Good Ol' Review: A Sincerely Pleasant Surprise in Our Times

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Moderate and HUGE spoilers ahead, but with fair warning before they begin in review.

Thank you Philippine Airlines! If it weren’t for you, then I wouldn’t have discovered a little Taiwanese film entitled Our Times (我的少女時代).

Actually, this film isn’t so little since it has apparently grossed over US$81 million worldwide and is the highest grossing Taiwanese film in mainland China. Regardless, I would have probably never heard of the film had I not been on a transpacific flight, let alone actually watch it.

But I’m so glad I did. Our Times was such a pleasant surprise with a story that appealed to my simplest, yet most satisfying requirements in a film or television series. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger the Movie is Full of Imagination

Ninninger ToQger

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Full spoilers, but with a warning before it starts in the review.

I absolutely hate Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger the Movie: Ninja in Wonderland !

I hate it because it means that this is the last official time we’ll be seeing our awesome train children. ='( Continue reading

Good ol' Review – Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future – Enjoyable Disappointment?

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
WARNING! Major spoilers for both movie and series!

Since seeing the trailers and that little end of episode miniseries featuring Tomari Eiji, I’ve been very excited about seeing Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future. Mainly, I was looking forward to seeing a story that could’ve potentially helped the series be fuller and more complete.

But just like the series, the movie dropped the ball. Kamen Rider Drive has been all about wasted potential. And that’s quite a shame. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: The Peanuts Movie is an Absolute Triumph

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

Being a lifelong fan, the news of the Peanuts Gang returning to the big screen was both exciting and scary.

Exciting because the timeless characters created by Charles Schulz definitely deserve a big screen adventure. But scary because you can never be too sure how “modern” versions and updates to classic stories and characters will turn out.

Fortunately, the team behind The Peanuts Movie (which includes Charles Schulz’s son and grandson) made it a top priority to remain faithful to ol’ Sparky’s original vision. And they succeeded. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay a Winning Combination in Charming English Only, Please

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Minor spoilers

Philippine cinema suffers from a lot of the same ailments that plague Philippine television. That is, the same old formulaic stories that have been done over and over for years continue to get churned out with no signs of anything changing anytime soon.

Which is why it’s hard not to marvel at a series or film that manages to offer something even the slightest bit different or fresh from the norm.

English Only, Please is one of those refreshing outliers. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Gaim & Wizard – The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle a Pitch Perfect Emotional Conclusion

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Some Spoilers

“Are you a magician?” “No. I’m a Wizard!”

I’ve always said, it’s great to visit with old friends. And Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle was another great catch-up, but even more, an excellent conclusion to my Kamen Rider Wizard experience.

At least, I assume that it is. Because it certainly wrapped up Haruto-tachi’s story pretty well.

Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum, my first Kamen Rider Movie War experience, was definitely a mixed bag. But this time, I felt a lot more emotionally connected and a lot more excited while and after watching the movie. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!!!

After finally watching Kamen Rider Wizard in Magic Land last week, I was looking forward to finally watching the WizardFourze team-up movie.

Now this was my very first Kamen Rider Movie War. And damn, did I get lost. Continue reading