DotA: Nakakabaliw – Where do I even begin?

A movie called DotA: Nakakabaliw is in Metro Manila theaters right now and it has me stumped. This is not a review of the movie because I haven’t seen it yet and you would have to set my balls on fire to force me to consider buying a ticket. Instead, this is me just judging the movie based on its trailer and poster because that’s what I do.

Before we begin, let me just say that I take great joy in making fun of DotA and its legions of supporters and haters on this blog. The hilarity produced by the DotA culture is simply magnificent.

Now let’s discuss what the film is about. It allegedly explores the consequences of playing an online game too much. A group of teenagers’ obsession over DotA leads them down a dark path to danger and insanity. Like, you’re talking smack with your buddies at a computer shop one second, and the next, you’re roaming the streets and stealing bananas from whiny vendors. Interesting premise, I have to admit. The execution, however, is also interesting — but not in a good way. Let’s take a look at DotA: Nakakabaliw‘s poster:

DotA: Nakakabaliw

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Review: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

There will be spoilers but they will be at the end of the post. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when to look away if you’re anal about spoilers. Now let’s talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Super Political Action Thriller

While the movie has a lot of moving parts in terms of characters and twists, the plot is fairly simple. We’ve seen this story dozens of times already in action thriller, political thriller, and espionage movies: somebody finds out something that’s supposed to be a big secret so everybody else tries to kill them. Also, it involves car chases and insane parkour Jason Bourne type of shit action sequences.

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Falling in Love with Chvrches by Way of Arctic Monkeys

I’ve been constantly hearing and reading about Chvrches for the past couple of months but I haven’t really tried listening to them as I’m not really a fan of the whole synthpop thing. I’m currently into southern gothic thanks to all the wonderful mixes on 8tracks, but all it takes is one lovely cover of an Arctic Monkeys song to reel me in.

Chvrches just did a cover of Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys and — like a lot of the most interesting things on the Internet tend to do — found its way into my Twitter timeline. I gave it a listen because it was either that or I explore the WWE tag on Tumblr, and man, was I glad that I skipped The Shield slashfic and the long essays about AJ Lee’s title reign.

The Shield

I like how they beat up other people but I definitely don’t want to see them “beating up” each other.

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Turok Hunts Dinosaurs, Ms. Marvel Hunts Delicious Infidel Meat

Summer is rearing its ugly little punk head here in the Philippines and I hate it. Good thing there’s comics, am I right? Let’s review some comics, you little punks.

X-Men #10.NOW

Ms. Marvel #1

First of all, can I just say that this book is gorgeous? From the cover by Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor to the interior art by Adrian Alphona with colors by Ian Herring, Ms. Marvel #1 is a visual delight. I cringe whenever I use that expression but whatever, this book deserves it. But it’s not just pretty, though. It has substance too.

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5 Reasons to See Wicked in Manila

Wicked in ManilaWicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical based on a novel that runs parallel to film The Wizard of Oz (1939) which is based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). Obviously, most people who are familiar with the concept of books and movies know about the magical land of Oz. That’s why even for people who lack culture like me, Wicked is something to be experienced and enjoyed. It is something familiar yet something excitingly new.

I saw Wicked over the weekend and it was amazing. If you’re on the fence about seeing it, let me try to help you make up your mind. Here are 5 reasons to see Wicked in Manila.

1. The Story Behind THE Story

I love  the concept of looking at an established story from a different angle. It is fairly common in comics with main event books and their ancillary titles, so I’m pretty comfortable with this Oz story that focuses on the witches. It’s just so much fun when you recognize the various references to The Wizard of Oz. Also, I just might check out the book soon because based on what I saw in the musical, I’m expecting it to be seriously clever and entertaining.

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