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Sep 2016

Aug 2016

SUICIDE SQUAD Spoiler-Free Review:

  • a fun, wild ride. Explosions and gunfire and creepy tentacles abound
  • just don't expect too much from the plot or characterization. There was more than one scene where I was like WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT?
  • I liked the soundtrack
  • very much a Deadshot/Harley movie, other characters not given much back story
  • I still like Ledger's joker over Leto's. Leto's portrayal is like crazy gangster
  • I had no idea who the big bad was going in, so that's something. Task Force X completely over their heads
  • hard to compare to the other DC movies so far, as it goes in a completely different direction
  • one mid-credits scene, no post-credits
  • magugustuhan ba ni Mama: Probably not. Also, madaming tatanungin
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May 2016

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
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"Everyone knows the third movie is always the worst" -- Jean still too much focus on Jennifer Lawrence/Mystique some great soundtrack choices Quicksilver scene maybe just a tiny bit too long. Tradition of defying the rules of physics continues (I hope someone does the math on how fast he was probably moving) nice 80s wardrobe lol not particularly faithful to the source material plot is all over the place, a lot of WTF moments here and there.

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Apr 2016

Captain America Civil War spoiler-free review:

  • great fight sequences, start to finish
  • the newcomers were great, airport big fight sequence had a great surprise (and not the one you already saw in the trailer - although you might have already been spoiled if you pay attention to certain toy lines), although I feel like a couple of the characters were pulled in to the conflict in a way that was a bit weak, but it's still pretty good overall
  • the plot was ok. Justification for the civil war was ok. Some surprises. The villain motivation was slightly mediocre, but that wasn't really the focus of the movie anyway
  • Martin Freeman's role felt totally superfluous - it did not seem necessary to cast Martin Freeman
  • the movie kind of ends with the MCU and the Avengers in a weird place, some people might not like it
  • better than: Winter Soldier. The plot kind of develops in the same way but everything is on a much bigger scale now
  • there are two post-credit scenes, one in the middle and one at the very end
  • Imax worth it? Probably. Not very ostentatious use of 3d, but most of the fight sequences have it. You might get dizzy if you're not used to it
  • Magugustuhan ba ni Mama? Maybe, but I'd have to keep explaining who these characters are
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Mar 2016

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.
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Feb 2016

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
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Dec 2015

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
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Oct 2015

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
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Jul 2015

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

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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

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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

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Dec 2014

Nov 2014

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

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Jun 2011

So Metro Manila is at the peril of heavy rains, flooding and traffic again (as often happens this time of the year) and I thought I'd do some actual blogging for a change. I didn't want to brave the rush hour traffic last night so I finally got around to watching X-Men First Class (luckily it was still showing at Mega). I had actually seen Green Lantern first despite X1C showing two weeks before the DC movie.

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Mar 2009

Watchmen


I had actually read the much-acclaimed graphic novel only last year. And while I found the story decent enough, I wasn't sure whether to like it or hate it. Undoubtedly it was an important point in the history of “superhero” comics, but I was never entirely sure about it's point. So of course I saw the movie, and it had remained roughly 85-90% loyal to the source material, which made it a bit boring for me since I generally knew what was going to happen most of the time (except for you know, that thing about the bad guy's master plan… ).

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Feb 2009

I had time to kill before going to see my brother's art exhibit at megamall, so I went and watched Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. It was so bad. I could've been able to forgive the fact that they roughly 80% of the story shied away from Street Fighter canon, had the movie's storyline actually been good. As it is, you can expect short, unsatisfying fight scenes, ridiculous background stories, disjointed plot/scenes (reminds me of Smallville and/or Heroes writing =/), terrible wigs and the ridiculous sight of Michael Clark Duncan getting beaned by a pineapple.

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Oct 2008

Eagle Eye


On a whim, my brother and I went to Trinoma to see Eagle Eye, barely catching the last full show (including the trailers of course, we love watching trailers). Our mom had said we'd like the movie and she still owed us one since it was her fault we watched Big Stan. So we're giving her a chance to redeem herself. The spoilerless review: Since Eagle Eye trailers seem to be everywhere, you probably have some idea of at least the start of the story.

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Sep 2008

Groundhog Day


I caught Groundhog Day for the Nth time today on HBO (N roughly around 50). My father claims it's his favorite movie of all time; high praise considering he watches every movie that comes out EVER. I'm not actually going to talk about the movie; it's awesome, if you haven't seen it, you should. You're missing half your life. If you had one day of eternity, what would you do?

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Jul 2008

Jun 2008

Movies -- June 2008


This has been a good month for movies. I saw the following in cinemas: Kung Fu Panda – complete AWESOMENESS. I drank the Kool-Aid all the way on this one. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – classic Indy goodness. Incredible Hulk – Edward Norton is cast brilliantly here, a choice on the same level as Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. And they addressed the issue of Hulk's stretchy pants!

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Jul 2007

Transformers


As a big Transformers fan back in the day, I have to say: the movie is okay. Action-packed and a fun popcorn flick. The story's nothing to win an oscar over, but everything looks SO COOL! Some questionable things though: Spoilers! Why does the all-spark only create violent, gun-toting robots? Where the hell did the Autobots come from? I don't recall seeing the Decepticon symbol anywhere, was it there? How come Soundwave can survive getting his head chopped off, but Jazz can't take being split in half?

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May 2007

Spider-man 3


Pretty good movie, as expected. The story is what you'd expect from a comic-book movie, but the mid-air fight scenes are really great. The whole Sandman thing is basically fluff, the movie could have been done without him. He was like a cheap pop to make the whole “dark side” thing easier to start off, but then they had trouble resolving his story. It's not like he's a major Spidey villain anyway.

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Apr 2007

TMNT


if you've ever lived in the Philippines during the summer months, you're well aware of the sweltering heat. Not being in the mood to feel like french toast during this Sunday noontime, my brothers and I decided to troop to the nearby mall and catch a movie – in this case the return of those childhood stalwarts the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen. Now, as my youngest brother asked, what were we doing there?

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Mar 2007

300


Mostly due to my antisocial nature and my laziness, I haven't actually seen a movie in a theater since… forever. I broke that fast mostly because of the hype surround 300, the movie based on Frank Miller's comic book retelling of the Battle at Thermopylae. Everyone who's seen the movie has the same thing to say: it's really good. So I went to see it with a brother of mine. And it was good.

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May 2006

DaVinci Code


I'm not sure what some Church leaders are thinking. Calling for an outright ban on _The DaVinci Code _movie just makes it more popular. At the very least, it's insulting to the intelligence of their flock – are they saying Catholics don't have the ability to distinguish fact from fiction by themselves? But then again, this is a nation of Catholics who tend to elect action stars to high office because of all the goody-goody roles they portray in the movies, so maybe the priests have some sort of point.

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roytang.net is a personal site, an E/N site, and kind of a commonplace book; I post about a random assortment of topics that interest me including software development, Magic the Gathering, pop culture, gaming, and tech life. This site is perpetually under renovation.