Why you, as a Christian should watch #Seklusyon [WARNING: SPOILERS]

 

If you are a mature Christian and have been for how many years now, chances are, there were times that you refrain from watching horror films or have been discouraged from doing so because you might get a spirit of fear from watching it.

Whilst it is true (I in particular also refrain from watching horror films and discourage others from doing so especially if they are new in the faith), I do watch them from time to time, especially if it intrigues me enough to do so.

In this case, Seklusyon did it. It intrigued me enough to risk getting scared just to get the point behind the film. While, in fact it is a masterpiece in terms of cinematography, plot and other technicalities, I had more appreciation of the symbolisms behind it, the hard truths and extremely important points the film was trying to convey.

Firstly, some thoughts on the film. There are some very intriguing, disturbing things that the film tried to convey. These things are truths too hard for everyone to swallow, especially the “religious” sects. But these things are truth and we can’t ignore them. I thought to myself: “Could they have used another genre to portray such important truths?”

These truths are scary. Especially if you know what happens behind the scenes. Behind those facades you see in church, behind those fake smiles, fake priests, molesters, liars, “faith healers” and superstition and superstitious people that ironically surround the church, stand on the stage, preach at the pulpit, etc. Well, they could’ve used drama or comedy to illustrate them but I believe the “horror” genre conveyed them best.

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Doctor Strange: A Review [Warning: Mild SPOILERS Ahead]

It’s been TIME immemorial since I’ve made a movie review. But now, I think it’s high TIME I start reviving this blog.

Okay, enough with the time references.

I’ll try my best to hold back on the spoilers and just give out just enough detail so as to get a picture of the film.

Well, Marvel has done it time and time again (and again with the time references. Haha.) But this time (okay, stop.) I don’t think they hit the jackpot. Doctor Strange is mystifying, good in every way, but that’s just it — good.

I’ve watched the Marvel films countless times now and even though they don’t remain fully faithful to the comic book lore, they made them interesting enough to consider it on its own merit. However, Doctor Strange tried to break out too much that for me, it didn’t seem to give the Comic Books enough credit.

Firstly, for a film that should’ve been filled to the brim with magic, magical stuff, incantations, as it was in the Comic Books, didn’t have much.

Strange-ly enough, they struggled to use the characters for what they are — MAGICAL. Characters like The Ancient One, Mordo and Wong continually goes on and on about the Space-time continuum, Multiverses, Alternate Universes, etc. For me, it takes the mystery vibe out from these beloved characters. I mean, I could imagine Stark, Thor or Banner to speak these words in their language but it just weirds me out that these “Mystical People” sound like your regular run-of-the-mill Science Geek.

Another one, for a movie based on a Comic Book so mystical, full of incantations, spells and just downright crazy, it’s actually pretty normal. True, there were scenes that are just your typical acid ride (not that I have taken any acid before… or maybe.. I don’t know.. just, let’s move on) But that was it. Acid — trippy acid. I was looking for more “magical” or “mystical” words in their vocabulary.

What I actually loved about the Comic Books is how they portray these characters when casting off spells. You hear them shout out loud like the crazy men they are supposed to be: “By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!!”, “I command the Vapors of Valtorr!!”, “From the Crimson Bands of Cytorrak!!” and so on, and so forth. That was actually the time when you know deep in yourself: “Something’s about to go down.” I honestly was a bit disappointed that I didn’t hear any of those in the film.

If you’re an avid Marvel Easter Egg Hunter though, you will have so much fun because, in actuality, name drops aren’t that subtle in this film. We meet Daniel Drumm, albeit shortly. There was a mention of the Wand of Watoomb, and the Staff of the Living Tribunal — which if you are a hardcore Marvel fan, you would definitely know the possible repercussions this simple name drop would have in the Marvel Universe — correction, Multiverse.

For those that are eagle-eyed, you will get to see what is most likely The Staff of One which in the comics is owned by Nico Minoru of The Runaways. However, this one is most likely possessed by Tina Minoru which in the tie-in comics is likely the mother of Nico.

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Also, for those reading the most recent Doctor Strange arc named: “The Last Days of Magic” there are a lot of allegorization towards it like Mordo’s not-so-subtle-way of saying, “Magic always has a price” or “The bill will eventually catch up to you.”

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You might also want to keep an eye out for the possible Axe of Angaruumus which has been a very useful magical artifact in Strange’s arsenal.

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Rachel McAdams’ portrayal of what is supposed to be the MCU’s second (one is Netflix’s) version of the Night Nurse for me is quite on point. In fact, if you’ve read the old Doctor Strange comic books, you’d see this nostalgic scene come to life.

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There was also a particular reference to the Hippocratic Oath in the film reminiscence of this particular scene as well to the story above, “The Oath”

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Perhaps to wrap things up, let me just add Mads Mikkelsen was an awesome actor in the film. Again, however, Marvel is back to their old game of giving us disposable villains. He could’ve been great as another villain instead of just Kaecillius. Cumberbatch was awesome as Strange. He definitely put that arrogant doctor vibe just perfectly. It was like Stark all over again.

If you’ve been following the teasers and trailers, as Marvel has repeatedly confirmed, The Eye of Agamotto is indeed the Time Stone of the Infinity Stones which finally makes it officially the fifth stone revealed in the series. Here’s hoping that the Soul Stone isn’t really Heimdall — but that’s for another discussion.

Finally, the Mid-credits scene and the End-credits scene should definitely have been interchanged. It made the ending more anti-climactic instead of going off on a high note. Though it almost definitely assures us a Doctor Strange 2, whenever that may be.

Overall, the movie was good but I’ll give it a 7/10 instead. Definitely could’ve had lots of room for improvement.

Ant-Man Movie Review [WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT]

One of the things that I am thankful for about being in the Philippines is that movies come out earlier than others. 🙂

And that’s why, I have already watched Marvel’s Ant-Man. So here’s some of the comments from the film. And if the reiteration is still not enough…

[SPOILER ALERT]

Here are the things I loved about the film:

1. MCU References both from the Films and the TV Series

Now, if you still haven’t watched HISHE’s video on 5 Stages of Watching A Marvel Movie, then watch it. Because I always go through this every single movie. HAHAHA.

Let me enumerate, Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, New Avengers, Age of Ultron, etc..

The references just keeps on overflowing!!

2. Extreme Foreshadowing

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And of course, if you have watched every Marvel film out there, you’ll get the references on the film. More so if you have read the comic books.

I believe this is Marvel’s way of setting up Phase 3. The concepts introduced in this film are actually very pivotal for the Marvel Universe.

Kevin Feige once said in their Phase 3 announcement that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “MAGIC” is mostly defined by Quantum Mechanics.

That ties up to Doctor Strange just fine. I was almost sure that somewhere in the movie, a Doctor Strange reference might pop-up but I guess not.

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The Civil War reference is also very obvious which means that of course, Falcon is sure to side with Cap and that Scott Lang might side with Cap as well.

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Marvel’s Civil War

3. The Wasp

Yes. This needs to be a separate point. I was literally screaming when they showed
The Wasp suit. They gave justice for the suit! It’s fashionable. Homage to Janet Van Dyne who is definitely one of the most fashionable superheroes in the Marvel Universe.

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Janet Van Dyne

At least they settled for Hope Pym to be the next Wasp rather than twisting her into another villain like they did in the comics. Really nice.

4. F-ant-astic word-play and Humour.

From Antthony and an awesome Ant-agonist. The wordplay is really amazing as well.

Paul Rudd really did pull off a Chris Pratt style of comedic heroics. It is also not your average superhero movie. It’s not really so flashy but rather down to earth and a
makes-you-root-for-that-guy movie.

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This has to be pointed out. Haha. Michael Peña absolutely nailed it!

 And if we’re talking about humor, this guy is genius!

5. And of course, Easter Eggs and Cameos.

Some easter eggs and references if you haven’t noticed it yet:

  • When Darren Cross said, “Tales to astonish!” I believe he’s talking about this:
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Ant-Man and the Wasp appeared in Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963). Cover art by Jack Kirby and Don Heck. (c) Wikipedia
  •  The New Avengers facility is also featured here from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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  • The Falcon albeit donning his Age of Ultron and Civil War suit

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  • Spider-man reference. Our dear friend Luis is the one who brings this reference to us. Although not directly, but still awesome how they did it. 🙂

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  • Post Credits. No I won’t say anything else. This describes it perfectly.

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  • And of course, the mandatory Stan Lee cameo.

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Overall, the movie is good. It’s not “REALLLLLLLLY” good, but it’s good. Especially if you’re a Marvel geek, nerd, fan or if you really just love a comedic superhero movie, this is for you. But hey, Marvel still pulled off another B-lister character and made it or at least tied it up to a billion dollar franchise.

Tell us what you think as well! Leave your comments below. 🙂

7 Good/Bad Things About Jurassic World

I know I am a bit late in writing about one of the biggest movies of 2015.
Jurassic World.

Firstly, it is a good movie. For me, it’s a 7/10. Now, before you go on bashing me and stuff, just read about what I have to say. Then, bash me afterwards anyway.

Here’s 10 things I have to say about the movie.
Oh, and before we begin, the mandatory “SPOILER ALERT” 🙂

1. It’s Underwhelming.

Honestly, the reason I wanted to watch Jurassic World is because I have watched all the Jurassic Park movies before that. Compared to the first three, it lacks the suspense I was expecting it to have. At least, the original Jurassic Park movies had more jump scare scenes, gore and dinosaur-ish action.

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2. Too Much CGI.

The dinosaur scenes are packed with CGI that’s good but still obvious. At least, in the original, they had the luxury of using more real-life props and not just CGI.

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3. Star-Lord VS The Kingpin

One of the best things in this movie. Star-Lord punches the Kingpin. Haha. #IYKWIM

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4. Intelligent Raptors

I’m not actually sure if I’m going to categorize this as good or bad. For me, this was a welcome twist to the story but I still prefer my raptors as the
chasing-you-around-the-kitchen type.

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5. New Park-rides and Attractions

This one is actually pretty awesome. Gyrospheres, an Aviary and a giant freaking Mosasaurus Ocean Park. AWESOME.

And that scene with the Mosasaur eating that shark, I was like..

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6. Jurassic Park Throwbacks

The number of throwbacks and references to the old Jurassic Park Trilogy is a really big fan-service. And I’m loving it! The people in the cinema were like…

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7. And in the words of Dr. Ichiro Serizawa…

This I don’t need to explain. This is the awesomest part of the movie.

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Do you agree? What do you think. Let me know as well in the comments below. 🙂