Friday, April 28, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Visiting Poland became non-negotiable when I decided to move to Berlin this month. Poznan can be reached from the German capital in just three hours by bus, and some border cities even less than that. Going from capital to capital is also possible on the road, but I’m just not feeling a long road trip to Warsaw right now, which would’ve been another three hours of travel from Greater Poland’s capital. Booking a cheap return ticket via Polskibus, I left Deutschland on a Saturday morning for my Polish excursion.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a jazz pianist struggling to reconcile his dreams with his current reality. Mia (Emma Stone) wants to be an actress, but is stuck serving coffee at a Hollywood movie lot for more than half a decade now. Their love story begins with an antagonistic exchange of middle fingers as they deal with LA’s chaotic freeway traffic, but eventually blossoms into a promising romance as they attempt to find a common ground in spite of their differences. But a home full of dreams and passion can only do so much when real life comes knocking at your door. As his musical goals take the backseat to give way to everyday practicality, her acting ambitions take a nosedive with every unsuccessful audition she ends up with. In a shared life overflowing with aspirations but perforated with only failures one right after another, will there be enough room left for love to grow?
Monday, March 13, 2017
Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) is assaulted and raped in her very own home in broad daylight. She cleans up the shards of glass and debris left from the struggle after her attacker flees, then takes a bath and moves on with her life as if nothing happened. She doesn’t even tell her son Vincent (Jonas Bloquet), who visits her that night asking for money for his new apartment’s rent. It is only days later during dinner with her ex-husband Richard (Charles Berling), best friend Anna (Anne Consigny) and her husband Robert (Christian Berkel), does she offhandedly mention the incident. They all think that it should be reported to the authorities, but she is reluctant. Instead, she exploits all available means to find out who her rapist is sans police assistance. Her eventual discovery of his identity marks the beginning of a twisted and risky relationship rife with revenge motives, a plot probably as dangerous as the premise of the video game she is spearheading in her IT company. Will she emerge victorious or is this Game Over for her?
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The year is 2029 and old man Logan (Hugh Jackman) has aged a lot, what with his regenerative capabilities faltering through the decades. Retired and working as a limousine chauffeur in El Paso to make ends meet, he strives to earn enough money so he can take a now senile and uncooperative Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) with him to a more tranquil life at sea. Mutants have since been an afterthought, but that will change with the arrival of Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen) AKA X-23, a kid born as an experiment at Transigen labs in Mexico City along with other mutant children being raised as weapons. Developed with Logan’s DNA, she is biologically his child. Hesitant, he heeds Xavier’s advice of taking her with him in search for Eden, a mutant sanctuary in North Dakota where she believes her friends have been whisked off to safety. However, such a task will not be easy with the persistent pursuit of Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), the enemy leader who will stop at nothing to recapture their investment.
Friday, February 24, 2017
A novice nun is in trial for manslaughter and a psychiatrist is sent by the court to determine her sanity. Sister Agnes (Becca Coates) wakes up in her room with a newborn baby in the trash bin, strangled by the umbilical cord. Having no recollection of having given birth, she faces one of two possible verdicts: prison, if she is declared as mentally sound; or asylum, if she proves to be mentally disturbed. Dr. Martha Livingstone (Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo) believes that a third option exists: acquittal. If they can prove that the young woman was molested and can find the culprit, that is. Mother Miriam Ruth (Pinky Amador) does not want any more suffering for the young lady and would rather believe in miraculous virgin conception. Science and religion clash to provide a plausible explanation, characterized by constant bickering between the two women. Both claim to want what is best for young Agnes, but does she really want or need their help?
Thursday, February 23, 2017
ADA Denver (Benito Martinez) denies allegations regarding Connor’s disappearance after he answers the burner phone in his office. The truth is he’s holding him in handcuffs in a basement somewhere, urging him to sign his blanket immunity deal and testify against Annalise. Annalise meets up with Mrs. Mahoney in New York to settle their differences. After harsh words are exchanged, she reveals that Wes is not her husband’s son, but rather her son Charles’, who was the one guilty of rape. Denver gets his hands on Oliver’s USB, which has a copy of Annalise’s deleted voicemail records. It turns out she is just protecting Wes, who incriminated himself for the murder of Sam and Rebecca over the phone. Annalise offers Denver a deal which he takes, that of pinning everything on Wes which would be beneficial for both parties. He drops the charges against Annalise. Laurel goes after Charles Mahoney and is almost about to shoot him when an old friend greets him in the street, who in the flashback is revealed to be Wes’ killer.