5 reasons I’m excited to see ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By Joanna Mendoza

Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

(Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)

Ack! In less than five hours, I’ll be fortunate enough to see Avengers: Age of Ultron… and I have yet to do my homework! A few days ago, I vowed to finally finish 2012’s The Avengers, but I still can’t get myself to do it.

Still, I am excited about this sequel. My sister said she prefers it to the first one, and a friend said that even though she didn’t think it was very good, she thought it was really funny. And funny is all I need. The reason I can’t get myself to finish The Avengers is that somewhere during the big NYC battle, the movie stopped being funny and instead became too Cartoon Network for my taste.

With those comments about the funny in my head, I’m feeling a lot of good will toward Age of Ultron. I have to say, I’m quite excited! Below are the 5 things I’m most excited about.

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The pressure is on to finally finish Avengers 2012!

By Joanna Mendoza

Time to finish this! (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

Time to finish this! (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

While searching for an archived adobo recipe in my inbox this morning, I got a really nice surprise: an invite to a free screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Now the pressure is really on to finish 2012’s The Avengers. I’ve tried several times, but I always found myself losing interest somewhere during the big NYC battle/climax. I don’t know. There’s something about it that was a letdown for me. The buildup was great–the chemistry of the cast, the dialogue, the humor, it was all great and immensely enjoyable. But for all that to lead to something like the big NYC battle felt a bit like child’s play to me. Like, if I wanted something like that, I’d watch the Cartoon Network.

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Survivor: Joe and Hali arrive at Ponderosa (separate videos)

By Joanna Mendoza

"This feels weird, not going back to camp." - Joe

“This feels weird, not even going back to camp, because it’s like home now.” – Joe

I liked Joe in the beginning, so I thought it’d be interesting to see his arrival at Ponderosa. But then I remembered that the fun of seeing Ponderosa arrivals rests on how warm or cold your welcome is. Since Hali was the only one who’d gone there before Joe this season, I figured it’d be boring.

It was and it wasn’t. See for yourself.

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Star Wars #TheForceAwakens simulcast: Photo opportunities

By Joanna Mendoza

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UPDATE: 10 minutes to go!
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Overly excited much?

It turns out that the event won’t start until a little less than an hour from now.

Host Slick Rick is currently talking about hashtags and people raising their hands to answer questions. Swag time!

But unless they ask really basic questions like who played young Obi-Wan, who’s the director, and who said the iconic “I am your father” line (Zurg from Toy Story 2, duh), I don’t really stand a chance of winning, so I’m going to post our pics with the cosplayers instead. Them cosplayers want the mileage (anywhere they can get it), you guys!

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We’re at the live simulcast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Panel!

By Joanna Mendoza

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In a few minutes, the force will be upon us. (Er, sorry, I had to try.)

The hubby and I are waiting for the live simulcast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel at the SM Mall of Asia IMAX theater. SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. is hosting the live simulcast so that Filipino Star Wars enthusiasts can (somewhat) celebrate the 2015 Star Wars Celebration held in Anaheim. And by celebrate, we mean attendees of the event can ask the panelists, which include Mr. J. J. Abrams himself, questions and get answers live!

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Patriotic film on most lethal sniper in U.S. history

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in "American Sniper." (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Bradley Cooper (foreground) as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in the history of the U.S. military., in “American Sniper.” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Chris Kyle might have been just one of the millions of veterans who have served were it not for a statistic. He emerged from the war in Iraq as the most lethal sniper in the history of the U.S. military, but the filmmakers behind American Sniper knew it was equally, if not more important, to explore the man behind the numbers.

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Jeff Bridges, master demon slayer in ‘Seventh Son’

Jeff Bridges is a veteran hero in "Seventh Son." (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Jeff Bridges is a veteran hero in “Seventh Son.” (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges stars as grizzled demon-slayer Master Gregory in Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ fantasy adventure Seventh Son.

For Master Gregory, explains producer Basil Iwanyk, the filmmakers needed an actor who “could play grumpy and taciturn and irascible, aged but still lively and youthful, charming when he wants to be and has a great physicality.” Continue reading