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All posts by Kevin Oliver Tan

"Cogito, ergo sum"

MOVIE REVIEW: Rampage (2018)

“The Rock” battling giant monsters in RAMPAGE. Need I say more? Rampage is loosely based on a 1986 arcade game which allows its player to control a trio of genetically-enhanced monsters—a gorilla, a wolf, and a crocodile—whose goal is to reduce the surface of the earth into smithereens. It is quite bemusing how a game ...

Survival odds of each hero appearing in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

The time of reckoning has come. Opening in Philippine cinemas this April 25 is Avengers: Infinity War. The culmination of 10 years and 18 movies leads to this most gigantic and fatal crossover in the history of cinema. And what way to end this event of cosmic significance? With a big bang. Guardians of the ...

MOVIE REVIEW: Never Not Love You (2018)

Antoinette Jadaone’s ‘Never Not Love You’ is her bravest and most nuanced work to date. It paints a realistic portrait of love – the euphoria, the sorrow and everything in between. For the most part, Never Not Love You keeps its leads, Joanne and Gio, exchanging three magical words that we all know too well: ...

MOVIE REVIEW: Ready Player One (2018)

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is a timeless tribute to escapism, an amalgamation of all geek worlds, an apotheosis of nostalgia. This is the reason why we go to cinema. Atari 2600, Akira, Batman, Chucky, Godzilla, Gundam, Hello Kitty, The Iron Giant, Jurassic Park, King Kong, Looney Tunes, Street Fighter, Star Wars, Willy Wonka, Saturday ...

MOVIE REVIEW: Game Night (2018)

Much like a board game, Game Night throws a lot of curveballs and fakeouts. Every detour is packed with snappy humor. It’s not the game itself that makes every game night an enjoyable social activity. It’s the people who you’re playing with that makes the evening fun, right? And from this perspective, John Francis Daley ...

MOVIE REVIEW: Tomb Raider (2018)

Roar Uthaug’s reboot of Tomb Raider is definitely better than the past Angelina Jolie films, but in the slew of action films, this version feels bland. Alicia Vikander, with her immense upper body strength, mightily carries the film, flaws and all. Here’s the thing: If you have high hopes for films based on video games, ...

MOVIE REVIEW: Black Panther (2018)

Ryan Coogler’s superhero film Black Panther tells a socially-relevant story and breaks barriers at the same time. Black Panther currently sits as the most critically-acclaimed superhero film of all time on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes with 97% (roughly tied with 2004’s The Incredibles) as of writing. Not to mention its current dominion on ...

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