Love, Simon

 

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Director: Greg Berlanti

Producer: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, , Isaac Klausner, Pouya Shahbazian

Screenplay: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger

Based On: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp,

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hr & 50 min.

Production Company: Fox 2000 Pictures, Temple Hill Productions

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: March 16, 2018 (USA)

Synopsis: Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it’s a little more complicated. He hasn’t told his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

Rating: 4.4/5

 

My Review

It’s difficult to act like you don’t know the events that will happen in a movie adaptation when you already read the book. It’s hard to feel surprised and feel the thrill of not knowing who Blue really is and/or if Leah has hidden feelings for Simon or Nick; the only way it could be done is if the movie adaptation completely strayed away from its source material and altered some details but for Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’s movie adaptation, Love, Simon, well…they definitely changed important details that made my jaw drop I almost choked on the food I was eating but for the most part, it was kind of loyal to the novel.

Love, Simon has been creating buzz on the internet since the day of its release. It is popular among LGBTQ+ groups and pages on the internet and was also praised by critics, celebrities and famous personalities for being a teen romantic comedy we needed in this world where the support and acceptance for the LGBTQ is becoming prominent.

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Avengers: Infinity War

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Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Producer: Kevin Feige

Screenplay: Christopher Markus
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Based On: The Avengers by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 149 minutes (2hrs & 29 minutes)

Production Company: Marvel Studios

Distributed by: Walt Disney Motion Pictures

Release Date: April 23, 2018 (Dolby Theater)
April 25, 2018 (Philippines)
April 27, 2018 (United States)

Synopsis: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.

Rating: 4.7/5

 

My Review

“The movie of the century”

(Warning: Contains spoilers, profanities and very informal way of writing a movie review)

It’s been a month since the movie team up of the century arrived in theaters nationwide and the hype is still real. The internet is still loaded with Infinity War memes, theories, photos, posts and articles. To be honest I don’t know what to write in this movie review because it’s much easier telling my thoughts about this movie through Fangirl Language and facial expressions. Alas, I’m an introverted fangirl who wants to start a reaction vlog about the movies and series I watch but don’t have the courage to do, so I’ll just stick to writing. I’ll try my best to be cohesive and coherent because my reaction and thoughts for this epic movie is exploding and it’s everywhere.

First of all, I was going to watch the movie alone during opening day, but my family wanted to tag along and we decided to watch the movie Friday night, and since it was a Friday night it means it’s the perfect time to go watch the biggest movie event of the century. So my family and I decided to go to the theaters for an 8PM showing, but the theaters were already packed with moviegoers. It was the first time I saw our newly opened local theater packed with a big population of people who are ecstatic to watch a film. The line was just shocking, it almost circled around the place and it got me thinking if this is the situation here then how much chaotic it is in other theaters in the city. I bet that almost all of the theaters within our city (or even the whole Metro) are packed with moviegoers who are there for one thing only, Infinity War.

We opted for a 9:30 PM showing instead of a later schedule of 10 PM because I still have class the following day (Yup, Uni life means Saturday classes are normal). I was still glad I got to experience watching the movie on a big screen while it was still fresh in theaters (and also while beating all the spoilers on the internet) despite not having the best seat in the house (as what my dad would put it), we were seated on the second row meaning we would be having serious neck pains afterwards.

Okay, so here it goes.

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Status Update

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Director: Scott Speer

Screenplay: Jason Filardi

Starring: Ross Lynch, Olivia Holt, Courtney Eaton, Greg Sulkin, Brec Bassinger, Martin Donovan, Diana Bang

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hr and 46 mins

Production Company: OffSpring Entertainment, Brightlight Pictures, Voltage Pictures

Distributed by: Vertical Entertainment

Release Date: March 23, 2018

Synopsis: 

Rating: 2.6/5

 

My Review

The premise for this teen comedy-drama movie is:  “A seventeen year-old boy discovers a magical app that makes his social media updates come true”. But honestly if I am asked to write a premise for this film it would be a gender-swapped version of Zendaya’s movie, Zapped with a dash of High School Musical during the Band Slam event; the finale of the film.

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Lady Bird

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Director: Greta Gerwig

Screenplay: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Rating: R

Running Time: 93 minutes

Production Company: Scott Rudin Productions, Management 360, IAC Films

Distributed by: A24, Universal Pictures

Release Date: November 1, 2017

Synopsis: A teenager  navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of an eventful and poignant senior year of high school.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

My Review

There’s something about this movie that reminds me about being a rebellious fifteen/sixteen-year-old and having a complicated relationship with my mom. I think anyone I know had a phase in their life where they had a rough relationship with their mother and sometimes it even extends until they are adults, but here’s the thing, even if we don’t see eye to eye with our mothers or we’re not always on the same page—no matter how much we hate them for blabbing too much we’ll always go back to them. Why? Because we love them.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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Director: Wes Ball

Screenplay: T.S. Nowlin

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Will Poulter, Barry Pepper, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar

Genre: Science Fiction, Action

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 127 minutes

Production Company: Gotham Group, Temple Hill Entertainment, Oddball Entertainment

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: January 26, 2018

Synopsis: Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.

Rating: 4.1/5

My Review

The Hunger Games, Divergent or Maze Runner? Definitely the last one.

I knew from the beginning that the Maze Runner will be my favorite book and movie series under the dystopian and science fiction genre. Since 2012, when The Hunger Games movie franchise took the world by storm, several dystopian, science fiction young adult films surfaced such as Ender’s Game and The 5th Wave but only three came to the top: The Hunger Games series, the Divergent series and of course, The Maze Runner series.

The hype for dystopian science fiction stories ended a few years ago and probably the reason why Divergent’s third installment, Allegiant became a box office disappointment leading to the cancellation of the series’ final film. That was also my worry for The Death Cure, having been delayed in production due to Dylan O’Brien’s injuries on set while performing a stunt. As the premiere got closer, I was a bit worried it wouldn’t perform well on the box office because the hype for this genre had died down but seeing the numbers Maze Runner: The Death Cure garnered since its release date, I was relieved to find out that it was a success in the box office but I wouldn’t say the same with the critical response from of course, the critics.

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Justice League (2017)

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Director: Zack Snyder

Producers: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns

Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon

Based on: Justice League by Gardner Fox

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciaran Hinds

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 120 mins. (2 hrs)

Production Companies: DC Films, RatPac Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: November 17, 2017 (USA)

Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Rating: 3.7/5

 

My Review

I’ve been a huge DC fan ever since I was child and I am not just jumping on the bandwagon of becoming a superhero fan just because it is ‘in’ right now. I remember watching the animated TV series of Justice League every morning on Cartoon Network when I was still a kid. I remember how giddy I would become when the opening credits for that animated TV show starts. So being a young adult and a fangirl of DC comics,  seeing one of my favorite childhood shows become a live action movie was exciting.

I have been anticipating this movie since it was announced and my excitement grew and grew especially with the release of Wonder Woman earlier this summer plus all the hype that happened in San Diego Comic Con 2017, not to mention all the merchandise and promotions invading almost every store, fast food chains and even small franchises.

I spent the first few hours of November 16th browsing the internet and going back and forth Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to read some news about Justice League. Hours before I could even watch it, a lot of negative reviews about the film circulated the internet. I was furious about the harsh criticism the movie was receiving and I can’t help but turn to twitter to express my rage about how some critics are biased assholes (sorry for the profanity). They’re not entirely wrong though, Justice League isn’t perfect and yes it does have a weak villain but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and some Marvel movies have weak villains too but how come they get away with it? It seems like the critics have an immense liking for hating DC films. I even saw several tweets from Marvel fans saying that critics hating on DC feels biased.

I am aware of the negative critical response DC films received over the years, the streak ended with Wonder Woman but, I couldn’t say the same with Justice League, it has minor flaws but it’s definitely entertaining making it a step towards the right direction.

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Baby Driver

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Director: Edgar Wright

Screenplay: Edgar Wright

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm,
Jon Bernthal

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Rating: R-13

Running Time: 113 minutes (1 hr & 52 min)

Release Date: June 28, 2017 (USA)

Synopsis: Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Rating: 3.8/5

 

My Review

To be honest, I wasn’t really planning on seeing this movie on the big screen despite the numerous positive reviews I’ve read on the internet. Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a score of 95% and labelled it as ‘Certified Fresh’. IMDb gave it a 8.2/10 while Metacritic gave it a rating of 86%.

The first reason why I decided to skip this one out once it hit theaters in my country is because I’m kinda short. I’m an eighteen year old girl who basically threw all my money on Wonder Woman movie tickets, Wonder Woman shirt, SpiderMan Homecoming movie ticket, art materials, fandom stickers and merch and Papemelroti products during the first half of my summer and now I’m left with little amount of cash. Second, I’m not really a big fan of the ‘crime‘ movie genre and would rather save up for movies like ‘Justice League’ this coming November. But hey, I won three movie invites to Jack TV’s Special Screening of Baby Driver and who couldn’t say no to that?

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Spiderman: Homecoming

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Director: Jon Watts

Screenplay: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris
McKenna, Erik Sommers

Story By: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley

Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jon
Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 133 minutes (2hr 13 min)

Studio: Marvel Studios

Release Date: July 7, 2017

Based on: Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Synopsis: Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges.

Rating: 4/5

 

My Review

We first saw Tom Holland as Peter Parker A.K.A. your friendly neighborhood Spider Man on last year’s Captain America Civil War and since his debut in the said film, everyone is psyched to see more of Tom Holland play this iconic character and now, a solo movie about the web-slinger hit theaters last July 6 and  it’s already making headlines everywhere.

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Wonder Woman (2017)

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Director: Patty Jenkins

Screenplay: Allan Heidberg

Story by: Zack Snyder

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Connie
Nielsen, Elena Anaya

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hr & 21 min.

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: June 2, 2017

Based on: Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston

Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny

Rating: 5/5

 

My Review

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Can this be the only thing I write for this review? Because it truly is. The DC Extended Universe or DCEU has been receiving a lot of negative reviews from viewers especially DCEU’s last release on August 2016, Suicide Squad. Batman V Superman is a very anticipated movie but even the excitement of DC fans didn’t save the movie from critics, given a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But Wonder Woman really brought the DCEU into a higher level receiving a lot of positive reviews from movie critics and people around the world.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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Director: David Yates

Screenplay: J.K. Rowling

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Don Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller,
Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo Ron Perlman, Colin Farrell

Genre: Fantasy, Action

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 133 minutes

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: November 18, 2016

Based on: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Synopsis: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Rating: 4/5

My Review

Potterheads around the globe rejoiced when news spread out that an extension to the Harry Potter Universe was on the works and when it finally premiered last November 2016, excitement filled every blood of die-hard Harry Potter fans (including me) for we have survived five years of Harry Potter movie deprivation.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is the debut screenplay for J.K. Rowling. The movie is not based on any major novel and it does not revolve around our golden boy; the boy who lived, Harry Potter. Instead, this movie focuses on Newt Scamander, a  well renowned magizoologist and author.

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