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Apr 2021

  • Bond film no. 8: Live and Let Die (1973).

    Moore feels a lot more “generic white guy” than Connery was. Maybe I just need to get used to him. Young Jane Seymour is here! There’s a bayou chase scene here that goes on just a bit too long and had superfluous cop characters. All the voodoo stuff felt weirdly out of place. There’s a character named Tee Hee! Most ridiculous villain death so far.

  • Needed something light to watch in the background, so I watched Airplane! (1980). It’s the kind of movie where they just stuff in as many gags as possible, every throwaway line and even stuff happening in the background is a gag.

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  • Bond movie no. 7: Diamonds are Forever (1971). Connery’s hair starting to go a bit gray in his last appearance. More Blofeld than I’d expected (harhar). Space laser! Plenty O’Toole seemed pointless, there just to die. A lot of cheesy lines from the assassin henchment.

    These movies would be a lot shorter if they just shot Bond whenever they caught him. The action scenes in all these old Bond films always feel so jarring compared to modern ones. Limited by the technology of their time I guess.

  • Bond movie no. 6: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Only Lazenby appearance. He was fine, I suppose. Tracy probably best Bond girl so far. I liked the ski scenes more than Thunderball’s underwater scenes.

    Loose continuity. Was confused by Blofeld not recognizing Bond after they already met in the previous movie. Apparently, the novel order was reversed. Also, did Bond just leave him stuck in a tree assuming he was dead after hunting him relentlessly?

Mar 2021

  • Bond movie no. 5: You Only Live Twice (1967). Such Japan. Much wow. Cringe at trying to pass Bond off as Japanese. Introduction of secret volcano lair trope. Ninjas with guns! First screen appearance of the head of SPECTRE, inspiration for Dr Evil.

    That endgame scene of ninjas invading the secret volcano lair reminded me of the Simpsons episode You Only Move Twice. Bond’s “wife” never named despite being only Bond girl to survive the movie.

  • See also: Justice League spoiler-free review (2017) This is basically a movie that’s more than 3 years old, we’re not holding back on spoilers here. plot basically follows the same beats as the theatrical cut except this time we have a lot more team setup time (one of my criticisms from the previous version), giving the characters stronger backgrounds, especially Cyborg and Flash Ray Fisher was right to complain; in this version he’s one of the important characters of the ensemble while he was basically a minor guest character in the theatrical cut more DC characters make appearances in this version, among them Ryan Choi, DeSaad, Granny Goodness, Martian Manhunter, the Joker and of course Darkseid himself I accept this version as a better version of the original theatrical release and is my new DCEU headcanon it never would have worked in theaters anyway, given the four hour runtime.

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  • Bond movie no. 4: Thunderball (1965). This is the first one I didn’t like very much. Too many boring/confusing underwater parts. There’s a jetpack! Wasn’t there an atomic bomb aboard that boat when it exploded? And did they just leave the guy who helped Domino escape floating alone in the ocean?

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  • Bond movie no. 3: Goldfinger (1964). Lot of the classic Bond tropes introduced. Bad guy’s plan was actually pretty good, even had the escape contingency. Disappointed he did not have an actual gold finger. Great fight between Bond and Oddjob.

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  • Haven’t seen any of the pre-Brosnan Bond films, so I started today with Dr No (1962). Pretty good, but if this were a modern film, I’d have expected some kind of plot twist with Honey Rider, like maybe she would have turned out to be the actual Dr No

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Feb 2021

  • For some reason, I watched Space Sweepers, a Korean sci-fi movie on Netflix. Fun ride, fairly entertaining, pretty good setpieces and special effects. (They are so far ahead of the local film industry.) Plot a bit predictable. Villain made no sense.

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Jan 2021

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Sep 2020

  • Weeknotes 2020-09-27

    October is imminent! There are two distractions I’m looking forward to in the coming month. The first one is Inktober, which I’ve been doing since 2016. Basically it’s just to do 30 ink drawings in October, one per day. There are some official prompts, which I’ll probably follow. I haven’t really done any serious sketching in a while, maybe this will help me get back into the groove.

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Aug 2020

  • Weeknotes 2020-08-30

    This last week was weird. I feel like I didn’t really get much done in terms of productivity, yet I don’t feel I was unproductive. A very relaxed and chill week. Once again a tiny bit of work done this past week, some fixes, including to side projects. I also spent some time preparing for some events next weekend. Although I wasn’t productive this week, I did outline a bit of a roadmap of new features for one of my side projects, hopefully I can get into that in the coming weeks!

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May 2020

  • Weeknotes 2020-05-31

    It seems difficult to write about stuff today, when the world seems like it is on fire. For historical context, for the past few days the USA, presumably a first-world nation, has been in the grip of massive protests and riots and police brutality following the murder of a black man by four police officers was captured on video and went viral. Basically, many states are responding to protests against police brutality with… police brutality.

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  • Weeknotes 2020-05-17

    My Stuff: This week’s quarantine notes. Work: A bit of Laravel work, and a bit of server management and deployment. Nothing too ridiculous. Watching: Haven’t watched much this week. There was the really great Justice League Dark: Apokolips War which came out last week. Apparently it’s the last one for the DC AMU, or this particular timeline at least. Quiz: We are now up to 3 locally produced online quiz nights per week, which seems like a lot because we only used to attend 2-3 live events per month.

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  • Weeknotes 2020-05-10

    My Stuff: Early this morning I took a walk outside for the first time since the lockdown started. Previously I had only gone out for groceries and meds. Only for less than 30 mins, and only in our subdivision, walking up and down the street. It’s good to be walking again, although this short and limited route is quite boring and full of neighbor’s dogs barking at me, so I’m not too fond of it, but it’s better to get the habit started again since I’ve been feeling the fatness piling on due to the quarantine and the lack of exercise.

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Jan 2020

  • I wasn’t sure if I should continue this watching-lately series since I already set up a separate page for listing my 2020 movies watched. It might have been more consistent to have a list for the 2020 TV shows also? But then again, TV shows are a much different beast, since each show/season is broken into an episode and sometimes you watch them all in one go or sometimes over the span of a few months.

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  • My Top Tens of the 2010s

    Apparently I’m not done looking back at the 2010s yet. I had some “top tens of 2010s” discussions with some friends recently, here are my personal lists, each in no particular order: My Top Ten Movies of the 2010s Avengers Endgame (2019).. I’m keeping only one slot per franchise, so I had to choose an MCU movies for this. Runner-ups for this slot were Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America Winter Soldier, and individually either one of those movies might be around the same or better than Endgame, but Endgame is the culmination of a decade’s worth of movies and gave me the most enjoyment as a comic book fan.

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  • 2020 Movies List

    List of new (to me) movies watched in 2020. Ongoing!

    Ratings scale:

    • 5: I regret that I can never again watch it for the first time
    • 4: I would enjoy watching it again
    • 3: I wouldn’t mind watching it again, maybe running in the background while I do other things
    • 2: I would not want to watch it again
    • 1: If you suggest watching it, it might be time to end the friendship
    # Title Release Year Date Watched Notes Rating (out of 5)
    1 Sicario 2015 Jan 05 Great thriller movie, but the lesson here is so bleak 5
    2 Paprika 2006 Jan 08 Colorful, vivid and great animation but so so bizaare 4
    3 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 2014 Jan 08 Insanely good, I can see why it won best picture 5
    4 Looper 2012 Jan 09 Entertaining enough, but raises so many time travel questions 4
    5 John Wick 2 2017 Jan 12 Better than I expected 5
    6 Ad Astra 2019 Jan 13 Kinda draggy 3.5
    7 Klaus 2019 Jan 13 Surprisingly good. Fantastic animation 5
    8 Marriage Story 2019 Jan 14 Great performances. Ma didn’t like the ending. 5
    9 Fist of Fury 1972 Jan 14 Great fight scenes. Actually a bit more plot than I expected 5
    10 Coming to America 1988 Jan 15 I had low expectations, but it was better than I thought it would be. Ma would like it! 3.5
    11 MIB International 2019 Jan 15 Kind of predictable 3
    12 Batman vs TMNT 2019 Jan 16 Ridiculous, but fun. Good for kids. 4
    13 6 Underground 2019 Jan 17 The editing and scene transitions were all over the place. A very Michael Bay film. 3.5
    14 The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 Jan 18 This movie does nothing to improve my opinion of modern capitalism. 4.5
    15 Parasite 2019 Jan 19 Really good, but IDK how to begin to describe it. Worth overcoming the 1 inch subtitle barrier for. 5
    16 Kiki’s Delivery Service 1989 Feb 04 Very light-hearted and idyllic. At first it felt a bit boring, but it had me smiling by the end. 5
    17 Uncut Gems 2019 Feb 07 Sandler gave a good performance, but I struggled to get through the early parts of the movies because his character and situation are so unrelatable to me personally. 4
    18 Knives Out 2019 Feb 09 A fantastic murder mystery, maybe the best I’ve ever seen, great performances all around. 5
    19 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 Feb 10 Watched this because a redditor said ROTK robbed it of best picture in 2003. This is a great war movie, but he was wrong 5
    20 Jojo Rabbit 2019 Feb 11 Best movie about a Nazi ever. Most colorful depiction of Nazi Germany. Fantastic movie. 5
    21 Superman: Red Son 2020 Feb 27 An acceptable adaptation of one of my favorite Superman stories. Minus points for not including the “House of L” epilogue. 4
    22 Coach Carter 2005 Feb 27 I watched this because I saw it in a “top inspirational speeches” YT video. Pretty good sports movie. 4
    23 Billy Madison 1995 Mar 23 Watched this so I know the context of the “I award you no points and may god have mercy on your soul” clip. Typical early Sandler movie. 3
    24 Princess Mononoke 1997 Mar 23 Much more action-packed than the last Ghibli movie I watched. Beautifully animated. 5
    25 Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn 2020 Mar 25 Spoiler-free review 4
    26 Logan Lucky 2017 Mar 25 Fun heist movie, but I find it hard to take the characters seriously. Might be some anti-redneck bias. 4
    27 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 Mar 30 See below 4
    28 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 Apr 07 See below 4
    29 Project 88: Back to the Future Too 2020 Apr 10 Fantastic fan-made shot-by-shot recreation of Back to the Future II, put together during quarantine, w/ stop motion, kids, sock puppets, bananas, potatoes and much more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcUUjWbVc4I 5
    30 The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies 2014 Apr 10 This trilogy had far too many extra things that weren’t in the books, but it was pretty good. I rank them Desolation > Five Armies > Journey. 4
    31 The Departed 2006 Apr 10 This was intense. I liked it more than Goodfellas. 5
    32 Spirited Away 2001 Apr 15 Shades of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. Easily the best Ghibli film I’ve watched so far. 5
    33 Psych the Movie 2017 May 03 It’s like an extended episode of Psych! 4
    34 Ready Player One 2018 May 05 A predictable yet fun romp. 4
    35 The Siege 1998 May 05 Caught this on Cinemax when I went down for lunch. Much too idealistic in hindsight, given what happened in New York 3 years after this film released. 3
    36 Kong: Skull Island 2017 May 07 Exciting popcorn movie. 4
    37 Ang Huling El Bimbo: The Musical 2019 May 08 Ok, so this one isn’t really a movie. The appeal for me is mostly the music and the nostalgia. The plot was serviceable, though some may find it problematic. 4
    38 Justice League Dark: Apokolips War 2020 May 15 This was great, and appropriatly dark. Good send-off for the DCAMU. 4
    39 Zombieland Double Tap 2019 May 27 A fun romp, but pretty much more of the same. 3
    40 Sonic the Hedgehog 2019 Jun 27 Fun with Ben Schwartz, but James Marsden’s character is kinda dumb. Needs a lot of suspension of disbelief. 3
    41 Mission Impossible Fallout 2018 Jun 29 Good watch, it’s MI, you know how it goes. Maybe 40% of it is Tom Cruise running. 3
    42 Atomic Blonde 2017 Jul 11 I came in thinking it was a John Wick style action movie. True, but it’s also a Cold War spy thriller. Nice twists, but might be a bit hard to follow near the end. 3
    43 The Old Guard 2020 Jul 12 Didn’t know what to expect, never read the Greg Rucka graphic novel on which it was based. Action-packed, fun watch. 4
    44 Superman Man of Tomorrow 2020 Aug 28 Not too good. Weird animation. Writing all over the place. 3
    45 Bill and Ted Face the Music 2020 Aug 29 A most excellent sequel, echoing the earlier two movies. A midlife crisis journey full of heart and time travel nonsense. Little Billie and Theda are great! 5
    46 Enola Holmes 2020 Sep 27 It’s okay. Basically young adult/Nancy Drew Sherlock Holmes, with a bit of feminism thrown in. Mycroft annoying as usual. 3
    47 Wonder Woman 1984 2020 Dec 30 There’s a bunch of things that don’t make sense (even accounting for myths etc), but it helps to think this movie takes place pre-crisis. 3

Dec 2019

  • Watching Lately: December 2019

    Been watching a lot of things this December. I finally got back on The Expanse after finishing S1 more than a year ago. I only finished S2, but it was already a vast improvement over S1. S1 felt like a lot of meandering around until the characters actually ran into the plot. S2 was stronger, faster-paced, and there’s always a lot of things going on in each episode. I really like this series now, looking forward to S3 and S4 when I have the time.

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  • RISE OF SKYWALKER Spoiler-free review:

    • the movie is fine and entertaining to watch
    • It’s a Star Wars movie, so you pretty much know what to expect, space wizards and space battles and such
    • pacing is frantic in the first act, and a bit in the second. Abrams has a lot of things he wants to do and limited time to do it, so things happen in rapid succession
    • the third act is basically an ode to Return of the Jedi, as a parallel to The Force Awakens’ ode to A New Hope. In fact, there is a lot of fanservice for original trilogy fans sprinkled throughout the movie.
    • it is not the best ending I could have imagined for the sequel trilogy, but it is an ending
    • there are a few twists and turns in the movie, but because it’s Star Wars, you largely know what to expect from the overall plot
    • magugustuhan ba ni Mama: The movie is generally family-friendly (outside of the violence), but my mom doesn’t like space battles and she would probably be confused by the rapid pace of events and all these characters she’s not familiar with, so no.
    • I watched in IMAX 3D, but I don’t think there was much noticeable 3D, the movie is probably perfectly fine without IMAX
    • there is no post-credits scene
    • I think I liked The Last Jedi more than this one

    I have a bit more spoilery comments posted here.

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Nov 2019

Oct 2019

  • JOKER spoiler-free review:

    • very dark movie, not like any previous superhero movies at all; don’t bring your kids
    • it is violent and potentially disturbing, but strangely not as much as the hype made it out to be
    • Joaquin Phoenix definitely gives a pretty good performance, but IDK about the supposed “Oscar-worthy” hype
    • some of the shots feels like the director definitely had a lot of fun bringing this story to life
    • I would have liked less connection to the Batman mythos so that this movie is more stand-alone. I mean, it is pretty much stand-alone, but it does remind you where it’s set and direct connections to the Mythos exist
    • I think a lot of the story and plot elements are handled well, any concerns I have would largely be nitpicking
    • No post credits scene
    • i didnt watch in imax and don’t think it would be relevant
    • magugustuhan ba ni mama: sure NO
    • Ultimately, I still prefer that Joker’s origin story remain undetermined, as it makes him more akin to a natural force of chaos, but I accept this movie as a version that even canon Joker could have told and that might have been believable
    • it’s definitely a better movie overall than Suicide Squad, Man of Steel or Dawn of Justice or Justice League, but it’s also a different completely type of movie, so the comparison is difficult
    • I still like Ledger’s Joker the best, the character is best opposite Batman

Sep 2019

  • I finally got around to watching X-Men Dark Phoenix which I skipped when it came out mainly because (a) poor reviews, and while normally I’d have watched it anyway since I have not missed any of the X-Men movies in the cinema, not even the horrendous Wolverine Origins, there was also to consider that (b) I was in the US at the time and was only willing to spend my precious dollars on one expensive American cinema and Spider-man Far From Home won out.

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  • I finally watched Dark Phoenix today. It was not as bad as I thought it would be, but the #xmen jet did have a port where Cyclops could put his head so they can use him as a cannon, and apparently Nightcrawler can teleport 4 people across an entire city so there’s that

    some weird character choices too. I mean, Erik’s lackeys were basically random unknown mutants (I didn’t even realize who Selene was supposed to be until she fell off the train). Not to mention the obscure Marvel alien race in the movie.

    At least we got our space firebird thingy so there’s that

    I finally watched Dark Phoenix today. It was not as bad as I thought it would be, but the #xmen jet did have a port where Cyclops could put his head so they can use him as a cannon, and apparently Nightcrawler can teleport 4 people across an entire city so there’s that
some weird character choices too. I mean, Erik’s lackeys were basically random unknown mutants (I didn’t even realize who Selene was supposed to be until she fell off the train).

Aug 2019

Jul 2019

  • I was travelling for most of the past two months, so this covers both June and July, and I guess I haven’t been able to watch too much. Maybe? IDK, we’ll see. Since I was in the US, I took the opportunity to finish watching Voltron: Legendary Defender which only had two seasons available on PH Netflix. Pretty good adaptation, lots of fun callbacks to the old series. Some annoying filler eps, especially in the middle seasons onwards.

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  • I know I already made a whole post about the MCU after Endgame came out, but after the MCU Phase 4 announcements this past weekend at SDCC I was a bit hyped. I thought it would be fun to look back at the past 10 years of MCU Phase 1-3 and see what I wrote about the movies. Iron Man (2008) Surprisingly, I had written nothing about watching this film at all, and I don’t remember going to the cinema to watch it.

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  • Spider-Man Far From Home

    First, the spoiler-free review, then more spoilery stuff afterwards. I watched Far From Home while I was… far from home. great movie, lots of fun, and the stakes are a lot higher than the Vulture just stealing some tech off Tony Stark basically a story of Peter Parker the high school student trying to juggle his Spider-Man problems with his high school life, which was one of the best eras of comic book Spider-Man the movie gives us a look at what the world looks like post-Endgame and how weird it is for everyone if you’ve seen the trailers, you know who the “villain” is and you have certain expectations coming in.

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May 2019

Apr 2019

  • Watching Lately: April 2019

    I’ve already written extensively about Avengers Endgame, but there are other things I watched this month too. Shazam came out early this month, and while it was unfortunately sandwiched between MCU blockbusters, it was a fun adventure romp and surprised me in a few ways. I wrote a short spoiler-free review over on Tumblr. TV-wise, I’ve been on a rewatch binge of 30 Rock that unfortunately started with season 4 due to Amazon Prime’s weird way of presenting things.

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