2018

Love, Simon

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Love, Simon is a story of a seventeen-year old guy who has yet to tell his family or friends  that he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. The movie is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love. This is directed by Greg Berlanti under 20th Century Fox.

Cast: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Duhamel, Logan Miller, Jorge Lendeborg, Tony Hale, Jennifer Garner, Keiynan Lonsdale, Miles Heizer, Colton Haynes & Joey Pollari

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

WHAT I LIKE?

Love, Simon has every formula to be a wonderful coming-of-age film that benefits mostly from its light-hearted plot and humor that is scattered into proportional amounts all throughout the movie. This is a Gay Film to be direct but as the story progresses, the movie will open your eyes to different topics about Family, Friends, Choices in life and somehow talks about life in a whole new perspective. This is a conservative Gay movie that need not to be offensive because of some obscene visuals but rather a film that will capture your hearts and emotions from effective character development and charming characters. With regards to Love, Simon’s plot, it is just simple. Simon has a huge ass secret and he is so afraid to come out. He met a mysterious person online undergoing the same dilemma. The beautiful love story started from that point. What I like about the movie is the simplicity of its approach to showcase a typical teenager in a school setting, surrounded with friends and challenged with various circumstances that will test his identity and preference. The Cinematography is good. Musical Scoring was on point. Scenes need not to be complicated to be funny and heartwarming because it comes out naturally from beginning to end. I really loved Nick Robinson here. He was impressive. His acting skill was the film’s major strength. He was so effective in portraying a confused teenager and you as audience can almost feel that he is always holding hid breath as if it will explode any moment. You can almost feel his apprehensions. With that, he was effective as an actor. Other contrast of the characters were also a good move to add spice in the movie. Love, Simon is like a rhythm of the falling rain that has one direction and is consistent with its premise. The build up of the mystery from Simon’s love interest up to the film’s conflict, the director was able to pull-off a good job with the whole execution. The conflict materials was on point. The resolution of the movie also gave justice to the build-up the story demands. Overall, Love, Simon is of the best and most conservative Gay movies I have seen in Hollywood. I highly recommend this movie to everyone.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, I was hoping for a longer frame for Nick Robinson/s topless scenes. LOL!

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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2018

Avengers: Infinity War

 

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The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. The biggest gathering of Marvel superheroes is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo under Walt Disney Pictures.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benecio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, William Hurt & Letitia Wright.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

WHAT I LIKE?

If you are a die-hard fan of the Marvel universe, Avengers: Infinity Wars will easily be your most favorite superhero movie of all-time as it offer a quality level of entertainment from beginning to end. If you have watched all other movies since 2008, you will feel that emotional attachment especially that Infinity War is a major turnaround of the franchise. Don’t worry, this review is SPOILER-FREE so I won’t be leaking any major points and scenes in the movie. I will purely assess its technicalities and the emotions I have felt after watching this amazing movie. Plot-wise, I have set my expectations outside the Comics version. I have followed the whole Marvel Universe based on the movies released and not whats written on the comics. Primarily, the movie has set a trend of reinventing the version expected by its fans. Well, who loves the element of surprise and twists anyways. The movie did an amazing job in bringing all the superheros together (with the absence of Hawkeye and Ant-man based on the poster and billing). Who could have imagined bringing them all together. That fact alone is worth your admission ticket already. If you have a background of the other previous movies, you will easily pick up the pieces and the rational behind their characterizations and even connections with the other Avengers. I loved how the Russo brothers played with the whole Avengers and interconnected them on their worlds. Of course, all of them leads to fighting the biggest villain so far – Thanos. It is amazing how everything perfectly fits despite a very jam-packed movie. I mean, a lot has been happening but this is primarily because its a huge movie after all. Despite many characterization, Russo Brothers brilliantly executed all scenes in unison with the film’s premise. Action sequences are the best so far in terms of Hollywood Movies of the same genre. CGI effects are impressive. Amidst its gigantic production design and cinematography, the Marvel humor is still there to lighted up the mood every time. Avengers: Infinity War is rightful conclusion and build-up of the previous Marvel movies 10 years ago. For us fans, its a great delight to seem them all together in one whole movie. As per the emotional aspect, hats off for bringing in a whirlwind of emotions. I won’t spoil why but the movie was able to affect me so many ways. It is worth-watching all-over again.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

– NO SPOILERS HERE –

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn.

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2018

The Strangers: Prey at Night

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A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. The 2nd installment of The Strangers is directed by Johannes Roberts under Aviron Pictures.

Cast: Bailee Madison, Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Lewis Pullman, Emma Bellomy

Genre: Thriller, Suspense

WHAT I LIKE?

The Strangers: Prey at Night delivers enough thrills and suspense expected from the success of its predecessor. What I like about the second installment is the addition of more characters in the story. With the same brand of violence and mystery, Prey at Night honors the kind of nail-bite suspense enjoyable with a round of popcorn. It builds the same plot from the first film revolving around three psychopath killers trying to kill a family of four. The first film was about a couple. The second film was about a family. Both of them creates an emotional connection and attachment to the film’s premise. As the killers break lose, the tension build up. There were some decent edge-of-the-seat moments and some horrible deaths. The second one is bloodier too. If you are a fan of the franchise, you might find the movie entertaining despite its very limited screening time.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Since the plot is becoming too familiar already, I was not expecting something new and great about the movie already. Well, there are those thrilling moments but I find it less appealing already. If you are expecting to find answers from the first film, well the second is a stand-alone one. The film lacks history. It was a plain compilation of suspense and thrills as the 3 killers plot a killing spree for the four characters. It is actually predictable. For me, The Strangers lost its classic thriller feels. I am no expecting a 3rd installment.

RATINGS:

6.5/10 Popcorn.

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2018

Pacific Rim Uprising

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Jake, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju, abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori, who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale. Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight under Universal Pictures.

Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, Zhang Jin, Charlie Day, Dustin Clare, Karan Brar, Nick Tarabay, Levi Meaden, Rahart Adams, Jaime Slater, Bridger Zadina

Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

WHAT I LIKE?

Pacific Rim Uprising delivers the same brand of thrills and action you loved from a Jaeger-Kaiju battle. As expected, it is as big as its monstrous masterpiece. If you are looking for the same exact entertainment from its predecessors, Uprising won’t disappoint an inch. What I like about the 2nd installment is its faithfulness to honor the first one in terms of plot and character development. Despite references from the first one, Pacific Rim Uprising stood out with a very interesting twist. Moreover, the action sequences are still huge this time. Visual effects are still top-notch and impressive. Its similar to Transformers in terms of feels. The second half of the movie got me actually. With forgivable cinematic flaws, Pacific Rim Uprising is still a good movie to watch.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I really don’t like the first half of the film. I find the storytelling to be lame and lackluster. It somehow failed to establish and pick-up momentum from the first installment. Also, I didn’t like the casting. Some of the characters were actually bad. Given the weak character build-up, some of the characters were merely props at some point in the movie. The twists were okay but others are a bit predictable. Remove the amazing special effects and battle scenes and all that’s left is an empty can. I am 50-50 for a 3rd installment. Neverthless, I still enjoyed it.

RATINGS:

8/10 Popcorn.

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2018

Rampage

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Primatologist – Davis, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend. Rampage is directed by Brad Peyton under Warner Bros. Pictures.
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Marley Shelton, P.J. Byrne, Jack Quaid, Will Yun Lee, Urijah Faber
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

WHAT I LIKE?

Rampage offers enough popcorn entertainment you have come to expect from 3 giant animal creatures trying to destroy Chicago. Somehow, it served its purpose to be an entertaining film with non-stop campy fun and visually-engaging action sequences that will bring enough thrills throughout its screening time. With the plot, it started very direct and simple. It need not to be complicated at all in the first place. The science part were used well and executed properly. Production-design was also impressive. I loved all the location and the Chicago scenes were done brilliantly. It is also visually-engaging in most parts. Visual effects were really great. The animal creatures were near to be realistic. The massive destruction scenes in Chicago was done well too. I am really entertained with the action scenes. It is as big as its predators. I mean, what would you expect from a B-movie offering a decent popcorn extravaganza. Acting-wise, Dwayne still delivers the same aura and acting needed for a destruction film like this. Plot material may not be as technical as it should be, but the presentation of the whole movie perfectly fits its title- Rampage!

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, it is forgivable. Plot could have been technical and more scientific. But then again, it has an enormous entertainment value from its smashing scenes.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorn

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2018

A Quiet Place

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A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. This modern thriller is directed by John Krasinski under Paramount Pictures.

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe & Cade Woodwand

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Suspense

WHAT I LIKE?

A Quiet Place is a one-of-a-kind thriller movie with an interesting and familiar plot gearing towards aliens and apocalypse. It was direct with its cinematic approach and invested towards the idea that it is already happening. Its a doomsday film that focuses on the survival of a family against the creatures that kills and hunts on anything they hear. Plot-wise, it is direct and the sequences were placed into thin chops in order to give way to giant chunks of suspense and thrills especially on the climax part. Yes, the movie is successfull in all angles as a thriller movie. I have never imagined that a movie with less than 10% of actual human conversation can be so scary and disturbing. A Quiet Place creatively played around its premise of science-fiction along side with edge-of-the-seat scenes that kept me holding my breath almost all the time. Majority of the scenes were intense and brilliantly-executed. Since the demand of the film means that the characters can’t create any noise or sound, the build up of tension on every scene is just effective and nerve-wracking. With that, I commend the film. Production design was good since scenes were sort of isolated. Sound engineering is impressive as well. The creature was realistic and for me, an original masterpiece. The creature is actually scary too. Acting chops are impressive. Being a silent film and with the use of sign language most of the time, all the characters were able to portray fear and a variety emotions very well. I must say that this is one of Emily Blunt’s best performances to date. John Krasinski, being the Director as well, was also impressive in the movie. I also commend the child actors. I highly-recommend A Quiet Place. This is not your ordinary thriller movie.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I can hate what I love. A Quiet Place is definitely a must-watch.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn.

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2018

My Perfect You

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The film centers on Burn, a broken-hearted man looking to start over and Abi, a hostel owner whom he meets while on vacation. As the film progresses, the two will fall in love with each other despite differences and circumstances surrounding them. My Perfect You is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina under Star Cinema.

Cast: Gerald Anderson, Pia Wurtzbach, Tonton Gutierrez, Dimples Romana, Janus del Pardo, Wilma Doesnt, RJ Ledezma, Marlann Flores, Paolo O’Hara & Darwin Tolentino

Genre: Romantic, Comedy

WHAT I LIKE?

Star Cinema never fails to produce quality films with the new addition of My Perfect You. Generally, the movie has the typical RomCom Formula which Star Cinema is heavily investing lately. What differs it from other movies is its twist. Without spoiling the twist, My Perfect You is a light-hearted yet inspiring film about second chances in life and gives us a better understanding of depression. Its message cuts deep as it creatively engage its audience with laughter and charm while creating a slow pinch as the movie progresses and as the twist and turn around is unfolding. The movie is utterly inspiring especially for those who are undergoing depression. Moreover, My Perfect You imparts a very basic lesson of smiling and being brave in facing life’s challenges. Indeed, a SMILE could change the world. The movie is successful in letting its audience laugh and feel a little romantic especially on Gerald and Pia’s scenes. The movie’s premise is simple but your whole perspective will change after the twist. Wish I could discuss the turn around and share thoughts about but I guess I have to give a little bit of mystery for the audience. Production design is good. I loved the location of the Happy Sunshine Camp. The underwater scenes were done well too. Gerald and Pia has a good chemistry. They both gave impressive performances and acting chops fit for the film’s dynamics and demand. Gerald shows an improvement on his craft. He was effective in portraying a man defeated by life and challenges. His physical appearance down to his facial expressions – I can almost feel in his eyes that he is tired and wanting to give up already. Pia’s quirky and bubbly portrayal also made the movie light and likable.  Pia’s performance was impressive too given that this is her first lead role in a movie. Aside from his comedic timing, she was also convincing during dramatic scenes. Supporting Characters such as Janus, Wilma, Tonton and Dimples also gave justice to their roles. Wilma’s portrayal was the best. I really commend Dimples’ scene with Gerald, it was heart-wrenching for me. Overall, the movie depicts many social values and realizations especially on the battles all of us are facing. I salute Star Cinema for this bold risk in producing eye-opener movies like this.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Some of the outdoor scenes were a little bit overexposed in my eyes. Some of the song choices were a bit off too. But still, this is worth-watching.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorn.

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