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Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect his precious daughter.
Directed by Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke

 

7 Minutes. A Father. A baby. Zombies.

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That Awful Ad Against Film Piracy

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Blurbs, Movies
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The Motion Picture Anti Film Piracy Council (MPAFPC), Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Optical Media Board (OMB) has done it again – unleashed a god-awful infomercial that, quite frankly, I am not even sure works aside from annoying paying moviegoers.

If you somehow managed to avoid going to the theaters in recent years and are completely unaware of what I’m talking about, those organizations above, in their attempt to create public awareness regarding the anti-piracy laws, have created cringe-worthy ads such as the unfunny and irritating one featuring Wally Bayola and Jose Manalo, followed by the only slightly more bearable duo of Randy Santiago and John Estrada.

The latest ad is a long-winded action movie wannabe. At slightly less than two minutes (read: too long!), it only manages to depict how incompetent cops are at apprehending suspects, not to mention the recklessness and irresponsibility of firing a gun when it’s totally uncalled for.

Talk about sending the wrong message. What lame-ass keeps coming up with this crap?

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Spoilers ahead. Stop reading if you are averse to such.

I have not forgiven Bryan Singer for ruining the once-full-of-promise Superman Returns so I wasn’t exactly rushing to see the latest installment of the X-Men franchise. And with the bar set so high by the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, I worried I ‘d be disappointed yet again. If there ever was a team with such infinite potential, it’d definitely be the X-Men, with known and unknown super-abilities waiting to be tapped. The possibilities are so boundless that the writers can go onto any direction. But, as we saw with X3, that can prove to be a problem, along with proper execution.

The setting we are presented at the start is that of a chaotic future, with both humans and mutants indiscriminately persecuted by seemingly sentient, nearly indestructible, mutating hunting machines called Sentinels. We see the last packet of the mutant resistance – Iceman, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Bishop, and a bunch of other not well-known ones – battle it out with the man-hunters. At first it would seem the heroes could gain the upper-hand but things quickly turn south when one-by-one they fall. We see both Colossus and Iceman ripped apart literally (we see them die another version of the horrible death towards the end, so double-whammy), a little unnerving if I may say so. Through all this, Kitty and Bishop are seen running away, ending up in a room where Bishop would lay down with Kitty working her powers on his head. Just when the meanies penetrate the room, we hear Kitty quip about them being too late and then, poof! Everyone’s gone, two surviving mutants and Sentinels alike.

It turns out this is the main driving vehicle for the movie’s plot. Kitty found a way to extend her powers way beyond just going through solid objects (established on the earlier movies). She is somehow able to project one’s consciousness to one’s old self. Technically, I guess we can call it time-travel, but let’s just leave that to the suspension of disbelief. When she was doing that head mumbo-jumbo on Bishop, she was actually sending him back in time so he could warn the group of the impending attack, which is key to how they have survived thus far. Limited only by the fact that the further one is projected to their past, the harder it would be to remain intact. It’s established that going back a month is already kind of pushing it, any more would snap the traveler’s consciousness beyond repair.

At least that’s the explanation we got when Xavier, Magneto (old timers, not the youngish first class), Storm and Hugh Jackman, erm, Wolverine meet the same bunch of the just-murdered mutants, all perfectly alive and well.

After this information is shared, the oldies thought it to be their last chance of survival is to send someone 50 years back, in the year 1973 (after the events of First Class), to stop the trigger of how the Sentinels came to be in the first place. Having the ability to heal quickly, the role naturally fell on Logan.

In 1973, Xavier is a drunk, living with Beast in the Mansion. Mystique and Magneto had a falling out. Magneto was locked up for getting implicated in JFK’s assassination, right at the center of Pentagon, a hundred floors below with nary any metal (You’d have to wonder how the structure held up without  a metal frame, but eh, whatever); and Mystique, she’s out to exact revenge on Bolivar Trask, the imp scientist responsible for the murder of many mutants all in the name of research, ultimately to strengthen his brain-child Sentinel project that would root out any and all mutants in the world.

In this timeline, Mystique kills Trask, but gets captured by a younger Stryker (see Origins: Wolverine). Trask’s murder sparks project Sentinel to be green-lit, and with Mystique’s DNA, vastly improved to the point that the machines are able to take on her ability to change form at will, as well as assimilate mutant powers.

It is this period that Logan finds himself waking up to. Oh and yeah, he hasn’t undergone the adamantium fusion yet, so we see actual bones come out for his claws.

Plot hole. If those things happened in ‘73, with mystique captured by the government, it basically destroyed the continuity leading to the first X-men trilogy. This movie is clearly referencing events from those and the subsequent ones, so…

Fast forward to the end, Logan managed to convince ‘73 Xavier to help. Together, they freed Magneto, who immediately tried to kill Mystique after learning of her role in the issue of the giant murderous robots. They did stop Mystique from killing Trask and getting captured, but the stunt Magneto pulled in trying to kill Mystique led to equally-serious problems namely, premature worldwide exposure of the nature of mutants and actually giving the government reason to have a go on Trask’s proposed project.

Following a stand-off that ended with Mystique saving the US President and his Cabinet, Trask was arrested, his project canned, and we now have an alternate timeline, effectively erasing the events of all the other movies.

And I like it.

I Vow…

Posted: May 26, 2014 in Movies

To not watch
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
And
Fantastic Four (or whatever they will call it)
In theaters.

Trash.

How long before August 1? Because I…… I’m hooked on a feeling!

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Local News: Aquino announces abolishment of PDAF, otherwise known as Pork Barrel.

In a nationally televised address, Aquino announced that it is time to abolish the corrupt-ridden Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Not one to miss an opportunity to put the blame on his predecessor, Aquino had this to say:

Wala pong mali o masama sa polisiyang ito. Ang mali, ang masama, at ang siya ngang ikinagagalit ng taumbayan, ay ang pagsasabwatan sa pagitan ng isang pangulong handang makipagtransaksyon para manatili sa kapangyarihan, mga mambabatas na handang makipagkuntsabahan, at kung nariyan ang kooperasyon ng burukrasya, at mga mamamayang tila namanhid na sa panlalapasatangang ginagawa sa kanila.

The announcement came as a surprise to everyone as Aquino has staunchly said he is against the abolition of Pork just mere days ago. A nationwide march that calls for the abolition of PDAF is mobilizing and set for this Monday.

But even as Aquino relents on the abolishment of said Pork, it appears that Filipinos have yet to see the end of this controversial issue, for Aquino is planning to put a new “mechanism” in place of PDAF that he says will be more tightly controlled.

Yeah, like we haven’t heard that before! Different name, same hocus-focus. Stay vigilant Pinoys!

Entertainment: Warner Brothers announces Ben Affleck is the new Batman

Micro-blogging site Twitter as well as various Social Networking sites were abuzz with the surprise news coming from Warner Brothers. After Snyder’s announcement at Comic-Con that Batman will appear in the sequel to Man of Steel, rumors of who is being tapped to don the cowl circulated in a frenzy.

WB made the surprise announcement Friday. Indeed, Ben Affleck will appear as the new Batman.

This is not the first time Affleck will play a superhero role. He played the lead role of Dare Devil; the film has been widely criticized. Various memes and jokes are already circulating on the internet. Most seem to question the casting decision.

Technology: Ballmer says goodbye to Microsoft

Another unexpected announcement comes in from the technology world – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down. He is to retire within the next 12 months, acting as CEO until a successor is named.

This announcement seemed to be taken a good sign by investors, Microsoft’s share price actually rose seven percent after Ballmer declared his retirement plans. Ballmer himself earned $769 million from the share price increase.

This recent event gives Microsoft a fresh start. If it can find a good, visionary leader, it may yet redeem its lost glory in the this time of mobile computing!

Personally, I wouldn’t like a world where my only choices are Apple and Google.