Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated comedy ‘Isle of Dogs’ opens May 30 in the Philippines

Years after captivating audiences with The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox, acclaimed director Wes Anderson has again begun wowing audiences in his latest masterpiece Isle of Dogs starring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Led by an all-star voice cast such as Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Scarlett Johansson (“Lucy”), Yoko Ono, Bill Murray (“Ghostbusters”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards in Ebbing Missouri”) and Liev Shreiber (“X-Men”).

Isle of Dogs details the story of Atari Kobayashi, when an outbreak of the canine flu spreads in Japan, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump. a scrappy pack of exiled dogs who’ve banded together to survive makes an amazing discovery: the crash-landing of a little human pilot who will take them on a life-changing journey.

Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Written by Wes Anderson who also directs the film, he detailed the writing process of the film and said that coming up with Isle of Dogs was a continuous process, “It’s just always changing and once we reach the end, we start reworking it”

Considered to be more complex and ambitious than Anderson’s first foray into stop-motion animation with the 2009 hit, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Composer Alexandre Desplat who marks his 4th time working with Anderson in Isle of Dogs has nothing but praises for the film.

“It’s an even more ambitious film than Fantastic Mr. Fox and it doesn’t look like anything else you’ve seen. The animation is wild and the amount of detail packed into every frame is astonishing.” Said Desplat.

Featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest names, the film includes the voices of Edward Norton (“The Incredible Hulk”), Bob Balaban (“Moonrise Kingdom”), Jeff Goldbum (“Thor: Ragnarok”), Tilda Swinton (“Doctor Strange”), Harvel Keitel (“Pulp Fiction”) and Ken Watanabe (“Inception”).

From 20th Century Fox, catch Wes Anderson’s newest animation masterpiece Isle of Dogs in select Ayala Malls Cinemas starting May 30, 2018.

Sacrifice is the undercurrent theme in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (Spoiler Review)

Marvel’s latest gargantuan, Avengers: Infinity War, has already earned a whopping $1 billion within its first 11 days of release (the fastest film ever to do so), surpassing the biggest opening weekend set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (for US release) and The Fate of the Furious (for worldwide). Most impressively, Infinity War has nabbed this record (and all sorts of box office records) without the help of the world’s second biggest movie market, China. (The film opens there on May 11). Kudos to the whole crew and cast! It’s safe to say that a huge demographic of moviegoers has already seen this and we can finally go in depth with everything that happened in this epic installment.

WARNING: This is a spoiler discussion. If you want to have an untainted viewing experience, I suggest to check our spoiler-free reviews instead.


‘INFINITY WAR’ STARTS WITH A BANG


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“Oh, mighty Thanos, I, Loki, Prince of Asgard, Odinson, The Rightful King of Jotunheim, God of Mischief, do hereby pledge to you my undying fidelity.” – Loki, handing the Tesseract to Thanos

The purple mad titan Thanos makes an impression right of the bat by killing off two major characters from the Thor franchise – Heimdall and Loki. The Guardian of the Bifrost’s death makes sense with the destruction of Asgard and the uncertainty of future Thor sequels. Fan theorists, on the other hand, are not entirely sold on Loki’s death considering the “God of Mischief” surely has better plans than deliberately attempting to stab Thanos right in his face.  Still, we can’t ignore if Thanos’ line, “No resurrections this time” is a meta-reference that seals his fate.

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“Hear me and rejoice! You have had the privilege of being saved by the Great Titan.” – Ebony Maw to the dying Asgardians

We are also introduced to the short-lived, one-dimensional but nevertheless formidable Thanos’ henchmen a.k.a. The Black Order – Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian (Hulk’s counterpart) and Ebony Maw. If I have to pick a favorite, it has to be Maw and his dope telekinesis powers that allows him to effortlessly split cars in half. “Squidward” can easily obliterate most of our heroes but his skills apparently won’t stand a chance against someone like Peter Parker who “has seen more movies.” Taking up on the kid’s suggestion, Tony Stark blasts a portion of his spaceship and Maw is flushed into the vacuum of space, a reference to the film Aliens. Indeed, being a film geek has its own advantages too, especially when it comes to extinguishing intergalactic creatures.


HOW THANOS IMPROVED THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE


Now, I partly discussed on my previous review why Thanos is arguably the best MCU villain to date – how his spiritual journey of collecting the infinity gems is tied up to addressing real-world problems. Let’s add a few more reasons to that.

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“All that for a drop of blood?” – Thanos

First, Thanos and his children forced our heroes to step up their A-game. Iron Man’s nanotechnology increases his fighting chance to a whole new level and Spider-Man gets a free upgrade as well with his spider-legs (something that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield can be jealous of). Thor earns his title of a Norse god as he forges a new warhammer, Captain America equips himself with two shields this time and even Black Widow manages to hold her own with two electric batons. Doctor Strange, however, bags the MVP award for bringing up most of the new tricks in his sleeve which I will inaccurately call as the “crimson bands of imprisonment”, “the butterfly effect” and some form of “Naruto’s Kage Bunshin no Jutsu technique” (You get what I mean). The battle in planet Titan stands out the most as the whole showdown turned into a Dragon Ball-Z affair (albeit one that doesn’t suck). Yep, Thanos just lasso-ed a moon and threw it on our heroes. Still a great effort #TeamIronMan, #TeamCap will get him on planet Earth (no they won’t).

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“Broke up? Like a band? Like ‘The Beatles?'” – Bruce Banner, clueless to the Avengers break-up in ‘Civil War’

Next, instead of Banner having a basic storyline of playing catch-up on Earth’s events, Thanos improved his arc by giving him a performance anxiety issue. Fear is usually not a part of the Hulk’s vocabulary, even in Thor: Ragnarok when he has shown willingness to go head-to-head against the overpowered fire demon Surtur. In this film however, Thanos puts an end to his child-play, lifts him up in the air like a professional wrestler and gives him a taste of his classic “Hulk smash!” (Now he knows what Loki felt like in Avengers 1). Down goes his esteem and Banner fails to unleash the Hulk for the rest of the film. It works as a comic relief plus we get more of Banner, so it’s a win-win. Hulk’s shattered ego will surely be explored in Avengers 4.

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“Let’s talk about this plan of yours. I think it’s good, except… it sucks. So let me do the plan, in that way. It might be really good.” – Star Lord on rebutting Tony Stark’s plan

Most importantly, Thanos teaches Star-Lord a valuable life lesson of putting your head above your emotions so you won’t act like a reckless kid. Peter Quill’s rage essentially costs the Avenger’s win and he indirectly condemns half of the universe in the process. To his defense, his reactions are very human (for a half-human, half-celestial being) and I’m not sure if any of his human haters won’t do the same if they find out that their significant other is killed by their demented father-in-law. Anyway, since Tony Stark went into a profound maturation after inadvertently creating Ultron in Avengers 2, we can hopefully expect some growth from this lovable man-child in the future. Oh wait, he disintegrates into ashes in the end right? Well, more of that later.

NEXT: The twisted love-hate relationship of Thanos, Gamora and Nebula