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Arthur Panganiban

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8.25
Plot/Story
7
Characters
8
Acting
9
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
8
Production Design
10
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
7

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Downton Abbey

The plot revolves around a much anticipated royal visit and stay over to the estate of Downton Abbey, arguably an historic moment of the Crawleys and their staff. Everyone is faced with a challenge, and a question that they have to face and answer. The attention to detail of the production design is outstanding. I’m somewhat convinced in my head that the English and Japanese are related with their level of OCD, manners, orderliness, and honor to name a few. I love seeing every detail of the items in the store, pubs, rooms, kitchen, and clothes. I kept looking at those copper pots and kept thinking of the constant maintenance that must be done to keep their luster and use. It’s just a wonderful break from CGI. The dialog is very polished but full of entertaining witty banter which doesn’t get old because they are spaced and timed perfectly. The cast’s performance are excellent as a whole and none of them takes themselves too seriously which is exactly how it should be. Maggie Smith delivers as always, but here it’s with her great one liners. I was drawn to Allen Leech’s character the most for some reason. To make a movie you can enjoy without having to know everyone’s back story for 6 seasons is a home run for me. All in all, I really enjoyed this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it. This is from someone who’s never seen a single episode of Downton Abbey. Thumbs up!

By : Arthur Panganiban| Date : 1 month ago




9.13
Plot/Story
10
Characters
9
Acting
10
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
8
Production Design
9
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
9

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Mirage

This movie was a surprise to watch. It really hit me with the 80s nostalgia. I can see big nods from time travel movies like Back to the Future and Somewhere in Time, both of which are movies that I love. I was certain that one of the writers, who also happens to be the director, was around my age and I was right on. Oriol Paulo was an eighties kid for sure. I noticed the JVC camcorder, puffy vest over denim jackets, time watch references, and the professor visit to the university like the movie Somewhere in Time. were nicely done. This movie is more of a suspense, drama, mystery. No time travel actually happens here though, but more like causalities that affects past and future outcomes. The story was very well done, always keeping you guessing and involved. I really love the twists and turns they throw at you. What compliments the story is the acting. I don't know if I've ever seen the main actress, Adriana Ugarte before, but she was outstanding! She has my vote for sure. Every supporting cast were very believable including the kids. Alvaro Morte from La Casa de Papel doesn't disappoint either I don't really have any negative to say about this movie, except maybe some parts could have gone a little faster or perhaps skipped even. You don't have to be a science fiction fan of time travel to enjoy this movie. That was just a small but pivotal part of the plot. The strengths were in the story telling, and acting. If you want to relax and not be disturbed for 2 hours, this is one movie to watch.

By : Arthur Panganiban| Date : 2 months ago




6.63
Plot/Story
5
Characters
4
Acting
8
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
10
Execution
6
Emotional Impact
5

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Mute

Great visuals! We are transported to a futuristic, cyberpunk, blade runner type world. Netflix has done a wonderful job in production design considering it's not a silver screen production, I really can't tell much of a difference. The soundtrack is pleasant, fitting the scenes. The actors do a great job here. Paul Rudd, Alexander Skarsgård, and Justin Therox are fun to watch. Now the nit-picking comes. The movie starts off very well but somewhere along the lines it starts to lose itself on what it wants to be. The plot is very simple, but the story seems to be all over the place in trying to build the characters. There's even a point when the Alexander, the mute, doesn't even seem to be the main character. There were also some interesting but arguably unnecessary characters that didn't need the extra screen time. In the end, the movie doesn't feel entirely too satisfying but the colors, wardrobe, locations, and performance makes up a bit for that empty feeling.

By : Arthur Panganiban| Date : 4 months ago




8.5
Plot/Story
8
Characters
9
Acting
10
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
8
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
9

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Sicario

This movie is a constant suspense of 'what the heck is going on and what's going to happen next?'. Emily Blunt's performance is excellent as we take on this ride with her. She is an honest FBI agent who's only done her job to the extent of the law. When she is somewhat taken under the wing of Josh and Benicio's characters, she realizes things operate in a different way when higher government powers, the CIA, get deep into fighting crimes against humanity, or in this case the Mexican drug cartel. The acting is top notch here. As a bit of a non-related spoiler joke to myself, Jon Bernthal has a small role here which of course he nails but I wonder if this got him the job of Netflix's The Punisher. He does such an excellent job of getting beaten up. It was a surprise to see him in this movie. CIA agent Matt Graves (Brolin) plays it neutral here just doing his job but he's like the buffer between the two extremes, Kate (Blunt) and Alejandro (Del Toro). One can really get into character analysis here which is definitely one of the strengths of this movie, next to acting. A few parts dragged just ever so slightly for me but it did not ruin the experience of the movie. I'm glad to have finally watched this since this was in my old-missed list of movies, and to my surprise I hadn't realized there was a part 2 that just came out. I'm looking forward to that one very soon! All in all, I highly recommend this movie if you're okay with some gore scenes. If not, you could always just close your eyes because you could be missing a good movie with great scenes.

By : Arthur Panganiban| Date : 8 months ago




7.88
Plot/Story
7
Characters
8
Acting
9
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
7
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
7

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Sorry to Bother You

What surprised me about this movie is that I never expected its tone and how it would turn out. The trailer doesn't serve it justice. I was expecting another okay dumb movie, which I enjoy at times but that wasn't the case at all. The actor were entertaining, fresh and enjoyable. It was absurd in some ways but it all works. An artistic movie no doubt which gives me somewhat the same feel and silliness as Being John Malkovich or I Heart the Huckabees and that's something I haven't seen in a long while. Lakeith and Tessa nails their performances and characters. It was also great to see 'ol Danny Glover again who's still too old for this shit. The movie loses its way a bit for a good 20 minutes after the shocking experience with Armie, who played his part so well too, but I forgive it. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who is up for some thing new and unexpected.

By : Arthur Panganiban| Date : 11 months ago




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8.13
Plot/Story
9
Characters
9
Acting
8
Cinematography
7
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
8
Execution
7
Emotional Impact
10

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The Boys

Okay, now this is a show that has it all. I'll try not to bring spoilers. It's not perfect but I'm beginning to think now that the more characters you have that you actually and genuinely give two shits about, the more you're vested in it. For me, this show has characters you actually care about. Even the villains here are ones you don't want out of the picture just yet. Now let's talk about the actors. I think the ones that really shine, and possibly in order here are Karl Urban & Anthony Starr. Both of which could very well be a tie, Next is Elizabeth Shue, and Jack Quaid. Everyone else is fantastic too. There are several scenes where they too glow. The Boys, as I've recently learned is based on a popular comic series, and I've read several forums where the fans even thought the series was better than the comics. Several fans were impressed with Homelander's portrayal and take on the character. I've never read the comics but after seeing his acting and performance, I can understand why. I've seen it almost twice in it's entirety but not by choice. When my family watches it, I couldn't stop myself from sitting down and watching it again. I should be coding and fixing this site right now but here I find myself watching the last episode with them, now compelled to write about it. This show may not be for one with a weak stomach on certain scenes, but all I can say is to just close your eyes like you used to do as a child when it becomes uncomfortable, and just enjoy it for the characters, acting, dialog and story. My only negative here was some of the cinematography. There were times when I wasn't enjoying the hand held camera, and the choppy editing. Several scenes were nicely done though. I highly recommend this series. Amazon truly delivers here but now I'm thinking this could be the reason why The Tick, which is another one of their series that I loved, was pulled. Black Noir and Overkill should definitely meet.

By : Arthur Panganiban| Date : 2 months ago




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Movie : John Wick 2   |   Actor : Ruby Rose   |   Character : Ares

I really enjoyed Ruby Rose as Ares. She had that smug look which she worked so well into her character. Her action sequences were very good and entertaining. I would love for her to play Ares again. She doesn’t talk here but her facial expressions and her eyes were pretty much the sound of her voice. Bravo!

By : Arthur Panganiban | Date : 2 years ago




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