Month: October 2016

Doctor Strange: Going Beyond Expectations

A visually stunning spectacle with humor injected at every turn and packaged with all the suspense and action from a Marvel movie, this is probably the most concise way I would describe the latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Doctor Strange.

I was lucky to watch the preview screening of Doctor Strange just last night, and I was mind blown! I had little expectations from this movie, as I had no idea who Doctor Strange was, but I enjoyed every minute of it! The CGI, effects were amazing, the actors convincing, and the humor was timed perfectly. It’s a movie that would be appreciated both by Marvel comic fans, and even those who are unfamiliar with the franchise.

Synopsis

From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange”, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long, Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange opens on October 26.

The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, and Benjamin Wong as Wong as the titular characters, with Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Strange’s colleague and love interest, plus Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, the movie’s primary villain.

Thoughts on the Movie

The movie wastes no time in building all the characters. Doctor Strange is arrogant, belittles anyone lower than his standards, and boasts of his talents whenever possible. It wasn’t easy to feel sorry for the guy, but the development of his character and the subsequent anguish was pretty convincing for anyone to get invested with the character.

Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing in his portrayal of Doctor Strange, easily transitioning from cold genius doctor to desperate patient to superhero, while having great comedic timing. His interaction with Rachel McAdams, is okay, but shows great potential in terms of chemistry and witty banter.

Tilda Swinton is also highly commendable as the Ancient One. She portrayed an androgynous supernatural being well, showing how multi-dimensional an otherwise serene character is. She was probably my favorite character in the movie, being a beacon of good and defender of worlds, while also having a lot of inner conflicts and bad decisions.

It’s really difficult to describe all the characters lest I spoil the plot, but I can honestly say that all the characters were developed well. You’d come out of the movie understanding the motives and actions of each one.

The visual effects are amazing, from a topsy turvy New York City, to the infinite starry galaxy, and to psychedelic alternate realms, it was all stunning. perfect for watching in 3D!

All in all, I’d give this movie a high 9.5/10! Not perfect because there were some lagging parts, which I think were unnecessary. It’s definitely a movie I would highly recommend, bring your friends and family because I guarantee it’s worth it.

Let me know how you feel about the movie by posting on social media using the hashtags #DoctorStrangePH #OpenYourMind. See you online!

Doctor Strange opens in Philippine cinemas starting October 26, 2016.

Express Yourself with Stickers!

Communication these days has been instant, easy and accessible with everyone on smartphones. With telco promos like free access on social media and messenger apps, connecting with anyone is truly a breeze.

Gone were the days when we would just text, now we can even send photos, videos and even files through messaging apps. To make convos even more fun, we use emojis, even better, stickers!

I used to collect stickers when I was a kid, I had a looooot of sticker albums. They were so cute, and great to share with friends and loved ones. It’s the same for messenger apps. Stickers help express a thought or idea better because of the colors, shapes, and catchy phrasing.

image

Recently, I downloaded the SM Supermalls Pak! Ganern! Sticker Pack on Viber and had lots of fun with them, and even shared it to my friends. At first I thought it would be very commercial, but I found a lot of them to be very usable on a wide range of topics, even random ones.

image

Take, for example, my convo with my blogger girlfriends Jeanne and Charlene:

image

I was just asking for advice for makeup, specifically, eyeliners and falsies, and the stickers surprisingly worked well into the convo.

image

We even got to inject Pokemon Go, which I am completely addicted to, btw. Teehee More Pokemon Go lure parties please SM Supermalls. *wink wink*

Score exclusive deals by following #theSMSquad on Viber Public Chat

image

Downloading the SM Supermalls Pak! Ganern! Sticker Pack gives you the opportunity to follow SM Supermalls via the Viber Public Chat. Be the first to hear about new and exciting updates about 3 Day Sales, events, shopping promos and discounts, new products released, newly opened restos, all these shared by #theSMSquad. The squad consists of #TheFitspo who is living the sweat life with her determination on wellness, fitness and sports; #TheGizmoGeek who has all the love for the “tech” and the “digi”; #TheFoodieBuddy who knows how to make his eyes and tummy happy; #TheFunGirl who is constantly updated on events and the entertainment scene; #TheStyleMaven who is always ready to flaunt a perfect outfit with a lipstick on any day; and #TheHomey who can save any party at home with his party-planning and grocery-shopping skills, know-hows, and DIYs.

Their convos are pretty light and casual, so it’s very easy to follow. Plus, they share a lot of promos in between the friendly banter, just check my screencaps above!

Win #SMxViberTeeCollection just by using the SM Supermalls Pak! Ganern! Sticker Pack

#SayitWithTheSMStickers and get a chance to win these cute tees!!! Check out the video below and see how you can make a statement with your own #SMxViber tee:

Enjoy discounts with SM Supermalls just by showing the SM Sticker Pack

image

As if the deals before weren’t exciting already, Viber users who downloaded the sticker pack get an added treat of enjoying a 10% discount on regular items at The SM Store from August 15 to October 15, 2016!

Simply SHOW the downloaded SM Sticker Pack to the cashier at The SM Store, particularly the “Shopping Pa More 10%” sticker to get 10% off* on regular items! Ganern!

Here’s the link for download if you want to experience shopping pa more at its finest!

Terms & Conditions:

  • 10% off applies with minimum single-receipt purchase of P1500.
  • Discount applies only to regular-priced items
  • Items from Snack Exchange, Camera Shop, chemical, toiletries, diapers, pharmacy, small appliances, business machines and other promo items are NOT included in the discount promo.
  • Products for The SM Store’s Customer Service are also excluded

Hooray for stickers!

The SM Supermalls Pak! Ganern! Sticker Pack is currently available for FREE download in the Viber Sticker Market for 3 months, but the pack can still be accessed beyond that period by those who have downloaded in the 3 month period.

For more details on SM Supermalls, you can check out the SM Squad on Viber Public Chat or check out the hashtags #SMonViber and #TheSMSquad