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Spider-man: Homecoming review

Spider-man: Homecoming review

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I know, I know I messed somehow.

Laziness has taken me these past months that I semi-shelved this piece. Saw Wonder Woman and it floored me, just like it floored everyone else it seems. I just couldn’t write about her because every other article I saw in the net has praised the beloved heroine. I am also so lazy that I haven’t updated the DC article and haven’t touched the comics as well. I am sorry. Day job is an a*hole. Again I am sorry.

Watched Spider-man: Homecoming yesterday. And I liked what I saw. It was a fresh new take on our beloved character that even new kids from the 2000’s can even identify (Spidey’s big screen image has been rebooted 2 times already and has been played by 3 actors, so far).

This is Peter Parker struggling through his teens part, the essence that the two previous outing didn’t tackle so much, maybe because they were played by older actors. This is the growing up Peter time. Spidey at his most hilarious.

Tom Holland, although in my taste not the matinee idol face you can think of, pulled by far a superior performance of the three actors. Maybe because this time Sony, with my head nodding, sought the help of the Marvel gurus to help with their script and make Spider-Man fresh again. They didn’t need to doubt, as Marvel gave us this wunderkind of a film. No longer do we have a predictable death scene of Green Goblin and Gwen Stacy. What we have now is fresh storyline that nobody can guess.

I think that is the magic of the MCU. It gives us a new fresh prespective of what we read in the comics and make it fresh and brand new on-screen.

I thought Tony Stark would dominate the scenes but no, he took the back seat when he needed to and made Spider-man into the foreground. It’s basically the story of Spider-man like we aren’t used to. And because of this I just can’t wait for Thor to come-out. So far the MCU has brought in two critically acclaimed movies in Guardians of the Galaxy and Spiderman, it only keeps getting better and better.

 

(Admin Ryan)

Beauty and The Beast Review

Beauty and The Beast Review

Beauty and the Beast 2017 Film Review

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It’s been long since I posted something in here. It really feels new.

But for a “tale as old as time”, it’s been a fresh rehash of a classic Disney movie.

Okay, there is a few new twists in the movie; if you watched the old animated movie it’s basically the same. But it never dawned on me that this is an all-star cast; I only learned about this after the cast were basically turned back to humans. I started pointing out the cast to my girlfriend. Oh, there is Magneto, there is Obi-Wan, and so on.

Basically, the movie is almost entirely a musical, with a few more new songs inserted throughout the movie. Luke Evans is fantastic as Gaston although he looks so much mature for Emma Watson‘s Belle. Emma Watson‘s casting is splendid since she captured the essence of Belle – bookish and well-educated.

As with Disney tradition, comic relief was satisfyingly abound in the movie. Disney feels all-over. Of course, you can never miss singing along the familiar songs and be mesmerized by the visuals of the movie, although I have a small comment. When the cameras pan around it made me a little dizzy. But just slightly.

It is a family movie after all, anybody can enjoy – young and old, maybe the older even more because it brings up memories of childhood when we dream of castles, damsels, and princes alike.

If only real life were like that.

4/5

 

(Admin Ryan)

The lowly rated Assassin’s Creed movie review

The lowly rated Assassin’s Creed movie review

Review: Assassin’s Creed film

Assassin's Creed reviewAre you not entertained? Maybe Not. Photo Credit.

And I was so keen on watching this.

Being a fan of its games and its roots taken from history, I had high hopes for this movie until I saw it first hand and was utterly disappointed.

If you haven’t seen the movie, see it first and you be the judge if you agree that the movie is as sad as I am writing now.

Meet Callum Lynch (played by Micahel Fassbender) the main protagonist of the movie. At the start he was just a boy doing some parkour stuff that the assassin’s do in the game. Probably in preparation for his future self? Or is it because he’s born in the line of the assassins? But why does it seem he has no idea of his roots? The movie doesn’t resolve.

He comes home, finds his mother dead by his father’s hand. His father told him to run. Time jump to 30 years later. Callum is a convicted criminal sentenced serve to death penalty. Asked what his last words should be, he said that he’ll meet his father in hell. (Ok understandable.)

As justice is being served to him, the first death serum creeping up the valves into his veins, Lynch is visibly shaken, probably a hint of regret for his part, then came the end. Sort of.

He awakes inside a lab with beautiful Marion Cotillard, Sofia for those who have seen the movie. She has saved him only to confine him for research, a quest for the missing “Apple of Eden”.

This is where Mr. Lynch enters the world of the assassins. They used technology “Animus” to tap into Lynch’s genetic memory to access Aguilar, the last known assassin to have possessed the “Äpple”.

It seems to me that the movie was just cashing out on the game’s world-wide popularity as it didn’t give us any new storyline to follow. Casting is superb, but with a bland story, it isn’t really the casts’ fault if their acting come out as bland also. Just take for example the ending in which Callum is set to recover the Apple from modern day Templars led by Jeremy Irons. There was no build up, the excitement wasn’t there it’s as if it was expected that Mr. Iron’s will die in Mr. Fassbender’s hand. After these events, maybe a little over 20 minutes in real time, we see the assassin’s miles away standing on roofs while Marion Cotillard looks on (as if she can see them?).

I couldn’t really like the movie and if I was home I would have slept to it halfway. The pace is slow there is no excitement you might even repeat what Callum had to say in the movie “What the fuck is going on?” That’s the entire mood.

Rating 1.7/5

 

(Admin Ryan)

100 years after it was written, Lord of the Rings spin-off novel is set to be released this year

100 years after it was written, Lord of the Rings spin-off novel is set to be released this year

You read it right, 100 years after it was written, J.R.R. Tolkien‘s story about Beren and Lúthien will be published this year.

Beren and Luthien

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Harper Collins will release the book sometime in 2017, and will tackle the story about Beren, a mortal man and Lúthien, an elfen maiden. The couple appeared in The Silmarillion, and was mentioned by Aragorn, whose relationship with Arwen in The Lord of the Rings is very similar to that of Beren and Lúthien.

The story, first released in a 12-volume series called The History of Middle-Earth, will now be available as a standalone book that includes illustrations by Alan Lee and passages from several iterations of Tolkien’s work.

Hope for upcoming movies for this. I just hope they don’t milk it and drag the story too long like they did with The Hobbit.

(Source ign.com)

(Admin Ryan)

Warner Bros, still cluless on how to solve the DC puzzle

Warner Bros, still cluless on how to solve the DC puzzle

Word is out that although WB has promised a much darker and edgier alternative to its Marvel counterpart, Batman V Superman and The Suicide Squad have failed to live to its billing according to critics, who continuously pan out the films that WB produce.

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And now more trouble is coming. Rumors are swirling that the new Justice League- which will finally feature DC’s answer to the Avengers with power superhero cast such as Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, Flash, Aqua Man and Cyborg – is a mess.

Justice League

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There are hints that the movie is suffering from plot and general coherence, something that has bugged the previous films as well, and which has called for fans asking WB to sack Zach Snyder as its director (Zach for his part has directed the new Superman movies). And not only that, it seems to have also affected the upcoming stand alone Ben Affleck-directed Batman movie (who’ll also act on the role). Sources are saying that the slated Spring filming has been moved back to Summer.

Ben too hasn’t been too keen on doing it either, in answer to a question about his plans to direct: “That’s the idea. But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way, I think it’s really great I’m not going to do it.” (via movieweb.com)

As for the Justice League, we have teaser trailers to keep us excited, but as far as the Suicide Squad goes, which gave us good trailers, we still have to wait how the movie actually looks like when it hits theaters on November 17.

(I have to note that I liked the Suicide Squad movie no matter what).

 

(Admin Ryan)

StarWars: Rogue One Review

StarWars: Rogue One Review

Review of StarWars: Rogue One

Be warned! Some spoilers ahead, so if you don’t want to ruin your movie experience please refrain from reading further beyond this warning.

Also be warned that it is a terrific film specially if you’re a long time suffering Star Wars fan.

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The story is set in the events before Star Wars: A New Hope. Or Episode IV. This is a Lucas film without George Lucas, which kinda saves the franchise after George kinda ruined it for us in Episodes I-III and up to the animation Clone Wars film.

Meet Jyn Erso…
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A prototypical, Star Wars gal. Strong willed, brave and with conviction in her which we already saw with Padme, Leia and Rey. She is the daughter of Galen Erso (Did they intentionally take that name from Galen Marek?)  who was a  scientist and leading galactic authority on crystallography and energy enrichment. The empire is after him so they can finish the construction of the Death Star.

The empire killed her mom and abducts his dad for reasons I just stated. Jyn was then raised by Saw Gerrera, a resistance warrior deemed too radical by his compatriots that he was banished so created his own faction in the rebellion. “The Extremists”.

Felicity Jones as Jyn, and the other stars of Rouge One

That was the start of the movie. Felicity Jones did a great acting job on this one. Worthy of her high pay in the movie. She partnered with Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, the suicide squad of the rebellion who retrieved the plans of the original Death Star.

As the movie moves along we meet K-2SO the movie’ Robot comic relief, but his delivery was much drier than C3PO. We also get to have Donnie Yen, who plays Chirrut Îmwe, a blind guard of the old Jedi Temple in Jedha (My favorite character of the movie with his mantra: I am one with the force, the force is with me), and his partner Baze Malbus. Together they were the main proponents getting the plans.

The film was great especially the scenes that had Vader in it.

Vader was so Bad-ass you’d forget he was so whiny as Anakin before. The scene in the dark hallways where he ignited his red lightsaber and him massacring the rebels, force-pushing and choking some, while the not so fortunate being decimated by his lightsaber…Bad-Ass!

Rogue One VaderBe careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director. Photo Credit

The only let down for me was how fast or how forgiving Jyn Erso was in the movie. She forgave Cassian Andor well too easily after the guy attempted to kill her father. She also cooled down way too easily after the rebels didn’t believe her, had the movie extended another hour it may have captured the correct mood for those scenes.

Another one is the forced love tension between Erso and Andor, which as I said, another hour could have helped.

Maybe killing off Saw early in the movie is another one, I mean the movie could have used more of Forest Whitaker’s acting prowess in the movie (that’s some lazy writing?).

Other than that I think the movie was terrific and I could only hope this could build up more excitement for Episode VIII next year.

Kudos to the Actors, Directors and Writers of this movie, and thank you Disney for this. Old republic movie please?

 

Rating 3.75/5.00

 

(Admin Ryan)

 

The more you know—

The more you know—

Ghost Rider once killed Dr. Strange.

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(Yeah, Ghost Rider once mistook Dr. Strange as someone else.)

Spider Tobey is amused

Spider Tobey is amused

Tobey did a swell job suiting up as our favorite web slinger and some say he’s the best for the job. But I’m giving Tom Holland a shot here. Specially since Marvel will be working closely beside Sony for the upcoming film. So here’s a mild shot at Tobey’s Spiderman out there.

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Tobey Surprised!

“What can you do?”

Trying to do some 3D—

Trying to do some 3D—

I tried something new today. I had this program called Adobe fuse and tried tinkering with it. After doing a character, I uploaded it with their insta-animation website called Mixamo and here is one of the results: (I tried everything exporting the animation, but to no avail I just used my phone’s video to record it)

Mixamo 3D Animation trial

Also tried uploading it here directly, but for some reason, WordPress can’t recognize my video format (?).

If I ever master this program, imagine how our Night Edge comic will be.

Big things to come!

 

(Admin Ryan)

My Top 5 favorite 90’s animes

My Top 5 favorite 90’s animes

There are only three countries I wanted to visit. Seriously, only three. Israel for religious reasons, Italy because I am a visual artist (for me going there is paying homage to the great masters of years past), and Japan because of Anime reasons (they say it’s also a great place to visit so why not?).

If you grew up in the 90’s, you have to love the various anime programs that cropped out during the decade. And for this post, I am posting the Top 5 of those programs which I loved.

My Favorite Top 5 90’s Anime

  1. Dragon Balltop favorite 90's anime - Dragon Ball

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I practically grew up with Goku,the series’main protagonist. From childhood up to his disappearance in GT (I haven’t seen Super yet, maybe I’ve grown up a bit). I even tried emulating his speed (although right now I kind of regret it because it’s too embarrassing to remember). Man, Dragon Ball is the bomb! It’s  a shame that Hollywood still can’t do justice for this on the the big screen given the advances in technology and all.

Maybe it’s the weird hairdo’s? I don’t know, but Dragon Ball was the best ever in terms of entertainment value and great story line. Goku just doesn’t die, he lives forever. In our hearts.

2. Yu Yu Hakusho (aka Ghost Fighter) 

Yu Yu Hakusho Ghost Fighter

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For those of you living in this side of the world, who can ever forget the “Tapusin, Tapusin“(End it, End it) chant? Anyone who watched this anime uttered those words each time they watch Yusuke and  Toguro duke it out. We just love them.

The impressions, the attitude. Every guy tried to emulate at least one of the major characters. It’s funny to remember now how kids would form their hands into guns and shout “Ray Gun”while chasing their playmates into the roundabouts of the village. At least this is a training for our imagination, a form of escapism as a child.

3. Voltes V

Voltes V

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I know, I know this is already a classic having been released 40-50 years ago? I just don’t know, but this was part of my formative years. In the 80’s they didn’t even let the show end, it just vanished. Come the 90’s, thanks to the popularity of its song in a gag show, if you know what I mean. If you don’t here it is:

It came back to relevance because of that show and we finally saw how the show ended at last. It’s great that the Armstrong brothers finally get to see their father, but all we care about was Jamie. Right? Right?

4. Gundam Wing

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As if fascination with Voltes V robot wasn’t enough, this one captivated everyone and started the Gundam toy craze in the country. Many will try to deny it but the design of these robots is so great it compels you to buy one so you can touch one with your hands.

Its popularity is so immense that Japan has a statue of a Gundam in a park in Tokyo. See here.

This is one of the great what ifs in the history of anime. What if in the near future we can have and see a real Gundam in battle, it can be a reality because it can be done; and knowing how quirky and imaginative the Japanese can be, it’s only a matter of time before we can actually have one.

5. Slam Dunk

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Basketball is undoubtedly the unofficial favorite sport in the Philippines. That being said, it is no wonder that this anime is a staple in every kid’s mind. Slam Dunk is a story of Hanamichi Sakuragi’s journey from being a prospect to a budding star of the sports. Its great storyline captures and burns the flame of competition for those fans who watched this program. It is undoubtedly, one of the best.

There are a lot more programs I wish to share but I think I cannot finish this article if I tackle it one by one. Maybe for another time. ‘Til then!

(Admin Ryan)

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