X-Men: Days of Future Past: “Changing history tomorrow” and other quotable lines

BY Jen T. Tuazon

X-Men: Days of Future Past, from the @xmenmovies Instagram account

“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” from the @xmenmovies Instagram account

Surprise, surprise! X-Men: Days of Future Past scored big in the box office, earning $302 million globally as of this writing. It’s a feat well-deserved, as the superhero sequel (or “inbetweenquel”according to Director Bryan Singer) delivered on almost all fronts (Read our review here).

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‘Godzilla’ casts giant shadow at local box office, grosses P90.4M in four days!

"Godzilla" in 2014 (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

“Godzilla” in 2014 (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

MANILA, May 21, 2014 – Warner Bros.’ re-invention of Godzilla trampled its competition at the Philippine box office, hauling off a four-day opening weekend gross of P 90.4-million for the May 15-18 frame. This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ – The good and the bad

BY Joanna Mendoza

Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy as future and past Professor Charles Xavier, respectively; Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as future and past Magneto, respectively (Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy as future and past Professor Charles Xavier, respectively; Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as future and past Magneto, respectively, in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

Last night, my husband and I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past. He enjoyed it so much that he couldn’t stop talking about his favorite parts while we were waiting for the end credits teaser. I remembered he was like this only with The Avengers, so I asked him which ensemble piece he thinks is better. “The Avengers,” he said without hesitation.

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Godzilla: Return of the iconic monster in 3D

BY Jen T. Tuazon

The new Godzilla movie is here and it’s a hodgepodge of scenes from Aliens, Jaws, Jurassic Park and  even Titanic!

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“Godzilla,” directed by Gareth Edwards and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

Godzilla, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Juliet Binoche, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and Elizabeth Olsen, resurrects the iconic monster in the 21st century. Nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Cranston), haunted by a tragic powerplant accident, becomes convinced there exists a grand cover-up operation on the real reason behind the fatal explosion. With the reluctant help of son and US Navy explosives-expert Ford Brody (Johnson), they uncover the massive truth, unearthing such freaks of nature as “mutos” (fugly, supersized cockroaches) and of course, the monster of the hour, Godzilla himself.

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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as father and son Joe and Ford Brody in “Godzilla.”

I’m not a fan of reptiles—they’re my least favorite in all of the animal kingdom. So it’s probably not the best idea for me to watch a movie starring a ginormous lizard. But this reboot by director Gareth Edwards was supposed to be a really good one and there was enough hype to make me curious. Plus it’s in 3D!

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The movie opened with a scene supposedly located in the Philippines, which won my patriotic heart instantly. But the excitement died down quickly as the movie, while an action disaster film, took time to build its momentum. The movie will require patience from the viewer as it first teases with mere traces, anecdotes, and glimpses of Godzilla and in fact waits well way til past the halftime mark to reveal the monstrous lizard in its full scary glory. And it’s a noticeably fuller Godzilla, too. (As one Japanese fan commented: “He’s so fat, I laughed.”)

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Disaster seems to follow Ford Brody, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, in “Godzilla.”

What the viewer will be treated to right away are the so-called “mutos” which stands for “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism”–creatures so hideous they will make you want to take your eyes off the screen. As you can probably tell they’re not the good guys in this movie, and for the most part they are the main source of havoc in Japan and in the US (or wherever the extremely unlucky Ford Brody happens to be).

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Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins as scientists Drs. Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham in “Godzilla.”

A story about a giant lizard fighting off super-sized cockroaches might seem silly and difficult to appreciate, but thankfully director Gareth Edwards lays the foundation for the story almost brick by brick by brick, enough to make the narrative believable (or just plain not silly).

Overall, if you’re a big fan of the Godzilla franchise, you will love this movie. Otherwise, you may not appreciate the story as much but the film does provide enough visual spectacle (especially in 3D) and excitement (reminiscent of scenes from classic disaster movies) to make your time in the theater worth the while.

GODZILLA, showing in Philippine cinemas on May 15, is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

Review: The Other Woman

BY Michi Jusayan

"The Other Woman"

“The Other Woman”, distributed by 20th Century Fox,  starring Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Cameron Diaz

If I ask any of you today if you watch The Legal Wife and you say yes, it will not be a surprise for me. Heck that show has become so popular that even the rival channel has their own version via A Borrowed Wife.

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5 Amazing things about the new Spider-Man sequel

BY Jen T. Tuazon

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Columbia Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx

Last month, Movie Clubber Joanna Mendoza was able to catch a preview of the latest Spider-Man movie and she shared five things she found amazing about the new sequel. Now, after seeing the movie in full, we discovered five more things we love about  Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

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