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Arrival spoiler-free review: - first half a bit boring - Forrest Whitaker is hard to understand - not sure if it was just the cinema I was at, but the audio and the lighting seemed quite bad at some points - that being said, the movie was ok. I think it’s comparable to, but not as good as, Interstellar - if you watch it with people who don’t pay attention, you’ll have to explain stuff
ROGUE ONE Spoiler-free review:
- it’s great. As a Star Wars fan, I was very happy with the movie!
- K-2SO best droid ever
- a lot of great shots that really show the scale of things: star destroyers, the death star, etc
- a fun, great movie to watch, with the tension rising almost throughout the entire movie.
- You already know how it ends, but the tension is so well-done that you’re worried that history might change!
- IMAX? The big screen was a plus, but the 3d wasn’t much. IMAX optional.
- Magugustuhan ba ni Mama? Probably not, madaming itatanong.
- Mid/post credits scene: None.
- R1 > TFA (!)
(I edited in a bunch more details after the original post)
DOCTOR STRANGE Spoiler-free review:
- Wow. Great visuals and fight-scenes, very trippy. Possibly the best fight scenes in all the MCU movies so far. You might get dizzy with all the things spinning around though
- Plot is typical of a MCU origin story. Hero’s journey, some light comedy bits, etc.
- I was expecting them to go a different way with Mordo (if you’ve read the comics you know what I mean), but I’m happy with how things went down
- Stakes are high, but failure is not final
- The actors were great; I haven’t seen a lead this good for a role since RDJ’s Tony Stark. Swinton’s Ancient One, Eijofor’s Mordo, and even Wong’s Wong were great
- Doctor friends: Tell me if the medical parts were BS hohoho
- Magugustuhan ba ni Mama: Probably not. She doesn’t like this kind of thing, and the dizziness thing is bad too
- IMAX or not? I think the 3d parts weren’t too exaggerated or critical, but the visuals might feel a bit flat and not as impressive if you don’t go IMAX
- Midcredits scene? Yes
- Postcredits scene? Yes
Warcraft movie review:
- if you are not a fan of Warcraft lore, I do not recommend watching it. It’s kind of a generic fantasy movie in that case, nothing too exceptional. Pwede nang cable
- if you are a fan, go watch it. You know you want to
- costumes, cgi, fight scenes fairly good. i was worried that the cgi orcs would look weird and out of place, but I actually like how they turned out
- surprisingly faithful to the original plot of the source material
- … which leads to a piss-poor ending for anyone just wanting to watch generic fantasy movie, because of what happens to the main characters in the source material
- a lot of warcraft lore elements are introduced with minimal exposition, which would probably overwhelm a non-fan
Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice Spoiler-Free Review:
- (Edit) OK lang panoorin, wag lang magexpect na super ganda ang story. Entertaining naman mga fight scenes :p
- not a fan of Affleck’s Batman. Too gun-friendly, and he doesn’t really show a Bruce Wayne persona. He’s dark and brooding and grim in and out of the suit
- Jeremy Irons as Alfred was ok, but he looks like Tony Stark
- Eisenberg’s Luthor is not the same as any of the previous Luthors. He’s a manic genius, closer perhaps to the Riddler
- a number of plot details don’t really make any sense. Need to suspend disbelief quite a bit
- Snyder is too in love with his slow-motion scenes trying to make everything dramatic
- there are a number of sequences that don’t mesh well together, like Snyder is randomly jumping between scenes that don’t cohere
- in fact, there are particular scenes that feel like “WTH is this scene for, Snyder is just indulging himself now”
- it’s like Superman needs to realise that Lois Lane is more trouble than she’s worth
- yay cameos of future JLers
- the actual BvS showdown looked great, and went pretty much the way you’d expect
- Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman was great
- I liked the final battle sequence
- many, many things pointing towards the eventual JL movie
- IMAX? Probably not worth it. Not too much 3d stuff
- Post-credits scene: NO. Or so the internet tells me, we didn’t bother to wait
- I can see why the reviewers kind of ripped the movie apart. They definitely need to work more on tightening up the movies, but overall this was better than Man of Steel I think.
Here we go, DEADPOOL spoiler-free review:
- definitely not for kids; violence, sex, nudity, you name it
- as you’d expect of a Deadpool movie, lots of jokes, one-liners and fourth wall-breaking. It’s a barrel of laughs
- the plot is mostly straightforward
- some really nice shots and set pieces
- lots of references and fan service
- great supporting cast; hope to see them again in the sequel
- Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead were great
- I kind of want to read more Deadpool comics now
- This movie is better than: Ant-Man (sorry Scott!)
- Magugustuhan ba ni Mama: NO
- Post-credit scene: YES
As is tradition, my spoiler-free review of The Force Awakens:
- rewatching the original trilogy immediately before this one was well worth it
- wow a lot of beautiful shots and landscapes, from beginning to end
- the heart of the true Star Wars fan will skip a beat every time the background music comes up
- it feels like coming home. A lot of familiar elements, interspersed with the new. A nice way to transition into a new trilogy
- I often wonder what it must have felt like to watch the original Star Wars: A New Hope in the theaters back then. This is how I imagined it to be
- Try not to think about the fact that Episode VIII won’t come until 2017 :D
- quite possibly the best movie of 2015
- on the ride home I was like: Ten ten tenetenenten tenetenenten tentenenten … (okay, maybe I was like that before the movie too)
- …yeah, it was ok :D
Things software development projects can learn from “The Martian” (maybe spoilers lol):
- If you rush things, you might leave something behind that will cost you a lot more later
- You need to have buffer in your schedule for the inevitable disasters
- If you have impossible deadlines, limited resources, overworked staff, and decide to skip testing to meet deadlines, don’t expect things to go smoothly
- If your stuff doesn’t work, see if there’s some Chinese alternative. Or look for some sort of coffee-powered genius to come up with a miracle solution
- If you make a unpopular decision, your staff might go off on their own and risk their lives trying to complete the mission
- Problems will occur at almost every step, be prepared to make stuff up as you go along
- Solve one problem at a time until you get to go home
Ant Man spoiler-free review: The first half felt a bit off, with some exposition coming off as forced and the pacing a bit awkward. Things picked up later on and while the plot was not entirely unpredictable there were a number of fun and surprising tangents. Overall a fun and entertaining movie with enough stuff for comic book Marvel fans to enjoy, probably close in quality to the first Iron Man movie, if not better
Jurassic World was great! Felt like watching Jurassic Park again. I wish Jeff Goldblum made an appearance though lol
Mad Max was kind of crazy. I hadn’t seen any of the originals, so wasn’t sure what to expect. Pretty exciting stuff
Couldnt get a ride so I decided to watch Kingsman. Fun movie although I must note it’s very violent. I haven’t read the source material, but that’s pretty much what I’d expect of Mark Millar
While I’m in a Spider-Man mood: Which of the 5 Spider-Man movies was the best? Discuss and cite specific examples
This bus is showing a b movie about some college students vacationing in a cabin in the woods and being attacked by some sort of demonic beavers. Identify the movie
On this day in history (1988), NYPD detective John McClane thwarted a terrorist plot at the Nakatomi Tower in Los Angeles, leaving 25 dead
Big Hero 6 spoiler-free review: Fun, light-hearted feel-good romp. Lots of good physical comedy with Baymax. Predictable plot (hey, it’s a kid’s movie, k?). There is a post-credits scene for some reason.
Interstellar spoiler-free review: Entertaining movie if you have a good suspension of disbelief and accept the science at face value. Some of the science and timelines are questionable (or maybe I missed some details possibly because I was talking Doctor Who with someone at the same time - some things might clear up on rewatch). Most of the black hole and relativity stuff was well-executed though. The twist at the end I could pretty much spot coming a mile away. CASE and TARS are very entertaining; I wouldn’t recommend the movie to my mother, for pretty much the same reasons I wouldn’t recommend Inception. Interstellar might be harder to grasp than Inception overall. Explores themes of relativity and human loneliness. Some surprise actors appeared! Very much a Nolan movie
Just saw Age of Extinction. As an 80s Transformers fan, it’s very disconcerting whenever Optimus Prime says something like “I’ll kill you!”
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