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After 15 years of dictatorship, Pinochet faced increasing international pressure to legitimize his regime. In July 1988, a referendum was held. The people would vote YES or NO to another 8-year term for Pinochet. For 27 days, the two sides would fight it out daily on TV: 15 minutes for the YES camp, and 15 for the NO.

No (2012), dir. Pablo Larraín

Re: RDJ, Spidey.

Bob joining Spider-Man: Home-coming is not really super-surprising in that it’s been hinted at the moment Marvel Studios got Spider-Man back.

Logically-speaking as well, his schedule post-Civil War has been shockingly empty (from our knowledge until today).  And he knows, at age 51, his time as a superhero is numbered so might as well.  It keeps his pop culture relevance up, popularity up, and his bank account flushed.

As an RDJ fan (god knows there are only a handful of people out there who is as big a fan as I am, and I’m really sorry if that comes off as arrogant)– I’m honestly fine with it as long as the films that continues to be produced are good (e.g., Civil War is kicking so much ass with the critics, it’s ridiculous).  

Like, I would much, much rather this than, say, another film like The Judge.

Plus, he enjoys Marvel soooo much.  He really does.  He’s so happy with them, Feige/et al. love him.  Can’t deny the man his happiness.

And post-Civil War, there seems to be a new angle of MCU Tony Stark to be explored– that of the dad figure, elder statesman, mentor to the younger ones.  Also, from all the reviews coming from Civil War, that I’ve read, his Stark’s interaction with Peter Parker is one of the main highlights of the film.

So … 

(Also: the longer he stays as Stark, the more difficult it’d be to recast the role well during my lifetime, which I want.)

PS– For the record, I do think acting-wise he can do so much better and it’s a travesty/disservice to his talent that he’s not straying past these types of films. Having said that, I think he needs help with picking roles since he hasn’t picked a good non-Marvel project since 2008.

100 New-to-Me Films in 2012

Film 038: Moonrise Kingdom dir. Wes Anderson

Rating: 8.5/10

Comments: I wouldn’t say this was Wes Anderson’s best (that honor goes to The Royal Tenenbaums) but it was a lovely film in its own right. It was poignant, awkward, funny, and nostalgic. I think my favorite actors to watch were Bruce Willis and Edward Norton, they played their characters flawlessly.