2018

Aquaman (2018)

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Aquaman  is a story of half-human, half-Atlantean, Arthur Curry 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. This DC Movie is directed by James Wan under Warner Bros. Pictures. 

CASTS: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Ludi Lin, Temuera Morrison.

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

WHAT I LIKE?

After the success of Wonder Woman, Aquaman is another redeeming film for the DC Universe. What I like about Aquaman is its overall consistency considering that he is a superhero who spent most of his time underwater. Aside from its consistency, Aquaman lived up to its main plot material offering some impressive cinematic visuals & production design. As expected, the whole movie is full of CGI which is for me expected with the whole concept of this superhero film. Aside from its highly-entertaining action sequences, the film draws its strength from an effective narration down to impressive performances from Momoa, Kidman & Heard. Jason Momoap was born for the role. I couldn’t think for anyone in Hollywood who could play best for this role. For me, everything you need to expect from a superhero movie is here with Aquaman. With enough action, heartwarming scenes, this movie offers a decent popcorn entertainment. I really love the visuals of Atlantis and other kingdoms. The action sequences are very engaging too. The final battle was truly a remarkable visual feast. After all the disappointments of Fans from the recent DC Films, I hope they could give chance to Aquaman as much chance they gave for Wonderwoman.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I hope they could improve more especially on the CGI Effects but generally, Aquaman is an impressive masterpiece.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns

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2018

Overlord

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A team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. This is movie is directed Julius Avery under Paramount Pictures.

CASTS: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro, Iain De  Caestecker, Bokeem Woodbine, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite

GENRE: Horror, Suspense, Action

WHAT I LIKE?

Overlord is an interesting and effective mix of war violence and some pretty disturbing and horrifying zombie scares. Finally, the Zombie Genre has been reinvented with subplots that are actually quite a good move for you to get entertained and glued from beginning to end. Overlord plays on the American VS German War backdrop. Basically, the plot material is strongly gearing towards a war film. What I love about Overlord is its  creative approach in inserting the zombie formula through the laboratory of the German troops. The first part was perfectly executed for me. The movie directly started off the American soldiers on board their plane as they reach the German soil. The action sequences and the thrills of explosions & the continous shot of the main character falling from the plane was pretty cool and visually-engaging. The horror of the surviving troops began when they went over their mission to take over the control tower. The movie picked up some war moments most of the time as the entire zombie thing is some sort of a disturbing twist. The fun and thrilling part of the movie is when they discovered the dark secret of the place. Despite having a modest amount of zombie formula, Overlord never fails to entertain its audience with enough gore and terrifying sequences that scared the shit out of me. There were a decent jumpout scares in the movie. I am quite impressed with the prosthetics and production design. Cinematography was superb and the whole war setting was great. For me, it is one of those enjoyable war-inspired thrillers and a good addition to the zombie genre.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

For me, I expected less with Overlord so I think I came out the cinema very satisfied.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn.

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2018

Halloween (2018)

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Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. This is directed by David Gordon Green under Universal Pictures.

CASTS: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Nick Castle, Virginia Gardner, Miles Robbins & Will Patton.

GENRE: Suspense, Thriller

WHAT I LIKE?

HALLOWEEN finally started off a clean slate on this 2018 revamp. What I like about this new installment is its tribute and reference to the first and classic Halloween 1978 Movie. Aside from that, John Carpenter’s epic musical scoring is back and is giving me that throwback and eerie feels. Halloween picked off its story after 40 years of Laurie Strode and the bloody past she had with Michael. The story development was good and was just right. Overall, its fast-paced and direct. The opening scene was disturbing & haunting. It lingered on me for a while. As a slasher movie, Halloween 2018 is satisfying & gruesome. With an impressive number of body count and some terrifying kills, the movie really gave justice for the whole franchise. With the perfect musical scoring and some good mix of the epic theme song, it made some scenes very memorable. The movie also has some interesting characters. Headlined by Jamie Lee Curtis, the whole cast was impressive. I also love Judy Greer on this film. Halloween is still one of the undisputed mainstream Hollywood slasher films that truly redefined the genre. For me, I am impressed.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Halloween could have been a lot scarier as it should be but for me, its forgivable.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorn

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2018

Johnny English Strikes Again

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When a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, the country’s only hope is called out of retirement. English’s new mission is his most critical to date. English must overcome the challenges of modern technology-or his newest mission will become the Secret Service’s last. This movie is directed by David Kerr under Universal Pictures.

CASTS: Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Ben Miller, Jake Lacy, Emma Thompson, Adam James, Ben Miller, David Mumeni, Miranda Hennessy & Samanthan Russell.

GENRE: Action, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

Johnny English Strikes Again brings some short-lived Popcorn entertainment that could please some audiences depending on their hunger for Spy-inspired entertainment.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

With a few laughs along the way, I am still disappointed with the turn out of Johnny English Strikes Again. The beautiful backdrop of London was under-utilized. They could have maximized the place with decent and edge-of-the-seats. I craved for more variety and more intensity. It was poorly-done for me. How I wish they could have invested more on a solid plot and some pretty cool action sequences. Overall, the movie is underwhelming. Character Development was poor too. You can pass this on cinemas though.

RATINGS:

4/10 Popcorn

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2018

A Star is Born

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A Star is Born follows a love story of a seasoned musician Jackson, who falls in love with struggling artist Ally. As Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down and Jack fights ongoing battle with his inner demons. This movie is directed by Bradley Cooper under Warner Bros. Pictures.

CASTS: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Rafi Gavron, Anthony Ramos, Alec Baldwin, Marlon Williams, Barndi Carlile, Ron Rifkin, Michael Roberts, Michael Harney & Rebecca Field.

GENRE: DRAMA

WHAT I LIKE?

By now, you have been spoiled with A Star is Born’s Plot considering that this is a remake of a tragic love story before. Well, I can’t compare it with the previous movie so I will review it on the current film alone. I actually liked A Star is Born for having the right blend of Romantic Drama accompanied by music. A Star is Born provides a decent amount of drama & artistry along with strong chemistry from Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper. The movie portrayed very well a romantic story strengthened by the love of music and a story of achieving your dreams and having compromises for the persons you loved. It is an inspiring piece told in a modern way. A Star is Born features the glits and glamour of the spotlight along with the consequences of fame. Music-wise, the movie captivated me already. I really love all their music numbers and their live performances. Plus points too because both of them are performers in real life. The movie will also give a terrifying glimpse on the inner demons some of us are facing. Along with real-life references of drug, alcohol, sex and fame, A Star is Born showcases the ups and downs of Showbiz. The conflict material is just right after all the supporting scenes are laid down. The Climax was done with a little hanging formula but it was still affecting for me. Camera angles were quite different but I find artistic as a whole. Acting-wise, Lady Gaga’s performances was outstanding & impressive. I couldn’t think of anyone in Hollywood that would fit Ally’s role other than her. Bradley Cooper was both a great actor and a good director for me. He nailed his role and he was natural at most scenes of the film. What I loved about A Star is Born is its story-telling approach of staying away on too much melodramatic approach and invested on creative music collaborations & emotionally-engaging sequences.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The approach on its story-telling may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for me, A Star is Born is an affecting and inspiring love story.

RATINGS:

8.5/10 Popcorn.

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2018

Venom

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Investigative Journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal, but accidentally becomes the host of an alien symbiote that gave him a violent super alter ego. Venom must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organization looking for a symbiote of their own. This Marvel Movie is directed by Ruben Fleischer under Columbia Pictures.

CASTS: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko, Wayne Pere & Jared Bankens.

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

WHAT I LIKE?

After all the negative reviews spreading prior I watched Venom, those were actually my early warning device thing. However, after watching Venom, I actually want to tell everyone that not all Critics reviews are applicable to everyone. In my case, I actually loved VENOM. Being a stand-alone movie in the Marvel Universe and from having a connection to the Spider-verse, Venom did not disappoint for me. What I like about this Marvel movie its solid foundation in terms of conflict material. It started very in cohesive manner actually. With the right blend of Eddie as a journalist down to his downfall after finding out the dark secrets of LIFE Foundation. The sequences are pretty engaging from beginning to end. I loved the Action Scenes, It was executed very well. Overall, CGI effects are superb especially on the fighting scenes, Considering its DARK THEME, I actually find the comedy very appropriate and in good timing contrary to most movie reviews online. I loved the VILLAIN too. But I must commend Tom Hardy’s epic and award-winning performance. He was a perfect fit for the role and I couldn’t think of anyone who can portray the role very well.  The film is DARK but it is the nature of VENOM. I also commend the Cinematography and Musical Scoring. VENOM has the right blend for it to become a B-Movie and a Marvel Universe support character, but after watching it, I was craving for more if it especially if they plan out for a Sequel. Give chance for VENOM. This movie might be one of your favorite Marvel movies so far.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

CGI Effects are good but the FINAL ACTION SCENE was a bit lackluster. I hope for some intensity and longer screen time too. But, the movie is still good!

RATINGS:

8/10 POPCORN

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2018

Exes Baggage

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Exes Baggage is a story of Pia & Nix who instantly hit it off after a chance encounter where natural conversations eventually develop into deep attraction. Despite their wounds from previous relationships, both decide to take a chance on each other. This movie is directed by Dan Villegas under Black Sheep Productions.

Casts: Angelica Panganiban, Carlo Aquino, Dionne Monsato, Joema Bascon & Coleen Garcia.

Genre: Romance, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

EXES BAGGAGE is truly worth the wait. This epic comeback of  this Philippine’s iconic LOVE TEAM – “CARGEL” is truly one of the reasons why I love Filipino Romantic Films. As expected, the movie did not fail me in terms of Acting & Plot. What I like about Exes Baggage is the simplicity and rawness of its plot. Its basically a story of two lovers who are trying to fix everything in their relationship despite hardship in dealing with their own issues from the past. The plot is pretty much plain but what makes it more appealing is the fact that the scenes mirror reality from simple conversations down to the conflicts the characters are facing. Exes Baggage really speaks a lot about ourselves and our romantic experiences which is pretty much a good thing. The movie is emotionally-compelling as it utilize intimate scenes very well. I really love how slow-paced the movie is. You can just actually feel the raw emotions flowing through the characters and even directly with its audiences. I really like how the Director played the CONFLICT MATERIAL of the film and bring in various realizations about the choices we make with regards to love. Conversations are very personal and heartfelt. Acting-wise, I get everything what I paid for and even more. The whole Nix & Pia acting thing is like Carlo & Angelica in real-life. I see their story coming through different emotions to us audience. Carlo was undeniable one of the greatest actors of his generation and he was hot as hell in the movie. He doesn’t seem to age though. Carlo’s acting was impressive. Angelica on the other hand never fails to amaze us with her natural acting and “hugot” lines that almost pierced slowly to our hearts considering that she has gone through heartbreaks in real life. With this, Angelica was able to bring Pia’s role into an almost perfect shape. Overall, EXES BAGGAGE might be conversational in nature but when you focus on the emotions of the characters and immersed yourself with its simple plot, you can actually see a heartfelt romantic movie that need not to be cheesy or mainstream for it to inspire and stir emotions out of its audiences. Worth-watching all over again.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Again, I can’t hate what I love. CARGEL forever!!!

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn.

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