Captain America: Civil War and my Insights

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IT IS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER DOING MY SECOND MOVIE REVIEW AND INSIGHTS HERE IN MY WORDPRESS.

I really feel good that I didn’t watch Superman because a lot of friends and reviews discouraged me from watching it.

When I watched Captain America: Civil War, it was truly worth the amusement tax.

The start of the movie was truly good and the transition of the story for this part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man was better than I expected.

I really like the buildup of this movie for the Black Panther and Spider-Man and they really deserve those overhypes in those trailers and memes. Black Panther’s costume was just stoked and Spider-Man’s was still comic book accurate especially the eyes but still it is better than Andrew Garfield’s mask. Spidey’s mask for this appearance would truly match Tobey McGuire’s costume.

Emily VanCamp reprising her role as Sharon Carter is just wow! I just find it disturbing that she has a thing for Captain America who is as old as Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) her aunt that grew old in the cinematic universe but remained young in her spinoff series, ‘Agent Carter’ shown in Fox. Since I first saw her in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, Emily VanCamp became my instacrush and she really blew me away.

 

Sebastian Stan’s character, The Winter Soldier or Bucky falcon-or-the-winter-soldier-who-will-be-the-next-captain-america-after-infinity-war-973910 Barnes is pretty much the same Soviet Union assassin that he portrayed from ‘The Winter Soldier’ but this time he was trying his best to control himself from killing any one. His comic tandem with Falcon truly brought the lighter side of the movie despite the intensity and action that it has.

 

I did not recognize Daniel Brühl in this one since ‘Inglorious Basterds’ when he portrayed the fictional glorified Nazi Frederick Zoller in ‘Inglorious Basterds’.

Robert Downey Jr. as a not so evil Iron Man did well and gave us a better portrayal of Tony Stark just to turn Captain America to the US government since the premise (even from the comic books) is that Cap and Iron Man had issues in becoming one with the US government rather operating as an independent organization.

 

INSIGHTS

As for the things that this movie introduced and what it leads to the course of what will the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be, I don’t know how the people at Marvel will make the next Spider-Man movie, because it’s funny yet it bugs me that Spider-Man/Peter Parker keeps getting younger even Aunt May like how Brad Pitt’s character Benjamin Button developed as a human being.

I’m sure Marvel won’t keep on showing how Uncle Ben died with Spider-Man just coming in like that web yanking Captain America’s shield. They just continued with it like the transition from Michael Keaton to Val Kilmer.

I’m not a fan boy of love stories but it would be interesting for me and a lot of people if the people at Marvel would set a love triangle between Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker just for this new Spider-Man.

737b0dc5f7113a4a045cd290bc2ae2d9_lWhat would be more interesting for me is if they can bring in Felicia Hardy. Who is popularly known in the Spider-Man franchise as the Black Cat and I would really pay money to the finest cinema here in Metro Manila to see that happen in the big screen then the next Spider-Man villain should be one villain who is the closest to reality and would really turn things around in this reboot not just Spider-Man himself. I think it’s high time for Black Cat to enter the cinematic universe.

Spider-Man and Black Cat is the counterpart of the Batman-Catwoman tandem in DC Comics. There is not much difference between the feline characters. The only difference is that Black Cat’s arsenal are her claws while Catwoman has her whip and claws. As anti-heros, both characters strongly flirt with their heroes.2326172-black_cat_spidey_1

It’s hard to pick that Spider-Man villain but if I were to pick that villain for the next Spider-Man movie it would have to be, Shocker, Scorpion or Kraven the Hunter all in the same movie. Since villains like Green Goblin and Hobgoblin have already been presented during Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s run as Spider-Man respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

BlackPantherI thought they would bring in the Black Panther the way they do in the comics and animated versions but his entry to this movie is more than appropriate. Chadwick Boseman for me truly redeemed himself after the heavily CGI movie ‘Gods of Egypt’ didn’t turnout good because the CGI for this movie is way better.

I don’t know what year will they show Black Panther’s standalone movie because after watching Civil War, I really became excited for his own movie. I don’t know if they would still show Ulysses Klaw from ‘Age of Ultron’ because he is the closest villain I know in Wakanda since the Avengers all went there and it is from Ulysses Klaw where Ultron got his Vibranium for his new body.

Other things that still keep me wondering up to this moment is what is going on with the Hulk and Thor while Cap and Tony are beating the crap out of each other and letting these new characters come in.

I don’t want to break the fourth wall like Deadpool but I think Chris Hemsworth is not just busy as the Huntsman with Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Another issue for me is that Chris Hemsworth is too good-looking to take sides on this one.

On a serious note, I just think they are setting up everything for Thor: Ragnarok that made him absent and also the Hulk which makes me think that Hulk would show up in Thor: Ragnarok.

What I expect in that movie is a flashback scene that shows what the Hulk really saw when Scarlet Witch did her magic in Age of Ultron when we saw everyone’s in darkest fear.

As for Ant-Man, I really can’t wait for the sequel of his movie but it seems that Ant-Man 2 won’t happen just yet because after Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) showed to his daughter Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly) a Wasp suit and it seems that Wasp would be having her standalone movie first before Ant-Man’s sequel.

For Scarlet Witch and Vision, seems that they won’t be starring in their own movie just yet.

It seems that they have found chemistry for the two which is also evident in the cartoons and comics.

 

That’s all I can say for Civil War. I don’t want to give that much insight any more because it’s also hard but all I know is that it is worth seeing before X-Men: Apocalypse then I will be having my own insights about that too.

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Leo and the Others Who Deserve It Too

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When I heard of the news that he won best actor at the Golden Globes then he won the award same category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards I knew it’s his time.

It’s been days since Leonardo DiCaprio won his Academy Award for best actor on a leading role for his recent movie ‘The Revenant.’ But Years before this monumental event here in the internet and for every single fan of the cinema and the arts, I didn’t like how the people wanted Leonardo to win the award that bad in the previous years because I used to perceive him as this typical Hollywood actor or heartthrob relying on his looks then I turned into one of the people demanding to give Leo his Oscar already for he truly deserves the award. I also realized that he is no Aga Muhlach who keeps on playing the same roles over and over having the same routine in a romantic comedy or just plain romance.

In his previous nominations, particularly when he was nominated for the best actor category for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ it was one nomination that he could have really won because his acting for me on Wolf of Wall Street was beyond expectation. At first you would think that he would just live out Jordan Belfort in the movie and bang these girls but no, because for me he made me feel like a true billionaire and truly gave me the feeling that with money you can really get the women. As for getting high, he should have just used weed than cocaine because I feel sorry for that white Ferrari. I haven’t really seen Matthew McCoughney on ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and see why he won the award that award that year but man I feel Leo’s pain for he shared the same scene with he him at ‘Wall Street’ even if Matthew only did a cameo.

His nomination for ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ was a nomination that recognized him as an actor. Obviously the other nominees alongside with him were actors who have been in the industry before him like Tommy Lee Jones who won the award for The Fugitive. John Malkovich for his performance in the movie ‘In the Line of Fire.’ Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort to others) for the acclaimed Schindler’s List, and Pete Postlethwaite for, In The Name of the Father.

DiCaprio was young and he had so much ahead of him because after that nomination he did a never-ending adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with Claire Danes. He boarded the Titanic with Kate Winslet. Wore an iron mask based from the character of Alexander Dumas. He made a fool out of Tom Hanks in Catch Me If You Can making Tom Hanks a different version Forrest Gump by chasing DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, Jr. and he ran a gang in New York and many other films.

His nomination in 2005 was not really for him in his nomination for The Aviator because Jamie Foxx really nailed his portrayal of Ray Charles especially wearing those sunglasses and singing as well. Leonardo portraying Howard Hughes was not really meant for the audience of that time I must say because of what Howard Hughes is and if the movie The Aviator were shown around the late 2000s to the 2010s he could have won the Oscar already but what can we do? He already won it with ‘The Revenant’.

In the movies that he gave a good performance but didn’t really get nominated, it still bugs me that he was not nominated for Django Unchained because Christoph Waltz was already in that category for his role of King Schultz. Leo was the bad guy. It seems to be very unfortunate that Leo’s performance was not enough for a nomination after all that blood and wound on his hand for doing that dining table scene which really is out of the script. Another performance in which he could have been nominated was Catch Me If You Can. Another is Inception then The Great Gatsby.

With DiCaprio winning the award, I can’t think of any actors or actresses that deserve that kind of demand for an Oscar. But if I were to name a few these are the people I think deserving of a demand like Leo:

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  1. BRAD PITT

Brad Pitt AS AN ACTOR deserves an Oscar even if he has already won an Oscar for being one of the producers of ’12 Years a Slave’ but who really gets to keep the Oscar for being one of the producers?

His acting resume may not look that hefty for some of the people in the Academy nominating and awarding these Hollywood actors but he deserves one. I’m even shocked that he’s already fifty years old.

In the year that he got nominated for ‘Benjamin Button’, he did not won the Oscar because Sean Penn’s performance and portrayal of gay rights and politician Harvey Milk in Milk in 2009. I’ve seen both movies and after watching both movies I can see why Sean won the award.

 

  1. Helena Bonham Carter 1656088_10153881355997488_2680616092357324609_n

Helena Bonham Carter for me deserves one because her choice of films and roles are just worth praising. She seems to be okay with her other awards and she better have a movie worth another Oscar nomination because she only has two Oscar nominations first was for The Wings of the Dove and The King’s Speech.

I don’t find her underrated. It must be the casting that makes her look underrated.

 

 

 

  1. Jonah Hill The-Wolf-of-Wall-Street-Jonah-Hill-Leonardo-DiCaprio21

Jonah Hill for me deserves an Oscar because he has been already been nominated twice first with Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street.

I like Jonah Hill doing movies as serious as the two movies he got nominated for an Oscar and he should lessen doing comedies but if you’re someone who made their mark doing comedies, he should keep on doing it for it is his trademark.

Casting him next to big name stars is really the key for him getting those nominations and he should deliver a better performance.

 

  1. Amy Adams  28920301_adams_ench_422158c

For someone who have been romanced and conned by Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, a Disney Princess who crossed between the animated world and reality, Clint Eastwood’s daughter working as a lawyer with a knowledge and understanding on baseball in ‘Trouble with the Curve’ who also made out with Justin Timberlake in a lake late at night, Christian Bale’s and Bradley Cooper’s side chick in ‘American Hustle’ and the new Lois Lane for Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Amy deserves an Oscar for her acting because she never gives me a dull moment.

 

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  1. Johnny Depp

The man has done so much movies and he has played so many characters that we love from an emo version of Wolverine in Edward Scissor Hands, a gangster protégé under Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco, Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a devilish pirate named Jack Sparrow, The Mad Hatter, a bloodthirsty barber and many others even a mediocre director in Ed Wood.

I really find his choice of roles and movies very weird but when you get to watch it you will just be amazed that he pulled it off.

Johnny Depp has had more People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards in his resume and various awards as well that are not known to many like the London Critics Circle Film Awards and other international award giving bodies and even awarded for worst actor. It’s about time people call out for Johnny Depp’s Oscar the way people did for Leo’s before.

 

  1. Edward Norton MSDFICL EC011

I’ve never been a fan of Edward Norton but he never fails the audience.

For a guy who has shot himself in the mouth to kill Brad Pitt in his head and beat up Jared Leto through Brad Pitt’s personality in Fight Club. Double crossed Matt Damon and Charlize Theron in The Italian Job, the last actor to portray The Incredible Hulk in his own movie before placing him in the Avengers and Emma Stone’s over aged lover in ‘Birdman’, Edward Norton deserves an Oscar already for these movies I must say.

The characters that he play fits him and it’s gonna take him a lot of movies at this point to get a nomination worthy being nominated.

 

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  1. Steve Buscemi

This guy deserves to be cast in a movie that is worth an Oscar nomination not just his performance. Too bad he did not get nominated for Reservoir Dogs which for me is worth a nomination not just an Oscar but also any award giving body at that time.

The guy has already won a Golden Globe for the HBO series ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and as a fan of gangster theme shows or movie I can really say that he deserves the award. For others at the time that he received the award for them it was long overdue.

What I don’t like about Steve Buscemi is that he is typecast to certain roles from a hobo to a jerk off person in Adam Sandler movies to short appearances in movies that people won’t be watching which reminds of someone being cast as this bimbo or broad for how she dresses up. More important is that people do not seem to offer him roles that he could pull off because how he looks making him do voices which is not bad because he gave us Randall Boggs in Monsters Inc and Monsters University. But still where’s the justice in this?!

For me Steve also deserves to be cast to another Quentin Tarantino film but with the rumor that I’ve read and heard that he will only be directing a few films after The Hateful Eight, Quentin should really call back this guy again because he had called back Michael Madsen who I have not seen in a Quentin Tarantino film since he got bitten by a snake in Kill Bill Vol. 2 and with the trailer a couple months back, I almost didn’t recognize Michael Madsen.

 

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  1. Stanley Tucci

I first saw him as Stanley Kubrick for the biography film of Peter Sellers in ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers’ starring Geoffrey Rush but I didn’t get to know his name even after the credits. I finally got to know his name after playing the doctor who buffed Steve Rogers in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.

Like Andy Garcia, he’s been cast to good or big ticket movies but never gets the recognition even a nomination for like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, The Lovely Bones, Captain America: The First Avenger, the entire Hunger Games franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction and the recent Oscar best picture Spotlight. Unlike Andy Garcia he got nominated for his performance in, ‘The Lovely Bones’.

These actors are not getting any younger. We just hope they get the award that they deserve. We should not just enjoy the plot or storyline when we get to watch their movies. We should also wish for a movie deserving of a nomination from their performance.

AN AVENUE FOR MONEY NOT ART

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It’s that time of the year again not just for Christmas but also for that money-making scam called the Metro Manila Film Festival where most films are poorly written, capitalizing on love teams, no structure, no plot and bad casting.

I am not writing this because of the news that Erik Matti’s film ‘Honor Thy Father’ got the disqualification notice from the people running the MMFF. I have yet to see the film to be honest and I have also read the news that it was shown in other film festivals within the Philippines and internationally which is why it was disqualified from the best picture category. The problem I have right now is how to save money to see how good it is. I am now jealous of my friend who has seen it and really got me curious by the people who are raving about it from social media.

If I’m going to share a terrible experience of the MMFF, I would like to share what happened to me last year in the province, Christmas time with the relatives from the mother side. In which my family together with our relatives there watched separate MMFF films in a mall that has good ambiance with Batman’s sidekick almost owning the place. That year, I thought ‘Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles’ would make it there since the leading star is Dingdong Dantes but no. Some celebrities are just too influential that their movie could really take the rest of the cinemas. Since the place didn’t have much shops the way it has here in their Metro Manila branches for me to just go window shopping, I watched ‘My Big Bossing’ with some of my relatives while my other relatives watched Vice Ganda and Kris Aquino’s son in the other cinema. The experience was horrible. That experience was just as bad as the time when I watched ‘Scary Movie 5’ instead of watching Iron Man 3 again with my dad and sister after watching it with my cousin. I don’t have the official count on how much brain cells were lost after watching Vic Sotto and Ryza Mae in three different stories but the experience was worth a flash of neuralyzer courtesy of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

Let me go to the point where the MMFF is no place for serious films or artistic films. I really hate that this has to happen every year. The parade is already that pathetic and causing traffic terribly every year. This is not Cinemalaya, Cannes or even the Oscars where every film is almost a work of art. You won’t see a film like a caliber of Brocka, Bernal, de Leon in this festival. It has always been a festival for the low quality films and for people who don’t make an effort to find meaning in a film and see why a good story like that was written. They are using their influence to make people dumber every year.

This is the very reason why people saved money to watch Star Wars before it was pulled out of the theaters. This is the reason why that other John Lloyd Cruz movie with Bea Alonzo was released earlier before this scam so that Star Cinema could have another business venture with Vice Ganda and Kris Aquino and the very reason why ‘The Revenant and ‘The Hateful Eight’ are not yet shown at this time of year here in the Philippines. Well the Philippines right now is not the only place where Star Wars or any other foreign film will be making money and showing why their films are truly trending worldwide and why the script or footage leaked.

I don’t really want to rant the way Lourd de Veyra did years ago over that Bossing movie in his column on spot.ph but I’m just happy to see how Maria Ozawa works in ‘Nilalang’ directed by Pedring Lopez with Cesar Montano that tackles about an evil Japanese spirit from the sixteen hundreds that’s always in a bloodlust and possess people. I watched it with my family because my dad is obviously a Robin Padilla fan which he won’t just admit it. I am not being insensitive when I said that too bad Robin Padilla backed out of this because of his wife’s condition. He should have just finished it but what can I do, Cesar Montano finished it and did it way better than Robin. Aubrey Miles could have got a longer screen time than the guy who got possessed then butchered her in the film even Yam Concepcion. What I didn’t like about the film is the slow build-up but overall it’s still worth spending your aginaldo or Christmas bonus and if you are really into action it’s the movie to watch.

In my years of existence there’s not a year that the usual suspects of the MMFF have been absent from Bossing to Krissy, Vice, Mother Lily Monteverde’s films as such. Some anthologies of Regal films have discontinued and some have just begun. Some movies of Regal films are just too obvious that they are spinoffs of that anthology. I’m really surprised that this year, former Laguna governor E.R. Ejercito or George Estregan (Whatever you may call him) did not banner himself again in another gangster film and as much as I liked “Asiong” in 2011, repeating another concept is not that really good if you ask me after failing so hard to make a good image out Emilio Aguinaldo after Asiong Salonga. I even think he just took a break after he got the boot from COMELEC for overspending during his last campaign for governor of Laguna and now out of office. He probably got tired also of not winning best actor too after Asiong. The trend won’t simply end but man do people get tired of seeing the same faces, the same storyline every year?! I’m sure tired of seeing some of them every day of my life.

This is why if we were only rich, I would always ask my parents to go to the US for one week every Christmas season not just for the snow but also to watch the movies that needs to be seen because there’s not much films that you can watch in the MMFF.

There are only a few films worth watching again in the Metro Manila Film Festival. One of those was Robin Padilla in ’10,000 Hours’ and again because my dad is a Robin Padilla fan. It was the only film I know that was truly good from cinematography, the script, and acting despite the fact that is was based from the story of former senator Panfilo Lacson’s exile or hiding for some people when he was hunted down by the authorities. Although the entire story was purely fiction, Lacson’s story was worth writing. Of course there’s ‘Asiong’ which truly revived the action film genre in the Philippines in 2011. It’s just too bad that the movie is E.R. Ejercito’s one-hit wonder. It’s only right in this portion that E.R. as a leading man is okay but not really okay, and why? Because the guy is known better as a villain or sometimes sidekick in Robin Padilla’s early films, bad guy to Ronnie Ricketts or Bong Revilla from the late 1980s to the 1990s. Which is why during the MMFF, I’m always after action films. It doesn’t matter what studio made it or the production made behind it.

I just want to get rid myself of the crappy film entries by Star Cinema, Regal, and M-Zet. The only time that I can watch a serious film as good as ‘Honor Thy Father’, ‘Nilalang’ or ‘Thy Womb’ is when I read the reviews or when my father plans to watch something that he sees good in the MMFF. So please if you people are kind enough please don’t give any torrent copies the way ‘Heneral Luna’  was viewed for some, just buy me lunch and a ticket for ‘Honor Thy Father’ and I’ll pay you back any way I can in 2016 after seeing the movie.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

THAT THING CALLED STAR WARS

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LET ME BE CLEAR THAT I AM NOT TOTALLY SPOILING THE MOVIE. I AM ONLY GIVING SOME INSIGHT AND SPECULATIONS WITH SOME OF THE DETAILS THAT YOU MAY FIND REVEALING ABOUT THE MOVIE.

It was worth the wait after ten years since the release of ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and a good structure or story line after ‘Return of the Jedi’ that was released in 1983.

Before I go to the part where I go fan boy, start to think of what could happen in episode eight and other stuff that I can spoil or make this look like a fan fiction post in a Star Wars forum. I just liked the performances of Daisy Ridley for playing Rey and John Boyega for Finn making their roles look tailor-fit for them. I find the character of Oscar Isaac, Poe Dameron lost but somehow he pulled it off. As for the veterans reprising their iconic roles, they still got it. Harrison Ford can still do Han Solo for his age. Carrie Fisher is still Leia but too old to ride a speeder and for Adam Driver on his performance of Kylo Ren, we have yet to see the full potential of his character.

Now for the part that got me confused after watching the movie, I have yet to make an effort to read the expanded Star Wars universe and its many books. But when I was at this local book store, I read a synopsis of a Star Wars book and in the internet that Han Solo and Leia had three children namely Anakin Solo, Jaina Solo and Jacen Solo

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Jacen Solo

who unfortunately became the Sith lord, Darth Caedus which had me thinking that Kylo Ren is Jacen Solo but no. Since Star Wars is under a new management, the people of Disney made their own story putting aside the stories that were set after ‘Episode VI’ in those books already written before the latest movie.

 

The one thing kept me bugging up to this moment is ‘Why is Kylo Ren’s lightsaber designed that way?

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What symbolizes a lightsaber like that?’ Making it look like a medieval sword instead of the traditional lightsaber that is on a single straight handle with no side holes whether Jedi or Sith. A Stormtrooper that sounds like a seductress is good but is that really a girl under that helmet? Another is how many Stormtroopers where in really in Episode VI that fought the rebels and defending the second Death Star because with a whole new look of Stormtroopers, it could be possible that some of the troopers in Episode VII were the remnants of Episode VI and some are a whole new batch.

 

Another issue for me is how will the writers form a new Jedi Order? Obviously, Luke is the last known Jedi in the movie universe. Outside the movie universe you still have dozens of Jedi that were diverted to survive ‘Order 66’ when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda went back to the Jedi Temple to recalibrate the signal beacon back in Episode III. Because on a personal note, it will be better if Luke will reestablish the Jedi with living Jedi not just calling the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi or Yoda. If possible I would like to see Mace Windu again in spirit because if Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Anakin were able to do it in the end of Episode VI, Mace Windu could do it too.

As for episode VIII that is a galaxy very far, far away from now, I look forward to see Rey even more and that rolling astromech droid BB-8. For Finn, I hope he can also find his way to the Force since he already hold that lightsaber in the movie posters and trailers. I only hope that Luke shows up soon and I want to see how he has truly become a Jedi Master in his own right.