Friday, April 30, 2010

Movie Review: Iron Man 2

Taking off from the previous Iron Man movie, the world now knows that billionaire Tony Stark is Iron Man. He is pressured by the government to share the secrets of the Iron man suit to the military which Tony refuses to do. Meanwhile, new enemies emerge which rival Iron man's capabilities.

Returning to reprise his role as Iron Man/Tony Stark is Robert Downey Jr. who as always is effective in portraying his character's "cool" personality. The movie actually has an all-star cast with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Samuel Jackson as SHIELD's Nick Fury, Mickey Rourke as Whiplash,  Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman (Stark's new assistant) and Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as Stark's good pal James "Rhodey" Rhodes.

Regarding the new actors joining the movie, personally, I would have preferred Terrence Howard over Don Cheadle (may be because Don is too small for the War Machine character and Terrence appears to be more beleivable as Stark's good friend). Although Scarlett is always nice to look at, her character would have required someone with a Russian look and accent to be more believable.

Good news though! Considering a lot of sequels do poorly than their predecessors, the movie actually is very good. It offers a visual feast. The movie is full of action and special effects especially towards the end. (More than the 1st movie). I think it even defeats Transformers in the "metal against metal" fighting aspect. There is more use of firepower and weaponry and not just "hand to hand" combat.

And if you are a Marvel comics fan, you will recognize some references to the other superheroes of the group Avengers as in the other Marvel movies like the Incredible Hulk. There are 2 objects related to 2 Avenger superheroes that make an appearance in this movie. One appears in a very important scene prior to the final fight sequences and the other comes at the very end, after the final credits have been flashed in the screen. So do not go out of the movie theater until the very end.

One should realize that this movie is believed to be a prelude to a series of movies on the different members of the Avengers (like Thor, Captain America, etc.) which will culminate in a movie that unites all of them with the common denominator being SHIELD led by Nick Fury (played by Samuel Jackson as in the Ultimate Marvel comics series).

This movie is definitely worth seeing in the big screen itself.

And by the way, as in other Marvel movies, look for Stan Lee...Enjoy the movie!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mosley vs. Mayweather: Who's Your Pick?

This May 2, 2010 (Sunday, Philippine time), the fight between "Sugar" Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Mosley is 39 years old, with wins in the past over De la Hoya and Antonio Margarito. He also fought quality opponents like Miguel Cotto, Vernon Forrest and Ricardo Mayorga among others. He holds a record of 46 wins, 5 losses with 39 KOs.

Floyd Mayweather is younger at 33 and is a former pound per pound king. Mayweather is undefeated with 40 wins including 25 by KOs. He defeated in the past de la Hoya, Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Zab Judah among others.

Both are possible future opponents of our own Manny Pacquiao. So who is your pick?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Find your Precinct Online, Check Status before Election Day

Doctors, instead of going to the Comelec office to verify your registration, why not verify it online? Find your precinct number and check if you are still in the voters' list. All you need to do is to go to the Comelec Online Precinct Finder, fill the online form. The data needed is just your complete name and birthdate. You can verify also in behalf of other persons you know. However, if you applied for registration last December 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29, 2009 your record is not yet included according to the Comelec website.

And while you are at it, drop by the main page of the Comelec to download the online sample ballot for shading practice and familiarization.

Monday, April 26, 2010

CIM-CVGH 14th Postgraduate Course in Family Medicine

Pre-registration Fee: Php P400.00
On-Site registration Fee: Php P500.00
Deadline for Pre-registration: May 14, 2010

Department of Family & Community Medicine
Cebu Velez General Hospital
F. Ramos St., Cebu City

Fax/Tel: (032) 412-5733
Cell: 0927 549 3901 or 0923 952 1337 or 0923 581 2182