Monday, April 30, 2012

10 Things About The Avengers Movie

This blog is my personal blog. Everything that's posted here are all MY opinions. If you don't agree with my list, then feel free to post your rant in the comments section.

Here are my 10 thoughts/ opinions/ observations about The Avengers Movie

1. When I was in the waiting area, almost 80% of the people there were wondering why Jason Bourne is in the movie. And probably all of them also asked, "Who's Hawkeye?"

2. I saw people lying down on the carpet at the waiting area. (True story)

3. Bottled water was sold out in the food booth. I guess people are starting to lean on the healthier side of life.

4. I saw a ridiculous number of kids at the lounge area. Kids are so lucky today. They're enjoying the awesome benefit of our growing technology.

5. The 3D glasses today are now more comfortable to wear. It fits my eyes perfectly. Unlike the previous ones, the glasses distracted me a lot. I always had to hold it because if falls. It's all because of my small nose bridge.

6. Old women are willing to cut lines just to see Chris Hemsworth's guns and Chris Evans' chicken breast.

7. The movie itself was hilarious. It was really funny. Kind of a risky move for Marvel though. It was "too" funny. Steve Rogers (Captain America), Thor, Bruce Banner (The Hulk), Agent Coulson, and most especially, Natasha Romanov (Black Widow), didn't have that fun factor in their own respective movies and cameos. I was really surprised (I can't stop laughing on this one) when Agent Coulson talked to Captain America. People who've watched the movie know what I'm talking about. He was the cap's biggest, creepiest, and funniest fan.

8. I heard people shouting, "War Machine should be in the next movie!" Based on the interwebz, the Avengers have different "universes" or in Juan's terms, storylines. In some universes, Tony Stark was War Machine. But most of the universes refer to Col. James Rhodes as War Machine. So I really don't know if War Machine will be included in the next Avengers movie. I guess it depends on which universe they're going to follow.

9. People stayed on their seats for a couple of minutes just to see Marvel's famous end-credits scene for the movie. Marvel's really famous at this. But this time around, the scene came out after the cast summary (What do you call that anyway? It's like a credits roll but for the cast). Anyway, the theater tricked the people by opening the lights inside. But when the end-credits scene started, they turned it off. SM truly is evil. Making us wanna miss one of the best parts of the movie

10. Almost 50% of the people (including me) didn't trust the end-credits scene that was shown after the cast summary. We all waited for the whole credits roll to end. So what did we see? Marvel's humongous logo and a plain blue background. Show's over folks.

BONUS: I'm assuming that about 40-60% of the people who've watched the movie are not familiar of who the next villain is. He's actually one of the most feared villains in the Marvel universe.

The Avengers Craze

It was an awesome movie. And there's no doubt that malls are enjoying a crap load of money. I think SM Cinemas earned the most though. They reserved ALL their cinemas for the Avengers because they knew thousands of people will be coming.

I did a quick estimate of the seating capacity inside the IMAX theater. And according to a special algorithm that I referred to (Rows A to Q x 35 seats for each row = $$$$), the IMAX theater alone made 672,000 pesos for each screening day and a whopping 4,032,000 pesos in just 6 days (IMAX has 4 screening times in each day). And take note, all that money was just from the IMAX theater alone. I guess SM has more money now to support their so called "green" expansion plan in Baguio.

Anyway, I managed to reserve my IMAX ticket 10 days before its debut here in the Philippines. People around me wondered why I didn't choose to watch the movie on its debut. I believe that it's not about how soon you get to watch the newest movie. It's all about the overall movie experience. I didn't pick the earlier dates because I wanted to avoid long lines of people at cinema entrances. But when I got to SM City North EDSA's IMAX Theater 4 hours ago, it was chaos. People were complaining about the long lines and SM's undermanned ticketing team. All the soft velvet-covered couches at the waiting area were occupied by people. Kids were running around pretending to be superheroes. Lovers taking pictures together. It was horrible. See for yourself:

Oh, and I saw the ticket booth's whiteboard filled with different dates. All of em' were paired with 2 words, "SOLD OUT".

I actually complained to one of the theater's staff because some people were cutting lines. Anyway, one of the things that really pissed me off is when their ticketing machines stopped working. I was furious about it because it's really hard to manually let their staff print the ticket. You have to put the OR number of the ticket you bought online in a piece of paper. And then hand it to them and wait like 10-20 minutes for processing -- which totally depicts the purpose of reserving tickets online. Convenience.

Luckily, the theater's big boss showed up and fixed the machine himself. I finally got my ticket.

So I got in, watched the movie for 2 hours and 20 minutes. And guess what? The awesomeness of the movie made it "non-reviewable". And I don't think it's fair to really review it since the IMAX experience overwhelms even the crappiest movies out there.

IMPORTANT TIP: To fully enjoy the 3D IMAX experience, you must seat at either L18 or M18. Those rows and seat numbers have the best viewing angle. And probably takes advantage of the theater's massive screen. I wasn't able to fully enjoy it because I sat at N18. It didn't give me an edge-to-edge viewing angle. The 3D effect is way better if the screen totally occupies your line of sight. My experience wasn't really a "nn-your-face" 3D watching. I was a bit far. I miscalculated the distance. Damn.

Joss Whedon took the risk of directing a star-studded cast and I must say, it's the best thing he has ever made. Well done!

Nick Fury is the Real Winner in the Avengers Movie

It's all because of her.

She's known as Agent Maria Hill. To all Marvel geeks out there, I'm pretty sure she's one of the girls you guys have been dreamin' about. And now that Cobie Smulders  portrayed the character, I'm 100% sure that everyone fell in love with her the moment they saw her on the big screen. And the suit she was wearing, it was pretty tight.

Nick Fury you lucky **n of a ***c*. I'm willing to lose my left eye just to see (through my right eye) Cobie Smulders attend to my every order.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bring the M*@^%#fu*k&r Down: Battleship Review

Just by watching its trailer, it looks like Michael Bay directed or produced this movie. It shares the same dark and cold-steel feel like the Transformers. Apparently, I was wrong. It was directed and produced by some dude named Peter Berg. But this dude got what it takes to take on Michael Bay's Transformers. I even think it outperformed Transformers in terms of the movie's special effects.

Of course, Michael Bay can be considered as one of the heavyweights when it comes to making literally explosive movies. In my own honest opinion, Peter Burg slapped Bay's face with this movie. The movie's explosiveness is understandable. You get to see what's going on and who's killing who. Transformers was a straight-up definition of chaos. It was all about slapping metal to metal. It's safe to say that even the most loyal Transformer fan had a hard time figuring out whether it's the head of an Autobot that's getting pounded, or its ass. It was a total wreckage.

Treat this movie differently. The fight / war scenes are straightforward. Superior officers give orders to fire at the enemy, some dudes report damage statuses, some dudes scan the radar for enemies, some are on the communications hub of the ship, etc. Watching it really makes you feel that you're inside the ship. Witnessing what's going on and how chaotic it could be inside the bridge. Heck, it even made me think of joining the U.S. Navy (teehee).

The movie mainly revolves around this easy-go-lucky guy that has the potential to become a great Navy officer. But since he thinks of life differently, he just does what he wants to. He got his ass trapped in the Navy because his brother wants to discipline him. And add to the movie fact that he's also in love with Liam Neeson's (The Admiral) daughter. Looks like a win-win situation for me. You get to be more disciplined in the Navy, make your brother happy, and win your girl's heart more by sharing the passion of your girl's father. How about that? All aboard

I'm really really tempted right now to narrate the story but that would just make me a movie troll. So I'll stick to the basics. If you've watched Battle: Los Angeles, then expect the same thing here. The only difference is that this mainly revolves around sea battles (duh). That's it. Nothing too special about it. But I really like it more than Transformers. Now you're probably like, "WTH? Transformers is such a great movie!". Well, yeah, it is a great movie. What made me like this movie better than Transformers is that the good guys didn't need any extraterrestrial help. They all relied on their training, instinct, and trust. Or in the Navy's terms: 50 cal. sniper rifles, M4 assault rifles, on-deck anti-air machine guns, Gatling defense guns, and larger than life cannons. Oh, and don't forget the Naval old geezers. They played a huge role in this movie -- which is kind of funny when you see it with your own eyes. Boy, when you see them in action, you'll probably laugh a lot. I mean A LOT. They're kind of like the ones who actually saved the day.

Another thing that urged me to watch this movie is because Liam Neeson is in it. You know how awesome the dude is. He saved 30,000 Jews, trained Obi-Wan Kenobi, trained Batman, recovered her daughter from the hands of pedophiles, and led the A team. He was also the God of Narnia, and even became the Great Zeus himself. Now any of you guys still wanna mess with him?

To sum it all up, I think it's a great movie. But critics' hated it on Rotten Tomatoes. Well, they don't know what they're talking about. This is a great movie folks. If you want to see one of the coolest fight scenes ever made, then go watch this one.

By the way, some parts of the movie are funny too. Trust me on this one, most of the characters' lines will tickle your funny bone.

Still, being part of the U.S. Navy is not a bad idea at all. I guess I could be one in my dreams. With all those aliens and stuff. Man, I wanna dream of that movie with me in it!

Tip: If you guys do plan on watching this movie, wait for the credits roll to end.

Or if you've already watched the movie and missed it, you can check the end credits scene here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BlackBerry Death Spiral

I'm not a BB hater. In fact, I admire them for offering an affordable messaging service (BBM) that most Filipinos can afford. But it's hard to deny the facts that all points towards BlackBerry's fall. They're dying.

I've read something really bad about the way BlackBerry's going to handle things when they release their new mobile operating system. The next big thing coming from RIM is a new smartphone operating system called "BlackBerry 10". It's supposed to be the platform that'll save RIM's rotting smartphone business.

I personally don't know a lot about BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry doesn't get the light of the day when it comes to positive media coverage. Based on my observation, most BlackBerry news are all negative. Plunging stocks, stolen devices (lame), and of course, NOT getting laid on the first date if you happen to own one.

Supposedly, BlackBerry 10 will be a major revamp of the BlackBerry platform you're used to, finally bringing it on par with Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and Microsoft's Windows Phone 7. Well, at least, that's what RIM says. BlackBerry 10 is set to launch this coming October with at least one smartphone, assuming RIM will still be remembered by the with the massive launches of the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 this coming April and October (rumors) respectively.

BUT there's a problem for BlackBerry fans who OWNS one RIGHT NOW.

Your berry will not be able to upgrade to BlackBerry 10. Instead, you're stuck with your current OS called BlackBerry 7. And you'll be stuck with it FOREVER unless you buy a new berry that has BB10 this October.

Well, it's probably not that bad if you've had your BlackBerry for a year or two. You're likely ready for an upgrade by the time BB10 arrives. But Globe, Smart, and Sun are still marketing BlackBerry 7 phones heavily in the market. So please, don't be fooled. Let this post be a warning to ya'll. NOW is NOT the time to buy BlackBerry phones. If you're really a fan of a dying business, I suggest that you wait for the BlackBerry 10 phones.

But that doesn't mean you can't be Bold and join YugaTech's BlackBerry contest.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Feel the Rot: Wrath of the Titans Review

Persius' first adventure in Clash of the Titans lacks in character story. Expect the same thing on this one.

My friends and I anticipated this movie a lot. We've been talking about it ever since we saw its trailer weeks ago. The trailer is very convincing actually. When I saw the trailer, I quickly told my friends that it'll be WAY better than the previous one.

Stunning visual effects are of course, expected out of the movie as it has impressed a lot of critics in its previous installment. The movie's 3D effects were dramatically improved over its predecessor but in nearly every aspect of the movie, actors and actresses failed to deliver decent acting.

Greek mythology enthusiasts may not like the movie's story line. It's loosely based on the Greek myths of Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon.

The good thing about this movie is that not everything went so damn fast. We got to see 3 cyclops (8 minutes), the Chimera (5-8 minutes), and the Minotaur (4 minutes). Unlike the first movie, we didn't get to see a lot of titans/monsters. If you're hungry for more titans, you can check out Disney's Hercules.

There's one thing that really sucked about the movie though, the "Final Boss" was defeated easily. It's like what happened to the previous movie (Clash of the Titans). The story line was very predictable. And that's what made the movie rot. Also, Wrath of the Titans is a visual equivalent of white noise. I can't even tell who's slashing who.

Others might like it but I was expecting more character stories. Heck, they didn't even tell the history or background of the "queen".

It's a good thing that my friends and I watched this in a digital theater instead of IMAX. I would like to thank Angelo Ching for saying that watching it in the IMAX theater is a waste of money. Thanks bro. You saved us from spending 2,000 pesos.

The ending of the movie was a bit interesting. Based on how it ended, it looks like there will be a "War of the Titans".

Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's About Time...

It's about time that I post my opinions in my own blog. Usually, I criticize others' product reviews and articles on their own respective websites. Now it's all going to be here. Well, it's about time...

This blog will have all of my thoughts and opinions about everything. Whether it be about web apps, mobile apps, gadgets, local news, etc. This is going to be fun.

I'm happy because I was able to put time on building the foundation of this blog. It may not have daily posts but I'll make sure that it'll be updated every week.