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Terminator 2: Judgement Day - Movie Review

If there's any movie in the '90s that serves a big influence in the action genre, it has to be 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day'. Sure, you can say it's 'The Matrix', but this film paved the way to a new era of the genre and gone are the days of the over exaggerated blood squibs, enter a more light-hearted tone of its kind. 

The movie follows the same path as its predecessor: wherein 2 terminators are sent back from the future to prevent the existence of John Connor. Connor is a leader of the human resistance in the year 2029 against Skynet, a company that manufactured terminator machines that wipes humanity. Skynet once set one of their terminators back from the past to kill Connor's mother Sarah to prevent him from being made but failed. So they sent another one but this time, it's a more technologically-advanced known as the "T-1000" to kill a 10 year-old Connor on 1991.

However future Connor himself sent a familiar Terminator also to the past to prevent this from happening. And the start of a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase began, and also trying to wipe future threat that could completely destroy the Earth.

24 years since its release, I could not believe how this movie still holds up today and how its action sequences surprisingly looks better still than those that came out today. I always remember the time seeing the chase in the mall as a kid, and being scared after my mom always jokingly tell me about the T-1000 standing in our local mall, waiting for me. It's just one of the memorable bits on the movie, and the movie effectively blends thrill and fun perfectly.
Despite its lengthy running time, there's not one single moment in the film that actually bores me. Even to its slower moments, the film makes up with it with action sequences better than the last. The unpredictability of its plot, and how James Cameron presents intimate and small moments looking enormous is what makes this film works even more. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 is definitely the character he was born to play. With his God-given voice and charisma on-screen on his previous works 'Predator', it couldn't come close to how he is perfect as T-800 in this movie. Robert Patrick gives a very cold but terrifying performance as the T-1000. I thought he overpowered Schwarzenegger's performance from the last movie, and my golly what a fantastic runner.
Linda Hamilton gave a ferocious and feisty Sarah Connor in the movie, and you'll know that by the time she flex her muscles in the beginning in the movie. And despite how bad-ass she is in the movie, I loved how the events in the first film affects her psychologically and become her own Kyle Reese. And Edward Furlong was equally good as well as John Connor. His charm and humor really helped the movie light up the bit during its darker moments.

Overall, 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' is a bombastic, louder sequel that overtops its predecessor on all aspects. With amazing action sequences and emotional character moments, it's arguably the greatest action movie of all time. And proved how sequels can be a great thing after all.

The geek rates it a 10/10.

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WATCH: The 'Civil War' Trailer That Fooled the Internet Today...

Oh, HYDRA. You will never fool me again. NEVER. 

A "Leaked" trailer for the highly anticipated Marvel film, 'Captain America: Civil War' was uploaded today and I was impressed to how this one turned out. Like any fan made trailer that sprawled on different sites, this one's hilariously convincing. And when I say convincing, the editor really used up footage and photos from the set to make this one even more fantastic.

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Two Post-Credits Scene for 'Ant-man' Confirmed; Film Praised as Marvel's "Weirdest Pic Yet"

The first wave of reactions for the latest Marvel film, 'Ant-man' after the studio held its first press screening to the critics yesterday. The crowd was ecstatic and surprised to see how the film holds upqtightly even after a rough production that started with original director Edgar Wright departing the movie after "creative differences" with the studio.


One critic even described the film even "weirder than last year's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'" and a lot refer to it as the "Ocean's Eleven' of the Marvel cinematic universe". But the most reactions toward the movie are impressed with the end credits sequences. Yes, there's not only one but two credits scene with one being better than the last.

One critic even described the film even "weirder than last year's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'" and a lot refer to it as the "Ocean's Eleven' of the Marvel cinematic universe". But the most reactions toward the movie are impressed with the end credits sequences. Yes, there's not only one but two credits scene with one being better than the last. This is good news since the previous Marvel film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' ended up with a hanging and disappointing end credit scene earlier this Summer.

Details as to what these two scenes has been secretly in wraps, but one has surely something to do with next year's 'Captain America: Civil War' since actor Paul Rudd was confirmed to star in the 2016 epic.

'Ant-Man' opens July 15. Also available in 3D and IMAX 3D. 

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New Character Banners for 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' released

The castmembers of the fifth installment of Paramount Pictures' “Mission: Impossible” go rogue as the studio uncovers the film's character banners. Getting their own individual artworks are Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson.





Co-written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (“Jack Reacher”), “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” finds Tom Cruise and his Impossible Mission Force pals attempting to take down The Syndicate, a worldwide criminal organization described as the “anti-IMF”.

Cruise is reprising the iconic role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996. Returning to the franchise are Simon Pegg as Benji, Jeremy Renner as Brandt and Ving Rhames as Luther. Joining the cast are Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson (TV's “The White Queen”).

In the film, Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate, an International rogue organization, as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

The 4th installment in the globally successful franchise, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” earned nearly $700 million worldwide and became Cruise’s highest grossing film to date in his storied career.
The “Mission: Impossible” franchise has earned more than $2 billion at the box office, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, July 30, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


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Michael Douglas is Hank Pym in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Award-winning actor Michael Douglas has shown his versatility in a body of work spanning four decades but in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” Douglas ventures into new territory when he steps into the role of the iconic Marvel character Hank Pym.
“It’s definitely a different role and also just a whole different experience,” comments Douglas. “I’ve never been in the Marvel world before; never been in any of this kind of green screen or special effects and never had to deal with the secrecy that exists in the Marvel world. This has been a whole new experience and I loved it.”

Douglas admits that he wasn’t a comic-book fan as a kid, but after he accepted the role, Marvel sent him hardcover books of Marvel comics and he developed an appreciation of both the art form and one of its master storytellers. As Douglas explains, “The books were beautiful presentations of all of Stan Lee’s work and since then I have become a tremendous fan. I am amazed at what he does. I maintain a fan Facebook page that I’ve had for a couple of years now, and I got a sense of Stan Lee’s power when I did a selfie with him on set and posted it on the page. I got over 100,000 hits. Reading the books really helped me get more of a sense of Hank Pym and the incredible legacy of Marvel comics.”
Douglas found the comic books very helpful for researching his character. “It solidified the character of Dr. Pym for me by understanding his background and what kind of scientist he was,” says Douglas. “He did incredible research and developed this incredible serum that allowed a human being to reduce to the size of an ant with human strength and then right back up to full-size again.”

Describing Pym, Douglas offers, “Hank Pym, first of all, has a sense of humor; he’s got a slight tongue in cheek. He likes to test people a little bit and put them on. He’s obviously a brilliant scientist but combined with that he has military-like training in weaponry. Because of situations that exist, he is looking for a person that can take on his role and he picks this recent ex-convict, Scott Lang [Paul Rudd], and now he is going to teach him all the tricks of the trade of Ant-Man.”

Describing what the production will bring to the screen that is new and fresh, Douglas says, “The Marvel audience has seen everything under the sun: other planets, the top of tall buildings, huge space ships. But we’re getting really small here. The macro unit is doing everything from the ant’s point of view and it’s amazing. That macro ant point of view is something you have never seen before. It is suspenseful, exciting and very funny.”
Continuing, Douglas adds, “There are some wonderful moments, especially in the sequences involving Scott Lang’s training.”

When it comes to humor, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers laughs aplenty. “It’s got a wonderful sense of humor and I always love that,” relates Douglas. “There’s the element of action and comedy and it’s tough to do but I love that mix. Peyton Reed as our director was an excellent choice to maintain that and of course Paul Rudd has good comedic baggage that he brings to it as well. So there’s wonderful humor, yet maintaining the credibility and suspense of the storyline.”

Douglas states that he is looking forward to seeing the completed film and that more importantly his kids are looking forward to it as well. He admits, “Before ‘Ant-Man’ I had no career in my kids’ eyes. I’ve never done a picture as far as they were concerned. Two Academy Awards® meant nothing. Now I’m cool. I am cool to my son and to his friends, too. This is the first time I’ve ever heard my kids say, ‘Can we go to the premiere?’ So they’re going to come.”
Offering a hint of what is in store for audiences when the movie hits theaters, Douglas says, “In ‘Ant-Man,’ we’re going between the cracks and it’s a world you have never seen before. It’s a wild ride with a good giggle.”


See Marvel’s "Ant-Man" when it comes to Philippine theaters July 15! For all the latest news and updates visit facebook.com/AntManPH and follow @marvelstudiosph on Twitter and @marvelphilippines on Instagram.

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'Ant-Man' Shirts spotted at SM Department Stores

Official shirts for Marvel's new film, 'Ant-Man' is now available in SM Department stores nationwide. The shirts' design showcases the titular hero on every print. While it's a missed opportunity to put Yellowjacket at least in one of these shirts, this "small" hero will do me just fine.



I bought one because I knew I wouldn't finish this day without buying one. So here's a pic of me wearing my shirt tall and proud.
These shirts are now available in local department stores of SM nationwide! 'Ant-man' opens July 15 in 3D and IMAX 3D!


[This is a re-post to my new blog, The Uninteresting Life of Matthew. IIf you want to know me better, this is the place to go!]

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The Terminator - Movie Review

The first 'Terminator' film was a landmark in action movies. The movie, made with a low-budget, featured a lesser-known Schwarzenegger (who's only big role was 'Conan the Barbarian) back then as the film's villain and newbie director James Cameron. It's a surprise to see how the film's thrill holds up to now, equipped with a very effective performance by Schwarzenegger and classic 80s action fare. 
The year is 2029, the human race is wiped out and machines ruled the Earth. A team of resistance, led by John Connor, is at war with these machines called terminators to reclaim what was once theirs. Two robots was sent back to 1984 to Connor's mother Sarah. One (Scwarzenegger) was tasked to kill her to permanently erase John from being made, and the other (Michael Biehn) to prevent it from happening. And a game of cat-and-mouse chase ensues.
James Cameron shows skillfully how to blend terror and excitement. The picture moves fast, so he doesn't have much time to establish elements of horror, but he is adept at throwing something into the frame – such as the prominent window behind Linda Hamilton – to introduce a little note of uncertainty and danger. 
The movie looks neat despite its relatively low budget for the era and genre. They have really gone to town on all the tropes of the 80s action movie. Very often of course it is hiding the clunkiness of the special effects, which are strictly old-school. Personally I love the movie's pre-CGI charm. This really was a golden age for animatronics, even as they were becoming obsolete.

Acting fares from typical sci-fi par to some impressive performances, and most of the main characters do surprisingly well-Biehn, Hamilton, and Schwarzenegger. Lance Henrikson has a small but worthwhile role. Most of the lesser performances come from smaller characters, but the world James Cameron has painted is so well conceived and so inviting that unless everything from production on down stunk, you'll forgive it. 
Overall, 'The Terminator' is one of those unforgettable masterpieces that will always be admired for how it stunned us. Cameron managed to create such a tense and passionate movie is, but it's not as good enough to what follows next.

The geek rates it 8/10!

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Jason Clarke Re-Invents John Connor in 'Terminator Genisys'

He is most known for his lead roles in the Academy Award®-nominated film “Zero Dark Thirty” and the hit sci-fi sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Now, Australian actor Jason Clarke returns to the big screen to re-invent the iconic character, John Connor, in Paramount Pictures' new action-thriller “Terminator Genisys.”

In the film, when John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including a new T-800 terminator, the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

Casting the part of John Connor—particularly for this John Connor, whose character runs the gamut from messianic to maniacal—was an acknowledged challenge among filmmakers. Producer Dana Goldberg begins, “We knew John Connor was going to be one of the hardest roles to cast, because he has to be charismatic—here’s the guy people who have no hope choose to be their hope. These are people who’ve had everything taken away from them, and yet, when this man stands up and says that it’s time to fight, they’ll go to the ends of the earth for him.”
Producer David Ellison continues, “The thing about John Connor is he’s tortured. For some, he’s a prophet, but he says in our movie that he cheats, that his mother raised him and told him everything that was going to happen. That’s a huge burden, and something we’ve found fascinating about John Connor’s character—he will lead all of these people and, in reality, he knows that a great deal of them are going to die.”

Adds Goldberg, “There’s a moment in the film where John wishes a soldier good luck, and the soldier says that he doesn’t need luck—he has John Connor. When we shot it, David and I traded smiles, because we knew that Jason would just fill that moment with everything going on inside—appreciating what the soldier said, but also wishing that there was another world in which this was not his position to fulfill. We think people are going to be blown away by Jason Clarke in this movie.”

Clarke himself says, “One of the things that really made me want to be in this project was to work with director Alan Taylor. He’s a very smart man, he knows story and he knows actors, and he’s done some of the greatest TV ever done—‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mad Men.’ He’s got a wonderful doggedness, but also a gentleness. Going in, you know a film like this will be a long, big tough shoot, and it requires a director that’s going to support you and keep you going, and also just keep an eye on everything and know that it’s done properly. He never moved until we got it, and it’s been a pleasure to work with him.”
As to the re-imagining of the film's story, Clarke teases, “They came up with a couple of key things with Sarah Connor and, particularly, what happens to John Connor which raised interesting questions about artificial intelligence and mankind self destructing. Now John enters the machine – and that’s a deal with the Devil. It gives us a platform to explore whether he still can in his own mind control himself or control who he is and what his destiny is supposed to be. And whether he still is gonna save mankind. But a mankind that he sees very differently now. Lots of big questions!”

Opening across the Philippines on July 01, “Terminator Genisys” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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