Archive for June, 2013

I’ve seen the movie three times already. I read the news that it’s breaking box-office records.

But I’m not happy with this movie. I was disappointed.

Henry Cavill played Superman quite well. He fits the role, thank heavens! Amy Adams, well, at least she didn’t suck. Both father figures held their own. Lucky bastard got two Robin Hoods for his dads. Russell Crowe kicked ass as Jor-El while Kevin Costner was believable as Jonathan Kent. Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van was a good choice, but I didn’t care for Diane Lane’s performance as Martha Kent. Michael Shannon did a convincing portrayal of Zod. The rest of the cast, meh.

I liked this movie better than Superman Returns, that’s for sure. The fight scenes were terrific if a bit problematic on the camera aspect.

As a huge fan of the Man, I just had high expectations. And if I am a bit too critical, it’s because I was deeply burned by that Bryan Singer excrement the last time around.

In this movie, we were regularly subjected to flashbacks of Clark’s unhappy childhood. Being different and all, he was bullied as a kid. It made it seem that Clark didn’t have any friends at all. Sure, there was that guy Pete who he saved from drowning, but just because he stopped the bullying and offering a hand at one point doesn’t mean they’re buddies.

When we first see Clark, he’s a 33 year-old drifter taking odd jobs and saving people shirtless on an oil rig that is about to explode, in the middle of the ocean. The last we know from his youth is the death of Jonathan Kent, his adoptive father. After that, no more flashbacks. Did he go to college? Or did he go on his Bruce Wayne-inspired journey of self-discovery right after the twister took his father?

Jonathan Kent perished on a tornado after trying to save their dog. The man stopped his son from saving him, because he didn’t want his son to expose his abilities to other people. Which was dumb, but I suppose I could let it pass.

The only problem was, everyone from Smallville knows that Clark can do some amazing stuff already. After all, he did push a bus full of his schoolmates up from the bottom of the river, saved the bully Pete from drowning – and everyone knew about it. Pete’s mother has even mentioned that it wasn’t the first time Clark did something like that.

So when the aliens appeared demanding that Earth surrender Kal-el, it wouldn’t have been far-fetched for those townsfolk to surmise that it may be Clark they’re after. “I knew it!” may have been the phrase of the day in Smallville that day. If aliens dropping by the Kent farm doesn’t spell that fact clearly, I don’t know what does. Yes the farm may stand isolated, but it’s not so isolated that spaceships landing in broad daylight go unnoticed. This, after the worldwide telecast of Zod’s demands.

And how could that fact be unbeknownst to the US government. After all, they were privy when those vehicles that carry Zod left the mothership. When those finally landed on the Kents’, did the military just think the aliens were asking for some water?

In this movie, Lois is not all that unaware of who Superman is. Clark revealed himself to Lois even before they knew each other personally. Actually, Clark had that habit of exposing too much of himself to those he helps – like the men trapped in the oil rig. Lois’ investigative prowess led her to Clark’s true identity. Yay for the future Mrs. Superman.

However, she was reckless with the information she had. She turned to a not-so-respectable internet blogger to expose the truth she discovered about an alien ship and that alien guy who totally saved her ass. It came back to bite her hard when that same blogger announced to the whole world that she – Lois Lane – knew who Kal-El was.

And know who Kal-El was she did. She was even more reckless with this knowledge. She called Superman by his Earth name a number of times. After being rescued from the crash site, she lead the police straight to the Kent farm. As she saw Superman, she kept yelling Clark! Did those nice police officers not hear her then?

Superman through the years always stood by his morals. Like Batman, he refused to take lives. Always looking for ways to defeat enemies without killing them.

That said, I’m not sorry he had to kill Zod. I’m just sorry that the movie did it in such a contrived way that it takes away the magnitude of that earth-shattering decision. I didn’t for one single moment believe, in that scene, that killing Zod was the only option he had. (And how come they were alone all of a sudden after he breaks Zod’s neck? Where were those people he saved?)

After the rush of seeing a different take on the most iconic of all superheroes, I still feel the movie is lacking. Sure, I was entertained. No doubt the film will just keep raking in the cash worldwide from here on in. It will spawn sequels, and possibly a Justice League movie. But it won’t alter the fact that I find this not entirely the movie I’d like about Superman. And that makes me sad.

My only consolation now is that I get to preorder the 1:6 collectible action figure. It’s due for early next year, which suits my budget just fine.

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Hot Toys – MMS200 – Man of Steel: 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure
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Man of Steel is one of the most anticipated blockbusters this summer. Directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel will reboot the Superman franchise by giving audience a new look at the origin of the iconic superhero and his rise to become the protector of Earth and its people.

We are also excited to announce that the Hot Toys’ 200th collectible figure of the
Movie Masterpiece Series goes to this one of the most well-known superheroes of all time.
To celebrate this milestone, a 1:1 scale Kryptonian Command Key will be included with the Collectible Figure as an appreciation for all of our fans’ support over the years!
The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Henry Cavill as Superman in the movie, featuring a highly detailed head sculpt, finely designed costume with embossed pattern and the iconic red cape.

The 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure’s special features:
– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Superman in the movie
– Head sculpt featuring authentic likeness of Henry Cavill
– Real-like facial expression with detailed wrinkles and gesture
– Detailed hair sculpture
– Approximately 31 cm tall
– Newly sculpted muscular body with over 30 points of articulation
– Four (4) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
  One (1) pair of relaxed palms
  One (1) pair of fists
  One (1) pair of open palms
  One (1) pair of holding palms
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume :
– One (1) set of costume in Superman style including one-piece of blue costume with embossed pattern, Superman logo in chest and a red cape
– One (1) pair of red boots

Accessories:
– One (1) Kryptonian Command Key
– Diamond shaped figure stand with Superman nameplate and movie logo

MMS200 Special Celebration Gift:
– One (1) 1:1 scale Kryptonian Command Key (approximately 6cm long)

Artists:
– Head Sculpted by Yulli
– Head Painted by JC. Hong
– Head Art Directed by JC. Hong
– Body Sculpted by Joseph Tsang

Target FOB HK shipment: Q1, 2014

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I know it’s late in the day, but it still is June 12th. As the popular Pinoy saying goes, “Huli man daw at magaling, naihahabol din.” With that, happy Independence Day, my dear Philippines! May you also be free of the shackles that bind you still.

Thanks to Google (of all sources) for the following shout-out!

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E3 has started, and boy, was it a revelation!

Sony PlayStation 4Sony delivered a lot of good news today, particularly with regards to used games and connectivity requirements on their new PS4 console, due out November of this year, just in time for Christmas.

What’s Good?

Price. At $399, Sony has just made it a no-brainer for defectors from the XBox camp to switch over, while would-be gamers and past customers alike will see value at this price.

What’s Better?

controllerNo Phoning Home. Sony has confirmed that the PS4 doesn’t have the DRM the XBox One is pushing, requiring the console to check-in once a day just to continue functioning for games, even offline ones. With the PS4, you can go completely off the WWW grid and still be able to enjoy your games in peace! No pesky DRM to please the greedy overlords.

Sharing Games. This video featuring Shuhei Yoshida trolling Microsoft and its XBox One succinctly captures the mind-blowing simple concept that seems to elude (or is it more apropos to say, ignored by) those on the Microsoft camp.

Head over to CNET review for a more thorough coverage of what’s to get excited about the PS4.

I’m happy now. And so are a lot of people!

It has been several days since Microsoft unveiled their next-generation console, the Xbox One. It’s a fat slab of box reminiscent of the Betamax players of old. But don’t let the appearance fool you, this one’s got some niceties underneath that fugly look.

xboxone-640x441Too bad those new features are overshadowed by yet again another anti-consumer move.

Before it was even unveiled, rumors circulated that Microsoft was planning to kill off used games, and worse, require the console to be always online. This issue boiled over when a Creative Director at Microsoft by the name of Adam Orth posted tweets that were basically insults. Bloggers and tweeters called Orth on it and Microsoft had to distance itself, and Orth ultimately got sacked. Score one for the little guys!

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You’d think Microsoft would get a hint based on what happened to Orth. You’d have thought wrong.

For it was only a couple days ago, when Microsoft officially announced that this new console needs to phone home, check-in at least once every 24 hours just so you can continue playing your games, even offline.

With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.

There is absolutely no reason that would benefit the consumer in requiring to check-in – not daily, not weekly, not monthly, not ever! Okay, maybe there are – game patches, for one, but those can be ignored and you’d still get to play your single-player game offline. And they don’t justify reporting back to the mother-ship every so often. The only logical reason Microsoft is enforcing this 24-hour check-in policy is because of DRM. Time and again, DRM has proved to just be a pain-in-the-you-know-what to legitimate users.

Sony has yet to address the same issue. We expect to hear more from their side at E3 later this month. I do hope Sony recognizes the golden opportunity they have here. But I’m not holding my breath, as Sony has been known to disregard consumer welfare before.

I appeal to everyone to please spread the word, let us vote with our wallets and not buy this console when it finally comes out. Let’s make our voices heard for once, and show Microsoft that we mean business!