There was a time, not too long ago, that superhero movies were the gutter trash of the silver screen. Thanks to the efforts of people like Bryan Singer, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, and Sam Raimi, that has dramatically changed. If you were born in 1998, then your earliest memories of superhero movies would be film greats such as Spider-Man and X-Men. While there were big critically acclaimed blockbuster hits, there have been a buttload of misses, too. *cough Ghost Rider cough* Man of Steel, quite fortunately, upholds the golden quality standard that superhero movies such as Batman Begins have proudly followed.
During the Philippine Independence Day holiday, many people lined up to see the Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill who plays Superman, the man who stands for truth, justice and the American way. Cavill, by the way, is British. Some are claiming it to be the best superhero movie of 2013, while others say it's the best one they've ever seen. Me, personally, I wouldn't go so far as to call it the best superhero movie, but it's definitely in the top 10.
Man of Steel seems to be the hottest thing since sliced bread. Every geek worth his salt is geeking out in anticipation for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. We can't wait to see Superman save people and beat General Zod down in super slow motion in saturated colors. It is going to be glorious!
If you want to brush up on your comic book knowledge of Superman so you can impress your non-geek friends, and get a free ticket at the same time, you're gonna want to read on.
Castle Geek (The Collective, Neutral Grounds Glorietta) has a promo for a special block screening of Man of Steel. Before I talk about the mechanics, let me tell you that watching a superhero movie with a bunch of like-minded people is the most fun you're going to have in a dark room full of strangers. I saw The Avengers with the CBG and it was bananas fun!
That picture's a little small so you can't really read the mechanics. Here's a better version:
One of the most anticipated superhero movies is Man of Steel, and not because the previous one was a masterful crafting of the superhero film genre. Some people are waiting on this movie with bated breath because of morbid curiosity, like a man watching a .gif of a gazelle about to get eaten by a lion. Others are holding onto some misguided optimism that this is going to be the Superman movie that'll finally topple Christopher Reeve's first couple Superman movies as the gold standard. Some are just excited as all hell that Superman is finally going to punch someone in the face in this movie. They wanted Doomsday but General Zod is cool, too. Others still are just eager to see some eye candy; after all, this is being directed Zack Snyder, and if we recall he also did visual wonderpieces such as 300, Sucker Punch (that movie had no point) and Watchmen. If anyone can pull it off a good Supes movie, it's gotta be Zack S. with Nolan and Goyer at his corner.
Wait... Goyer also did 2011's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. No matter! WE BELIEVE IN NOLAN!
Here's your chance to catch a block screening of Man of Steel. And you'll probably want to book this because if you do, you'll be a Superman to someone whose eyesight is in danger.
JCI Makati, Rotary Club of Intramuros, and Physicians for Peace put this together as a fundraising activity for their Save the Sight of a Child project. Have a heart, buddy, and book a few tickets.
EDIT: We just got the go signal to give away two tickets! To join, simply share this article on Twitter and use the #GeekOutPH hashtag! We'll randomly pick out a winner and get in touch with you via Twitter. We'll also announce the winners on our Facebook page.
The moment you have all been waiting for has arrived! Well, 10 of you, at least. I know it took me a day too late to announce the winner, sorry about that! I had to take care of some stuff. But here it is! The winner of the Star Trek Into Darkness Bluetooth Speakers is...
TISHA VARONA (@tishas_tweets)!
You won a Star Trek Into Darkness Bluetooth Speaker and a Star Trek Into Darkness shirt. It's for dudes, but I guess you can give it as a gift or something.
I will get in touch with you with details on how to claim your prize!
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not exactly a Trekkie. I saw a lot of the original series reruns on Star World a few years ago, I'm familiar with the mythology and I know the characters and their quirks, but all I really have is a working knowledge of Star Trek. A friend of mine once said that my lack of sci-fi in my geek diet was disgraceful. He also noted that my playing of The Sims 3 made me a fake geek. With that said, take what I'm about to say here with a grain of salt. I may not be the best judge of sci-fi flicks, but I absolutely enjoyed Star Trek Into Darkness. As a movie, it satisfied me, and it played well to my limited knowledge of the franchise, enough to keep me smiling throughout the whole thing.
Let's talk about what I didn't like about it first to get that out of the way.
Star Trek Into Darkness went on a teeny tiny bit longer than it should have. Not by much, and the time wasn't taken up by some useless filler, but it just felt a little long for me. It even had a couple "oh wasn't that the ending already?" scenes at the end. It also had a few inconsistencies with the plot - nothing too jarring but there were times when I just had to accept them as miracle exceptions to justify it to myself. Otherwise, bits of it would've been way too ridiculous.
Some scenes felt unnecessary, but they were few and far in between. One such scene, which was almost cringe-worthy, was Spock and Uhura's love thing. I don't wanna spoil too much, but you'll see what I'm talking about when you catch the movie. Oh, and this: