Freedom vs Justice

 My 12 year old boy M is the biggest fan of Ironman. Behind the ironsuit is Tony Stark ,the ultrasmart megabillionaire  scion of his equally brilliant inventor father, Stark Industries founder Howard Stark.  M has always been fascinated with Tony’s intelligence,  witty one-liners and I-don’t-care-what-the world-thinks-of-me attitude.  He has a whole collection of Ironman toys and memorabilia, dressed up like his favorite superhero during his 7th birthday and even virtually suited up as the metalled Avenger via a hologram powered attraction when we visited California Adventure in Los Angeles a few years back.

Both ladies and men's apparel are available. Choose your side!

Both Civil War ladies and men’s apparel are available. Choose your side!


So M was over the moon when the first trailer of  Captain America Civil War was shown.  At a special screening last Monday  which the two of us attended in Megamall, M was so excited he chowed down his bucket of popcorn even before the movie started.  The latest Avengers installment  is based on crossover plots from previously released Marvel movies.  It begins when a grief stricken mother pays Tony Stark (played oh-so-perfectly by Robert Downey Jr.) a visit after he gives a talk to MIT students.  She has lost a son due to the superheroes’ past mission in fictional Sokovia.  This incident is followed by a bombing attack  which resulted to heavy human collateral damage in Lagos, Nigeria which immediately prompts Downey’s character to support government oversight.   Ironman’s action is seen as a kowtowing surrender to the will of politicians by Captain America (played by the superbuff Chris Evans).  The proposed Superhero Regulatory Act  creates a deep divide  in the Avengers alliance.   Captain America  believes in remaining free to protect the people sans political interference while Ironman sees regulation as  a justifiable and effective means to spare innocent lives.  The other team members must now choose a side.

Cool Captain America gear from F&H

Cool Captain America gear from F&H


The good news is that local  clothing brand Folded & Hung (F&H) has an ongoing partnership with Disney.  The Marvel franchise is now under the Disney brand.  With the third of the Avengers movie now out in theatres, F&H has launched a variety of  cool Team Captain America and Team IronMan apparel for both the men and ladies.   Rivalry, which echoes the plot of the movie, is the theme of the collection.  Cotton shirts as well as  long and boxy fit tees with prints of  “Truth vs Justice”,  the mask of Ironman and the shield of Captain America are now in the stores.  An assortment of backpacks, duffle bags and sling ons are also available.  Each Team Captain America piece has a counter Team Ironman item.  Now it’s up to you to choose your team!

TeamCap or Team Stark ?

TeamCap or Team Stark ?


As for my family, the husband has secured four tickets for tonight.  My son and I certainly don’t mind watching the movie for a second time.  (I will watch anything with Robert Downwy Jr. in it!)  We promised not to let out any spoilers since my little daughter and her Dad have not seen the show.  This time around, however, we will be dressed up for the occasion.  Wearing our  chosen shirts from F&H, it will now be known to all that the  Fermins are stalwart fans of Team Ironman!

We've chosen our side. Have you?

We’ve chosen our side. Have you?

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The BQP Movie Review: Jurassic World, Of Savage Dinos and The Need for More Teeth

In another reboot of Steven Spielberg’s epic Jurassic franchise (three movies plus one), audiences around the world are offered gigantic servings of dino gore and screaming parkgoers.  Hollywood, it seems, hasn’t  tired of the idea of million-old-gargantuans roaming “free” in an island attraction that ALWAYS ends up in a bloody disaster.  Why should it? It’s a wining formula that has brought in major money and box office hits one after another! In it’s most exciting installment yet, there is no question that savage dinos still reign in JURASSIC WORLD.



The multiple monster mess of dinosaurs gone amuck in the past is conveniently forgotten in the latest installment.  The movie starts with thousands of people visiting Jurassic World which now boasts of  hotels, restaurants and state-of-the-art attractions (that guest-driven fiber glass sphere is ingenious!).  The film directed by Collin Trevvorow (he delivered, by the way, considering that this is only his second film) had so many brands onboard that you just CAN’T miss it.  Starbucks, the Mercedes Benz crest in ten frames at least and Margaritaville.

The sequences showing kids riding on baby triceratops, people on wooden boats paddling in the river while a herd of Diplodocus roam nearby and –I simply can’t get over this —- hundreds of park guests seated in rafters watching a gigantic shark hanging from a crane and being swallowed by a Godzilla-like sea dinosaur that just swooped up from under the water , left me thinking I won’t do ANY of that!  What if the triceratops steps on my child or the didplodocus decides to randomly pick me up from the boat OR that sea creature makes lunch out of the whole crowd?  I was expecting Mr. Mammoth Sea Beast to eat the announcer of the attraction too!

I don't want to see this guy up close!!!

I don’t want to see this guy up close!!!


Chris Pratt plays Owen Grady, an ex-navy turned velociraptor trainor.  His pack of “tamed” velociraptors  (oxymoron is intended as we all know that the raptors are the smartest and the most lethal of predators) prove instrumental in hunting the movie’s main antagonist – the Indominus Rex.  I-Rex is a  genetically engineered hybrid designed as Isla Nublar’s next big draw “because no one is impressed by a dinosaur anymore.”   Playing Pratt’s unlikely partner is Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire – woman-in-command of operations of Jurassic World.  Sorry folks,  but her stiff angular haircut distracted me to no end –and those heels !!! She manages to run effortlessly without stumbling or breaking her ankle while being chased by both the I-Rex AND the T-Rex!

Dinos can be tamed? Well, it's all in a day's work for Chris Pratt!

Dinos can be tamed? Well, it’s all in a day’s work for Chris Pratt! could he be the next Indiana Jones?


You can't see it too wel here but Bryce is wearing some serious heels while managing to dodge dinos!

You can’t see it too well here but Bryce is wearing some serious heels while managing to dodge dinos!


The  action begins when the I-Rex which has been raised in isolation escapes its walled confinement, claws out its tracker and starts killing the other dinos for sport.  Add to this mayhem, your villains — a scheming con  man who wants to use the raptors in combat ,and always, the scientist who wants to make more than what he’s being paid by the park owners (we know this plot by now).  Put in two visiting young brothers (Howard’s nephews in the film) to the mix  and the plot thickens.  There’s the expected dinos wreaking havoc while the madding crowd run for their lives , but much of the action happens away from the public.


Jurassic World I-Rex

Ever heard of a chameleon dinosaur?. Meet the Indominus Rex one in Jurassic World! Louder, Scarier, More Cruel!!!!

In the climax fight scene , where the  I-Rex would seemingly appear to chomp, bite, snarl her way to victory against all her helpless opponents, Claire’s younger nephew says in fright “We need more teeth!”  This prompts high-heeled Claire to run to paddock 9 , order her cowardly assistant to open the gate, and escort a beast with “more teeth” to help them win the battle.  Again, superhuman Claire shows us her running ability is superior to any beast in the island.

In the end,  an unlikely alliance between man and beast transpires.  Of course, much earlier than this, villain scientist has already escaped with his frozen hybrid dinosaur creations on board a chopper.  This just tells us Executive Producer Steven Spielberg is already cooking up Jurassic Universe next! Stay tuned!


Marvel’s Latest Hit: Avengers – Age of Ultron

“Everytime someone tries to win a war before it starts, innocent people die… Everytime.” — Captain America

While recovering Loki’s scepter, Tony Stark gets a glimpse of things to come after some mind manipulation from the Scarlet Witch. He and Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk) work on a peacekeeping program (ULTRON) with the best intentions. However, Loki’s scepter plus the genius of another Stark creation JARVIS turns out to be a lethal combination. Instead of a peacekeeper, ULTRON (voiced oh-so-maliciously by James Spader) plans on annihilating the human race and promptly declares, “There are no strings on me.” ULTRON teams up with the twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (“He’s fast and she’s weird.) The siblings want to destroy the Avengers but soon discover that MR. Artificial Intelligence has plans different from their own.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Manila’s fascination with the Avengers franchise continues. Virtually all the theatres are showing Avengers : Age of Ultron.


The movie has some light moments too. Captain America warns the Avengers not to talk dirty (“Language.”) and is made fun of several times. THOR’s hero teammates each try to lift his hammer to no avail. He gets a little worried when Bruce attempts to lift it. No one is “worthy” enough to carry the mjolnir. Watch the movie and you’ll see why The Captain lets out profanity and who eventually carries the hammer and gets Thor’s approval.

The BQP gives this movie 4 stars. It is visually arresting , the script has many twists and turns and it has a message to send. At one point in the movie I thought “Smart people rule the world”. But what world will there be left to rule if destruction is the end result. Men cannot play God.

Fear, arrogance, good intentions, a dream of peace, romance, destruction, fortitude and finally redemption – all these are seen in MARVEL’s latest hit. Of course, expect Ironman to be the central character and wait for the after credits clip.  My son M told me to stay put at the Shangrila Mall cinema and we got to see a purple villain…..

Ironman and Captain America team up anew.

Ironman and Captain America team up anew.

Starring : Robert Downey Jr. (as quipmaster IRONMAN) , Chris Evans (as squeaky clean CAPTAIN AMERICA, Chris Hemsworth (as dreamy THOR), Scarlett Johannson (as seductive BLACK WIDOW, Jeremy Renner (as daddy HAWKEYE), Mark Ruffalo (as deeply torn THE HULK), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (as “you-didn’t-see-that-coming QUICKSILVER) and Elizabeth Olsen (as enigmatic SCARLET WITCH).

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