Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Movie Review: Aquaman

Throughout the years, we have come to see some version of the legendary city of Atlantis, but nothing comes close to what director James Wan has created in "Aquaman", the perfect union of technology and myth, this version of Atlantis is like a dream. 

It's not just colorful, the lights create a visual feast which will leave your mouth wide open for a long duration of the movie, there are so many scenes and shots that either looks like a painting, so beautiful it can just be framed and put up or would go nicely as a wallpaper on your cellphone. You can tell that each scene, each shot was really well thought of, the palette of colors that were used are truly the work of an  artist. 

But "Aquaman" is more than just a "pretty movie" it also has a solid story that actually reads like a story book, not a bedtime story for you to fall asleep but an exciting one, filled with epic battles, exhilarating roof top chases and a journey across the seven seas. 

One year after the events of "Justice League" - trouble is brewing under the sea as King Orm (Patrick Wilson) is preparing an attack on the surface world. (You know, to teach us humans a lesson, for polluting and destroying the seas) and the only way to stop him is to challenge his claim to the throne, which is why Mera (Amber Heard) searches for Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) AKA 'Aquaman' - who is Orm's half brother. 

Never fully accepting his Atlantean heritage. Arthur is reluctant to challenge his younger brother and take his rightful place as King, yet circumstances leave him no choice as the eminent attack from Orm will undoubtedly destroy the surface world. 

Accompanied by Mera, Arthur goes on a quest to find the trident of Atlan (the first ruler of Atlantis) which in his possession will give him power over the seven seas and will allow him to defeat Orm but he must first prove himself worthy of becoming King. 

Now this is the stuff of legends, this is a genuine super hero movie with a complete and concise narrative, an exciting adventure you would want to be a part of. That Italian roof top chase scene is pure genius. Yet more than just the exhilarating action is a story about family and forgiveness about coming to terms with one's identity, no matter how different or far apart your roots may come. The film carries an important message of diversity and representation, which in today's times is very important.

As Director James Wan said during the recent Aquaman Asian Press Conference, you cannot have a movie about "Aquaman" without touching on issues about the environment and the film does just that. 

I appreciate that we see a growth in Arthur, while he may have been brash and cocky before, he learns an important lesson which makes him a deserving King and an even better Hero. 

10/10 don't miss this movie, which deserves multiple screenings on the biggest screens. 

Aquaman is now showing. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Movie Review: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

You know the story, teenager gets bitten by a radioactive spider, gets powers, swings through buildings, defeats the bad guy usually a scientist with some tech and powers of an animal (a goblin, an octopus, a lizard, an eel or a vulture) and rescues the girl. We've all seen it, there's been six Spider-Man movies, so you might wonder why a seventh one that's animated? 

Well, its because Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn't just another Spider-Man movie. This one, has the guts to go into exploring a multi verse, bringing not only one iteration of Spider-Man into the screen but six of them! 

Is it confusing?

Not at all. From the second the movie starts, the concept of a multi verse is explained from the Columbia Pictures logo, Lady Columbia is seen in different versions, what would she look like in different universes and from there its one crazy adventure. A familiar story, told through a kaleidoscope of colors and styles. The out of this world animation alone makes it worth seeing on the big screen. 

We all know Peter Parker, but this is not his story. This is the story of Miles Morales, is an Afro-Latino teenager (said to have taken inspiration from Former US President Barack Obama and rapper, actor Donald Glover) who is struggling to fit in his new school and expressing his true identity and passion to his parents, you know, your typical teenager. 

That soon changes when he is bit by a radioactive spider and starts discovering that he has powers- yes, you might think you know where this is going but this is where things get weird fast. You see, other Spider-Men from other universes start showing up. 

This is after a super collider attracts these other Spider-Men from other universes to Miles' own universe. Now, they have to team up, get back to their own homes and destroy the collider before it causes unspeakable damage to possibly more than one universe. 

The first time I got really excited about "Into the Spider-Verse" was when I saw the trailer on the big screen, like "Woah!" it was incredible! 

The colors, the details, each Spider-Man was rendered in a different style to indicate that they were from another universe. The unique use of comic book style sound effects which were incorporated into the animation was a great nod to the origins of these films. 

I got even more excited to see the movie when the raves and positive reviews started coming in. It has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes (the most of any Spider-Man movie, ever) and it even already bagged its first award- Best Animated Feature for the New York Critics Circe and the film was also recently nominated for Best Animated Feature in the Golden Globes. 

When I finally saw the film in a press screening I was not disappointed. I was completely drawn in! The all too familiar story but told in such a daring and refreshing way it was all brand new!

I for one, loved how real Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) was, he was such a realistic teenager, even he is a super hero and in a sense Spider-Man, I love how we see that he is still vulnerable enough to want to stay with his parents when he is afraid. That fact that he gave his father a hug, because he is still a teenager after all. 

That dramatic behind the door scene that father and son shared had me crying buckets. 

Also shout out to the team for giving Miles such a cool personality. From his secret hobby to his "choice" of not wanting to tie his shoe lace XD 

Without giving anything away one of the main crush my heart moments was Jake Johnson's Peter B. Parker / Spider-Man, who is an older, not so ideal version of the character. He stands in as a reluctant teacher to Miles and despite his sarcastic humor, there is a lot that is going on behind his unshaven look and Dad-bod. 

Loved, loved, loved ever time Nicholas Cage's (yup, you read that right) Spider-Man Noir was on screen and that's all I'm saying. 

In this day and age, where pop culture has made 'hero' such a common place word, "Into the Spider-Verse" takes the hero concept and re-introduces it in such a way that says that "anybody can wear the mask and that we are all Spider-Man" 

and even if most super heroes live a lonely life, the film says that we are never truly alone because in some alternate universe is some version of ourselves (could be a boy, a girl, a pig, any other animal, of different age, race, shape and size) and that thought, no matter how inconceivable, can make the world a less lonely place to live in. 

9.5/10 - do not miss this in cinemas next week! 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in cinemas December 12. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Movies: First Trailer Of “Brightburn” Heralds New Genre `Superhero Horror’

Imagine what he could become.  Watch the full trailer now of Columbia Pictures’ new supernatural thriller Brightburn from producer James Gunn, the visionary director of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Check out the trailer below and watch Brightburn in Philippine cinemas in 2019.

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/uazV25jQ70U

Synopsis: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?  With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.

Brightburn is directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and written by Mark Gunn & Brian Gunn. Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) stars alongside David Denman (13 Hours, Power Rangers), Jackson A. Dunn (Shameless), Matt Jones (Mom, Home) and Meredith Hagner (Younger, Set it Up). 

James Gunn produces, with executive producers Mark Gunn, Brian Gunn, Dan Clifton, Simon Hatt, and Nic Crawley. 

Brightburn is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Movies: Fate Of Two Worlds Lies With “Aquaman”

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes “Aquaman,” the origin story of half-surface dweller, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry that takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.  The action-packed adventure spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, and stars Jason Momoa in the title role.

The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson as Orm, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the revenge-seeking Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna.  Also featured are Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, an Atlantean Commando, and Temuera Morrison as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.

Movies: Hailee Steinfield, Super Cool As Spider-Gwen In “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”

In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, there are multiple spider-verses, each with its own version of the web-slinging hero — one of which is a super cool Spider-Woman called Spider-Gwen. To voice the pivotal role, the filmmakers relied on the talents of Oscar®-nominated actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2, Bumblebee).

Check out the new Spot of Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse and watch the film in Philippine cinemas December 12.

Movies: Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, & Stephen Lang: The Men Of “Mortal Engines”

The filmmakers behind the big-screen adaptation of Philip Reeve's bestselling Mortal Engines novel may have preferred casting relative newbies for the biggest female characters, but for the following roles, they went with veterans Hugo Weaving (who worked with co-screenwriters Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyen, and Fran Walsh on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies) and Stephen Lang (Avatar and Don't Breathe), and fan favorite Robert Sheehan (Misfits, Fortitude, upcoming TV adaptation of The Umbrella Academy).

Below, the actors talk about how they prepared for their characters in Mortal Engines’ unique dystopian world, and why they love playing them.

Lifestyle: Be A Wrap Star With SM Stationery

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Gifts become more meaningful with personal touches that warm the heart. And the good news is that you can be a wrap star instantly with a little help from SM Stationery.

There are wraps in classic Christmas red and green, as well as merry metallics in gold and silver. You’ll make presents perfect with stylish gift totes, eco-friendly pouches and gift bags, and treat boxes for saying it sweet. Make your gifts more festive with eye catching gift toppers, glittery bows, holly bells, and colorful twines. Express your holiday wishes in cheery gift labels. 

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