Coming home

I watched Spider-Man: Homecoming today and enjoyed it. I loved how they were able to connect it to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Story-wise, this is another reboot of Spider-Man, with a new actor set in a new universe. I’m glad it’s not another origin story because it’s honestly unnecessary at this point since almost everyone knows how Peter Parker became Spider-Man. 

It’s also nice that they introduced a new villain, The Vulture, portrayed by Michael Keaton, who played Batman in the Tim Burton movies, and also starred in Birdman, whom I thought was a great casting choice. Oh and Tom Holland is pretty likeable as Spider-Man. I already liked his appearance in Civil War so I’m glad this movie made me like his version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man even more. It was nice seeing him learn how to use his gifts and getting used to them while learning about power and responsibility (sorry). I also liked how Tony Stark/Iron-Man acted like a mentor to Peter/Spider-Man.

I had mixed feelings when I watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 despite being pretty hyped but Homecoming was a spectacular experience from start to finish and I look forward to future MCU Spider-Man movies.

Rating: 9/10

Babelian Bang Bang Love Strikes!

So I watched Pacific Rim in IMAX 3D last Friday, and it was one of my favorite movies this year. I thought the pacing was very good. I also noticed that it had a Japanese actress as one of the cast. I aslo saw The Wolverine which also had a Japanese actress (Tao Okamoto). Whereas Tao Okamoto just started her film career with this movie, Rinko Kikuchi had other Hollywood roles. I was curious about them and started watching them. I started with the movie Babel (2006). In this movie, she plays as a 17-year old deaf high school student, which makes it easier for her since she doesn’t have to speak English but she did have to learn sign language, so I’ll give her credit for that. She was actually 26 during that time, but she fit in pretty well. Not sure if its just me but telling the age of a Japanese woman is difficult just by looking. It gets tricky sometimes. Anyway, back to the movie, although the story was decent enough and it was quite unique in how each of the countries’ stories blended together. I don’t see myself watching this again. Rating 7/10

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Rinko Babel version
The next movie I watched with Rinko in it was The Brothers Bloom (2008) which was a little more entertaining than Babel. Although she doesn’t speak much, she was interesting to watch here. I do prefer her with black hair, even better with colored streaks like in Babel and Pacific Rim, instead of dying it blond.

Rinko The Brothers Bloom version
Rinko The Brothers Bloom version
I also learned after watching Pacific Rim, and checking Wikipedia, that she was in the Japanese TV drama Moteki but I couldn’t tell at first because I was used to her black hair in the movie. It was dyed blond in this show. I did enjoy watching Moteki though, one of my top 10 dramas maybe, although I haven’t seen the whole series yet.

Anyway that’s it for this post.

Fast and the Pretty

While I was in the Philippines, I had a conversation with a friend about cars and we eventually talked about the “Fast and the Furious” movies. I decided to check them out today. starting with the first one released in 2001. After watching it, it didn’t really strike me as amazing but I’ll still go through the other 5 movies just to see how the story continues.

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Meh. I mean Vrooom!

 

I didn’t feel like watching the 2nd movie right away, so I decided to catch up on other shows I could possibly watch and found the Japanese animated movie “The Garden of Words” or (言の葉の庭 Kotonoha no Niwa) which was released this year and directed by Makoto Shinkai, who directed one of my other favorite anime movies 5 Centimeters Per Second (秒速5センチメートル Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru). To be honest though, I started watching The Garden of Words 2 weeks ago but stopped halfway and just finished it today. It has an interesting story but didn’t move me as much as I had expected. But I will say that the animation is some of the most beautiful I’ve seen, everything looks so clean.

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超きれい。

Maximum Spider!

I’ve actually watched most of the Spider-Man series, but my favorite ones is Spectacular Spider-Man, followed by the 1995 Spider-man cartoon. I’ve seen all 3 of the movies and that they were quite good (Of course, 3 is my least favorite). What’s great about the new Spider-man movie in my opinion is that, Spider-man now uses web shooters which he used in the comics as opposed to organical ones of the Sam Raimi movies.

So the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man just came out and I’m seriously looking forward to it. Spider-Man is arguably my favorite superhero.

It’s supposed to come out in theaters June 30th in Japan. Can’t wait.

Impossible Missions

So one of my hobbies is watching movies, especially at the cinema, but it’s actually been quite a while since I’ve gone.I decided to watch the new Mission Impossible movie. I wasn’t actually looking forward to watching this movie but I thought I’d check it out since it has a good rating on rotten tomatoes (a website I frequently visit to get recommendations on movies to watch). I initially was going to watch this at Midland Square but a friend told me about a cinema at Nagoya called 109 cinemas so I thought I’d check it out.The thing with me and watching movies, is that I really don’t like watching alone. I usually like to go with at least one other person, so I invited someone to watch with me.

So about the movie, I thought it was pretty ok and was worth watching. I watched it in IMAX even though it is a bit more expensive than the regular version at ¥2000. I’ve seen the first 3 movies before so I kinda knew what I was getting into. One thing that I thought was cool was the inclusion of Simon Pegg. He’s one of my favorite actors because of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, movies that I’ve seen more than once since I like ’em so much.

The next movie I wanna watch next month is Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判), which is based on the DS game of the same name. I’m a big fan of the series, I’ve played through all of the main series and even the Miles Edgeworth (Mitsurugi Reiji in the Japanese version) spin-off.