09 October 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - BLADE RUNNER 2049

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Blade Runner 2049
Date Watched: 08 October 2017
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"Artificially Intelligent 2.0"

➕ Los Angeles with Flying Cars
➕ Product Placements
➕ Holograms of Elvis & Marilyn
➕ Memory Viewing and Placement
➕ Ryan Gosling, The Blade Runner
➕ Joi, The Hologram Woman

"Dying for the right thing is the most human thing we can do." The most powerful statement I heard in a movie in recent memory. Too good to hear it even in a Sci-Fi movie. Blade Runner 2049 brings us to a futuristic California where obsolete replicants (human replications) are killed for good as new and technologically-advanced replicants are being made for utility. Upon Agent K's disposal of a replicant, he soon gets involved in the investigation of reproduction in replicants which was initially thought to be impossible, a method which the corporation making replicants research hard to be made possible. The movie is so aesthetically achieved, that it's the alternative eye candy movie involving yet again Ryan Gosling after his La La Land stint. Set in a highly industrialized and commercialized Los Angeles, the movie banks on outstanding effects in presenting technologies which may soon be possible in reality. Love is highly advertised and can now be bought in digital yet responsive form such visible through the A.I. Joi. Memory placements in replicants and three-dimensional viewing of memories are made possible through a laboratory. The film also makes good use of product placements, with the futuristically designed Black Label Whiskey grabbing the cake. Other than a futuristic Los Angeles, the abandoned Las Vegas is yet another thing to look forward most especially the part where we see a holographic reference to Marilyn dancing and Elvis singing to "Can't Help Falling In Love." The aesthetics are really amazing but the story in itself is another thing, which for me is morally and ethically worth discussing. The story which already utilizes a strong reference prequel is made the more anticipating yet understandable and straightforward. The story and aesthetics seem to compliment each other, with yet no fillers really that are unessential for the progress of the movie. In such a futuristic world, it seems technology is more human than we are. Blade Runner 2049 is really worth the watch.

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Time Published: 09 October 2017 (9:00 PM)

22 September 2017

JR's Video Game Reviews - UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
(Reviewed on PlayStation 3)
Total Game Time: 20-25 hours in total
Dates of Play: 25 July 2016 - 01 August 2016 (PS3)

Story - 10/10
Gameplay - 10/10
Graphics - 10/10
Innovation - 9.5/10
Playability - 9.5/10
Music - 10/10
JR's Rating: ðŸ”Ÿ9️⃣ (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"The Search for the Cintamani Stone & the Lost City of Shangri-La"

➕ The Lost City of Shambhala
➕ Zoran Lazarević
➕ Chapter 1: A Rock and A Hard Place
➕ Ch 13: Locomotion & Ch 14: Tunnel Vision
➕ Online Multiplayer Mode
➕ Easier Stealth Kills or Assassinations

Ambitious and amazing. Uncharted 2 banks on a new adventure with yet the same type of gameplay from its first outing but masterfully improves on both visuals and story. Its awe-inspiring setpieces are the game's true pride asset. Set in the majestic Nepal, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves brings our hero, Nathan Drake, on the search for the Cintamani Stone in the Lost City of Shangri-La (or Shambhala, which ever you prefer) which is deemed to give any one invincible and superhuman power. With Elena, Sully and the new Chloe Frazer, you race yourself against a maniacal Zoran Lazarević who has his own personal agenda of power. Another blockbuster video game by Naughty Dog that gives you a thrilling and gripping story in another challenging journey, this game takes a huge upgrade from its predecessor that makes my 10/10 all the worth. New weapons like the Crossbow, Pistole and the GAU-19 are great additions but the original Dragon Sniper and Desert still remain my favorites. It's stealth assassinations are way too easier and remain the better choice in accomplishing a wave of enemies before the next event takes place. This game is a also masterwork of setpieces that are now iconic in the video game universe, such being its elaborate train sequences both in the introduction wreckage and in the train while in locomotion. The end boss is damn frustrating but unlike the first, you can defeat Zoran on your own terms not having to press a predetermined button sequence (however there is this cheat on beating out the boss, better search it). Other than the single player game, the sequel introduces its first outing of multiplayer mode which is smooth and worth giving a try. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a must play in the PlayStation as it is one of the best that the platform has to offer. Uncharted 3 and 4 review coming soon.

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Time Published: 22 September 2017 (9:00 PM)

16 September 2017


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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
(Reviewed on PlayStation 3)
Total Game Time: 20-25 hours in total
Dates of Play: 11 January 2013 - 27 January 2013 (PS3)

Story - 9.5/10
Gameplay - 10/10
Graphics - 8.5/10
Innovation - 10/10
Playability - 9/10
Music - 10/10
JR's Rating: 9️⃣ (9.5 out of 10, Excellent)
"The Search for the Lost Golden City of El Dorado"

➕ The Statue of El Dorado
➕ The Majestic Fortress, Monastery and Church
➕ Chapter 1: Ambushed
➕ Chapter 17: The Heart of the Vault
➕ The First True "Video Game Blockbuster"
➖ Chapter 7: Out of the Frying Pan
➖ Chapter 12: Heading Upriver
➖ Navarro

A true achievement in video game visuals and story-telling, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune upped the ante in what is the modern-day video game. It is the epic introduction in one of today’s most popular and iconic video game series. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune introduces us to Nathan Drake, the supposed ancestor of English explorer Sir Francis Drake, on a quest to search for the golden city of El Dorado. Upon his adventure, he gets accompanied by journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor Sullivan (“Sully”) going against another group of treasure hunters set to steal the famed treasure. WOW is all that I can say in such a very polished video game with a well-crafted story complemented by visuals I’ve never seen before. In particular, the Fortress, the Monastery and the Church setting and their interiors are the true treasures of this video game, all detailed and visually pleasing. The first chapter of the game sparked the action-adventure mood you’ll soon experience throughout the game (and its sequels). The battle on the monster-like enemies at “The Heart of the Vault” chapter was scary and challenging, marking the true “Uncharted” experience. We have three game difficulties, making for stronger and more brutal enemies. I hated though the chapters involving the jeep and the ski-boat as they are boring and very much frustrating to finish. Gun controls are impeded by the limited positions and its dynamic environment. The end-boss Navarro is also bland, restricting you on only one standard or uniform method to defeat him. The game, however, presents something new to the average gamer. Many scenes prove to be memorable making you wanting for more from Naughty Dog. In all that is to say, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune initiated the “video game blockbuster”.

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Time Published: 16 September 2017 (9:00 PM)

12 September 2017


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Love You To The Stars And Back
Date Watched: 11 September 2017
JR's Rating:  (7.8 out of 10, Alright)
"The Long, Cheesy Yet Emotional Trip to Mt. Milagros"

➕ Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto
➕ "Tapang Kalabaw" Lunch Scene
➕ The Emotional "Tulay" Scene
➕ Final Call to Love Ones
➕ Second Half of the Film
➖ Shaky Camera
➖ Numerous Inconsistencies
➖ First Half of the Film

Ashira grevinda mama ajaarum! With a very weak first half filled with too many fillers, Love You To The Stars and Back redeems itself in its final half with numerous tearjerking scenes that are quotable and memorable. Love You To The Stars and Back brings us an overly-depressed Mika and a cancer-stricken Caloy on their road trip to Mt. Milagros to have themselves be surrendered to aliens. With such a weird yet effective idea, we came to experience their various yet morally-inspired struggles during their travel towards the mysterious mountain. The love team between Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto proved important in the magical formula of this movie. In fact, there are various scenes where it seems they have naturally done it. Their chemistry is well made but I still find their first movie stint better, Vince and Kath and James. The first half of the film was filled with too many unnecessary scenes (ie. "gas station" scene and too many scenes when both of the main characters debate and fight). The second half of the film was its most powerful though bringing in Caloy's cancer-stricken state very evident, making you feel pity between the two main and their families. The most powerful would definitely be the time when Caloy had an outburst of emotions while at a bridge questioning the presence of God due to his very miserable state. The ending was really cute, (reminds me of the ending of their MMFF movie), but usually those films I like are those that have unexpected and sometimes tragic ending. A lot of inconsistencies and the shaky camera made me a bit irritated but at least the movie never failed to pull my heart towards scenes made to feel with the character. Though, I'm really curious on what tapang kalabaw tastes like. Love You To The Stars and Back is still a movie worth watching, most especially if you crave for those random "kilig" and "torete" moments.

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Time Published: 12 September 2017 (9:00 PM)

10 September 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - IT

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Date Watched: 10 September 2017
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"Yeah, You'll Definitely Float Too"

➕ Pennywise The Dancing Clown
➕ The Losers Club And Their Fears
➕ SS Georgie Iconic Introduction
➕ The Well House
➕ Missing And Floating Kids
➕ Bill Accepting The Death of Georgie

In what seems to be a great year for horror, IT cements it's mark as the best. Feeding off the fears of children before killing them off, Pennywise The Dancing Clown is really damn terrifying. IT brings us to the town of Derry in Maine where a clown, every after 27 years of hibernation, satisfies its hunger for youth. After what seems to be the death of Georgie, Bill, together with The Losers Club, face this demonic entity and tries to defeat IT for good. The movie is symbolic for its use of children, where the monster is a trigger towards their move out of innocence. Conquering our individual fears or facing our invidual demons is at the core of IT. One scene in fact brought us to the Well House where Pennywise made a full-blast presence to the group. Which will you choose, Not So Scary, Very Scary or Plain Scary. A personal favorite in the film was Bill supposedly facing his younger brother at their basement, very horrific yet so saddening. That scene and their again supposed meeting at the end made me so emotional. Bill's acceptance of Georgie's death was so heartbreaking and a tearjerker, the love for family was strong in this one. All scenes were done with amazing camerawork in a picturesque setting. The credits, however, teases that this is just the first chapter of a series; an avenue for a sequel soon (anticipating what's next between Bill and Beverly). Believe me, this movie is damn better than Annabelle. IT is the best movie probably of this year, a first that I will probably name even a horror movie as the movie of the year. IT is a cinematic masterpiece in the horror genre, rare does a horror film makes good combination of poetry, artistry, atmosphere and horror. Nostalgia in its finest, indeed.

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Time Published: 10 September 2017 (9:00 PM)

03 September 2017


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Annabelle: Creation
Date Watched: 28 August 2017
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"The Murderous Roots of the Creepy Doll Named Annabelle"

➕ Annabelle, The Doll
➕ Linda Throws Annabelle In The Well
➕ The Demonic Scarecrow
➕ The Mullin's Introduction Scene
➕ Janice Being Possessed by Annabelle
➕ Too Many Jump Scares To Mention

Step aside Chucky, here comes Annabelle. In this modern decade, Annabelle rises to the top of movie monster icons to look forward to in movies. We are brought earlier than the first Annabelle film to where Annabelle was created by the Mullins' family. We now have a closure on how the doll was possessed or demonic in the first place through the introduction presented. It was actually the family's attempt to bring back their dead child to life but instead they called forth a demon using Annabelle as its object of strength. Twelve years later, upon the arrival of young unsuspecting children to live in the Mullins' farmhouse, Annabelle sets its presence known and tries itself to get a human host desiring even to kill and to terrify everyone. This time around, unlike the first Annabelle, we have double or I mean triple the jumpscares, too many to mention in fact. One of those masterfully done was when Linda throws Annabelle in the well and gets dragged after. You can actually feel the tension even before the exact throwing as Linda was shown to be followed as she was running towards the well. While Annabelle is in itself the creepiest star, the scarecrow is another one who successfully scares the audience upon making its presence known twice in the film. The movie has artistic camerawork exposing memorable scenes, wonderful young cast which you root for and well mixed sound. Indeed, Annabelle: Creation is one of the best horror films in recent memory. It's also worth noting how they incorporated Valak shortly yet effectively through an image shown by Sister Charlotte, great work of the universe idea. Oh, by the way, don't leave ahead of the credits, there are two post-credit scenes in the film, one which we actually missed since we gone too early. I can't forget the experience, all truly worth the time and money. The audience we are with are literally screaming with fear. Another masterpiece in the Conjuring universe.

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Time Published: 03 September 2017 (9:00 PM)

28 August 2017

JR's Video Game Reviews - BROTHERS: A TALE OF TWO SONS

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
(Reviewed on Xbox 360)
Total Game Time: 4-5 hours in total
Dates of Play: 29 December 2013 - 29 December 2013 (Xbox 360)

Story - 10/10
Gameplay - 10/10
Graphics - 9.5/10
Innovation - 10/10
Playability - 9.5/10
Music - 10/10
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"Dramatic, Artistic and Scenic"

➕ Emotional Investment on the Brothers
➕ Use of Fictional Arabic Language
➕ The Inclusion of a Suicide Plot
➕ Scenic Flying Scene
➕ The Cute Griffin
➕ The Tragic Death of One Brother

The experience was truly memorable and unforgettable. Two brothers on a tedious quest to find a cure for their ill father, Brothers: A Tale of Two Son is one of the most innovative games to have a uniquely driven gameplay controls and a story which you invest your whole emotions with. A first for me to even control two characters at the same time with just the two thumbsticks on my controller. The story, though short, is the games' ultimate strength. We play two brothers, each having their evident differences - the older is strong and can raise his brother up to high points while the younger one is small and can squeeze himself in tight or narrow spaces. You control them at the same time to solve various puzzles which leads you to a scenic route towards the cure for your father. Along the way, you encounter memorable scenes which includes the use of the inventor's plane, the escape of the Griffin, the troll couple you reunite, the icy path and the very sensitive suicide inclusion (which you prevent such from happening). The various scenes you encounter have their backstories which are emotionally and morally driven in an artistic and very theatric way. The language used by the brothers is a bit weird but all appropriate in a story that uses an environment which has a world of its own. The tragic death of one brother is the most heartbreaking and even the most dramatic in this game. Investing precious effort on making both of the brothers alive towards reaching the Tree of Life, you'll have an unexpected ending which you'll definitely carry even after playing the game. The same scene is all the more saddening when you hear the cries of the other brother. Dramatic, artistic and scenic, three words to describe this game. The game is truly a wonder, a game which in itself is already a masterpiece in its genre.

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20 August 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - 100 TULA PARA KAY STELLA

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100 Tula Para Kay Stella
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"Not All Great Movies Need A Happy Ending..."

➕ Fidel's Speech Defect
➕ Random Poems
➕ Various Colorful Supporting Characters
➕ Rural and Urban Education
➕ Very Tragic Ending

Simpleng summary ng pelikula, isan-daang tula na pinaghirapan ngunit napunta sa wala. 100 Tula Para Kay Stella may look like a hopeful movie providing an optimistic love story to those millenials expecting to see the film but it really isn't. 100 Tula Para Kay Stella uses a formula that ain't typical from your average Filipino flick. With a beautiful and outspoken lady being the inspiration of your feeble yet smart young man, 100 Tula Para Kay Stella explores this young man's desire to give the lady of his dreams 100 poems to make her fall in love with him and possibly become his future girlfriend. While the premise may sound cute, a lot of problems are encountered by the two in pursuit of their own individual dreams, one has a dream of being a rockstar while the other dreams to finish college. The direction of the film follows the college life of Fidel from being a bullied rural kid to the admired urban kid while the ensuing love story between him and Stella remains the focus of the film. As happy as how they fall in love, the slow advancing of Fidel in pursuit of Stella proved to be a mistake as she gets married and pregnant by someone else. The story is the movies' best and pride asset complemented by how wonderful the actors presented their characters. Stella is beautifully and reverently played by Bella Padilla and JC Santos really committed himself to play a lovable character, must have been hard for him to even constantly stutter while acting. We came to hate alot of characters in the film like Danica, Von, Barrie and Mrs. Barloza but we also came to love alot of them like Fidel's Dad and Chuck. The poems are beautifully written and well executed at random times in the movie but the slow transformation of Fidel exemplified in his poems and way of living are already poetic in their own right. It's even weird to see that Fidel might have accomplished what's supposedly the dream of Stella. I loved this film and this one remains a favorite of mine in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. The ending is one of the most tragic I seen in recent Philippine cinema, my heart stopped and my eyes got teary at that moment Stella said NO to Fidel.

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Time Published: 20 August 2017 (9:00 PM)

19 August 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - PATAY NA SI HESUS

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Patay Na Si Hesus
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"Reminds Me How Witty and Crazy My Own Mom Is..."

➕ Jaclyn Jose
➕ Religious Symbolisms
➕ Slapstick and Satire Comedy
➕ The Cebuano Language
➕ "Nabasag Ang Kabaong" Scene

Another 10/10 movie in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Patay Na Si Hesus managed to keep me laughing even when I got out of the cinema. Patay Na Si Hesus brings us to a roadtrip of a dysfunctional Visayan family from Cebu to Dumaguete to visit the remains of their deceased father before he gets buried the following day. Having three children with distinct personalities, Maria struggles to cope with random problems and situations arising from her kids. One of them is a lesbian caregiver to their supposed child of her girlfriend, one is a board-exam multitaker who always joke around with her mom, and one serves as the angel's voice among the bunch. The movie effectively uses the Cebuano language to present us a story with slapstick and satire humor which isn't forced, stale and cliched. We have a scene involving a guy talking to his sperm after masturbating, another wherein a conversation ensues to a kid explaining the meaning of the word "puki", and a psychotic nun who gets naked on the highway. Jaclyn Jose's acting is definitely the prime jewel of this movie, staying true to the character she was given. I actually remembered my mom by how Maria was portrayed in the movie, hilarious yet clever. Patay Na Si Hesus may seem disrespectful to some conservatives but it manages to be smart on pointing out good ideas in this contemporary age. Patay Na Si Hesus is one of the best comedies I seen in recent memory, using a specific regional Filipino culture yet effective to any set of outside cultures.

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Time Published: 19 August 2017 (9:00 PM)

18 August 2017


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Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"An Allegory to the Issue of Drug-Related Deaths in Our Country"

➕ Sexy & Daring "Manananggal"
➕ Use of Dark Imagery
➕ Du Bist Wunderschön
➕ Lola (Vangie Labalan)
➕ Beautiful Soundtrack
➕ Use of Posed Drug-Related Deaths

One of the best uses of the manananggal in Philippine cinema which alternatively serves as an allegory to the unsolved drug deaths in our country. Banking on the traditional Filipino monster, Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B presents a unique take on the Filipino romance and horror genre never have I seen before. We see Jewel, The Manananggal, (Ryza Cenon) and Rico (Martin Del Rosario) playing your non-conventional couple in this flick. Jewel dreams of a normal life with her own "Prince Charming", while Rico struggles to move on from a failed relationship. Both eventually deal with various circumstances of life where eventually one discovers the most hidden secret of the other. With effective mix of graphic and sensual scenes, the movie masterfully presents the manananggal's killing sprees in a manner that pushes the boundaries of what your typical Filipino horror movie looks like. The manananggal's transformation is a memorable one which uses realistic special effects. The scenes were masterfully taken, most of which utilizing the beauty of night and darkness at its best. The soundtrack was, for me, the best asset of the film as they mix perfectly with the story and scenes. I personally loved Vangie Labalan's performance as Rico's lola who usually initiates the spark between the two (especially that scene where she reminisce her German husband's "you're beautiful" line). Her death was a sad one though. The movie also makes good use of the drug killing problem in our country, explicitly showing deaths which are posed as drug-related. The ending speaks a thousand possibilities, leaving us guessing what could have possibly happened to the dynamic duo. Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B is a great entry in the very first Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

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Time Published: 18 August 2017 (9:00 PM)

07 August 2017

JR's Short Film Reviews - IN A HEARTBEAT

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In A Heartbeat

"The Need and Struggle For Acceptance..."

In A Heartbeat totally sums up the struggle for acceptance by individuals ostracized by a society enclosed with norms and dogmas set by religion, tradition and culture. We see two different worlds here, a boy which is closeted and another which is very much confident. Well, people would immediately think this film is a typical story about love but it's more than that. For me, the film explores the desire of people who are very much shy and discriminated to be like those people who are confident and optimistic. Such is exemplified in a young kid's desire to be someone great thereby using other people especially those of great outlook as inspiration. On another note, same-sex romance in a sense is so much viewed negatively where in fact it explores the concept of love just the same as a heterosexual couple. Love isn't just viewed by simply falling in love, but rather acceptance by people coexisting around us (such exemplified by the confident guy's return to give back the broken heart piece, an evident symbol of acceptance). We might not know if indeed they turned out to be couples or friends but this short film exemplifies the desire for a very more accepting society which is held back by a conservative mindset. If love is indeed God's gift to us, who are we to question one person's love towards another. I rather not say "all we need is love", but rather "all we need is acceptance." Love is never wrong if it is expressed in the most appropriate and harmless means.

(If I were to score this short film, I'll give it a /10, Masterpiece)

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Time Published: 07 August 2017 (9:00 PM)

04 August 2017

JR's Video Game Reviews - TEKKEN 6

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Tekken 6
(Reviewed on PlayStation 3)
Total Game Time: 8-10 hours in total
Dates of Play: 10 November 2012 - 26 November 2012 (PS3)

Story - 7/10
Gameplay - 8.5/10
Graphics - 9/10
Innovation - 9/10
Playability - 10/10
Music - 9/10
JR's Rating: 8️⃣ (8.5 out of 10, Awesome)
"Further into the Mishima Dynasty"

➕ Lars & Alisa
➕ Robert "Bob" Richards
➕ Azazel Boss
➕ 41 Playable & Customizable Characters
➕ Easy Platinum Trophy
➖ Long Wait for Online Mode
➖ Campaign Story
➖ Frustrating NANCY-MI847J

Tekken has since been an arcade and video game staple. It's sixth outing is probably the best yet out of its many installments through the years. Tekken 6 boasts 41 playable characters with their own unique fighting style each having numerous customizable features. We get introduced to 9 new characters, some notable favorites of mine are Lars Alexandersson and Alisa Bosconovitch, which both star in the game's campaign mode, and Robert "Bob" Richards, an obese man utilizing American martial arts. Tekken 6, along with its usual Arcade, Versus and Survival Mode, introduces us to their start at Online Mode enabling you to fight players online. This Online Mode, however, is a bummer taking long loading times in search of an opponent and sometimes ending in an unsuccessful partnering. While the Online Mode was an experimental and disappointing one, the Campaign Story is its weakest part as it seems irrelevant and bland. The story continues the Mishima family saga from Tekken 5 but its so much confusing. The end boss Azazel definitely looks good though, and a challenging opponent to take on. If you want a more challenging foe, NANCY-MI847J poses a greater threat than the aforementioned due to its high life and strong attack but only appearing in the Arcade Mode of the game. Frustratingly enough, you'll want to beat this one as you only get one shot at defeating it every take on the Arcade Mode. On a positive note, Tekken 6 is a huge advancement from its PS1 and PS2 counterparts. Tekken 6 is one of the best fighting games in the 7th generation of video games featuring an addicting Versus play against another player (local or online) or ghost AI.

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Time Published: 04 August 2017 (9:00 PM)

26 July 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - KITA KITA

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Kita Kita
JR's Rating:  (9.5 out of 10, Excellent)
"Kung Kailan Ka Bulag, Doon Mo Ako Nakita"

➕ Alessandra De Rossi & Empoy
➕ Scenic Japan
➕ "One... Two... Three..."
➕ Ramen Scene
➕ Very Tragic Ending

Kita Kita is an elegy to a very optimistic love story that truly feels genuine and unique from your typical Filipino romantic comedy. Kita Kita brings romance with a twist all in a tragic ending. The movie brings us to the Japanese town of Sapporo where Lea, a Filipino worker, strives as a tourist guide while struggling in a failed engagement bid with a Japanese locale. In a shocking twist, Lea is diagnosed with temporary blindness thereby changing her from an optimist to a pessimist; that, however, doesn't take long as Tonyo enters the scene. Lea and Tonyo's love story ensues with Tonyo courting Lea (in a comedic yet effective manner) until ultimately Lea earns back her sense of sight and sees the death of her love. Kita Kita brings those random kilig and sadness that is not corny but rather quotable and likeable. I personally loved the pairing of Alessandra De Rossi and Empoy Marquez, both of which did insanely good. Never expected it from them, to be honest. One scene in particular, gave me those kilig, when Tonyo told Lea an unconventional “I Love You” while they were eating Ramen. The movie is a happy treat until you get to see the tragic ending. The tragedy continues with an enumeration of how things started which was really effective; a perfect example of a flashback method of story-telling. A movie with those "feels", Kita Kita offers hope to the Filipino romantic comedy which typically is a genre of over-used celebrity couples and rushed stories. Sobrang galing na ika'y mabibitin. You’ll definitely count one to ten differently after you see this film.

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Time Published: 26 July 2017 (9:00 PM)

22 July 2017

JR's Video Game Reviews - EVERWING

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(Reviewed on iPhone SE & iPad Mini)
Total Game Time: ∞

Story - 4/10
Gameplay - 6/10
Graphics - 7/10
Innovation - 7/10
Playability - 7/10
Music - 7/10
JR's Rating: 8️⃣ (6.0 out of 10Okay)
"An Addicting Game to Annoy Your Friends..."

➕ Pink Fluffy Boss
➕ Timed Boss Challenges
➕ Unique Fairy Bonuses
➕ Diverse Dragons
➖ Annoying Friend Invites
➖ Frequent Lags
➖ Very Little Objectives

A faster, modern yet truly annoying Space Invaders playable on your Facebook Messenger... Everwing is the newest game that people are hooked up to. In Everwing, you get to play a fairy with two dragon sidekicks defeating every enemy in line that are set to block your path. At the end of several intervals of enemies, you get to defeat different bosses of varying attacks (though as of this moment, there are only 5 bosses in the game so far, my favorite being the Pink Fluffy One). As good as the gameplay mechanic sounds, the game seems to have the only objective of getting the highest score amongst your friends, which is fulfilling in that perspective only. Objectivity-wise, the game only offers different characters and dragons you are to unlock else the game doesn't offer much. The boss challenges are also good but very difficult to achieve if you can't find a friend who is in it to defeat it. One annoying issue I always encountered in this game is whatever platform you play it with, there will always be a time where the game lags thereby sometimes damaging your progress or score in the process. I liked the game upon playing at start but eventually got tired of it as there is nothing new to anticipate it with.

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Time Published: 22 July 2017 (9:00 PM)

16 July 2017


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War for the Planet of the Apes
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10Masterpiece)
"All Hail Caesar! Morality At Its Finest"

➕ Caesar
➕ Biblical and Historical References
➕ The Escape
➕ Recap Introduction
➕ "Food And Water"
➕ Cherry Blossom Scene

War for the Planet of the Apes is a fitting end to the glorious story of Caesar. With astounding effects, symbolic scenes and a memorable story, War for the Planet of the Apes is probably the best out of the different films the franchise has ever spawned in cinema. War for the Planet of the Apes, the third in the Planet of the Apes reboot, brings us to a symbolic war of humans versus apes at the brink of the possible extinction of one specie. Caesar fights to avenge his smart ape specie and the death of his wife and son. The introduction gave us a poetic glimpse of what the prequels were about. I already felt those goosebumps by that beginning alone. The movie is really symbolic reflecting man's colonial efforts towards a minority. The film effectively uses historical references especially with those that transpired in the two World Wars - the Colonel clearly a representation of an Egyptian or Hitler-like army. I also like the biblical referencing Moses ending which started with the escape of enslaved apes, it was truly a heartbreaking one; one of the best endings I seen in movie. The death of Caesar in itself is tragic but open doors on what would be next for the franchise. Two scenes in the movie in particular are memorable, the ones involving the child specifically where she was under a cherry blossom and the other when she gave food and water to a suffering Caesar. The movie has many morality issues that are presented symbolically and masterfully. Consistent from beginning to the end, I just can't control those goosebumps I felt. A true achievement this year, War for the Planet of the Apes is, alongside Wonder Woman, one of the best films this year in the US blockbuster summer movie season. A fitting way to almost end the summer movie season as well as a 2018 Oscar Contender.

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Time Published: 09 July 2017 (9:00 PM)

09 July 2017


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Spider-Man: Homecoming
JR's Rating: 8️⃣ (8.9 out of 10Awesome)
"Spider-Man Reboot Done Amazingly"

➕ Tom Holland
➕ Iron Man
➕ Aunt May (WTF? Ending)
➕ The Vulture Villain
➕ Staten Ferry Sequence
➖ Captain America Post-Credits
➖ Weak Marvel Cinematic Universe Entry

This time around it's done amazingly. Though with less action to Iron Man and Captain America movies, the cute and comedic take on Spider-Man makes it a unique treat in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-Man: Homecoming takes us to a high school Peter Parker who just recently fought alongside Iron Man in the Civil War of Superheroes. Back in New York, Spider-Man proves himself to Iron Man by defeating a powerful Vulture to rightfully earn his spot as an Avenger. Much to my dismay of Spider-Man's first reboot, this second reboot is done masterfully after a good partnership between Disney's Marvel Studios and Sony to mutually share their superhero properties. In comparison to the first two versions of Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming gets an absent Uncle Ben, no real origin story (where Peter Parker gets bitten by a spider), a younger and hotter Aunt May and of course, the presence of other Marvel superheroes. With Captain America and Iron Man's presence, Spider-Man gets a huge boost from the two most recent dumb ones. Tom Holland's acting for me is so much better than his predecessors (Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire), probably due to how he presented Spider-Man in a different way, in a more youthful, awkward, true to his age Peter Parker. The Vulture villain brings in too many action sequences like the Staten Ferry castastrophe and the ending fight between him and Spider-Man in the Avengers plane. I personally love the scene where Spidey gets trapped in the DODC Facility after a failed attempt to capture the Vulture. I feel though that Spider-Man: Homecoming has still a long way to match the thrill and excitement that are Iron Man and Captain America; which both have more intense action sequences and much more ambitious villains. Still, Spider-Man's new outing is a worthy addition to the MCU and a lot better than Webb's Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield. By the way, I just can't forget how Aunt May is so damn hot this time around and I can't forget that very disappointing post-credit scene involving Captain America.

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Time Published: 09 July 2017 (9:00 PM)

01 July 2017


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Transformers: The Last Knight
JR's Rating: 8️⃣ (5.0 out of 10Mediocre)
"Bad Idea to Harness the Earth's Geothermal Energy"

➕ The Transformers
➕ Bumblebee's Voice
➕ Quintessa & The Knight Autobots
➖ Inconsistent Aspect Ratios
➖ Forced Emotions & Symbolisms
➖ Too Many Explosions

Forced emotions, forced symbolisms and yeah, forced explosions... a few of what I felt with Transformers: The Last Knight. Transformers: The Last Knight brings us yet again to Optimus Prime becoming Nemesis Prime who is obligated by Quintessa to go back to earth and retrieve Merlin's staff which is the key to bringing life back to a devastated Cybertron. Merlin's staff will harness all of earth's life force to Cybertron to bring back life to their planet but thereby losing all forms of life on our planet. The movie gives us an astonishing human-like presentation of Transformers yet again with the likes of Hound, Hot Rod and the new Squad of Decepticons. The Knight Autobots and even Quintessa are really impressive additions. Bumblebee remains the crowd favorite being the life of this movie. Unfortunately, for me, with forced elements and inconsistent frame aspects, the 2 hours and 40 minutes time of this movie was a grueling one making me want to leave early on. The different aspect ratios used was not really a good choice by the director. Remember those ratios you use to crop your photos on Instagram or your iPhone, this movie used several of them (in application to the film of course). It made me really irritated while understanding the different scenes involved. Symbolisms were also really bad, as the director seems that, we, the average movie viewer won't understand specific details like etching Punish to an already established "Police" transformer and placing Bowling Pins near a building named as a "Bowling Alley". I can't even feel the emotions of the characters as their acting seems forced and really hard to get. And as usual, the famous Michael Bay-explosions, there are too much of these in the film that they seem inappropriate and inconsistent already with some scenes. Don't get me wrong though, I still loved this movie for the Transformers used but several elements doesn't really work that well in the movie. Another mediocre film yet again this 2017.

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Time Published: 01 July 2017 (9:00 PM)

30 June 2017


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Assassin's Creed Revelations
(Reviewed on PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360)
Total Game Time: 30-40 hours in total
Dates of Play: 11 March 2013 - 15 April 2013 (PS3) & 17 March 2013 - 08 April 2013 (Xbox360)

Story - 9.5/10
Gameplay - 8/10
Graphics - 9/10
Innovation - 8/10
Playability - 7/10
Music - 8/10
JR's Rating: 8️⃣ (8.4 out of 10Awesome)
"Revealing the Ancestry of Assassins"

➕ 16th Century Constantinople
➕ Altair & Ezio
➕ Bomb Crafting
➕ Zipline Assassination
➖ Desmond Sequences
➖ Tower Defense Mechanics

This is the first out of the many Assassin's Creed games that I ever played. Assassin's Creed Revelations brings us a not so confusing storyline between three generations of Assassins - Altair, Ezio and Desmond. Ezio (16th Century) is in Constantinople in search of relics that would bring him back to Altair's era (12th Century). Desmond, in sideline however, is in the present day set to reminisce his ancestry. Majority of the game takes you to Ezio Auditore's storyline, where you fight Templars who are controlling various regions of Constantinople where during that time a struggle to inheritance is happening between Prince Ahmet and his brother Selim. In this game, in comparison to its precursors, you get to craft bombs with varying effects and kill enemies through a zipline assassination with your hookblade in addition to your traditional hidden blade. Set in the Renaissance era, Assassin's Creed Revelations presents an astounding Constantinople complete with its real-world landmarks - Hagia Sofia, Galata Tower, Topkapi Palace, Bayezid Mosque and the Hippodrome (to name a few). The story for me seems at some times convoluted especially when Desmond is placed in the picture (his sequences are also a waste of precious time); however, playing alternately between Ezio and Altair was fun and worth investing your time and attention as they are well thought of. The Assassin's Creed version of GTA San Andreas' Gang Territories - the capturing of areas controlled by Templars - is in itself unique and fun but I hated the mechanism of defending your area against the Templars when they recapture it. The story is good, the zipline assassinations are cool, bomb crafting and collecting treasures is worth my time, and the landmarks are beyond astounding but the lackluster Desmond sequences and tower defense mechanism are a bummer and a let down. Assassin's Creed Revelations is an amazing game, to say the least, in presenting its most iconic characters in a story that isn't forced in the beloved series. I find this as a personal favorite among the games in the series.

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Time Published: 30 June 2017 (9:00 PM)

24 June 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - DESPICABLE ME 3

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Despicable Me 3
JR's Rating: 8️⃣ (8.0 out of 10Awesome)
"The Search for the Candy-Eating Unicorn"

➕ The Minions (Cuter As Ever)
➕ Gru's Twin, Dru
➕ The Search for the Unicorn
➕ Use of Pop Music from the 80s & 90s
➕ Minions in Prison Scene
➖ Story With Less Depth & Emotion
➖ Lack of Heart That The Two Prequels Had

You'll love this movie for three major things, 1) The Minions (of course, they're the most lovable), 2) Gru and Dru (and their battle against Balthazar Bratt) and 3) Agnes (and her search for the candy-eating unicorn, truly a cute moment). Despicable Me 3 follows three stories as I have specified in my introduction. First, we see Gru meeting his twin brother Dru on a quest to continue their family's legacy of villainry. Gru suffers from job firing from his spy agency and decides to partner with his twin brother to bring the diamond that Balthazar Bratt stole back to where it belongs. Second, we see the minions' rebellion against Gru not anymore being involved in villainry. They immediately regret their decision and go back to Gru. Third, we see Agnes on her search and capture of a unicorn. But the question is, will she really see and catch one. The animation is cute and amazing but the movie lacks what the first two Despicable Me movies had - a story that has depth and emotion. This one makes good combination of mixed yet understandable, complementing and noncovoluted storylines but fails to capture my heart in the process. I was hoping for something special from this movie that I could reminisce and recapture as I go out of the cinema but unfortunately, none. It's like the Minions, where the movie is for purely entertainment but this time around it was better. The first Despicable Me still stands as the best of the three films. Not a masterpiece, but the animation was cute and amazing that it deserves positive credit.

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Time Published: 24 June 2017 (9:00 PM)

17 June 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - THE MUMMY

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The Mummy
JR's Rating: 5️⃣ (5.9 out of 10Mediocre)
"Gloomy Start for the Dark Universe of Gods and Monsters"

➕ Princess Ahmanet
➕ Mummy Jump Scares

➖ Tom Cruise
➖ Egyptian and English History Mash-Up
➖ Forced Linkage to Dr. Jekyll
➖ Confused Genre
➖ Too Much Emphasis on the Dark Universe

Truly, a weak start to the Universal Dark Universe... The Mummy seems like many great ideas placed in a film that looks rushed and confused if its a horror, comedy or action film. I was personally anticipating a dark, scary and horrific (in a good way) Dark Universe as it will be revitalizing the classic monsters we came to know of in film. The Mummy brings Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) in an adventure of defeating Egyptian princess Ahmanet's plans coming to reality. Princess Ahmanet made a deal with the Egyptian God of Death on making them the most powerful entities on earth. The plan fails miserably as Ahmanet gets buried alive in mercury. Come the present day, Ahmanet's tomb is found and transferred to England where she is on track to bringing her plans once again into fruition. It's Nick Morton's duty to save the world from this demise. Let me say, first, that it was really a dumb idea to connect Egyptian history to that of England's. I don't see the logic of how Egyptian artifacts be hidden in the underground catacombs of England. Second, Tom Cruise fails miserably to deliver a character suit for the film. This is not a Mission Impossible where you can be cocky and comedic but, for me, a horror flick that should be serious and made genuine. Third, the movie story seems rushed with so many details mixed into the fray. Indeed, the effects were great but not enough to impress me with the entirety of the film. There are positives though for the film. I liked how the selection and back story of the titular The Mummy was presented. I liked the concept of what power The Mummy has. And I liked the jump scares that filled the movie for thrills. But, all-in-all, The Mummy is horrific in a bad way. The Mummy should have been individualized, true to the foundation of its character as I don't think a shared universe for the classic monsters would work. The future seems gloomy for the Dark Universe, indeed...

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Time Published: 17 June 2017 (9:00 PM)