Tony Stark Three: An Iron Man 3 Review

This is not the superhero movie you expected. Consider an early scene at a local diner: we find Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) having a beer with his buddy Rhodey (Don Cheadle) as a little child approaches Stark for an autograph. The girl hands him a drawing of Iron Man fighting the Chitauri aliens, the last we saw of him from The Avengers (2012). The picture, however, triggers ill memories of him being whisked off into space and back - helplessly falling into the abyss - causing the one thing we would not expect of our brazen hero: a frightful, demented anxiety attack. Sweaty and shaking, Stark leaps outside the diner and, in a complete tonal turnaround, we find him entering his Iron Man suit adorably parked by the driveway - a deadpan punchline mirroring the movie's audacious traipse towards black comedy. Finally, we have a superhero film as playful with its own tale as Tony Stark is with his own legend.

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Quick Iron Man 3 Review

Pretty sure by now, most of us have seen Iron Man 3. It did, after all, break Philippine box office records by raking in Php 62.6M on opening day and breaking bank at Php 306M in its first five days. Who would have known Filipinos had that much money on 'em for movies? You know what I found surprising? It beat The Avengers. And I saw that bad boy 5 times. I can confirm that Iron Man 3 does not have that re-watch-in-the-cinemas charm that Avengers had. I got bored with it on my 2nd viewing. But why was it so successful? Is it the best Marvel Cinemaverse movie?

Some people wish there was more Iron Man in an Iron Man movie. My opinion on that is a little on the fence. Iron Man 3 feels very final and since it started out a Tony Stark story, I believe it should end as a Tony Stark story. If you take the trilogy in as a whole, the whole Tony Stark the Movie thing works well enough. But yes, more Iron Man as a bad ass would've been appreciated.

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Iron Man 3 Premiere Screening

April 24 is but a few days away from now. If you think yourself a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan worth your salt, you must have booked your tickets by now. If not, you really can't go around claiming to be one. If you go "OMG I love RDJ! I am the biggest Iron Man geek ever!" and you book your tickets a week after launch week, then no, you've lost your fangirling privileges.

Don't worry, though. I think I may have a solution to that.

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A Case for World-Building: An Oblivion Review

It seems very tricky to tell an original science fiction film. Generally, in movies, you have to make sure that the audience is in on the joke. The films have to establish that (a) the world it inhabits is believable and (b) the story it tells is plausible... before it finally gets the ball rolling. The former is a particularly important yardstick for sci-fi, given that this kind of film needs to establish rules before it could build a convincing world; after all, a story set in the future doesn't have the inherent comfort of realism to establish its own authenticity. This is why Star Wars devoted its first hour merely to introduce Tatooine, Jedi culture, and Empire politics before it introduced any veritable conflict. This is why Avatar dedicated more than half of its running time to a first act that basically presented what Pandora is all about.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Back in June of 2012, when Paramount first announced that they were going to be delaying the release of the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I have to say that I feared the worst. The original film hadn't really done all that well in the domestic box office and I doubt that anyone really believed that malarkey that the studio wanted the extra time to convert the film to 3D. Throw in a director known for his hip-hop dance movies and (gasp!) a Justin Bieber bio-pic, and it's not looking to good for our "Real American Heroes".

But color me red, white, and blue, I was completely wrong. This installment is far better than its predecessor and definitely worth a trip to the cinema. If Jon M. Chu can do this with material like G.I. Joe, I wish him all the best and hope we see more of him in the geeksphere. It almost makes me want to go out and take a look at his previous films.

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