How Do You Like Them Apples: Reviewing Netflix’s Death Note Movie

Unpopular opinion: I actually enjoyed the Netflix Death Note movie. This is coming from someone who's gone through the original material: manga, anime, and even the Japanese movies with Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale, Rurouni Kenshin). I watched the Netflix version and found it enjoyable. I liked it. Before you start lighting torches and marching on…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming, Homage and Familiarity

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens against the backdrop of New York City and its iconic skyline. Traffic buzzes on the Brooklyn Bridge, and people flock the streets while the sun reaches its zenith. The colorful atmosphere of the five boroughs give life to the busy city. Meanwhile, a teenager hastily throws his clothes away as he enters a…

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Fourth Time’s The Charm: Wonder Woman Is The Movie We Deserve

Wonder Woman could easily have been a run-of-the-mill superhero movie that would fly under the radar in five years. Her story is not wholly unique, and it’s easy to pick out tropes that have been used and overused in other origin movies. However, Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg’s screenplay plus an excellent cast under Patty Jenkins’…

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Counting Planes: ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’ Review

I first visited Hong Kong in 1996. My relatives there are relatively well-off, ensuring all I've heard are stories of how great it is to live there. I was 11: naive in many ways to the world, and most especially the plight of so many Filipinos living as domestic helpers. The day we were set to…

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