Feb 16, 2018

[Movies] Black Panther (2018) Review

When I first heard that Marvel had plans of making a Black Panther movie, you can't fault me for being skeptical about the project. While being one of the oldest Marvel characters, he still wasn't the most popular one around for obvious reasons.

But given the colorful politcal times we live in, perhaps Black Panther is in fact the perfect movie for these times. And one that recognized its value beyond just telling a classic superhero story and thus elevated itself into something else entirely.

This movie is a celebration of a culture that doesn't always represented well in Hollywood. It's still faithful to many concepts from the comics but it's also a clever statement on many issues of our times presented in a masterful way.

This movie does an amazing job of showcasing precisely why Black  Panther is such an awesome character and why he has remained a mainstay of the Marvel Universe for so long. And this movie will only elevate him into something far greater.

Feb 15, 2018

[TV] A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 Trailer

The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix was surprisingly entertaining and managed to take a new spin on an already adapted story. Some interesting casting decisions resulted in great performances and very memorable episodes indeed.

It was over a little sooner than I had hoped but it still made for a great experience. And now we finally get our first glimpse of the second season - and man, it looks like it's going to be pretty bananas indeed.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events - Season 2 | Official Teaser [HD] | Netflix

Feb 14, 2018

[Movies] The Greatest Showman (2017) Review

So we finally got around to watching The Greatest Showman - the movie whose soundtrack conquered the country before legitimate theater showings could begin. The MMDA-enforced delay in December disrupted the movie's official holiday release and we ended up with a late January one instead.

I wasn't too excited about this movie since my knowledge of P.T. Barnum centered more about the controversies of his life and his reputation as liar given the rather spurious exhibits he put on display.

But hey, there's nothing like a big movie musical to wipe that all away and let folks focus on the fun stuff and with some amazing songs too.

We walked away from the theater having enjoyed individual songs and performances but not necessarily the story as a whole or how it was told. It gets complicated.

Feb 13, 2018

[Games] Unearth Review

A lot of our game purchases these days are mostly tied to game lines, styles or even creators that we have come to like. It's a relatively safer way of buying games and one that risks relative homogenization of our collection, admittedly.

So how did we end up with a game like Unearth?

Every now and then a game comes along because of ineresting packaging design or even just because of its title. It's enough to pique one's curiosity to the point of taking the game off the store shelf and looking into it further. And sometimes you get some surprising winners.

Feb 12, 2018

[Movies] Bright (2017) Review

While Netflix is already known for many great "TV" shows, their ventures into original movie productions haven't always been that great. They've had a distinct "made for home video" feel to them and I feel like Netflix has been investing more and more in bringing in bigger Hollywood names to add a bit more star power to bolster their efforts.l

Enter Bright, another Netflix original movie but this time with Will Smith attached to the project. The movie didn't just get a big push on the servicec itself, but we also saw a lot invested in advertising to push folks to watch it.

Critical response wasn't too favorable, but it was naturally followed by social media support claiming it wasn't so bad, but I figured the reality was somewhere in-between. But that still get me all that excited to watch the movie since  it was a whole new IP coming out of nowhere. And that's always tricky.

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