Spiderman: No Way Home

From the very beginning (yes, I’m talking about Tobey Maguire’s 2002 movie, back to good old high school days), practically *all* Spiderman movies fall in the “okay-ish” category for me. Not really enjoyable like Guardian of The Galaxy series, but also not that bad like Iron Man 3 (yes, I’m still looking at you).

Gonna make No Way Home (NWH) an exception for a few reasons, though.

First, we see how Peter Parker’s character develop. In the previous 2 Spiderman movies, and also Avenger movies, we say Peter as a young reckless kid with superpower who need mentoring here and there. Now he’s an adult. Or at least in the middle of transition phase from teenager to adult. Adults don’t run away from problems. They think how to solve them. And act. In Peter’s case, Tony Stark, the man he looked up to, was already dead.

Excluding Aunt May and Happy, he’s pretty much alone.

Second: second chance (sorry pun intended). Aunty May got killed by Green Goblin. in his enranged anger, Peter almost delivered the final blow. Nope, didn’t happen. Why? Intervened by another Spiderman (Tobey). He almost killed the man who killed Uncle Ben, but didn’t do it. Simple reasoning: Uncle Ben was dead already and killing the murderer won’t turn him into a better man. So instead he delivered the serum to Goblin, and left the man confused. And there’s another nice touch, a very nice one: MJ almost died from falling, but got saved by… another Spiderman (Andrew). I could imagine he still regret of not being able to save Gwen, and very likely got redempted after saving MJ.

And finally the third one: multiverse is a b*tch.

Doc Strange granted Peter’s wish to make everyone forget he’s Spiderman, except those who already knew him before. Unfortunately, that also includes the bad guys, and somehew Strange’s incantation was screwed up, so multiple universes collided and those bad guys (Doc Oc, Green Goblin, Electro, Lizard, Sandman) suddenly appeared in this particular universe. Umm.. quantum mechanics it not my field, so won’t comment further. But anyway, this reality warping thing is very very annoying: turning time back, moving someone to different place instantly, turning blackholes into butterflies, creating mirror dimension, etc. Being able to do anything, including defying laws of logic seems very very very scary to me. OK, I accept Strange isn’t a high-tier, uber level reality warper like Franklin Richard. He does that, on smaller scale. In this category, sure our Supreme Sorcerer is not alone. There’s also the Scarlett Witch. I wonder what are the other bad things that will happen, though. So Doc Strange, time to undo… I mean fix what you’ve done.

Dune

For brutalist architecture afficionados like me, Dune provides plenty of visual treats.

Damn massive buildings, spaceships, etc. Not sure how you perceive such constructions: perhaps cold? gloomy? inhuman? tolalitarian? As a fan of geometric shapes, I find them to be very aesthetically pleasing.

And seems Mr Villeneuve is a wide angle fans. Just take a look.

Notice how he intentionally make humans looks itty-bitty compared to a massive man-made construction.

And of course: the dune itself.

Man, what’s so interesting about massive sand areas? They are really fascinating. Really. Just ask Edward Weston 🙂

No Time to Die

Kinda shocking.

For the first time, in the history of James Bond movies (the first one, Dr No was released in 1962 and No Time to Die is the 25th), we finally see Bond… dead. Yes… dead. Mmm but did he really… nevermind, just safely assume that way: he’s dead.

One thing I particularly like about this movie is in spite of all the government attempt to build killing operatives, Bond is after all still a human. He still has feelings, which eventually lead us to his legacy…. please enjoy the movie yourself.

Anyway, wonder who will be the next 007. Hmmm….