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Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) July 4, 2019

Movie Review: Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

Rating: star star star star star (4 stars out of 5)
Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal
Director: Jon Watts
Writer: Chris McKenna, Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comic book by)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Run Time: 2h 9min
Premiere Date: 2 July 2019
Country: USA
Screening Location: SFX Cinema Maya, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Purchase Movie Ticket: star


Movie Reviews at SFX Cinema, Maya Mall

SF Cinema at Maya Mall, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Following the storyline of Avengers: Endgame, Spiderman is conned by a holographic villain (Mysterio) into giving up the sunglass bequethed to him by the late Tony Stark which was a control panel for satelite systems with WMD capabilities.

Tom Holland as a high school Spiderman, was credible as an awkward teeny-bopper who was thrown into the major leagues with the demise of his mentor Iron Man.

Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, a bigger than life super villain? Sorry, but after Brokeback Mountain, I could never see him the same way again.

Marissa Tomei, what can I say? She used to be my crush in My Cousin Vinny. But this movie only underscores that time is unforgiving. Still, there is a semblance of her former allure.

Zendaya however, was a refreshing departure from the typical Hollywood leading lady with killer looks. With her ethnic look, lanky posture and borderline macabre outlook, she was a perfect fit for a somewhat off-grid high school outsider.

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

Ending Thoughts
I'm a little lost reviewing this film. This film was developed for kids and budding teen-agers. Someone in this demographic should be reviewing this film - not me. How do you pass judgement on a kiddie film when I'm a de Niro fan from all his gangster films?

Anyway, this movie is light and an easy view. Nothing heavy...not even the serious scenes. Post credits were long and tedious. But in order for the audience to see it in its entirety, they squeezed the last 2 segments of the movie within the credits. When I first experienced this, I thought it was a pleasant Easter Egg. But now, it felt like a commercial squeezed right inside a movie. It was annoying. I felt hostaged because I couldn't leave the movie yet until I see the lengthy credit scroll.

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Reader Comments:

(July 19, 2019) While my opinion based on observation remains the same, I'm keeping that opinion to myself and have revised what was written from "...time is unforgiving to women." to "...time is unforgiving". It was an opinion based on observation. Ruffling feathers (of people I care about) was not the intention.

Rosemarie GendiveRosemarie Canada
(July 15, 2019) I remember Marissa Tomei in My Cousin Vinnie too. She was beautiful. And I suppose, alluring, though I may not have been viewing in that context, especially as I was about ten yrs old. Anyway. Back then, Ms Tomei, was 28. Now, she's 54. I think she's still beautiful. I couldn't help but balk at the comment that time is unforgiving to women. Maybe it is.... but maybe that's only if we are judging them solely on their sex appeal. Which, might naturally be different from when she was in her prime to being menopausal. I don't know if that's what you meant but there was no other value of her performance. Was she funny, engaging, charming... a good actress? I never thought she was that good an actor, and this would not be the masterpiece to express it in, but you get my point.

Sometimes I feel, especially as I too get older, that society conditions us to value women primarily on their appearance and not things that last, or things that really make a person, well, a person.

I suppose this is what the conversation around "toxic masculinity" is all about. I'm not sure I'm millennial enough to quantify that, but it's what all the kids are saying now. As innocent as your comment was likely intended, it stuck out to me. I know that it was about the context of this movie, and having missed it, maybe her performance was all around lousy or flat. But I guess when I read it, it inspired me to share thoughts on my hope that one day, what we all defines as alluring in women is more inclusive.

(July 15, 2019) You are absolutely right. At 54, Marissa Tomei is still beautiful...but a far cry from her 28-year-old days during My Cousin Vinnie where she stole the show just by being beautiful. That was the image I had in my mind all these years until I saw her again in this movie. And I have to give it another sigh...time is unforgiving. How else could I say that without faking it?

And yes, I was judging her solely on her sex appeal. I couldn't comment on her acting since the role she played (as Happy's flirtmate) was just a comic relief. I didn't find it integral nor necessary to the story. I wish she played a bigger or more influencial role like she did in My Cousin Vinnie. And also, my comment had nothing to do with "things that last, or things that really make a person, well, a person" - as I had no basis to comment on that about her.

Essentially, my comment was based on the first impression I got about everyone without thinking too much of it. I wrote as I would have, had that been a conversation with a friend. Had I tweaked it to be politically correct or made it more inclusive to a broader demographics, then it's no longer authentic. I just made it simple and real. Apologies to everyone whose sentivities were ruffled by this observation/comment.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts that one day, "what we all define as alluring in women is more inclusive."

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
Chiang Mai Bus Station Bus Station
Chiang Mai Train Station Train Station
Chiang Mai airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily

hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
Chiang Mai Arun Dara Villa Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Chiang Mai Nawa Sheeva Hotel Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Chiang Mai Nawa Saraan Hotel Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location
Arun Suite, Chiang Mai Arun Suite - 3 bedrooms in a 3-storie guesthouse within Old City, ideal for families

birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
La Pizza Chiang Mai La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
ITM  International Training Massage School ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Chiang Mai, Royal Thai Lanna Massage Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment

motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai MOTORBIKE RENTAL
Chiang Mai birds nest motorcycle Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200


Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
  • crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • hot season begins March and lasts until June
  • wet season begins July and lasts until September
  • best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February - after the monsoon and before the burning
  • you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
  • get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
  • shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
  • for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
  • FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
  2. Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
Chiang Mai Cost Index
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Bus from Loei to Chiang Mai
  1. From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
  2. As of June 28, 2020 (still on Covid schedule), there are only 3 night trips: 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 12 midnight. 9 hours, B470.
  3. The bus makes the following stops at the following times from a 9pm Loei departure: Phu Ruea (9:50pm), Phitsanulok (12:40am), Uttradit (2:20am), Lampang (4:35am)
  4. Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
  5. Take a red songthaew to Old City, B50. They'll try to charge you B100, but they'll take B50 (just assure the driver you won't tell the other passengers).
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Travel Tips for Thailand

How to Get a 60-Day Thai Tourist Visa and then Extend by another 30 Days

    60-Day Thai Tourist Visa

    NOTE: There is no need to go back to your country to get the Thai tourist visa. Any major city with a Thai Embassy will do. Apparently there is also no need to have an invitation from a Thai establishment to justify the visa.

  1. Bring the following to the Thai embassy:
    a) proof of money (bank statement will suffice)
    b) flight booking to Thailand
    c) onward flight back to your country from Thailand
    d) filled-in tourist visa form
    e) 2 passport pictures
    f) hotel booking in Thailand (they didn't ask me for this but better be safe)
    g) passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. After handing over all the documents, they will ask you to come pick your passport with the visa the following day from 4 to 5pm. That's it!
  3. NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.

    30-Day Extension

    NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.

  1. bring the following to the Immigration Office:
    a) passport (make sure your Tourist Visa hasn't expired yet)
    b) Baht 1900
    c) photocopy of your passport + visa duration date stamp + TM6 card (white immigration card) and sign all the copies
    d) completed TM7 visa extension form (available at the Immigration Office)
    e) one 4cmx6cm passport picture
  2. submit the above to the Front Desk. They will give you a stub with your number on it. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called
  3. when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
  4. when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
  5. when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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