and title that's promising a lot, WolfCop falls short in delivering a wholly satisfying werewolf experience. The first two-thirds of the movie works out just fine. The transformation scenes aided by what looks… Continue reading ‘WolfCop’: Wolf In, Cop Out

‘Banayad Whiskey’ & Other Funny Movie Scenes

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… Continue reading ‘Banayad Whiskey’ & Other Funny Movie Scenes

Before Jose Mari Chan Invades the Airwaves

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… Continue reading Before Jose Mari Chan Invades the Airwaves

‘Dredd’ Is A Punk-Rock Middle Finger To Ponderous Comic Book Movies

It's a fucked-up world. And Mega-City One is a fucked-up place full of fucked-up criminals. And the Hall of Justice is the last bastion of order and maybe---peace. Or so they thought. This is the world where Judges exist, where Judge Dredd exists, where Judges roam the street and play judge, jury, and executioner. Armed… Continue reading ‘Dredd’ Is A Punk-Rock Middle Finger To Ponderous Comic Book Movies

Raves: Tampopo, The Big Sick

The Big Sick (2017). I may not be the funniest of stand up comedians. But if my girlfriend is Zoe Kazan and she's so in love with me, I'm definitely more than willing to give up everything just to be with her. And I mean everything---including my own family. Wait. That would only be the… Continue reading Raves: Tampopo, The Big Sick

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Is A Perfectly Executed Action-RPG

Right after the opening salvo of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which we find Captain America and Agent Romanoff displaying their super-awesome fighting skills against a group of mercenaries in a SHIELD vessel, I wasn't sure if I was in a movie house or if I just watched a perfectly executed tactical/brawler/action-RPG. Was it… Continue reading ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Is A Perfectly Executed Action-RPG

Deadpool 2’s X-Force Assemble Is Better Than Avenger’s Infinity War

There are no Infinity McGuffins in Deadpool 2, no superheroes fighting for the fate of the universe. What it does have is an unkillable motor-mouthed anti-hero, who clearly doesn't want to get upstaged by other characters inside and outside his own movie. And that makes Deadpool 2, arguably, better than Infinity War. Or does it?… Continue reading Deadpool 2’s X-Force Assemble Is Better Than Avenger’s Infinity War

Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 2017)

Praise Nolan for making Dunkirk a one of a kind experience - an unconventional war movie with three separate narratives in addition to its main narrative (the exodus of 300,000 soldiers cornered by enemies in Dunkirk), a supposedly anti-Hollywood war drama that isn't really anti-Hollywood considering its not so modest budget. Nolan plays with mirrors,… Continue reading Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 2017)

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

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

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is One Big Superhero Movie Climax

Avengers: Infinity War opens with a distress call---actually a massacre, off-screen. And it's only fitting that after Marvel's most outrageously hilarious movie comes tragedy. I'm referring to Thor: Ragnarok, of course, which ended with Thor, Loki, Heimdall, Hulk and the rest of the Asgardians aboard The Mastermind's fancy ship. They all survived Ragnarok---saw Asgard burn… Continue reading ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is One Big Superhero Movie Climax

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

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