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 →

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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 →

‘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 →

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 2017)

Deadpool reminded me of Spider-Man. Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, that is. Deadpool was half the movie that Spider-Man was, but with enough adult things---humor, language, sex, violence---to make up for the lacking half. Spider-Man: Homecoming reminds me a lot of Deadpool, but in terms of the adult things---humor, language, sex, violence---the latter was (in)famous for, Homecoming's... Continue Reading →

Is ‘Logan’ The Best X-Men Movie?

The Last of Wolverine No, I don't think Logan is the greatest comic-book movie since The Dark Knight (which isn't even great to begin with). But it's probably the best X-Men movie yet. I used to agree with the general consensus that X2 was the best of the lot, but Logan is also a remarkable... Continue Reading →

Tabi Po (Graphic Novel)

Rebyu ng rebyu ng Tabi Po ni Mervin Malonzo (Warning: NSFW) Unang una, na-disappoint ako nung malaman na yung nabasa ko sa web ay sya ring matutunghayan ko sa print version ng libro (hard copy, ika nga, at hindi e-file). Kung mababasa ko sya ng libre, ba't ko pa binili 'tong libro? Pero tama si... Continue Reading →

Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn, 2010)

Kick-Ass, though more kick-ass than Deadpool, doesn't quite work on a similar level of either Super or Deadpool. It's all about revenge. And Matthew Vaughn's stylish action sequence. Nevermind its premise, or the first half, or Dave Lizewski's thought balloons about being a superhero.

Ant-Man (Peyton Reed, 2015)

The Top Secret World of Ant-Man I kept thinking. That this could have been funnier like Shaun of the Dead. That this could have been geekier like Scott Pilgrim. That there could have been more inventive fight scenes---had Edgar Wright stayed to finish what he started. Just take Luis' (Michael Peña) crafty way of telling... Continue Reading →

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)

Ms. Marvel Near the end of Wonder Woman, I couldn't help but think of that hapless lady, who found Diana Prince hiding behind the shrubbery, and subsequently gave her dress to her. I wonder what happened to her. Or in case she's well and alive, how would she explain to her friends, what happened there... Continue Reading →

Revisiting The Dark Knight (Almost) Ten Years After

You Could Have It So Much Better 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... Continue Reading →

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 $1.5B), 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... Continue Reading →

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 Sabretooth appeared), the Weapon X series, the other X-Men characters (i.e., Gambit, Deadpool). But outside... Continue Reading →

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 as Frank Castle; only ruined by the movie’s hackneyed script, inconsistent tone and ho-hum set... Continue Reading →

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 those little things that made this adaptation great. That Aunt May is given her own... Continue Reading →

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 the X-Men cartoons from the ‘90s. While Iron Man got Spider-Man, Captain America’s team is... Continue Reading →

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