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I got up at 9:30AM on the day of the Castle Geek block screening of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, arrived at the office at 10:30AM, and proceeded to nap a chunk of the early afternoon away during a rain-soaked van ride to Trinoma. The train back to Makati was surprisingly comfy (aside from a spot of ninja flatulence), and I got to Glorietta with plenty of time to spare before the 6:55PM screening.
By the time the movie was over, I was exhausted.
This poster foreshadows the amount of brooding in this film. See what I did there?
Man of Steel is an enjoyable, but emotionally taxing film, qualities that are as much the product of Zack Snyder’s direction as they are of Christopher Nolan’s and David S. Goyer’s story. Snyder, for his part, overindulges himself on the movie’s many action scenes, making the final 45 minutes about as tiring as Transformers 3’s second half. Nolan and Goyer, on the other hand, crafted a tale that brought little – if any – levity to the film’s pace.
The co-writers tried to extend the success of their Dark Knight trilogy towards Batman’s conceptual antithesis, emphasizing plausibility to suspend the viewers’ disbelief. In many respects, it works: nearly everything, from the S symbol to Zod’s motivations to Clark working at the Daily Planet, is contextualized with believable enough motivations. What hurts the film, however, is its cold, sober examination of how we as a society have changed since Richard Donner’s Superman.
There was a time, not too long ago, that superhero movies were the gutter trash of the silver screen. Thanks to the efforts of people like Bryan Singer, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, and Sam Raimi, that has dramatically changed. If you were born in 1998, then your earliest memories of superhero movies would be film greats such as Spider-Man and X-Men. While there were big critically acclaimed blockbuster hits, there have been a buttload of misses, too. *cough Ghost Rider cough* Man of Steel, quite fortunately, upholds the golden quality standard that superhero movies such as Batman Begins have proudly followed.
During the Philippine Independence Day holiday, many people lined up to see the Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill who plays Superman, the man who stands for truth, justice and the American way. Cavill, by the way, is British. Some are claiming it to be the best superhero movie of 2013, while others say it's the best one they've ever seen. Me, personally, I wouldn't go so far as to call it the best superhero movie, but it's definitely in the top 10.
Man of Steel seems to be the hottest thing since sliced bread. Every geek worth his salt is geeking out in anticipation for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. We can't wait to see Superman save people and beat General Zod down in super slow motion in saturated colors. It is going to be glorious!
If you want to brush up on your comic book knowledge of Superman so you can impress your non-geek friends, and get a free ticket at the same time, you're gonna want to read on.
Castle Geek (The Collective, Neutral Grounds Glorietta) has a promo for a special block screening of Man of Steel. Before I talk about the mechanics, let me tell you that watching a superhero movie with a bunch of like-minded people is the most fun you're going to have in a dark room full of strangers. I saw The Avengers with the CBG and it was bananas fun!
That picture's a little small so you can't really read the mechanics. Here's a better version:
One of the most anticipated superhero movies is Man of Steel, and not because the previous one was a masterful crafting of the superhero film genre. Some people are waiting on this movie with bated breath because of morbid curiosity, like a man watching a .gif of a gazelle about to get eaten by a lion. Others are holding onto some misguided optimism that this is going to be the Superman movie that'll finally topple Christopher Reeve's first couple Superman movies as the gold standard. Some are just excited as all hell that Superman is finally going to punch someone in the face in this movie. They wanted Doomsday but General Zod is cool, too. Others still are just eager to see some eye candy; after all, this is being directed Zack Snyder, and if we recall he also did visual wonderpieces such as 300, Sucker Punch (that movie had no point) and Watchmen. If anyone can pull it off a good Supes movie, it's gotta be Zack S. with Nolan and Goyer at his corner.
Wait... Goyer also did 2011's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. No matter! WE BELIEVE IN NOLAN!
Here's your chance to catch a block screening of Man of Steel. And you'll probably want to book this because if you do, you'll be a Superman to someone whose eyesight is in danger.
JCI Makati, Rotary Club of Intramuros, and Physicians for Peace put this together as a fundraising activity for their Save the Sight of a Child project. Have a heart, buddy, and book a few tickets.
EDIT: We just got the go signal to give away two tickets! To join, simply share this article on Twitter and use the #GeekOutPH hashtag! We'll randomly pick out a winner and get in touch with you via Twitter. We'll also announce the winners on our Facebook page.
The moment you have all been waiting for has arrived! Well, 10 of you, at least. I know it took me a day too late to announce the winner, sorry about that! I had to take care of some stuff. But here it is! The winner of the Star Trek Into Darkness Bluetooth Speakers is...
TISHA VARONA (@tishas_tweets)!
You won a Star Trek Into Darkness Bluetooth Speaker and a Star Trek Into Darkness shirt. It's for dudes, but I guess you can give it as a gift or something.
I will get in touch with you with details on how to claim your prize!