Ibiza (2018): A Netflix Movie Review

 

mv5bmty3ndq5mzm4nl5bml5banbnxkftztgwnduzodi0ntm-_v1_sy1000_cr0015021000_al_In a time where female-led films and strong female leads have become a part of a revolution happening in Hollywood, film nowadays have started portraying women as strong individuals on the silver screen. Although the feminist movement in Hollywood is still in its infancy, its impact is nonetheless felt in pop culture but that’s another story for another day.

I got the chance to catch Ibiza (2018) recently, a gross out comedy that features female leads in the veins of The Hangover and the concept sounded intriguing at first, but quickly devolved into something I regretted catching. To make it short, it was offensive. But let’s take a more in-depth look to understand why.

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Tony (2018): A (Short) Film Review

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It’s quite rare that you find short films that live up to expectations than the longer, more ‘fuller’ experiences you get from a full feature-length film. Short films need to nail down one critical component of a film, the story-telling, within only minutes, yet are expected to give the satisfaction of a complete story. However, we’re in an age and time where stories have evolved beyond that of a full feature-length film. Short films were always sort of pet projects for fans to showcase their passion for a franchise they love, but nowadays, short films have evolved to a much different beast than it was once before.

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Dauntless: Open Beta – First Impressions

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The Monster Hunter franchise earned a special place in my heart over nearly more than a decade ago when I picked up the first portable entry in the series in my teenage years. As Monster Hunter World is a current Playstation 4 exclusive as of now, fans of the franchise quickly yearned for something to satisfy their cravings of slaying monsters. So it is no surprise that when I heard a Free-to-Play (F2P) experience that aims to capture the charms of Monster Hunter on the PC, I was excited and wanted to play it.

Dauntless, for the uninitiated, is a monster hunting F2P game in the veins of Monster Hunter produced by Phoenix Labs. It takes the formula well-known by fans and makes it its own, delivering a fast-paced yet methodical, skill-oriented, and extremely rewarding experience best seen in games like Dark Souls. It is not an easy to pick up game, and has some ‘barrier of entry’ due to its emphasis on skill and mastery but its something fans of the series love nonetheless. So how does Dauntless open beta deliver on its promise? Let’s take a look and find out!

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Black Panther: A Movie Review

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Marvel has not failed to wow its fans yet, this time bringing the solo adventure starring the Black Panther and his homeland, Wakanda, to the spotlight in a movie that surprised me for the route the film took, which was, safe to say, a very different way to do a Marvel film.

Did this deviation from the Marvel formula reap great results? There’s no need to wait, let’s take a nosedive right in.

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When We First Met: A Movie Review

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m back for a special Valentine’s Day review. Romantic Comedy films have always aimed at the low-hanging fruit, usually devolving into a ‘that is the perfect guy/gal and that’s why you gotta chase him/her’ cliche.

And that’s why I’m recommending this Netflix film today. Does it escape that cliche? No, it doesn’t, it’s still about chasing destiny and falling in love with that ‘perfect girl’ but it embraces the cliche and adds its own twist. Then was it predictable? Yes, it is predictable yet manages to squeeze out that final bit of originality that made it one of my favorites in the genre after viewing it (fun fact: not a fan of rom-coms, but some are just heartwarming enough to make it a fun watch).

So how does it tug at your heartstrings? Let’s find out, shall we?

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Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha Reflection: A Film Review

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Yep, an anime film review. New year, new me. Jokes aside, this film holds a strange place in my heart for being a movie about an anime I’ve kinda long forgotten about, an anime I did not really appreciate much in my younger years.

What this movie is about is a relatively interesting one. An anime that blends the magical girl genre (think Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura) mixed with a bit of an Interdimensional Police Corps and you get Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha in a nutshell. So how does it hold out for me 8 years later (9 if we want to start the count in 2018)? Let’s dive right in and find out!

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Welcoming 2018!

Happy new year, everybody! I don’t know how many people actually read my blog but I’d like to use this opportunity to a) thank everyone for reading! b) discuss plans for the future of the blog.

Well, it’s been great to be around to deliver reviews straight from the heart for the films I’ve watched this year, regardless in the cinema, on Netflix or through my weekly movie sessions with family. But I’d also like to explore a part of my interests of gaming as well and this will serve as a reminder to myself to touch on a bit of gaming journalism as well as serve more opinion pieces (of which I find a lot I don’t finish in 2017).

Cheers to the new year, and once more, thank you all so much for reading my work. All of this started out as merely a distraction from finals but has served to archive my work in short stories and to pen my thoughts in both opinion pieces and movie reviews. Have an awesome 2018!

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: A Film Review

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Ahh… Jumanji. The name itself brings back fond memories of a bygone era of both a cartoon series and a movie that both feature the titular board game. In this 2017 film, like so many re-imaginations of previously successful films from the 90s or early 2000s, it has gone through the ‘same same but different’ filter and is just a slight deviation from its previous incarnations.

So in this case, well… Jumanji is no longer a board game but a full-fledged video game but the premise is still the same: it’s all about survival. So strap in your seat belts, friends, and let’s venture into the jungle together!

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Death On The Nile (1978): A Movie Review

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Following up with a somewhat renewed interest in Agatha Christie’s novels from last week’s review and look into murder mysteries as a genre, we once again visit the adventures of our favorite detective, Hercule Poirot.

This time, however, we visit  him on the famous river in Egpyt known only as The Nile, and we kick back on a cruise, along with a new cast of characters to accompany us. Does it hold up as well as the previous story on the esteemed Orient Express? When you have gone through such a first amazing escapade, will the murders on the Nile satiate our cravings for another murder mystery? Let’s dive in and find out!

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