The Wolverine - Better Than Expected

X-Men Origins: Wolverine disappointed every Wolverine fan everywhere and pissed off every rabid Deadpool fan. This is the main reason a lot of would-be Wolvie fans weren't all that hyped up to see The Wolverine. Sure, the trailers looked great and the animated poster was just bananas, but they weren't really enough to make fans want to drag their butts to into those theater seats.

Thankfully, with new writers (Mark Bomback, Scott Frank, and Christopher McQuirre) and a new director (James Mangold), we finally got the Wolverine movie we deserved and the one we needed right now.

First off, this Wolverine movie totally respects the previous 20th Century Fox X-Men timeline, unlike that clusterfuck Gavin Hood put together. The events of The Wolverine take place after X-Men: The Last Stand. Why Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) is in the film, well, you'll just have to watch it to find out.

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Pacific Rim? More Like Awsomeriffic Rim

When the trailers came out, I'll be the first to admit that I thought it was one of those weird Hollywood ideas like that Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots movie with Hugh Jackman. I had it pegged under my "shit that might be interesting but might not really catch in the theater" list, even though I knew the monster master Guillermo del Toro was helming it. As I watched everyone else's anticipation grow, I was left scratching my head as to why. Don't get me wrong - giant robots kicking monster ass appeals to me. I'm as much a Voltes V fan as the next guy, I like the Lion Force Voltron, and I like Daimos even more than those two. I just felt like it was a Hollywoodization of the forgotten genre.

Pacific Rim reviews started pouring in, and I was surprised by the rave reviews it was collecting. When Hideo Kojima and Robert Bowling tweeted this and this respectively, I figured I better go see what's what. And betchabygolllywow, I am glad I did.

Despite a name that conjures up images of gay porn starring island-dwelling actors, Pacific Rim is well worth the hype.

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Superman gets his feels on: a spoilery review of the Man of Steel

Despite its unimpressive Rotten Tomatoes score, I strongly suggest that you ignore all the cynics and see Man of Steel in the cinemas before it’s too late.  Why? Because it’s highly entertaining, and if you’re even the mildest fan of superheroes, it will be worth your time and money.

The latest reboot of the decades-old universe has quite a few fans and a good share of haters.  Most of the latter are latching on to the fact that the guy playing the Man himself, Henry Cavill, was not as charming or charismatic as any of the others who filled those red boots.  He didn’t come off half as naive or adorkably geeky as the reporter Clark Kent, either.  Even dorked-down, Cavill looked like he’d be propositioned by random strangers at least twice a day.

Having lost that lightness of character that he has when he’s not in costume, most people could say that Clark’s character is playing dangerously close to his JLA compatriot Bruce Wayne’s.  But I think the moodiness of Cavill’s character is fitting and way more believable. 

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World War Z Zombie Survival Kit Giveaway


Winner: Oneal Rosero - 3 votes out of 5

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I need you to imagine something. Wherever you are right now, wherever you're reading this, I want you to image that as soon as you step out, the world around you is in utter chaos. People are screaming in a panic, running for their lives, away from something. As people pass by, you see some of them with blood on their faces, with whole chunks of flesh torn off from their arms, clothes tattered and torn. In the distance, you can hear sirens, screaming, crying, explosions and gurgling. In the air, you can smell a faint scent that reminds you of the wet market on a humid, busy Sunday afternoon. A couple seconds pass and you finally see what everyone is running away from - zombies, hungry for you.

Since we're doing a World War Z giveaway here, we'll assume that these zombies follow the World War Z mythology. They aren't like your run-of-the-mill Romero zombies. If you wanna know what World War Z zombies are like, you better catch the movie. Here, go ahead and book your seats.

The apocalypse is nigh. It's too dangerous to go alone. Take this.

The kit includes a nice tan backpack, a head lamp, a water container, glow sticks, and what seems to be hair gel. Gotta look good for them zombies. Short of a shotgun, a melee weapon, some trustworthy friends, and some rations, this is all you'll need to get yourself through the zombie apocalypse. Here's how you can win it.

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Man of Steel, Heart of Lead

I got up at 9:30AM on the day of the Castle Geek block screening of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, arrived at the office at 10:30AM, and proceeded to nap a chunk of the early afternoon away during a rain-soaked van ride to Trinoma. The train back to Makati was surprisingly comfy (aside from a spot of ninja flatulence), and I got to Glorietta with plenty of time to spare before the 6:55PM screening.

By the time the movie was over, I was exhausted.

This poster foreshadows the amount of brooding in this film. See what I did there?

Man of Steel is an enjoyable, but emotionally taxing film, qualities that are as much the product of Zack Snyder’s direction as they are of Christopher Nolan’s and David S. Goyer’s story. Snyder, for his part, overindulges himself on the movie’s many action scenes, making the final 45 minutes about as tiring as Transformers 3’s second half. Nolan and Goyer, on the other hand, crafted a tale that brought little – if any – levity to the film’s pace.

The co-writers tried to extend the success of their Dark Knight trilogy towards Batman’s conceptual antithesis, emphasizing plausibility to suspend the viewers’ disbelief. In many respects, it works: nearly everything, from the S symbol to Zod’s motivations to Clark working at the Daily Planet, is contextualized with believable enough motivations. What hurts the film, however, is its cold, sober examination of how we as a society have changed since Richard Donner’s Superman.

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