Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse (’16 Bryan Singer)

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult..
Director/s: Bryan Singer
Genre/s: Science & Fiction

The newest installment of the X-Men franchise is a hit and a miss. The visuals were again stunning. The actors lived up to their characters especially James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender who were again the anchor of the film. The action sequences were thrilling enough and it is packed with punch and kick – no pun intended – that allows the viewers to enjoy every scenes and characters fight scenes. Now what I didn’t like is the story telling as I felt like the film was a big disjointed. The phasing is quite jarring and the overall writing is a bit flawed. Nonetheless, the film once again is an entertaining piece and will cater to a lot of audience. 6.5

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Movie Review: The Nice Guys (’16 Shane Black)

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer…
Director/s: Shane Black
Genre/s: Comedy

Smart. Clever. Funny. The Nice Guys is such a treat and it is quite addicting. Sure, that was over the top but I digress. The film is funny and the palpable chemistry between Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling brought a new dimension to the film’s already solid story telling and phasing. The beauty of the film is that it didn’t try too much and the comedic timing is effortless the laughter became so natural. I loved it! 8

Movie Review: The Angry Birds Movie (’16 Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly)

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage…
Director/s: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
Genre/s: Animation

While Angry Birds isn’t anything groundbreaking and with a thought that it is an application adaptation, I didn’t really expect much from it. I do think it had obvious flaws but for what it’s worth, the film I think is still decent. With enough laughs, right amount of hilarity and the burst of colors and impressive visuals? I think the film was able to cater its target audience and even the kids at heart. I enjoyed it and I thought it was a good breather! 7

Movie Review: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (’16 Nicholas Stoller)

Starring: Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Chloe Grace Moretz..
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Genre/s: Comedy

The writing may be too faulty with a great tendency to be self indulgent but somehow the sequel finds a way to be adorable and annoying at the same time. Look, the laughs were tolerable. The slapsticks and humor may have been recycled or tired but it still worked for me. There are moments that were memorable enough and the hilarity is there. The transition is I think something that made it work here. It is fast not dragging and though I wish I could’ve enjoyed some character profile but I digress. This is nowhere a terrific film but I still think for a sequel, it did a decent job which rarely happens for sequels. 6

20 Best Films Of 2015

I’ve seen a handful of films this year and I must say, I was fortunate enough to enjoy most of them. So for my year ender list, I have compiled the 20 Best Films of 2015 and this is very subjective! You may or may not agree with me but I think I have made a very interesting and competent list.

So check it out below:

20. THE INTERN
“… the film was able to find an unorthodox chemistry between its lead and supporting stars.”

19. ME, EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
“… is undeniably solid. From the script that was written pretty good, the performances of the main leads were spectacular and the way the film was crafted is quite compelling.”

18. THE PEANUTS MOVIE
“… has kept its charm with a more polish character sketches, stunning colorful visuals and warmth that comforts your heart.”

17. HENERAL LUNA
“… It was a rousing journey with enough entertainment and hilarity.”

16. BROOKLYN
“Timeless, sophisticated and beautiful!”

15. BRIDGE OF SPIES
“… is an enjoyable ride marking complex moments of history in its simplest illustrations.”

14. TRAINWRECK
“Funny, hilarious, simple.”

13. SPOTLIGHT
“… is solid at its best and it was an intense  experience to be honest.”

12. STEVE JOBS
“… The way it was crafted is neat and cohesive. The script is well made. The performances of the actors and actresses were honor worthy. The film is simply riveting!”

11. ROOM
“… It was emotional, moving, exciting, crazy, a kick in the gut, a pull in the heartstrings — it was an emotional ride.”

10. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION
“… The sleek production, thrilling pacing and cohesive writing worked for me big time. It was engaging, entertaining and fun. The film allows the characters to be characters and not just actors doing action stunts.”

9. THE END OF THE TOUR
“… it is nice to note how the film was crafted. It was filled with the right mix of tenderness and humor.”

8. ANT-MAN
“… It was exciting, had parts of pretty good laugh, action filled and somehow written cohesively. Paul Rudd won me over again.”

7. STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS
“The 7th episode of Star Wars is a good nostalgia – provided that the viewer has seen its predecessors.”

6. THE BIG SHORT
“… is not perfect but it has a right mixture of appeal and hilarity, drama and fluid storytelling and a phasing that is strong and consistent.”

5. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
“… It was exhilirating from start to end. The film was action-packed. And I am amazed on how hefty the narrative is. The entertainment value is top notch.”

4. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
“… the parts that are lacking is properly served in an exchange of visual bombast and an explosive, thrilling and fantastic action sequences. It is an entertaining treat.”

3. FURIOUS 7
“… This film is a ball of epic-ness.”

2. THE MARTIAN
“… is an exquisite, thrilling and solid piece of art. The writing was impeccable. The premise is simple yet profound. And how the film was crafted had the right mix and amount of humor, spectacular visual effects and solid script.”

1. INSIDE OUT
“Smart, witty, hilarious.”

10 Worst Films of 2015

With a handful of films, I have seen this year. I guess I could say I was able to come up with a list of my personal vendetta on what films were the worst and best of the year. Again, the list is coming from the movie reviews that I did throughout the year and I did see a decent (at least for me) amount of films for 2015.

You may agree or disagree with me but just like any other taste, this is very subjective. So with no further adieu, here are the 10 Worst Films of 2015:

ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE: Pitch Perfect 2, Hot Pursuit, The Gallows, Blackhat

[10] FANTASTIC FOUR
“… it bombed in the cinema, it bombed from the critics.”

[9] THE LOVE AFFAIR
“… thank God Bea Alonzo is a fantastic local actress.”

[8] TRANSPORTER: REFUELED
“… I needed to be refueled. Zzz..”

[7] YOU’RE STILL THE ONE
“… wasted talent on a crappy film. Richard Yap is clearly miscast.”

[6] HITMAN: AGENT 47
“… more like: shit, man!”

[5] VACATION
“… a much needed.”

[4] JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
“… Liza Soberano is so beautiful, I’m so offended.”

[3] YOU’RE MY BOSS
“… I’ve seen this before. My Lady Boss? The Proposal?”

[2] PIXELS
“… I cried so much. Oh, it’s a comedy film.”

[1] EX WITH BENEFITS
“… thank God for shirtless Derek Ramsay!”

Movie Review: Concussion (’15 Peter Landesman)

To be fair, Concussion is a film that I never really expect so much to it prior on watching. Sure, I heard and read mixed reviews about it and the recent nomination from Will Smith somehow boost a little expectation from me but not quite. The film picks up after a while of a bit dragging moments and then celebrate its success on a solid performance from Will Smith himself. Indeed, he was stunning. anot to take away anything from the supporting cast as they delivered as well. The script was fine with some strong moments in parts that requires it to be solid. Although, some parts where you wished it was done or stretch more to have an added impact. Nonetheless, Concussion is a decent showing backed up by solid performances from its cast, in particular, Will Smith! 7.5