Friday, April 16, 2021

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 5


5. Truth
Sam and Bucky corner Walker in an empty warehouse and try to talk him into coming clean. Their efforts are met in vain, but the duo manage to disarm him after a brutal fight. The Falcon ends up with damaged wings while Walker is decommissioned and stripped of his retirement benefits and titles, that of Captain America included. A woman approaches him after his dishonorable discharge and introduces herself as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), hinting at a future collaboration as an agent outside the law. Bucky tracks Baron Zemo in Sokovia but instead of killing him, he surrenders him to the Dora Milaje. Sam returns to the south and brings Steve’s shield with him after a failed attempt to convince Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly) to take it. He tells him that the world will never allow a black man to be Captain America. Bucky drops by to give Sam a piece of tech from Wakanda. The Flag Smashers team up with Georges Batroc (Georges St-Pierre) to bring down GRC in NYC. Walker crafts his own shield.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Thunder Force

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A galactic incident in the 80’s triggers a mutation in the human genome leading some earthlings to develop superpowers. Among them are the villainous Miscreants who use their abilities to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting population. Emily Stanton (Octavia Spencer) loses her parents when she was young to a Miscreant attack and vows to continue what they started, a genome project that could give ordinary humans special abilities. Her estranged high school best friend Lydia (Melissa McCarthy) pays her laboratory a visit on the night of their high school reunion and accidentally injects herself with the serum for super strength. Emily then takes her pills for invisibility. As the two begin to train and revive their lost friendship, they form a superhero duo called Thunder Force to serve as Chicago’s defenders against Miscreants such as The Crab (Jason Bateman) and Laser (Pom Klementieff).

Friday, April 9, 2021

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 4


4. The Whole World Is Watching
Ayo gives Bucky an ultimatum: eight hours before the Dora Milaje steps in to arrest Zemo. The three go out to investigate Morgenthau’s location. It doesn’t take long before Walker & Hoskins arrive in Riga to rendezvous with the trio. Sam tries to talk Karli out of her violent ways, but an impatient John intervenes, leading to a chase. Zemo wounds Karli with a gunshot and smashes the remaining super soldier vials that she drops along the way, before being knocked out himself by John via Cap’s shield. Surveying the scene, he finds a single vial left intact and pockets it. They all meet up at the trio’s lodgings where they are ambushed by the Dora Milaje. Amidst the royal rumble, the baron escapes. With the help of Sharon through remote tracking from Madripoor, Sam, Bucky, John, Lemar, and Karli & Co. end up in a free-for-all combat culminating with Lemar presumably fatally wounded as he is sent crashing against a pillar. In a fit of rage, John runs after Karli’s friend and murders him with Cap’s shield in broad daylight for all the world to see.

Friday, April 2, 2021

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 3


3. Power Broker
As John Walker and Lemar Hoskins trail Karli Morgenthau in Munich, Sam and Bucky head to Berlin to break Zemo out of jail. Surprised that the guy is actually filthy rich, the duo ride along in his private jet en route to Madripoor, an affluent island-nation in the Strait of Malacca that harbors a plethora of illicit activity. After a meeting with an informant goes awry, the trio are rescued by Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) who now enjoys a lucrative life in exile there trading counterfeit paintings after the fallout of her illegally aiding the Avengers during Civil War. They are led to a German scientist who claims that he has been funded by the Power Broker to recreate the Super Soldier Serum, of which he was able to manufacture 20 that Morgenthau and friends stole. Discovering that the enemy is in Riga, Zemo, Sam, and Bucky travel to the Baltic city for more intel. While Zemo and Sam enter a building, Bucky excuses himself after seeing some Wakanda tech on the street and is led to Ayo (Florence Kasumba), who has come for Zemo’s head.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Dito at Doon

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Len (Janine Gutierrez) mulls over her time during community quarantine by committing her thoughts on her social media channels. Bored and wondering when things will go back to normal, she attracts the ire of some netizens who believe that her rants are coming from a place of privilege which not everyone gets to enjoy. One of the commenters is Caloy (JC Santos) who engages in a word war with her, arguing that for essential workers like him, it is not really an issue of choice but rather survival. As she logs in again, the two of them meet once more by virtue of their common friends via video chat. Their debate rages on but soon they make amends and become internet buddies, calling one another to share their daily lives on lockdown and even developing some degree of infatuation. But can a blossoming online relationship transition smoothly offline once the pandemic becomes a thing of the past?

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong

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For half a decade after defeating Ghidorah, Godzilla has lived a peaceful existence until he suddenly attacks an APEX facility in Pensacola, Florida. The incident prompts mankind to no longer consider the titan as a human ally, but Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) believes that the attack must have been provoked. She teams up with ex-APEX Cybernetics technician and conspiracy theorist Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry) to investigate what is hidden in the confines of the destroyed lab. Meanwhile, Monarch geologist Dr. Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård) receives the support of APEX Cybernetics CEO Walter Simmons (Demián Bichir) to further delve into his Hollow Earth Theory. He wants them to lead King Kong, who now inhabits a domed habitat on Skull Island, to a Hollow Earth entry point so they can retrieve a new power source the world has never seen. Monarch anthropologist Dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) is hesitant to help but is convinced by the potential of the discovery. En route to their destination, Godzilla emerges from the deep to challenge King Kong as the last remaining alpha on the planet.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Father

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Anne (Olivia Colman) rushes home to visit her father Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), who now lives alone after an altercation with his caregiver. He rants about random stuff such as accusing his former nurse of stealing his watch, only to remember having hidden the same watch in his cupboard a few moments later. She explains her plans of moving to Paris after meeting a guy and floats the idea of his father residing in a nursing home, to which he vehemently disagrees. After Anne leaves for the day, Anthony finds a strange man sitting on his couch, who claims to be Paul (Mark Gatiss), Anne’s husband. The two have a heated exchange prompting the husband to call his wife on the phone. As the doorbell rings, Anne (Olivia Williams) comes in with roasted chicken in hand for dinner, but Anthony does not recognize her at all. Soon, Anne invites a new caregiver over, Laura (Imogen Poots), who Anthony thinks resembles his other daughter Lucy, who no longer comes over to visit. Later that night, Anthony finds another Paul (Rufus Sewell) in his flat, prompting him to think that something fishy is going on.

Friday, March 26, 2021

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 2


2. The Star-Spangled Man
John Walker (Wyatt Russell) is hesitant to be the new Captain America but understands that it is now part of his job. Bucky pays Sam a visit and berates him for giving up the shield to the government. En route to a mission in Germany, he lets him tag along as they trail the Flag-Smashers in Munich. After crates of smuggled medicine are loaded to a truck, a chase scene ensues. Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman), who Bucky thought was a hostage, sends him flying out of the truck with a kick, revealing her enhanced strength. As the Falcon and the Winter Soldier are almost outfought, the new Captain America enters the fray along with his sidekick Lemar “Battlestar” Hoskins (Clé Bennett). Mutual animosity squashes the prospect of the quartet working together as a team. Thinking that super soldiers are somehow involved, Bucky takes Sam to Baltimore to meet an African American ex-super soldier who is unwilling to help. Left with no choice, the duo decides that the only guy who can help them is Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl).

Friday, March 19, 2021

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 1


1. New World Order
Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) try to make sense of their new reality post-blip. The former keeps himself busy collaborating with the US Air Force in hunting down terrorist groups without compromising international relations. The latter attends therapy sessions and tries to make amends with the many wrongs of his Winter Soldier past but finds it quite difficult to do. The Falcon is given Captain America’s mantle but feels that the shoes are too big for him to fill. He surrenders the shield to the government to be put on display at the Smithsonian along with other Captain America legacy items. He goes back home to Louisiana and confronts some family issues with his sister who financially struggled during the 5 years of the blip. He gets constant intel from Air Force member Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) who is investigating a terrorist group called Flag Smashers in Europe. A new Captain America donning Steve’s shield is introduced to the public by the Department of Defense.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Love or Money

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Leon (Coco Martin) and Angel (Angelica Panganiban) end up having a one night stand the very same night she catches her boyfriend dining with a pregnant woman at the restaurant where he works. She disappears the next morning never to be seen again, until the two of them cross paths again in Dubai three years later. Now driving a Ferrari and headlining her own events company, Angel is the mistress and soon-to-be wife of a possessive dirty old man. Leon, on the other hand, is still trying to make ends meet as he juggles several jobs to send money back home. Sparks fly and old flames are rekindled, but their differences when it comes to priorities in life do not guarantee a smooth-sailing relationship. As her soon-to-be husband’s divorce is finalized meaning she will no longer be a mistress, she is forced to choose between love or money.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Raya and the Last Dragon

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In the land of Kumandra people lived in harmony with dragons until the Druun arrived, a dark plague that left everyone calcified as stone in its wake. The last dragons make a sacrifice and conjure a dragon stone to vanquish the Druun for good. As everyone is brought back to life, the tribes begin to quarrel over the magical orb, eventually leading to it breaking into five pieces centuries later. Each of the five tribes steals a piece: Talon survives by building their stilt houses on water, the Druun’s weakness; Tail, with no water defenses, is now a desert wasteland; Spine is left with one living inhabitant, a warrior giant named Tong (Benedict Wong); Fang flourishes thanks to its strategic location surrounded by natural water canals, led by chief Virana (Sandra Oh) and her daughter Namaari (Gemma Chan); Heart, the original protector of the remnant, is now in ruins, its heiress Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) intent on recovering all the pieces to bring her father Chief Benja (Daniel Dae Kim) back to life. Living under constant threat from the Druun, they must work together to summon Sisudatu (Awkwafina), the last dragon and their last hope.

Friday, March 5, 2021

WandaVision: Episode 9


9. The Series Finale
The showdown between Wanda and Agnes turns into a royal rumble with the arrival of both Vision and White Vision. As Agnes summons the Darkhold and frees the people of Westview from Wanda’s grip, she reasons with her to let them go. Vision talks White Vision out of their fight and restores his memories via back-up data. Hayward’s agents storm the town but are held back by the twins. Monica breaks out of fake Pietro’s house as she frees him from Agnes’ magic. As the hex starts to recede, Wanda fully transforms into the Scarlet Witch to subdue Agatha who still wants all her powers. Agatha is then hexed to play the role of the nosy neighbor for life. The family returns home, and the kids are “put to bed” as Wanda bids Vision farewell. As reality is restored, Wanda says goodbye to Monica, who is led to an empty theater by a Skrull disguised as an FBI agent. Wanda leaves Westview and settles alone in an alpine cabin somewhere. As she magically flips through the pages of the Darkhold, she hears the voice of her twins crying out for help.

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